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Author: Krystal Tingle

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Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 12.37.38 PMYou know those mornings when you wake up feeling like you can take on the world?

Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” looping in your head, you have enough time for a run, morning prayer, meditation AND a healthy breakfast?

Yeah. Today was not that day.

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Winter Solstice

It’s 45 and sunny in D.C. Pretty moderate weather, considering today is the shortest day of the year and the start of some of the coldest.

Winter Solstice means less time for last minute Christmas shopping and more time for cozying by the fireplace (perhaps with a little Schnapps in your nog.)

Along with a warm, fuzzy and long night, the Winter Solstice, wrapped in the glow of Christmas and the coming New Year, brings with it an unlikely gift:

Loneliness.

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Got a Date, Can’t be Late

“Coral or green?” I asked my sister watching me get ready on FaceTime. The coral dress won and so did my bronzer.
Glistening from the mix of humidity and coconut milk and honey body oil, I walked down Main Street mindful of the time.

The time.
The time?
The time!

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What ever happened to Captain?

Better yet, where’s Krystal?!

Where’s the Love?

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I never arrive early. Ever.

But I won the race this time.

“Krystal? Phone for you,” the sweet sixteen year old barista, Larsha, said in her Creole lilt.”

“Oh, you’re there already?”Midnight Stroll

It was Captain.

“Yup, I’m here.”

He didn’t think I would make it on time because we stayed up until 3am.

“I wanted to impress you,” I said.

“You already have.”

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Belize Vacation

Note to Reader: Oh Captain! My Captain! is Part 2 in a series about my summer of love in Belize.

I wasn’t attracted to him when I asked for the time.

I barely noticed him at all as I ran up the stairs into Above Grounds Coffee.

But he was there and I needed to get to the yoga class listed on the bulletin board by 9.

Sweaty and in a sports bra, twists and curls wrangled up in a bun, I said thank you and darted down the stairs.

To my disappointment, class was cancelled. But, I made the best of it, spending the day on the beach trading stories with strangers who are now friends.

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 Sonny + Annette is Part 1 of a series chronicling my summer of love with Captain in Belize. Stay tuned…

Inspirational Love Stories, The Placencia Bazaar

The Placencia Bazaar, Placencia, Belize

The chimes and bells rang as I scurried up the steps and through the door of The Placencia Bazaar.

A petite, sun-drenched blonde sat comfortably at the counter and said hello.

“Hi.” I smiled.

I scanned the local artwork on the walls, paintings, post cards and pottery.

It was a bazaar full of tchotchkes and, I would come to find out, love.

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My parents are beginning to worry. I turned 32 this year and still, no one.

The conversation with my mother went something like…

“When is your birthday?”

“It’s tomorrow, mom!”

“Raatid (Jamaica expletive), tomorrow’s the 20th?”

“Yes, mom. Don’t forget to call me.” I joked.

“You know Krystal, I was telling someone the other day.

My daughter is going to be 32 and I have never seen her with a man.”

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I plopped on the couch in my friend’s Miracle Mile condo, thumbing through a stack of magazines for things to do in Chicago. As luck would have it, the July cover story of Chicago Magazine was the 2014 Most Eligible Singles list.

Naturally, I scoured the spread for any potentials that tickled my fancy.

One named Calid (I’m a sucker for names and this one I loved) caught my eye.

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