Celebrating the Journey: 2016 Recap 

I think we can all agree that for the most part, 2016 had some pretty rough patches, lol. The important thing is I came out of it with my health and sanity in tact; so first, let’s toast to that! 

As I prepare to close out this year, I am sitting back and reminiscing on some of the greatest moments of the year.  I can admit that despite some of the bad things going on in the world, I managed to make some pretty awesome memories throughout. 

One thing I’m most proud of is publishing my first novel.  To this day, I still can’t believe I achieved that goal of writing an entire book.  It’s even manifested into something so much more and I have so many ideas in the works just from this.  This has been a goal of mine for some time now and I am so glad that it came to pass.

This caused me to realize that I know and intend to conquer any dreams I set up for myself.  I know I have so much in my brain I want to achieve in my life, and with #Year30 approaching, there are so many more things I want to see come to fruition in my life.

Another aspect of life I improved was personal growth and self-care.  I feel like every year I grow more and more each day and choosing to make my well-being a top priority has helped with that.  2016 was definitely a year I attempted to be different than previous years.  My core never changed, but I made changes in my lifestyle that have remained consistent and kept me going in the right direction. 

Most of us are barely hanging on to 2016; I know because although I’ve had some good moments, I had quite a few bad ones too.  Needless to say, I’m like everyone else in 2016; hanging on by a thread and praying for better times in 2017.  

I think we’ll make it, y’all. We just have to keep swimming…


The Christmas Tag!!!

“Chestnuts roasting, on an open fire……” 🙂

So, today I’m feeling real holly and jolly today (possibly because of the Christmas  party we are having at work today).  As an extension of my holiday cheer, I am going to do the Christmas tag for you all!  I will have the questions down at the bottom of the post for anyone else who wants to do this!!  So, lets get it!!


  1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

My favorite Christmas movie…?  Actually, Nothing Like the Holidays is my favorite Christmas movie.   I don’t know how I stumbled upon  this movie a couple years ago, but ever since,  I HAVE to watch it at least 3 times during the Christmas holidays!  My favorite line?




  1. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Christmas morning!  And I am definitely someone who will be up at the crack of dawn (even before my own toddler), ready to open gifts.  Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays, and now that I am a mother.  I am enjoying more of watching my daughter and nephew open their gifts and see the joy on their faces for the holiday.

  1. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

There is a video of my daughter and my nephew’s first Christmas, where they were wearing matching onesies.  My nephew was playing drums, and my daughter was dancing.  It was classic Kynn and Preston, and I loved it.  I think that is the year we knew they completely enjoyed their Christmas.

  1. Favourite festive food?

I LOVE turkey and dressing, with cranberry sauce and giblet gravy.  That is my all time favorite combination at holiday time.  That and apple pie for dessert.  And let’s not forget the wine 🙂 ….

  1. Favourite Christmas gift?

I don’t know if I have a favorite Christmas gift.  What I enjoy the most is when someone gets me something that they KNOW I will love; or if they take the time to get me something that I specifically asked for or casually mentioned in passing conversation.  Thoughtful gifts  are the way to my heart.

  1. Favourite Christmas scent?

Ehh, I don’t have a specific scent, but I know when I start to smell cinammon, apple or vanilla type scents,  I am knee deep into the holiday season!

  1. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

No Christmas Eve traditions, although I would like to develop one for my daughter.  I know she will want to make cookies for Santa and write a note.  I also may let her open one gift the night before. 🙂


  1. What tops your tree?

Right now, a star.  I want to get a really pretty angel like my grandmother has on the top of her tree.  It’s gorgeous!

  1. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I’d have to say I was pretty blessed.  I can’t think of anything I asked for that I never got for Christmas or at one point in my life. I also have gotten older and don’t ask for much; Im in a season in my life where I’d rather give than receive.

  1. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Spending time with my family and friends. Period.  I have always loved Christmas because I knew that  was the one holiday of the year that everyone will come together for a day and be joyful and laugh and have fun.  As everyone has grown, we have  all made our own new traditions, but one thing that I will never  give up is  having the ones I love the most with me on Christmas.

Here are the question for you to answer. 

  1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
  2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
  3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
  4. Favourite festive food?
  5. Favourite Christmas gift?
  6. Favourite Christmas scent?
  7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
  8. What tops your tree?
  9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
  10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

A Little Loc Appreciation

It amazes me when people see my hair and say they love it. I’m like: 

“really? Today of all days when I need to moisturize, wash and retwist?”  

Edges look all kinds of disrespectful but people love it.  I guess I’m taking care of it pretty well!  Shoutout to all the beautifully loc’d men and women who get compliments on their hair even when they think their hair is a hot mess! Lol 

But I’m (un)comfortable

You Forgot Your Common Sense

ah comfort! That thing that puts us at ease, that thing we are used to, that makes us feel good. I was recently asked, “Do you think fear stops you sometimes from moving forward?” my answer was simple “of course!”. Fear is just the presence of the unknown. You have no idea if what’s ahead will cause pain, threaten you or your life(style) in any way, or be dangerous.  Moving forward creates an expectation, results, the higher up you climb the more the reality sets in you could fall. Moving forward means change, uncomfortable change since you don’t really have an idea what’s ahead or how to prepare for it. If you knew what was ahead would you have the same fear to move towards it?

My conversation was followed up by “why don’t we ever think of standing still as scary”. My answer was simple again, “comfort”. Standing still…

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