Walk a Myelin* My Shoes

Endings, beginnings, life


Why are endings so hard?

We should be masters

Everything ends.


First the womb

Then the breast

Or bottle, depending




Midnight snuggles


Innocent imagination

Friendship without agenda

Playing with toys


Budding breasts

First period

First boyfriend

Hormone fights

This is the end of the beginning.

High school




First view of future


High school without boundaries

Knowing everything without knowing you know nothing

Veil lifting

First job

First love

First orgasm – don’t lie


Wedding- so much planning, over so fast


First house


Births – miraculous torture

First steps

First words


School years

Empty nest

Sad freedom

First view of legacy


It all went so fast


Adventure, at first

Money, an issue

Health, sneaks up

Full circle



Hand over

The end.

Beginnings are endings. Endings are beginnings.

Endings, beginnings, life

❤️ Amanda

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The last three years of experiencing various lifestyles, attitudes and mindsets have framed my image of the perfect fit, not perfect man, for me. My five-year isolation seemed like a good idea at the time, but experience has taught emotionally checking out to avoid tattoos on my heart stunts personal development. Of course, time away is necessary for healing because when not a priority, the past is transported into the future. I’ve multi-tasked, hosting several failed relationships at one time and dragging them into a fresh set of circumstances. Now I understand every relationship that didn’t advance was needed to define what would. Life provides valuable feedback and taking the message from the mess and moving on gracefully (without the scar tissue) is a Superpower acquired. I’ve decided dating a man that does not love God is no longer a viable option for me. Not only must he love God, he…

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My Thursday Will Be Anything But Boring


My Thursday Will Be Anything But Boring…

I am on the road again this week working with a team at one of our sister properties in North Carolina.  They are a great group to work with and today we have some great opportunities.

First we will be talking to a gentlemen who owns a new funeral home.  Some people don’t like walking into a business that focuses on end-of-life care, but I actually like it.  These businesses help people at possibly the worst time of their life; it’s more of a calling than anything else.

After that I will be working with a guy who owns a popcorn business.  I don’t know much about this business so it will be quite the learning experience.

And these two businesses are why I love what I do.  In what world does anyone get to help a funeral home then assist a popcorn guy in the same day?!  And I get to do this week-in and week-out!  My days are never dull!

Yesterday when I got back to the hotel I decided to take some advice from a great friend of mine, Mike, who has traveled for years doing what I do.  He said to me that I need to incorporate 2 things into my travel routine: 1. run or walk on the treadmill every single day, and 2. find something to do other than sit around the room.

So last night I walked/ran on the treadmill for 22 minutes.  I plan to do the same today and tomorrow and although 20-30 minutes doesn’t burn a lot of calories, it is exercise and I hope to be able to build up to longer times.  Living with MS makes running difficult and I’ll admit my feet were completely numb afterward and they burned like you would not believe.

With all that said I do miss my family.  Evelina is at home with Bentley and that is hard to deal with.  We both understand that the travel is necessary, but it doesn’t make leaving any easier.  The good thing is next week is a short week due to Memorial Day and we leave on Friday afternoon for our Florida vacation!

Needless to say we are super excited!  I hope everyone has a great Thursday!


(*my opinions are my own and do not represent those of my company or its employees or subsidiaries)

Could It Be That UC Is A Good Thing?


Could It Be That UC Is A Good Thing?

When life delivers me a curve ball I try to see the good.  As some of you might know, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in April.  It came as quite a shock and seeing that I knew nothing about it I had no idea the disease would change everything in my life.

With that said it has required me to completely eliminate sugar, junk food, wheat, sodas, etc.  And because of that I have lost 8 pounds in 6 weeks.  My clothes are fitting better, my body is feeling better and considering I also have MS the weight loss has reduced the severity of my symptoms.

I have lost weight before and then gained it back, but this time I foresee my issue being keeping weight on.  A major problem UC suffers deal with is consuming enough calories.  At this time the foods that I can eat are incredibly limited: eggs, yellow grits, enriched white bread, chicken breast, fish, green beans and asparagus.  I have also found a few dairy-free ice creams that I love along with Nugo protein gluten-free bars.

I am trying to eat around 1800 calories each day, but that still leaves me 600+/- short of what I should be eating.  My doctor estimates that my body should level out around 160-165 pounds over the next 6 months to a year.

