The Day My Wife Set Me Up With Her Best Friend

True story and no it’s not anything weird that involves some kind of alternative lifestyle.

Just hear me out.

Eighteen years ago TODAY (St. Patricks Day) Lisa (my wife) and I were both single and working as E.R. nurses.

I was on nights and her on days.

A few days before St. Pat’s day in the year 2000 we decided we’d go out…a bunch of us nurses…to a bar downtown. Let off some steam and have some green beer and stuff.

I asked Lisa to set me up with her good friend, Andrea (named changed to protect the innocent ; )  ) and Lisa said no prob.

Off we go, about 6 of us, me the only dude (did I mention I was single?) and the night was off to a rocking start.

The bar we were at, Howl at The Moon, had these dueling pianos and man were we all into it.

Beer was flowing…

Music was rocking…

My spidey senses were all-a-tingling because little Ricky and Andrea were surely gonna end up “lucky”. (heh-heh).

“Time for another round!” someone yelled above the dueling piano guys and being a good homie I mosied over to the bar to order up.

Beers in hand, music on blast and fun being had I walked back over to our table and..well…hmmmm…nobody was there.

They had ditched me.

Seriously…like they had all left.

Except one gal.


Lisa was still sitting there waiting and we sat together…beers in hand…maybe a little awkward at first but…

We started talking.

And I really HEARD her…

And I really SAW her…

And like a 1950’s Hollywood movie the sound seemed to fade away and the smokey air seemed to clear up and all we heard and saw were each other.





I think I fell in love that very night with my friend and later to be wife Lisa.

And thank goodness that on St. Patricks day in the year 2000 my wife set me up with her best friend and her best friend dumped me.

The LUCKIEST day of my life.

Thank you for reading and sharing our true love story so lemme end with this:

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.” Irish Blessing


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The Yellow Rose Goes Green

“I can’t believe you are in this business in Texas!”


That’s pretty much how most of the conversations I have around my business begin.

Folks are incredulous…then curious…then amazed.

But I think those three reactions are simply based on the fact that most folks aren’t as informed. And that’s OK. I mean up until this point the general public has a very narrow view around cannabis and that’s frankly one of the reasons why I write this blog.

So yeah.

Right here, right now in the state of Texas we are now officially and legally growing, cultivating and selling medical cannabis.

In fact…

“Texas has joined a club of 29 states that have legalized medical cannabis, as well as 15 that have legalized medical CBD. Conservative states haven’t typically led the way in the marijuana movement but Denton said Texas is a sign that medical marijuana is gaining bipartisan support, particularly given that the effort was spearheaded by a Republican state representative.”

Read the rest of the article here and take note…Texas is only the beginning of this massive ‘green’ wave sweeping the US and especially the wellness landscape.

And hey…if you go to our store be sure to use the code “RICKY” for a deal and free shipping.

Peace from the Lone Star state.

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A Major Mag Talks Pot (again…)

When I started in the cannabis industry I put one thing on my whiteboard. Right at the top, front and center.

“Become a Cannabis-Wellness Thought Leader”

So when this happens it’s not by accident. It’s by intention.

Being quoted and cited in one of the world’s premier…and my fav…entrepreneurs magazine, INC.

If I can brag just a wee bit it’s actually the second time I’ve been featured in INC. The first time was pretty cool too.

The bigger point that I hope is not lost on you…yes you…the reader is that pretty much anything is possible.

I know you’ve heard that before BUT the distinction is you, your focus and desire.

Remember, the FIRST thing I did was write that one sentence on my whiteboard. Writing it made it visible…more real…and served as a reminder that that is what I was striving for.

It drove my daily activities and BAM!!!

Published again, this time as a cannabis expert in my fav magazine.

It’s that easy and if you’re an entrepreneur trying to stay focused then hit up our store. Grab some of the goods that have propelled me to ‘expert’ status.

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Set your intention…

Focus your efforts…


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A note to my future cannabis self…

The Olympics recently ended as I type this in early March of 2018.

