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Alone, Alone. We are not alone.

There may be the feeling of isolation, of a vastness far greater than one could comprehend. Logically we know we aren’t alone in this, but what does logic know about the workings of the heart?

– The Nashville Wife

I believe in the world as it is, this can apply to so many.

+ The stay-at-home-mom
+ The single mom
+ The musician that can’t seem to catch a break
+ The man and woman who broke up and he can’t do this again
+ The student who lost his way and can’t find a worthy path.
+ The woman whose disability creates a vast open space of nothing.
+ The artist who has it all but nothing at all
+ The man who has everything but feels empty
+ The author who writes for no one.

You may not be that author, that mom, the student or the woman. But when have you ever not felt isolated? Empty. Lonely. Unworthy. Ignored. Lost. Inadequate. We are not alone in this. We all have our own burdens to carry but we are not alone in the journey. Whatever the journey, we are not alone.

Logically, we know that. But what does logic know?

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SPOTLIGHT: Patch Foundry

Spotlight time!

Today’s spotlight?

P A T C H + F O U N D R Y

Boutique music patches crafted in Nashville, TN. 

Okay… I know pretty much every person that reads my blog is NOT a tech person, is probably not a musician (and even if you were you STILL probably would not understand this) but could you PLEASE take 5 seconds and see this website?!

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confession…

This is my husband’s website but Im just SO PROUD of him that I really wanted to showcase it. He just released a new product and we’re SO excited.

Back up…

What does he do?

Well he is a patch designer. In layman’s terms, he designs sounds for keyboards + synths that are programable via computer and make incredible sounds on stage, in sessions, production work, etc. Even I don’t fully understand it but that’s about all you need to know. He makes a sound, you can download it and use it on your piece of gear.

He just redesigned his website from the ground up and its spectacular! He has worked on this for months and months and moooonnnths.

So please take a look or if you know someone in the music industry, share it with them! 😉

Thank you, Lovelies! ❤

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We are not.

In the darkness, we see
our true light.

We know our fears for they come to us through instinct.

We know our thoughts as they invade our still minds, relentless.

And in this quiet, we feel what rumbles deep inside, in the crevices of the heart.

In this space, this empty space, we are who we are. We come with challenges, inadequacies, doubt.

We come with rage and torment, a shattered complex.

But we are not finished.
We are not broken; irreparably damaged.

We are not.

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HEY NASHVILLE! Meet Cassie!

I may be little but I am… LOVEABLE! Belly rub anyone?

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Well, hello. My name is Cassandra but those around me call me Cassie. I suppose that name suits me well enough, don’t you? Here’s a fun tip about my name:

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In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. She had the gift of prophecy but the curse that her prophecies would never be believed.

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So seeing as I have the gift of prophecy (lol)… I “prophesy” that I will be adopted by someone awesome because I’m also awesome, too! Here’s a little bit about me:

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Click Here to Meet Cassie!
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Book Review: I Owe You One (Sohpie Kinsella)

Fixie Farr lives within a dynamic family: Family First as the family motto goes.

Mum is as peaceful and loving as they come. She’s the supermom that you could only ever dream to become.

Dad was bigger than life before he passed away, leaving an empty hole and an empty chair at the dinner table. He was the man in charge in their family business (Farr’s) but when he passed, Mum worked her tail off to keep it thriving.

Jake, big brother, is a posh, temperamental achiever who strives for bigger, better, more.

Power. Profit. Potential.

With the power and money to go big, he constantly undermines Fixie at every turn and makes changes to the store and to their lives that could potentially bring them under.

Nicole, the yoga guru, the animal personality wizard and one terrified of things such as her marriage and the coffee maker. Ambitious and flaky, you love her and hate her. She isn’t the perfect older sister but she’s there and there’s hope in that.

In a family such as this, when does the line blur between putting family first and putting yourself last?

Fixie the fixer has a flaw. She can’t but fix things and most the times it ends up going south. Ever since she was ten, she was madly in love with a boy named Ryan Chalker. He was a star, bound for Hollywood, bound to make waves and watch the world follow behind. Naturally, he and Jake became the best of friends and waves turned into tsunamis and in her eyes, Fixie could never compare. She was a failure. She failed at skating, she failed at her own catering business, she fails to see the flaws in Ryan and she keeps her head down with the family business.

I draw breath, telling myself that this time I’ll do it; this time I’ll really have my say. But as I look up at Jake’s intimidating face, it happens again. My nerve collapses. The ravens have started flapping around me.

Enter Sebastian Marlowe. Founder and CEO of ESIM (Ethical Sense Investment Management). He has woodland eyes and the cure for the ravens but when they meet in unexpected circumstances, they later wish life could be reversed.

You can’t go back in time and do life a different way. That’s not how it works.

When Fixie’s world comes crumbling down, she doesn’t have the strength to carry on. Where Sebastian was once a stronghold, he is no longer and Fixie is left to fend for herself. Family First.

But when does Family First cross a line? And why should Fixie always come last?

I gave this book 3 stars (3.5 stars but I didn’t feel like I should round this one up to 4 stars). It wasn’t a bad book but it wasn’t a 4-star book either. It was funny, cute and quirky. I was willing to stay up late finishing it but once done, realized I would have rather had my sleep and finished the next day. I wouldn’t recommend it per se but I do feel like it would be a great beach read; something you fly through quickly.

I got frustrated a lot at Fixie because of the allowances she gave other people, especially her brother. The brow-beatings she got on a constant basis were annoying and you really just wanted to smack them all. Mum disappears for a long time and you truly feel the absence (which I’m sure is intentional but it feels very obvious that she needed to be out of the plot to make it work). The ending was tied up quickly with a nice little bow but at least it left you happy.


Thank you to NetGalley, to Random House Publishing Group and to Sophie Kinsella for the Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review. Looking forward to future books!

