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Jun 26 2014

Nashville Loves Food: KLD Farm

By Sheri Oneal

KLD Farm, Angus beef, cattle

Last year around this time I had the opportunity to visit Ken Drinnon’s KLD Farm in Ashland City, Tennessee for the Nashville Loves Food series. This 82 acre family owned farm allows plenty room for his Angus cattle to roam, with lots of natural grass, hay and clean water.  Ken doesn’t use steroids, growth hormones or antibiotics of any kind with his cattle. His beef is USDA inspected and 100% chemical free, it is healthier and has a much richer taste than what you get at the grocery store. 

Ken and his wife Lucy greeted my team when we arrived at his farm. He first drove us out to a stream where we could see the cattle up close. Then we got a tour around the farm and met the family. Ken is extremely passionate about what he does and about preserving his family farm. Before leaving he gave us all some ground beef and ribeye samples to take home. I was extremely impressed with the tender, rich, juicy flavor, it was my first grass fed beef and I am sold!

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Ken and Lucy Drinnon

KLD Farms, hay barn, Ken Drinnon

KLD Farm, cattle

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Ken Drinnon

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Drinnon Family

Soon we will all most likely be sitting around a grill celebrating Independence Day with friends. If your looking for something really special you should consider getting some KLD beef for your celebration. KLD farm beef can be found at locally owned restaurants, farmers markets and butcher shops. I love supporting our local farmers and it really is a healthier choice.

KLD Farm, Angus Beef

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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May 30 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Delvin Farms

By Sheri Oneal

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Strawberries

It is strawberry season and for my Nashville Loves Food series I wanted to introduce you to Delvin Farms, the best local farm around for the juiciest strawberries you will ever put in your mouth! Upon my early morning arrival, I was given a tour of Delvin Farms by Amy, daughter of Hank Sr. and Cindy Delvin. We started with a picture of the family (below) members that were around that morning, Amy, Cindy, Hank Sr. and Hank Jr. Hank Jr.’s two kids were so cute I wanted to grab a photo of him with the munchkins as well.

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Delvin Farms Family

I caught Hank Sr. (below) later with the tractor and I got a tour of the kale, asparagus and other areas around the farm. 

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Hank Delvin Sr.

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, kale, Amy Delvin Tavalin

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Kale

Asparagus, Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms

Organic vegetables, Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms

Delvin Farms is a 140-acre family farm located in College Grove, TN and offers 100% certified organic produce. Through out the season they offer over 80 varieties of heirloom and traditional farm grown vegi’s. The farm started in 1972 while growing primarily  kale for the restaurant chain Shoney’s. In 1998 they became USDA Certified Organic and their produce is sold in farmers markets, grocery stores, schools and restaurants.

At the end of my visit Amy set me up with a goodie box and handpicked me the best strawberries I have ever tasted! What a wonderful opportunity to meet some local people who make a difference in the community through the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. If you are out at one of the local farmers markets this weekend look for the Delvin Farms sign, tell them I sent you and taste the strawberries…the best you will ever put in your mouth I promise!

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May 2 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Local Farmers Markets

By Sheri Oneal

My favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning in the summer (other than hitting garage sales) is head to a local farmers market and get my fresh vegetables for the week. After the long winter we have had I can’t wait to get outside and going to the farmers market is a perfect way to start a weekend! While working on the “Nashville Loves Food” project last year with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith I was introduced to “Hip Donelson Farmers Market” and “12 South Farmers Market”. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of both and the items their vendors had to offer.

The 12 South Farmers Market located over in Sevier Park came to be after folks from a book club were reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” in 2010. They felt the area would be great for a farmers market because of the sustainable, local business landscape. Most of the folks in that community shop at Whole Foods and expect high standards, owner Mary Crimmins makes sure that need is met by doing business with over 30 farmers and artisan. Here are some photos I shot as I walked around…

Ramble Hill Farms, 12 South Farmers Market

Oatmeal blend, Haulin Oats, 12th South Farmers Market

Mary Crimmins, owner of 12th South Farmers Market

Bountiful Blessings Farm Scallions, 12th South Farmers Market

Mushrooms, Whispering Creek, 12th South Farmers Market

Kids, 12th South Farmers Market, Nashville, TN

Bountiful Blessings Farm farm eggs and beets, 12 South Farmers Market

 

The Hip Donelson Farmers Market has more than forty vendors and offer kids activities, non-profit booths and other fun things to make it feel more like a festival. Manager Frank Trew tells the story of how the market came to be after the Hip Donelson Facebook group held a meeting in June of 2012. With people in the room who wanted a farmers market and others who wanted a community garden they decided to create the Hip Donelson Farmers Market two months later. They wanted people to know the farmers and understand exactly where the food was coming from so they created a producers only market. The Hip Donelson Farmers Market averages $10,000 plus in weekly sales! Below are some of my favorite photos from my shoot…

