Day 1 – An Introduction

**I apologize now for the cheesiness of this post**

Hello, my name is Kelli, some people call me Kel, there are a few that call me mom. I am 35 years old. I was born on January 5, in Hollywood, Florida and raised in Sebring, Florida. I moved to Houston, Texas in 1999 after meeting my husband Richard. I have since lived in the Houston area, just outside of Los Angeles, back to Sebring, and currently I reside in the Houston area again. And no we are not a military family, my husband’s job had some to do with our moves but so did family. I swore this move to Houston would be the last but I am not quite sure that is the truth.

I have been married to my husband Richard for 14 years (come this September 7th) and we have three children; Robert (Rob), Alexander (Alex) and Samantha (Sammi). We also have a Pug dog named Yogi.

I enjoy listening to music, being outdoors, watching movies, reading and being with my children. I could eat sushi all day every day, I love avocado and blackberries, and drink sweet tea like it is going out of style.

I currently work in the financial industry, in the investment world. I enjoy my work. I have learned a lot in the three years I have been in this field. It is nice to be able to help people reach a goal.

It’s Time…

I haven’t posted or done anything with my blog since September 2014, and it wasn’t even really a post; it was pictures. My niece had visited from France in the summer and I was missing her that day, so I posted pictures from her visit. I keep saying that I am going to get better and blog regularly, then I don’t. I say these same things every time I decide to start blogging again, and then I just don’t. And then I blame myself and feel guilty for not blogging, which in return makes me not want to blog because it feels like a chore. I do enjoy it, that is the funny part. I feel better when I am writing and using my blog; even if it is for silly things. It is an avenue for me to get out feelings and make an expression. And honestly, I need that avenue.

I know a lot of why I don’t write is because I don’t feel I am a good writer. I don’t feel I have the caliber or charisma that some of the other bloggers I know have. Does that really matter though? This blog is supposed to be for me, not anyone else; and if you chose not to read it, there is nothing I can do about that. I am not looking for high volume and page rankings; if they happen, they happen. I am not going to turn them down if either comes my way.  Another reason I don’t write, I don’t feel I have topics or that the topics I do have are stupid or silly.  Again, does that matter if the blog is really for me? I know I chose to make it a public format, you the public can read if you want, think what you want.

So, to get myself started I found a 30 Day Challenge on another site. Some of the topics are a little cheesy but it will give me a starting point for my writing. Some of the topics will be simple answers and others will involve more depth. Bare with me while I try to get this going again. I plan to start this 30 Day Challenge on May 1st (I know May has 31 days, I will figure it out) and perhaps you want to join me. The challenge is as follows (I will post again prior to May 1st):

Day 1 – An Introduction

Day 2 – Where you’d like to be in 10 years

Day 3 – A Failure

Day 4 – Childhood Favorite(s)

Day 5 – Your Beliefs

Day 6 – 30 facts about yourself

Day 7 – Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits you

Day 8 – A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life

Day 9 – What you are reading or favorite book(s)

Day 10 – Discuss your first love

Day 11 – Put your music on shuffle and write the first 10 songs that pop up

Day 12 – reason behind your blog name

Day 13 – Somewhere you’d like to visit

Day 14 – Your earliest favorite memory

Day 15 – Blogs you follow

Day 16 – Your favorite music

Day 17 – Your highs of the past year

Day 18 – Your lows of the past year

Day 19 – Your parents

Day 20 – 10 likes & 10 dislikes

Day 21 – Your favorite show(s)

Day 22 – Have you changed in the past year?

Day 23 – Top 5 famous guys & Top 5 famous girls

Day 24 – Favorite Quote(s)

Day 25 – Your favorite movie(s)

Day 26 – Bucket List

Day 27 – A current problem

Day 28 – Something & Someone that you miss

Day 29 – Things you can’t live without

Day 30 – Your Goals

Today.

Dear self of two weeks ago,

Today is a new beginning. A fresh start. A brand new. It is YOUR day. And it is time to take hold and begin a new future for you.

