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The Skinny Confidential Book : A Swift, Sassy Kick (Giveaway)

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments regarding Alex’s no good very bad day. But he is a resilient little bugger–he’ll be good. I normally talk food today, but I feel like keeping going with the discussions we’ve already started this week. Let’s continue to Take Back Our Lives, shall we? And then head over to Erica and Smitha and win all the things!

I think that if you have been in the blogging world for any amount of time, you have at least heard of The Skinny Confidential (particularly if you use Bloglovin) and its creator Lauryn Evarts. The Skinny Confidential is one of the top lifestyle blogs in the world–in fact it was named such by Bloglovin’–and Lauryn is regularly featured across very media sources, from the Huffington Post to Guiliana Rancic’s Fab Fit Fun. 

But the purpose of this post is not to give you Lauryn/TSC’s resume. Check out her incredible blog or refer to the good ol’ Googster and get those phalanges a-movin. 

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When I was contacted to see if I might like to check out Lauryn’s first book The Skinny Confidential (big thanks to Kay for pointing them my way!), my first thought was, “I’m not the necessarily the glam, boho-chic California Babe that I think they are looking for…” I mean, I know that I am blond and all, and goodness knows I love my veggies, fish, chips and salsa, yoga, and absolutely my maxi dresses, but I would say that the similarities end there. But like with Lorna Jayne and my review of Nourish (considering I’m not great with recipe books), I wanted to open myself up to new opportunities and new ways of thinking. 

And I am so glad that I did. 

The Skinny Confidential Book

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The Skinny Confidential book (and blog) is not your typical self-help, fitness, makeup, or cooking book. TSC is truly about providing a perspective on balancing your life and engendering a life that works for you–in fact, that works to engender a better you. It isn’t about creating a new person but about bringing out the natural beauty of what is already there. 

And best of all? To do it with SASS. 

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I think my favorite part of TSC is the manner in which it is written. Yes, it provides great ideas, tips, and advice–from simple portion control, to creating the ideal juice with the optimal herb blend, to great movies to keep your arms sculpted, to makeup and wardrobe styling–and yes, it is presented in that beautiful easy, breezy, free California girl vibe that reminds me so much of Kay and Cassie. But then Lauryn surprises you (and me) with a healthy dash of, dare I dare to say to it… Suz-itude. But instead #LikeALauryn

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The information is easy to read, understand, and absorb, but most importantly, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. When I asked her about how she created a distinct but still consistent voice for the two (blog and book), I loved her response:

My book is definitely an extension of The Skinny Confidential ( the blog ). The book felt like I was really in someone’s home. Maybe someone’s bed. Or maybe even having coffee, one on one. As for the blog it feels like I’m speaking to more people at once.
 
The book was a way to connect one on one with the reader. So the goal was to make it feel like we’re having an almond milk, cinnamon cappuccino at the local coffee store…or maybe a glass of RosΓ©. 
 
The blog feels like more of a platform. Or even a community. It’s basically a place where I say: ‘hey, I don’t know everything, here’s my experience, what’s yours?’ Kind of a place to empower each other in a feminine way with no boundaries ( although I’ve had the occasion boyfriend/husband sneaking a peek too ). I want to talk about vagina steaming, moving in before engagement, why I’m obsessed with magnesium, why soda is nasty, & balance, in general. 

And yes, she swears. Which I love. I mean, she even tells you to “man the F up.” This girl shoots from the hip. She isn’t all omg I’m so happy and perfect and at peace with my life. Because, let’s face it, I would slap a b*tch like that in real life. This is a chick that I would love to hang out with; who might even make me feel intimidated and even less than, as if I could never measure up. And then you know what? She would tell me to man the F up. To make a decision. Because, as she said to me:

From the outside looking in, it appears I woke up one day & I was a full time blogger.

This really couldn’t be further from the truth. I was bartending at night, teaching Pilates & Pure Barre during the day, and squeezing in full-time blogger six days a week. It was non-stop, go, go, go. Honestly sometimes when I’m still, I feel guilty because I’m so used to the hustle. 
 
The business, app, & book were all something I worked at every single day for years so it never felt like ‘aha.’
 
What’s the old quote? You know the one that’s like, “luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” It’s so true. Nothing has come easy, it’s all been slow & steady in my eyes. 

And, to wit, ain’t nobody got time to be somebody else.

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To be honest, reading this book gave me pause not because of the great content (which it has) or the gorgeous photos (again, which it has). TSC gave me pause because a) I couldn’t believe how much of myself I saw in her and b) I saw a direction that I wanted to go in.  

