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  • ?Last year around 11pm at night I decided I needed to see the sunrise in Rhode Island about a 3 1/2 hour drive from my home in NJ. ?

A place where my sister and I vacationed as kids with my parents it is a gorgeous area and very peaceful. She just loved the ocean and felt at peace there. We lost her in 2012 from a diverticulitis infection. She was my only sibling my big sis, 5 years older than me. ?

I hadnt been to Rhode Island in almost 30 years. I was having a rough day and just needed to be close to her. I thought to myself I cant just hop in the car and drive almost 4 hours at 11pm. Nope, I can’t do that.. My 3 kids were at their Dads and I thought about it for 5 mins and then said.. “Well why cant I?” There is really nothing stopping me besides me. So I grabbed my blanket, pillow, toothbrush. (HAHA) filled up the gas tank and hit the road, listening to my jams all the way up. (Music has become my lifeline especially through tough times) I arrived at 2am having no idea where to go.. SO I pulled into the local Walmart.. Because why not?!? Oh and it turns out I forgot toothpaste.. (Super important when traveling in the middle of the night to nowhere!)

Back in the car I went and traveled to the Charlestown Beach which has a long rock jetty that she liked to sit on and think about life. ? When I pulled up I found it wasnt opening until 8am. Which would be well after sunrise and I needed to see the sun rise over the ocean.. Because I didnt just drive all the way to miss it!! I headed out to the other beaches to find early access! Finally by 3am I found Misquamicut Beach with a large open parking lot, locked the car of course, and closed my eyes for a few hours. The picture above is my sunrise! ?

There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise over the ocean.. The peace you feel confirming that no matter what has happened the day before or years before, when the sun rises its A NEW DAY and a new chance!! ?

I spent the rest of that day touring my childhood.  I went back to the Charlestown Beach where I sat on that rock jetty overlooking the ocean.  Received a nice sunburn (not ideal) on the sand and just floating aimlessly alone over the waves.   I Enjoyed a lunch at a fish shack eating really yummy clam cakes.  Drove up to Naragansett Beach snapped some pictures and finished off the day in Watch Hill.  Where the oldest Brass Ring Carousel is still in operation, taking pictures of some of the boats at sunset.  Finally driving back home and in my bed at 11pm.  And WOW That was a pretty fufilling 24 hours!  I have to say I felt a little like Forrest Gump..

We all have the ability to make choices each day, to do better, to be better, to heal, and to make amends with ourselves and life. And when you tell yourself “I cant do that..”. Well guess what, you can! From these writings and doing little things like driving to Rhode Island in the middle of the night with no plan Ive taught myself that I can.  Sometimes the smallest steps are the biggest steps in life’s lessons. Life is very short.. dont take it for granted. Believe in yourself, be you, be uniquely you!! ?

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CKO What??? Lets Get Active!!

Right now Im pretty happy with myself because I got back out there into the CKO gym tonight!!  Its not just your ordinary workout..   Its fun! Hard! Sweaty!  and they play cool music!! ??Music is my jam.. HaHa..   Its my thing and I couldnt live without it.. It has helped me through some pretty rough times in my life…  If its got music,  I am there! ?

My punctuation may not be so great tonight because I had a glass of wine… ? ? (I dont usually drink when I have my kids here with me, and they are with there Dad tonight) so I enjoyed a glass of red..  ? right after a hot coffee..  ☕ Oh and some sushi ginger..  ? Hmmm does that doesn’t too sound appetizing when I write it out..  but I think Ill be ok! ??

So this is ME!  Raw me.. ??  The me that has decided after midnight to write..  I may regret this in the morning, but oh well.. I own this blog for the year and already paid for it too..

Something about me, I want to share. Ok here goes.  Sometimes life gets tough, with life circumstances, I get depressed and down,  really down, with Zero motivation to do anything besides hide under the covers.  I’m sure many of us can relate to this.  So lets talk now about….

