Dear Penelope

Blake Shelton said it best:

What’s the greatest chapter in your book? Are there pages where it hurts to look?

Song-Mine Would Be You

My official decision to rename the Inspiration category to Dear Penelope is now in full effect. I try to be 100% transparent on my Instagram which transcends to my blog. Each Dear Penelope post will start off with a quote related to that particular topic. Just like this one! Think of this category as my personal diary….hence the name Dear Penelope.

The inspiration category is obviously meant to inspire my readers as I share my opinions,advice and stories about my life. I love to run my mouth, I enjoy a good debate and if you know me….I’m very opinionated. Never fear!….these posts won’t all be dreary. Although some of these thoughts may trigger me, I know deep down they will help someone. Read More

Love Language: How To Love Better

Love is pretty tricky. Did you know that we all like to be loved differently? Movies and sitcoms usually show love as a “knight”  in shining armor, tall dark & handsome, fairy tail kinda deal. The truth is love is a different experience for everyone, the only consistent part is that we all have our own way we like to be loved… matter who we’re dating at the time.

I found a YouTube video on Love Language and also dug deeper to find there’s a whole book! The video I watched was narrated by the author. I enjoyed every minute of it and learned so much. Read More

My Weight Loss Journey: Part 1 Self Love & Beating Depression

First let me say I cried while writing this, and it’s long so grab some coffee, tea, wine & tissues. I have never shared this full story before soooo here goes.

My weight loss from 2014-2017 completely happened from no where so to speak. I could tell you that  I traveled to an enchanted forest, ate unicorn dust, danced with fairies etc. Honestly it all started with self love. Leaving a toxic situation and learning to live for myself and my babies. If you live in misery you will look like misery. Read More

The Real Life Fairy Tale Of Carrie & Big: My Obsession With Sex & The City Along With My Mr.Big

My obsession with Sex & The City started as a teenager. Obviously I shouldn’t have been watching it, buuutttt it’s so juicy. What I love most about the show is how down to earth and relatable it is.

For those who don’t watch. The show is about 4 best friends in New York City. They experience the same daily struggles we all encounter: dating, terrible sex, growing pains, starting families etc. My favorite character is Carrie and if you follow me on social media you’ll see me use #CarrieAndBig. Her story line is 100% relatable for me and I just love watching the two of them grow through all 7 seasons. Read More

I Thought I’d Have It All Together By 30

So here we are……30…..this is it. I always thought I’d cry when I hit the big 30. I also thought I’d be married, own a home and have a successful business.


  • Single mother of 3
  • Renting
  • Still building my business
  • Definitely not married


I’m finding that 30 is just a number. When should my ducks all be in a row? When will I have that ah ha moment? When will life just make sense? Who TF KNOWS! I’m constantly growing and battling my demons. I’m not where I want to be, I’m probably further out than I would like to be, but I’m happy that I haven’t thrown in the towel. Read More

Positive Words Create Positive Vibes

People often ask me how I remain so strong. Being a single mother, building a biz, working full time…… wearing multiple hats is complete madness. It isn’t easy but the trick is to NEVER let anyone see you sweat (Kids Included). I might be freaking out on the inside some days but I will always try 1000% to stay polished on the outside.

Anxiety is completely of the mind. If you can control your thoughts, you can control your mind. I’ve learned not to let things linger, especially stress or bad thoughts. How do I do this???? WORDS: Mantras, Quotes, Prayer.  This may not work for all, but it has most certainly helped me stay grounded and fight the urge to shut down in the middle of an anxiety battle.

What I do:

  • Repeat my favorite mantra to myself until the ill feeling passes
  • Give myself a moment to cry it out (Just a moment not all day!)
  • Keep it moving. An idle mind is dangerous.
  • Recognize the trigger, make a plan and EXECUTE it.


I’ve decided to create a page specifically to list my favorite quotes and sayings. Some I have written myself and others I have found by chance. Some are simply funny and others deep with meaning. Here are a few to get you started and you can check THE BOOK OF SAM page to see more as I add them. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.


  • Sadness is temporary, Happiness is forever.-XoXo Sam



  • Stop chasing the bag and figure out how to make the bag chase you -XoXo Sam


  • Find your purpose….shut up….and DRIVE -XoXo Sam


  • Some people love YOU. Some people love what you DO.-XoXo Sam


  • You’re exactly where God wants you to be. Not where you think you should be. – XoXo Sam


  • Fear none. Trust one-XoXo Sam


My Instagram is also set up to give you a little daily inspiration. Check it out @HelloXOSam and follow if you fancy! My finial word of wisdom to anyone having an internal battle is to write it down. Once you acknowledge you have a problem, the next step is to work it out. Writing is a wonderful way to not only document, but release your thoughts. Put it on paper and forget about it! Read More

30 Facts About Me

This was inspired by one of my selfie Sunday post.  Instagram is almost like a fantasy land of perfect photos and perfect people. It started with 6 flaws about myself and now that 30 is around the corner…why not tell you guys 30 things about me!


  • I wear western boots everyday
  • My favorite color is yellow
  • I’m afraid of spiders
  • I am not afraid of death…just afraid of how I’ll die
  • I used to be an atheist
  • I hate the feminist movement
  • I love love love country music
  • I have a soft spot for trap music ‍lol
  • I have anxiety
  • I’ve had 2 surgeries (hernia repair and tubes tied)
  • My favorite movie is Love Jones
  • My favorite song is Tupac-Temptations
  • My favorite type of food is Mexican
  • I think about sex more than the average man (pretty sure)
  • I daydream 90% of the day
  • My favorite show is Sex & The City
  • My spirit animal is a cat
  • I’m an introvert
  • I cross my legs when I pee
  • I hate wearing clothes…yet I’m a fashion designer
  • I’ve been cheated on in every relationship I’ve ever been in, but I’m still a hopeless romantic
  • I Lock myself in my room for at least an hour when I get home to hide from the kids and noise
  • I love falling asleep outside in my hammock
  • I have an AA in Fashion Design
  • I despise purple
  • My favorite feature is my butt
  • I want to be a foster mom once I buy my first home
  • I hate night driving
  • I have an unhealthy addiction to Mac N Cheese
  • I make the BEST fudgy brownies
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