Today I am thankful for my iPhone. Yes, I said iPhone! While I know not everyone has an iPhone and there is that whole debate with the iPhone and android users, I am still thankful that we can pretty much use the internet anywhere we go with our phones.
Think about how much it has changed over the last 10 years. Many things are right at our fingertips now and can be checked within minutes. Need to know how to get to the park? Need to know where your loved one is? Need to know how much money you have in your checking? Need to talk to someone, but you also want to see their face? All of that can be done now! For that I am thankful for iPhones and technology!
Today I am thankful for my house, my home. I get to come home after work and be comfortable. I know not everyone has that and I am very thankful for it. When it is cold outside I have heat and when it is hot outside I have the air conditioner. I have a kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedrooms and so much love inside of our home. I am very lucky to have a place to call my own. I do not rent, I own. It is mine, I can decorate how I want. My husband and I have remodeled the entire place to make it ours.
My family and I live in a condo and we have common grounds that we can play on. We do not have to cut the grass we have people do that and when I was single that was super helpful because ya know cutting grass is hard work!
To me there is a difference between the place you live and a home. A home is what is inside and no I don’t mean the furniture I mean the people inside. The ones you connect with daily. I am very lucky to have a loving husband and son!
Thanks for taking the time to read. What are you thankful for today?
Thank you Gabrielle for the tag! Please go check out her questions and answers, here.
RULES OF THE CHALLENGE
1. Accept the challenge.
2. Go to https://www.tagquestions.net/get-to-know-me-tag/ 3. Ask your virtual assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa) to choose a number one to 371.
4. Answer 22 questions.
5. Tag 3 people to do this challenge after you!I’m sure someone’s done something similar to this, but this particular one is my creation! If you wouldn’t mind tagging me in all of your posts so I can read them to, that would be great!
1. What is your biggest fear?
Dying. Sad, but true. I don’t want to not be alive and live everyday with my family.
2. What is your best physical feature?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Vanilla with mini chocolate chips! Yummy!!
5. What is your favorite physical activity?
6. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Full House or Saved by the Bell!
7. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?
I hate conflict! I don’t like not getting along with people and it makes me frustrated when other engage or do it for fun!
8. What is good about how you are living your life right now?
Everything is good. I am living life right now. I know who I am. I will not change for anyone. My family is my world and I am happy and looking forward to whatever the future might hold for us.
9. Who is the first person you call when something exciting happens?
10. What is at the top of your bucket list?
11. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?
I don’t forgive easily. I actually HATE the saying forgive and forget because you never forget.
11. Where would you want to retire to?
On a beach!
12. What is the first thing you do when you get home?
Take off my shoes!! BYYYEEEEEE
13. What is the first app you check when you wake up in the morning?
14. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
15. What is the hardest part of your job?
Generally it’s not hard, but sometimes people get frustrated and angry at you for no reasons when you are only trying to help them. In those cases I have to remind myself that not everyone has the knowledge to know what they need to do. That person just doesn’t know why they need to do whatever it is they need to do.
16. What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was in first grade I wanted to be a waitress. Then wanted to be a grade school teacher.
17. If you had 1 year left to live, what would you do for you?
Travel the world with my family.
18.If you inherited $100,000 right now, how would you spend it?
I would pay of my debt and then go on a vacation.
19. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
20. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
21. When was the last time you got in a fist fight?
I have never gotten into a fist fight, but one time I hit someone on top of the head and scratched right below their eye because they were picking on my sister. I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. They called my sister a name and I wasn’t takin it!
22. Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist or a live-in chef?
I think I will take the chef because my husband can massage pretty good! 😉
Oooo, another exciting assignment from Jessica. This time, I get to share about the state I currently reside in- Florida.
I’m not from here. I grew up in the New England state of Connecticut. And then, after college, I lived in the Midwestern state of Ohio for some time. Ohio, also known as the Buckeye State, is where a lot of my extended family live. It’s where I still have a lot of friends, where I met and married my husband, and where my son was born.
But Florida is where I am now, and hopefully where I will stay. I love it here.
Having been here for four years, or most of my son’s elementary school career, I pretty much consider myself a local now. So, why do I love this state so much?
Let’s face it- I live where pretty much everyone else wants to go for vacation.
Florida is the number one vacation destination in the world, and Families flock here from all over the globe. This is in part thanks to Universal and Walt Disney World. But we are also the home to the Kennedy Space Center, Lego Land, South Beach, Busch Gardens, and Key West.
Oh, and did you by chance hear about our beaches? Clearwater Beach is continuously rated as one of the top ten in the World, and that’s just one of them. There’s also St Pete Beach, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Amelia Island, Panama City, and because it’s more than just a hot spot for nightlife, South Beach.
With no less than three major tv markets (Miami, Tampa and Orlando), and one decent midsize one (Jacksonville), we have no shortage of professional sports here.
