I’ve been a “fan” of the Gentle Barn for years now, following their incredible stories of rescue on Facebook, it’s one of my goalsĀ  to visit Gentle Barn in Los Angeles in the next five years. So, when Dudley’s story started on Gentle Barn’s facebook page about two years ago, I was glued to the screen following along on his journey to recovery. Dudley is an amazing cow who lost his foot when he was a calf, luckily Gentle Barn was able to step in…Continue Reading “Never Too Early to Learn Kindness”


While in the Denver, Colorado area visiting my (not so) little brother, we made our way to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit sanctuary in the US dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. So it really is: Lions, tigers and bears! Oh my! What a great organization, that does great work with rehabilitating animals who have come from circuses, small zoos and roadside attractions, and give them a life that is as close…Continue Reading “The Wild Animal Sanctuary | Colorado”

Shamrock n Roll Atlanta 5K

I’ve never considered myself a runner. Even though I’ve completed my fair share of 5K and 10K races, with one half marathon thrown in for good measure. But, after 6 years of running, having a baby and losing 30 pounds, I am finally starting to feel like a runner. Finishing at this year’s ShamRock N’ Roll 5k. It’s only recently that I’ve started to feel at ease when running, and experienced the runner’s high that I’ve heard about. I can finally run an entire 5K…Continue Reading “5 Business Lessons that I’ve Learned from Running”


When we were diving in Jamaica a few months ago, I couldn’t help but see the parallels between scuba diving and running a business. After all, when you’re under the water it’s silent and all you can hear are the thoughts in your head. So, I get a lot of thinking done while diving. After all, thinking about business is way more fun than thinking about whether I’ll absentmindedly swim headfirst into a jellyfish or brush up against a lionfish, right? 5. Stick with your…Continue Reading “5 Things Scuba Diving can Teach you about Running a Business”

Vinings Downhill 5K 2013 tshirt

I am not a runner. I don’t consider myself one. I don’t particularly enjoy running. I run mostly so that I can: 1. Get out of the house 2. Eat more And even those two reasons are sometimes not enough to get those running shoes on. So, I sign up for races. Having a goal in mind sure does help get my butt out the door to pound some pavement. Today was one of those race days, the Vinings Downhill 5K, in Vinings, GA. Yes,…Continue Reading “Vinings Downhill 5K”

Beach BBQ Buffet Franklyn D Resort

We are on our way back to Atlanta now. But first, I need to gush about the resort that we stayed at for the past week first. If you have young children, want to dive in the Caribbean and also want to make sure that said children are in safe hands… you must check out the Franklyn D Resort (FDR) in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Paul and I are generally not fans of all-inclusive places. Or resorts, for that matter. We like to get out and…Continue Reading “Franklyn D Resort in Jamaica”

Advanced Open Water scuba with instructor Jamaica

Four days and seven dives later, we’re officially Advanced Open Water certified divers! Here we are with our instructor, Marcia. Yes, I know I don’t look like a diver in this photo… we stayed at the resort where the dive shop is located, so we were able to head back to the room to shower, etc before coming back to finish up our paperwork. We absolutely loved the dive crew here, what a great group of people! If you’re thinking about diving while in Jamaica,…Continue Reading “Advanced Open Water Certified”


Just in case my previous posts make it seem as though we’re neglecting Mini-me on this trip… Here we are having some morning fun on the beach before breakfast this morning. Mini-me is absolutely loving her vacation nanny here at the resort, and Mom & Dad are loving being able to get away for a bit to do what we love. Today we went on two dives, both for our certification in Underwater Photography. Even for a professional photographer, taking photos underwater is a whole…Continue Reading “Nurse Sharks and Lionfish”