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Every Year is a New Adventure – Here’s to an Extraordinary 2015!

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A few months ago, someone handed me this sticker.  It is such a fantastic reminder of staying in the present, appreciating all that is around you and having fun.  In other words, live the type of life that stories are made of.

Reflecting back on this past year, I’d never expect to be saying the words, “My 2014 was what screenplays are based on”.  In other words, I (happily) lived a great story!  Below is my recap.

It’s Better to Have Loved and Lost, Particularly if You Grow From it!

2013 brought a fairytale to my life – one that few understand unless you experience it for yourself (or you are close enough to me, to have witnessed it unfold).  Whether you have known someone for 6 weeks, 6 months, or 60 years, people constantly evolve and sometimes, it doesn’t happen in the harmony you had hoped for.  I was lucky (with no regrets) to take a huge risk in love and although we’ve decided to part ways this year as good friends (please join me in wishing him the best – he’s a good person), I am proud to have learned so much about myself in this process.  Like my dad always says, “Everything happens for a reason”.  I am very eager and excited to see what this new year will hold – both in love and in other aspects of my life.  But if there is one thing I’ve learned (above anything else), is to just go with the flow and enjoy 🙂

Speaking of Loves, There’s a New One In My Life!

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As almost everyone has seen, a little furry bundle came into my life one week before my birthday, this past summer.  Leo Devolites is now 7 months old, loves to play fetch, has learned some new tricks and can be found snoozing under furniture.  He loves long walks on the beach (and chasing seagulls), squeaky toys (particularly when you’re watching TV) and car rides with the top down.  He’s the best addition to my life and such a joy.  He’s excited for all the new adventures that will happen next year.  “Mom” is excited for doggy day camp, hiring a dog walker next spring and wearing him out 🙂

Exploring the World Feeds My Soul

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Traveling is the number one biggest “must have” in my life.  I love the thrill of exploring new places, taking long drives and seeing even the same scenery from a different perspective.  This year, my traveling took me to: Grand Rapids, Nashville (my first time at the Grand Ole Opry!), Dallas, Las Cruces, San Diego, Barcelona, Los Angeles (several times), San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

I’ve experienced the California coast line from the train, played tour guide (up and down the coast) to countless friends, and have done enough wandering to appreciate the beauty in my surroundings.

In the first half of 2015, my travels (so far) will take me to Birmingham, Washington D.C., Salt Lake City (Sundance!) San Francisco, Bahamas, Budapest, Greece and Italy!  I can’t wait to see where else my travels will take me, feeding my soul just a little bit more along the way!

I’m Taking on a Side Job as a Professional Mover. (Not quite.)

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My beautiful view in San Diego.

This past May, I made the “great move” to San Diego, eager (and excited) to start a new life.  Through the vision of being by the beach everyday, hiking, walking, running, yoga, etc., I was looking forward to a more active lifestyle. Over the last six months, I’ve discovered that perfect weather and beaches nearby cannot replace the fact that the Washington, D.C. Metro Area is (and always will be) home.  I’m so blessed to have an amazing, beautiful and successful group of friends in my life who have made me realize that home is where the heart is and as discovered, the rest of me needs to join that vital organ back where I belong.  On May 9th/10th, Leo and I will have packed up our belongings, shipped everything off and will be heading home FOR GOOD!  (He says he’s excited to mix with D.C. dogs, as these SoCal ones are too laid back 🙂 ) We promise this is it and that the next time we move, it will be into a purchased home!

When Do You Find Time to Work With All This Adventure?

I’ve been super blessed to be with the same company for the last three years (who have been very understanding of my indecisiveness on living locale) and really love what I do!  I’ve learned an immense amount about the innovation space, constantly seeking new ways to contribute and new ways to learn.  In the last year, I’ve gotten to work with some incredible companies that have helped me to grow professionally, turning me into a thought leader.  I have many professional goals for 2015 but the biggest being innovation game development that excites people about these types of programs!

Yes, I Also Have Hobbies Wedged In There

When people ask me what else I do with my life, I tell them I love to throw dinner parties, drink great wine, cook, shop, and write – the last two being the passions I spend the most time at.

As some of you know, I was the Director of Marketing for Tysons Galleria a few years back, which then turned into an opportunity to write a weekly fashion column for Washington Life Magazine.  I resigned from that post at the end of last year to focus on the move to San Diego, as well as all the other things going on in my life at the time.  But, there is still no escaping the fact that I love fashion – it’s part of who I am.  In the last month, my Pinterest account is getting a lot more attention, as I decided to follow my passion of constructing complete looks for particular travels ( it’s Sundance at the moment).  It is my goal that (aside for being discovered for Street Style in Park City :-D), I can contribute to some fashion publications again, as I can’t imagine not staying involved!

And, while on the subject of writing, I’m two chapters into my untitled novel!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my blog post on it here.  It is quite a laborious process and one that I am glad I am going through.  My goal by the end of 2015: Get it out to publishers with a solid marketing plan!

Here’s to Another Great Year of Living Your Story!

With all that has happened and all that I have to look forward to, I am excited to create the next chapter in the new year! Stay tuned for the same cast of characters (with a few new ones along the way) and what my story will hold.  Here’s to a fabulous new year for each of you.  Thank you for being a part of my life and Happy New Year!