I Am Not A Gamer, But The Music Influences My Mood

June 23rd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Source[/caption] This morning, as I was getting ready for work, my background soundtrack was the "music" of the video game Minecraft as my eight-year-old step-daughter played before she left for day camp. It was driving me crazy; it felt like it was music that would be used for┬áhypnotism and even felt sad. I remember playing Super Mario Brothers, Excitebike and Zelda…

My Step-Daughter Wants a Cat, and a Bunny, and a Gerbil

June 22nd, 2015

I am a new step-mom, only eight months into this adventure that will last a lifetime. Though I never thought I wanted children, I have fully embraced my new role as a mom figure of an eight-year-old girl. Starting July 1, Sophie will be living with us full time, whereas we've only spent every other weekend with her until now. And I am looking forward…

Wedding Vows

November 16th, 2014

The wedding reception was fun, but the ceremony was the most special part. It will be one of the memories I hold dear in my heart forever. Matthew and I decided to write our own wedding vows. The hard part wasn't the writing of the vows. We knew exactly how we felt about each other and we were each able to articulate those feelings. The…

Wedding Reflections

November 15th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_3151" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo by: Whitney Bower[/caption] It has been six weeks since our wedding. I have had time to relax, reflect and review all the photos. Through my eyes, every detail was perfect. I know that not everything was truly perfect, but I did not notice. What I Wish I Had Done Started planning earlier. I thought the wedding would be simple. I…

My Secret Recipe

October 29th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_3144" align="aligncenter" width="550"] #platedpics Asian Duck Tacos[/caption] I have always enjoyed cooking, but never did much of it. Cooking for one hardly seemed worth the effort or the leftovers. Finding recipes that were varied without having to buy the entire grocery store to make them, food going bad, too many leftovers -- the list goes on for reasons not to cook. The bottom line:…

Newly Married: To Change My Name Or Not?

October 9th, 2014

I just got married. Again. This one is forever, of that I am sure. I could not be happier. But, it has been eight years now that I have been using my maiden name again, and those eight years were critical growth years for my career. I feel like I would be discarding my professional brand identity if I were to change my name to…