In Tampa alone, we have the Lightning (NHL), the Buccaneers (NFL), and the Rays (MLB). An hour’s drive to Orlando, and you’ve got the Magic (NBA). We’re also home to spring training to many other major league baseball teams (Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Blue Jays), and several minor league teams.
Tampa is also host to two College Football Bowl games a year (Gasparilla and Outback), and frequently hosts the College Football Championship game. We’re also getting ready to host the Super Bowl again in 2021.
Is Auto racing your thing? Tampa hosts the St. Petersburg Grand Prix every year, and we are only a few hours away from the Daytona 500 and Sebring.
Regular Family Life
I’m a working Mom, so my life involves a lot more than beaches and sporting events. Actually, one of the main reasons we moved down here to Florida was because of a job opportunity. Tampa, Orlando, and Miami are all bustling metros, with lots of different industries. Finance, Construction, Medical, Education are just some of the areas you can find lots of open positions in, on top of all the work available in hospitality.
Florida is also a good place to raise a family. One of the reasons I specifically like Tampa is that it feels a lot like the Midwest to me (not weather-wise of course). It probably has a little to do with the fact that there’s a lot of transplants from the Midwest here, but it’s just a friendly place to live.
And we have a lot of the family-oriented things that you would want in your city, such as Scouts, a vibrant YMCA, great parent-teacher organizations, and lots of parks.
If you ever want to move to Florida, there are some things you should probably know. First, it’s hot and humid during the extra-long summer, and the Mosquitos are relentless year-round.
Traffic is insane no matter which one of our major cities that you live close to. There are never any shortcuts, and everything is a toll road. If you’re lucky enough to live near water, like we are, your rush hour commute may have the extra bonus of needing to cross the only bridge that can get you and everyone else to where you’re going.
There are no income taxes in Florida, yay! So, they make up for it in everything else, Nooo!
License plate renewal fees, sales taxes, property taxes, they get you everywhere. Which is probably part of the reason why the cost of living is a little higher here than in the Midwest.
Oh, and we also have hurricanes and alligators. And did I mention the &%#@ mosquitos.
I love it here
Yes, we have bugs, but here are some things we don’t have- snow, ice, sleet, slush, polar vortexes, short summers, freezing winters.
We have jobs, sports, beaches, amusement parks.
And we have water. As I get stuck on the bridge in rush hour traffic, I stare off into the big, beautiful Tampa Bay waters, and all of my troubles just seem to float away.
I realize how lucky I am to live here. I may be from New England, and maybe turned into a little bit of a midwestern girl during my time in Ohio. But I’m in Florida now, and I love it here.
About the Author:
Candace is a working Mom. She’s learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work. Sometimes the hard way. Both she and her husband work full time, while raising a relatively normal, if not rambunctious young boy. It’s tough being a working Mom, but she gets it done
Hello everyone! Starting tomorrow night we start my guest post series of “The Very Best of the US.” Each day I will have a guest blogger posting about a different state. You will learn what they feel like is the best of their state and what they would recommend you to do in their state. Each post will go live every day at 7pm CST.
All of my guest bloggers and myself are looking forward to this series and we hope that you will want to visit the states soon! Please share with us which state you are looking foward to hearing about?
I do still have some states that I do not have bloggers for and would greatly appreciate a re-blog, tweet, share anything you can do to help me find someone to blog from the states that I do not have someone for.
STILL NEED LIST:
Thank you for reading and leave a comment below with which state you are looking forward to hearing about!
One of my goals this year is to read 10 books and do a book review on each one. Ann Marie Ruby was kind enough to gift me this book to do a review for her. It is my first one and I am excited, inspired and I hope to read more of her books!
It is my goal to keep it real and tell you how I really feel about each and every book.
Here is the cover of her book and if you are interested on how she picked the cover she covers that in her blog! How neat is it to hear the thought process on the cover of the book!
This is the summary from Amazon on what the book is about:
What are prayers ? Why are prayers but the sweet songs of a thirsty soul?
Where and when there is no hope, prayers but open the doors to hope. Whether or not one is religiously affiliated, this book is but a hope for everyone. Awaken from within yourself through the sweet songs of a prayer. Within this sacred book, there are one hundred and twenty three prayers I but call Songs.
From the unknown darkness through the first peek of dawn, I waited for an answer to my prayers. Throughout the day, I searched everywhere for an answer to my prayers. I knocked upon all doors until I knew I must open the doors myself. After a long journey through the obstacles of life, for all of you seeking a prayer to find hope within, or to just recite in union with your fellow human, I give you my book of prayers I but call Spiritual Songs.
Where there is no hope, find hope within a prayer. When you are but lost and stranded, hold on to the words of a prayer. When you are being judged by another soul, do remember we are all but the judged.
Hold on to this sacred book as you find within yourself the first sight of hope within the words of a sweet prayer. May we the humans unite within one prayer, the prayer of a human soul. There is only one house and one family where we the humans but belong. This house is the house of prayers, the sweet songs of the human mind, body, and soul, where we but ask, seek, and knock for only the blessed candles of hope.
