Category Archives: Chocolate

Ding!! You’ve Got Mail…♥ notes…

Wow!  What a week…and it’s only Tuesday!  Yesterday flowers…today chocolates…then I get the best gift of all a love note…via email.

What a long but “sweet filled” day….only to get home to the beautiful sound, “You’ve Got Mail”…as much as I have enjoyed receiving my gifts lately – flowers, chocolates…the best one received is the most valuable present and it lasts a lifetime….I find it extremely romantic to receive a love note via email, card, letter.  This special man is putting the past men in my life to shame.   And I am enjoying every single second.

Long overdue….

I have been very fortunate to receive and write plenty of emotional letters. Not only from lovers but also from my brother, and even friends.  I have a box with all my letters…I like to re-read them.  Reading my letters reminds me of times of happiness, sadness, joy, and important events in my life. Reading a letter is like seeing yourself through the eyes of others.   Modern technologies are great for keeping in touch with people, but they can be so detached, especially text messages with its many acronyms, short cuts, and lack of tone….but a love note…if written with care, can make me swoon, melt…

With a few strokes of the keyboard, and weeks of emailing, one day — you can wake up falling in love with the other person!    Written words can be powerful.  I am always saying that actions speak louder than words…and taking the time to write a love note is an action that can hold this incredible power of sharing adoring, endearing and affectionate words…ah –  love letters.  If we lived in a different era, these words would have been shared entirely in handwritten letters.   Today our correspondence, in this age of AOL, GMail, Google+, email rules.  I am going to consider these email messages  as “love letters” because they are no less romantic, thoughtful than letters sent by regular snail mail, stamped postage.

How many of you have seen the movie, “Moonlight Mile”?  Or, “The Love Letter”?  Or “Nights in Rodanthe”?  Any Nicholas Sparks movie / book!   How about the movie, “Sex and the City” where Carrie guesses the password finally and finds that Big has re-written numerous love letters by poets, and one from himself promising to love her forever??  Swoon…♥

Have you ever received a love note from someone you adored? Didn’t it just make you feel amazingly special? Receiving a love letter brings a rush; opening love letters opens the heart; reading love letters awakens our spirit.  Sometimes they can be bittersweet.  But such a huge compliment.

Love notes tell us we are someone who is seen, longed for and adored. Love letters tell us we are someone who is worth being romanced. How can the heart not spill over with the joy of being known, recognized and pursued? It’s what our feminine heart really longs for, isn’t it?

They hold a special power to transform us, to lift our mood.  Changes me from an ordinary person to a woman who is special to someone. Wow!  Me? Worthy of being pursued? Wanted!? Desired!? Beautiful!?   Yay!  I am going to read and re-read each email several times to let this new image of  me sink in.  Pure bliss…magical…words transform!   Through the words of each love note I came to know myself as a woman who is adored, desired, worthy, loved and longed for….So in a very poetic and mysterious way, flesh became word via passionate typing.   Who knew?!  ♥

Words from “The Love Letter” –

Text of the letter: Dearest, Do you know how much in love with you I am? Did I trip? Did I stumble – lose my balance, graze my knee, graze my heart? I know I’m in love when I see you. I know when I long to see you, I’m on fire. Not a muscle has moved. Leaves hang unruffled by any breeze. The air is still. I have fallen in love without taking a step. You are all wrong for me and I know it, but I can no longer care for my thoughts unless they are thoughts of you. When I am close to you, I feel your hair brush my cheek when it does not. I look away from you sometimes, then I look back. When I tie my shoes, when I peel an orange, when I drive my car, when I lie down each night without you, I remain,
Text of the letter: Yours

Famous Love Letters: Ludwig von Beethoven:

ever thine

ever mine

ever ours…

Ah…romance…viva amor…♥

Wine down Wednesday….

Wine is definitely my friend, solace this cold, snowy evening…

“Wine is bottled poetry.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” – Charles Baudelaire

“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.” – Colette

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” – Ernest Hemingway

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.” – Russell Brand

Home is where the wine is…unwinding…

I’m a hybrid. I run on chocolate & wine!  ♥

Life of a klutz!

