A meaningful life is not about being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect, it’s about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.

Established in January of 2021, My Big Green Suitcase is a blog about my self-growth and lessons learned by being a daughter, sister, mom, wife, girlfriend, friend, career professional, entrepreneur, active community member, and more. All of us face challenges in our lives; sometimes, we are just looking for inspiration to get through the tough times. These challenges test our courage and willingness to change. It’s okay to be scared or uncertain, and we have to trust and be thankful for each new challenge because it will build our strength and character. We all need to expect obstacles and face them head-on. They are going to come up, so the way we handle them is what makes the difference. Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them. My Big Green Suitcase is symbolic; it has been the only thing constant in my life since the middle of June 2020. Just like many others, COVID has kicked the shit out of my life. My 17-year-old twins hated Florida and wanted to move back to Minnesota to be with family and friends where they felt safe and secure. They went back to Minnesota to live with their dad for the short term until the new house I was building was ready for move-in at the end of 2020. I sold my big dream house on the water in Cape Coral, Florida, my forever home, so I thought, rented a condo in Ruskin, Florida, to salvage my Florida dream life and my long-term relationship with the man I loved. The love once shared equal parts of acceptance, understanding, respect, kindness, and appreciation struggled. My partner’s internal struggles lead to ultimate deceit, and the relationship fell apart, resulting in breakup. I ended my executive construction career to follow my dream and started my own company, which allows me to live and work anywhere. All of this in a short six month period of time while living in hotels and cabins or staying with friends and family as I travelled between Florida and Minnesota. My only constant – My Big Green Suitcase. I hope you can laugh, cry, reflect, celebrate, and rejoice with me as I share my stories. If you like my content, don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of the page.

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