Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

As much as I love the summertime, I am SO excited for Fall and Winter. Maybe being in California for the last year and a half has changed my perspective a bit on this. There are so many things I am excited about. I can't wait for:
LOTS of family time!!!
Little kids in adorable costumes
All the festive decor
Sweater Season
Lots of Cheesy movies
Hot chocolate
Pumpkin carving
Pumpkin Pie
Scary men dressed as Santas
Yummy Turkey dinner
This year there will be lots of babies
Sitting by the fire
Apple Cider from Starbucks
Building snowmen
Homemade rolls
Buying presents and giving them
Jumping into piles of leaves
Everyone is so much more giving
Nina's Pie
Decorating the tree
Everyone helping in the Kitchen contributing in some way to the big feast
Christmas music
Just being cozy
Scarves and gloves
Leaves crunching under your feet
snow covered mountains
Trick or Treaters
Scary movies
Cinnamon Pinecones
Pecan Pie
Leaves changing colors
I anticipate that this will be the greatest Holiday season yet!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


There is a great amount on relief that comes with facing fears. I told my boss, amidst all the chaos that has consumed my office that I am quitting.

I have been contemplating for several months, whether or not I should move home. Do I really want to? Am I ready to leave California? What am I going to do there? Do I go to California, or Colorado? What is the right thing for me right now?

I decided that it is time to go. That the things that I came to do here are done. Did things turn out exactly like I had planned or hoped they would? No, but I have no regrets. I came here to follow my dreams. I met great people. I was involved in great things. I have grown tremendously as a person and I have learned a lot about the things that are really important to me. I know that nothing is more important to me right now than being near my family and the people that mean the most to me.

I don't have a plan. Over the course of the last 18 months, I have learned that sometimes it's okay not to know what is next for you. Sometimes you just have to take it one day at a time and see what doors open before you.

I am sad to be leaving the relationships I have built, the perfect year-round weather, the beautiful beaches, the inspiring artists I have looked up to, and the crazy people on the buses. There are so many things that I am going to miss but I will never forget the things I have learned and the friends I have met.

This change is bittersweet. I am sad to be leaving so much behind but I am excited about the things that await.