The Blues (The Good Kind)

Dominican Republic, July 2018


As the temperature continues to lower day by day, my layering skills continue to increase with a stylish flare. So instead of letting my spirits dwindle, I can keep them alive by continuing to reminisce about all the bountiful blue, tropical islands I’ve dipped my toes into.

It’s the Dominican Republic that is warming my mind with pleasant thoughts and visions of BLUE. Sometimes, as an extra bonus, the song by Eiffel 65 pops right in there and soundtracks my thoughts; “I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa…” That may or may not be stuck in your head for hours to come, Opps! Just think of it as your theme to breathtaking blue hues.

This year, like any other year, as I was planning my birthday getaway I knew it had to involve beautiful blues, bikinis, adventure and cocktails. There is something about staring into the Caribbean waters that puts me right into my freedom, my harmony, my nameste.

I’ve visited the DR on a short cruise stop one of the first times I traveled, and filed it in my travel plans as a country to revisit. In this case, the Dominican Republic did not disappoint, in fact, it exceeded my expectations! From looking into the crystal clear waters, swimming in and among tropical fish, hopping island to island while dancing to reggae beats on a catamaran, I felt like I was right at home. Or just back in Abu Dhabi, which is just as grand!

Enjoy the blues! Let it take you away to your happiness, your tranquility, your solitude, your nameste. And remember, as I have to tell myself each and every day, winter is only temporary. 🙂

 

Happy Veterans Day

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 2018


First and foremost, let me begin with HAPPY VETERANS DAY.

To the men and women who are currently serving in the U.S. military and those who are a military veteran, THANK YOU.

Thank you for sacrificing your life to protect others, for believing in our nation, for being brave, standing strong, and most importantly for believing in freedom.

Thank you for being a hero.

I am blessed to know so many of these humble heroes, past and present.

I recently had the opportunity to take some photographs on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  I had been on the base a few times, but this time was different, as I had my camera in hand, ready to capture visions of America.

If you’re not familiar with Camp Lejeune, it is a United States military training facility housing mostly Marine Corps; but also Navy command and the U.S. Coast Guard.  The base has a indestructible motto of ‘one team, one fight,’ and is so expeditionary that they can deploy on a moments notice. Not only does it house military operations, it is also much like its own city with housing, restaurants, stores and beaches.  For those of you that are familiar with Camp Lejeune, I’m sure you have a few good stories and opinions of the base.  (Please Do Share!)

Have a look and enjoy some of my moments on Camp Lejeune with my family, and of course, Wayne.