That picture above is what started it all. I had that same exact poster hanging in my bedroom. When I would walk by it, I would look into his eyes and fantasize about being his one day. I was obsessed with NKOTB and knew everyone of their songs by heart. I had posters, pins, books, albums, tshirts and much more. I loved his bad boy image and still this day, think he’s an attractive man.
Continuing on with my 31 day blog challenge…
Currently, only my ears are pierced. I had my nose pierced years ago and took it out for my job. I thought it was cute at the time and I have a small scar on the left side of my nose as a reminder. 🙂
I have 2 tattoos that are located on my back. The first one says ‘Spoiled’ and I’ve had it over ten years now. I have to admit that I was a little wild in my past and decided one of those wild nights to get the tattoo. It’s not the best work and I’ve wanted it covered up for years but I haven’t found anything I like well enough.
The second one is your basic white girl tattoo of a half moon and stars. Another spur of the moment decision but the quality of the work is better. Would I get another tattoo? Yes. Never say never. 🙂
If a picture could speak. 🙂 In life, I feel you must learn to laugh at yourself and to have fun. It’s okay to be serious but you need a release sometimes.
This photo was taken around 7 years ago, my friends and I were out for a little drive one evening around Barbourville. As always when we were together, we were gossiping and laughing till our sides hurt. Someone brought up a story about a street name in town we had never heard before and instantly, our curousity came out. As we drove around, we devised a couple of plans to locate this street.
The winning plan involved someone going into the police department and asking for directions on how to find it. Guess who volunteered. Me! I remember going in and asking then walking back out, laughing so hard I was in tears. This picture represents a great night with some great friends, doing nothing but being our silly selves and enjoying every minute of it.
My top ten food list:
- Chicken, fixed any way. My favorite is grilled.
- Chinese. No explanation required. I love it all, from lo mein noodles to moo goo gai pan.
- Red velvet cake. My absolute favorite but you can’t go wrong with plain chocolate.
- Thin crust chicken pizza with alfredo sauce, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes and green peppers.
- Eggs, scrambled or hard-boiled. They are so versatile.
- Tacos, chicken or beef, hard or soft. Give me all of them!
- Birthday cake pancakes from iHop, one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
- Vegetables, of any kind. I don’t eat them solely because of my diet, I truly love the taste of them. My favorites are broccoli, asparagus and zucchini.
- Mom’s biscuits & gravy.
- Iced coffee, my way.
Today’s blog challenge is to name 3 personality traits that I am proud of. Honestly, I feel I have a HUGE personality so it may be hard to pinpoint the top 3. 🙂
I am caring, almost too much. The well-being of others is essential to me. I care about others being comfortable, or happy and when they are sad, I find ways to uplift or encourage. In my opinion, my happiness doesn’t depend solely on me, it’s also based on my interactions in relationships and people around me. I never forget what I’ve been through and remind myself of that when trying to help others. My heart is filled with compassion.
I am sociable. Picture this, preschool report card…Samantha is an intelligent child but she talks a lot. Fast forward to present day and I’m the same way, still. I love people, I really do. I enjoy making others smile and engaging in small conversation about their day, their pets or their problems. I love getting to know others and making someone comfortable in an awkward situation. I make friends very easily and feel I can talk to anyone freely and candidly.
I am strong. Stronger than what most realize. I may have a giving, caring heart but I know my boundaries by never forgetting what I’ve been through. I may shed a tear or two but they will be quickly replaced with a smile. Instead of focusing on the negative around me, I look for positives in every step. Although, I make mistakes and falter at times, I will never be kept down. I have scars but they do not prevent me from living and loving and they never will.
Guilty pleasures…I could write a book about this. Instead, I’ll choose one and share it with you all. I love to shop at thrift stores & vendor malls. I love to rummage through others junk!
To some, this may have zero appeal but to me, it’s like going through Grandma’s attic. I get excited and can’t wait to see what treasures I may find. By treasures I mean something that I will value personally, regardless if it’s worth a nickel. I love old things.
Rotary phones. Lace doilies. Vinyl records. Vintage typewriters. Wooden toys. Old magazines and books. Glass lamps. Posters. Cameras. Timepieces. Wooden tennis rackets. I could go on and on. I imagine a story behind each item and let my mind soar. 🙂
My earliest childhood memory isn’t of an iPhone or playing games on Facebook, it involves a cow and some cornbread.
