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Day 1 | 5 interesting facts

3 Mar

Well it’s March and for me that means it’s blog challenge time. I did one last March and I absolutely loved it!!! For anyone who has every thought of starting a blog or gets stumped every once in a while on what to write, this is a great way to get you writing every single day. This year I am participating in NaBloPoMo ( National Blog Posting Month) from blogher.com . Definitely take a look at it and join!

For the first day, our prompt is to write 5 interesting facts about ourselves. I’m not going to lie, this was not easy for me. The more I kept thinking about it I kept saying to myself, “that’s not interesting” but then again to other people it may be. So here goes nothing.

1.  I was born in Houston, TX but raised in Cranston, RI. When my parents were young, my dad got a job that transferred him from our home state (RI) to Texas. Back then, in 1979, Houston was up and coming. Fast forward to August of ’79 and I was born. I remember my mom telling me stories of how she would walk me in the mall in AC because it was so hot and humid. I like to say I can blame her on my shopping problem. I love hearing stories from my grandparents on how they drove to come visit me in Texas and how different it is in the south. One year later my mom was homesick and my parents moved back to Rhode Island and I was raised in Cranston (where both my parents grew up as well). I would love to travel to Houston one day. It’s on my bucket list to visit and I hope to make it happen soon.

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2.  I do not eat ANY fruit. Weird but yet interesting. If I have to, I will watermelon and apples on occasion. I am so afraid to try new things. I like to tell people I am a texture person- sight, color, smell, taste- they all scare me when it comes to fruit. I may have to talk to someone about it. Haha

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3.  I am a Glambassador for Glamour Magazine and I love it! For the past 3 years I have had many doors open and couldn’t be more grateful. This opportunity has allowed me write, test beauty products and get a job that I love.

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4.  I am like Marissa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny when it comes to cars. Boy, did she know her stuff.  I literally know more than some men. I can thank my Papa and my Uncles for that. From the minute I had my license, they made sure I understood everything under the hood. They made me the independent woman I am today when it comes to my car. I know how to not get robbed when I go for something to get fixed because I know exactly what they are talking about. If I had to change a tire, I could. I think it is very liberating that I can honestly say I can make it on my own no matter what.

Marisa Tomei

5.  I could literally stay home all weekend and watch tv/movies and read my magazines/books. There is nothing better in the world than spending quality time with yourself. It’s one thing to be alone but it’s another when you actually like to be alone and enjoy your own company. This is something I highly suggest everyone learns to do.

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xo

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The infamous question all singles love

10 Oct

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This month I decided to jump on another blog challenge by one of my favorite people, Mandy Hale. I’m starting a few days late, but I’m going to give it my all to try to write for 30 days.

For the first post we have to answer the question that everyone loves “And why are YOU still single?”

Hmmm…..don’t we, as singles, all just love this question. Come on raise your hand! You know you do. Haha Just kidding. We all know we dread this question every time it’s asked and lately, if I got paid money for every time it was asked, I wouldn’t have to have a part-time job.

I was actually asked this very question just the other day by my Nana (God bless her). It was actually a quite entertaining conversation that went something like this:

Nana: when’s it gonna be your turn?? I’m getting old you know. (as she giggles)

Me: (laughing) yea… Umm I’m not sure. I think he got lost.

Nana: well you better find him. Or at least make it your business to find him. Men need help you know!

Now, at the time, it didn’t bother me as much because it was coming from my 85-year-old Nana, however, when this question arises from people who ask in a condescending way, or from people who ask all the time, it gets very old, real quick.

Not having had a serious boyfriend for a couple of years ( the boys I’ve dated don’t really count because they were boys not men. If they were men, I’d be with one of them right now Lol) it baffles me on why I’m single. I sometimes sit with 2 of my fabulous girlfriends (who are also single) and try to figure out why on Earth are we single.

I have come to conclusion that I am single because I refuse to settle. After many hurtful and “learning” relationships, I have realized that I do deserve a healthy, loving relationship. There will be a man who will move mountains to be with me. He will support me and be proud to call me his woman. He will be the one who will give me my space and let me do my thing because that’s what you do. You compromise, you love, you support, and most of all, you trust.

At the age of 34, did I think I’d be here? No. Maybe, I need to take my Nana’s advice and give him a little help. For all I know he could be right under my nose (or so they say). But until then, I will continue to live my life to the fullest and enjoy all of the wonderful things that I have had come my way, people and experiences included. And hopefully, while I’m on this journey, he will come along and join me on this crazy, wild ride of life.

