Why your past is purposeful and preparatory for your path

Hey ya’ll! Whew when I say this year flew in and flew out, it really did! I can’t believe we are a mere few days from a new year and decade! I’m super excited! With the end of one year and decade and standing on the cusp of the next, it’s often a time we use for reflection and intention setting but often times we use this time to ponder on loss or regret. While those are normal human emotions and reactions, our past is a wonderful tapestry on the quilt of the fabric of our lives we are weaving daily,  that propels us to the next moment,  and ultimately our destiny. Let’s dig a little bit deeper and really delve into why our past is purposeful for our path and how we can use it to be powerful in the present and fearless facing the future.

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When evaluating the past (speaking from personal experience) it’s easy to deeply romanticize our past based off our current vantage point or to examine all the ways that life would be different if different decision or set of decisions were made. While introspection and reflection are useful and beautiful tools, it’s often wasteful to continue ruminating on things that ultimately  cannot be changed without planning intentionally and thoughtfully on how the effects of those decisions can STILL BE USED to craft a purposeful, beautiful, and powerful life in the present and future. Also consider the wisdom and perspective you’ve gained are amazing tools, to not only assist you on your journey, but to empower and impact others.

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Often life’s most profound and greatest lessons are found in what I like to believe are the trial and trust ( trial and error is programming stating that there is a right or wrong way to get through life or life’s journey with a desired outcome) process. I say trial and trust because when something is tried it either reveals that is something that’s for you or not for you and there is beauty in that. The path to your most divinely aligned life is all about trusting your own process and learning to be intuitive to listen to your own voice and desires that assists you in crafting that vision that is perfectly aligned even if the road has its twists and turns and different expected outcomes.

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The beautiful part of a journey isn’t the destination, it’s the wholeness of who you become by the time you get there and tools, wisdom, and insight you obtain to sustain the continuous path to greatness. Also, consider that every moment is carefully crafted (both pleasurable and not so pleasurable) and paves the way for your next step and often even the steps that lead into the steps after that. When I examine my own life and my life trajectory even up to this very moment, I realize that there has not been a SINGLE step or place in time (even when I couldn’t fathom the great unfolding) that has been wasted by God and the Universe to shape me into the person I am today,  and where I am headed in the future. I am constantly reminded everywhere I look that in time God makes everything beautiful and that’s not just a cliche saying it’s reality.

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Consider the ghosts of your past as gifts to your present and future, and don’t allow them to haunt you. Instead make peace with them and allow them to be what inspires you in your future and gives you power in your present. Don’t stay stuck in your past unable to move ahead. Look back at the past only as a reminder of how far you’ve grown and with gratitude and hope of what lies ahead. Be thankful that you’re not the same and for the wisdom and gifts you’ve gained to share with others who might benefit from your change.

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Yes, you faced some challenges in your past. But are you really going to allow your past to rob you of your power or will you stand and own your power in the present, moment by moment until it leads to your  desired future? Let go of regret and see your past as the opportunity to consistently press reset on a version of yourself and your life that doesn’t serve you in your present or future reality. See the purpose in your past, allow it to propel you with grace and confidence into your present, and live fruitfully and abundantly in your future.

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Are there things you still hold onto from your past? Do you feel blocked because of your past? What would serve you well to let go of? What are some things you’ve overcome from your past that are helpful or beneficial to you currently and as you make preparations for the future? Let me know in the comments! I truly can’t say enough that I love and appreciate the support and I love hearing from you guys!

Why You Were Born to Sparkle and Shine

Hey Guys! Happy 17th day of February and I hope whether you celebrated Galentines, Valentines, some other mix of the two, or skipped both and jumped right into NBA All Star weekend, that your February is off to a great start. I was thinking about how often we walk through life and people,  the media, messaging, or some other source delivers to us how we are too much of something. Not too long ago, a guy I was dating told me I was a handful (I would like to add that I considered it a compliment  and was glad that I was staying true to myself of having a lot to give and overflowing although I am certain that he didn’t intend for me to take that message and find the positivity in it.) But why is an excess of something considered an awesome thing except when we speak about other people?

