As I’ve mentioned before, I home (Florida) for the holidays and it makes me so incredibly happy. I love my family… hard. So, the fact that I get to be here for 18 days straight is the greatest gift I could ever receive.  Bonus, my boyfriend is also here for an extended time which makes things even better.

Here are 10 things I’m looking forward to this holiday season.

Being home with family and loved ones

Need a pair of fun Christmas socks

Putting up holiday decor

DIY for Holiday Garland foraged from your yard. A Simple and easy and cheap way to create great holiday decor this year. Check The Fresh Exchange for the full DIY.

Christmas lights!


Eating delicious food

Colombian Arepas Recipe | Why Don't You Make Me

Getting scuba certified

Scuba Diving Top 100: Best Diving in the Caribbean & Atlantic | Scuba Diving

Going to fave spots in Miami

Wynwood Walls

Gift giving & wrapping presents

minimal parcel wrapping

Being away from work

out of the office

Celebrating the birth of Jesus

Being away from snow (Bye, Ohio…)

aerial shot of orange umbrellas near shore

I hope your holiday season is magical and filled with happy moments. If you can open your doors to someone who may not be surrounded by loved ones, do it. I’m sure it would light up that person’s heart.





Life is hard. Plans go awry. We’re not content with what we’ve been handed. We can’t wait for the next phase. We compare our current life situation to the “blissful” ones of others. But, life is also beautiful. It’s meaningful. It’s delicate. Most importantly, it’s a gift. A precious one at that and we should fight to take care of it.

I can’t tell you how many times my life hasn’t gone as planned. Too many to count, actually. But, I’ve learned that those times are the best times because they are the most life-changing.

I came across this blog post and felt it was pretty spot on. I’d encourage you to give it a little read if you’re (or know someone) struggling to enjoy where you’re at right now. If your days are consumed with wishing your life looked differently, I’d hit pause for just a few minutes and see if any of the words on that blog post hit home. Even if just a little bit.

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