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Days go by

11 Sep

Well hello there, mid-September. You sure came out of nowhere! Is anyone as surprised as me how quickly these last few weeks have flown by? I didn’t even realize we were in a new month.

August came and went, but there were some fun-filled days before it ended. My sister made a few trips home before her big move west. That’s right folks, Grace is heading to Eugene, Oregon, and we’re very excited for her. I’m sure there will be some trips that way in my future, especially since both my siblings have relocated out West.

Anyway, during one of her visits home, we rounded up a group of friends and headed to karaoke night. Singing and drinking turned into taking shots and plenty of laughs – and some stellar performances! My little cousin Kelsey sure can belt out a tune.

On the last day of the month, I took my dog to work. I work at an advertising agency, and we’re dog-friendly. Needless to say, I think he had more fun than I did.

{happy puppy}

Finally, I spent most of Labor Day weekend relaxing and shopping, but I did make a trip to the Canfield Fair. French fries, lemonade shakes, special people, super-sized pumpkins and ponies – doesn’t get much better than that!

{I will call him Li’l Sebastian}

Now that September is in full swing, I’m busy wrapping up things at work and preparing for another trip across the pond. I love to travel, and I’m extra excited for this trip. It feels like ages since I’ve seen Sebastian.

10 days! xoxo

P.S. My post from 9/11 last year. I think the theme still holds true today. Never forget.

Happy birthday to me

6 Aug

Today I turn 24 years old. Unlike a lot of people my age, I’m not freaking out about getting older. In fact, I like getting older. It often feels that each year is better than the next.

These past few birthdays, I’ve started taking some time to reflect on all that I’ve done in the past year. I continue to notice how quickly time flies by. It seems like yesterday I was graduating college and in a blink of an eye, more than two years have gone by.

I have to say though, as fast as it went, year 23 was pretty great. I kicked off my birthday celebrations with a trip to Pittsburgh with my bff. I was promoted at my job. I traveled to Amsterdam, Berlin and the Dominican Republic. I ran three 5Ks and started getting back in shape. And my favorite was celebrating two wonderful years with my boyfriend. What a year.

The most important thing to note is I can honestly say I’m happy with my life right now. As fun as this past year was, there are still big things ahead, and year 24 is already shaping up to be pretty awesome. I’ll be traveling to Germany in September to spend time in Berlin and Munich. I couldn’t be more excited (47 days!!!).

So cheers to another birthday and the year ahead. I’m already looking forward to it.

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I heart my family

27 Mar

This past weekend was a rare instance. After my sister’s short stint of living at home, and then moving to Columbus, it’s been awhile since the five us have hung out together.  It made me realize how quickly life changes.

Just yesterday, I was playing in the backyard with my siblings, fighting over whose turn it was on the tire swing. Fast forward to now, both my sister and I have full-time jobs and my brother is about to graduate high school.

And things are about to change even more. We found out last week that my brother was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. For someone who has dreamed of this since he was 12 years old, it is incredibly overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.

If you’re not familiar with the USAFA, let me brag a little. The laws governing appointments require that you have a nomination to attend the Academy (but that doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted). Joe received two nominations, one from Congressman Tim Ryan and one from Senator Sherrod Brown. Now that he’s been given an official appointment, my brother is part of an elite group of individuals. He will receive a top-notch education for free, with a scholarship valued at more than $415,000. It’s incredible, and I’m so happy for him.

It also makes me realize how much things will continue to change over the next few years. Moving forward, it will always be a rare occasion when the five of us are together. That’s why I’ll relish moments like this past weekend. We all sat around the kitchen table telling stories, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. When it comes to my family, it doesn’t get much better than that.

So cheers to my amazing brother and all the exciting changes ahead. It will only make the times we spend together that much better.

{Who would have thought the dork on the right would be a USAFA cadet?}

My blogiversary

16 Mar

{world traveler}

Somehow my blogiversary slipped by without me realizing it. Last year, I started sharing my thoughts here, not really sure what I would get out of it. It has become somewhat therapeutic for me. It’s nice to sit down and write what I’m thinking, and it’s fun to look back on what an incredible year it was.

In my very first blog post, I wrote a list of ten things to do in my twenties. And for my blogiversary post, I think it’s fitting to look back at that list and see how I’m doing.

1. Travel – In 2011 I wrote that I wanted to see the world, and I started doing just that. Since that first post, I’ve not only traveled to Germany, but Spain and the Netherlands as well.

2. Learn a foreign language – This is much harder than I thought it would be, but I haven’t given up yet. For awhile I was getting quite good at German grammar, and conquered a pretty long list of German vocabulary. But life became busy, and I stopped doing my lessons. I’m ready to start again though, so we’ll see how I do the second time around.