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No one complains they have too much money, food, happiness, or comfort. In fact, we as human beings are constantly striving for more in terms of the goals that we set out to complete or the lifestyle or life we envision. Why then do we allow ourselves to be compacted and shrunken by the expectations, fears, feelings, and opinions of others? Why do we attempt to take ourselves down a notch to be palatable to the world or to feel that the only way that we can fully be accepted is to show up as a lesser version of ourselves?  I am here to tell you from the day you were divinely created and purposed you were supposed to show up, show out, shine and sparkle.

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I personally believe that every time you shrink yourself you miss out on the chance to impact the world in the way you were created. Light, shine, and sparkle all have unique characteristics. But the one thing that they all have in common is that they stand out and lead the way, offer perspective to an otherwise dim environment, and most importantly bring JOY and SMILES and allow others that are receptive to it to feel a little warmth and specialness to each day. There is truly no more honorable or fantastic way to show up in the world other than being your most authentic and audacious self. When others see you walking in your truth, they  feel free to walk in their own truth and that’s a wonderful and freeing feeling. The world doesn’t become better by you playing small.

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People need big love, ideas, extraordinary and over the top personalities, loud and crazy laughs, big smiles, big hearts, people who know how to have big fun and be bold but also the humility to understand that everyone needs someone willing to RISK it all and show others that being extra is just simply being unapologetically in touch as a human being navigating this wildly crazy, but fun and meaningful ride we call life. Yes, everyone may not appreciate the luster that your sparkle is supposed to emit and the shine that you have to reach those that TRULY NEED and are BLESSED by your presence but SHINE ON!  The next time you find yourself or someone/something dulling your sparkle keep in mind, Tiffany’s has been in business for almost 200 years. The brand continues to attract new customers daily and never stops improving and stays committed to the process of providing the world’s most brilliant  and quality diamonds, why is your inner sparkle and shine any different? Dare to be different, blaze a trail,  be your most fierce and fabulous self, the world needs your genius, brilliance, sparkle and shine.

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You are the Opportunity

Hi everyone! Hope that 2019 is treating you well and you’re well on your way to accomplishing the goals you’ve set for yourself. With that in mind, I wanted to talk about opportunity, more specifically the fact that you are the very opportunity you are seeking to create and manifest.

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When we think about the new year or actions of creating and implementing/attaining a goal, it is usually associated with a dream or vision of the perfect opportunity that will drastically change our lives. But what if the change that we are seeking is already within us? What if that radical difference that we are looking for is something we already have that lays dormant in us ready to be activated and utilized? You are the very opportunity you are looking for  and how to activate your power and walk in your purpose.

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I know you’re probably wondering how you could ever have enough or be enough to be a full opportunity but that’s just it, it ALL STARTS with YOU. You have to believe that intrinsically EVERYTHING that you are is already enough to attract EACH and EVERY opportunity that you want to manifest.

 

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Do you want an amazing relationship? Then work on recognizing that you deserve it and raise your level of expectation to only GIVE YOURSELF the BEST first and then by default you will give off an energy/vibe that tells others that you will ONLY RECEIVE THE BEST.

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Looking to manifest a better career that you love? Do the work to be more than just an employee and become a valued added contributor. Put passion and love into everything you do, that soon will become your brand and one day you maybe able to parlay that into having your employer be your employee and contract/consult your skills and expertise out as you continue to expand your skill set.

 

Are you itching to start that jewelry, cosmetics, t-shirt, cup, or other company but unsure where to start? Wanting to write that blog or book but afraid to start? Wanting to share your story and truly change the lives of others but afraid of judgment or your past being used against you? Push those negative thoughts of fear, failure, and other people’s perceptions out of your conscious and subconscious mind and go after your purpose and destiny. It’s been put in your heart for a reason, so jump to it!

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Don’t create additional obstacles to talk you out of your own success! Be your biggest fan, show up for yourself, BE OPEN to new experiences that STRETCH AND GROW YOU, and the universe/ God will reward you tenfold. Don’t ever feel like that anything you don’t have or “lost” in a physical sense won’t be replaced by something much greater than you could ever imagine. There is never an opportunity that you miss when you realize you’re a walking, talking, breathing opportunity. One of my favorite affirmations is ” I already have everything I need to get everything I want.” How powerful is that? Wake up with that kind of resolve and purpose and I promise you every opportunity will find its way to the REAL OPPORTUNITY. YOU.

