Author Archives | Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

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Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

My evolution of Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius I remember standing and looking in the mirror when I was 18, 19, 20  years […]

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The path to possibility is paved with small steps (E’s walking debut).

January 22, 2014

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“There is always one unexpected moment in life when a door opens up to let the future in.” ~ Graham Green In many ways this happens to me every single day.  Some days it is a welcome breeze blowing through to clear out the cobwebs, and some days it is more like a typhoon compressed […]

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How to be Thankful…stop, look, listen.

November 26, 2013

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The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. – Audrey Hepburn I cannot be a hypocrite.  I cannot say I am always perfect at being present.  I can say I try very hard to remember to be here, right […]

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My Minivan Mid-Life Identity Crisis…

November 25, 2013

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The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose. ~Richard Grant This particular post is one I have been wanting to write for ages, but perhaps acknowledging my own insecurities and inadequacies here in writing was even a bit much for me. Yet, I know I am not alone, so […]

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The Wondertwins turn 4!

October 18, 2013

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“When the most important things in our life happen we quite often do not know , at the moment, what is going on.” C.S. Lewis Four years ago this morning truer words could not have been spoken. I had really no idea what was going on other than my babies had just arrived and it […]

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The soul surpasses what the mind thinks is possible.

October 1, 2013

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“The mind determines what’s possible, the soul surpasses it.” ~ Pilar Coolinta Today is a big day. Today one year ago my soul was put to work beyond any measure I could have imagined. Until then, my mind had been doing most of the deciding what’s possible. What E, could handle, what could happen, how […]

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An unknown dream comes true…Baby M.

August 27, 2013

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“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” ― Alice Sebold 5 weeks. It’s been 5 weeks since I sat, enormously pregnant, on my oversized brown leather chair in our family room and typed my last post on Sunday night July 20th. It was 5 weeks ago that night […]

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Do overs, hope and a new path.

July 22, 2013

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“Where hope grows, miracles blossom.”~ Elna Rae – As I sit here now nearly 39 weeks pregnant, yes, nearly 39 weeks…I am finally breathing again.  Figuratively and sometimes literally, I held my breath for 38 weeks.  And then last Wednesday, I hit 38 weeks. Until that day, each day leading up to this point has been a […]

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A spectrum of vulnerability.

May 31, 2013

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“It is not our toughness that keeps us warm at night, but our tenderness which makes others want to keep us warm.” ~ Harold Lyon I have never really been good at asking directly for help.  In many ways it always felt like I was somehow in turn admitting I was weak.  Even now, I […]

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Love sees what is most true.

April 25, 2013

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“Love is not blind. Love sees what is most true.” ~ Vanna Bonta As I sit here 26 weeks pregnant today and approach each day with caution,  I can feel my love for our new baby girl grow exponentially.  I wait anxiously for the smallest movements, rolls, kicks and pokes. I count each day and each week backwards from […]

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