September 26, 2016

Life Lessons

September 26, 2016
A few years back I interviewed my dad for a class I was taking at the time. My dad is always giving me little words of encouragement and offering up gems of wisdom, so I figured I would share it with y'all. It's short and to the point, but maybe it's something one of you needs to see today.

Q: What would you consider your biggest life lesson?
D: I'd say don't focus on getting to a destination or point in your life - whether it's getting married or having a particular job or getting a degree and getting out of college. Life, as cliche as it sounds, really is a journey and not a destination. You should really just enjoy every day and make the most of every single day, because when you get to those destinations, they often aren't as exciting as you thought they'd be and they won't make you as happy as you think they will.

Q: How do you stay positive when things don't go your way?
D: You know... I just don't get too down when things are going bad and I don't get too happy when things are good. How could you appreciate the sunshine if it never rained? I try to remember not to give up or get depressed when things get hard because it will pass.

Q: How do you feel about getting older/aging?

D: I feel that [aging] is part of the process. People complain, but quite frankly, it beats the alternative! You either get older or you die. Getting older is all about life experiences. Sure the physical part isn't great - not being as agile, sharp, whatever - but having those new memories to talk about is always wonderful!

September 23, 2016


September 23, 2016
Earlier this week I mentioned that I went to Vegas for the first time ever back in April. The girls and I stayed at The Mirage and had a blast. We took so many pictures, met some amazing people and created so many memories. While I wish I could give you more details, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. 

September 19, 2016

Vegas for Beginners

September 19, 2016
I haven't been big into the club scene or staying up late for a few years now (just call me grandma), but I went to Las Vegas for the first time ever back in April to celebrate one of my best friend's birthdays. I've seen and heard more than I ever cared to about Vegas and I honestly had no idea what to expect aside from all party all the time. Less than two hours after stepping off the plane, I was at the infamous 1 OAK (a la the Kardashians', Chris Brown's and every other famous person's birthday party ever).  Needless to say, the partying didn't stop until the afternoon I left.

Before we ever got to Vegas, my friends and I were trying to figure out what activities we wanted to do while there and determine what was most important to us. While we didn't get to do everything we wanted, our weekend couldn't have been any better.

Never been to Vegas before?
Have no fear, I've got a list of things I'd suggest on your first visit!

10 Things to Do on Your First Visit to Vegas

1. Go to at least one nightclub - we went to 1 OAK, Drai's and Tao.

2. Go to at least one day party - we went to Tao Beach, Bare and Rehab.

3. See a Cirque du Soleil show - why not see a show in the Entertainment Capital of the World? The girls and I were choosing between O and Zumanity, and price made this decision much easier. Zumanity was AMAZING. It's a show that is strictly for a mature audience, but if you want some good laughs and a great time, it is a must see.

4. If you're not just a group of girls, consider getting the V Card! We got the V Card without knowing that getting onto a promoter's list would be super simple. We ended up using 2 or 3 of the passes, but the awesome thing about these passes is that they NEVER EXPIRE. So if/when I decide to go back to Vegas, I can get into many of the clubs for free!

5. If you're staying at the Mirage (or even just near the hotel), go to the Pantry and LVB Burgers and Bar. DELICIOUS. Order french toast at The Pantry.

6. Watch the Bellagio Fountain show.

7. Try your hand at gambling. Not a gambler? Neither am I, but you can't go to Vegas and not at least give it a shot. I walked away with mere change, however my friend won herself $30 off penny slots!

8. WALK THE STRIP! If nothing else piques your interest, walk the strip. It's free, it's full of interesting people and it's a great way to work off all those drinks from the night before.

9. Lay by the pool. Seriously, you'll need an ounce of rest at some point during your trip and it's not guaranteed you'll get that at night. So get some shut eye (or don't) while hanging out poolside and getting that tan.

10. Take tons of pictures! But if you post anything, make sure it's approved by everyone in the group because remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. 

September 11, 2016

Changes in the Air

September 11, 2016
symbol for change
After a 3 month hiatus, I've come to miss this little home of mine. 
I miss writing.
I miss designing.
I miss telling stories.

Most of all, I miss you all.

I miss the interactions I shared with my readers and with the bloggers whose sites I read.
I've had several friends ask when I would post again, and I never even knew they kept up with my life this way. So with that being said, I'm going to try and get back into this little world of mine. 

Be patient with me. 
I may not be cranking out the number of posts that I used to, but I will try to post more than once every 6 months ;) 

June 24, 2016

Post-Tonsillectomy: A Year Later

June 24, 2016
It's actually been a little over a year since I got my tonsils and adenoids out, but that's not the point. The point is that I have had strep throat a total of ZERO times in the last year and that is something to celebrate.

Every year before this past one, I have gotten strep throat at least 3 times a year and a sore throat every few weeks. But since my surgery? Man oh man. 

It's honestly so amazing how a simple procedure can cause (here's the honesty) so much immediate pain, but be tremendously beneficial in the long run. I knew not getting my tonsils out was not an option - especially since I work in the hospital - so for what I consider a "necessary procedure," I would definitely do it again. 

Maybe not in a heart beat, but y'all...

I feel so, so much better.

January 9, 2016

I Have a Problem

January 9, 2016
I (along with the rest of the world) am on a health kick.
Except this isn't a kick, it's actually a lifestyle change - I joined a gym.

Yes that's right.

I figured if I'm paying for something monthly, I'll definitely be making the most use out of it.

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2016
I cannot believe it is already 2016.
I swear this past year has flown by, but I am so thankful for all that I have learned in 2015.

In 2015, I learned -

There are bad people in this world
and there are still racists in this world,
But there are also beautiful, sweet souls out there as well.
I am stronger than I ever knew,
and ever imagined.
I have lost some friendships
but I have made some new truly amazing friends
and I have strengthened some of the friendships that I've had.
I have learned that my plan is not THE plan
and I've had to remind myself of this daily
but God knows what He is doing and He is doing some great work in me. 

In 2016, I intend to - 

Love myself more
Listen to God ALL of the time
Become healthier
Save more money for my future
Find something - anything - that truly makes me happy no matter what
Remind myself that my story is a book that has been written and pulled off of His shelf

What have you learned from 2015? Any resolutions for the new year?

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