Shortly after my diagnosis I was a bit down, but now I’m optimistic and I love the idea of getting my weight under control to help with the MS.  So where on the one hand I have limited food options, on the other hand my MS symptoms are much less severe.  Life is full of gimmes and gotchas and I’m liking the results from this gotcha.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!!


Why Do Bloggers Get Irritated That I Reblog?


Why do bloggers get irritated that I reblog?

For those who are new to my page and to the few who emailed me this past week complaining about my reblogging tactics let me explain to you why I do it.

First, I don’t focus on reblogging as a “cheap trick to create content on my page that someone else created.” as one of you suggested.  I reblog as a way to help others gain exposure for their work that they many not have been able to get on their own.

Second, reblogging is not stealing.  Those blogs that I reblog have voluntarily left links for their post in the comments of my “I’ll Reblog Your Page.”

And lastly, if you don’t like the reblogs you have 2 very, very, very, very, very easy solutions.

  1. Turn off email notifications for my page
  2. Unsubscribe from Dream Big.  You made the choice to follow my page.  I did not twist your arm and ask you to subscribe and I completely understand if you feel the need to stop following my page.

But what I am not going to do is stop sharing other pages and I will never stop giving back to the blogging community.

You may return to the royal wedding now.


The #1 Thing You Can Do Is To Find A Job You Love


The #1 Thing You Can Do Is To Find A Job You Love…

A few weeks ago I let everyone know that I received a promotion at my company.  I am no longer working in marketing sales, but have been promoted to more of a sales training position.  The great thing about my job now is I am still able to work in the field calling on clients, but now I do it with other reps helping them fine-tune their skills.

Here’s the great thing about my career…I LOVE IT!

When you work in marketing you are constantly chasing the next new client which doesn’t leave a lot of time for celebrating victories.  In my new role I am able to help account execs improve their skill set and seeing them find new success is incredibly rewarding for me.  Yesterday one of the reps smiled after getting 2 new appointments via cold calling and her excitement added fuel to my fire.

My job does require quite a bit of travel, but I am adjusting to the change.  The toughest thing is balancing my new eating regimen while I’m on the road.  So to help me with this, I have bought a nice cooler which I take with me to carry my essentials like vegan, GF mayo and mustard, chicken breast, my bread, GF cereal, veggie chips, etc.  This way I can make sandwiches for lunch and take with me to each property.

All-in-all things are coming along and I am loving it.  I have always said there is not enough time in life to work a job you hate and I still believe it.  If you hate your job, why put yourself through that torture?  I understand some people work jobs they hate because of the money, but there are other companies that pay equal to that you might like.

Don’t sell yourself short.  If you hate your job, then update your resume and find a company for which you can enjoy working.  Sometimes we trap ourselves in thinking we can’t do better; and that simply isn’t true.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Hey Mickey (Toni Basil)

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This song from 1982 has been stuck in my head for two days.   Major nostalgia!  I just learned Toni Basil was 39 years old when she made this video.    This is one of the greatest one hit wonders ever made.

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The dance

Unoriginal (love) noteS

In the reflection of social mist,

The shadows dancing tango –

They sway, they spin, they twist.

Glide in an erotic tangle.

The eye is trained to catch,

The play of rusty morals.

The love, the hate – a match

Burns out and ends in quarrels.

The shadows dancing still,

Unfazed by outer musings.

The drive is here one’s will,

See past the bitter losing.

The shadows do not care,

For rumours hastily cooked.

They voice, they laugh, they share-

They are eternally hooked.

The eye may get upset,

And ill from bites of asp.

But shadows do not fret,

They live beyond eye’s grasp

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My Week 181: 50 Shades of Ewwwww


Have you ever had one of those weeks that seems to be theme-based? Apparently, my theme this week is “50 Shades of Grey”. Now before you all start thinking that I’m a very lucky, and also naughty, girl, let me assure you that it’s nothing quite so salacious. It’s just that the topic of either that particular novel/film or the subject of ‘adult’ fiction have both been coming up fairly regularly lately. It all started last week, when I was at the Page to Screen conference because I’d been invited to attend the cocktail reception by my publisher. He’s been my publisher for about 2 years now, but this was the first time I’d ever spoken to him, let alone met him—all our communication has been via email. Anyway, he invited me to go, because he was pitching my novel to producers in this kind of speed-dating style format, with…

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Happy 95th Birthday André Courrèges


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Today is the 95th birthday of the fashion designer André Courrèges. He is one of the major innovators of the 60s mod fashion movement, creating the iconic space-age themed clothing. He designed a Honda scooter in the…