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.

8 of 12, done!

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Holy crap, guys. It’s September 1st.

By the time this posts, I will be en route to Lake George, New York for the Labor Day weekend. This will be the last few days I have to relax before kick-starting into the new school year! As always, we will end August with a little recap of the month that has passed.

This month’s experiences included:

  • The end of summer session for my kiddos.
  • The final grad parties of the year.
  • A few days off for a mini-vacation.
  • Saying goodbye to my brother, his girlfriend, and my cousin as they went off to college.
  • Celebrating my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary.
  • Moving my brother into college in Akron, Ohio.
  • The beginning of my last semester of grad school. [!!!!!!]
  • Going to the Buffalo Bisons game and eating my first hot dog since age three.
  • Working a couple weeks of summer camp.
  • Going to Canandaigua, New York.
  • Winning for the first time at Bingo.

The month of August was one that, I think, my entire family really dreaded. A lot of changes occurred throughout this month, and some of us have been more effected than others. Nonetheless, the month really was a great end to summer and a good welcoming into the fall season, and there are many things that I have to look forward to during the month of September!

What are some of your hilights for the month of August?! 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. 

6 out of 12, done! [4 days late…oops!]

July

Well, folks, we made it. We are halfway through 2017. Who would’ve thought?!

I feel like June for everyone tends to be a crazy month between the last days of school, graduations, summer starting, parties, nicer weather, etc. etc. For me, June didn’t even seem like it happened. I erased my dry-erase calendar and changed it from June to July and I was flabbergasted as to how we just made it through another month. But, hey, we did!

Looking back, in regards to my personal life, June brought:

  • Endless [and I mean, endless] amounts of graduation parties
  • Celebrating Father’s Day with my family
  • The end of the school year for my students
  • Receiving my new class list and re-decorating my classroom
  • Beginning of summer camp
  • A day-trip to Erie, PA to go to an indoor water park and restaurants that you cannot find here in WNY
  • The beginning of my summer class
  • Babysitting
  • My guinea pig’s first birthday [yes, we celebrated!]

I hope July brings bottomless margaritas, endless fireworks, and sandy bums to all my diehard readers. xoxo.

Oh, and happy birthday, America! You rock!

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3 out of 12, done!

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I feel like I start these monthly-recap posts off by always wondering the same thing…where the heck did that month go?! Today begins month 4 of 2017, and I am wondering, how?

This month, I completely slacked in terms of blogging. My personal life was a constant whirlwind between going to Long Island, starting a new job 45 mins after arriving home, going through mid terms and insanely huge school projects, and somehow finding time to breathe in the midst of all else that went on. I have been so busy that I haven’t even had 30 minutes to find time to spend with my best friend. It is insanely sad. And honestly, I didn’t feel very inspired and often lacked any creative topics to blog about, so I tended to push this priority aside. As for April, I promise to be better now that I have made my way into a new routine. [You all are my witnesses, here].

Some of March’s iconic worldwide events included [but are not limited to]:

  • The record-breaking celebration of International Women’s Day.
  • The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
  • The removal of South Korea’s President as per the Constitutional Court.
  • The beginning of the celebration of Lent.
  • The long awaited launch of Space X.
  • The death of Chuck Berry.
  • The madness that is the NCAA Division I Mens and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.

In regards to my personal life, this month I:

  • Traveled to Long Island to conclude my brother’s final-ever weekend of hockey, watching his team pull off an impressive tournament and championship win for the NYSAAU High School Championships.
  • Began training, passed certifications, and began my new job.
  • Fell in love with my new job.
  • Experienced a blizzard in the middle of March, followed by days of 50 and 60 degree weather.
  • Cut off all of my hair.
  • Watched my brother commit to the college of his choice.
  • Attended multiple banquets with my family, celebrating many accomplishments.

Thanks for the memories, March. Here’s to April! xoxo.

 

 

2 out of 12, done!

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How the heck is February already over?! I feel like I blinked and suddenly it is March 1st.

We are now onto our third month of 2017, and again, it seems like so much has happened this month! Some of the month’s most iconic events worldwide include:

  • North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a missile across the Sea of Japan.
  • North American blizzard hitting states across the country including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
  • A lunar eclipse
  • An attack on Afghanistan’s Supreme Court where 22 people were killed and 41 people were wounded.
  • A major tornado causing considerable damage to New Orleans and surrounding areas.
  • The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime to win the Super Bowl LI after overcoming a 25-point deficit.

In regards to my own personal life, I:

  • Still somewhat continued to religiously contribute to this blog, [minus a few days that school work and other aspects of life have overwhelmed me].
  • Completed my last day at my [now old] job, one I have been at the last 4 years of my life, thus closing that chapter.
  • Celebrated my brother’s accomplishments for his final year of hockey including his senior night, watching his team clinch the top spot in their division, and play Super Sunday at the Key Bank Center.
  • Celebrated my brother getting accepted to more colleges, making the total 3/3 [for now].
  • Celebrated my dad’s birthday and my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday with our loved ones.

It doesn’t seem like a lot happened, but hey, February is only 28 days! There are some big changes are coming my way for March 2017, and, I am ready. xoxo.

 

Here’s to a fresh start.

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This year, it seems like we experienced quite a bit of everything. Who could forget Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Academy Award, the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Queen Elizabeth turning 90, Donald Trump winning the United States Election, or the death of the now-famous gorilla Harambe? We experienced some tragedy — the outbreak of the Zika virus, the Orlando night club shooting, the controversial sentencing of Brock Turner, or the mutliple police shootings, just to name a few.

It may have started off as a sarcastic one-liner, but as we come closer to the end it really seems like “nobody was safe.” We lost [what feels like] so many icons this year — David Bowie, Nancy Reagan, Prince, Mohamed Ali, Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, Arnold Palmer, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher — staples of our childhood, and as we come closer to the end of 2016, the list is continuing to grow.

If there is one thing that we should take away from this year, it’s that anything is possible. While I do not know your own personal triumphs or sruggles that you may have had this year, I do know mine. And I can confidently say that this year shook me up, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Never in a million years did I expect this year to turn out the way it did. I overcame some pretty tough battles. I worked through the pain I was experiencing. I overcame my struggles with anxiety. I changed my life — joined a gym, fell more in love, enrolled at a new university, spent time with friends, cut my hair, changed my job, and started to focus on me.

I educated myself in the things that matter [well, to me at least]. I watched the first woman become a Presidential nominee, and watched a well-known celebrity win the token spot. I learned to embrace change. I learned to respect others and the differing opinions they have while standing up for myself and what I believe in. I partook in research, fieldwork, and internships to help individuals with developmental disabilities flourish in today’s soceity — something I stand so strongly for. I started looking and applying for new jobs in my field. I worked my ass off in school and was rewarded with a 3.9GPA; something I never thought was possible while juggling these multiple batons.

All that, and the most important thing remains. Although sometimes I got knocked down, I always got back up.

2016, thank you for the memories. And to 2017…you are 4 days away, and I am ready for you.

(PSA: My New Year’s resolution is to start blogging & to be more open about my personal experiences. Stay tuned!)