Monthly Archives: February 2012

Procrastination Abounds…

I just spoke to my friend and classmate, Melissa, and she expressed her lack of motivation in studying for tomorrow’s quiz.  We didn’t have class last week which was great, but it also gave us a lot of time to be lazy.  And it sounds like we’ll both be rethinking our choices later today.

A few minutes ago, Alyssa, who blogs at tweeted this:  “It’s amazing how when it’s time to do homework I magically find 10,000 other things I need to do!”  Check out her blog, by the way.  She’s hilarious when she’s not busy studying.

It sounds like I’m not the only one who hasn’t been focusing on school much this week.  I did study for the quiz for a couple of hours, and I paid attention during the lecture, but that was two weeks ago!  My first class of the week went well, but I’m not looking forward to seeing the grade on my quiz today.

My study habits are better than this, and I’m frustrated with myself for waiting until the last minute to study.  Thankfully, I’m a pretty good student so it won’t kill me, and I could make excuses (being sick all week, traveling last week, other things on my mind…)  But I won’t dwell on that.  Instead, I’m going to step away from the computer and turn my attention to my notes for a couple of hours.

Wish me luck…I’ll probably need it.

Do you procrastinate, or am I the only one (you know, apart from Melissa and Alyssa) who does that? Just wondering…


I Don’t Want To Sound Pathetic, But…

My head hurts, my stomach aches, my eyes are burning, the thought of food makes me feel sick… and I can’t breathe out of my nose.  I was in bed most of the weekend, and I’m still under the weather.  And while I did accomplish everything that I needed to accomplish today, I’m beat and still feeling mildly awful.

I’ll write more later.  Until then, I hope you’re feeling healthier than I am.  Night friends…

Friend Makin’ Mondays: What Makes YOU Beautiful?

Last week was incredibly busy for me, and I’m looking forward to being back in class today so I can get back into my routine (at least until I’m gone again next week.)  A few of you asked how I could travel so much while taking classes so I figured I’d answer your questions today.  I am not doing online classes this semester.  I sit in a classroom (in a regular desk which is victory, by the way,) but I only go two days a week.  And last week was Mardi Gras (and in New Orleans that means no classes for the first part of the week) so I didn’t have to miss class to be gone.  The rest of my travels typically take place in the later half of the week though I will miss one class next week when I head back to New York for a while.

Now let’s talk about FMM.  If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Last Summer I met a talented, young girl named Dorian and her mother while shopping for groceries in Los Angeles, and we talked a few times before parting ways.  And last week, she shared a link on my Facebook wall that had a profound effect on me when I finally took the time to watch it.

The 5 minute video that can be seen here, shared a simple message: You are beautiful.  And in the video, people took a moment to write something beautiful about themselves which has inspired me to ask this question…What makes you beautiful?

Take a few minutes to share what makes you beautiful, and don’t be shy!  I know we’re often our own worse critics, but there’s something beautiful about every single person reading this.  And today seems like a good day to reflect on what makes us beautiful so let’s do it together.  (Come on…this will be good for all of us!)


Fmm: What makes YOU beautiful?

Leave out all of the negative stuff, and concentrate on the beauty that’s within you – seen and unseen.


  • I have beautiful lips and teeth.
  • I’m easy to talk to.
  • I also have pretty hands and nails (maybe that’s why I’m obsessed with nail polish?)
  • I have a nice voice too.
  • My eyes are bright and animated.
  • My hair is healthy and shiny.
  • I push myself even when it’s scary.
  • I like my thin ankles.

Now it’s your turn to share what makes you beautiful! Don’t forget to come back and post your link in the comments! Happy Monday friends….


What Are You Favorite Blogs?

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people through my blog, and at this point, I can’t imagine life without it.  And from time to time, I wonder who I’m missing. Who’s blog do you read every morning?  Who should I know that I don’t know yet?

If you’re reading this then I want to hear from you….Tell me about the blogs that inspire and/or interest you. Maybe they’re health and fitness related, or maybe they’re about fashion, DYI or travel or food, etc.

I just want to hear about what interests you so please take a moment to share a few (or several) of your favorite blogs!


