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As I Used To Be

I was looking at photos from 8-10 years ago, when our first two kids were toddlers. These two boys are now 11- and 12-years-old. And I am fatter, wrinklier, and generally more disgruntled-looking. Ha. Don’t get me wrong. I was tearfully gazing at each photos of my chubby little boys, missing their baby selves, even though I love their adolescent…

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Filling My Eyes With Stars

It’s the little things. The series of moments woven into one full day, one month, one year, one whole miraculous lifetime. The aroma of coffee, pungent first smell of the day. The window just visible above the door of my shower stall and the puff of clouds rolling by. Empty yogurt container doubling as a holder for leftover homemade simple…

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The Scary, Painful, Sucky Between

So I’ve said I’m not normal. But that’s not quite right. I’m perfectly “normal,” since there are many brands of normal floating around. I guess what I mean is I stepped out of my old way and am finding my way to a new one. Some would call it a mid-life crisis. Others an awakening. Some people would refuse to…

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I’m Not Normal. Are You?

My name is Domini, and I’m not normal. Okay, you already knew that. The name of the blog kind of gives it away. Duh. The thing you don’t know, and that I rarely tell you, is that I’m stepping onto a path that scares the living hell out of me.  But I’ve decided that it’s time to be honest. Without…

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Don’t Be A “Next Year” Person

Next Year People. If you’ve watched Ken Burns’ documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” you might recognize the phrase. It refers to the homesteaders in the Midwest who stayed on in the area, even though their farms, finances, and families were repeatedly ravaged by drought and dust storms. They stayed put and kept the hope, always thinking “next year” would be better….

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The Less Traveled Road

Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This quote has been one of my favorites since I was about ten years old, living in the country with my family. As a girl, the romantic idealism of Frost’s quote inspired me. But then,…

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The New Pioneers

Time has been flying on this road trip across the U.S. Just a little over a week into it and we’ve already experienced so much. Now that the government is shut down and the national parks are closed, we’re glad we did rush through some of it. We saw the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore in one and half extremely busy,…

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Today is the Beginning of Your New Life

Today is the start of your new life, the very beginning of a fresh existence that will make your heart sing every day. What are you going to do to start moving toward your dream life? Let’s get one thing straight. Big dreams don’t happen unless you realize that smaller, short-term goals are the key to success. Are your short-term…

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Burn, Baby, Burn!

We all remember hearing about the evils of forest fires from Smokey the Bear. However, we are now learning from many environmental scientists that fire (fire contained reasonably within wild areas that doesn’t affect human life or property) is good. Even huge forest fires that decimate thousands of acres in Yellowstone National Park have a beneficial effect on that area’s…

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Can You Pull the Trigger?

Often, you’ll hear me talking about following one’s dreams and travel in the same breath. But is travel for everyone? Definitely not. Travel is a great way to live an abundant, exciting life, but it’s certainly not the only way. And it might not be your way. Or it might not be your way right now. Travel is our dream….

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Decide You Want It

Okay, I gotta say it. Happiness does not happen to people because they are “lucky” or “blessed.” It does not happen because they came upon an incredible stroke of luck. Happiness comes to those who decide they want it. And it comes because they set their intention on what they want and then work their tails off to make their…

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