And to the next person who asks me this ridiculous question…..

She is me. She is you.

How do you respond when people ask you this question?

Embrace your life!

xo

A High School Memory~Day 3

4 Oct

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Ahhhh high school…..the good ol’ days. I know some people wouldn’t agree with me but I absolutely loved high school. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by great friends and people who would be part of some of my most amazing memories.

Day 3 in the October Daily Blog Challenge asks us to tell about a high school memory you will never forget. Honestly, this is very hard for me since I have so many.

Having been part of an amazing dance team that was a small part of the school’s band (yes, band was the cool thing to be part of in my school 😉 )I was able to travel to places that I would never have dreamt of going to at such a young age.

One of my favorite memories is traveling to Hawaii with the band in high school when I was in tenth grade. The reason we were even allowed to travel to Hawaii was to perform in a parade in Waikiki. How many can say that they did that? Back in 1994, traveling across the country on an airplane with 100 kids was not a scary thought in most parents minds. We were still living in an innocent world and having harm being done to us while we traveled wasn’t even an option.

I remember the flight being really long to LAX and when we arrived there to catch our connecting flight, we were like that scene in Home Alone when they are running through the airport to catch their plane. This was definitely a sight to be seen. 100 kids, chaperones and my band director all trying to get to the next flight. Definitely funny now, but I’m sure back then the adults didn’t find it funny.

I remember when we landed in Oahu, the airport was absolutely beautiful. We were greeted with our very own lei and it just seemed like paradise. There were palm trees everywhere and it was sunny and warm. I can still visually see us waiting outside this beautiful airport, soaking in the sunshine, before we had to get our ride to the hotel.

It’s crazy how 19 years is such a long time ago but yet I can still feel like it was just half that amount of time. I remember in the early mornings, we would wake up and Waikiki would be so quiet, peaceful and clean. I can remember my girlfriends and I being silly and taking pictures inside (or actually outside) their Rainforest Cafe restaurant (or basically anywhere we could pose Lol). We thought it was so cool to have a ‘yard’ at a restaurant where you could hang out outside.

Being able to see Pearly Harbor was really cool, we traveled to the Dole Plantation and I remember people buying pineapples to be shipped home. As a beach lover I got see the North Shore and Waimea Bay and appreciate the ocean even more.

The last thing I’ll mention is that on the last day, a few of my friends and I decided to do a Hawaiian tradition. They say that if you throw your lei back into the water, that means you’ll be back someday (or so they told us). Well, universe, I hope that tradition is right. I would love to go back as an adult and see if it’s how I remember it (in some sense).

I could honestly go on and on. All I have to say is that this trip will forever be a memory I will never forget. I was fortunate enough to have traveled to more places in my high school career but how many can say that they traveled to Hawaii with their high school.

What’s a memory you have of your high school that you will never forget??

xo

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Favorite lyric~Day 2

3 Oct

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Day 2’s blog challenge wants us to talk about a favorite song or lyric and say how it inspires or describes me.

There will always be songs or lyrics that mean something to me but lately I really and truly can relate to Katy Perry’s new song “Roar” and Sara Bareilles’ new song “Brave”. Both of these women’s songs hit home for me.

“Roar”~Katy Perry

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

For many years I would just sit back and let people get me down, have their opinions or thoughts of me affect me and define me. Over the course of, I’d say 3-4 years, I’ve learned to not let any of that effect me. Trust me I have my days where I will literally break down because these things will make me doubt myself, but I have decided no more. These lines inspire me (or the whole song really) to remind myself that no more. No more people pushing me around. No more of others thoughts and opinions defining me and no more doubting myself.

“Brave”~Sara Bareilles

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

I can’t even begin to explain how this song touches my heart. One day my sister, my niece Chloe and I were riding in the car and my sister had this song on. She turned to me and said watch and listen to Chloe. She literally started to sing this song and it was with feeling. She is only 3!! It brought such a smile to my face because whether or not she knows it, she is being a brave little one every single day. Literally has no fear. We have to be that way. No more keeping things in. Speak your mind (obviously respectfully in certain situations) but stand up for yourself. If you don’t, who will. Every single time I hear this song it reminds to be me and no one else.

And last but not least this song will forever be a favorite of mine~

Unwritten” Natasha Bedingfield

Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Yes I will admit, I love to open my sunroof on a beautiful sunny day and blast this song, all LC and all, and believe that my today is where my book begins.

What are some of your favorite lyrics and what do they mean for you??

Happy listening!

xo

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