52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 35

A Day In My Life

My day to day life hasnt changed much since I retired. I like to sleep late and stay up late. The only time I get up early is when I have a doctors appt, which is only every 3 months.

I talked about how my life used to be and how it is now in my 31 day challenge: Timeline of my Day. Click here to read Blog Post

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Blogging is so much FUN!!!

This week marks the 2nd anniversary of my blog!! 🎉I had so much fun this year, even with everything that has happened in the last 6 months…I have been able to still have my writing be so positive. I wanted to start out by thanking Fashion Potluck for recognizing my writing and creating a free platform for women to write, inspire and promote their work.

In the past year, I traveled, met new people and was able to tell peoples stories.

In October 2019,  I had the opportunity to visit one of the places on my bucket list which was Puerto Rico.  I went with 8 wonderful women who are from a group I talk alot about because of the sisterhood they represent. Click here to read all about my trip:My Trip to Puerto Rico

In October 2019, I also wrote a blog post raising awareness for Breast Cancer and I was able to tell my friends mom story. It was a great honor to do it. Click here to read: The Heart of a Dancer

In May 2020, the group celebrated 2 years with over 4,000  women members and unlike last year, we had a celebration virtually. I wrote a post to commenarate the occasion. Click here to check it out:Queen On

In June 2020, I had the pleasure of being featured in a great blog I follow called Lauras Books and Blogs! Click here to check out my interview:Lauras Books and Blogs

During quarantine, I have been reading more and I have read several books and decided to start a Book Review section for author titles.

First author I read was Rachel Hollis and I read completely”Girl Wash Your Face” and working on “Girl, Stop Apologizing” Click here to read my review:Rachel Hollis Book Review

The next author is a friend of mine Trisha Williams and she has written over 17 titles. She is also in editing and consulting helping other writers get their story out. These are the books I have read so far from her and going to keep it going! Click here to read my review:Ireesky Fiction Book Review

Right Now, I am working on a 52-week Blog Challenge and I am in week 30. I have a new blog post up every Wednesday on My Blog.

I am so looking forward to what is in store for the next year!!☺

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 26

The Best Parts of the Season….

If you don’t know by now, I live in Florida and have been here for 8 years.  As long as I have been here, we don’t have the change of seasons but change of temperature. We go from hot in the Winter, hotter in the Spring, hot death in the Summer and little bit hot in the Fall.

So basically all I am saying is, we have nothing to look forward to as far as temperature is concerned but we do get hurricanes.  I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio born and raised and I can tell you what the best parts of those seasons are.  Although it is cold 9 months out the year, I wouldn’t trade wearing tank tops and shorts for anything.  

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4 Seasons……..

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Winter:

  1. Snow covers grass, you don’t have to worry about cutting the yard
  2. Christmas- My favorite season
  3. Snowball fights
  4. Fully clothed, covered bodies.  Don’t worry about my weight

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Spring:

  1. Fresh flowers
  2. Not to cold or too hot
  3. Getting together for Easter holiday dinner
  4. Rainy days with a lot of movie night

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Summer:

  1. Going to the beach
  2. Family Vacations
  3. Walk out to the car without a coat and warming the car up

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Fall:

  1. Kids start school
  2. Colorful leaves
  3. Candy on Halloween

These are the best parts of the season for me.  Thank you for reading and don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe!

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 24

Why does it seem like we are always going in circles like the Earth’s orbit?

Of course, this post was supposed to be about one thing and now with everything that has happened since the last week of May, it has to be included in this post.  We all have heard by now about the unfortunate death of an African American named George Floyd who was murdered by police officers during a routine call May 31. As we take a moment of silence to pray over the family he has left behind we have to be advised that it can be any one of us at any time.  The fact that he was a black man has stirred things up like back in the Watts Days after the brutal beating of  Rodney King in the 90’s.  I remember watching this as a teenager and just can’t understand for the life of me, how or why people get so angry and want to attack someone almost to death.  With the right to bear arms and be able to defend yourself, it seems it stops with citizens, and allows for authority to do whatever they want and get away with it, Period.  R.I.H

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I am just so tired of all of it, it makes me so sick that as a black person I can’t even rely on the police to protect me, not to say there isn’t a small % of good cops but I am losing faith in their training and morality.  All these riots that are happening, with all the protesting with Black Lives Matter shouldn’t be happening right now. 