It takes me back to my Blogging Quarter Life Crisis and these other moments of pause that I have been having recently. As I try to figure out how I want to leave my mark on this world. As I deal with feeling slightly underwhelmed in certain areas of my life–a fact made all the more obvious by the incredible weekend I had in Phoenix surrounded by a community and friends who made me feel more than, and then the success of my marathon, where I realized that holy cow, I am capable of something incredible. Beyond incredible, even.

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Who would have thought that I would find myself in a pair of running shoes? And who would have thought I seen a piece of myself in a book by a California beach babe about finding the balance and health in life, when I “seem” to have that in hand? 

Sometimes, it is in the most subtle and unexpected of places that you get your swift kick in the pants and gets you thinking. Do you need one?

Oh, and if you get the chance–ask her about her dogs. She’s “obsessed” with them.

Your turn! US readers have their chance to win their own copy of The Skinny Confidential Book, now on sale!  Check out the Rafflecopter below. Not in the US? Well, I obviously love you anyway, and one day I will figure out a way to sufficiently show it. Giveaway ends Midnight 3/30.

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But until then, tell me how you’ve figuratively put your big girl panties on recently? If you are comfortable sharing, what is something that scares you silly, but it a big dream?

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70 Comments

  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Becoming a personal trainer scares me silly πŸ˜‰ Ha just because I’m not a good sales person so I don’t know if I could do it. Also, the unknown of the future. Do I want to teach? Do I want to try something new? What do I want to do? Scarrryyy
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    March 25, 2015 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you just need to find the right fit of a personal training program/situation–like working in a club or something like that were you aren’t having to drive as hard at just sales, and can focus on what you are doing. Then I think you’d be great!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Sam @ The Running Graduate

    This book sounds wonderful!! Personally finishing grad school and becoming a professional still scares the crap out of me! And I dream of running Boston by the time I’m 35!
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    March 25, 2015 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, real life is a scary place to be for sure! And you can tooootally run Boston!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Jill

    Big dream: To be a freelance writer living somewhere I’ve only dreamed about, ie. the West a Coast or Europe. Not sure that will ever happen! Fav quote from this post – hit Google and “get those phalanges a movin!” Haha
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    March 25, 2015 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A) yes b) I’m going with c) you know me

      March 27, 2015 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I won a copy of the book a few weeks back and look forward to reading it! Love her attitude and the idea behind it. Nice review
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    March 25, 2015 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! I think it is a very good book with a great outlook on life.

      March 27, 2015 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Loaded question! (pun intended!) Since I’ve been dealing with a 17 year old boy who only speaks assholian to me, I’ve really had to man up. Seriously. This book sounds intriguing, but the title puts me off. Why do we have to strive for being skinny? And even if that isn’t the intent of the book, the title makes it seem that way… anyways, do you think it would be a good book for my running/blog book club?
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    March 25, 2015 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I do agree with your comment re-the title, but I think that it is also from a time when skinny wasn’t such a loaded term as it is now (like clean etc).

      March 27, 2015 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Bri

    Sad face I can’t enter the contest. I’ve never heard of this blogger but now I will check her out! πŸ™‚
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    March 25, 2015 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sad face is right! Come visit me and I’ll let you borrow it!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Loved reading through her book and all the sass that came along with it!
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    March 25, 2015 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I love some sassitude

      March 27, 2015 at 9:25 am
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    i love her blog and i think that book would be awesome to check out! πŸ™‚ some recent changes, ideas, dreams…. have been scary. some days I feel on top of the world and others scared!
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    March 25, 2015 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ah, the nature of change–but the important thing is to know that the next day you are going to feel differently!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Book about balance and all that other healthy living goodness? Count me in! Sounds like the perfect book! I would love to be a full time blogger/Internet person someday, it’s just really hard to find the time to do things that I’d like to do to grow my “brand” (hello, YouTube yoga videos). If it doesn’t work out, well, if I help or inspire some people along the way, that’s all I really need. Love your face, Suz! Keep bloggin’!
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    March 25, 2015 at 7:44 am
    • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

      PS Love that so many of the entries require me to follow you on social media. As if I don’t follow you in every way that I possibly can! πŸ˜‰
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      March 25, 2015 at 7:47 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        tee hee it’s all part of the plan to start a cult

        March 27, 2015 at 9:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE YOUR FACE and I want to see it alllll over my internets!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Writing a book! I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance, and I feel like I would need a lot of help (scares me) but it is a dream!
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    March 25, 2015 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ME TOO