Growing up in the hills of Kentucky, I was dirty more than I was clean. I’d roll down mountains and yards or roll my pant legs up to wade in the creek, stepping on rocks or catching crawdads. Many evenings were spent with my Grandfather, milking cows, feeding pigs or collecting eggs. Times were much simpler back then.
My cousins always came to visit on Sundays, making it the best day of the week! Granny would fix a huge dinner of soup beans, fried potatoes, corn and whatever else she could mix up, always served with a big cast iron skillet full of cornbread. If you’ve never had cornbread or cornbread out of cast iron, you truly don’t know what you are missing. Granny’s was always the best, although she was known for burning it a tad bit. Extra brown, she would say!
One particular Sunday, after dinner, my cousins and I decided we were going to head to the corncrib to play school. The corncrib had stacks of dried corn on the cob that was used to feed the chicken and pigs pushed to the back. In the front, we had moved an old filing cabinet and that is where we kept our “school” papers and pencils. We loved to play teacher and students, we would make up fake tests and grade each other.
I had decided to take a piece of cornbread with me that day in my pocket, it was hard work playing and I might want a snack for later. 🙂 We were in the corncrib for about 30 minutes when we heard a commotion outside. One of the cows had gotten loose and was trying to get in the corncrib with us!
We panicked and went into survivor mode. Even though the crib had several steps leading up to the door and was over 2 feet off the ground, we were convinced the cow was going to attack us. Finding some old rope, we quickly tied it to the inside of the old wooden door and held on for dear life. The cow’s wet nose was pressing through the cracks and we screamed for help.
It was at that point, my cousin remembered I had the cornbread in my pocket. She yelled at me to throw it to the cow so it would get away from the door. I paused for a moment, this wasn’t just your average piece of bread, then decided to sacrifice my treat so we could escape. I found a small crack on the side of the door and tossed the bread as far as I could. The cow turned and found the bread. We were relieved.
We flung open the door, grabbed our school papers and ran to Granny’s house, looking back for the crazy cow. Needless to say, I never left Sunday dinner without a piece of cornbread in my pocket, never knowing if it was going to be eaten by me or a cow.
Today’s challenge is the meaning of my business name. Technically this isn’t a business but I’m going to give you how My3P’s came about.
I’ve been on my weight loss journey since January and many people wanted to know my secrets. No big secrets…just healthier eating & exercise. Really not what they wanted to hear but it’s the truth. Weight loss surgery and diet pills were not an option for me so I did it the way that worked for me.
I really wanted to give others, going through the weight loss headache, encouraging and uplifting words. However, I wasn’t sure about how to do it. My friend began talking about a blog and ways I could reach out to people with my positivity. He and I came up with the blog idea and it skyrocketed from there. I signed up and the hardest part was coming up with a name.
We brainstormed one Sunday afternoon, tossed a few things back and forth and we came up with My3Ps.com. The first “P” being Prayers. Can anyone have too many prayers or pray too much? I don’t think it’s possible. Not only do I pray for myself but I pray most hard for my friends, family and even people I don’t know. I pray for the country, the president, practically everyone! I never pray for specifics, only ask that his will be done. No matter how you pray, it should become a staple in your life.
The second “P” stands for Patience. Patience is not a strong point for me. I’m sure you all have heard me say that but I’m honest enough to admit it. I admit that I usually like that instant gratification but with weight loss, it does NOT happen like that. It’s a very slow process. The past 7 months have taught me to slow down, smell the roses and appreciate what’s in front of me. It’s all in God’s timing, not mine.
Positivity is the third and final “P”. Honestly to me, this may be the most important one. Being positive not only makes you feel better but it also helps others too, even if you aren’t aware of it. Kinda like think positive and positive things will happen. Don’t allow negativity to prevent your dreams from coming true. We all have problems and issues, no one is perfect but having a positive attitude can change your entire outlook. Look for something positive in each day, you may have to look harder at times but I promise it’s going to be worth it.
- I was born in 1976. That year marked the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. My birth certificate even has a bicentennial mark on.
- I love to read. My favorite authors are Stephen King, James Patterson & Danielle Steel.
