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It Takes a Village

Hillary Clinton said it takes a village, and who am I to argue with Hillary??

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli,  Libya

Sunday is that one day of the year when we take the time to say, “thank you” to the women who raised us.

(By the way, how about we start doing that a little more often?!?)

Which got me thinking about all the women who have influenced my journey through life.

There are two I feel I lost just before I needed them most:

Aunt Joan – I will always have questions for you. Things I wished I’d thought to ask before it was too late. But, I’ve started to realize, the world you grew up in was far, far different from the challenges I encounter today. Sometimes the choices I have the freedom to make are daunting. I wish you were here to talk to.

aunt joan

Grama Gloria – If the woman you raised is any indication, you were a force to be reckoned with. I wish I remembered you more. I wish I had the foresight to ask for your story. In my mind you will always be an adventurer. From what I hear, that’s not far off.

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There are those I still have the privilege to know and love:

Aunt DJ – There are no words for the strength of spirit I have witnessed over the years. I can only hope to one day approach life with the grace and class you exhibit every day.

me justin and aunt dj swimming

Mom – my crazy, smart mother, who knows more than I can ever hope to – which I will never admit (again). You taught me anyone can learn anything if they set their mind to it and put in the work. I can never express how truly you inspire me every day to be a better person.


Barbara – my beautiful cousin who showed me family could be friends. You have taught me being vulnerable is a gift not all people receive. I only hope you know how very wondrous and fierce you are.

babs genie

Those who have shown me professionalism and class are NOT mutually exclusive:

Maura Deedy – the first real female work friend I had in the “professional” world, she taught me that you CAN be a rock star at work without throwing your fellow woman under the bus

Erika Cook – my first female boss. I might have been just a waitress but you set the standard that for 20 years has made me believe women can be supportive and caring of their subordinates. Shame on you 🙂

And last but certainly not least:

My girls – that seems like such a lame word for the women who have held me up and encouraged me over the years. “Girl” completely discredits the reckoning you encompass. You are so much more than words could ever describe. Imagine that! I’m at a loss for words!! You know who you are. I love you fiercely.

Just a sampling of the “girls” who warm my heart:

ange martini

bend over

me and amina

me and amber

me and rach

me and lindsey on the bridge

I thought long and hard about the women to include in this post. There are far, far, many more goddesses who have helped show me love and kindness on my journey. I honestly did not have room for you all. (I fully relish the excess and decadence this sentence implies.) But that does not mean, in any way, shape or form, that your presence has not been felt, nor made a significant difference in my life. It has. You are appreciated and loved. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

Are there women in your life who have lent a helping hand on your journey?

Tell them!!

Who do you owe a “thank you”?


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Freedom Isn’t Free

Most of us get tomorrow off in observance of Independence Day.

Otherwise known as National Day Drinking and Fireworks Day.

I’m lucky enough to have the next five days off.

That’s right folks – five whole days off – in a row!

Coincidentally the majority of those who spend their lives defending our freedoms do NOT have the day off.

So today’s post is a reminder that the rights and freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States aren’t free.

A little perspective…

They can’t call in sick on Monday, when the weekend’s been too strong.

The battle doesn’t end when you come home.

I dare you to read this and not cry.

Honor our fallen.

Get involved.

Did you know??

An E4, Corporal, Specialist, Petty Officer Third Class, or Senior Airman, earns approximately $25,000 a year.

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, earns $23 million this year, despite reporting a $2 billion trading loss.

All personal political/religious beliefs aside, if you’re lucky enough to run into a soldier tomorrow (or any day) say thank you; give them a hug, buy ’em a beer, whatever.

Just show them their sacrifices are acknowledged and appreciated.

Coming from a military family this topic means a lot to me.

3 out of 4 of these people have served in the military. Can you guess who??

Not sure?

I’ll help you out…

3 out of 4 people in this photo served in the military. Hint: it’s not me!

A great big Thank You to; my super awesome parents, my bad-ass little brother, my smart-ass Uncle Chris, my grandfathers, Aunt Paula, Cousin Sue, Bernie, Jason, Jose, Hardy, and the countless others I’ve never even met. May your beer be ice cold and your fireworks non-fatal!

Since tomorrow starts my mini-vacation, I’ll be taking a short sabbatical from blogging. Don’t worry! Your regularly scheduled programming will be back next week 🙂

Happy Fourth of July!

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