Hawaiian Shirt Day

By Meredith Gardner | September 27, 2020

I was on the phone with my oldest daughter on the evening of her birthday shortly after we had moved into a new (to us) home. It was a very exciting time. It’s a long story, but this was OUR home, as in, we now had our OWN mortgage. I have never been so happy…

Letting Go of the Leash

By Meredith Gardner | September 20, 2020

My mom owns a Golden-Doodle named Lola. Lola and I have a rocky relationship. To begin with, I’ll be honest,  I’m not crazy about dogs and also, because my mom bought Lola about a week before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I associate her existence with that painful time. Many of us in the…

Windshields, Bugs, and Opposition

By Meredith Gardner | September 13, 2020

One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Mary Chapin Carpenter. I’ve been hooked since her 1992 hit “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”. There’s always a line or two in each of her songs that makes me either laugh or cry. The lines in that song that always made me cry: “For 15 years she had a…

(12 Year Old Me)

Invitation Declined.

By Meredith Gardner | September 7, 2020

I was 12 years old, in 6th grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in SLC, UT. I had recently started “going with” Robby. He was gorgeous. I do not remember his last name, but I do remember he had hair like Shawn Cassidy. On a Sunday morning not long after our relationship began, I got a…

What Do I Have to Offer?

By Meredith Gardner | September 2, 2020

There are a lot of things I’ve never done, never even dreamt of doing, until a year ago. Never dreamt of being an entrepreneur , in fact I knew that’s what I didn’t want to be. I never dreamt of becoming a Life Coach. I’d never even heard of life coaching until a good friend…

She Is My Only Mother

By Meredith Gardner | August 29, 2020

When I was is in my teens and early 20s and I didn’t feel like I was getting the attention I deserved from my mom, I would say to myself, “After all, I am her only daughter she should _____________” And I had many ideas of what she should be doing. Taking me to lunch,…