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Abracadabra

While working to improve upon my jewelry design skills, I am finding myself discontent with items I made as a novice. Some pieces are slated for complete disassembly. Others, like the Steampunk earrings that are the subject of this post, are being transformed using my newfound skills. Abracadabra! If only it were that easy. Before Transformation These Steampunk key earrings started life Read more…

Victory

Victory! In my post Waiting, I discussed the long journey to becoming an Enrolled Agent. It requires passing three tests. I took – and passed – my last test on Friday, May 11th. Whew! It’s essentially been a three year process: nearly 2 years for the Masters in Accounting, and a year to study for and take the three tests. I understood Read more…

Before / After

It has been a long time since I endeavored to learn a new creative process. Or even had a moment to indulge my creative side. A Masters in Accounting, starting the new business – Brass Tax Services – and a beautiful relationship that still feels fresh after almost two years of marriage, left no space or interest in my brain for such Read more…

Contentment / Happiness

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks for my husband and me. My husband was in a motorcycle accident 10 days ago resulting in a banged up left shoulder and hip, and a broken thumb. I got sick the same day. All of this occurred in the midst of my studying for two upcoming tests, and Dan going through the process of Read more…

I have been away from this blog far longer than I intended. Real life and all of that. Last week was very busy – busy with things that I wanted to do. But even positive activities and events can pile up and be too much. While being over-extended doesn’t occur often, I am asking myself if I could have done anything different Read more…

Authenticity in Your Online Business

Starting a new online business is often a crash course in how to provide the best products or services, how to do marketing, how to utilize social media, and how to master webpage creation and maintenance – simultaneously. Whew! The amount of information is simply overwhelming. It is easy to lose sight of what you love about your business, and why you Read more…

As Valentine’s Day grows closer, I have come across a number of romantic images and quotes. The one that always catches my attention is “Love Conquers All.” So romantic. A concept we all want to embrace. A reality we yearn for. And completely untrue. It’s a belief that underlies so much misery. I’m not saying we ought to drop our partners when Read more…

I will admit that when I saw a similar Instagram post picture (which I attempted to recreate here), I literally laughed out loud. I was gobsmacked with both the truth AND the hilarity of it – how we work against our own happiness. The mental gymnastics we women (and no doubt some men too) put ourselves through would be a sight to Read more…

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