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    Bold disruption in order ~ on the way. Thank you! Once I thought I waited too long, each post takes me 5 years back and I am feeling Youthful enough to get it done!

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    Lisa, this makes me SOOOO happy! NEVER stop being a disruptor, you have already made bold choices and they are paying off! I love your faith and your friendship!

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    Love the outfit and location. Little tidbit for you: a grassroots organization called Mission from Mars feeds 150 Pgh homeless in this exact spot every Sunday afternoon❤️

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    Jennifer--thanks for this info! I'm actually going to update the blog to include this. thank you! Sam

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    thank you so much for this update! I love these kinds of details, especially when people are doing something so good!

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    McDonald's fries and the Latte's reel me in. I get their skimpy salads. Had not thought to add a burger for extra protein ~ I toss bun if they won't "hold" it - diabetes carb counting. To the pico/guac on my garden salad! Thanks.

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    Their salads now have five types of greens (Including spinach and kale!) and I have been adding all the sandwich "guts" (no bun) to the top of the salad. Try the maple bacon Dijon on the salad with extra Dijon for the dressing...YUMMY!!!

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    Sam, Thank you for this wonderful post about my grandfather, Bob. It truly made me happy. Everything you said about him and his personality are spot on! He retired from teaching when I was very young, but he was always an English teacher for me! I was given the gift of being great at English and Literature (which probably came from him), but he still helped me out with my papers and resumés throughout college. We always had so much to talk about when it came to papers, books, poems, etc. Luckily, he was able to see one of his grandchildren graduate from college before he passed away (me). We were very close, and I miss him so much. Not having him anymore is unimaginably difficultfor me. However, I'm very happy to hear that he had such a huge impact on you. It means a lot to me. Thank you for writing this article. It has made me even more proud of my grandfather than I already was! - Caitlin Brosnahan

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    Caitlin, Your grandfather was one of a kind! I hope this brings your family some comfort and I thank you all so much for sharing him with us. He truly encouraged every single student to be MORE than they were, and there is NO greater gift an educator can give.

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    Glad to be a part of the 2016 Bucket List now let's plan on being a part of 2017! Loved the post about reconnecting with your former English teacher. Brought a tear to my eye for sure!

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    We will definitely be up and you come here! Time to get some YANCEY time too! I am certain you have students (we know of one fairly notable one at least) who feel the same about you!!!

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    Just checking in on your email!

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    Great read.As a working mom who has over committee herself for the past 19 yrs, I have vowed that this year will be different! Hope to stick to my guns and say NO!

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    Keep it going! We have lots more to share but saying NO more often allows us to say YES to the things we really want to, right? It's a process and I'm 47 and still figuring it all out. Thanks for your feedback!

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    This is an amazing article! You hit some very and I mean VERY key points on why we all dress the way we do! Keep it coming 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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    Jay, YES!! Fashion is theatrical and many people grow up and forget how empowering those moments were as kids! I would LOVE to have you contribute an article on men's style sometime! Sadly, I think many guys are missing the mark.

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    LOVE this!

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    Handbag day👌👌👌❣️❣️❣️

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    a holiday we can all enjoy, right???

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    Sam I love this three ways to wear! It's hard to pick a favorite look but I think the third, with distressed denim just wins. Gonna try this with my skirt, thanks for the inspo! Xx

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    My favorite has to be the feminist shirt... and the poncho... and the jewelry! Haha. So many great picks you got! I might have to add some to my wishlist!

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    Thank you so much! Always appreciate the feedback and I'm glad you found some things you like!

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    Yes, please do share your strategy for coing up with a word or words! Love to understand how others process things/goals & outcomes. Hugs, Cynthia

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    Yes, please do share your strategy for coing up with a word or words! Love to understand how others process things/goals & outcomes. Hugs, Cynthia

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    Saw your comment on our Instagram read your words blog and absolutely fell in love! I am going to borrow Fruition for my 2018 word, also Fuck, as a new single successful mom it's a powerful adjective! Would enjoy to connect Super creative

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    PLEASE borrow away! I, too, swear like a sailor! I ADORE your shop! We come to bethany each summer and Water Lili makes me happy! I'd love to find a way to collaborate if you're interested. Your most recent shoot was AMAZEBALLS! email sam@moxiemama.tv

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    I am so proud of you and adore all of your being. I am happy to know you and miss you. Happy New Year and I look forward to watching you grow and be an inspiration to all. xo Kel

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    Thank you my sweet friend! I miss you too!

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    Great tips. I appreciated the investment you made of your time to share these thoughts. Great start to a promising new year. La

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    Thanks, Laura. This was a fabulous group to work with. Expect more from us throughout the year!

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    Have not watched yet...

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    I loved diving into this collaboration and clicking through to find a bit more about each stylist. Cheers to a year of fit!

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    Thank you soooooo much! It was such fun to meet everyone and to work as a group to determine what we felt was most important.

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    Good morning, Moxie Mama! It should come as no surprise when I tell you, we are pretty much on the same page. My loves: Diane Krueger Allison Williams Dakota Johnson Laura Dern These women nailed it! Believe it or not, although it didn't photograph well, I loved something about Sarah Jessica Parker.. When she came out on stage, I was wowed. Perhaps it is her innate ability to "own it". I have to say, this might be the first time I've been disappointed in Kate Hudson. Hugs and happy new year wishes to you!

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    It was a challenging but fun year to review. It required real creativity to differentiate. I was sure we'd agree on the hits and misses!

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    You totally nailed it! My hubby is 6ft 4 (a whole foot taller than me) so I'm not sure I'll have as much success as you but I'm gonna go raid his closet now to see what I can find!

