Let’s Celebrate!

It’s National Teacher’s Appreciation Week and National Nurse Appreciation Week! Both jobs really require nurture, love, and patience. To all the nurses and teachers out there, I hope you know that you are deeply appreciated. Thank you for all that you do!

I was extremely excited when I found out one of my greatest friends has been featured in the newspaper ads for Nurse Week. She is truly one of the most caring and generous people I know and her love for her patients is only a small piece of her huge heart. I’m so proud of you, Irene! Thank you for being one of my inspirations with your creativity, your care, and your determination.

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Oh yes, the adventure started as soon as this picture was taken.

Today marks one year since I married my husband. In the past year, I couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you for being there in every way, for encouraging me to finally start this blog, for motivating me to do all that I want to achieve, for teaching me so many things & teaching me to worry less, for listening, for making the ordinary out of the ordinary, and for making me smile endlessly.

Thank you for inspiring me. <3 
Happy 1 year anniversary!  

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There’s more to NYC birds than pigeons!

Ever since studying birds with my students, I started to notice the influence that this animal has on many things around us. Whether it’s paintings or designs on a cloth, many have hints of birds in it. Some more beautiful than others. I must admit that although I may be able to recognize the different kinds of pigeons with excitement, it’s not too exciting to be actually near them or to be pooped on!

Still, they are a beautiful species to admire, which is probably why there are so many activists that fight to help over 9,000 bird species survive. On the west coast, we have Jamaica Bay right in New York. Jamaica Bay is a wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula by Queens and Brooklyn. Its wildlife refuge is very famously known for its migration of birds. I recently went with colleagues to visit the bay and had the opportunity to do some birdwatching along the way. To my excitement, I saw ospreys and a snowy egret, birds we would never see on a regular day in the city!

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The hunt is over!

Happy Easter, everyone! Gatherings of families and friends seem to be all out this weekend whether egg hunting, attending church services, or enjoying brunch and dinner together. My husband and I really enjoyed listening to Pastor Adam Burt at Every Nation today.  Afterwards, we, like every other New Yorker who braved through this brutal winter, walked avenues and avenues to take in some sun while it’s nice out.

Though Easter bunnies and eggs have nothing to do with the real meaning of Easter, it’s hard not to use this beautiful week to celebrate the talent shown through The Big Egg Hunt of NYC. If you’re out and about, why not visit Rockefeller Center to see all 260+ eggs designed by artists all over New York City? It’s quite a sight to see, but be prepared for crowds and lots of people getting in your pictures! The eggs will be there until April 25th when they already have been auctioned to bidders on April 22nd.

To save you lovely readers from scrolling endlessly, I put a majority of the eggs I hunted in a collage form.  All were taken with the iPhone, so no special photography here!

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Life of a Snail

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Vyacheslav Mishchenko from Ukrainia has an incredible eye for macro photography. He’ll take you into the world of little natural creatures, leaving you wondering if you’ll ever see them the same way again (and chances are, you won’t). He catches these snails below in their natural habitats and even in their kissing moments. If you like his work, be sure to check him out here

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One of my goals this year is to know Central Park like the back of my hand and surely, I am getting close!  This park is simply incredible with its variety of habitats, animals, plants, and recreational activities. Here are two photos I captured during my visit with the kids to Central Park 103rd Street.

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And tonight, while visiting a friend living on a penthouse on Water Street, I had the breathtaking view of Manhattan and Brooklyn so I took the chance for a photo op.  Repeating what my caption on Instagram said…. NYC is endlessly inspiring!

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It’s a big egg hunt in NYC!

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It seemed silly for adults to go on an Easter egg hunt until this classy one started on April 1st in New York City. Up until April 25th, you can hunt for giant Easter eggs around the city! There are 260 egg sculptures decorated by a variety of artists and if you download the The Big Egg Hunt NYC app and collect eggs, you can win a Fabergé jewel encrusted egg pendant.  Besides the fun of being on a scavenger hunt, the beauty also comes from after the 25th when the eggs are auctioned for over $500 each.  Proceeds go to Studio In A School and the Elephant Family.

My friend over at Doobybrain (www.doobybrain.com) has already found quite a few!  Are you ready?  Get set…. hunt!

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Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

My food for thought sparked from this verse:  Don’t let bad things consume you, especially anger and hate.  For every good thought, feeling, and action taken, your heart grows stronger and a will to love others increases even when they are hardest to love. Keep that in mind when you’re with someone that pushes you on the edge.  🙂

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