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If you could only take 5 things from your current home…

if you could only bring 5 things from your current home into a new home., what would you bring?

Hi! How are you? I’m good, thanks. Still finishing up packing! I can’t get over the fact that in just two days we’ll be closing our door in NEPA for the last time. Even though we’ve been planning for a long time, this seems to have come up very quickly.

Dean and I have a little bit of a transition between this apartment and our next place, which means packing has an extra step. We’re packing enough stuff to hold us over for a month or so and packing everything else in storage to retrieve later. As I’m fighting with myself over what dresses I should be brining, I started thinking about what I really want to have in my next place. If I could only take 5 items with me, they would be:

  1. Computer/camera combo (because they are a combo, right?)
  2. Antique entry table
  3. Book collection
  4. Photo box
  5. KitchenAid mixer

Dean’s list? I’m glad you asked.

  1. Blender
  2. Living Room TV
  3. Ice cream sandwiches

He may not have taken my question very seriously…. What would you bring?



After Labor Day there is always a huge switch to fall. I love cozy clothes, cute booties, and scarves around every neck as much as the next girl, but is it so bad to admit that I am NOT looking forward to the cold?

Don’t get me wrong, autumn weather is great. The air is crisp and clean, the great outdoors resembles that of a painting, and even the smell of fall is amazing. But to me, fall also represents the start of winter. Plants are dying, the temperature is dropping, and I start to go into hibernation mode.

But not this year.

Dean and I will take on a new life journey in southern Florida as of next month. In fact, today is my last day at my current job. While this change is a little scary and a little sad, it’s also really exciting! No more travel seasons. No more snow. No more negative temperatures. Allegra is going to get to enjoy the dog park all winter long and we may or may not start living right on the beach (if I’m lucky).

So I’m sorry if I’ve seemed a little distracted but the truth is that I have been a little distracted.  I’ll be spending the next two weeks packing up my life and moving it somewhere new and it’s possible that this will cause a little break for WLB. I hope you can understand….This year fall isn’t bringing us colder temperatures, it’s bringing a fresh start.


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Holder of hope.

September 11th

13 years ago I was old enough to feel, see, and understand the terror around me, but still too young to help. With this date and these feelings forever ingrained in my heart, it’s still hard for me to comprehend that other people go through September 11th like it’s just another day. I don’t even like scheduling meetings or appointments for 9/11 because it means I have to say the date out loud as if it’s not different. It will forever be different.

I’m grateful that my job has allowed me the privilege of being in NY on 9/11 for the last 5 years. Growing up so close to the NYC, I feel this pride for the hope that was built around something so incredibly hard.

I have nothing but gratitude to those who selflessly moved towards the scene instead of away and I continue to hold great hope for everything that lays ahead.


past thoughts, 2013, 2012

What words have shaped your life?


What words have shaped your life?

What words have shaped your life? Maybe they came in the form of great advice from a friend or family member. Maybe  they came from a book, a movie, or a play. Maybe it’s something you overheard at just the right time in life. I was thinking about this the other day and here are the top 3 moments that have shaped the way I think.

  1. Education is never a waste.
    This is something that my dad always says. I can think of many times in college when I called my dad angry or ready to give up. I wanted to drop a class, change a major or just give a professor a piece of my mind because I felt like I was just wasting my time with certain classes. My dad would always remind me that learning is never a waste. Every credit stands for hard work and gained knowledge. It doesn’t matter what I end up doing in my future jobs, as long as I’m always open to learning something new.
  2. We’re all human.
    I’m not even sure who said this to me first, but it’s something I think about a lot. I’ve always been really friendly, but for some reason I really hated putting myself on the spot. I didn’t want to raise my hand in class or call to order a pizza because it meant there was a chance I could say something dumb to someone who then might judge me. I overheard a lighthearted conversation one day where people were talking about who might be the person on the other end of a customer service-type call and their friend answered “it could be anyone. It’s just another person.” This was a huge reminder to me that we’re all human. Anyone could be answering the phone. Heck, I could be answering the phone! I think about this now anytime I’m nervous for an interaction. If I’m nervous to ask a question, guess an answer, or even go to a job interview, I remind myself that I’m just talking to another human. As long as I’m genuine and I explain myself, we’re all on equal ground.
  3. Be aware. 
    This one is more of a moment than a particular word or statement.
    When I was a kid I was a little smarty-pants in school. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well and I would be really upset when I didn’t do well.  In middle school I got my first 80 on a test and I was MAD. I couldn’t stop talking about it! After jabbering on and on for way too long, my friend Melissa finally said “Jenn, do you think I’m dumb?”  “No,” I answered. “Well, I didn’t hit an 80 on my test. You should really think about who you’re talking to about this stuff because you’re making me feel pretty bad.”
    Like a knife to the heart, guys. This is never the kind of person I wanted to be. From then on I kept grades and things close to the heart. There’s no reason to brag when something is going well and there’s definitely no reason to cause a scene when something doesn’t go your way. Be aware of your surroundings and keep somethings to yourself.

What words have shaped you? Leave your stories in the comments, tweet them at me, or leave them on facebook and I’ll add them here!