      March 27, 2015 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I’ve never heard of Skinny Confidential! I’ll check her out now. But BOO to being open to US only. Not your fault I know but seriously how much does it cost to ship a book to Canada! Bitter Canadian here πŸ˜‰
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    March 25, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know…. I’m sorry. One time I looked up making a contest open to Canada and it was going to cost me $140 !!!!! to send it. Talk to your gov’ment!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Mandi Gellis

    Always looking for a new book to read! This one sounds great πŸ™‚

    March 25, 2015 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely thought so!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Rae

    I’ve actually never heard of the Skinny Confidential. I tend not to follow “big” blogs like that because I don’t feel as much of a connection with the writer. That said, I’d be open to reading the book and seeing what Lauryn has to say, especially if it’s Suz-approved.
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    March 25, 2015 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I’m glad that I have become such an arbiter of taste πŸ˜€ i tend to stay away from the big girls as well, but I thought that TSC had a really great and unique mindset.

      March 27, 2015 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Sounds like a great read and something that many of us could use/relate to.
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    March 25, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think so!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    Yes! You are definitely capable of something beyond incredible. Teaching yoga and personal training at a couple new places since we’ve moved has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it’s something I love to do, and ultimately I hope to use this avenue and my passion for health and fitness to help people positively transform their lives. Get it, girl πŸ™‚
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    March 25, 2015 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that you are already well on your way, my dear. You certainly inspire me with you passion and outlook!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Michele

    Sounds very cool! Thanks for spreading the word because this is the first I’m hearing of any of this. I’ll check out the blog for sure πŸ™‚
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    March 25, 2015 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know what you think!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Ursula

    Why yes you are capable of something incredible but I’m glad that message kicked you in the butt so the say πŸ™‚ TSC was one of the first blogs I read. I stepped away from it for a while because I felt like there was a focus on well being skinny and sexy, but in the past year I think she’s become way more relatable (I can’t spell) and I’m a big fan of her writing. Swearing makes me laugh and honestly, who isn’t obsessed with their dogs. I know I sure am πŸ™‚
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    March 25, 2015 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love you and your dog, you are so adorable. I think that we all have those moments as writers where we change things up, but we always come back to our roots, in some respect. Because that’s who we are at heart!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Sweet review. I will have to check out said book. I guess putting my story out in Huff Post took some big girl panties. I didn’t realize it would until I started getting negative comments and dealt with the aftermath of opening myself up to America, but I made it through unsoiled haha.
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    March 25, 2015 at 9:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You were so, so brave for putting your story out there. It took big stones, my friend, but I think that you learned to believe in yourself in a really big way from it.
      And I’m glad that you kept it clean lol

      March 27, 2015 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Paige c

    A big goal of mine is to be self employed as a health coach, which is scary to rely on yourself for income, or make it all happen and the work and money neccesary before you get the big break

    March 25, 2015 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so right! Going out on your own like that is scary–but you have to just put yourself in the best position possible, and believe and push.

      March 27, 2015 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Definitely had to put my big girl panties on and realize I need to rest and listen to my body. My mind and my body need to work as one and thinking I can do anything and everything and that I will just bounce back after an injury just isn’t how things work, I am not superwoman (though I wish I was)!
    It scares me not to workout not only because I don’t know how my body will change but also mentally as it takes a toll on me and my moods. I’m scared for the day that I won’t be able to push myself and my body like I do as I know the day will come that I will need to slow down, that time just isn’t now I’m not ready for it.
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    March 25, 2015 at 10:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh, I know so well what you mean–I think that is why I am soaking it up as much as I can right now–I know that this time next year, I will be in a very different place, mentally and physically. but I think that listening to your body, allowing it and you mind to adjust–that will go such a long way to your overall transition!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Booo. This girl is Canadian and is missing out on the contest and Cheese-It’s. Incredibly depressing. πŸ˜‰ My biggest dream is to make money through writing. I don’t need gobs of money, just enough to be able to stay at home and raise all these damn kids! And I don’t care what kind of writing: blog, book, whatever. I’m not picky! And if I may, I’d also love to run a sub 3-hour marathon. Please, and thank you. Oh, and world peace and end suffering for all.
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    March 25, 2015 at 10:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to make some money as a writer–and I think that you have a very real chance of doing both of those. You are wicked fast, and wicked gifted as a writer.

