Niki and Sammy

    Last year, my kids and I decided that we wanted to attend a Youtube convention in 2017. The dates and distance to travel for Vidcon didn’t work for us this year, so we decided that we would go to Playlist Live. Orlando is within driving distance, and the dates fit into our schedule. I bought tickets as soon as they were available in October 2016 to take advantage of the cheaper pricing. Standard tickets were $125 covering events… Read more »

youtube update

When I started this blog last year, I wanted to incorporate my blog content with a Youtube channel. I really believe in the power of Youtube as a tool for both education and entertainment. I, however, didn’t have a strong vision for how I wanted to accomplish integrating my written content with my Youtube content. As a result, I veered off course and just started experimenting with content that I thought would be fun to make.   One thing that… Read more »

steps to personal growth

If you’ve been following along on my journey of personal discovery this year, you will know that I have been looking deep into myself to find my passion and my purpose. For my whole life, I’ve felt like the purpose of my gifts and talents was so much bigger than the small towns to which they have been confined. Part of finding the answers to my questions this year has been confronting that nagging feeling that just would not go… Read more »

endings and saying goodbye

Endings and goodbyes are never easy. When facing the end of something you loved, the final curtain call can be excruciating and heartbreaking. Even in the moments when the ending is welcomed and for the best, actually breaking away and closing the door is difficult.   Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and talking about it with my daughter. This weekend she danced for the final time with her competition dance team…. Read more »

believe in your dreams

My everyday jewelry includes three bracelets with phrases that I like to focus on throughout my day. One of those bracelets simply states, “Believe.” Although it was an Origami Owl Christmas product, I find that it suits me well every day. Every time I look down, I am reminded to believe in myself and to believe in my dreams.   When I talk about believing, I mean believing in something that defies all the odds. It’s not like saying “I… Read more »

About five months ago, I shared a post with you that was an interview with my 13-year-old daughter. I asked her a set of questions that would help my readers get to know me better through the eyes of my kids. I thought it would be funny to ask my 10-year-old son the same questions and see what he had to say about me. So, here were his answers.   What is something I always say to you? I love you… Read more »