Thursday, January 24, 2013

learning a lesson

I fell in love. I fell in love with a crazy city : the bright lights, busy streets, and endless commotion. I fell in love with a city full of people from all over the world. People with different accents, who dressed differently than me, who had different views on life, and different morals and beliefs. It was a total culture shock.

The past couple of years have been set and clear as a cookie cutter. Everything was lined up and each step was written out for me - literally. Which classes I had to take, go for interviews for my internship, complete internship, and then graduate. After graduation, I knew I was going back to live in Manhattan {it's in my blood - my mother was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Brooklyn/Queens until the age of 20}. But the cross of dreams and reality have hit hard the past couple of weeks. I thought it would be so easy to find a job right after graduation and move back with in a couple of weeks. Well, I have learned a lesson the hard way. The lesson of being patient. It's not an easy task for me, especially if you know me. I like things to be right away, I'm persistant, and when I have an idea or dream in mind, I don't stop til I reach it.
ha, if only, but I'm learning this virtue one minute at a time

What has helped me the past couple of days? Lots of prayer and reassurance in myself. Being confidant in your skills, mind set, in your goals and dreams is key. Asking for reassurance and helping build up my confidence level with all of these attributes has been so helpful, and refreshing! This morning I woke up with a sense of ease. I know that patience in His timing is what I am learning right now. It's tough, brutal, but I know in the end - whenever that might be: a week, a month, a year - it will all be worth it. 

The last couple of days I have had a lot of time to also reflect and kind of soak in this next chapter in my life. It's going to be wonderful. There are a lot of changes that are going to happen - which I'm a person who is not afraid of change. More responsibility, a new city/environment {hopefully}, and new friends. I've been contemplating what the next steps are, my goals, what I would like to achieve, and how I will make my dreams come true. I have buckled down the past couple days and have spent hours and hours typing some really great cover letters and sending out resumes to every company I think I would make a great asset to their already incredible team of talent.

What's next? Be patience and wait for Him to show me the next step. One that isn't written for me to see or prepare for. Isn't that something exciting to think about? And guess what's even better? I get to share with you all this next stage of my life that will be another great adventure!

Friday, January 18, 2013


Happy Friday! We had a very exciting day in Alabama yesterday, it snowed! And it was amazingly beautiful. *Side note to you northerners/mid-westerners who are used to feet of snow - this does not happen in the south, and when it does, everyone freaks out. People get off from work early, kids are out of school, and the power goes out - our power was out for two hours.

Enjoy these posts from around the web until Monday. Have a great weekend!

Song of the weekend

Faces and images found in space

Snowball fight on the quad

And for those who have never visited The University of Alabama, this is the quad normally and on gameday

Miranda Kerr can do no wrong

I don't like cats, but these are cute

Her day was made, ha!

I'm going to need a cocktail party soon so I can wear this, this, or this.

How pretty is this chemise?! Loving the blush color.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

pumpkin muffins

Starbucks might have taken their Pumpkin Spice Lattes off the menu, but that doesn't mean I can't whip up some pumpkin muffins in January. If you have followed my blog for a while {or at least when fall hits}, you know I am a huge fan of this gourd-like squash. I used this recipe which was incredibly simple. I didn't feel like going to the grocery store since we're on day number six of rain so I made due by chopping up a bit of a chocolate bar to add some sweetness. Let me tell you, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top, I couldn't help but sneak one before I displayed them, ha!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


3 National Championships in the past 4 years! I had the best time at Alabama and can't wait for the next season. So thankful I got to spend some time with these old and new friends watching the tide win #15!

Monday, January 7, 2013

life lately | fresh start

Hi there! Sorry for the lack of regular blog posts. It was a much needed break from the real world and time was spent with family and friends {hello family game nights and weekends at the lake}. I am still getting used to this "real world" life and so ready to start the next chapter in my life {New York is calling my name}! Until then, I have started some visual merchandising work at my previous job, re-decorated my parents guest bedroom to make it feel more homey, and spend weekend nights drinking tea while browsing the isles of Barnes and Noble. Yes, you read that correctly. I skipped out on going out with friends to pick up some books and drink a nice cup of hot tea - it was glorious! I think you all just met the inner nerd, ha! Anyway, tonight will be fun as I'm meeting up with sweet friends to watch the National Championship game - Roll Tide!

finally got this gem!

One of my new year resolutions is to run a half marathon. I'm starting training today by a 3 day green detox and going by this track for running . . .

Green Detox: I did this one over the summer and loved it! I drink the smoothie for two meals and leafy greens {spinach and kale} for dinner.
2 handfuls of spinach,
1 cup of greek yogurt
half of a banana
1 cup of water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and fill the remainder with ice. Puree and enjoy!