Frank Trew, Hip Donelson Farmers Market, Strawberry vendor

Hummus, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Local vendor at Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Live Music, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Local Vendor, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Cherries, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Hummus Chick, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Donelson Farmers Market

Local vendor at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Food presentation, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

I live on the West side of Nashville so I usually go to the West Nashville Farmers Market or to the Nashville Farmers Market near downtown. I was surprised to run into people at both of the farmers markets I photographed in this blog even though they are not close to where I live!  Where ever you live there are small farmers markets around the area catering to specific neighborhoods making it easy to get great locally farmed items. Most of the smaller markets are opening back up for the summer in the next week or so and are a great place for all kinds of fresh food as well as meeting people in your community. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be great so why not get out and do a little shopping while supporting your local farmers and artisans!

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Apr 18 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Holland House Bar and Refuge

By Sheri Oneal

Last year I was introduced to executive chef Kristin Beringson, of the Holland House Bar and Refuge for part of our “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. She introduced me to the kitchen, the staff and created one of her fabulous menu items for us to photograph.

Chef Beringson, Holland House Bar and Refuge

Appitizer, Holland House Bar and Refuge

Meat from a local farm is prepared by Sous Chef Ben Hauk.

Sous Chef Ben Hauk prepares food at Holland House Bar and Refuge

Appitiser, Holland House Bar and Refuge

I was pleasantly surprised by the show bartender Graham “Guice” Fuze gave me with his mixology while making this Jack Daniels speciality drink!

Graham "Guice" Fuze, Holland House Bar and Refuge

The Holland House (HHB&R) is located in East Nashville and offer seasonal dining in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. They utilizing fresh culinary artistry combining new and traditional flavors characterized by a French and Mediterranean palate. They have been featured in Food & Wine Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. I have yet to eat there but I have friends on the East side who love going. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend ahead and they have a patio…  it may be time for a visit!

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Mar 7 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Porter Road Butcher

By Sheri Oneal

If you are a vegetarian you might want to stop reading now and cover your eyes but I have to say I am excited that us folks on the West side of Nashville now have our very own Porter Road Butcher shop! While working on the Nashville Loves Food project I was introduced to PRB’s owners, Chris Carter and James Peisker while shooting for the Lithographics, Inc. marketing piece “Nashville Loves Food” with Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

Owners James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

Over the past few years in my quest to be healthier I have found that I enjoy fresh quality grass fed meat best (there is a huge difference in flavor). As an independent small business owner I also see the importance of buying from other small local businesses. PRB offers hand cut pork, beef, lamb and chicken meat (among other speciality items), their meat is by far the tastiest and healthiest in Nashville!

GM Tim George Porter Road Butcher

Dorian Richardson of Porter Road Butcher

Porter Road Butcher’s original location opened in 2011 on the East side of town on Gallatin Road. We did our photoshoot at this location in June of last year and at the time they had not announced the new location that was to open in my neighborhood on the West side of town last August. Along with their hand cut artisan meats the west side offers some great but limited sandwich and breakfast items and has a drive thru! If you are looking for quality meat that is  locally sourced, pasture raised with no antibiotics or hormones PRB is the place to shop!

Sausage at Porter Road Butcher

Owners James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

The Bloomy Rind is also located inside PRB, cheesemoger Kathleen Cotter sells American artisan cheese she finds from cheesemakers who pasture raise their animals. She makes sure they don’t use antibiotics to produce their products and chooses only the rich and tastiest cheeses. She picks cheese produced from around the country, 8-12 varieties at the West location and 40-50 variations cut-to-order at the East location.

Bloomy Rind owner Kathleen Cotter

Bloomy Rind Cheese

Cheesemonger Kathleen Cotter-the bloomy rind

If your looking to prepare some great food in the kitchen or for a cookout, get over to Porter Road Butcher and The Bloomy Rind now to kick your weekend off to a great start! Have a great weekend!!!!

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Feb 24 2014

Nashville Loves Food: The Frothy Monkey

By Sheri Oneal

I love the choices we have for food in Nashville and I also love coffee! One of my favorite places to go is the Frothy Monkey, they have great coffee and food! I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing restaurateur Ryan Pruitt and the chef Chase Ingalls last year for the “Nashville Loves Food” marketing piece I did for Lithographics, Inc. with Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. I had a great visit as always and enjoyed the experience, boy do I love my job!

