… the one other person in the gym this morning has apparently chosen Barbra Streisand to be our workout music… #someonepleasehelp
… enjoyed spending the afternoon with these fun fellow foodies, exploring the best of downtown Brevard eateries and beer & wine! :-)
… researching children’s books today at the Transylvania County Library for our own children’s book series featuring this little sweetie… xo #sweetLeo
… 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”… :-)
… happy Sunday to you, xo… the leaves are turning & fall is settling in… long days of cooking, long days of writing & home…
… 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
… sweet speaker gifts, thank you!… such a wonderful time speaking to this amazing group of women today about life resets… xo…
… receiving a mentoring session in “Politics 101” by my sweet friend, Eve… this is my view as I absorb it all… :-)
… be sure to stop by this adorable store: “Poplar & Ash” in downtown Brevard (22 W. Jordan St.)… #cutethings
… followed by burgers & wine (not beer) at Lake Toxaway Country Club on the deck watching the fog roll in… #happyplace… xo
… at Wine Down agreeing to seriously consider a new endeavor, something I NEVER envisioned for myself… :-)
… 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
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.
… this is the watering hole at the end of 18 holes of golf at Toxaway Country Club… and it’s burger night!
… 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…
… 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…
… excited about award-winning Michelin-star Chef Johannes Klapdohr of The Library Kitchen & Bar joining Brevard Bites Food Tours this season.. announced today!
… meet Ginger & Peaches, visiting Blue Ridge Bakery with their parents… while I grab Greek meatballs to-go… :-)
… 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