2016 Goals

Posted: January 17, 2016 in General

I have been making goals for myself every year for probably the last 6 or 7 years. I might look at them once every 6 months and most likely did not complete any of the goals. This year I am hoping to succeed at that goal of doing something with my goals. So here they go…

  1. Healthy Lifestyle Change – get more active, eat better, go to bed earlier
  2. Complete 35th Birthday List
  3. Be intentional in relationships
  4. Committed prayer time every day
  5. Revive photography skills

What are your goals for 2016? Have you succeed so far? What are some ways you can encourage one another to be successful in the discipline to achieve their personal goals?



Revisiting the blogging world.

Posted: January 17, 2016 in General

It has been a while since I have blogged. I thought I might get back into the groove of things when I moved home and changed the pace of life, but I was not successful. I am going to try and revisit this for an occasional post on a variety of topics. So here is a quick update on where I am…

May 2013 – Resigned from my job at CSU

July 2013 – Started a job at Shorter University

December 2014 – Moved to Darlington to work with my family

March 2015 – My Granny went to be with JESUS and it rocked my world

January 2016 – Here I am…

So basically the last 2 1/2 years my world has been flipped upside down and tossed around. I’m honestly surprised at how well I have taken it, but I know that courage, strength and peace has completely been from the Lord. So what do I have to talk about on here? I am honestly not sure. I think it is more so for myself, but maybe for one or two people who stumble across it. Thanks for coming along on this journey called LIFE.

TV Junkie

Posted: March 4, 2015 in General

I have a confession… I am a TV Junkie! I have had a lot more free time on my hands after work at night I have been watching a lot of tv. I know, I know… why not work out or read or clean or something productive? The last few years have been so stressful and hectic that I am just thankful for some down time when I don’t HAVE to think or do or make decisions around the clock so I am veggin’ out on some tv shows. Ok, now that I have explained myself let’s get on to the good part…

What shows have I completed?

Series that I have watched every episode and loved the entire series:

Dawson’s Creek – The teenage love circle that makes you want to go back to high school!

One Tree Hill – Who doesn’t have a crush on Lucas AND Nathan Scott? And who doesn’t want to be B-Davis? The series will make you feel like these are your best friends from high school and you will cry with them, laugh with them, hate them, love them, and forever want to be a Tree Hill.

Gossip Girl – The mystery does finally unfold if you can hang until the end. The inside of the upper Manhattan teenager’s lives. The plot twists and turns with a little bit of romance in between.

90210 – a little more modern version or One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl combined featured in California. It is includes the old 90210 characters through their children.

Flashpoint – a Canadian show about a Crisis Response Unit that handles hostage situations. A lot of psychology techniques used in this show which is cool to learn from if you deal with people on a daily basis.

Dexter – This series is a twisted and weird series about a guy who kills serial killers. It’s a dark show, but addicting.

Army Wives – Gives you some perspective on the lives of military families, but the potential for the family/community that can be gained from those familiar with the process. Also deepens your respect for those who are fighting for our freedom every day.

Private Practice – A spin off from Grey’s Anatomy that was probably better than Grey’s for those seasons that it was on.

Friday Night Lights – a sports fan might like even this drama series and the comeback of the Dillon High Panthers based off of the movie. As if you needed more than Tim Riggins as a reason to watch this show, you’ve got Layla, Tammy Taylor, Coach Taylor, Julie and Matthew.

What shows am I watching?

Grey’s Anatomy – this is long time running series about Meredith Grey who has a history in the Seattle Grace hospital because of her mother and the affair with the Chief. Interns turn to Residents that turn to Doctors and partners of the hospital. Dramatic medical cases and the drama among the residents makes for a great show. There are seasons and some episodes that drag a little.

Scandal – Need I say more, Olivia Pope. I am OBSESSED with this show. A gladiator twisted in an affair with the president of the United States is a super bad lady that you definitely don’t want to mess with. You must watch this series from the first season!

The Voice – I like this show because I like music, I like the judges, I like the concept. See my previous blog post.

House of Cards – Kevin Spacey runs the show on this Netflix Original. I guess with Scandal (see above) and State of Affairs (see below) it just seems like another government show. And yet it does deal with some similar plots, but I sat straight up one day when I saw the ending of an episode because I was not expecting the turn in the plot.

State of Affairs – Featuring Katherine Heigl. She is in the CIA and it shows a lot of what is happening with the US and the terrorist attacks happening in the world today. It is obviously not true to the people and situations, but depicting how the government seeks out information and details.

Nashville – a show about the music industry and the twists and turns through money, jealousy and love affairs. Love Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights TV series and she does a great job in this show too. Still need a reason to watch it? Deacon Claybourne played by Chip Esten.

Hart of Dixie – just a simple show about a city girl living in the country. This show kind of reminds me of myself since I long to be in the city always!

Series that I watch but don’t always LOVE it:

How to Get Away With Murder – I think with Shonda trying to write three shows back to back on one night she drags some of this show out, but the beginning and endings of the seasons have been on point and edge of the seat kind of episodes.

Now it is your turn…What shows do you suggest I watch?

I have gotten suggestions about the following:

– Breaking Bad

– Once Upon a Time

– Gilmore Girls

Do you have a VOICE?

