… practicing my speech for Manchester UK this month… #healing #forgiveness #leavetheasshole

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I never tire of reading the reviews & loving messages from people who stay in our Lumberyard Falls Bungalow AirB&B…. xo

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… this little cutie was out Sunday driving and stopped by to say hi this afternoon… :-) #grover

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… the one other person in the gym this morning has apparently chosen Barbra Streisand to be our workout music… #someonepleasehelp

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… enjoyed spending the afternoon with these fun fellow foodies, exploring the best of downtown Brevard eateries and beer & wine! :-)

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… researching children’s books today at the Transylvania County Library for our own children’s book series featuring this little sweetie… xo #sweetLeo

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… among friends at the 11th Congressional District meeting… #2020

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… preparing for a busy week ahead… and reading to decipher my dream last night… xo

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… fun card readings at Wine Down tonight… :-)

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… at Theophilus in downtown Brevard getting a gift for someone special in Brazil… xo

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… dinner at Vescovo…

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… gorgonzola gnocchi…
… pan seared scallops on spinach…

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… sweet life reminders on the wall at Bracken Mountain Bakery… xo

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… God bless the friend who says, “you’re on” when I say, “don’t pay $100 for a haircut, I’ll cut it myself, I’ll learn how to do it on YouTube”… :-)

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… happy Sunday to you, xo… the leaves are turning & fall is settling in… long days of cooking, long days of writing & home…

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… open your heart today and tell that one person you miss them… you know which one… the one that first came to mind when you read this… may your heart break open, miracles follow and the week ahead be beautiful after doing so… xo


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… always interesting to find “accident” photos on my phone at the end of the day…

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… some of the yummy food on the Brevard Bites Food Tour this week… xo #yum

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… I love it when I get to be part of Brevard Bites Food Tour group photos!

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… happiness is stocking up on my favorite cookware in Asheville… #PFOAfree

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… sweet speaker gifts, thank you!… such a wonderful time speaking to this amazing group of women today about life resets… xo…

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… receiving a mentoring session in “Politics 101” by my sweet friend, Eve… this is my view as I absorb it all… :-)

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… be sure to stop by this adorable store: “Poplar & Ash” in downtown Brevard (22 W. Jordan St.)… #cutethings

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… wine tasting at Historic Toxaway Market this evening… fun group of people… xo

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… followed by burgers & wine (not beer) at Lake Toxaway Country Club on the deck watching the fog roll in… #happyplace… xo


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Happy National Dog Day from Mac!

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… at Wine Down agreeing to seriously consider a new endeavor, something I NEVER envisioned for myself… :-)

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… goodnight, from Brevard!

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… wisdom on the wall at my favorite Bracken Mountain Bakery… #truth

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… Sunday brunch on the patio at Lake Toxaway County Club…

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Home sweet home… I love these mountains! xo

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… and, that’s a wrap… preparing to board a plane home to the U. S…. goodbye, sweet Rio, I love you more than ever… now, home to Brevard! xo

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Thank you, Rio… I am proud to say you shaped the person I am. Some memorable moments from this trip: (1) being able to show my son @mattasharpsteen where I grew up, (2) seeing the look on his face the first time he saw me speaking Portuguese, (3) being reunited with my Brazilian family (including my Brazilian sister @araripesonia, @felipe.araripee, @bellas_photos, @pattyoliveiraa, @julia_souto, @angela_araripesouto, @joao.araripe… I love you all so much! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ … and my NEW family members including @mackeduardo, @tataicosta and the amazing team of women at @fundoelas! – I look forward to helping you continue to change the world and help women!, and (4) visiting my old school, Escola Americana do Rio @earj.official (despite the twinges of heartache from remembering all the fun times with my sweet best friend Wendy Morris – makes me cry typing this remembering all the times we shared together…. I miss her and sound of her sweet laugh). My heart is full heading back to the states… I send love to you all, the rest of my family. Don’t doubt for a minute that I love each of you and am here for you. Love is an open door always. xoxo — at Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro Galeao.


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… so proud of the amazing & strong women I have met on this trip! #blessed #love

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… an afternoon of napping & then this: creme de papaya… #perfection

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… good night, from Ouro Preto! xo #lovetoyou

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… hello, from Ouro Preto, Brazil… one of my favorite little corners of the world… #myheartisfull xo

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… Matt, me, and Ricardo (our driver)…
… the view from our table where we ate lunch…
… the view from our room at the Solar do Rosario Hotel…
… bought new chokra balancing stones in the town centre…

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… more pics from Rio… xo

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… honored to be working with this amazing group of women @ the Elas Fund in Brazil…

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… fun day in Rio de Janeiro today!

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… fun weekend cheering sweet Leo on at the Greenville dog show… our little book series superstar!

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… this is the watering hole at the end of 18 holes of golf at Toxaway Country Club… and it’s burger night!

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… amazing dinner at Bouchon in Asheville this evening…

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… unexpected inspiration for my “Comfort Foods Around the World” cookbook…

… met this little guy before dinner… such a sweet boy, I loved that he came across the aisle and wanted to sit next to me…


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… oh dear, I won’t lie to you… this White Squirrel Wine isn’t the worst wine I’ve had, but it’s a close second…

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… insane schedule this week… at least my toes are ready for my next trip… xo

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… someone asked me to sign their book tonight while I was out for dinner… #ofcourseIwill #thankyou

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… excited about award-winning Michelin-star Chef Johannes Klapdohr of The Library Kitchen & Bar joining Brevard Bites Food Tours this season.. announced today!

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… thank you, Brevard Orthopedics… I know my shoulder is in good hands…

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… meet Ginger & Peaches, visiting Blue Ridge Bakery with their parents… while I grab Greek meatballs to-go… :-)

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… thank you to Connie, owner of Broad Street Wines, for this amazing French chardonnay…

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… kicking around shopping in Brevard today…

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… my favorite new butter at Food Matters… #ilovebutter

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… my favorite “Calming Blend” essential oil from Elements Spa… always have it around me… xo

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… and now for something beautiful… xo

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… thank you to my friend and rabbi Ely Rosenfeld for reminding me today it’s a good and right thing to be fearless in sharing my life, what I love, what has shaped me, my journey, finding peace, and choosing love… dive in with me, follow my lead… xo


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