Its Been… A Year…. 2017 Review

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This year has definitely been one for the books. It had some of the most incredible highs I’ve ever experience, but also some of the lowest lows.

Getting engaged, after years of hoping and wishing and praying was probably the highest I’ve ever been (I don’t do drugs). That night is one I will never EVER forget, specifically the adorable look on A’s face when he asked me to be his forever.

My love for him continues to grow on a daily basis, after so many years of being together  we still continue to surprise each other, grow as humans & as a couple. As we grow and experience new phases of life, we learn to work through major decisions together and as a team. Our love continues to grow as we do and I am so proud of him as a man, a partner (in business) and as my soon to be hubby. He pushes me to be a better person regularly and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life & start a family with him!

This year has also reinforced what wonderful friend’s I have. I am so blessed to have made some of the most incredible friendships both old and new. The friendships I made this year are ones I know I will have for the rest of my life, and are something truly special.

I’ve had a lot of personal & professional growth this year as well. Professionally, I’ve expanded my role at MaxExposure and am so grateful for the experiences / knowledge I’ve gained from them. I love my job so much and the fact that I get to continue to grow within our company. Personally, I’ve worked on myself to be stronger as an individual, learning to put myself first, vs always putting everyone else first. I’ve also learned to stand up for myself, my feelings and opinions which has been essential to my personal growth.

This year also brought a new (VERY part time) business opportunity for me in the essential oil company dōTerra. dōTerra has the most incredible Essential Oil, Skin Care and Health products. Finding these oils, was the key to my recovery and I am so very grateful every day for my beautiful friend who introduced me to them and the network of strong women that I’ve met. These oils are gods gift to earth, they offer you pretty much anything & everything you need and can help any aliment or issue. I wish EVERYONE had them, and used them, because they are that AMAZING. If you’re interested, please let me know – (Shameless Plug) Click here to learn more!

For all the wonderful experiences and growth this year had, I also had some of the most painful experiences I’ve personally had to go through.

When they (you know, “they”, the people that have all the sayings) say weddings bring out the best & worst in people… THEY weren’t lying… This year I experienced some of the most heart-breaking, trying, and impossible situations… situations that alone, would cripple a human… but I guess someone (up there) figured I could use a true test of strength, because I got hit with one thing after the next.

As a generally happy person, I saw some of my lowest moments this year, that truly tested my strength, well-being, and mental stability. There were days where I cried every minute I could, days I was just really ANGRY, days I was so hurt I couldn’t function and days where I just needed to sleep since I was so unbelievably exhausted by life.

BUT…

Through the love of my Fiancé, my wonderful parents, my fluffy babies, REALLY good friends (including my sisters and a couple of soul sistas), A LOT of tequila, french fries and a good therapist, I was able to cross over to the other side a stronger person (both mentally and emotionally).

Finally, as the year comes to a close, I am able focus on myself, my health and well-being. I am able to start to lose the weight I’ve gained (because, well, French fries are a coping tool), get back to the gym (which is good for my mental stability… Endorphins and all that) and finally LIVE, just being happy.

So my friends, that is a year in review. Rodney Atkins put best… “If you’re going thru hell… Keep on moving, don’t slow down… if you’re scared don’t show it” I hope whatever you’re going through gets better & that you remember how truly blessed you are. Try to find something good in your day to day life, even if its as small as the smile of a child you pass on the street. Work through it and you will feel stronger and proud once you do.

I wish you all a VERY Happy, Healthy and Wonderful New Year. I know 2018 is going to be even better than 2017…. BECAUSE WE’RE GETTING MARRIED and all the shit has already hit the fan, so its all good from here on out! <3

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God, I’d hate to be that Turkey!

Summary of the story? I am Thankful I am not the turkey on the table, but that the turkey sacrificed its life to be the center piece of this delicious meal!

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I had just told him, he was NOT invited to Thanksgiving Dinner and would have to stay home… He was not happy…

Today, I called my grandparents to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, since I won’t see them and wanted to make sure I was able to catch up with them before the holiday. (I know what you’re thinking… I am the best granddaughter ever… Its really hard being SO perfect and the golden child!)

Naturally they all asked “How are you?” To which I answered honestly, truthfully and surprisingly, “REALLY AMAZING.” It made me think, for the first time in my life, I can honestly say I am truly happy and mostly content. I have an awful lot to be thankful for and thought it would be nice to express this gratitude on the eve of the day of  we give thanks!

I think sometimes we forget how much we have to be thankful for, we get caught up in the nuances and minor catastrophes of our every day lives that we don’t always see the big picture and how much we actually have to be grateful for! I encourage, and implore you, as I have here, to take a moment and think about that you’re thankful for… Its OK if its in-between the turkey and the apple pie or after your 3rd mimosa, just making sure you do it. It is humbling and a nice reminder of all you have…Count your blessings on this day, because it is, after all, the reason the Turkey gave its life!


