Tis The Season, Don’t be a Hangry Man or Woman

What a fun filled christmas shopping day with my sis!  The sun was shinning, bells were ringing and this was exactly what I needed!  I love shopping!  Who doesn’t?

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”  ~Burton Hillis

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“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” Bruce Lee~

I stood, watched the water burst up and go under!  It enlightens, steadies my soul, makes me ponder.  I wish to be like water, formless and free.

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Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.” ~Oren Arnold
                 
Mixed with a variation of gifts equals the “Perfect Christmas Giving List!” 

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“When people you greatly admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch.”~ Douglas Adams
 After a long shopping day, Hangry set in, yikes!  Time for a quick Salad MYKONOS did the trick!

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“I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” ~Tammy Faye Bakker 

Especially with friends or family!  Whats on your shopping list?  Either way, make it “Awesome!”  Dive In and have fun friends!

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Snow Playground

Although it was a bitter, wintery 5 degrees outside in Park City, Utah!  The kids are home and we feel like having a snow adventure! The dogs followed swiftly!  It warms my heart to spend time with those who I love dearly!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

Suena & Chloe our beautiful ladies

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“You’re never too old to do goofy stuff.”  ~From the television show Leave it to Beaver, spoken by the character Ward Cleaver

Yanique goofing off on the slide!

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“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

Love my sister, she is the best friend a little sister could ask for!  Her character lights up a room and keeps me smiling!

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“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
― Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat

Penelope and Kiera always playing, having fun!

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Even when there is a boo boo they carry on!

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English proverb “The soul is healed by being with children.”

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The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

So get out there and create your adventure, no matter where you are! Good night

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Thank You for reading! Dive in Friends , Good night~

Daughters

This piece is dedicated to the beautiful, graceful, down to earth, funny, spunky, talented, passionate, adventurous, courageous lady in my life, my daughter!  Thank You for loving me unconditionally and teaching me so much even in times of chaos!   Thank You for being Awesome and Amazing!

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Love always Mama

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

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On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison.  A South African Antiapartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison.  He died today in his home.  Mandela was South Africa’s first black president  from 1994-1999.  He lead his country into the path of democracy!

“Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world, let us reaffirm his vision of a society… in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another.” South African President Jacob Zuma said.

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We here at 11Hauz would like to say Thank You to Mr. Mandela.  Condolences to your family!  A great leader/man is finally at peace!

Thank You Nelson For:

Standing up for Human Rights

Encouraging Land Reform

Combating Poverty

Combating HIV/AIDS Through the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Expanding Health Care

Abolishing Apartheid  and establishing multiracial elections

Nelson is often described as, Madiba or Tata,”The father of the nation.”

Dive into the life of  an extraordinary man!

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Overcoming Barriers

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Looking back on earlier years in life.  I’ve made mistakes, overcome fears and grown to love myself unconditionally!  This is not an easy journey!  I’m still traveling and learning more about myself and others every day.  I now understand “Happiness is a journey not a destination,” Ben Sweetland.  Losing my virginity at 14 was chaotic but sweet. I was involved in a relationship with a handsome, charismatic, funny guy.  One day he was punched in the eye, defending my honor.  That day I went over to comfort and thank him.    Mid losing my virginity I asked him to stop but he held his ground and continued.  I could have screamed or pushed him off, but I felt I owed him for putting himself on the line, being battered. This scar followed me for 6 years in our relationship!  I never confronted him about it.  I acted as though it never bothered me.

At the age of 15, one year into our relationship, I took a pregnancy test.  It came out positive!  I was in shock! I sat in the bathroom of my moms 2 bedroom Brooklyn apartment and cried.  Holding this priceless information I called him.  He reacted with disgust and hatred towards the growing fetus in my stomach.  He threatened to physically attack me so I could lose the baby and accused me of sleeping around. Though it bothered me I never allowed my self to enter hell’s pit with him by pointing the finger or adding negativity to fuel the fire.  Instead I looked at it from his perspective.  Yes, we’re teens, emotional, unstable, still in school, no financial stability.  We we’re basically unfit to raise a child but born she would be, no matter the circumstances. I made my decision without anyones consent!

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One day while in class I dashed to the bathroom.  Have you ever had to take a number 2 and  vomit at the same time?  I suffered these symptoms all through my pregnancy including black outs.  Once teachers and my guidance counselor found out I was pregnant.  They offered a school program for pregnant teens.  They said I would be a distraction and needed to be placed somewhere else.  I stood my ground with my mother by my side and fought to stay in my current high school. For 5 months I walked to school and back by myself.   My boyfriend and friends decided to stop talking to me because I choose to keep the baby.  A friend at the time would watch me and one day offered to walk with me.  I didn’t refuse.  It was good to have someone who cared because almost everyone turned against me.  People normally don’t like what they don’t/cant understand.  While he walked me to school my boyfriend at the time was courting other girls.  My friend asked: “Why don’t you get upset at his behavior?”  I responded, if thats what he wants, why should I stand in his way?  He looked at me and smiled.  I’ve never been one to tell someone what to do.  I believe in  allowing people to seek and find.

On March 3, 6:20am I held my baby in arms for the first time!  There is no greater feeling than carrying a child in your womb for 9 months, pushing her out through pain, to receive unconditional love revealed in the end.  My mother accompanied me in the birth room. Her dad did not attend due to a citizenship appointment he was scheduled for.  Do I hold this against him? No.  His citizenship was a priority at the time in his eyes.

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I’m a proud single mom of a 15 year old beauty!  There were times I thought of giving up but I never did! The world may judge me and the choices I’ve made but I’m in love with the woman I am today and no judgement or human can take that away!  I hold my head high and heart clean.  As for my ex, I couldn’t tell you.  My daughter never hears a negative peep from me about her dad.  I leave that up to her.

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To all the single moms, dads, parents keep this in mind: “When you become a parent. You become a role model! “Be who you would want your children to be,” unknown.  Allow them to be who they are! What they have to say is important also.  Listen more, talk less and dive into life’s adventure with them! Children are the best teachers of love.

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