Our lives are ever changing, and I am going through the biggest change of my life. To help with this challenging time I made a list of Florida destinations and activities that I want to be sure to visit in 2016. I started ThisFloridaLife as a means for me to explore my homestate. We often… Continue reading My Florida travel list for 2016
I have lots of fears. Two of the biggest: horror movies, blood, guts, being startled, that sort of thing and the other is being diagnosed with breast cancer. Ok, so the title of this post may be a bit misleading... In the interest of facing my fears I have decided to attend Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror… Continue reading Help me show breast cancer that I have no fear!
Little did I know three years ago on 7/7 that I'd be here. What started as a vehicle for me to explore my homestate and share what a good life ThisFloridaLife is, has become a part of me. Because of my writing I've met so many wonderful people, forging new partnerships and friendships. Many of… Continue reading The third anniversary of ThisFloridaLife
I felt pretty ashamed that as a Native Floridian I heard never heard of The Mai Kai until Twitter. All this time I’ve had an incredible Polynesian, tiki restaurant and bar just a few hours away. The Mai Kai made for the highlight of a weekend getaway, and I'm already dying to go back.
There is a sign, on a toll road, that is among my favorite signs in all of Orlando. Yes, I have a favorite sign; when you love your hometown as much as I do you're bound to have an odd affinity for way too many things. This sign represents a strong symbolism for Orlando visitors and residents… Continue reading Which do you choose Disney or Universal?
It’s been a while and a lot has changed. And it is those changes that have made it realistic for the sun to rise over ThisFloridaLife again. I am happy to write to you, my Florida Lifers, and welcome you back to the place that started my newfound love of being a freelance writer (in… Continue reading ThisFloridaLife is back!
There's no place I'd rather live than Orlando. Yesterday was yet another day that solidified this sentiment. I spent the day at Universal Orlando, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with a friend who is the bigger "Potterhead" I know. It was magic! In the middle of the day I headed to the other… Continue reading No place I’d rather be: to my mother’s father
It has been something I have thought about for a long time. And tonight it is time to make the decision. I am grateful for the memories and the people I have met. But there is something more important. Thank you for nearly two years of living ThisFloridaLife with me. It is time for me… Continue reading Farewell Florida Lifers
Living in the Orlando metro area makes me appreciate time away amid the real Florida. After being stuck in commuting heck, there is something decompressing about taking a trip down a backroad. Spring comes into bloom, it is difficult to think of a more beautiful time to head to North Central Florida's backroads. As Spring arrives… Continue reading Take a trip along Florida backroads to celebrate Spring
Being in the Orlando area is exciting. There is always something to do. Life in the city, be it Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale or any other metropolitan area can be exhausting. With so many beautiful beaches, small towns, and relaxing rural areas throughout Florida, there's a must-do weekend you've got to do if… Continue reading The Must-Do Weekend if you live in a Florida City