I’m Back! Conference Update

Happy Monday Everyone!

I returned from my conference last Tuesday (election night), stayed up way too late watching disappointing results, worked two days and then had a 3-day weekend (thank goodness)! Now I’m back in the routine of work …nothing like being back to reality haha.

Last year I attended the Annual NODA conference in Denver, CO and had an absolute blast! This year that conference was in Indianapolis, Indiana and was just as much fun! I flew out on Friday 11/4 so most of that first day was just traveling. On Saturday 11/5 my colleague from SJSU, Rigo went exploring in downtown Indy.

We started our downtown tour at Monument Circle which is considered the “true heart of Downtown Indianapolis” and is “truly a must-see for anyone visiting the Circle City!” Well lucky us! While walking around Monument Circle we decided to tour the Soldiers and Sailors Monument as well. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was designed by Bruno Schmitz and was dedicated in 1902 to Indiana’s heroes who died in wars before World War I. Erected as a memorial to the soldiers and sailors of the War for the Union (1861-65), it also commemorates the War with Mexico (1846-48), Indian and British Wars (1811-12), War of the Revolution and the capture of Vincennes from the British on February 25, 1779. Visitors can hike up to the observation level, located 330 steps up (yikes) or take the elevator (which I ended up doing) to step 290. Too many steps for me! Once at the observation deck you can see stunning views of downtown and even the capitol building in the distance. Great way to start out tourist day in Indy!

After, we headed towards the Capitol building and even got to join a tour group! Our first day was clearly all about Indiana HISTORY haha. While on the tour we discussed/visited all three branches of of the government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial; got to see Mike Pence’s office; take a seat in someones actual seat in the House of Representatives; and tour the Supreme Court Room. We learned so much about Indiana, it’s state capitol, the Indiana flag, etc., etc., etc. It really was a history day haha.

After our capitol tour and lunch we headed back to the hotel to hang out and change before the offical opening of the conference. I stayed at the JW Marriott and that’s also where the conference took place. The hotel was super snazzy and a perfect great place for a conference. To kick things off before the start of the conference we had regional meet ups and then a sit down dinner. Yum! So nice to be able to sit down and actual hear the speakers. Great way to start NODAC 2016!

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The person in charge of social media for the conference created NODA snapchat filters so of course I had to try them out. Haha too funny! I don’t know how to do anything with snapchat except the filers.

After the first featured speaker on Day #1, I headed to the first education session where I was going to be PRESENTER!! This is the SECOND time I’ve presented at a national conference! Waahoooo. Checking off those professional bucket list items!

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Our group presented about our OPI/NODA experience from last year and what to do with all that we learned. Attending a conference like NODA can be really overwhelming, so we thought our session would be helpful to new attendees and OPI grads. We had a pretty good turn out and even had a few OPI faculty members attend! Yay!

Presenting at a national conference has been something I have always wanted to do and I feel so excited and proud of myself for accomplishing this two years in a row! I hope to continue to attend NODA and to keep presenting! THANK YOU again to my co-presenters Natalie, Megan, Allison, Genna and Paige! You ladies were fabulous to work. Who knows, maybe we will be presenting again next year… 15056259_10105046099023937_4976138298608371360_n.jpg

During NODA I love being able to meet so many new people but also reconnecting with friends/colleagues! Here I am with my friend Heather who works that UC Riverside. We first met at UCSB and were on O-Staff together! It was great seeing/catching up with her again. Go Gauchos!

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During the conference I always look forward to the featured speakers. Somehow NODA always gets truly phenomenal featured speakers. This year was no exception! We had unbelievable folks talking to us about topics that are so prominent and true on all of our campuses. One of my absolutle favorite speakers was Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn. He was beyond AMAZING. He is probably one of the best speakers I have ever seen, incredibly inspiring and motivating. Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn is a professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University and also serves as the Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE). He gave a talk on what is belonging research shows and why NODA should care. At times, the audience was crying, sitting on the edge of their seat, tweeting in responses and standing up and singing! I have never felt so moved or empowered. THANK YOU Dr. Strayhorn for your incredible talk!

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WOW is all I can say! This guy is AMAZING!

