Happy Birthday Me (2017)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I will follow where this takes me and my tomorrows lost to the unknown...

Today is my birthday and I am starting yet another new journey for another year of life. It has been awhile since I have posted, mainly because I have had so much going on. I focused the last few months on the external changes in my life and I am beyond proud of what I have accomplished. This year, I want to focus on some internal changes and get to a state beyond where I have been.
The last few weeks have been about choosing me and I want to continue that trend. I read a few books and came to so many conclusions. I lived in guest room for a few months, over did it at work, and then found my center. I have started my own happiness project, not because I’m unhappy but because I want more.

Celebrating another year of life and reflecting on the path that got me here has been rejuvenating. I finally found a home to call my own (more to come on that in September), improved and developed relationships, hit some career milestones, started a new fitness journey, and confined to be amazing 😉…but I WANT MORE.

In an effort to get more, I have used The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin as my inspiration and have given myself a few goals and commandments to guide me through the next year, as I prepare for what comes next (good, bad, and ugly).

Adulting with Purpose and Focus (goals)

Tone and Sculp (19% body fat) – the goal is to stray in shape and keep a fitness routine that fits my lifestyle. Doing the adult thing, I found a trainer that can keep me on track.
Go natural within reason – I’m on a mission to embrace the many gifts this Earth has given us. The goal is to reduce unnecessary exposure to unpleasant toxins (chemical or other).
Enjoy my body and what I put in it – I want to love my body which to me means enjoying the food, drink, and man that I decide to allow in it.
Date myself (self-care)- Part of loving me is spending time taking care of my mental state and well-being without guilt. I’m treating myself to a lot of good times.
Accept Blessings and bless others – gratitude is life changing and I need to be grateful for what I have and pay it forward.
Treat life like an education and learn more – somewhere along the way I lost sight of how fun it is to learn new things. Smarter is better because ignorance is not bliss, it’s oppressive.
Explore the unknown (with leisure) – see it all, try it all, conquer the unknown.
Exfoliate (I’m not 22 anymore)- aside from my skin, sometimes you need to scrub your thoughts, your relationships, and your spirit and refresh it all.

Commandments (rules to live by for the next year)

Be heard without being loud
Say what I mean and mean what I say
Mind my manners
Fasten seat belts when seated but take more risk
Go with my gut (always)
Exercise it out
Pursue passions
Treat myself (indulge)
Let LOVE fill the space
Have faith not fear
Hustle with heart
Express and show gratitude
Let it go (lose control it isn’t a requirement)
Over the next few weeks I’m going to jump back into my blog as I start this new year of adventure. More to come, happy birthday to me!!!

Monday Quote: June 26

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Monday everyone! I wanted to share the motivational words helping me stay focused the last few weeks. As my house hunt, travel, and work chaos continue I have been out of my comfort zone a bit, which is necessary but difficult. Sitting on the edge of that comfort, I have been able to gain even more perspective in my life. My journey continues to surprise me at every turn but I’m blessed and thankful for what I’m learning about myself and my own capacity for resilience. Today’s quote is helping me remember that I have a value worthy of strong investments.


I am investing in me across the board – I plan to buy a house worthy of me, I plan to find a partner worthy of me, and I have put time and effort into caring for me, because I am worth it.  What that means for me is unapologetically feeding my creative side; taking care of my body and mind; and doing what makes me feel good and brings me happiness.

Love yourself (today and everyday). Invest in yourself, you are worth it.

Mother's Day {2017}

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Happy Mother's Day to all the women out there that have the honored distinction of being called Mom or Grandmother. Today we celebrate you and the amazing gift of life, love, and support you bestow upon the children in your life. Thank you Moms for all you do!!!!

Special thanks to my mother, Karen!  We may not be the closest but I am still grateful for a mother of her caliber. Happy Mother's Day to her!

Monday Motto: Hustle and Heart

Monday, April 24, 2017

I am officially address-less (homeless seems in accurate) after moving out of my house. I managed to move out of my residence of 4 years in the span of 2 weeks. It seemed impossible while working full time and while suffering from a sinus infection. Bad timing was an understatement but I had a task and goal so I made it happen, amazingly smooth if I may toot my own horn a bit. I am very grateful that I was able to have movers, friends, and family help me condense my life into a POD.  After selling, donating, and purging the items without value I have closed the chapter on my first home. The house is sold and in the hands of a lovely new owner (I hope she treats you well sir). This means I'm now on the hunt for a new place to lay my head. Thank you to those that offered me space, celebrated my life change, and helped me make my crazy deadlines!!!!

In the course of uprooting my former life, I also managed to have some major work accomplishments. I presented then facilitated round tables at a major national conference, I premiered an amazing product, I’m approved to move forward on a major production project, and I received kudos from my leadership. The actual joy inside me is sitting right below the surface of exhaustion (I promise).

Despite the euphoria, the indefinite guest room crashing, and the chaos of living out of suitcases my mind immediately went to, what next.  Hustle hard is a motto I have lived by for a long time but I didn't realize how ingrained it was in my mind. I was immediately think on to the next, but my hustle has changed over the years. I am more and more focused on the greater good (mainly for my family) and I realized my heart was driving my thoughts. My passion and motivation for changing my/the world (macro and micro level) is on 1000. I want to do more!  I want to work harder! I want my hustle to benefit my nephew and nieces. So my new motto is hustle +heart and today I'm embracing that!!! So this hustler with heart is about to shake some things up! Happy Monday!

hard work and hustle with a good heart

Wednesday Wisdom: Mindfulness Exercise 5

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stop and Look

Today’s mindfulness exercise is all about taking a moment to really see what is around you.

Focus on one thing (it could be in front of you or in your mind). Just pick, one object. Then really look at it.  If you can, pick it up, hold it, and really look at all the details. Think about what you like about the object. Why did you pick it (what made it stand out)? How did it come to be? What is it made of? What was involved in its creation?  How did it end up in your possession? How does it work? How do you use it? Can you use it better? Think about all those questions and possible answers for 2-3 minutes and then go back to what you were doing (or not).

The point is to just take a moment to appreciate, reflect, and ultimately focus your thoughts.
“Find your focus and seek simplicity” – Dan Millman

Focus and Simplicity Quote

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