Here I Am

I would like to have a post with New Year, New Me - but that just ain't true and probably never will be. I think the best I will get is New Year, Better Me - for now though, let's just say New Year, Same Me. I created this space several months ago to just be me. Perhaps I haven't posted because I'm not ready to be vulnerable. Perhaps I don't know how to share myself without the fear of rejection. People do it every day online though and I admire them - it is those very people that give me courage and often make me feel not so alone. We all have too great of a story to tell to stay silent. - Is that not the whole point of movements such as Me Too? Perhaps I am not that brave yet, but I can take baby steps and share the lights throughout my year in hopes that someone will find comfort in knowing they are not alone.

If you feel scared or alone, regardless of your situation, walk of life, or circumstances, please know you are not alone. If you feel like no one will lis…

Book Review - Summer 2018

Nothing relaxes me more than curling up in bed (or by the fire when it's cold if I'm lucky!) and reading a good book at night. I started really getting into reading during my college years and then after moving a couple of times, I realized I need to stop reading (because I was accumulating so many books!) or get a kindle. Therefore, just about every single book I read now is via Kindle. Occasionally I will get a physical book or an Audible book.

Without further ado, here are the books I read this past summer:
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

I love me some memoirs and psychological thrillers with a chick-Lit every now and then for mindless reading. Over the summer I read one chick-Lit and seven psychological thrillers.

The one chick-Lit I…

Just Because I Look Happy, Doesn't Mean I Am -- National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 9th through the 15th was National Suicide Prevention Week. Mental health has long has a stigma attached to it and is seen as a taboo topic, much like religion and politics. However, unlike religion and politics, those who have mental health issues often do not have a choice whether to live with their mental illness. We do have a choice though in how we talk about it.

Mental health is extremely important to me for more reasons than a single blog post can express. Suicide should not be just a news story or topic we talk about preventing one week every year. Suicide is real, very real. There are people with whom I went to high school that are not here today because they felt the best way to ease their mental problems was to end their life - they died by suicide. I have friends and even family who felt this way too. I know people today who attempted suicide and are still here. 

The first step to preventing suicide is to destigm…

Daisy - The Real Life Cat-Dog

Meet Daisy - the real life cat-dog. Daisy could not be a more perfect (purrrfect!!) cat for me. I got her during one of the most lowest of low times in my life and she was just what I needed! In the three years that I've had her she has proven to be more of a dog than a cat.

Every day when myself or my husband gets home from work, she wants to be let outside. She loves exploring the outsides. Of course, she loves trees and birds - just like any other cat - but she loves being outdoors. She begs at the door and paws at the door to be let outside.

Daisy also loves to follow us around the house. She wants to be where we are. If we are watching T.V., she is handing with us in the living room. If we are cooking, then she is just chillin' no the kitchen floor awaiting the food preparation. She begs at the table just like a dog when we sit down to eat. To much of hubby's dismay, I do give her bits of food. I have found that she likes salty food. She loves bacon, but doesn't c…

Setting the Stage....Unapologetically Me

Anyone that knows me will attest to the fact that I tend to live my life "without a filter". While there are times that filters are needed, I don't plan to have much of a filter here. I will be unapologetically me here. If you are looking for a place that is politically correct, avoids sensitive topics, takes the easy route out, "plays on the right side of the fence" or anything else "normal", then you may not want to read what I have to say because I plan to be unapologetically me. (I apologize in advance if I offend anyway. That is never my intent. Please know, I never go out of my way to be politically incorrect. - It just sort of happens.)
With that being said, I don't want to come across as a harsh person either - because that's not me. I say what's on my mind, even when I shouldn't. I don't have tact half the time and I don't have what the hubby would call nuance. However, those closest to me - my Ma and my hubby - will …

Lattes with Grace Begins...

I'm sitting here on my couch on a Sunday evening. Hubby and I just finished a relaxing weekend at the Lake. (The most obvious place to vacation in Georgia.) My life is about to be the craziest it has been, so why am I deciding to start a blog? Great question! My husband swears is won't last past the end of the month, but it will - if only to prove him wrong.

I've always loved documenting my life, but have never really found the right fit for me. In this world of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and whatever else I have left out - and oh, yeah, Youtube (vlogging obviously!) - the options of "scrap booking" span far beyond paper and glue.

I'm not sure what I will write about, but I've been thinking about starting a blog for about two years now. I won't share everything (obviously) because once you put something out there you can never take it back - a lesson I'm sure many have learned the hard way. I'll make mistakes I'm …