Back to Vulnerability

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See – I’m Okay

Earlier today I began writing my #blog with the excitement of sharing my #Houston experiences over the last couple of weeks. However, I didn’t get very far because something just didn’t feel right. Perhaps because there’s something else on my mind and in my heart. I wasn’t quite sure what it was but then I picked up a #book (well technically opened my iBooks app) and read the introduction to The Universe Has Your Back. Just the introduction alone hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s odd how the fear to turn the pages struck me instantly, but it’s not a fear that I can’t push past. I’m intrigued to be honest. I’m not really into self help books or books that are extremely spiritual; however, I’m going to delve into what the author has to offer. Continue reading Back to Vulnerability

Surprise! I Went to Portland

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Glam Her 2017

Well folks, I had the opportunity to hop on a plane and spend Mother’s Day with the kid and make it to the Bradley Angle Glam Her #fundraiser. If you remember my last post, I talked about Bradley Angle a bit and mentioned that I’d recently donated some personal products to the organization. I’d also sponsored a table at the fundraiser and wasn’t planning to attend because of my move to Houston. As the stars aligned, I made it to the fundraiser and I got to take Jaden with me!

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I’m Feeling Some Kind of Way

2014-08-14 19.24.50This is Brittany. Beautiful, loving, and has a smile for the ages. A kind person with a heart of gold. She has three beautiful children that she adopted with her loving husband, Lane. Brittany has been one of those friends that I only see once a year or once every couple of years, along with the rest of the University of Tulsa #TU crew.

I remember one of our girls’ trip to #Denver. We stayed in the mountains and went out on snowmobiles. One of us, not me, kept driving off the edge into a ditch. The last time the snowmobile went into the ditch, all of us girls wondered how in the world we’d get that darn snowmobile out of the ditch. Then along came about 10 men, dressed in all black on black snowmobiles. They were there to rescue us! As each one removed their helmet, the next one cuter than the one before, all of us girls grinned sheepishly and played helpless. Yes, we did. It was like a scene from a movie. We still talk about that story whenever we get together.  Continue reading I’m Feeling Some Kind of Way

Cruising On My Birthday

IMG_3458It’s been nearly three years since my last cruise. I thought about how relaxing it is to gently be rocked to sleep for seven consecutive nights. And who better to spend such a monumental occasion than with my best friend. Tamika and I set sail from Puerto Rico April 22nd on the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. But nothing is without a little drama, right?

I called Tamika two nights before we were set to leave. In the midst of discussing her hotel, we discovered that she’d booked her flight to Miami….the cruise was leaving from Puerto Rico. After her moderate to severe panic, and the fact that she has friends who work at the airlines, she was able to change her flight to Puerto Rico. Whew! Continue reading Cruising On My Birthday

I Think I Like Houston

I am finally moved in and unpacked. Whew, I do not like moving. It’s exhausting.   There are no more boxes to unpack and I couldn’t be happier. My place is exactly 1/2 the square footage of my house but my closet is ridiculously huge. No complaints though. I wish all closets were that big! 

The guest room/Jaden’s room is ready! I think it turned out pretty good. Im in love with the concrete floors and exposed brick and ceilings. However, I’m not too fond of all the extracurricular activities I get to hear. *sigh* lol 

A 5 minute commute to work is something I’ve never had. The days I go into the office will be a breeze in this Houston traffic. I’m curious if I’ll miss that downtime/unwind time that I’ve had for the last 8 years. We will see.

The herbs are in the window. I’ll see how the rosemary and cilantro will do. I planted lavender too. Even though it was only a few pots, playing with that dirt felt great! I was longing to go pull weeds and get the raised beds ready at the house in Vancouver but ran out of time. It would have been great therapy for me. But now I have my little potted plants plus one house plant from my dad’s funeral. My brother, Aaron, and his family managed to keep this plant alive for 16 years but it hasn’t grown. It’s really odd. Anyway, I took a piece and it has sat in water for the last year. I’ve finally given my little piece of the plant a home. 

I’ve had an opportunity to eat out multiple times in the past 9 days. I wasn’t expecting to but I’ve been to four great restaurants: Pappas Seafood, Pappas Brothers Steakhouse, Pappadeaux’s, and a place called Grace’s. I’ll spare you the play by play. What I want you to know is I had a fried oyster salad that was out of this world! Yes, the lightly battered, tender, crispy oysters were on top of a bed of fresh spinach with bacon pieces and pine nuts and blue cheese tossed with a vinegarette. It was an unusual item on the Grace’s menu and I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a must try. I also had a slice of banana cheesecake from Pappas Seafood. There was banana cake embedded in the cheesecake. My goodness. No words. I’m looking forward to trying more Houston restaurants.  

I’m not real sure why but I’m surprised by the friendliness of the people here in Houston and I’m pleased with the diverse population. I think I like Houston. 

Well, I’m in a very familiar place: on a plane. I’m heading to San Juan to board a 7 day cruise with my bestie. We try to vacation together once a year and this time we’re getting together for my birthday. Forty is coming quickly! Two more years until that milestone. I’m planning a trip to Australia for that one. 

Still living life and it’s good! 

…and the new journey begins

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Sneak peek at my new place! This is my little office space and half my wine.

Well folks, I’m on the plane to Houston, TX. Yes, I will become an official resident of TX today (4/12/17). Weird thought but I’ve already found some #sooner allies. I can’t wait until football season starts! #BOOMER

It’s been a very busy time making this move happen. I love logistics so planning the move was exciting. Putting my house on the market was the thing that made it seem so real. When the house sold in less than 2 weeks – I knew it was serious! I can’t go any further without recognizing my amazing realtor, Shelly Caswell with John L. Scott. Shelly was recommended to me by Shawn & David, my neighbors. She is incredibly knowledgable, professional, and on top of her game. I was confident through the entire process because of her expertise and experience. When it came down Continue reading …and the new journey begins

My Next Adventure – Texas

I would have never imagined that one year into being back in the beautiful pacific NW I’d pack my bags and head to #Texas. Yes, #Houston that is. I’ve spent the last ten years building teams and helping members of the health care teams that I’ve been with find their niche in their careers. I’ve enjoyed every bit of the mentoring relationship that I’ve developed and the networks that I’ve built. Over time, I’ve also come to learn what it is that makes me most passionate about my career and my ability to influence change, behavior, patient care delivery and outcomes. Therefore, I’ve accepted a Division Director position in Texas doing work that I know I will love for years to come. I’m so excited about this opportunity and I never thought there would be much to excite me about Texas being the Sooner that I am. Continue reading My Next Adventure – Texas

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