Oh boy!  It has been a hot minute since my last post.  My sincerest apologies for my absence.  I would rather not dive too far into details, so I will just say that 2014, so far, has been a year of change, growth and independence for me.  I am now living on my own for the first time ever in my life, and I absolutely love it.  It's so nice to have my own space, to focus on my personal and occupational goals, and figure out what it is I want to achieve in this life.  I've made some great friends over the past several months who have been a crucial part of this transitional stage, and I've kept myself busy nearly every weekend since I now officially have all weekends off at work!  At the end of January, I was promoted to the sales department as the Sales Coordinator (assistant).  Basically I help organize and coordinate large group blocks of sleeping rooms, as well as events that are booked in our meeting rooms (weddings, business conferences, pageants, seminars, interviews, pyramid schemes, etc).  I get along really well with all of the sales managers and occasionally get to go on sales outings/calls with them.  I also enjoy the slower pace in the sales office in comparison to the fast-paced, high-energy/stress environment that constantly surrounds the front desk.  I get to work at my own speed and prioritize my tasks the way I see fit.  It's just been a really successful move for me so far, and it's a relief to finally have a career path in place.  

Other major events that have taken place over the last five months include my mom and Randy's wedding!  They got married on March 8 on the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston.  The ceremony took place on the beach so it was pretty chilly and windy, but it was short and sweet, and then we were back up at their friends' beach house munching on fajitas and cake and celebrating the day!

Well, that's all for now; I don't want to bombard you with every single thing that's been going on lately.  Plus, I would rather ease back into blogging since it's been a while and I'm having some difficulty rediscovering my voice anyway.  Enjoy your weekend!


My Top Five Most Viewed Posts of 2013

Well, 2013 is officially over, and 2014 has begun!  I'm not going to bore you with goals and resolutions because I would only be boring myself knowing that I NEVER sincerely follow through with that stuff. Instead let's have a looksy back at the past year and see what you guys liked the most of what I had to say and share.  Shall we?


Not gonna lie...I tried really hard to take some legit pictures to share with you guys.  ACL is one of the more aesthetically pleasing festivals, as it takes place at Zilker Park every year with gorgeous views of downtown Austin in the background.  Now that I think about it, it's pretty easy to photographically portray the beauty of the experience.

Back in August, I met up with my sweet cousin Sarah for some lunch and wandered around in the small town of Bastrop, just about 20 miles east of Austin.  We shared some mouth-watering coconut cream pie at Maxine's and took pictures all around the cozy little downtown square.

No. 3 -- JASON'S 30TH

My little heart nearly melted when tons of close friends and family helped me to plan and execute the perfect surprise party for Jason's 30th birthday in late September.  Absolutely nothing could have made the night any better - good food, great drinks and even better company.

I have to admit I'm pretty proud of this one making it into the Top Five.  I am an avid music lover and an avid music sharer.  I can be kind of snobby when it comes to music, but I also like other people to discover and love the brilliant artists and bands I've come across.  

I had such a blast sharing stories and pictures from our week-long west coast vacation in early September.  It is so neat to know that I can just access my blog in order to relive the trip as many times as I want.  Now the small details will never be forgotten and memories of our trip are simply at my fingertips!