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One Year

One year ago today I ended a year-long, abusive relationship. A relationship that was both physically and emotionally abusive, and one that I didn’t almost make it out of. One year ago today I left my ex on my doorstep after we returned home from a trip to Mexico. One year ago today I took the first step in getting my life back and haven’t looked back since. This post has been a long time coming. A really, really long time. As in, I started writing this post back on January 8th of this year. It’s taken me about that long to work through and unpack everything. Abusive relationships are sneaky. They sneak up on you, and before you know it they’ve convinced you that this is your new normal. Before long you’re second guessing everything. You begin to believe that you’re the crazy one, and that what is being done to you is your own fault. Once you’re in that deep, it gets harder and harder to get out. Which is why it took me almost a year to get out of mine even though I knew I shouldn’t be dating him on our first date. Crazy, I know….

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Tips on Staying Hydrated

 Hot weather is here to stay y’all! And I’m not mad about it. Especially since the new pad has a pool, and I’m quickly becoming a regular after lunch time. Since no one (literally not a single soul) is ever there before 5 o’clock during the week. Perks of working from home are real – seriously. Other perks of working from home include always remembering to drink plenty of water. But when I’m traveling or out running errands? I’l be the first to admit that I’m not the best at remembering to drink water. Looking at you coffee!  I’ve not drank soda (minus in mixed drinks) in years. Actually, since I was about 13-14. A friend of mine helped get me out of the bad habit, and I’ve not looked back since. So drinking water isn’t the issue. It’s remembering to do it once my schedule gets hectic, and I’m away from home. Now let me tell you, I can 100% tell whenever I’ve not been drinking enough water. How? Because my energy levels drop, I have a hard time concentrating, and I’m constantly getting off task. Used to think that meant I needed more coffee, but boy was I…

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A Mother’s Love

Disclosure: This sponsored post is on behalf of Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry as part of their #JaredTimelessMoments campaign, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  My mom has always been my number one supporter, and I’ve always been the biggest momma’s boy. Even during those years that we didn’t exactly see eye to eye. We come from very different generations, and I’m definitely more of a spitfire than she bargained for. But over the years I’ve luckily mellowed out and settled into a life all my own. A life that I’m glad to say my parents and family are proud of.  I still remember calling my mom 3 years ago and saying something along the lines of “I’m starting a blog.” She, of course, had no idea what I was talking about replied “How can I help?”  Shortly thereafter I bought my first “real” camera and a new computer to get the business up and running, with her help. So when I say that if it wasn’t for my mom I wouldn’t be doing this today it couldn’t be more true.  When I couldn’t afford to pay my bills the first couple of months? She was there to help me every…

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Blogger Burnout

Blogging comes with its fair share of downsides, just like any other job, and possibly more so since being your own boss definitely isn’t for everyone. After all that I went through with my sister’s passing and the residual issues that come with a death involving an immediate family member I’ve been left feeling overwhelmed by the woes of self-employed life more than usual.

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