My broken smile

As a kid, it was brought up to my attention that I never smiled when I took pictures. I honestly never thought much of it, and I didn't quite care.  As I grew older, I began to notice my smile.  I observed pictures that I took with friends and family and noticed how everyone showed … Continue reading My broken smile

Big Sister

I can still remember the day when I came home from school and my toddler brother had torn a few pages from my Italian dictionary.  I was a senior in college.  I don't recall if I was upset, but I knew that he didn't know any better, and quite frankly, it was a new experience … Continue reading Big Sister


It was a special evening. We celebrated my mother-in law's birthday by treating her to the Carole King musical "Beautiful" at the Cadillac Palace. One of the many things that I admire about my mother-in-law is her passion and affinity for musicals, Broadway theater, and book tours. I have such admiration for her curiosity and … Continue reading Beautiful

Today I got to fly

Ever since I can remember, I've always had dreams of flying. There is something about being in the air carefree and having a vantage point from up in the sky that I find stimulating. I love seeing things from high and up above.  In reality, I am afraid of heights. As soon as I look … Continue reading Today I got to fly

Almost 40 – living life to the fullest, no regrets (12 months of harmony and adventure)

Today I turned 39 years old. I am one of the youngest from my circle of friends, many of them have already or recently turned 40.  It seems to be a big deal- such a grand mile stone.  The outlook for turning 40 seems very intriguing to me.  What is it about this age? Is … Continue reading Almost 40 – living life to the fullest, no regrets (12 months of harmony and adventure)

Taking vacation and not feeling guilty

Like many working professionals, I used to feel guilty taking vacation. It is important for me to work hard, fulfill my obligations and not burden my colleagues. This mindset followed me for a very long time. When I first started my career, I would only take a few days off during the winter holidays and … Continue reading Taking vacation and not feeling guilty