My Beautiful Summer Recap <3

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summer is officially over now and as i look back on it, i can’t help but feel awed at life’s beauty, and all the pretty things that make it that way. of course there were hardships during the summer – a couple fights with loved ones, dealing with most of my family going through some transitions and more, but somehow i can look back and really only remember the roses and sparkles πŸ˜€ plus, i’ve learned what i need to learn from all this, which is the point isn’t it? and i stand here with a smile on my face and an excitement to continue on on my dream journey! πŸ™‚

well first off, there was so much music! i went to a few concerts including Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles, and my fellow musician Johnny Marnell’s band “Poppy’s Suitcase”! it was so amazing to be around so much music, i felt at home and so happy. it filled me with inspiration and sunshine, reminded me of why i’m a musician, and it tapped into the deepest part of me that loves music so crazy much. and as i wrote in my previous blog, My Auspicious End to August, a cover song i recorded at home was chosen to air on Women of Substance Radio! with all of this music in my life, it was like i could breathe again.

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i also wrote a blog/book review for Francesca Lia Block’s newest book, “Beyond the Pale Motel”, and got the highest number of hits on my website i’ve ever gotten in a day! and i was beyond honored to be asked to read and write for her! On My Love Affair with Books

i was also able to spend a lot of time in my favorite places, NYC, Woodstock, and the beach! one of my days in NYC, i wrote about in Summer Magic in New York City. and throughout the summer, i also hung out with Joseph trying the best ramen i’ve had yet at Momofuku Noodle Bar, shopping, and strolling around the streets of NYC taking in all the excitement and just feeling so happy just BEING there. i also hiked several times on beautiful trails, including in the beautiful Catskills with Joseph, and also with my favorite twin boy nephews πŸ™‚ we all also went to the beach on the Jersey Shore, after visiting my brother’s bubble tea shop at Rutger’s University. if you’re ever in the area, go visit him, he’s the good looking guy named Tomo!!

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on top of getting to spend a lot of time with my family and nephews, i also was lucky to have quality time with my friends (and their ADORABLE kids) Mary, Stacy, and Amber! i am a lucky lady to have so many wonderful people in my life!

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i also fell in love with cooking (and eating) an Indian masala curry dish with roasted chickpeas! i’ve always loved indian food, but to be able to make it now feels amazing πŸ™‚ and my new pair of Stuart Weitzman sandals are to die for, as well as my new everyday lip moisturizer/gloss obsession – Sugar Rose Shine Lip Treatment, by Fresh!

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BUT… i have saved the BEST for last – just very recently this month, my family was so VERY overjoyed to welcome into our family a new baby, my new nephew Cody!! he is the sunshine of our lives and is the cutest little jellybean ever. he makes whoever is holding him, smile, no matter what πŸ˜€

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so this is my glorious summer recap! and somehow, when i list everything out that happened that made me glow inside, it seems even more wonderful. and i end up thinking that yes, life can be hard, but really, can life really get any better?

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