Time to sit back and unwind.....
As the Memorial Weekend approaches, I am excited for all of the travel and food that will make up the next three months of this awesome season...
There are a few blogs that I LOVE to read and peruse that inspire me to travel the world, eat glorious food, and be incandescently happy on a 24/7 basis. I want to share them with you in hopes that you become inspired to LIVE LIFE to it's absolute fullest this summer - starting with this weekend!!!!!!
These are just three but there are soooo many more!!!
Start discovering your own destiny this summer through the things you love!!!!
Travel & Food just happen to be my things - I am spending this opening weekend of summer in the Poconos with some great friends; road trip, great company, and BARBEQUE'S!!!!! (i'm such a fat kid - lol!!!)
And I have one trip planned for each month of the summer:
June: Atlantic City
August: TBD (maybe Philly)
So lovies, may your weekend be filled with nothing but great food, good music, and LOVE - but most importantly may you be surrounded with happiness, whatever that is to you!!!
Hugs & Love,
I LOVE CARS! They make me happy. Four wheels provide you status, infinite possibilities (as long as you have gas), and most importantly FREEDOM.
I love cars so much so that I rent cars quite often - just about every weekend. Over the past two and a half years, I have averaged 4 rentals a month (counting weekday rentals as well). I have driven them all: small, large, white, black, hatchback to luxury. and they ALL tell a unique story......
No story as drastic as this past weekends. I was fortunate enough to rent a brand new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and it was a thing of true beauty!!!!! Outside of driving in torrential rains on Friday night (#jesusbeaboat was my prayer) - the weather for the rest of the weekend was BEAUTIFUL and the top was down the whole weekend!!!!
As the night was coming to an end on Saturday, 4 blocks from my house, sitting at a green light waiting patiently for traffic to move....... BAM!!!!!
Someone in a white commercial van SLAMMED into the back of my car - MY BRAND NEW CHEVROLET CAMARO WITH THE TOP DOWN!!!! (do you feel my pain?) After getting over the shock of being in my first car accident ever (almost 7 years of having my license), and making sure my passengers (dad and lil bro) were ok - the tears flowed. We were pushed from one side of the intersection to the other, with no damage to anyone (thank the Lord Jesus).
I want to insert here how awesome God is, because there were two things that were done for and during this rental that proved how awesome God is.
First: Basic insurance is automatically included with your rental, however you can add additional coverage, which normally I ALWAYS decline - however, my brother suggested getting it for this car and we did - can you scream: THANK YOU JESUS!!!!
Secondly, we were coming from running errands with a trunkful of groceries, target bags, etc. With one stop left for the day, my dad suggested unloading my trunk before going to our last stop - I didn't want to - but we did - and boy am I glad - our trunk was hit badly in the accident and whose to say, we would have been able to unload after.....
I say this all to say, despite having a terrible two hours on Saturday night and few spoiled plans - there was still plenty of happiness in this situation. NO ONE WAS HURT!!!! I had a brand new rental, enjoyed driving it, and looked good in it (I'm a bit vain when it comes to cars). I went out on Friday night with friends, spent all day Saturday with my two favorite men, and lived it up in Brooklyn with my little brother until it was time to return the car. The car was still drivable after the accident and the drop top was not injured!!!!!!
Someone told me on Friday - nothing but positive vibes are allowed when I talk to him - and that mantra was my theme for the weekend - nothing, not even a car accident can destroy my destiny!!!!!
I have included pictures of some of my favorite rentals below. Don't be jealous - start renting and enjoying a new version of freedom today. Btw, most of the rentals, I have either gotten at steep discounted prices or FREE! Hertz takes care of me #goldfivestarstatus!
Join and become a gold member!!!
Hint: Renting from an airport gives you a better selection of cars and considerably lower prices
This weekend we took the time to honor very special people - MOTHERS!
I might be a bit bias - but my momma is the BESTEST in the entire world and I love no other person in the world like her (even though I am a huge daddy's girl). I wanted to do something for her this weekend, more than dinner and flowers but still keep the budget reasonable and a few weeks ago, in my daily search for hotels (I told you I love them) - I came across the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, CT. This palatial like hotel had an amazing pre-paid deal for $85/night - BOOKED! and then I rented a car using accumulated gold points - FREE!
