February in New York

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It’s no secret that I have a small obsession with New York City. Ever since my first short day trip there 4 years ago, I’ve dreamed of being able to spend more time in the bustling city. There’s something about walking out your door to new faces, new adventures and an endless list of places to see. I’m not sure I could ever call NYC home, but I sure do love calling it a home away from home.

I’ve been blessed to make some pretty amazing friends in New York. Even more reason to hop on a plane every now and then and make a stop in the Big Apple.

This February, my mom and I took a girls trip for a week. We were going to check out a job opportunity, and to explore the wintery version of NYC. It’s gorgeous, by the way. (But VERY cold!)

We stayed in the most adorable apartment in Chelsea, and did a lot of walking, eating and exploring. I even got to be ON the Meredith Vieira Show!!! It was so fun getting to go backstage and meet the staff. Everyone there is so nice! Plus it was awesome getting to pretend like a I was a host for a day ;)

Here are a few highlights from the trip!

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Appreciate the Now

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Sometimes it’s good to be at peace with the present. Right where you are here and now. So often in this digitally driven world, we have a tendency to compare… to covet… to self-doubt. We see another acquaintance from high school get a promotion, we see one more friend from college get engaged, we see celebrities glorified on TV and worshipped on Twitter. We want it. All of it. I think there’s a difference between striving to be better – to be the best YOU – and climbing a ladder that is not your own only to find out nothing’s at the top. I often find myself climbing the wrong ladders, reaching for the wrong hands, and falling… flat on my face: Not because I didn’t give it my all, but because that particular ladder was not my ladder to climb.

It’s important that we connect with the ground we are standing on, learn to dig our heals in and feel the earth beneath us. Even though we are not where we hope to be some day, we are here. We are present. And we are loved by someone much bigger than ourselves. I have yet to master this but I honestly believe the only way to move forward in life is to embrace the present with an open heart and give yourself the freedom to dream with no pressure.

Stop trying to acquire a bigger house, a better car, a happier life, and be grateful for what you have, where you are, and who you’ve been blessed with along the way … Then, give with an open heart, an open mind, and a positive soul … because what you put out in the universe, you’ll get back in blessings.

It’s That Time of Year

I’ve learned over the years that May is the month for graduations and weddings.

This particular May, I had two of those to attend. My best friend and sister graduated from UF and my cousin got married! Ah! Way too much excitement for one month.

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How cute is she! ^

I flew to Gainesville at the beginning of the month to stay with my sister for a week of graduation festivities and celebrations. We had way too much fun for our own good together! I love her to the moon and back.

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After that week, the whole family flew back to Omaha (the town I grew up in) to watch my cousin, Brian, get married to the love of his life. She’s cousin approved, so I’d say she passed the test. It was a beautiful wedding.

(P.S. If you like my necklace, you can find it at Ann Taylor Loft <– Got it from my good friend Jen for my birthday!)

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May was busy with lots of traveling, so that’s all I’ve got for now!

Hope you’ve all had a wonderfully happy month!

The Best Gift I’ve Ever Been Given

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Meet the newest addition to my happy life… Roo. (@little_aussie_roo)

After driving 16 hours round-trip to Chunky, Mississippi to pick this little nugget up, I have to say every minute on the road was worth this little joyful furry friend.

I’m so lucky…

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