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Happy New Year – 2015!

Happy New Year, friends!

It’s been a wild week since Christmas. I couldn’t be any more grateful for having off from work – it has allowed me to enjoy some true quality time with all of the people that I love – hence, being MIA on here since Blogmas. I have so many wonderful pictures and memories from the past two weeks that I want to share on my blog before I get back to work on Monday…but that will have to be my weekend project.

Today, I want to take a brief moment to recap 2014, New Year’s Eve, and my hope’s for 2015…

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 16: A Brief Blurb About Life

I can’t believe that we’re already at Blogmas Day 16!

So… today’s post was inspired by current events – particularly the tragedy that happened at a Pakistan school earlier today.

When something that unfathomably tragic happens anywhere in this crazy world, it can shake you up. My mind is brought right to those poor, innocent, children – so undeserving of that violence. The students, educators, bystanders, all 140+ of them. How terrifying for them. How terrifying for our world. It’s an actual nightmare.

Which brings me to my post. A brief blurb about life 🙂

I recently saw a Buzzfeed post “26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence” that had my brain spinning! You must check it out – it really puts your physical life into perspective.

Seriously, go read it.
Seriously, go read it.

We are ALL living on this spec of a planet and while it’s fascinating, incredible, and totally mind-blowing what we’ve made of it – it’s also SO unbelievable what kind of hate and violence brews on it. THIS IS LITERALLY ALL WE HAVE.

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Why do people feel the need to do such hurtful things to others? Why do people feel the need to commit such heinous crimes? Why do people feel that they are better, more powerful, more important than ANYONE ELSE?! The amount of irrelevancy that our lives hold in comparison to this universe…in the GRAND scheme of things, blows my mind. You, me, this… everything you’ve ever known could be gone in a second. We are THAT small.

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Of course there are many things, passions, and people in our lives that we care about. They’re what feeds us. Whether it be family, friends, careers, religion, etc. we all have something that we would give anything for. And that’s the beauty of being an individual. It’s wonderful. However, it’s so important to respect the things, passions, and persons in the lives of others. We must not try to push, convert, undermine, or intentionally harm them. If only we could all just be. Because at the end of the day – we are all we have, all we know. There are things out there that are much bigger than all of us. Than everyone on this entire earth combined. We are ALL on that little spec and we should all want to protect it, and each other – to the best of our ability.

I know this became kind of a downer post, but that horrible news got my mind stirring today. I felt uncomfortable blogging about wrapping paper or nailpolish or Christmas gifts or movies or anything else that is so incredibly fun, fabulous, and festive – but, ultimately irrelevant in life ha.

I hope that everyone has a great night & takes a moment to appreciate the good things, the important things. There is so much to be grateful for.

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Back to your regularly scheduled Blogmas tomorrow. 😉

 

XOXO

[LIFE] October 2014

I love everything about October –  the pumpkins, the foliage, the candy, the weather, Halloween …I cannot believe that it’s already over! I had such a great month & I wanted to recap some of the festive fun!

October via pictures :)…

Enjoy!

There's a little observation deck along the reservoir in my hometown & I had to stop to take a peek at the foliage...
While visiting my family, I had to stop at one of my favorite places in my hometown. There’s a little observation deck along the reservoir that offers a beautiful view & some gorgeous foliage…
So beautiful.
So beautiful.
Our girls pumpkin painting party!
My Mom, Sister & I had a little girls pumpkin painting party!
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My Mom decided to make pumpkins that looked just like her and my Dad LOL
My sister made this crazy detailed skull pumpkin that I never got a good final shot of
My sister made this crazy detailed skull pumpkin that I never got a good final shot of 🙁
My candy cane pumpkin :)
My candy cane pumpkin 🙂
I love Jodi Picoult & thought October would be the perfect time to read this book. It was SO good! Bonus: Lifetime made it into a crummy made for TV movie too! ;)
I love Jodi Picoult & thought October would be the perfect time to read this book. It was SO good! Bonus: Lifetime made it into a crummy made for TV movie too! 😉
Winery fun for my best friends birthday :)
Winery fun for my best friends birthday 🙂
Bests.
Bests.
My Mom turned me onto coconut oil this month. Coconut oil on my feet, arms, legs, face, hair, everything! It's replaced half of my usual products!
My Mom turned me onto coconut oil this month. Coconut oil on my feet, arms, legs, face, hair, everything! It’s replaced half of my usual products — that’s a whole nother post!
Golfing with my Dad :)
Golfing with my Dad 🙂
Giving the pumpkin pie coolata a shot! First few sips were good - the rest made me feel sick lol.
Giving the pumpkin pie coolata a shot! First few sips were good – the rest made me feel sick lol.
Lily dressed up as "Miss Mexico" and participated in a Halloween Dog parade
Lily dressed up as “Miss Mexico” and participated in a Halloween Dog parade
Trying on random costumes at home!
Trying on random costumes at home!
Lunching at my favorite burger place of all time!
Lunching at the Sycamore in Bethel, CT — my favorite burger place of all time! [Double cheeseburger with everything on it = heaven!)
I decided to go at Dionne from Clueless
I decided to dress up as Dionne from Clueless for Halloween
I made a makeshift nose ring for my costume that I FORGOT TO WEAR OUT THAT NIGHT! I was so bummed I forgot it.
I made a makeshift nose ring for my costume that I FORGOT TO WEAR OUT THAT NIGHT! I was so bummed I forgot it.
Happy Halloween :)
Dress: Aeropostle, white button down: boyfriends, socks: halloween store, shoes: Mandees, headband: CVS. Easiest costume ever 🙂
Celebrating at the New Britain Museum of American Art with my pretty peacock roomie :)
Celebrating at the New Britain Museum of American Art with my pretty peacock roomie 🙂
Grilled cheese & cupcake trucks...and break dancers!
Grilled cheese & cupcake trucks…and break dancers!

October was such a fun month! I definitely didn’t capture everything that happened (and WordPress wouldn’t let me upload a handful of photos), but I thought that I’d share the pictures that I could. 🙂

I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months, I LOVE the holidays. Ahhh, so excited just thinking about it!

Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving/Christmas?

What’s your favorite time of year?

 

XOX

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