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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Weekend Recap

My friend, from Miami, of 14 years came to visit me in Ohio. It was a wonderful time spent talking, laughing, signing, cooking, hiking, and just overall goodness. I love having those people in your life that just get you – they know what you’re thinking and feeling before you even do. Here are a few photos of our time together. Already looking forward to her next visit.

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Life Lately According To My iPhone Photos

 

Steph’s Baby Shower

A few of my friends and sister are expecting — hooray for reproducing! It’s a very exciting time as it’s the first for some.

I got lucky and found a ridiculously inexpensive, direct flight to Miami in order to attend Steph’s baby shower this past weekend. A little background on friendship with Steph:

  •  We’ve been friends for over a decade and I couldn’t be more blessed to have her in my life.
  • She’s beyond creative. Check out her shop here.
  • She sees the best in everyone.
  • She has taught me what a true, generous, and loving friendship should really be like.
  • She has rejoiced with me during moments of joy and success and has cried with me during the hiccups life surprises you with.

In other words, I HAD to be there to celebrate her and this next life stage.  Here are a few photos from her beautiful shower.

And, Steph, if you read this post – you and Danny will be the greatest parents. Baby Canto doesn’t know how blessed she is to have parents like you guys. xx

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Travel Recap: Miami, FL

I had a few friends from Ohio meet me in Miami for vacation. I’m beyond lucky to have a beautiful support group in multiple cities. It was wonderful to show them my city and have them meet some of my family and dear friends. We made the most of our time there – dancing, eating, beachin’, talking and hanging. Here are a few photos from our trip.

Food

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The Beach

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My Friends

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The Family

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2015 Recap + All My Trips

March

Mom came to visit me in Ohio. She cooked delicious meals, we laughed, we talked for hours and we drove around areas in NE Ohio that she hadn’t seen yet.

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My second trip in March was with a few girlfriends to Dallas, TX. A little bit of a random spot on the map but it seemed to be the perfect spot for all of us to meet since we were all coming from different places geographically.

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April

Umm.. this might have been one of the best moments in 2015. A few of us decided we should enjoy a weekend in NY and it was GREAT! I had a hard time picking my favorite photos mostly because I love all of the memories from this 4 day weekend.

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May

My first stop in May was with my dear friend, Jemlys. We wanted a girls weekend in a city we’d never been to. After a few options, we landed on Boston – a city filled with history, great food and totally walkable.

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I then made a trip to Chicago to celebrate two of my favorite people get married. It was a beautiful wedding and wonderful weekend hanging out and exploring.

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July

In July I went back home for the long weekend and stopped in Chicago for Pitchfork Fest.

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August

Somehow I found myself in Chicago once again in August. Although it was a work trip, we did get to shop and grab some good eats in the evening.

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September

Me and my pals decided a day trip to Put in Bay was a must since I had never been and well that’s a must if you’re living in Ohio.

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I also had the opportunity to go to San Francisco, CA for Outsidelands Music Festival. Dream! It was an incredible 3 days full of music, food and great freaking vibes. I’d love to live in a music festival for the rest of my life.

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December

The last month of the year was spent with family and friends. The fun started in Miami, FL, then the family headed to Gatlingburg, TN, made a quick stop in Charleston, SC and finally rang in the year back in Miami. It was a great 2 weeks. Why did it have to go so fast?

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In a nutshell, I’m thankful for 2015. I pray 2016 holds many more adventures.

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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