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After Dr. Strayhorn’s talk we all went to the Eiteljorg Museum for a networking event called NODA Connect. The Eiteljorg Museum was a stunning place for a networking event. The entire museum was also open so we got to explore all the exhibits. Clearly Rigo and I had a blast hahaha. We even got to see a GEORGIA O’KEEFFE!!!

Another highlight for me during the conference was the Author’s Luncheon. Last year I had no idea what this was and didn’t participate. So glad I went this year because it was really fun and I got a bunch of FREE books! Who doesn’t love free books?! There were 5 different authors that shared a little about their works and then signed our books after. We heard from the following:

Margot Lee Shetterly – Hidden Figures

Ken Ilgunas – Trespassing Across America

Jennie Capo Crucet – Make your Home Among Strangers

Patrick Phillips – Blood at the Root, A Racial Cleansing in America

Michael Puett -The Path

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I seriously can’t wait to start reading each of these books. Their stories all sound so interesting and it was grerat to meet the authors! In the future I plan to always attend the author’s luncheon. Can’t wait for next year!

The last featured speaker we had was Courtney O’Connell who talked about becoming innovative educators. She too was really inspiring and touched on so many important issues. I learned so much on how to become an innovative educator and even got a list of more books to read! #booknerd #ilovetoread book

When seeing these kinds of people speak, I get so inspired and often feel like I want to be just like them! I truly want to be someone in my field, not just another person working in an office. Sometimes I dream/wonder if some day I will be the person on a big stage speaking to an audience at a conference…do I have the power to motivate and inspire people? I sure hope so! That would be pretty cool…to sorta come full circle. #futuregoals

I love going to these types of conferences and getting inspired! Often I get back and truly feel like I can do anything! I know I can, but I just need to do it one step at a time…

For my last night in Indy, I spent it hanging out with my friend Heather and her co-worker Lizze. We explored more of Indy, had dinner at this great place called The Eagle, walked around Massachusetts Ave., did a little shopping and took a few more pictures of the capitol all lit up at night. Such a great way to spend our last night!

As the conference comes to a close I always get a little sad..I had such an amazing time and didn’t want to go leave. Over the last few days I loved being able to soak up so much knowledge, meet and talk with so many people and truly feel recharged. Although it’s sad to see NODAC 2016 come to a close, I’m already looking forward to next year! For 2017 the conference will take place in LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY! I’ve never been to Louisville, but it looks awesome!

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During the conference I learned so much and realized this really is what I want to do with my career/life! It felt good to get reconnected to my profession if that makes sense. I also feel so thankful for the opportunity to have gone to another conference and to have presented for the second time in a row! Can’t wait unitl next year!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Xo

Indianapolis Bound ✈️

Happy Thursday everyone! Tomorrow I fly to Indianapolis, Indiana for the NODA conference. Waaaahooo!!!

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I’m really excited to be attending NODA again. Last year was a blast and I learned so much. Really looking forward to reconnecting with some of my OPI peeps and other colleagues. During the conference last year I fulfilled one of my professional “bucket list” items; presenting at a national conference. Guess what?! This year I get to DO IT AGAIN!!! YAY for PRESENTING two years in a row!

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Can’t wait to explore a new city (I’ve never been to Indy!), meet/connect with more higher education/orientation professionals, present AGAIN, see some old friends and learn even more about the field of Orientation Transition and Rentention! #higherednerd #otr

I’m going to be pretty busy during the conference, so don’t expect any blog posts. When I get back next week, you’ll get a full update with lots of pictures.

Have a great rest of your week and weekend! See you next week!

Xo

Happy Friday: Disney Edition 

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Only two more weekends left until Christmas…I can hardly believe it.

Super excited to get the weekend started because we’re going to…DISNEYLAND!!!!! YAY!!

My mother-in-laws neighbor works for Disney and often gets us free passes, which is totally AWESOME! She is seriously the nicest person and we are so thankful for the passes. They expire on 12/16, hence the quick trip down there.

Chris and I both LOVE anything/everything Disney and are really looking forward to this mini trip. I love seeing Disneyland all decked for the holidays and can’t wait to see what they have done for the 60th Diamond Celebration!

P.S. Sure miss those season passes we had…

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It’s been a busy week, but we are both really looking forward to this quick trip. Can’t wait to see Mickey & Minnie as well as the rest of the gang! We’re coming for ya!

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Hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week for Disney updates.

XoXo

I’m Back! Conference Update

Greetings everyone!