 

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Leveling Up to Expand and Improve Your Life

Hey Guys,

I have missed you so much! I haven’t been on here in a while but I definitely haven’t forgotten and it’s been such a desire to post on here but I only want to release content that’s meaningful and purposeful because I take my subscribers and this community very seriously and each of us is blessed with a gift to share knowledge and our world with the world. How amazing is that?!? It’s been crazy busy on my end but it got me to thinking about why that is. Honestly, it’s because I’ve been extremely intentional about leveling up and changing and expanding my life to truly CREATE the life I believe I was meant to live. I feel like LEVEL UP was truly the theme for 2018 and it’s something I plan to carry with me into 2019 and the years to come. (Shout out to Ciara for the amazing inspo.)

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But what does leveling up really mean and look like? It means that you’re operating in your best self and walking everyday with purpose looking to make decisions that your future self is going to thank you for and going to impact you but the greater world around you. It means you’re practicing your most optimal self care exercise, thought processes and actions, you’re learning how to prioritize what’s important to you on a financial, emotional, and spiritual level and how to align yourself with the activities that will help you meet the goals for those areas. Overall, you’re showing up as your best and brightest self because that is the only way you can truly activate your drive to pursue your wildest dreams. So what are some practical ways that anyone can truly level up?

  1. Take care of number one first.

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Be committed to learning when and what to say no to, asking for HELP and not being too prideful to get it when you KNOW you need it, and truly investing in your own mental, physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, and overall well-being. The often used phrase is you cannot pour from an empty cup  is true so be sure to do those things that are going to make you feel fulfilled, recharged and whole.  Whether that’s going for a walk, grabbing your favorite cup of coffee, reading a book, taking time to meditate, watching your favorite Netflix movie or show, or taking a mini vacay or stacay. Be creative, open-minded and remember that it’s ultimately about bringing you back to your equilibrium.

2. Invest and believe in yourself.

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The biggest part of your leveling up journey is investing into yourself and believing that despite what the circumstances or situation may look like that that investment is going to pay off and manifest. Do the work. Plant the seed. Continue watering it. It has no other choice other than to bear fruit. Read inspirational and educational books that will not only keep you inspired but expand your worldview and keep you well-rounded. Place intentions around the energy of the people you surround yourself with and what type of energy or experiences they bring into your life. BE INTENTIONAL about how you spend your time and give your resources, gifts, talents, and skills and NEVER EVER sell yourself short. Demand every last penny of your worth because there will never be another you who does things the way you do them and if you don’t stand up and believe in your own WORTH(which by the way is priceless) then people pick up on that energy and will treat you that same way in every capacity. Travel, try out new restaurants, learn a language, truly be committed to doing something everyday that will be an investment into who you are in the long run.

3. Have unwavering confidence, determination, and poise.

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The most successful people in life consistently believed they could achieve their goals and dreams, stayed determined and did it with grace, their own sense of style/brand,  and fulfilled their dreams beyond their wildest imaginations. Persist until what you envision exists. Don’t let your own self-doubt or even lingering negative thoughts you’ve managed to believe or pick up stop you. Don’t let the voices, opinions or fears of others stop you. Activate your faith and just keep going! Just because someone did it one way and it was successful for them in that manner doesn’t mean it’s the ABSOLUTE only way to carve a path to your own version of success. Yes, you can take notes from successful people but the most successful people also create a niche for themselves and God always  makes a way to have the audience/clients/people you’re supposed to meet find you. Work with God and manifest your own blueprint to divinely create a life that YOU and YOU only were meant to live. Be ambitious and bold and doubt doubt (yes I said to doubt your own doubts) and just go for exactly what you want. I am a STRONG BELIEVER in the law of attraction and manifestation so just keep putting the good you want out there and it will come back to you ten fold.

