Joyous Joy 32: Unconventional Traditions

As many of you know, I went to Boston over the weekend for my 2nd Annual Moked Family “Lobster Thanksgiving”!

You might be saying, “Lobster?! Who in the heck has Lobster on Thanksgiving?” I admit that the thought of eating a sea creature for “Turkey Day” was a little strange, but I love the unconventional! The best part? The festivities are kicked off with a live-lobster photo shoot!

Seriously…the claw was as big as my head!

It’s obvious that the Moked’s don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in a traditional way – or do they?

Growing up as your average American white girl, our dinner table looked exactly like a holiday magazine, filled with each and every delicious staple: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and the list goes on. My Mom is a master chef when it comes to putting this meal together, and I am always thankful for her hard work. Continue reading

Joyous Joy 31: Beliefs and Their Niches

Doesn’t this image look like it could be named “the road to freedom”? Thanks for letting me use it Zsuzsanna Kilian!

At a networking event last Friday night, I met a guy named Zack who was promoting a band named Madison Rising. This band, unlike any other I personally know, is extremely patriotic. He handed me a CD (I love free stuff!) and I immediately flipped it over to go through the song titles. I was impressed and felt refreshed to see a group of people who aren’t  afraid to wave our flag proudly and sing about what the American dream represents.

A few song titles:

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Joyous Joy 30: Happy 1/2 Birthday to me!

I have no idea why I am such a fanatic about my birthday, but I really, really love it! Today is my half birthday – I am officially 31 ½ years old!

Seriously, when I was 24, I couldn’t stop telling people that I was going to be 25. Some of my friends were actually confused and thought I was 25 and turning 26 on my actual birthday!

Then came my 30th – oh my, I was really excited to begin my 3rd decade of life, and went all out on the celebration!

The night ended with a rooftop party and my good friend the NYC skyline.

I threw myself a birthday party complete with balloons and streamers. Made a giant ice cream sandwich birthday cake complete with tall sparkler candles! I wore a crown with my first ever hot pink designer dress and even sent myself to visit my cousin in Phoenix for a week and took a train to the Grand Canyon!

One of the coolest parts about my birthday is that I was born on my parent’s wedding anniversary. I was “the gift they couldn’t take back” LOL! And today is actually the anniversary of my parent’s first (blind) date!

Feel free to call and sing to me – I’d be grinning from ear to ear.

Joyous Joy 29: I heart Oprah

I wonder what her life ambitions were at this point?

Oprah is an amazing woman in my eyes. So much that I actually planned my class schedule around her show during my college years (and General Hospital).

No joke.

Each day, I would rush home from class to cook up some college version of a meal (usually Ramen Noodles) and settle on my couch with my roommate (who also shared my scheduling tactics) ready to see the day’s shows.

General Hospital came on first. It was a non-stop banter of, “Oh my God – can you believe that Brenda got kidnapped AGAIN?! When will she learn that Sonny is bad news?! Jax is way hotter! I hope she ends up with him!” Continue reading

Joyous Joy 28: Learning to Diminish Procrastination

A few weeks ago, I went to a mediabistro networking event and came across an opportunity I wasn’t expecting – I was asked to write my first book review!

David Parker, author of “How Many Procrastinators Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?” introduced himself to me and immediately asked if I was a blogger. Responding “why yes, yes I am” I was glowing inside.

But his next question threw me for a loop – “would you consider yourself a procrastinator?” I said, “no not really, I just have an extremely long list of to-do’s, because there is just simply too much I want to accomplish in life.” Continue reading

Joyous Joy 27: Start the Search

Just had to share…

I found this quote on a yoga website and instantly fell in love with its message. It truly epitomizes my blog’s existence:

“If you make up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or later you shall find it.”Paramahansa Yogananda

If you can’t find joy within yourself, it will be very challenging to find it elsewhere. Go on…start the search. Think of it as a personal game of hide & seek.