This was a short work week for me because of the holiday and an extra day off.  But it was also one of the longest in my life as a klutz.  I tried to avoid talking to a creepy shop owner in NYC who is always chasing after me, and I literally trip and break two toes and sprained my right ankle for the umpteenth time.

So today, I am walking home from the dry cleaners and I trip yet again.  Yup!  You guessed it – right side throbbing.  Thank goodness the cute podiatrist gave me anti-inflammatory meds.

But this week hasn’t been just about needing to learn how to walk again.  It’s really been about me being a klutz all the way around!

*sigh* A day in the life of T: Decided to get a Cobb salad with dijon vinaigrette on the side for lunch…thinking not messy…right? WRONG!  Had to sit at work with a damp stained, shirt,,,thank goodness for NYC and  shopping everywhere.

But it had me thinking….thinking…The life of ME involves being a klutz with a capital K!

But I am turning my weekend around and have decided the life of being a klutz is fun!  The world is a better place when you are a klutz. Dropping things and tripping over stuff makes you intimately more aware of your environment. Trip down concrete stairs? You’ll say, “Wow, I never realized just how hard concrete stairs are.” Trip on some carpeted stairs? “Oh boy, this carpet sure is plush!” So after spilling my dressing all over my black skirt, I thought I would be error=proof for a little while. WRONG!  I went to put some dove dark chocolates into a bowl, and I totally dropped them all over the floor. Fun! You get to experience things you never would have dreamed of…being a klutz!  Like dropping a bag of chocolates all over your knee and onto the floor.  It was like raining chocolate….just sharing…♥

Makes me think….

Life…everyday life provides a lesson…makes me think…mmt…

I have learned that life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and that life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never ending commitment to push forward even when times are tough…

I am not sure who said this first, but I firmly believe that sometimes you have to die a little on the inside first in order to be reborn and rise again as a stronger, smarter version of yourself….I know, because I feel that I am getting there myself.

My Mom was admitted to the hospital last night and trying to reach out to immediate family proves to be so disheartening – they are so non-responsive and so quick to judge.  I pray that they come around and actually care what happens to her, to me, to others.  Life is way too short – I am sad that so many in my own family have not grasped this yet.  They hold grudges; they ignore the goodness in others.

Nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, someone they need, or something they thought was meant to be. But it is these losses that make us stronger and eventually move us toward future opportunities for growth and happiness…if we pay attention.

Over the past years I have dealt with several hardships, including the sudden death of my only brother, the death of my father, the loss of my heart and a few best friends to terrorism on 9/11, betrayal from a close childhood friend, and an unexpected employment layoff.  These experiences were brutal. Each of them, naturally, knocked me down and off course for periods of time.  But when my time of mourning was over in each individual circumstance, I like to think I moved forward, evenutally, stronger, and with a greater understanding and respect for life….and a respect for myself…I got lost somewhere back there, but no more.

Times like this only reinforce the lessons I have learned along the way…

I am NOT what happened to me in the past…No matter how chaotic the past has been, the future is a clean, fresh, wide open slate. I am not my past failures. I am not how others have at one time treated me.  I am only who I think I am right now in this moment. I am only what I do right now in this moment.

I try every day to focus on what I have, not on what I don’t have. The important thing is simply to find one POSITIVE thought that inspires and helps you move forward.  Hold on to it strongly, and focus on it. You may feel like you don’t have much or anything at all, but for me, I know I have my mind to inspire me and my writing. And I have realized that’s really all I needed to start moving forward again.

I have learned…

That struggling with problems is a natural part of growing up – part of living is experiencing unexpected troubles in life. People lose jobs, get sick, and sometimes die.

That it really is okay to fall apart for a while – no longer pretend to be strong all of the time, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. I no longer concern myself with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears and to pig out on chocolate.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again. And trust me, a smile doesn’t always mean I am happy; sometimes it simply means that I know I will get through the day, and that I am strong enough to face any problems.

That life is fragile, sudden, and shorter than it often seems.  Life and time are not promises.  There may not be a tomorrow – not for everyone.  Sad reality is that right now, somewhere, someone is planning something for tomorrow without realizing they’re going to die today. This is sad but true. So spend your time wisely today and pause long enough to appreciate it – even this oppressive heat and humidity today. Every moment we get is a gift. Don’t waste time by dwelling on unhappy things. Spend it on things that move you in the direction you want to go.  I  know I am.