4. Keep your eyes on the prize.

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It’s very easy when all these things in today’s world are calling out for our attention to take our eyes off the focus of our short term goals and action steps, that help propel us to our long term goal. However, it’s extremely important to stay focused. Sit down and give yourself some time to really plot out a plan of what you want to do and the steps that are going to help you get there. STAY ORGANIZED. Whether it’s a planner, a vision board, reminders of tasks on your phone, anything that will help jog your memory of what’s important to you and what you want to achieve. Keep track of the progress you’re making and look at your level of productivity overall.  Ask yourself the honest question of  “Is this really getting me closer or taking me farther away from what I actually want to achieve or who I want to be when I envision my life?” Be honest with yourself and figure out what it will take to do that. Journal, write down your ideas, keep a pad or notebook handy because your best and brightest ideas always come in the most strange, inconvenient and sometimes odd places (speaking from personal experience). Most importantly be open to the journey, whether it’s getting your business to where you want it to be, building your brand, stepping out your comfort zone and trying new things, manifesting love, growing in your spiritual walk, or overall just becoming a better person, keep that vision at the front of your mind because that will keep you going when things get crazy and keep you pressing towards the goal.

I’m so excited for my own level up journey and I would love to hear from you guys! What are some things you’re working on? How has your level up journey been going? Have you started? What things do you think stop you from moving forward in the way you want? What actions are you taking to keep you pushing forward, motivated and closer to your goal? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear from you guys! And most importantly remember to keep on leveling up and being Fearfully Fashioned and Wonderfully Made!

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A Florida Girl in Beantown!

Hi Guys,

I’ve missed you all so much! How’s your summer? It’s been an extremely warm summer here in Floria and I cannot lie…. I LOVE IT!  I got the awesome opportunity to go and visit loved ones and friends this summer in Boston and it was absolutely amazing! I had so much and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have an underground tour guide (lol) but seriously I had the best time and saw so many amazing sights! It’s only right because I feel like this is my extended family that I absolutely want to share!

Peep my adventures below!

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There was so much amazing wall/street art in Boston. I loved it! This was one of my favorites!

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B Good! Love the decor and the emphasis on the food being locally sourced!

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Adopted Luke Turkey Burger and fries

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I loved these flowers when we were walking around! Absolutely gorgeous natural beauty!

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Downtown Boston

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Downtown Boston, this was a cool shot to me!

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Downtown Boston

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Luke’s Lobster! Amazing! And really, really fresh seafood!

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Decided to get the Luke’s Trio! Crab, shrimp, and lobster trio with clam chowder and blueberry lemonade. Absolutely scrumptious!

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Downtown Boston

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Burberry Store in Downtown Boston!

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Tiffany’s store in Boston!

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Boston Public Garden

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Me at the bridge at Boston Public Garden

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I loved these boats in the garden!

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Tiffany’s store front view in Boston

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Tiffany and CO and my shadow! I was such a tourist! Lol

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Valentino! Ya’ll know I’m a fashionista so I loved this as much as I loved Seattle!

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Downtown Boston

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My fave Marc Jacobs!

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Another fave! Kate Spade!

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Cool statues in front of Boston Public Market area

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Shout out to my amazing photographer for this awesome shot!

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Quincy Market

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South Market

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It’s Cheers ya’ll!

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Boston Public Market

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Cresent Ridge Icecream

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Boston Public Market: This map was so dope! Loved it!

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Another great piece of art!

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Banana ice cream with walnuts from Crescent Ridge

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I loved the look of this Starbucks!

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Caption explanatory but oxtails and rice. Yum!

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So good!

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This place had AH-MAZING wings and waffles after a night out on the town! SO SO GOOD!

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Chicken and Banana Waffles

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This was so cool on the back of the bus and sounded like a dope event!

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Of course I had to visit Harvard!

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It’s JFK Street!

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David’s Tea! I wish that we had one in Florida but the varieties of tea and preparation was so impressive! And it was so tasty the iced tea latte!

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Yet another cool Starbucks!

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It’s me in Harvard Square!

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Hazelnut crunch doughnuts! So good and so worth it!

