New Year, New Outlook!

Ringing in the New Year!

So here we are again, thanking the good Lord for letting me see not only another day and year, but decade! I’ve tried to think back on the last 10 years of my life, there’s been so many events, good and bad.

After experiencing negative life events, it’s so easy to only focus on the negative things and not appreciate the positive things in our lives. I will admit that I have been guilty of this. I’ve always been the one to “see the brighter side” in negative situations, but after the deaths of several family members within a 4 year period, I’ve noticed the  cheerleader in me hasn’t been so cheerful!

Recently, while out shopping with my daughter, I noticed this cute little planner at Five Below (how can you not love this store?!) for $5.

Positivity Planner                                 planner page

The title alone is what made me curious as to how can this book help someone be positive? Then I saw the 3rd page of the planner, and there it is, the master plan….Start each day with a positive thought. Doing something so simple can have a huge impact on our lives.

I truly believe what you put out in the atmosphere will come back to you; if you’re always negative, negative things will continue happen to you and vice versa.

I think at times we all need a little “push” in helping us remain positive, so I purchased the planner. Having a guide that will, on a weekly basis, encourage me to write down goals and think about what I’m grateful for. More importantly, it will help me be the positive person I strive to be.

inside planner

So as the 1st day of the new year and decade comes to an end, I plan to write in my Positivity Planner and remember to be thankful for the little things.

Peace

 

Happy New Year!

Greetings….Allow me to introduce myself! I’m Kim, a single mom of 2 daughters (20 and 18 years old), and a recent empty nester! For the 1st time in 20 years, I don’t have to be a mom taxi, referee, drill sergeant or secretary (well sometimes I’m still the occasional proof reader).

I used to say I couldn’t WAIT to be an empty nester, being a single mom for 20 years has been hectic and hard, now that the time is here….crickets! Like most new empty nesters, I’ve asked my self over and over, “what I will do with myself with all this free time?” FREE TIME?! What is that?! Something I’m certainly not used to!

I do have a day job, so that keeps me busy during the day, but my evenings, which use to consist of driving to games/practices, homework and whipping up meals, are suddenly a lot slower. As much as being a busy mom is exhausting, it’s easy to miss the hectic pace.

Can a mom over 40 (50 is fastly approaching) start a blog? What will I discuss? Who will find it interesting? Questions I’ve asked myself and I’m sure has caused me to delay starting this process. I think I’m a pretty interesting person! I know I’m a cool mom, so why not! Why not show other single moms (and single dads), or any person who due to a life change, may not be sure what the next step is or may want to reinvent their life? If I can do it, they can too!

Over the years, my daughters and I have enjoyed road trips whenever time/finances allowed, when I was a little girl, my family would travel to visit family in Alabama every summer….so the love of travel has always been there. I’m also an avid social media user, yes like most teenagers, my daughters have blocked me from their social media pages (lol), but hey! I have my own friends, so who needs them!

Hmm….I love to travel, I love social media, let’s not forget Mother Natures gift of gray hair (hence the nickname Silver Fox). So why not combine all of the above?

Welcome to Adventures of the Silver Fox! Thank you for joining me in this new chapter in my life!

Enjoy the ride!

Christmas in Paris!

Bonjour!

2018 has been difficult, in February, I lost my only sibling Jeffrey to Cancer at age 33. Needless to say, the holidays weren’t going to be so cheerful, I previously lost my mother in 2015, so the holidays have been rough every year since. My brother, daughters and I all lived together before they both went off to college and he passed away, so the celebrating the Christmas at home just wasn’t going to be the same.

This year, for the 1st time ever, my daughters and I decided to spend the holiday away from home, after discussing various locations, we decided on the city of lights…Paris! We have never been, so the thought of going to visit the Eiffel Tower at Christmastime was very exciting, for my daughters (ages 20 & 18) this was an opportunity of a lifetime.

This was a big trip, I always remind my girls how blessed they are because not very many kids their ages get to go on a trip, certainly not out of the country! Even though traveling to Paris wouldn’t take the sting out of spending our first Christmas without Jeff present, it was a pleasant distraction. We kept his lively spirit alive during the trip, discussing how he would have reacted to the sights we saw.

Jeff was a HUGE wrestling fan, so spending Christmas at WWE Raw, Wrestle Mania or some Cage of Death event would have made him just as happy as going to Paris made us! lol

We were in Paris for 6 days, not very long, but long enough for my girls and I to enjoy our 1st Mother/Daughter(s) Christmas trip abroad. It helped me to appreciate life even more now that I’ve had so many examples of how short life really is.

Taking a trip abroad may not be an easy thing for everyone to do, but if the holidays are an emotional time due to the loss of a loved one, it helps to do something non-traditional. Your loves will be with you in spirit no matter how you choose to spend the holiday.

Thanks to Karen Utsey at Karen’s Kustom Travel (www.karenutsey.inteletravel.com) for arranging such a lovely trip!

Christmas 2018