That at times no matter how hard I try, I will fail sometimes.

That I have the capacity to create my own happiness; to reinvent my life.

That everything that happens is a life lesson.

That I should view every challenge as an educational assignment.

That feelings, people, things change, and time keeps rolling and the sun always rises the next day; The bad news: nothing is permanent. The good news: nothing is permanent.

That giving up and moving on are two very different things.

That distancing ourselves from negative people is essential.

That perfect relationships, people don’t exist.

That we all must love ourselves. – One of the most painful things in life is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, missing them too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

That we shouldn’t allow others to make decisions for us.

That holding onto grudges, resentment only hurts us; forgive people and move on, even if they never ask for your forgiveness. Don’t do it for them – do it for youself. Grudges are a waste of happiness.

That you’re not alone. Everyone has problems.

That there is still so much to be thankful for. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of brave people who are overcoming it. Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next. Henry David Thoreau once said, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Even when times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You didn’t go to sleep outside. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning. You hardly broke a sweat today. You didn’t spend a minute in fear. You have access to clean drinking water. You have access to medical care. You have access to the Internet. You can read. Some might say you are incredibly wealthy, so remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.

That honesty is still the best policy! It’s better to be hurt by the truth, than comforted by a lie. – You must see things how they are instead of how you hoped, wished, or expected them to be. It’s always better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.

That there will always be people who dislike you. – You can’t be everything to everyone. No matter what you do, there will always be someone who thinks differently. So concentrate on doing what you know in your heart is right. What others think and say about you isn’t all that important. What is important is how you feel about yourself.

That you are better off without some people you thought you needed. – The sad truth is, there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave.

That you can’t control everything that happens to you – only how you react to things.

That you are not trapped; you just need to re-learn a few things and refocus.

That most things in life are two-sided. – There is good reason why we can’t expect to feel pleasure without ever feeling pain; joy without ever feeling sorrow; confident without ever feeling fear; calm without ever feeling restless; hope without ever feeling despair: There is no such
thing as a one-sided coin in life, with which one can buy a pain-free, trouble-free existence. If you find one, please send my way.

That you always have a choice; there are always at least two options. If you can’t physically change something, you can change the way you think about it.

That sometimes you really need to let others in when you’re in a dark place. That it is okay to admit you need someone, some help, sometimes.

That asking negative questions, usually only results in getting negative answers. There are no positive answers to, “Why me?” “Why didn’t I?” “What if?” etc. So stop and swap them for questions that push you in a positive direction. For instance, “What have I learned from this experience?” “What can I do right now to move forward?”

And the most important lesson I have learned is that life was never meant to be easy, it is however meant to be lived the best way possible…as my pal George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage — it can be delightful.” So let’s all live life to fullest, pray for those who haven’t learned and for those who no longer can…mm♥

Elusive or sustainable…happiness…WE CAN DECIDE!

“Cherish this moment, for happiness is elusive”…how many of us really believe that happiness is elusive?  I used to believe this…I am slowly realizing that we can learn to sustain our happiness.

Okay – so we can’t beg for it or buy it or even barter for it.  We can however create it and better yet sustain it.  By deciding to be happier, making it a priority – happiness won’t be so elusive.   The old adage, “people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” is true.  Choose to live a life of happiness.  When you are not ask yourself why and begin to erase the unhappiness.  For me sometimes all it takes is a really good piece of chocolate, a nice pinot noir and some music – can turn my day around.

Learn to be present in the here and now.  Placing emphasis and attention on the past and the future makes it impossible for us to fully experience this moment right now. One way to remind yourself to be present is to take a deep breath any time you notice you are worrying about the future or experiencing regret about the past. Yesterday is your history, the future is a mystery.  The here and now, this moment is life’s true present to ourselves.

Take responsibility for your thoughts and feelings.  Learn to communicate honestly about what you want, expect.    Do not wait for people to make you sweet offers; do not fall into the trap of assuming people should know what you want.   Learn to be less judgmental of ourselves and others.
I am finally learning that I deserve to live the life I want to live.  But in doing so, I also have to allow other people the ability to live the life they choose without judgment and criticism. We can only control our life, putting our attention on how other people ought to live their lives will cause us nothing but disappointment and frustration.

