You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
Eleanor Roosevelt 

More posts to follow post-LSAT! For now, here is something from my little brother. 

RIP Mickey Johns. You were such an amazing dog. I remember about a month after my dad died running out of 2nd grade to meet you. I saw your matted fur and smelled your rancid smell, but i loved you immediately. We gave you love and you gave us so much more than we couldve asked for. You helped us get over the loss of my dad, Michael (“Mickey”). We named you after him. I remember all those moments we have all shared. Walking you and having a little boy say, “look mom its a sheep!” You riding my scooter down the driveway. (and crashing into the trash cans) All the birthday cupcakes and cookies we gave to you, you attempting to swim, everything. Now i have the memory of looking at you in the eyes as you died without even a whimper. We love you so much Mickey. You will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Mickey. I see you in all the white fluffy clouds of the sky, and i smile. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

More posts to follow post-LSAT! For now, here is something from my little brother.

RIP Mickey Johns. You were such an amazing dog. I remember about a month after my dad died running out of 2nd grade to meet you. I saw your matted fur and smelled your rancid smell, but i loved you immediately. We gave you love and you gave us so much more than we couldve asked for. You helped us get over the loss of my dad, Michael (“Mickey”). We named you after him. I remember all those moments we have all shared. Walking you and having a little boy say, “look mom its a sheep!” You riding my scooter down the driveway. (and crashing into the trash cans) All the birthday cupcakes and cookies we gave to you, you attempting to swim, everything. Now i have the memory of looking at you in the eyes as you died without even a whimper. We love you so much Mickey. You will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Mickey. I see you in all the white fluffy clouds of the sky, and i smile. You will be missed, but never forgotten.


So true! 

So true! 

(via justaddpearls)


Rough Day

My rough days call for comfy pjs, plenty of junk food, and long phone calls home. 

Whatever your rough day, remember you can do this! And if you are a cancer survivor, remind yourself this: You conquered cancer. You can conquer anything.


It has now been ten years since my last chemotherapy treatment!


It is Fast Approaching

It is hard to believe that this February marks the seventh anniversary of Dad’s passing. Even harder to believe is how much he has missed out on my life. I have celebrated two graduations (two more to go!), taught my poodle to ride a scooter, discovered a love for all things glitter, learned to make lemon squares, decorated and then redecorated my room, and learned to drive. There were significant events and not so significant events. But regardless of the significance of each of the moments of my life, it still hurts the same not to be able to share these memories with my dad. I walk around my campus and picture the places I would have taken him to. I watch entire families tour the school and wonder what it would have been like if my dad had joined my mom and brother on my tour. I listen to friends discuss what song they will choose for their father-daughter dance at their wedding and wish that I too could choose a song.

If you are a smoker, I implore you to quit. Please do not deprive your children, your friends, your spouse, or your parents of creating new memories with you, no matter how insignificant those memories may seem. 


The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.

Happy New Year

I celebrated New Year’s Eve at home with my mom, brother, two poodles, and Ryan Seacrest. We toasted with sparkling white grape juice, dined on homemade lobster fried rice, and enjoyed strawberry cupcakes for dessert. It may not have been as extravagant or sparkly as most celebrations that night, but, considering the year we have had, it was perfect for my family and me. 

May 2012 be full of health, happiness, and wonderful memories! 



Time Out Please

With stress levels high, I thought I would take a time out (why yes, I am listening to my own advice!) to remind myself of things that make me happy. Make your own “time out” list to remind yourself that there is always something to look forward to and be thankful for.   

1. My family and friends. I am so blessed and thankful for the amazing people in my life. I love you all so much!

2. Walking under an orange, red, and yellow tree canopy. Fall in Williamsburg is the most perfect time of year.

3. Warm homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk, yummm! 

4. Sparkles, sparkles, and more sparkles! I own an entirely sequined strapless dress. Yes, I am that girl.  

5. My Thanksgiving break countdown (12 days!).

6. Every day is another day that I am cancer free.

7. Poodles. Especially my Mickey and Chance.

8. Say Yes to the Dress marathons. Don’t you just love Randy? 

9. Spending a rainy Sunday in pjs. Sometimes you just need those kind of days.      

10. Being twenty and having endless possibilities ahead.