It’s been a long time

November 20, 2012

I’m still here and still alive and well. Life and work have been totally consuming my free moments and I’m finally coming up for air. I decided that writing really puts me in a better frame of mind and I’ve decided that I’m going to do more of it. A month ago I was in Italy and I started journaling on the trip and it made me remember that putting words on paper (or a screen) is still a passion and still something that makes me feel GOOD.

So I’ll be back soon. Sharing my randomness, my thoughts, my favorite music, my favorite things, etc. Just as an outlet. Not to win a prize or to be famous but just to put “pen to paper.”

what fuels me…

July 5, 2012

I was in church this past Sunday and my pastor is doing a great series called “Running on Fumes.” During the message he had us do an exercise and write out a list of what fuels you and what drains you.  As I sat in church thinking I realized that it was much easier for me to rattle off all the things/people that drain me than it was for the my list of things that fuel me.

He suggested that we spend at least 15 minutes a day doing something on that list to recharge us and if we know that we are going to have to do something on the list that drains us that we allot some extra time to prepare us.

To hold myself accountable I thought I’d put down my list here so I can always have a reference point (outside of my handwritten journal) of the things I need to do to refuel me and give me energy when I’m having a tough time or just need to be refreshed…

What Fuels Me:
Writing (which is why I’m carving out more time on here)
Music (especially some classical or jazz)
Quiet time on the water
Long Drive
Sleep
Walking on a trail
Reading (a real book)
unplugging (no phone, computer, ipod, etc)
baking
kitchen prep (dicing, chopping, etc to make a big meal )
time with my mom
volunteering
time with my niece and nephews
weekend getaway

I’m sure there is more I can add. But those are my top things right now. So what refuels you?

xxxi

July 3, 2012

A little over a week ago I turned 31. I usually write a post on here on my birthday just to honor and respect life and to show my appreciation for all the things I have, have been through and to where I am going. In last year’s post I was very reflective because it was a “big birthday.” But as I grow older I realize each new year of life is a very big deal.

There were people in my life last year that are not this year, whether it be by death or just as a happenstance of growth. But I’m so grateful for the part they played in my life. This last year has had some highs and lows for me. But I’m still really grateful. I learned a tremendous amount, about my self, about others and about how I want to shape my life.

I learned the importance of friendship and the great role certain people play in my life. I continue to learn about purpose and about working to listen to God speak to me versus jumping out on my own. I’ve learned about trust and who I can and cannot depend on.

One of my biggest lessons this year I’ve learned is trusting my “gut.” I wish I could elaborate on those circumstances more but out of respect for myself and others I’d just say that gut/intuition/feeling on the inside you get is nothing to be ignored. Another great aha moment in my 30th year of life was making the transition to do more of what I want to do vs. always trying to be everything to everyone and very little to myself.

All in all this last year has been beautiful. I’m still breathing, I’m living, I’m loving, I’m serving, I’m traveling, I’m growing, I’m evolving, I’m connecting and most importantly I’m healing.

pinterest

June 18, 2012

While I’ve been away from blogging I’ve been pinning my life away on pinterest. For those that don’t know what it is the basic answer is it’s a virtual pinboard.

For my old job I presented on it to senior leaders and had my agency all about it. If you’re not on there get hip.

I’ve been a member since October of last year and it’s such a great way to have a vision board, pin recipes, outfit ideas and really anything that inspires me.

So if you’re on there I’d love to connect

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seven ….

June 18, 2012

It’s been about a month since I’ve been on here writing. So much has been going on… from leaving behind a job where I was über comfortable and had a lot of freedom to dealing with my nephew going to prom, graduating and getting ready for college. I’ve also been spending “real life” time with friends.

One of my goals for 2012 was to reignite friendships and that is exactly what I have been doing. I’ve seen some friends more in the last six months then I have in the last six years. I’ve also opened up myself to connecting with more really great women that will add to and enrich my life.

