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Almost a Billionaire

It’s Monday, and I’m in the office. You can safely assume that this means I did not, despite my best efforts, win the record $1.6 billion dollar Powerball jackpot a couple of weeks ago. To paraphrase one of my favorite comedians, James Gregory, you’d know if I won – you’d never see me again! I know it’s silly to feel a sense of ownership over the lottery money, but no sooner did Dale and I buy our tickets than we started planning out what we’d do with the money – when we won, of

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Dream Big, Dream Kind

Dream Big, Dream Kind

Today, I won’t try and paraphrase the great Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., even if it is tempting. The man’s life and message (particularly his “I Have a Dream” speech) was so much bigger than this little email devoted to my Monday morning musings. Instead, I wanted to share with you a message of kindness, and why I think that’s one way to act on Reverend King’s message, on this day and every day. Each one of us, despite the differences we may see, and think, and feel, is an individual. Even within the

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Why I’m Taking the Day Off Tomorrow

You’re all well-aware that I’m a die-hard sports fan by now, right? That’s why today is one of my favorite Mondays of the year – it’s the day that a new NCAA College will be awarded the title of NCAA Football National Champion. It might not be a national holiday, but I’m all for it, and I feel like the state of Alabama would agree! Two years ago, the NCAA implemented a four-team playoff for the National Title. This year’s four teams (in case you’re just getting caught up now) were: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan

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Happy Accidents

So, here we are folks. Kicking off the first Monday of the New Year. 2015 was quite a year and you’ve probably seen your share of recaps reminding us of the good, the bad, the ugly, the downright bizarre and the heartbreaking tragedies we witnessed in the past 365 days. I’m all about seizing the freshness of a New Year to work on myself and improve my habits, yet I couldn’t help but laugh at this meme. It’s funny because we know that we are human and that despite our best intentions to remake

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To Stay or Go? That is the Question.

Advice columnist Ann Landers famously said, “At every party there are two kinds of¬†people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” It can be hard to decide what to do with your New Year’s Eve. With the holidays just behind us, it’s awfully tempting to bundle up with your new socks and jammies and enjoy your presents. If the typical Monday blues are making it hard for you to decide whether you and yours should go out and party this

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Glaze of Glory

Earlier this month, I was in the North Carolina office, seeing all my Matchmaker friends in person. It definitely has its perks! The weather was nice, I got to see everyone’s smiling faces, and I spent some time with family and friends. That Monday, I heard the rumblings of the sort of rumor that gets North Carolinians very excited. According to scuttlebutt, Krispy Kreme locations all across North Carolina honor the Carolina Panthers’ undefeated record by cutting the cost of a dozen of their delicious glazed doughnuts. That’s right: on the day after the

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Return of the Jedis

I’ve written about it before – I’m a Star Wars fan. So, with the arrival of a new Star Wars movie this week, I’m happier than a kid on Christmas morning! The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film in more than ten years, so it’s an opportunity for a whole new generation of Star Wars merchandise. And there is plenty. In fact, I think with enough searching, I can work Star Wars into every aspect of my life. Just the other day I came across these awesome coffee creamers. For someone like

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Trivia, But Not Trivial

Remembrance is key. Even on a Monday morning, where it’s hard enough just to remember your keys! But this Monday is a very important and somber date not to be forgotten. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise airstrike on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,403 Americans were killed, making the Pearl Harbor attack one of the deadliest events on American soil. The aftermath of the events changed the course of world history, bringing the United States into World War II. I have a reputation for being a

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You Gotta Believe to Receive

Let’s get this out of the way – I still believe in Santa. Yeah, I know it’s Cyber Monday and my brain’s a little foggy after all of that turkey and door-buster shopping, but I’m a mumblemumble-year-old woman, and I can believe in Santa if I want to. They say “when you stop believing, you stop receiving,” and me? Well…I want presents. As a kid, I tried to put on my best behavior when I wrote to the North Pole. This was pre-Elf-on-the-Shelf era, you see. Santa didn’t have the kind of reach back

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Are You Ready for Some Football???

Tell me you have the song stuck in your head, now. I know it’s Monday morning, and you might still be waiting on coffee, but I’ll bet you’re wide awake now! Football season’s the time of year when Monday mornings never get me down – because Monday mornings mean Monday evenings, and that means MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL! What’s even better than Monday Night Football? Giving thanks for a week with both Monday Night and Thanksgiving Day football! I was so inspired by this year’s NFL Thanksgiving Games line-up, I spent some time writing up

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