Travel Recap: Miami, FL

Holiday vacation is the best way to end a year and start a new one. I went home for 2 1/2 weeks and it was GLORIOUS. It was amazing to see family, friends, and be back in the city I was born and raised. My heart was so filled to see that everyone is in a really good place. Although it is always hard to say goodbye, I truly left feeling so satisfied and blessed. I am beyond fortunate to have the support group I have. So many times we take advantage of the things around us – I told myself this trip that I would make every little second count. I think I did alright – from late night conversations with the parentals to sleepless nights with friends smashing grilled cheese, listening to records and sipping on coffee (or wine).

Life is a beautiful gift. Spend it with the people you love, the ones that inspire you, the ones that make you better, the ones that stretch you and make you see things different.

Cheers to new adventures in 2017.

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Budget Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

 

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  1. Keep Not Settling travel tumbler
  2. Infinity scarf
  3. Skyline print
  4. Honey jar
  5. City art print
  6. Pajama pants
  7. Gym bag
  8. Pineapple matches
  9. Keep Not Settling mug
  10. David’s Tea The Best of 2016
  11. Fujifilm Instax Mini
  12. Orbit Basic Turntable 
  13. Sleepy Wakey Bambi

Hey, Fall, Hey

I’m not ready to say this but its time to layer up. I wish it was still summer but I know many are anxiously awaiting cooler days. So its time to swap out some sandals for ankle boots and tanks tops for turtlenecks.

Things for 2016

Learning and growing are important to me. I long to improve and become better in all aspects of my life. Every year I aim to bloom wherever planted. In addition to that life goal, I added 3 other things I’d like to accomplish in 2016. Nothing too cray…

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  1. Taking the time to explore, getting lost in nature or a city and making new memories is so rewarding. I love traveling and on occasion I want to drop everything and just backpack through the world. Last year I calmed my travel itch by booking a number of weekend trips in the US. This year, I’m hoping to go abroad – to be inspired by people, culture and beauty.
  2. I’ve put this one-off long enough. This year, I intend to start my MBA. First things first … study for the GMAT. Yaaaay…
  3. I’m a firm believer that the less you own the less that owns you. It’s time to declutter and free up some space so that I only have the things I absolutely need. Wish me luck.

Holiday Recap: Miami, FL / Gatlinburg, TN / Charleston, SC

The holidays are officially over and well… it’s quite sad. I spent 2 solid weeks surrounded by family and friends – which was soooo refreshing. I’m beyond blessed to have wonderful people in my life that support and encourage me to be my best self. Here are a few photos of my time in Miami, Gatlinburg and Charleston.

While in Miami I caught up with family and friends, visited my brother at work, shopped til I dropped, ate delicious meals, hung out, rang in the new year dancing, blew up fireworks and released Chinese lanterns. I never made it out to the beach which is unfortunate but that’s alright. Most importantly I spent a lot of quality time with my parents whom I love more than anything. It gets harder and harder to say goodbye to them…

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We tried something new this year and spent Christmas in Gatlinburg, TN. We usually hang in Miami for Baby Jesus’ birthday but not this year! Instead we decided to pack our bags and drive 13 hours north to hang out in a beautiful cabin. There’s something really great about being in the middle of nowhere with the ones you love. During our time in Gatlinburg, we prayed, ate, played games, walked through town, watched movies, jumped in the hot tub, rocked matching pajamas (I know, how cute are we?) and went for a hike. All in all it was quite a memorable experience. Oh! and we found out my sister and brother-in-law are expecting!

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On our drive back to Miami, we decided to make a stop in Charleston, SC to rest. We didn’t see much of Charleston but I’m sure I’ll be back. Maybe I’ll plan a girls trip…

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Hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter and adventure.

Happy 2016!

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