Back on the Blogging Bandwagon!

So here I am back blogging after a 9 month break! I don’t have a real reason as to why I’ve been away so long. It’s funny how time flies when you’re a procrastinator.

My 2019 New Years resolution WAS to commit to my blog throughout the whole year…well I last a whole 3 months! 2020 will be better I promise!

I’ve done a few exciting things since I last blogged in March 2019, here’s a quick run down so you will be all caught up! Go back and check out my other blogs in case you’ve missed them!

April 2019-Traveled to Milwaukee for a Sorority conference!

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Me with my lovely Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Sisters!

May 2016– Participated in the Crim Fit 5 mile bike ride! Finished even in the rain.

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We did it!

August 2019– Took a tour of the lovely murals located around Flint, MI.

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Downtown Flint, MI

October 2019-Participated in the Breast Cancer walk (Flint, MI).

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    Supporting Breast Cancer survivors, those currently in the fight and their families.

November 2019-Birthday Month and traveled to N’awlins!

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Happy 49th Birthday to me! SO grateful to see another year!
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My mini me Julia and I in New Orleans

December 2019-Celebrating my friends!

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Celebrating our friend Stephanie, now Dr. Stephanie!
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Celebrating Christmas with my friends aka The Divas!

 

Whew….So as you can see, I’ve done a lot of great things this year, and the year isn’t even over yet!

I’m excited to see what 2020 will bring, this is the boost I need to motivate me to blog more in the New Year!

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Hanukkah!

 

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!

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