For all humans, I give my book of prayers to hold on to as you but walk through this life, only to unite all humans within one song, one prayer. I call this book,
Spiritual Songs II: Blessings From A Sacred Soul.
Spiritual Songs II: Blessings From A Sacred Soul is a prayer book that takes you on a journey. Each song (which is a prayer) takes you deeper and deeper in your faith through mind, body and soul. This book let me see God’s blessings in a way I needed. I believe that this book will help each person grow deeper in their faith if they let it. I do recommend this book and highly recommend taking the time to read the behind the scenes of the book too! As I take the time to do a little bit more reading into Ann Marie Ruby’s blog it helps me see how each of these songs is written by her and leaves you inspired!
Quick reminder if you are not a spiritual type of person than this book might not be what you need/want. If you are then I do recommend you to get this book, take the time to read it and digest everything it has to offer!
Here are some of my favorites from the book and even my cat buddy liked to snuggle and read with me!
About Ann Marie Ruby
Live in Seattle. Dream vacation, the Netherlands. Believe in dreams, reincarnation, and spirituality.
I am an unknown person who lived the struggles, overcame the obstacles, as I have endured the pain and joy of life as they landed upon my door.
I like to be the unknown face to whom all can relate. I want you to see your face in the mirror when you search for me, not mine. For if it is my face in the mirror, then my friend you see a stranger. The unknown face is there so you see only yourself, your struggles, your achievements as you cross the journey of life.
I want to be the face of a white, black, and brown, as well as the love we are always searching eternally for. If this world would have allowed, I would have distributed these words from my books to you with my own hands as gifts from a friend. You have my name and know I will always be there for anyone who seeks me.
My book SPIRITUAL LIGHTHOUSE: THE DREAM DIARIES OF ANN MARIE RUBY is out now!
Through my book you shall learn to listen to the unknown truth of this universe, the scientific and philosophical aspects of dreams as well as the religious aspects as all religions have been based mainly upon dreams.You can follow on Twitter: @AnnahMariahRuby, Facebook:/annah.mariah.735 or @theannmarieruby, Instagram: ann_marie_ruby, Pinterest: @TheAnnMarieRuby, or my website: http://www.annmarieruby.com. Please take my books as messages from a friend.
Since this book was gifted to me, I want to do the same and gift it to someone else that might need it. All you have to do to enter to be gifted this book is comment on this blog and I will pick someone randomly and once they confirm with me that they still want the book and give me an address I will announce the winner.
This giveaway will end on March 21,2019 at 8pm CST.
February was a great month and March is going to be even better! Why, because it is ALMOST SPRING AND WARMER WEATHER IS ON ITS WAY!
I will write in red for my goals achieved and/or might not have achieved, but working on.
1. Make a #lovestory series with other bloggers for the entire month of February.
I learned doing a full month series is hard work, but it is also something I enjoyed. Not only was I able to read about other people’s love stories. I got to get to know other bloggers on a more personal level. I plan on doing another #lovestory next Febuary, so if you are interested, please reach out.
I also plan on doing 1-3 series with guest bloggers each year and 1-3 for myself too. Currently I am doing #blogsofdogs and its a photo challenge where I post my dog’s photos every day this month and everyone else can also post their dog and link or comment with their blog post.
2. Do a book review.
I am currently reading 2 books, I was just going to read 1 and then do my book review, but for some reason I started 1; lost my kindle so then I started a paper back book. So, in March I am hoping I will get 2 book reviews out.
3. Post a blog Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
I did get to do every Monday for Music Monday, but I did not get to do every Wednesday and Friday.
4. Get more blog friends on twitter and Instagram.
I for sure got my twitter blogger friends! Instgram… not so much, but I did get a few!
1. Go through all clothing and get rid of everything that does not fit. Too big. Too small. Should I do an inventory and make outfits?
We have 2 dressers and a closet. I have gone through 1 dresser of clothing, but the top and bottom drawers are “junk drawers”, so I want to go through those get rid of 1 dresser. I did not do that this month, so maybe next! I think it is because we had less days in February or am I just making an excuse, I don’t know. HA! HA!
2. Read at least one book this month. My goal for the year is 10.
I read over 1/2 on one book and about 1/2 on another. So, yes I read, but I did not finish the book.
3. Drink less soda, more water.
TOTAL SUCCESS ON THIS!!
4. Work out for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week, maybe more!
The first part of the month I did great! Then I did a work out that really worked my lower back and I hurt it, so I could not work out, doctors orders! The last part of the month I did great though! So I will consider it a success since I did work out when I could!
5. Less junk food, more healthy!
I did this! It works best when you plan meals ahead of time!
February was a successful month in blogging! I work full time as a medical assistant (40+ hours a week) and I feel like I might have over did my goals for the month of February. Be on the look at soon for my March goals! I am hoping I will make better goals and will be able to achieve all of them!