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He Was Right

There have been many, many times in my life where I get excited about certain things. I come up with all of these great ideas for what I want to do. It starts off great…and then it fizzles. I told my husband I wanted to launch a blog. I have a lot of things I love to talk about…and what better way to do that than to start a blog? His words were measured, but he expressed concern that I would start off with excitement and then let it fade away. Immediately I was offended. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I DON’T COMPLETE PROJECTS? I finished my Master’s! I set up my mom cave…and the only reason it’s not decorated is because I can’t find the furniture I like! (It didn’t even sound good in my thoughts) The paint job in the living room? Well, midway I decided I didn’t like the paint color. Even as I sat there rattling off different things I realized he’s right. It really hit me last week as I thought about how long it’s been since my last post. In theory starting a blog is easy. In execution…not so much. I do not have an official header. My page is basic as hell. I’m determined to fix this, but I recognize my own lack of urgency in doing this. Aesthetics aside, one has to be completely willing to be open and share. I typically like to hold things close, but I am on my countdown to 40 and I want to change the trend.  I’ll get it together. This blog will be a representation of me (or a complete failure). Until then…I will sit back and push myself to do it because I hate when he’s right.

Happy Birthday To Me


The countdown to 40 is on!!! Okay, so to be honest this website has been on my heart and mind to put together for years. I’ve always had a reason or two-hundred to not go through with it. I had a blog years ago and I felt it lost its direction. I should have stuck with it, but completing my degree became a priority. I was what professionals in higher ed like to call a “non-traditional” student. Meaning I was damn old as an undergraduate. I was already married with two sons when I finally completed my undergraduate degree. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Well…maybe the winning Powerball numbers, but for the most part it was one of life’s most satisfying experiences. The look on my grandparents’ face was all I needed. My then seven year old looked at me like I was pretty damn cool, too. Of course he’s now 15 and not nearly as cute as he was when he was in elementary school. Anyway, I am in the process of putting together a nice list of things to do before I am 40. Now, look…keep in mind I work in education; as does my husband. So DO NOT suggest we go on a trip around the damn globe. Not happening. Plus I’m afraid to fly. Yeah…I know it’s ridiculous and I drive in one of the craziest cities in the U.S., but it’s my kind of crazy. Air travel makes me uneasy. The flights I’ve taken weren’t bad, but I’d prefer to not be on an airplane for longer than 5 hours. In addition to having an aversion to air travel, the bathroom situation concerns me as well. So now that you all know I will be 40 in exactly a year from today, completely unsophisticated in the ways of travel, and slightly off my rocker about bathrooms…this means we are family! Holla at me and give some suggestions.

Raven the (non-traveling) Maven