Category: queens junction

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phenomenal…that’s you!

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s sizeBut when I start to tell them,They think I’m telling lies.I say,It’s in the reach of my arms,The span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me.I walk into a roomJust as cool as you please,And to a man,The fellows stand … Read More phenomenal…that’s you!

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glass ceiling?

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”– Marie Curie I was having lunch with a friend recently, and she said something shocking, but in my heart, I knew it was true. She said the glass ceiling is a myth that we have all decided to believe in, and if we wanted something … Read More glass ceiling?

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living fabulously

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” -Coco Chanel Sometimes when I pay too much attention to world events, I get exhausted because my mind starts working on a solution to every situation. I allow myself to become a mental “Joan … Read More living fabulously

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the perfect present

There’s a lot of talk out there about “women are the future,” and I get the sentiment…we want our voices heard and our rights respected. But why wait for the future? We are here now and always have been doing amazing things. Women are the Present! (which subtly reminds everyone that the women in your life are a gift…so treat them that way). This … Read More the perfect present

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deeper connections

“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.― Anaïs Nin I grew up on the Great Lakes in Michigan, and my favorite place in the world was the shore. We spent summers in a cottage on Lake Huron, where cousins were everywhere, and we had so much freedom and fun. I have always marveled at … Read More deeper connections

Merry Christmas

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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living what is real

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. -Rumi      Vince and I were planning our wedding at the same time I was running for the U.S. Congress…talk about multi-tasking! We had a beautiful day celebrating with our family and friends, but we only had time and resources to take a one day to escape together before it was … Read More living what is real

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Save the last dance for me…

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh. -Friedrich Nietzsche For as long as I can remember, I loved to dance. And my favorite dancing partner was always someone who I knew loved to dance as well. He had my mom … Read More Save the last dance for me…

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Lobster Thanksgiving

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie All my life, the holidays have had such a magical presence. The season of gratitude or Thanksgiving was … Read More Lobster Thanksgiving

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a walk in my shoes

I’m not afraid of heights, have you seen my shoes? –Carrie Bradshaw For as long as I can remember, I have loved walking in heels…the higher, the better. I have a theory that if I were meant to wear flats, I would have been born four inches taller. Maybe it is because my mom always made sure she put on her best outfit when she … Read More a walk in my shoes

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creating a celebration

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practising gratitude.” -Brene Brown Every summer we host a white dinner charity event called Brandywine in White in the countryside near our home. It is a beautiful evening similar to other white pop-up dinner parties where guests get decked out in their … Read More creating a celebration

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launching from the nest

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the … Read More launching from the nest