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In recent life happenings and time stuck at home to pick up passion projects, I’ve started freelance writing. While my degree is in Journalism, I haven’t been writing anywhere near as much as I used to, especially considering my current day job doesn’t require it.

I decided at the beginning of 2020 to start writing again in a local-focused blog called gvlenthusiast.com. It captures my hometown adventures seeking out new restaurants, clothing boutiques, fitness studios, and fun experiences. When COVID-19 hit and I couldn’t go out anywhere, I pivoted my blog’s purpose into a Faces of Small Biz campaign supporting…


Limoncello had been on my list to try for a while, but I never got around to it until now. I had been to the location when it used to be the Playwright, but not since it re-opened as Limoncello, the authentic Italian restaurant. With family in town, we decided to treat ourselves to some pasta.

We started with marinated olives and calamari and there was no better way to begin. For drinks, we ordered a glass of cabernet sauvignon and some typical American beer only to be told that, since those weren’t Italian, they weren’t served. I was impressed…


If you remember my previous article, you know that I’m falling in love with my hometown again. Foxcroft Wine & Co. was one of the new places that I figured was too pretentious for me, but I was curious to see what all the hype was about.

Every year I joke that I have no plans to attend Fall for Greenville but somehow end up there anyway. This year was no different, but I was really there for dinner at Foxcroft. Tyler and I enjoyed a drink at Fall for Greenville but soon made a beeline to Foxcroft’s doors. …


Apart from “barre” classes in general, I hadn’t specifically heard of barre3 until looking for fitness classes in the area. I imagined some type of ballet bar being part of it, but as far as the class goes, this was brand new for me. I knew I’d have to take my socks off, but that was it. I expected to be doing a more ballet-heavy Pilates and oh, was I wrong. I arrived and signed in which was super easy. The welcome girl showed me around, where to put my stuff, and took me to the workout room.

I was…


On a gorgeous Saturday morning, my husband and I were on a walk on the Swamp Rabbit trail when we decided to pop into El Thrifty for brunch. It was a little empty, but there were a variety of families, couples, and friends out on Saturday to enjoy the weather and some good food.

Described as “the locals living room,” I can see what they’re going for. With an abundance of seating options and games, El Thrifty is designed to be a spot for hanging out. Whether you’re on a day out with the kids, enjoying a fun dinner date…


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About a year ago I wrote an article titled “I miss you, social media, but I’m not coming back.”

Turns out I was wrong. I came back after a four year hiatus and everything changed. This year I decided to start a blog about the new things popping up in my hometown and I knew that to have readers, I needed to have promotion. Of course it would be social media, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. My husband and I had both been free of social media for four years and I was especially nervous about breaking…


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A few years ago I got really tired of social media. My close friends didn’t post much, so for me social media was keeping up with old high school acquaintances that I likely would never hang out with again. Seeing them grow up and have kids was fun, but I realized how strange that actually was when I went to see one of them.

A girl I went to high school with posted pictures of her smiling, silly baby 24/7 on Facebook. Although we never talked, I still felt like I knew her journey of becoming a mother and even…


I’m not much of the entrepreneurial type, but I love almost any form of competitive reality television. From Project Runway, to Making It, to Survivor, I can never get enough. When a colleague introduced me to Shark Tank, I was immediately hooked. Pun intended.

In most reality shows, I’d be rooting for my favorite contestant and gushing in the drama of competition and fast approaching deadlines. Shark Tank turns the competition on its head while the hosts fight for a bite of equity in entrepreneurs’ “heroes or zeroes.” …


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Many people define themselves as a “jack of all trades, master of none.” This can be difficult when searching for a career, but being well-rounded in talents and curiosities doesn’t mean you can’t have the linear career you see your peers having. You may not have known at the age of 5 “I want to be doctor/artist/fireman when I grow up.” The good news is that doesn’t mean you have to feel lost right now. Here’s three reasons why you’re not as lost as you think.

You’re active in your interests.

Even though your current job may not be what you feel called to do…


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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

If you had shown me that quote a few months ago I would’ve said it was pretty cheesy and cliché. Today, I live by it.

Not long ago life seemed a little dim. Nothing was tragic or overbearingly dark, but it definitely wasn’t bright. I didn’t seem to be getting enough sleep. I couldn’t get enough done. I felt like I couldn’t keep up with everything and everyone’s needs — not even my own. Not being one to sink into frustration…

Juliet Peay

Juliet Peay writes about her growing hometown on her blog, https://www.gvlenthusiast.com/.

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