3. Develop an active, healthy lifestyle – I’ve definitely become more aware of what I’m eating and actually prefer healthier options. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Shamrock Shake every now and then, but it’s all about moderation. And I have to say, I’m much more active than I was last year. I currently play on an indoor soccer team, and I signed up for another 5K in April. Man, I sure love me some 5K’s.

4. Start a blog – I’m pretty sure I can check this one off the list. My goal this year is to post more than I did last year. I think I’m up for the challenge.

5. Create a monthly budget – Based on my bank account, and the ability to afford my travels, I’d have to say I conquered this list item. It was hard at first, but now I’m capable of setting a budget and sticking to it. And the key is sticking to it.

6. Learn to cook – I still make a mean grilled cheese – does that count? I mostly blame my poor cooking skills on living at home. Why cook when there is already dinner on the table? I know I’ll get better with this at time, maybe not this year, but somewhere down the road. At least I can bake!

7. Live overseas – This is still a dream of mine. After traveling overseas, I definitely feel this is an experience I want to have. Although I don’t see it happening soon, I have a hunch it will happen one day.

8. Live on your own – It’s been a year and I’m still hanging out with Mom and Dad. I don’t ever view it as negative though. I’m saving money, and more importantly, spending time with my family. I won’t ever look back on this time and regret it.

9. Live in a major city – One of these days it will happen – just like living overseas. Maybe I’ll knock out two birds with one stone. Berlin, anyone?

10. Surround yourself with good people – This is still one of my favorite things on the list. I’ve made it a priority this past year to rid myself of negativity and spend time with the people who matter most.

So as you can see, I still have things to accomplish on my list, but I’m happy with where life is going. Around this time last year I was heading to Chicago to visit my sister for St. Patrick’s Day, and today I’m heading to Columbus to visit my sister for St. Patrick’s Day. Even as things change, they don’t really change at all.

Cheers to all the things I will continue to do in my twenties – and to another year of blogging.

Stuck in a rut

31 Aug

Do you ever have those times in your life where you feel stuck? Well, I’m there, and I’m not really sure why. I have a good job, a family that loves me and a wonderful boyfriend. But I can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Another birthday came and went, and this month passed again in the blink of an eye. Should I be doing more with my life? If so, what?

Lately, these lyrics have been running through my head: Time’s flying by, moving so fast, you better make it count, because you can’t get it back.

I keep thinking about how much time I wasted this summer laying around the house, moping about Sebastian and watching TV. That is certainly no way to live. And while I’m frustrated about the long distance, it’s no reason to stop living the life I have here.

So it’s time to start being more active. It’s time to start setting goals and accomplishing them. My first goal is to get back in shape. I was on my way to success with this one at the beginning of summer. But then I went to Germany, ate a lot of bread, came home, made excuses and never got back on track. To start this change, I’ve decided to run another 5K this October (except this time I’ll actually train for it). It’s small, but it’s something to work toward.

Here’s to a fresh start this fall. Cheers!

Courtesy Google Images

My blogging hiatus

6 Jul

My first night in Germany

Holy cannoli! I didn’t write a single post during the month of June! But with good reason. First of all, I was hardly home, and when I was, there certainly wasn’t time for blogging. The beginning of the month was filled with getting ready for vacation. That meant tying up loose ends at work and making sure everything was organized. Then of course there was all the packing.

On June 9 I jetted off to Germany for my euro-vacation. It was over in a flash and I came back to a lot of work on June 20. Then I headed off to Asheville, NC for a conference for one of my clients. When I returned, I was busy helping my Mom get ready for our big family reunion, which took place this past weekend. We still have friends that are staying at our house, but they’ll head home tomorrow. That doesn’t mean we’ll be any less busy.

Fabiana, a foreign exchange student from Venezuela who lived with me my senior year of high school, is finally coming to visit. She’s my other sister. I haven’t seen her in five years, so I’ll be eager to spend lots of time with her. All this being said, I have a lot of blog posts to write. In the coming weeks you can look forward to posts about my trip to Germany, the family reunion, maybe an Asheville post and of course my time with Fabi.

So stay tuned! :-)

I ate April

29 Apr

I was talking to my boyfriend today, and we both couldn’t believe that May 1 is this Sunday. Where did April go? Sebastian claims he ate it, but I think that’s an awful lot for one stomach. However, if it were physically possible to eat a whole month, he would be the one to do it. In all seriousness though, the month really has flown by. I think it speaks to how busy I’ve been at work, but I can’t complain. With each passing month, I’m that much closer to my European vacation. So goodbye April!

The month of May will be filled with vacation preparations, visits from family and hopefully kinder weather. April showers bring May flowers… right? In any case, tomorrow’s forecast is calling for sunshine, and the thoughts of running outside and sunbathing make for a great Friday. To celebrate my good mood, here are some pictures from my egg coloring adventures last week.

Happy Friday! :)

Coloring Easter eggs with my little brother :-)

Days until Germany: 41