“New Year, New Me” — a phrase that has infiltrated social media and millennials’ conversations alike.

From the Yellowstone trip our family made a few years back, this photo is my favorite. Every time I look at it, I can’t help but feel optimistic, refreshed, and reflective. There are so many unknowns in life and we can’t foresee every obstacle that comes our way, but this also means that every day is a fresh start. One of my personal resolutions was to try to live in the present more — a goal that has proven to be quite difficult, but one that has also helped me adopt a more positive outlook.

Hope you all are having a safe and happy 2017!



Merry Days


In a few days, we’ll take in the last of 2016 and enter 2017 with a fresh, inspired outlook complete with ambitious resolutions and goals. But until then, we can get away with eating way too many desserts (like these macarons), shopping (mostly for warm blankets and delicious-smelling candles), and relaxing during this holiday season. Happy holidays!


A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit a friend in Miami for a day — one that we filled with Cuban food, ice cream, catching up, and walking through the Wynwood District (a.k.a. the hipster/artsy part of Miami). While we were looking for an affordable lunch spot, we passed a plant shop called “La La Land” where this picture was taken; while I could never keep up with gardening for more than a few weeks,  I really appreciated this store’s aesthetic of white walls and vines 🌿

La La Land

Brass Bridges


Walking through Crescent River Park in New Orleans, I was surprised at the stark contrast between the serene riverside and the music-filled, lively streets of the French Quarter. After spending some time absorbing the happenings of Royal and Bourbon Street, the calm area beyond this bridge was much appreciated.

Some Light Reading


Hurricane Matthew caused damage to so many families, homes, and cities. I was fortunate to have a home to go back to—away from the storm—and took advantage of the time off from work to bury myself in some books while keeping an eye on several storm trackers.

C U R R E N T  R E A D S:

  • Missing, Presumed
  • Confessions of a Surgeon
  • Complications
  • The Goldfinch
  • The Innocents
  • milk and honey 

Please stay safe & have a good weekend!