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I've always felt like my very best paintings showed up when my heart hurt the most. As though working through all of that pain was somehow translated into something beautiful on the canvas. I kind of feel the same way about my writing.  When everything is c...
I've always felt like my very best paintings showed up when my heart hurt the most. As though working through all of that pain was somehow translated into something beautiful on the canvas. I kind of feel the same way about m...
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Shame
We don't shame people. I have to repeat this to myself on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Before I am allowed to react to anything, remember... we don't shame people. This has been a month of learning about who I am and learning about who other people are....
We don't shame people. I have to repeat this to myself on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Before I am allowed to react to anything, remember...we don't shame people. This has been a month of learning about who I am and lea...
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It seems like you're doing well!
I hear this on a regular basis. "It sounds like great things are happening for you!" "It looks like Hey Lola is doing really well!" "It seems like things are going really well for you!" Which, in comparison to last year...and lots of years, actually, things...
I hear this on a regular basis. "It sounds like great things are happening for you!" "It looks like Hey Lola is doing really well!" "It seems like things are going really well for you!" Which, in comparison to last yea...
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And so it goes...
Last night I found out that my brother is going back to prison. It's a difficult thing - to write about your own life and at the same time, try to respect the privacy of the people in your life. It's not my job or my place to tell their stories. But our sto...
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Bravery is pretty much the scariest thing ever
I've talked about scuba diving here before. About how scuba diving is really scary and that depression can feel like the scariest part of scuba diving (at least for me). That part where you're in the water, and you're deep enough that you can't see the surf...
I've talked about scuba diving here before. About how scuba diving is really scary and that depression can feel like the scariest part of scuba diving (at least for me). That part where you're in the water, and you're deep en...
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When Your Dreams Are Too Big.
When I was in junior high, our school was putting on a production of "Once Upon a Mattress." I was really excited about it and had been working up the nerve to audition. I nervously told my parents about it and my stepdad laughed at me and said,"Seriously? ...
When I was in junior high, our school was putting on a production of "Once Upon a Mattress." I was really excited about it and had been working up the nerve to audition. I nervously told my parents about it and my stepdad lau...
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Love and Betrayal and Love in Peoria
I live in Peoria. I love Peoria. I hate Peoria. I live in Peoria. I love Peoria. I hate Peoria. And back and forth, forever and ever, amen. A few years ago, I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who loved this city more than me. I believed in thi...
I live in Peoria. I love Peoria. I hate Peoria. I live in Peoria. I love Peoria. I hate Peoria. And back and forth, forever and ever, amen. A few years ago, I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who loved this city...
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A weekly love story with art!
When I first started experimenting with college classes, I took a an art 110 class - basic drawing.  And that class taught me A LOT about light and about paying attention. And then I was done taking art classes.  So everything after that point has been self...
When I first started experimenting with college classes, I took a an art 110 class - basic drawing. And that class taught me A LOT about light and about paying attention. And then I was done taking art classes. So everythin...
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This whole "loving your body" thing...
I bought a swimsuit today and it was exactly as much fun as you might imagine. Unless buying a swimsuit actually IS fun for you, in which case, scratch that. You know how sometimes women post pictures of themselves in swimsuits and people are like "woo hoo!...
I bought a swimsuit today and it was exactly as much fun as you might imagine. Unless buying a swimsuit actually IS fun for you, in which case, scratch that. You know how sometimes women post pictures of themselves in swimsui...
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Mother's Day is hard
I hate mother's day. And then I don't. And that goes back and forth for me all week, until the day finally arrives. And I hate it. And I don't. I'm lucky enough to have had one bad marriage that came with a mother-in-law who taught me about independence and...
I hate mother's day. And then I don't. And that goes back and forth for me all week, until the day finally arrives. And I hate it. And I don't. I'm lucky enough to have had one bad marriage that came with a mother-in-law who ...
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The business of feelings
Sooooo.... This week I've been knee deep....waist deep? Neck deep in building a business. I've built businesses before and I've been successful. But it's always been with very little money and not much knowledge. I had to work a lot and I had to study a lot...
Sooooo.... This week I've been knee deep....waist deep? Neck deep in building a business. I've built businesses before and I've been successful. But it's always been with very little money and not much knowledge. I had to wor...
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When You're the One Who's Terrible
I have gone back and forth on this blog post. I have to be really honest - I'm absolutely terrified of posting this. It's a really, really hard thing for me to talk about. But I also think it's important, especially given everything else I've written about....
I have gone back and forth on this blog post. I have to be really honest - I'm absolutely terrified of posting this. It's a really, really hard thing for me to talk about. But I also think it's important, especially given eve...
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In her circles
54 people
Have her in circles
68 people
Ryan Winstead's profile photo
Adam Gerik's profile photo
Phill Stewart's profile photo
Earl Power Murphy's profile photo
ASHOK PAWAR's profile photo
Sara Meyers's profile photo
Ben Jackson's profile photo
Lance Deemer's profile photo
DIANA STEWART's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Self Employed
Skills
Design, event planning, business management
Employment
  • Blue
    Owner, 2009 - 2016
  • Hey Lola
    Lighthouse, 2003 - present
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Other names
Gilmer
Story
Tagline
I just want to be better than I was yesterday.
Introduction
I write about things over at www.loveheylola.com.  I own a little tavern called "Blue" with my husband, and we work there all of the time. We have zero children and 5 dogs. Sometimes we foster dogs. I also volunteer with dogs. We really, really like dogs. Really.
Bragging rights
Self employed. It's one of the greatest things I've ever done.
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Currently
Peoria, IL