Hello Spring

And see ya later winter.

It’s been a low key winter for the most part, which included a lot of hibernating. And to be honest – it was beyond needed. Call it the season I was in, or whatever you’d like, but I was feeling a little more introverted than usual and needed some quiet especially after a crazy holiday season.

But February wasn’t going to end quietly, especially the last week. A brief breakdown of the week: 5 year Cancer-versary. Focus Group for work. ADDY Awards. Jump Back Ball.

To celebrate being cancer-free officially, we had some bubbles at work and then it was off to dinner and drinks with friends at one of my favorite locations – Hodge’s. While I was bummed Chris couldn’t be there, the team at Hodge’s brought back Raspberry Thyme which is one of my most fave drinks.

Work Bubbles

Work Bubbles

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Erin, Alex and Kimberly 

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Matt!

Coworkers and clients. But more like friends.

Coworkers and clients. But more like friends.

Where's the whistle?!

Where’s the whistle?!

 

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This girl. Wouldn’t be where I am without her.

Laughs were had. Tears almost happened, thanks to a speech by Jess and all in all it was a night to breath and realize that’s behind me.

More on the ADDY Awards and Jump Back Ball later. I mean, my feet are still recovering and I’m watching Chef Symon on All Star Academy.

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Screw You Cancer

Five years ago, at the crack of dawn when I was highly drugged up and talking nonsense about the operating room not looking like Grey’s Anatomy’s set, my surgeon and thyroid doctor cut my cancer out of my throat. A surgery that went more than a couple hours longer than it was supposed to (thank you tumor for wrapping yourself around my vocal cords) and that included having to stay at my parents until I could lift my head and eat somewhat solid foods.

New normal has included thyroid supplement pills, more doctors appointments than I think I had in my first 27 some years of life before the C-word, Google searching every symptom I have possibly had, learning how to understand my blood tests, not passing out at blood work anymore, not freaking out over the scar on my neck and accepting new normal.

But today…I celebrate. With friends and dinner at one of my favorite places. I’m sure bubbles will be had. And while there’s always still a chance the C-word returns, this feels like a milestone worth celebrating.

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Sober January

Yes, that’s right. It was a sober January.

My best friend and I took the month off from drinking in order to detox, lose weight and save money. Believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad. Though I’m not going to lie, there were a few stressful work days where I really wanted a glass of wine. And the day when in a team meeting with five guys all drinking bourbon…that was a tough one (yes, I’m a bourbon girl).

The upside to sober January? I actually slept pretty okay. Of course, there were days when insomnia took over but at this point, I’m pretty used to that. I did save some money. I stayed in mostly, which I tend to do anyway in winter months (I hibernate too). And I was able to get a ton more done.

And with an insane February – between work, JBB and the ADDY Awards – the break was sort of needed.

But now…

Pour me a glass of wine :)

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A JBB Guide

Somehow January has come and gone and February is here. Which means a lot of things: more Cavs games…ADDY Awards…Happy Hours (now that Sober January is over)…and of course, Jump Back Ball 2015.

I’m actually somewhat ahead of schedule with JBB planning. This year, I’ve decided to Rent the Runway once again (as I did last year) but the theme this year does allow for plenty of options. Go dressy or don some Back to the Future gear for the night.

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Shoes: be prepared to dance. As Carrie and I did…on stage…(oops). I haven’t yet picked out a pair of heels to wear with my dress but I remember how bad my feet hurt the day after JBB. Lucky for me the ADDY Awards are two days before so for multiple days I’ll have sore feet. Such is life.

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Food: Make sure to come early enough to nibble on whatever delicious menu Chef Hodge is coming up with. That’s right – Driftwood Catering is again in charge of the menu. Last year, Jess and I were able to catch up while having dinner on the stage…before the dancing started.

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Misc: Since we all will be drinking (again, two days after the ADDYs…I’m going to be going all out and having a great time), think through where to stay and how to get around.

All in all…I’m beyond excited and ready for another great year at JBB! Who will I see there?

