My 2017 Intention

In 2016 I chose the word settle as my intention. I anticipated a quieter year, with less obvious growth and change, and I wanted a word that would help me feel grounded and at peace even as I saw big things happening for the people around me. After all the change that came with 2015, I wanted 2016 to be a restorative year. And I think it really was.

But looking forward, it seems 2017 will be a year of adventuring. We’ll be taking our honeymoon trip to Italy in March (Derek’s first time abroad). I hope we spend the summer hiking and day-tripping around the Pacific Northwest. We’ll be in Colorado in the fall. And maybe if I’m really good, I can convince Derek to spend Christmas in Hawaii. 🙂

I also see some professional growth on the horizon for 2017. But I also know that in order to get there, I’ll need to have some honest conversations about what I want and how I can best contribute to the team.

And, finally, I have some personal goals that I hope to accomplish in the new year, like running a 10K in under an hour, making more time to write, and maybe even getting a little more involved in our growing Everett community.

So I’ve decided to set be brave as my 2017 intention.

I hope 2017 brings fearless travels, courage at work, and the confidence to achieve more, share more and give more.

If you’re reading this, thank you. I know I haven’t shared much in the last few years but I’m hoping to make it more of a priority in the year to come.

Cheers to a bold, beautiful and brave 2017!

Intentions from years past:

2016- settle

2015- focus

2014- enjoy

 

Top Sixteen of 2016

16. Turning 30. (July)

15. Buying a new car. (May)

14. Taking on more writing projects at work. (February-December)

13. A Sunday night wedding in Bellingham. (December)

12. The Lumineers concert. (June)

11. A long weekend in Portland exploring and watching Erin marry her love. (August)

10. Celebrating my sister’s 21st birthday in Leavenworth. (January)

9. Hiking old favorites and exploring new trails. (May-November)

8. Moving into our own place in Everett. (March)

7. Finding out that I’m going to be aunt again. (October)

6. Establishing healthier eating habits. (November)

5. Celebrating our first anniversary. (July)

4. A long weekend in New England with my grandparents and dear friends. (October)

3. Girls trip to Austin. (May)

2. Watching my brother and his best friend open their own bar. (February)

1. Finishing the half marathon–and training all summer long with Derek. (September)

My 2016 Intention

2015 was a big year. Essentially everything about my life changed; I moved cross-country, got married, and started a new job. It was a year full of love and celebration and excitement, but there was also a lot of anxiety, long discussions and difficult choices. It was probably my most beautiful and, simultaneously, my most challenging year to date.

And so, for 2016, I’ve chosen the word settle as my intention.

With all these life changes behind us, it’s time for me and Derek to settle into our new lives. For me to settle into my new job. For Derek to settle into his dissertation work. In the spring, we’ll settle into our own apartment. We’ll settle back into Seattle. And of course, we’ll settle into our marriage.

I’m anticipating a quieter year, a year where our growth will be a little harder to see from the outside. I’m looking forward to a little more consistency and less chaos. I guess this is a sign of growing up—when a year of just living my life as it is sounds great, but that’s where I’m at.

But I know myself, too. I worry that I’ll grow bored of the quiet and start looking for change. I hope I can remember this intention in those moments, and instead appreciate this period of relative peacefulness in my life. I hope for myself to make 2016 a restorative year that sets the stage for whatever might come next. Because sometimes you just need some rest, you know?

To every sweet person who supported me in 2015, thank you. Your love and encouragement means more than you know. Cheers to an amazing 2016!

An Overdue Update

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Hi friends, It’s been too long. Since I last wrote many exciting things have happened including:

– a visit from Chantha

– a girl’s night trip to a Connecticut casino

– a job interview

– many date nights

– the start of a running routine

– a job resignation and a job acceptance

– a Duck Tour around Boston

– a lovely Memorial Day weekend at my Aunt’s lakehouse

– a fun dinner party with some (former) co-workers

For the sake of brevity, I won’t go into all the details. But I do want to tell you a little more about my new job! About a month ago I started working for a new company. It is in the same industry (that would be print and promotional products), but the company is much larger than my previous place of employment. My position is fairly similar to what I have been doing since moving to Boston, managing the marketing efforts of the company.

This new company is based out of Cleveland…but I’m not moving there. I was fortunate to take the position as a remote office–which means I primarly work out of my tiny Boston apartment with the occasional trip to the Cleveland office. That means Derek and I spend a lot of time together at home. 🙂 And the best news is that I have more flexibility in my schedule so I’ll be in Washington for almost a month this summer! Working, of course, but still–I’ll have time to see you all.

It’s been an adjustment, but so far I’m really happy with my decision. I’m thankful that I no longer have an hour commute each way to work. It’s a teeny bit lonely without the social aspect of an office, but I’m getting to know my new colleagues and making lots of plans with the friends I made at my last job. The pros definitely outweigh the cons.

So that’s my big news. What’s new in your life?

xo,
A

Top Twelve of 2012

12. Finally joining the iPhone club (December)

11. Planning and executing a huge work event without any major problems (June)

10. My 1st Veganniversary (September)

9. Spending time with Chris before he moved far, far away (January)

8. Girl’s night out at Foxwoods with Laurie, Lauren, Lisa and Ashley (November)

7. Birthday trip to the beach (July)

6. A promotion at work (May)

5. Katie’s wedding (September)

4. Visiting NOLA (January)

3. Doug and Megan’s Thanksgiving visit (November)

2. Watching my sister’s graduation speech (June)

1. Moving in with Derek (July)

A Photoless Update

Hello and happy fall my friends. The weather in New England has cooled off, the leaves are changing and it’s prime time for all things cozy–my favorite time of the year. It’s startling how fast the days go by even though they are fairly routine. I really don’t have anything new or exciting to report, but I figured it was time to check in.

