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    share // want // wait // love : 03

    Dena March 25, 2013

    SHARE. Like so many others, I love to get lost in the vortex of Pinterest. There is so much beauty + inspiration there. For me, it’s definitely the most addictive of the social media outlets. Sometimes I find a board that stops me in my tracks + takes my breath away because it’s so lovely. That’s how I felt when I found this one. Too good not to share. WANT.…

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  • Life Update: The Next Chapter

    Dena January 23, 2012

    Sometimes life gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. It can be hard to recognize. Life crashes in on us in frenzied waves. It feels like we’re drowning. But when we slow down, count our blessings, and breathe—often, we find that we are surrounded with everything that we need. The past couple of years have been a roller coaster for me. In September 2010 I left…

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  • Poetry Friday: I IMAGINE THE GODS | Jack Gilbert

    Dena November 4, 2011

    I IMAGINE THE GODS | Jack Gilbert I imagine the gods saying, We will make it up to you. We will give you three wishes, they say. Let me see the squirrels again, I tell them. Let me eat some of the great hog stuffed and roasted on its giant spit and put out, steaming, into the winter of my neighborhood when I was usually too broke to afford even…

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  • the girl behind the curtain (about me)

    Dena September 21, 2011

    [I recently updated my About page. It is an introduction for new friends and it also reflects my direction for moving forward with my writings here. I thought I would share it as a post, too, since most of you don’t check out the About page regularly.] My name is Dena Joan Botbyl. I was born on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo!), 1984. That makes me twenty-seven and a Taurus.…

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  • Judgment Day & the Apocalypse

    Dena May 19, 2011

    If you haven’t heard the news, there is a group of folks claiming that May 21st (this Saturday) will be Judgment Day—the day that God will destroy the world because of the sins of mankind. According to their theory, this is what will happen on May 21st: On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can…

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  • SWAN Saturday: Educated Risks

    Dena April 9, 2011

    SWAN (Stop Wasting Away Now) Saturday is a weekly dose of inspiration from me to you. Each week I will make a short video post about something on my mind. The posts will be unscripted & shot straight from my soul. Stop wasting away now, life’s too short! Click here if you can’t see the video. This week, my SWAN post is about taking educated (or calculated) risks. Basically, I…

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  • Shine On, You Crazy Diamond (or How to Ignore Negative Criticism)

    Dena March 24, 2011

    “I have no patience for anybody that doubts me, none at all.” —Tupac Shakur About a year ago, I decided that I wanted to be a motivational speaker. At the time, I had a cozy office job, a good salary, and I received increases & promotions regularly. I was praised for my talents. It was incredibly secure and my future was “bright.” Yet, in my heart I knew that something…

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  • 4 Incredibly Inspiring Female Bloggers

    Dena February 22, 2011

    Click here for a list of my favorite inspirational posts. Have you ever read something and then felt as though you were kicked in the stomach—but in a good way? I’m talking about something that picks you up, turns you over, and then shakes the life out of you—something that opens your eyes, permanently alters your perspective. You know what I mean, right? I’ve been blogging for two and a…

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  • Carousel — 10.01.10 & The Winner Is…!

    Dena October 1, 2010

    Every Friday, I post my favourite links, posts, & resources from around the Web. Expect to learn, grow, & be inspired! 1. Living a Tolerant Life: I am a huge believer in the live & let live philosophy. It’s nice to engage in friendly conversation & political banter once in awhile, but that’s where I draw the line. I have no desire to communicate with people who actively engage in…

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