Fall Fun and September Update 9.23.2020

So far this month is going alright. We’re officially 2 weeks from seeing other people, besides my trips to the grocery store and FedEx. There have been a least a handful of schools reporting cases and quarantining people. My husband and I are still keeping the kids home for now and having them remote in. The anxiety I feel when any of us leave the house is real, but the fact that it’s been 2 weeks and we’re alright has calmed me a little bit.
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Halloween is coming up and the kids have picked out their costumes. My son will be the blow up Dino from last year and my daughter will be a bunny. I will be a chef and my husband has not picked his costume yet. I am really not sure what Halloween will look like this year but we are looking forward to it. Even if we just dress up and ring our own doorbell. Who knows at this point?
This Karen mask might be the scariest costume for Halloween 2020
I have started to look though the Julia Child cookbook we’ve had for years and this weekend we are planning to make one of her kidney recipes and mushroom soup. I’ve been on a little soup kick last week because the temps are dropping. I know I have said it before a lot but I LOVE Fall. The weather. The colors. The food. It’s my favorite.
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I could do without all the pumpkin spice though. I don’t mind it if someone gives it to me, I am just not a huge fan of it. One time my sister in law made a whipped pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I think that is the only time I have had a slice of pumpkin pie since I was a kid and it was good!
Pumpkin Mousse Pie Recipe | Serious Eats
My rent the runway subscription is going alright. I have settled back into renting what I like, jeans and sweaters, and I have been loving what I have been getting. I still have a small issue with their return delays but I don’t think I want to cancel my membership yet. They also sent out an email saying that they are switching up their membership plans next year so I will be getting less clothes and shipments monthly for more money. I’ll probably wait to see that that really looks like but I will probably cancel at that point. I don’t want too but the plan I have now will be going up $30.00 more per month and there will be a limit on rentals. Part of the fun of this is being able to try new clothes and if they don’t fit or you don’t like the way they look, you can send them back and get something new. So I don’t know what the new plans will look like. They also mentioned in the email there will be a discount on the first few months. I’ll just have to wait and see. For now, I will keep trying new things. Even though I wear the clothes mostly home, I just feel way more put together
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Besides that, we’re just home. The 28th there is no school so my husband and I took the day off too. I think we might try to take the kids apple picking. There are a couple farms not to far away from us. I think a few of them have corn mazes too.
Fall fun in Connecticut: Apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn mazes -  Hartford Courant
How about you? Do you have any fun fall plans coming up?

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday is Sunday and I am turning 39. Last year of my thirties and that’s totally fine with me!

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For me, the 20’s were a mess of just trying to figure out where the heck I fit in the world. It wasn’t the bars or clubs or staying up until I have to work the next day. Then trying to not fall asleep while standing while I trudged to 3 different jobs so I could afford my Honda civic and half of apartment. My 20’s did end well.
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I entered my 30’s with a husband and 2 babies. In the past 9 years we have bought our first house and really settled down in a career. I am really proud of how far we have come. We are still figuring it out and still working because we have a few more dreams to accomplish. For me, I’m still going to get my BA eventually, we still want to move to La Jolla, San Diego and I’m still going to write a best seller.  We’ll get there.30th Birthday Party Ideas and Themes | Shutterfly
This year I really want to focus on getting healthier. I don’t want to enter my 40’s overweight. I feel ok but when I see a picture of my self I am like oh, shit… That’s me? So I would like to take this last year of my 30’s and really try to stick with a healthier lifestyle. I am not planning on giving any food up. I am planning on just trying to eat healthier and cook for us more. One good thing about the pandemic is the money we have saved just not eating out so often and not going to restaurants. Last night I made this fish.Jamaican Brown Stew Fish Recipe
It was delicious. This is one of my most favorite websites for Jamaican recipes. I recommend heading over there and trying some out for yourself. They have a membership that you can buy but they also have a lot of recipes you can get for free. This is one of the free ones and I highly recommend it! So yum.
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My daughter asked me what I want for my birthday and my answer was nothing, really. And that’s the truth. What I really want it to be able to go back to the stores and just browse. Then not worry about every cough for the next two weeks. I miss just going out and browsing. Taking my daughter up to Orange, CT and checking out the Christmas Tree Shoppe, Aldies and whatever else is up that way that we don’t have around us. I miss not having to worry about the lady behind me that’s standing way to close. The only store I really go to now is the grocery store and I go with a list to get in and out as fast as possible. I used to like to just browse there too sometimes. I can deal with a lot of what’s going on but I miss just being aimless and out sometimes.
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Originally I wanted to go out to dinner and try a new outdoor place. Something with seafood and a view. Then I got anxious thinking about eating at a restaurant so I decided no. I asked my husband to just make me escargot with the delicious crusty garlic bread he makes. It’s so good.Cookstr - Snails with Garlic Butter | Escargot recipe, Recipes, Food
For my cake, I want a Napoleon pastry from the Italian bakery around the corner. That’s it. We’re going to hang out all day and eat all the butter, bread and pastry.Angela Mia Italian Pastry - Takeout & Delivery - 34 Photos & 25 Reviews -  Desserts - 247 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT - Phone Number - Yelp
Happy Birthday to me.🙂

