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11 Aug

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First Taste of New Orleans

6 May

Shrimp n' grits at Lüke

Last week I headed out down to New Orleans with my boyfriend and one of our friends to hit up the Jazz & Heritage Festival and explore the deep South. This was my first trip to New Orleans and I was pleasantly surprised with just about everything. From the food, to the music on every street corner, to the southern hospitality- I was loving every bit. We went to the Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday and got to see one of my favorite bands right now, Mumford & Sons, along with the Avett Brothers. Both bands killed it and the entire festival was phenomenal. We ending up meeting some great people from all over the country, tried some tasty food including crawfish and alligator pie, and jammed out to some incredible tunes.

Highlights of the trip included the Jazz & Heritage Festival, John Besh’s Restaurant August, John Besh’s Lüke Restaurant (best bloody mary and shrimp n’ grits EVER), Cafe DU Monde, wandering around Jackson Square, Frenchmen’s St. and the gorgeous houses in the Garden District. There were lots of cute shops around the city too! Here are a few pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

Life Lessons

2 Jul

2206056336_bf90992a12_mAfter reading My Sister’s Keeper during a vacation to Hilton Head Island last summer, I couldn’t resist going to see the movie. While the film was great, it certainly didn’t do the book justice. Regardless, the plot makes you take a step back and truly decide what’s significant in life. Here are some life lessons that I strive to live by- some are definitely easier than others. Give em’ a try…

  • Life is too short, so take nothing for granted and appreciate what you do have instead of wanting what you don’t. We often forget that life is about the journey, not the destination. Stop and smell the roses more often than not.
  • Instead of being so quick to judge, accept and embrace people’s differences. This will truly make the word a more peaceful place.
  • Listen more than you talk.
  • In life, it’s not about what you have but who you have. We often tend to hurt the people closest to us, but family and true friends are the ones who help get us through tough times and rejoice with the good times.
  • Laugher is the song of the soul”- so share it!
  • Practice what you preach.
  • Honesty IS the best policy and the true foundation for any relationship. If you lie, someone might not find out today or tomorrow but they always find out. “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual.” Thomas Jefferson
  • The greatest gift you can offer is love. “We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” If you are lucky enough to find true love, hold on to it, it’s a beautiful thing!
  • Passion helps you conquer all things! “Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.”
  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.
  • True success and integrity is taking responsibility for your actions and owning up to your failures.
  • Be yourself, who else is better qualified? (I remember that one from my mama)
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated. For a statement so self explanatory- we often forgot to put ourselves in each others shoes.

Remember, we are all in this together, put others before yourself and do something for the good of man-kind. Be true to yourself and never let a good thing pass you by! Thanks for listening and feel free to share.