There's a world out there that we should see.

LIVE. LIFE. OUT. LOUD.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

INSPIRATION

BE BOLD!


Be bold for Jesus.


Tonight, I checked in a few young guys (21 years old) and they were friendly while checking in. At the end of the process, as I issued the keys, one of the guys says, "We're Christians and we'd like to pray for you if that's okay." I say, "Of course" and he asked if there's anything in particular to pray for so I mentioned healing for my toe. So we all bowed our heads and he prayed. Then he wished me a Merry Christmas and they all went to their room. 

WOW.


What a blessing. We (all people) get wrapped up in what others will think and worry about their reactions instead of simply doing what God has asked us to do. 

I hope they know what a positive impact they've made by that small but very bold gesture. And I only hope that I can do the same and be bold as they were.

They are amazing examples of Christ and I pray that they continue on their path and change lives.


LIVE BOLDLY FOR JESUS!





Live. Life. Out. Loud.

Monday, December 9, 2013

SCARED OF LONELY

FEAR of being alone is the #1 reason that people continuously choose the wrong people for their life.


After a few of my own personal experiences and observing A LOT (I have a tendency to do that), I have realized that people (not all people, but I will say more than half) tend to stay in relationships or get into them merely because they are AFRAID OF BEING ALONE.

FEAR.

And just because one person may be wrong for you, doesn't make that person a bad person. They will then find someone that's suitable for them. That, my friends, is called DATING. 
It's. Not. Fun.

I'll be the first to say that I do get lonely from time to time. Heck, I bought a cat so I'd "feel" less lonely from time to time. But just because you "feel lonely" doesn't mean to bring people back into your life (from your past) or keeping the same people around that may not be good for your life. Whether it's a friendship or a relationship, it's always going to hurt to say goodbye. And everyone deals differently. I personally do not like dysfunction so when I'm done, I'm done. I don't like to bring people in and out of my life, like a game. I have zero interest in that. But some people would rather have that dysfunction than feel lonely. Not a good life choice.

I'm pretty sure I wear myself out saying this but here it is again. UNTIL you are content in God, you will not be able to be content in YOU. People (including myself when I'm being stubborn) don't truly try to be 100% obedient to God because of fear of reality (not having someone around) or a lack of faith. But in order for you to see any kind of outcome or if God will truly come through, you MUST be obedient to his Word and live your life that way. You can't pray once and continue to do what you've been doing and expect any sort of change. 
YOU MUST MAKE CHANGES.

Look, let's be real. Let's say that you're in a 5 year relationship and for whatever reasons, it's simply not going to work and both persons know this. YET, they continue to stay together because that's just what they've known for the past 5 years. And now you have to start over. And that very thought alone makes no one want to do any kind of movement but stay where they are at. And it makes it EVEN HARDER when you live with someone. I'm old school with a few things such as not wanting to live with someone until I get married. That's one thing I stand firm on. 
ANYWAYS, my point is that decisions involving other people will always be difficult. Feelings will be hurt. One person will be more hurt and even angrier than the other. People are DIFFERENT. You can't tell someone how to react or feel. It really just is what it is.
BUT, I will say that we do have the CHOICE to be civil and as kind as you can be. Sometimes people make it difficult for the other person to be nice but you do what you can. The situation will unfold how it should, in time.

TIMING is KEY.
STOP trying to make everything happen on YOUR time and TRUST IN GOD.
He will provide, in his timing. 
OBEDIENCE and DISCIPLINE are key.

Don't let fear determine your life . . .

(You always have choices. Some are easy and some are hard. But you always always have options. It's just a matter of YOU CHOOSING life or to be stuck. But it's always a choice and it's YOUR choice only.)



LiVe. LiFe. OuT. LoUd.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RUNNING AWAY

You can run but the same problems will follow . . . 


Perhaps we can run away from people and situations but if you don't turn from your ways, those same people may not show up, but I guarantee that very similar situations will continue to reoccur.

Only you know your own intentions. 
People can assume all day long but that means nothing. 

The part that we (all people) forget to remind ourselves is that we won't see change in our lives until we truly WANT to change. Until we want to change, no one can convince us otherwise. 