First week of Remote Learning – My Thoughts so far.

This was our first week back to school and we are completely remote learning. I have to say it is going better than I thought it would!
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I heard nothing all summer about what to expect. I was really concerned it was going to be like the end of last year where the teachers just posted homework and the kids and parents had to work on it, or not. Last year, they had a half hour Zoom call in the middle of the day with the teacher and that was it from the end of March till mid June. Over the summer, I felt like they were putting too much focus on getting the kids into school and not enough energy into what will happen when schools will eventually close down again because of infections. I was concerned and looking into tutors just in case. I decided to just wait and see what school was going to actually look like for distance learners.
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After the first week back, I feel slightly better. It seems to me that there is a good mix of teacher and student interaction all day, that really matters. I feel like we have more support so it will be easier for us to focus on our jobs while we are also working from home.
McAllen teachers, students find companionship amid distance learning - The  Monitor
Of course we had a few frustrating moments. On the first day of school, the internet was wonky and we didn’t receive all of my sons class codes, so he missed the first introductory day in a majority of his classes. This is our first year at middle school and our first year starting remotely, so that was a little frustrating. I usually take the first day of school off to help the kids but this year, with the delay in school opening, it conflicted with my month end reporting at work so I couldn’t take the time off. We did figure out all the class codes for the second day and at 4 days in, besides a internet lag here and there, it seems to be working alright.
Distance learning: Parents' biggest frustration is math - CNN
My daughter is in 4th grade so she logs into one class all day and the specials teachers go to the classrooms. She has had a pretty easy transition to remote learning and she is thrilled to interact with her friends and teacher all day.
What it's like for a 4th grade class on day two of distance learning. | KTUL
Obviously, I would much rather have the kids go to school and be face to face with friends and teachers, and I would much rather have everything be getting back to somewhat normal. It’s just not going to happen yet. Within the first week, there have already been reports of 3 schools closing for a day to clean after people tested positive and 1 class somewhere is quarantining, so far.
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I was holding on to hope that everything would be fine for September and we could start to think about going into school. At this rate, that’s not happening. I never would have imagined in my life that something like this pandemic would be happening. I get frustrated, depressed, angry, sad and also happy. I’m happy to be able to spend this time with my family but I miss seeing my extended family a lot. I am happy that we can stay home and stay safe for now.
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I’m depressed reading the news. All day I check the news from all over and it’s not good anywhere. It just seems to get worse. Some days I have to try to do anything else but read the news because I am seriously sad that this is where the world is right now. I’m frustrated that we can’t go on vacation or hang out with our friends like we use to. Every grocery trip fills me with some anxiety and when I write in my journal, I document where I go in case I need to trace where I have been. That’s really scary to me.
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Two nights ago I was watching a movie with my daughter and I smelt like burning plastic. I yelled for my husband and we traced it to the boiler which we turned off and then called for service the next day. The guy came and fixed it but also told us that we might have to start thinking about buying a new boiler because ours is getting older. You know what my relief was about that entire thing? I smelt the burning plastic. I don’t have Covid yet. Forget the thousands of dollars we’ll now have to figure out. I can still smell so maybe we’re safe for now. I am mad that this is what calms me down right now.
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On a better note, I actually LOVE working from home now. I feel more productive at home and at work and maybe also a little less work life balanced, I’m fine with that. With my work, I am not going back in to the office (except for supplies every other month or so and only for an hour) until next year. I am really thankful for that. It allows me to be able to figure out everything with the kids. Judging by the school Covid reports in the first week, I think it’s going to be a while for them to go back too.
Why A Work From Home Policy Benefits Employees And Employers - Clarus  Commerce
As for now, I am okay with the remote learning. I don’t feel like the kids are being left out. When we have had issues, we have reached out to the teachers to let them know and they have responded fast to let us know what to do and where to go. I’m feeling okay for now. I hope you and family are too!
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How are you doing?

