Alcatraz is equally as cool & creepy as I remembered it to be.
Last Thursday, we boarded a ferry to the island and spent the following two hours on a tour of the site.
Listening to the voices of past wardens while peeking inside cells that once held prisoners on the most wanted list resulted in chills & little talking.
I’m not sure why I thought walking into the solitary confinement cell would be a good idea, but I did, and I don’t think I’d do it again.
Thank goodness it was a beautiful morning in San Francisco — it made the unsettling feeling a little more tolerable.
3 years ago, I stood in this exact spot during a 7-hour interview process.
3 years & a few days later, I received a rejection letter.
Monday night, i returned to a work place where I once envisioned a future, only this time, it was to host a national meeting for the job i now can’t imagine life without.
I always want to believe that when things don’t work out how i imagine, they’ll turn out for the best.
& while it is not always the case, when it comes to my current work situation, it really is.
i’ve worked retail & have many of those paychecks hanging in my closet.
i’ve stayed at a start-up company that didn’t make me truly happy or even a little bit fulfilled,
& i’ve taken jobs for paychecks knowing full well i wouldn’t enjoy one second of them.
& yet, given my past, i still trust those experiences have only made this current one that much sweeter.
Monday night brought that realization to the forefront of all my thoughts— i am so thankful for that.
i love designer bags, but i do not love them under my eyes.
so, imagine my delight when i started using this product a month ago & instantaneously fell in love.
a swipe under each eye (or an inverted triangle if you’re fancy), a gentle pat into the skin & POOF!, circles be gone!
when it comes to make-up, & products in general, i’m really not too picky, but this is one crucial step in my morning i won’t be without.
because i love stripes and because i love my mama, here’s a picture we snapped (& shared) a few days ago when we realized we could single handedly strip off our clothes & stock a shelf full of striped clothes.
you’re welcome for that visual.
but seriously, between my papa making a visit to the ER on Tuesday night (he’s on the mend!) & Bentley’s vet visit yesterday (she’s on the mend!), trivial things quickly become the least of my concerns.
my family is everything, and nothing serves as a better reminder than banning together to bring healthiness back to the forefront for all parties involved.
Jerrell Freeman, linebacker for the Colts, was our guest of honor at Wednesday’s Colts kick-off luncheon.
This was my 2nd year attending the event and I decided that no Colt would be a disappointment, but knowing the one sitting beside you was a definite plus.
It’s pretty surreal to be three tables away from the star quarterback, 30 feet away from a coach proudly supported by an entire city, and in the same room as guys hailing from all over the United States hoping to hoist a trophy at the end of the season.
Tonight, final roster cuts occur and I can’t wait to know which 53 guys will be representing our beloved nap town!
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward
It’s been one year (!!!) since I walked into my new role, and not a day has gone by that I haven’t felt a tremendous sense of gratitude for the work i do, for the people by my side, and for the moments that leave me questioning, “is this really work?”
it’s been 12 months filled with tremendous opportunities & growing experiences, & i am so grateful to be apart of such a wonderful team.
(picture taken 08/26/13)