Wife. Mom. Boss. Friend. Special Needs Parent. Business Owner.

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I am a hard-working woman who loves fiercely but also doesn't allow any bullshit. I love hard and I expect a lot from others because I give so much of myself to them.

This is straight-talk about loving the life you live from a know-it-all who is a true empath. I'm loyal to a fault. I love a belly laugh, a hug, and real talk with my best girls.

I'm a people-person who at times needs to veg in my bed all alone when the world has taken the heart on my sleeve and twisted it until it's no longer recognizable. Which can happen more than I care to admit.

I'm also a born leader.

Even though I'm a "middle child" I do not exhibit any of the classic behaviors as I am steadfast, determined, ready to lend a hand, and I am outgoing and social.

I have been described as "intimidating" by others and I choose to believe it's because they don't know how to handle a strong woman.

Not everyone measures up. <shrug>

My family consists of Joel (husband who does everything he can to support his family and show me his love every day), Jamie (teen son with autism and cerebral palsy), Riley (pre-teen daughter who is too smart for her own good), Abby (pound puppy, Dachshund/Jack Russell mix), Beauregard (standard poodle puppy) and me (40-something mom who is not a typical mom).

I work through my depression and anxiety by focusing on the amazing things in my life, including the mundane chores and finding ways to see the silver lining. My friends have encouraged me throughout these struggles to write about them and share how I keep my life moving forward.

All of this has gotten me thinking that living a life you love starts with loving the life you live!

Be grateful every day that you have this life, that there is only one you, and you will see that amazing things will start to happen.

Family Life & Family Business

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