Goals For The New Year; 2023

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I last blogged. I know we’re in November but I wanted to get a head-start on the goals I hope to accomplish next year. I love to hike, walk, chase waterfalls, go to the beach, camping, thrill seeking, etc. Goals are in no particular order.

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1: Continue THERAPY (PRIORITY)

2: Visit the GRAND CANYON

3: Visit AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK, GEORGIA (Excellent blog post)

4: COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (This really matters and I need to stop pretending that it doesn’t. I worked hard at getting my degree)

5: Blog more (Writing is something I’ve always loved to do)

6: Learn to play the PIANO (I found a decent piano, for beginners, from Amazon (PIANO). I can teach myself to play. Private lessons are expensive.)

7: Promote my book (Ways to PROMOTE your book)

8: Eat HEALTHY MEALS and EXCERISE more. (PRIORITY)

9: Start a RAISED BED GARDEN.

10: ZIPLINE

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is about an hr and twenty minute drive from me and also one of my favorite places to visit. There arent as many flowers in bloom during the fall/winter months compared to spring and summer. It’s still worth visiting to see what is in bloom as you can see from the pictures I took at the end of my post.

You can read about the history of the gardens by clicking the link. Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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Tuskegee Airmen National Park

As I was headed home from my visit to Chewacla State Park, I realized that I had enough time to visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Park located in Tuskegee, Alabama. Visit the website for more information: Tuskegee Airmen National Park

I knew quite a bit about the Tuskegee Airmen before visiting but to learn even more, brought on so many emotions; sadness, happiness, and anger. I was short on time but will definitely be going back. If you have never visited, I highly recommend that you do.

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Chewacla State Park

With most of the state parks that I want to visit over a 3 hour drive, I get up between 4 – 4:30 a.m. to be on the road no later than 6 a.m. One of the perks of going to bed early, so that when I hit the road, I’m not tired.

Chewacla State Park is about a 3 and 1/2 hour drive from me; one way. Keep reading for my review.

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Our 2014 Cruise

Cruising is an amazing way to just kick back, relax and not have to worry about too much. I start planning at least a year in advance, which gives me time to pay off the cruise, research excursions, the ports and buy booze. For this cruise, it was the hubsters first and my second. I chose not to do any excursions because I wanted him to get a feel of what a cruise would be like.

The only negative, was our stop in Nassau. A lot had changed since the first time I’d visited, and knowing this, I’d book an excursion should we ever visit Nassau again.

Overall, I’d like to say we had a wonderful time.

Carnival Triumph Cruise (2016)

Time seemed to have ended way too soon, although I think a 5 day cruise is our limit at the moment. We had an amazing time and while there were a few hiccups (that’s life for ya) I would definitely sail on Carnival and Triumph again.

The only disappointing issue in Cozumel was not having the clear water at the island but that’s the chance you take, not only when traveling during hurricane season but mother nature can and does have a mind of her own.

There are plenty of things I would have done differently (like take pictures and videos the right way – LOL) which I will post about later on. I will also add the Funtimes and go more in depth about this cruise at a later time as well.

For now, here is Day One of our cruise. The rest are posted on my Youtube channel @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAux9dN6cqXooyxTE_CQ-gA

My 1st Cruise

I will be adding “My 2nd Cruise” with the (new) hubster at some point!! I’m really hoping we (start to) travel more, whether state side or abroad. I look back at all the traveling I’ve done and can kick myself for never really stopping to take in the sights/sites. But anywho…

I’m not exactly sure how I was initially introduced to cruising but whatever the case may be, it has become something that I enjoy.

My first cruise was with my (late)husband. We drove from Oklahoma to Florida a few days in advance because we decided to make this an all in one trip. We stopped to see my family and then his which worked out because my (former) step-son was able to spend time with his grandparents and cousins.

It was only a 3 day cruise on Carnival Sensation and the port was Nassau, Bahamas.

With my (late)husband dealing with cancer, I spent a lot of time by myself exploring the ship. If he was able to hang out, he did so but I understood why he couldn’t, when he didn’t. I didn’t book any excursions for that reason (not knowing how he’d feel) but on the day we docked in Nassau, he was up to exploring.

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