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Long time, no talk! I’ve been looking forward to our coffee chat for quite some time. Let’s grab a beverage, skip the small talk, and catch up!
DRINK OF CHOICE – Currently trying to eliminate as much caffeine as possible because of my anxiety. I’m super into beet juice and peppermint tea right now.
CELEBRATING – A lot! If you’re on my email list, you know my big news – I got a promotion! I work in an industry that often requires moving for growth opportunities, so to be able to grow in my office is a dream come true.
I’m also celebrating my parents this week! My dad’s birthday was Monday, and my mom’s birthday is tomorrow. Happy birthday! I love y’all!
And you’ll read more about this in travel, but I’m also celebrating my brother. He is being recruited to run by some incredible schools, and his maturity through this entire process is mind blowing.
TRAVEL – I feel like I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home. I spent the last few days of September at Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg for a conference, then went straight to Indianapolis for a few days to visit my dad.
I spent all of last week (Saturday to Saturday) traveling the Northeast with my family. We started in New Haven, Connecticut, which I fell in love with. Yale’s campus is straight out of a fairy tale; I ate so much good food, visited incredible museums (that were free!), shopped a little too much (including buying a foam finger… I do not recommend this because those things are finicky), and even visited Branford College, the residential college of Rory from Gilmore Girls. From there, we had our first Amtrak experience into NYC so that my brother could visit Columbia, and he took his first subway ride during rush hour. It felt great to be in the city, and we enjoyed a couple of days of shamelessly being tourists and eating lots of pizza. I loved that Columbia was tucked away in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. From there, we took a 4.5 hour bus ride to Ithaca to tour Cornell. There is definitely no shortage of absolutely gorgeous scenery up there. All three of the coaches were not only extremely qualified, but extremely kind and showed our family such hospitality.
This weekend, I’ll head to South Carolina for a Halloween party. At the end of next week, I’ll be heading to Nashville for a conference, then immediately fly out to New Orleans for a full week of continuing education. I hope to stay put for the rest of 2018 when I return from that trip.
- Read 12 books – I’m up to 10! Currently working on You are a Badass, Big Sexy Love (free with Kindle Unlimited), and The Widow Clicquot (free with Kindle Unlimited).
- Incorporate more natural products into my life – I’ve not been the best at this, and honestly, I’m okay with that. Medications were created for a reason, and while I don’t love taking medicine, I love that things like Lactaid allow me to have a bowl of homemade ice cream with my dad or eat as many $2 slices of pizza as my heart desires.
- Go on more fancy dates with my girlfriends – While I wouldn’t necessarily call our dates fancy, I’ve been squeezing in lots of time with my girlfriends. Our plans have gotten more spontaneous, as we often decide to grab dinner after a meeting or after running into each other out and about. But in this crazy season of life, that has been just as crazy for my friends, I can’t imagine getting through it without them.
- This brow pencil I found for $5 at a TJ Maxx in NYC
- This all natural deodorant that blows every other deo I’ve ever used out of the water (c/o) (Use code PARADISEPITS for 20% off! I plan on stocking up.)
- This product that makes my pores cooperate, recommended by the esthetician who saved my skin at the Margaritaville Spa
Time for my favorite part… I want to hear about you! How’s work or school?! What are you loving lately? Does it feel like fall yet where you live? What are you being for Halloween? I want to know it all!