My Day at the Zoo

When you work in the social field and you deal with children and families not everyday is a good day , some days are full of tears and anger not from me as the worker but from the families I encounter. Today was a good day , I got to take an ice cream loving three year old to the zoo, I found out her favorite animal is a cheetah but if you ask her it’s a Cheeto (children are amazing) . Everyone needs a dose of happy and seeing a toddler marvel at animals is nothing short of an happy pill. My goal in this post is to bring you with me and a giggling three year old around the zoo. So let the adventure begin. We will start with the Cheeto according to a tiny human, she also says he’s a big cat friend and he’s the fastest cat at the zoo. She’s not wrong ! Right after our big cat friend came an ice cream truck and my tiny human was definitely wearing it .We will continue our adventure to the giraffes my personal favorite! The oldest of the bunch was hanging out by the walk way eating leaves and being really friendly.

Walking away from our friendly y’all friend we saw zebras and rhinos !

As luck would have it not only is my tiny human a Cheeto enthusiast she’s also an explorer and pointed out a turtle.

At our local zoo there are no actual elephants however there are some statues made out of recycled metals. The art caused my tiny human to jump up and down repeatedly saying “ellie’s!”

There is a walk about at my zoo and there are birds and kangaroos on this area , there not caged and they are laying about . You will also see bunnies and squirrels eating the kangaroos food out of the bowls to which my tiny human said ,” those squirrels didn’t ask for carrots ” .

I wish I would have captured this on video , if your unsure about yourself , never take a three year old into a bird house . Unless your prepared to carry the three year old the entire way and swat the air like your batting flies. Otherwise it’s a great experience!

Hear me out , when your tiny human starts running towards other tiny humans who are eating French fries and starts saying share , it is certainly time to eat and this is lunch with a view of an island of flamingoes ! In true Florida kid fashion my tiny human ate here salad , yes SALAD! While standing on one leg . Yay! Veggie loving toddlers !

After we ate my tiny and her loyal crew “chomp , chomp ,chomped !” All the way to the alligators and she was unamused at there lack of activity because they were all napping !

We strolled across a bridge and we met what my tiny human described as a giant lizard , it was the Komodo Dragon.

We walked down the path some more and there was an area where you could feed koi fish and two dollars later, I think the fish ate more than enough .

Across this bridge we met the cutest animal in the zoo in my opinion , the meerkats ! We stayed awhile in meerkat manor , there was a tunnel for the kids and I assure my tiny human didn’t miss the opportunity to crawl under the home of the meerkats to see into there burrows .

Now we had to run to catch our train for the zoo tour and I do mean run! We picked up the tiny human and jogged from meerkat manor all the way to train. We saw camels , antelope , elk and a bald eagle among some other animals and there remains !

The conclusion to my day at the zoo was very enthusiastic, my tiny human sung the Florida alphabet on the way home until she sung herself right to sleep. Today was a good day . – Myriesha

I Don’t Have All The Answers and it’s Okay.

I suppose with time comes understanding , I used to think that “adulting” meant having all of the answers but I’m realizing that it is not so. Young and old we are all just trying to figure it out and by it I mean life. There is no schematic on life , it doesn’t come with an instruction guide , you learn by living . Watching your peers will teach you that living is hard, apart of getting older is new responsibilities. Were at an age where we are finding our footing, building our own stability . Some of my friends are parents , wives and husbands and that opens up more uncharted territory. As kids we prepared to have a home of our own , to cook and to clean and be independent whilst constantly calling home for every little inconvenience. Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about those of you who snuck out of your parents home with various items for the up keeping of your own home. To think that here we are , each our own archipelago full of lesson we didn’t learn with each other, laced with experiences we never talked about with anyone else but ourselves in the mirror. It’s crazy to think that we are each our own allegory , capable of teaching someone right and wrong . I think sometimes we get so caught up in having the right answer , we become afraid to say ,”I don’t know”. Especially when get to the stage in our life where we are someone’s partner or parent , the curiosity that was once welcomed is pushed aside for something more concrete. I want to let you know that it’s okay to not know the answer to a “who?” , “what?” ,”when?” , “where?” and “why?” . Even the “what if ?” Doesn’t need an answer, everything takes time. The answers we didn’t have today as life teaches us new lessons we may have tomorrow. I strive to never stop learning,when we don’t know the answer we’re simply just growing. – Myriesha

Traveling cleansed my cluttered mind

I am no expert in dealing with stress , my anxiety and stress are the same person in my world. However for the first time since starting my job in social work and really all of my working years I used vacation time. I used to think I should save it up for somewhere big and special and then I could go with no worries for however long I chose , but then I would leave my job and all of that saving would be for nothing. So I went to Canada for the first time ever and I saw Quebec City, Ottawa, Montreal , Toronto and Niagara Falls in five days .

