Ten Things for the Third Weekend of June

June 16, 2017

1. This week’s mantra: “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

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Together We Mother: A Father’s Day Letter to my Dad

June 15, 2017

Dad,

It’s easy to thank you for being the most incredible dad, father figure to Zack and grandpa to Owen with Father’s day right about the corner, but more than anything this year I want to thank you for being you. Last week when you visited us in Berlin it reminded me that most kids don’t truly realize the full lives their parents had before they were born. I had obviously heard stories about your time spent in the military, serving at Check Point Charlie, but to be here with you as you saw it for the first time in thirty years was such an incredible experience. It’s crazy to think about how different both of our lives might be if you went back for a second tour of duty like you had planned. Would you still be in the military? What would mom have done for work? Would I have been born in Berlin? Would I have been born at all? Would Anthony have been born? So much clearly hinged on the wall coming down, but so much in our family hinged on that wall coming down too.

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The Truth About Instagram: Advice on Hashtags, Shadowban & Engagement

June 13, 2017

You can breeze past this post if you’re using Instagram purely as a social outlet to keep up with friends and what not (it’s intended purpose). I’m writing this post for anyone who is currently scratching their head about hashtags, the shadowban, and engagement if you’re using Instagram as part of your business. I’ve spent the last couple months confused, frustrated, discouraged and in the depths of the internet searching for answers to why the sudden drop off in likes and just visibility in general on Instagram. Like everything shared in this space, I am by no means an expert. I’m just purely sharing what I know from my own experience in hopes that it might make you feel less alone if you’ve been contemplating throwing your phone out the window and deleting Instagram entirely.

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