September 2020!

Hi Everyone! I am back! Happy September!
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I took a much needed break from everything. Promoting blog and books (which are located on the Buy My Book page. I recommend “Little Me, Big World”), writing for my blog and just everything for a while. I needed the reboot. I hope everyone had a great end of summer.
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Staycation was fun but it was definitely not the same. We divided the week in 2 and half the week our friends came here and half the week we went to them. We had fun but we’re thinking next year we’ll try to get a lake house somewhere in CT and actually go stay somewhere. I hope we can go somewhere next year out of the state but at this rate, we’re thinking we’ll be staying in state again.
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School is starting again next week here. I still can’t believe how fast the summer went and we didn’t really do anything. We’re having the kids remote learn for at least the first few months. Watching other states try to reopen school and then closing is concerning to me. Even here (Connecticut) there are at least 3 schools that I know of that have teachers quarantining because they tested positive. Some were in the schools already setting up. My husband and I are both still able to work from home at least until January now, so it’s really not worth risking it.
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I have been trying new recipes out and so far I haven’t stumbled on anything amazing. Tonight I am trying to cook liver and onions for the first time ever. I have eaten liver a couple times in my life. I will try anything at least once and there are very few foods I don’t like. Wish me luck, I hope it’s a good recipe. I am using this recipe:
I love this website. Everything I have made so far has come out delicious. The Brown stew chicken, Classic Jamaican Rice and Peas, Jamaican Curry Chicken and the Jamaican Steamed Fish are all great.
Jamaican-Style Liver and Onions Recipe (Very tender!) - Jamaican Videos
I am still doing Rent the Runway. I have given up on trying to force myself to get use to dresses. I do like skirts now a lot more though and I think I have a style of skirt I prefer. Now that it’s going to be fall soon (I LOVE FALL) I am back into trying out different jeans and pants. Rent the Runway just changed who they use for returns though and I am not liking it as much. It used to be UPS and now they use UPS to send the clothes to me and I have to go to FedEx to have them shipped back. The problem I am having with FedEx is that there is now a delay in how long it takes for them to get the clothes back so I can pick something new. So really, I am getting less shipments and paying the same for the monthly unlimited membership. I am considering putting this on hold again for a few months until Rent the Runway can figure it all out.
Rent the Runway launches RTR Platform — it's good news for subscribers -  Business Insider
September Goals are to start blogging regularly again. That’s it. I am aiming small to start.🙂
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My daughter is missing all her friends but we have gotten much closer. We’ve discovered that we both have a love of cooking and all things paper and stationery… Kawaii pens and notebooks, pretty paper, just everything. I just ordered her one of these subscription boxes, https://www.kawaiibox.com/ . I hope she loves it. I know I am excited for it. I also ordered the kids a subscription to “The Week Junior”. I figure it might be a good way for them to keep up to date on things going on in the world. Especially since there is so much going on right now. We’re 3 magazines in and I think they like them so far.
Kawaii Box – Monthly Cute Subscription Box from Japan
That’s pretty much it for me right now. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next month at this point. It really feels like it’s just been one terrible thing after another this year. I would love it if we could host Thanksgiving. I really miss our families coming over for the holidays and catching up. Then maybe we can plan a vacation somewhere new next summer.
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How are you doing?

Guest Post!

