9 of 12, done!

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Well, we have hit the last day of September and it finally is starting to feel like fall. In fact, as I sit here writing this post, I am curled up on my sectional, cozied under a sweater and tucked under a blanket with a mug of coffee. It feels great to bundle and not sweat, let me tell you!

It is right about now that I will insert the *I can’t believe that we are nine months into the year and that another month has come and gone* sentence. I know, it gets quite repetitive, but don’t get me wrong here – 2017 is flying by.

Overall, the month of September wasn’t too busy for me. I spent more time having fun than worrying about the stress that often comes along with school and work.

Here’s into a look of all I’ve done this past month!

  • Spent Labor Day in Lake George with my family
  • Celebrated the first day of school, kicking off a new year with new kiddos
  • Participated in the Out of the Darkness walk in Buffalo, raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  •  Visited my brother at the University of Akron for a football game
  • Started back up with dance classes for the year
  • The usual work and homework and class schedule
  • Had Open House at work
  • Hung out with various members of my family and friends, concluding the month tonight by doing just that

October is my favorite month of the year and I could not be more excited to welcome it in, starting tomorrow!

What are some of your favorite things you’ve done this month? xoxo.

Here’s to a new chapter.

I left my best friend in Ohio.

Is that a dramatic statement? Yes. Are we surprised? No.

It has been five days since we moved my brother into the University of Akron, and this is a family shift that I am still getting used to. Yes, he is only three and a half hours away, but he is not home. When I moved away to college [30 mins away, but still], I didn’t realize how much of an impact this was on the rest of my family, simply because I was not there. I was on my own, busy, walking along this new path of life. But now that the roles are reversed, I see what my Mom was talking about for all those years.

The relationship that my brother and I have is one unlike many I’ve seen. I don’t know if it has to do with how close our family is or how far apart in age we are, but whatever it is, it is something that I am thankful for. Because we are so close, it makes the loss of him not being around 24/7 that much greater. I know it’s only been a few days, but I’ve already caught myself about to text him asking if he would want my leftover lunch, or if he wanted to run with me to the store later.

Although he is states away, he has talked to me every single day since he’s been gone, which makes me feel still so involved in his life when he fills me in on everything going on, and makes me feel like he isn’t out of town. Little things like this have already made the difference.

Today is his first day of college classes, whereas it is the last first day of college I will ever have in my lifetime [shoutout to grad school almost being over!!]. I am so overwhelmingly proud and excited for him.

Unpacking all of his things and setting up his dorm took away any ounce of sadness that I felt. In fact, it made me want to go back to undergrad, moving away, myself, because I remember that feeling. I remember the excitement I felt to be on my own, away from home, ready to start this new chapter in my life. Remembering this makes me feel like a total mom, because I am so excited that he gets to experience all of these things, too.

So, little bro, kick ass. Kill it. Good luck. Can’t wait to hear about your new adventure. xoxo.

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Pack it up, pack it up. 


Today’s day consisted of bringing this 12-seated beauty into our lives to pack up my brothers room and send him off to college. Right now, it’s about 10:30PM, making it only 7 hours until we are en route to Akron, Ohio. Packing up this beauty is undoubtedly the easy part of this journey, but I am so excited. Both for him, and for the fact that I will finally be seeing this campus for the first time tomorrow [my family has been there 4x already, but sadly, I was at work]. 

Onward and upward. Here we go. xoxo. 

Life update!? 


As the summer of things that change continues to roll on, more things are continuing to change. We are now one week away from my brother moving away to college. One. Freaking. Week. How is this possible? I’m not sure, but it’s happening. 

I had a nice three day vacation from work [well, five days if you include the weekend] that was so much needed, I can’t even begin to explain this to you. The day I went back, the phone in my classroom was immediately ringing at 8am and it was HR calling to tell me about my 6-month review [already!?] and that they wanted to offer me a promotion. I could not believe it. So another added change, I’ll have a new class with new kids after our two week break come September. 

Also happening within those seven days since my last post, my boyfriend got a new car, I dyed most of my hair blonde, I actually went out this weekend, and I saw a long lost friend back to town on her honeymoon. 

What does this prove? Honestly, a pretty big point – whether it’s the color of your hair, the make and model of your car, or a new job title, things are always changing, no matter how big or small. It’s our job to take it all in stride. xoxo. 

7 of 12, done. 


I feel like the more I blink, the faster the months go by. July has come and gone faster than a speeding bullet, and I feel that at the pace we are going, 2017 will be over with. My calendar this month was so extremely full that I feel like it wasn’t even really a “summer vacation.” 

This July consisted of: 

  • A Fourth of July celebration 
  • Multiple grad parties between both my family, my boyfriend’s family, and multiple family friends 
  • Family reunions and picnics for both my and my boyfriend’s families 
  • A day trip to Erie, PA 
  • Working a summer camp 
  • Getting my new ‘batch’ of students and beginning the upcoming school year 
  • A day trip to Canandaigua, NY 
  • Beginning and completing a summer class [that I never thought I’d survive] 
  • Many days and nights spent with friends and family
  • Eating copious amounts of ice cream, my favorite part of summer 

August is a month that seemed so far away only a few short months ago. So much is about to happen and so much is about to change this month, that there definitely will not be a shortage in terms of things to talk about on this blog. I will be experiencing new things, and will, undoubtedly, have many things going through my mind. xoxo. 

Changes.

