Fabulous Friday 2022, V

Happy weekend! It’s technically Saturday and the weekend snuck up on me and I’ve stayed up too late.

Last weekend we spent some time with some Lovies and one of my favorite cuddle bugs.

We went for a walk on the Riverwalk. I wanted to go again today but it was snowing when I got out of the house. It immediately melted but still too cold to walk.

This week brought February and some of my favorite flowers. This blue vase just begs for some bright yellow daffodils.

I planned our dinners for the entire month and updated our budget. Meal planning and constantly trying to think what’s for dinner hurts my brain so I decided to try again to decide all at one time.

We called my niece Spicy before she was born so I had to get her this cute pepper baby rattle.

This company gives a foster teen their own bag with every purchase. A great Valentine surcee for anyone that still needs one.



Fabulous Friday 2022, IV

Happy weekend!

I bought a small bouquet of flowers to brighten the house this week but the fruit also brightened it up.

I took a walk this week before it gets chilly this weekend.

My monstera has been struggling I decided to try a new support and soil. Hopefully it will perk up. Trying to give it all the love and humidity and light.

I had two days of work back on the unit with the cutest little patients. Excited to be back with them.

Pretty nails for the weekend. I used to not enjoy purple but I’m embracing it lately.

I made another focaccia recipe this week. We ate it with the two soups I made most recently which I put the left overs in the freezer. They both warmed well even though one was creamy.

I finished this book. I hope she writes a follow up. Also characters from another book of hers show up here and I love that sort of cross over.

Happy weekend! I hope you have the chance to do something you love with someone you love (PS that someone you love can just be yourself!).



Fabulous Friday 2021, XXV

Happy weekend! June has been nothing short of crazy and good. So rather than try to go back and break it up week by week I’ll just do an overview.

We traveled to Cali and Dallas. We had an epic time gazing at Sequoias and whale watching. A full trip memory post coming soon. We had an intentional extended stop over in Dallas for sister and brothers time as well as tacos.

We headed home. I worked a few days. Had a Tuesday with NO turtles (maybe it was the tropical storm that came from the gulf/land out into the Atlantic). Then headed back to Dallas for a family weekend. Although we missed some of our significant others it was lovely to have all the Copley Girls in one place.

I went back home, worked barely got unpacked and then we headed to ATL to see some of Ry’s besties. The same ones that visited us in Beaufort and we saw in Dallas but we went over a year with out seeing them so we are playing catch up.

Phew. I’m tired just thinking about it. It’s safe to say we are back to pre Covid traveling. Thanks science and vaccines!!

My little garden is limping by with the help of a neighbor and summer rainstorms during our travels. Ryan added another olive and a pomegranate tree to the line up for my upcoming birthday. I told him now we need a house so I have more yard for my plant babies. There there really isn’t room for them.

Happy weekend!



Intentional Living 2020, 5 & 6

Unsure why this never got published. But here it is…

July Plans:

  • Organize food cabinets.
  • Clean out deep freeze and keep record of contents.
  • Meditate more.
  • Connect with Em weekly
  • Finish new at home yoga space.
  • Read, always read more.
  • Celebrate me!
  • Get back into exercise routine (had to take most of June off because of knee pain).
  • Get my herb garden going.

June To Das:

  • Summer Mode!
  • Enjoyed spending time with Em.
  • Read: City of Girls- Elizabeth Gilbert*, The Lost Girls of Paris- Pam Jenoff*, The German Heiress-Anika Scott*, Mermaid Inn- Jenny Holiday*, The Henna Artist- Alka Joshi*, (*Free to read from Hoopla, Library, Libby app or borrowed from a friend.)
  • Organized master bathroom.
  • Made mini poptarts.
  • Made pancake cereal.
  • Socially distance visited family.
  • Organized pantry.
  • Car wash.
  • Found a blanket basket.
  • Celebrated my yoga-versary.
  • Created an epic cheeseboard.
  • Found lots of shark teeth.

May Ta Das:

  • Sold our couch/ bought a new one.
  • Hung pictures upstairs.
  • Prepped Em’s room for her arrival.
  • Tidied the upstairs bathroom.
  • Finished unpacking and organizing upstairs 98% complete.
  • Read five books: The Bookshop on Shore- Jenny Colhan*, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone- Lori Gottlieb*, Friece, Free and Full of Fire- Jen Hatmaker, The 12 Week Year-Morgan/Lennington*, The Atomic City Girls- Janet Beard*
  • Got my raised beds built and planted.
  • Made Ry a cheesecake.
  • Celebrated all the birthdays.
  • Worked out for a total of 893 mins.

Hello 32

You know me I am all about documenting and making list. I wanted to reflect on 31 a little. It is easy to keep looking for the next great thing instead of what has happened.

