• Finding Yourself In The Rockies

    Would you ever move back?” a new friend questioned asked me the other day when she learned I wasn’t a Colorado native.  It was a valid question: one I hadn’t been asked (or pondered) in years.  Would I ever move back to the midwest after decades spent in the west?  It made me take a deeper dive into why I came to Colorado in the first place and what I’ve learned…
  • Cincinnati Roots Never Die

    When Seven Hills Outfitters, a new e-commerce brand based out of Cincinnati, had approached me about collaborating, I needed to know more about what they stood for before I signed on.  Did they value small businesses?  Did they understand how to champion brand stories? 
  • BFJ Turns 5 - My Mixed Tape To You

    Taking a trip down memory lane isn’t common for me, but once in a while it’s nice to take stock of how far we’ve come the past 5 years, the past 20 and gulp, the past 30 years.  I’ll see a funny photo or listen to fantastic music transporting me back to a simpler time and man, it feels awfully sweet to romanticize the 90s.  I wouldn’t change the choices made (good and not so good), the friendships built and time spent with people I trusted and loved. 
  • A Lesson In Love From My Dad

    My Dad passed away on January 17th of 2009.  He had battled cancer for years and while we all knew he’d succumb to the disease, the finality of his death still stung my heart, cracking open a wave of grief so deep and wide, it was truly breathtaking.  I suppose losing a parent is like losing a limb.  It’s painful and debilitating at first.  You learn to adapt with two steps forward and one step back, and then learn to live life in a new way.   
  • Simple Times, Simple Pleasures

    I kept meaning to write to you for the last several months, but what could I possibly add to the dumpster fire that is 2020?  You have heard it all before, I have read it all too, and to be blunt, I am utterly fatigued by the prevailing drama, loss, hurt and fear.  For a lot of us it’s easy to say we’ve had to endure far more traumatic years than 2020. 

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