I am thankful for:

  1. I am thankful my very handsome, smart and patient Boyfriend, who loves me and is the rock I need to stabilize my rather chaotic existence.
  2. I am thankful for my Parents, for mainly giving me life, but for also everything else under the sun and for always being there for me and for being my best friends!
  3. I am thankful my Sisters who are the craziest people I know, and are absolutely, smart, beautiful and incredible! I wouldn’t be me without their crazy asses.
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    BUT WHY ARE THEY SO CUTE???? #KittenGoals #Blessed

    I am thankful my adorable and insanely fluffy fur babies, without whom life would be incredibly boring

  5. I am thankful for the addition this year of Dash to our family. We didn’t know it, but he was what was missing from our little family!
  6. I am thankful my Grandparents who I am very fortunate to have 2 sets of and who are incredibly strong guiding forces in my life
  7. I am thankful my incredibly generous In-Laws, being 150 miles from my own parents, I am very grateful to them so close by, should I need a “parent”.
  8. I am thankful my Close Girlfriends who I can always count on to enable my crazy
  9. I am thankful for my Close Girlfriends who I can always count on to defuse my crazy
  10. I am thankful for The Loreali to my Rory
  11. I am thankful for My Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
  12. I am thankful that fact that Gilmore Girls is coming back for 6 hours of Stars Hallow greatness!
  13. I am thankful that I am able to work / do a job I love and build something incredible with my family and boyfriend. I am so proud of where we are today and how far we’ve come! It is truly special what we’ve built and the best is yet to come!
  14. I am thankful for the fact that Greys Anatomy is on its 13th Season and STILL going strong!20161119_165230414_ios
  15. I am thankful that there are regular Harry Potter Marathons on Freeform (ABC Family)
  16. I am thankful for Netflix and that Binge watching is a socially acceptable thing and encouraged
  17. I am thankful for the foliage and living in beautiful New England
  18. I am thankful that Tequila is “Good for you”
  19. I am thankful that I found a workout plan that works for me and I LOVE doing!!
  20. I am thankful pizza is LIFE as are cheeseburgers and Tacos… #TacoLife
  21. I am thankful for my beautiful, warm home
  22. I am thankful to be able to live in the greatest city on earth (one that I definitely don’t take advantage of…)
  23. I am thankful to be able to give awesome holiday gifts this season to my loved ones and to have the ability to work and earn and pay my bills as well!
  24. I am thankful for my bed and cuddly kitten in said bed
  25. I am thankful for my life
  26. I am thankful for my loves
  27. I am thankful.

What’re you thankful for???

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These kitties give me life…. And the best cuddles!

GOTCHA!

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The Grushkins… We’re pretty awesome…

My family is pretty special… But we’d have to be to make one of our own feel like absolute shit on their birthday, and totally unloved to then surprise them with a kick ass birthday party…

Yesterday, was my sister Genna’s 25th Birthday… and with the spearheading of her 2 oldest and bestest friends, we pulled off the greatest surprise party of all time. period.

It all started when one of her friends approached our family to see if it was something we would be into… naturally we never turn down a party, so we were totally in.

gennaeventFrom there the planning was full speed ahead. We had a venue, guest list, Facebook Event and the major over all plan in place. But of course, Genna is a complete and utter PITA, so she pestered ALL of us to know if/ what we were doing for her… Since we all said nothing… She went ahead and planned her OWN birthday party for the day after her birthday (Saturday, Today)…

We immediately got on our own Facebook Group to let them know that party was not happening, but people should RSVP anyway! As the date got closer, we made Genna feel more and more unloved… I told her I couldn’t come down for her actual BDAY and could only come Saturday. Leigha told her she couldn’t come down AT ALL and had to work all weekend. Our Parents told her they couldn’t take her out to dinner for her Bday because they had a networking function they couldn’t miss… She was so upset, it was pretty funny. Her friends were set to take her out and initially come back to our neighborhood bar for the party… But with a last minute (1 week before) venue change to somewhere she’d never go, we had to come up with a new plan on how to get her there.

The plan was revised, the guests were updated and marching orders were given. Her friends were to keep her out of the house all day and take her to dinner. Leigha and I were going to come down mid day and run all the errands to pick up all the things.. We had an Instagram board, props and a geo-filter… all the makings for a great freaking party!

Genna’s friends brilliantly set it up that Genna thought she was going to a “Grand Opening” at a new bar… and that it was ladies night…

On the day of her birthday, she called me to ask if my friend, who she knew owned the place, could “Hook them up”… My response… Totally!

I became a complete road warrior and came from Boston –> Stamford –> Westport –> Ridgefield –> Westport –> Norwalk –> Westport (almost forgot the balloons!!!!) –> Norwalk… Leigha and I got to the bar, set up, and waited…


And waited…. Did a couple shots…. Waited… Played with the photo booth and waited…

THEN FINALLY, guests came!

It was ALMOST time for the Surprise… then I get a call from Genna’s friends (who were with her) but couldn’t find the bar… Thankfully Genna thought she was on the phone with their guy friend who recommended the place!

Finally they walk in, and we GOT HER! Look at that cute face! Seeing her so happy was worth all the sadness of making her feel like crap, all the anxiety that someone would spill the beans and all the stress she put on us… 🙂 We love this girl so damn much and can’t believe how great 24 was, that we had to make sure to kick off 25 with a bang! I admire my sister so much. She has incredible strength, charisma and is beyond beautiful…

As a friend put it, she was “Glowing, you know, without being pregnant!”

Her immediate words…. I Hate you guys… What the Fuck… then to Leigha…. Fuck You! I love your dress!

She then quietly mouthed to my mom… “Am I still having my party tomorrow?”

The rest of the night was AMAZING! We had the absolute best time and couldn’t have been more grateful to Jay from MKT and his beautiful wife Danielle as well as his business partners for their hospitality and generosity! It was truly a fantastic night!

Here are the highlights…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENNA! WELCOME TO 25!!!