Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Remembering Erin...One Year Later

Today is the one year anniversary of my sister-in-law Erin's death. I still have mixed emotions about it all...even a year later. Despite my feelings, I wanted to share the below message from her sweet husband, my brother-in-law Stephen, who has continued to show how true love exists and continues forever. 

This is for all of you. Please reach out to someone today that might be needing a word of support, a shoulder to lean on, or just simply a reminder that they are not alone. Sometimes even seeing someone far off in the distance can bring them back from the cliff. That would make Erin very happy, and with the 1-year anniversary of her death, a great remembrance for her. On behalf of our family and friends, I thank all of you for the kind words and support over the last year. You know who you are. For those of you who knew Erin, know she's at peace. And if you didn't know Erin, well that's your loss. The rest of us are smiling at the one-of-a-kind woman that was my best friend of 14 years, my wife of 12 years, and a source of every emotion under the sun.

Thank you Stephen for the photos and for the beautiful words in Erin's memory. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Joy Of Best Friends

My best friend Joy and I in Hilton Head last year celebrating her graduation. 
Best friends CJ & Bells enjoying Spring Break together. 
Today I'm grateful for the power of friendship. It keeps you moving forward. It hugs you when you can't hold it together on your own any longer. It celebrates you and helps you where needed. 

Thank you for best friends and for friendship. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

My ABC's

There's this little game going right now on Facebook where you "confess" your ABC's...So I'll play and confess my ABC's:
A- Age: Still in my 30's!
B- Biggest Fear: Jellyfish
C- Current Time: 7:19 a.m.
D- Drink you last had: coffee frappucino

E- Easiest Person To Talk to: Joy
F- Favorite Song: Kids by MGMT

G- Grossest Memory: Walking into an empty house and seeing human poo in the middle of the carpet
H- Hometown: Orlando (pretty much grew up there)

I- In love with: Anything that helps my spirit learn and grow. My family and avocados.
J- Jealous Of: People who can relax in Pigeon pose during yoga (even though Nicole says no one is relaxing)

K- Killed Someone? Only with my eyes.  No. Seriously...
L- Longest Relationship: Mr. Wonderful and I...15 years later.

M- Middle Name: V.
N- Number of Siblings: Favorite brother and Mr. Wonderful's brother and sister. Also, I count my cousins as sisters - Lanie, Tanya, Shells, Sam and Barbie. :)

O- One Wish: To love and help one another.
P- Person who you last called: Mr. WonderfulQ- Question you're always asked: When do you sleep?
R- Reason to smile: Because I'm alive.

S- Song you last sang: I don't remember the name.
T- Time you woke up: 6 a.m.

U- Underwear Color: black
V- Vacation Destination: Ireland and the Maldives

W- Worst Habit: nailbiter
X- Xrays you've had: my hand
Y- Your favorite food: Hot, spicy and lots of flavor
Z- Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yoga Birthday Party - Baby Girl is 7!

To celebrate the baby girl, she planned a Yoga Birthday Party at Sweetwater Yoga & Fitness. About 20 kids between the ages of 3 and 9 were there. We decorated the entire studio with banners and puffies (pom poms). I did a post it creation on the mirror in Studio A and set up the craft/eating area in Studio B. Thankful for friends and family for helping set up - Shannon, Tori, Ted and Chaun.

The cake was inspired by the invitation. 4Rivers Sweet Shop did a fantastic job AGAIN on creating a beautiful and very tasty cake for the party. It was a hit!

Sarah AKA Big Guns who regularly does Kids Yoga at Sweetwater taught a high energy, fun 60-minute class with Baby Girl as her little assistant.

There was stretching, bending and lots of smiles throughout the yoga class. I thought I heard some laughing too.

Such a great group of kids from Baby Girls' school, soccer team and close friends who celebrated her during yoga class the day after her birthday.

Sarah and Baby Girl kicking it up together. Love this picture!

More stretching by partnering up with her friend from school. Such a fun day!

After Yoga class, the kids enjoyed some snacks - popcorn chicken, turkey/ham sandwiches, fruit, veggies and chips. Once they were finished eating, they decorated water bottles with Sharpie markers and added candy that was dropped on each table to them.

We brought the cake in to the same studio to sing and eat it all. In addition to the main cake, I had red velvet and chocolate cake balls which have been well received by people who want just a little sweet.

Once the cake was served and it went fast, Mr. Wonderful gathered everyone in Studio A for a very safe and loving game of DODGE BALL...It was the Birthday Girl's request so all went well until the kids were the ones throwing the balls. Something happened...I didn't see it but once Baby Girl was upset, it was a good time to end the game and move to something else.

Now normally we do not open presents at her parties...There's usually not enough time but this time, it seemed like it worked with the way the party was going and it would make her feel better after the crazy dodgeball game. All of her friends and family were very generous and so thoughtful. She received cards, toys, books, games and lots of cute girl stuff.

We closed out the party after presents. Everyone was having so much fun visiting, that no one seemed to want to leave. Once they did head out, I handed every child a mandala design kit.

