28.11.2013 - 28.11.2013
Of course, I am thankful for my family & friends, good health, having a job, having everything I need. In addition to all of those wonderful things, here is my list of the top five things that make my life extra sweet:
#5) Local Favorites: I love to travel (clearly), but I also love East Dallas, where I spend the majority of my time. Hanging out at White Rock Lake, thrift shopping near Ferguson Road, eating delicious brisket at Raymond's BBQ, photographing the changing seasons at the gorgeous Dallas Arboretum. There's no place like home!
#4) Chilling Out at NorthPark: Whenever I need time to myself, I go to NorthPark. I know, I know, why would I go to Dallas' busiest mall to have alone time? Well, I usually go on Mondays or Tuesdays after work when NorthPark is significantly less crowded. I get dinner at WhichWich, I browse the stores, and sometimes I read on my iPad while sipping a Starbucks coffee. This tradition has been one of my favorites over the past three or four years - I can either think of nothing at all as I look at the new season trends, or sometimes I really start thinking about where I want to go next in life. I always leave feeling refreshed, even if I don't purchase with a new pair of cute shoes or another blouse (but sometimes I do!).
#3) Late Night Drives and Sonic Drinks: My sister and I have a long-running tradition of hitting the road late at night while talking and listening to music. Sometimes completely silly, sometimes deep conversations about future hopes and dreams. Always a good time, complete with Ocean Waters and Vanilla Dr. Peppers from Sonic...and listening to singer-songwriters, folk bands, or cheesy pop tunes from the '80s and '90s, depending on the mood of the night.
#2) Things That Make You Laugh: Last night, my sister and I had dinner with a friend at Torchy's Tacos in Casa View. The three of us wore our holiday "best" - bright red sweaters with embroidered snowmen, Christmas trees and snowflakes. The best part: A man came up to our table and asked us if we were having an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (of course we were!). He said he had noticed my sister's sweater, which has a huge white duck and actual jingle bells on it (yes, it is that amazing), and apparently, that "festive" piece of clothing gave us away. We all had a good chuckle over it - I'm glad that someone not only noticed, but actually asked us about it.
#1) The Best Travel Year: In the year 2013 alone, I have traveled to Montreal, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. My most prolific travel year to date! Sometimes I still cannot believe I was able to do so much traveling this year, but I have lots of photos and amazing memories from each trip. It doesn't get much better than doing what you absolutely love, and for that, along with many other wonderful things in my life, I feel so grateful.