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I literally had so many great and memorable experiences and so much amazing food while I was in Boston and I would definitely anticipate returning soon for even more! Have you all been to Boston? What are some of your favorite sights/places/food? What did you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Adventures at Magic Kingdom with Quarterwear

Hey guys! It’s May can you believe it? This year is literally flying by! The magic continues literally lol I wanted to share with you some of my recent adventures to Magic Kingdom and this great brand of purpose focused apparel that I discovered and have the amazing opportunity to check out some of their pieces, Quarterwear.

Quarterwear is a casual and comfort clothing brand that raises awareness, support, and capital for the world’s greatest causes and those who address them. Added plus? EVERY SALE impacts 25 lives through a partnering nonprofit. How awesome and life changing is that?!

In my recent trip to Magic Kingdom I wore their Merci shirt which is super comfortable,  cute and can easily be paired with your favorite jeans (which I did in the below photos) or your favorite shorts, or other bottoms. Check them out at www.quarterwear.org  Their current Merci collection benefits Feeding Children Everywhere. Now to jump into the magic at the happiest place on Earth!

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Pluto , Mommy, and I in front of Main Street USA

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Let the fun begin!

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Walt and Mickey Statue

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Cinderella’s Castle!!!!

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Me adjacent to Cinderella’s Castle

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Back of Cinderella’s Castle

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This took several shots to get right! Lol

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Finally got the castle in! The photographer was doing a lot zoom shots lol

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Mommy and I in front of Cinderella’s Castle

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Quite possibly the most magical and happiest place on Earth!

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End of the day pics! We were beat!

 

My favorite attraction of the day was Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, absolutely positively worth every minute! I enjoy every Disney park equally and it frees me and lets me get in touch with my inner child! What are your favorite attractions at Disney? Do you have a fashionable and conscious business that you love that has awesome items? What are your favorite places? (Obviously Disney makes my list of top seven) Leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys and  every time I come here I am extremely grateful for all my followers on this amazing journey!

Wanderlust Strikes Again: St Augustine Edition

St. Augustine is such a precious Florida gem and holds a great deal of history for Florida as a state. It’s also a very fun, beautiful and walkable place to do a short day trip and staycation and there is a little fun for everyone in St. Augustine. I am a huge wanderlust so I love going to places near and far, discovered and unchartered to awaken my senses, check out new sights, or make new memories at old ones. This particular trip is no different. I visited the St. Augustine African American History tour for the 2nd time (even better than the first, even though the first was pretty awesome) checked out the Lightner Museum, and got a great shot of Casa Monica, one of the first luxury hotels in the St. Augustine area. Check out some of the highlights of my trip below!

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Inside the Lightner Museum entryway

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Gorgeous fountain and bridge inside The Lightner museum and someone was preparing for a wedding this day

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Me inside the Lightner Museum. I love the arches and the architecture! SO PRETTY! It was also a rainy day that day!

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Back view of the Lightner Museum

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These chandeliers really caught my eye!

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As you can see the wedding prep had already begun! So exciting!

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Side view of The Historic Casa Monica

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Casa Monica

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This is a sit in counter that many civil rights pioneers participated in sit ins that took place in St. Augustine. One of many stops on the African American Heritage Tour

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St Augustine Foot Soldiers plaque dedicated to the important work of The Civil Rights Movement that took place in St. Augustine. The next time you find yourself in St. Augustine check it out!

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Dr. Martin Luther King was arrested here in connection with some events associated with the fight for civil rights in St. Augustine

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Steps that Dr. Martin Luther King was pushed down. Look up Monson Motel and this will give you a little more insight on the significance of this landmark. Definitely check out the African American Heritage tour and ask for Mrs. B! She’s amazing!

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Another stop on the African American Heritage Tour! Andrew Young Crossing! Andrew Young is also another pioneer not only for the fight for equal rights in Atlanta but also in St Augustine. Check out the walking tour for more great info into some vital historic pieces of St. Augustine history.

What are some of your favorite places/sights/foods/ restaurants in St. Augustine? Have you been to St. Augustine? What parts do you appreciate or treasure the most? Leave me questions or comments below? I’d love to hear from you! And thanks so much for joining me on this journey!