Wonder Woman Wednesday: Nada Di Guida

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This month’s Wonder Woman is my friend Nada from Naples, Italy.
I met Nada in 2012 in Florence when she hosted me at her house through airbnb.

We spent the summer of 2013 roadtripping through California and she is just SUCH a positive person– it was such an incredible adventure.
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Name: Nada Di Guida

Birthday: 17th september

Describe yourself as you are or as you want to be remembered
As a happy and honest person, for some will be in a good way for some in a bad…but always honest and reliable :)

Favorite book?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Back
Lord of the flies by William Goldings
The Poet by Michael Connelly

Favorite quote

Don’t do to others what you won’t like others to do to you.

What motivates you?
Happiness

How do you best take care of yourself?
I mostly take care of my soul, trying to love myself and being around good people.

What is your favorite way to be healthy?
Doing lots of sports and eating good food and good alcohol

What is your greatest strength? 
My strength…that is difficult…I’m still not sure, but I think being honest. I am a good friend.
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Who inspires you? What have they taught you? 
My parents are my inspiration, they taught me to follow what I want to do and to work hard so that you can play hard and they’re always by my side even if they may not agree with my decisions sometimes.

What’s the best advice or wisdom you’ve ever received? 
When you are ready for something, life will give you the right tools to do it.
(One of my best girlfriends, Roberta, told me that)

What cheers you up or encourages you when you’re down? 
My friends, my brother, also my sister in law. If none of them are available, taking care of my body and sipping a glass of wine.

What are you proudest of? 
Achieving good results with airbnb. Being capable of connecting with people and holding good relations also with friends that live far away.

What is your biggest goal for 2015? 
Have an australian visa (skilled) and work harder to do my own business.

{Please send a photo or two of yourself at your happiest! And tell me a little bit about the photo(s)}

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This was one of the last nights in Florence before leaving to travel in Australia, so had my best friends around, was having a good night and was starting to get excited about the trip :)

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I finally managed to have all my best friends in Florence together (both from Naples, from Bassano del Grappa) and my brother too with his wife…pregnant at that time. We were ten and sleeping all together at my place and it was an absolutely fantastic weekend.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, Nada!! You’re so awesome. Definitely the coolest Italian Wonder Woman I’ve ever met :)
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Wonder Woman Wednesday: LeeAnn Monroe

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Let me introduce you to my VERY favorite Wonder Woman: LeeAnn.

It always takes a lot of courage for me to say someone is my best friend because it means I have to make myself vulnerable….but I would happily be honored to call LeeAnn my best friend.

LeeAnn is the funniest story-teller, she’s so completely AMAZING and I miss her every day since she moved to Vermont.
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Name: Lee Ann Monroe

Birthday: Halloween!

Describe yourself as you are or as you want to be remembered
Hmm…I’d like to be remembered as fun, honest, smart, and tolerant. Mostly though as someone who always helped other people remember why they are special and that they can do anything.

Favorite book? (Or blog or podcast)
Favorite book…this is hard. I only finish books I fall in love with. They are all my favorite at the time. I guess if I have to pick, Hope for the Flowers. It’s one of those books with a message I want to spread around.

That or The Other Boleyn Girl. Its full of scandal, adventure, and intrigue!

Favorite quote

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear”

What motivates you?
Other people motivate me.

How do you best take care of yourself? What is your favorite way to be healthy?
MASSAGE is my favorite way to be healthy – you can imagine how I’m faring now…

What is your greatest strength? 
I’m pretty good at communicating. Talking so people will want to listen.

Who inspires you? What have they taught you? 
My dad inspires me. He’s taught me that most things are not worth fighting about.

My kids inspire me. They teach me everyday that EVERYTHING has the potential to be wicked fun.

My husband inspires me. He’s taught me that his love really is unconditional.

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What’s the best advice or wisdom you’ve ever received? 
There’s a difference between NEED and REALLY REALLY WANT.

What cheers you up or encourages you when you’re down? 
Fresh air cheers me up. I always feel better after being outside. And wine (but I kind of think that’s cheating.) Being creative and making something new from something old encourages me.

What are you proudest of? 
I am proudest of my friends. I have some really great ones. They’re so diverse and talented and continually push me to be a totally different me.

What is your biggest goal for 2015? 
My biggest goal is to be more giving of myself. I get caught up in books/social media/tv and spend too little time focusing on the people in my life. Close by and far away

{Please share a photo or two of yourself at your happiest! And tell a little bit about the photo(s)}
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I love this first one because it’s at the top of Mt. Snow, right after we moved here.

In looking for pictures of being happy, I realized that when I’m happy, I take pictures of what’s making me happy.

So the first picture Brian took, of me, taking a picture of Amelia and Arie, who were making me happy.
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The middle picture is at Bonnaroo – what more could you ask for, a free donut, an iced coffee in 100 degree weather, a vacation with just my husband, and waiting to see Vance Joy.
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The last picture is an obvious one – legit JOY is both captured on my face and sitting next to me. Despite it being a little blurry, it’s a rare picture.
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Ahhhhhhhh! I’m so honored to be one of LeeAnn’s happy moments!!!! :)

Thank you so much, LeeAnn, for taking the time to answer my questions. You ARE a Wonderful Wonder Woman. I miss you.

