I’ve been doing some serious mediating the last few days on my next moves, how to handle them and such. I came to a clear understanding that some things within myself need changing. We know change can be hard, but I’m ready.

One of those changes is the fact that I’m done trying to make time to collaborate with people or teams that say they want to, but put in absolutely no effort or participation without a million and two reminders. Even then you put in all of 1% of effort. Those days are over.

I’m looking for a team that’s ready and able to shake and move. Who’s ready to and able to leave their print on the world. I the board, the street team, and the creators to be ready to grind and hustle on these projects just as hard as I do. Simply put, if you’re not ready, step to the side.

One of the other things I’m doing is ensuring I take my me time. That means keeping all business on a schedule and enjoying life. While I love my family and friends, again, be ready to move when I move. The days of me waiting to do things is over, especially if I planned all of it! I love to go places and try new things. This has always been a passion.

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Monthly Obessions

Definition of Obsession: An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.

An obsession isn’t always a bad thing. It depends on what you’re obsessed with or to what degree.

My obsessions covers a wide variety of things. It ranges from specific food, to specific friends, to specific hobbies and such. None of those I’m so obsessed with that it impacts my life in a negative way. I think my obsessions are fairly balanced in my life.

Here or some of my obsessions: (not in any specific order)

  • Haribo Gummy Bears – I love those gummy bears. Loved them since I was in Germany as a teen. As a matter of fact, just bought some today!!!! 🙂
  • Photography – I’ve loved taking pictures since I was younger. It is a passion that I love.
  • My niece and nephew – Those two, they make my world go round and round. That’s all that needs to be said.
  • Sisters and Mom – That unbreakable support is all there is. The laughter, tears and love makes everything all worth it.
  • Shermar Moore – I love some Shermar! LOL
  • Traveling – I love traveling. It gives me life. Plus I enjoy visiting new places and cultures.
  • Growing, Being better than yesterday. – Each day I should be able to improve on something.

What are your obsessions? How strong are they?

Turning Point

My turning point. Life is full of turning points. We just hope we make the right turn at the right time. Today I want to talk about a few of my turning points that bought me to where I am today.

Back in 2007 I made the decision to apply for assistant manager. When I made that decision I made a personal declaration that I wouldn’t allow the company (in a far, far away land) to cause me to have nervous breakdowns and what not. This is something that I had seen happen with my own eyes to others.  I saw how it almost killed them. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I thought and prayed long and hard about it. I got accepted and was pretty excited.  Still I was kinda scared of having that breakdown.

In 2013 in said company, I felt that was exactly what was happening. I couldn’t allow that to happen.  Yet, I still almost allowed it to happen.  A very crucial turning point happened here.  I had to be taken to the emergency room one night.  I was in the hospital for three long days.  They ran every heart test, blood test, brain test it seems like possible.  The only thing they saw wrong was my blood pressure.  Nothing heart related, even thought originally all signs pointed to stroke or heart attack.  Okay, before you say it, yes your blood pressure can lead to both, I know it.  Still, they said it was only slightly elevated after a few hours in the ER.  As I lay there watching Grey’s Anatomy, it wasn’t hard to come to the decision to leave said company.  Once I made the decision it was as if all my vitals dropped back to normal.

That turning point was major.  Or rather critical to where I am today.  It allowed me to officially start my photography business.  It also allowed me to meet some amazing business owners.  This set me on a path that I’m still in love with.  While I may not be operating full-time as an entrepreneur, this the best part-time jobs I’ve ever had.

I have had many turning points as I mentioned  before.  There were some that turned for the better and some for the worst.  From what I believe, it’s all about what do at those turning points that make us who we are today.  I think I have a few turning points left in me.

I’d love to hear about your turning point.  If you haven’t made it to your turning point yet, then what do you think your turning point will be?

Business Review (Beyond Spa)

BEYOND SPA

LAYTON, UT

I finally did it! Got my first ever professional massage!!!!

This spa was everything and then some!!! We, my best friend and I, for the BFF special.

From the time we walked in the door we received exceptional service until we left. Even when I couldn’t get out of the extra comfortable chairs (due to a recent knee surgery).

Most businesses in general have you fill out paperwork in the lobby. Not there. After pulling up our appointments, she got our paperwork together, placed hot neck pads on us and walked us to this calm quiet dim waiting area. The waiting area had cucumber water, pretzels and apples. We received nice hot foot soaks while waiting. I would have been just fine sitting there. LOL

Our therapists was great. My friend received a deep tissue massage, I just got a relaxing one. Once the massage was complete we were taken to another calming waiting area before our pedicures. This was the first time I’ve ever had frozen grapes. Delicious I tell you!!

The service was wonderful. The snacks were good. Kept sliding in my flip flops, but it was totally worth it. Will I go again when I visit Utah again, most definitely!

CUSTOMER SERVICE: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
CLEANLINESS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
COMFORT: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
OVERALL RATINGS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Business Review (JetBlue)

This week I flew JetBlue out of Atlanta to Salt Lake City with a layover in Orlando.

The crew was awesome. Great special assistance service. Easy online check in process. Everyone was very helpful. Not just with me, but I watched the interaction with others too. I appreciated the customer service all the way round. The pilots were great too.

