My Story

I thought I might tell you a bit about me, just in case you were wondering. My name is Dara, and I'm the brains behind the operation.

Over four years ago my life was going brilliantly, undeniably, perfectly well, and then one day it wasn't. You see, there was this lump on my right breast that I happened to mention when I went to the doctor to get an antibiotic. I couldn't seem to shake a cold, and I never get sick. I thought she would dismiss it and tell me not to worry about it, but instead, several days later I found myself getting a biopsy.

And you can guess the rest.

It sounds cliche, but it really does happen that way. One day you think you're totally fine, and the next, you're sitting on a couch, hearing you have The Big C, and wondering if you're going to see your children get married. It ended up being breast cancer. Luckily, I found it early, aggressively treated it with the many tools available, and consider myself cured.

But going through something like this changes you. And changes you forever. What you thought was important, suddenly doesn't seem so important anymore. I found myself questioning what I was doing with my life and my time. And that's when I quit my job at a large bank as a Financial Advisor, and made the decision to start CRAZY PERFECT LIFE.

It really is that simple.

I wouldn't wish a cancer diagnosis on anyone, but I've learned a lot of lessons from going through this experience, and I'm a better person because of it.

I live in North Carolina with my husband, Jon, and our two daughters, Zoe, 18,  and Avi, 15. Telling them about my diagnosis wasn't my best day. In fact, I think it will haunt me forever. But we got through it together, and our family is stronger because of it.

As for raising daughters, we have a house full of joy, spirit, and drama. Lots of drama. And pink. Lots of pink. But it keeps things super fun, entertaining and exciting, and I wouldn't want it any other way. After going through breast cancer at age 42, I learned the important things in life aren't represented on a balance sheet or financial statement.  I guess you could say that cancer gave me the courage to do what I truly want to do.

So, I'm doing it.

I promise here you will get funny, inspirational, real life stories. Stories about real people, who live in the real world, and who are doing the best they can to make the most out of their lives. There's more to life than checking things off your to-do list and doing what's expected of you. You owe it to yourself to experience the joy that's all around you, every day, even if you think you don't have time.

Especially if you think you don't have time.

Here you'll get tips and information you can take with you that will hopefully help you navigate your own crazy perfect life. It's by celebrating the imperfection of life, the normal craziness in our daily lives, that the perfection of life really comes out.

Won't you do that with me?

Finding meaning each day,