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Here we are again with another winter storm, I feel like this one kind of came from nowhere. Or I just wasn't paying attention to the weather reports.

I was able to get some cleaning done, laundry finished, read and watched a little personal development and a got a run on the treadmill in this morning!

Sometimes these unexpected days off are kind of nice, although, I tend to use the time to catch up on things that I just don't take the time to get done on the weekends, plus need to keep checking on those new babies we have outside.

Listening to my favorite podcast "Rise Together"

After I posted about Hot Chocolate 15K Training, I received lots of questions about what kind of earbuds I use. Trust me, I get it! I know why people are asking. I have had everything from the regular old apple earbuds to honkin' big ear muff looking things. I have spent more money on "headphones' than I care to admit. I have purchased the cheap dollar spot kind to leave in lots of locations, I have saved earbuds from a flight to Florida and I have even shipped two different kinds back to Amazon that I didn't like. Then I found the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones!

I love these because they are wireless and they hold their charge FOREVER! They work great for running because they stay in your ears and don't bounce in and out. Since they are wireless and connect via bluetooth you don't have to worry about a cord getting in the way. There is a small cord that goes from each ear, it just runs behind your head.

So did you catch above that I said I "watched" a little personal development? If you have Amazon Prime, drop everything you are doing and go watch, drumroll please...

It's free if you have Amazon Prime and only $4.99 if you don't! So set aside a couple of hours, snuggle up with your favorite notepad and get ready to be challenged. It will be well worth your time, trust me!

Do you have a favorite brand or pair of earbuds? Do you like to listen to music or podcasts while you exercise? Have you seen Made For More? I would love to hear what you think about it!

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Dream big and huge! You just never know when those dreams come true.

Stories, swirling, stories!  For as long as I can remember I have had stories swirling around in my head.  Stories about my kids, my childhood, fun adventures, sad stories, funny stories and inspirational stories.

When I started working full time and spending a lot more time in my car I started to use my phone to capture some of these stories. I would use the speech to text feature and just blab into my phone.  Then later I would go back and edit and take out those silly speech to text errors that occur.

A few months ago I decided, why not? Why not dream big and huge?  What is stopping me from pursuing the adventure of bringing some of these stories to life for others to enjoy?  So with the encouragement of my husband, family, and friends- I leapt!  I dove head first and started looking for an illustrator with the courage to pursue my dreams.

If you follow me on social media you have seen little hints of Tawanda’s Tales: Best Friends Forever.  The entire process of seeing my story come to life has been surreal. From the first sketch of a character, to the final agreement on a character, and to the actual sketch of pages of the book, it has just been crazy.  I posted on Facebook that it feels like the anticipation of a new bouncy baby. With each sketch the illustrator sends I am one more step closer to seeing my dream become a reality.

I cannot wait to share Tawanda with all of you once everything is finished.  I am in hopes that sometime in February I can do that! The crazy part about sharing your dreams is that is leads to more dreams coming true. Since sharing my story on social media I have been asked by a business and two different school districts to come speak about my book. It's just crazy-as I told one of my friends, I got a speaking "gig." Little old me, got a speaking gig! HA!

What big dreams do you have?  Have you leapt? What’s holding you back?

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