To My Love On Your 30th Birthday

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's hard to believe that on this day, 30 years ago, the man who would steal my heart was brought into this world. While I've only been with him for five of those years, he has made me so thankful for every minute we have spent together.

To the one who still opens my car door like it's our first date, even after all these years.
Who surprises me with pancake and bacon smiley faces when I'm having a rough morning.
Who puts cinnamon on everything he eats, but never forces me to taste it.

To my inventor of funny words like "girl cheese" and "commando strips."
Who will sit for hours with me having lengthy discussions about silly things like the appropriate size for apple chunks in an apple pie and filling to crust ratio.
Who always knows when I need a hug or a bubble bath and wine or a mini Smith island cake from giant or a Gilmore girls marathon.

To my hoarder of pens, and cinnamon tic tacs, and brightly colored work gloves.
Who is always prepared and keeps me safe and always makes sure I have everything I need.
Who loves me unconditionally, is patient with me, and always forgives me.

Here's to you, Mikey, on your 30th Birthday.

Thank you for always being there as my partner in crime, my shoulder to cry on, my rock, my love, and my best friend. I love you more than words can say.

Happy Birthday baby.

Mother's Day

Monday, May 11, 2015

For Mother's Day this year, I took my sweet mama on a little roadtrip up to Linganore Winecellars for the afternoon. Neither of us had been there before, so based on a recommendation from a friend, I made reservations for a wine & cheese pairing early in the day to avoid the weekend crowds - and boy am I glad I did! We decided to pack a little picnic lunch and some chairs so that we could sit outside under the shade of the big trees overlooking the winery after we had finished our tasting.  We were also pretty excited to find they had live music on the patio that we could still hear from our spot on the lawn.


Spending the day at a winery is enjoyable enough on its own, but the fact that my mom is a "one-glass-of-wine-and-she's-feeling-kinda-tipsy" girl, made the trip so much more fun! She had me in stitches throughout the entire tasting.  Check out her smiley face rating scale. Not entirely sure why her favorite wine got lips, but I'm glad she enjoyed it!

We sampled twelve of their tastiest wines and ended up buying an entire case to bring home with us! Our wine buzz may or may not have had something to do with that...

It turned out to be the most gorgeous and relaxing day we have both had in quite some time. My mom has been going through quite a bit of stress with work and trying to sort things out after my grandfather's passing and I have been studying like mad for my final exam that I just finished on Saturday. So to say we both needed this day would be a severe understatement. I hope that we can make it back to Linganore a few times throughout the summer to enjoy more weekends like this!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend celebrating all of the wonderful moms out there!

Stuck in the Gap

Friday, May 8, 2015

A while back, I came across this video on another blog and I was struck by how closely it hit home for me. I've been hitting some roadblocks in my career and somehow this fell into my lap at exactly the right time. It's a super creative interpretation of a segment on creativity by Ira Glass.

The video is short, but packs a powerful message for anyone who is doubting themselves when it comes to doing what they love.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from Daniel Sax on Vimeo.

I think what I have come to love most about it is that his message really isn't limited to people who do creative work. While it is directed toward The Creatives, it can be molded to just about anyone, since I think we all experience this sort of "gap."

I know in my career, I have often felt the exact feelings that Ira Glass describes. Although my work is far from creative, there are so many times where I have felt stuck and all I can focus on is the insanely long road in front of me that is necessary for accomplishing my goals. I know where I want to be. I can see it. I can feel it. There are so many people that are already there and yet my current position could not feel further away from my where I want to be.

It's also tough because, in all types of work, whether it be creative, technical, or whatever, when you first get into it (especially right out of school) you are always going to be surrounded by people who are way more experienced than you, who know more than you, and that are producing the results you want to achieve on your own.

It’s so easy to feel like you want to throw in the towel. It's so easy to give into those feelings that tell you you're not good enough. It's so easy to walk away.

When you are faced with a challenge that can only be solved by hard work, it’s natural to want to give up. But that’s precisely when you need to dig deep and grind through it.

Instead of feeling inferior to the people around you or feeling like you'll never reach your full potential, look to others for advice, because whether they will admit it or not, they have all been right where you are. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Absorb what they know and allow yourself to be mentored by them, but stay focused on your goals and what you want to accomplish. Put in the work, do the legwork, and push through it. The mountains in front of you may be intimidating, but when you get to the top, it will be so worth it.

"She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them."