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Gratitude: Thanks Mom


Our First Mother-Daughter Weekend Get-Away

    When I was little and my Mom would come home just beat from work , I would see in her eyes just how tied she was and I would promise “ When I grow up, I’m going to buy you a limousine and have someone drive you around in it so you can rest Mommy.” She’d just smile, hug me tight and say “Thank You Baby”. It was in those moments that I could see how hard she was trying, first as a Single Mom in the Army, then as an Active-Duty Army Wife & Mother-of-Two, and the on to be a Veteran Wife & Mother recovering from brain aneurisms.

My Mother has always been there, even through the growing pains, she was always there to support me; band competitions, volleyball games, dance recitals, crazy life decisions, horrible break-ups, and ALL OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS (whether physically or in spirit). She’s always been THAT Mom; the one who is available to talk not only on the maternal level but also a friendship one.

Over the years I believe I’ve grown wiser and more mature and come to the realization that honoring our loved one’s while they are still with us is much easier on the heart than having the feeling of regret for best intentions set. To me it’s all about GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION as we travel this JOURNEY of life TOGETHER.

Mommy has always wanted to go on a cruise, but timing and capital haven’t always been on her side. While initially taking her on a cruise would have been ideal, timing really isn’t on my side either. So, I decided to do the next best thing, I planned a weekend getaway for the two of us. While the promise may have been a limo when I was younger, but that’s not even cost effective or environment-friendly these days.

Planning this trip has been so exciting, from finding an AMAZING location to ensuring Mommy had her passport updated (somebody let their previous one expire).

Do you have your passport? Is it up to date? IMG_0464

 I have been able to keep the location a secret from her and only gave a hint that it’s in the Caribbean. I made sure we both have our swimsuits and great chillax gear, I’ve set up a few SPA Surprises, and can’t wait to see her face when we get to the airport. It means so much to me to be able to provide my Mom with such a gift of love and appreciation.

It’s high time for my Mom to relax on the beach, even if that means she brings her boyfriend, KIN’ along (Her KINDLE FIRE). I’m looking forward to her smiles, jokes, and well-rested spirit.

Well enough about me, I would love to hear from you. How do you show gratitude and appreciation for your loved ones? Do you have any upcoming vacation plans that include honoring loved ones?

A Note for You….August 26th, 2015

As I prepare for another crazy chapter in my life, I’ve been giving myself little pep talks and encouragement. The funny thing is, as I talk to my friends, many seem to be going through similar issues. So, for the first time in a long time, I decided to press pause on my whirlwind life and write a post immediately. I hope that this finds you all well and can take from it the encouragement intended.

A note

The Day After Thanksgiving..Less Shopping, More Reflecting

While many people stayed out late last night to begin their holiday shopping, I was filling up on my cousin’s good ‘ole Mac n Cheese and some sweet potato pie.


This morning however, I took care of a few holiday necessities. Bills first, then onto playing Holiday Elf for a few folks. Yes, it’s true I hit some sales early this morning….but hey…I did it in the comfort of my pajamas and in front of the laptop (for the sake of some people knowing where I got their gifts I won’t be posting pics. I have to be honest though, this year was more about me sharing the message of my appreciation and love for those in my life, than it was on spending an exorbitant amount cash.


Today was really about reflecting on the past year and my progress along my path. I’m so very thankful for the positive influences I consider as my go to resources; my supportive family and friends, my professional mentors who represent a variety of backgrounds, my #beblogalicious family, and even the random interactions I’ve had while out and about. It’s been a little easier this year to come out of my protective mode and open up to my environment and the people around me. I’m at the finish line in regards to my Bachelor’s degree and I’m super excited about what my future holds. It’s great to be able to take a moment and say “Thank You” to my Higher Power and the Universe for providing so much to appreciate and look forward to. I know there will be more opportunities, more smiles, and an amazing career in my very near future.

So the day after Thanksgiving what was on your agenda? Shopping those “Can’t Resist” sales or did you choose to take more time to reflect on what you’re thankful for?

Something Like A Love Letter #DearBlogalicious

Pool Party 2012Dear Blogalicious Family,

I’m so glad I get the opportunity to see you all once again, its like an old school down-south family reunion. The past few weeks I’ve been reminiscing about times I’ve shared and spent with many of you over the last year, the experiences, and positive people I’ve met along the way.

I met the DMV crew of Bloaglicious while volunteering with my my dear friend Maisie Dunbar, for their pool party in preparation for Blogalicious12. I must say it was definitely divine intervention, Stacey, Xina, Jazzy, Amber, Nicole, Nae, Jamelah, and soo many more people immediately pulled me in and embraced me as one of their own…and I had only been blogging for about a month. Can you say NOVICE?

Needless to say initially I had absolutely no intention of attending the conference in Las Vegas, I had just started a new job and was not trying to bounce out on some leave/vacation, plus I was still a bit shy about mingling with a bunch of women I didn’t really know. At some point though, this idea just kept coming back, Go to Vegas, Go to Vegas…so I tagged along with Maisie since she’d have a display for BluffaJo (her amazing makeup line) and she too encouraged me to network my bum off and learn more about social media.

Then the big day came, the trip to Vegas was ehhh ok, but man once we got there we hit the gound running, setting up, making contact, and oh yeah getting settled at our hotel, which by the way was not at the Red Rock; word to the wise….NEVER WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE  TO BOOK FOR BLOGALICIOUS..major party foul…lol. Regardless Maisie and I got it all together just in time to hit the tweetup party. What a way to break the ice with other attendees. Wow, all I could think of was how friendly and personable everyone was. The next few days were such a blur, all the sessions, and people. Everyone was just so happy, every introduction heart-felt, NO DRAMA period. I was in heaven, what a diverse group of people, they were so cool, and ready to do whatever was needed to get each other connected, I LOVED this; I knew I could call this my new family away from home. The networking and intermingling wasn’t the only thing that caught my attention, EVERYTHING WAS FUN!!! From Tea Parties to McDonalds…oh yeah and then there was Doug E. FreshIMG_0869

…SAY WHAAT? Man, I couldn’t remember the last time I had had that much fun in a weekend and with absolutely no shenanigans. The weekend went by fast but little did I know this was only the beginning of my ongoing love affair with the Blogalicious Family.

Blogalicious12Over the past year I’ve gone to events that were either sponsored by Blogalicious itself or its amazing community members…actually they are more like family seriously. It Blogalicious was having an event, I was either there or tweeting my “oh how I miss n luv y’all”.

On a very personal note this community that is Blogalicious has given me just as much love as I have given them.So I just want to say, HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY BLOGALICIOUS!!! May we celebrate many many more together, and Thank You for Encouraging and Believing in Me!