Yesterday we shared Sarah and Ben’s story. And, that mattered. My heart was overwhelmed with awe.   So today, for things that matter, I wanted to touch on the lightness in our hearts.   That is, the child inside all of us.   The parts of ourselves that want to have fun. The part of us that’s eager to relax and play. Eager to say whatever comes to the mind. And, eager for freedom to explore and engage. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche But, as adults—we just don’t have that same freedom, do we?   There are high expectations for us to behave...

I have to tell this story. I know I have to tell it for two main reasons. There has been a voice inside of me saying, "just do it already!" for months. My friend just happened to start this blog entitled,Columbus Stories, which I took as a sign that it needed to be done. What better reasons to tell a story, right?  You want to tell it, and someone wants to hear it. And so, here it is: Our Story I keep trying to think how to summarize us. In a few paragraphs?  How?  We lived a lifetime in sixteen years together. So fast. Too fast. I decided that even though many...

We've all experienced that moment. The moment when you are on Pinterest, looking for the perfect DIY (fill in the blank) present. For Steph, it was a Mother's Day present for her mom. I should first tell you that she used to be an art teacher, so mess doesn't scare her, and neither does paint, or trying anything new. And, she's obviously very creative. Okay, back to the project. Well, it was a complete fail. I mean, an art teacher mom failed a Pinterest project? Good luck to the rest of us! In a scramble to find another present, she thought, I can make a portrait of her instead. We're not talking about just...

The Center for Wholeness was the very first yoga center in Columbus. Did you know that? I’m serious. The very first one. And it’s all thanks to a small group of passionate individuals who were dedicated to empowering the community.  And see, now Columbus is bustling with yoga studios at every turn.   But, The Center for Wholeness remains the heart of the scene—because it’s home for where many yogi’s started their journey.  It's actually the only non-profit organization designed for outreach programs in this type of wellness. So yes, they are also a non-profit organization.    Janice was one of those keen founders. She has been...

Deluxe Door Systems is more than a garage door company. I mean, of course it's a company that fixes garage doors, but it's also a story of an owner, Jeff. Jeff's a good guy, and one that has built this business from the ground up, and has built a solid team to join the ride. If your garage door is broken, he'll fix it. Believe me--they came out to our house a few weeks ago. If you don't like your garage door, he'll help you get a new one up in no time. He still has his hand in fixing the doors-- you can even find him working on Saturdays....

Hear me out. I know this sounds trivial, but why is it so easy for us to blow off regular yearly check ups??  I know I'm guilty of it. Are you too?   Between the kids dance recitals---dinners out with friends---and Clipper's games---we've got so much going on and never enough time.  I'm sorry, but I'm too dang tired. Let's face it, we have all the reasons in the world to get out of our mundane doctor appointments, and I don't know about you, but I much rather go to the zoo and see my kid's face light up.  Besides, usually people go in for appointments when...

I was born and raised in London, Ohio and I'm extremely fortunate to have creative parents who took every opportunity to encourage my creativity. I grew up watching Bob Ross and trying to recreate his scenes, but I was only 4 so all I had were watercolors. I remember being so frustrated that I just drew flames on everything in my coloring books and scared the hell out of my parents. I was always drawing, making movies of the lego cities I would build, or recording music on whatever crappy tape player or computer I could get my hands on. It has been clear to me, for...

The Pedal Wagon started from an idea sent through a text message.   It's the truth. Jack and Tom were best friends in college, and once they graduated, they had the question many have, "What do we do now?" They wanted something of their own, but weren't quite sure what that would be. Muddling through some ideas, nothing quite felt right. That's until Jack's dad sent a picture of a wagon to the two boys through a text message. Now, we're not talking about a kid's red wagon, we're talking about a pedal wagon. What's that you ask? It's a large open bar with seats, but also pedals below, like on a...

The Daisy Mae story begins in the backseat of Kristy's parent's car.  Her siblings were at least a generation older, so she was like an only child.  Growing up they took lots of trips, and before the electronic phenomenon began, a big atlas kept her company. For hours. "I can remember spending a solid day driving through the desert, but I loved being able to watch where we were going, and what we were passing." Traveling is Kristy's passion. Well, one of them anyways. She started out making jewelry for her friends as Christmas gifts, and later played around with adding paper to her pieces. Her first map piece happened to be of...

"People helping people. Period"   Yes, this is what Claire is doing. Her company, Aunt Flow, is helping women with "that time of the month." We have to talk about it--and that means not being embarrassed or grossed out, or afraid to talk about it. We have to, because there's a problem. And, Claire is solving it. Thank God. So, what you don't know, is that Claire was at The Ohio State University studying Comparative Religions. She was a straight "A" student in high school, and was even doing well in college. The problem was, she didn't want to be there. She wanted to drop out. Of course, her parents were completely...