I only say that for the sake of posterity because some of y’all may be seeing this for the first time in late 2019 or July of 2020.

The days when all this silliness is over.

You see…the truth of TODAY is that anything “cannabis” (shhhhhh…don’t say that too loud)…is kinda stigma-taboo-stoner’ish-don’t tell my mom I do this kinda thing.

I know.

It’s weird.

But it’s also the TIME I live in here in early March of 2018.

It’s a wild time lemme tell ya…

Some states say it’s ok to not only smoke weed but you can even grow your very own little and not-so-secret garden. If you know what I mean…

And others…well…others…let’s just say that “Mary Juana” is pretty much the equivalent of the old school ‘Scarlett Letter’…only it’s not scarlett it’s green.

Hell and let’s not glide by the hoopla that the US Attorney General just set in motion last month. Don’t EEEVVVENNNN get me started.

So yeah.

It’s a funny time.

And you know what’s even funnier. Not funny ha-ha but more funny-peculiar.


That this plant is so misunderstood by some of the most…a-hem (clears throat sound)…intelligent folks I know.


Like just last week up in Austin I had a convo with this wicked smart lady friend and she was just so adamant that anything having to do with the word “cannabis” is taboo. In fact she even went on to say that I was essentially a drug dealer and I must say that that statement ruffled my feathers a bit.

Everyone knows I’m an RN turned entrepreneur and what we do here at Wellness Project RX is offer to humanity a true alternative to achieve a state of “super wellness”. And yeah…we are fans of *CBD as a legit alternative.

She also asked me to “convince” her that cannabis is anything BUT a Cheech and Chong, old school stigma.

And that’s when the voice of reason entered the convo b/c I shared that my job isn’t to convince folks. I went on that it’s our individual responsibility as informed, intelligent Americans to inform and empower ourselves with knowledge IF we feel the need to do so.

And especially even more so when the only opinion we have around a topic is decades old and based on comedic movies or 1970’s Woodstock’ish memories.

So why did I mention the Olympics at the onset of this scribe?

Because this article written goes on to cite references as related to THC and CBD and Olympic athletes.

So to my future self…on the day maybe 2…3…or 5 years from now when we look back at ignorance…dis-empowered “thinkers”…old school stigmas and basic misunderstanding remember you heard it here first.

Cannabis. Is. Here. To. Stay.

Whether one likes it or not.

Be empowered.

And if you want a little extra “power” be sure to go to our store and use the code “RICKY” for 10% off AND free shipping. My anxiety laden days are a thing of the past since I started a daily *CBD regimen (the gelcaps ROCK!!!)

Go ahead…be empowered.


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Our yoga journey (continues)

We started a new practice called Bowspring. We’ve been doing Baptiste power yoga for several years now and this was kinda new.

I know…at first I was like “who names a yoga class after an archery tool and a Serta mattress and further what’s it gonna do for me?”

In other words…I was closed minded. And selfish. And the funny thing is that I am rarely closed minded or selfish.

I think what it really was is the fact that it was something out of my norm…outta my comfort zone and between you and me it seems…well…not very manly.

I mean just look at this pic…

I was trying to learn some basic movements and I was so reluctant to share this photo because I felt so weak. And a little amateur. And even a bit vulnerable.

And then I remembered the quote:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu 

Not just the quote but more so what the quote means.

Not just what it means but what it means to me…and perhaps to you.

Because every time we begin anew the first thing any of us do is take that first step.

The first step is pretty much almost always a decision.

A decision to change…to be better…to make that leap…to move closer to the goal.

So I (we) made the decision to start a new practice and although you may not have a lick of interest in bowstring (shit, I can’t even spell straight I’m so tugging bowstring tired) yoga I bet you you have a lick of interest in something important to you.

Better health…stronger self-esteem…super wellness…deeper spirituality…

And nobody says it better that our homie Lao.

It takes the first step.

So go ahead. Decide. Then step.

In the meantime I’ll be at yoga.


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