This weekend I’ll be celebrating 31 years of life and this year I decided I didn’t want to do anything except what I wanted to do and I would do it on my terms.  So I created a cute little invitation and decided to invite about 10 fabulous ladies to join me for dinner and then I’ll wake up the next morning and head to NYC to enjoy the city, check out a broadway play and bring in 31 on Sunday with my NY friends.

For the past couple of years during “birthday season” I decided to take on something called “project seven.” Most people who know me know that seven is a very significant number for me and so for me and if you research it the meaning and what it represents to so many different cultures is quite interesting.

For me this mini project is about giving back. Many years ago I started watching my mom do something pretty amazing. Instead of receiving gifts on her birthday she always gives back to others. Whether a small gift, sending a card or a small gesture she gave to others on her birthday. So two years ago I started to do the same thing. Because 30 was significant to me, last year at my party I gave the biggest gift to my mom to thank her for the lessons she has taught me. This year I decided that I’d spend the seven days leading up to my birthday doing something for someone else. Just to show my appreciation for all the blessings I’ve received and another year of life.

Yesterday I kicked it off with my mom, I have no idea for today yet but I already know my plan for tomorrow. This should be a fun and interesting week of just doing small gestures to help celebrate life and others.

Even if you don’t have a birthday on the way try and do something special to make someones day a little brighter : )

writers block…

May 14, 2012

That is what I will blame my more than five month hiatus on.

Really I’ve been trying to get back to a place where I wanted to write and now I have arrived. So many things have changed since I was last here. It seems like 2012 has been the year to close doors to allow room for larger opportunities to appear.

In the past few months I’ve ended a relationship, reignited friendships, gotten back into my passions, sort of figured out a path in life I want to take (it’s always evolving), and am leaving my comfortable job of 3 years. It’s a year of new beginnings and I’m excited and looking forward to what is heading my way.

I also decided that instead of putting this blog in a box like I considered in the past I’ll just make it about me. Which will mean it will include a myriad of things, since I’m far from one-dimensional and I’ll stray away from “themes” and make it more fluid. So that can be anything from travel, to what I’m reading, events, random thoughts, ideas, fashion, recipes and anything that pops up in my mind.

Writing is an outlet for me and intend to allow myself to enjoy it more versus it feeling like a burden. With that said I’m done for now. Happy Monday and until next time lot’s of love…

be creative

January 16, 2012

I saw this over on weteachme and decided that I needed to share.

Sometimes it takes the simplest thing to motivate you. This reminds me to be creative and how to do it…

what are your priorities?

January 9, 2012

First things first, Happy New Year. Secondly I know it’s been almost two months since I’ve written on here but life decided that I needed to have a break from blogging for a while even though it was not my intent. A lot of things have happened in the past few months. I’ve had ups and major downs as well. I’ve had victories, suffered losses, been heartbroken, been renewed and am still growing. Life has changed in many ways in a small frame of time, but I’m a strong believer and advocate that tests and trials in life make you stronger and most importantly I’ve missed this outlet.

One thing I’ve learned about in the past few months is about setting priorities. Really reflecting and figuring out what is important to you in life makes a world of difference. Not just the superficial but what deep down is important.

In dating relationships for example, people have to learn about priorities rather quickly. When a person becomes a part of your life you have to learn about having balance and figuring out how to do the things you want to do all while making the person in your life feel important. If a partner feels neglected, doesn’t receive the attention they need, doesn’t feel appreciated or feels like they come in last place that relationship probably won’t last. Learning what is important to you helps you put things that aren’t important aside and focus on things that will make you better as a person.

One of my goals for the year is to prioritize what is important to me and then base my vision off of that. I was reading an article and one of the first things it said was if you have a cluttered home, it can have a negative effect on other areas of your life and in turn the same is true for your mind. If your thoughts and your priorities are all over the place or even in a negative place it makes it all the more difficult to succeed in one particular area.

So my first priority was to clean out some internal clutter that included anger, fear, regret, lack of trust, worry, unrealistic expectations and some self-doubt. Are all these things completely fixed? Absolutely not, but I recognize what the clutter is and my priority is to start internally before I take on all the external. So my wish for you in this new year is that before you jump feet first into these resolutions that you prioritize and work toward a goal versus a resolution.

