In 2006, my life changed. I lay in a hospital bed wondering if I fulfilled all of my goals and dreams. If that was it, was I satisfied? I was twenty-one years old and finished becoming an adult so quickly in those moments.

My life would never be the same. Yet, I consider myself to be so lucky. I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome which is heavily responsible for a large majority of sudden cardiac death cases in young people. Somehow I was spared from that fate. I get to lead an amazing life. While I have not let that one traumatic event in my life define me, I have allowed it to inspire me to help others and to go after all of the things that I want in my life. It is better to try and fail than to never try at all. In that regard, do you ever really fail when you put your best effort into something? I don’t believe so.

This website is a collection of things that I want to share with you like blog posts about stuff that I am passionate about, things that I find interesting or just life in general. Everything based on my website is of my own personal opinion.

National Wear Red Day 2019

People often ask me why I care so much or why I choose to volunteer and advocate when there’s “nothing in it,” for me. It may sound crazy saying that I’m lucky to have gone through my experience, but I truly I am. Going through what I did changed pieces of me and gave me an understanding for what it is like to live and what it is like to LIVE. Would I want to go through it again? No. But, that’s the point. I cannot fathom going through another heart related experience. I take everyday as an opportunity to better myself, work hard and try to make a valuable contribution in this world. This year, rather than sharing a list of facts, I want to share my “why.” To me, it’s so important to make sure I am informing people of what I went through–not just physically but mentally too. It’s being open. It’s being vulnerable. It’s knowing it’s okay to cry and still be scared when reflecting back at what happened. It’s about being strong and having the courage to tell others that they don’t have to be a statistic. They don’t need to die from heart disease or stroke. I made myself a promise when I was facing my own uncertainties in the hospital, that if I was going to get up and walk out of there and be okay, that I wanted to lead a fulfilled life and I didn’t want to see anyone else that I love or care about in the same position that I had been in. Going through something heart related... read more

4 Songs to Inspire Your Fall

I haven’t written a post dedicated to sharing music for awhile so I figured what better time than now?! One thing that I have learned is that it is important to have a healthy mindset and to stay inspired because that positivity overflows to all different aspects of your life. Psychology Today points out that for inspiration to flow, start small. So, let’s start with a small list of 4 songs that I’ve been listening to for the last few weeks. 1. “Broken Hallelujah” – The Afters 2. “High Hopes” – Panic! at the Disco 3. “I’ll Find You” – Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly Shoutout to my friend Ricardo for introducing me to this song! 4. “Confidence” – Sanctus... read more

Ms. Woman United States Tickets & Live Stream Information

I just wanted to post all of the information about tickets and how to catch the pageant in a live stream if you’re unable to attend. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 State Costume Runway Competition – 6pm Tickets: $50 Live Stream: $12 (preorder) Thursday, July 5, 2018 Swimsuit Preliminaries – 3pm Tickets: $60 Live Stream: $16 (preorder) Friday, July 6, 2018 Evening Gown Preliminaries – 3pm Tickets: $60 Live Stream: $16 (preorder) Saturday, July 7, 2018 Finals / Crowning – 3pm Tickets: $80 Live Stream: $20 (preorder) All In One Ticket (includes all prelims and finals): $220.00 I do not get any kickbacks from the sale of tickets or the streaming service. The information is provided for those interested. Let’s do... read more

Cookies Cheat: Use A Quest Bar!

If you’re like me, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to control cravings and stay on the right track (during your diet). I had gone to Warped Tour a few years ago and taken a Cookies & Cream flavor bar with me. During the day, from the heat, the cream melted. By the time I got to the protein bar, it was a gooey dream. Now, I may not be the only person who thought of this, but it gave me the idea to test out microwaving the bar in chunks in the microwave to create cookies. You can’t leave the chunks in the microwave too long or they will get hard, but if you leave them in for about 30 seconds (this will depend on your microwave as the each differ depending on your settings) they will puff up and take more of a cookie shape. Here are some photos to inspire your go at... read more

Go Red Luncheon

I was able to do something super special this past weekend. Being a heart survivor myself, I know it seems like you’re all alone when you’re going through your diagnosis. The American Heart Association actually has a Support Network now that is made up of survivors, caregivers, family members and friends whose lives have been changed by cardiovascular issues. I wish they had this back in 2006. I didn’t think anyone understood what I was experiencing. When I joined the network I did a search and found 3 posts relating to the heart complication that I went through. I know what I had was rare. I made a post to let people know that I was okay and they can pull through as well. Within a few hours someone commented and told me they chose to try the medication route and try to avoid having the surgery but they felt comfort in my success. I shared my story with anyone that would listen that came to the table during the luncheon. I passed out information and also heard really inspiring stories from others. Strangers gave me big hugs and thanked me for being brave and sharing what I went through with them. It’s honestly the least that I can do. I don’t want anyone else that I know to be affected by something heart related. It’s life changing–and for some it ends their life. 1 in 3 is too many. If you feel inclined, join the network. The Support Network is free, easy and secure. There aren’t any membership fees and you’ll also gain access to monthly Q&A sessions... read more

Museum of Ice Cream (Miami) Review

The Museum of Ice Cream is an absolute dream if you love sparkles, and well–ice cream! I’ll start at the beginning and then tell you some of my favorite attractions. Just like any Museum of Ice Cream location, you have to order your tickets in advance, you cannot walk up and purchase them. You’ll be able to select a time that you’d like to enter the MOIC from what they have available. Show up around the time listed on your ticket and you’ll be greeted by a line of fellow attendees itching to get inside. Once you enter, there is a counter where an employee puts on a little show for the kids. They encouraged us (the adults without children) to walk past and wait in the next line. We were surprised, but the very first attraction we were getting to was the pool of sprinkles! I was most excited for this. However, I will tell you it is a HUGE let down. The pool itself is very tiny and they let so many people (including massive amounts of children) in at a time. My friend and I were unsuccessful at capturing images in the pool of sprinkles and had kids throwing sprinkles at us. If there was one thing I would recommend, it would be for the MOIC staff to limit the amount of people they let in at each time (even more-so) so that way it’s not so overcrowded. You get about 2-3 minutes around the pool before they tell you to exit and bring in the next group. Following the pool of sprinkles is the first... read more


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