2 year anniversary!

So i took a quick look and was surprised to see that yesterday was 2 years since I started my little blog. I want to start by saying WOW it’s been and interesting 2 years, a lot has changed and I have learned a lot along the way. So here’s a brief recap.

Changes

  • Committed to working out at least 3 times a week in March 2011
  • Started a new job in Nov 2011
  • Started a new long term relationship Oct 2012
  • Bought a new car in Nov 2012
  • Travel to lots of places
  • Took lots of pictures

Learning:

  • When you are stressed take a breath
  • When you make unhealthy food choices your body knows
  • When you commit to exercising you love the results
  • When it’s right, it’s right
  • A bad day can be solved simply by choosing your attitude (have to keep reminding myself of this one)
  • Starbucks and Sunshine make me a happy girl
  • Sometimes less is more and More is less…does that make sense?
  • Life is full of surprises
  • I never know what will get lots of blog traffic

So what’s next? A few different things you can expect to happen soon…so stay tuned! Big changes coming in the next few days on layout and look!

PicMonkey Collage

photos, photos, and more photos

So as part of my goals for 2012 I wanted to take 10 pictures in a month with my camera and blog about them. Well I did take way more than 10 pictures, but I don’t love all of them. So here’s some highlights and perhaps this is my motivation to get a few more taken and posted before the end of January.

 

Here are 2 pictures from Nashville. I didn’t actually take both of them in 2012, but I did download them in 2012 so I am going to count these:

Arrington Vineyards (just outside of Nashville)

The Country Music Hall of fame lobby:

Fast forward a few weeks and I took some cat pictures. Yes I get how that sounds considering I am single girl…but hey that’s life.

And fast forward to this weekend. I went to Charm City Cupcakes and tried my hand at learning how to make different cupcake decorations. Here are all 6 and a few of my favorites up close.

Then I headed outside and took some pictures of the sunset over the hill outside my house and through the trees.

What photo’s have you taken lately? I think my favorite one above is the cupcake with the green, blue, pink icing!

I know where I was on 9/11/01

My guess is you (if you are old enough) remember too. It’s similiar to how previous generations remember where they were on the day Kennedy was shot or when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. I don’t need to watch all of the memorials because there really isn’t a day that goes by that I am not grateful for happenstance.

  • I am grateful that my dad moved his office uptown and was no longer in 7 World Trade, as he was for some many years.
  • I am grateful that my uncle a member of NYPD didn’t end up in Manhattan that day.
  • I am grateful my best friend (working at the capital) wasn’t hurt by the terrorists from Flight 93.
  • I am grateful that MY FRIENDS from NY made it out of the towers that day.

But then I am sad for the blonde young man, who just got married and I had known since I was a small child because he didn’t make it out of the towers. I am sad for the firefighter I knew that perished trying to save others. I am sad for the countless others that made the ultimate sacrifice racing into the Towers and the Pentagon but didn’t make it out. I am sad for the employees, visitors, and onlookers that didn’t get out in time. I am sad for the troops we have lost fighting for our freedom and I pray for the safe return of all those still fighting for our freedom.

We not only can never forget those that are gone, but we need to remember those that are still here. We need to remember to love and be kind to those around us. We don’t know how long each of us has on this great earth!

Take a minute to say a prayer, hold a door, say thank you or just smile. Slow down and appreciate all that life has to offer, don’t over analyze every situation wondering what the future holds, because we only have the present to live the future is a gift that we may not get to open.

Go out today and hug a loved one,
send a message showing you care, make a plan to honor someone you love!