44 adventures with wine…A1-A3 W1-6

My intention when I set the goal to go on 44 adventures and try 44 new wines in this 44th year of Bliss was to write about my adventures and wines right after they happened. Well, I’ve had 3 adventures and 6 new wines and I get a grade of, D for didn’t do it! 🙄 

I don’t know why I haven’t written. I can make up some reasons but I’m sure you don’t want to read those. So instead of a super long post about the adventures and wines I will just share some pictures and a few captions for your enjoyment and promise to do better next time. 

W1: This Marietta blend was the first new wine I tried. It was a splurge at $25 but well worth it! Thanks Liz! YOLO! 

I’m not a expert on how to describe wines. Im not even an amateur! I just know what I like. I think you can enjoy this with a really heavy meal, like beef or pasta with a rich red sauce. Liz and I  enjoyed it with fried chicken and hookah because, black.

A1 with W2-5

My cousin invited me out for a day at Chateau Elan. It was a great way to spend a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon. We had brunch at the restaurant in the hotel, followed by a tour of the winery and then a wine tasting. 

W5: Spent some time exploring a new beverage center here in Columbus and picked up this Rose from one of my favorite vineyards. It’s very light and refreshing. I enjoyed it with a Stevie Wonder playlist and good conversation but feel free to have it with a light meal, a salad course or fried chicken and hookah.😉

A2: WNBA 

RWTD!! I finally got a chance to check out an WNBA game. The Atlanta Dream vs the LA Sparks. THE DREAM WON!! So grateful to have a chance to watch Candace Parker play in person. This chick is huge! It was a really fun experience. Before the game we grabbed lunch at California Kitchen and since we were soooooo close, we had to grab some donuts from the famous Sublime Donuts after the game.  The only downside to this perfect Saturday was it took some time to get the Yellow Jacket scent out of our clothes. #THWGT #GODAWGS

A3: I have taken a lot of spin classes. But this one was TOTALLY DIFFERENT. First it was a birthday party. My friend decided she would give her friends a little taste of her Tuesday and Thursday morning Xtreme spin class. Secondly,  It was like working out in a night club. Check out Total Fitness Revolution in Mableton, Ga if you get a chance!

I have so many more adventures planned and so many more wines to try. Looking forward to updating you again soon!

 

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~AB

 

 

BE aMAYzing…days 14-20

Week two of #BEaMAYzing was a little challenging. I didn’t feel my best emotionally but I made it through the week. Here are some pictures from the past week…
 

I did miss posting the new vegetable I tried. I purchased broccoli rabe and tried it.

 I’m not sure if it was the way I prepared it or what but I did not like it at all. 😝  I MAY try it again prepared another way. I’m wondering if I should have just roasted it since that is my favorite way to cook veggies these days. *shrugs*
Here is what you will see in the coming week…

May 14th Treat yourself

May 15th  Sugar free day

May 16th Scripture meditation

May 17th Water Wednesday

May 18th Eat a healthy breakfast

May 19th Take your vitamins/supplements

May 20th Spend some time outside

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~AB

 

 

Be aMAYzing…days 7 to 13

Last week I wrote about my plan to have an Amazing May by doing something good for myself every day of the month. It’s part of my spring cleaning rituals that will bring good vibes, good energy and positivity into my life. I am chronicling this project on my Instgram page, MsBliss1212 under the hasthtag #beAMAYzing.  I used the first week as a jumpstart to eating healthy and working out consistently. Check out the pictures from days 1-6.

Here are my plans for days 7-13

May 7 Treat yourself

May 8 Make time for meditation

May 9 Head outside for a long walk

May 10 Drink 100 oz of water

May 11 Try a new vegetable

May 12 Drink 3 cups of green tea

May 13 Get  13,000 steps today

Have an AMAZING week!

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~AB

 

 

 

First quarter goals update…

At the beginning of 2017 I wrote about some goals I wanted to accomplish. Well,  here we are in the middle of the second quarter and I haven’t given an update. And whhhhhhyyyyy haven’t I updated you? Well,  I’ve been busy crushing these goals and haven’t had time to write.

*ahem* Let’s just go with that, shall we?

Here are the goals for 2017 and how I did or didn’t do on them Q1…

Faith: Learning to hear God’s voice and finding what His purpose is for me by reading the bible and meditating on it daily.  I crushed this goal! Not only am I reading the bible more and meditating, but I also started a devotional group with some of my friends.  I am starting to understand God’s purpose for my life and I am actively working on that every day. #GodSoGood

Fitness: Lose 20 pounds and lower my blood pressure by going to the gym at least 3 days per week and eating healthy 80% of the time.  NOT even close on this one. I think I hit the gym 14 times Q1…Here is a current photo of me and my diet for the past 3 months…

I obviously have some work to do over the next few months and I’ve started! I have been working out more consistently so far and I’m tracking my calories!

