My Story

Everything you do, everywhere you go, every experience you have is all part of your story – and your story makes you who you are.

Each year, I look back on my life with an appreciation for each of my experiences and the people who have helped shape the stories I share.  This section of my site is, by far, one of the most personal and important to me.  It’s through these stories that I am able to truly see how much I’ve grown into who I am.  But the thing is, you’re never done learning.

Paired with a bit of vulnerability and unguardedness, I open up and share what it’s like to be me.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Pairs Well With… “The doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock.” – Unknown Out with the old, in with the new.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2017.  For whatever reason, the day after Christmas leaves me a little sad.  It’s likely because the anticipation that the holiday brings subsides and…

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Fall Into Forgiveness: The 1,000 Mile Roadtrip

Pairs Well With…”Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you.” Fall is a time of change and transition. It’s a good time to declutter, purge and start fresh. Sometimes things, even life, need a good overhaul once in a while. Because of the feeling that fall brings, it is easily my favorite…

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Dear Future Self…

Pairs Well With… “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” – Unknown     Dear Future Self, Hey Firecracker, how’s it going?  I know we haven’t been properly introduced, and…

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In My Skin

Pairs Well With…A Carefree Attitude + Confidence + Big Smiles There comes a time in each of our lives where we have a moment and “get it.”  We just get it.  We didn’t then, but we do now. A couple of days ago, I had my very first blog photo shoot.  That, in and of itself,…

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Pairs Well With… “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson + a packed suitcase + a ready-to-go mindset  I am a Midwestern Gypsy.  I’ve lived in five different states, with Minnesota, a place that I’ve lived twice and spent the most collective years of my life, being home.  Despite other stops along the way, and…