Try not to wait until you hit "rock bottom" (as most people say) to figure out that the way you've chosen to do things, just aren't working. I personally think that it's better to choose the right thing, hurt a little right then, and move forward that much faster. 

(We tend to procrastinate hurt/pain but we all know it's either going to hurt "now" or "later" but we can't get out of it not hurting at all.)


Time is valuable and nobody likes their time wasted.

Chew on that and do what you will. 
It's your time.

. . . stop running away


Live. Life. Out. Loud.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SURGERY

October 16, 2013


A year and a half later, I finally got my toe fixed.
I'll back track . . .

I moved from Florida to WI in June of 2011. I was only there for 4 months but during those 4 months, I joined a Co-Ed Soccer league for a couple of months in Madison, WI. I ended up breaking my right big toe in the game before our last. I always play forward, and I was, BUT the other team was about to score so I ran back to boot the ball out and just as I was going to kick the ball (with every ounce of muscle in my leg), the guy kicked it a second before I did so I end up kicking him in the foot. I kicked him so hard that my toe bone just split. 

It didn't break on the joint, which was a good thing. I didn't have insurance at the time therefore I couldn't take care of it properly. LONG story short, it didn't heal right so I had surgery on it today. I didn't personally speak to the doctor after since I had anesthesia but he told my mom that they had to do more than anticipated but all in all, everything turned out fine. I go for my follow up on Tuesday :)

My baby girl knew I had surgery this morning. 


 She was extra lovey.


My mom flew in for the surgery. She's here two weeks so we got to spend a week together already (before surgery) which was nice so we went to the pumpkin patch, saw a show, etc.

Surgery was at 10am so we got there around 8:45am.


Wake me up when it's all over.


The IV was cold in my veins.


The drawing my doctor put on my foot as he walked by and then left, ahah.


The surgery took about 40 minutes. I didn't go in until 11am and we ended up leaving around noon so it wasn't too bad.
I was pretty drugged up when I woke so I don't remember a lot or what I said. I do remember asking for a recliner that I saw in the room though.

Then I proceeded to crawl in my back seat.



 All situated.


My friend, Alicia, brought me a care package and a balloon with the bandage on the right leg! haha


My position for the next week . . . or weeks.


My hand is bruised where my IV was. 
Nothing Ariel can't fix! HASHTAG (I like saying that) #littlekid



She won't stop staring at my balloons. Good thing she doesn't have claws!
I look like a pill popper! HAHA Well, I will be for a week or so but then back to work I go!


I can't thank my mom enough for taking time out of her schedule to fly out here. 
LOVE YOU, mama

THANK YOU ALL, for your prayers! Surgery went well and was a success. Couldn't have asked for a better procedure. Now, it's time for recovery. I will do my part and stay off of my foot :) This means a lot of movies, reading, sudoku and puzzle making!



VISITORS ARE WELCOMED!

UPDATE:

I had my first appointment on 10/22 (a week after surgery) and the doctor said it's healing great! It kinda doesn't look like it (LOL) but he said that the swelling is way down for what was done to the toe.

YAY!

Road to recovery . . .




Live. Life. Out. Loud.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DAY 4

October 6, 2013

I was pretty tired this morning and finally got out of bed around 11:15am.
Check out was at noon.

We left around 11:50am and made our way to Granite City, once again, and ended up having Brunch!


I was carrying the bags so we didn't have to make two trips to and from the car.
I'm in my airport wear, if you will.
KK style.
You already know!


This is where we stayed.
PERFECT location being literally, 15 minutes from everywhere.



The very delicious breakfast we had!


Peggy wanted to be on the road by 1pm so that she could get back to Wisconsin around 7pm.
I didn't have any other place that I wanted to see so I said I'd sit at the airport for 7 hours. Since my flight wasn't until 9:30pm.

My seat for the next 7 hours.


It's now 6:45pm and I've been here since 1:30pm. Time has flown, seriously.
My goal was to get the entire Minnesota blog done, which I'm finishing up this very moment, and read some.

I feel accomplished.

I bought a one way flight back to Vegas with Spirit. The flight was $94 BUT you have to pay $10 for your seat AND $35 for a carry on. All in all, it was still cheaper with Spirit than a different airline so I bought it. We shall see if the aircraft is worth all of these little charges.

