The Empire State

Finally, here is my short recap of another long weekend in NYC, which provided a great touristy view and menu to remember. I had been invited by Handsome’s family to attend a weekend getaway to the Big Apple. The itinerary included visiting Ground Zero to see the Freedom tower and memorial pools, a shopping stroll through Soho, seeing The Book of Mormon on Broadway, talking long walks through Central Park, perusing a few exhibits in the Met, more shopping along 5th and Madison Avenues, and visiting the 86th floor of the Empire State Building for the first time. Lest I forget, we also had three incredible dinners with plenty of table chatter and laughs – my kind of evenings for sure. I really didn’t take many photos during the weekend (I was too busy having fun!), so enjoy this authentic Playbill.

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A big thanks to Handsome’s family for the invite! I had the loveliest time. : )

A Preview…

Here’s a little preview into my weekend plans…

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You guessed it. I’m heading back to NYC! Looking forward to the city’s majesty, a few fabulous events, and spending time with the boyfriend’s family. Short recap to come next week. Cheers.

Graciousness

Gracious (n.) – characterized by kindness and warm courtesy

This has become one of my favorite quotes. Graciousness is an irreplaceable trait. It’s appropriate and encouraged in all situations. Okay, I can maybe think of a few where my graciousness may slip away from me, but I always make a point to bring myself back to carrying myself in the most ladylike way.

It’s only natural to be envious of qualities that others may convey in such a wonderful light. But listen up ladies, adopt grace into your everyday. There’s nothing more envious (or more attractive) than a woman who carries herself well. You can quote me on that.

White Hot and Passionate

2013

A new year always evokes a new start and we usually gravitate toward making resolutions. Let’s be honest for a second here. We all make a list, be it on paper or mentally, of all the things we’re determined to improve in the New Year. And we’re all guilty of not sticking to these written improvements we’re set to make. It’s quite sad really that we generally cannot commit to our new found commitments.

Keeping up with this blog is on my resolution list among a few other improvements that I’ve shared with Handsome and he has vowed to help me stick to them. He really is such a great supporter. We all find ourselves pushing aside those things that don’t take precedent in our lives, but the more I think about where (I think) I want my career to go, the more I need to have this creative outlet.

For Christmas, my aunt got all of my sisters and I each an Amazon gift card, which really is the perfect gift since it’s money that can go to pretty much anything. Within hours, I made my first two purchases – two career books, “20-Something, 20-Everything” by Christine Hassler and “Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)” by Cathie Black . One of my main goals this upcoming year is to really figure out where my career is taking me or rather even what career path I’m even heading down. What is the job that I’d love to wake up to every day even if I didn’t have a salary? Whatever that is, I want it to be my career. I want to love my job so much that the money isn’t the motivator.

As I’ve been writing, I’ve been sipping on champagne that Handsome decided to break out instead of the usual pinot noir. How fitting! With this post and this open dedication to the resolution, I toast to its journey and hopeful success in 2013. Let me find inspiration, meet great people, and be open to constant learning. And above all, really just live by this thought from my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl:

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.