For Love and Cupcakes

Living in New York and traveling regularly has allowed me to sample some of the best cupcakes on earth!  Cupcakes and I have a long, complicated (well, not really so complicated) past that has usually involved me indulging in too many calories.

But during my last trip to NY I realized that my love for cupcakes has taken a serious turn.  I’d be lying if I said that these photos didn’t make me smile, but they no longer perpetuate cravings that feel nearly impossible to control, and that is so cool!

You can click on the picture to make it bigger if you feel like torturing yourself....

I think it’s okay to love cupcakes, and I think it’s okay that my heart flutters at the thought of having a 44 calorie red velvet from Baked by Melissa next week.   But it’s nice to feel like I can take it or leave it.

Has your taste changed over time?  Have you had any life-long cravings that subsided over time?  If so, will you tell me about them?

The Standard

Last week someone who ran across my blog felt compelled to send me an email calling me a fat, ugly c- – -.  Of course, I hit delete and reminded myself  that those hateful adjectives don’t define me.

A few days ago  someone who befriended me on Facebook after discovering my blog wrote a long post on my wall expressing her disgust and disappointment in me because of my political affiliations.  Her angry, hate-filled post was only on my wall for a few minutes before it was deleted and she was blocked.

Here’s the thing.  I share my life online, and I know that I’ll be criticized as a result of that from time to time.  And I’ve learned the hard way that some people will go out of their way to spew hatred and inflict their angry, psychotic and nonsensical ideas and/or judgments on me.   I don’t like it, but I’ve learned to send those comments to spam,  to hit delete without even reading their garbage and to simply ignore their rubbish.

I’ve grown to care about so many of you, and I know that I don’t have to tell you these things.  This message is for those of you who hide behind the wall of the internet with hateful intent.  It doesn’t matter to me if our views are different, and I’m not going to try to convince you that I’m right.  But I do deserve and expect the kind of respect that I offer every time I write a post or share a comment on someone else’s blog.  Respect is the standard here, and it will always be the standard here.

So if you have a problem with me, I can’t change that for you, and I won’t waste my efforts trying to.  Instead, I’ll continue to focus on improving myself and celebrating the person that I am.  If that doesn’t work for you, feel free to click the back button in the top left corner.




Friend Makin’ Mondays: Travel

If you read my blog much, you may have noticed that I travel pretty often so you probably aren’t surprised that today’s topic is travel.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Travel


  1. Where did your most recent trip take you?  My last was NY.
  2. Is there a place that you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet?  If so, where?  There are so many places I’d like to visit!  I’d love to go to Egypt, and I’d also like to go on a cruise.  I tend to be a destination traveler so a cruise would be different and interesting.
  3. Do you travel lightly, or do you cram as much into your luggage as possible?  Uh, I am pretty good at estimating the weight of my bag, and it’s usually at about 47 pounds.  😉
  4. Do your eating and exercise habits change when you travel? If so, how?  Well, my routine changes so yes, but I usually make time to exercise.  And this year, I’ve been focusing more on eating well (even on the road.)  I’ve been tracking my food religiously lately…even when I’m away.
  5. Tell us about a place you’ve been that you’d like to go back to.  Atlantis in the Bahamas….best. place. ever.  I’d love to go there again to experience it as someone who is no longer over 400 pounds.
  6. Do you prefer to travel at a certain time of year?  Nah, I’m used to it.
  7. If you had to choose, would you go to the beach or the mountains?  I’d choose the beach unless I could go skiing with my niece and family.  (Hint, hint…Hey Sis, Ski trip soon?!)  Generally speaking though, I love the beach…love love love it.
  8. Have you ever needed a passport to travel?  Yep…Europe, the Netherlands, Aruba, etc.  It’s probably just smart to have one anyway.
  9. Do you collect anything in your travels?  I’ve started collecting Christmas ornaments, yep.
  10. Where do you plan to go next?  Next up (after this trip) is New York again then Colorado then DC…

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to come back to share a link in the comments!  Happy Monday friends!


Does This Mean I’m Getting Old?

It’s finally the weekend, and I’m traveling…again.  I’ll be hitting a couple of states over the next week or so, and I’ll be doing it with a new hairstyle.  It has been a long time since my hair was this short, but I hope that will make it pretty easy to maintain.  Does this mean I’m getting old?