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Life holds many twists and turns for all, and I have certainly not been exempt! Last February I lost my stores. I felt as if the ground had slipped away from under my feet. I floated through my days, incredulous, empty, and distraught. To add insult to injury, I became a senior citizen…I felt all of my 65 years and more.
We have been blessed with the gift of living with my mother Pia over the last thirty years in our home. Pia means pious and spiritual. She is a woman of 93 years… a woman true to her name. Beautiful, elegant and wise, she has a will of iron and a heart of gold.
Every now and then my aunt would call to be picked up for “the sleep-over”. The three day event was like an episode of the Iron Chef, resulting in an avalanche of homemade pasta, gnocchi, ravioli, biscotti and more… days that are cherished but now lost to us because of my mother’s ailing health and my aunt’s passing.
During one of their final sleep-over days, following a tete-a-tete with my aunt, my mother looked up at me and declared…”Why don’t you do something from the house!”
It felt like an order rather than a suggestion. They had obviously been deliberating on my state of the union for some time. Like a slap came the realization that I had become one of those empty shelled people at the crossroads of not returning. In my mind I had fallen into the abyss of despair.
They say rock bottom has a basement. I believe that to be true. Fortunately for me there were two incredibly smart women in that basement, sitting on the couch enjoying what was to be the end of their precious days together.
Audacious Attitudes is a labor of love dedicated to the women who sparked the fire inside me and to all of you who graciously continue to inspire me daily. Life is not just to be lived but to be enjoyed! Live a life of gratitude and joy. Celebrate the woman you are at this very moment…beautiful, confident, and yes – audacious!