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Danielle Smith  Reading,life & insanity.All with the help of my 2 crazy kiddos.In my spare time I'm a literary agent at Lupine Grove Creative. Twitter @the1stdaughter

What happens when you have an eight year old daughter addicted to #crossfit #Sally aka #Moby's FLOWER is in heavy rotation on your @spotify playlist. That said, I love that she knows what "Sally" is! Seriously, how cool is that? I know @crossfitinfernonipomo & @crossfitkids know what I'm talking about! #crosfitgirls #crossfitkids #crossfitgirlsrock #livelife #activekids #love #liveinthemoment #grind #bringsallyup #bringsallydown

Talking today to the kiddos about fears and worries as a result of the storm brought to mind this favorite quote from #HenriJunttila. I've always been a person who prefers to live in the moment and my husband even commented while we were dating that it was one of the qualities he admired most about me. Of course, having children changed things a bit but at my core I'm still pretty fearless...well, mostly. I do notice, every now and then, getting caught up in the "what if's?" and the "why's." The moments when I lift my head up from my daily grind, the one I love, and look to hear the's when I pay attention to the noise and get distracted by things beyond my control that that fear creeps in. It's this that I share with my kiddos and you, when I let this fear in I have to remember to focus on living life; on being present for what is truly important in life and what is within my It is in these moments that I actually truly feel free. That I know I'm living, loving and accomplishing what I was put here to do. So, head down...eyes forward...NO FEAR. #bepresent #livelife #love #riseup #nofear #fear #grind #liveinthemoment

You know it's been a long day when one of the first things your husband says to you when he gets home is, "who left the milk on the counter?" And you then realize it was you who left the nearly full gallon of milk sitting on the counter almost ten hours earlier that day. After three conference calls, two submissions, an appointment, lunch with my awesome husband, updates about a deal coming in, picking up kids, driving to and from town twice and then coming home again I was still able to manage to get in a workout. I'm already back home now, protein shake in hand, getting the kids fed and to bed and setting up for another late night of working. This could all sound so negative but it's quite the opposite. I am so grateful to have the work that I do and honestly I'm staying up these late nights because I'm so excited and passionate about the work my clients are sending my way. I've also got a special project in the works going out to editors and art directors soon that I cannot wait to share more about! I truly have the best job. #agentlife #bepresent #love #crossfit #crossfitgirls #lupinegrovecreative

Who are these crazy kids? This seems like ages ago, Alan and I off to dance the night away - literally. How time flies when you are with the one you love. ❀ After years and through who knows how many ups and downs this guy has been by my side and I by his. I'm so grateful to have had spent almost half of my life with this incredible human being. Daily he shows me what it means to be kind, loving and caring. He continually works for something better, for others and generally is an amazing person, not to mention an incredible dad. He's truly my rock. I couldn't do what I do without him. Love you, Alan. Happy Valentine's Day! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– #valentines #bepresent #love

The "Goldilocks" Family of #roguefitness #barbells here; Papa barbell, Mama barbell and now named "Bubba" barbell (thanks @billgrundler lol). If I'm being honest I never would have imagined this would be my life. Owning a home gym, doing #crossfit daily at #crossfitinferno, owning my own literary agency, helping authors and illustrators pursue, discover and accomplish their dreams, and more. Not to mention I've got one incredible husband who supports my wild ideas and then goes on to achieve his own on top of it. And, two fantastic kids. So much! Today I lifted 165lbs for my 10RM #Deadlift. After only seven months of CrossFit it's easy to have days where I look back and think 'man I sucked' or 'everyone else is so much better', but there's something so simple about lifting all that weight. Something that reminds me not to compare my journey to anyone else's. I have a very long way to go, in so many areas not just CrossFit, but I've come so far. Here is to the adventure ahead and loving every (potentially painful) minute of it! @crossfit @lupinegrove @crossfitinferno @crossfitkids @roguefitness #crossfitlife #agentlife #activegirls #crosfitgirls #crossfitkids #love #life #bepresent #riseup

#tbt to when Littlebug aka Eden first fell head over heels in love w/ @gregpizzoli's GOODNIGHT OWL. Of course, now it's a fabulous and well deserving Geisel Award winner but (and still) then it was simply one of the most hilarious books this family, and in particular this little girl, had ever read. She loved it so much that she had to duplicate the cover, an honor she's only given to the likes of SNAPPSY by @julie_falatko & @tm_illustration and MAC & CHEESE by James Proimos. To say this book is a favorite is an understatement. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ #kidsbooks #childrensbooks #publishing #kidlit #kidlitart #kidsreading #kidartists #kidartistsofinstagram #illustrator #reading #picturebook

Illustrators send the most incredible packages. I'm well overdue in posting this, but I'm thrilled to be working with the wonderful writer and illustrator Christina Vagenius (@heartboxstudio)! This package she sent was one of the highlights of my holiday season. Chrissy's beautiful paper cut art within the walls of a beautiful old cigar box she had decorated with gorgeous flowers took my breathe away. I'm looking forward to sharing with everyone not only her stunning art, but also her words in the very near future and can't wait to share good news with her soon! #love #illustration #illustrator #heartboxstudio #heart #kidlit #kidlitart #kidlitartist #mglit #agentlife #publishing #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #lupinegrovecreative

Eight is great! Eden aka Littlebug wanted a few different things for her birthday, but most of all...a kettle bell she could use at #crossfit and her own #roguefitness #juniorbarbell. So the first thing she asked to do this morning after getting her presents was if she could go to the garage and work on her kettle bell swings and her flip flops no less. Ha! Love! It! Happy Birthday Eden! Here is to a lifetime of fitness and activity! πŸ’–πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’– #crossfitkids #crossfitgirls #activekids #fitgirls #fitkids #crossfit #crossfitlife #birthday

So so proud of this guy (and his teammate @voncedes) today! This last move (95lb power snatches) he did 36 times after having completed two earlier workouts in the competition. At the end of the day he and Mercedes killed it and came in 3rd place overall in the Modified division at the #slocountygames! It was the perfect way to spend this thoughtful weekend. #crossfit #crossfitcomp #crossfitinferno #inmemoryofauntgaye #love

Nothing like going to a local #crossfitcomp and discovering @anniekimiko has joined in! She rocks! Not only a great competitor, but also an incredible cheerleader. So awesome to so see someone so talented in action! #crossfitgirls #crossfitinferno #crossfit

On their way to the Father-Daughter Masquerade Dance for the evening. Littlebug decided to go with a very bohemian look and @apsmith227 went right along with his green mask and all. Love these two!! And love that the kids' school does fun things like this! ❀ #greatschools #bepresent #branchelementary #love

Today was a hard day, I'm not going to lie. I've never been on a jury before this past week and having to pass judgement on another person isn't something I take lightly. When the time came to make our decision the deliberation process was surprisingly pleasant, but one thought stood out in my mind that will resonate for all of time...could things have gone differently for this person had they been shown more kindness? It could have been that day, during the interaction in question, perhaps years ago, whenever it might have been...could they have been shown more kindness? I may never know. It didn't pertain to the case. But what I do know or what I'd like to hope is that this person's life could have been changed forever by more kindness. If one person took more time, an extra moment to step back from themselves and place another's needs or feelings above their own, and by so doing become better simply by having been there for them. Today a life was changed forever, many lives were changed forever, my life was changed forever. From this day forward I vow to be a little kinder, to listen a little more intently and purposefully, to lift my fellow human beings up. Because each of us matters, all of us. You matter. #kindnessmatters #riseup #rise #kind #kindness #choosekind #choosekindness #love