I landed in Montreal at 10:15 am , flying in over a beautiful snow blanketed Montreal . It felt like something out of a movie ,we were flying in the fog and clouds so for a while there was nothing to see until the pilot announced we were preparing to land. It didn’t take much longer after that for me to go through customs meet my friend Michelle and go pick up our rental car or our adventure mobile. We started our adventure with a bang , we drove two hours to Ottawa. Our first Canadian meal was BFF or Burgers and Fries Forever. Our burger of choice was the Korean bbq burger with a side of poutine and this started an addiction.

Honestly of all the poutine we consumed this one had the best gravy and it was vegetable gravy go figure. Ottawa being the capital felt appropriate in an unexpected way , it’s not the cleanest city I’ve been to but the buildings in the historical district speak for themselves . Ottawa led to our second addiction of the trip: Tim Hortons , I’m so sad there is not one in Florida because there tea lattes were my life for 5 days . I have a Tim Horton reward card and I’m sad I can’t use it anymore. After spending time in Ottawa we drove back to our Airbnb in Montreal, we rented an apartment and it really became a cozy and comfortable place to come home to after long days of exploring.

On our second day we decided to go on a big adventure we drove 6 hours. Montreal to Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls to Toronto and back to Montreal . It was ambitious but we survived , we listened to a mix of music that included kpop , rock , rap , acoustic and soul and we jammed .

We were underwhelmed by Niagara Falls but it was still so beautiful. I think it all the ice masked some of it beauty but even still it was undeniable, the sun created a rainbow and it added to its beauty it made it impossible not to smile .

We drove on , we crossed the border once again into Ontario. Heading towards Toronto. We ventured to this Korean stationary store , I have a love for overly cute stationary I am the keeper of a happy planner so I can’t help myself . I bought pens and Hello Kitty head rest pillows for my car . When dinner time arrives we decided to stay in the Korean village that night it was so good .We had kimchi fried rice and cheesy tteokbokki as well as eel bibimbap and fried tofu . After that we headed to the mall where I got my Alex and ani “Toronto ” bracelet also visited Drakes store “OVO” . The final thing on our list for Toronto was to take a walk in the city and find the Toronto sign . Mission accomplished.

After a day of a total of 11 driving hours we decided to sleep in and explore Montreal ! , both old and new . I woke up in a winter wonderland , it was snowing and it was stunning. We wanted to have a French meal and really explore the city on foot and that is exactly what we did . We ate breakfast in the apartment, it was a recreation of our left overs and it was great way to start a peaceful day.

One final place to drive to : Quebec City this has to be at the top of my list of favorite places I’ve been. It’s so outlandishly charming its definitely a place you explore on foot. If you go to Quebec you must see its city. We ate really yummy food , traced the foot steps of the Korean drama “Goblin : the lonely great God” . The architecture in the city is something to marvel at , the cobblestone streets and the basilicas. The view from the viewing deck at the top of the city is worth the climb and the footsteps. Truly it is a ruby in this world .

I am completely in love with Canada from Bonjour to Au reviour , it was full of surprises and there was art on what seemed to be every corner . Cafes are abundant and equally delicious . In cities where the primary language was one that I don’t speak , everyone I encountered still communicated with me and I’m so appreciative. Truly Montreal, Ottawa , Quebec City , Toronto and Niagara Falls thank you so much for having me. You were a dream come true and an unforgettable adventure. Thank you for allowing me to leave my foot prints in your beautiful cities . I will see you again . – Myriesha

