I officially started this blog in 2015 by being forced into it as a class assignment. I thought, “no one is going to care what I have to say,” but thank you for reading and following my journey anyway.
Another cool thing I did in early January was visit Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern for some upbeat, eclectic jazz music. The secret is out: I LOVE JAZZ!!! Seeing two unique bands perform – who have clearly been friends since they were in diapers – was a fun, ‘dance like no one’s watching’ experience. I highly recommend this bar if you’re ever in Toronto.
I am IN LOVE with my dorky dog! Linley is a good boy with a little bit of sass every now and then…
During the holidays, Linley was not a fan of his new PJs or the fact that I donated some of his old toys to pups in need.
He also poses around the house and looks at me with disapproval when I eat too much chocolate!
Linley is also the side-eye expert, especially when I’m taking photos of him or when he’s my copilot.
Did I mention that my pupper is tired of all the photos?
But did I mention that it’s tiring to carry him around while I’m trying to cook dinner? Lin is a needy pup!
I love my dorky, sassy, high-maintenance pup! Linley is truly my best friend.
PS: yes, that is a toy with my husband’s face on it 😂
2019 was challenging to say the very least; I was tirelessly searching for happiness and inner peace amidst the chaos around me.
At least I could (and still can!) say this: there is always happiness in my marriage, even on the not-so-good days. Why is this? I married my best friend, the person who allows me to be weird, and actually loves me unconditionally for being my dorky self!
Find yourself, and embrace who you are. And if you’re searching for your soulmate…
1) it truly happens when you least expect it.
2) don’t try so hard!!! It’s not authentic if you do…
3) allow your partner to be weird, too. Life’s more fun that way 🤗
Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones.
I never establish New Years resolutions per se; however, I believe in continuous personal growth and becoming better every single day.
Things I’m scraping:
- Allowing others to bring me down
- One-way friendships/giving people too many chances
- Comparing myself to others/feeling inadequate
- Not putting myself first (sleepless nights, etc.)
- Pressure to be “normal” (no need to follow others’ status quo)
Things I’m embracing:
- Spending quality time with the best people
- More travel (duh, it’s me!)
- Volunteering more
- Gaining 10+ pounds
My friend Alice, who is visiting during the holidays, has always wanted to see the Niagara Falls. We went to the Canada side over the weekend and we were blessed with some good weather and great views!
As I currently lay in bed with puffy eyes, a clogged nose and a sore throat, I try to reflect on the good of 2019.
2019 was by far the most challenging year I have under my belt. It was the epitome of struggle and adversity (especially when it comes to family and work). But 2019 has also brought many unexpected blessings, which shouldn’t be overlooked.
One of those blessings (perhaps THE best thing that happened this year) was the honor of standing by my best friend’s side as she married the man of her dreams.
Looking back at these photos makes me feel nostalgic and homesick in a way, because Carolyn, Ryan, their friends, family and bridal party all made me feel welcomed immediately. I might attend nice weddings in the near future, but none of them will ever top this feeling…