The Good Life

“The hope is we have so much to feel good about.”-OneRepublic

I don’t even know where to begin when telling you about my 4.5 days in Miami. The mood was set as soon as I got off the plane with fresh seafood and pineapple mojitos. My days were spent relaxing, and my nights were filled with great food, wine, and friends. I’ve found a new favorite red wine: Geyser Peak Cabernet. It was absolutely wonderful and seemed to go well with everything we cooked (which was a whole lot of pasta). On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a charity event at a club, Nikki Beach, which was right on Miami’s shoreline. They hosted a fashion show and silent auction, where proceeds benefited the PARK Project. I’ve done my share of going out and enjoying the nightlife that Philly has to offer, but I’ve never been to any place like Nikki Beach. A $25 bottle of Absolut cost $300.  We put away three bottles before deciding it was time to go some place else. I guess that’s the price you pay to be VIP. Sunday morning we went to the Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Biltmore. It was absolutely amazing and I left about 15 pounds heavier than I came in. The rest of the day was spent watching football and relaxing on the couch. By the time Sunday evening rolled around, I was well rested, refreshed and ready to head back to Philly.

After a few hours of delays, I arrived back in much colder Philadelphia. The first place I went was the gym. I needed to work out all those wasted calories from the weekend. I did a spin class and a few rounds of Crossfit circuits. By the time I left Sweat, I felt amazing and ready to go home and see Joey. We’ve been living together for the past 9 months and at most have only spent weekends apart. It sounds corny, but I really missed him. We’ll be celebrating our one year anniversary in a few days. Neither of us can remember the exact date that we became “official”, but we were inseparable from the first time we met, so that’s what we consider to be our anniversary.

Even though Joey and I couldn’t spend our first Thanksgiving together(or even in the same state), I still had so much to be thankful for this year. Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday ever, followed by New Year’s Eve and Halloween. There’s nothing better than spending time with my family and stuffing my face with delicious, homemade food. Because I’m Italian, this usually happens every weekend I come home. But the older I get, the more I appreciate the time I can spend with the people I love. These past few weeks have really opened my eyes to how blessed I am to have such a strong support system of family and friends. My education and career wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my parents and sister. My running endeavors are always fueled by the encouragement ( as well signs and cheers) from my friends and family. My legs, lungs, and heart are stronger because of the support system I have. And for that, I am thankful.  Because I had to work on Black Friday, my family decided to come spend Thanksgiving in Philly. We spent Thanksgiving Eve decorating my apartment for Christmas and drinking wine. I woke up way too early on Thanksgiving morning, so of course, I headed out for a run. What better way to remind myself of what I’m thankful for than a nice, long run?! My mom’s best friend lives in South Jersey, so we headed across the bridge for the day. We spent the day cooking a 31 pound turkey, 10 pounds of potatoes, and 7 cakes and pies. Good thing I decided to wear leggings, because by the time we left, I had an 8 month food baby nested in my tummy.

Now that I’ve shared my holiday with you, what are you most thankful for?

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