Nashville Loves Food: Frothy Monkey

 These are two great guys, and the Frothy Monkey is an awesome place to have business meetings. They have several locations throughout Nashville but I always go over to the 12 South location (I believe was their first location). The photo below is one of their signature dishes for dinner, corn crusted Bob White Springs trout with kale. If you make it by for lunch my personal fav is the turkey royale with a white monkey mocha.

Corn crusted Bob White Springs trout with kale at Frothy Monkey, Nashville

Happy Monday everyone now go get you some!!!!!

 

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Feb 7 2014

The power of an elevator pitch!

By Sheri Oneal

I am getting a late start in the new year but I have some great things lined up for 2014! Last year while attending a morning Chamber event I was caught off guard when the host asked that we go around the room and give our 30 second – 1 minute elevator pitch. I have been teaching a business course at Nossi College of Art to young budding professional photographers for several years. The elevator pitch is what I have my students master because I do believe it is the most important part of a business so seemingly this would be a very easy task for me. That being said we don’t always practice what we preach and I was a bit caught off guard. As the people around the room began speaking one by one I became extremely nervous the closer it got to my turn. Honestly I can hardly remember what I said when I spoke but I remember my last few words being “I am a Visual Storyteller.” As they finished up and allowed the guest speaker to talk my nervousness subsided and I quickly forgot about the experience.

At the end of the event as I was headed to the door several people came up and introduced themselves asking for my business card they mentioned that my pitch intrigued them. From that one experience I was able to arranged two coffee meetings just because of my elevator pitch. Jeff Halliburton (printing sales consultant) at Lithographics, Inc. was one of the people I was able to meet with and he offered me the opportunity to develop an imagery series of my choice for Lithographics to use in a print promotion. This would eventually become a trade collaboration called “Nashville Loves Food” with Lithographics, Inc., art director Joe Smith (Art Dude Creative) and social media consultant Melissa Corbin (Corbin In The Dell).

In my original meeting with Joe and Jeff we brainstormed ideas of what we could do, as a creative I wanted to do something interesting where I could meet new people and capture interesting personalities in unique locations with my photography. We wanted to center around what Nashville was really good at outside of music. FOOD was the definitive choice! With all the press Nashville is receiving from media sources like CNN,  The Food Network, The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine we felt that showcasing local farms and artisans was a perfect fit. From farm to table became our plan and over the course of several months our project grew wings!

This year I will continue my “Made in America” series but it will be linked to the “Nashville Loves Food” project. I will introduce you to the local farmers and chefs I had the opportunity to work with and share the imagery from those visits. Soon I will kick off with the first story and I look forward to your comments!!!

Nashville Loves Food

Nashville Loves Food

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Sep 18 2013

Made in America: The Hermitage

By Sheri Oneal

Earlier this year I was asked to shoot some photos of The Hermitage in Nashville Tennessee for an editorial assignment in American Spirit Magazine. This historical landmark is perfect for my “Made in America” blog series so I wanted to share it with you all. The Hermitage is a plantation and a museum that attracts tourist from all over the country. It was owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death in 1845. The magazine article centered around Andrew Jacksons historical home, what inspired him to build this beautiful living space and the history behind his historical mansion. A copy of the article can be found here!

As a photographer I love the opportunity to shoot in new places and the challenge of figuring out the best method for creating beautiful photos. Often, dealing with composition challenges, mixing different light elements and balancing color all while on a time constraint makes for a stressful photo shoot. I always do as much research in advance so that I can be prepared when I show up. This shoot proved to be very challenging because the rooms in the mansion were climate controlled and closed off to the public with a solid piece of plexi-glass on each door entrance of every room. I was also on a time constraint and had to shoot while they were giving tours to visitors (bus loads full of people). In order to try and flag out reflections I had the photo editor and the VP of marketing & sales at the Hermitage help by holding up a black cloth behind me covering the plexi while I shot each room with the camera on a tripod. Because I had to shoot right up against the plexi I had to use a wide lens and get the best angle possible within my parameters. I was unable to use any photo lights and had to rely on long and multiple exposures to capture each location. We had to move fast and work in between the guided tours so not to interfere and in order to keep people out of some of the shots. I used NIK software and photoshop to edit some of the reflections in post as well as fixing some of the angle perspectives due to using a wide angle lens. Although I can see some of the imperfections from the plexi-glass reflections, in the end I was able to create some beautiful images regardless of the limitations.

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

If you live in Nashville and you haven’t visited The Hermitage you should check it out! The mansion is located on a large area of land offering beautiful scenery as well as the well known garden that Andrew Jackson created for his wife Rachel. The Hermitage is located at 4580 Rachels Lane Nashville, TN 37076  (615) 889-2941.

