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A mother’s advice

8 Sep


Growing up with my mom and my sister, after my parents divorced, is when the three of us really become our own little family. Throughout my teenage years, into my twenties and now thirties, my mom was always there for me and ready to give advice even when I didn’t need it or want to hear it. But I have to say, until this day her voice and words are always in my head!

Just the other week, about a week before school started, I was shall we say, ‘presented’,  with exes, or men that I care to not see anymore, that were once in my life. They just kept popping up every where I went. So annoying! We all know what this feels like and it’s not very comfortable. Our minds drift off for a quick millisecond of what our past was like and it reminds you of your hurt.

So during one of these encounters, my mother happened to be there with me and she said something to me that literally struck a nerve and I had an A-HA moment.

I was on my rant about “Ugh, why does He keep punishing me by putting me in these situations.”  “Why must I be reminded of the jerks I’ve had in my life?”  I know I can’t be alone on these thoughts, but let me tell you, the next statement will be what you need to hear as well.

My mother looked at me and said,”Erica, they’re not punishments for you. Maybe you’re meant to be lesson or a reminder for them. It’s not always about you.”

Honestly, I never ever stopped and thought about any of those situations throughout my life in that light. I always felt I was presented those encounters as lessons for me, when they could’ve been lessons for them at the time. Think about that the next time you are faced with someone who hurt you. Believe that you are not being punished for something by running into them. You may be just the lesson they needed to have at that very moment.

Thanks Mom! me and my mom

Listen to the advice!




A break from my current life? Yes, please!

4 Sep

It’s hump day and what better way to end it than to dream of what I would do if I could take time off from my current life. Well, today’s topic asks us to write: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? Well where do I begin.

I would (starting tomorrow hypothetically)

1. Travel to New York and attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


I have the privilege of  working for StyleWeek Northeast, Providence’s very own fashion week that occurs twice a year, however, it is my dream and on my bucket list to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I love how there is so much that takes for it to come all together. I appreciate all of the hard work that everyone puts in, in order to have a week where talented designers can showcase their upcoming line. It takes an army to pull it off and I would love to someday attend and in my real dream world, work a show like I do here in Providence.


2. I would travel to Europe~ London and Paris



I have always wanted to travel here. I love the accent, the sites and attractions. (Plus who doesn’t love the Royal Family!)



I’d hate to admit it, but ever since I saw the Love Bridge on an episode of the RHBH (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, yes I know!!) and KKUTK (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), I want to go this bridge and put a locket on it. And who doesn’t love the Eiffel Tower!

3. Live in New York City and work at Glamour Magazine for a week as a writer for their website in the beauty department


For everyone who knows me, knows how much I love my magazines specifically Glamour. And you will probably also know it’s my dream to one day be a professional writer/blogger for an online publication. I currently have the privilege of being a Glambassador for Glamour Magazine and already get to do something kind of like this on the side by reviewing products for them, but I would love for it to be my job.

And last but not least……

4. Relax


I would take these three months to spend as much time as I could with my family and soak up every relaxing moment. Life is too short and we all need to be cognizant of appreciating the people we have in our lives for they are the ones who stand by you through thick and thin.



What would you do if you could take three months off??


Happy dreaming!!



What I’m made of

3 Sep

With today being the first day of the new blog challenge I’m taking part in, the topic is really interesting for me and kind of appropriate since my 34th birthday just passed and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting since then.

Today’s topic asked us to: describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

As I sit and think about where or what I come from, I like to think of the silly quote people from Cranston may say, “You can take the girl out of Cranston, but you can’t take Cranston out of the girl.” It honestly couldn’t be more fitting for me right now. Having grown up in a city where everyone knows everyone it can somewhat be annoying, but yet when people ask me where I’m from, I proudly smile and say Cranston. Throughout my childhood and into my adolescent years, I made the best friends a girl could ever have growing up in this city. It’s funny how at the time you know how important these friendships are but yet still take them for granted at the time and it isn’t for 22+ years later that we realize how important they really are and that we truly are a bond of sisters. It doesn’t matter the time, the distance or space that comes in between us, we will never be separated. We have been through SO many things together no one on the outside of our bond could ever understand.

This past weekend, I was blessed to have these girls around me again for my birthday. With everyone’s schedules all over the place, it’s always so hard to get us all together. I was so happy that my celebration could be the occasion that got us all together. It was as if we were 17 again and having the time of our lives dancing away like we used to.

We continued to hug each other like we didn’t want to let go, and talked as if we had just spoken to each other yesterday on the phone, even though months may have gone by. These are the friendships that will forever mean the most to me. They know me, my life, my history and yet still continue to be part of my life, and vice versa.

These girls are the angels in my life, from going through parent divorces together at the age of 12 or one of them finding your then boyfriend going behind your back and saving you from a life time of heart ache. I will forever be indebted to them and cannot truly express how much they mean to me. I look forward to the days where we are old and gray and reminisce about our crazy days and continue to laugh and cry together like we have been doing since we 9.


Do you still have friends that you’ve know since your childhood??

Happy friendships!


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