SEVENTEEN TRIPS AROUND THE SUN.


She was barely over five feet, with a delicate frame. Skin as smooth as satin, the color of coffee and cream. Her eyes were deep and warm, accented by stern, subtle brows. She was crowned with fine, coily curls and wore a smile that was as bright and welcoming as the sunrise.

Scents of citrus and Egyptian Musk preceded her.

Denim overalls and touches of black and silver adorned her body.
Her hugs permeated with love.
The stories she told brought comfort,
and her hearty laughter brought joy.

I was honored to call this amazing woman, "Mom"



WHEN THE OCEAN CALLS


Since before I could remember, I've always been intrigued by the water. As a mere toddler, I once had enough fearlessness to dive into the deep end of a pool - without having any prior, formal swimming lessons. By the time my mother realized that the little girl in the deep end was me, I had already figured out a way to kick my little legs and paddle to the other side. Thankfully, my inner-Pisces and instincts from the womb saved my life!

To this day, I hold that same fascination with the water - and nothing makes me happier or more at peace than the beach. Just the sight of sun-kissed, blue and emerald waves speaks to my soul like no other (the feels are real). So for my personal well-being, a little vitamin sea must take precedence every year.


Living in a state like Georgia, the weather changes its mind like a girl changes clothes. I have literally been wearing sweaters up until April, I'm over it. For months, I've been longing for sandy toes, salt-water scents and ocean breezes - and I got my wish earlier than I expected.

Destin, FL 32541, USA

MY BAD, APRIL.


Heeey. It's been awhile. I would love to offer my "Happy May" salutations, but since I've failed to document my happenings for the past month, I feel like I owe dear April an apology.

For most of the month, I've found myself in seclusion, and it's not just because of the April showers. As of late, life has been coming at me fast and forcing me to run for cover like an unexpected thunderstorm.


Over the course of this drizzly season, I've had a lot on my plate. Let's see, I had to make some major adult decisions, secure travel plans, work overtime, execute my budget, sell my beloved Honda Civic and unexpectedly buy a new car. Having to make sense of so many things in a short amount of time has been overwhelming to say the least - but in the words of Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman?"


Personally, when a lot is happening in my life, I consciously isolate myself. My social media presence dwindles, the TV gets turned off, the chatter stops - unfortunately, even blogging stops. All in effort to take a step back, lull my mind and preserve my energy.


Destressing and decompressing has been my main priority all month - but when I had to expose myself to the outside world, I consumed many moments of joy. Such as: