ThanksGiving

ThanksGiving

While in college, I spent Thanksgiving with my sister Debora and her new son, Sean. I remember talking on the phone with my mom the entire time while I tried to recreate her stuffing. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. I was crushed when I realized I didn’t have Sage and there was no store open.

The Weekend (Part 2)

The Weekend (Part 2)

Then there was a moment of silence followed by fast approaching footsteps coming down the stairs.  I look to see her standing there out of breath as a few drops of tears fell down her eyes. "Come and watch Stranger Things with me you big baby,"

The Day After Halloween

The Day After Halloween

Sometimes, when I was too excited to sleep, I’d sneak in the hall and watch my parents decorate and I would fall asleep there with my cat, Sheba.

The Weekend

The Weekend

I was happily surprised today when one of my daughters came to me and wanted to know if she could share her story on my blog. OMG! Tears. I couldn't deal. So today I would like to introduce you to my creatively unique 11-year daughter, Zaya. The following is part 1 of  "The Weekend."

She’s My Hero

She’s My Hero

My heart melted for my mom in a whole new way. I felt the love that she had for my brother and her cultivating of his imagination.

2-Month Blogging Update

2-Month Blogging Update

I published my first Blog on August 19, 2017. It was a short introduction to me. I was so nervous because all I knew was journaling. It was my very own self-therapy. It has always been effective and it only cost me a journal and some ink.

Lavanda Michelle now on Youtube!!

Lavanda Michelle now on Youtube!!

It was so much fun making this video with my hubby and learning more about technology. I look forward to making more of these and sharing my experiences through this medium. In the meantime, go ahead and subscribe to my channel. Thanks!

An Autumn I will Always Remember

An Autumn I will Always Remember

According to my journal, it was Saturday, October 12th, 2002. I was awoke refreshed from a good night’s sleep. My little miracle, Zyan slept well the entire night. I remember looking at the alarm clock – it was 7:02 a.m.

How Intermittent Fasting Aided In My Weight Loss

How Intermittent Fasting Aided In My Weight Loss

This is the method I used to jumpstart my weight-loss journey which helped me to lose 70 pounds within 90 days.

How 9/11 Changed My Life

How 9/11 Changed My Life

on September 11, 2001, I didn’t have an ounce of fear in my body. I literally watched my world change before my eyes. I didn’t realize that through all the pain I witnessed and loss of life, I had ...

Self-Love Saturday Selfie #SSS

Self-Love Saturday Selfie #SSS

Saturdays are still the same, only these Saturdays lately, I make it a point to give myself some self-love. I got a mani-pedi one time. Another time I just took the time to relax in a bubble bath. I finished my work early one day and no one was home yet, so I treated myself to my favorite restaurant. It became important for me to give myself some special me-time.

Daddy’s Little Girl

Daddy’s Little Girl

I was so mad at him that I wouldn’t say a word to him to entire week before he left us. My life was so different after that. I was in constant state of confusion and anger because my parents couldn't work it out. No matter how much he gave me over the years, I refused to say, "Daddy".

For Love or Money?

For Love or Money?

When I became a mother my passion for journaling grew exponentially because my girls gave me so much material. I would literally journal nearly three times a day. I'd write letters to my girls on how excited I was to be their mother. I'd write about our daily adventures and how much they were growing. I had so much to say about the beauty of motherhood.

How I lost 70lbs and jump-started my weight loss journey

How I lost 70lbs and jump-started my weight loss journey

After 3 months of this lifestyle change, I had lost 70 lbs.

My Largest Weight Ever!!!

My Largest Weight Ever!!!

...indulging a little too much, and a little too often resulted in a slow gain of 100 lbs pounds by my late-30s.

Hello You!

Hello You!

I’ve been journaling for seventeen years now and have loved every second of it! I decided to add my Journal to a small corner of the Internet.