This past November to celebrate my 30th birthday I went on a cruise to The Bahamas. I was attracted to the idea of a cruise because it was all inclusive, had lots to offer in regards to food and fun, affordable and a destination away from home. The hardest part about cruising was picking a place to go! Now that my first cruise is behind me, there are a few things I will do differently next time. Please see my guide for the first time cruiser below. Read the rest of this entry
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I decided earlier this year that I wanted a HUGE 30th birthday bash. I wanted a fresh new hip experience with my closest friends and loved ones around me. My birthday was November 17th and as the month approached I couldn’t quite think of the most supreme way to usher in a new decade of life and adventure.
I first decided on a resort stay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Not everyone could make it. So that changed to a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico but due to scheduling conflicts the cruise was sold out and not everyone could get a cabin. That trip has now been postponed to the summer of 2013. My options were short and time was expiring. I struggled with not having everyone that I wanted to spend my birthday with in one location. Thus I decided to celebrate my birthday the whole month of November and take the party to them if possible. My month long celebration officially ended November 30th.
Here is a rundown of what I did and the less incriminating pictures to go along with them. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
This weekend was awesome because it was Fort Lauderdale’s Jerk Festival, Art Festival, and South Florida’s International Auto Show. I stopped by all my favorite restaurants for fresh Sushi and Asian cuisine. I skipped out on the Jerk Festival because let’s face it; I’m Jamaican and I can enjoy most of those flavors at home. When I wasn’t eating I spent most of the weekend at church, on South Beach shopping and hanging out with friends.
I caught “SkyFall” on its opening weekend. For those of you living under a rock, it featured the sexy and sophisticated Daniel Craig as James Bond. Mini-review: I love the Bond series and Daniel Craig BUT I felt like this movie fell a little flat and it was too long for no reason. The plot really wasn’t that complex. All the same I was really excited about a hot love scene between Eve and Bond, but that never happened. Naomi Harris, aka Eve, did a great job as I anticipated she would. I wish she had played a more prominent role in this feature but I presume that is to come when she reprises the role of M.
Week 2: South Florida
In the middle of the week I hosted a young adult meet-up over a huge bon fire. It was a great relaxing way to share experiences with like minded folks. At the end of the week my fabulous co-workers decorated my office with birthday party decor, they caught me completely off guard, and treated me to lunch. Having co-workers that you love is a wonderful feeling!
I went to church on my birthday which was a gift within itself.
Week 3: Thanksgiving Day and Nassau, Bahamas
I love this time of year, family, friends and lots of food. This is the second year in a row that I cooked Thanksgiving Day dinner. I enjoyed sharpening my culinary skills but I’m happy Thanksgiving Day only comes once a year.
To the cruise ship we go! The next morning we woke up and jumped in the car to head to Miami, FL. So here is a little tid bit about me that you never knew. I have only been out of the United States once in my lifetime. And, I have never been on a cruise before. So ultimately this was the best 30th birthday experience to have. I sailed Carnival’s Imagination. The first night was a bit rough but the next three days I was aw struck by the beauty of God’s creation. Once in the Bahamas I had a hard time appreciating all it had to offer because it reminded me so much of Florida. I am fortunate enough to have beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters in my back yard. Never the less the people were jolly and I felt right at home.
Take a look!
By the end of the month I was exhausted but happy to have shared a little piece of me with those I cared for. Most of all I’m ecstatic about, and for, the New Year.
#takemyfoolishadvice live life today because each day is a celebration on its own!
I voted early this time in an effort to avoid long lines and the pinned up frustration Election Day brings once the count gets down to the wire. I also live in Florida, aka the “Steal the Election State” so that should tell you a lot.
I’ve had mixed emotions about this election all year long and today seems to be no different. I’m not sure what it is but no one in my household feels like watching the news to monitor the tug of war for the White House. Maybe it’s the thought of seeing Mitt Romney win. Maybe it’s the thought of seeing Obama lose. Maybe it’s because ushering in a new President means four years have come and gone so quickly. Maybe it’s that same ole knee jerk reaction to accepting change and something different. One thing is for sure we are anxiously waiting for the results but simply don’t want to watch television.
If there was ever a time to stay abreast of the twist and turns of this political roller coaster it would be tonight… right? Well tonight just seems to be different and I’m not sure what it is but I know that, it is.
On another note I have some exciting news! My dear friend and favorite married couple, Martin and Phenice, called me tonight to tell me that they are expecting. I was elated to hear the news and even more excited to hear that they want me to be the godmother! I couldn’t be more excited for them and excited for myself too. LOL. I can’t wait to for the next 9 months to unfold.
#takemyfoolishadvice a change comes every day the significance of the change is how you respond to it. Here’s to another election year and new beginnings!
My heart is beating but when I watch the news it slows
I’m smiling at my 7 yr old son but when I look at him… I’m not seeing him, I see the struggle
I smile with my eyes but tears escape from them and water him with sorrow
I birth him into a nation that hates him for living
I signed his death certificate and forfeited his birth certificate the day I conceived him
My son could be the next #Trayvon Martin simply because his skin is kissed by the sun
and he is the son from a long lineage of births… into destruction
When will the killing of black boys and men stop? My heart has already failed me. And stopped!
RIP Trayvon Martin
If you follow my blog then you know that this year, election 2012, I vowed to first look at the issues that affect me and my community before I align myself with a political party. While, I’m not ready to declare myself a Liberal or Undecided I can say I am not happy with the political atmosphere. I know too many college graduates under 30 years old with great talent and skill that are unemployed or underemployed. I know too many individuals that are suffering physically and can’t receive any or sufficient medical care. I also worry that when my son reaches college age (8 years to go) he will have to attend a collegiate institution aboard and seek employment outside the USA to be afforded the best opportunities.
I’m listening to Mitt Romney Florida win speech and I just don’t buy it. I hear things like “I know how to create and build a successful business…” “I will make the United States look great again…” “I will create an environment that entrepreneurs can flourish in…” I need a President that is going to take action, not listen to the 1% of wealth that seems to be leading this nation, but rather the 99% of those actually sustaining it. I know this is too much to ask.
#takemyfoolishadvice If you are eligible to vote this election year then you owe it to this nation to stay abreast to what the issues are that you may select a candidate that will rectify our wrongs to create a better tomorrow and future. I will continue to stay tune.
Invest your tax refund. The whole year the government holds on to our money. While in their possession it’s either invested or earning interest. Yet when we receive our return we pay bills or purchase an item that will not continue to make money for us (i.e clothes, vacation trips, food, etc.). Most of us have so much debt or mismanage of fund and your tax refund won’t even make a dent in what you owe. Moving forward this year we want to be more conscious of our dollar and how we are using it. Start off by investing your tax refund and using your regular earning to take care of your monthly expenses. Below are a few investment ideas:
- Partner with a few friends and pool your money to purchase residential or commercial property. If you are located in Florida, you can make a killing by doing this. Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the US. People are renting more and more, especially college students. Make your investment home an income property and rent it out to college students.
- If you have children you should heavily consider opening a credit union savings account and 529 accounts. Don’t put it off until next year, that’s what happened last year.
- Earn a certificate degree or take a few classes that will help further your career or solidify your current position. Check your local library for computer courses that you can take at the fraction of the cost of a community college.
Let’s stop thinking short term money and long term wealth #takemyfoolishadvice