I returned from my conference late Tuesday night and going back to work has been a little rough…ugh. Work has been so so busy and I’ve had a hard time just getting back into the swing of things. Anyway I’m here and ready to blog!

Three words…I LOVE DENVER!!! That city is just awesome and I’m almost ready to move there! I got off the plane and was greeted to RAIN and 42* temps. So delightful! No joke, it was such a pleasure to get away from the warm temps in San Jose, CA and be in a place that actually feels like fall. It was pretty easy getting out of the airport and catching my shuttle into downtown. Got all checked into the hotel (only three took three rooms-don’t ask) and then I was off to eat and explore a little.

I headed to Denver early for my conference so that I could attend OPI (Orientation Professional Institute). This was 2.5 day workshop designed for professionals new to orientation and transition services with 0-2 years of experience with direct programmatic oversight. We covered topics such as developing mission and goals; assessing campus realities and politics; program design and planning; staffing, training, and supervision; identifying campus resources; and evaluation and assessment. Since grad school I have always wanted to participate in OPI and I am so glad that I did. It was such a rewarding experience and I got to meet so many fabulous individuals! Not to mention working and talking with some top faculty members that led OPI. These folks are so inspiring and people I hope to aspire to be like.

During one of our long lunch breaks, a few OPI folks and I headed over to the capitol to walk around. Located at the capitol is a step that reads “One Mile Above Sea Level.” So totally cool! We had to take a group picture and individual ones with the sign. Denver is regarded as the Mile High City since its height is one mile – 5,280 feet – above ocean level. Can you believe that? Kinda hard to imagine.

I was so excited once my SJSU peeps and Emily got into town! Friday night (10/23) was our first night out exploring downtown Denver. We walked along the 16th Street Mall which is awesome. The mile-long, pedestrian friendly Mall is packed with shopping, restaurants and attractions.The 16th Street Mall is considered the “heart” of the city. Free electric shuttle buses travel up and down the Mall, stopping on every corner. You can hop on and hop off, or just walk it like we did. Either way this downtown area is really superb!

For dinner, we ate at 5280 Burger Bar. OMG so good and delicious! One of my students suggested we eat there and I’m so glad we did. Hit the spot!

Saturday 10/24 was the last day of OPI. Here is the entire OPI class of 2015 as well as my foundation group. Shout out to Jamie’s group!! Seriously some of the most amazing people I have ever met! It was such a pleasure to spend 2.5 days with these folks! I know that we will stay in touch and I can’t wait to see everyone next year at the OPI reunion! Feeling really thankful to have a good group of colleagues that I can reach out too. Keep doing good work!

After OPI was over I met Emily, Nancy and Lauren and we headed to Red Rocks! Emily rented a car and we headed out of the city. Going to Red Rocks was the BEST.DECISION.EVER! Colorado is beautiful, but OMG Red Rocks was something else!!!!! I was like a kid in a candy store!!! Beyond excited to be visiting and secretly hoping DMB would show up haha.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge DMB fan and have always wanted to see them play at Red Rocks. DMB recorded Live at Red Rocks on 8.15.95. It was then released to the public on October 28, 1997. Tim Reynolds was a guest guitarist during this performance (he’s now a full member of the band). Love me some Tim! Live at Red Rocks was the first of many live releases by DMB. Interesting fact…this release has so far been the band’s most successful live release to date!! It’s still on my bucket list to see them play at Red Rocks (the Gorge in WA too) and I know we will make it happen. For a little preview of DMB Live at Red Rocks, check this out!

Red Rocks has an awesome museum that was fun to check out. Of course I was searching for DMB and I found them listed on the wall. I also learned that the Beatles played there in 1964. We had fun walking around the museum and then walking all the way down to the stage. I felt like such a kid being so excited haha! I stood on the stage where so many amazing musicians have played!!!! Ahhhhh!

On our way to the Performing Arts Center for the official conference opening, we walked by the Denver Convention Center and found this big blue bear! This guy is 40 ft. tall and peers into the Convention Center creating a sense of fun and playfulness. The big bear was created by a local artist,  Lawrence Argent and was installed in 2005. Gotta get a picture of the bear!

Saturday night was the opening reception for the annual NODA conference, so we got all dressed up! Looking good ladies! The reception was held downtown at the performing arts center which was really beautiful. There were so many stations of food and fun things to eat. Great way to kick off the start of the conference!

