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February is almost over. We have almost finished two full months of 2019. That was quick, right? So I thought I’d take a few minutes to share some of my 2019 highlights so far. I think documenting the good is important! Gives us something nice to reflect on when we aren’t feeling as cheerful.
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2019 highlights so far…
I loved sharing my birthday week with you guys! In addition to giving away eight prizes, I enjoyed sharing some insight into my life and my favorite things. (ya know like pizza and orgasms).
In case you missed the winners:
- Starbucks gift card: Beth Dancy
- Adult coloring books: Tamara Regan
- Domino’s gift card: Sara Zilinski
- Psychic reading with Toi Huff: Derika Buckles
- Let That Shit Go journal: Kayla Blevins
- Spiritual healing reading with Angela: Phoenix Rose
- Rambling Rach t-shirt: Sara Peterson
- Womanizer: Kelly Hubbard
If you haven’t received your prize yet, it should be coming this week!
The best haircut I’ve ever had
Seriously, my hair has never looked so good. $28 at Hair Cuttery.
I live 20 minutes from the ocean, but rarely take the time to go. I’m working on changing that. I burn to a crisp within an hour, but taking even just a few minutes to go breathe in the salty air and listen to the waves crash is like hitting pause and then reset. I’m wearing the most comfortable dress in this photo, by the way. It even has pockets! Amazon.
I’ve been kind of smitten with myself this year. I’m digging liking myself. It feels great. These plus size bralettes by Ava & Viv are on sale at Target right now. I bought one in every color. I’m tired in this photo and look a bit angry, but I still think I look sexy AF.
This is the fabulous Kelli Randell, a social justice warrior and the very first drag queen I ever saw live. I’ve been watching Kelli for over 20 years. Drag is art and I enjoy it very much. My birthday weekend was filled with drag shows. I’m going to write more on my love of drag queens one day because people keep asking me “why” and I haven’t quite been able to put it into words yet.
Finding the perfect shoes
My psychic pal Toi knew I was looking for shoes. She described this pair to me days before I trudged around every store in my town, finding nothing that sparked joy. And then finally, I saw these, exactly as she described. I knew they would have my size and that they would fit. They are exactly what I wanted.
I’ve been attending networking events in South Florida. Gorgeous locations like Fairchild Tropical Botantic Garden in Miami and Pier 66 Hotel and Marina in Fort Lauderdale. I love learning and meeting new people.
Miso soup is my favorite comfort food. I could eat it every day.
My cat, Milo, is my best buddy. He loves sleeping on my chest. I do not enjoy when he sneaks outside and brings me back dead bunnies, though.
Hanging with my daughter
My girl is graduating high school in a few months, which will definitely make the 2019 highlights list. I’ve been soaking up time with her. We had a spa day recently – massages, lunch, a walk on the beach. We’ve gone on spontaneous adventures like running out to find the best view of the blood moon or heading to IHOP for late night pancakes. But mostly we’ve just hung out at home, watching Umbrella Academy or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the couch with the dogs.
I’m still doing yoga Sunday mornings with one of my besties and am thinking of adding on some additional classes. I love that it’s just about what I think my body needs and can handle. I enjoy doing my own thing within a group class.
Getting an iPhone
I’ve been an android person, but have recently switched over to iPhone. I wish I’d done it sooner! I have the iPhone XR and love portrait mode.
Time with friends.
There have been sushi dates, coffee, thrift shopping, hours at the park, brunches, marathon chats on my patio, much time spent at the local brewery, and so much more. I’ve met new people and spent time with those I’ve known since childhood. I spent my actual birthday evening with some of my favorite people and then left the next morning for a three day birthday extravaganza with my bestie boo (which will be it’s own post soon). Someone really special to me visited from far away and I got to show him bits of my life and introduce him to my local best friends.
I love Target so much, despite my ex husband working there. It’s been my happy place for years and years. I love walking around, searching for deals (like right now swimwear is BOGO 50% off!) and new products.
I am in love with the February beauty box, which I stumbled upon while wandering around with one of my best gals. In honor of Black History Month, the box features products made by and for the black community.
Some black women at a blogger event recently referred to me as “melanin challenged” and ushered me into some shade. These products are great for pale, freckled white women, too.
I love rocking red lipstick and this February Target beauty box has one by The Lip Bar. The color is called Cosmo and it is so moisturizing. Big thumbs up. Here I am no bra, haven’t brushed my hair or teeth or washed my face, chipped nails, but looking cute because red lipstick does that! Pick up one of the beauty boxes to get this shade as well as full sizes of Eden Body Works Coconut Shea hand cream, Sheamoisture mud mask and Carol’s Daughter almond cookie soap.
Oh, and I even found a painted rock at Target recently!
Having my portrait done
I made a new friend at the brewery. She is a yoga instructor who loves woo-woo stuff like astrology and chakra healing, too. Her daughter drew my portrait yesterday. (My name is actually Rachael, but I answer to all variations.)
So these are my 2019 highlights so far. Some will be expanded on in their own posts.
What’s been good in your world lately?