While the flight itself was good, I guess my expectations were a bit too high. When I pay for extra leg room, I kinda expected the seats to be more comfortable too. Otherwise it still made for a cramped trip. This was also the first time I’ve been on a flight that charged for blankets. Maybe it’s across the board now, but to be nickel and dimed isn’t a good thing. That’s in any business. The only other concern I had was the fact that I didn’t hear the information on the date change. If I hadn’t looked at the app or email, I don’t think I would have known. The airport had a sign, but it didn’t have my flight.

Other than that, I enjoyed the flights. Will I fly them again? I won’t say no, simply because they are definitely not the worst. I’ll try to avoid long flights with them for sure.

Comfort: ⭐⭐
Cleanliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Customer Service: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Book Review

Book Review

“Believing In Magic” by Cookie Johnson

So I finally sat down to read this book. I was very hesitant because most of the time I can’t finish them. This one, pleasantly surprised me.

I always wanted to know her thoughts when Magic told her the news. This was very enlightening indeed. To hear their story was interesting. What I liked is that it was an easy read. It was as if she was having a conversation with you. Major plus.

What kinda irritated me was the bouncing all over the timeline. One minute we be in 2001, then we’re back to 1991. Some errors, but not enough to distract the reader.

Overall a pretty good book.

RAFTING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book Review “Gravity”

“Gravity” by Shani Greene-Dowdell

I enjoyed this short read. Out pulled on my heart strings. Because it was a short read it moved fast. Which is okay for my limited time.

I would love to read this storyline as a full novel or series. The questions I have!!! LOL Overall, good job!

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Packing For Your Trip

Today I’m talking about packing for trips! Many people love when it’s time to travel, but dread the packing part. For me, it sets the mood, I start getting ultra excited. Here are a few things I do:

  • Make a list (I already have my list for my May trip to Utah.)
  • When making your list, have a general itinerary and typical weather conditions
    Start packing early. I suggest at least a week before your trip. We forget things even with a list.
  • Some things I keep in my travel bag. I keep basic things like Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and a comb in my bag. If it looks low after my trip I replenish it immediately.
  • If you have an extra cell phone charger (even if it’s a slow charger) pack it as soon as you start. I do this for two reasons. One, in case I’m running behind the morning of and forget or it gets lost.
  • For international travel, go ahead and pack your adapters.

Are you all ready for your trip??

10 People That Have Influenced Me

There are many people that have influenced by life one way or another. Here are only ten of those purple that have influenced me.

Mom…. My mom has always been there. Supported all of me and my sisters’ ideas no matter how wild they were. That undeniable support and love has taught me what love really means. You know those moments when growing up and you try to hide stuff and it backfires? My mom never said “I told you so”, only asked what happened. Even still today, we are all grown up and she still stands by our side unconditionally.

Sisters (equally)…There is a six and seven year gap between me and my sisters. Still I’m always able to learn from them. I’m closed minded as to think I can’t learn from them because they’re younger. If anything, the three of us are pretty different and have different strong points. I enjoy picking up new stuff from them. Their support is never ending, even if it’s low key sometimes!

Dad…My dad may not have always understood the why, but that didn’t stop him for supporting. He may not have always agreed, but he made sure home was ALWAYS taken care of. He taught us many things and made sure we didn’t just settle. Even as adults he made sure we didn’t want for anything.

Niece & Nephew…These two young people make everything all worth it. They remind me to not always be so serious. To have some fun. To laugh. Their hearts are so big it’ll humble you in seconds. A text, a call, a picture always brings a smile to my face. An interchange of learning takes place with them.

June Wiley…I worked under her for years. She knew her job. What she didn’t know was how to lead. Manage yes. Lead, no. She showed me many positive things as a supervisor as well as many things not to do. I’m thankful for the opportunity I was given to work under her. The experience was immeasurable.

The Crew…My girls! They really rock. They’ve taught me so much. We’ve had ups and downs but we were still here. I love that we can argue, disagree and stuff and still remain friends. Their has never been a question about their loyalty. Even moving to VA they kept me in the loop. If I didn’t know what loyalty was before, I would know now.

Keith (Lagrange)…He was my store manager in Lagrange. I enjoyed working under him. Especially being a new Assistant Manager. His knowledge was amazing. The way he taught was great. I learned to make decisions. I learned a lot about myself and what I was truly capable of. Yes we had a run in or two, but isn’t that to be expected?

Harrison Banks…Little does he know he showed me so much. He pushed me past boundaries I didn’t know I had at the time. He taught me you can have fun in business. Always open to trying new things was one of the things I liked about working with him.

Celita…My manager that always has the gift of Gab. We have a long history of working together. One thing I learned from her was her ability to speak confidently even if she wasn’t 100% sure. She helped me to speak with confidence.

Robert Jackson (Nightwalker)…My writing husband. He gave me my first push at writing poetry. My cornerstone and helper. When all else fails I call him. Whatever I need when it comes to writing he’s my support. Yes, I have fans and supporters that are invaluable. He’s so much more. He’s my writing husband. I write with others, but he’s my go to. Without him I wouldn’t have even started.

These are only 10 people that have influenced by life one way or another. Who has influenced you?