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I’m Wealthy!


I am a very wealthy person. Not in assets or luxury items or even in my bank account. (No, I didn’t win the PowerBall this week…) But I have a wealth of friends, family, business associates and Rotarians around the world who believe in me, support me and encourage me.

I’ve always considered myself a charitable person, even though I’ve never been that person you’d call on to ask for a major gift or a piece of my estate. (That makes me laugh out loud even thinking of that idea!) Whether I was overworked and underpaid in corporate America, or struggling to pay the mortgage as a small business owner and entrepreneur, I’ve always been consistent in my giving to those organizations that were important to me.

Since I can’t write big checks, I’m usually the one giving of my time and talents to help a cause – chairing a fundraiser, creating a public image video or press release, rallying the troops, whatever is needed. I’m happy to step up. Because I was taught at an early age to give what you can to those who need it.

Giving back is about more than writing checks. It’s about having a heart for service and giving what you can. That’s why it’s important to me to give regularly and consistently, even when there are other things I could do with that money, and to volunteer my time and talents that can be beneficial to the organizations I’m part of.

Who we are is what we do with what we have.headshot who we are

And I have amazing friends and family, a heart for service, and a business that affords me the flexibility to give back in non-traditional ways. So in my book, that makes me a very wealthy woman!

Don’t ever think YOU can’t make a difference because you’re not rich enough, smart enough or talented enough. You ARE enough. You’re wealthy in ways you may not even realize.

Comment below about what YOU have that makes you wealthy – I want to hear back from you! Or share it on your social media with this post and tag me!

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Viva Las Vegas!..or something like that.

So proud of my friend Anna Catherine! She is the perfect example of my mantra – “Find your passion & make it your purpose.” Now go get that crown girl & bring it back to the Palmetto State!! Xoxo


I’m not sure exactly how I got to this place in my life, but thankful would be an understatement.IMG_4011

In two days I embark on a journey that has been almost 10 years in the making. I didn’t realize the multitude of just what this pageant and this title meant to me, until this week. I feel like a Heavyweight Champion with everyone in my corner, rooting for me. I always knew my support system was unlike any other, but this week they’ve been shining brighter than the Vegas lights.

AH. Vegas.

The last time I went to Vegas it was a whirlwind experience (literally flew there and left 48 hours later to watch my best friend compete at Miss America that year). So if anyone has incredible ideas for exploring Sin City that are appropriate and fun—holla @ me. (also please don’t direct me towards the Louis Vuitton store…

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It’s Just A Bad Day…

“When somebody has convinced you that you’re not worth anything to anybody anymore, and they spend a lot of time doing it, you start believing it yourself.”

Boy are those words true! In fact, I feel like I could have spoken them myself. But I didn’t. And I bet you’ll be surprised to learn who did…

16-time heavyweight champion Ric Flair, aka the “dirtiest player in the game” was well-known for his extreme cockiness during his career. His celebrity status as a “limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss-stealin’, wheelin-dealin’, son-of-a-gun” immediately makes you want to go “WOOOOOO” whenever someone even mentions his name! (And us Gamecock fans start hearing 2001 in our heads too!)

But what you DON’T immediately think of, is someone who faced rejection and struggles just like everyone else.

I’ll admit I came upon this interesting fact about the wrestling superstar by accident (don’t even ask why I was googling Ric Flair…that will come later…much, much later!).  In addition to being a survivor of TWO lightning strikes, Flair was also one of five passengers injured in a twin-engine plane crash in NC in fall of 1975. Despite the fact that he broke his back in three places and was told by doctors he would never wrestle again, Flair was back in the ring a mere four months later. And the rest, of course, is history.

bad-day_25707925275_oIf the legendary “Nature Boy” can admit he doubted his self-worth and struggled with panic attacks during the height of his career, certainly you and I can face our fears, doubts and uncertainties with the same passion. So ignore the naysayers. Turn away from the negativity. Face your future with determination and purpose. Become the champion you are destined to be.

After all, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life! (Click here to tweet this!)

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 *On a side note, I also learned another interesting factoid when researching Ric Flair. For a mere $495, you can receive a “personal phone call” from “The Man” himself. A live five-minute phone call is listed on his website’s shopping page. Hmmmmm…wonder if anyone would pay to talk to me on the phone??


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But I’m not lost…

When I was younger, I thought I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to be when I grew up. For a few years, I thought I’d be America’s Next Top Model (I even put that on a pageant application as my “Career Goal” once). But if you looked at photos of me when I was 13, you’d know that was NEVER gonna happen!

Then I wanted to be a television network news anchor. Well the chances of that happening weren’t too great either.

So over the years, I’ve done a lot of different things (professionally and personally), and enjoyed most all of them. I can honestly say I’ve gained something from each of my experiences. But have I found myself? No. Of course not!

But maybe that was the problem all along. Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself!
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Regular entries to this blog and a weekly e-mail called “From Passion To Purpose” are the first of many steps I’m taking the next few months in this effort, and I hope you’ll be there to encourage and applaud (and even critique) me along the way. None of us are too good for criticism or too bad for encouragement.

If you’ve spent most of your life trying to “find” yourself, here’s your chance to look at the future differently. It’s time to “create” yourself and see what happens. Your future is in YOUR hands! I just appreciate you letting me come along for the ride!

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Are you willing to be third class, and serve?

Wow! My blog was featured today on the Rotary International blog Rotary Voices. Take a look!!

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