Get this. I’m home again. In California. Sort of seems surreal to be honest since this is my first Thanksgiving at home in a few years. Some people think it’s silly to travel so much around the holidays, but hey, it’s one word – “family”. Sure, I could be using this time to travel to places outside the United States and make the most of the fact that I’m halfway there (hello direct flights to Europe), but there’s time and place for that. I do however happen to have a bit of a travel itch and have been trying to set a plan for 2016 and of course consider the important things like budget and days off. For now, I’ll be enjoying some west coast love.
^^ Being home means I don’t get to see these lovely ladies and my New York NP crew. Alas, there’s always NP_LAX. Also, We looooooove our Lululemon shorts. Even in the fall. Even when it’s raining. Especially when they are on sale in the We Made Too Much section.
^^ What we at November Project call the bounce. Because every workout requires a mighty good warm-up. Safety first, right?
^^ Updated view of the park. So long to those harvest leaves and (almost) hello to bare branches.
^^ Throwing it back to that good ‘ol casual style. You know, I probably will wear sweats more often while I am home than I do in New York. That is because my house is built like an igloo (meaning one wears layers upon layers to stay warmish) and my apartment has central heating (blessing and a curse) so we just walk around dressed as if it is summer.
^^ Why hello Jo Malone. The Columbus Circle mall just opened a fine and fresh scent shop and if I’m not careful, I’ll be spending a good deal of my lunch breaks there. Or in Whole Foods. Or Williams Sonoma. Or JCrew. Basically a mall that has too much good stuff.
^^ With the holidays comes the return of the gorgeous star decor inside the mall. I haven’t seen a full on musical production just yet, but I’m sure we’ll catch a glimpse after the Thanksgiving holiday. I know it’s not Macy’s Christmas Spectacular, but I do recommend checking it out if you are in the area :)
Mashable ~ “35 Career Goals” ~ Know your strengths, weaknesses, when to say no, and just know you. Too often we start to say things about ourselves that aren’t true (are we detail-oriented or do we just want to be detail-oriented?) Pick a side project, get involved, learn how to delegate and try something that scares you.
The Muse ~ “13 ‘Crazy’ Interview Questions That Awesome Companies Will Ask” ~ Well, if that’s any indication of the complexity of the applications, I’m not sure if I’m ready for the likes of Google or Apple just yet. Let me also say that my answer to one of the Tournament of Roses Court questions – what’s your favorite class? – was “lunch”. Yeah that’s a real winner Kaitlin. Obviously didn’t get asked back and probably got an eye roll and talking to from my mom. What can I say? I’m a keeper.
Elle ~ “The Case Against Career Ambition“
Ali on the Run ~ Just her blog in general makes me happy. I’m slightly biased since we share a birthday. Naw, she’s just real and it’s amazing.
The College Prepster ~ “4 Ways to Break Your Digital Addiction” ~ Boy, isn’t this one true. Let’s just say that my phone is at 49% by noon most days. More often than not, I feel like stranded without my phone. No means of getting in touch, scheduling with others or even my own schedule (sad but I live through my iCalendar), etc. But then there is another part of me that feels relieved. As if I don’t have to respond to anything and it’s a way of saying get out and do something different. There are many times that I think to myself (while scrolling through some stupid app while watching TV), that I’m wasting my brainpower. Isn’t that sad? People used to read books and educate themselves or learn a new skill. I sit and scroll and swipe and respond to things. I’ll probably add something related to this in my 2016 resolutions but for now, I’ll just try to be more mindful.
^^ Thanks Coach Brian for being an epic runner who can not only run a marathon, but have enough energy and stamina to run around the water coolers taking pictures of all of us and then go off and chase down whoever he was running with or pacing. That’s what we call #beastmode.
Dinners with friends are hands down the best. Especially when you get to eat at places like The Cellar – a restaurant in Beecher’s Cheese Place.
^^ world’s best mac & cheese + kale & red peppers mac + harvest flatbread
^^ PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE. Seasonal selections for the win.
Volunteering for work means catching glimpses of Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Schilling (aka Piper), Sharon Stone, Kathy Griffin (who is actually hilarious), Common, Kelly Ripa (tiny tiny thing), Chris Noth (Mr. Big), Zachary Quinto, and my favorite – Anderson Cooper. It also means listening to stories about individuals like you and me, making big changes in the world and giving back way beyond belief. I’m talking about CNN Heroes, which will be broadcast on Sunday December 6th at 8pm ET. I highly highly recommend watching this. You might need a box of tissues as well.
Buzzfeed ~ “13 Reasons Thanksgiving is Not a Holiday for the Weak” ~ TRUTH
Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy the week of the turkey, and share your love and thanks near and wide!