D and I are settling into a routine in our apartment (although I’m sufficiently jealous of his routine since he only has to set an alarm two days a week). The space suits us nicely and we’ve started to do some exploring around the neighborhood by way of weekly date nights. I wish I was home a little more–my commute consumes almost two hours each day. But I’m trying to make the best of it. I know that I promised a more complete photo tour awhile ago but the truth is, we’re still not done. After the initial rush of buying new stuff and setting up the apartment passed, we’ve lost our motivation and budget to finish up the last few details. If we ever finish, I will post a tour.

Work is pretty much the same. We’re trying to hire a part-time marketing/graphic design assistant to help out the marketing department. If we find the right person it will be great. I could definitely use the help. Plus, I’m scheduled to do some traveling for events next year so I’ll need to have someone back at the office to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Derek is hard at work studying for his comp exams. He’s also prepping to speak at conference this weekend and making plans to teach a food history course in January. He’s a busy little smarty pants–I’m so proud of him and his dedication. But also a little jealous of the books he spends so much time with. 🙂 We’ve discussed taking a short vacation after he passes his exam–any suggestions of where to go? I’m voting Italy but I don’t think D’s on board financially.

Everything else is good. I miss my friends and family back home, but I’m very excited that Doug and Mego will be spending Thanksgiving in Boston with us. (I’ve already started mentally planning the vegan menu and it’s gonna be good.)

Much love to you all,

A

Happy July!

Hope you haven’t been worried about me in my absence. Everything is fine over here. Busy, but fine.

Last week I helped organize and run a GIANT event for my office. We hosted over 300 people in Boston for 3 days. As you can imagine, there was lots to do prior to the show. And then I was stuck in a Boston hotel with no computer and no time to do anything other than work. But the event was big success. It was mostly an educational trip for our customers, but we had two fancy smancy dinner parties in the city as well. Even though I was working the event, I still had a nice time. And the venues were amazing. Check out these photos that my friend Lauren took:

The party planners–we rocked it. Photo by Lauren Lee Photography and Design.

Photo by Lauren Lee Photography and Design.

Photo by Lauren Lee Photography and Design.

So this event ended last Tuesday and I spent the rest of the week exhausted. I finally caught up on my sleep over the weekend. I think I may have slept more than 15 hours on Friday night (are you proud or what Rebecca?)

And now D and I are planning our move to the city. As much as I’m looking forward to our new apartment, I could really do without the hassle of moving. Plus I still don’t have a parking spot secured. And we can’t agree on a couch. But these details will work themselves out, I’m sure.

My summer is moving at a rapid pace already. Between moving, travel and more work events, I don’t think things will be slowly down anytime soon. So you’ll have to make due with sporadic and random posts for now. I do promise a photo tour of the new apartment once it’s presentable.

Miss you all.

Love,

A

p.s. Happy almost birthday to most favorite big brother! I’m already anticipating that you won’t answer when I call. But presents are in the mail so don’t think I forgot about you! I hope 28 treats you right. Miss you for real.

Life Updates

So Derek moved in with me a couple of weeks ago and I have been one happy girl. I’ve been counting down the days until we would live together ever since we moved to New England. It’s so nice to have him around. There are some adjustments and compromises that need to be made for us both to be comfortable, but in general–it’s the best. I wish we were moving into Boston sooner, but at least I have his company in the meantime.

In other news, work has been cray-zay. I’ve really been struggling to keep up with everything. I think there is an end in sight though. I’m one of the event managers for a big, three day event in Boston at the end of June and I’m crossing my fingers that things slow down once that is over. I’m thankful for my job, but I’d like to keep a balance between work and play.

And, speaking of play, I am flying home in just three days! My little sis is graduating from high school and I’m thrilled that I can be there to celebrate her accomplishments. She’s amazing (just like all my siblings) and I’m looking forward to some much needed family time.

I hope all is well with you. Here’s to the start of a beautiful and busy summer!

Love,

A

p.s. Congratulations to my bestest friend and her fiance! Love you Rebecca!

Good Things

I’m having the best day at work today. For real, the BEST day. Wanna know why? Ok, I’ll tell you…

First, I’m getting an intern. I’ve been hoping/asking for an intern for months and now that dream is coming true. And we’re not wasting any time–he starts on Wednesday.

Second, the prospect kit I developed last winter won an industry award. To be specific, it won first place as the best promotional campaign in the print and packaging industry. I certainly didn’t work on it alone, but I was a key player. And it feels real good to win.

Finally (I saved the best news for last), I got a promotion! You can now proudly state that you know the Marketing & Communications Manager for iPROMOTEu. [happy dancing and high-five’s to all]

BEST.DAY.EVER. I don’t know what I did to deserve so much good news all in one day. It’s quite overwhelming. But I am thankful and elated.

Now if only 5:30 would get here faster so I could celebrate properly.

Today

If you were to ask how my day went, this would be my reply:

9:30- meeting

11:00- meeting

1:00- meeting

2:00- meeting

3:00- meeting

3:30- conference call

4:30- conference call

6:00- doctor’s appointment

7:00- beer

Office life is kinda ridiculous sometimes. Hope you had a good one.

Love,

A

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