I told myself that before the year ended I wanted to go see the tree!
Rockefeller tree in NYC.
There’s just something about the tree that makes me want to smile! I remember going to see it when I was a little girl and being genuinely happy! What better way to start the new year than to feel that genuinely happy about something so simple as a Christmas tree? For a second, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go see it. I was booked almost every weekend and I only had until today, January 7, 2015 to go see it. So with the help of my best friend we made it happen! This past Sunday, after seeing so many people on social media post pictures with it, I was finally able to go see it for myself and with one of my best friends!
According to my friend she hates NYC tourist attractions (mainly because she lives there.) However, once we got close to the tree, she was the first to start taking pictures! There’s just something about that tree that makes everyone burst into a smile! So here’s a little advise for everyone! Don’t underestimate the simple things or tourist attractions because you never know what you may get out of it! I got a night filled with happiness, laughter and smiles with my best friend….not too bad if you ask me!
It would be easy to let disappointment and failure overcome you… to let them discourage you from whatever goals you may have set for yourself. Ironically, the hardest part would be to pick yourself up and find it within yourself to keep going and strive for greatness. I find it extremely difficult to stay positive when something negative happens. I have always been a bit of a pessimist and have always blamed myself for my failures and disappointments. However, I have reached a point where I am ready to say “no more.” No more blaming myself, no more long periods of time asking “what did I do wrong,” and no more focusing on all the negatives; never seeing the positives. Yes, it absolutely sucks to get hurt by life’s unpleasant surprises but instead of using those negatives as weights to keep you down, pick up those weights and strengthen yourself; use them to continue to build yourself up and mold your life into what you have always envisioned it to be.
This holiday season I have to say I am extremely blessed. I have my family with me, a roof over my head, I am employed, there is a beautiful tree in my living room and I have the means to be able to repay my family for all their love and support this year. Life is a gift, precious and not guaranteed and during such a beautiful holiday season like Christmas, I want nothing but positivity in my life, regardless of the negatives I might face. It won’t be easy but the key is to remember everything you have to be grateful for and everything you have yet to accomplish. I have so many goals and dreams and cannot let anything get in my way! So join me this holiday season in saying NO MORE! Is time to push forward and enjoy what life has to offer.
It was really hard being away from home on my 21st Birthday and Thanksgiving. I decided to look on the bright side and take it as an opportunity to just appreciate the many things I have. As I start the 21st first year of my life I have many blessings: my family, friends, another year of life, and the opportunity to study in Europe. It’s important to be positive during the hard times.
It was remembering all the things I have to be grateful for that really helped me have a good Birthday. I had to write a paper but I did it with a smile on my face. The sun shined bright on a city that’s usually gloomy, wet, and cold. My host sister baked me a delicious marble cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me in French! We toasted to my 21st year and I took my first ‘legal’ drink (according to USA law.) Afterwards my roommate and I went out with some friends to have a couple of drinks at Delirium. I had a light Busch beer. I couldn’t believe the alcohol percentage in that beer. It did its job though. It was the perfect way to end a “beginning of the week birthday.”
There is no Thanksgiving in Europe because it’s an American holiday. So my roommate and I decided to bring Thanksgiving to Europe. We cooked a small dinner for our host family. We cooked things that would be traditional for our Thanksgiving meals. Thank goodness I had some saźon left over. It was all a success! Thanksgiving is about being grateful and sharing that with others and that’s exactly what I did.