The 30th Year

Every year on August 18th, I turn another year older. This year I turn 30 and although everyone says I’m young and have my whole life ahead of me, I can’t help but preview the past. Every year I try to do something new, outside of the norm and adventurous. There are also the traditional events such as Comic Con in New York City and Easter with my family in New Jersey.  Speaking of New York City, I’m still in love and in awe of the view of New York. It can be on ground level or up high from a building, the view still takes my breath away. It never gets old for me. 30 years and I have accomplished very little, in 2004 I graduated High School, in 2008 I finished my contract with the Marine Corps, in 2014 I graduated college, so what now? At 30 I feel I should already have a career, a home, a car and a happy life for me and my daughter. I feel incomplete and unhappy. When I was in the Corps I loved being instructor staff, this year during camp I was as happy as a clam. I slept from 10pm to 6am, got the girls ready with the help of the other counsellors, we all went to exercise, eat, enjoy a day full of activities, eat, more activities, dinner, one last activity with the entire camp then off to bed. It was a positive and healthy change from the overnight shift I did 40 hours or more a week. If only I could make a career out of camp week. Well let’s see what the next 30 years will bring for this hardworking Leo.

NJNG Youth Camp 2015


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In 1996 I was a camper in the New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp for the first time. Three years later I was a “Purple Person” (aka Foxtrot). Three years after that and I was a Junior Counselor. Then I became a Marine. I visited camp when I could but my orders had me away for a while. Then I came back and was a Senior Counselor for three years. I had to miss more years because my daughter, Lisa, wasn’t old enough to attend as a camper. Finally this year Lisa started as a camper and I returned as a Senior Counselor! It was well worth it! I saw some familiar faces and I had the pleasure of meeting some new ones. 

The experience throughout the years at camp changes but the joy of being there never fades! 

This year I was the Senior Counselor for Bravo Company! Those 27 children, 5 Junior Counselors and 4 Senior Counselors became my family and in the words of Mr. Cole, “my children” for the entire week. They made me laugh, smile, cry and motivated! I’m proud of every single one of them. I’m also proud of my daughter, she was well behaved and enjoyed her first year. She already wants to go back.

More photos and writing to come…

Life in Colors


What’s your favorite color? Do you wear it? Represent it in other forms? Does it sway your decisions on buying certain things or choosing something? What does your color signifies?

There are many sites that help you figure out what your color means, or what colors you should wear for your complexion (some below). But that’s not what I’m speaking of right now.

When was the last time you looked up and around? When was the last time you noticed the colors surrounding you and in front of you? Yes that tree is brown, with green leaves and pink blossoms, but if you get closer or take a longer look, did you notice the shades of brown that make up the trunk? Or the hues of green that make the pink pop? Enjoy your surroundings, take your face out of your phone, put your earbuds in, play your favoitre musis, put the phone away and enjoy the scene in front of you. Enjoy the colors, maybe change your favorite color or add it to the list. Life ends too quickly to take the colors for granted.

My favorite color is Blue, I love all shades and hues of blue. But I wear red and black more then any other color.

What does your favorite color represent in your life? I’m using

“Red:   If your favorite color is red, you are action oriented with a deep need for physical fulfillment and to experience life through the five senses. (My own note: I don’t completely agree. If your favorite color is red is shows a passion for life and love)

Orange:  If orange is your favorite color, you have a great need to be with people, to socialize with them, and be accepted and respected as part of a group. You also have a need for challenges in your life, whether it is physical or social challenges.

Yellow:    Choosing yellow as your favorite means you have a deep need for logical order in your everyday life and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical mind to inspire and create new ideas.

Green:   If green is your favorite, you have a deep need to belong, to love and be loved, and to feel safe and secure. You need acceptance and acknowledgment for the everyday things you do for others – just a ‘thank you’ is sufficient.

Blue:    Lovers of blue have a deep need to find inner peace and truth, to live their life according to their ideals and beliefs without having to change their inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.

Indigo:    Indigo lovers have a need to feel in harmony and at one with the Universe and to be accepted by others as the aware and intuitive spiritual beings that they are.

Purple:    If purple or violet is your favorite color, you have a deep need for emotional security and to create order and perfection in all areas of your life, including your spiritual life. You also have a deep need to initiate and participate in humanitarian projects, helping others in need.

Pink:     If your personality color is pink you have a deep need to be accepted and loved unconditionally.

