Running Races in the Wedding World

Most probably think I gave up on this blog..a long time ago. Let's clarify; life just got in the way. Since I write this for fun as much as I wish I was getting paid to write lifestyle fun and findings, I have to hold a real, big girl job! And no it's not a professional traveler as I've been lately dreaming about. 

I started working with a floral design company here in Philadelphia. Weddings, events, oh my! As I meet with these anxious, excited, young brides and discuss color palette, textures, ambiance, I can't help to think how lucky I am that I stumbled upon  this position. From meeting with these interesting, extravagant and lovely ladies to setting each detail on their day...it's a rush. A rush of excitement, emotion, energy. A moment in life where time seems to speed up and slow down at the same time. Being able to create visions and dreams into reality is an indescribable feeling. To experiment with design..where ever your creative mind might wonder. It's an art. A fashion. A passion. 

In between these roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, and more I have been focusing on strength. On core balance. On positive energy. Running has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From running track and cross country to sprinting soccer fields at the age of 5... Running is in my blood.  I never thought decades later I'd be training for 10Ks, 10 milers and half marathons. The persistence, the patience, the endurance I have gained has not only taught me as I run races but also has proved true in my relationships as well as the brides I have met. Each day I continue to grow stronger. Physically and mentally. As my feet hit the payment I focus on my breath. Steady. Slow. A technique I once learned from my asthma doctor, belly breathing. This technique, in through the nose out through the mouth, slow..slower. Focusing and maintaining this breath came much easier after many yoga classes of tears, blood and sweat. Maybe not blood, but it was sure flowin! Ok maybe not tears either but definitely sweat. In and out through the nose became my best friend. Listening to your own breath, hearing your breath deep from within, stabilizes all else. The mind, body and soul. 

I won't say I mastered this, yet. As I feel you can always improve, but I will say I have found my strength, through my breath. This concept has also slowed and steadied my average day to day life. Notice the small things, smell the autumn air, hold a door for a stranger, say hello to your neighbor. These small gestures prove to return the good karma. I appreciate my life, my body and my health more than ever. Our health is everything and we have the choice to be healthy or not. To be strong or weak. To be negative or positive. So I'd like to start anew. I'd like to share with you more strength and energy. For now, let's catch up on the last year. Sit back and enjoy these moments of flowers, mountains, lakes, family, city views, races and more...  

December 2013- Dive into the floral world with a holiday party at Aramark and a Penns Landing Ice Skating rink adventure.

January 2014 - A view down Addison St, Philadelphia

A fulfilled February...

Cheers to 21! I can't believe my baby sister is legally drinking.. With me! March proved to be spontaneous!

Sedgley Woods Disc Golf 

May brought some sunshine! 

Broad Street Run

Yoga on the Steps 

We know the drummer... And the photographer. RIP Tangier...

A Waterworks Wedding

A New York view...

Back to PHL.. Working in the design industry has alot of perks.. New placed, new people, new views. This one in particular from Top of The Tower. A beautiful view of the Ben Franklin Parkway.  

 And Liberty One and Two.
So I would think by now you're starting to see where I've been getting a little 'caught up'.. 

I just can't help it...

From the Schuylkill river trail 

I love this city..this city is beautiful.

Can't wait to share more of these city adventures and travels elsewhere! I have plenty more to come. I promise I won't wait a year for my next post [pinkie swear]. In the meantime.. have a safe and happy holiday season! 


A quick fix... from the kitchen

I needed a quick shine... 

I wanted a quick shoe shine today.. well because I wanted my boots to shine! No more shoe shine… then I remembered I saw this trick once online. Worked like a charm! Spray on, wipe off. Genius! 


Need. To. Slow. Down.

That's right. Life and/or time just needs to slow down. Two months pass and I cannot find a decent excuse for two months absence, after all it was an exhilarating two months! On the other hand, where did two months go? 

Well, it went from weddings to dinners to runs to airplane rides. Fashion and tea following Irish culture to art, it was the smoothest sip of Jameson to my lips while taking in the rolling fields of green to my right and the Atlantic to my left. 

I designed the hand held bouquets and boutonnieres for my older sisters wedding. Gorgeous callas, the cream of the crop! A gorgeous venue with a stellar view..

(My nephew, the best man)

It is/was leaf peeping season! Her dress was to die for..a corseted back with floral appliques and embellishments. Sweetheart neckline.. Truly a beautiful bride. All the work and preparation felt like a blink.

(My beautiful niece Taylor)

Back to planning for two weeks. This felt more like a breath.. Maybe two. Before I knew it I was boarding a flight, destination Dublin. My younger sister is studying there for a semester, I envy her! My mothers first trip abroad went well. Even though her washcloths were not of custom, I think she enjoy all the natural and organic foods! Now all the walking that was entailed might be a different story. 

(Dublin Castle Architecture)

(Cliffs of Moher)

(The Liffey, Dublin)

(Kilkenny Castle Gardens)

(The oldest pub in Ireland)

(Shadows in Galway)


(This is Kea.. my little World traveler!)

(Official Whiskey Taster..HOLLAAAA)

Hope you have enjoyed a taste of two months time between New England and Ireland. I promise, I will not make this a habit.. Until we meet again, Cheers! 


A touch of adventure over one month...

And a day. 

The time table of one month sure can show you just how busy you've been. Not until you sit back and take a close look at your past month do you realize you may have forgot to smell the flowers. Although you saw them! 

From baseball to football the seasons have changed. Phillies games were on the horizon with the Schmitter® and Summer Ales (despite the unfortunate team state...) and now all I see is crock-pots, pumpkins, cut off sweat-shirts and a leader from 'live free or die'. 

Recently LiveLovePhilly has kept me on my toes... with not enough time that I would like to give my calves a rest. This area has opened my eyes and experience in an area unknown. Along the way I have captured some interesting photography, met some fine individuals and keep asking myself where to next in this intriguing field?! 

New England called me home as I wrapped up some details for my sisters big day the end of this month. Cannot believe it's this month!!! A nice step away from the city lights to relax, soak in some sunshine, hang with the family and admire the star speckled night sky. I was happy to see the seeds I gave my mom from the Philadelphia Flower Show had started to bloom. A lone sunflower showed its young, yellow petals. 

A weekend goes by fast.

Philadelphia has many cuisines. What does your palette crave? You can find it! From burgers, seafood, vegan and italian you may be overwhelmed with the choices. MGB and myself particularly enjoy the dry rub wings at Devils Alley. Paired with a 'special' of $2 domestic canned beers.. pumpkin's been on my brain. Dry rub to burgers.. we indulged! 

More recently we enjoyed dining at Morimoto. A delectable plate with an exquisite decor. We like to share so we typically get several plates and share everything. I cannot say I had a bad dish. Each was platted and portioned perfectly. Cooked to perfection! This upstairs lounge area is quite superb!  

Wanderlust Festival was on Saturday at The Piazza in Northern Liberties. What an amazing community turn out. A one day, free yoga block party for all ages. Guided sessions by some of the most influential instructors created a wave of energy, encouragement and inspiration. After partaking in a long training run for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon this Sunday, a nice warm stretch was just the ticket. Looking forward to 13.1 on Sunday.. and maybe more for the carb overload on Saturday! 

Come out and cheer me on!... Bib #6620