I have been so insanely busy. Busier than I have ever been. Blogging has taken a bit of a backseat but I wanted to do a "CURRENTLY" post to keep you all up to date with what's going on with me and the #TamapTrio

Current Book(s): I am currently reading two books. 

These two books could not be more different! I am really enjoying both of them! I like the Katherine book for the pool and beach. The trio have been busy reading, too. Ronin is reading a Minecraft book (big surprise there...NOT!) Ella is reading The Fifth Wave. And Haley is just about to start Fablehaven. On our drive to North Carolina we will do an audiobook and listen to All Fall Down. 


 Current Music: I am so guilty of LOVING the soundtrack to the hit musical, Hamilton. I also have the kids hooked on it. It's really really good. I highly recommend you give it a listen. 

Current Guilty Pleasure: Brach's Peppermint Candy. 

Current Drink: Publix Diet Sweet Green Tea. It's so yummy and has a great pick me up too!

Current Food: I have not really been having a favorite current food these days. I am all over the place. Though I do eat the SAME thing for my work lunch EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. It's really good and I never seem to get bored with it. And it's fairly cheap. I can eat a full meal for under $2. Can't beat that. 


Current Favorite Show: OUTLANDER!! The season finale is TONIGHT!! ACK!! It's going to rip my heart out. I just know it. I've read up to book 5, so I know what will come tonight. 

Current Wish List: Water Rower.

Current needs: To lose weight. Enough said. 

Current Indulgence: Beer. I do love my beer. See above. 


Current Blessing: My family. I know, it sounds cheesy, but it's true. I would be nothing without them. I was able to take the girls with me to the ALA Annual Conference late last month and we had a great time!

 Current Outfit: Right now I’m typing up this post in my Star Wars sugar skull t-shirt and a pair of jeans, and my Fit Flops slip on sneakers. I am really beginning to love these shoes.

Current Excitement: VACATION!!!! The kids and I will have 16 days of BLISS!!! We'll be heading to Asheville, NC for half of that and then spending the other half just hanging out doing Staycation stuff. 

Reflections on 41

My 41st year of life went by very quickly. A lot of things happened. Some good, some not so good.

What were some of the highlights?

  1. I went on the Today Show
  2. I was in Woman's Day Magazine
  3. I participated in Project Athena's Keys Race to Recovery
  4. I participated in a triathlon
  5. I quit my job as a media specialist
  6. I started my blog
  7. I was featured on the front of the Huff Post, AOL, and Marlo Thomas
  8. I became a certified Spinning Instructor
  9. I got a dog
  10. I ran a race every month
  11. I made some new friends that I treasure dearly

And so much more!!

This was a whirlwind of a year.

Thinking back on my 41st year, I wouldn't change anything, and I have no regrets. Every decision I made brought me to the point that I am at now. And I'm in a fairly good place. As I start my 42nd year of life there are some things I'd like to be writing about this time next year.

  1. I have a paying job

Honestly that's all I want for this year. I don't regret leaving my job as a Pasco County Media Specialist because all media specialist positions were cut at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, so I'd be out of a job regardless. As least leaving a few months early gave me the opportunity to start this blog, learn valuable social media skills, make friends, and experience a bunch of cool opportunities through blogging. I love blogging, but let's be honest. It doesn't put food on the table or a roof over my head. Thankfully my husband works hard so that I can stay home with the kids, and give this whole blogging thing a try, but I'm not cut out to be a SAHM. Sure, it's great being able to drop off and pick the kids up from school, and be here for them during summer break, etc., but I enjoy getting out of the house and working, connecting with other people, feeling like I am making a difference. I am ready to go back to work, so that is my goal for my 42nd year of life. FIND A GOOD MEANINGFUL JOB, that's close to my house, flexible with the kids schedule, and allows me to use my talents to make the community a better place. That's not too much to ask, is it?? If I don't find a job maybe I'll go back to school. Tongue Out You can never have too many advanced degrees, right??

Birthday Bucket List

42. I am going to be 42. How did this happen?? It has all gone by so fast.

I know I'm not the only one who wonders how this happened so quickly.

Comparing 42, to 32, or heck even 22, I'll take 42 ANY DAY! I am in such a better place in my life. I'm in better health, my kids are older and becoming more independent. I'm married to the same man I was at 32 (though a different man than when I was 22...confession, yes I've been married before.)

Since I'm new to the blogging world I've never published my bucket list before. I'm proud to be able to cross some items off this year!

1. Live on the beach with my husband and kids (I grew up on the beach and want to move back!!)

2. Start CrossFit

3. Visit my family in North Carolina

4. Travel to the Grand Canyon

5. Travel to NYC

6. Dive with Great White Sharks in South Africa (actually anywhere, but since this is a bucket list, I'll go with where the sharks are the biggest!!)

7. Do a Half-Ironman

8. Do a Full-Ironman

9. Run a 1/2 marathon

10. Run a full marathon

11. Attend Fit Bloggin' (this is new to my bucket list!!)

12. Travel to the Giant Redwoods

13. Publish a book (the traditional way, no self-published ebook)

14. Travel with my family to Europe (I've been alone twice, but want to go with kids!)

15. Do a triathlon Not only did I do one, I placed 2nd in my AG :)

16. Attend Comic Con International in California

17. Attend Comic Con in NYC

18. Get another tatoo

19. Start training Competition CrossFit

20. Participate in a CrossFit competition  DONE! Did it 10/12/13

21. Get certified in Spinning

22. Participate in a 12+ hour adventure/endurance challenge

23. Do an unassisted pull-up

24. Find a job where I can make as much money as my husband (seriously how frustrating is it that I have more advanced degrees than him, and he makes 4X what I can make....)

25. Take a Disney Cruise

26. Have a post/video go viral!!

27. SCUBA dive the Great Barrier Reef

28. SCUBA dive in Belize

29. Travel to Sweden with my husband (NO KIDS!!)

30. Take a vacation ALONE with my husband DONE!! We went to San Diego for a week in 2011!!

31. Get a dog DONE!! We adopted Matthew in January 2013

32. Take my kids apple picking

33. Be on a talk show DONE!! Multiple times!!

34. Be on a game show

35. Learn to play chess

36. Travel to Las Vegas

37. Be on the cover of a magazine (so close...made it in Woman's Day, but not the cover!!)

38. Go on a hot air balloon ride

39. Go white water rafting

40. Go to a Superbowl

41. Party at Burning Man

........and that's where I'll stop. 41 items for 41 years of life. I hope that I can look back next year and cross off some of these bucket list items!!

What's on your bucket list??