Okay.. So it’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything. Life is freaking crazy you all. One minute you’re on a path, knowing exactly the direction you want to go in and then, it just throws you off the back of a pick up truck. Seriously. When you aren’t going on a course that the Universe/God/Destiny or whatever you call it. It brings circumstances to force change. I was so set on law school. So focused. Yet here I am. I haven’t graduated yet. My life, is totally crazy. I’m in the middle of growth and some days I stress cry in the bathroom. While other days, I meet amazing people, and have the time of my life! My mantra lately, has seriously been YOLO. As “Millenial” as it may sound, I’ve found a rich, deep sense of spirituality in the meaning. You only live once. That’s it. You can plan out the perfect life, with the utmost attention to detail and it will straight up be like… NOPE. So, do what makes you happy. For me, that’s wine and food. I had zero street cred, or references in the food and wine scene six months ago. Now, I’m the Director of private events, and manager of a wine shop in Downtown/Freemason area of Norfolk, Virginia. I still wake up sometimes like… What?! How did I get here?! It’s so surreal. My job has introduced me to amazing chefs, photographers, magazine editors, movie producers, sommeliers, wine makers, engineers, politicians, musicians, actors, etc… It’s absolutely insane. It has changed so incredibly fast, that I think I’m just gonna go with this YOLO for a minute and see where I end up. To end this, I’ll say this, My job…………… …….is to throw parties, drink wine and hang out with really cool people. So, if you’re currently stuck doing something you aren’t particularly happy about… let the YOLO take over and enjoy your life!
Alright, so summer has arrived in Virginia and boy oh boy are the plants in bloom! The Norfolk Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to go here. I know, I know.. Plants? Boring!!! I’d have to object. The grounds of this place are amazing. There is simply no other word that I feel like writing down to describe it. The gardens are a non-profit museum for plants. However, this place is so much more. Its an amazing date location, a peaceful place to collect your thoughts, and in their children’s garden a blast for kids! Seriously, the kids zone will be enough to buy a membership… ehem, parents. Weddings are conducted here, because it has some of the most romantic locations I’ve ever seen. That’s saying a lot. I grew up in Southern California. We had every landscape available to us in that state. They recently added a carnivorous plants exhibit, which is awesome! It’s very tiny, but how often do you see exotic carnivorous plants? I’ll post some photos below to give you an idea of the wonders of this garden. This is .0001% of what you will experience. If you are ever in Norfolk, Va give this place a try. It’s wonderful!
This year I’ve met so many incredible people and I had the opportunity to do some incredible things. I started this website as a way to find myself again, and it’s becoming so much more than I could’ve imagined. I found something rewarding in addition to promoting my life. I found a way to give back. Through my journey into “adulthood” (I turn 30 this month, which I consider to be quite an adult number. I’m sure when I’m 60 I laugh at my young self. Then laugh at my 60 year old self when I’m 80.), I realized there is so much joy in promoting other people and their businesses as well, that why haven’t I been doing this the whole time? What the heck old me?! What were you doing for 1/3 of your life? I don’t get paid for it… yet. I just use my skills in writing to highlight how awesome people and places can be. I also use them to highlight issues and create topics of discussion. Ever since I adopted this positive attitude, I’ve been experiencing more success in life than ever. I recently got accepted into a program for academic success in applying to law school. I’ll be heading to a college of law founded by two women, in July. I’ll get to participate in this exciting opportunity, and it was something I think I’ve been wanting for a while. It’s an opportunity to give back, through knowledge and empowerment. Plus, It will be an Awesome weekend in our Nations Capital!!!
Sometimes life can take you in unexpected directions. Some good, and some bad. The ability to bounce back or resiliency is a strong predictor of what determines your success in life. Then aga You could also just live a “perfect” life from birth to death. That could happen… I guess. If thats the case with you, I’d seriously question whether or not you were a robot, put on this earth to make people feel incredibly inadequate about themselves. I firmly believe no one is perfect.
I’ve come to realize that you may perceive an event that has happened as wholly bad. That can happen. What I’ve learned is that it may suck at the time, but given the right attitude anything is possible. I mean that literally. You might just need to find out what your definition of success is and jump on in. Some wonderful lessons I’ve learned along the way are……..
