holly jolly

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Sometimes, when you’re feeling frustrated at the barre and the negativity in your mind only inflates during center, you just need to leave the studio and go for a walk in the greaaat outdoors.  As was the case with me yesterday, and my walk on Blackstone Boulevard proved just as refreshing and restorative as I had hoped it would be.

While the cool November air hit the reset button on my mind, I couldn’t resist snapping some pictures of all the holly berries decorating the pathway.  How had I never noticed there are SO many?!  Now, I know a lot of people cringe at the sound of Christmas music before December 1st, and being someone who boasts Thanksgiving as their favorite holiday (a whole day devoted to overindulgence, what’s not to love?!), you’d think the early signs of Christmas leaving their mark along the boulevard would drive me crazy…but instead I switched my Pandora to a holiday playlist and embraced the onslaught of cheeriness filling the air!

Today I woke up with a renewed sense of peace in my brain, and plans to bake a pumpkin banana bread in the spirit of the season (it’s currently in the oven and permeating a scent I can only describe as “Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at The North Pole”).  Next time you’re in a rut, my advice to you is to take a long walk and bake something yummy.  Class dismissed.


Today I am thankful for so many things: my beautiful and healthy niece, the rest of my loving family, my awesome and supportive friends, a job that I absolutely love, and the technology that allows us to connect with people around the world- something I seem to be delving deeper and deeper into every day.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of laughter, love, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie!


Giving Thanks

{cranberries, chopped by my Grandmother, in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner}

Because Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I love making lists, last night I found myself making a mental note of all the goodies (big and small) that I’m wishing for this December.  But then I realized that my actual favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is only days away and I hadn’t yet made the appropriate list!  So, here goes the list of just a few things I’m feeling thankful for this year:


the best friends ever

the fact that I’ve yet to run out of pointe shoes so far this season

the tiny bottles of yummy smelling perfume sold at Marshall’s

boots of all kinds

friends who can knit ;)

my iPhone (and its navigation)

laughing until I can’t breathe

my mom and her listening skills

Ryan Gosling’s appearance in quite a few movies recently

$10 Tuesdays at the nail salon down the street from my apartment

my seemingly never ending supply of tea

my roommate and all of the shenanigans we get up to…

…and the nights where we sit on our couches watching episode after episode of Friends

and lastly, the fact that songs like this are still be written and played by talented musicians:

What are you giving thanks for this year?