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I sustain myself with love and family

Maya Angelou

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There is only one YOU, and that is your super power

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page

Saint Augustine

The Bells

Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.

The Mission, Always

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Family - Self-Love - Adventure

Welcome to itsbellmade—a safer space for sharing, for collaboration, and for being. itsbellmade is a passion project. It’s a collection of short stories, a manifesto, and a memoir—at once. For most of my life, I felt like I was on the outside looking in. I was too loud, too big, too open. A wildcard. All attributes to be fully and graciously embraced. We all have a story to share. Stories that are worthy of being shared. Stories that will tell the world and universe “we were here, and we LIVED.”

"itsbellmade" because “Bell” is my married name. It will be the name that our children carry. When you think of itsbellmade, think of both an individual and a unit. Think of familiarity. Think of the stories we tell, and the stories we live.

My goal is to leave as many footprints on this earth as I possibly can. To share stories of love and trials. To inspire through pictures, lived experiences, courage, and hope. To show honesty and vulnerability in a manner that is funny, sometimes frightening, but mostly captivating.

Here is where family, self-love, and adventure meet to create LIFEstyle.

Love & Marriage

We intend to live life, Not just to exist.

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Building Community as an Adult

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