Author Archives: thepurplehayes

Ten Years Ago, Ten Pounds Ago

This was me.  10 Years Ago with my 9 month old daughter.   I was a new mom and I was 27 years old, living in a home in Orlando, Florida. I look happy.  I look thin.  I remember posting … Continue reading

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An Undefined Life

It’s been 9 months since I have written anything at all.  This is primarily because about a year ago, I discovered a job opening at a local Wine & Paint venue and thought to myself, “hey, I paint,” and then, … Continue reading

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“Sorry, not sorry,” – The Watering Down of Apologies

My grandmother was one of my favorite people in the world.  She was a sweet woman with an intuitive sense and an appreciation for the little things in life – butterflies, birds, gumdrops, sugar cookies, and pies.  She could make … Continue reading

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Someone thinks you’re beautiful

A little over a month ago, I was embarking on a quest…a quest that most women and I bet many men dread.  Alone, at Target, I was in the bathing suit section perusing a selection of suits that looked to … Continue reading

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Failing with Grace

Do you ever feel like you’re failing at this thing called Life?  Like somehow you’re just doing it all wrong?  This past year has been pretty humbling for me with regard to my personal endeavors.  When I look back on … Continue reading

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A Portrait of my Father

My Dad is not a smiler.  He will tell you so himself.  He will say that people who go around smiling all the time obviously don’t understand the gravity of the situation. He will also say that “smiler” is not … Continue reading

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A Portrait of my Mother

Even as an adult, I still think of my mother as, “Mom.”  Yes, I have come to know her more as a person and a friend in my adulthood, but the fact is – she is still the selfless, loving, … Continue reading

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