I really love this “Woman of significance ( Knowing your identity in God).”devotional. It has truly been an eye opener. It has answered questions I’ve always asked myself like why is anger such a struggle for me? I knew part of the reason is because it is a generational curse passed down by my father. This is why the Bible warns us not to have sex out of marriage. Soul ties are real!! And the person or people you choose to sleep with can really affect your life in ways you’ve never imagined. You can be the happiest person, never had an angry bone in your body, sleep with somebody who struggles with anger then boom! You now find yourself getting angry a lot. Sometimes it may not pass directly to you but if you have a child or children the chances of them having an issue with anger are high. How do I know? I myself am a product of this and I can tell you first hand this shit ain’t fun or funny. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be 100% anger free but at least I’m learning how to control it. What I didn’t know was that it can sometimes be caused by the way you view yourself.

If your assessment of yourself is in constant conflict with God’s opinion of who you are, you will be confronted by perpetual shame. When you refuse to see yourself the way that God sees you, you will go through life looking at yourself through the distorted lens of either pride or humiliation. You will often be ashamed of who you have become because you never really knew who you were created to be in the first place.The enemy of your soul, Satan, doesn’t want you to tap into the richness of who you were created to be, and so he endeavors to distract you with distorted thinking, a misguided mind-set, and an illegitimate self-image. Satan tries to abort your identity by convincing you that you are not enough and that you will never be enough—and absolutely nothing could be further from God’s eternal and exciting truth!Scripture identifies him as “the father of lies” (John 8:44 Satan is infamous for his lies and knows of no other way to communicate. If you are not absolutely certain of how the Father sees you, you will create the volatile risk of believing the lies of the enemy. The only way you can be assured of God’s confidence in you is by eating from the Tree of Life and staying in intimate communion with Him.- Carol McLeod

As I mentioned before, growing up I knew about God but didn’t have a relationship with him because of this I struggled with confidence in every way imaginable. From the way I sounded when I spoke to the color of my skin being to dark. I hated everything about myself except my hair. I’d always ask someone how I looked to know if I had something on my face rather then check myself because I refused to look in a mirror. I didn’t start looking in the mirror until 19, I didn’t start believing I was pretty until 22. I didn’t start knowing I was beautiful until 25 when I started reading the Bible only 4/5 months ago. My walk with Christ has been a roller coaster since the very beginning and far from easy. I’d be lying if I said in my 3years of following Christ I never questioned is this even worth it? I’ve asked myself this question plenty of times but I’ve learned from personal experience that if you just stay the course Jesus himself will see you through!! Reading the Bible is so important for our relationship with Christ to be strengthened. I only started reading it constantly 1month ago and just abut a week or so a go added daily devotionals. Better late than never right? Remember each of our journeys are different don’t let anyone discourage you on yours!!

578.1 – Time off, August 2020

Staycation is coming up. Wednesday through next week. I will be taking the time off from blogging as well but I will be back with new end of summer and early fall posts.🙂
I know I haven’t been on that much lately, but I really needed the break. Besides, there really isn’t much going on with me.
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We decided that since we don’t have to go back to the office for work yet, we are keeping the kids home and opting to do remote learning when school starts in a few weeks. We have that option and we are going to take it. I’m not comfortable sending the kids yet. I am going to be looking into a tutor too.
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My garden on the deck is in full bloom right now. The huge storm last week knocked over some of my flowers (I have replanted and I am hoping they come back) and my veggies are doing well. This year I am determined to use as much of the garden as possible.
How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots — Even Without a Garden
Last week I made pickles (https://www.thechunkychef.com/refrigerator-pickles/) , candied jalapenos (https://www.thechunkychef.com/candied-jalapenos/) from https://www.thechunkychef.com/. I love that lady. Her recipes are really good. My husband loves the jalapenos, he’s been adding them to his omelets in the morning.
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I used the eggplants and made Trini Stewed eggplants. It was pretty good.
and this Citrus Chicken Thigh:
The chicken recipe is a keeper for us, we really liked it.
Ultimate Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Thighs
I don’t even know what peppers are growing in some of my pots. My friend just gave me a bunch of his different super hot pepper plants. So I threw all the ones I haven’t dried yet in a container and pickled them. That smells dangerous but we have not tasted it yet. I used this recipe:
Pickled chili peppers, jarred and ready for consumption.
I haven’t had any big tomatoes yet. The Squirrels have. Maybe I’ll get one at some point.🙂 I have some grape and cherry tomatoes that are delicious. I have thrown those into my salads. One of my favorite memories from childhood is picking tomatoes out of my dads garden and eating them like an apple with a little sprinkle of salt. So good. Or making a tomato sandwich with some mayo and salt and pepper.
Kitchen Sink Tomato Sandwich: gluten free style – Life on the Farmlet
My rent the runway subscription is going well. I am enjoying trying dresses and skirts this summer although my go to is still pants. I doubt that is going to change although I have found a few skirts and dresses that I have loved. At least there is that. I am thinking about pausing this membership again. It’s just a lot of money to rent something to wear for what? To water my plants? To run to the grocery store? I mean, nothing is going on right now. We’ll see though.
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That’s pretty much it for me. I was thinking about trying to charter a boat to go fishing on Staycation. We’ll see about that. I imagine I am not the only one with such a brilliant idea. Haha.
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How are you ladies and men doing? How is your summer going?