After being MIA for the last few days, I will get you caught up on the never ending shenanigans that is my life. My absence mostly came from an over-abundance of final projects and assignments as we close out this semester. My life has been so hectic lately that I truthfully forgot that the semester was even coming to a close next week. Honestly, I really thought I had another two or so weeks left, I won’t even lie. More times than not, I’ve come home from work completely drained and exhausted that doing homework seems like more of a chore than anything else. So, by the time my homework was done, I’ve been passed out in bed within 5 minutes after completion.

Another reason for my absence is family/brother-related. I spent the last few days making his invitations for his grad party, attending final concerts, figuring out what to buy him for his 18th birthday on Monday [still unsuccessful on this front], etc.

With the list of changes in my life including [but not limited to] everything going on above, plus a new job and a new phone, we have now added new car to the list!

Today, I said goodbye to my very first car *sheds tear* and upgraded to this beauty!

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One of my dad’s good friends is my car dealer, and he had texted me a week or so ago saying there was a 2016 Accord Coupe on the lot that they were looking to get rid of. He told me the deal, sent me some pics via text, and I committed to the purchase before even seeing this car in person [or driving it]. Somewhat terrifying, I know. But exciting is definitely a more appropriate word to choose!

I have so far only done so much as drive it home from the dealership, to dinner, and to the store down the street and I am already so in love and ready to show it off to everyone I know. If you need me, I’ll be living in my car for the next 60 years of my life!

As far as my absence goes, I am sorry. Just trying to get a hold of my life over here! I hope you can forgive me. xoxo.

Fri-yay!

Did anyone else’s week completely drag so far that they feel like they have completed an entire year? No? Just me? Well, alrighty then.

This week, while exciting, lasted forever. I don’t know if it was my lack of sleep from this weekend and roadtripping or being overwhelmed by school and new job things, but let me tell you, I am absolutely ecstatic that today is Friday and tomorrow I get a break.

So many good things have happened between Sunday and now; my brother’s team won states, I started my new job, I passed my certifications, etc. etc. I won’t bore you with the details. But I also cannot shake this exponential tired feeling. I have fallen asleep so early that I am wondering how it is even remotely possible that I even have one ounce of exhaustion left in me.

Hopefully, I can catch up on some relaxation tomorrow. All I really have going for me is getting an oil change in my car. And figuring out whether or not I want to chop all my hair off *like the pics below*. [SIDENOTE: What do you think?? Should I do it??]

I hope your Friday and your weekend is filled with good times, good music, good food, and good moods. Now, time to relax. xoxo.

 

One chapter closes.

Guys, I know I have been talking about it for what seems like forever now, but the day has officially arrived [and finished as of 3pm today]…..I never have to work at the mall ever again.

It was somewhat bittersweet leaving a job that I have been at most of my young-adult life, but more than anything, I was am so beyond excited to leave this experience behind. I know there are so many great things ahead of me and I have never felt more ready than I am now to start on this journey.

I walked into work this morning to a plethora of Panera Bread catering [*swoons*], presents, and cards and the first thing I thought of was, foooooood. Some of my favorite customers came in today. And I made it through a shift without a customer nonchalantly yelling at me over a coupon or telling me I do not know my company’s corporate policies *rolls eyes* which made today pretty great.

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I have worked with such a solid core these last 4 years – my management team welcomed me with open arms and my employees, although some came and went, have all become like family to me.

I now have the next 5 days off to go to Long Island, and I start my new job on Monday! So, cheers to me and having some time to finally maybe relax and focus on my school and on myself. Major pat on the back to myself, but hey, I think I deserve it. xoxo.

Firsts turn into lasts.

I’m approaching this weird time in my life where everything is coming to an end. It mostly revolves around my brother being a soon-to-be-graduating senior in high school.

Two nights, we had another “last” in this lifetime full of firsts. Since the age of 7 he has played hockey; from house to select to travel to high school, it has been something I’ve been a part of religiously for these last 11 years.

One of our most-visited rinks these last years was Hockey Outlet in the Wheatfield area. Last night, we had our last experience there. It is crazy to think that something so familiar is soon to be something of the past.

Last night, my brother and his girlfriend went off to their last school dance before prom. I remember going to that same dance what seems like 2,487 years ago thinking that we had a long time before things started to change. And honestly, you don’t. [SIDENOTE: Can we take a moment to talk about how they’re the cutest couple?!]

These next few weeks and months are going to bring about some huge life changes for our family dynamic. Having a sibling want to go on his own, states away, to accomplish great things with his life is both a blessing and a curse. How do you know everything will somewhat stay the same? You don’t.

Cheers to more final moments to a great kid. Let’s finish this thing strong. xoxo.

 

The highs + lows of insomnia. 

blue-cartoon-moon-night-favim-com-1176403Day 4 of this blog writing thing and, as you can see, I’ve changed it up a bit! Welcome to my new blog!!

This all came to me last night when I couldn’t sleep. For lord knows what reason, yesterday was one of those days that dragged on – I was tired, couldn’t wait to leave work and lay in bed, etc. Now that’s all fine and dandy until it came time for normal people to actually sleep and there I am..wide awake.

I sat there contemplating all of the different reasons as to why I could possibly be awake when I was so tired all day long. I hadn’t had a coffee since before work, didn’t consume loads of sugar before bed. I had no distractions, I was laying there in the pitch black mentally screaming to myself “whyyyyyyyy!”

So, instead of wasting away precious hours of my youth, I was up until 3AM *yawn* researching different/easy to use blog sites and then began creating this page! There are still some things I’d like to tweak, but for now I am so excited!! Who doesn’t love a lil’ pop of color or being able to see my shining face on screen?!

I have uploaded all of my previous posts onto this site so everything is in one place. To everyone who has been reading what I’ve had to say so far, thank you! I appreciate you and can’t wait to keep this thing going. xoxo.