I have stopped worrying what other people think of me.  My opinion of my life is the only one that matters.  I will never make everyone happy – so I choose me.  One way to stop judging others is to stop thinking about what other people think of you. Trying to live up to other people’s expectations is hard, never ending work. This is your life. You are the only one who has to approve of how you live it.

Happiness is less elusive than you might think. It is also contagious. One way to be happy is to be with happy people.  Smile more.  Seriously do the things that make you happy – worth repeating:  chocolate, wine…lol

“If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. And if you let go completely, you will be completely happy.” ~Ajahn Chah

I won’t lie – it has taken me many tears and years to find happiness that is not so fleeting.  I used to experience some very high and low moments.  So many moments of complete happiness, bliss, peace, and then it used to just dissipate without notice.  Boom!  Like when on vacation, then coming back home!   I started to spend more time by myself, writing, and exploring what was really going on with me – deep inside.  Mainly asking myself:  Is it because I can’t focus that I experience a deflation in my mood? Do I become bored too easily? Or maybe I have lack of patience that often leads to dissatisfaction?

Several pages later, I arrived at: I can focus; but I am impatient, so I involve myself in multiple projects and events to even out the pace.  When one project or event ends, I fully dive into the next to prevent boredom.  During this gap of engagement, my mood shifts.

I used to work only part-time, many temporary consulting positions just for these reasons.  I found comfort in moving around, connecting, accomplishing, engaging, clinging.

After many days, months of soul searching, I learned that I cling.  I realized that many of my mood dips, the occasional creeping feelings of dissatisfaction resulted from my clinging – clinging to past accomplishments, the next stimulating thing, the next anything in the future.   I would bet that many of us, at some point in our daily lives, find ourselves clinging:

  • We cling to old habits.
  • We cling to daily comforts.
  • We cling to pleasing others.
  • We cling to the next vacation.
  • We cling to a stubborn attitude.
  • We cling to the love in a relationship.
  • We cling to a perfection of how we should be.
  • We cling to the security of a paycheck.
  • We cling to memories of the past.
  • We cling to the someday: the someday of when we reach retirement, or when we win the lottery, or when we get that awesome job, or when something uncomfortable in our life passes.


Often our clinging is to satisfy our ego—an attachment to prove to ourselves and the world that we are good enough.  To prove that we are worthy.  To prove that we are somebody special.  We each want to be heard, loved, and appreciated. So we attach ourselves to the needs of those feelings and, in turn, we seek out fulfillment by clinging to external outcomes.   I know in the past, I found myself clinging to the comfort of an unhealthy relationship because of some false belief that I did not deserve better.   I have seen many people cling to over-committing at the office because they don’t fully enjoy their life outside their careers.  Many cling to other people’s opinion or approval because we have not tuned into what we truly want.   Most common, I believe is how we tend to cling to old habits because of the fear of the unknown and change.

Each day we have the decision to choose the constant of peace or the erratic peaks and valleys of satisfaction and dissatisfaction.

Once I recognized that I was clinging, I began to reflect on memories of when I experienced true happiness.  I found, in each these moments, there was neither attachment nor expectation.  I was, simply, fully submerged in the present – completely surrendered to the moment, the present.  Clinging disconnects us from being here. When our mind clings to replaying the stories of the past or worrying about the future, we wander, and wander further away from the present, further away from happiness.

Clinging detaches us from our ability to live freely. It removes us from the flow of creativity and flexibility. When we box ourselves in with expectations of a plan, we distract ourselves from seeing a grander picture. When we cling to expectations of people, desires, and situations, we become shortsighted.

I plan on sustaining my happiness by accepting that happiness is an ongoing practice.  It is a conscious choice.  I’m learning to spend more time here in the moment, while reminding myself that happiness is a choice: I can choose to cling less to the past.  I can choose to wander less to the future. I can choose to marvel more in the present.

Be happy…live wisely.  ♥

“Forget love…I’d rather fall in chocolate!”

