Hello Chanels and Cocktails Family! I apologize for my absence. I am trying to get back in my normal routine from the holidays, so bear with me. Also, my son is home from Atlanta for Christmas break so that in itself has added a whole other element of tasks to complete. But I’m not complaining–(Just making excuses)! Lol!
But none the less, I am here now. This blog is dedicated to my family and friends.

A lot of times we get busy and so caught up in life’s woes, we forget what really matters… and that is family and loved ones. I am ashamed to say this, but since I moved to Houston (4 years ago), I have probably been home less than 10 times and most of those visits were towards the beginning of the 4 years. As time went on, my visits back home became less and less. You know how it is…we get comfortable and content with our new surroundings and new life that we forget the way things were and even forget some of the people who had once been so close.
Thankfully, through modern technology I have been able to keep up with mostly everyone through phone calls, texts, social media, and apps, but it doesn’t quite compare to being in the presence of those you love.
This Christmas Holiday I decided I would go home and visit my family. The past few months had been rough for me and it was my family and loved ones who helped to keep me sane… from texting me daily to even traveling hundreds and hundreds of miles to visit me. It had been a while since I felt so much love and support. Another reason for my visit home was I began to think about how precious and unpredictable life is. We never know from one minute to the next who will be with us in the flesh or in spirit alone the next day. It is unimaginable to admit I hadn’t seen my nieces—who I love so dearly—in over 4 years. They are both completely grown now! 22 and 23 years old… Both Girls are now beautiful and intelligent, young women. There were many others I hadn’t seen in ages as well. So long story short, one of my New Year’s resolutions ( life’s resolutions) is to do much better in showing my family and friends how much I love and appreciate them.

Lesson to live by…

“Don’t take your family and loved ones for granted.”

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.

– Paul Pearshall



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