In 2018, I am looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.
As I sit here writing at my dining room table I reflect on of 2017’s treasures. A lot of these treasures are right here in this house and serve as my inspiration – let’s be honest making a house your home takes time. I’m in the works of finishing up my dining room and wanted to share some bits and pieces of the progress. Ironically enough, my life (like my dining room) is a work in progress and wanted to share my thoughts on 2018 as well.
In March, I will turn 25 and I refuse to live this year feeling as if I’m enduring a quarter-life crisis (thanks, John Mayer). Although I am beyond blessed to have a great job and great relationships I feel as if I still don’t understand my true purpose and that is truly scary. Don’t get me wrong, 2017 was a beautiful and valuable year. I learned a lot about who I am and I fully intend to take all of 2017’s lessons and grow from them in 2018.
The biggest takeaways or growing pains for me are when I look back on the days in 2017 when I feel as if I was merely just surviving when it comes to being a good employee, girlfriend, daughter, friend, and dog mom. I know, I know, I sound just like every other 20-something millennial but bear with me…As I was driving to work the other morning, I was listening to “The Magnolia Story” on Audible when Joanna passionately preached about the idea of “thriving rather than surviving”. Admittedly, this hit me like a ton of bricks. You see, because, just as she mentioned, if you are going through life just solely surviving on a day-to-day basis. What are you going to do when a big tidal wave of trouble heads your way? You will only drown as you are barely afloat as it is. If you are thriving, however, nothing can ever get you down enough to not make it through.
So, this blog is my outlet. It’s a place to keep me in check. A place to look back to in the future and reflect on the beginning of where I truly learned to love my life and the world itself. To make sure that I document the highs and see through rose-colored lenses. Enjoy some of the updates on my dining room, along with a beautiful excerpt on La Vie En Rose a-la Audrey Hepburn, below.
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We shall be graduating next week, and I shall be getting my diploma. I want to thank you now for the two most wonderful years of my life. I shall always love you for sending me here.
It is late at night, and someone across the way is playing “La Vie En Rose”. It is the French way of saying, “I am looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses,” and it says everything I feel. I have learned so many things, Father. Not just how to make vichyssoise or calf’s head with sauce vinaigrette, but a much more important recipe. I have learned how to live… how to be in the world and of the world… and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run away from life… or from love, either.
I am taking the plane home on Friday, Father. You needn’t pick me up at the airport. I’ll just take the Long Island Railroad and you can meet me at the train– the 4:15. If you’d have any difficulty recognising your daughter, I shall be the most sophisticated woman at the Glen Cove Station.“