I left Milwaukee a little before mid April 2018. I had spent 6 months there, basically the whole winter and it was beautiful. Deep down I wanted to leave kicking and screaming but I didn't; I was calm, cool and collected. "This chapter is over. But don't worry, everything works out how it should. You don't understand it now but one day you will", is what I told myself as I boarded my plane (with the biggest knot in my throat) back to El Paso, Tx. See I really loved Milwaukee, everything about it. The history, the culture, the food, the beer and especially the company. And I will admit, I didn't want to leave, I had to. More of that in a different book.
So going back to my last day there I took a snapchat video to keep my spirits up and it's mainly about 2 things, Jeffrey Dahmer and my last meal in Milwaukee. I know, sounds depressing, but it's not. It was a good day.
I had recently discovered that I was living very close to where the infamous Dahmer lived. And I'm not wanting to bring attention to him but rather to bring attention to the lack of attention we tend to give when something is obviously off. Looking the other way or not wanting to get involved is what has become more and more acceptable. I do, however, see some changes now. I think that in light of all the political disarray and through social media, we are slowly getting away from that 'none f my business' mentality and that is good. I hope the bad guys always get caught. I hope there is always someone paying attention and actually doing something about it.
Now moving onto my meal, I had discovered the Milwaukee Public Market early when I had first moved there. I fell in love almost instantly. The market was small but just big enough to have all the best variety of foods. I highly suggest if you ever are in the area that you have the clam chowder at St.Paul's Fish Market and the Whole Lobster special. Or skip the Lobster and move down to the Foltz Family Market and have them grill you up a sausage or brawt, many to chose from and made fresh daily. My favorite is the Jalapeño Pepperjack or the Philly Cheesesteak Bratwurst. It's served on a soft pretzel bun with a delicious homemade garlic mayo. Also, don't leave without picking up a perfect combination of flavor infused Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from Oro Di Oliva. My favorite is Persian Lime and Blackberry Ginger Balsamic. Your homemade salads or marinades will never be the same. The people are also great, I'd like to believe they were all my friends. I could probably write 10 pages of my taste experience at this market but I won't. You'll just have to go see for yourself.
I really do miss Milwaukee, I'm just super grateful for the time I had there. It surely was a blessing.
I have an iPhone8, one of the fabulous birthday gifts I received last October. I love it but I don't know how to use all of it's wonderful functions, yet. Last night I heard it make a ping noise and when I checked it, there was a notification that said I had a new 'Memory'. I clicked and it took me to an album named Memories. I found (and in no particular order) that pictures and bits of my saved Snapchat videos from my Costa Rica trip had been put together as a video montage, complete with music. I couldn't believe my phone did that. It was as if it was alive with feelings. Even though I just got back from Costa Rica a week ago, I got a little emotional watching it. I thought "Wow, I did all that? That's my adventure?!" It was a feeling of happiness mixed with gratitude that gave me that fuzzy feeling. I even said "awe, thank you smartphone. You really are smart." lol.
My niece told me I should share it. When I explained that most of these pictures had already been shared on my snapchat and FB & IG, she suggested I post on my website, and so I decided to officially start my blog with this video. There is a tiny clip of my baby niece after she crawled into my suitcase when I was packing. I like it because getting ready for the adventure should be included as part of an adventure, in my opinion. So next time you're getting ready for a trip, take pictures or videos of the moments leading up to your departure as well. This video is a little over 3 minutes long. Credits to the different places & people can be found in my Costa Rica page, if you click on the pictures. I'll write more about them individually later. So here I am, last week near Liberia City in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica. I journeyed there alone, planned it all just 3 weeks prior, I went a little scared but feeling brave. Every little part of my trip was an unforgettable experience and now I have this cool video to prove it. All Pictures and videos I took myself but my very smart and sentimental iphone8 gets the credit for putting it all together. Unedited, and I think it's pretty good! "Pura Vida."
Celia Smith, Dream Planner
I've been told I can be unrealistic, over-curious, nutty, a risk taker, generous, a bit strict and dramatic but mainly sensitive and a super romantic. And ALL of it is true. I'm sure there are more adjective's I can add but I'll stick to these, I can't deny these. Extreme life changing situations happen to everyone, for me they tend to come in clusters. I really don't watch reality TV because I'm living in my own plot twist, shocking moments and happy endings, everyday. Even the very painful times, I try to [graciously] accept them all. Taking everything bad with the good and vice-versa, because I do believe there is pain in growth and growth is essential to live a life that is worth living. A very big and recent life change came recently by my own choice, I quit my full-time, well compensated corporate job of 14 years to become a Dream Planner. What does that mean exactly? I'm not completely sure yet, but it sounds pretty awesome, and I made it my official new title. So now I'm taking my experiences - past & present, my dreams & goals, favorite memories, crazy thoughts, recommendations, advice, travel adventures, well wishes, and sharing how God's unfailing love carry's me through it all. I'm going to write all about it here, my personal blog.