Sunday, August 30, 2015


Yesterday, I officially rang in my 29th birthday with a celebration with family and friends. I reserved my apartment's rooftop and party room for the entire day. The views were unbeatable, the company --even better. I am truly blessed for all these wonderful people in my life. This time of the year is really hard for me. 2 years ago on my birthday, I was in the hospital spending my day with my grandpa and a few days later, he passed away. I felt him with us yesterday. I miss him so much and although I had a beautiful 27 years with him, it doesn't seem enough.

Here's a few snippets from yesterday:

Friday, August 28, 2015

First Week... DONE!

I officially survived my first week as a 1st grade teacher :) I was nervous looping with my kiddos, but I have a feeling it will be a good year! My co-teacher and I were told that we have the most well behaved class. This is a compliment since I was given the only 2 two kids that will actually get physical with adults and children... and one of those 2 asked me if I could be her second grade teacher too :) I'm hoping next week goes as smoothly! The students have had half days the entire first week... lets see if we survive a full day from 7:20-4:00!

Today is also my birthday... and for Writer's Workshop, my kiddos all wrote me cards. LOVE!

I am going to embrace 29. Still can't believe this is my last year in my 20's!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Life Lately

My summer has been fabulous --sad to think I'll be back to work in less than a month. Here's what I've been up to:

Quality time with the nephew

4th of July BBQ

Date Night in the city w/ the nephew

Miami I will do a full post on this trip later

Friday, July 3, 2015

1st Year Back in the Classroom...DONE!

a letter from a student of mine <3
Three years into teaching, I left to pursue a career in corporate (still within the education field). A year and a half later, I missed the classroom... a lot. My days were very long and I was working 6 days a week. I didn't get home till 10p.m. most week nights and 5p.m. on Saturdays. It was not ideal. I rarely saw my family and I saw my friends even less. It was time for a change. I left that job in December 2014 and started my new job as a kindergarten teacher in January 2015 and what a ride it has been!

I have loved every minute of it. I never thought I would like the younger age group. They're harder to reason with and they still pee and crap themselves. A lot of times I felt like I was a mom, but these kiddos have surprised me with their resilience, their thirst for knowledge, and it has been inspiring to be their teacher. A lot of these kids come from home backgrounds that are not ideal but they work hard. I mean what kindergartener do you know is learning the concepts of multiplication, division, fractions, and nailing it? I am so lucky to have been part of the start of shaping them into the wonderful people I know they will be. My school is located right in the middle of the projects and I make it my mission as the teacher of these kids that they will get out.

I think this will be a blessing & a curse... but on the last day of school, my principal informed me that I will be looping with my kiddos. I will be teaching 1st grade next year but my class will have a mix of my kids and some other kids from the other K class. I was not happy with the decision at first --as it also splits my co-teacher and I up. She's awesome and we really jive well together in the classroom. However, it will be fun to watch how much more these students of mine will continue to grow. 

I just finished my first week of summer break. I will blog about what i've been up to lately in another post and start crossing things off my summer bucket list! :) Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tea At The Plaza

Everyone should experience tea at The Plaza Hotel at least once, right? My girlfriends and I thought so! #wefancy

The Plaza Hotel was everything I dreamed it would be and more. The service is wonderful, although the wait staff seemed a little confused when we handed them 6 different credit cards :P 

There was so much food, we left completely stuffed. Finger sandwiches, tea, scones, dessert --what more could we ask for on a Sunday afternoon?

I will say it seemed a little pricey and I can't say I'm 100% sold it was worth it. With tax and tip included, it was about $84/person. It's something that we had to try but will probably not do again. I much prefer Lady Mendl's. However, at the end of the day, it was about spending time with my girlfriends and catching up on each other's lives. It's super rare that all 6 of us are free at the same time to all get together.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Kara & Steve

One of my closest friends from grad school got engaged in April. Her fiance is one of the nicest people I've met and I am so glad they found each other!

Earlier today, Kara, Ritu, and I went to run a 5K at Central Park for YAI. We then went to brunch at Cafeteria where Kara surprised Ritu & I by asking us to be her bridesmaid in the most adorable way! I am so honored that I'll be standing by Kara's side when she marries the love of her life next July.


