Pinky’s Pick : Most Stellar State


So here’s the skinny, my peaches —

I know, I’m definitely a southern girl at heart (born and raised), so my obvious choice for “favorite US state” is the beautiful state of Georgia. If you’ve never been to the peach state – it’s absolutely remarkable.

Stone Mountain Marketplace

Stone Mountain on Easter Sunday



*There’s always so much to do in Atlanta, Athens and beyond.

*Georgia (especially, Atlanta) is the new Hollywood.

*The weather is beautiful.

*It’s full of friendly people too, if you like that sort of thing. This girl DOES.

*It’s even fun to drive in the peach state for so many reasons.


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*Georgia Aquarium

*Stone Mountain

*The World of Coca-Cola

*Centennial Olympic Park

*Atlanta Botanical Garden

*Six Flags Over Georgia

This is a great link of just 30 of the amazing things about Georgia (not your typical tourist spots).



Atlanta and surrounding areas all throughout Georgia are catching major attention, in terms of filming locations. Of course, if you watch the Bravo Network – you’re familiar with The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Married to Medicine, both filmed primarily, in Atlanta. But if you don’t, there’s a more comprehensive list here or I’ve made a quick list of some of the shows and movies that were filmed here:

Fried Green Tomatoes, The Hunger Games, Fast and Furious (most recent), The Walking Dead, Driving Miss Daisy, Family Feud (Dad, E, Lyn, if y’all come down here together — we’re ALL signing up for this), Party Down South (season two) and Jack Black has been filming for the new Goosebumps movie just a short drive away from where I live…I could go on and on, but I won’t. This is supposed to be the short list, y’all.

(Most of these I just recently discovered were  filmed in Georgia.)


Here are some pictures from a recent trip to Juliette, GA, the primary filming location for “Fried Green Tomatoes” — not far from where I live…

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Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

If you like nature, outdoorsy kinds of things or spending time outside — Georgia is the place to be. The weather, in my opinion is warm and pleasant. Georgia has mountainous regions, islands off the southern coast, gorgeous tall trees and pines that stay green all year. There’s so much beauty in Georgia. Honestly, what more could a nature-loving girl (or guy) ask for?


The people are even super nice, to boot. In this girl’s opinion, they’re rated an ‘above average friendliness’ status over the entire US population. People are considerate, down-to-earth and helpful here. For a girl who’s starting over, this is a welcome breath of fresh air, the freshest.


It’s a big state. So that means more driving for this chick.

Northern Georgia Highway

Northern Georgia Highway

When I lived Indiana, driving was a less than pleasant experience.

Here, it’s all about the open road, country or highway, both happen to be pretty enjoyable for me.

With the exception of Atlanta where it’s “drive faster or be driven over”, which can be exhilarating, in it’s own way. My original trips to and from Atlanta were still pretty terrifying, at first.  Now I’m kind of starting to dig it. 🙂

Stone Mountain Entrance

Stone Mountain Entrance







Overall, I love the state of Georgia. What’s not to love? I mean, where else can you buy…… “Peches”? 😉

Peches. That's right. Peches

Peches. That’s right. Peches



Love, Pinky


Pinky Sees The Light


Helloo blog..again. How I’ve missed you.


I took some time off from updating my blog. But after advisement from my Dad – I’ve decided to try dipping back into the much-missed ocean of words, again.




The written word has always been one of my most favorite means of expression. It was something, I thought I’d always have, too. Up until about 2 months ago, I had invisible restraints keeping me still and silent for quite a while. I was living in a world of secret thoughts and fear of saying anything…but now, Pinky has gotten her voice back and is going to town…



Quick briefing: For the past year, my 9-year relationship had not been on the best of terms. I had fallen out of love, and I had fallen out, fast. Even though, I felt better by telling him my feelings – giving him the information I told him was, in hind sight, probably more hurtful than helpful. The truthfulness affected both of us in a very powerful and terminal way. The distance between us grew further and further, until we were both lost in a downward whirlpool. We were drowning, never to return to the surface again. But not letting go, maybe for fear of going under alone, I’m not sure. Even though we held on tightly – the loneliness we both felt was staggering. During that year-long struggle, we could always both, sense the heaviness of our relationship, which was our existence.

We had both begun to feel the effects and tried to repair the remnants of our relationship. For him, the best way to handle the situation was to keep me under his thumb, as much as possible. In my case, I felt like something was eating away at every part of me, especially my soul. I was literally, torn apart in every way. I didn’t want to stay, but couldn’t live with leaving him with nothing. His daily pleas and building anger began to break down what had once been, my very strong determination and confidence to start a new life (without him).  Under a heavy burden of guilt, I stayed longer than I should have. Perhaps staying by his side had established some sort of moral victory, I’m still not sure. I do know, it almost destroyed me and drove me into a world of silence and despair. But, I’m so happy and so thankful that this story has a happy ending.

Back to the story…

Throughout all of this, I had completely lost my voice. I was afraid to talk to anyone else about it and I couldn’t talk to him. I spent many sleepless nights debating over whether I should end it and how to do it. Ultimately, it came down to my Dad (and my brother) who I am forever grateful for — they helped me to find my way out of this overwhelmingly tragic relationship.

On April 18, ’14 I left Indiana and moved to Georgia. The decision to leave was a difficult one. I had to leave everything I had known for the past 9 years behind me. When I say ‘everything’, I mean, ‘everything’. I left with a bag that held enough clothes for a 9-day trip. I left my dogs, my babies. I had no other choice. I had to look boldly in the face of my fears and doubts and all of those fun things and keep right on going. Although, the decision was not easy to make – once, I made up my mind everything else just flowed and I knew I had made the right decision.

I couldn’t be happier about moving to Georgia and making this transition. I see a very bright future ahead of me. Now, I’m looking forward. I’m spending my time growing and accomplishing my goals. I’ll save my goals/plans  for a later post. 🙂 Right now, I’m seeing the world and all of its treasures through brand spankin’ new eyes — and loving every glorious detail. I couldn’t be more grateful for this re-birth and a chance for a new life.




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