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    My hubby is 6'2" and the son whose closet I raid is 6'4" so I get it! I've actually had some shirts of my husbands cut down a bit once he's retired them. Still roomy but less voluminous~

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    I’ve been wanting to try charcoal tooth-whitening for forever! I actually think I WILL try it because, regardless of the “my teeth are dried lava” look it creates DURING the process, your results are awesome!

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    I was pleased with the outcome, Tracy. I'd love to hear how you like it!

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    This is too funny, your captions crack me up! Teeth look great though!

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    Thanks Lauren! It was the most ludicrous experiment (and proof that I don't read directions or details ever)!

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    Well this post lifted my heart, and not because you mentioned Parks & Rec, which is an all-time favorite of mine, but you cherish the power and necessity of female friendship. Women happy and supporting one another is when I see women at their most beautiful. Your energy lifted me up on this recovery day. We WILL grab that coffee sometime and let's have no agenda when we do, okay? Happy Galentine's Day Sam!

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    I'm super late in responding, but I'm actually really happy i'm seeing it AFTER our day yesterday. Thank you for all your support this past year (I think you're the first "other blogger" I met) and including me in your squad. Thank you also for sharing your creative and brilliant mind with us!

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    Sam, LOVED this blog! SO funny I saw it today! I saw an Galentine card in Papyrus this afternoon and didn't know what it was until I saw your blog! Loved your tribute to your squad. Brought a tear to my eye as I so adore my group of girlfriends too, Can't wait to read more from you!! xo Colleen

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    Colleen, I'm so sorry for the late response to this! You made me smile, girl! thank you for the feedback and keeping loving your squad! Hope to see you in November!

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    LOVE IT SO PROUD OF MUY INSPIRING SISTER I.N LAW

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    Thank you, Laura! I didn't even pay you for this comment!

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    Sweet, sweet parting words. I think you're on to something fabulous and I wish you more success and peace than you imagined even possible. Hugs, Lisa

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    I just adore you and thank you so much for this message. I am looking forward to our virtual GNO!!!

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    Hi Sam, I really enjoyed reading about your history and continuing journey. I totally relate to keeping the family your priority, but needing something for your own sense of accomplishment and independence. I too started out staying home with my children and have no regrets. After my mother died I really needed to add something else and turned to retail at Kaufmann’s. It was a good first step out of my home box that still worked for our family (and I just about broke even financially) . It was also critical for my two boys to begin to see me making choices outside of them and appreciate me in a new way. And it was good for their father to be reminded of the feisty woman he fell in love with in the first place. I am so proud to have raised two feminist sons who are sensitive, unique, and independent, and who aren’t threatened or intimidated by any woman’s ( or human’s) strength or success. I have no doubt that you have raised your sons on that same path. It might be a little emotional as they are getting ready to fly, but trust me...you and Anthony will love that empty nest! Best wishes in your latest ventures, both for you and your lovely family, Leslie

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    You raised amazing sons and I've always looked up to Paul's and your parenting style--two boys and all that. It is very important to show the next generation of adults (men and women), that a career doesn't always mean just a job, that there are many ways to create a life that works for your family. Also that as much as we love and support our kids, we have to make ourselves a priority if we are going to parent properly. Thank you so much for your message. It means more than you know.

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    I have really enjoyed following Moxie Mama and seeing you evolve in this process. You have been true to yourself and have definitely given your readers much to think about in becoming the best version of yourself. I admire the priorities you are setting for family and health. IHappy retirement. The best is still to come! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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    Karen, this means so much to me. I have the utmost respect for you and treasure these comments. xoxo

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    Wishing you so much happiness. Xo♡ sg

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    Thank you so, so much. Your friendship is one of the treasures I take with me!

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    Sam, You're awesome no matter what you do!! I'll always support whatever effort you move forward with. What a wonderful letter to inspire all of us. As a fundraiser, it is so hard to keep asking and asking and asking. It taps into my previous experience as a medical sales representative. It's not easy to sell or to keep asking, however you need to do both to be successful. I LOVE that you gave a shout out for others to support those trying direct sales. I always try to help any female that steps out on a limb. Thank you for the reminder for others to support the limb jumper. Much love and pixie dust. XO SJ

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    It's so easy to get frustrated when trying on bathing suits. These are all excellent tips to help ease the process! In the end, I believe we need to exercise more self-care and recognize how beautiful we are no matter what. Easy to type... not so easy to put into practice! I'm constantly working on my own internal monologue to be more BodPos than it has been in the past. I will say, it's incredible what projecting confidence does for attractiveness. I've followed the philosophy of "fake it 'til you make it" in that arena, and it's definitely helped! You are gorgeous! I love that you're sharing this. <3

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    Look, I wish we could just all give zero fucks about it. but we don't. So anything to ease the "pain" is good.

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    “And it’s important to have a broken heart. It’s harder to recognize the best people if you’ve never given your trust to the wrong person.” I recognize the gift of you, my dear friend, in my life because of this! Though I am not blessed as a mother, your words to C on his 16th ring very true! Glad you shared this to ease your soul, and give an example to others of wonderful words they might share with their kids!

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    Thank you for your kind words, Julie. I try to keep things as real as possible. I'm glad he allowed me to write about him too!

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    Sam, such fabulous words of wisdom, I feel a need to print and give a copy to my two on their 16th - K’s is only 2.5 months away, will keep it somewhere safe for M in 8 years!! Xxx

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    My apologies for the delayed response but thank you thank you!!! This is just how I hope it will resonate! I hope you are well....

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    This list. I’m crying. I will give to my grandson who faces challenges as a bi-racial adopted young man with some pretty heavy baggage from his past. It’s all I wish for him❤️

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    My apologies for the delayed response but thank you thank you!!! This is just how I hope it will resonate! I hope you are well....

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