Monthly Archives: April 2012

4/9/12 – A Life with Meaning

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“Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.” –  Tom Head

How do we live a life with meaning? You know, I got some hints from my moodscope.com today about this. It is a lot simpler than I think we give it credit.

“Our lives have meaning when we connect with those we value, who also value us. Our lives have meaning when we do things for others, sometimes without them knowing it, often without expecting thanks. Our lives have meaning when we take pleasure in small, simple joys.”

I think we make things more complicated than they are when we take the time to sit down and think about them upon closer, more intimate review. Want to live a life with meaning? Start with the few steps mentioned above. I feel a little more complete just reading them. When any idea or problem in life seems too large, break it down to its core. The answer is usually something so simple in the end.

Click this adorable girl below and read “7 Steps to Crafting an Amazing Life.”

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4/6/12 – Put Me In, Coach!

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“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years

Yesterday was the Cubs Opening Day at Wrigley Field. When I left for work at 8:30 my street was already full of fans in red, white and blue, drinking beer. The radio stations were all about baseball! Every station I switched to was talking about it, analyzing it, celebrating it and playing songs about it.  As I turned onto my street, “Centerfield” (Put Me In, Coach) came on. I immediately turned up the volume and started dancing around in my seat, so excited to hear a song I hadn’t heard in YEARS, when it hit me… I went back to the early 90s, sitting at Fulton County Stadium with my dad, chopping with a foam tomahawk, screaming at the top of my lungs while the two of us shared a bag of peanuts, and I LOST it!

I’m so glad I was by my office because I had to park my car. It’s crazy to me how songs, smells, tastes, even names can bring a memory to life right before your eyes. As hard as it was to be in that place in my mind, and to feel what I was feeling, I am SO grateful for memories. They held on to the person I loved, who I was, and the things I never want to lose. If it weren’t for memories like these, I wouldn’t be able to relive all the amazing times I had with my dad. Going to Braves games and throwing a baseball in my front yard with him are some of my favorite memories. So I guess I’m grateful to the Chicago Cubs for setting up the platform for the radio stations yesterday, it’s not every day you hear “Centerfield.” I’m going to the game on Tuesday and can hardly wait to have some peanuts for my dad. Instead of sprite I’ll be enjoying a beer though haha It ain’t the 90s no mo’ Pops!

If you haven’t heard it in awhile, you should, especially my fellow Atlanta Braves’ fans. Makes my heart smile! 🙂 I have linked it below.

4/3/12 – Marcee Manglardi, Enough Said

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“As hard as it is and as tired as I am, I force myself to get dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, or have a sleepover. Otherwise my life is just work.” – Jennifer Lawrence

I will preface this blog with this: I love ALL of my girlfriends with all of my heart, today I just feel the need to highlight one in particular 😉     (As I do from time to time) With that said, I shall continue…

I moved to Chicago almost 4 years ago. A new city, a new region, a new school, new winters, NO friends! This wasn’t my first rodeo at this, but it certainly gets harder with age. My life consisted of working 8 to 5 and class 6 to 9, Bailey getting the rest of my time. There was little room for meeting new people outside of work and school. I worked with amazing girls and went to school with just as amazing people. But there is one girl who has become like family to me, my Italian sister in Chicago. Her family has become my Italian family up here and has opened their arms to me for every holiday, family get together and outing and it’s about damn time I give Marcee Manglardi a shout out.

We met in Grad School and were both intimidated by one another at the beginning, we learned later on, but once we broke that wall down, I knew she would be in my life for forever. This girl will drop any and everything for a friend. Barely knowing me she helped me through the worst time of my life and has celebrated my father with me ever since. She never misses a chance to check in, make sure all is alright, help me with work problems, life problems and personal problems (let’s be real). Well today was no different, she just reminded me why she is a part of MY “family” now and why I love her so much and cherish her friendship.

THANK YOU, Marcee Manglardi, for being AMAZING and for making me feel like a million dollars today when you said this to me! Not sure what I’d do without you…

“You know what kind of girl you are, you are a strong girl, with dignity and class…you are a girl who works very hard in your job and in your life and wants to share that hard work with someone who appreciates it. you are a girl with a heart that loves giving and making people smile and you do it for the genuine joy it brings you. you are a girl who is respectful and will put herself second to the needs of others even if it compromises your own immediate happiness. you are a girl who is compassionate and understanding and BRAVE for willing to put herself out there for someone she barely knows. THAT’S the kind of girl you are.”

And I feel the EXACT same way about YOU, my love! THIS is what girlfriends are for, and THIS is just one example proving that I have the best friends in this world! Be jealous, be veeeeeery jealous  😉 If you ever need a fill in girlfriend, I have a damn good shelf of them! Maybe I’ll let you borrow one from time to time 😉 A little Rascal for you below, Marc!

4/1/12 – My Brother, My Best Friend

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“You’re my best buddy, my favorite friend, We’ll always be pals, from now until the end!” – Author Unknown 

“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring – quite often the hard way.” – Pamela Dugdale 

You know, it’s funny how my view of life changes on a daily basis. Love, friendship, family, these are 3 specific areas of life that grow in meaning to me all the time, sometimes by the minute. When we are children we learn that love is puppies and candy, friendship is sharing Gushers and Capri Suns at lunch and family is sitting around the table eating dinner and going to Grammie’s on Sundays because that’s what you are supposed to do. As we reach middle school love is the boy across the room with the cool haircut and mysterious eyes whom you write about on your notebooks, friendship is writing notes and inventing nicknames for one another and family is that group of people at home that dictate you life and give you rides. High school is ten times more complicated and the definition for all three, upon reflection, was so far off that I don’t even want to think about it.

I could go on and on into college and into your 20s, so on and so forth, but I think you get the point. I will be turning 30 in a few months and I can tell you that there is one thing that I have learned about all three of these things…they are one in the same. Love is friendship, friendship is love, love is family and family is friendship. It’s that simple. They are synonymous to me. I try to find the differences in them, and, although there are some, they are slight and situational.

Why do I bring this up? Because today is my brother’s 32nd birthday and it blows my mind that we have grown up so fast. I’ve thought about him all day, and about how our relationship has grown and morphed over the years. Through the ups and downs, the tears and laughs, the one thing I kept thinking is that having a brother is what love friendship and family is. When I was younger the last person I probably wanted to talk to about things was my brother, and now I can’t think of any other person I’d rather call first.

He doesn’t judge, he’s not too busy and he just gets me in a way that I don’t think anyone else can. Siblings have been there every step of the way, they have seen you at your worst and your best and at the end of the day, no matter how hard it may have been, they love you, because they are family, they are love and they are forever friends.

Happy Birthday Nate! I love you so much. Thank you for helping me to understand the definitions of love, friendship and family. Thank you for seeing me for who I am, loving that person and for being such a huge part of making me the woman I have become and continue to be. Through our struggles and successes, you have taught me how to be strong, forgiving, accepting, scared, loving, caring, patient and loyal. Thank you!

Attached to this photo is “My Wish” for YOU