{Adulting}

Shitty things happen to good people. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, the shit comes along with the good. It’s a cycle. Our lives ebb and flow, it’s up to us to find the beauty in the disaster. it’s up to us to find the lesson in the struggles. And once weContinue reading “{Adulting}”

{Adulting}

Making friends when we are little was so easy. All you had to do was go play in your yard or ride your bike to the park to meet someone new. Heck recess was also a good place to form friendships, friendships that would get you through the beast that is high school. I considerContinue reading “{Adulting}”

Love After Loss

There are many types of loss. Each loss type doesn’t have a guide book or road map, you have to navigate it yourself. Some have support groups and others just meet up at the bar to drink their sorrows away. When you leave a relationship you mourn the person you once were as you learnContinue reading “Love After Loss”

Leaders For Life

Participating in Leaders for Life is important to me because in 2009 I became the very survivor I was advocating for. My father, his broken heart saved mine. In 2002 my Dad survived a sudden cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Because he survived, I decided to give back and in collegeContinue reading “Leaders For Life”

Leaders for Life: Women’s Heart Health

Before October 22nd 2009 I had no idea what a pulmonary embolism was nor did I care. To me that was something that happened to the elderly and at 26 it didn’t even touch my radar. My radar was off. I was 26 years old when the doctors gave me the news that I hadContinue reading “Leaders for Life: Women’s Heart Health”

A Best Friend Is?

While scrolling through TikTok to waste time that I didn’t have I came across a sound with the following quote: What is a Best Friend? Best friends are people who make your problems their problems, just so you don’t have to go through it alone. That quote resonated with me and I listened to theContinue reading “A Best Friend Is?”

Medical Conditions Holding You Back?

Hey there, I’m AJ and I love to travel. On the outside I look like a perfectly healthy traveler. In truth I have a few medical complications that can make travel a bit tricky, but totally doable. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks to make traveling easier. First, if you are traveling withContinue reading “Medical Conditions Holding You Back?”

{Self Love} Weight Doesn’t Define You

When I was growing up my dad always told me “you do not have the right to make comments about a body that is not your own.” By telling me this he instilled in me the value of dignity and grace. Because of this lesson I just see people and not sizes. As long asContinue reading “{Self Love} Weight Doesn’t Define You”

{Surviving} A Toxic Marriage

I was that annoying girl in college. You know the one who had perfectly crafted vision boards lining her dorm room walls. I had my entire life planned out. I had everything on a time line, go to law school at 23, get married at 25, and have my first kid when I was 27.Continue reading “{Surviving} A Toxic Marriage”