Summer Stay cation Ideas!

Hey Everyone! I hope you’re safe and well.
I can’t believe it’s almost August. I feel like time is flying. This weekend I am going to try to plan some things for us to do on our stay cation in August. Here’s my list so far of things we might try!
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1.) Camp out in the back yard. Pitch a tent, roast some hot dogs and smores, look at the stars. Flash light Tag anyone?
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2.) Pool and put water balloons in it. My friend did this for the kids on Tuesday and they had a blast playing hot potato in the pool.
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3.) Boat race in the pool. If it doesn’t work out I think the kids will still have fun playing bumper boats.
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4.) Rockets. Build them and set them off!
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5.) Find a lake to go canoeing in. Maybe fish. Definitely have fun.
6.) State park. Go explore a new state park for a day.
7.) Nature Scavenger hunt. Or make a nature treasure box!
Nature Treasure Box | The Family Edit
8.) Find some science experiments to try out.
9.) Pinata? Maybe.🙂
10.) Outdoor movie night.
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I am going to try to expand this list this weekend. Hopefully the kids will have a blast (and the adults too!).
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How about you? Is there anything you would add for a super fun stay cation?

Who do you think you are? – GUEST BLOG

So as mentioned in my previous post one of the things I want to do by the time I’m 30 is strengthen my relationship with Christ. I don’t want to be a lukewarm, watered down Christian. I want to be a godly woman who’s after God’s heart, on fire for him and sooo deeply in love with him to the point where my happiness and joy is contagious. In order for this to happen there are some things I have to work on like my identity in Christ. With that being said I started a devotional today. It’s called a Woman of significance ( Knowing your identity in God).

Today’s question was Who do you think you are? The writer said.”

if you believe that you are a woman of value, significance, and destiny, then that is how you will approach life. And you will treat others with value, importance, and worth regardless of how they have treated you. if you believe that you are a loser and that God forgot you when it came to talents, looks, and intelligence, then you will respond as a defeated human being. You will allow others to take advantage of you, and you will react out of emotions rather than out of purpose and destiny. You will never be able to live beyond who you think that you are. You will not break out of your own limitations unless you first break into who God says that you are. In order to discover who we are as women and who we were created to become we must go back to the beginning.

This is so true. Growing up I knew about god but didn’t have a relationship with him. I was always teased and made fun of because I have a disability. This disability does not affect my facial features at all but yet people made me believe it did. They’d literally say things like “you’re pretty for a girl in a wheelchair” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?? Or my favorite “I’d date you if you weren’t in a chair” ….what?🤔 comments like these affected my self-esteem in ways I can’t even explain. (I’ll talk about it in my book) I’d always ask why did God make me like this? I started believing I was stupid I would even call myself retarded. I’d always always act out of emotions,so if you said something to hurt my feelings instead of me saying hey that hurt my feelings I’d intentionally say something to hurt yours. I’m talking something that you didn’t see coming, something that left you at a loss for words and if I was really in the mood I’d make you cry.

Then Jesus entered my life! Best decision I’ve ever made also the hardest

Since accepting him as my Lord and Savior life has gotten much better. You can come up to me call me ugly and it won’t affect me I’ll literally look you in your face and thank you. Weird right? I know but it’s because I now know what god says about me. I still sometimes try to cancel myself out because I don’t feel or think I’m worthy but this too shall pass. Baby steps

How do you view yourself, do you believe you are beautifully and wonderfully made?? Because Jesus himself says you are!💜

 

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Have you ever thought about the things you want to happen in your life by the time you reach a certain age?? I know I have. So much so that I’ve already started working towards them.

