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When School & Other Places Stopped Being a Safe Place

October 2, 2017

In the tragic events of the Las Vegas shooting that happened last night it has made me reflect and think about past events that have occurred in my life. While my situation was not nearly as severe it really makes me think of the “what ifs” and is bringing up a lot of emotions. While prayers may not be enough and will not change anything, it has made me think of “what is the solution?!” When will this stop? I…

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Fuel the Wag

September 26, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. When 8-week old Cowboy came home with Andrew and I, the first thing we did was go to the pet store to get him some food, toys and other supplies. We had both grown up with dogs but we never had the responsibility that comes with owning a dog such as feeding them. I didn’t even know what…

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5 Books You Should be Reading

September 24, 2017

I used to HATE reading. I think I cliff-noted almost every book for a book report and skimmed my way through boring textbooks. I was never really interested in the required reading like, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or Shakespeare. A few years ago I was sitting on a beach, in the hot sun and decided to pick up a book. Ever since then I have not stopped reading. I have become a bit of…

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When You’re Recovering From an Addiction and Living With Chronic Pain

September 6, 2017

When I first got clean and sober in 2012, I remember thinking, “Life is going to be great! No more feeling sick and tired.” I could not have been more wrong. This isn’t to say life hasn’t been amazing, because it really has. But there is something that is always lingering around called chronic pain. Lately, I have been trying to figure out how to accept being in chronic pain while also being in recovery from a drug addiction. The…

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