Month: June 2012

Halfway Through 2012

I can’t believe we are a little more than halfway through 2012 – or as I have dubbed it, the Year of Me – since I set lots of goals for myself this year and want to try for everything and anything! Where has the time gone? As the year is at its halfway point, I wanted to revisit some of the goals I created at the start of the year, to see how I’ve progressed, and to also list some of the things I’m looking forward to during the second part of the year.

This year I wanted to:

Buy my watch
Success! I had been saving for a while to get this particular watch and was able to purchase it in April. And I’m very happy I had the discipline to actually save for it rather just splurge one day.

Join the Jr. League
Another accomplishment!  I first went to a prospective new members meeting in January and we have now officially completed our new members project and will be full-fledged members come the Fall. I’m excited to join a committee and do some more good work in our community.

Get healthier
I think this is always a work in progress. At the beginning of the year I tried some Bar Method classes. While I did enjoy them (as much as I could through all the leg shaking!), it just wasn’t for me at this particular time. I think yoga is more my speed and I will be getting more involved with that again very soon.
I’m also trying to eat a more balanced diet and The Husband and I make it a point to cook at least a few nights a week (and there’s always leftovers!)

Keep blogging and also get some freelance writing jobs
I’ve done well on the blogging part and have also gotten my first paying freelance project! I finally set aside time to seek out and research various jobs, communities, networks, etc.  I have faith that things will continue to get bigger and better from here.

And now for some fun things I’m looking forward to in the second half of 2012:

We’re not doing a big European trip this year but we’re going to Chicago in August. We’re also planning on visiting Pittsburgh for the Steelers first home game (as it is against the Jets). I’ve never been there and am looking forward to getting a nice sandwich at Pramanti’s!

Relaxing by the pool
Our co-op complex has a really nice pool that I plan on lounging by at least once a week or more if I can. I’ll bring my chair, a good book and just relax.

The Fall
My favorite season and I would love to take a trip to the Cloisters as well as revisit Blue Hill at Stone Barns, The Culinary Institute of America and various other fun fall outdoor activities.

I always look forward to the holiday season, but this year feels like it will be extra special.

What are some things you’re looking forward to the rest of this year? How are your 2012 goals faring?

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The Written Word

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to write and that’s one of the many reasons I have this blog. I didn’t used to have all that much confidence in my writing ability – I think this may just be the perfectionist in me, but I was never one to think my writing could really take me anywhere.

I’ve been in the workforce for about 10 years now and I’ve always worked at small PR firms. And what were my main day-to-day activities? Writing. And I found that bosses, clients, media contacts, etc. all seemed to compliment me and think the pieces I wrote were really good. Now, I’m not saying this gave me a big head by any means, but I guess it did give me a bit of an ego boost – but more along the lines of thinking, hey this is something I’m good at, how can I pursue this in other ventures?

At my current job, I am the go-to writer when it comes to projects. I like this, as I definitely enjoy the writing process. But I also want to fulfill myself outside of my job and take on projects for myself. So I am happy to announce I just had my first paid writing assignment for a freelance job! Now, this may not sound like a huge deal, but it really is to me. It proves to me that this is something I can do and keep pursing down different avenues. I have lots of goals and ambitions towards writing and this is just the first step.

What are some of your long-term goals?

Five for Friday

Happy Friday! I can’t believe June is already half over – where is the time going??? At least that means summer is almost upon us. This week I’m looking forward to:

BBQ at a friend’s house

We’re celebrating a friend’s birthday this weekend and what a great way to kick off the unofficial start of summer than with the season’s first BBQ.

Dinner with parents

My parents are coming over on Sunday and we’re taking them to our favorite burger place for some good food and conversation.


I need to get some more summer clothes – I’m thinking lots of dresses to keep me cool and comfy all summer long.


I feel like I’ve been writing about this but haven’t had a chance to actually go. There’s a class this coming Tuesday night and I plan to be there and get back into the swing of things once and for all.


I feel like good things are happening and I just need to keep writing and keep pursuing. It will all come in good time.

Have a great weekend!

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Chicago, Chicago

We have officially booked our summer vacation. This year’s destination – Chicago! I’ve never been but have always been intrigued of going there. It’s another big city, has tons to do and sounds like a fun time. Things I’m looking forward to doing in Chicago:

Trying real deep dish pizza

I don’t think the one time I went to an Uno’s in NY counts. 😉 We’ll see how it compares to my beloved NY pizza.

Boating on the Chicago River

Mastering the Chicago subway system

Trying a waffle at Ann Sather’s

Shopping on the Miracle Mile

Chicago ghost tour!

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Navy Pier

And much more…

Do you have any must-see places in Chicago? Where are you going on your summer vacation?


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Five Years Gone By

Wow – I can’t believe it. Five years ago today, I met The Husband!  I was invited to see a friend’s band play at a bar near my apartment and when I got there, The Husband happened to be in the band.  They’re a group of five high school friends that just love to get together and create music.

We talked all night and the rest is history.

I remember it was a Thursday night and I walked over to Bar East on the Upper East Side. The band played their set and then we moved on to The East End Tavern where The (future) Husband and I had a really great, really easy, comfortable conversation.

Who knew then that five years in the future we would be married and building a wonderful life together. Thanks for the memories (that’s actually the name of one of the songs he wrote) and here’s to many, many more!!



Relaxing with a Good Read

Since summer is fast approaching, I’m starting to think about backyard BBQ’s, cool summer nights and lounging by the pool. And with pool lounging comes the need for a good book.  I love to read, so I am in need of a few good books to get me through the summer.  Here are some that I may have to put on my reading list.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. This is a fictionalized look into the marriage of Ernest Hemmingway and his wife Hadley. I’m certain their real-life romance was volatile enough.

The Darlings by Cristina Alger.  A look into the lives of a fictional, wealthy New York family involving scandals, crises, and financial ruin.  Just another typical Wednesday!

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.  I started reading this book about New Yorkers in the 1930’s a few months back but wasn’t able to finish before it was due back at the library. I need to revisit it this summer.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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