(You can find more reviews on my Goodreads page and my Instagram page)

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Book Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance (Ruth Emmie Lang)

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I looked over at Weylyn, who was still leaning out the window, blinking heavily as rain ran into his eyes. A bitter smile crossed his face, as if he knew I was watching him; as if he were answering the question that was on the tip of my tongue: Did you do this?



It all started in Holbrook, Michigan (1968) when little baby Weylyn Grey made his way into the world. It was June 29th and with his first breath came a snow storm. In just a few minutes, six inches or more had fallen and the world was changed forever.

The child turned one eye on me, then opened the other like a backward wink. His irises were molten pools of solder that had not yet set, and for a moment I thought I could see a fire behind them, keeping them liquid.

Weylyn Grey was orphaned at a young age and raised by wolves. Through extraordinary circumstances, he meets the lovely Mary Penlore and unknowingly changes the course of their lives forever. Through many trials and many unexplainable storms later, he lives many lives and meets many people. He becomes the happy owner of a magical horned pig named Merlin. Together they stop tornadoes, hurricanes and occasionally a rainstorm or two (though you won’t ever find Weylyn taking credit).

Weylyn quickly realizes the dangers he brings upon those close to him and decides it best to seclude himself, to run back to the wolves. He tried to make the best of life, tried to love but when that love came crashing down in yet another (deadly) pile of snow, he vanishes. Anyone who knew him could tell you, reader, that you hope he reappears. You hope you do not have to go through life without a Weylyn Grey in the midst of it.

As he bent down and scratched her behind the ears like she was a harmless dog, I felt a sadness more acute than anything I’d ever felt before. Weylyn Grey didn’t belong in my world. He belonged in theirs, and there was nothing I could say to convince him otherwise.

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Thank you Ruth Emmie Lang, for Weylyn. Thank you for opening your mind and creating a character so real, so loveable as Weylyn that it breaks your heart knowing he’s not real.

I don’t know. I’m beginning to think maybe he is… somewhere. He’s too incredible not to be. ♥️

If you have not yet picked up this book, you really really should. It’s magical and you will never forget Weylyn or many of the others in this beautiful story.

PHOTO CREDIT: @lifeinlit (instagram)

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Hi. I am Me.

I am gentle and I am kind.

My heart is the size of the deepest ocean.

My mind runs swiftly through the fields of tenderness.

My body aches to work the labors of giving.

My soul stretches to the depths only joy can survive.

Yet you do not see me.

You think I am argumentative. You think I’m bossy. 

You see anger.

You see emotion as large as a whale, wanting to swallow you whole.

You see a selfish person, looking out for themself.

You see a shallow, ungrateful soul.

You see someone who doesn’t care about the people most important to me… which, my friend, is you.

Maybe these are not what you see but these are what you show me.

Is it that you really don’t see me? 

Or am I the product of misinformation?

My emotions ran unruly for so many years… but that is not me.

Do you see the person inside?

Or could I be a mirror that holds your own projection…

and when you think you see me? It is.. indeed.. you?

But I am Me.

Hello.


A Quick Note

Thank you for reading my words from the heart! This is about knowing your true self and sometimes it can be a challenge when someone doesn’t see that (or when it feels that way). It is important to be sure to communicate clearly the real you, to always show grace and love and patience to others who, too, are damaged. It is important to not keep these feelings hidden but to have conversations with others about how you feel.

After all, aren’t we all guilty of not seeing someone’s true self? What we’re seeing isn’t always who someone is. Emotions tend to be a byproduct of something deeper.

So love always. Give grace endlessly.

Thank you, Lovelies. ❤

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SPOTLIGHT: My Fave 5 Coffee Shops (Nashville, TN)

The more I have been blogging, the more I have ventured out of my house and sought the comfort of a cozy Nashville coffeehouse (and let’s be honest… it also allows me to be with other humans beside my 2-year-old and fur babies)

I have many that I like but here are my top 5 favorites!



Want Coffee? Read On!
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Meet Uno. Super Uno!

I’m faster than a speeding turtle! More potty trained than a locomotive! Able to topple small trash cans in a single bound (okay, I’m trying not to do this one so much…)!

– Agape Animal Rescue

Hey all!

I’m sure you’re wondering what pup this is and why I’m blogging about him. Wellll… to keep it short: I’m a professional pet blogger by day and I wrote a piece on what to do for shelter pets for the holidays. One of my things was to use your profession to help so that is what I’m doing!

I have partnered up with Agape Animal Rescue to help spread the word each week about pups needing to be adopted or heck – even fostered! And lovelies, I would REALLY appreciate your help on this. If you feel it is right for you, could you possibly share these sweet angels on FB or IG, twitter or whatever place you fancy. If you don’t want to share my blog but want to share Agape’s actual link then here’s two:

Uno’s link: https://www.agaperescue.org/dogs-for-adoption/uno/

Agape’s Dog page: https://www.agaperescue.org/adopt/dogs-for-adoption/


Uno here with his buddy, TN Titans Logan Ryan

Quick Tips about Uno:

Breed: Pug/Hound
Weight: about 44 lbs
Male/Female: male
Age: 10 beautiful years old and DESERVING of a forever home!!!

A few notes about him:

– potty trained
– crate trained
– Great with kids, dogs and cats
PS: he has a sidekick at the shelter so if you could adopt him too? That would be amazing! He prefers to have another dog along side him… he’ll be super Uno happiest

Want to Donate to them?

 https://www.agaperescue.org/donate/

Your Turn!

Please spread the word about Super Uno today if you can but otherwise, thank you SO much for taking your time to read this post. Agape and I really greatly appreciate it!

Thank you, Lovelies!


Pictures credited to: Harmony Designs Photography here in Nashville