Saturday, December 29, 2012

a little CHRISTmas recap

Wow, I can't believe Christmas was almost a week ago. We had some of Scott's family in town the  few days before Christmas and a big Christmas Eve dinner with family & friends.

I have some pictures on the DSLR I hope to share soon but I thought some instagram pics would be fun to share.

Christmas time gets a bit funny for me. Sometimes I get sad being away from family and friends but each year I find the CHRISTmas spirit and then I spend the days leading up to CHRISTmas being holly and jolly.

These pictures are not in order, oh well...

My CHRISTmas morning pajamas all ready for a mid morning stroll around the neighborhood.

Dinner on CHRISTmas Eve

Prepping the Prime Rib on CHRISTmas day.

Our Charlie Brown tree

My brother used to bring me coffee to lure me out to open presents at 6am. Now Scott brings me coffee CHRISTmas morning.

Yummy brunch spread on CHRISTmas Eve

Skyping with my parents and brother CHRISTmas morning. Technology is great! We got to open the presents my parents sent while they watched. 

As 2012 ends I can't help but get excited for the fresh start of a new year. Lots of exciting things happening, I can't wait to share. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

#26acts: coffee date friday vlog

Hi Friends, Happy Friday! I haven't recorded a vlog in a few weeks so I thought it would be a perfect day to do so and share what has been on my heart the last few days; the #26 acts movement spurred by Ann Curry to honor those lost last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

The video is a bit wonky again, but the sound is fine :)

An article about #26acts {also if you scroll to the pics at the end and hit next page a few times you will eventually see a pic of me and the sailor I bought lunch for. A friend tweeted me yesterday to let me know she saw my pic in the article, so cool!}

linking up with alissa 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

holiday party attire: date night

These photos didn't turn out the way I had hoped, but you know what, life isn't perfect and thus the post will go on. 

I am working on letting go of everything needing to be perfect. Sometimes things just need to be good enough. 

Lately I have been more obsessed than usual with sequins and sparkles. I wear them every chance I get, the middle of the day, to the grocery store, anywhere! 

Life is better with a bit of sparkle.

denim jacket: GAP {10 years old} // sparkle tank: Simply Vera for Kohls // striped button up: Forever21 // necklace: Forever 21 // skirt: The Limited via thrift store // tights: Kohls // boots: Nine West // bow ring: Forever21

This outfit was inspired by a look I found of Pinterest.

The blogger who created this look has amazing style.

I think I did a pretty good job recreating the look with items in my closet. I have another sparkle tank I am going to try next time.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Party Attire: Ugly Sweater Edition {his & hers}

I thought I would end the week with a bit of fun, Scott and I modeling our ugly sweaters. 

Almost my entire outfit is thrifted, the ugly sweater $7, turtleneck $3 and skirt $2. After my flat iron died on me I had to put my hair in a low sock bun and go for the librarian look.

Sweater: thrifted // necklace: soleil selene // turtleneck: traget via thrift store // skirt: The Limited via thrift store // tights: khol's // boots: nine west // bag: coach {this is vintage coach to me, the first coach bag I bought back in 2003} // earrings: made by me

When my friend Virginia posted this sweater vest on her instagram I knew I had to get it for Scott to wear at the ugly sweater party we had to attend. Plus she thrifted it in Michigan, the hubs home state, perfection! 

I was pretty sure I was going to have to bribe Scott to wear this and attend the party. Lucky for me he was a total sport and had a great time and was totally down to sport this old man ugly sweater vest.

sweater vest: thrifted via Virginia from Geeky & Sassy // tie: thrifted // button up: Express // jeans: American Eagle Outfitters // shoes: Navy Exchange

Key to wearing your ugly sweaters: rock them with confidence! 