#1.) Never let fear deter you from doing something that could be amazing.
#2.) Don’t take no for an answer. If you want it, go get ’em tiger. The worst thing someone will say is.. “Please stop contacting me.” At that point, you could get sued for harassment. So….. probably take that lesson to heart.
#3.) Always, push yourself beyond what you think could be possible. Hater’s are hater’s for whatever reason. You know who you are, if they don’t see the value you have to bring to the table then it sucks for them. Let me tell you, that YOU,( person reading this right now), are capable, connected and your potential is off the charts!
#4.) Aim high, and fall from there. For me, my goal is to be the president someday. If I don’t achieve that, then I’m sure I’ll end up somewhere pretty successful with a big dream like that. Call me naive, and I’ll slap a story down that you probably weren’t expecting.
#5.) Have a back up plan and if you don’t, you’ll be okay too and you’ll figure it out.
#6.) Don’t settle for rational, unless you want to. Life’s not rational or predictable, so go for it!
#7.) Live your life the way you want to.
#8.) When opportunity appears, seize it.
#9.) Try to lift others up in the process and make amends when you can, if needed. Don’t leave any bad blood.
#10.) Try to let things go. You may not always be capable or able to, but a willingness to try, will make all the difference.
And finally lets leave it off with an even number…
#11.) Surround yourself with people who are doing what you want to be doing, or people you’re just curious about. Contact them, ask them questions, get to know them, and even see if they’ll meet with you. The world is full of possibility and I think a good way to live a full and rich life of success, is to explore that possibility!!
So, the moral of this story is… what are YOU waiting for? Go kick some butt!
“Nobody puts baby in a corner.”
The Rumbling Bald Resort in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is an incredible place. The resort overlooks Lake Lure, (A popular vacation spot in the summer), and sits neatly tucked between the hazards of their well kept golf course. The white sand beaches and children’s water park make this an excellent option for all ages. They host a Dirty Dancing festival here to celebrate the fun the movie brings in mere mention. It’s probably useful information to note, that the original movie was filmed here as well. They offer a tour to the guest of the grounds before the festival starts, fun film themed food fare and the after party is quite the scene! Be prepared to dress up in flowing dresses and be dazzled by the spectacular show they put on. It’s needless to say, but….
“I had the time of my life.“
It was so lovely catching up with one of my childhood best friends from Southern California! Love my Brandi-kins!
The views home were outstanding and so lush!
There were so many cool places that we passed by. Too bad we couldn’t stop at them all!
Th honor system applied at this cute little pit stop.
Travel tips for the festival:
1.) Get there early if you don’t want to miss out on the fun of the tour.
2.) If the food options aren’t to your liking at the festival, they do have a quaint little restaurant located on the main property to grab a quick bite.
3.) Be sure to save time for a fun dip in the lake and soaking up the suns rays, with a cool drink in tow!
5.) Make sure to have the time of your life!!
The rebranding of myself started at my lowest point. So here’s the story behind that.
The iconic pink flamingo lawn ornament that decorated the lawns of the 1990’s was seen as tacky and unappealing to some. I think they’re beautiful. I was “just a mom” for quite sometime, at least that’s what I thought. I felt tacky and unappealing. So I can totally relate to those flamingos. I think I’m beautiful now. I’m stronger than ever. I believe I can accomplish the path that is set out by my vision. I am woman. Hear me roar!
The Pink Flamingo Mom: A rebranding project of taking charge of your life and seeing all of the possibilities you have, just by recognizing the skills you already posses. Once you hone in on that power, you become unstoppable. “Get it Girl!”
Within this past year I started to noticed pink flamingos, almost everywhere. They’ve been rebranded as a cute and stylish design on everything from leggings to pillow cases. Whoever brought them back, thank you. They changed my life. When I’m stuck in a rut, for whatever reason, I follow the pink flamingos. Seriously, I find them in random places that my life has taken me. It’s very mystical. I take it as a sign that I’m going in the right direction. It’s also odd to note that they seem like they are everywhere, not just clothing. I took my children to the dentist office one day and looked up. Low and behold in brilliant 90’s neon colors was a pink flamingo with killer shades on. It was just hanging out, on a beach, on the ceiling of the dentist’s exam room. Totally random. That’s when the idea for this whole project kinda fell into place and I knew, that I KNEW what I was doing. A special friend of mine set this entire movement into place with her positive motivation. She is an amazing coach in life and fitness. Without her, I never would have started to discover my vision for the future. Thank You Danielle Griffin!