- If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Dubai. Such opulence!
- I grew up in a very small town called Flat Lick. I love the view of the Kentucky mountains from my Grandma’s front porch swing and spent many summers on it with a Reader’s Digest.
- I love bubble baths and take them as often as I can, with loads of bubbles. It’s my favorite way to relax.
- My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing and I’ve watched it over 100 times.
- I have a horrible fear of snakes. Just the thought of them causes nightmares.
- My most prized possession is my Grandmother’s souvenir spoon collection that’s hanging in my dining room. I bought her a souvenir spoon when I went to the Bahamas and it took off from there! Anytime someone went out-of-town, they picked a new spoon for her. Her spoons range from Alaska to Florida with many in between.
- I love music and listen to it constantly, at home, work and in my car. My tastes range from rock to hip hop, hold the country though unless it’s some old Garth Brooks or Reba.
- My favorite subject in school was math except Geometry. I struggled with shapes!
- One thing I always forget to pack on trips is my underwear or toothpaste. Not sure how it happens but 9 out of ten times, those are the items I’m rushing out to buy.
- Fall is my favorite season, hands down! I love seeing the leaves change colors, those cool, crisp mornings and anything pumpkin flavored!
- Patience is not a virtue of mine. I’m working on being better at it but I usually seek instant gratification and it always comes back to bite me in the butt!!
- Everything happens for a reason and that is my life motto. I always remind myself that our timing may not be God’s timing and to allow him to work out his plan, patiently.
- My favorite holiday is Christmas, not because of the gifts but I love the happiness it brings out in people. I love the lights and always wish for snow.
- When I was a kid, I wanted to be an attorney.
- The best thing that has happened to me this year has been meeting a really wonderful guy who has turned out to be one of my best friends. He’s always encouraging and supportive, which means a lot to me. I thank God for him everyday.
- I love balloons and would pick them any day over flowers!
- One of my favorite healthy meals would be a baked chicken with Mrs. Dash & steamed veggies (broccoli, carrots and cauliflower) along with some Halo Top ice cream. Yum!
- If I could look back and tell my teenage self one thing, it would be learn not to sweat the small things. Be gentle on yourself, enjoy each day!
Once upon a time there was this princess named Samantha, she was beautiful and fair and people worshipped at her feet…Hold up, this is real life. Who has time for make-believe?
I’ve challenged myself to a 31 day blog challenge because I want my readers to know more about me and realize that we are all somewhat similar. If you know me personally, you may know most of what I’m going to write but read along anyways and act surprised. 🙂
My name is Samantha Michelle and I was born in a small town in southeastern Kentucky named Barbourville to two adoring parents, Gary & Carol. I have one younger brother and he has 3 daughters, my beautiful nieces. Growing up, I loved to talk and make friends (I actually still do), I enjoyed school and loved to read. After graduation, I moved to Richmond where I attended EKU.
Fast forward past college, I married and divorced by the age 28. A few relationships later, I became pregnant and had a stillborn son TayShaun Demarkus Brown in 2011. That was a very low point in my life and without God’s grace and guiding hand, I would have never made it through that period. In 2013, my sweet Father left this earth unexpectedly and once again, my heart was shattered.
A couple of years later, the most loving soul I know left this earth, my Grandmother. It was really at that point, I realized how truly alone I felt. I began to lean on God more and through all the loss and heartache, began to learn more about myself and just how strong I could be. I had a warm bed at night, food on the table and some amazing friends and family who loved me dearly.
My biggest fault is I care about people too much and it gives them the opportunity to take advantage of my kindness. Some days, I wish I could change but I could never be a cold-hearted person, no matter what curve ball life throws at me. When I love, I love big…there is no in between with me. I love to cook, travel, shop, watch movies and cuddle. I love spontaneous road trips, workouts at the gym and I hate surprises.
I have a deep passion for animals and volunteer at the Laurel County Animal Shelter at least once a week. Anyone that can harm a defenseless animal isn’t much of a person, in my opinion!! I have two rescue cats who keep me entertained and covered in fur.
I began this blog to share my life & weight loss journey with others. It’s quickly became something I really enjoy doing and I hope you all enjoy reading it! Check back tomorrow for day 2!