I am sharing a true and honest thank you note to 2017.

A Thank You Note to 2017

A Thank You Note to 2017

A thank you note to 2017? Seems kind of crazy for me to want to thank 2017, considering there has been some bellyaching on my end. 2017 has had its hard days. I’ve let the outside world consume a lot of me and I’m not proud of that, at all. I want to work better on not letting everything consume me in 2018. But then again, I’m the lady who gets all worked-up when I don’t see my favorite greeter at the store for a couple of days; I get all panicked. I’m also the lady that despite being a happy half-glass-full-kind-of-gal, I can create my fears in my head. I thought I beat FEARLICIA, but I haven’t. I’m working on that.

I am sharing a true and honest thank you note to 2017.

2017 has taught me a lot about myself and I’m thankful for that.

Thank you, 2017, for making me more aware that I can manifest and create what I want. And for that I will be more careful and intentional with my thoughts.


Thank you, 2017, for making me pay attention to things and teaching me that there is a time to step away.

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2017, THANK YOU for letting me keep my dad.

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Thank you, 2017, for our new home.

Creative Space

Creatively Speaking: My Creative Space, a look into my creative space physically and mentally.


Thank you, 2017, for helping me find passion through calm.

Currently loving painting. This is one of my latest works. :)






This is pretty much an art bomb

My Etsy Shop

TWSS Quote Shop Flower Girl Painting

Thank you, 2017, for keeping my family healthy and safe, happy and filled with laughter.






Thank you, 2017, for helping me realize I need more out of 2018. I plan to be more, to do more, to connect more. Thankful to have the support of my rock to keep me going.


And thank YOU!

I haven’t been around as much this year and you’ve still checked in on me from time to time, I appreciate that.

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Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes: Powerball, Adele, and Resolutions

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy’s Thank You Notes, so, naturally, Friday here on my blog means: Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon!

Jimmy’s Thank You Notes: (He makes a David Bowie reference, this was two days before David’s passing.)

Thank you, Powerball!! It’s been nice, friends!!

:::Boards plane under heavy sedation, because anxiety:::

airplane| bye| Thank You Notes

Just kidding…  but it was nice to dream. 🙂

There was a lack of communication, or umm listening, and somebody forgot to purchase those winning numbers. I thought we had the winning ticket all along, turns out we had zero tickets.

Powerball| Thank You Notes

Thank you, Adele and James Corden, for Carpool Karaoke!! I promise this is the FaveREDs packet of Starburst, which means it’s pretty darn AWESOME. 🙂


Thank you, life, for you know… being.

A wise woman once said: There are numbers on calendars, but those numbers aren’t promised to us. We may think we’ve scheduled our days, but the truth is the day schedules us, and we make the best of it. 

Did you want to tweet that? 

Only 77% of resolution makers are still on track, but that’s okay, we know how to revise and reorganize- you can do it!!

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Lost Thank You Note:

Thank you, PNW, for SNOW!!

Thank you, FRIDAY, I’m in LOVE!!

Who or what gets a Thank You Note from you this week?

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Thank You Notes: Vacation, New Year, & Christmas Calories

I love Fridays, I love thank you notes, and I love Jimmy’s Thank You Notes, so, naturally, Friday here on my blog means: Thank You Notes and Jimmy Fallon!

Thank You Notes| A weekly link-up of gratitude inspired by Jimmy Fallon and hosted by Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress| Fridays

Thank you, Jimmy!!

Jimmy’s Thank You Notes:  

Thank You, Jimmy!

Thank You, Christmas Break!! Our vacation was much needed. We took our two weeks to rest and relax, and it was awesome! We didn’t do anything fancy, unless you consider playing the Wii in matching pajamas fancy. 🙂 We played with all the games the kids received for Christmas, watched all the Christmas movies, ate the carbs, STAR WARS, and enjoyed each other’s company (even though there was a touch of bickering ?).

Christmas 2015

Thank you, Crystal, for delivering Just Dance 2016 & almond milk on New Year’s Day!!! Can you believe Amazon delivers on New Year’s Day? I couldn’t believe it, but they do, and I felt crappy about it, so we tipped Crystal nicely & gave her a SBUX gift card. Crystal delivered a memory maker. 🙂  I think the kids will remember the days when their silly parents danced danced with them, I know I will not forget these days with my babies and my babe- good times. Also, it’s been great cardio! Thanks Crystal + Amazon!