Saint Valentine Thoughts

Surprisingly this day doesn’t make me feel sad or lonely , rather it makes me day dream and allows me to feel hopeful . It’s crazy to say that I feel like I was made to have a family , no I don’t mean the Cosby’s or Brady Bunch . I realize that as a mother and a wife I will face many hardships because such is life . However I still hope for and aspire to that , one day I want to say that I lived a really good life I was someone’s Mommy and someone’s partner and I had a career and through the ups and the downs we made an amazing team. One day I want to say that my family lived well we laughed hard and loved harder , we sat at the dinner table and spoke to one another . It is said that Valentine’s Day is for lovers but I believe Saint Valentine is for the dreamers , people who believe that in love anything is possible and anything can happen. If you are lonely this holiday I hope that you are not drowning your self in sorrow or loneliness . I hope that you know that better days are ahead of you and that your future will be better than your past . One day you will look back on these days and wonder how you became so happy . Remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the lovers , the dreamers can enjoy this day too. – Myriesha

When The Time Is Right

I’ve been mulling over my desire to be a wife and a mommy and the feeling of loneliness while waiting for my other half. I’m not saying that I’m ready for everything that comes with marriage and motherhood but I’m looking forward to that part of my life and all it’s challenges . My dream is to be a mommy and a wife doing the best I can and still maintain happiness . The ultimate goal is to give my children and life they don’t have to heal from and to find a man I can spend the rest of my life with constantly growing and evolving together to be able to say “even though it’s hard right now , I’d still choose you everytime “. My faith in God is why I’m in no rush , I know that when the time is right God will send me my husband and after that if God sees fit he will bless me with children of my own. What I’m saying is that it’s okay to have the desire to be a wife and mother but don’t rush into a situation because that’s what you want as your end goal . Wait on Gods blessing , wait for God to say its time so that every step along the way goodness and mercy follows you. All good things happen in Gods time and the bible says “He who finds a wife finds himself a good thing .”- Myriesha

I witnessed a mother weight shame her teenage daughter.

I’m sure that many people especially plus sized ones can identify when I say this but I got a sudden wave of anger. Here’s why , the girl was maybe a size 15 or 16 (American) and on top of that she was only 15 or 16 years old .An age where self esteem and confidence needs to be nurtured before the young adult years come in and she finds her worth in other things or through other people. It was like looking in a minuscule mirror and I remember all the criticism I received about my body when I was young . I still follow them and hide my flaws as an adult. Rather than criticising our children’s appearance tarnishing there self esteem before they fully understand what it means ,we should tell our sons , daughters and non binary children they are beautiful , handsome , strong and brave. We should create a standard in our households that encourages our children’s individuality and self esteem , we should teach them that appearance isn’t everything it’s about the heart of it all. If we nurture are children when there young , when they are our age the will be able to stand tall with pride and full of a self love that’s hard to come by these days. To those of you like me who stand in the mirror looking for flaws only to strategically hide them. I believe that there will come a day where we won’t care anymore and on that day may we smile big from our core with happiness. – My

The song of the day is :

Shawn Mendes “Fallin All In You”

There’s something so cynical about being in your twenties

I’m not sure whether it’s the sarcasm that spans across the Internet but the thing I’m certain of is that we feel the same emotions . Right now politics and ethics are the core of sarcasm because it feels like every man and women for themselves .People are stubborn and not open to conversation and to put it simply some people are beyond speaking to. It’s kinda of funny that we as a generation live all over the world with different world views but we experience the same things. We laugh at many of the same things , we scream at many of the same things and it occurred to me that our emotions have brought us closer. Maybe this is why twitter thrives you can instantaneously share your thoughts or a joke and even tell a story using a thread and then get feed back from people who agree with as well as people who disagree with you. When you tell a story you can meet people who have experienced things the same as you or similar to you. The cynicism doesn’t stop with politics or ethics , if you haven’t scrolled through twitter and read the opinions on dating and why both men and women are trash then we should trade twitter feeds. All of these tweets stemming from broken hearts that haven’t been mended. For those of us who are attempting to plan for our future and have a retirement plan in order to retire with out worry and send our kids to school without debt . I assure you we have many things to say about social security and the national debt average . So to my twenty somethings that feel like we have nothing to look forward to, I want you to know that trouble dont last always and as we age we heal , we’re only getting better with time and we’re just getting started. Remember to breathe. – My