The Cost of Leaving Home.

Having distance does not guarantee a strengthening of relationships, but what it does insure is that there are now several hundred miles between you and the people you love, and pending hell or high water you need to be intentional about the time you are still investing in them.

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Travis Cooper
To Create & To Conquer: One Year as a SAHM

I love my family. I love to laugh and make others laugh. I love to write. I have realized that carving out a specific amount of time for me to cultivate and utilize my creativity is part of what makes me so self assured as a mother. The idea that I am working towards something I want, doing it, and illustrating to my child that if they work hard, try and fail, try and succeed, that they can do what they want in life. 

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Travis Cooper
What I've Learned From Years of Experiencing Migraines

I first experienced a migraine in eighth grade following a holiday play I was in. I felt overwhelmingly nauseated and a constant pound in my head that seemed to ebb with the light that pierced my eyelids. The pain was radiating and unlike anything I had ever felt before. I had no idea that it was anything other than a typical headache until my dad pointed out that my pupils were so dilated he could no longer see my light blue eye color. Thus, my journey with chronic migraines began.

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The Boycotting of the Nighttime Siestas: Sleep Regression.

First, let me just start off by saying, the word "tough" is subjective, and I completely understand that there are harder things to focus on at times when it comes to parenting, but this, this sleep regression nonsense, has been my strongest parenting nemesis to date. Oh and I (plus my ever patient husband) will defeat this proverbial beast.

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Travis Cooper