Have a great weekend, and if you have an ugly sweater you wore to a party send it my way and we can make a post of all of them :) rellasbellasATgmailDOTcom

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Purpose Project: Goal Reached! {we rehabilitated 1 woman!}

I am so beyond thrilled to share my purpose project with Mocha Club was a success! My goal was to raise $400 to help rehabilitate one woman from the sex industry and we raised $420! Every day I would check my site to see if any more money had come it, some days there would be nothing and I would sit and pray. More like just sit and chat with God about what else I could do to raise this money. When money would come it I would be so giddy with excitement. It was like Christmas morning every time I saw the donation total get closer to $400. 

I don't know that I will ever be able to find the words to say how awesome it was to see God fully in control and how when you put your faith and trust completely in him he will provide. Such a powerful life lesson. It is so silly to reflect and see how I was able to give this all to him but I think I can manage huge life decisions on my own!

Doing this purpose project couldn't have come at a better time. It has totally changed my perspective on life. It sounds so funny to say, but raising $400 to change a woman's life changed my life. 

scarf: fashionABLE // flannel: target via thrift store // tank: banana republic // skinnies: forever21 via my sister // shoes: toms via nordstrom

From simple things like being at Target and filling my cart up with stuff, looking at most of it and saying "you know what, I do not need to spend my money on another sweater or the new line of kitchen gadgets."

It's as if I have a new pair of glasses on, glasses that allow me to see life from a different perspective. I want to get on a plane and fly to Ethiopia to meet these woman. To see how $400 really can give a woman another chance at life. I want to thank these amazingly strong and resilient women for having the courage to walk away from the sex traffic industry. I want to pray with them and talk with them about what amazing work they are doing.

Now comes the fun part for me; to learn to knit. I had hoped I would be able to take a class right away and then spend the holidays knitting my life away, hehe. Unfortunately all the places that offered knitting classes here the past few months don't have any for December. I am working on finding a class that is in January so I can fulfill my part of this amazing project. Once I have taken the class I will be sure to share what I've made. 

I am beyond excited to learn to knit. My reason for choosing to learn to knit if we reached the goal was to learn something I have always thought was too difficult to do and most importantly to give me time to talk to God. In a world where I always seem to find time to do everything but talk to God daily; I want to use the quiet time to reflect and talk to God — something that is not always a priority in my life.

I cannot say it enough, thank you to all of my amazing friends, family, and bloggy friends who donated money, prayed for or shared my project on their blog. I could not have done any of this on my own. I am so grateful to have so many amazing people in my life who were willing to help support my purpose project.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Celebrating the Holidays as a Military Family

Head on over to Navy Wives Unite to read about some of the traditions Scott and I have during the Holidays.

Friday, December 7, 2012

life lately: adjusting to a new life can be hard

Life has been rough lately. 

Honest and real, i've been feeling all kinds of shades of blue. 

Moving 3000 miles away from the life you spent the last few years building is hard. 

I love our neighborhood and I love VA, but there is something that really gets me some days. 

Scott basically has a brand new job here in VA.  Despite spending the last 10 years in the Navy now that he is an officer he might as well be brand spankin new to the Navy. Things are different, he is adjusting, so that  means we are adjusting, which means growning pains.

 sweater: francesca's // cowl: petunia blooms // necklace: c/o world market // chambray top: forever 21 // skinnies: paige denim via a thrift store // shoes: converse // bag: kate spade // bracelet: horse feather gifts

It is the holidays and I am not feeling very festive. Christmas is my favorite time of year but this year I just feel a bit blah. I usually love busting out our decorations, but this year I had to force myself to do it. 

I've been on the lookout for a job here in VA. I haven't been searching too crazily but I've made sure to spend some time on it. I haven't found much that peaks my interest. I know, I know, if a job was supposed to be fun you wouldn't get paid, blah blah blah, I get it. 

