Call me old fashioned, but I love practical gifts. Something that will bring joy to the recipient every day. That’s why some of my favorite gifts to give and receive are pretty candles and fun mugs. There’s something luxurious about lighting a candle in the evening, and I love having brightly-colored mugs to wake up my morning cups of tea. I’m not a fan of saving something for ‘special occasions’ – I believe that we should indulge a little each day. Gifts don’t need to be expensive (everything on this list is under $30), but they can help make our days a little fancier.
I often forget how close we are to Thanksgiving and Christmas because I’m still able to walk Rufio wearing a light jacket. These pretty 70-degree days are definitely throwing off my internal clock. Speaking of Rufio, I feel like we’ve really turned a corner with him in terms of training – he slept through the night for the first time, he’s eating more, and we taught him how to sit and lay down 🙂 This month also marked the first time I had to leave him to go on a business trip, and I worried about my little baby. Good thing our dog walker texts photo updates every day!
This year, we’ll be staying down south for Thanksgiving and having a “Friends-giving,” and I’m looking forward to the 4-day weekend to relax and cheer on the Panthers with my two boys. However, we’re already counting down to Christmas (I may or may not have started perusing the Christmas movies on Netflix) when we’ll be heading home to New York.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this past month:
My new nameplate at work–current theme is favorite movies. “It’s a Chinese Crested!”
An article I often refer back to is 8 things every happy woman should have on Thought Catalog. Not because I’m questioning my happiness, but because it’s kind of fun to check back periodically and see if/how my answers have changed.
While the article states that “happy” women have these 8 simple things, I think that it has more to do with confidence and self-assurance. It’s describing women who know who they are and what they like. I believe that once you have this down, you exude confidence, and confidence translates to happiness and contentment.
So I decided to make my own version of this list and fill in my answers. Feel free to share your answers in the comments below!
Life is a series of peaks and valleys. Highs and lows. Bitter and sweet. No matter how you choose to sugarcoat it, the truth is that sometimes we just have really bad days (or weeks, or seasons). I would say that, for me, 2015 has been the most volatile year thus far in terms of emotional exhaustion. But I’ve learned two things from it all: 1. You’re allowed to take the time to wallow, in whatever way you see fit, but more importantly is number 2. At the end of your wallowing,you need to plan your rebound.
Every once in awhile we need to take a break. I’ve learned to really embrace the days I get to lay on the couch in yoga pants and watch Netflix all day. As a matter of fact, sometimes, my soul really needs that. But when I take these breaks, I also need a source of inspiration to get me back at it when Monday morning rolls around. Sometimes I look to my friends and family, sometimes I look to my coworkers, and sometimes I look to the people I aspire to be, regardless of whether they’re aware of my existence.
In my latest slump, I turned to my TED talks app. There, I found the swift kick in the ass I needed to attack my work week with enthusiasm. I know I’m not the only one who finds Friends reruns terribly mind-numbing, so I’m sharing my three favorite TED talks here to help you reboot your inspiration, too.
It’s official. I am now 27. I always thought that sounded old, but I don’t feel old. To be honest, I don’t feel much older than I did at any point in my 20s, but I feel a lot wiser. I learned a lot – about life and myself – while planning my wedding. It could have been because it stretched over a span of two transformative years, or it could have been because I was faced with a lot of decisions that forced me to determine what I truly valued and what added to my happiness. Regardless of the ‘why,’ what I do know is that I feel much more grounded and confident in who I am, more so than I ever have before. So in honor of my 27th birthday, I decided to share 7 wisdom nuggets that I’ve found to be so, so true. Here’s hoping this practical advice leads to a few ah-ha moments for all of you, too.
For the first time in many years, MPR & I are actually not traveling on Christmas. Since we were just on Long Island for Thanksgiving and a wedding, we decided to stay upstate for the holidays and I couldn’t be more excited to not have to spend Christmas morning in a car or on a train. We don’t know when this will happen again, so we are planning on taking complete advantage by staying in our PJs and having a 2-day Christmas movie marathon with popcorn, sugar cookies and petit fours.
Here are the Christmas movies that will be occupying our TV the next couple of days:
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
When I was in seventh grade, there was a girl in my class who constantly said sorry, to everyone, about everything, even when she was talking to herself. It was a knee-jerk reaction, how she responded to questions, comments, and started conversations. It got to the point where teachers and classmates would blurt out, exasperated, “Stop saying you’re sorry!”
Nearly 15 years later, she’s instantly who I thought of when I watched Pantene’s Not Sorry #ShineStrong video.