A star is born….

On Monday, April 18 I went to a local Community School class about getting into voice over work.  It was quite interesting and I am actually contemplating moving forward… but that’s not what this post is about.

As part of the class, the teacher recommended a microphone setup for a home recording studio.  I purchased one, and got it today.  Here’s my first recording with it.



As I was getting ready to leave the apartment this morning, I saw my daughter’s admission response letter from Bucknell University lying next to my laptop.  It made me think back to our conversation over dinner last night about where she wants to go to college, how I think she needs to approach her decision, etc.

The phrase “you need to fight for what you want” jumped into my head and it gave me some serious pause.

I don’t know the origin of this phrase.  I suppose perhaps I can research that at a later time, but I’m writing this on my phone before work, so I don’t have the time to look it up now.

I feel like this attitude has always been a part of “me;” that I was taught somewhere along the line that this was a noble pursuit.

But is it?  Is this what I’m trying to do with a blog series I had published and subsequently removed about a dating experience that didn’t pan out?  Do I think that I can win someone over with sheer tenacity?  That if my will is strong enough, I alone can make something happen?  Do I even want something that I have to put all my effort into “winning?”

Do you have something in your life that you’ve been fighting for?  Have you ever stepped back and asked “why?”  In the end, what is it you really hope to get?

Let me know your thoughts on this…


One of the few guarantees in life is that things will change…

So, here are in March 2016 already!  Is it just me, or do the days really go by faster the older we get?


The big move happened.  In October 2008 I filed for Bankruptcy.  I was granted my discharge in February 2009 – over 7 years ago now.

As part of that process, I “abandoned” my home; the reason I had to file, really.  Unfortunately, just because you do that doesn’t mean that it’s so cut and dried.  The lender had to foreclose to take possession of the property.  It was a long, stressful odyssey… but it finally ended, sort of, on February 8 when the property went to the current lender (the lender that purchased the loan from the lender named in my Bankruptcy) at Sheriff’s sale.  The property is technically still in my name until the Sheriff’s Deed is recorded with the County.  I’m not sure if I will receive any notification of that, but Fannie Mae had a “property manager” post a notice on my door stating that they now own it.

I had moved out prior to the sale.  That in itself was one of the most stressful things I have ever done, and a story, perhaps, for another day.

While life certainly isn’t going to be a breeze from this point forward, it is a huge relief to have this particular monkey off my back.  It has weighed heavily on me all these years.

I feel like I am getting a fresh start.  With that in mind, while I was travelling a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a little reminder to to keep my eyes forward:


Realistically, there is a very real possibility that I will have to deal with this issue once more before I’m really done with it, but I’m going to try to not borrow any trouble before it’s time.

So… onward and upward!

Times, they are a-changin’

Anyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely *horrible* at maintaining this blog.  LOL

It’s not that I don’t often have topics floating around in my head.  It’s more that I don’t take the time to put fingers to keyboard on my own behalf (since I basically type all day long at work) to make it happen.

But, here we are at the beginning of another “new” year, and 2016 promises to be a big year in my life.

First of all, my “baby” will turn 18 a month from tomorrow.  HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?  It boggles my mind that I have raised an adult.  I am so proud of her, but also anxious for what adulthood holds for her.

Secondly, I have a move coming up.  In about 2 weeks, I anticipate being out of my house.  This is a BIG DEAL for me, and I hope it’s the end of that chapter.  Not only do I want this particular door closed, I want it boarded up tightly so that it can’t be re-opened.

These changes, while all definitely GOOD, are scary… change is scary to me.  Is it scary for you?

There may be other changes on my horizon as well… perhaps more on that at a later time.

I’m looking forward to 2016.  I will try and keep you all posted :)


Last week, I was fortunate to be able to travel to San Antonio, TX to attend the 2015 Your Weight Matters 4th Annual Convention, sponsored by Obesity Action Coalition (#OAC).

This was my 4th convention, and it was as relevant and educational as the prior years.

While the mission of the OAC, as I understand it, is to bring health care and treatment for obesity accessible to all Americans, they have done a spectacular job of creating an event that brings those affected by obesity together to learn.  A byproduct of that has been the sense of community they have fostered.

I said it numerous times over the weekend, but it truly felt like I was reuniting with family… it’s always an amazing time getting to see the OAC staff each year, as well as having the opportunity to learn from some of the top people in the fields of obesity treatment and research.  Whether it’s looking at the brain’s role in obesity, or trying out tai chi as an option for adding movement to your life, OAC and #YWM2015 brought it all together.

My intention is to write a bit more over the next few days or weeks about my experience.

Next year’s event will be held in Washington, D.C. from August 25-28, 2015.  You should plan to attend.  I know that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will be heading down the NJ Turnpike to hit our nation’s capital! As an added bonus for me, I’m excited that for the first time I will be able to drive myself, rather than having to fly!

For more information on OAC and the Your Weight Matters campaign, please visit the Obesity Action Coalition and the Your Weight Matters Convention websites.


Thank you and stay tuned!


TNT.... you and I can help find a cure for blood cancers!

I am once again participating with TNT.  I have signed up to participate in the NJ Half Marathon on April 26, 2015.

Of course, this isn’t something I can do on my own.  It will take all of the TNT NJ Staff and Coaches to help me get to that finish line.  And it will take YOUR help to meet my fundraising goal.

I hope you will consider giving – even a single dollar, SERIOUSLY, will help.