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Reflections

Reflections

As I reflect on 2023, I’m particularly grateful for you - my friends who support my family, Banks & Beach, and me.
Let’s Talk Local

Let’s Talk Local

When you shop local, you’re keeping your hard earned dollars in our community, AND making dreams come true.
Make New Friends, But Keep The Old…

Make New Friends, But Keep The Old…

"Make new friends, but keep the old…” is the opening line to a song I still recall from my childhood Brownie Troop days… When you move away from your hometown, it’s inevitable that you’ll lose contact with some friends, mentors, and people who have had an impact on your life. Well, in returning...
Sunrise Gratitude

Sunrise Gratitude

The happy little gift that started it all. Sunrise Gratitude. Late last year, while my little was in school, I made my way over to Bees Nees for their Maison Marche Open House. I pulled an orange floral dress from my closet, put on mascara and lipstick, and decided it was time to put myself ou...
Napa Valley (part one)

Napa Valley (part one)

In late 2009, I packed my SUV with clothing, some books, and my road bike, and I moved to Napa Valley. Before I left VB, Marc Sauter at Zoe’s allowed me to interview him - I gained valuable insight including a list of wine terms to look up and wineries to visit. Nicole Abiouness was a Norfolk na...
Wellness

Wellness

I wish you wellness. I hope you, too, find what works for you and makes you feel like the very best version of yourself.
What Moves You?

What Moves You?

What moves you? What lights you up? For me, it’s the sunrise. Being a kind friend. Motherhood. Accomplishing goals and achieving professional milestones. Adventure. Joyful children. Little babies. Time spent with family and friends. Time in the woods and at the beach. An open meadow of wildflowe...
Gifting Magic

Gifting Magic

So I have a secret I’d love to share with you. My gifting magic formula. How do you create a gift that offers immediate gratification and lasting sentimental value? Follow these three easy steps to inspire your next gift. ✨ 1. Make it DELICIOUS Everyone loves a little treat - be it something sal...
Inspiration

Inspiration

Who inspires you? Is there someone special in your life who adds joy to your world? I feel blessed to be surrounded by countless inspiring people who add joy to my world. My dearest friends have the ability to help me find hope, and an endless capacity to hold space for me. What a gift… That’s th...
Connection

Connection

LOVE is the basis of all connection. So how do you cultivate love within yourself to become a more loving, outgoing, and generous person who contributes to your community?
Coming Home

Coming Home

In late December 2019, while exploring Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, God spoke to me and told me to “come home”. A few weeks later, the Atlanta house was on the market, and we were packing and relocating to Virginia Beach. I’d moved away from my hometown in 2009 – fueled by big dreams and a little ...

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