Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Weekend Review

This isn't from the weekend, but I love it.  Little girl's hand w mine.  Love her!

Friday after work my co-workers and I went to the Oakland Museum.  They had food trucks, music and an art exhibit.  It was very fun!!

This little girl was rocking out.  She was killing me with those moves and that tutu!!

My co-workers are better than your co-workers! ;)

They crack me up!!

haha like for reals!

I feel like I am fighting a cold so the rest of the weekend I wanted to lay low.  I slept in, ran errands, played tennis and got a pedicure.

Saturday night I stayed in with the girls (my dogs!).  We made pizza and watched Frozen.  Let me just say, I freaking loved Frozen!  I was so happy when it was over that I think I fell asleep with a smile on my face!

Sunday we continued with the relaxing (and by we, I of course, mean me and the dogs!).  We had a leisurely breakfast and went for a run.  The goal was to run 3.5 miles.  However, Brussy had other ideas.  At mile 2.6 Brussy flopped down in the grass and refused to continue.  I ended up carrying her the last mile haha.  Note to self: do not take dogs on runs longer than 2.5 miles!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easter in LA

Per usual, I am a bit behind over here.  In my defense, work has been busier than it has ever been since I started nearly two years ago.  Case and point:

Literally boxes and boxes of work!!

That being said, on Good Friday, I drove home to LA and stayed down there until Monday.  I got my hair done on Friday....I am now a bit blonde!  I'll let you know if I have more fun, so far, the hair has treated me well!

Right after I got it done...

My first time styling it myself

Saturday I went wedding dress shopping with my bestie, Jess.  She has been with her fiance for like 10 years now.  She looked stunning in pretty much every dress.  I think she should quit her day job and be a dress model.  I have a ton of pics, but just in case, I won't be posting any yet.  She gets married in September and you better believe I will be posting pics then!!

Sunday, my sweet brother drove up from San Diego just to go to church with me.  Me, my brother and my dad had breakfast and then went to church.  They both had to leave after church so I spent the rest of the day working (yes, I worked on Easter Sunday....see! I'm totally not joking).

Home Sweet Home

My sweet dad got me tulips (my favorite) and chocolate to break lent.

Pastor has a little butterfly friend with him to help teach us about metamorphosis

Then Monday morning I loaded up and drove back to SF.  I have lots of fun things going on before I move back to LA and my life in SF is pretty darn great, but it still breaks my heart a little every time I have to leave home.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Big News

I mentioned before about some big changes headed my way.  A lot of you already know this, but

Part of me is really sad about this.  However, moving home was not a rash decision I made.  It was not just me running home, running away.  I have spent the last seven months thinking about what I want for my life and what I want my future to be.

I want to be around my family and my closest friends.  I would like to build a life and someday get married, have children and build a family of my own within the love and community I feel so strongly there.  It was truly a decision.

Can't wait to be reunited with my friends and family

I am really thrilled to be able to continue working remotely for the same firm I work for now and I am excited for all the possibilities this brings with it.  The partners at my firm have been really supportive and are excited.  We are all hoping that I will eventually start an LA office for our firm, which is a huge career move for me and the firm.  I also am hoping to buy a house in the next year.  When did I become such a grown up!? Life is a crazy thing my friends.

I am really excited for the future and know deep down that this is right.  All of those past struggles and disappointments have lead me to something so great and something I really never even dreamed possible.

I am so thankful.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Life Lately

Life lately has been extremely busy, which is why I accidentally took a week off.  Rather than try to recap you on everything, I am going to do a bit of a photo dump to catch you up!

working a ton

dinner parties at Baxter's house

Boys made us lasagna for dinner

Second dinner party was all girls

Autumn, me, Sarah and Cara

Beach jogs

Alex's bridal shower

Amazing dinner with Cara and Theresa

More work.  I closed 4 cases last week (which is a lot!). Yay for me!

SF Vintners Market with Cara and Lauren

Lauren, me, Tara- my beautiful co-workers

Followed by champagne....

...and margarita pizza made with burrata!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

On Bravery.

Hiking in Peru.  The physical and mental journey there helped prepare me for my life journey.  Photo credit to Nancy Lindo (one of my Inca Family members).

A while back, I did this post about the book Daring Greatly.  I still often think about the book and Theodore Roosevelt's speech stating:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly...”

Well I really took this to heart and my New Year's resolution was to "dare greatly" and be vulnerable.  I took a risk in applying to PhD programs.  I applied to six schools knowing full well that they have hundreds of applicants and each program takes about 10 people.

Well, I got rejected from each. and. every. program.  It stung receiving each rejection, as any rejection does. However, the hardest part was seeing the disappointment in the faces of the people who were rooting for me.  

I decided to share this here because so often we discuss how we bloggers only present the happy/perfect versions of our lives.  In many respects this is true.  However, I am human, and like all humans who take risks, I fail too.  I am not upset about this and I truly believe that down the road I will see what God's plan for me is and why this didn't work out.  In fact, I feel like I am already starting to see it.

I hope that someone will read this and know that there is no embarrassment in taking a risk and failing, but especially in being vulnerable enough to share it; that is bravery.  I will never look back and wonder how my life may have been different if I had tried to get a PhD.  This brings me great peace.

I have some changes coming up that I will soon be sharing.  I am really excited to see what God has in store for me because I know it is so much better than anything I could dream...

Like climbing 13,800 feet up into the Andean mountains.  On top of the world!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Twosday: April Fools Silly Selfies

Twentieth Street

Happy April Fools!! I have never been one to play tricks on people (I am always the gullible one being tricked!) so the most you're going to get from me for this "holiday" is a link up for silly selfies.

Here goes nothing!!

My infamous "duck face"

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