Honoring My Mom

imageDuring a recent road trip and overnight stay at the Comfort Suites in Gallup, New Mexico, I came across this picture hanging in the hotel lobby. It made me feel a sense of pride as I thought about my mom who was a member of the military in the early 1960’s, before I was born, and served as a reservist during my middle school years.

I would often quietly observe my mom in her uniform with her tiny combat boots, and wonder what her weekend would entail as she headed off for her weekend duty. I always admired her, but even more so when she was in uniform.

I recently had the fortune of going through my mom’s footlocker to sort and retrieve items from the past, like the Thanksgiving program from the mess hall and a brief letter home. It was a such special time for me. I always wished I could have been a fly on the wall to see my mom in her youth, this was my opportunity to see a piece of it.

I am grateful to have a mom that served her country. She was the foundation that kept our family together. My mom is such an important part of my life and I am so fortunate to share a new life journey with her.

Happy Mother’s Day mom!❤️

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It Starts with Customer Service

imageToday, I had the opportunity to observe a gentleman who worked as the gate agent for an airlines, demonstrating what I consider exceptional customer service. Although it was 5:35 a.m., he was very engaging, attentive, and had a ever steady smile. His customer service  was outstanding, and a few of us waiting passengers took notice.

He was an elderly gentleman (I have a soft spot for the elderly) and was so kind to the other elderly passengers, making their wheelchair decent to the plane entertaining. When another elderly gentleman approached, he mentioned, it’s so nice to see someone like me still working. The gate agent responded in a positive manner.

I am a big stickler for customer service and had to let this gentleman know he had great customer service. He thanked me with the biggest smile that warmed my heart. He was my inspiration today and brighten my day, even though I was half asleep when I arrived at the airport.

When you see someone exhibiting great customer service, let them know. The service they provide is for us and they should know when they’re doing a great job.

I Found My Soulmate

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Have you ever wondered if there was any truth to finding your soulmate? I always believed we each have a soulmate, however, it may take time to find him or her.

My soulmate reality came to fruition, while working several years ago. I saw a man in my work location and immediately felt something in my heart that made me feel he was the one for me. I never had such a strong feeling of connecting with a person, I did not know, and a need to meet him…maybe it was love at first sight.

I’m was so grateful and nervous when I finally had the opportunity to meet him. I found out he had a “little” crush on me too. He apparently had seen me out and about, but never approached me.

I’m happy to say, my soulmate is still here by my side 23 years later. We have such a great connection, and the ability to laugh and support each other during the best and most difficult times.

I know he is my soulmate. He is always in my heart and I still get butterflies when we’re away from each other for a few days.❤️

Music Reflection

 

After a long busy week, I had to take a moment and reflect on one of my favorite songs, Over the Rainbow. Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole’s rendition of this song with the ukele is beautiful. His voice is so angelic and brings such calm to me no matter what’s going on in my life. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.

10 Tips for a Successful Relationship

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I am always intrigued by couples in long-term committed relationships. I wonder what has been the key to their success. The one thing that touches my heart is, elderly couples holding hands or cuddling. It shows their commitment to loving each other.

Over the years, I came up with the following list of things that have been the key for my husband and me.

1. Truly listen to what is being said, before formulating your response.

2. Like your partner.  You must like your partner to love them.

3. Hold hands. The power of touch is amazing.

4. Laugh. My husband and I love to laugh. We spend time creating our own comedy hour.

5. Be a cheerleader or the biggest supporter of your partner.

7. Allow your partner to have their time. It’s important to have time for yourself too.

8. Treats! Pick up one of his/her favorite treats as a surprise. It will bring an instant smile.

9. Compliment him/her. Remember to say thank you.

10. Make time for your partner.

Disclaimer: This is based on my personal opinion and what has worked in my relationship.❤️

Party & Organize

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Looking for a fun way to do some spring cleaning, get organized, and enjoy friends. Throw a swap party! I had a wonderful time this weekend hosting this event as a way to recycle new and gently worn clothing. End result, free clothing and accessories, remaining items donated to charity, lots of laughter, food, and fun. (These images were before my friends arrived with their goodies).