Empty Nexter: A difficult conversation to initiate

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By Carrie Perrien Smith Note from the mamas: Click here to read Carrie’s previous post about fashion titled, “Is she really wearing that?” Every time I see a new fashion trend that falls outside the lines of professionalism, I wonder how my friends who work in human resources are going to address it in the [...]

Empty Nexter: Is she really wearing that?


By Carrie Perrien Smith Okay, brace yourself. I’m going to weigh in on fashion. I’ve loved to follow fashion trends my whole life. I haven’t necessarily looked the part but often admired those that did. Early in my professional career in Dallas, I tried to get into the apparel manufacturing industry. It was a short-lived [...]

Empty Nexter: Show your heart some love

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By Carrie Perrien Smith We’re not spring chickens anymore but we still do a better job of taking care of the ones we love than we do ourselves. When we neglect our own health, we eventually can’t take care of anyone or enjoy life to its fullest. And if you are like me, you’ve attended [...]

Empty Nexter: How to create lasting change that improves your life

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By Carrie Perrien Smith I submitted this article in mid-December so if you are reading this, the Mayans were wrong and the world did not end. In that case, we’ve again found ourselves at that time of year when we do silly things like make resolutions. It would be far better to look at ridding [...]

Empty Nexter: Our kids need us to be courageous in times like these

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A grandma’s response to parents about the risks our kids face By Carrie Perrien Smith So here I am writing my twelfth Empty Nexter post for the twelfth month of 2012, basking in the joy of the holiday season. I reflected on how many more homes were dressed in Christmas lights this year than last [...]

Empty Nexter: 3 Must-Haves if you live with food allergies

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By Carrie Perrien Smith Food allergies and sensitivities are a major inconvenience for me. But I’m lucky to know I have them. Thousands of people wander through life with no idea that is their problem. Instead, they are medicating the symptoms and then medicating the side effects caused by the medication. Because I know what [...]

Empty-Nexter: I’m running. Won’t you join me in the race?

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By Carrie Perrien Smith It’s an election year. Most of us are armchair politicians if we bother to pay attention. Only about twenty percent of us even bother to vote if we are registered at all. As a society, we barely qualify as spectators in the political process. But real people just like us run [...]

Empty Nexter: “I’ve got this idea for a business … “

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By Carrie Perrien Smith I can’t tell you how many times someone has pulled me aside and said in a hushed voice, “I’ve got this idea for a business …” They have that look of anxious excitement in their eyes as they proceed to tell to tell me about it. No one has ever asked [...]

Empty Nexter: Three lessons we can learn from the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll


By Carrie Perrien Smith Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939 to sharecroppers in rural Tennessee. She developed her singing voice in church and participated in talent shows. Like many kids, she grew up in a family haunted by her parents’ tumultuous relationship. She and her sisters lived with grandparents and a cousin [...]

Empty Nexter: Excuse me, what did you say?!


By Carrie Perrien Smith It’s kind of funny frolicking through this third twenty years of my life with my partner in crime. I’m an old Gen X and he’s a young Baby Boomer. We’re sitting squarely in that time in our lives where we aren’t quite ready to admit we have a hearing problem but [...]