1. Have a stronger relationship with God-This is essential!! As you may or may not know I gave my life to Christ 3 years ago and it has been quite the journey if I don’t say so myself. Challenging but by far the best decision I’ve ever made in life. One of these days I’ll share my testimony he’s changed my life completely!! Yet I struggle to put him first🤦🏽‍♀️

2. Love myself more- This is pretty self-explanatory. Growing up with a disability I was teased a lot because of this I struggle with a shit load of insecurities.

3. Read more- Reading has never been my thing it’s something I’ve struggled with for years because of my disability. By the grace of god I’m happy to say this is no longer a struggle. However I still hate it and prefer her not to pick one up. I want to change this. I want to make reading a habit. I want to start by reading 3 books a year then gradually increase. (Keep me in your prayers )

4. Meet Chris Brown- Anyone that knows me knows I love this man to death! How could you not I mean just look at that smile!!… sorry I had a moment lol. I’ve seen him in concert twice but that’s not good enough I wanna be able to hug him and yes I’m telling you now I. Will. Definitely. Ugly Cry.

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5. Have my own House– My mom and I actually brought a 2 family house 4 years ago this year. However by the time I’m 30 I want have my own!! For some reason she wants me living with her forever smh.

6. Travel outside of my city at least– I’ve actually been to North or South Carolina when I was about 9 to visit my Great great grandmother for her birthday. She turned 102 that year I believe. However I’ve always wanted to go to Puerto Rico.

7. Have my own business or businesses- I’m not 100% sure what I want to do because if I’m honest I’d do it all but something along the lines of helping people come to Christ. We’ll see what he has in store for me.

8. Attempt to learn how to speak Spanish fluently- I taught myself Spanish as a little girl by simply watching Spanish networks/listening to music all day. For some reason I stopped I understand a little bit but not as much as I used to and I’ve never felt brave enough to speak it. (If you don’t use it you lose it)

9. Become an author- I’m actually working on this now. My first book that is. Only 9 more chapters to write and it’s done, ready for the world to read!! To say I’m nervous is an understatement. I’m an open book yes but also very private person. Meaning I’ll tell you anything you want to know about me but at the same time I’m very careful with who and what I share if that makes sense?? So just the thought alone of having both people I know and don’t read about my life is A bit nerve-racking. But hey if me telling my story can help lead someone to Christ or just simply let them know they’re not alone it’s worth it right??

10. Learn to play the piano- So after years and years of asking as a child my mom finally decided to get me a keyboard this past Christmas at 25…better late than never right?? Only problem now is it’s not working 🥺 it was working all January/February but when March came all of a sudden it stopped. They sold her a refurbished already broken keyboard and we can’t take it back because this stupid annoying ass coronavirus wants shut the whole entire world down 🤦🏽‍♀️

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11. Meet Roman Reigns– yes I am a 25 year old woman who watches wrestling. Although the wrestlers today are not as entertaining or exciting as the ones when I was growing up were there a still a few that manage to get my adrenaline going like Roman reigns. I don’t know what it is about him but every time he steps in the ring I’m fired up. Yelling, screaming, cursing and even shit talking to his opponent as if he could here me through the screen. ridiculous right? I know don’t judge me I told you I don’t know what it is about him that makes me act such a fool. Also he taught me how to believe in what I pray for. For those of you that don’t know back in October 2018 he announced that he was battling leukemia for the second time. Talk about heartbreak. I cried myself to sleep for days and prayed every day and night. On February 25, 2019 exactly 5 months and two days later he announced that the cancer is in remission!! Y’all can’t tell me Jesus ain’t real or that prayer doesn’t work!!!

I Challenge you to give Jesus and prayer a try for a month, have an open mind and heart and he will gladly reveal himself to you.

12. Eat healthier- By the grace of god I’m extremely healthy, always have been but my eating is poor. I literally hate almost everything that’s supposed to be good for you except bananas, spinach, grapes, broccoli, cantaloupe and I just started eating oranges again this year after years of not eating them because of the smell. Yes I said smell I hate it!!! It doesn’t make me sick or anything I just hate it 😂😂 can you tell how much I HATE the smell of oranges?? Maybe one day I’ll do a rant on why I HATE IT sooo much. Would you guys read??

