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What I wish everyone knew about caring for a dying parent

  Death is birth in reverse. That’s what our hospice nurse keeps telling me every time I question a new behavior of my mom. And every time I find myself in the baby aisle at Target buying diapers, sippy cups, and picture books, I realize just how right she is. Fifteen months ago, my mother had a brain aneurysm. My life, and my self as I knew it, changed dramatically in the months following as I recounted in this blog…

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When a wellness retreat is just what the doctor ordered

I thought I was taking care of myself. My friends and my kids kept asking, “Are you okay? Are you taking care of yourself?”  I always replied, “Of course.” But did I really know what “not okay” felt like? Apparently not, because late one night I would call my daughter and tell her I was having a heart attack and that I need to go to the ER. The difficulty breathing, the tightness in my chest, the haziness. Four hours…

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My life was perfect.Then it wasn’t.

It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I generally write about happy things – mainly my happy places. But writing is therapy for me. So as difficult as this is, my mother’s story needs to be told. Often, when I’m writing a blog post, I talk into a recorder and tell a story – it sounds more conversational which is my style of writing. But in this case, I couldn’t do it. My voice kept breaking and…

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Travel

7 ways I used a cruise to reboot my mind and body 

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to set new habits at home. There’s always the distraction of dirty laundry, the dog who wants to play ball or that friend who drops by (thankfully so) with a bottle of wine ‘just because’. I’ve been in a bit of funk lately, shuttling back and forth across the country to help care for my mother who suffered a debilitating stroke, while I juggle work and parenting requirements of my…

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Ireland’s elevated golf cuisine

Guest author, Jeff Helms of BetterGolfTrips, a luxury golf travel blog, takes us on a recent trip to Ireland to discover the hottest new gastropubs for golfers. Each year, I travel with a group of friends to Ireland for a little golf. Ok, A LOT of golf. And a lot of carousing. We’re a pretty high maintenance group so over the years, we’ve found some higher end gastropubs and fine dining spots that have elevated their menus to appeal to…

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Australia’s amazing underwater museum: the Great Barrier Reef

It’s on many bucket lists. Diving the Great Barrier Reef. It is after all, the largest living thing on Earth, even visible from outer space. The reef is made up of over 2900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays. It was the ultimate family vacation. Just the four of us traipsing through Australia. It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip, at least with all of us together, so diving the Great Barrier Reef seemed to be one of…

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