#NODA2015 I’m ready for you!!! Love all the decorations for the conference. The planning committee did a really good job! Everything was so organized and easy to navigate. The conference had 1,000+ attendees, but it was always easy to get around, find your room and attend sessions. I don’t think any of my sessions ever got too full which was really nice. Way to go planning committee!

The first morning of the conference started off with a welcome from Dr. George Kuh. I remember my first semester of grad school in my foundations class we had to do a project on someone who was considered a pillar in the profession…this guy was on the list! I was totally nerding out during his entire talk. Where are my other PASA peeps at?!?!

After Dr. Kuh’s welcome I headed to the first education session which I was actually going to be PRESENTER!! This conference had a few professional bucket list items for me. One was to attend OPI, which I am so glad that I did. Second was to present at a national conference!!! Waaahooooo!

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Emily and I presented on how to effectively serve our out of state students and used SJSU’s first off-site orientation in Hawaii as an example. I was so honored to be representing SJSU, presenting with Emily and feeling so accomplished! Our presentation went really well and we had a great turn out (about 25 people). People also seemed really interested in the work we were doing at SJSU. I hope we can continue to build that off-site orientation and keep going to Hawaii.

Presenting at a national conference is something that I have always wanted to do and I feel so excited and proud of myself for accomplishing this! I hope to continue to attend NODA inthe future and to keep presenting! Nothing can stop me now! Thank you again to my co-presenter Emily, I couldn’t have done it without you!

One thing that I loved about NODA was being able to meet so many new people but also reconnecting with other friends/colleagues! Here I am with my friend Heather who now works that UC Riverside. We first met at UCSB and were on O-Staff together! Small world! It was great seeing/catching up with her. Go Gauchos!

More fun with my SJSU peeps! We loved exploring downtown and just hanging out.

During the conference there were several panel discussions that were really fantastic. The Career Advancement Panel was excellent and featured two OPI faculty members that I got to know earlier (Marcus Langford and Jeanine Ward Roof). I learned so much about career advancement and felt so inspired by these individuals. The big take away was to “do good work” and when you think you have accomplished that then it’s time to move on. So powerful. I also attended the Transition Summit. Wow! This was unbelievable.  This session had key players from across the field of higher education to discuss issues in transition for students on our campuses. The last panel I attended was the Women in Leadership Panel #NODAwomenlead. I loved hearing these women speak about leadership and also their experience as being a women in the field of higher education. It was great that they kept things real and didn’t try to sugar coat anything. Again, I felt so incredibly inspired by these amazing women. I really hope to some day be on a panel like this talking to professionals about my own journey.

For our last night in Denver, Lauren and I ate at 5280 Burger Bar again and then walked all over downtown. We ended up at Union Station which was awesome! The train station has been completely re-done and includes a hotel, bar/restaurant and a few other shops. How cool would it be to stay at a train station?

On our last day in Denver, Lauren and I skipped out of the last education session and headed over to Capitol Hill and Congress Park. We had another gorgeous day so we took advantage of the good weather and explored outside. We both love to take pictures so there was a lot of that. We took a few more pictures on the “one mile above sea level” step and then took a quick tour of the capitol building. After our little outing we headed back to the hotel for the conference brunch/wrap up.


I was sad to see the conference come to an end especially since I had such an amazing time. Participating in OPI was a big highlight, but I still really enjoyed attending the entire conference. Over the 7 days I was there I felt like I learned so much and got reconnected to my profession if that makes sense. I feel so thankful for the opportunity to have checked off a few professional bucket-list items as well! I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference in Indy and staying connect with my new colleagues.

Hope you all have been doing well! TGIF

XoXo

Denver Bound ✈️

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I’m currently at the airport waiting for my flight to Denver and couldn’t be more excited!

I will be attending the NODA conference and also participating in OPI (Orientation Professional Institute) the 2.5 days prior to the actual conference. I have always wanted to participate in OPI so I am really excited to finally participate! This trip includes a lot of my professional “bucket list” items because I will also be PRESENTING at the conference!! Yay! Since graduate school I have always had on my  professional “bucket list” participating in OPI and presenting at a national conference. I’m beyond excited to be able to do BOTH of those things! I’ve come a long way and have worked really hard to get to this point in my career. So excited to be in Denver for the week, meet/connect with other higher education/orientation professionals, present at a national conference, see some old friends and learn a ton! Looking forward to so much and enjoying some cooler temps…it’s going to be chilly in Denver and I can’t wait!

