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Treat Yourself and Save Money!

Treat Yourself and Save Money!

Every job comes with perks—maybe it’s status, money-saving discounts, training in unique skills, or introductions to prominent people in an industry. Some of the most fun perks I received were from a part-time mall job at Aveda. And these perks helped me save money! Along […]

I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

I Wear Glasses (and other telltale signs that I’m aging)

Aging is difficult for my dad. His chin quivered as he looked at me and said, “It’s like I woke up one day and got old.” He was telling me about a recent fall he’d taken during our first 2014 snowstorm in January. Though nothing was […]

Allowing My Inner Rebel to Embrace My Father’s Prophecy

Allowing My Inner Rebel to Embrace My Father’s Prophecy

As a child, my inner rebel cringed when my father would tell me that I’d make a good proofreader or editor. After years of working in his print shop throughout my childhood and teenage years, I thought I wanted to get as far away from […]

reThink Restoration

reThink Restoration

As 2006 drew to a close, it seemed like I was coming to the end of me. The entire year seemed like a battlefield. I fought for identity after a devastating breakup. I fought for mobility as I rehabilitated a broken ankle. I fought for […]

5 Tips for Clearing out the Clutter

About once a quarter, I bite the bullet and clear out some clutter, get some things organized, and give some stuff away. Being a sentimental person, sometimes it’s hard to let go of things that may have belonged to a loved one who has passed […]

What Does it Mean to be a Davis?

Recently, I’ve taken on the task of exploring my family history by interviewing relatives. Years ago, my family spent an afternoon filming my grandparents and the stories of their relationship. I’ve often thought about how valuable family stories are, so I didn’t want to wait […]

Saying Goodbye to Autry Circle

Have you ever been torn between the feelings of relief and grief? Standing on the bare land of where my home once stood, I felt those feelings rise up through my tear ducts. My homestead of 41 years is gone. It was sold to an […]

What My Dream Revealed About My Future (now) Husband

What My Dream Revealed About My Future (now) Husband

Because it’s Valentine’s Day, prepare to have your socks knocked off by what you’re about to read. Early in 2006, I learned that the guy I was on-again-off-again with was actually seeing someone consistently while stringing me along. Hurt and exhausted from years of dysfunction, […]

Race Recap: ATC Hearts and Soles 5K

Race: ATC Hearts and Soles 5K Date: February 8, 2014 Start Time: 8 a.m. Weather: 37˚, overcast/mostly cloudy skies, chance of rain forecasted Elevation: Start/Finish – 761 ft; Max – 817 ft. (Net 47 ft. gain) This race sealed it: No more winter races! Okay, it […]

Be Your Own Prince Charming

Have you heard of Prince Charming Syndrome (PCS)? It’s when we get caught up in wishing and dreaming that someone or something is going to come along and save us. During my daily trek through Atlanta traffic this past week, I was listening to podcast […]