Category Archives: Reflection

Random things I learned last month

Dutch ovens are the best cooking invention ever. And short ribs are way easier to cook than I ever imagined. Big ups to Home Goods (discounted cookware!) and The Butcher and Larder (for the short ribs and tips on how to cook them)!

  
Bobbi Brown‘s Bronze Shimmer Brick is one of my favorite beauty products, but it did not survive my recent business trip. After failed attempts to put it together like a puzzle, it’s just a $48 mess. So sad. 

 When given the opportunity to try a limited reserve tequila, never pass it up! I thought I hated Cuervo until I was exposed to the Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Anjeo. Where can I find another bottle????

 

There is good gumbo in Chicago!!!! Analogue in Logan Square came with some awesome Cajun recipes. Yum. We went there three times in January. 
 

 
Dog coats are a blessing and curse…helps her in the Chicago cold. But when she wears it she doesn’t want to come home as quickly! 

 
Hope your year has started out fun too! ūüéČ

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Another Lovely Founders Day! Skee-wee!!!

Happy Founders Day to the Lovely Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc!

As I approach my 15th (whew, I’m old!) anniversary as and AKA, I can’t help but get excited about the awesome women in my life whom I call sorors!! We’ve been together for college homecomings, baby showers, weddings, parties, vacations, sleepovers and every life event in between. Though I have thousands of photos, here are some of my fav moments over the years…

SUCH FUN TIMES!!! 
I wouldn’t trade these ladies for the world!! ‚̧¬†

Reflection on the BEST moment in 2012 – Michigan 3-Day Kids Crew

I’m sitting here at my desk working on my 2012 reflections and came across the following questions:

Describe your favorite day, moment or occasion of 2012 in words & pictures.

The answer came to me IMMEDIATELY and rather than write it on a paper you’ll never see, I wanted to share it with you.

This year I participated in the Susan G Komen 3-Day 60 Mile walk. I was a little nervous leading up to the date – I mean, 60 miles is a lot!!! After the car accident last year I had been taking it easy and slowly building my strength back up through physical therapy sessions. This walk would be my first big attempt at something even remotely athletic and I prayed non-stop that my back and neck wouldn’t give me any pain. Overall, it wasn’t too bad! I’m sure some of that was probably attributed to my numb feet and aching legs taking most of my attention, but we did it!!!

Despite 3 days of amazing people, events and scenic routes through suburban Detroit, there is a single moment that defines the whole weekend for me. I get chills just thinking of it. Where do I start???
For those who have never participated in the 3-Day walk, its a grueling 3 days of approx 20 miles of walking¬†a day. 22-18-20 were the numbers we were given as daily mileage,¬†but most of us agreed that these were “Komen miles” and the actual routes were each a couple of miles longer! So on day 1 – the longest of the days – I was sore, aching and I don’t even know how my feet kept going, but they did.
As we approached the final 1/2¬†mile I thought of the day’s events. The supporters on the street, the emergency vans and EMTs who were cheering us along, and the 3-Day Kid’s Crew – a father driving around his 2 young daughters in a mini van blaring fun party music, dancing and giving us constant encouragement during the first half of the day… then they sorta disappeared.
 
Well, lo and behold, in that last 1/2 mile I look at the sidewalk, only to see these young girls used their chalk and wrote every other square, the story of their mom’s best friend “Natalie” – a young woman who had died of breast cancer – and their mom, who made it her mission to help find a cure. As I walked, face to the ground, eagerly awaiting each word, I got choked up. These young girls, surely no older than 11 years old, had such an awareness of the disease, the effects and the impact of the 3-Day event. They thanked us for our efforts and called us their role models for fighting this disease in hopes that there will be a cure when children like them become adults.
In that reality-check moment, only minutes after I questioned why I was putting my body through this, there was no amount of pain that could keep me from finishing Days 2 and 3, no matter how tough it got. I wiped my tears, put on my smile, and gave high fives to those 2 little girls, who were dancing and passing out candy as I turned the corner into the Day 1 finish line! Talk about inspiration!

Random Findings on the Web – Love

There‚Äôs a saying that goes ‚Ķ ‚Äėyou don‚Äôt know what you have until it‚Äôs gone.‚Äô Truth is, you already knew what you had, you just never thought you‚Äôd lose it.

(via letsgetaway)

Susan G Komen 3-Day in Michigan

60 Miles. 3 Days. I can do that. Wait – I did that!!

I have sooooo much to talk about and as soon as I find the time I will have to share all of the amazing stories of my¬†Komen¬†3 day journey through the Metro Detroit suburbs with hundreds of men and women, all in the name of fighting, stopping and providing education on breast cancer. There are waaaaay to many pics to post in a single¬†blog, so I’m sure it will take a few posts with plenty of fun captions to tell the amazing story of the weekend that helped inspire me to do more!

Come back soon and read all about it!
#the3day

Ready for the Next Phase

As 2009 comes to a close, I am sitting here thinking about all I’ve experienced in the past year… And beyond that the past decade. I am beginning 2010 with a wonderful support system of family and friends, a new job, a new apartment, a stronger love relationship, and a new lease on life! I hesitate to call 2009 a challenge… It was more like a lesson in life and having faith in God.

There have been so many blessings in my life, both expected and unexpected, that have led me to a place I never would have imagined myself being in… A place of peace and purpose. A place of goal setting and achieving. A place of love and appreciation.

I am looking forward to everything that 2010 has to offer me!!!