7 Life Lessons from 2017

If 2017 was a drinking game a lot of us would be beyond drunk. As an optimist I’m obligated to find the bright spots and the moments of celebration from 2017. Last year I made a list of things not to bring into 2017. This year I took a different approach and hope to bring…

28: Bites of Wisdom

      Never apologize for who you are or what you feel especially if you’re okay with it. Don’t break yourself bending over backwards to help everyone. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself because life is short and you’re going to need that laugh. With confidence, anything is possible just be certain you…

New Orleans: Krewe du Vieux

I think birthdays are literally a celebration of life. An anniversary of birth shouldn’t just be acknowledged but freakin celebrated and after the year with the limo, exploration of Pittsburgh and the high standard of parties my parents set for me the only thing left to do was gather my gals for a quick getaway….

Women’s March on Pittsburgh

Why I Marched on Saturday Saturday, January 21st the Women’s March on Pittsburgh wasn’t my first and probably won’t be my last time protesting. Over 25,000 men and women from all walks of life marched from the Pittsburgh City County Building to Market Square. Such a large turnout jam packed the square to the point…

& Retail Therapy

“The schedule was wrong. I can’t find you relief for a break so here’s a $20 gift card instead.” “Why must we form one line? He wants to play the lottery and I want to return all my groceries. I’m in a hurry.” Everyone was always in a hurry especially during the holiday season. I’ll…

& Vacay Shenanigans

I have no idea who created the stereotype that only retirees go on cruises but I’m okay with that because that’s more adventure for me to enjoy. My first cruise was a three day voyage to Nassau in the Bahamas and it was enough to get me hooked and anchored to Carnival. I haven’t cruised…

& How I Met Your Mother

My first serious relationship went on and off for a few years shy of a decade. We were the definition of “It’s complicated” before it was a relationship title. But we also came from the generation where at one point text messaging was costly and calls had to happen after seven. Technology wise it was…

& To Lou

Last night I partied with my grandfather in my dreams. Pappy had on that sharp blue suit  The one where when he walked down the street he immediately turned heads.  People would say, “I saw Lou and he’s still looking sharp.” There was music at this party It was a family affair and was as…

& Happy Mom’s Day

Love my mother so I wrote her a poem. Every year I write her a different one. This year’s just came with a slideshow. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. 🙂 She’s my first best friend. I didn’t pick her, she picked me. She’s changed my diapers, wiped my snotty nose and…

#FBF College Memories

This is an old piece I found in my Facebook notes. 😊 2011 seems so long ago.   As the end of my senior year slowly creeps upon me, I’m starting to look back at the things college has taught me. So many people convinced me beforehand that college was not the real world but…

& Direction

Dear High School Senior, You”re probably finished or scheduled your SATs and you’re excited and or nervous about finishing high school. Excited because after twelve years, you’ve finished high school and nervous because you know that you have no idea what’s ahead but you do know everything is going to change. College is cool but it’s…

& Happy Mon(Daè) -002

The Steelers didn’t make the Super Bowl this year so I didn’t watch it. I figured I’d catch the commercials on Youtube and I’d flip to the channel when the halftime show was on and boy it didn’t disappoint. Bruno and Bey killed it! It wasn’t like I was expecting anything less. Let’s just say…