Sunday, November 30, 2014


It's not always easy to be thankful.  When I was writing patient progress notes at 1am Friday, I wasn't very thankful for my education and opportunities that allowed me to become a doctor.  When the next day I was grumpy that Aaron was busy hanging with my brother and "leaving me out," I wasn't thankful for an amazing husband that treats my family like his own.  So it can be important to take time and reflect.

Here is a short list of a few things I am thankful for
-I'm thankful for the new friends I've made in 2014 and the old ones I've kept, some have known me for over 20 years
-I am thankful for a house to live in...and decorate!
-I am thankful for family that lives near by, a Dad that fixes my car and a Mom that lets me bring food and toiletries from her house back to mine
-I am thankful for a super sweet selfless husband that inspires me to be a better person
-I am thankful for my patients, for the opportunity to help people and I live for my moments when my patients thank me and tell me I've made a difference in their lives

I am thankful.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Wishes

Christmas is sooo close!  So why not post a little wish list? :-)

I seriously love these shoes.  They retail for $525 (crazy!), but with sites like Ebay and Tradesy they're easily going for around $200 - the last 2 ebay auctions I followed my size went for around 195 each time.  I don't mind Aaron giving me a gift from one of those sites (or rather, me buying it with Aaron's approval).  I seriously think they could change my life.

I love my AG Legging ankle jeans and I'd love a pair in black.  Sometimes a pair of sleek black jeans really step up the glam factor.  These jeans, a cropped sweater and the booties above?? YES.

Lastly, on the budget friendly side of things, I really want some books!  This is a basically a snapshot of my Amazon wishlist.  I would like to have a really impressive bookshelf someday and many of these books are inspirational must-haves.   Maus is an amazing story of the author's father's experience as a Jew during the Holocaust.  Full Catastrophe Living is a book that serves an introduction to mindfulness.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was written by the editor-in-chief of Elle after he experienced a stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome.  Yes, you read that right.  He authored this book after he was locked-in.  He communicated by blinking only his left eye for 4 hours a day for 10 months to narrate this.  So, there is a fair preview of my book list and why I think they're amazing books that I would love to have in library. 

What's on your Christmas list??

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Phil & Amanda Get Hitched

Last month our friends Philip & Amanda got married!!! Is Amanda's dress not to die for???

The Merrimon-Wynne House, a new wedding venue in Downtown Raleigh

Yes, that is a paper plane flying in front of Amanda & Phil

 Friends...Emily (on the left) sang at my wedding!

Just as delicious as it was stunning

Aaron & I took some photos but none I liked enough to share!  I find that as you become a budding photographer (ha) you become really critical of photos people take on your camera.  Like I will tell my subjects to stand straight or fix their hair, or the lighting is bad etc.  Other people won't do that for you with your own camera!  Oh well :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Girl Crush

You guys, I feel like I've been around the world and back.  Since my last post, I've been to Charlotte, to DC and to my alma mater Hampton for their homecoming. It's been amaaazing. But right now the last thing I feel like doing is uploading pics!  So instead, let's talk fashion. :-)

Do you have a girl crush?  You know a girl whose style is effortless, she could make a paper bag look flawless?  For me that girl is Gala Gonzalez.  We go back.  I've been reading her blog,  Amlul, for about 6 years.  She's a socialite, DJ, Vogue reporter, blogger.  And she's perfect.  Let's let the photos speak for themselves.

She has a best friend, Miranda Marakoff.

She's clearly awesome, just in general.