Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOO!

So Halloween is upon us! My favorite time of year is about to begin.  Time for spooky stories, costumes, falling leaves & cool weather.  



This weekend, maybe Carlo & I will embark on a small adventure.  I hear we are in for some rain so maybe it will just be a weekend to cook, and enjoy being home.  I will make sure we update the blog the weekend - maybe with some awesome recipes & stories.  Stay tuned!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Been Awhile....

Life is about living.  Living as best you can with what you have.  Since I have opened this blog I've been through so much crap.  Mainly due to one person, someone who no longer even deserves a title. For those of you who wish to keep up on that part of my life, RadarOnline has a great update written by Alan Duke which will get you up to speed.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/10/michael-jackson-dr-arnold-klein-bankruptcy-misconduct/

I certainly do hope that one day he can find his peace and happiness as I have found mine.

Speaking of peace and happiness... We are now headed into the Fall Season, my favorite time of year. Can't wait for Halloween to come knocking, and next on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It is also the Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in our neighborhood tonight.  I can hear the band already tuning it.  Should be a fun night.

I have learned a lot of lessons in the past four years.  Mainly, life is about laughter and love....  We must enjoy the little things.  We must beware of people baring gifts for they usually have ulterior motives.  Enjoy your weekends, enjoy life and get out of the house. You can't see life from a gilded cage.  Thanks to the multi-talented Carlo for this following picture....

You can see some more of his photographs at carlobautistaphotography.com   VERY TALENTED!!!


I continue to work out.  Its been a struggle but I seem to be winning the battle.  Its about taking it day by day and keeping conscious of what you want in your life.  Its no fun being fat and unhealthy.  On that note, I leave you with a before and current picture.  And a big THANK YOU to all those who have followed in this journey and continue to support me!!!




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Urban life of Downtown Los Angeles - from the eye of an amateur street photographer

Carlo and I ventured to Little Tokyo recently for a great night of fun, food & laughter with family!  Since I was going to be down there anyway, I thought I would indulge in my new found past time of street photography.

I have come to love street scenes, the mood, capturing a moment and a feeling.  All these photos are unedited and exactly what I saw and felt at the time.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves and let the reader imagine what was going on at the time!  More to come soon!
















Sunday, June 29, 2014

Life, Love, Turning 41 & what really matters....

So, I turned 41 this week.  It is an awkward age.  40 seems to be the year everyone expects you to celebrate, 41 not so much.  To me, it feels like the beginning of the second act.  I guess that is good and bad - the second act is always much more exciting, as if I could stand any more "excitement..."  41 also marks the beginning of the end of a few terrible chapters of my life, so that is excellent.  The older you get, the more one reflects on what really matters.  I know for me it has taken a few kick's in the but to put me in the correct direction.  Those kicks have mainly come from Carlo, the one who keeps me grounded and one of the few people who were there for me at my darkest moments.  If there was ever anyone who ended up riding the bus once the Limo broke down, that is him.

He has got to be one of the most grounded, intelligent and perceptive people I know.  Leave it to him to let me know when I have fucked up, somehow always guiding me along the correct path. Carlo has put it all in perspective for me about what really matters after 40.  Its not fancy things, expensive dinners and big homes, its about family. Up until a few years ago, family was admittedly not the most important thing in my life. I had somehow lost my way and not realized that even though family is always there you must work on those relationships.  It is like a garden that needs water and care to grow.  These things just don't grow on their own.


I am proud to say that I have grown much closer to my Brother in recent years.  We finally see eye to eye and he now realizes how very proud I am of his immense accomplishments.  We have even begun to "hang out" on a regular basis.  Carlo and I ventured to Laguna Beach just a few weeks ago for dinner, drinks and a walk on the beach.  I love being able to talk to him about his most current project, his amazing gardening and his intense spirituality among other things  I am so proud of my Brother and his Girlfriend Conor and honored to have them as such an important part of our lives.  I look forward to having them both be an integral part of the next 41 years!

The most important part of our family is my Mom.  My Mom has always been there for us, through thick and thin.  Truly no matter what the issue she has always been there to lend a hand, or an ear....  Doing her best to not be too judgmental and never afraid to express her opinion.  I don't say it enough but I certainly admire and look up to her for her strength and character, her sense of adventure, her determination, her sense of humor and her business acumen.  She is beautiful beyond description and ages like a fine wine, only getting better.  When I get angry or upset and take it out on her, she just smiles and lets it roll off her back - an amazing trait in anyone. When people ask who my hero is or who I look up to, I no longer need to hesitate because the answer will always be her....  My Mom.  


The smiles in this photo tell the true story of love....


So, that is what 41 looks like...  Life, Love & family...  It's what really matters and sometimes we need a gentle (or more than gentle) push in the right direction because at the end of the day it's all we have.


My actual Birthday itself this year was filled with love and family.  Who in the world would drive 80 miles round trip to deliver flowers to me at work....  Carlo....  The love of my life.  He cooked me an amazing dinner and even baked a cake.  Honestly I had to dig through the trash because I had no idea he could bake a cake from scratch.  As you can see from the picture, I had the biggest genuine smile I've had in years.  Life just couldn't get any better at that moment... 

I still continue to work out 4 days a week.  Eating healthy and growing stronger and bigger (in the right way) every day.  In the last 2 months I am proud to say I have lost 3 inches in my waist, and have grown my arms from 14 inches to 16 inches - a huge accomplishment for me.  My BMI has come down, and my weight is steadily dropping as well.  I am very excited as to what the future brings, and if this is 41, I think I will take it!

So, from my love Carlo and myself - until next time!




Dont forget to check out my YouTube channel.   Much more music coming in the weeks ahead!!  And also, check out Carlo's amazing new website showcasing his amazing photography.  So very proud his pictures are so beautiful.







Friday, May 2, 2014

Wow, time flies.....

Like the title says, time flies....  I can't believe its been almost six months since I have updated this blog.  I know some folks still read the blog and I certainly appreciate your support.

Lots of things have happened, lots of things have stayed the same.  I guess that's the way life goes.  Overall, I can't complain.  

I am pretty pumped about working with a personal trainer now.  Although I have lost weight I still need to tone things up.  I will update my progress on the blog from time to time.  Take a look at my trainers page - his name is Chris!


Carlo and I have been doing some traveling as well.  Another fun trip to Sedona Arizona for some hiking, that always hits the spot!  Food & outdoors fun...  Here is a picture from one of our adventurers.  



Easter was just a few weeks ago - enjoyed some quiet family time!  Took a ton of pics, but here is one for now.  Carlo, myself & my brother Jeremy...  So proud of Jeremy!!



Ying & Yang, but we're always in perfect harmony!!!  My Carlo...  



So, I will update more frequently, or at least try! I will also keep it uplifting and fun, and focus on fitness and getting into shape!!