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My Biggest Dream In Life……

Everyone who follows me knows that my children are half black and 1/4 white and 1/4 Puerto Rican and I am worried about their safety.  We teach our children to be respectful to authority at all times even when approached by police but what happens if a cop is having a bad day and my child becomes a target.  I want to get back to seeing pictures and videos of  police rescues and doing good in the community.  It is a fact that now that everything is where it is at, not alot of kids want to be policeman in this day and age.  It really shines a bad light on the motto “Protect and Serve”   Although what has happened is devastating, I don’t agree to compiling violence with violence.  We all have a responsibility to make sure that we don’t set bad examples for those we have that look up to us.  I want to see that everyone band together in peaceful unity and not destroy everything that we have built as a society.  We have to think back to how Martin Luther King would have handled this, besides he has a street named after him wrapped around the Earth.

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Racism, Equality, Political Change, Separate but Equal, Peacefulness and Unity. All these things are what should be happening right now. Just a reminder of what we are and should be wanting to see come to light. 

Talking about something keeps it a dream.  We must act everyday on change to make a dream a reality.  For every person you come in contact with be cordial and put all prejudice aside. 

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….There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?”
We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of
police brutalityMartin Luther King Jr.  (excerpt from  I Have a Dream Speech)

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 21

If I could eat one last meal

This one is not about being in prison and being set to be executed or today being my last day alive, I decided to put a twist on this post to make it less emotional. If we thought about all the things that we take for granted in this world from the air we breathe, appreciating the beautiful flowers to the foods we eat everyday.

If we had a moment in history where our main source for food, which is farming, disappeared and is no more, what would we do? Think about it, most of our nutrients, reasons for some health issues and problem with obesity, lies in the foods we kill everyday.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that animals shouldn’t be eaten but if you thought long and hard about the pros versus the cons. I just recently started to cut back because of digestive issues on beef and replaced with turkey. I replaced pork with fish, occasionally I will have a bologna sandwich or a piece of bacon but it is bad for my blood pressure.

If today was the last day for these animals: Cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys, there would be no more beef, pork, turkey or dairy products.

For me, I love all these animals and wish we didn’t have to kill them. But if I were to eat one last meal it would be ribs, fried chicken, beef hamburgers, steak cut french fries, my homemade potato salad, greens, biscuits and for dessert is a scoop of every ice cream ever made.

If there was no more animals, we would have to grow our own versions of food. Right now, with the pandemic going on, essential workers taking risk at factories and precautions not to infect the product has failed leaving alot of companies to shortage of meat. Some companies have already started and I think at some point we can make things healthier, homemade, grown in our own gardens to help us live better and fulfilled lives.

Well, I have given you something to think about!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 13

My favorite month of the year….

D E C E M B E R !!!!!!!!!

of course.

I love December so much. It is the last month of the year and there are just so many things to celebrate in December.

Well, my oldest son Jr.s, who is now 21, his birthday is December 5th.

and then we countdown the days till Christmas…which is my favorite holiday!! I love to decorate the tree and all the Christmas songs playing in the stores and getting together with family and friends.

and last but not least…..

My birthday, of course, on December 31st!!

That’s it!!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 12

Social Media Phenomenon

Social media has changed alot over the years and I have had my fair share of experiences on the internet. I didn’t grow up in the internet age so for me I had to pick and choose where I interacted with people. It is just so difficult to keep things private these days and social media really makes it hard to do that. When I started using social media, it began with Facebook in 2010 and it was so surprising to me how people can upload pictures and find friends and family members to connect to. I was able to connect to some family members and friends that any other way wouldn’t have happened. This was a great thing for me. Through Facebook, I found out about Instagram, which was a little different but the same concept. I like being able to share my life with friends and family but the fact is is that the people you connect with don’t always follow you and while you follow them. Twitter came next and I have to say that is my favorite because it is simple and you don’t have to spend alot of time on it. I use it to promote my blog and find others to follow.

Now that the platforms have gotten bigger, there is more unwanted ads, people like to bash others or stalk people and it is not family friendly anymore. I don’t get on it very often unless I am posting something about my children or on instagram about my blog. Too much anxiety involved.

My children on the other hand use other ways to socialize on the internet. They use videos and snaps, which is beyond my understanding.

The way I see it, social media in the next 10 years will become obsolete and people will go back to the old-fashioned way of communication-picking up the phone and calling people. Or making an attempt to travel to where their family and friends are.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 9

My Biggest Pet Peeve………..

So many things in life will make people upset and bother them alot. It is hard to pick just one things that really ticks a person off. As I have gotten older, I realized that the things that used to bother me, don’ t piss me off as much anymore. Although, there are times when I am in a bad mood or anyone for that matter, can over exaggerate what makes them angry. These days because of my anxiety, I can’t be really bothered by too much. I have learned and have taught others to relax and not be bothered by things they can’t change.

Getting back to what is my biggest pet peeve, it is definitely something I have the power to change.