Its also easy to chalk up a year to being “bad” because the things (like life) have been hard or challenging. For example especially due to these stomach problems lately I could push 31 into a bad year or sick year. So I wanted to sit down and list out some good and true things, in no particular order.

  • Spent celebrating *almost 31 birthday on a boat with my humans
  • Moved to Beaufort
  • Became a turtle lady
  • Trip Disney at Christmas
  • Trip Disney at the end of June
  • 5th Anniversary trip to Greece
  • Sold our house
  • Was a complete badass and got our house on the market despite some major headaches
  • Made two craft dream Disney ears
  • Had gallbladder removed
  • Taught myself to make homemade cinnamon rolls
  • Tried yoga
  • Saw a mama turtle lay a nest x 2
  • Saw Hamilton
  • Spent some good weeks with Em
  • Quit my job as a NICU nurse
  • Started my summer Sabatical
  • Saw The Struts in concert
  • Trip to Dallas
  • Saw Mumford and Sons in concert
  • Built raised beds
  • Planted a garden
  • Trip to Maine
  • Visited Hattiesburg
  • Made some good flower arrangements
  • Downsized our stuff

Here is to 32. Im dreaming of roots, community, friends, finding an avenue for some love in my heart, writing, growing, wellness, adventure, Disney and a whole lot of love along the way.

I want to look back next year and say I created magic and I found joy in the mundane. I loved my people big, loud and well but also in the small, quiet too. I read 52 books. I wrote, it doesnt have to be big or fancy or published but a I got a little fiction ish tucked in my heart and some good and true truths as well. I soaked up the salt life. I spent my money on the things that make you richer, memories. I traveled. I held a live baby sea turtle and gave it an air kiss and Em was with me. I took Em to see her first mama sea turtle on the beach and it was as Holy and as beautiful as we dreamed.

I focused on the the things and actions that I hope people will talk about when I die. My legacy. Loving well. Like whoa loving people was her super power. Living life, no matter the sun or storm, truly living it. Taking control and not going through the motions of letting life happen to you but truly living it.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Yall know how to make a girl feel loved.

Happy 10 Year Gradu-versary!

Holy TEN years. Major Throwback Thursday coming in hot today. May 9, 2009.

I can NOT believe it’s been ten years since I graduated the University of Alabama.

Reflecting back on the last ten years, I felt it was easy to remember all the hard things. So I forced myself to sit down and really think about the good things.

So since May 9, 2019:

The thing I am most proud of? My head space. I have done and will continue to do the hard work. I go to the counselor on a regular basis. I go to the doctor. I take the medication. I journal. I blog. I talk to some badass mentors who probably feel like their ears will bleed with all my verbal processing. My anxiety. My headspace. My emotions. My soul. It’s in such a better, strong, more capable place than it was ten years ago. Is it perfect? No. But can I honestly say I am proud of the work, commitment I have made to myself, and the progress. Hell yes.

I aced my NCLEX in 75 questions. Although I called my mama after crying hysterically because I was sure I failed.

I moved to BHM and lived with Alyssa thus fulfilling our life long, somewhat joke, dream of living together. Although we never did get that red sparkly Mustang.

I gained a solid nursing foundation working in the ICU at Medical West for 18 months.

I learned I am a capable person because I survived night-shift for three or four years. I’m not really sure my brain blocked it out. It was rough, yo.

I met my soul daughter (because sometimes it’s crazy how much she acts and looks like me, nature versus nuture)/ goddaughter (because He straight put this girl and I together for reason, a gift from God). No blood binds us. But nothing can break apart our love.

I got my dream job in an Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I worked here for almost 8 years. I poured my heart and soul into those babies and what a gift they gave me.

I landed a side job at the Callahan Eye Hospital. I went on to work here for eight years, on an as needed and part time basis. Golly I will be sad to say see ya later to my work family tomorrow.

I “got” red hair. And purple. And rose gold. And pink. And blue. And green. Do the things that set your soul on fire, remember.

I found Ryan. All I can say is he deserves to be a saint. He is a blessing and is also a (mostly 😂) positive grounding factor to my soul.

We bought our house. It was an instant feeling of this is the one. We found it after I was stuck at the hospital for Snowmagedon.

Also, I survived 72 plus hours at the hospital with minimal staff and food during Snowmagedon.

My mama survived an MRSA blood infection, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis.

I learned to tune into life’s littlest moments to seek the magic in everyday. Sometimes I still forget and need to be reminded.

I for the most part stopped biting my nails. You can now find them painted whereas in college not so much unless Amy got a hold of them.

I found great joy visiting the most magical place on Earth on a regular basis. PS: honey I NEED to see Mickey before Sept 30.

