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Hellooo Loves!

It’s been stop and go on the blog lately. Between travel, work and school, sometimes all I have time for are little notes in my journal. And I am grateful for those notes because they help feed my soul. They satisfy my need to write things other than emails for work and notes for school.

So it goes sometimes and such is life. This is a quick 7 for Seven as I take a break from studying:

Travel often. I am grateful that I have been blessed this year with several opportunities to explore places beyond my island home. I spent last weekend in Washington, D.C. and it turned out to be quite an unforgettable one.

Which brings me to kindness from strangers when you least expect it. The D.C. trip didn’t start off all that great. Delays at the airport, despite our plane being early and then delays on the train because of the Amtrak accident resulted in my sister and I missing the 8:30 a.m. bus to New Carrollton, MD from Port Authority. If not for the kindness of Eugene B. a Greyhound employee our trip could have turned out quite differently. Buckets of tears (because of exhaustion…obviously) later and Eugene’s reassurances that we would be on the next bus to D.C. my sister and I boarded the 9:15 a.m. bus. Hallelujah!

He asked. She said, YES! My cousin that is. And it was one of the sweetest proposals I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of. Wedding soon come!

But first, the reason for the trip my cousin’s graduation. I’m so proud of her. It wasn’t an easy road to get here which makes this achievement even more special. Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Devenish, M.D. Anesthesiologist.

Party weekends in D.C. that feel like Trini Carnival. Yep. We celebrated and then some. By Sunday morning my body felt like I was waking up on Ash Wednesday after an intense Carnival itinerary. And just so you know…this was a preview to Carnival next year. I.cannot.wait. It will be fantastic!

Nice hot baths. I’ve only recently discovered the wonder that is a hot bath. Soaking in your favourite bath oil, easing aching muscles…relaxing with a good book until that heavy, languid feeling overpowers you and you know it’s time to get out and head straight for bed. Yeah. That. I’m addicted.

Grilled cheese sandwiches. Because sometimes simple is best!

And there you have it folks, short and sweet. I hope that by paying attention to all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? What made you smile? Feel free to share below!

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7 for SEVEN

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Hellooo Loves! How I have missed you!

Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

That’s exactly what I’ve been up to the last month…I said goodbye to safe harbour, caught some favourable winds in my sails and explored London!!!

I am super excited to share with you all my adventures and please stay tuned for my Loud In London series. But first I’m really happy to be back in the space and to share my 7 for Seven this week:

Saying a BIG YES to adventure and self-discovery. Travel is an almost spiritual experience. Regular routines are annihilated and not just because of the 5-hour time difference (which was a big “tief-head” for me the whole time I was there) it’s about the mystery of the unknown. I have found, especially on this trip that it is in the unfamiliar that we sometimes find ourselves; remembering who we really are, why we’re here – in this time in history, and what we’re actually meant to be doing.

Good books and good coffee. My mother used to say that “nothing happens before it’s time.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been on my reading list for three years and I just never got around to reading it…that was before London. I found the time to read this life-changing book and it certainly was the best right time for me. IMG_20150427_072144_edit

Really good chocolate. Chocolate is my love language. I own that. And because I do…best believe I could do a whole post entitled: Loud in London The chocolate edition. In fact that is exactly what I will do. But first…just a teaser:
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Reconnecting with old friends. How do you know when a friendship is real: When neither time, space nor distance can shake the bond. I spent time with friends I haven’t seen in at least 3 years. And it was like no time had passed. I truly am blessed with the very best Cohort of Awesome.

Really, really good coffee. No explanation required!IMG_20150421_053645

My family. In the time I’ve been missing-in-action, I’ve had a death in my family. My uncle died after a short stay at the hospital and when it was all said and done…it is in times of major life experiences such as death you realize that love and family are the only things that matter.

Loud in London. This trip was such a heart-opening, soul-awakening adventure and I am so happy I didn’t approach it with my usual anal self and plan everything down to the last minute. I am grateful I left room for the unexpected because that’s where all the magic happened. I am truly happy and blessed.

Mark Twain was so right! Cheers to this rocking adventure that is life. I hope that by paying attention to all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? What made you smile? Feel free to share below!

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7 for Seven [The Earworm Edition]

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Hellooo Loves!

I’m trying something a little different this week. I’m using music to say all the things my words cant seem to capture. I hope you enjoy!

This one precious life I’ve been blessed with! So grateful for another day.

Poui trees are in bloom.

Some days are just a little harder than others.

My faith in God. Because there is nothing I do, can do, will ever do…without Him!

My sister. She continues to inspire me every.single.day.

I live on an island in the sun! hey hey…!

Satisfy my soul. Lazy Sunday mornings. Shared Chocolate Raspberry Truffle coffee. Good conversation and the best company I could ask for…truly satisfies my soul.

Heinrich Heine said, where words leave off, music begins. I hope that by paying attention to all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude through song, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading/listening, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? If you could choose one song to describe the best moment you had today…what would that song be? Feel free to share below!

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The sun is shining brightly in sweet T&T today! It’s also a holiday. So YAY for long weekends and even shorter work weeks. *cue Frank* Heaven! I’m in heaven!

Here’s my 7 for Seven this week:

Rest & relaxation. My long weekend plans involved church, as it was the Easter Triduum, family because my family takes every opportunity to share food and laugh together, Netflix and lots and lots of sleep. It was frankly the very best way to spend the time.

Potluck lunches. Not only is this a great way to share the load of cooking, but when done right, you can try a new dish like a spicy lentil carailli (car-rye-lee) soup or a veggie lasagna that will make you say who needs meat! I had the absolute pleasure to have shared a really delicious meal amidst great conversation with really happy people.

Affogato. Man add some alcohol infused strawberries and this is coffee all grown up and sexy.

Dinner with the sis. Because even though we speak everyday, dressing up and going out to eat and catching up over a really nice dinner is an extra special treat. Bonus: When she pays!

Seedless grapes. No explanation required!

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Instagram challenges that inspire me. Susannah Conway’s April Love project has been inspiring me for the last few days. Her month-long challenge has already generated over 5000 posts. Feel free to join in and spread some love on your timeline.

Planning vacations for the rest of the year. Long weekends are great and all but they are a reminder that more relaxation is needed. Looking forward to my next real vacation!

Cheers to lazy days! They are so few and far between that they seem like an extra special treat when they occur! I hope that by paying attention to all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…what are you grateful today? What made you smile? Feel free to share below!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

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Today’s challenge matches my mood perfectly.

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