I can remember it like it was yesterday. The day that my mother told me that my sweet, big brother Anthony was killed in Iraq. I had just returned home early from a Cedar Point trip with my friends. We were going to stay one more night, but my friends mother kept saying "We really need to get home, We really need to get back."  In hind sight I remember my mom sounding sad on the phone the night before, but she said she was just tired. We pulled up to my house and my mother met us outside. She gave my friends mom a really...

Is it just me or do others put off important things that don't result in quick gratification?  I put off writing this story because writing does't come easy for me; I have difficulty sitting quietly and reflecting. But, I made the commitment to write this story.  I just kept putting it off each day. That's how I handled my weight too.  I kept putting it off.  Honestly I didn't eat that much--I could go until 2 and without eating anything.  I would tell myself their must be something medically wrong, or I'll eat better tomorrow. I remember one time Last April when my 10 year old granddaughter, Chloe, told her...

"It's been three years since I started my 12-week 'Transformations' program, and it has been a transformation truly. I have a total weight loss of over 60 pounds, with 22 lbs this year. I no longer take: Blood Pressure Medications (I was on three of them). Insulin Antidepressants Or, Statin Cholesterol Medicine (My total cholesterol is 179) I discovered that my body was intolerant of both gluten and dairy.  Taking those out of my diet has taken me from illness to health.  I have been juicing for breakfast for a year to restore my nutrients lost from poor absorption. My example with gluten was noticed by my son, Joel, who...

Dear Columbus, Let me start off by just saying HI and welcome to my unpredictable life.  In 1996 I entered this place called Earth. I was born and raised in the beautiful 614.  I grew up going to Upper Arlington schools. My goal in High School was to graduate and set my life towards being a Hairstylist, or at least something in the beauty industry. Little did I know that’s not what was planned for me. Half way through cosmetology school my family and I had a serious sit down talk about our future goals. A few months down the road I got the opportunity of a lifetime to go live...

I want to explore the subject of exploring for a minute, because it's not something everybody gets to do. "Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." ~ Henry David Thoreau Many of us seek adventure and yearn for experiences that we've only heard about.  Like, eating fresh spaghetti and calamari tossed with sun-dried tomatoes at La Gensola in Italy, Rome.   Or, sea kayaking in Scotland.  Road tripping coast to coast across the United States.  The point is--whether you want to admit it or not, adventure lives inside all of us.   And the reality is that far too many of us will never have these experiences. If...

Things that matter: Old school mentalities. Elizabeth and I were reminiscing earlier, about growing up during a time when we would play “cops & robbers” in parking lots and run barefoot in neighborhoods.  But, that all seems lost nowadays. Back then, (I can’t believe I’ve started saying that) kids were always outside.  Kids were meeting other kids, exploring the world, and they weren’t afraid. Children were learning how to be independent and apply critical thinking, engage in more imagination…I mean the list goes on. My favorite “old-school mentality” is allowing children to enjoy more freedom, with less hovering critical parents.  What’s your favorite old-school mentality?...

We’ve actually touched on this before, but figured we could revisit.   Quality time. This past weekend, my husband and I spur of the moment (kind-of), decided to go out of town.  And, it made me extremely anxious to leave the girls for the first time.  Also, extremely anxious to do something spur of the moment.  I’m a “Type A-plan ahead” kinda gal. The last time my husband and I went away together out of state was when I was 5-months-pregnant.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast and played  the board game Life far too many times. And, I complained the entire way up a mountain. We...

[caption id="attachment_9052" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Devon Albeit[/caption] He’s small in stature but mighty in fight. When we were dating and David hadn’t made it as a Columbus fire fighter yet, I was pressuring him hard for a back-up plan. He pushed back with all he had, saying this wasn’t just A plan, it was THE plan. And sure enough, this December marks his 13thyear as a Columbus fire fighter. As a fire fighter’s wife, your worst nightmare is having a station vehicle pull up in front of your home, pausing before delivering the news that something is terribly wrong.He’s not coming home. The second worst nightmare, which I’ve lived, is receiving...