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A Book Club, But Like, A Cool One

nerky book club Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/30/19

Hi, friends! I have a fun announcement today - we’re going to start a new club over here, and everybody is welcome. I’m announcing…*drumroll*… The Nerky Berk Clerb (*fireworks, oohhh aahhh*), or, yanno, The Nerky Book Club to normal people. We’re going to read a book together each month, announced the last week of the month prior – or earlier if you’re on my email list! I tend to read a lot of non-fiction books in the...

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Mental Strength

widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/23/19

Friends, it’s mental health month. It’s also the 12th month after my husfriend suddenly died, meaning we’re almost full circle at a year past the moment my life changed forever. You could say I’ve had my fair share of mental breakdowns, road blocks and difficulties this year. It’s really the first time in my life I’ve experienced the true depths of mental darkness, and I want to share what I’ve done over the past few...

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May the Fourth Be With You

art widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 5/5/19

May the fourth be with you. Star Wars Day. Y’all, Jason was a yuuuuuuuge Star Wars fan. A giant nerdy kid in a man’s body. I love Star Wars too, but he loved it more. He was the Han to my Leia, the Empire to my Rebel. That’s why this day was the day I knew I wanted to get my tattoo.

We were dating and living in separate houses when The Force Awakens came out. I remember the online system to buy tickets at Alamo Drafthouse went down the day...

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Add a Little BFF to Your Elevator Speech

life Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 4/30/19

Going to a conference for the first time, alone, sounds like an introvert’s NIGHTMARE. Does it not? That’s why I’m so glad my friend Brandi went with me to the Mom 2.0 Summit this past week. I’m what you might call an extroverted introvert. I’m only extroverted once I warm up to someone, otherwise I’m quiet, shy and I get anxious around a lot of people. Then I need some alone time to decompress when it’s over.

In fact,...

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Living Room Update: Navy is the New Tan

diy home decor Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 4/22/19

Redecorating: cheaper than therapy and equally as effective. In my case at least. I updated my living room from a cardboard tan color to navy blue and that alone made SUCH a difference in the feel of the room, then I added new furniture, and what once was a space that constantly reminded me of what I lost, is now a space I can make new memories and move forward with my life on my own terms.

My living room was the place we all hung out all the time when Jason...

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Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol

widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 4/8/19

I wasn’t ever an alcoholic, just a social drinker. Happy hour every now and then, maybe go out to a bar on the weekend once a…quarter? Drinking was never a problem for me in the sense that I wasn’t dependent on alcohol. It was a problem, though, because of how it made me feel.

After Jason died I was desperate to feel better. I was stuck under this weight of shock, depression, sadness and anger all rolled into one massive behemoth. I tried...

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9 Months

widow Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 3/4/19

Today is March 4th. Every month on the fourth I’m reminded that life goes on. The world keeps spinning, regardless what happens in your own little world. It’s been exactly 9 months since my little world imploded.

9 months since my husband got up to go to bed. “I’m going to bed.” “Okay, goodnight, love you.” “Love you.”

9 months since I heard a noise in my bedroom and got up to see what it was.

9 months since...

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I Tried a Versaclimber Class

fitness Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 3/1/19

Versaclimbers – something I’d never heard of until I watched Mark Wahlberg get all bragadoshe about his daily 4am workouts on Instagram. Y’all, anything before 8am, I’m out. I mean anything, much less a hard workout. In order to show up for my workout in the best way possible, I need to fully wake up first, and that takes a minute.

Luckily, we did this class in the evening. The studio was cool and in a trendy part of Dallas....

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Why I Stopped Drinking Celery Juice

fitness food Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 2/25/19

Celery juice – so hot right now. (You have to say it like Mugatu talking about Hansel in Zoolander or it’s not funny. Related – it might actually just not be funny.) I tried drinking celery juice every morning on an empty stomach for 32 days. You can read about the purported benefits here. I loved the routine I built around it in the mornings, and I didn’t mind the flavor. I was excited to see what it did for me after seeing how...

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I Tried a Pole Fitness Class

fitness Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 2/21/19

I tried a pole dancing fitness class as part of a bachelorette party last year, and it’s safe to say I would be a very sad exotic dancer. I’d definitely be assigned to the Tuesday lunch buffet time slot. I guess I’ll stick to my day job.

The class was at Vertical Fitness Dallas, which is the same place I went this week to try out aerial yoga – you can read about it at the link. It was taught by a former (maybe current?) exotic...

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