Showing posts with label Happy Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Holidays. Show all posts

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year
Since today is officially the New Year, 2016, I think it's only admirable to acknowledge what 2015 has taught us and what we can learn in 2016. To me, 2015 was more than just another year. In fact, there have been many great things that I discovered and learned in 2015. 
Every new year is a brand new experience, a life lesson and a consequence to whatever action we decide to take. I have learned to expect the unexpected and appreciate every single moment as if it were your last, no matter how good or bad the moment is. I wake up every morning without expecting anything and yet I manage to experience some sort of reciprocation when the energy is light.
What I have learned year after year is that no matter how negative or hateful people are, no matter how big or small their lies are, and no matter what type of dark agenda they have - their words are to only be taken with a grain of salt, treated as nothing. Especially if you know those lies are not true. When nothing belittles you, spreads untrue lies about you or makes you feel like you are nothing, you eventually become them. If you choose to believe them, you become them. When you become them, you become nothing. Is that where you want to be? In the end, only the good is embraced, acknowledged and most importantly, remembered.
A wise woman (thank you Eleanor Roosevelt) once said: "Amazing minds talk about accomplishments, great minds talk about goals, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people." I believe this quote embodies reality.
What else have I learned?
I have learned the importance of balancing life in all domains and maintaining that balance without struggle or worry. How can you make personal time for you and your job? What about your job and a relationship? What goals have you set for yourself? What have you accomplished so far? If you are looking to read a great book, please do check out - Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart Friedman. Definitely an amazing read that explains everything I am talking about.

With that said, I always find myself extremely thankful, grateful and blessed to be with my amazing boyfriend Joe. We have been through so much and yet our love for each other just continues to grow, evolve into something greater. (And Joe if you are reading, you are the love in my heart and the love of my life.)

Now, do I have any goals for 2016? Absolutely. Without the risk of boring you and listing them all, I will just say that I will continue to go upward and will continue to hold onto that mindset. I will also continue to support those who want to go up too instead of down. I will also continue to support those people that deserve recognition for their efforts and those people who are telling the truth. I believe 2016 is the year for quite a few things to "happen" so to speak.
An entire year has passed us. A year that is measured in 365 days. A year that is measured in 8,760 hours. And a year that is measured in 525,600 minutes. What does the future hold? As we live in the present, we can only celebrate right now. As we say goodbye to 2015, we say hello to 2016. A brand new dawn, a brand new day, a brand new life and a brand new year.
Happy New Year! 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

When I think of how the holidays were when I was a child versus now, a lot has changed. I believed in Santa for the longest time and assumed he was real until my mom finally told me he was a myth. I remember I would wake up early so excited to find presents under the tree. On December 23rd and Christmas Eve (the 24th) I would write several Christmas lists and place them all over the house. I would even leave cookies all over the house too hoping to get "Santa's" attention. I also believed the more cookies I would bake for Santa, the more presents I would get in return.  
Then, I would be so happy to see my grandmother (who is now deceased and has been for quite sometime, RIP) the early morning into the early evening of Christmas day. We would celebrate Christmas at her house, as it was a tradition. She would cook and my mom, aunts and other family members would join her in the kitchen. It was different then. Back then I was all about the presents, the food, the music and getting time off of school. The memories. I also knew the origin of Christmas, as it was the birthday of our father, Lord Jesus Christ.
Evidently, I appreciate a lot more now than just that.
In fact, what I love about the holidays goes beyond decorations that dangle on the tree, hearing Christmas music on virtually every radio station, bright white snow sinking into the earth's crust for the season or the gourmand scents that manifest the kitchen when cooking kringle. What l love about the holidays goes beyond opening gifts, enjoying time off from work to sleep in and sipping on classic grade A Moscato.
What I do love about the holidays, Christmas in particular, is living in the moment. Whether it means placing a new ornament on the tree, shopping for Joe or simply cooking a new recipe for the first time. I also love being surrounded by good energy. And by good energy, I mean by wonderful people. By those who I love and those who love me. The holidays are the time to not only love life, but appreciate every moment and memory breeding experience life offers, as if it were the last. Experiencing them is one thing, but sharing those experiences with wonderful people is always a blessing to me.
Everything has been the same since I can remember and yet every year there is "something" new and unique. Whether it is a new experience or even a memory created by another one. Nothing ever fades and that is the beauty of the holidays, of Christmas. To me, that is what this day is all about.
I hope you enjoy today, as I hope you are having a wonderful day. From my house to your house, Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

One of many surprises this holiday from my amazing boo

Thank you so much, Joe for the amazing flowers. I love them so much. The 'Red Velvet Roses' from Pro Flowers are stunning. Even more beautiful in person than in the picture. When I look at these roses, I think of the beauty of life, the power of love and all of the wonderful things that have happened, are currently happening and will continue to happen in the future.
When I look back 17 years ago from past until present, what we originally had evolved into something greater. I feel like our love is stronger today. Thank you for everything you do, as I appreciate you so much too.
For those of you reading my blog (including those new readers), I hope you will find love soon and if you already have one - love and appreciate him for everything he does for you. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2014: Merry Christmas

Can you believe it's Christmas? After months of waiting for the big day to arrive, it is finally here. Right now I am attempting to make a kringle, but I am unsure how it is going to turn out. I think I am a little ambitious. I know, I haven't been blogging as I should be and I do apologize.
I know being busy should no longer be an excuse, as I am in the process of several things which include working full time until January 2015 before making my permanent move to Pennsylvania from Montana to live with my amazing soul mate and best friend, Joe, along with writing for Examiner and AXS. I have had to endure quite a few things so far, but so far so good.
On top of that, I am working with several companies/people on future projects for 2015. Although I don't want to tell you everything (and I do have a habit of doing this sometimes because I get excited and think so far ahead), I will say that one of them includes an amazing partnership with one of my favorite vegetarian food brands where I will attend an online culinary arts school and use their products to create and execute recipes.
There are a lot of things just getting started, as there are a lot of things coming, so expect the unexpected. I do apologize for not blogging as much as I should be, but I promise when I get everything settled, you can expect me to blog much more. In the meantime, check out my "Best in Beauty 2014 Awards" via Examiner.
On that note: Merry Christmas everyone. May your days be happy, joyful, cheery and as bright as you are.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas at the PPG Place in Pittsburgh

The holidays are my favorite time of the year and what better way to enjoy than in the Steel City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As you are aware, I am visiting my boyfriend Joe who I have known for over 15 years. When it comes to Joe, there is never a dull moment, as he and I always have great times. And today, we had a blast going hanging out in Pittsburgh. We decided to head to the PPG Place to enjoy some holiday fun. Here are some great photos and glimpse of what the holidays are like here in Steeler country. 

The day started with here. This shining yet very stunning immaculate building is home of the Winter Garden and the Pittsburgh Ice Skating Rink provided by MassMutual. The first time I saw PPG Place, it was back in  the Fall of 1999 when I started college. 

Other photos from PPG Place today: 

Overall it was a great day. Happy Holidays! 

Photos by Sarah Afshar