Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

posted on: Monday, September 15, 2014

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This weekend, I…

  • Went to the farmer’s market
  • Drank iced coffee
  • Enjoyed a yoga class
  • Went to a surprise party with good friends
  • Met other people who are as into nutrition as I am (much to Adam’s delight)
  • Got plenty of sleep
  • Opened a delicious bottle of red wine
  • Did a 5-mile hike with Adam
  • Got caught in the rain on said hike
  • Climbed tons of rocks
  • Spent time with God in nature, one of my favorite ways to connect with Him
  • Laughed a ton
  • Found myself choosing to be brave multiple times and got way out of my comfort zone
  • Had one of the best weekends in a really, really long time

A little more on that hike. We chose a difficult hike because we both like a physical challenge and they tend to over-exaggerate the strenuosity of the trails on the map at this particular spot. We took two trails, essentially, that connected to each other. The first part of the trail was .78 miles, was pretty flat and didn’t take us that long. They considered this one “strenuous”. When we reached the end, we decided to keep going on a trail we had never taken before that went on for another 1.8 miles. I remember mentioning that I just really wanted to climb rocks. Ahem…

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Oh, we climbed rocks. This trail was CRAZY and SO much fun! Though less than halfway through the whole thing, we were caught in a very long, very cold downpour. It was in the low 60’s and raining and as you can see, we weren’t dressed for the occasion. In all fairness, the weatherman told us it would 70 with a very little chance for rain. It was uncomfortable for a good while, but we still had the best time. It ended up being just under 5.25 miles total and 2 hours long. Playing in nature’s playground with my best friend made for the perfect Sunday afternoon.

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When you reach THAT and notice the little red dot to the top left of it and realize that no, it’s not a wall, it’s part of the trail.

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Time For The Weekend

posted on: Friday, September 12, 2014

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This week was a good one for me and I felt like I took full advantage of it! I am just overflowing with gratitude right now. That’s been the theme for me lately. So grateful. I am also exhausted, happy and more than ready for a couple days to do some of my favorite things with my favorite guy! I’m hoping for some yoga tomorrow(well, Adam won’t partake in that), a trip to the farmer’s market (where I took the photo above last summer…I would like to eat all of those blueberries right now..this parentheses has gotten too long…), maybe a trip to go apple picking, a hike (thanks to the gorgeous weather we’re supposed to have on Sunday), and plenty of iced coffee. I love all forms of coffee, but all I’ve been wanting is iced coffee lately. Anyway, I have a good feeling about the weekend and I am more than ready to get to it.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Make sure to take time for some of your favorite things. It’s good for you!

NYC Firefighters

posted on: Thursday, September 11, 2014

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There was a fire across the street from our old building in New York City last January while Adam and I were visiting. It’s the building that my mom lived in during my sophomore year of college and my sister lived in for a year or so after. I spent the summer of 2007 and much of the year there. It actually belongs to a family friend who rented it out to us and let us use it whenever it was empty. I grew up staying in that apartment for the many visits we made to NYC from the time I was in first grade and made my very first trip to the city that stole my heart and has yet to give it back.

Last January, while Adam and I were walking to get Absolute Bagels one morning, we walked out of the subway station to see so many of New York City’s firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze. It was breathtaking and a bit frightening, since the smoke was billowing against that place that meant so much to us (and I knew someone in the building). Thankfully, the building that was on fire was empty at the time and no one was seriously hurt, but to see so many of NYC’s firefighters on the scene was an incredible thing to see.

Another shout out to the New York City firefighters and firefighters everywhere, your job isn’t easy and is incredibly scary. Thank you, so much, for all that you do.

A Pear Tree

posted on: Thursday, September 11, 2014

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This is a tree that stands in the 9/11 memorial and it’s my favorite tree in the whole world.

From the 9/11 memorial website, “A callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.”

A tree that represents so much and is a small beacon of hope that came out of a day so dark for so many.

To those lost and those who lost loved ones on that horrible day, to the first responders, to firefighters everywhere, to everyone impacted on 9/11 and to the many that helped in the recovery in the long days after. To those who have fought and still fight for our freedom. To that city that I love so much. We will never forget.