“Do Everything in Love”

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

I can’t think of two people who have lived their lives relating more to this verse.  My grandparents are pillars of what I believe God intended for us in terms of loving others.  They have always loved everyone around them unconditionally, and it’s truly inspiring.

On Monday, my grandfather passed away.  Luckily the majority of my family could be with them, and in his last days, it was so apparent how much of an impact he had on so many others.  I know he is now in a much better place, and had 90 years of a life very well lived.  He also had 67 years of marriage, which is truly remarkable.

From as far as I can remember, my grandparents have hated being apart.  And when I say being apart, I don’t mean in other parts of the county; rather I mean in other parts of the room.  Now that I think about it, I don’t ever remember them being apart, other than in two cases.  One was once a year on Black Friday when the girls went shopping and one that day, he couldn’t stay farther away (understandably).  Although my grandma would come with us, that didn’t stop her from calling several times throughout the day to check on him.  The other was in the morning when he’d drive up and buy doughnuts for us or bring back breakfast.  Regardless, they did NOT like being apart.

If my grandpa was getting in or out of the car, instead of focusing on actually getting in or out, he’d be yelling “Where’s Mom? Where’s Mom?” and we’d have to fuss at him to worry about himself before worrying about her, which he never did.

I’ve never seen my grandparents fight and the only time they argued when was one of them was putting the other first (ie. the car or Grandpa getting in and out of his chair.)  Sometimes you’d just get frustrated because you want them to take care of themselves and they couldn’t do that because they were more worried about each other.

I am sad to say that as I grew up, I didn’t get to see my grandparents very often.  They were two hours away and once I moved to the East Coast, it became even more difficult.  But the past year and a half, I got to stay with them two different weekends and even as an adult, sleepovers at Nina and Grandpas were always the best.  Those weekends will be just as cherished as the weeks away at their house when we were kids.  I also couldn’t be there this week to say my goodbyes, which was really difficult.  But a lot of our family could, and I know that’s exactly what he needed.

I’ll never forget getting out of the bathtub was I was a little girl, and sitting on Grandpa’s lap in my towel and getting him all wet.  I also won’t forget watching two people kiss goodnight and hold each other tight (even if one of us kids was in the bed with them!)  I am so grateful to have been blessed with two amazing people, and watching the greatest portrayal of love I’ve ever seen.  I only pray that I have a fraction of the love that they have had.

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“True love doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth it.” – Darlene Schacht

 

A Birthday Wish

Today I want to wish a VERY Happy Birthday to my older brother, Derek.

A Cop and His Dalmations, Wine Tasting in Sonoma, Upstage Event in Tahoe and the Colts game with our family (I won't comment on the middle one)

A Cop and His Dalmations, Wine Tasting in Sonoma, Upstage Event in Tahoe and the Colts game with our family (I won’t comment on the middle one)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard sometimes to put in to words my love for him, especially after all of the years of him tormenting me, beating me up, and refusing I talk to his friends (we’re 18 months apart so this was difficult for me).  Regardless of how mean he USED to be, we’ve grown very, very close over the past several years (I think it was one of the things my Dad sought over) and I couldn’t be more proud to call him not only a brother, but one of my best friends.  We’ve even worked together, which most people thought would never work (so far I can report we’re still both alive.)

I’ve seen him more this year than I have the past 5 years since he moved to San Francisco (I’ve been there twice, we both went to Indianapolis) and this weekend he’s finally visiting ME in New York!  I can’t wait to celebrate and give him one of those (annoying) hugs he always loves!

Happy Birthday, Derek.  I love you!

I’m Back! (And in a new city!)

I realize that it’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted on here! I have had a lot of major life changes over the past few months (which is not an excuse but led me to stray from updating more often). But I’m happy to say I’m back and going to make more of an effort to keep this going.

So here is what’s happened over the past few months:

I left my job, apartment and relationship in DC and packed up and moved to NYC! I have wanted to live in New York since I was 12 so I finally felt like now was the time to do so! It was such a huge leap of faith but one that I couldn’t be happier about!

This city is truly one of the most spectacular places in the world. I have only been here a few months but I think I fall more and more in love each and every day.

