Bringing in the New Year with #AskAwayFriday

My New Year’s was eventful… but I can’t say in a good way. My husband’s godmother was in the hospital and my children were already at my in-laws. When he left, I felt lonely and depressed having no children. Also, I hadn’t eaten much for the day so ended up feeling very sick by the end of the night. At the last minute, I decided to go to church, so I was around my children at the beginning of the new year. It was worth it, even though I was exhausted and ready o go to sleep as soon as I walked in the door.

Despite the lack of positive events when the clock chimed midnight, I reflected on how very grateful for everyone that’s in my life. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful set of friends, most of which I wish I were closer. Anywho… let’s talk about our wonderful AAF!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I exchanged questions with Cascia who not only runs her own blog, Talbert Zoo, her blog, but also runs an online magazine, Healthy Moms Magazine. With her five children, she chronicles her journey through photos, videos and some humor.
AAF with Cascia
1. The first thing I noticed when I visited your blog was that you are a health and fitness enthusiast just like I am. What prompted you to get interested in health? In short, I’m fat and I don’t want to be. I started the blog to keep me accountable. The longer answer is that once upon a time, I was fit. I was a high school athlete, but I never really learned how to eat. I ate whatever I wanted because I would burn pretty much anything off. When I became depressed in college from losing my best friend (she didn’t die, I screwed up the relationship), I started picking up weight. Then in law school, I gained even more because of my depression. I finally hit the pinnacle of my weight at 260 pounds after losing our son. I needed a way to find myself back to me. So, 100lbcountdown.com was born.

2. How many children do you have? How old are they? I am the proud momma of four children ~ 10 year old boy Bunny, 3 year old girl Bee and 1 year old girl Butterfly and deceased son Alexander who would be 7.

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3. Where do you live? Have you always lived in that town/city? I currently live in West Palm Beach, Florida now… We moved here last summer but previously, I’ve lived in many places in southern California, most surrounding the 10/210 freeways (if you know the area).

4. If you could have a cup of coffee (or tea if you don’t like coffee) with a celebrity who would it be and why? I think it would be Mark Cuban or Oprah. I would want to find out more about their daily activities and how I could mimic them to be more successful.

5. What songs are on your workout playlist? LOL! I don’t listen to music during workouts. I listen to books on tape and podcasts. I get to enter someone else’s world and think about how I’m not working out. I love to work out with others, but have not found a steady workout partner. I like listening to Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew and Alison Rosen most often.

6. Do you remember the first car that you ever owned? What was it? Of course I do! It was a Chevy Sprint. It cost me $300 and smelled like cigarette smoke. When I bought it, it was the only car in our household!

Soon after I got it, my dad used it to take my sister to a playdate. In our tiny neighborhood, he managed to get into a car accident and smash in the driver side door. I no longer could close the door completely or roll down the window. This meant the summers were brutal!

7. What is on your bucket list? Travel to every continent. Witness my children get married. Have my own business successful business. Be an awesome grandmother!

8. If you could change careers what would it be? Well, I’m a SAHM, so I would love to have a career itself, but that said I want to be a real estate developer. I want to find out more about the industry and have developments all over the nation.

9. Today is January 2, looking back on the past year what is one news story that really moved you? I know there are many news stories that really should have moved me such as Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the one that touched me the most was the suicide of Robin Williams. The man brought us so much joy, yet suffered most inside. The true face of depression is not always someone looking somber or depressed, but are often fighting internal demons.

Having been through several bouts of depression, I often get, “Well, you looked like nothing bothered you” or “You didn’t look depressed”. Sadly, too many people don’t. You just can’t walk around looking sad all day without questions from everyone about “What’s wrong?” When you can’t always articulate the answer, you don’t want to try to answer it, especially to someone you barely know.

10. Looking back on the past year again, what was your greatest accomplishment from 2014? Being consistent. I blogged more, I lost weight and I took on and completed projects. It’s been years since I felt like I had completed something! Next year, I just want to break out of my comfort zone and make sure that I feel accomplished in 2015. {

20 comments on “Bringing in the New Year with #AskAwayFriday”

  1. irkedmommy says:

    Awesome swap! I too, am fat and don't care to be anymore! That's why I am making healthy choices this year! I would love to pick Mark Cuban's brain, that man is a money making genius! I was moved by Robin Williams as well. I usually don't let celebrity news affect me, but that one did. Happy New Year, April!

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Yes! Let's make healthier choices together! I'm going to invite you to my Facebook group! Hopefully we can both break out of our fatness this year!

      1. irkedmommy says:

        Yes! Let's hold each other accountable!

        1. spiritedlife says:

          Yep!

  2. April, I was under the weather this week myself and just hoping you are feeling better. New Year's Eve, we just spent at home and I actually fell asleep around 10 to wake before the ball dropped, because I seriously just couldn't keep going the way I was feeling. But still wishing you a wonderful 2015 now!! 🙂

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Thank you! I feel a lot better after telling my husband how I felt. I didn't need an explanation from him. I know he likes to do things on his own. But I didn't think he knew how I felt about it. So once I did, I don't know if that'll change his mind in the future if more things come to pass, but at least I don't have to mention it again.

  3. Cascia says:

    Sadly, I don't even know who Mark Cuban is. Robin Williams committing suicide hit home for me too. I have suffered from depression on and off since I was in high school. I am so glad we swapped this week! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog and getting to know you better!

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Mark Cuban is the owner of Dallas Mavericks and one of the sharks on Shark Tank. He has some great insight and one of the most outspoken CEO's in the nation. I was depressed in high school too, I just didn't even recognize the symptoms myself. I look forward to getting to know you better too!

  4. Tess says:

    I would like to sit down with mark Cuban too! I can totally relate to not "showing" depression. Nobody even knows when I am.

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Depression is a silent killer. It eats you up from the inside out. Robin Williams showed that. Thanks for coming by!

  5. workingmommagic says:

    I really enjoyed this ask away friday! I feel like I learned so much about you! I am sorry about Alexander.

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Thank you! I enjoyed sharing with you all!

  6. It's great getting to know more about the woman behind the blog! Your children are beautiful. I need to visit Florida again because I'm missing those warm beaches! I'd love to have a chat with Oprah, too 🙂

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Thank you so much! The beaches are nice and it's great to go year round! Oprah would be fascinating to really live her day to day.

  7. tamaralikecamera says:

    I'm so sorry that New Year's Eve was eventful in bad ways! I've had those days.
    I had to Google Mark Cuban too but now I know from Google and from your comments!

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Things are better now, but it was rough when I was going through it. LOL! That's ok. I find him fascinating. Because he's so filthy rich, he speaks out on tons of controversial issues. He often says what I think! 🙂

  8. ssgannett says:

    What a great swap! Oh the loss of Robin Williams was definitely heartbreaking. I get the depression, as well, and it can be hard to see through the clouds, as a friend said to me. Happy New Year, April and good luck in 2015!

    1. spiritedlife says:

      Thank you! Yes, when you're surrounded by clouds, sometimes you forget there are clear skies on the other side. Thank you so much for being a blogging friend.

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