Happy New Year!

Happy 2016! I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday and New Year. Drew and I had a wonderful time visiting family and friends in both Virginia and North Carolina over the holidays. Our New Year’s was pretty low-key, and we enjoyed dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, a game of Carcassone, and a movie at home before watching the ball drop. I spent New Years Day finishing up my fellowship application for the PEO Scholar Award (*fingers crossed*), and then we feasted on our traditional New Years meal of lobster and roasted veggies before seeing Star Wars (which was absolutely amazing). I have really enjoyed a much needed break and am spending today finishing up errands and preparing to head back to work tomorrow.

As we have eased into 2016, I have spent a good deal of time thinking over this past year. It was a doozy and can best be described as a roller coaster ride. The fall/early winter has been particularly hard for our families and we are all looking forward to a fresh start. That being said, despite the hard times, this really has been a great year. I have been blessed with amazing friends and family who have been with us every step of the way on our roller coaster of a year. Drew and I took amazing trips all over the country together, creating a ton of fun memories. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work in a field/profession that I love and have grown immensely from the interactions with my colleagues, clients, and patients.

Tomorrow, I will be posting my goals for the New Year, but today I thought it would be fun to review the highlights from each month. As I prepared this, I reminded that despite the challenges we have faced, the good has outweighed the bad. Drew and I made a commitment to each other at the beginning of grad school to spend quality time together each day, and take a least a FULL day off each week from work/electronics to enjoy each others company (we are best friends, after all). We really tried to honor this commitment in 2015, and had some amazing adventures as a result!


Spent the first day of 2015 hiking Crowders Mountain


Cheered on the Carolina Panthers at the NFL Playoffs



Celebrated the Super Bowl (of chili) with good friends



Attended a reading by favorite author, David Sedaris, at the Belk Theatre
Had a fabulous ladies weekend gallivanting around Asheville, NC with my sister in-law Claire and some of her best ladies



Went zip-lining and hiked Pilot Mountain
Frolicked around with San Antonio’s finest during Fiesta under the guise of while presenting my research at the Society for Behavioral Medicine meeting



Successfully completed my 2nd year of grad school and took a trip to Universal Studios to celebrate
Traveled to Diagon Alley to embrace my inner Hufflepuff nature along side two of my best friends



Turned 29 and  Drew wisked me away on an amazing birthday weekend trip to Florida (this photo is from atop a lighthouse in Miami)
Hiked through alligator holes in the Everglades with Drew (he hiked barefoot and his foot made friends with a little leech…he is very crazy brave!)
Went on an airboat tour of the Everglades (this trip was amazing)
Took in the sights at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, FL



Spontaneously decided to drive to Chicago, IL to see the last three shows of the Grateful Dead
Joined millions of Deadheads and took over Chicago on Fourth of July weekend
Celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary!


Took in the majesty of Niagara Falls and the sights/tastes of Toronto, CAN under the guise of while presenting research at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention



Headed to Arrington, VA to boogie down at the Lockn’ music festival with my dad!


My friend, Anne Marie, introduced me to the glory that is Dr. Who. Spent the rest of the month catching up on episodes and trying to figure out how to build a tardis 😉



Supported the APA Division 19 (military psychology) by organizing a holiday card drive for local veterans. UNCC students signed over 150 cards which were delivered to local area veterans over the holiday season!


Watched my sister, Analisse, blaze up the track at VA Tech at her winter invitational meet
Had a blast escaping from prison with my family in Washington, DC
Embraced our inner Elf-spirit on Christmas. Had an amazing time celebrating with both my family and Drew’s!

I hope your 2015 was amazing as well! What were your highlights? If you blogged about it, please leave a comment with a link to your blog 🙂 Happy 2016!



…and we’re back! This semester is crazy crazy crazy and I have neglected this little portion of hyperspace. So, lets bring it back 🙂

We had an awesome weekend. First, it finally stopped raining and we saw the sun for what seems like the first time in weeks. Riding the Vitamin D high, we were thrilled to welcome my friend/cousin Millie and her husband, Michael, for the weekend. Michael, or should I say “The Beast”, came down from Charlottesville, VA to run in a Spartan obstacle-course race in South Carolina. I had never heard of these races, but hearing a little more about them from M & M, they sound very intense! There are several different types (i.e., a sprint 5k and 8k) and this was a half-marathon with over 30 obstacles thrown in for “fun” along the way (such as climbing a rope with no knots, crawling under barbed wire in freezing water, and throwing a spear in true spartan style). This is Michael’s third of the year. After completing all three different races, he is officially the proud owner of the title of “Spartan Trifecta Beast”.

Congrats, Mike–you are officially very in shape. May your heart live long and prosper, which I think it will.

As yoga is more my thing I stayed home and hung out with Millie. It was great–she taught me about essential oils, we played games, and watched John Oliver. I did absolutely no work and it was glorious!

I continued self-care Saturday into Sunday, brunching at the Crispy Crepe with Alyssa and checking out the Pop-Up Vintage Charlotte Market at the NC Music Factory. It was lovely and I am feeling quite recharged as I sit here, sipping hot apple cider and preparing to work.

All weekends should be this lovely. Here’s to a happy, stress-free, and dry week.