I have a new job which started as a freelance event producer for different companies (I got to work with Bose and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum in the first few weeks of being here) and now I’m working for an Event Production company. It’s been so great (and challenging in a good way) and also has allowed me to do quite a bit of traveling since I can work from anywhere a lot of the time.

I felt for so long that I was missing something and I think it turns out that New York was what I was missing. So here’s to a new chapter of my life (and a lot more posts to come!)

(And here are some of my favorite NY pictures so far)

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Valentine’s Day Gifts {Under $100}

It’s just a week until Valentine’s Day and this is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not in the sense that it’s a day when you can brag about your relationship (or how you’re single and hate the day) but more so a time to show people how much you love them. This year I sent “surprise” gifts to all of my family members. (Even if they’re reading this they won’t know what the gifts are), which is the first time I’ve done this. It’s also the first time I haven’t had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day so I decided to make it special in a different way!

Here are some fun, cute, and cheap gifts for friends, coworkers, family members, or significant others. Hope you enjoy my 10 favorite ideas:

Valentines Day Gifts

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Inauguration Weekend

This was a HUGE weekend for me, as it was my first Inauguration in DC (and coincidentally the biggest events of my career thus far).  I love DC but this weekend just reminded me how great the city is, the people are, and how lucky I’ve been to have ended up here.  There were many times throughout the weekend that I just stopped and needed to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe how lucky I am.  Although I’m absolutely exhausted today, it was totally worth it.

I think my favorite part of the weekend had to be with Kate Walsh, at Artists Making an Impact, which I coordinated at O Y A.  I helped her fix her dress, and got to spend some time with her (she even called me a Godsend!)  I took a photo with her and told her how happy my mother would be (which she was).  She was so sweet and down to earth!

Here are some highlights of the weekend:

Rosario Dawson at the Voto Latino event at OYA, our group that went to the mall to watch the speech, Artists and Athletes Alliance Reception, Wilmer Valderrama at OYA, and Kate Walsh and I at OYA (with Malin Akerman in the back!)

Rosario Dawson at the Voto Latino event at O Y A, our group that went to the mall to watch the Inauguration, Artists and Athletes Alliance Reception, Wilmer Valderrama at O Y A, and Kate Walsh and I at O Y A (with Malin Akerman in the back!)

 

 

 

Wednesday: Weddings!

I am SO excited because one of my best friends since middle school is ENGAGED!! And even more exciting, she’s asked me to be a bridesmaid!!!

This is the first wedding I’ll be in and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Brittany was the first one to show me how to truly chase around a boy…and even more so, to make them chase after her.  We had books with quotes, poems and “AIM” comebacks for the ones that broke our hearts.  I always went to Brittany’s when I knew I wanted to stay out late or sneak off to see a boy (circa 6th grade).

She’s finally found The One, and he is an amazing guy…and very lucky to say the least!  I can’t wait for the upcoming months and all of the planning!

Here’s how she asked me to be part of her special day:

The most fun puzzle I've ever put together!

The most fun puzzle I’ve ever put together!

My Best Friend’s {Moving}

When I moved to DC two and a half years ago, I knew I was going to love it immediately.  I figured I’d make new friends but I didn’t realize the extent of some of those friendships.  I met Ally (via social media and some mutual friends) and we instantly became pretty inseparable.

Over our friendship the last 2 years, we’ve traveled the country together (Vegas, Coachella, New York, the Hamptons, Charlottesville, Ocean City to name a few) and have had countless happy hours, dinners, sleepovers (yes, as adults) and been through career changes, break ups, holidays and so many more things in between.  She’s the best “plus 1” I’ve ever had for events, including ones with Adrian Grenier or Hayden Panetierre.

I can honestly say that she has kept me sane for the past two years (and also even swung me to become a little bit more of a tequila fan) and taught me that setting your own style is only done by taking risks (like floral pants, velvet slippers and furry “pimp-like” coats that only SHE could pull off).  Friends like her don’t come easily…but they do go (just physically) to New York, in her case.  I had some of our friends together last night to celebrate Ally’s next chapter, which I know she’ll be great in!

Good luck Ally, to such an amazing friend, and partner-in-crime.  Love you!!

Just a few of the MANY photos we've taken together! :)

Just a few of the MANY photos we’ve taken together! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I am also now accepting applications for replacement best friends…jk)