My cousin and I were originally going to meet in Portland and explore there buuuuut she found out that she was pregnant. So we modified the plans because she didn't want to fly and I simply didn't want to go to WI (where I'm from and where she lives) SO she said she'd drive to the Twin Cities and I was all for it!

I'm so happy we made this trip work because now that she is going to start a family, we all know it's a little tougher to travel.

Love you too much, Peggy and SUPER excited for the baby on its way :)



MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DAY 3

October 5, 2013

We were getting ready around 9am, whilst listening to Michael Jackson (you can see his fro on the TV). Now that my hair is getting longer, I can barely stand it to blow dry it.


I'm clearly done getting ready therefore taking pictures seems to be appropriate.



We were on our way to Shakopee, MN for the Corn Maze. As we were driving, I was telling Peggy how I have to mail my postcards. And my German friends, I'll just save the postcard for when I get back to Florida to mail. Then I said, "Wait, not Florida. Um, wherever I live." 
I always say Florida when I mean Vegas! 
And when I first moved to Vegas, I would mail stuff and put for my return address, "Las Vegas, FL"
HAHA

Corn Maze Address:
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379






The Corn Maze map!




Hug a pumpkin!



I was all about getting a corn dog! But the cheese curds were no good.
Disappointed. Needed Saz's cheese curds.




Map
There was a lot to do!


As we were looking at the corn maze map, Peggy asks, "Doesn't it creep you out that there was a maze in prisoners? It's like, if you don't find all of the letters (for the maze), YOU WILL DIE!"
We laughed.


We made our way to the Pig Races at 12:30pm




The pig races were my FAVORITE!

video



They were so cute and fast!


We then made our way to the petting zoo that they had there.


The camel was my favorite animal to feed because its lips were so big and you could feel them on your hand when he went to eat the food.



Loved him.





We found another endangered species . . . 


Llamas always remind me of the Emperor's New Groove!



Peg loved feeding the baby goats


You could put cheerios down that white tube and the monkey would eat them.




 These guys were pretty entertaining as well.



About to start the corn maze!


Overview of the maze




As we were walking through the maze, Peggy says, "I wish there were food and shop stations in here"
HAHA



It was a bad idea to where my new shoes and they got dirty :(


If you really didn't pay attention to the map, you get lost so easily but if you do pay attention and follow the lines along with where we were going, it was pretty simply.

What you had to do was go through the maze and there were going to be 6 out of 26 signs that would have this guy on them and then you had to put those letters together to make a word. We got through 18 letters then got tired so I just looked for the exit - LOL.


I wanted to try this cool diner in St. Paul so we went . . .

36 W 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN



And it's super tiny. It's old fashioned and really cramped up. Luckily Peggy had the idea to go for malts, after the corn maze, so that we could go to downtown Minneapolis at night (since this place was in St. Paul). It would not have been fun to eat dinner there.
It was a fun experience though.




I loved my vanilla malt!



We went back to the hotel and planned on napping for an hour BUT I napped for two hours. I was exhausted from the corn maze extravaganza.

We got ready and we make it to downtown around 7pm. 



Peggy was doing her stretches before we left the parking lot.


How about . . . EVERYTHING WAS CLOSED!
I'm not kidding.






I spotted a Barnes and Noble and it was open but closing in 5 minutes!
I did not understand how downtown could possibly be closed by 6pm on a Saturday night.
Ridiculous.



We stopped at Target and I so badly wanted to get this for my cat but she's too big to fit in anything!


We asked this employee at Target where to go for Sushi so she recommended Tiger Sushi in Uptown.
As soon as she said, "Uptown" we got excited because that was somewhere we wanted to visit.


I had some eel and dynamite rolls.
They had the best throwback music from the 90's playing. We sat for a while, after we were finished eating, talking and jamming out.


YUMMY



We made it home.
Like my shirt?!
HAHA

It's okay, those are not my sexy eyes. I can't reveal those just yet. 


We ended our night playing rummy while watching, "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days."
We were both pretty tired and went to sleep shortly after.


 A somewhat successful day though we were disappointed in Mickey's dining car and that downtown Minneapolis was closed when we got there.

Minneapolis is definitely a place to visit!