San Diego Trip with the Ladies

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My First New Year Resolution…ever!

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IMG_4233People asked me what are my new year resolutions. I’ve never made a new year resolution and had no plans to make any for 2018. However, I’ve had a pretty challenging 2017 as I’m sure many others have. Yes, I try my best to stay upbeat and positive when I blog so some may think I’m living this fabulous life. (Hmmm, I think I’ve blogged about that before.) Well, life is good as I always say when I sign off, yet life is challenging.

With the ups and downs of 2017 and the recent loss of individuals in my life and family, it brings to mind the saying about not waiting to tell people how you feel. That brings me to my 2018 New Year resolution. I’m going to tell the most important person in my life, my son Jaden, the ten things I love about him.

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New Member of A Growing Group

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IMG_4490When I don’t know what to do, I write.

For those who have followed my blog for a few years, you’ve been privied to my loves, likes, dislikes and even my quirks. I usually try to keep things light but the whole process has been therapeutic for me. However, tonight I write because I don’t know what else to do and I’m counting on this to be therapeutic.

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I’m Thankful

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IMG_4139I survived my first hurricane; kind of. Technically I missed #Harvey. I had a planned trip to visit my niece in San Diego the day the #hurricane hit. Jaden & I took an earlier flight and we landed in California Friday morning. Over the next several hours and days, we watched as the devastation unfolded in what I now call home: #Houston. I couldn’t begin to imagine what people were experiencing and the heart-breaking images brought tears to my eyes. Continue reading

Fun Times in Mexico

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My #international trips look a bit different since moving back to the US. With limited time off and everything so far away, I plan to get to know #Mexico and the #Caribbean much better. My last trip to #PlayadelCarmen was the early 2000s. It was one of my first cruises and we docked at a port and took a taxi to a beach in Playa del Carmen. For many years, it had been the best beach I’d experienced. The water was crystal clear, it was warm, and relaxing. Once I went to the #Maldives, the Playa del Carmen beach quickly moved down the list. I say all this to say, my expectations were pretty high for Playa del Carmen; not only because of past experience but because the resort reviews were stellar. Continue reading

Girls’ Trip

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I’m not talking about the movie and I actually haven’t even seen it yet, but I will. The #GirlsTrip I’m talking about is the one my college friends and I have regularly. It was another spectacular weekend with great food, fun and laughs.

This was our first trip since Brittany’s passing. I admit, I was nervous about getting together because Brittany has been a constant in our girls’ trips. Her absence would speak volumes amongst us…and it  did. We took time to honor and acknowledge her and it was needed. We all miss her beautiful smile and bright positive personality. The good thing that came out of this gathering is we gained two ladies on this trip. Having them there made us appreciate the times we are able to escape and spend time together even more.  Continue reading

I’m Not Getting Any Younger

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Going to work out…yes, you heard me correctly 😦

Okay, we all know that things start to fall apart when you start getting a little older. I noticed some changes when I hit 35. I was not happy to see 35 and my body is constantly reminding me that I’m not 23 anymore. As a nurse I LOVE to use the excuse of taking care of others as a reason for not taking care of myself. Truth is, I’m lazy! I am one of the laziest people you will ever meet when it comes to working out. I CANNOT commit to working out to save my life. Well, I haven’t been able to up to this point. However, I am going to stop being selfish and actually start taking care of this host I call my body. I’ve realized that at this point in life, it takes a different motivator to make me commit to such a thing. So my plan is to start slow…3 days per week. I have a personal trainer to help me reach my initial goals and I’m actually excited (even though the picture doesn’t look like I’m excited). I can already hear some of you talking crap about me because I’m already “small”…but guess what, little people have heart attacks too!

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Houston Nights

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James and I had a ball!

I feel like I’m back in Doha with all the fun I’m having. Yes, I’m sure it’s the newness of it all but I don’t need a lot of people to have a good time. People-watching and a glass of wine can keep me settled for a few hours; oh, and good music too. I’ve been exploring the city with a friend that I’ve reconnected with. She and I have had good food, good music and good laughs. It’s so nice to have her in my life again and have the opportunity to just be ourselves!

I promised to tell you about the motorcycle night a few weekends ago. I was at my now favorite spot, @Bar5015. Yeah, I already have a favorite spot. Anyway, I was sitting out on the deck enjoying the night breeze, listening to the DeeJay spin records. A couple of mature gentlemen pulled up on their #Harleys. I love bikes, some of ya’ll know this about me. I had to check Continue reading

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

I’m Feeling Some Kind of Way

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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