Flights of Fancy Mom

I'm a mom with dreams.  I want to live my life with no boundaries.  One day at a time.

Challenge Yourself

8 Ways for Single Mom’s to Rejuvenate Their Souls

As a single mom I have my daughter with me 50% of the year. This would have been less if I had chosen not to sell my home last year and move closer to where my daughter’s father lives. Where my daughter chose to go to high school. With that said, single mom’s need time to decompress and enjoy their time when their child is with their parent. Here are some ways to get out of mom mode and out of the four walls of your home:

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Weight Loss Update – Month 3

I haven’t updated in quite awhile!  As I’ve written about before, I reached my highest weight. My feelings were:

  • Not happy with myself
  • Didn’t like the way I looked
  • I’d hide myself behind people in pictures
  • My health was suffering
  • I was becoming depressed

I started taking Phentermine 15mg on October 23rd. My most recent weigh in on New Years Day I was down 20.2 lbs!  I was thrilled!  I made it down to my second loss of 10 lbs. On the scale, I went down into my next set of 10’s. In several more pounds, I’ll be down to where I was when I gave birth to my daughter.  After that, I still have 40 lbs to go. That will get me to just under the weight I was at when I got pregnant. I will have lost 60 lbs at that point.  That is my goal amount to lose. But, what I’d actually like to do is lose another 20 – 25 lbs beyond that.  Putting me at 80 – 85 lbs lost. I won’t be where I was in high school or college. I don’t think I’ll ever see that number again!  I was 115 lbs! But, it will put me where I was when I was on Weight Watchers and lost 40 lbs. I’m hoping to keep my metabolism going and maintain the weight.

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Dear 2018 Self – How Do We See 2017 Treating Us?

Dear 2018 Jacqui – 2016 wasn’t horrible to us. We had our first book published. HUGE accomplishment! We moved to Pennsylvania to have more time with our daughter. We launched our Freelance Business Website, our Author Website and really stepped it up with our blog here.

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Help Get Me Back into the Dating World in My 40’s

I’ve been divorced going on 12 years now. Separated 12 1/2 years. My daughter was 3 1/2 and I was 31.

Since then, I’ve dated some. Had one relationship last almost a year and then dated some more.  To be honest?  I haven’t had a date in quite awhile. At first it was due to me getting laid off from my job and trying to start a freelance business. I didn’t feel I had anything to bring to the table. Then it was because I had gained all of my weight back, plus some. I wasn’t happy with myself, so how could I be happy trying to be with someone else? Now? Well, it’s various reasons. One, I moved to a new city and I don’t know anyone.  Two, I’m still trying to find me. I don’t know what I want out of life, so how do I expect to know what I want in a man?

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Boondocking ~ How to Find Your Free RV Campsite

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By now, you all know that I am hoping to purchase an RV and travel the country while working from the road. I previously wrote about Six of my Favorite Travel Campers. There are many people who want to live this kind of lifestyle, but, feel they can’t afford it. So, I researched that further and found that it is actually cheaper to live as an RVer than it is to live in an apt or house, paying rent or mortgage. Here’s my post on RV Budgeting That Won’t Break the Bank. What Can the RV Life Cost?

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40 Random Facts About Me

I wanted to take this time and let you get to know a little about me.  I’m a bit contradictory and my friends tend to get a kick out of it. So, let’s see if we can clear a few things up!

  • I graduated high school in 1991 (SHHHHH)
  • I graduated college with an Associates Degree in 1994
  • I was married in 1997
  • Had my daughter in 2000
  • My Christmas Gift in 2000 was seeing my ankle bones again 🙂
  • I was divorced in 2005
  • I graduated college with my Bachelors Degree in 2009
  • I’ve lived in 11 different homes.
  • I just moved to a different state with my 11th home.
  • I’ve lived in DE 43 years
  • My favorite food is Italian and Mexican. (Sorry America!)
  • I have 2 nephews, a niece and a great niece
  • I want to be a full time RVer when my daughter graduates either high school or college
  • I am a homebody
  • I love to dance
  • I love listening to music
  • I love hanging with my friends and family
  • I can hold a grudge
  • Only I am allowed to call my sisters and brother names
  • I am a half sister to 2 sisters and 1 brother.
  • I am their mediator
  • I just published my first book
  • I am writing my second book
  • I am launching my freelance business
  • In being a full time RVer, I want to work from the road while traveling
  • My father (who died in 1998) loved to travel. Apparently wanderlust is genetic as I’ve had the itch to pull up my roots and become a nomad. Traveling the US and other countries
  • I’ve been tempted to sell my daughter on eBay.  (Come on. What parent hasn’t since eBay came into existence???)
  • I have very few friends because I prefer quality over quantity
  • I don’t like watching sports, but will for the right guy. Otherwise, I’ll go get a mani/pedi
  • I’ve had TWO jobs in my life that I’ve actually liked. Yes, I hated the others
  • I’ve owned seven cars
  • I’ve only liked one of my seven cars
  • I’m VERY picky
  • It takes me FOREVER to eat a meal. A friend once counted 57 times that I chewed one bite
  • I believe in reincarnation
  • I believe in precognition
  • I am a talker
  • I am loyal
  • I can keep a secret. It will die with me
  • I am afraid for our country right now with the choice of candidates

So, there is 40 things about me.  What do we have in common?

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Taking a Page From our Millennial Generation. Don’t Settle.

I have to admit something to you all.  I am TOTALLY jealous of the Millennial generation. Not only because I’d love to relive my youth… (Oh come on, you all know you want to relive your youth. You can’t lie to me! :)) And certainly not because when they do stupid things, it’s all online forever. I am extremely glad that the stupid things I did will never see the light of day again.

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Ways to Save Money for a Major Purchase

My daughter turns 16 in three months.  She will have her learners permit at that time.  OMG.  I am way too young to have a daughter who is about to start driving people!  I mean come on now! How and when did this happen???

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7 Financial Causes of Stress in America

I read an article on MSN about what the #1 cause of financial stress in every state was. As with most of these types of articles, i.e. “the most searched item online in each state”, I assumed it was going to be a fluff article. This one for the most part, showed legitimate concerns.  The following number of states main causes of financial stress were:

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10 Things a Woman Can do to Eliminate Stress

I was recently speaking with a friend of mine who has health issues for certain reasons.  One of them being her job. And it made me realize, this is a common thing anymore. Women are so stressed at work for either trying to keep up with home, kids and work. We try to prove we can do the job just as well as a man. Or, we are trying to make up for the fact that we are women.

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