31 Day Challenge-Day 14

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Every woman knows that her purse and handbag is the most important thing she carries and it is very rare we relinquish our bags to anyone unless we are on a top secret mission called SHOPPING, then the men in our lives or our children have to keep our jewels safe. Most women carry purses, I don’t all the time…I think it just too heavy and will weigh me down. But when I do carry a handbag, it only has the necessities.

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This is my handbag for the formal outings, on important appointments, road trips and most importantly the bag to hide all the snacks and beverages for the movies…shhh.

These items below are what I say are my everyday stuff..

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Wallet with I.D. and other cards, sunglasses to keep me looking cool, gum and Burt bees lip gloss for fresh breath and juicy lips , planner and calendar for appointments, prescription eye glasses because I’m blind, change purse for my coins, pens to write with, Motion sickness pills for when I get nauseous in the car or on a plane and lastly lotion for my ashy heels and legs.

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31 Day Challenge-Day 13

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   My favorite quote comes from one of the most beautiful, smart and talented educator and poets of all time.  Maya Angelou believed in being true to yourself and seeing others the same way.  She said that people tend to hide behind failures and things that are displeasing but in life she believed success came with growth and learning from what you didn’t succeed in. 

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   “If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”  -Maya Angelou

I love this quote because it sets the foundation on how people need to live their lives in order to be satisfied with themselves.  Most people don’t realize that most of the complaining they do is a waste of fresh air and can be solved by just focusing on something different and changing the circumstances for which they are unhappy with.  I think of this quote everyday as a mom and wife who is looking for growth within myself.  I know that my happiness is no one’s job, for I am in charge of my own destiny and path along with God and if there is something I do not like I have the power to change it. You also have this ability too.  Have you ever wondered why people can solve one problem but not others.  Most people are used to being comfortable with what their circumstance is and they are afraid of the unknown or being a different person.  Maya Angelou promoted self-growth, change and progress…life goes on.  

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31 Day Challenge-Day 12

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    People are always saying, ” If I won the lottery, I would quit my job, buy myself a mansion, boat and anything I have ever wanted.”  I hear this and I keep looking at the people that are millionaires according to the television and I wonder why is it they are so unhappy with having so much money and time on their hands.  Why are they killing themselves or going bankrupt after working so hard…I figured it out…it’s not money that will set you free, it is the love you have for yourself and others not the coins you have in the bank and life you live.  I took Psychology in school and it is a known fact that most people want to be able to never have to worry about anything in their life, but it will never happen.  Having money in the bank helps one problem but what about health and everyday feeling and emotions…you can’t buy that.  The more you have, the more you want, it never is satisfied.  

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For me, the lottery is another way for the world to create one more problem for people who have addictions, those that dream of winning and never do, or taking hard working people’s money away that they probably needed to pay their rent with.  I am okay with people every once in awhile having a little fun together buying a ticket or betting on games but when it disturbs the economic structure of us putting food on the table, it is a problem.  

    Don’t get me wrong, I have played before but I don’t take food out of my kids mouths or declare myself homeless just to get to misery.  If you think about it, everyone you know is going to know you won it and that is when the problems beginning.  I would rather have a smile on my face everyday and live my life then have to worry about people coming after me.  I think if we are going to continue to play, let’s play for a better cause like free health care for everyone or allowing everyone a free college education. 

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    So, with saying all that, if I won the lottery, I am retired so I don’t have to quit my job.  Probably make sure my kids education was fully paid, & the house is paid in full.  All the debt we have is taken care of.  I always wanted an RV so I would get one to enjoy family road trips.  The rest of the money would be used as needed.  I don’t believe in asking for more than I have because I am happy just the same.  We as people have to realize that what we have is a blessing and it was meant for us to have, what we do with it is up to us….it sets the tone for whether we are happy or miserable for our one life to live.

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Friendship…How many do you really have?