I continue to look for interesting story ideas in the Nashville area and need help finding unique small business individuals. If you are a small business owner with a story, offer a unique product and/or service or know of someone please let me know!  Message me with your suggestion and your phone number so I can review it and contact you if I feel it will work with this new blog series. If chosen I will schedule a photoshoot, write up a story line with your approval, post it within my blog and social media space and market it across the web. I will also allow you to use the blog link for your own promotion. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Jul 2 2013

Made in America: Elliston Place Soda Shop

By Sheri Oneal

With everyone striking up their grills for Independence Day, I wanted to share some photos for my Made in America series of the iconic Nashville restaurant “Elliston Place Soda Shop.”  As one of the oldest eating establishments in Nashville it represents the simplicity of American food. I didn’t live in that time when date night was a burger and a shake and soda shops were as common as fast food chains but my parents did and they remember it well. I do remember sitting at the soda fountain at Woolworth as a child with my grandmother eating grilled cheese sandwiches and I loved the show “Happy Days!”

Originally a drugstore soda fountain, The Elliston Place Soda Shop became a restaurant in 1939 after being bought by Lynn Chandler. Now owned by Charlie Galbert, the restaurant shines of red & yellow decor encased by red & white tiled walls and stainless steel counters. Small jukebox’s align the wall at each table. The long counter sports gooseneck soda spouts and rows of milk shake mixers surrounded by stools and tables. The menu is all American offering breakfast, burgers, fries, shakes and sundaes as well as meat-n-three daily specials. Elliston is best known for it’s milk shakes especially the chocolate and malt flavors.

Soda shops, sometimes called malt shops (because of the malt sweet milkshake flavoring) originated in 1903 and many times were found intertwined with drugstores. They are becoming harder to find these days especially the original ones like Elliston. In 2011 the owners announced they would be closing the soda shop because of an increase in their lease and a sluggish economy. The media jumped in and people started flooding the restaurant in hopes of keeping it opened. The landlord re-negotiated a new 5 year deal with the owners and they renewed the lease, my hope is that it will remain even when that lease is up sometime in 2016.

I have wanted to photograph this iconic location since the first day I drove past it! Due to its decor and popularity it has been included in films and videos and the owner now charges a fee for any professional imagery. Fortunately last year I was working on a tourism campaign and was allowed to shoot the restaurant for that assignment…I took full advantage of the opportunity!

 

Made in America: Elliston Soda Shop

Made in America: Elliston Soda Shop

Made in America: Elliston Soda Shop

Made in America: Elliston Soda Shop

Made in America: Elliston Soda Shop

 

If you live in Nashville and you haven’t visited this small establishment you should, as with all family owned businesses there is no guarantee how long they will be around….I recommend a shake! The Elliston Place Soda Shop is located at 2111 Elliston Place Nashville, TN 37203  (615) 327-1090.

I continue to look for interesting story ideas in the Nashville area and need help finding unique small business individuals. If you are a small business owner with a story, offer a unique product and/or service or know of someone please let me know!  Message me with your suggestion and your phone number so I can review it and contact you if I feel it will work with this new blog series. If chosen I will schedule a photoshoot, write up a story line with your approval, post it within my blog and social media space and market it across the web. I will also allow you to use the blog link for your own promotion. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Jun 4 2013

Travis Meadows…survivor.

By Sheri Oneal

This is a very personal blog for me to post on my business site, it is about courage, self esteem and being a survivor. There is more text than usual for a photo blog but I hope that you will read this story about my great friend Travis Meadows and pass it on. My hope is that those of us who struggle with self esteem will be touched and inspired as I have been.

I believe we as human beings get so self absorbed in our daily activity that we often lose touch and forget to be grateful for what we have in our lives. Family, friends, good fortune and health are all things that hit the top of my list. As I get older I have become more aware of life’s gifts and found myself being more observant and grateful than ever before.

As a woman (like most women) I can say I have always had a tough time liking my body…self conscious of my weight, my hair, my lisp, my backside and my legs. Self-esteem is one of the most personal issues we all deal with and everyone deals in a different way. The bombing at the Boston marathon really made me revisit my insecurities. Not only did some lose their lives but many lost limbs and knowing that many of these people were runners I can’t imagine the overall feeling of loss these people must be going through. I have also been reminded of this through the men and women in our armed services who offer their lives in exchange for our freedom and come home under similar circumstances. The truth is people all over the world have dealt with the loss of limbs, it is nothing new, yet those of us who have never dealt with such a loss rarely think of what that might be like should that fate become our reality. Society often treats amputees differently, confidence and renewed hope by these individuals is crucial in order for rehabilitation and acceptance to occur. Self esteem is vital for people to feel accepted no matter who you are, it is human nature to want to be liked and that starts on the inside not outside of us. In my eyes we are all beautiful, we all have something to offer ESPECIALLY though our differences. Love rather than judgement will allow us all the ability to live better lives.