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Love Me Like You Do

Obsessed with this song. Obsessed with Ellie. She can do no wrong in my eyes.

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I May Be An Introvert.

A few months ago, all of my coworkers and I took a personality test and I don’t think anyone was surprised by mine. At all. Especially when you take into consideration the fact that my boss has called me “Oprah” many times.

I’m (apparently and usually) ENFJ. Just like Oprah, Obama, Ben Aflleck and Matthew McConaughey (I don’t know why that one makes me laugh so hard, but it does). Yes, usually I’m extremely extroverted. Usually my social calendar is full (nothing actually makes me happier as the planner I am than my day planner having notes all over it).

But this month – no go. I think I’ve officially become introverted over the last four weeks. My calendar has been pretty open (minus work or AAF commitments) and I’ve been spending more and more nights at home which I’ve actually enjoyed. I’ve read two books for book club so far and are excited to be starting two more. I’ve been able to a actually attempt to sleep when my insomnia isn’t acting up. And I’m spending some quality time reflecting back on some past decisions that maybe were not that smart. I’ve also started going back to church and started a new Sunday tradition with my bestie and her kids and family.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m going to be back. I mean next month I have the ADDY Awards and Jump Back Ball all in one fabulous (stressful), fun-filled weekend. But in the meantime, I think I’m going to continue to enjoy the peace and quiet of this month.

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Life Fears

It’s not often that I get super deep and personal on this blog. Nothing against anyone that reads my blog, but those conversations tend to be with the three people I trust most.

However, 2015 has me thinking.

And by thinking, I mean has me scared outta my mind about certain life fears.

The biggest being my absolute desire, need, want to have a baby. I’m hardly getting younger here (almost 32) and when my doctor laid it on me at the end of 2014 that getting pregnant, yet alone maintaining a pregnant, was going to be difficult, I started freaking out. (Thank you again thyroid cancer for continuing to be a real pain in my ass…five years after the fact.) Apparently when you have an unbalanced thyroid, that continues to fluctuate, that’s going to cause issues when I am ready to have a baby.

It’s weird…I never thought I wouldn’t be a mom. And the thought/realization that maybe I may not has me absolutely terrified. Ask Shaunte, Jess or Monina. These poor women have to hear it from me often but always reassure me I’m not as old as I think I am (thank goodness). And yes, I know there are other ways to have children and it’s not that I’ve closed those options off, but deep down I’ve always wanted to experience a pregnancy and actually give birth (more than likely with some pain meds).

Facebook tends to be a huge trigger for me. All of the babies and ultrasounds and cuteness. It’s way too much for me and my ovaries and clock at this point and time. Seeing friends who are so insanely happy can tend to bring out my jealousy and I need help keeping this in check.

So with that all said and with me being more vulnerable than usual, what’s your current life fear?

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Ringing in 2015

As I mentioned, this year was the complete opposite as far as New Year’s Eve celebrations went. And I’m not complaining at all. I was able to spend the beginning of the year with some of my favorite people, relaxing, laughing and catching up.

Included:

Cavs game with Monina and her daughter, A. To quote Monina, “It’s the start of the New Year and of course, we’re going back to where it always starts for us – Hodge’s”. Mo and I have been going to Hodge’s for years for deep conversations, glasses of wine and many, many laughs. There are some days where I don’t know what I’d do without Mo in my life.

So the Cavs didn't win, but we had fun, that's all that matters.

So the Cavs didn’t win, but we had fun, that’s all that matters.

I watched T. Swift ring in the New Year and was happily in bed by 12:30. Like I said, opposite of last year and I am not complaining.

On the last day of holiday break, I spent the entire evening with a few people that mean the absolute most to me. My extended family if you will. We laughed, gave each other advice, watched the Buckeyes head to the National Championship and planned a summer vacation together (North Carolina 2015…here we come!) I can’t think of a better way to spend a night than with these people.

Can you tell we're best friends?

Can you tell we’re best friends?

Family.

Family.

Sistas!

Sistas!