  The meaning of friendship to me is a person who is there for you through the good and the bad.  The people who call you for no reason to see how you are, catch up with you on current events and making sure you are doing well.  I have had my fair share of what I would call Friendships for the Moment because people have taken advantage of how generous I am and use me for the what they can get out of me.  Or the friendships that come from having something in common like one friend-those never last for me because everyone eventually goes off and is separated from the new person in the group. 

    Friendships are made when you are younger and also when you are older.   Personalities change and interests come with most friendships.  Most relationships can withstand the test of the time with living in the same neighborhood and sharing their lives together.  Friendships long ago used to last years but given the changing of people and the technology, it becomes increasingly harder to maintain a solid friendship these days. I have seen people on Facebook and Instagram rate their friendships by likes and comments on their posts and it causes people to unfriend.  Friendships are not based on likes, it is all about how we support one another through the good and bad times.  Supporting one another through achievements and failures is what is needed to show love to another.  

Friendships come in many forms from pets, family and couples.  Loyalty is the number one in friendships…which is so hard to find these days.  Love comes in many forms and recognizing it can be the beginning of a long lasting friendship.

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    In the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting some incredible people and am thankful everyday for their friendships.  I met a man 20 years ago who started out as my boss, then an acquaintance then….we all know how the story goes.  My husband of 20 years, we are best friends for life.  About 23 years ago, when I was 18,  I met a women who I never knew would make such an impact on my life to this day. We understand each other and have watched both our lives unfold -the good and the bad.  She has been there for me and still is.  Although we live miles away, she is my BFF for life and nothing will ever change that.  

To answer my question: How many friends do you have?  I have 2 Bff’s I love dearly .                                  

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31 Day Challenge-Day 11

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   Okay so…day 11, what is my most proudest moment?  Now most would say that a mother of three kids would say that is my most proudest moment or going back to school and getting a degree was.  Although it was a wonderful gift and my greatest accomplishment all four times..I am going to tell you about a personal moment I had with myself.

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   So, my story started 25 years ago when I entered into the the workforce as a Retail and Sales Associate.  I have worked for Boston Market, Marc’s Deeper Discount, Revco aka CVS Pharmacy part-time.  My first full-time position was with Pepsi Beverages Company.  After working so many part-time jobs for over 20 years, it was very hard for me to transition to 40 hours a week.  I had to make this transition from being a part-time worker/full-time housewife and mother to a full-time working gal to support my family.  My husband became disabled 8 years ago and was forced to stop working.  I stepped up. 

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   So I worked 40, 50, 60 and sometimes 70 hours a week to keep a roof over our heads, the lights on, food in our belly and still be able to save money on the side for emergency.  I did this for 4 years straight all while going to school to get my business degree. One day we decided it was time to take that next step……

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I bought us a home!!

   When we received the keys to our very own home after renting for so long…I cried..it was my proudest moment!! Most people wait a life time to own their very own home long ago but to know that I was able to get this house after so much time, I couldn’t believe it.  I was 38 years old and indeed very proud of taking care of my family. We have now been in Lakeland Florida for 4 years, I am now retired and am loving every minute of it!!

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31 Day Challenge Day 10

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   First Celebrity crush….really has changed over the years with all the new actors making their way to television and radio. I didn’t have any celebrity crushes as a child…I know that sounds weird but for some reason no one person gave me that spark. I got older and then that is when I started watching movies and I got my list.

And here it is…..

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Oohh…lala…My list starts from left to right with Johnny Depp, I fell in love with him in Pirates in the Caribbean.  Next up, Terrence Howard, I fell for his spunk in Best Man.  Mr. Ray Liotta an Irishmen, Italian and gangster in of my favorite movies GoodFellas, he was gorgeous.  Last but not least, Superman himself, Dean Cain, I loved him as Clark/Superman and also in the movie Out of Time with Denzel Washington.

As much as I loved all these guys then, right now I’ve got my eye on only one crush

Robert Downey Jr.

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Fell for him while he was doing Iron-man and then he kept going with the Avengers.  

  Next up is Celebrity girl crushes…

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Jillian Michaels – I idolize her for her strength and courage.  She represents a women who has proven through it all that women can overcome how they feel about themselves and how the world judges them based on their looks and sexuality.  