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Wonder Woman Wednesday: Lynne Boardman

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Todays Wonder Woman is my mom, Lynne Boardman. Her birthday is on Friday, so I thought it would be perfect to feature her on this month’s Wonder Woman Wednesday.
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Birthday: 2-20-59

Describe yourself as you are or as you want to be remembered
Welcoming + Encouraging= how I want to be remembered

Favorite book?: 
The Hiding Place
The Velveteen Rabbit

Favorite quote

“He will guide you with His love.”

-Zeph 3:17

Or:

“He who refreshes will himself be refreshed.”
-Proverbs 11:25

What motivates you?
*Opportunities to bless others
*Helping
*Keeping vows to stay in touch
*Keeping short accounts

How do you best take care of yourself?
Taking supplements and diffusing essential oils

What is your favorite way to be healthy?
Swimming a mile and then using the steam room

What is your greatest strength?
My memory for the word of God.

Who inspires you? What have they taught you?
My pastor, Todd Brown, inspires me.
He has taught me how to be refreshing.

What’s the best advice or wisdom you’ve ever received? 

“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy, and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.”

What are you proudest of? 
My daughter

What is your biggest goal for 2015? 
I want to be serene.

{Please send a photo or two of yourself at your happiest! And tell me a little bit about the photo(s)}

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First trimester pregnant, visiting Beverly in Richmond. It is one of my happiest family memories.
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A happy reunion.
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In Hilton Head with my dad at Christmas.

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Thank you momma! You are a Wonderful Wonder Woman :)

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Wonder Woman Wednesday: Allison Sprouse

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Welcome to the very first Wonder Woman Wednesday!

Who better to start with than my friend and client and award-winning teacher, Allison!!
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Name: Allison Sprouse

Birthday: 12/21/71

Describe yourself as you are or as you want to be remembered
I want to be remembered as friendly, funny, and someone who loves life. Someone who saw the good in people.

Favorite book? (Or blog or podcast)
So many books to love: Le Petit Prince; The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Monk; Frankenstein; The Poisonwood Bible; The Great Gatsby; Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite quote

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these:’It might have been.'”

What motivates you?
It depends on what I need motivation to do. My students motivate me to be the best teacher I can be every day. My family motivates me to achieve goals I’ve set. My friends motivate me to relax and have fun. My CrossFit coaches motivate me to be stronger and healthier.

How do you best take care of yourself? What is your favorite way to be healthy?
Working out and massage are two of my favorite things. Namely CrossFit and massage. Make all the jokes you want about it, (we’ve heard them all) CrossFit has challenged and changed me positively. I’m more confident in everything I do and I love the family who’s adopted me. Massage makes my tired muscles rejuvenated and less sore after those workouts.

What is your greatest strength? 
The ability to relate to a wide variety of people is my strength.

Who inspires you? What have they taught you? 
My mom worked tirelessly while I was growing up to provide for us. She’s 78 and still living alone, taking care of her home, and volunteering each week. She taught me the importance of hard work.

My husband Sean inspires me to be as kind and giving as he is. He’s truly the most selfless person I’ve ever met, and I don’t give him enough credit for being amazing. Everyone should be lucky enough to have a Sean in their lives!

What’s the best advice or wisdom you’ve ever received? 
Just being reminded to be kind to everyone as much as possible because you don’t know the battles they’re fighting.

What cheers you up or encourages you when you’re down? 
Stanley Roper (my dog) makes me happy even though he’s terrible. My niece and nephews are pretty awesome too!

What are you proudest of? 
I’m proudest of the fact that despite people not believing in me and discouraging me from becoming a teacher, that I did it anyway. Hundreds of kids have recognized my talents, embraced my weirdness and quirkiness, and reinforced why I need to do what I do every day.

What is your biggest goal for 2015? 
Love myself more. I’m a little hard on myself sometimes, and I need to realize I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to be.

{Please send a photo or two of yourself at your happiest! And tell me a little bit about the photo(s)}

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This photo is of my nephew and I at my MAT graduation from Mary Baldwin. I graduated with a 3.97 (stupid A- in science) and I love how happy he looks here.

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Photo 2 is at a club/bar in Visby, Sweden. I was visiting my good friend David and he captured this shot of me. It’s a keeper.

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Photo 3 is my friend Lori and me. I love this picture because I cracked myself up (obviously) and genuine belly laughter was captured on film.
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Thank you, Allison for being so wonderful. Keep impacting the lives of the people around you!! You are making a difference!!!! I’m so happy you are in my life :)
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Thankful Thursday, December 6th

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Because I was a little depressed & very busy I wasn’t taking any pictures for a while.

I’m feeling much better now and I haven’t stopped being grateful.

(In fact, I think it's even more important to be grateful when you are feeling sad.)

These are the things I am grateful for:

*Toys for Tots and Dawn’s shop: Rule Forty Two
*Morning walks with Melissa
*Scale models of Staunton made of gingerbread
*Cayenne

*Biscotti at Sunrise
*My mom who was in a car crash and survived, thank God
*Discovering a walking path

*Secret Santa
*Walking with my mom
*Playing with light (inspired by my photo-shoot with M.Cai

*Fun with Amanda
*Biscotti cat
*Blueberry pie
*Biscuits
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We celebrated my Grandmas 76th birthday on the 4th by going to listen to some awesome R&B Christmas music.
R&B, old style: Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt.
(Maybe I will make you a playlist!)
We did the twist together ☺

ALSO:
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I was featured on MissMalaprop!
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T writes me the best notes.20121206-092658.jpg
And collage I designed. (I needed this reminder this week.) 20121206-094420.jpg
This cute lady is my momma. I love her so much and I am so thankful she is alive.