I’m going to be pretty busy this next week, so don’t expect any blog posts. When I get back next week I’ll be sure to post an update. I’m sure I will have lots to share and of course pictures.

Have a great rest of your week! See you later!

XoXo

Weekend Update: Anniversary Addition 🌲🐾🐾🌲

Happy Monday everyone! We got back from our weekend away yesterday afternoon and I’m surprisingly not too tired today haha. Must have been all that fresh air and relaxation I got. Here’s a recap our our wonderful celebratory weekend.  💕👫💕

10.01.15 I came home from work and found these gorgeous roses on the kitchen table! 🌳 🌹🌹🌹🌳 Chris always manages to surprise me every year! Honestly, I don’t expect flowers every year…but the hubby always keeps me on my toes. These are seriously so stunning and very romantic. Along with the roses there was also another box…inside that box was a small tree! This little tree can grow to be 15 ft. tall! Where the heck are we going to put this one?!?!

After walking the dogs and feeding them dinner we headed to Los Gatos for an early anniversary dinner. I found this great place called Coup de Thai and boy was it delicious! We both really like Thai food, so this was perfect for our celebratory dinner. We got all dressed up (even though the place was super causal) and enjoyed a delicious meal. During our anniversary dinners we always talk about how much fun our wedding was, funny moments from that day, where we thought we would be today and what we think the next year will hold for us. It’s always fun reminiscing and just talking so openly with each other. I feel so lucky to have someone like Chris as my husband. We are both each others biggest cheerleaders and supporters. After dinner we headed to Yogurtland for dessert and then home to open a few presents.

Like you may have read from last weeks post, the “traditional” anniversary gift for 5 years of marriage is wood. We always manage to stick close to the theme and this year was no different. This year I got a “wooden” card and a “wood” box with a beautiful necklace! The necklace has 5 interlocking rings to symbolize our 5 years of marriage. OMG who is this romantic guy?!?! So glad he’s mine! I got Chris a “wood” cheese plate that has a slate inlay. It also has our names + wedding date engraved in the wood.

I think I did pretty good this year! Normally I go more for the funny/joke side of whatever the theme is. For example, our first year (which was paper) I mailed Chris rolls of toilet paper. Pretty funny HaHaHa right?! I certainly thought so! Chris on the other hand tends to go the more sentimental and romantic route. That first year he got me a beautiful paper journal and wrote our wedding vows inside…melts my heart! He pretty much wins every! It’s been so much fun following the “tradition” anniversary gift guide.

10.02.15  We both left work early and then headed to Truckee, CA for the weekend to continue our “wood” themed celebration. Luckily we had a free cabin (thanks Dr. G!) to stay in for the weekend. After arriving, we unpacked a little and just hung out. Had to take some pictures with our babies…aka Emma and Dash of course. This was Emma’s second time to the cabin and Dash’s first. They both LOVED it. We could have left them outside on the deck to just sniff all night haha.

Friday night was absolutely perfect just hanging out at the cabin with our pups and enjoying a delicious Round Table Pizza, salad and some wine. For dessert we had an AMAZING pie from Ikeda’s with vanilla ice cream. If you are ever on your way to Tahoe via Auburn you MUST stop at Ikeda’s and get a pie. They are seriously the most delicious and yummy pies I have ever!! They also have a ton of fresh produce and the burger joint isn’t too bad either! Best curly fries around! Stopping at Ikeda’s was a tradition of my family when we used to vacation in Lake Tahoe for a week every summer. That pie was even more delicious as the weekend went on. Yum! great way to spend our actual anniversary!

10.03.15  We slept in a little and then enjoyed bagel sandwiches from the Truckee Bagel Company and some Starbucks. Chris got to be Mr. Marisa on his coffee cup! After breakfast the pups were ready to get going. We promised them great views, good sniffs and lots of hiking!

