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One of my favorite writers was the late poet, Dr. Maya Angelou. I loved most things about her, only because I didn't know everything about her, but what I did know about her, inspired me. In every success story, like Maya's, there is a journey or battle to get to that place at the top, where many people dream of being. What I liked the most about Maya Angelou, was her honestly, faith, integrity, courage and grace and her poetic ability to "break-it-down" for anyone that would listen. She spoke from a place of love in my opinion, and her wisdom dares to inspire generations, for decades to come. I am reminded of her snippets of wisdom very often and this week was no exception. While driving home a few days ago, I was amazed to see a big, brilliant rainbow in the sky. In fact, it was a double rainbow....

So, I’ve been doing some research. I have been keeping tabs of my husband’s movements when with the kids, and sharing these movements with some girlfriends, who have kids the same age as mine. Shhhh. Don’t tell my husband. I was out last month for a girls night out, celebrating one of my new mommy friends birthdays; and it happened to be that the majority of women there all had kids close in age, ie: babies and/or toddlers; and we’ve all noticed the same thing: It was clear our husbands were willing and able to look after the kids on their own from time to time, otherwise none of us would be at the girl’s night in the first place, but we all agreed that when we arrive home the same situation faces us upon arrival. Our husbands forget how to live like normal everyday adults. According to the majority...

We've all heard the saying, "when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade," a saying that means so much more than lemons or lemonade; a saying that means that whatever life happens to throw at you, find a unique purpose for it, turn it from boring into fabulous, from bitter into sweet. It signifies that life won't always go as planned, but make the best out of a bad situation anyway-how true is that! In life you have to adjust to the direction of the wind, ride that wave and be creative with situations. Mothers tend to be great masters of this rule. They have the ability to get things done, and adjust as need be. Plan A, B, C & D. Take a toddler for instance, they want to move and get into everything they can. Have you ever been to a restaurant and seen...

May 10th 2015 marked my first Mother’s Day, and it was wonderful. My son has filled a piece of my heart that I didn’t previously know existed, and every day it overflows with more love. I really did not know I could love someone so much, with such depth, and so unconditionally. Ever since I was a little girl I obsessed over becoming a mother. Always played with dolls, stuffed my clothes to appear pregnant, and loved playing with my younger cousins. The only thing I ever really wanted out of life, was to one day become a Mother. Here I am at age 6: At 12 years old I started babysitting my baby cousin, every day after school. I was too young to be left alone with him, but basically I gave his mom a break and played with him in the backyard, fed him, changed him, all that. In college I...

The following was inspired by my friend Katie’s recent Mother’s Day Facebook post, and I have to say I agree with her 100%. Her sentiments hit the nail on the head, so here is my rendition. Many of those who have known me throughout my adult life would be able to tell you that it wasn’t till recently that I had the desire to be a mother. As a young woman in my 20’s I had no desire to have kids and there was a number of reasons why. For starters I spent the majority of my 20’s in a terribly unhealthy relationship, and down deep inside I knew my husband at the time wouldn’t make a good father, due to his numerous addictions, and we were not meant to be together. I was lacking self-confidence and scared I wouldn’t have a good relationship with my children. However, the number one reason...

Zia!-That's what they call me. It's the Italian word for “Aunt.” Being an aunt fills me with such joy and some awesome teaching opportunities. My nephew is 7, and like many young kids, he asks a lot of questions, his zest for knowledge just astounds me sometimes. A few weekends ago, my husband and I went to the "IAAF World Relays 2015," which were hosted for the second year in a row, in Nassau, The Bahamas. Teams from all over the world came to our tiny “pebble” in the Caribbean Sea to compete against one another and in some cases – to set new World Records. Australia, Algeria, Great Britain, Kenya, Nigeria, Ireland, Italy, France, Jamaica, Brazil, China and The Bahamas (to name a few) were all present and put on a wonderful display of track and field over a 2-day period. My husband and I met...