I am in a bit of a pickle, part of me just wants to get a part time job at some place like Starbucks, go in a few hours a day, a few days a week, brew coffee and pour espresso shots and then go home and live my life. The idea of an office job where I have to deal with office politics and have the burden of bringing work drama home with me makes me want to poke my eyes out. Some of you may be thinking "well just live work at work". I do not do that very well. Plus I don't really know anyone who does that well, or if they do it is because they work 12 plus hours a day and thus don't spend enough time at home. Thinking about all of this on a daily basis gives me heartburn and makes me a bit irritable. 

I'm trying to adjust to all the change in our life and lately it is kicking my butt. I know this is just a season but life seems to be changing seasons so quickly lately I don't have time to get used to it before it changes again. 

linking up with alissa 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY Holiday Dessert Stand

Hello lovelies {and gents if I have any male readers out there!} today I have the easiest and cheapest DIY for you. A holiday dessert stand.

This project cost me less than $3 and if you count the glue I think maybe $8.  I had the glue on hand and use it for a crap ton of projects so I don't count it. 

I found these plates and candlestick holders at a thrift store recently. I think all three plates were just under $2 and both candlestick holders were about $1 together. I debated using either the white or clear glass candlestick holders, for this project I went with the white. {I have another DIY coming soon using the clear glass ones!}

 I also opted to use the teacup saucer on top so you would see more of the holiday design on the second plate. The middle plate as a gold trim around the edge and the top and bottom plates have silver, that way I can use them with either silver or gold accessories! 

Super simple instructions:

1. I glued the smallest plate on to a candlestick holder. {you could do some exact measurements to get it perfectly center, but eyeballing it was just fine for me.}

2. Do the same thing with the middle plate {this one was the one with the red and green Christmas flowers}. 

3. I let those sit for about 30 minutes to an hour to let the glue set. {The glue will still not be completely set so be careful}

4. I glued the smaller plate and it's stand on to the center of the Christmas plate and then glued that plate and it's stand to the center of the large plate.

5. I let those sit over night and checked on them to make sure they weren't shifting or anything a few times before I went to bed.

The final result and simple and easy way to display yummy treats this holiday season. Plus at $3 you could make a few and have your self a fun Holiday dessert party!

A Crafty Soiree

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Party Attire: creating a Mad Men inspired look

Hi pretties, I'm back with another Holiday outfit, this one I wore last week to my husbands command Christmas party. It was not the exact outfit I had planned, but in the end it was perfect. 

I always joke I should have lived during the 50's and early 60's, I love the way women dressed back then. 

One of things I love most about this outfit is the fact that it isn't a mini skirt to tube top dress. I have worn shorter dresses in the past {always with tights!} but this year I wanted to wear something a bit more classic but with a pop of fun. The leopard was just the pop of fun I was looking for. 

I loved creating this Mad Men inspired look: 

-the vintage glass beads were perfect! They added a pop around my neck but weren't over powering. Plus they were given to me by my mom and they were my great grandmas. 

-buttoning up a cardigan and adding a thin belt around the waist creates the perfect Mad Men look and also makes my waist seem super skinny, win win in my book! 

-the A-line skirt was a random find a few days before the party and thank gosh I snagged it. I threw it on last minute and it was perfect. 

-I love the details of the tights, they make the look a bit more va-va-voom in my opinion.

necklace: vintage from my mom // cardigan: Francesca's // belt: came with a top from TJMaxx // skirt: Express via thrift store // tights: target // booties: Charlotte Russe

I normally go a bit more cocktail party glam for holiday parties but this is what Scott loved best so I wore it for him. I ended up loving it and feeling super confident in it. 

I loved that I wasn't pulling at a strapless top all night or making sure my dress wasn't bunching up too high when I sat down. 

What are you planning to wear for your Christmas/Holiday party?

Friday, November 30, 2012

cranberry, rosemary goat cheese and turkey sandwich

I lurve goat cheese. 

Like eat it on everything all the time love.

I may have cooked a 14 pound turkey last week for 4 people, hehehe. 

I don't like food going to waste so I was in search of a ways to use our bucket o'turkey. 

