Blogger Boo Staycation- Day 1 (#21. Socialize More)

It’s not often I get time to socialize and build relationships. I have a lot on my plate and rarely prioritize fun. When I was asked to take part in this staycation, I was honored and elated. Added bonus: It was Marcy‘s birthday! I joined Marlena, Nanthale, Jonquel and Fabiola in a weekend of knowledge, fun and relaxation.

(From left to right: Nanthale, Me, Marcy, Marlena, Jonquel & Fabiola)

We kicked off the weekend in our FullBeauty/WomanWithin outfits (My dress here. Thanks Woman Within!). We visited the Met and enjoyed the “Badass Bitches of the Met” tour (courtesy of Museum Hack) with our badass tour guide Sara. Sara introduced us to women artists as well as Audrey Munson (Audrey is the inspiration/muse for several of the sculptures found around NYC and the world!).

Audrey Munson

After our trip to the museum, we swung by The Meatball Shop for lunch before heading down to the iPic Theater for a viewing of Girls Trip. On the ride there, we had the opportunity to learn a bit more about each other.

Being me. I’m the reason we can’t have nice things. xP

Although it was my second time watching the movie, it was extra special seeing it with a group of women. We sang and danced in our seats throughout the movie and tried to assign characters to each other (I’m Dina!). I went home realizing I don’t experience this kind of happiness often enough. Stay tuned for Day 2. We had even more fun!


30 things before 30


Post Coheed and Cambria show. Photo by Marlena of Big City Curvy Girl Thin Wallet

Welcome to!

Today I turn 29. In the last decade I’ve joined the Army, been deployed to Iraq, got married (and divorced), had a baby, and modeled for New York Fashion week. Somewhere along the way I made a bucket list of sorts – 30 things I want to achieve by 30. This list is a work in progress but I wanted to share it with all of you.
1. Get comfortable becoming the center attention
2. Push beyond the comfort zone at least once a month
3. Start a blog
4. Learn to say no
5. Stop settling in relationships
6. Be a better parent
7. Create a resume writing workshop
8. Promotion!
9. Travel more
10. Dance in public
11. Hit 401k milestone
12. Define Spring/Summer style
13. Define Fall/Winter style
14. Go to a casting call
15. Post a cover to YouTube
16. Sing on a stage (not karaoke)
17. Learn to play an instrument
18. Seek vocal coaching
19. Be more interactive on social media
20. Spend more time learning
21. Socialize more
22. Start working on book
23. Choreographed dance
24. Be on TV
25. Schedule self care days
26. 8 beach days/year
27. Meditate/ Learn to be still
28. Speak on a panel
29. Get my first post sponsored
30. Learn to forgive

I value authenticity and want to extend that to the friends and community I’ve built through social media. Join me as I finish kicking this list’s ass (and share the stories of how I’ve completed the rest)in the next 365 days.