13. Manage my time effectively- we all have the same 24 hours, it’s what we do with them that makes a difference. I’m currently a huge procrastinator as if time waits for me. Knowing good and well that time waits for no man and tomorrow isn’t promised.

14. Learn To Accept Compliments- This ties into numbers2. As I mentioned earlier growing up with a disability I was teased a lot because of this I struggle with a shit load of insecurities. I’m 25 and getting told I’m pretty/ beautiful from a guy is kind of foreign to me. I know I know it’s sad.

15. Learn how to network

16. Work on my temper

17. Grow my blog- This may sound a little unrealistic I know but by the time I’m in my 30s I want 2,000,000+ followers on here. Anything is possible with God!!

18. Stop being so hard on myself- Not sure if I’m the only person who does this but when I can’t figure something out on my own I tend to be ridiculously hard on myself.

19. Get a degree in something- I wanted to go to culinary school after high school but sadly things didn’t work in my favor. Maybe I’ll try again in the future.

20. Have patients- patients?? What are those?? Just kidding I’m working on them.

21. Step out of my comfort zone

22. Have excellent credit-my biggest fear is being in a lot of credit card debt so while in high school I made The decision to never gets a credit card. Problem is no one ever told me you literally need credit for almost everything you do. I’m doing good so far.

23. Grow my hair long again– yes this was actually my real hair. Please don’t ask what happened I’m not strong enough to talk about lol…seriously it makes me sad.

24. Get in better shape- I wrote a blog about my fitness journey go read and join me if you’d like.

25. Meet the man of my dreams– come on now Jesus I’m ready to settle down!!!

This was supposed to be a 30 by30 bucket list but I couldn’t come of so many

Although I still have a long way to go I’m happy to say that I’m five years away from 30 and about nine of the things on this list are starting to manifest or have already happened! I do understand that I may not accomplish everything by that age but some things are better then nothing at all in my opinion.

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556.0 – 7/15/2020

Hi Everyone!!! We are rolling along into the summer. We’re all still home doing home things. It’s the middle of July and I have really slowed down this summer. This month I am all about wearing dresses, cleaning up the yard and restarting our work outs at home.
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We fell off any routine, then rolled into a ditch and then hibernated in said ditch for a while…. But we’re back! This week we started lifting again and yoga on opposite days. My husband wants to try carb cycling, so we are. My problem is I love pizza and that just doesn’t seem to work in any weight loss diet. I’ll work it in here and there. I don’t want to cut food out, I just want to re learn portion control and probably not eat pizza more than once a week.😞 Physically, I feel fine but I know I can be healthier. We are turning 39 this year and I would like to be fit for my 40’s. I also started trying to walk everyday with my daughter.
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The yard is finally growing grass… It’s coming in patchy but I am sick of waiting so we’ll reseed the patchy parts and start using the yard more. This month my daughter is determined to redo her playhouse. We power washed it and coated it with a sealer/primer. This weekend we will be painting and decorating. She want’s sky blue and yellow for the outside. We went to 5 Below and got a bunch of cute decorations. A couple outdoor pillows, stools, mats for each level and some solar fairy lights. I think it’ll look really cute once we finish. That’s our project this week.
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Watching everything going on in the country and world is crazy and scary. I don’t want to go anywhere except see the small circle of people of about 10 people that we have right now. CT is remaining low in new Covid cases, but I don’t want to just live like there isn’t something still around. There is. We cancelled or vacation to PA this year. Hopefully we can go next year. Instead we’ll do a staycation and explore a few state parks and probably have a backyard camp out. I don’t think I am going to book anything for Cape Cod in September right now. I’m just really nervous after watching all these places reopen and then explode in cases. I’ll wait and watch. My job has already said they don’t think we’ll be back in till well after September, that makes me happy. I really don’t mind working from home at all. Now we wait to hear what the schools have in mind for the fall.
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I started taking the kids to a river to swim in. It’s the same one I used to explore when I was around my sons age. It makes me really happy to do that with them. Yesterday they swam in the deep parts and I watched them splash around. It makes my heart happy.
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That’s really it for me right now. How’s your summer going? Are you traveling at all?