Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’m Amber, a sweet-as-honey southern sweetheart with an inherited temper and a whole lot of sass.
I was born and raised on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia, surrounded by beaches and nature. My gypsy soul sends me on many adventures but somehow I always find my way back home. They say home is where the heart is and my heart will always belong to this tiny peninsula.
I started blogging way back when (circa 2008) with my first ever website, Parent Palace. After a lot of heartache and loss, I no longer fit into the world of mommy bloggers. I didn’t know who I was if I wasn’t a mom but I knew if I was going to survive I had to push forward. So push I did and I wound up here, with Sundaes & Flip Flops.
All the pain and tragedy in my life left me with 2 possible paths: one that led to giving up and another that led to moving on. I’ve never been much of a quitter so I put on my big girl panties, laced up my boot strings and moved on. Quite literally actually. I packed everything and moved to North Carolina where the only person I knew was my ex. What could go wrong? A lot! It turns out that moving to a new state with an ex you haven’t even spoken to in 8 years isn’t the best idea. Thankfully once the fog lifted I was able to see clearly and get myself where I wanted to be.
With my ex out of the picture, I was able to enjoy my life and the new adventures that awaited me. One day I woke up and realized the weight of my grief had lifted and I wasn’t crying myself to sleep every night. I made amazing friends, visited new places, and I laughed. I realized that I wasn’t forcing myself to smile anymore, the smiles came naturally. I felt guilty, heck sometimes I still do, about losing my misery, but I know that the dark place I was hiding isn’t where I was meant to be. I’m meant to be in the light, dancing in the rain, and embracing everything, good and bad, that life has to offer.
These days I spend most of my time taking care of my grandmother and my fur babies. Together they demand a lot of attention, but I make sure I take time to do stuff I enjoy too. Like whipping up something tasty in the kitchen or making something beautiful from random odds and ends. Lately, I’ve also been doing some home improvements that I would have been terrified to tackle myself in my old life. I’ve learned that tearing out walls with a sledgehammer is quite therapeutic and basic plumbing jobs aren’t as hard as they sound.
At the end of the day, I am beyond thankful for this life and every twist and turn it delivers. I try to greet each morning with a smile and curiosity for what the day will bring. It’s a lot easier with a hot cup of coffee and a plan, but more often than not I’m just winging it.
Did I thank you for stopping by yet? I’ve been known to ramble… a lot. I just get so excited I can’t seem to shut my mouth or stop my fingers from dancing across the keyboard. So, thank you for visiting Sundaes & Flip Flops and I hope you find it inspiring and resourceful. It’s a work in progress, much like me, but I’m having a ton of fun while it grows!