Check out Danielle’s extremely inspirational ability to change lives through lifestyle and fitness. Her positive approach to motivation helped me through my toughest time. Do good without expectation of reward and it will come back to you in ten fold. In other words, be kind for no reason. You never know whose life your about to change. Paying it forward!
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have unlimited resources, no responsibilities, and just pick up and go? I think it’s safe to say, that most people have. As an overloaded over-achieving American mother, I drift off to this fantastic mental oasis of mine and dream of the day I’ll be free to do whatever, whenever. This dream became somewhat of a reality, when the husband and I just decided to do it. We don’t have unlimited resources, we have tons of responsibilities, but we just did it. It wasn’t without the help of our family. Without these amazing people our break from “adulthood” couldn’t have happened. Our week started off with a surprise from the In-laws. While most people cringe at a thought of their mother in law paying a surprise visit, I really enjoy her company. ( Hi Mom! 🙂 ) I hit the jackpot with my In-laws. They flew across the country, took excellent care of our babies and kept the house extremely clean! The stress of school, the impending absence of my significant other (travel for work) and juggling three individual tiny little lives with separate schedules, had me loosing hair at an amazing rate. Even writing that sentence now, makes my head spin. We all could use a break from our routine. I think it really helps me appreciate all of the pleasures life has to offer.
These are some photos of the beginning of our trip. We left late Thursday night in pursuit of adventure. Our passports were up to date and ready to go. Our bags were packed and we hurried out to the car as fast as we could. This was a much needed vacation. It was such an amazing feeling to get in the car ALONE, without our children and say, “Where do you want to go?” We decided to head to the Nations Capital, as international travel was on our minds. We arrived at about 9 pm to the Cambria Hotel, in DC. We hit a snag with our reservation, but the staff was extremely accommodating and we managed to snag the last room!! We decided to wing it for breakfast the next day and found this amazing Ethiopian restaurant. The food was exotic and pleasantly unexpected. If you never tried Ethiopian food, you might want to. I find that venturing out of my comfort zone, usually brings good things in the form of exciting new experiences!
Check out this amazing restaurant at the link below!
I went to my schools library today to clear my head. I’ve accomplished quite a bit in that library, and whenever I need to reflect back on my accomplishments I go there. As I was meandering down the hallways, taking in the fun and exciting career opportunities for new college students, I ran into a study abroad program flyer. I’ve always wanted to study abroad. I’ve also always wanted to travel. Cosmic coincidence? I think so. My life seems to head in that direction lately these days, and honestly going with the flow of the universe hasn’t failed me yet. My life is just better this way! My motto has always been, “When you’re stuck, try something new!” What kind of life would anyone want to live without at the very least, trying. Time to update my passport!
I am one for a good story. In fact, from my perspective there’s a story in everything. Everyone, every place, and every adventure brings a new story that I get to tell. Not only do I find pleasure in sharing my stories, but I also get to hear ones too! How awesome is that?! They ALL have value to me and I treasure each one of them like they should be. Life is about experiences. I choose to live my life according to this belief and so far, it’s been one hell of a story! Sometimes, I feel as though I’ve stumbled onto a secret that I can’t help but spill. It’s as if, I’ve fallen into a vat of radioactive material and developed a super power to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! Some would call it a gift, a choice, a perspective or a belief. It’s all! It’s life and it’s whatever I want it to be! I believe in sharing my unique take on life because, I feel happy when I do. Happiness is something that I feel shouldn’t be kept hidden. I feel like it should be shared and celebrated! We’re here, we’re all living together and… it’s AMAZING!!!!!! No matter where you are, where you come from, how you got to where you are today, your story is amazing and I want to hear it! Why? Because why not?! Life is an experience that we all share. I say, lets all share this experience together and make something extraordinary!!!!
Hello! Today or should I say tonight is extremely exciting for Thepinkflamingomom.com! We just got finished with another fantastic adventure and we can’t wait to share it with you! Check us out at instagram @thepinkflamingomom for more photos of our adventures.