A beautiful Fall night

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The extent of my Fall decorating: 3 pumpkins & Fallish flowers.

Nights like tonight are rare and beautiful in my world.

Before 7pm, I was curled up in my soft comforter under my twinkle lights drinking hot chocolate and breathing in the crisp fall air flowing through my windows. The breeze picked up and filtered in some chimney bonfire-like smoke that reminded me it was my favorite season of all: FALL.

I read. I watched tv. I baked cookies. I caught up with an old, but good friend. Sweet and savory moments in my new home.

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it is because I don't know how to relax when I am sick and I felt if I was productive (baking, reading academia, still responding to emails, and catching up on my phone list) that I'd feel better about being sick. I have issues. No, definitely still have issues ;)

None the less, a beautiful fall night. 

Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I spent last weekend in Providence, Rhode Island for a conference. Although it was work related, the trip revealed so many positive relationships and things that are going on in my life. It's in these moments I felt loved, appreciated, and worthy of everything God has given me and given me the opportunity to earn.

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After 8 years, I was reunited with this friend who I met through pageants as a pre-teen. Although 8 years had passed, we spent the morning touring where she goes to school (Brown University), drinking coffee, and catching up over delicious crepes. She is such an enthusiastic and positive force, only good things to come for this girl! Here we are in front of the famous Van Wickle Gates!

Last year I spent my time working for this guy! He was like my 2nd Dad. I was fortunate we just both happened to be going to the same conference that normally not many people attend in our profession. My first and second supervisor in graduate school were Asian Pacific Islander...growing up in the Midwest I never saw people like me in Leadership. He along with my first year supervisor played a critical role in my ethnic and racial development as an adult.

Finally. This girl. This girl drove 400+ miles to spend 5 hours with me where we drank well crafted beer, ate good food, and explored the city of Providence together as much as we could. I met her during my Interview days at my graduate school my senior year of college. She ended up becoming one of my best friends at graduate school and I am grateful to have a daily relationship with her. I felt so incredibly loved by her. Everyone needs a friendship that would spend the time, money, and effort just to see someone for 5 hours!!!

Then, there was FALL :) Oh boy...how I miss the crisp fall air, the turning colors of the leaves, and layering in sweaters/scarves/boots! Providence was such a compact city that walking around was easy. So, when I went to visit my friend at Brown, I made sure to snap a few photos of the city. In addition, Providence does this event called WaterFire and they literally put little mini bonfires on the river. It's a beautiful event and you could sense the strong sense of a re-vitalized downtown community. Enjoy my taste of New England Fall:









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