#LoveIsAJourney

We met through mutual friends many years ago and dated briefly during the Summer while I was home from College.  On Father’s Day of that year, I total lost my car and Larmar transported me back and forth to work whenever we weren’t on a date.  In the Fall, I returned back to school, 2.5 hours away from home, and we decided to go our separate ways.  Larmar says, I broke up with him, I, however, do not remember it that way.  For years, we didn’t talk to each other and only saw each other in passing once I moved back home; still never having a conversation with one another.  Just a quick wave and that was it.  In 2014, Larmar asked to be my friend on Facebook, like most women, I contemplated before accepting.  You know, been there–done that!  After a few months, he would start small conversations.  His consistency, patience, and all around “good dude” persona, along with the ability to make me laugh non stop drew me in.  He was like a best friend and he still is.  After 4 great years of dating, we decided to get married! Continue reading

At Last….My love has come along!

Hey loves!

Many of you may or may not know, that I am getting married ❤

The official wedding day is Sunday, September 2, 2018.  I’m excited and nervous for my contemporary, non-traditional, glammed wedding!!  I just hope everything goes smoothly lol.  After that we are heading to a tropical honeymoon in Cuba and Mexico!  We are actually cruising; again one of my favorite things to do.  Before we sail out, we will spend two nights in Tampa, Florida!  I cannot wait!

Because I’m going to be super busy these next few weeks until wedding day and enjoying my new husband thereafter, I’m taking a very small hiatus.

In the meantime, I have over 100 or so blogs out there to keep you all busy!  Please leave your comments because I’ll respond to each one of them once I return.  I’ll also be filling you in with a full blog of all the deets from my wedding and honeymoon.

Did I say I was getting nervous yet? LOL  It almost doesn’t seem real.

I just have one special request!  Please pray that it doesn’t rain!  We’re getting married downtown, on the rooftop (The featured image of this post is the actual location of my wedding), and while we could transition into the closed-in room the vision is for it to be outside!  Your love and thoughts are appreciated!

From Miss to Mrs! –Talk to you soon.

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Just Keep Climbing! (Picture blog)

Recently, we (my fiance’, myself, and friends from out-of-town) decided to go on a hike.  I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I was determined to give it a shot. Being that I live in the valley, mountains are literally in my backyard.

This particular mountain peaks at 3,197 feet.  The trail has mostly uphill terrain with a few flat portions to it.  But I must add that we took the “easier” route but the “easy” route is still challenging; a steady climb of about 1700 feet.  From where we started it was four miles up (which took us 3 hours to complete) and four miles down (which took us 2 hours to complete). Once we reached the top we spent about an hour there enjoying the mountain breeze, refueling off the lunch we packed, and taking pictures.

Instead of boring you with a full detailed outline of the day and the hike itself and how at one point I thought we would never see the end; I figured I would share the pictures from that day because they are worth a thousand words plus more.

Follow me with my pictures as we hike to McAfee’s Knob (The Knob) which is located atop of Catawba Mountain which is part of the Appalachian Trail.

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The men leading the way and carrying all of the water and snacks 🙂

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Nature at it’s best

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A massive rock

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The sun peeping through the rocks

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Only 1.2 miles remained before we reached the top but this 1.2 miles was all climbing.  It felt more like 5.

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The stairs behind me starts the final mile!

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We  FINALLY made it to the top!

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A well deserved break

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I was surprised I went this far out on The Knob; but it is one of the most popular photo places along the entire trail.

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Majesty

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On top of the world

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A view of the city from the top of the mountain

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Some things just can’t be explained

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Another ledge atop of the mountain

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My Boo and I

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Friends

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It was  beautiful day for a hike

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The one time you’re not in a plane but you’re above the power lines!

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Use the signs and colors when hiking to help direct your path

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The end was insight and we were HAPPY CONQUERS!

I love being able to wake up and see mountains surrounding me everyday.  People are usually fascinated whenever they come to my “neck of the woods!”  The hike was challenging and I’m certain that I sweated more this day than ever before.  I burned over 2400 calories in just the hike alone and had over 22 thousand footsteps.  Perhaps, I’ve never been more proud of myself for completing a physical activity.  MAYBE, one day, I’ll do it again! 🙂

What do you think?  Have you ever hiked a mountain before?  Would you give this mountain a try if you could?

Until next time, just keep climbing!

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From the Southside of Chicago to the White House: OBAMA

Hello World.

Today in Black History, lets talk about the 44th President of the United States of America.  Excuse me, the FIRST BLACK President of the United States of America.

Barack Obama

I remember like it was yesterday, the night he won the election and the day of the inauguration back in 2008.  African-Americans really thought that we had overcome.  I can remember my grandmother telling me that she never thought she would live to see the day a black man would become President.  The moment was surreal.  I watched as Mrs. Obama gracefully walked those cold Washington D.C. streets in that lemon/lime green suit.  Mr. Obama strolled with grace and dignity.  For once, we felt powerful and in control.  But how did Obama get to this place?  How did he manage to get into the White House?

Join me each week in a 6 part series listening to the podcast of, Making Obama by WBEZ Chicago public radio.  Here in the podcast they not only detail Obama’s journey but they do a really good job of laying out all the information for us which allows us to connect the dots.  You’re bound to learn something you didn’t already know.  I’m enjoying this podcast because of its focus on Obama’s path from being a community organizer to becoming the President opposed to his life as President.  Which I think we are all somewhat familiar with.

In the first episode alone, we learn about Barack Obama’s confidence, his perseverance, and his desire to help others.  He comes from a Kenyan father and a white mother.  He’s different and he’s a servant.  He truly believes the saying, “You can be anything you want to be.”  The Making Obama podcast is already 2 weeks in; be sure to go and catch up!

President Obama will forever be a part of Black History and an inspiration for all little black boys and girls, now and in the future.

If you’re listening to the podcast I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 

This post features affiliated links but all opinions in this post are all my own

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LuLaRoe Spritzer

Buttery soft leggings!  Where have you been all my life?  I’m finding myself wearing these LuLaRoe leggings more and more throughout the week.  I wish you could feel the softness of these leggings through this blog.  If you are not familiar with LuLaRoe it is a direct sales company and a great way to support entrepreneurs who may live within your community.  Continue reading

Flipping Houses in Richmond, VA

Checking goals off their list is probably one of the few things this power couple does best.  After years of contributing valuable time into the corporate world, they both wanted to start a new adventure.  They had other dreams to accomplish and many more goals to eventually check off the list.  Find out how and why a married couple decided to split ways with their then “normal” careers and step out on faith to begin a new “normal” way of living. Continue reading