Life Musings

Reflections of a single woman on her journey through life.


One of the most disappointing feelings I’ve found in life is that feeling you experience when you realize someone isn’t who they portray themselves to be.  Outwardly, they seem to be so open and loving of everyone around them… yet, once you get to know them you find it’s all a façade. In reality, they’re judgmental, arrogant, egotistical, and any measure of caring and concern previously shown is nonexistent… or […]

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Purely Platonic

This past weekend was one of the best I’ve had in a long time…. Back in 2004, my then husband and I met a guy who would soon become one of my best friends.  Through every deployment, he was by my side and looking out for me.  He spent holidays with us and has even met my sister.  When he got out of the Marine Corps and moved back to […]

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Words to Live By

Those who know me well knows I love quotes.  I’ve had a spiral bound book I’ve been filling with quotes starting in middle school.  I’m particular about what quotes I add though… and in recent years I’ve placed many of them into a Word document.  That document is currently 16 pages long with 321 quotes.  Every time I post here I update my Twitter account with a new quote. Quotes […]

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Serenity & Sanctuary

Nursery & Botanical Garden

I’m going to spend this morning at one of my favorite local places hidden away here in our little town.  It’s a nursery & botanical garden… with the greatest shop full of shabby chic knick-knacks.  I simply love the place and can’t believe I only discovered it earlier this year.  It’s quiet and peaceful… flowers and trees galore… succulents in full bloom and sculptures by local artists throughout.  Plus, they […]

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And So It Begins…

Girls Getaway Weekend

The travel season is starting… my life is slowly becoming consumed by nothing but work.  It’s like going from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds.  There is no adjustment period… it just starts and doesn’t slow down for the next 8 months.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my job!!  But, it’s definitely an extremely high-stress job for 8 months out of the year.  For the last 3 […]

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Fear of Food

Not to be confused with cibophobia (fear of actual food itself). It’s taken me a long time to acknowledge that I have a fear of food.  It’s not so much the “food” as it is the result of eating (weight gain).  I have never been thin and healthy. Long story made short: My entire life, I’ve been classified as chubby.  And, at certain points, overweight.  It wasn’t until I was […]

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Creative Juice… or Drugs


Although it seems as if the subject of antidepressants is somewhat taboo, I have never been ashamed to admit that I have taken antidepressants for over a decade now.  In all reality, I needed them long before that… but, at that time, it wasn’t common to medicate children/teens and I was labeled as “just being a teenager”. In 2000, I had a breakdown.  I lost it… not in the “Blue […]

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Be Inspired

While I did not start my fitness journey all that long ago, I am so inspired by so many people.  Even more so, I’m blessed to call many of them my friends.  They are fitness competitors of all ages and all classes.  Some are new to the competition scene while others have earned their Pro cards.  Although I have no desire to reach that level of body sculpting… let’s be […]

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