I became a mama the second those lines popped up on that pregnancy test.

Our baby girl never knew pain or suffering. Just whole-hearted, life-altering, light-filled love.

It makes me happy to know she “went” with us to Disney and two Alabama football games. She also got to spend a Christmas with us even though we did not know she was with us yet.

I found a love and deep passion for traveling the world. Iceland, Paris, Italy, Greece, a few cruises, and Banff. There is nothing to make the world feel simultaneously bigger and smaller at the same time as traveling can.

I realized my dream job was no longer my dream job. I was smart and courageous, I stepped away even though it was also hard and heart-breaking.

I have developed a semi skill for flower arranging and it brings me great joy. Although flower arranging is art and your literally can not mess art up.

We got extremely brave. Took an insane amount of courage and moved to Beaufort, SC.

Found friends that we definitely had purpose for each other in the moment and friends that will last forever.

Selling our house. (Prayers and fingers crossed for 5/24). Man I’m proud of the work and love we poured into this house.over the past five years..I’m.proud of.what we surveys here, who we became here and where we are going.

I completed the Whole30 twice.

Coworkers that have become loved and invested like family.

I fulfilled a life long dream of becoming a turtle volunteer. What a surreal moment. Remembering walking on the beach at sunrise with Grammie, Daddy, Em or myself . Growing, learning and watching the turtle volunteers and all the things we have discovered in the past few years.

I am proud of myself. High School, College those weren’t the best years and I have a feeling this past ten weren’t it either. But eternally grateful that HS and college weren’t my best and I feel most beautiful with age. High School beauty queen no thanks I’ll take ugly duckling and blossoming adult any day of the week. Although I didn’t know it before ten years ago.

Has life been perfect? Absolutely not. If fact most of these positive things have another dark side. Sometimes the bad times came to mind quicker and easier than the positives that I plucked out of the dark. So don’t read this and see a perfect life and feel broken or less or alone.

What a gift to look back on ten years of nursing. The family. The friends. The babies. The lessons. The joy. The tears. The purpose. Here’s to a summers break and finding more passions, lessons and purpose.

Happy Ten, lovies. This is your friendly reminder to celebrate everything and seek the magic.

NICU Babies

Dear sweet babies,

Tonight (well a few weeks ago because it’s taken some time to process and not feel as raw) I clocked out of the NICU for the last (for now) time. It was the hardest decision I have ever made in my life. The choice certainly did not come easy but it for very personal reasons it seems to be the right choice. In the past 8 years, I have spent some of my most sacred days with you. I put sweat and tears into caring for you and my fellow coworkers. Sweet babies handing you to your mama for the first time or standing beside your parents as they held you for your very last breath are the most holy moments of my life. I have celebrated every gram gained, every ml of milk you have consumed, every pee, every poop and every home-going with your family. I have savored every cuddle, rock, swaddle and gurgle. I have mourned every set back and every loss. You have challenged me, taught me, changed me, inspired me, and because of you I am a stronger, more loving, more capable person. You have created in my
heart more, love, empathy, understanding, acceptance and treasures. What a joy you have given me.

I feared what saying good bye for the time being would mean for my identity and how I would feel about losing my precious babes but honestly once a NICU nurse always a NICU nurse. I will carry you babies, your families and all my angels with every breath and beat of my heart for the rest of my days.

And here is a reminder dear little ones for life. Sometimes your dream job is no longer your dream and it’s ok to let it go and move on. People change, places change, dreams change. Change is inevitable. Change is scary. Change is hard. But if nothing ever changed we would miss the magic, love and best that change sometimes can preceed. Sometimesit takes letting go of good things to create space for best things. Don’t stop chasing the fire and passion in your heart no matter how many times your dreams evolve. Never let anything or anyone dull the sparkle in your eyes and light in soul.
I carry you with me always.

PS: does my work family know me or what.


Year 30 came in the flash of an eye. I somewhat meant to hammer out a 30×30 list but life got hard and busy and I did not do it. But this year while on our 30th birthday celebration trip my cousin twin- I am seven weeks older than her and we have spent the past thirty years jointly celebrating our summer birthday- we came up with the idea to split a 31×31 list. . 31 things by our 31st birthdays. A shared 31st bucket list (15 each and one shared). We have until August 24, 2018 to complete. I am excited to accomplish some of these things and hold myself accountable by updating the world. Continue reading “31×31”

Happy Thanksgiving

Loves, here we are the first big event in a season of love, celebration and gathering your people. A season that can amplify the empty arms and longing in your heart. Whether you are still waiting on your miracle babe or your in the grief of losing your baby (no matter if it’s been days, months or year ago) or you are aching for your mom, dad, sister, brother, grandparents, family and friends. Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving”

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