Daily Prompt: Word of the Day: Luxury
I really had to think about this one a bit today. My first thought was that what I have today are luxury problems lol. I suppose its all about perspective but I think everything outside of my basic needs are a luxury. I live on a 2 x 4 mile island that people pay thousands of dollars to come to for a weekend. I GET to live here. I pay for it 🙂 but its worth it. And its a luxury. Down here even having a washer and dryer on property is a luxury. Most people in the world assume if you have a house then duh of course you have a washer/dryer. The fact is that many rentals here on the island do not have them. I will be forever grateful that i do! 🙂
Some other luxuries in my life (This could technically be a gratitude list as well)
Its a luxury when i get to sleep in, when I get to go to the bathroom alone for 5 seconds (because Im a mom), that I can get anywhere I want to go within 4 miles, that i dont have to drive…ever if I didnt want to (actually..having a car down here is a luxury), to not sit in traffic like the mainland is a luxury, being able to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee because i remembered to set the coffee maker on a timer the night before is a luxury, being surrounded by the wide open ocean that I can play on anytime I want, Being able to work for myself is a luxury in 100 different ways, being able to afford to buy a back up pair of glasses today (for some people its hard to buy one pair. Those fuckers are expensive), being able to trade work for monthly massages is a double luxury, I have the luxury of independence and a million other things that i really try not to take for granted…..my favorite though is the luxury of travel (see the above photo) Being able to stay on the water for a race with my closest girlfriends and have a big ass tub that we can all fit in AND bubbles. Now that shits a luxury!
via Daily Prompt: Paint
What does my morning look like? Well….My morning is looking like afternoon since I went to bed at 7 am. Coincidentally, Todays Daily prompt word was Paint. Thats perfect cause Im covered in it 🙂
Meet Mannequin Madness. My latest project. Im always up to something. I happened to pick this beauty up at a yard sale. She is from the now long closed Fast Buck Freddies here in Key West and I got her for $10. Can you believe that shit! Anyway, she is my new muse. Ill be taking her piece by piece over the next few weeks and giving her new life. The problem with these projects or any projects when it comes to me is that once i start I get immersed in the process and just cant stop.
I wanted to sleep last night, however my mind was still going. Something is going on with me creatively lately. It started with new business cards. (which I didnt need) Then a new website. (again…dont need). I can rarely take on new clients but there I was til 4 am each night still working on a website because the ideas just kept coming!!!! Then came this blog……This was a way to get back to journaling every day. Now Im excited about it and my mind is racing!!! I have a million things going through my mind at all times and now im back to a place where I used to be where I have to sleep with a notebook on my bed for when I cant sleep just to get what im thinking about out of my head. Thats an amazing place to be.
So here we go. Enjoy your Sunday!
The weekly photo challenge is what does your morning look like? This about sums it up. Quiet….a cupcake for breakfast…because its Saturday and I can sleep in and Im a grown ass woman so I can eat cupcakes for breakfast if I want 🙂
My mornings are my time. I pray. I think about the day ahead. I make my list for the day (because I love lists). Lay in bed with my dog while having my morning coffee and browse facebook. One of my all time favorite activities in the morning is hiding people I dont want to see on facebook. Its nicer than deleting them and there are quite a few people on there whose shit I just dont want to see but also dont want to be mean. It makes me happy. It makes me feel like Im cleaning up my life. I have my own negative thinking….I dont need to see yours first thing in the morning. I will usually journal and just try to keep things light. Keep in mind that this is a Saturday.
On a business day…Im waking up 10 minutes or more AFTER my alarm blares…im running to get ready and out the door while grabbing my coffee and my shit. Its crazy. I can get ready in 3 minutes flat because I like to sleep more than i like to primp.
I love lists. There is one list I make daily and thats a gratitude list. This list has saved me over and over again when things in my life have gone to hell in a hand basket. Three at a time of course because thats how it always seems to happen for me. They keep my life in perspective whenever I start thinking I dont have enough, dont do enough or that I am not enough. They remind me that I am. They remind me that my needs have always been taken care of and my wants will never be satisfied. They remind me that Im surround by good at every turn and whatever the bullshit-du-jour that is happening at the moment is not going to kill me, Ill walk through it and it will pass.
My gratitude for today is for a woman named Tracey Bird with Staywell insurance. Im very grateful every day that the state of Florida has insurance for all children up to 18 through Florida Healthy Kids. This past year when I had to put my daughter in rehab after she almost OD’d and was in the grips of opiate addiction, staywell helped me (along with about 100 other people) to get my daughter into rehab. Getting help for a child under 18 for any mental health/drug addiction, etc…. is almost impossible for some reason especially here in Key West. If you do get help it is literally a full time job around the clock of phone call after phone call, nonstop hoops because no one can seem to help or point you in the right direction, faxing 100s of documents and anything else they now needed yesterday. Its full of Baker acts and Marchman acts only to have miami, Lauderdale or Palm Beach call and say you need to come get them today…and its noon…..and you live 4 hrs away…and well frankly, they dont give a fuck. Its about taking days off work and missing time and god forbid you have other kids who are in school, etc and moving all that around. In a nutshell. Its a fucking nightmare.
Anyhow, back to Staywell. They were on top of everything, Pat called weekly to check on things and see if i needed anything and recently this new lady Tracy has been calling and checking on us. She filled me in today on things about my daughters plan that I had no clue about that will save us money every month and make certain things way easier. She was amazing and extremely helpful. I was grateful that I was able to tell her that she should be very proud of the company she works for and that all of the work they put in is changing lives and helping. They are helping parents who are standing on their lawn crying on the phone to a friend because the parent is doing everything everyone tells them to do and still no one can help and every road is a dead end and they are feeling completely lost and hopeless. (that was me). They gave me hope and support. I hope she feels as much gratitude for the company she works for as I feel tonight for working with them.
Im writing this because 1) having teenagers can totally suck 2) drugs are everywhere and if someone is going through this shit too and feels completely lost, hopeless and alone….they know theres help and i have just a few answers on that front and 3) because I love to write letters when a company sucks (Comcast, DIRECT TV, Dell, Apple people who work with apple IDs) so it makes me happy to express when someone rocks the fuck out of what they do. Staywell & Tracey & Pat….you all fuckin rock it. You are on my gratitude list today.
Oh..and my friend Kurt goes on todays as well for the super massive pack of ultra fine sharpies in every color of the rainbow so we can draw!!!
And clean white sheets straight out of the dryer
And whatever the Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner is that I picked up that makes your scalp cool and tingly and eucalyptus-y smelling. It feels and smells amazing and makes me happy
And no alarm clocks tonight so I can sleep in as late as i want tomorrow cause its saturday and my god lies me to sleep in 🙂
So. I was thinking this would be kinda fun! Something not too serious. God knows I love my rants but for fucks sake…. Ive spent all night not even being able to make a post because im apparently a fucking moron. Maybe this wasnt the best thing to try to do after working 4 12 hour days. Oooh…I can add pictures. Im getting the hang of it. #ADD
So its telling me to tell you what Im doing with this. Basically…Its for me. If you are nosy and want to read it…run with it. But heres the deal. Dont complain that I say fuck, can be inappropriate or can be offensive. If you know me (which Im assuming you do… otherwise thats sort of creepy and now im wondering how you found me) you also know I am all of those things and more including kind and I would never purposely hurt anyones feelings. That being said….dont be a pussy either. Again….this is for me not you. Get your own page if you wanna bitch. This is my place. My life is an ongoing comedy of errors. This will be my journal of sorts.