A Heart Throb, Teens, and Advil! (Please Have Mercy on ME!)

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Freshly washed, shiny, and flat ironed hair swooshed past us. After a few outfit changes, a bit of lip gloss, and a quick dinner, my daughter yelled across the house, “Hurry up please–I don’t want to be late.” In response, I swallowed three Advil along with waves of nausea. She’d been waiting to see Shawn Mendes for more than a year. Zoe loves to sing and has recently taught herself how to play the guitar. We’ve all heard her belting Shawn songs from upstairs. Zoe’s excitement emanated from her; she would finally attend her teen heart throb’s concert!  I wondered … Read More

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A Whale of an Excursion

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The water sparkled as the sun beamed brightly in a cloudless sky. As we pulled into the parking spot, we saw a few boats but no apparent captain. I opened the door, and then heard “Hey there! I’m Darren. Are you ready?” A tall, lanky man gestured toward his boat.       I turned around and shook a strong, outstretched hand. Zoe looked up as she shivered. “I don’t mean to be all salesy, but it will be brisk as we get further into the sea. I have sweatshirts you can buy,” Darren said as he glanced at Zoe. Oh … Read More

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My Freedom Ride

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      I’m back! Thank you for joining me at Every Soul Has A Story! You can read this week’s blog here on my Facebook page. You can SUBSCRIBE on my website (EVERYSOULHASASTORY.COM) to receive weekly blogs and messages as well. ? Cracked shells crunched beneath my feet. I approached it apprehensively but with resolute determination. I promised myself that every year since I turned 40, I would tackle one physical thing that scared the hell out of me. Today was the day to conquer a lifetime, immobilizing activity.      The shiny metal had seemed menacing in the … Read More

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What Are Your Anchors? Part III: Integrity

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I shared about my first two anchors, connection ?( https://daralevan.com/what-are-your-anchors/  ) and acceptance? (https://daralevan.com/what-are-your-anchors-part-ii-acceptance/ ) and today is the third entry in this series. I also hope you read and connected with Eli’s Story ?( https://daralevan.com/elis-story-connection-acceptance-and-living-her-truth/ ), which was published during Pride Month. My third and lifetime anchor is integrity. Anchors hold me steady when my world gets rocked. They ensure that no matter what happens to or around me, I will be ok. I will persevere. And I will not only survive, but I will learn, grow, and thrive. For me, integrity is everything. It is a driving force in every choice, decision, and … Read More

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