During my work “research” I came across this great post – tried to re-post it but didn’t know how so I am attempting to copy and paste…Where is the tech geek, now?!  *sigh*


From Neon to Goddess

Posted on May 15, 2011 by
 Sex, Art & Chocolate.

Sex as the physical manifestation of Love.
Art as the embodiment of Beauty.
Chocolate as the power of Pleasure.

Who needs more? Maybe you, but me not much more!

My neon reminds me everyday that these are the things that I thrive for.

And it is with the latter that I recently feel in love.  Yet again, I hear you say!.

Her name is Red Thalhammer and she created ANTIDOTE, a brand of Chocolate that celebrates Raw Cocoa in it’s purest form + other powerful plants “that can infuse joy, relief and strength into any situation, anywhere, for any generation.”

And it’s an wickedly good chocolate bar…

First and foremost, it tastes delicious, delightful and delectable and I’m Chocolate SNOB! I make no excuse for it but don’t ever think of giving me some sweet & milky stuff.  I literally import my own chocolate from Belgium in my suitcases each time I go home. PLEASURE!
Second, Antidote are beautifully packaged enough to be gifts: BEAUTY.

Each flavor is named after a Greek goddess. You want to know the ones I chose?
HybrisThe Goddess of Reckless Pride and Insolence, with mango and juniper berries. With her outrageaous behavior, Hybris is the antidote to fear and insecurity.
and  KakiaWicked Greek Goddess of Vice: Seductive and passionate, Kakia’s zest is the antidote to passive attitude. Her spirit comes alive with intense hibiscus flowers and andean blueberries.

I am happy to report, that whatever fears and passivity I had left are now fully dissolved. Be prepared for more fearless and bold pictures on SIF!

Why Greek goddess? Red’s answer is simple:
“Chocolate offers relief from drama.
It is a powerful treat for weak moments. Cocoa is extremely powerful and nutrient rich, which makes it a natural antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Antidote is also a remedy to low-quality chocolate that has too much sugar or milk. Cocoa has been called food of the gods. Antidote is the food of goddesses in celebration of female power.

Lastly, “Cacao releases the same hormones the body releases in response to romance, the one that makes us feel good, emotionally stable and calm. Endorphins make us feel enthusiastic and powerful.” LOVE

From neon to goddess, manifestation is quite a powerful tool and I am fulfilled!


Where to find your Antidote:

If today is your last day on earth, what would you do to make it worth it?

I bet all of us at some time or another, have heard comments like, “seize the moment’, “carpe diem”, “live in the moment”… So many quotes expressing this mentality: “Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one”; “Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today”.   Everybody says things like “Live like there’s no tomorrow” and “Live each day as if it were your last”.

If today might be my last day on earth, If I go to sleep tonight and never wake up again, what exactly am I doing with my life today that would make it worthy of being my last?

“What if today were my last day on earth?” I know many of us don’t think about dying. We’re so wrapped up with egotistical and material things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, vacation – we’re involved in billions of little tasks just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, “Is this all”? Is this really what I want? Is there anything missing? Sometimes you need to come face-to-face with a near death experience. Or have someone point you in that direction.

I find myself asking myself the same questions just about every day: “Is today the day?” “Am I ready?” “ Am I doing all I need to do?” “Am I being the person I want to be?” I think asking these questions allows me to be more prepared. Allows me to become more involved in the everyday aspects of the life I am presently living.

Trust me, once you learn how to die, you learn how to fully live your life. During chemo many eons ago, I never thought I could be so tired. It’s like a continual cloud passing over the sun. There were so many moments when I didn’t know if I would have the strength or sense to get to the bathroom, walk the dog, or even get dressed. But I also learned, that I was stronger than I have ever been.   Lying isolate in a laminar airflow room, I tried to reach the dead within me, in order to fight, to find the will to live.  My mind was clear. That is the moment I learned how to detach. My mortality was at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give me depth perception. In the past, it may have taken me weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous.

Detachment, disconnecting to some degree, doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience affect you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you completely. That’s how you are able to deal with it. Take any emotion – love for a person, or grief for a loved one…. if you hold back on the emotions – if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them – you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to leap, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. I have experienced those emotions. I recognize those emotions. Sometimes in order to fully accept, you need to detach from these emotions moments at a time. Let other emotions in.

