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Christmas In New York City And My Celebrity Spotting

Earlier this week (Monday) I had the immense pleasure of going into New York City for a work-related training. Back in October when my boss asked me if I would like to go, I immediately said, "Hell, yes!" I mean anytime I get the chance to visit New York....I'm there!

The day ended up being absolutely smashing! The company I was training with went out of their way to make our experience so enjoyable - it was not only very informative, but also a ton of fun. All I kept saying over and over again throughout the day to the corporate staff was, "Thank you...thank you SO MUCH for this experience!"

I came back to my job on Tuesday, all jazzed and excited; feeling recharged!

While in NYC, we were busy sticking to a schedule because we had a lot to see and do, so I didn't get the chance to take many photographs during the day. However, I purposely booked my return trip home for several hours after the training so that I would have time to casually walk around the city and take in New York's Christmas decorations.

It's Thankful People That Are Happy

"It's Not Happy People That Are Thankful.
It's Thankful People That Are Happy."

A few days ago I discovered the quote you see above and it really hit home because I believe it to be true. At least true for me.

One of the things I greatly value about my life's journey and all its highs and lows, twists and turns and detours, is what that journey so far has taught me.

That gratitude and happiness are interconnected.

Therefore, whenever I get sidetracked by things that are distracting me from noticing all the other things in my life that are good, I know it's time to shift my attention back to those good things. And strangely enough, I immediately feel a sense of peace and happiness.

The Colors and Scentsations Of Autumn

Whenever I think of my favorite season, Autumn, I immediately recall the earthy and sensual aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. I also envision vibrant shades of orange, red, yellow, and gold -- similar to the colors you see in the above photograph of the Autumn centerpiece I made this year. However, with the exception of the two baby orange pumpkins and the yellow/orange gourd, all the other colors in this centerpiece are an imitation, created from silks that I purchased at A.C. MOORE Arts and Crafts.

Normally each year, I try to create my Autumn centerpiece using real foliage from outside, but this year I had a difficult time finding it. In fact, I would say that over the past 2-3 it's been getting more and more challenging because Autumn has become so brief and anti-climatic.

If I had to choose just one word to express what the foliage has been like this particular year in Philadelphia, it would be...Meh!

Part 2: New York City With The Girls - Central Park, The Met, And Other Stuff

What most people perceive who have never visited and explored New York City, is that it only consists of concrete sidewalks filled with fast-walking pedestrians; massive buildings made of either brick, stone, or steel and glass; and congested streets of horn-honking cars, buses and taxi cabs. Which yes, those things are a part of New York. However, there are also many charming and quiet neighborhoods, and peaceful pockets of nature that enables city dwellers to take a break from all the noise and visual stimulation.

And one of those places is Central Park, which spans 843 acres.