Turquoise:      If turquoise is your favorite color your deepest need is to create emotional balance in your life, to be able to express your hopes and dreams no matter how idealistic they may be and to make your own way in the world under your own terms.

Magenta:        If your favorite color is magenta, you are a non-conformist who sees life from a different point of view.

Brown:      Lovers of brown have a deep need for a safe, secure, simple and comfortable existence with supportive family and friends.

Black:       Lovers of black have a need for power and control in order to protect their own emotional insecurities. (My own note: I don’t completely agree. If your favorite color is Black it shows strength, and great will power.)

White:        If white is your personality color, your deepest need is for simplicity in your own life and to be independent and self-reliant so you do not need to depend on anyone else.

Gray:        With gray as your favorite color, you are the middle of the road type, cool, conserved, composed and reliable. You tend to conform just to keep the peace.

Silver:       If silver is your favorite, you are intuitive and insightful and have a strong connection with a higher spiritual guidance.

Gold:       With a personality color gold, you radiate charisma, personality and individuality, making others feel relaxed and valued in your company.”

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“January, February, March & April…”

For months now I have fallen “behind” on my postings here on my site. Life usually gets in the way for many but I don’t consider life as something that is in the way. Life is life, it isn’t going to change, improve or go anywhere if we don’t take the steps in the direction of positive change and choices.

Currently I’m going through a divorce, a move and a hard time with getting myself back on my feet. I continue to start my day with a smile and optimistic personality because it is not going to improve or help me to become depressed, negative or constantly unhappy. There are times that I have a “slow” day, however; those days aren’t going to define me.

I guess what is really on my mind is the world I didn’t realize I was living in. The words that come out of peoples’ mouths no longer shock me. Here’s what happened: One day (June 2014) my ex-husband suddenly asked me for a divorce, he tried to explain to me that I didn’t do anything wrong, that it wasn’t me, I’m a wonderful woman and wife and he loves me. He said he just wanted to be alone and didn’t want to hold me back. For 6 months I tried to reconcile, “fix” and suggest ways to make it work but it didn’t. I even suggested all forms of counseling, he continued to stay on the path he decided alone. I moved out, started the divorce process with him and am ready to move on with my life. It’s been 10 months. When people ask me the ridiculous questions or make even more ridiculous comments I do my best to answer it without an attitude or ignore them completely. Here’s what I’ve heard and how I feel about it.

Person A: “I’m sorry to hear that, divorce is not fun…. why did you want a divorce?”                                           Me: What makes you think it was my choice? Why do you assume I wanted this?

Person B: “Oh no..which one of you cheated?”                                                                                                          Me: Why do you assume one of us cheated? I don’t know if he cheated but infidelity isn’t always the reason for divorce.

Person C: “Don’t you want to fix it? Stay married?”                                                                                                 Me: (Exaggerated) Noooooo, not at all, I wanted this to happen to me, it’s a wonderful experience! DUH!! I can’t control what he does, how he feels and I can’t force him to stay married to me. Not all broken things have a glue to fix it.

Person D & E: “Now that you’re single, you and I can go out!” “Want to be my friend with benefits?”             Me: WOW! You don’t know me at all! No I will not go out with you or be your friend with benefits. I’m just getting over someone, he wasn’t my friend with benefits, my boyfriend or fiance, he was my HUSBAND, someone who I vowed to dedicate my life to. I’m sorry, not sorry, that I don’t want to jump into bed or a relationship with someone else. Get over yourself.

Person F: “What did you do to make him ask for a divorce?”                                                                                                   Me: Oh, that’s right, I forgot it’s my fault. I worked, graduated college, cooked, cleaned, organized our home, shopped for groceries, shopped for necessities, bought birthday/Christmas/holiday gifts and necessities for both of our families, I canceled plans or didn’t make plans with my friends so he didn’t come home to an empty home, I put him before myself, I changed and canceled plans so him and I can do things together, I was readily available for him 24/7 intimately, and that’s just the half of the things I did “to him.” I can see now what I did to make him want a divorce.

Person G: “Just get over him, don’t worry about him and move on with your own life.”                                       Me: Oh, is my time of pain and healing not fast enough for you?

Those are just a few examples, and of course a few of them would say this is me being bitter. I’m not bitter, but I’m sure if the person calling me bitter went through anything negative or painful in their lives, they will be the first person to be negative, depressed and very bitter. I’m simply expressing myself in a healthy and opinionated manner.