Family: Work on planning a family reunion for my Mom’s side of the family.  I’m kinda 50/50  on this one. I’ve done some brainstorming and I have some ideas but no real movement on the plans…YET! We did have a family Superbowl party! Here are some pics before my HEART WAS BROKEN AND SNATCHED OUT OF MY CHEST WITH RUSTY PLIERS DIPPED IN BLEACH…😭

Finances: To complete 20% of my five year savings goal by reducing my spending on eating out and finding ways to add to my income.  Another one bites the dust! I’m way ahead on this one. If things go as planned, I should be at 25% savings by the end of this year.

*pats self on back*

*throws dollars* Ayyyyeee!

Bank account looks at me like…

*picks them back up* 😔

Fun:  Continue to find fun and excitement in every day by being grateful and positive.  Did you have any doubts on this one? Chile, please! I CRUSHED IT!

Yeah I know this post is Prince heavy….

I’m still actively working on staying committed and focused on my goals. I set a weekly reminder on my phone to review them so that they stay on my mind. I’m hoping to be crushing all of them by Q2.

How are you doing on your 2017 goals?

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~AB

 

 

BE aMAYzing! 

It’s May! I am smack dab in the middle of a wonderful spring renewal. I love spring! It’s the season of my birthday, Easter, and the return of long days.  Flowers are starting to push up, trees get their leaves back, and the weather gets warmer. I think the only thing that I don’t like about spring is that spring forward foolishness. Can we just leave the time alone? If 45 made that happen I would say his time at 1600 was a success!

Right before the start of spring, I found myself getting rid of stuff. I threw stuff OUT! Physical stuff in my house that I no longer enjoyed, friendships that were draining, and habits that were keeping me from bliss. I also forced myself to write and repeat affirmations throughout the entire month of April and I shared them on Facebook. Right now I am starting another spring ritual to keep my renewal going. During the month of May, I will do something daily to make me feel better physically, mentally or spiritually.  I hope these little habits will help to bring good vibes, good energy and positivity into my life. Please feel free to join me. I will be sharing mine on IG(@MsBliss1212) and on my Facebook page  with the hashtag #BEaMAYzing.  Each week I will post the week’s list here.  Check out my ideas for week 1.

May 1 Use Myfitnesspal to track my calories and stay under my calorie goal.

May 2 Have a bowl of fruit for my night time snack

May 3 Drink 100 oz of water

May 4 Make a wake up playlist to energize my mornings

May 5 Cinco de Mayo…Make a margarita with real fruit instead of those sugar filled mixes!

May 6 Drink my greens

May 7 Treat yourself!

Feel free to use my lists or come up with your owns. Let’s make this the best Spring ever!

What are your spring rituals?

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~AB

Spring Sunday

Brunch. That wonderful meal that is not breakfast and not lunch but a delicious combination of the two. It’s eating slow, laughing loud, and connecting over eggs, fried chicken, salads, coffee and of course mimosas. Sunday brunch is my favorite because the to do calendar is normally empty so brunch can linger for hours and hours, especially if the company is good and the mimosas are bottomless!

This Sunday as well as  the next few Sundays in Spring will be spent brunchin’.  A good friend of mine decided to do brunch just about every weekend in Spring and I have borrowed her idea.  I’m a girl that loves food. (search #fatgullswag on any social media site and you will see my posts). I jumped at the chance to eat my way through spring.  The city I live in has some really interesting new spots that I have been wanting to try and brunch is an affordable way to check them out.

After church and brunch, the rest of my day will be spent surrendering to the Universe’s plan. My calendar is completely free and I trust that  the Universe will lead me to an amazing Sunday!

How are you going to spend your Sunday?

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~AB

 

Alice’s 44 Adventures in Wonderland….with wine


I turn 44 years old today. I’m thankful to be able to celebrate another palindrome birthday! I will give y’all a second to google palindrome…lol. It’s when a number is the same backward and forward. Once you reach double digits, you don’t get many of these bad boys so why not celebrate them! I was also inspired by 44, our former POTUS, Barack Obama. Have you seen him since he glided out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? Since he broke up with US, he has been living life. Barry is stunting on us like a jilted ex making us want him back. IT’S WORKING TOO! TAKE US BACK 44!


I mean, we gave this man 8 years and he never took us to Sir Richard’s island. 😥

Since I don’t know anyone with a private island, I am choosing to celebrate mine with 44 adventures and 44 bottles of wine, hence the title of this post. I hope to blog about each one but that may not happen because…lazy. #dontjudgeme.  

I chose this goal because I am a true believer that experiences are more important that things and that’s how I want to live me life, creating experiences. And the wine part, well, it is just because I love wine and I want to. 


 

I have had an amazing 43 years(blame it on Jesus, #blessed) and I am looking forward to an even better 44th one…in a flower filter! 


Enjoy! Comment! Share!

~AB