I also didn't feel like spending a lot of time cooking after spending hours cooking on Thanksgiving. Enter this simple yet heavenly sandwich. 

I spread rosemary goat cheese on both sides of the french bread. {you could use regular goat cheese, I had rosemary goat cheese in the fridge and it seemed very fitting to go with my thanksgiving turkey}. 

I then broke up a few pieces of turkey, a mix of dark and white meat, laid them over the goat cheese and topped it with left over cranberry, orange and apricot compote. 

If I wanted to spend an extra few minutes in the kitchen I could have turned this into a panini. Which would have been amazing with a bowl of yummy soup. 

Cranberry Compote Recipe{from Nov 17, 2011 issue of Woman's Day Magazine}: 

-2 naval oranges 
-16oz cranberries {fresh or frozen}
-2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup apricot preserves

1. zest 2 tbsp from one orange {i think it took me part of the 2nd orange} into a medium sauce pan. Juice both oranges into the sauce pan {equals about 1 cup}.

2. Add the cranberries, sugar and preserves and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, 15-20 minutes.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

finding natural, non-toxic & eco friendly products {for your home & skin}

Over the last year I have been searching for products that are non-toxic and eco friendly, because let's face it, if I can be a bit more environmentally friendly why not.

Enter The Honest Company, they have cleaning supplies, personal care and all things baby related. Added bonus you order and they deliver directly to your doorstep! That means one less outing for you.

I try to do my part to help make this world a better place. Simple things like recycling, using compact florescent lights, conserving water when possible, turning lights off when I leave the room. Nothing crazy, but these little things are easy and simple. 

As I have gotten older I have become more conscious of the products I use on my skin.   Having lived near Los Angeles for many years and now living in an industrial friendly city again I am super aware of how the air outside can affect your skin etc.  I can't always control what my skin is going to encounter outside on a run or other daily activities, so I think it super important to be more aware of what you do decide to use on your skin in your home.

In the last year I have started to read labels more closely, and trying to only use products that have natural ingredients  and are non-toxic.  Things like laundry detergent and cleaning supplies are something I have become more picky about. Cleaning supplies in the kitchen have really important to me. I am cleaning dishes and surfaces that my food touches before I eat it.

The Honest Co. laundry detergents says right on the bottle "specially designed to be the most effective laundry detergent without using chemicals that can harm fabrics, irritate your families skin, and our ecosystems." This makes it almost impossible for me not to love it.

The Honest Company was started by a mom and a dad who, like many modern parents, were increasingly worried about products made with questionable chemical ingredients. But the alternatives they found were often expensive, inaccessible, bland, or ineffective. In response to this clear need for something better, they created The Honest Company to ensure that parents (or anyone for that matter!) could easily find natural and non-toxic eco-friendly products that are beautiful, effective, and affordable. From customized product bundles to diapers and wipes to an ever-expanding line of cleaning and personal care products, you can find everything you need at and have it delivered directly to your front door.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Honest Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Party Attire: Glitter and Gold {what to wear this holiday season}

I love the holiday season. 

I love getting dressed up.

I love wearing anything with a sparkle or shimmer in it. 

Last week I was in search of an outfit to wear on Thanksgiving, something that would be comfortable enough to cook a feast in {don't worry I wore a cute anthro apron} and yet still be festive. 

I ended up pulling this look together out of my closet.

necklace: Francesca's // chambray top: Forever21 {similar} // sweater: GAP // skirt {similar} and tights: Target // belt: TJMaxx {came with a top} // Flower on belt: Whippycake // boots: Nine West outlet {similar}

I am completely obsessed with wearing my chambray shirt with EVERY.THING. I layered it under this gold scalloped edged sweater to add a bit of casualness to the outfit. 

I love this jacquard skirt, the cream and gold colors scream holiday to me. 

The dark eggplant tights add a bit of color and warmth. 