Michelle Rodriguez I have admired her since the Fast and Furious.  She is a bad ass on screen and a soft feminine energy off-screen with a caring spirit.

Both ladies are beautiful and sexy in their own unique way.

Sorry, I didn’t have any singer celebrity crushes……the 90’s were a very confusing time..lol.

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31 Day Challenge-Day 9

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     Hey Hey, so this is Day 9 and one of my favorite topics is here!! Piercings and Tattoos are one of the most beautiful ways of expressing who you are and what is important to you.  So lets get started….so I have only 2 piercings….

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     I only have two piercings, one in each year.  These are very significant because I got these when I was 40 years old.  I couldn’t get my ears pierced at a younger age before 18 years old so I kind of got used to not having it so I didn’t get it done.  My mom and I were at a jewelry counter last year and we were looking at earrings and she said “Why don’t you get your ears pierced?” So I did it, it hurt for like 60 secs each ear but I am glad I did it!! My mom was so proud of me. I love wearing all kinds of earrings now especially hoops…it goes with personality.

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Right now , I have 5 piercings to date. Each one of my tattoos has a significant meaning behind them.  Most of my tattoos have my kids names on them.  The Phoenix is representative of the University I attended and got my college degree.  The butterfly and long tiger represents my freedom to live life and being able to go after what I wanted.  I am waiting to get my 6th and final tattoo…..

 

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     This is going to be 6th and last tattoo…I drew this myself. 

Check out my post on body art to get more in depth about the story about my tattoos click MMMoffamilyentertainment link below:

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    So while I have you guys here, I wanted to recommend a cool lady to follow who I met who loves to talk about piercings and tattoos!!  She runs a Blog and Facebook group.  She does Guest post, Coaching and offers other services. Introducing….

Britt Kascjak

  • Alternatively Speaking Image result for finger pointing left This is her Blog, subscribe and follow her for great tips on tattoo and piercing care.  
  • Unapologetically You!!  Image result for finger pointing left  Join her Facebook Group here if you are Blogger or writer looking for inspiration and tips. 
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  TIME FOR WHERE DID I GET MY INK, SHOWING SHOPS SOME LOVE!!

Atomic Tattoos

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Located in Lakeland Florida at 2405 S. Florida Ave.  I drew this one myself also…they did an awesome job!!   

Ink Spot

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Located in Kissimmee Florida at 4775 W Irlo Bronson Hwy. They did a great job!!

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    They did such a great job with my Tiger, that I went back to get my Phoenix after I graduated college.  My daughter actually drew my Phoenix bird for me…she did a great job. Located in Kissimmee Florida at 4145 W. Vine St.

And last but not least…my very first tattoo

     I can’t remember where I got it because I got it so many years ago in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.  I also created this tattoo myself.

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Okay, so It says piercings too, so let me give credit to:

Walmart Jewelry Department

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The lady who did it, did’t cause me pain but my holes are not even…OMG.  My own neighborhood Walmart here in Lakeland Florida…lol

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31 Day Challenge-Day 8

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   Okay, so today marks the 8th day of my challenge and I had to dig deep to find photos of my younger self.  Luckily, my dad had some and I was able to retrieve them…so here it goes.

   So, this is me when I was a baby in 1977 up to 1 years old. My parents had Polaroid cameras and a video camera.  Ain’t I cute? Of course, I could never figure out the expression on my face.  I am not smiling at all except in my baby picture. 

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   This was Christmas Day 1979, I got my first Tea Party set.  I think it was a present for my birthday too since it was on the 31st of December. I loved that Tea Party set.

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    Teen years, very awkward stage for me…probably for everyone, though.  I had long hair, was very skinny and loved scrunchies!! 

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  Graduation Day 1996!! I had my whole family there, it was such a great day for me.  I was so glad school was over.  I didn’t go to college right after to become a teacher which is what I wanted to be but I did attend college later on in life while working a full-time job in 2015 and graduated with a degree in Business Management at 35 years old. 