      March 27, 2015 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Let see, the goal that scares me sill but I’m working towards – leaving my corporate america job. GASP I said it. Looking to pursue happiness!!!
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    March 25, 2015 at 10:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      BABY FIRST PUMP

      March 27, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Goals that scare me are completely my life right now: move from where we live near family to halfway across the country. Husband and I start our own micro-business along with a charity. Qualify for Boston and eventually the American Development program at Chicago. Yikes. Change/disruption of routine makes me super anxious, so I’ve been having to woman up a lot even with just preparing for a potential move to a brand new city.
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    March 25, 2015 at 10:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But I think that the disruption of routine is also going to serve the purpose of getting you ready to take on these new ventures!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    Hm, big girl panties… I’m thinking of starting my own online nutrition counseling business. I’ve always wanted to do it but recently have really gotten the urge. I just purchased a book written by 3 registered dietitians about how they started their practice and it has really inspired me. At the same time, I’m realizing how much work it really is. I’ve started making a list of things I need to do to get things going and hopefully I can get my $h!t together by this fall.
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    March 25, 2015 at 11:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is FANTASTIC!! I can’t wait to see it evolve!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I think you already know mine! Becoming a family physician scares me silly and some days, I feel like it’s still an unattainable dream even though I’m thisclose to finally being done with the actual school part. I’ve been kickin’ myself in the butt to chase those thoughts away though, because they’re completely unproductive! I just gotta do whatever I can to keep working towards that dream! :]
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    March 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It will feel real the moment you are in the room with a patient and their family and you realize that you know SO much more than you think that you do!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I actually haven’t heard of this blog before. I must have been living under a rock or something. Off to check it out πŸ™‚
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    March 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you’re British too. But we can’t win them all πŸ˜‰

      March 27, 2015 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together

    Such a sweet comment… thrilled you think I have the Cali-girl vibe down. I think it’s the only thing going for me right now haha.

    My dad keeps telling me to put on my big girl panties because I’ve just been miserable and ready to give up on life lately. Ugh. I hate when life throws us curveballs.
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    March 25, 2015 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      πŸ™ is there anything that I can do to help?

      March 27, 2015 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Great review…I definitely saw some #suzitude in Lauren’s book as well, you ladies would get along wonderfully I’m sure!
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    March 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’d like to think so!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Nikki Fahey

    Guess I am learning to calm down and sit more often/]
    +

    March 26, 2015 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Colleen

    I’m all about TS. Lauryn is super relate-able and soo great! For me, I think the biggest thing that scares me is trying so hard and failing. I feel like sometimes it stops me from doing so many things. I’m afraid if I put in all of this work and it doesn’t pan out then what was the point?? But, I have to remind myself that what if it does? Or, maybe it won’t pan out, but will send me in a new direction or teach me something valuable? Ahh, life.
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    March 26, 2015 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely understand that. I think that learning not to feel regret or guilt when things don’t go exactly as planned, but rather to stay open to the evolution of my life in a new direction, has been instrumental in my new outlook on life over the past year.

      March 27, 2015 at 9:12 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    I’ve had a lot of big girl panties moments lately. I don’t want to dump it all here, but safe to say, work has been stressful and I’m being a big girl taking on responsibilities and doing extra to helpout a coworker on medical leave. As for big scary goals, I would love to become a certified running coach! Currently taking baby steps to make it happen!
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    March 26, 2015 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well good luck to your coworker on medical leave, and good for you for stepping up to the plate! I would love to become a running coach!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I love that through being open to reading her book, you’ve established that it’s OKAY if we’re not blonde, tan, Cali-living bloggers. I’ve subscribed to her blog but don’t find myself reading it very much for that reason. I need to be more open. Something that scares me is the fact that I’m day dreaming more about being “just” a personal trainer – like, how I can impact more people in the next 5-10 years. Gah!
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    March 26, 2015 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that so many of us look at something and think that we aren’t in “that” industry, so what can we take from it? But I think that is the beauty of the blog world in particular–someone always has something that we can learn about!

      March 27, 2015 at 9:10 am
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  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    Creative writing! Short story writing has always been my dream so I’m actually pursuing it again.
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    March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll write a book, you write a book, we’ll publish as #teamfreakingawesome

      March 27, 2015 at 10:10 am
  • Reply BreannaS

    Several coworkers and I have been “planning” to go back to school to get our masters degree and this year we finally put on our big girl panties and started a program.

    March 28, 2015 at 9:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY! That is awesome. And I love that you all are doing it together–that support will be amazing for you!

      March 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

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