I added a belt around my waist to give the look more of a put together look {and show off my waist, hehe}. Clipping on the Whippycake flower added another pop of color. 

Since both the tights and whippycake had jewel tone colors I opted for a jewel tone necklace I got last spring at Francesca's for $6! 

I opted to wear my other obession with this outfit, my flat cognac boots. I literally want to wear this babies every single day! I think along with the chambray shirt this outfit wasn't too dressy for our Thanksgiving meal at home. 

This would also be a perfect ensemble to wear to a cocktail party at a friends house for the holidays or date night with the hubs.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

another way to help my purpose project: buy a livefashionABLE scarf {the knitting project}

You guys, I cannot believe it. On Saturday night, a whole 6 days before the end of the month I reached my goal for my purpose project.

I seriously cannot even find the words to describe to you how happy my heart is. I was so scared to do this purpose project because I was afraid I was going to fail and not meet the goal.  I quickly realized even if I didn’t reach my goal I would not have failed. Any money I raised was going to help a woman have a chance at living her life without prostitution. A chance to feel like she has purpose here on earth and is proud of what she does. 

I can't even begin to describe to you how this project moved my heart. There are still a few more days left in the month of November, so there are still a few more days for you to donate if your heart is leading you to support this cause. 
Since my goal has been reached I want to introduce another way for your to help support Mocha Club and the women they are able to help rehabilitate. Purchase a scarf from livefashionABLE

Your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business for women in Africa.  Our commitment as a non-profit is to the development of people — fashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  So, when you purchase a scarf you are providing jobs, and then we send the net profits back to holistically rehabilitate more women. This is the beauty of non-profit…. -livefashionABLE website

These scarves would make a wonderful Christmast gift this holiday season. You would be giving someone a beautiful handmade scarf and you'd also be supporting a woman in Ethiopia as well as help rehabilitate more women. I can't think of a better gift to give. 

scarf: livefashionABLE // necklace: H&M {similar} // blazer: miley cyrus for walmart {from my sis} // t-shirt: Navy Exchange // skinnies: Forever21 {from my sis} // shoes: converse, chuck taylors // hair ties: peas and carrots  // turquoise bracelet: {via my LoveClub box} HorseFeathers  // knit bow ring: {via my LoveClub box} handmade escapade

You can purchase a scarf by clicking on the photo below. There are so many beautiful scarves made by so many beautiful, strong, corageous and resilient women.

Meet Etanesh, her story shows how wonderful Mocha Club and livefashionABLE is.

“I moved to the city to live with my uncle and go to a better school, but he died and left me by myself. I got into prostitution because I was all alone and had no money. Everything was dark. I was abused and wanted to die, and prayed for God to take me out of this life. // I’ve never looked back at leaving because I am so happy now. I have found motivation to have my own business one day, and I want my son to grow and be in a good place. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me get this point” -livefashionABLE website 

Now that my goal has been reached I need to sign up for my knitting class! If you knit was is your favorite item to make? 

Also, if you do happen to buy a scarf{scarves} forward me your reciept and I will send you some goodies in the mail as well {rellasbellasATgmailDOTcom}.  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

thankful and blessed

wow, last week just kind of flew by with out getting a blogpost up. sometimes life happens and the blog comes second, or third, or fourth or last, hehe. 

so much to be thankful for this year:

i am thankful for my husband who puts up with my craziness

i am thankful for friends who send "mixtape" CDs and when it arrives on the day I am feeling super homesick

i am thankful to have my sister, brother-in-law and nephew close by to spend holidays and other fun days with

i am thankful for friends who text me when their son goes poop in the potty, but love it more when then send me texts saying that he pooped in his pants in the car at swim practice. i am thankful for this because it makes me happy to know even though we are 3000 miles away we can still share lifes little moments together

i am thankful for my parents who watched Khloe for us during the summer while they had a full house

i am thankful for a family who is always willing to help in any way they can

i am thankful for online friends who turn into real life friends

i am thankful for this gal who prayed for me all summer during my crazy cross country move and life changing events

i am thankful we have a beautiful house and food on the table every day

i am thankful for a God who loves me because of my flaws 

i am thankful that every day is a chance to start fresh

i am thankful for new friends in Virginia 

i am thankful for friends who have been around since middle school and will be around when it comes time to pick out old people homes

i am thankful for military friends turned family, they make military life so much easier to deal with

i am thankful for reaching my purpose project goal to raise $400!! {more on this later this week}