Just Dance 2016

Thank you, New Year, for being that push of renewal we all need. I’m excited to read everyone’s goals and little words for 2016. Good Luck, friends!! We can do this. 😉

I choose to flourish this year.

Also, New Year’s Eve/Day, thanks for giving us an excuse to put together a backdrop to take silly pictures and slo-mo videos. TAMALES TOO!!

Happy 2016

Tamale making 2016

Thank you, Christmas calories, for being the gift that keeps on giving.


My husband forgot to give me these chocolates for Christmas. I found them while I was restocking our pantry yesterday, he insisted I try them with him when he came home for lunch. I didn’t want to be rude 😀

Moonstruck Chocolates Gift

Monstruck Chocolates

Thank you, Friday!!!

So, friends who or what gets a Thank You Note from you?

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Always be a work in progress| Emily Lillian| Quotes| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress
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I’m jumping on the bandwagon again, except this year I’m following the rules; I chose one word this year! Last year, I chose seven words. I did pretty good with those words, I wrote the recap here.  As I stated in my previous post, I’m indecisive. It’s true, I hate to admit it, but it’s true, I can be the worst when it comes to making decisions. Is that some sort of lack of confidence? Perhaps. I think that’s why the word that I chose for this year is perfect!

I choose to flourish this year.

To be honest it took me a while to settle on flourish, I kept thinking there were so many other words, many that I love, but flourish kept popping back in my head. So, like a coach who has an eager player who just wants a chance, I’m letting Flourish suit up for the big game- 2016. 🙂  (If you read suit up and thought of Barney Stinson ->?)

I’m ready to flourish. I need to flourish. I know I’m 35, but I have so much more to do, give, grow– I will flourish.

What the hell does flourish mean?

Well... per Merriam Dictionary:


verb flour·ish \ˈflər-ish, ˈflə-rish\

Simple Definition of flourish

Popularity: Top 20% of words
  • : to grow well : to be healthy

  • : to be very successful : to do very well

  • : to hold up and show (something) in an excited or proud way

Full Definition of flourish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1:  to grow luxuriantly :  thrive

  3. 2a :  to achieve success :  prosper <a flourishing business>b :  to be in a state of activity or production <flourished around 1850>c :  to reach a height of development or influence

  4. 3:  to make bold and sweeping gestures

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to wield with dramatic gestures :  brandish

flour·ish·er noun
flour·ish·ing·ly play\-i-shiŋ-lē\ adverb


What does that mean for me?

This year, I want to grow, thrive, and do things successfully. I want to sincerely, wholeheartedly, and courageously (Don’t hate me Mr. Stephen King. #AdverbQueen) do all the things with zero fear! I want to embrace the hashtag #ByeFearlicia (Okay, it’s not a real hashtag, yet.) Mr. King would argue that I’m still rooted in fear because of my redundant use of adverbs.  I agree, there is still a touch of fear when it comes to my writing. However, I’m well aware that there is magic within me, just like Dumbo. 😉

I want my writing to unfold, I want to release, and share. I’m not holding back. I’ve already begun. 🙂

It’s not all about my writing though, there are many areas where I would like to flourish this year.

*Writing- you’ve got that.

You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will. | Stephen King| Quote| Word| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress.com

*Creativity– I want to create more this year. I want to come alive forgetting rules, lines, and chores, and just go for it!

Creativity is intelligence having fun| Albert Einstein| Quote| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

*Photography- I know photography is a form of creativity, but I want to make it well aware that I will flourish in this area. I want to capture beautiful memories through a lens.