Me with the bag! 1010181715a~2

CKO!!! ??  I decided since this blog is about living healthy  I should walk the walk, if Im talking the talk..   Ok so I joined last May, a friend talked me into go..  I  sort of forgot to eat first and 30 mins in i felt that feeling like my empty stomach was going to erupt via my mouth, well I made a dash for the door and ended up… ? right into the front bushes in  front of alll the cars passing!  They assured me it has happened to many people but yeah for that moment i thought I was going to die!!!  ?            Then fell down hiking a week later, and bent my middle finger ??(of all fingers)  backwards so far back that its taken 5 plus months to heal.  ?.  That taught me to NEVER WEAR SNEAKERS hiking in the muddy woods!!!  I have hiking boots, but forgot to put them on..  (not really sure how that happened)      Anyway,  I have also been running for the last 10 years or so,  but CKO challenges your entire body.. After only going a handful of times since falling down, my finger was still sore..  Tonight I felt soo much better!  Jabs, uppercuts??, backslaps, front kicks, side kicks, round house, burpees, planks, mountains climbers, ??  ski planks, butt kicks, jobs, jump kicks, lunges,  theres much more,  the sequences get a little confusing for me,  so I just fake it at times.. Lol  (I would never be able to remember a dance routine!)    and btw my form does not look like the instructors Darlene..  Not even close..  But Im sweating and it feels great!  And talk about getting out any frustration that you may be harboring!  My knuckles are a little red, but thats my personal take away!      To be honest I almost talked myself out of going tonight.. I can find every excuse in the book.    My advice is this!  Do something to make YOU feel GOOD!  I have to tell you all, there were women and men of all shapes and sizes there and I commend them all!!!  What an amazing thing!!   Even if you get out for a 1 mile walk..   I am famous for running 5 miles and then not running for 2 months..  Ill talk myself out of if because its like starting over again right??  But then I do it and run 1 or 2 miles and say.. Well its better than not doing anything..  Which believe me is soo easy to do!   The last few months ive been endulging too much into the lime tostitos!  I looovee those.. But I was also feeling lethargic and lazy..  Inactivity breeds inactivity.. Eating breeds more eating..  Tonight, instead, because I felt good about myself I had a cheese stick and some grapes..  Oh yeah and coffee, wine and ginger.. LOL   We all have to have our vices!!

Me looking like a tomato face! ?


Well the coffee is wearing off and the wine is making me tired.. Lol   Off to bed I go!   Incase your wondering what  sushi ginger is..


Id love to hear from you!!

What are some activities you enjoy?  Do you need motivation to get moving?

And Follow your own path. ?


Goodnight all!!


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The Journey Begins

HA!!  Well here I am, I always wanted to write a blog and with a little push from some friends I decided to jump in the blog pond!  ?

First off I didnt even realize I had published my first blog without writing anything.. WHOOPS!   However WordPress picked out a quote for me and I LOVE IT!!  Quotes are my thing!  As I sit here writing I am trying to decide the proper way to write this.. without judgements or criticism..  I worry about wayyyy to much.. ?

Am I too wordy, did I use the correct pronunciation, and paragraph breaks. (Is that what it is called?)  Did I proofread it correctly? ??

Will anyone like me.. ?   Fb makes you feel all that and more when posting in our business groups..  Just Crickets..?

But then I realize its my Blog and I can do whatever I want!  Whoop Whoop!  Pretty refreshing I might say!  I use alot of explanation points..  I wish I had some emojis right now..  I guess I need to use my phone for that..

About ME!!!   Im a Mom of 3 kids. 8, 13, 16.

??  A Very busy Mom that has way too many businesses..  There I said it!!   First Im a hairdresser by trade for 20 plus years..

Next Im an artist..  ?  Self proclaimed that is..  I run a mobile paint a sip company, part time that I created on my own.  I have a FB group called Wet Your Palette.  ? I also paint glasses, recycled wine bottles with LED lights, Wood signs I build with pine beams.  And recently Ive been exploring canvas painting.  (Which I will share on here soon!)?

I also took the picture of those sunflowers on the page… I loveeee photography!!! ?

I also sold Lularoe for just over 2 years, It was wild while the ride lasted.. but most of us know how that turned out. ?

Then I moved to selling clothing for Amelia James,  and I just became overwhelmed with way to much inventory and the stress of it all..

(I’m still housing 5 clothing racks full, hoping to move it all out soon!!

Im also a runner!!  Novice at that..  I have been starting and stopping for years.. Who can relate??  But I always say at least if I can keep getting started, then its all good!  ??

Well about 6 months ago my knee started to hurt and I went for some tests.. It turned out to be a torn minuscus..  ? . Having surgery is difficult right now with my life  (Another truth, Im a single Mom..)  So I had heard of Hempworx CBD and starting doing my research)  I ordered a bottle and the rest is history!!  My knee after a few weeks felt so much better that I can run 4/5 miles at a clip.. and my anxiety level that has come with life situations and children has been GREATLY REDUCED!!!!   Did I mention Greatly?!?! ?

I was staying up up till the wee morning hours reading all I could about CBD!  waking up late to get the kids to bed.. WHOOPS Again!!    Until finally I decided to educate others and help them on there healthy journey!!

I know this first post wasnt too full of CBD stuff.. But I really wanted to introduce myself to you all first.  More Health, CBD, crazy Mom life, and whatever else pops into my head to come!!!   I need some emojis!

(Logged back in with my phone and found me some emojis!!)  ?

Have a great day and goodnight!!  Its after Midnight here and past our bedtimes!!

Thank you!!!



Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton