Drop it like it’s HOT

Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve tried just about every type of workout class one can think of, including pole dancing!!  Now, before you begin to judge, don’t knock it before you try it.

I know most people associate pole dancing with erotica and yes, I can certainly understand why.  But, there are studios that offer pole dancing workouts that are intended to be a part of your everyday fitness routine.

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Self Maintenance

I get it, no one likes going to the doctor.  It’s frustrating to have a 1pm appointment that turns into an all day affair.  Going to the doctor sucks but it’s necessary!

With the New Year moving right along I want to personally remind each of you to remember to get your doctor visits in.  It’s all about that Self Maintenance that we all agreed to do on January 1st (read about my personal mission HERE).  Going to the Doctor goes hand and Continue reading

Watch out for the Big Girls!

Gone are the days where plus size or curvy girls can only shop at certain stores in the mall because those select stores are the only stores that sell “our” size.  It is a great feeling to finally have some of the barriers around plus size clothing knocked down.  Nowadays, more and more stores are providing curvy girl selections, whether in store (and not in the back of the store) or online.  We just have to get out there to shop and we have to be adventurous.  No one said that just because you’re a certain size that you can only wear sweatsuits or long granny dresses.  No, No, No! Continue reading

The Art of Happiness

Happiness can be defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being that usually involves feelings of joy, positivity, and/or satisfaction.

Happiness can also be different for each person. Daily we can choose to be happy for ourselves and for others.  I’ve noticed that when I am happy for another person more happiness comes my way.

On the flip side there are just some people who will hate to see you happy no matter what. It’s true; everyone will not be happy for you.  But don’t let another persons opinions or thoughts hinder you from experiencing happiness.  I 100% believe in living your life for you.  Your happiness should be important to you, so much so, that you don’t let another persons jealousy or envy stop you from being happy.  Life is too short to have to worry about another persons insecurities!

In short, the moral of this post is to never let someone steal your happiness.  Allow your haters to become your elevator and your motivation.  You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. Keep a positive attitude and live your life for you.  Your attitude determines your altitude.  Your happiness is based on your gratitude.  Sometimes choosing to be happy is just choosing to be at peace with whatever is going on in your life.  If one can’t celebrate you in your happiness then leave them in their misery and don’t look back!!

I give you permission to do that! 🙂


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.


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


Nature at it’s best


A massive rock


The sun peeping through the rocks


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


The stairs behind me starts the final mile!


We  FINALLY made it to the top!


A well deserved break


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.




On top of the world


A view of the city from the top of the mountain


Some things just can’t be explained


Another ledge atop of the mountain


My Boo and I




It was  beautiful day for a hike


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


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


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!


The Darkest Side of the Spade — LaWanda’s Red Letter Version

Today, I am choosing to share a post from LaWanda’s Red Letter Version blog site.  There is a real message here that I believe we all need to hear.  Depression doesn’t discriminate and it doesn’t skip you based off of your financial or social value.  People are people and we all need to do better when it comes to being there for other people.

Please click the link below to read.

Lately, every time I hear about another suicide, I get very emotional because I’ve felt that kind of hopelessness. You see 14 months ago, I was an emotionless zombie in a purple sundress, walking barefoot down my street in the early morning hours shortly after my husband, who had completely broken my heart a few […]

via The Darkest Side of the Spade — LaWanda’s Red Letter Version

I’m Guilty……..and loving it.

As I carefully sip my Lime Spritzer……

I’m guilty of :

Eating in Bed.

Staying up too late and then oversleeping.

Missing a month of working out.

Having 30 bottles of wine (I’m working on my collection).

Browsing the internet at work.

Being too hard on myself at times.

Binge watching TV Shows.

Skipping meals.

Overloading my nephew with Tic Tac mints.

Ironically, not being too social with people outside of my circle.

Being a little boujee (this is the urban spelling) at times.


Having to have the last word.


Having a little undiagnosed OCD & ADHD.

And I’m sure there are a ton of other things that I may be guilty of.  But nevertheless, I recognize that I am human, mistakes will be made, but that doesn’t discredit the AMAZING PERSON I KNOW THAT I AM!  Today, and everyday, stand in your glory.  Allow room for mistakes as well as growth within your life.  There is nothing wrong with having a rest day, eating the dessert after the meal, or talking on the phone with your girlfriend for hours.

Who said we couldn’t turn our guilty charges into guilty pleasures?

This post was inspired by today’s Daily Prompt: Guilty