A little inspiration…

November 7, 2011

Work and life have consumed me (mainly in a good way) and I know I’ve been neglecting this here place. So my current promise until I get into the new year and can shift some responsibilities is a post once a week, and anything after that is a bonus (for me). So I figure if I post something once a week it BETTER be good. So here are two videos that serve as a little inspiration to start the week.


The most important relationship in life is the relationship you have with yourself…


if you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived…

Over the weekend I had the chance to head to the Westin in Annapolis for the second Buick Discovery Tour sponsored by Food & Wine magazine and of course Buick. This was my second year in attendance and it was just as interesting and exciting as last.

The day is basically a day dedicated to exploring new food and wine and of course new cars.

This year I was in group A which meant I got to test drive first. They had a fleet of cars outside ready for us to test out and I chose the Buick Regal turbo. Surprisingly it was rather sleek and was very modern and my speed. I also love that you can change to sports mode which is great for those that love to drive a little fast (like myself). I liked the course this year in Annapolis versus last year when it was in Alexandria. I had the chance to spend a little more time in the car and I got to drive on different surfaces since Annapolis has some cobblestone areas. Overall the car was really nice. I’m not quite in the market to buy yet but I definitely told my mom about it since she’s considering something in the near future.

Buick Regal Turbo

Now on to my favorite part. The food!

Our second part of the journey we went into a session with Ben Roche the pastry chef from Moto Restaurant in Chicago. He was outstanding and very innovative in his cooking which I enjoy. If you aren’t into fancy food it may not excite you but I was thrilled in the presentation. He made a ‘bacon maple syrup and sage ice cream’ in a stand mixer with liquid nitrogen. It sounds awkward but it was kind of weirdly fantastic.

Chef Roche using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream

And yes I haven’t eaten meat in ages but I figured why not and if I’m going to eat it why not in ice cream lol.  So back to the ice cream, on out plate it was accompanied by a s’mores bomb which was like a chocolate shell filled with a liquid graham cracker that was lit on fire like a little bomb to give the smokey flavor.

bacon maple sage ice cream and the s'mores bomb

Our next stop was to see Dublin native Chef Cathal Armstrong, who was named as one of Food & Wines best new chefs. I wasn’t familiar with his name but I am really familiar with his restaurants the Majestic, Eamonns and Restaurant Eve. They were all within miles of my old job so I frequented them all (especially Eamonns for the fish and chips). He made the most amazing sashimi dish and was so amazing and engaging with the crowd. He discussed buying local and American when it comes to food and his journey as an immigrant from Ireland to America. Any chef that convince and entire room to eat american red snapper sashimi has to be doing something great.

sashimi of snapper w/pumpkin spice vinaigrette and a butternut squash and pecan relish

Our next stop was to see Michael Green who returned from the year before. His presentation last year  is the reason that I can say gin is one of my favorite alcohols to mix with. This year he focused on wine. As usual he was very funny, entertaining and educational at the same time. He condensed all the info you needed to know about wine into a great 20 min presentation. I love that he told the crowd if it tastes good to you that’s all that matters when it comes to wine.

2010 Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc & 2009 M. Chapoutier Cotes-Du-Rhone

The main presenter was Chef Ming Tsai  from the PBS show Simply Ming  and owner of Blue Ginger. I’ve only seen him on tv but he was a really great fun and interactive chef. he had the ballroom in the hotel smelling absolutely amazing and he inserted colorful humor and great tips and techniques into his presentation to the crowd.  He demo’d chicken chow mein and sweet and sour mango pork and we got to sample the chicken which went perfectly great with the wines we had out as well.

chicken and tri-bell pepper chow mein

An added bonus was we all received a signed copy of his book One Pot Meals and got the latest copy of Food & Wine

One-Pot Meals

This was a great event and like last year it keeps Buick in my mind when considering or recommending a car. Also if you are just a lover of food it’s a really fabulous event to attend. I’m definitely looking forward to it next year.

Also. I wasn't paid for this post. Just thought I'd share a really great event that comes around yearly

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