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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?

It’s 2015 and I’m…………….

Hey Hey Hey!It's 2015

Yes, it’s been a while; my hiatus turned into a complete missing in action type situation. 2014 was absolutely crazy in terms of being able to keep up with myself and everything going on, I really just needed a break; between starting my Master’s full-time , working full time, and my health, I had to take some time to get myself back on track. With that being said, I have finally kicked myself in the tush to get a few posts done. Funny enough, It’s not that I’m not doing anything….its that I was doing tooooooooo much. So, instead of resolutions for 2015, I made revelations for what’s really important to me. This is the year that I truly take my passions and desires into my own hands; it means I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and “doing the dang thang”.

Here’s my list of “It’s 2015 and I’m….”

– It’s 2015 and I’m going to start taking a more trips. Actually, my goal is to take an “Off the Grid” trip at least once a year from here on out. This may be a trip where I’m completely secluded or it may just be a trip where I don’t respond to email or burn the midnight oil via social media. Either way, these trips will be all about me and what I want to do and more than likely require my passport!

– It’s 2015 and I’m pushing myself harder on my fitness & overall health. It’s the middle of January and I can proudly say that I’ve lost 10 pounds as of Friday, January 16th. Yasss, I’m so for real. I even went so far as to…..wait for it……….JOIN A GYM (smh yes, me the chic who likes to be in her own little space and not have anyone looking at her while she gets her fat in check…lol). I finally caved in after practically being thrown from a faulty treadmill in my apartment gym.

Seriously, the dang thing was skipping and jerking; I waAsics-2015 Fitness Shoess either going to end up in someone’s blooper reel or  get thrown from it and end up in the Emergency Room.


I bought myself new running shoes and I’m a bit more proactive with my Fitbit, challenges with co-workers and friends helps tremendously.

My friends even stepped in on the action, the Besty sent me some awesome tea….miss her bunches, but somehow even from Afghanistan, she knew just what I needed. YourTea for Tee….lol.


– It’s 2015 and I’m pulling my focus together. My passion for writing and supporting the Veteran Community is burning deeper than ever before and it’s high time I did something about it. Take action, not just words. There will be more Veteran, Military, Spouse, and Dependent related topics that come up in the near future. This is a community that I was born and raised in, and as an adult; learned some of my most important life lessons. Articles on VA concerns to sharing Veteran Service Organizations and programs that do their best to help us through our transitions and life’s hurdles. From poetry and letters, to little chats about big issues; like the current veteran suicide epidemic and what’s being done about it, the stigma of Post-Traumatic Stress and other mental health issues, employment drama, and of course life’s little follies (what many of my friends and I refer to as shenanigans).Strong Women

Some posts will be light-hearted and funny, while others will bring you face to face with the harsh reality that so many face daily. My intention is to be as open as possible about what’s going on not just in my life, but also the lives of other veterans and their families, and their journey through life on the other side of service. I’ve envisioned this direction for a long while and look forward to input, ideas, and testimonials.


So with all the new year pleasantries out of the way, how’s your year setting up? What resolutions or revelations have you made for 2015? Leave a comment below and let’s chat about it.

Randomness…A Poem For You

Don’t Count Me Out

I’m a little behind the power curve for finishing school,

But Don’t Count Me Out.

I’ve had to start over in my career,

 But Don’t Count Me Out.

I am a Veteran who has made enormous strides on a personal level

But Don’t Count Me Out.

I’m a Woman on a mission to make a difference in the World,

So Don’t Count Me Out.

My Life has been intriguing and diverse,

So Don’t Count Me Out.

Some see my personality, initiative, tenacity, and drive as a threat,

But Don’t Count Me Out.

I am of the Millennial Generation,

So Don’t Count Me Out.

I am a Woman of Faith,

And Honey, HE’s Never Counted Me Out.

I’m a Fighter

I’m a Believer,

A Humanitarian,

A Friend,

And a Daughter,