I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I am happy. How did this happen? I accepted the inevitable and created a new plan for my future. One that involves a change of scenary for my home and my job/career. I am doing what I want to do to create a better life for my daughter and myself. That has always been priority number one but I lost sight of that when I remarried. Now that I’m divorced, I can get back on track and give my daughter what she deserves and what I deserve, a life for her and myself that involves more time spent together and more of my involvement. This will also open new doors for this blog and my websites. I hope you all continue with me on this journey known as my life.


The Book of YOUR Life

This is an INVITATION:

If you received (or want to receive) a booklet from me, then I want you to help me with my new idea!

So many people have passed on or will pass on without leaving their story behind for their family, child(ren), friends, future generations and others to read, learn from and remember them by. Future generations and people in the present can learn from your accomplishments, story, and message.

This booklet is a blank because I want you to fill it out. (Digital copies will be available soon).

Here’s how it works:

I send you the book, and you fill it out as soon as possible; but take your time so all information is clear and as accurate as possible. I do ask that as soon as you receive it, you read and review it.

Then you mail it, hand it or email it to me to put it together and make it part of my website, http://www.SplendorOfAmusement.NYC, and I send, hand or email you, your copy of the book to store for, or give to your child(ren), family, friends, etc. You can make copies and always update it personally or through me (Digital copies are easier to update and save paper).

There will be a form to sign (electronic signatures available) to make it easy for me to publish your book on my site.

If you don’t want to be published on my site but want to have your book/story created, that’s fine too.

This opportunity is free for you to use.

I hope you will help me with my idea and leave something behind because your past, present and future do(es) matter!


O. E. N.


Comic Con 2014

This year tickets to Comic Con sold out within the first hour…. after the system crashed, 3-day, 4-day, Friday and Saturday tickets were sold out on day one. So I bought a Thursday Ticket and Sunday ticket. I missed so much on Friday, and Saturday but I still enjoyed myself.

On Thursday I went alone and met my friends there, then I left to pick up my sister and took her there. On Sunday I took Lisa and her friend, Za. (Lisa’s voice over link: There were so many Cosplayers and people there. It was great. I even got to spend time with my God-Sons. Here is our experiences in photographs:

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Graduation 2014

September 14, 2014 I graduated the University of Phoenix, Jersey City Campus, NJ with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. The worst part is when others claim that online degrees “don’t count”, “aren’t real degrees”, “are easier to get”, “are easier to cheat on”, or “anyone can get one.” Here I thought the fact that I worked hard, went to campus classes, did my own homework, exams and finals and dedicated hours to my degree was why I earned my degree. If it’s so easy, why don’t they have one? I worked hard and kept a high grade point average to remain an honor student. Taking five week courses are harder then the same class given in three months. Now I’m a college graduate and the next step is to continue my education and earn my Master’s degree and beyond. Here is my experience in photographs…

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Selfish vs Selfless

The saying goes, “there’s no such thing as an unselfish deed.”  If I do something for someone it’s considered selfish because I felt good about helping someone. So no matter what I do for someone, I’m still being selfish. I don’t think that’s fair but who am I to argue with something that has been argued about for a very long time? 

What about when I stop doing those things that make someone feel good about themselves and they start to reject me, does that mean that they have been selfish the entire time? For example, I have a friend who I helped through a hard time, and who I helped them realize their potential.  Then my life got in the way which caused the time that I had for them to shorten and eventually not exist, and that person stopped texting me and treating me like a friend, was that person selfish the whole time? They even went on to say that I stopped speaking to them, but I didn’t stop speaking to them, someone more important than myself needed me.

So I came to a decision to change… I will be taking care of me now, worrying about me and focusing on me. Whoever can’t understand that and doesn’t want to stay in my life can, of course, walk away. But they must know this, just because I am not dedicating my time 100% to someone or worrying about them and what they need should know that if that causes them to walk out of my life then they were never my real friend to begin with. They were only an acquaintance using me for selfish gain and selfish reasons, because a true friend would still call, text and communicate with someone no matter what the situation. Google it!! 

Im not saying that I’m never going to care about, or do selfless things for my friends and family anymore but I am saying I will be having second thoughts before doing anything that I feel is for a selfish person. (Immature people or on that list too, grow up!)

I would love to hear some personal stories and positive thoughts from everyone on the topic of selfishness and immaturity…

I’ll be alone soon but after this week I’m ready to explore, relax, enjoy and celebrate life and New York City.