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  • Finding MY Moxie

    August 8, 2019
    Finding MY Moxie

    It is NOT always easy. Riddled with fear and self-doubt for MUCH of my life, I've had to dig in and push myself more than you can imagine. Often, when things have gone well, I have suffered crippling impostor syndrome which feels pretty much like this: yup. So how did I get HERE, TODAY?[...]

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    Are you Meant for Moxie?

    The simple answer is YES!!! OF COURSE! The more complicated question to ask yourself before you answer is "am I ready for Moxie?" What if I told you it CAN BE LEARNED? Take a look for more on how I believe you are meant for MORE and turning midlife crisis into midlife BECOMING.... [...]

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    Meant for Moxie!!!

    August 2, 2019
    Meant for Moxie!!!

    I've been dropping lots of hints the past couple weeks for a big announcement and it is finally here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG9a-2cl1ik&list=UUYWvhLRN8A5eOG7EiCaFNvg&index=3 I am so excited about this SYSTEM to find your truest confidence to step into your very best self[...]

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    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    This started as a Father's day post--sneaking away with the hubby/he's a great dad/appreciation thing--but turned into something a bit more. After a WHIRLWIND weekend of graduation, a state volleyball championship WIN, Conman's grad party, and a volleyball banquet, we and our kids were a [...]

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    This is It--a Graduation Story

    I have so much to say, yet I dread putting it down in words. Saying all that I feel makes this real. Graduation. In a few short hours, we will sit in the stands and watch you cross over into a new phase. Tiger for Life Eighteen years ago this week, I was back to work full time and headed to[...]

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    For my son

    June 7, 2019
    For my son

    This was originally published "off blog" when my eldest turned 16. I stand by these rules today. Mom’s Rules for Your Life Explore.  This is your time to figure out what it is you want to do and who you want to be.  I think you’re incredible now, but what will it become in the next [...]

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    There's Something About Sunscreen

    Did you grow up in the era of baby oil and reflector blankets or unlimited packages at the tanning salon? These days you likely regret that decision and fear looking like this: Don't be like Magda Here are my thoughts on keeping sunscreen favorites accessible for those sunny times we don't [...]

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    Countdown to 50: the Wellness Journey

    I decided to tackle one of the most anxiety-inducing medical offices first: the dentist. I had

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    Manifesting Mother's Day

    me and my guys--photo by Julianne Kahlbaugh Right. Like anyone who has tried to set the intention for their Mother's day has ever really had success in "attracting" the Mother's day they desire. Am I bitter? Actually no. I'm not going to tell you that brunch, breakfast in bed, or whatever [...]

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    The Space In Between

    The Space In Between: an Essay on Loss For those who don’t know me personally, I need to start with who died.  Not because you know her, but because you should have.  Laura deserved to be known and loved by everyone.  She was a prosecutor.  While [...]

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    Life is a Beautiful Ride (National Donate Life Month)

    Myself with a recent donor family, and our compassionate nurse, Maggie Some things and some people change your life forever. I've spoken of my sister-in-law and her unexpected passing which shook our family. What I haven't shared to this point is that Laura, fierce mother, loyal friend, and [...]

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    Women of Wonder

    April 1, 2019
    Women of Wonder

    I love trying new things. As long as I won't hurt myself or someone else, I'm down to try almost anything. Curiosity gives me life. Last fall, I was asked to speak on a podcast. I honestly only started listening to podcasts at the beginning of 2018, so I didn't really know what it was all [...]

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    I'll Treat You the Way you Treat Yourself...

    The Importance of YOUR self language I have a solid sense of humor and definitely enjoy making my OWN self the butt of a joke from time to time. Self-deprecating humor can be really effective as an ice-breaker or to diffuse a tense situation. Yet many of us overuse it and it becomes part of [...]

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    Insecurities are LOUD

    Raise your hand if you have those not-so-quiet voices in your head telling you that you CANNOT do or be something you want? Insecurities are like little gremlins in greek chorus convincing us we will fail, be laughed at, whatever. They rob us of our courage every day. I posted about my [...]

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    The WHY of Moxie Mama

    The Invisible Woman I see absolutely stunning beauty in EACH woman I meet. I feel her power. I sense her soul. I bet if I asked if these sameladies if they see it in themselves, 80% would say no. Confidence is sadly lacking in so many women, and as we age, it can become harder to find our [...]

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    Moxie Mama is TWO!!

    Moxie Mama is headed into the "preschool" years. As I celebrate my anniversary, I share reflections...

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    49 and Feeling Fine

    February 7, 2019
    49 and Feeling Fine

    Tomorrow I turn 49. Yup. I'm ready. With just 366 days until I turn 50, I wanted to reflect on some things I've discovered in my forties, and what I plan to accomplish before my half century mark. I think many women struggle with this milestone, but I find it sort of freeing.  Each decade [...]

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    Kicking off SAMentine's Month!

    February is my birthday month and Valentine's, and GALentine's, so I like to do it up BIG!  There's nothing but snow and nastiness this time of year, so I may as well celebrate the ISH outta the month, right? I actually have some fun things planned, and a remembrance also as we will honor the [...]

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    Smart Technology for Your Hair

    For the past few years, I've struggled with my hair.  As a dyed redhead, color doesn't hold very well.  Hormones have totally changed the quality of my hair as well--from thinning to dryness and everything in between. Many women from their 30's on experience these sorts of changes and it's [...]

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    They Call Me Mellow Yellow (or, how to wear your NO colors that bring you JOY)

    It's a gloomy time of year for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  Many of us struggle with sunless days that lead to less-than-sunny moods. This makes it a great time of year to adopt color into your wardrobe, but how? Now complicate it--there's a color you LOVE, that MAKES YOU HAPPY but [...]

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