   And me now….in the present. That’s all I got for you.  Hope you enjoyed going down memory lane with me, don’t forget:

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31 Day Challenge-Day 7

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  Yummy, Yummy….time for my 10 favorite foods!! I don’t know about you but food is just so good especially when it is prepared just the way you like it!! I love food and I wish I can eat some of these things that are on my list but because I have gotten older and systems aren’t working like they used to, I have to minimize or eliminate these foods from my diet.  I hate it. You watch everyone else eat it freely and not get sick but me totally different story.  So, without further ado, I am going to tell you what my dream meal would be if I could have it all at once….here it goes..

  1. Pizza Image result for free stock images of pepperoni pizza      My favorite is Little Cesears Extra-Most Bestest with double pepperoni!!! I don’t eat it a lot now anymore….that pesky heartburn.
  2. Hamburgers Image result for free stock images of hamburgers          My favorite is the BIG MAC from McDonald’s -2 all beef patties, cheese, pickles and special sauce…they also had the triple for a hot minute…OMG…drooling right now…lol.
  3. Ice creamImage result for free stock images of icecream           I love ice cream whether it is hard or soft, flavored or plain, on a cone or in a bowl.  My favorite flavor is butter pecan.
  4. Spaghettinoodle-clipart-spaghetti-bolognese-697605-4654121[1]           I learned how to make spaghetti as my first lesson in cooking by my dad.  We used ground beef back then but now we use ground turkey and add all the peppers and onions to it. When I was learning to make the sauce we used Ragu…needless to say we couldn’t use the other half because I put it in the cabinet instead of fridge..oops my bad.  I don’t fill my plate all the way up like I did as a kid…I think my stomach shrank…lol.  
  5. Fried Chicken food-2202359__340[1]  “Love that chicken from POPEYES”   There is something about chicken and how there are so many ways to make it.  I like it fried, baked, barbecued and even canned. 
  6. Eggs1516313382596288659free-clipart-scrambled-eggs.med[1]                                                                            All I need is a couple pieces of bacon and some toast…lol  I love scrambled eggs and even omelets made with all kinds of ingredients including cheese, mushrooms, choice of meat and peppers.
  7. Macaroni and cheese with baked beans

    This here a meal in itself.  I usually eat the Kraft Mac and cheese with baked beans together and this is so delicious. 

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  9. Polish Boys030_54_990x660[1] The ultimate hot dog on a bun, with polish sausage, french fries, coleslaw, and a grilles special choice of barbecue sauce….mouth is watering again…lol.  I was introduced to these in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and when I tell you they make some awesome polish boys…I ain’t lying.  I used to eat 2 in one sitting, now I have to eat one…that pesky heartburn. 
  10. Greens and Potato Salad

        Okay, so, last but not least…yes it is a vegetable.  I love potato salad and collard greens together.  The potato I make from scratch with potatoes, eggs, mustard and paprika.  For some reason, the store bought salad doesn’t do it for me.  

 

  Well, that’s all I got for you on my 10 favorite foods.  I know while you were reading this you went into the kitchen or thought about getting one of these items for dinner to eat. 

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31 Day Challenge-Day 6

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   Personality traits that I am proud of…there is just so many…I guess I can do 3..Image result for free clipart images of heart1.

 My heart is really huge. I love to care for others and give when I can.  I have spent my life making sure that my family and friends were well taken care of before my needs.  I don’t like to see others struggle so I do my best to make them feel better and help them as much as possible.  

2.                                    Image result for free clipart images of decisive                                         I am a very decisive person.  When I roll up to a drive-thru restaurant, I am already aware of what I want to eat before I get there.  In life, you have to make several decisions and I think it is important to clear about what you want so that there is no wasted time.  

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I love making people laugh. I am a very positive person who loves to spread joy around.  I believe that laughter is the best medicine to a happier life.  If you can’t laugh everyday, then your life is not complete.  

   Well, those are only 3 of my best traits…I have more but maybe some other time.  Don’t forget to:

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