Just a Little Bit More

On this Christmas day, I just couldn’t help but think of the Grinch as my post inspiration. Yes….that Grinch. The one who stole Christmas and all that. Funny, I actually had on a Grinch shirt earlier because it’s so comfy and sorta Christmas related. 

Anyhow, the quote from the movie where the Grinch turns his attitude around, sees the good in people and recognizes a holiday about “stuff” is not meant to be about “stuff” at all. It’s the people and spirit, community and faith and something bigger than presents wrapped nearly under the tree. 

Though we arrive at this same 25th day of December every year, it felt like it snuck up, seemingly out of nowhere this time around. This year was different and unexpected from normal. Plans changed last minute and understandably so, my family was not all going to be together on this day. Doesn’t happen often so that meant adjusting plans. Christmas was hosted at my home and my boyfriend and I were joined by my dad the past few days to celebrate together.

We had a blast hanging out and watching hours of Family Guy and documentaries on sports history and boxers like Mike Tyson, none of which would get much screen time at his house. I understand the Tyson thing as ‘off the rails’ barely scratches the surface. We went bowling, dad took his first Uber ride and used Chicago public transit for the first time since the 80s lol. (I’m the city child of the three girls.) We picked a Christmas dinner menu, shopped for hours (bought too many sweets) and all cooked together. 

We missed the bigger fam circle that normally exists on holidays but we made great fun, the three of us. The tree wasn’t overwhelmed by gifts this year which is the direction we have moved towards the last few years and I welcome it. Though we were each given really thoughtful amazing things this year by our family members who flew to the East Coast for the holiday. Good for them to escape the Chicago cold a few days. 

Anyhow, today Christmas was simple and humble and perfect. 

It could have been any day and that’s what I loved most about it. We didn’t create much hoopla and it was just right. As I get older I have great reminders of what matters. 

I have friends who don’t celebrate Christmas for religious or other personal reasons and I encourage them the same as I do anyone….celebrate the people you love, the spirit of community, faith in a bigger, more important reason for holidays than stores closed or a day off work. I think family values and focus on what truly matters will usher in the magic people feel around the holidays, into the more gray parts sprinkled into the rest of the year. 

I love seeing photos of friends and families celebrating. I wish I saw it more often throughout the year but I’m glad for a time that brings people together like the major holidays at the wrap of each year. It’s already been scheduled, can’t be ignored or forgotten for the most part. 

I hope I don’t sound grinch-y like I’m against presents or people sharing what they got or gave. Not at all! Do that then turn off the flash and go be with those people you love. And remember…

“…Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…(*He thought*) …means a little bit more.”
I wish you love and peace during the holiday season and on this Christmas day. This time of year is fun for some and hell for others, so be kind to all. 

From our home to yours,

Full 

If I had to pick a word to describe this year, it would be… full. 

2016 has been Full in so many ways, packed to the brim with new opportunities and challenges. 
It is hard to believe this year is wrapping up so quickly. I mean 2 weeks before a new chapter begins is almost too much to take in.

I have to get ready to retire my 2016 vision board and though not every single goal was met, I am proud of what has been accomplished and eager to enter a new phase. 

I traveled a good deal domestic and international, saw the Cubs win the World Series, spent good times with close family and friends, celebrated at weddings, made new friends through all my adventures, turned 30!, moderated my first panel, did my first 5k, took my career to a new level and gave myself more permission to feel my feelings in good times and bad. The freedom experienced has opened my mind to the possibility of even more. I will continue to usher in more joy and confidence in this life. 

A major focus for me will be health and wellness so taking better care of my body, eating better and exercising more will be a big thing for me. I had good months but far more relaxed months this year and I have seen the impact. 

I hope your year ends on good notes. I look forward to hearing more about what you’re excited for in 2017. Please drop me a note. I’d love to hear from you. 

Just A Big Kid

My birthday week has been great fun. I did exactly what I set out to do which was have fun like a big kid. 

I partied hard in Orlando like the true kid I am and just had a blast with family and friends. 

Here are some photos from my 30th birthday week of celebrations. Other than having to deal with several delayed and canceled flights because of weather in Chicago, things were pretty smooth. Leaving 80 degree sunshine for a 30 degree snowstorm certainly put things into perspective. I’ve had about enough, Chicago! 

Resort Palm Trees always make vacations better

Medieval Times

Medieval Times

Universal Studios – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios

Universal Studios – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Universal Studios Macy’s Holiday Parade

Paint Nite Orlando

Paint Nite Orlando

Disney World

Visiting with family, being serenaded by that talented piano player

Wine Tasting Fun

Snow storm in Chicago


Thanks for checking out my blog. Have a great week!

Something to Celebrate 

This will be a semi- short post because I need to get some rest before an early morning flight tomorrow. I also took Benadryl to calm my allergies down so no doubt I’ll be sleep in a matter of minutes.

I know Thanksgiving was last month but my list of things to be thankful for continues. Friends, family and my boyfriend who all care and love me is worth celebrating for sure.

In a couple days I leave my 20s behind forever and I’m not worried about it, scared for it or dreading it. My goal is to get even better with each year. I am excited for what the future has to offer and I know 30 will bring new ideas and goals and challenges to push past. It will have ups and downs as every year does. I look forward to laughing more, being more bold, traveling more, doing more of what I love personally and professionally, exploring new business ideas and living my best life.

I am grateful for the people who I am surrounded by. They help make my years on this earth amazing because they give a damn and I can feel that. 

This past week, one of my best friends came from across the country for a visit. I spent time with my family. My incredible boyfriend threw a surprise birthday lunch for me at my job with the help of several of my good friends. 

I believe that what you reap, you sow. I felt so much love this week in tiny and huge ways that I truly hope it’s because I give love. I want it in the air around me, in how I speak, think, live. 

I will run past a new birthday knowing more of what I want in this life and going after it. 

When I set intentions and goals, I take it seriously because I know I want to build a legacy and leave a positive impression every place I go, with everyone I meet along the journey.