If you are like me, you have more than one "mom" in your life - and my godmother, whom I absolutely adore, joined us for the weekend. So for, less than $200, the three of us had a very relaxing weekend, doing nothing but eating, sleeping, looking at the gorgeous homes of Greenwich, and watching HGTV! SCORE!!! (see pics below)
I share this to say - happiness is not always about doing things for you - but moreso, about doing things for others. Of course my mom deserves a 3 week vacation on a yacht, with a butler and a private jet on standby - but until then, a weekend away in a small town with her best friend and daughter was just as GREAT!
For the same price, I would have spent on one Broadway ticket, or two sports tickets, or a new pair of shoes (or two) - I got a deluxe double room with full breakfast buffet and parking for 3 people. Happiness doesn't have to be expensive either!!!
Here are some site that you can check out (that I love) for awesome hotel prices and car rentals!!!
www.jetsetter.com (amazing flash sales on luxury hotels)
-I highly suggest becoming a Gold Member with Hertz - it's FREE! And most importantly, with every rental you rack up points towards free rentals.
I hope you all had a SMARVELOUS weekend, and to all the mother's out there - I APPRECIATE YOU!!!!!
My mom has been instrumental in helping me shape and discover my destiny - it's only right to say THANK YOU!!!
See you next week!
I ask myself this all the time......
I have known since I was four years old, exactly what I wanted to do with my life - and I had this idea that since I knew what I wanted, knew where I was going, and knew how I was going to get there - I WAS SET!
I'd go to college, get a job in my industry, gain a few years of experience, and then branch out on my own - starting my own business, garnering success within 2-5 years and retiring by 30! Along the way, I would have met my prince charming, swept him of his feet with my charm, beauty, and success - we would have dated, married, and traveled the world together before settling down to reproduce. Again, all this before I was thirty - because in my mind - I want to (and still do) be a stay at home mom for my children.
Reality of My Life:
I'm 27 - single, living at home with my parents, working in an industry that I did NOT go to school for. Yes, I did attend college and then I graduated 2 months before the economy dropped.
Unemployed - Intern - Full time Employee - Back to unemployed - Potential Graduate School student (accepted but didn't attend) - Back to Full-Time Employee (and now writing a blog)
My journey has been NOTHING like what I dreamed or planned.
BUT I WOULDN'T CHANGE IT FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD
Because I'm happy! (in my best Pharell voice)
Something's that I discovered in the past two years:
-It's ok to not have the answers but have so many questions
-It's ok to not have an elaborate plan on how to get to my journey's end
-It's ok to take life one day at a time
In the past two years, I have realized that more than anything in the world, I just want to be happy! So, I took a year (2013) and did everything that I LOVE to do!
I traveled (nationally and internationally) - I went to concerts - I rented cars ( I LOVE CARS!) - and I ATE ( I LOVE FOOD!) - and most importantly, I surrounded myself with FAMILY & FRIENDS!!! See pics below!
The happiest year of my life! And at the end of 2013, I realized my destiny is not to be the "Uber Successful Boniface" rather it's to live and enjoy life on a daily basis and along the way accomplish my goals and live out my dreams.
We all have these dreams that turn into goals and give us a sense of purpose. and those are GREAT. They are needed. I'm a planner by nature - I set deadlines, and dates. I have Plan A so meticulously set that there is rarely ever a need for Plan B.
BUT life has shown me that it can seriously BOTCH any Plan you have - no matter how detailed you are.
So rather than stressing and losing your sense of purpose for what may seem like a missed deadline, or lost opportunity, or forgotten dream - know that the deadline CAN BE pushed back - the opportunity WILL present itself again, and the dream is NEVER forgotten.
In the meantime - LIVE LIFE! And make new discoveries and dreams along the way.
Trust, I will still be the owner of a vast Hospitality Conglomerate but until then, I will incorporate my love for hospitality and service in my daily life on the level I'm at now - and my next step is this blog!
This blog will show you (and me) how to discover happiness EVERYDAY!! In both the small and the big, there is so much to enjoy in life on a daily basis - and my heart is so happy that we are going on this ride!
So here's to our journey .....discovering our destiny's together.
See ya next Sunday!