I Surprised my Mom with This

I was born and raised in California, but I live 3,000 miles away in New York City.I’m close to my family and speak to them almost every day, but I still miss being around them.One of my goals is to be able to visit my family more than once or twice a year. I want to be around more for special occasions and to just hang out with the people I love the most.I haven’t flown home for Mother’s Day in YEARS, but this weekend I’m making it happen.

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Plus Size Summer Outfit: White Denim Skirt

I know my confidence is growing when this happens:Warm weather comes… and I put away my sweaters.For many years, I wore hoodies and sweaters all year round in an effort to hide my body. If you happened to see a girl walking around in the blazing heat on the 4th of July, wearing a maxi dress and a long sleeve cardigan… that was me. My bad.But each summer, the more my self confidence grew, the easier it became to get dressed. I learned to show my arms, my legs and eventually wear a bikini at the beach!

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Storytime: My Dream of Dancing with Ellen DeGeneres

When the Ellen DeGeneres talk show launched in 2003, I was OBSESSED. I remember sitting at lunch with my best friend and her mom and saying casually, “I really want to dance with Ellen one day…” My best friend’s mom sat her fork down calmly, took a deep breath, looked at me with puzzled but loving eyes and said “You want to dance with Ellen, like… a slow dance?”

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