I chose the frame for my photo because it gives a good depiction of "MY world". I like to pretend I am living in my own Animated Broadway Musical with lots of rainbows, butterflies, sunshine, birds singing and big puffy clouds. Our backyard is a piece of paradise that we created that is perfect for either entertaining or just relaxing. Years ago, my Dad walked outside and said "Welcome to Club Vincent". And so it was born! I loved it so much I had my husband promptly go into his wood shop and make a sign to hang over our porch. I wanted everyone that came over to feel like they were at a resort or a VIP club. I wanted them to feel special . When my hubby and I were in Atlanta, GA we went to this amazing craft show and got the sign that says "Party with the VINCENT'S". While the bird in said picture is toasting with a Margarita (and probably has alcohol in it), neither of us really drinks. We don't feel that its wrong to partake in drinking alcohol (in moderation--like everything should be), we just don't really care for the taste. Lots of our friends drink and consider it a necessity to have alcohol in order to have a good time. Thats okay. We want them to have fun when they're at our house too so drinking is most certainly allowed. Occasionally, you will even find me and my Hubby having a drink (I like a pina colada/strawberry or raspberry type flavor---sort of like a Hawaiian Lava Flow, which also happens to be my husbands favorite drink). I should say that is his favorite "foo foo" drink. His favorite manly drink would be the Long Island (or Texas) Tea.
So anyway, back to the title of this post. Since I am a brutally honest person, I need to share something with you. This blog is not my first. I actually started one shortly after my Mom passed away in August 2010. I had lots of thoughts to share and since she was no longer around to have conversations with (she lived with us), I felt like a blog might be a good way to get them out there. I had seen the move "Julie and Julia" with Amy Adams and loved it. There was one line that really spoke to me (and thousands of other soon to be bloggers) "I could write a blog. I have thoughts." My brain was almost bursting at the seams with THOUGHTS that I wanted to share with the world (or even 1 person that might say "Yeah, I totally get what you're saying......You are NOT crazy). My husband told me this was my way of mourning or coping with the loss of my Mom. I did not agree (of course). You see, we are a typical husband and wife that disagree. A lot. I LOVE my husband and he loves me, we have an incredible marriage and I tell people I have the BEST Man, Husband, Father to my kids in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. This is a true statement. Wait for it .............here comes the "but"..............He is the BEST MAN, BUT, He is still a MAN! I am a woman and therefore we are polar opposites! Especially when it comes to communication. We are both very effective communicators, just not with each other. We struggle every day to have effective communication and it is HARD WORK. Newsflash for those that either aren't married or haven't been for very long----Men and Women are basically created to have irreconcilable differences! There. I said it! Why do you think that is the #1 reason Men and Women file for divorce?????? It is honestly the way we are created! We are different so we can complement each other. When you combine us, we make a perfect TEAM. My husband and I were both married to other people before we married each other. We had spouses that did not appreciate and value us as individuals (human beings) let alone value the sanctity of marriage. Because we both believe in God and know that he put us together, we made a pact that divorce will never be an option in our marriage. We will either live happily ever after together or unhappily ever after, but we will be together. We choose to be Happy together. Most days we are. We also choose to put GOD first and each other (and everything else) after. THAT alone is what keeps us together and mostly happy. I am not going to pretend we have a perfect marriage because
#1--that doesn't exist (we aren't perfect as people so how could we have a perfect marriage). If anyone tells you they have a perfect marriage, they are lying! I'm never going to lie to you.
#2--I want people to know that its OK to have a bad day (or a few bad days or weeks or months) in a marriage. This is part of a normal and healthy relationship. I mean, its part of a normal and healthy LIFE for Pete's sake!!! How boring would life be if it were all the same with no ups and downs to keep it real???
So when I created my website and blog, I knew I wanted to be able to share things that I am passionate about and try to inspire people (or at least make them smile and know that they are not alone). Travel is my biggest passion and inspiring people to get off their couches and into the world is my main mission. However, I am also passionate about my husband, my kids, Jesus, and basically LIFE! That is why I chose "TT's Trippin' on a Joyful Journey" as my title. I am MAINLY trippin' with a suitcase and heading off to new places to share with you, but I am also tripping figuratively..........like, "Oh Girl, you know that TT, she be TRIPPIN'"! So while my blog is going to be primarily on travel, I will also trip at the club a little bit. Since my life is filled with many things besides travel, I want to share them all with you. And since one of those things is thoughts, I definitely want to share those! You can choose whether or not you want to join me at THE CLUB and listen. I encourage you to join in the conversation by leaving a comment if the topic is something that you have an opinion about. The comments can be negative, positive, I totally get what you are saying, I don't understand you at all, You are NUTS,...............it really doesn't matter what you respond with, I would just love to hear from you! Don't be discouraged by the fact you need to give your email address to leave a comment. This is mainly to keep spammers (and fake people) away. You will not get any junk emails from me or any 3rd party and it is kept private.