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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LIFE: 2015 NEW YORK CITY BLIZZARD FUN IN TIMES SQUARE


Happy Tuesday, Bogland!

Needless to say, life has been quite hectic lately as we prepare for The Knickerbocker, a legendary New York City landmark, to be reborn at the crossroads of the world.  It will open its doors for the first time since John Jacob Astor opened it in 1906 and having closed in 1921 after his death on the Titanic. 

In other news, as some of you may have seen, a blizzard swept over the Northeast coast Monday evening well into today, which made for an early dismissal from work at noon on Monday and snow day off today.

Prior to them shutting down NYC transportation and putting the mandatory curfew into effect, Marvelous Merri, a co-worker who has quickly become a forever friend, and I took to Times Square and ran around like giddy children.  

There was no shortage of laughing, dancing, singing, goofiness and all around good times.  Above all else, it is hard to put into words how nice it was to leave life at the door, so to speak, and simply forget responsibilities, troubles, anxieties and more for a bit.

Heading to bed early tonight, as it is back to business and real life tomorrow.  Hope all of you on the east coast survived the storm.  I'd love to hear your stories and see your pictures in the comments below.

I'll try to be back here more frequently as soon as I can.  Thank you in advance for your patience and sticking with me over the years.  Big hugs!
All images and video by Liesl Ehardt and my Instagram.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

LIFE: JUST PUTTING THOUGHTS TO PAPER OR TEXT FOR A MOMENT


Happy Sunday, Bogland!

We've been in training as we prepare to open the first luxury hotel in Times Square with an address at the crossroads of the world!  Needless to say, I have had little time to do anything but work and sleep.

During this training, we have had different key speakers come in to train and talk to us.  During which, I was reminded of the importance of putting thoughts to paper, or text as it may be in bogland.

On Saturday, I came across the below quote and it really hit me.
(image altered by Liesl Ehardt)

Whenever life appears to be going well on all fronts, something will, undoubtably, come into play that will knock you down on one of those fronts.

I'll never fully understand this, but I will continue to trust the journey.  Believing that things unfold as they should, and happen in order to keep us working towards something better and staying appreciative of the good while we have it.

Life on the work front is truly incredible, and I am so thankful each and every day.  When you find yourself surrounded by co-workers whom you consider family, you know you have found something rare and special.  

However, for me, it is hard to fully enjoy it when you have no one with whom to share it, outside of my wonderful family.  The older you get, and I'm far older than people ever realize, the harder is to accept.  Especially, when you believe you are a good person with a lot to offer.  At the end of the day, it isn't up to you, it is up to life and where it guides you.

It's no secret that life did not unfold as I thought it would, and I was more on track when I was younger than I am now as an adult, which seems slightly backwards.  However, as the quote above expresses, even if you are broken, you can still shine, and I intend to do just that.

For me, it is about living a life for which you can be proud, helping others, being kind, staying positive, smiling and finding happiness in the small things.  Brightening someone else's world more than your own.  
Does this mean you will always receive good in return?  No.  That is just a part of life.  You win some and you lose some.  Bad things happen to good people, just as good things happen to not so good people.  That is a part of life.

That said, it won't stop me from smiling on a daily basis, I would truly die without one.  Making others smile is what makes me genuinely happy, and maybe, just maybe, I'll find someone who will fully appreciate me for me one day...only time will tell, and for now, I've put looking on hold indefinitely.

I think we all wish we could go back and unmeet certain people.  Or wonder why they crossed our paths, but we have to remember that they did so for "a blessing or a lesson...a reason, a season or a lifetime," and we just never know which one it may be.

To me it is just a part of life, nothing more and nothing less.  I will continue to be the best person I can be, and those who chose to be a part of it can stay and those who don't can leave.  

We only have today with no guarantee of tomorrow.  So, live in the now and enjoy each moment as best as you can without trying to figure it all out.

Life is full of ups and downs, it's all part of the adventure or enigma as it apprears to be to me.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LIFE: RING IN 2015 WITH FOX NEWS LIVE FROM THE ROOF OF THE KNICKERBOCKER


Happy New Year's Eve, Blogland!

Join in the celebration with FOX News, who will be broadcasting LIVE from the rooftop of The Knickerbocker in the heart of Times Square, starting at 9PM EST!  

Our GM, the inspiring Jeff David, along with NBA great, John Starks, and more will be a part of it all.  Feel free to follow along on all the fun using #KnickNYE and #FoxNews2015.

Every time I'm on our roof, I'm in awe of the clear, breathtaking view of the city and NYE Ball.  I am so proud and thankful to be part of this historic hotel and such an incredible, supportive and kind team!  

I hope this year brings you all you dream and more!  Remember, in the wise words of Buddha...

"What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract.  What you imagine, you create."  

So, make this year count, it all starts with your attitude and outlook...and a little patience. 

Here's to 2015...the year The Knickerbocker will be reborn! Yay! :)
Left to right: Jeff David, Jesse Watters, Anna Kooiman, John Starks and Kennedy.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

PICTURE SHOW: HAPPINESS IS . . .


Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!  Mine has been different, but special in its own beautiful way.

The latter part of this year brought so many wonderful things into my life.  From opportunity, a job I love and an exciting promotion, all the way to good, quality people, many of whom will be lifelong friends, and more. Each created a lovely memory, and left me feeling fortunate and thankful!

For me, the year began with some lethargic lows, but is coming to a close on hopeful highs!  Things in life truly happen for a reason.  I've always believed it, but see it to be true more and more these days. 

Always hang in there...you WILL end up exactly where you are meant to be, on every front.  Remember, it takes the lows and bad to lead you to the highs and good.

Below are pictures from the past couple weeks.  They express moments of what happiness is to me.  True happiness has never come within things for me, but rather people, family, friendship, kindness, creativity, music, kids, moments, feelings, experiences and things you do for others, to help or make them smile.

Just as the author Dau Voire once said, "A beautiful heart can bring things into your life that all the money in the world couldn't obtain."  I believe this with everything in me!

Have a relaxing weekend and great rest of the holiday before the new year!  
All images belong to Liesl Ehardt via my Instagram.


by Liesl Ehardt