Today, you start a new job. One that you can build into a career and occupation that has no limits and can take you to places you never dreamed imaginable, but it is all in your hands how high and how far those places will go and be. This is your chance to mold and design yourself. To be more than just “part of something” and to actually “be something”.

Today when you wake up, your time is yours. Not time spent in a car, in traffic, hoping to get to where you need to go pm time. Yours to do with what you want and need. You can waste it or you can use it to your potential. You. Have. Time.

Today is full of potential. Now go use it to the highest of your ability and make something of it.

One Act Of Kindness

I have been carrying large sized re-useable grocery bags in my car with gallon jugs of water, pretzels, raisins, chicken & tuna salad kits and other little snack foods.

I gave the last one to a homeless woman today who’s sign simply said,

“One act of kindness means a million to another.”

She sobbed when I handed her the bag. Not just tears, full on sobbing; and told me aside from picking through the garbage she hadn’t eaten in almost three weeks. I told her it wasn’t a lot of stuff but she said it was more then she’d had in a long time. Then she said genuinely,

” God bless you”

And she meant it.

Three weeks with no food besides picking through garbage. That is ringing through my ears.

My heart felt joy for helping her, and ache at the same time.

She was maybe 25. I don’t know her story or why she is where she is but I feel like I was put in front of her for a reason.

Music Mondays – 40 Greatest One- Hit Wonders of the ’90s

***Taking it back a little bit, VH1 did a special called, “VH1′s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s”, if you haven’t seen it, I recommend it – the following is the list***

40. Whoomp There It Is – Tag Team
39. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
38. How Do You Talk To An Angel – The Heights
37. Bitch – Meredith Brooks
36. Bad Boys – Inner Circle
35. Sex & Candy – Marcy Playground
34. You Gotta Be – Des’ree
33. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Proclaimers
32. MyBabyDaddy – B-Rock & The Bizz
31. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm – Crash Test Dummies
30. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
29. Lullaby – Shawn Mullins
28. Flava In Ya Ear – Craig Mack
27. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
26. Mambo #5 (A Little Bit Of….) – Lou Bega
25. The Impression That I Get – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
24. Feed The Tree – Belly
23. What Is Love – Haddaway
22. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn
21. Legend Of A Cowgirl – Imani Coppola
20. Good Vibrations – Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
19. Steal My Sunshine – Len
18. Unbelievable – EMF
17. Informer – Snow
16. Jump – Kris Kross
15. No Rain – Blind Melon
14. Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
13. Cotton Eye Joe – Red-Nex
12. The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
11. You Get What You Give – New Radicals
11. One Of Us – Joan Osborne
9. Jump Around – House Of Pain
8. Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
6. Closing Time – Semisonic
5. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
4. Macarena – Los Del Rio
3. Rico Suave – Gerardo
2. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
1. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot

***Now tell me you didn’t just go listen to them***

A Few Of My Favorite Things – Florida Edition

A few days ago I posted a list of my favorite things about Texas and the Houston area that I am glad to be going back to. This is a list of things about Florida I am going to miss when we move (not in any particular order):

1. Publix Grocery Stores – Publix subs, Sweet tea, the deli, the bakery
2. Sebring Diner
3. Sundays on the lake
4. My family – my grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles
5. The Blue Lagoon
6. Being able to get anywhere in town in 20 minutes or less
7. Rosario’s – best veal Parmesan any. where.
8. Highlands Hammock State Park
9. My friends – Andi, Suzi, Maynard, Carri, Maggie, Nick, Kayla, Brian, Michelle
10. Becky at the Cinemark movie theater
11. Thai House
12. My gramma’s house
13. Annette at Today’s Creations
14. Florida Beaches
15. Tampa Bay Bucs games – even though I am NOT a Bucs fan
16. Running into people I know everywhere I go
17. The “Small Town” feeling
18. Taking my son to my old high school
19. Trips to Legoland
20. Yanni’s
21. The group I work with at Edward Jones