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Caffeine Free 30 Days (well sort of)

I tried to go caffeine-free for 30 days. As most of you know, in August, I started a 30 days caffeine-free experiment. I had no idea what I was getting myself into because so many things contain caffeine. I also underestimated my emotional attachment to drinks like coffee and green tea. As someone who has an education in addictions counselling, I k...
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Cancel Culture

We now live in a society where cancel culture has become such a regular part of our days that it almost seems normal. The idea that your actions (even those from years ago) can get you written off have you lose your job, lose friends, cancel your life has become the standard.However, just a few years ago, cancel culture wasn't even a thing. If you ...
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I'm Still Filled With Child-Like Wonder

Do you ever stop while doing something to take a minute to appreciate what is going on around you? Have you ever found yourself looking at a sunrise or sunset with a beautiful sense of completeness? Do you look at things like Niagara Falls or The Grand Canyon with awe and wonder?I do!I find myself stopping to appreciate those remarkable things that...
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Your Weight Is Not Equal To Your Worth

I have never been what you would call a 'normal' sized adult. My weight started to go up when I was nine and kept going up as I went through puberty. I have never been what the world calls a 'thin' adult. For my whole adult life, I've been what society has seen as overweight or obese. I've had people call me names, give me dirty looks when I get on...
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Seventy-Five Episodes Of The Podcast

 Wow, I don't even have the words. When I started podcasting in November of 2016, I didn't think it would last more than a few episodes. Honestly, back then, I thought no one would want to hear what I had to say. Like many of you, I didn't think I had a story worth telling. I saw no reason why anyone would want to hear me talk about my experie...
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Disney's Inaugural Cruise Out Of New Orleans

This week on the blog I thought I would share with you all the fun, photos, and excitement from my Disney Cruise in February.  This trip would not have been possible without the help of my friend Amanda so a HUGE thank you to her for being my roomie and helping me enjoy this trip. Also a HUGE thank you to Lou Mongello of WDW Radio for having t...
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One Hundred and Fifty Days

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Giving up Caffeine

 I've decided to give up caffeine for thirty days, mostly because I've become a little more dependant on coffee than I want to be. A little because I'm curious if all the research is correct and my caffeine intake is contributing to a lower quality of sleep and leading to headaches.  I never liked coffee. It was not something that was a p...
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Guest — Kelly
I gave up caffeine July 15th - great minds! I could easily drink a whole pot of coffee and had the same suspicions of its affect ... Read More
Sunday, 09 August 2020 21:23
Guest — Crystal
Kelly, I'm sorry to hear you had a withdrawal migraine. I'm only a week in and my sleep has definitely improved. Decaf is a great ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:33
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Friends

Yesterday was the International Day of Friendship. Of course, this got me thinking about my friends. How those friends have changed (in some cases) over the years, and why those changes happened. The truth is we all have friends. It doesn't matter if you are someone with two close friends or 20, we all have someone in our lives who we count on to a...
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My Cruise From February

As most of you know the first week in February before we knew much about Covid-19 or had any form of shelter in place orders I took a Disney Cruise out of New Orleans (side note: I always wear a mask when I fly, have for years, at the time it was not a COVID precaution). I was able to book this trip in 2019 with a friend and had a wo...
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Unapologetically Feeling Everything

I've always been someone whose emotions were very close to the surface. As a child, I can remember many times when adults around me would say things like, "This isn't happening to you, stop crying" or "It's a made-up TV show, you have no reason to be upset by this." As a young child, I learned very quickly that the world doesn't want to know that y...
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Too Much In A Short Time?

We have had so many changes that happen in our world in such a short time over the last five months. The world is not the same place it once was. We are not the same people we once were.Have you thought about how you have changed?  I hear a lot of people talking about how they can't wait for the world to go back to "normal" but I think what "n...
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Our Collective Zoom Burn Out

We all feel it, now that we are three months into the Covid-19 epidemic. In the beginning, it was fun to have so many places to stay connected with friends. To work from home and have after-hours social get-togethers with our friends. Now it all feels overwhelming, and like there are so many commitments, we can't keep up.Being on video calls where ...
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One Hundred Daffodils - A Short Book Review - no spoilers

 I had the opportunity to last week to chat with an author about the book she had written. The conversation will be released on the podcast Monday, but before that, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the book with you because I found it a compelling novel of life lessons. The book is broken up into smaller sections, so it...
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Multiple Sclerosis On The Rise In Canada

 Multiple Sclerosis (or MS as most people call it) is on the rise here in Canada, and scientists are not entirely sure why. MS has no cure and not one specific cause we can point to and say, "this is why you get it." Yet, there are approximately 77,000 Canadians currently living with the disease. Most Canadians get diagnosed with MS betwe...
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I Am Going To Get This WRONG.........

 I am going to say the wrong thing. I am going to do the wrong thing. I am going to speak when I should listen. I am going to listen when I should be speaking up. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I own that. I know that I am learning and so I will make mistakes while I do so. I am okay with that. I will take ownership of those mistakes because they wi...
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60 Days - Really?

 It's been 60 days. 60 days of self-isolation in this new crazy world we live in. I don't even know how to process that. I'm not sure how I feel, how I'm supposed to feel about that?  Actually, as of today, it's been 66 days for me. 66 days worry, 63 days of learning, 66 days of stress and joy mixed into...
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The Struggle At This Time Of Year

I've been struggling lately with a lot of things. I've been sick for what feels like the whole month of January. A cold that became bronchitis that becomes something else entirely (I'm not even sure what) at times made me feel like I wasn't going to make it past cold and flu season. All while trying to work my full-time job, be an "Adult" and build...
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You Can't Be Happy If You're Alone

This is something I've heard over and over again. The older I get the more I hear it. Friends, family even people I hardly know will make comments about how I'm single. How at 38 years old I still don't have children and I will never be happy until I have someone to share my life with. But here is the thing....... I have people to share my life wit...
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A Ride Across America For Wellness

 Today I had the pleasure of being able to interview Richie Crowley about his plans for the summer and how he is hoping to open up a conversation about what health really is and how we can all make changes in our lives that will lead to better overall health without spending $30 a day on fresh juices and joining a gym.  You can read ...
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