31 Day Challenge-Day 15

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Working life….where I was these last couple years….

  • Up at 1 or 2 am to start work at 3 or 4 am.
  • Get to work and kill myself for 12-15 hours a day
  • Eat breakfast on the way to the first client…drive time at least an hour and half
  • Eat lunch in the car on the way and snack in between clients
  • Sweat through my clothes and get to the point where the 3 pm slump happens…I’m tired.
  • I wrap up my last clients up around 5 or 6 pm
  • Call my husband when I am on my way home
  • Get home, take a shower and eat dinner
  • Say goodnight to my kids and go to bed at 10 or 11 pm, if I didn’t have homework
  • Start all over again the next day…

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I never did get to where I wanted to be, but I learned that you have to love what you do in order to be happy. God had other plans for me.

And now…Retired Life….

  • Up at 1 or 2 pm maybe 12 noon on a good day
  • Wash up and proceed to open the curtains for sunshine
  • Wash the dishes
  • Eat breakfast
  • If scheduled work on my blog for at least 5 hours
  • Eat my lunch through blogging hours
  • On Tuesdays, 5$ movie days we will see a movie if interested
  • If I am not feeling pain from arthritis, pain in my back or it isn’t humid outside, I will walk 3 miles with my husband around the lake for my Physical Therapy
  • Prepare my dinner (Our teens are now self-sufficient so they prepare their own meals now)
  • Watch some sporting event or movie with the hubby or have date night
  • Me and hubby take our dog Sage for his walk around 11 pm or 12 am
  • Watch a television series while falling a sleep around 2 or 3 am.

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My favorite quote by Maya Angelou

So, as you can see, a big difference in my life this past 8 months since I retired. I love the freedom of coming and going as I please and having a great support system in my family. I knew I had to make a change because I wasn’t happy making others dreams come true.

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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.

Well that’s all I got for now….

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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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Tattoos…a storybook written for the body

  Tattoos..a story written for every individual like an autobiography published that explains the road traveled by most with failures, accomplishments, tragedies, life lessons learned and thing to be proud of expressed on the body.  Most of us have our story hidden but the rest of us want people to know what we have gone through.  In many religions, it is sacred to deface the body of a human with any kind of piercings or tattoos but why deprive one of such an opportunity to express themselves.
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   In another life, people write down who they place their heart and soul with….then it gets broken, that story gets told through love quotes and a broken heart for the end…..
   Proud parents who cherish their children and want to celebrate the day they were born with names and dates over and over again..on the other side the sad soul who lost their love and life in one moment, writing numbers and symbols in remembrance….
   Believing in your country and what it stands for while being proud of who you are …making your mark on the world with being part of history, celebrating your freedom…..
   Reliving a moment in your life that you thought you would never achieve and look on as others admire your accomplishment no matter how big or small….. 
   Rooting for your favorite team and supporting them with your dedication to their organization….or keeping with your family markings for generations to come…..
  Admiring your environment and loving the way the Earth births beautiful things so you want to see this on you day after day……
These are some of the ways to write your story for the world….this is My Storybook.

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My name is LaFrieda and I am a mom of three, wife and my family is the love of my life.  I currently have 5 tattoos on my body representative of me living my life.  My left arm has my very first tattoo of my three kids names in a heart designed by me.  My second on the right leg has a tigers face on it, representing my love for animals with my children’s names under it.  My third on the left leg has another full body tiger helping me go down a road to greatness in my life.  My fourth on the right arm, success in graduating from college at 38 years old while working a full-time job and taking care of a family and last, the one on my left thigh, begun my journey to live life to the fullest despite the failures I had in life…I would get better and stronger after devastation.   Right now I am currently working on my 6th story for my right thigh…I am thinking it will have something to do with my love for music.

I am trying to decide between these two…let me know which one would be nice on my right thigh…

I sketched both of these myself…I just can’t decide which one to go with.  Which one A or B?

“Never be ashamed of your story…it is Who You Are L.S.

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