Learning how to live, fully embracing so many scary,wonderful things is part of living in the moment. Appreciating so many little things. By living each day as if it could be our last, we relate to each life experience passionately, powerfully, and memorably. I try to appreciate every sunrise, every sunset (may explain my insomnia – I hate that nagging feeling I am missing something); I crave so many things, especially sweets; appreciate every culinary delight, every sip of wine. So many instances of my life these days are laced with a sense of urgency and passion. Don’t get me wrong, there are still so many moments where I have to remind myself, “breathe, slow down, appreciate”. Embrace life, seize the moment, conquer our fears, appreciate the differences in people, cultures.

In the words of Robert Brault, “Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus”.  

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, all the food and sweets, I want to eat, all the wine I want to drink, and all the friends I want to see…♥

♥ Downtime…and being my own Valentine ♥

Wow – having a full Saturday to myself is a rare and beautiful thing….I made sure to keep up with light cleaning during the week; got the grocery shopping for the family done after work this past week; taking a day off from traveling into NYC, no doctors, nurse or kids this weekend…sound selfish?  Yes perhaps a tad…but I deserve it.  Yes.

Sometimes it’s best to forget how you feel, and remember what you deserve…I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh. But I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry…miss my ♥M♥

*sigh* So I find myself single this coming Valentine’s Day…and I am okay with this.  I am going to be my own valentine.  Today it starts – carving out some much needed “ME” time.    So sitting here in my pajamas still (yes its past noon), ordered comfort food, and listening to music, flipping through tv channels too.  I love music that speaks to me.  Its like the artist is in my head and expresses how I feel.  I am enjoying my one-day, super mini staycation…yay.

Being single doesn’t mean I am not celebrating Valentine’s Day – trust me, I find any occasion to enjoy chocolate – a definite must.  So I am celebrating life, health, friendship…with good food, great wine, lots of laughter.  I tend to put myself last sometimes, when I get lost in the details of caring for others but being selfish for the next 48 hours or so is going to be quite indulgent of me.

So I am investing in me.  Loving myself.  Pampering myself.  Challenging the idea that roses, heart-shaped chocolates, red, and romance are only for those with significant others.  Treating myself to little things that make me feel special – because you know what?  I am!

I have mentioned before this is the year of ME.  Challenging myself.  Creating new goals.  Finding new hobbies.  Tackling new projects.  Learning new skills.  Making new friends.  Going to new places.  Feeling so empowered by all the possibilities and opportunities before me and I am finally taking this life of mine by the reins a little.  Who knew learning and trying could be so invigorating?!

So since I am being lazy today and have nothing special to do or pressing, I hope I can go to bed early and catch up on some quality Z’s.   But knowing the insomniac that lives within me, I am sure sleep will elude me later.  I may have to write another post.  😉

So making this weekend of love and taking a moment or two to reflect on life’s big and little blessings.  Saying a prayer of thanks and laughing through my tears.  ♥

Another sleepless T night…

Glimpses into my life….today was a very surreal day for me…it started off with a potential stalker situation got sidetracked with budget issues at work and a migraine that wouldn’t go away but now its ending with a sense of wistfulness.  Recapturing parts of my life.  Making plans, looking forward to the newness of things…yes an interesting transformation for me.

So I have dubbed this year of 2012 –

This is the Year of T:  ME!  I am learning to love all things T!  I find myself gravitating towards things, places, people who start with the initial – guess what?!  T!!!! 

Some of my fav things:

Teuscher Chocolates

Terra Chips

Teas’ Tea

Twinings Tea (Tea in general:  Tetley and Tazo, too)

Tiramisu, Twizzlers, Taffy, Tootsie rolls…Yummy!

Timberland boots

Tignanello leather purses

Terrazza Ristorante


Terrano Noir wine

Now all I need is to move to a town / city starting with the letter T here in NJ:

Toms River, Totowa, Teaneck, Tenafly, Trenton…and find a guy to love whose name is Tom, Tad, Ted, Tai, Tanner, Tim, Tony, Trent, Trevor…I would love a Thor! And live happily ever after…embracing my inner Goddess wearing Togas…sipping my Tattooed Love Goddess drinks all night…

A girl can dream….♥

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