Posted: February 24, 2015 in General

It is that time of the year again that the hot show, The Voice, comes back on and gets the social media world all turned up. I think of all of the reality shows that deal with individual (or group) talents it is this show that reigns me in the most. Of course, Adam Levine could be another reason why too, but I am #TeamXtina! If you have not watched it before the judges are in chairs that are facing the audience and the potential “team member” comes out and begins their performance and if one of the judges likes what they HEAR then they turn their chair saying ‘I Want You!’ The judge turns based on what they hear and not what they see.

Isn’t this just how the Lord works with us? The Lord can see us, but he is always LISTENING to us and he turns his ear as soon as we open our mouth! Psalm 34:17 (ESV) says, “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”

OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional shares these scriptures about a personal relationship with God:

God loves us even if we haven’t loved him.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” (1 John 4:10)

God wants us to know him.
The Bible says God is at work in everyone’s life. “So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27)

His chair is always lit up saying ‘I Want You!’

This thought didn’t stop there for me…

If you have ever watched the show they always find a story behind the story of each person. And I was thinking about one of my dearest friends, Nicole Bromley, who is a speaker, author, and founder of OneVOICE4Freedom. Nicole just came back from her third trip to Cambodia where she has been reaching out to those who have been directly impacted by sex trafficking. I got to sit with her about 6 months ago and hear some of the stories of these women and children over in Cambodia. What I love about Nicole is that she listens to every heart and every story and she loves every bit of the brokenness no matter how dirty or ugly it seems. Every person has a story! Every person has a voice! But some times they lose their voice. So my friend has a passion to go and BE A VOICE.

This is Mey-Mey, a teen sex slave in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  She told me her family had all died and “friends” brought her to the city as a sex worker. She said she had no hope and no purpose. I shared my story with her and loved on her. Her heart was tender. Brokenness and shame was written all over her. I told her about the Man who gave me hope when I was just a hopeless abused girl.  She invited Jesus into her heart and soon she was smiling and said she felt hope for the first time in her life. #onevoice4freedom

Nicole Bromley, Founder of OneVOICE4Freedom, speaks to a young teen who is a sex slave in Cambodia. During her time sharing her story with her and about JESUS a new revived saint entered the Kingdom of God.

Nicole is one of my heroes! And I believe that you and I can be a voice too! It doesn’t have to be to a far off country. It could be in your neighborhood or your workplace or your city. You can find out more about her ministry at http://www.iamonevoice.org or http://www.onevoice4freedom.org.

The most important thing is to seek the Lord and ask Him to show you where HE is at work and then go and join Him there. Hear with the ears of the Lord. Speak with the VOICE of truth from the Word of the Lord.

Do you have a VOICE? Yes. Go use it!

Talk Trash Thursday

Posted: January 15, 2015 in General

The Winter TV is about to get kicked off and should be pretty intense with Parenthood completing it’s series and Shondaland getting their fix with Meredith Grey, Olivia Pope and Professor Keating!

I also like to keep a back up series on Netflix for off weeks. I am currently watching Army Wives (again). Then here is my list based on suggestions from friends:
Dallas Season 3
House of Cards

What are you watching?

‘Whip it good’ Wednesday

Posted: January 14, 2015 in General

A lot of my friends have become accustomed to my infamous Taco Soup. So I figured I would share the recipe with the world:


Tam’s Taco Soup


  • 2 cans – Light Red Kidney Beans
  • 2 cans – Great Northern Beans
  • 1 can – White Hominy
  • 1 large can – Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 cans – Chicken Broth
  • 1 pack Taco Seasoning
  • 1 pack Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 lb Ground Beef

How to make:

  • Take and brown the hamburger meat. Drain.
  • Drain and rinse all beans and hominy.
  • Put Chicken Broth, Crushed tomatoes, Taco seasoning and Ranch Dressing Mix in a pot on mid to high heat. Add beans, hominy. Stir well. Add Hamburger meat. Stir well.
  • Let cook on mid to high heat for 20 minutes and then turn to low heat to let simmer. Cook for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve warm!

Tips: (Bonus info)

  • Use Cheezits to eat with soup
  • Use Tostitos to eat with soup
  • Add sour cream and/or cheese
  • Serve with Cornbread

Welcoming myself back in 2015!

Posted: January 13, 2015 in General

Well I have been on a long vacation from blogging. I honestly don’t even know if anyone really read my blog to begin with, but at this point it does not matter. I am going to just jump back in and then see what happens.

I am going to aim to do the following type of posts throughout the week and then I am going to try to do some series posts too.

2015 Topics:

Monday – Make It Monday – Pinterest ideas, success and failures, materials needed, tips and tricks

Tuesday – Thought Provoking Tuesday – Deep thoughts, questions, etc.

Wednesday – ‘Whip it good’ Wednesday – Recipes, Kitchen tricks, health foods, etc.

Thursday – Talk Trash Thursday – best night of the week for tv shows plus reviews on movies, netflix, gossip and social media

Friday – Get Fit Friday – Talking about ways to stay active, get fit, train, etc.

Then the first series will be a three part blog series about OneVoice4Freedom. My friend Nicole is the founder of OneVoice and OneVoice4Freedom. Shining a light on the injustice of slavery in the world through what my friend is doing down in Cambodia.

Here we go…