Years ago I met a wonderful and amazingly talented singer, songwriter named Travis Meadows. We met when I was hosting a local writers round, I was moved by the heart felt words in his songs, he became and still is my favorite songwriter. Travis has led a very tough yet colorful life. I have often told him he should write a book because I don’t know of anyone else personally who has experienced the extent of struggle that he has…

 Travis Meadows

 

In his own words:

“I pull for the underdogs because I see myself in them

I’m not the fastest, the best looking or the bravest, I’m a survivor.

I survived car wrecks and cancer, addiction and religion. I quit smoking, twice.

I’ve been to rehab and jail.

I’ve been interrogated by the KGB and threatened to be stoned to death by radical hindi’s in India for giving bibles to kids.

I’ve been shot at, cut at, loved on and hated, married and very alone.

I fall down and I get up…often slowly.

I am awesome and insecure.

My pride is too big and my courage is too small.

I have scars and missing parts that I hide, some times by standing in front of them and sometimes behind because I don’t want to be identified with them or known for them.

I am bigger than the sum of the few parts I have left.

I am more than the road I’ve taken to get here.

I am deeper than the stories I tell or the songs I write and I’m shallow enough to lie in both.

I am constantly reaching, becoming, changing and staying the same.

Life is tragic and beautiful and I intend to live it completely and thoroughly as long as I have air in these lungs and a leg to stand on.”

-Travis F. Meadows

 

Travis has survived many struggles in his life but what many people do not know about Travis is that at a very young age he survived cancer. Though that was a miracle in itself he has secretly struggled with his own personal insecurity from that experience. Most have never seen Travis wear shorts, he avoids the beach, the lake and I imagine summer is a difficult time for him personally. Travis like so many people is an amputee, his days start differently than mine and probably yours, he has to put on a prosthetic leg. I know Travis well, I consider him family and we talk openly about most things but this is the one thing he never speaks about. For some reason at the age of 48 Travis has come to the realization that his hiding the fact that he is an amputee carries a tremendous personal weight. I learned of his situation many years ago with a subtle comment while doing my first photo shoot with Travis, as a photographer I am extremely sensitive to people’s insecurities because I realize how those things can affect the picture I have the ability to capture. Nothing more was ever said, I understood.

Travis and I recently spoke about where he is in his life and he said he was ready to free himself from the weight of hiding this secret. He has been privately hinting through his music over the years but unless you know Travis or read deeply into his heartfelt words you would never connect his random mention of “missing parts” he frequently refers to in his songs. His newest CD is no exception. I feel so honored to be the one he chose to help. Travis has never allowed most people to see him nor has he revealed to most that he is an amputee…until now. Yesterday he took the first step of posting his words above with one chosen picture on his FB page, he has had over 318 likes and 91 comments. That alone shows how loved he is, I can not imagine the personal toll a secret like that must take on someone over more than 30 years. My hope is by sharing these intimate pictures of my wonderful friend, it will allow him the freedom to be all that he is, to let his secret go and to move on knowing his weight has lifted. I know that this story will inspire others who are dealing with similar circumstances. I also believe it will inspire those who have their own insecurities like myself. Travis has always inspired me through his stories and his words. He inspires others through his music and now perhaps he will inspire those struggling with self love.

The images below may be the most meaningful I have ever taken because they are so personal to me. Because I know Travis, I wanted to offer some insight to his deeper side. I wanted to capture the private side of Travis Meadows in all his beautiful glory. He is a wonderful human being and I feel honored to call him my friend. He recently adopted a 3 legged dog named “Larry” whom I felt compelled to also include in the photos.

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows

If you want to know more about Travis go here.

If you want to check out Travis’s music go here.

In closing I hope that you will rethink all those things you say you hate about your body, be grateful for what you do have NOT what you don’t, life is too short. Self esteem and self love are so important to not only be happy with ourselves but for those around us to also be happy with us. Reach out to others too, be kind, give someone a random comment today about how good they look, that comment will bring a smile and with that boost someone else’s self esteem. Lets make the world a better place by just being nice to someone else…even if it is a stranger! Sending love…pass it on.

Please share your thoughts and comments with me, I would love to hear from you.

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