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Summary: A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor? Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships. But is Alexa all she claims to be? As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted? In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the façade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you. Review: After reading H.A. Leuschel’s series of thrilling and thought-provoking short stories, Manipulated Lives, last year, (see the review), I excited to read her latest novella, My Sweet Friend. Written from the perspectives of the main characters, Alexa and Rosie, in alternating chapters, Ms. Leuschel has once again granted the reader intimate access into the…

A Letter to Mom

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It’s happened again. May is upon us and Mother’s Day looms just a few days away. Of course, we all plan the requisite brunch, dinner, daytime activities and gifts. I have learned, from both sides of the fence, that it isn’t about the gift certificates, fancy dinners, and baskets of bath bombs. I have a…
Categories: Holidays
Tags: Appreciation, Gifts For Mom, Love, Mom, Mother's Day

Just One Question

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Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. - Chinese proverb I felt stuck. Maybe you know the feeling. I kept wondering why could I never achieve anything or do anything distinctive that would make a difference? Everyone around me seems to have no problem both working hard…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Awareness, Change, Happiness, Inspiration, Motivation, Positive, Self Reflection

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

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Spring is here, and for Floridians, summer is riding in on her coattails. And speaking of coattails – my closet is a mess. I think there may be a small family of t-shirt reproducing Baggins living in there. And no, I don’t know what a Baggin is- but it is certainly making it tough to…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Closet, Declutter, Organized, Self Improvement, Spring Cleaning

The Vampire Syndrome

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Today’s post is a PSA. It affected me for a while, and I think it may be genetic. It's about not liking people. You go out when you have to, have a fantastic friend group, but if given a choice, you’d prefer your own company 90% of the time. Being somewhat of an introvert (I…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Acceptance, Anxiety, Awareness, Socialize

Dear Bullies

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This is an open letter to all the old classmates, neighborhood kids, etc.. If any of you are reading my blog, you know who you are, and if your cheeks are burning a bit, well, I am not sorry. In today’s fragile world, where bullying is rampant, and there are zero tolerance laws, I want…
Categories: Awareness, Memories
Tags: Awareness, Bullying, Inner Peace, Memories, Strength

Dreaming of Me

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I have a strange recurring dream. It’s been going on since I was a child. In the dream, I am me, but I cannot see myself, only what I can view through my eyes. I am running through white space, which becomes a desert, and suddenly I realize that someone is holding my hand, pulling…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: Awareness, Dreams, Self Care, Self Confidence, Strength

5 Ways Nature Boosts Your Brain

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It’s official. Our brains don’t need expensive vitamins or popular superfood smoothies to stay healthy. The proof is in the pudding, well, ok, some new scientific research, which by spending some time in nature, you can benefit BIG TIME. Lots of natural environments are covered, from parks and farms to beaches, wilderness trails, and even…
Categories: Awareness
Tags: De-stress, Exercise, Health, Healthy Habits, Inspiration, Motivation, Nature, Self Care, Wellness

5 Ways to Love Yourself

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We are all a bit quirky. Yes, every one of us. So what’s wrong with that? The truth is that many of us see these beautiful, amazing unique qualities as flaws, and we just don’t fit the jigsaw puzzle of society. Let’s face it, we all tend to zoom in and focus on our imperfections,…
Categories: Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Auhentic, Confident, Happy, Inner Strength, Inspired, Self Love, Strong

Find Your Unique Strengths

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So I’ve been taking a career seminar and working with a coach. It’s all about self-sustenance and the fact that the kids are grown. And while I thought I knew the direction I was headed, it turns out that I was wrong. Life keeps on moving, times change, and even if I evolve, I still…
Categories: Awareness, Motivational / Inspirational
Tags: Awareness, Happiness, Motivation, Self Care, Self Improvement, Strength, Success

The Birthday Post

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Yesterday was my birthday. It made me think about a lot of things. First of all – where am I and what the heck am I doing with my life? Secondly, How can I make the most of my life? And third – which of my kooky friends am I planning to celebrate with, even…
Categories: Awareness, Journal / Gripes
Tags: Birthday, Happy, Inspiration, Musings