Luck o’ the Irish

As anyone who knows me well can tell you (or if you noticed around Valentine’s), I love any excuse to be festive. And the third festive event of the calendar year is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day! It also happens to be the birthday of one of my dear friends, so there has always been more than one reason to celebrate, and definitely a party to be had 😉

This year, however, I may not be able to get into a bar after work (what with the crowds and lines etc), so the festivities on my end are going to be quite low-key (perhaps a green nail polish and some gold eyeshadow). But I got to thinking about something other than green beer: “The Luck O’ the Irish.” Continue reading

Spring Forward

Daylight savings time has once again graced us with an extra hour of sunshine (and an earlier wake-up time). The snow and the cold look to be letting up, and we could be on the homestretch towards spring!

As you all know by now, this year I’m really making an effort to pay attention to myself
and to take time for things that will help me to be the best that I can be. I’ve been itching to get out of the city for a few months, and today I finally took the opportunity to go to the mountains.  Continue reading

International Women’s Day

As I’m sure you’ve heard countless times today, March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to commemorate the activists and movements that championed and still strive for women’s rights all around the world. From fighting for the right to vote (in stages, because I know full well that it wasn’t (and still isn’t) an immediately equitable process anywhere in the world), to campaigning for the rights of domestic workers and striving for equal pay for equal work, women have a history of seeing injustice and organizing to fight for their rights. It started before First Wave Feminism, and it will continue passed today’s “Wave,” but it’s amazing to see just how many people around the world are willing to join in the movement today. People came out in record breaking numbers to attend Women’s Marches worldwide. Though it’s as contentious a word as ever, most of the people I know call themselves feminists. People are realizing that the Future is Female and that women’s voices are integral in a progressive society.  Continue reading

Daddy’s Girl

As the weekend draws to a close, I have my feet up and I’m reflecting on the past few days.

I work weekends, and today I worked a split shift in the morning and evening, so the weekend has been pretty full. What was different about this weekend was the ample amount of time I spent with my dad. Continue reading

Getting the Ball Rolling

The first of any month always gives me a bit of a boost; a renewed resolve to actually do something with my “blank slate.” Of course, when the calendar changes, be it for a new month or new year, nothing major or tangible actually changes. But I like the idea of something “on paper” to use for accountability and inspiration for getting things done and going after goals or dreams, new ventures and adventures.

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The 89th Academy Awards

It’s that day again! Celebrities are walking the Red Carpet, nominees are trying to not crumple their acceptance speech notes (just in case) and prepping for what could be the biggest moment in their careers, and we’re tuned in from home.

Bottles have been popped, cheese and charcuterie board has been made, and my red-carpet red lip has been applied.  I love the spectacle of the Academy Awards.  Continue reading

“Change Grows Here”

I am a firm believer in the importance of giving back and sharing good fortune with others. My parents instilled this in me from a young age, and it’s something I’ve held on to. Whether it’s giving money, resources, secondhand clothes or appliances, or your time, it can be such a little thing that makes a huge difference in someone’s day or even life.

It is so easy to get so caught up in our own worlds that we forget to look around and see how others are doing. It’s also easy to find yourself at home on a day off longing to do absolutely nothing. I don’t blame anyone for the former, and you know I don’t think there is anything wrong with the latter. But when we get in ruts where the only approaches we’re taking to life are selfish and lazy, that becomes an issue.

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