Friday, November 16, 2012

coffee date friday: how my purpose project is changing my heart

Happy Friday Friends!

It's coffee date Friday and I did record a vlog this week, woop woop!

update: ugh, the video is kinda wonky. You can totally hear me but the actual video looks fuzzy. Sorry friends, just listen and pretend I don't look silly. wink wink

More info here, here and here about my purpose project with Mocha Club

I'd love to know your plans for Thanksgiving and also what do you think should be my first knitting project?? 

linking up with alissa

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

the knitting project update {donate and get a thank you gift} & an equestrian inspired look

God has been so good. It's Tuesday evening and today there have been $150 in donations, in one day.


A dear sweet friend of mine donate $100 from her company. I was so happy and overwhelmed with love I cried for a good 10 minutes. I cried because I could feel God working in my heart and showing me how good it feels to give to others.

I want to give a bit more. The next 5 people who donate $15 or $25 will get a fun thank you from me. Donate $15 and pick one pair of these earrings, either the chevron or mustard. Donate $25 or more and you will get both pairs!

All you have to do is forward me the email {or take a screen shot of it}showing me how much you donated and include your address.{email me at rellasbellasATgmailDOTcom}

I am so beyond thrilled that we are just about halfway through the month and we have already reached and surpassed the halfway mark to our goal of raising $400 to bring one woman in Ethiopia out of prostitution. 

WE are at $221! Only $179 left to reach our goal! 

$400 will completely rehabilitate and transform one woman's life. It will give her the skills necessary to find a job that she can be proud of.  The “Women At Risk” program provides spiritual, emotional, and psychological counseling and helps them find alternate means of income to support themselves and their children.-Mocha Club Website

I spent most of today cleaning out and unpacking the last room in our house. I was so overwhelmed with all the random items we had left to unpack. I was so embarrassed to look around at all the stuff we have and yet there are days I find myself wanting more.

Doing this purpose project with Mocha Club is giving me a lot of perspective. I find myself looking at things differently. I can feel God working in my heart. I can feel him showing me what is truly important and reminding me to be thankful for all that I have.

jacket: the limited // sweater: the limited // button up: forever 21 // skinny jeans: paige denim, thrifted // boots: nine west // belt: tjmaxx {came with a top} // flower clip: whippycake // necklace: carolineg

There are so many simple things I take for granted. Going grocery shopping whenever we need food. Turning on the heat when it gets "too cold". Since we just moved to Norfolk and are finally getting settled in I am starting to look for full time work. The other day I was looking online and got a bit frustrated because I didn't really know where to start. Then I felt ridiculously foolish.  I was getting upset because I had so many jobs to search through. I can only imagine how a woman in Ethiopia would jump at the chance to have options.  More importantly to not have her only option be a life of prostitution to provide for her family and survive.

You can read more about my purpose project here and here

pleated poppy

Monday, November 12, 2012

pizza, long walks, a birthday and legit mexican food {a great weekend at home}

This weekend was very relaxing and after a week of meetings, conference calls and lots of stuff going on with Scott's work it was exactly what we needed.

On Friday afternoon I texted Scott to see what time he planned to be home from work because I was starving. He replied back with a time and then "Cogan's". Cogan's is our favorite pizza place here in Norfolk. I couldn't reply back fast enough! Pizza and beer with my loved sounded perfect!

