Posted on: Saturday, May 2, 2015


The time has come for me to once again say goodbye to squarespace and random musings. It's been quite a ride but it's for the best. My wallet thanks me. 

I'm going to move my archives over to blogger so they don't disappear. I remember the last time I quit, I ended up deleting all of my archives and have regretted it since. I won't be making the same mistake again. Some pics and links may end up being broken because I just don't have it in me to try and make the archives all that pretty. It is what it is. 

I've decided to keep blogging though. I don't think I'll ever regularly blog like I used to in 2009 but I'm pretty happy with my little blog that I have going on. You can find me at Blossoming Beaute. I'll be blogging about my weight loss journey. I'll probably intersperse it with some personal stories when the time is right but it will mostly be me waxing poetic on whatever dilemma I am facing while on my upcoming challenge. I'm definitely no expert so I'll be bumbling along as always. I'd love it if you'd check out my new space and let me know what you think. 

music monday

Posted on: Monday, April 20, 2015

i am so freaking obsessed with this song. but it has to be this remix. no substitutions.

thistle farms

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2015


It was 8:50 in the morning and I was running late again. I looked at waze for the 17th time, my eyes darting from left to right as I slowed down and tried to find Thistle Farms. I held my breath as I turned right and spotted the cafe storefront. I released the breath that I held and thanked God that I had the foresight to do a bit of research on the place the night before. I pulled into the full parking lot and bit my tongue. A police car drove by as I debated what I should do. Thankfully, I had a small enough car that I was able to use an awkward space that a bigger car would definitely not be able to fit into.

What is Thistle Farms you ask? Thistle Farms is a social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene. Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made. I could probably say a lot about my job, both good and bad but I won't. I will say this, the fact that they offer a 2 week outreach program that employees can choose from a variety of organizations and/or endeavors to volunteer at for one day is really awesome. I missed out on participating last year due to my ankle but this year I knew I had to do it. When I saw the description for Thistle Farms I immediately knew this was the program for me.

I know it probably sounds cliche but my heart felt so full by the time our session ended. We hand-made our own pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month and though I admit that I'm not the craftiest person out there, I had so much fun participating. Also, did you know that the pinwheel is the symbol for child abuse prevention? I had no idea. I can't even articulate how much today meant for me. It takes a lot for me to step out of my comfort zone but I'm really proud of myself for not just talking the talk. For the first time in what feels like forever, I finally did something I said I would do. Volunteering is something that my husband and I have had weighing on our hearts for awhile now. We just had no idea how to start.


Posted on: Wednesday, April 1, 2015


I've gone and done it again, haven't I? It's like I have all of these good intentions to get and stay connected but after half of Day 1, I've already given up.

I know I don't make the effort to do much. I think it's a combination of being lazy, depressed, exhausted and despondent about well, everything.

I would like to promise that I'll be back here again tomorrow. Heck, maybe I'll even use the word soon. But, let's be real. I'll write again when I get inspired to do so. Until then, this space will just have to be.

secret to happiness?

Posted on: Sunday, March 15, 2015

^^^my favorite picture evAr^^^

^^^I love this.^^^


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