A camera is a save button for the mind's eye| Roger Kingston| Quote| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

* Teaching- I have knowledge to share, thoughts, recipes, and life lessons that I need to giveaway. Sean McCabe, said it best:


*Me- Over the last few years I have slowly unraveled the tight ball of yarn I have become. I’m giving away pieces of me slowly, with love from me to you. I want to keep doing that. I want to love, give, learn, share, repeat. I did things last year that made me happy… PROUD, and I want to do those things multiplied by 100 or a realistic 25. 🙂

Always be a work in progress| Emily Lillian| Quotes| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

Can I be frank with you? As I’m writing this out I’m thinking WTF, why does it take a new year or why does it take being 35, to realize these types of things. I wish I would have been this person at 25.  At 25 I was pregnant, learning the ropes of being married to a war returned veteran, and I was setting off from my home in Texas to Illinois, so yeah, I guess my mind wasn’t right then. My 30’s have been all about growth and progress, and I’m happy to share these years with you!

Cheers to evolving… flourishing. 🙂

Happy New Year!!!


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Looking Back {2014}

I cannot believe I’m already doing “this” post, the looking back on post, seriously this year went by incredibly fast.  Last year I wrote this post in our temporary housing while our life was in what felt like suspended limbo. Thankfully, things don not feel as limbo-ish


Farmers Market South Carolina

Sunshine South Carolina

We have slowly made this place our home.

Starbucks with the girls

Sunrise on the beach

Mrs. AOK North Chuck


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We’ve made memories.

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Queen of Hearts & The White Bunny

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Because I'm Happy…

Christmas in July smiles

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We’ve laughed, a lot.

Yes… there's a Starbucks at WDW! #Disney #Starbucks

Disney Tip Pack a Poncho

Singing in the rain


Cinderella's Castle

We even made a special trip to Disney World!

Highlight of our lives!!!!

dashed lineThis year, I’ve opened up…. a lot.

My blog, has become such a need in my life.

I’m so lucky to have fallen in love with blogging.

Blogging has given me, my voice, and I have been running with it.


I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress this year.

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Bloggy Boot Camp

I also attended my first blog conference!

That's What She Said Button

Edith Sitwell| That's What She Said| Monthly Quote Link up| Quotes| Women's Quotes|

Thank You Notes |A weekly linkup to share your Thank You Notes| Linkup| Thankful| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

 This year I said good-bye to Sorry, Not Sorry, but welcomed That’s What She Said and Thank You Notes. I love both of these additions to my blog.

Blogging, is like dating.  Here's how...

I admitted my belief that blogging, is like dating.  I was afraid I would be alone on this one, but many of you agreed! Whew 🙂  This was one of my biggest posts of the year, which seriously was a shocker to me, because I was terrified that people may have thought I had gone around the bend. So, yeah, we’re kind of dating 🙂

love and marriage

No, I’m not trying to marry you, that’s against the law, I’m a happily married woman.  However, I didn’t always have a rosy view on marriage, and this post shares why.

20 Things


The Furbaby & I {my writing companion}

Welcome Tour Through Blogland Mrs. AOK

*✩The more you know ✩*

I was the gift that kept giving this year, did you catch my 20 Things You May Not Know About Me post or my Tour Through Blogland post? It is pretty safe to say if you were not (blog)dating me before, you will after reading these two posts. 😉

Which do you prefer? |Racist| Words Matter| Real Talk |Blogging Controversial| Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

If Tomorrow Never Comes


Sometimes things happen, and you just cannot shut your mouth, even if you try to keep things light on your blog.  I feel like getting these things off your chest is best. (Yes, rhyme intended, because keeping things light)


It's NOT who you are, it's who you THINK you're not

I shared how even though I know I’m a damn good Mama, I have guilt and worry, and at times the two feel like mountains.  I’m hiking those mountains and conquering them one by one.  It’s true.

Kid, You'll Move Mountains|Dr. Seuss| Quote

Just Keep Writing|Writing|AmWriting|Blog|Blogging|WriteOn|NaBloPoMo
On Writing

I shared a little about one of my passions that has been rekindled, thanks blog.

While I’m on that subject, thank you!  Thank you for the visits, shares, comments, and time.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much that means to me.

Blogging has truly been a spark I needed, I’ve been able to refocus and drop some anxiety, I’ve been able to connect, oh the connections…  I love the connections.  I’m so full with love through this little blog that wasn’t supposed to be at all…

My growing friendships and sweet inspirers, you, you keep me going!

I don’t know what 2015 holds, but what I do know…. I’m ready!

Cheers 2015

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