Thanks to my in-laws (Baby Girls' Papou and YiaYia), Tori, my brother Theo, Chaun and Shannon, the break down and load out of the party went by very quickly and easy. We were back home in enough time to change clothes and get to Universal Studios that night.

Celebrating in love,

Saturday, April 11, 2015

APRIL LOVE: An Inspiring Person

Day 11: I am inspired by a lot of people on a daily basis. Some I know, some I don't. It would be tough to pick just one since many provide bits and pieces of inspiration for me that make up a whole. So I choose to be inspired by my surroundings that include lots of people who are doing the best they can every day. They are following their dreams. Reaching their goals. Looking for happiness. Finding happiness. Believing in others. Believing in themselves. Realizing they can do it. Understanding and working through pain. Healing. Knowing nothing. Knowing everything. Being honest. Showing up. 

That's who inspires me...All of you who move in the world in your own way and contribute in your own style. As a result, you make big and small differences every day for me and for everyone around you.

Inspired by you,

Friday, April 10, 2015

APRIL LOVE: My Superpower

Mr. Wonderful's cat, Bib and Baby Girl back in the day
Day 10: Some of you may know or not know that I'm a cat juggler. It's my superpower. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't use this power for good for others. It's a blessing and a curse like most superpowers. I juggle a pretty active schedule (by choice) where I get to work hard, connect with friends, do Yoga (when I'm super lucky) and spend time with my family including two dogs which doesn't always bode well for cat juggling. You see, since I was a little girl, this has been my talent...Taking on three tasks at any given moment...Doing more than I probably should be. I remember thinking that all would change once I graduated college where I proceeded with a 20-plus credit hour schedule, two jobs, volunteering for community theater and whatever else I could find to keep me juggling. But nothing really changed...I just got better at this power. It translated well into my career and my relationships and when I got married and when I became a mother. It's as if this superpower would always be a necessary since life moves forward with so many opportunities to live it -- with or without you. I thrive on juggling but as I've grown up and become just a tad bit wiser, I realize that juggling is not how I need to show up for everything. Focusing on one person, one moment or one task at a time can bring so much more to the table than trying to do it all at once. And that is my close second when it comes to superpowers - reflecting. It's through my reflections, I totally get that it's OK to be "Juggling Lorelie" or "One-Thing-At-A-Time Lorelie." At the end of the day, it's still me and being yourself is a superpower that we should all strive to master.

Able to juggle and able to not,

Thursday, April 09, 2015

April LOVE: 5 Years Ago

Day 9 - Five years ago, I was standing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art staring at this painting by Henri Matisse (oil on canvas) called "The Goldfish Bowl" that was created in 1921-1922. I do not own goldfish but I do love looking at them and the color and design they bring to art. This was painted in Matisse's apartment in the afternoon in Nice. I can see myself there.

Love to all the pretty goldfish,

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

April LOVE: From Where I Stand

8. From Where I Stand

Source: Pics Champ
I see lots of possibility and space. Time continues but no matter the daily challenge, I know that this moment is as precious as the next one that will be granted to me. So even though I'm sitting at my desk today, not standing, there is an inner rejoicing that extends beyond what I know and strengthens my hope for what is and will be.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

April LOVE: Susannah Conway Inspires Again!

Susannah Conway has called us together again to share some LOVE in April (#aprillove2015). Read the full post here.

Since I'm just jumping in now (April 7), I'll share what nourishes me...Laughter...Love letters...Yoga...Books...The sea...A great quote...Letters or cards from loved ones...Smiles...Colors...Flowers...Coffee (cream only)...A phone call with my best friend...Kindness shown when it's least expected...

As for the other days I missed...Here's a quick catch up:

1 - My morning view includes lots of trees and usually my dogs running through them in the backyard

2 - My favourite flowers are hydrangeas and peonies

3 - An Inspring Quote I came across recently was from Thomas Jefferson, "Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine."

4 - Shadows: Love shadows of people in the sand by the sea.

5 - My favourite color is green...all shades. Green is such a soothing color and to me it represents growth and reminds me to go/keep moving forward because time does that with or without you.

6 - Touch: Hugs from my baby girl are among some of the sweetest touches I receive these days.

Stay nourished friends,

Friday, April 03, 2015

Celebrating Thomas!

Had a great time with Thomas and Ashelee as we celebrated Thomas' 25th birthday but in real years, he's actually like 55. We went to Dubsdread in Orlando. I think we were the youngest people there. It was a good time, great food and happy hour (Guinness-style) was on!

So happy to be friends with two of the most thoughtful and sweet people I know.

To many more years,

Spring Season with the VooDoo

The beloved VooDoo Posse (my rec soccer team) has started a new season for the Spring. So far, the team has played two games and won both. After almost a decade of being on this team, it's great to look back and see how we've all changed over the years and have some have not changed. We are known as the fun team and we are totally OK with that since at the end of the day, you should have a good time with whatever you do even in the spirit of competition.

Long live the VooDoo!