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I meet all kinds of people in my everyday life. Most of the time it is at grocery stores, schools or sports events and I am not too bothered by them. I guess what has really bothered me recently is when people get together and just talk about all the bad things going on in the world. It happens even in my house-I have to say “I don’t want to hear it.” It is like a contagion with social media, news reports and yahoo news that pops up on cell phones and computers that keeps people informed of only the bad things going on in the world. They go from weather conditions in different parts of the world to what the president is doing or not doing.

I have never been big on politics and things that can’t be changed so I try to stay away from those kind of discussions. As much as I try to, I go to restaurants, especially Denny’s, and all the televisions have bad news from all over the world.

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Over time, we have gotten worse with the news and violence and it has put everyone in a panic. I may not be able to change the news, but I can change where my mind takes me mentally.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 8

An Unforgettable Day in My Life…….

As you get older, different things will matter to you or not matter depending on the day of the week or year it is happening. The greatest celebration in most people lives is the day they were born. Some people get together with friends and family, some have parties, some spend time alone or some do nothing because they don’t care. I, on the other hand, love birthdays!! I love celebrating and telling people “happy birthday”

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A couple years ago, I turned 40 years old and it had been a milestone for me. I had accomplished so much in the first 40 years of my life from graduating high school, getting my first full-time job, getting married, having 3 children and earning a college degree. I wanted to celebrate my big 40 better than any other birthday. My birthday falls on New Years Eve and while that sounds like a great celebration but for me, it has always fell during a time where friends are rare and family is scarce. I got Christmas and birthday presents together. No parties or big celebration just the ball drop at midnight. I did get a chance to go to New York with my daughter a couple weeks before my birthday and it was so fun.

So this is what I looked like for my 40 years young birthday……

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Later that night, I was looking forward to going out but that didn’t happen. My birthday, of course, was on a Sunday and it was football season!! So, you can guess where this is going. My husband’s team was playing that evening and my kids were working. I spent my birthday with no friends, no family and to make it worse when the games ended at 11 pm, I was taken to “Hooters” of all places for bad drinks and no food!

By the way, I do not like going to restaurants where “someone’s daughter, sister, mother” is wearing basically underwear!! Never could understand why it is okay for establishments allow that much skin to be exposed when serving food or drinks…so unsanitary. You can’t imagine what came next……

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That Sunday night through Monday night, I couldn’t eat or sleep at all. I had this picture in my mind how I would’ve celebrated my 40th and I guess I didn’t take in account that everyone else has plans and my birthday is not in the center of everyone’s life. It was more important to me than it was to anyone else. So, I realized after that birthday, I wouldn’t make a big deal out of it. I still take a photo on my birthday and still try to go out to dinner with my family. If we don’t, it’s no big deal.

Me at 41 and 42… I spent my birthday the past year with family and friends going out to dinner and was very happy.

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 6

I will be 52 in 10 years…hard to believe. I woke up one day and my angels were grown up and going on their first dates and picking out colleges to attend. If you are like me, you wish that time wouldn’t be a factor in living. We all have one life to live and I realized this New Year that I am not wasting a single moment being unhappy or mad at the world. We have plenty to be thankful for in the world and if we just took the time to stop and essentially “Smell the Roses”as they say, we would realize how great life can be. Everyday, you turn on your television, phone, computer or radio and hear about all the bad stuff happening in the world, I wish they would bring back those happier times we had long ago and then we all could appreciate life more. My New Years resolution this year:

Be Positive!

So what will I be doing 10 years from now…

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I will definitely be traveling by plane, buses, trains or even cruises. I love to see other places and just the excitement of being on vacation.

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I love to write so my blog will still be outlet to express myself to the world. I write only once a week but I like telling my story. I am working on becoming an author so it is a work in progress. Stay tuned.

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My angels from the beginning to now…..I want to see them be married, have a career and have a family of their own because I do want to be a….

Grandma!! I love babies and kids so much and my children were such a joy to bring into this world. So so proud of all of them.

I would really appreciate it if technology and fashion went back to old days when everything was personal. These days we have lost the act of communication and have decided that everyone has to expose themselves or use fake pictures to make a statement. We are already starting to see clothes that are ripped up and bell bottomed, why not add everyone standing in line for concert tickets. Its all about the adventure. Let’s go back to face to face and meeting people.

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Praying on this right now. Will the world finally see the light behind all the darkness? Will everyone start to appreciate what they have and smile everyday? Maybe? Maybe not? Do you think that it is possible to have the “Truman Show” all over again without the violence in the world? I wish for good health for my family and friends in 10 years and the many blessings along the way.

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