Friday, June 27, 2014

Life Updates!


Happy Friday!!

I can't begin to explain my absence from this little space on the Internet. I miss blogging, I miss the interaction, I miss you all. I've been trying to get into the groove of the new position (which I'm still loving) and balance some new commitments, responsibilities and exciting endeavors. 

As my re-entry post into the world of blogging, I think an update is due. 

Last we spoke, I shared photos of my first Miami Heat game, my sassy but sweet Manchester Terrier Mix, Lulu and a brief introduction of my new job.

The highlights of April has got to be the epic BFF vacation trip that I took with my girls and my appointment to my city's Art Commission board! 

San Juan, Puerto Rico was the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and awesomeness! It was my first visit but certainly not my last! The entire experience was awesome and deserving of a post of its on so look out for that :)

The Arts Commission Board has been an awesome experience thus far! We are planning the 2nd International Kinetic Art Symposium and everything is coming together nicely!

The top three highlights of May was the celebration of four years with my boyfriend. We kept our celebration simple with a staycation of Miami Beach. Far enough to feel like an away trip but close enough to be a quick getaway! 

The other highlight, was an opportunity to speak to one of my former professor's classes. I accepted an invitation to speak to the Administrative Law class about regulation, the administrative process and public administration overall. I loved it!! I feel so alive when I'm standing in front of a room talking about a topic I'm passionate about: public administration!

The last and quite possibly most amazing highlight was my best friend graduating from medical school! After 17 years of friendship, I couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments, her determination and her bright future. She is going to make an amazing doctor and I can't wait to see what God does for her!

Highlight: Fellowship! 

Just a few months ago, I joined a wonderful church family and have enjoyed the fellowship. Being a Christian is above all about relationship. Relationship with Christ, encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ and sharing the Good News of Salvation and Hope for a hurting and lost world. 

From pre- and post- church gatherings, pool parties, beach-side brunches and most importantly sharing encouragement and accountability. 

For the past six months, the ladies of the church have been participating in a Secret Sister pen pal/gifting correspondence that I've been loving!!

Over the next couple of days, I'll expand on all of these highlights filled with photos, details and other fun facts! 

Until next time

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Celebration Continues!!

Hi friends!!

I hope that everyone is doing well! The past couple weeks have certainly been a period of adjustment and new beginnings! 

While I can't go into crazy detail about my new position, I can definitely share with you that I am loving it so far! 

One of my favorite classes during my Masters in Public Administration program was Administrative Law. Administrative Law is less about what is " Is the policy right?" but more of "Was the policy executed properly?" What I love about government is the increased interest in transparency and cultivating a culture of integrity in public service. 

Compliance is sometimes a challenging and frustrating aspect of accountability but happy to promote integrity in government :)

In other news, I've had an exciting and enjoyable past couple of weeks celebrating with some of my best friends. 

My bff who I blogged about here completed her fourth year of medical school! Woohooo!!! So very proud of her and so happy to have been a part of that moment!!

My awesome boyfriend celebrated his birthday last weekend and we had such a fun-filled weekend! In addition to trying out a new restaurant, we partied hard and watched the Miami Heat take down the New York Knicks and secure a place in the playoffs!!! 

The Miami Heat are definitely White Hot!! 

Could you believe it was my FIRST game?!? Sooo much fun!!! Dos Minutos!!!!!!!

The cutest thing ever!!! Top Right photo is off Miss Lulu and her posse :)

Before I go, I just discovered this adorable video for Nabi and it has the cutest commercial ever!!

Boostin' My Style?! How adorable is this?

Well, that's all I have to share today! We'll definitely catch up some more soon!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Loving Lulu

Hi friends!

About a month ago, Paul and I were driving home and we took a new route, as we were passing the Animal Control and Care Center, I knew we just had to stop in and see the puppies! 

In case you're wondering, its never a good idea to stop in and see the puppies. We had walked through practically the entire animal shelter when we came across this adorable little face who looked super scared and super small compared to the pit-bulls and huge dogs we had seen around the corner. 

Day 1 pic. She was still getting acquainted with her new surroundings.

Lulu is a Manchester Terrier Mix, approximately 1 year and 8 months now and she is as high energy as it gets!! About two days after we rescued her from the shelter she came down with Kennel Cough--which is like a doggy cold, or a mild case of doggy bronchitis. A quick visit to the vet for antibiotics and less than two weeks later she's back to new!

New is chewing on everything, barking at strangers/pedestrians (more specifically, the UPS man and his truck), growling at Det. Mac Taylor from CSI:NY on the tv screen and pretty much claiming full ownership of my humble abode. 

Hopefully I can share more of her antics and share tips on puppies and the life of a terrier. 

Taken today! My Babas battling with Lulu! And I quote: "She has so much energy"

I know, Babas.... I know! 

Until next time,