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My baby slept through the night AND the time a guitar-playing prisoner made me cry

guitar player

Last week we moved my 11-month-old into her own room. The first night went amazing. She put herself back to sleep every time she woke in three minutes or less – without my help. Twelve hours and thirty-eight sweet sweet minutes. The following nights … Let’s just say it’s been a rough week.

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Real Women. Real Stories. Real Inspiration.

From the moment I quit my job five years ago to freelance and have the flexibility to give this writing life a try, that’s been my focus – writing life. It started out as blog by that title, where I wrote lessons and musings from my own life. It morphed

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SUPERFOOD Hot Cocoa

hot cocoa with matcha and turmeric

Nothing goes with reading quite like hot drinks. And a hot yummy drink that is good for you too? Yes, please! This is my new favourite drink to curl up with while reading a book on a cold winter’s night. 🙂 Superfood Hot Cocoa 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon

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Winter isn’t coming – it’s here! And it brings reflection and a bunch of sweet bonuses!

Do you ever find that life’s lessons come in the oddest of moments and methods? Yesterday, after less than three hours of sleep (following a crazy intense last month of work), I was on a three hour journey that turned into over a six hour one. I thought, booking my trip

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The Pain Of A Broken Heart

behind our lives charlene carr

Have you ever had your heart broken? Most of us have. Most of us know what it feels like to ache in a spot so deep it takes our breath away, to be baffled by the fact that we didn’t know this type of pain was possible. To literally feel like

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Crisp air, brilliant leaves, and a time for reflection

Charlene Carr drinking tea

Crisp air, brilliant leaves, a time for reflection, and of course … tea! I’ve never liked being cold …. scratch that. I hate being cold, and almost always am. Despite my double thick socks, and two to three sweaters, I often find myself chilled even when my husband sits across

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When Life Imitates Art

charlene carr endometriosis awareness

Imagine living years of your life knowing something was horribly wrong inside of you, knowing your pain couldn’t be normal, but consistently being told that it was. Imagine large aspects of your life being defined by that pain—the confusion, isolation, and fear it would cause—yet being told it was all in your head or you just weren’t strong enough to deal with it.

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Let Go of the Past

charlene carr

It’s so easy to let the past cripple and define us. We hold onto experiences, beliefs, and heartache, thinking those things are still real, that they have control over us. But they don’t, unless we let them. Many readers of my novel, Skinny Me, focus on the main character’s weight loss journey

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If a spider can do it …

resilience charlene carr

My husband and I took a walk through the woods. As we travelled deeper the snow fell harder, eventually turning into ice pellets that stung our faces and clung to our coats. The world around us was beautiful, but also a little cruel. Then my husband, ever the observer, stopped

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Can happiness be measured on a scale?

skinny me charlene carr

  It’s January—new beginnings, new goals, and for many, myself included, the need for a new pair of jeans. If you’re like me though, you don’t want to buy that new pair of jeans, rather, you want to fit back into your old pairs! I may be exaggerating a bit

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