Thank you, Mama!

Thank you, Mama.

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For the nine months you physically carried me, and for how you have carried me emotionally since then I thank you. This past week was incredibly special for mothers around the world, but it has been particularly special for my mom. She celebrated her birthday and Mother’s Day. So, it’s only right that I dedicate today’s post to her! In my last blog post, I mentioned that one of my goals was to make my mom’s birthday special and I am so happy my plans all went well. My mom lives in Dominica, and I live in the U.S so planning everything took some extra effort but seeing the smile on her face made it all worth it.

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25 Before 25: Part I

Warning: Text heavy post. No fun bathing suit pictures, sorry!  Also, some of these are personal, but we are all cool here, right?

Ok, so in September I turn 25! I can’t believe it. One day I was sitting in a meeting, and I had a thought…it went something like this, “Deeana, you have quite a few goals to accomplish this year, you should make a list of 25 things big and small to do before your 25th birthday!” So at that moment, I started writing down the things I already knew I needed to accomplish and added some other things I’ve always wanted to do to the list.

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Island Living: Barbados

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If anyone knows me, they know that I come alive in the Caribbean; I am a true island girl so when my friend needed to take a business trip to Barbados I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tag along.

I am a planner. Whenever I travel, I like to have a full itinerary for every day. I am flexible to change things, but I like to have a good idea what I will be doing. That also helps me to not only budget my trip, but planning also helps me pack appropriate things (I will probably still over pack, but that’s beside the point)

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About 5 years ago, one of my best friends encouraged me to try on a two-piece bathing suit and as uncomfortable as the idea made me I obliged. It made me uncomfortable because I had not worn a two-piece bathing suit in years and my body was not “itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini” ready. Fast forward to today, I own way too many bathing suits and although not much has changed with my body, my mindset is completely different. Bathing suits are created for bodies, and as long as I have a body, I will wear whatever bathing suit I desire.
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