Heading back to work on Friday was a bit difficult but I’m not going to lie – I need my routine back! I like waking up early and being in the office (#workaholic) and when your coworkers are more like family, it makes things much easier. We had team brunch together, cleaned up the office, listened to some T. Swift while preparing ADDY entries…all in all not a bad way to kick the New Year with the team off.

And to wrap up the weekend? A Lake Erie Monsters game with Jen (thanks J.G.!)

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No complaints as we’re starting off 2015!

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2015 Resolutions

So I didn’t do awful on my 2014 resolutions so let’s see how 2015 goes.

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Here are a few things that I’m planning on for 2015:

1. Not go out as often and save money. Looking at my bank account, I realized I went out way too much this past year. And as a girl that’s looking to purchase a home in the next 2-3 years, that needs to slow down. Luckily I have some friends looking to do the same so hopefully we keep each other in check.

2.  Not look back on what could have been or what was. This is going to be a tough one. Especially with some recent changes but I think it’s the healthiest decision to make.

3. Disconnect once a month. I’m not going to lie – this one is going to be difficult. But I’m starting to realize how badly I need to  disconnect from work emails, social media, etc. Not just for a break, but also to help with my sleep habits. I know that my insomnia tends to be stress related so anything I can do to help with that is going to be important.

4. For real, work on that book that I want to write.

5. And seriously, plan a vacation. On my to visit list: Boston, Dallas, Seattle. If I can make one of these trips happen this year I’d be happy. Add NYC to see The Chew to this list too (though that one may take a little more work).

6. Continue to put experiences over things. Yes, I’m the girl that will drop $$ to go to the Cavs home opener, or a playoff game. But those experiences are memories that I’ll have forever. I’d like to continue to do that in the upcoming year (with the balance of saving money along the way).

7. Send handwritten notes. I know how much they mean to me when I get a thank you or when my mentor has sent me a “I’m proud of you” note. It can be time consuming but in 2015, I want to send one person a month a note. Totally possible.

8. Make spin class a priority. I feel a million times better after going to spin class yet still can always make excuses as to why not to go (Browns game, work, reality TV that I feel I need to live tweet along with).

9. Spend time with those that matter most. Even if it’s just a half hour for coffee or a dinner at home. I need to learn to say work can wait for a bit and make time with friends and family.

10. Avoid canoes. At all costs. It’s time to move on from that.

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What are you planning on doing in 2015 that maybe you haven’t before? Bring it on 2015…Bring. It. On.

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Resolutions From This Year

So earlier in the year, I wrote about things that I wanted from 2014. Check those out here.

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Let’s see how I did:
1. Spend more time with people that bring out the best in me – check. Did this. But along the way, needed to realize people that didn’t bring out the best in me. That’s a tough lesson…not gonna lie.
2. Say yes to things that scare me – check! Took a job that I knew was going to be a challenge and have loved every minute.
3. Volunteer more – mostly check. I changed some priorities around and ended up on the Executive Committee for AAF CLE. Something I’ve super passionate about.
4. Read more – eh. I could have done better. I did finish a few books throughout the year but wish I would have spent more time curled up with a good book.
5. Disconnecting from electronics – not even close to a check. Insomnia was still present in 2014 and my phone probably doesn’t help. Eh.
6. Start writing a book – nope. Still on the bucket list but just not there yet.
7. Write more – I think this is a check. I’ve been writing more on my blog, as well as a few work related blog posts.
8. Put my phone away when with my friends – check. I think I’ve done a good job of staying focused, except when I knew there was something work related going on that I needed to be “on call” for. I think that’s reasonable though.
9. Take a vacation – no check here. But it’s on the 2015 to do list – I promise!
10. Start saving money – mostly check. Had a couple of things pop up that I didn’t plan on this year but for the most part I was able to be smart about finances. This will stay on the 2015 list.
11. Anna’s juice cleanse – eh….I only did it once. But I know I need to more. I do feel better post-cleanse. I just need to make it a priority.
12. CLE Events – check, check, check. Cleveland and I had another love affair to remember in 2014. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2015.

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