Hi There

Long time, no talk to. I just wanted to stop by and say hi and say I’m sorry for being MIA here. It’s not you, it’s me. It was 2017, it was politics, it was anxiety, it was exhaustion, it was everything. I had and still have a lot to say about the things that transpired last year, but whenever I sat down at my blog to write, I found myself tired. Unmotivated to share. Unwilling to talk.

Believe me, I had those conversations in person, but not often and not with everyone, because honestly, I just didn’t have the stamina. There was so much about last year that bothered and hurt me and kept me so angry and scared. Personally, it was a wonderful year; I taught my two classes, had a lot of fun with family and friends, and really cemented my bond with my husband after a shaky first year of marriage.

But the world, man, the world just grinded me in its teeth and I felt all the negative emotions.

I donated, I read, I got off of social media for about 8 months (except for Instagram). I did the small things I could to keep my sanity, but every time I even briefly looked at CNN or Washington Post or NY Times or BBC, I just felt my resolve crumble and I would have to build myself up all over again. So I just stayed focused on my small world and turned inwards.

I know the cycle of life pretty well by now: personally and professionally, those waves usually don’t coincide because when one is up, the other is down. Not so this past year! My relationship with Timmy made amazing strides forward and now I can finally see what people mean when they say marriage is fun. It is now and it’s definitely something I treasure more than anything. Professionally, I made even more strides towards my overall career goals, and as soon as I felt myself start to lag or bore with my routine, fate intervened and has provided me with even more amazing pathways.

I won’t share it all right now because it hasn’t all transpired and I don’t want to jinx myself, but let’s just say, if things go the way I would like (and have planned for), god, 2018 may be my best year ever, which is hard to say after my 30th year.

So I guess what I wanted to say is I’m sorry I cut you out. It really wasn’t you, it was me. And in 2018, I’m going to use this blog how it was intended: to fill you in on our lives in FL, and the quirky, ridiculous, fun, infuriating, amazing things that happen to Timmy, Floyd, and I on a constant basis. Stay tuned my friends, and let’s make 2018 a fantastic year (which let’s face it, after 2017, can we say there’s no where else but up?)

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♥, VB

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Top 100 Sex, Lust & Love Blogs & Online Destinations

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YOOOUUU GUUYYYSSSS!! Healthy Sex and You, the sexual health education blog that I’ve been running for two and a half years, has been listed as #95 on this amazing list of Top 100 Sex, Lust, and Love Blogs and Online Destinations!!

“This commendable list highlights the most influential and engaging bloggers who broadcast topics associated with sex, dating, relationships, and love. This list is part of STDcheck.com’s ongoing effort to emphasize the importance of healthy relationships and sexual practices”

As part of being in the top 100 (WHAT AN HONOR), each winner will receive $500 in gift cards. So you know what that means…

GIVEAWAYS TO MY LOYAL READERS AT HEALTHY SEX AND YOU and FROM PEACHES TO BEACHES!!!

Stay tuned for that and more! Again, what an honor to be included on this list. My hope is to remain true to the review:

“The fact that Healthy Sex and You is run by a sexual health educator adds to the decidedly authoritative feel of the blog, but in the best way possible. Rather than the questionable vibe of the many opinionated sex blogs out there, this blog feels like the wise advice of the coolest high school health teacher ever (you know, the one who keeps it real). Well-designed infographics, interesting articles from all over the web, and recurring features like Hump Day music posts combine to make a very cool site where education is the focus. This is the stuff that health classes should be made of: up-to-date information and an informal, non-judgmental safe haven for asking questions and learning about your body and sexuality.”

Thank you again to STDCheck.com! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy weekend!

♥, VB