We decided to do something new and headed over to Northstar for a day of adventure! I read online (and called to ask just in case) that Northstar offers a dog-friendly gondola ride. So that’s what we did. We took Emma and Dash up the mountain in a gondola and then went hiking! Although they were a little nervous on the ride up, they sure were excited once we starting hiking! It was absolutely GORGEOUS the entire weekend! Really felt like fall with the cool temps (high of 68*). Chris and I both loved having to wear pants and jackets the whole weekend! A nice change from all the heat we’ve been having.

We took the Big Springs Express Gondola from the Village at Northstar up to the Lodge at Big Springs (6,850ft.). After consulting with our trail map, we decided to hike the Sawmill Lake Trail (6,981 ft.). It was beyond beautiful hiking up to Sawmill Lake and the dogs loved it! So much stuff to sniff and pee on haha. They both did really great considering the altitude.

Along the way, we made sure to stop for breaks, have water and of course take some pictures! Sorry for a few repeats.

Sawmill Lake was so pretty and the perfect place to end our hike. Dash loved checking out the lake and even took a walk through it! He loves the water! If we let him off the leash I bet he would jump in! It was quiet and just breathtaking at the lake. However, the water level was really, really low. Almost kind of eerie seeing where the water line was previously. This CA drought is pretty serious. Hoping for lots of rain soon and a snow pack that will stay! Either way, we had a blast taking a little break and enjoying such a beautiful place.

After our hike we had lunch at the Downhill Grille and enjoyed watching all the crazy/serious mountain bikers come down the face of the mountain. The pups did much better on the gondola ride down the mountain (even though they look irritated in the picture). Next up we headed over to Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe to check out the pretty views of the lake. The lake was looking crystal blue as always, but man the water was low. I seriously couldn’t get over it! Kings Beach is definitely a place to go if one wants “to go to the beach,” but there seemed to be way more beach than ever before! It was a little sad to see the lake so low, but we did get some great pictures!

10.04.15 Sunday morning consisted of bagel sandwiches and coffee again for breakfast and a lazy morning at the cabin soaking up our last few hours in the mountains. We took a few family photos and then packed up to head home. It was a little sad to be leaving because our trip was so short and we both felt so relaxed and rejuvenated. I’m just thankful that we were able to get away and celebrate our “wood” themed anniversary in style! I love you Chris McConnell! ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you for such a wonderful weekend. Can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us!

Well that wraps up our weekend in the mountains. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and did something fun. Have a great week! 🌲🐾🐾🌲💕👫💕

XoXo

Today We Remember…

Today we remember and honor those that lost their lives 14 years ago. Last October I visit my college bestie and a few of our other college girlfriends in New York. You can read all about my trip here. One of the many things we did during out trip, was visit the WTC: 9/11 Memorial. I remember being so moved by the memorial and found it to be truly beautiful. I remember feeling a huge sense of peace and calmness. I remember walking in silence, taking it all in and reflecting on what happened on September 11, 2001…

My first visit to New York was with my family during the summer of 2004. It was a fun filled trip with lost of sight seeing, good food, and Broadway shows! During our trip we also visited Ground Zero. If I remember it correctly, it was still pretty much rubble and not much construction had taken place. It was a very sombering experience and we left still feeling pained by what happened only three years prior.

It was wonderful to not only come back to New York 10 years later to visit my college bestie, but to visit the newly constructed WTC: 9/11 Memorial. The place looked drastically different than my first visit in 2004 and I was blown away. The new Freedom Tower and water feature is absolutely breathtaking. You can’t help but feel moved while you are there. I still can’t even begin to imagine what it was like on that day in 2001…

During our visit at the memorial I remember my heart was heavy, but I also felt so much love, peace and a sense of unitedness if that makes sense. Walking around you could see all types of people of all ages, from possibly all over the country/world and from so many different backgrounds. We were all there paying tribute and reflecting on what happened on 9/11.

It’s just amazing the amount of work and detail that went into making such a stunningly beautiful memorial. If you have never visited NYC or the WTC: 9/11 Memorial, I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed. 

I truly feel honored to have visited the WTC: 9/11 Memorial Site twice now. It’s stunning, peaceful, breathtaking and a wonderful way to honor all those who lost their lives and all those affected by such a tragedy. Today I am reflecting on that and sending lots of love to NYC and to everyone all around! We will never forget! 🇺🇸💙❤️🇺🇸

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

XoXo

P.S. This video is so precious and just made my heart melt. I was tearing up/crying at my desk.