She asked us with champagne that has our picture on it!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to all those who fought for our freedom and those that continue to fight for us. Thank you for giving me these precious moments with my nephew.

Come back in a few days for new posts :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ready for Summer!

If you know me, you know I LOVE summer. I've got some exciting plans ... even if my summer is shorter than most teachers. (oh the joys of working at a charter school) What are you most looking forward to?

Check back on the Summer Bucket List tag to see how I'm doing. I've got 12 things on my list so far.

-SMORGASBURG there's a mini smorgasburg at South Street Seaport --I tried the Ramen burger for the first time and of course had a Red Hook Lobster Pound Lobster Roll :)
-NYC RESTAURANT WEEK went to Park Avenue Summer, Cherry, & Blue Water Grill
-MIAMI (JULY 8-14) done --sad it's over, but looking forward to Spain
-SPAIN (JULY 30-AUGUST 9) had a wonderful time despite the crazy hot weather!
-THROW A BBQ threw a bbq for july 4th, having a family bbq july 19th
-GO TO A CONCERT  rascal flatts concert in west palm beach, fl.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Letter for Grandpa

That is a Chinese Proverb that I absolutely love and whole-heartedly believe in. No matter where I am in life, my family is home to me.

I lost my grandpa in September of 2013. It was the hardest day of my life and I am still not 100% over it. He passed away of a stroke, I spent my birthday at the hospital with him that year. I didn't know that he would pass away 6 days later. There is so much I wish I could say to him. I wrote this letter to him a while ago and I'm finally ready to share it.

I wasn't ready for you to go. I thought I still had years with you. You were my favorite person in the entire world and I am so lost without you. I am lucky to now have my own guardian angel and I know you're always looking over me but it's just not the same as having you here. I miss our walks to the supermarket, grabbing McDonald's or dim sum together (2 of your favorite things for lunch), taking you to your doctor appointments, walking through the door of the Brooklyn house and knowing you're there waiting. I miss that no matter how old I got, if you were at mommy & daddy's house and I was home, you would walk into my room in the middle of the night to check on me and fix my blanket. I always knew you were there, I always pretended I was asleep. You gave me such comfort. It breaks my heart knowing that you won't be there for my wedding day as I always dreamed of you walking me down the aisle with daddy. It pains me that if I have children, your great grandchildren will never get to know you. However, I promise that your legacy will live on through me. I will teach them all the morals and values you've taught me. I will carry our family traditions and they will know all about the greatest man in my world. There will never be enough words to explain the impact you've had on my life. Nothing will ever fill the void in my heart. Thank you for loving grandma the way you did and for showing me what true, unconditional love really means. I strive to have the love you two did one day. I always hold you close to my heart and I miss you every single day. People weren't right when they said time would heal the pain. If anything, every day that you haven't been here gets harder. I love you so much and hope that I am making you proud.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Loving Myself After the Hurt

Something I have always struggled with is self-love and self-acceptance. Although I put up a tough exterior, I have a lot of insecurities just like anyone else.

It has taken my entire teen years and almost my entire 20's to finally love myself for who I am flaws and all. The road hasn't been easy. It's taken a lot of obstacles and heartbreak. I wouldn't change it for anything, though. All the bumps along the way has led me to where I am currently and that is: happy with myself.

I was one of those girls who thought I needed a guy by my side to be happy. I didn't think it was possible to find happiness within myself. After a heartbreak, I would put myself back into the dating game almost immediately. I never gave myself the time to process anything or get to the root of where my relationships went wrong.

After taking a step back and re-assessing my life, I realized that for once I needed to put myself first and make myself happy. I also had to believe that I was worthy to be loved by someone else. I had been so beaten down by the guys I dated in the past, I didn't even know who I was anymore. I am slowly starting to re-build myself. I see a glimpse of the core of who I used to be and I am excited for this journey of self love and finding myself.

I finally have a job that I love, a supportive family, and the most wonderful group of friends. Things are coming together and I'm looking forward to what this last year in my 20's has in store for me! One thing I know for sure is, I will keep loving myself and focus on the things that matter. Love can wait ;)