We decided to order a pitcher of beer with our pizza. Best decision ever! We spent Friday night catching up on our week, laughing, and stuffing our face. 

We woke up early Saturday morning, brewed some coffee and headed out for a walk around the neighborhood. {I couldn't find my to go cup so I used a Starbucks cup from Thursday nights tea, hehe}

This is a picture about a block from our house. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love where we live. I love the that we are less than 2 miles from downtown, we live close to this gorgeous water, and our street is so quiet. You feel like you are out in the country when you sit on the front porch.

After our long walk we decided to jump in the car and grab breakfast to bring back home. We enjoyed our DD treats on the front porch.

Sunday morning we took the birthday girl on another long walk. She loves exploring the area. With all the squirrels around here she is in heaven trying to catch them.

Fall in Virginia is gorgeous. All the tree changing colors blows my mind. You do not get this in California. The colors are so bold and vibrant. 

Yesterday I was feeling a bit homesick for California. After Scott got home from an afternoon of football watching at a friends house we decided to try a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. Being from San Diego the best Mexican food is found at hole in the wall places. Yelp reviews said this one was legit. I have to agree, this place did remind me of home. The salsa wasn't what I was used to but the food was good, the place was a hole in the wall mom & pop shop. It was perfect!

I didn't open Gretchen {the Mac} once this weekend and it felt great. I didn't plan on taking a break from computer time, it just kind of worked out that way. God has wonderful way of giving you just what you need. 

How was your weekend? Fabulous I hope! 

P.S. Have you heard about my purpose project?{click on the image for more info}

Thursday, November 8, 2012

my challenge to you: invest in your community {speak with actions and not words}

If you are friends with me on Facebook {this is not an invitation to add my personal fb, page, I just know many of my family and friends read my blog} then you saw my comments the day after the election. 

I went to bed soon after midnight on Tuesday night when it was announced President Obama had been elected for another 4 years. 

I woke up to so many Facebook posts about how the world was ending, people were moving to Canada {insert any country}, bashing our re-elected commander in chief and just saying nasty things. It made my heart hurt. I try not to talk too much about politics, I promise you will never guess what political party I stand with.  You will never guess because I don't side with either party, I think we need both sides to co-exist, but that is another post for another day. It does not matter to me who won or lost on Tuesday, the bigger issue I have is the way we as Americans are handling it. 

Here is one of my post election Facebook posts:

"here is an idea: take all the time you spent on facebook/twitter over the last few months talking politics{or liking 100s of stupid posts}, count it up and spend that much time in 2013 on your community. If you aren't happy with the outcome you should start by making changes in your home, then your community, then your city, state etc. If you are happy Obama won use the time to try and bring our nation together. Again, your actions speak louder than your words {or silly facebook posts}"

Everyone wants to rant and rave about what they hate, but how often do we try and change it? I am not someone to sit on the side lines. If I see something that bothers me I try to change it. Do I think I am going to wake up tomorrow and run for president, no. But I know I can make a difference in my community. 

I challenge you to make a goal for 2013: spend more time investing in your community. Decide on how much time, maybe an hour a week, an hour a month, anything. But commit to doing something that will make the community you live in a better place. I urge you to go one step further. Do something beyond your normal community. I volunteer a lot with the military community, one of my goals for 2013 is to volunteer with my local community here in Norfolk. So, if you have kids I urge you to go beyond just volunteering at their school. Maybe spend one afternoon a month at the local soup kitchen with your family, giving back your time. 

There are so many things we as a nation can change, but we have to start at home.  We have to get out there and lead by example. We have to remember our actions speak volumes louder than our words do. 

As our next generation grows up with all of these social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter we cannot let them think by simply posting about why we dislike something change will happen. Change only happens with action. We live in a country where we can disagree, and if we dislike something we can work to change it. We need to stop complaining and be the change. 

this was my alternative post title: "stop complaining and take action {or why democrats and republicans made me angry}" lol

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