Dawn Downes

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Hey, y’all! I’m Dawn – a native Tennessean who could not wait to escape the small town for the big city. After attending a women’s college in Atlanta, I took root there and stayed. One marriage, two homes, two kids, and 25 years later, here I am, back in Tennessee. My husband moved here in January of 2016 to start a new job while our two boys, Brendan (born 2003) and Beckett (born 2006), and I stayed behind to finish the school year and sell our house. We arrived in July 2016 and have been working to make a happy new home here since then. We love living on the North Shore and I am enjoying finding unexpected beauty and little joys throughout our new city. I am also mama to fur babies, Josie the Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix, and Miller, a sweet orange and white tabby cat. I'm into art, movies, music, TV, pop culture, nerdy stuff like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones and I know more than my share about the DC Universe, Pokemon, Minecraft, Battlefield, and all things LEGO thanks to having two boys.

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The Five Friends Every Woman Needs In Her Life

The Five Friends Every Woman Needs In Her Life

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Standing With Our Sisters In Crisis: It’s What Mothers Do

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Survival Is Insufficient: Getting Unstuck From Your Pandemic Depression

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After 18 Years, I’ve Learned I Was Never Doing It Wrong

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That Cliché You Hate is True

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Crave Connection Embrace Vulnerability

Crave Connection? Embrace Vulnerability

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I Can’t Wait to Nudge My Little Bird Out of the Nest

I Can’t Wait to Nudge My Little Bird Out of the Nest 

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