Change is a-comin’

I’m continuing on with my 30 things to be grateful for and for yesterday and today, I can say I am grateful for:

  • Exercise: it makes such a huge difference in my mood! 
  • Honesty: even when it’s something that is hard to hear, it helps me to grow and become a better person. 
  • Smoothies: I’ve been making one before work since I have been so hungry lately! 

On this journey to 30 I’m seeing that I have some qualities I need to change and that’s hard for me to grasp. Change is hard and yet it is necessary. I need to have the honest conversation with myself about who I want to be in life and what I will allow to affect and impact me in my life. 
On the other side there will be good, no great things. It’s the path in between where the real journey is.  

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Hellooooo It’s May! 

It’s already May, which means it’s my birthday month! I am going to be the big 30! In addition to continuing to better myself, I have a few goals for May:

  1. Run at least 30 miles this month. I am already at 5 as of today. 
  2. Find one thing everyday to be grateful for. 
  3. Celebrate every day either with a treat, workout or good conversation.
  4. Smile. 

Starting off, (since I have three things to catch up on) I am grateful for:

  1. Nieces. This past weekend was my nieces last dance competition and seeing her dance was a wonderful moment for me. 
  2. Running. I started running again (hence the 30 miles in May goal) and it has been a welcoming feeling to come back. Can’t wait for races in the fall! 
  3. Rainstorms. Last night it poured. I mean POURED. At one point, I turned off the TV and just listened and I heard the rain and it was beautiful. It was nice to just stop and listen. 

Moving forward I will post what I’m grateful for and of course include my Five Friday Faves! Can’t wait to see all the things I find to be grateful for. I know this list will be really long. 

Below are my proud running pics from yesterday and today (starting off strong!) for my 30 miles challenge. 

Trip Recap to Baltimore for Mom’s Birthday

It was quite a week with my allergies taking me down for the count. I lost my voice and wasn’t able to really do much of anything huge in terms of working out. However, that wasn’t going to get in the way of me going to enjoy the weekend with my mother and sister, Alexis for my mom’s birthday! 

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency at Inner Harbor  where our view was awesome! This is a picture of the room: 


Friday night we went out for dinner and drinks and then walked around the shops at inner harbor. 

We gave mom her birthday presents from Kate Spade:


The hotel also gave us complimentary champagne and chocolate to wish my mom a happy birthday! 


Saturday we went to this really cute place for breakfast in the city before we went to arundel mills to shop. And shop we did! I got a lot of great stuff for work and for our upcoming trip (my sister and I are going to Jamaica!) 

My sister booked appointments for us all to get out hair done at Studio 921 where I actually (after some coaxing) got my hair cut. My hair was so long and in need of it so I had 5.5 inches cut off! Picture to follow. 

For dinner, we went to Fogo de Chao which is a Brazilian Steakhouse. You flip this circular thing over from red (shown here) to green and that means bring on the meat! All kinds of meat come out and when you’re full or need a break you flip it back to red! 


We had some cake brought out for mom to sing happy birthday to her: 


And here is a picture of the three of us (I get my great genetics from my mother as you can see):


Sunday we went to this pub called James Joyce Pub where there was a live band playing. More and more people would sit down to watch them play. It was great! Here’s a snippet of them playing: 


Unfortunately the weekends are always too short and we had to head back to get ready for the week. All in all I’m so happy I got to spend the weekend with two of my favorite people in the whole world. 

Five Friday Faves

The weekend is finally here! With it I have five new Friday faves to discuss: 

  1.  Bosch. It’s an Amazon tv series that just is in its second season. We just finished it last night and it’s fabulous! Try it out if you have a weekend to spare! You could watch the whole thing (if you really want to) 
  2. Starbucks Mobile Orders. I use this everyday on the way to work. You order your drink on the app and pay ahead so that when you get to Starbucks your drink is ready for you and you avoid the line! 
  3. Unroll Me. For all those emails you don’t want anymore and need to unsubscribe, this app will allow you the option to keep or unsubscribe for such emails. It’s amazing! 
  4. Politics and Prose Bookstore. I LOVE this bookstore and live a block over from it. I went there today after work and got to sit in on a book event. The atmosphere is so calming. I will never not love being able to go in there. If you’re in the DC area, visit the store. It’s a DC staple! 
  5. Rainbows. I got to see a beautiful rainbow yesterday on the way home after torrential rain. It’s proof that there is beauty after a storm. 

 

Have a great weekend! 

Weekend Wrap-Up/Hello Monday

This past weekend flew by in a blur! I went home to NJ to see my niece compete in her very first dance competition. It brought up so many memories for me. I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and I tried Tap, Jazz, Irish step dancing, clogging, ballet, and I competed with my sister for 8 years). 

Dancing shaped a lot of who I am and I am proud that my niece gets the chance to experience what my sister and I both did. 

This was my shirt for the competition:

   

Being an aunt is amazing. Every time I get to go home and see Haleigh it’s a gift. She’s such a sweet kid with a lot of personality and some sass (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) She’s so smart as well.  

I am grateful for the games we get to play, the books she is now reading to me and fun artwork we get to do together like this:

 

She reminds me of what’s worth fretting over and what isn’t. 

Sprite, Surprise Valentine’s and Tums Make it All Better

It was a really busy day at work and used a technique taught to me on this webinar that I attended through LifeHack Bootcamp. 

 

I haven’t felt much better today and on top of it my stomach is now bothering me. Santosh picked me up from work and we stopped at cvs for a few things including something I’ve never had to really buy before:
  

Apparently I’m really getting up there in age to need tums. Just kidding! 30 is the new 20 I’m told. I hope they help along with the Sprite Santosh walked to the fireststation for (since our buildings vending machine is a piece of crap). 

Aside from taking any form of medicine, I know love is a big proponent of helping to feel better (hence Santosh walking to get me Sprite). So when I saw I had a card from my niece for Valentine’s Day…I opened it and it read this:   

I definitely teared up and then called my niece to thank you her. She proceeded to tell me about her Valentine’s Day and about how she’s learning about Abraham Lincoln and how John Wilkes Booth shot and killed him. Pretty incredible for a seven year old in my opinion. But it did make my day brighter. It’s the little things that make it better. 

Love is Around Each and Every Day

I am so happy to be sitting on my couch while the snow is falling outside, eating my very quick take on Breakfast Enchiladas (corn tortillas with eggs and cheese on top):

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The trick to keep the shape is to fill the tortilla and roll them over so they don’t break from the weight of the eggs and stay in the shape of the enchilada. I love cheese so I added some to the eggs and sprinkled the rest on top to make it look just like enchiladas without the heavy sauce.

Okay weekend recap!
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