I will never complain about temperatures in the mid-70s in February! The sunshine this past weekend did wonders for my soul. And it looks like those good vibes will continue into this weekend when some of our college friends come to town. I can’t wait to show them our home and some of our favorite spots around Charlotte.
This week was one of those weeks where I took a step back and thought, “wow I love my job.” On Tuesday I got to take an “adult field trip” aka Destination Training for one of our clients, which basically meant I got to hop on a bus and visit a bunch of different tourist attractions so I could take photos and write about it for their blog. The above photo is from a tour of Southern Grace Distilleries, which is a whiskey distillery in an old prison. This New Yorker took her first sip of moonshine! (I mean, white corn whiskey… 🥃) I followed up that day with a PRSA Charlotte outing and I’m just incredibly thankful for this full life I’ve been able to build here in Charlotte.
In 2016 I traveled a lot for business. Like, more than I traveled in my previous 27 years combined. So I’m starting 2017 with a serious case of wanderlust, but for personal travel. It’s kind of hard when we’re also saving up for a house down payment, but that’s a #firstworldproblem if I’ve ever heard one. I’m craving both a beach trip and an adventure. I’m also excited to attend three of our friends’ weddings this year. Here’s hoping I can have my cake and eat it, too. 🍰
I don’t know about y’all, but this Christmas break gave me life. I watched a ton of holiday movies, spent quality time with my little family, and read Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. We even spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s adulting hard – we bought a new car, got prequalified for a mortgage, and met with a realtor to officially start the house hunt. I’d say it was the perfect mix of relaxation and productivity.
You guys, we made it. We’re officially on Christmas break 🙌🏻 My agency made a last-minute decision to close between Christmas and New Year’s, so we now have a full 11 days to recharge our batteries (and I certainly need it). I hope to spend it catching up on my favorite blogs, sleeping in, and getting organized. We have a little desk in our kitchen that’s begging to be cleaned off (including my 2006 iMac from college 😳). I’m also excited to go to my first Panthers game of the season! 🏈 All in all, it should be a great break, and I’m so thankful for this extra time off with my family ❤️
It’s been a full month since I’ve written a Friday post! To be honest, I can’t even tell you where the last month has gone. I was going to write something profound or insightful about life lately, but it has simply been barreling forward. And while, at times, I’ve felt like I was running on empty, I’ve also made a conscious effort to connect with others, and that has made all the difference. From deliriously catching up on emails in an airline lounge to geeking out over hot cocoa to hugging someone I just met because we went to rival colleges – these are the interactions that mend the little cracks in my soul and stop it from crumbling under pressure. (The Christmas decorations everywhere don’t hurt, either 🎄)
This past weekend was a whirlwind. It was great to be back in New York and see two of our best friends get married. It’s times like this I’m thankful we’re only a 1.5 hr plane ride away from home. But I also learned a couple things, like I’m too old to share a hotel room with anyone other than MPR, and too many nights in a row with less than eight hours of sleep makes me ill. I guess this is what almost-30 feels like.
Today I’m off to New York! MPR & I are heading to Long Island for our friends’ wedding and I’m very much looking forward to a taste of Fall in NYC. It’s arguably the best season that city has to offer.
This past weekend was absolutely perfect. Saturday was met with a steady rain due to Hurricane Matthew, so MPR and I ran errands and then curled up with Rufio, lit candles, and watched Halloween movies on Netflix. Sunday left plenty of time for reading and self-care to prepare for the week ahead. That is my ideal weekend.
This week, I decided to conduct a little experiment. I vowed to eat vegan for breakfast and lunch as a way to get more fruits and veggies into my diet, and to ultimately lose weight and improve my heart health. Inspired by this article in The Everygirl, I decided to have oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast, and quinoa bowls for lunch. Here’s how it went.