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8 Simple Tips On Asking For What You Want

Sometimes getting what we want is as simple as asking for it. But more often than not we need to work a little harder to get it. How you ask for something in your relationship or your life can determine if you will be able to get it.    Here are some simple...

Why Journaling is the Secret Ingredient to Your Travels

Traveling gives you so many great moments and memories that you’ll want to cherish forever. But since the trip is so packed with experiences, it might be difficult to recall everything exactly the way that it happened. People, places, events, and adventures will...

My Key to Success in Life is Making a Difference

My dream has always been to help people; it makes me truly happy and fulfilled. I feel blessed to see this dream become a reality in the last 30 years through my adoption program Lifetime Adoption Center and my non-profit organization Lifetime Foundation.   I...

Adoptees and Genealogy: How to Cherish their Heritage

What can we as adoptive parents share with our adopted children about their heritage? Why is it so vital to have info to share with them? Is it fine to share that they have similarities with our families? And finally, what does the future hold for our adopted...

Adoption Media Appearance With Nia Vardalos

Did you know actress Nia Vardalos had a connection to adoption? I appeared alongside her on the Marie Show. Vardalos and her husband went through 13 fertility treatments and many failed adoption attempts. They were finally matched with a three-year-old girl through...

A Quick Guide to Dealing With Anger

When people feel hurt they often look for a reason for their anger and despair. As our bodies react to the physiological feelings that anger and despair leave us, we wonder how and why this has happened to us. Unresolved anger can be harmful to your health, causing...

My Portuguese Heritage (and Favorite Recipe!)

I’m full Portuguese, with all my family coming from the Azores islands. We recently made a trip to the Azores islands with our family to explore our great great great grandparents homestead and meet relatives. I’ll be sharing more recipes for you to follow in...

Sharing My Story at Relay for Life

I was honored to be the Relay for Life of Nevada County’s keynote speaker. You can watch my speech in the video below. Motivational speaking is something that I enjoy doing: it holds the power to spur others into action.  In the video, I share my experience and...