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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LIFE: SWEET PINK 'SUGAR AND PLUMM' BIRTHDAY BRUNCH AND TRUE FRIENDSHIP


Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Wanted to check-in and see how everyone in blogland is doing.  

I'm still sorting through life, and figuring out what my next steps will be.  Thankfully, I'm not doing this alone, but with the guidance and support of my incredible family and close friends.

I try my best to always look on the bright side, sometimes to a fault or to the annoyance of those around me, but it is a part of who I am.  That said, sometimes the clouds roll in, which makes seeing the sunshine I always look for a little harder, but yet, I know it is there.  

On Saturday, a glimmer of light came through while celebrating one of my best friend's birthdays over a glamorous brunch uptown at Sugar and Plumm with a very fitting pink and sparkle-tastic dress code.  

She and I have been friends since childhood, and she truly knows how to live life to the fullest while spreading happiness and positivity everywhere she goes.  She is a true inspiration and the world is, without a doubt, a brighter and better place because she is in it.
The best part is that she, and our circle of friends, have known each other since youth and are all still great friends today, which means we all get to see each other, catchup and celebrate together.  It is so special to have these types of bonds and relationships that last a lifetime.

Below are some of the pictures from her sweet pink birthday celebration!  I'll be back as soon as I can and hope you are all having a Wonderful Week so far!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

LIFE: THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY WHILE FINDING YOUR OWN DIRECTION

Image layout created by Liesl Ehardt using image found here.

Dear Bogland,

I'm not fully sure where to begin.

I am uncertain about so many things in my life.  Especially, where my future is going.  Something I think so many of us face in life, and for some, like myself, it happens more than once.

I have been away from this blog, something that once filled me with such happiness.  Mostly due to lack of time, but also a lack of passion and inspiration.

That said, writing is therapy for me.  I want to ignite that spark within, once again.  Therefore, I believe this blog will be taking a turn in a new direction, as will I, over the next few weeks and even months.

Facing life in your mid-thirties, and not being where you saw yourself as a child, on any front, is tough. 

That said, it is not an end.  Even if it may feel like it at times, which is just the honest truth.  I want to try my best to stay positive and see it as a new, wide open, beginning.

I know what I DO want, and where I am now is NOT it.  

I believe, in my heart of hearts, that it is time to move out of the big cities.  My life has been full of them, from London to Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles and New York City.  

Above all else, I seek true love.  A home and happy, comfortable life being the cherry on top.  

I don't need a lot of money.  Just to be in a place where I can live smartly, less month to month, and be able to travel, my other love, and to spent time with family and dear friends, whom I live for these days. 

I don't know that kids are in my future, partially due to age, though I love and relate to them more than anything.  That said, adoption has been something I've been open to since I was a little girl, and there are plenty of children who need a happy, safe home. 

Ultimately, I want to be in a place where I can be doing something that is truly helping others and making a difference in this world or, to me, it is not worth it.  It's always easier, and more fulfilling, doing that while sharing it with someone special, but not all of us get that.  

If I said I knew where I was going, I'd be lying to each of you, which I won't do.  

Something I learned over the past few months, at a job that I fell into, surrounded by some of the greatest people I've ever known, was the importance of transparency.

So, this is me.  Transparent, open and honest with where I am now, in this moment.  I'm not happy and know a change needs to be made, though I don't know what that is.

If it weren't for my incredible family, and handful of close friends, I would be completely lost.  They are the greatest gift I have ever been given, and I am so thankful for each of them.

I was recently called "irreplaceable" and told I have "a smile, kindness and ora that lights up this world and helps others" by some co-workers, and that I "inspire people" by a NYC construction worker, whom I've come in contact with over the past few months, all in the same day.

In the end, I want to continue to be these things, and offer these things, to those around me.  Not help myself, but help others and continue to smile on a daily basis.  

Lately, I've been doing so, despite feeling lost and unhappy inside, because life is short, and I believe there is no need to bring those around you down simply because you are sad or having a bad day.  My hope is to, one day, be able to do the above while also feeling truly happy and content myself.

Perhaps "the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life," and all you have to do is simply take it.  Here's to doing just that...where it leads is yet to be seen.  

Finally, to each of you, my readers, and bogland friends, thanks for sticking by me and for the support you have shown from all over the world.  All of you mean more to me than you know, and I hope to never let you down.  

Hopefully, you join me for my next chapter, and, together, we see where it leads.

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