Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Why is it so difficult to keep up?

I am, admittedly, one of the worst bloggers out there. I start out the year strong: each year I do my "31 Days..." series and I am motivated for the year. 
Then February comes.
That's pretty much the end.
It's not that I don't have a lot of fun and interesting things going on: quite the opposite, in fact. 
I suppose that's the problem. I have so much to do that I don't really have the time to stop and share!
So, here is a little recap of 2015 so far for belmonili:
  • January: did MOST of my 31 days posts
  • February: broke my wrist, had a beautiful bridal shower
  • March: got ready for my wedding!!!
  • April: got married to the love of my life, went on an amazing honeymoon to Punta Cana, DR
  • May: got pregnant!
  • June: worked. slept. worked. slept.
  • July: went to Florida to visit my brother. slept.
  • August: entered into 2nd trimester, enjoyed a glorious resurgence of energy.
  • September: had an amazing time at the Country Living Fair!
  • October: my little dog Diva had enculeation surgery (removal of her eyes) and recovered like a pro

I am going to ***try*** to get some more updates out there, including long-overdue photos of my wedding and honeymoon. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's March, and I'm Getting Married in April. How did THAT happen?!

Well, as the old saying goes, 
"Time flies when you're having fun."
I must be having a ball, because we just turned the calendar 
and discovered that our wedding is a mere 6 weeks away!

Yesterday my dear friends and bridesmaids hostessed an amazing "Breakfast at Tiffanys" themed bridal shower for me. I am a wordsmith, however, the proper vocabulary escapes me when I attempt to convey the joy and love I felt.
Photo via Leigh Anne of Airheads Balloon Art
We had an amazing brunch spread at Roman Bistro in Forest Hills, PA 
(if you are anywhere in this area, I can't recommend this establishment highly enough), 
played some games, then sat down to open gifts.

As I looked around the room at all of those familiar smiling faces, I felt myself become overwhelmed with joy and love. I stopped to thank everyone for attending and became tearful when I said that this is the first time that I have had (almost) everyone I love in the same place. 
That was something I never expected, 
but it gave me even more reason to look forward to the upcoming wedding.

I hope that this day is joyful for you, 
and I can't wait to share the exciting things that are soon to come!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 24: Say a Prayer

Now, let me say that "prayer" means something different to everyone.
Some people clasp their hands and speak to a higher being. 
Some people reflect silently.
Some people turn to nature.
I am not here to judge or preach or say that any one way is better than another.
I am simply suggesting that today is a great day
to reflect on life's blessings and curses
and, in the best way you know how, say a prayer.
I'm going to ask you to add something today, though.
I am going to ask you to include my friend G in your payers.
She just had her second baby in November, a healthy baby boy.
She is the gorgeous and proud mother of 2 healthy baby boys
and the happy wife of my dear friend J.
Today she shared with the world that she has 
a benign meningioma (a tumor in the meninges of the brain) that must be operated on.
She is truly one of the worlds shining stars, 
and today she needs blessings.
Her husband needs blessings to stay strong.
Her boys need blessings to keep their dear mommy safe.
She needs blessings to overcome this obstacle with grace and good health.
So, however you pray, please pray for G today.

Friday, January 23, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 23: Love

I don't think it's possible to say or hear the words
"I love you"
without feeling joy.
Today's task is easy:
Say it.
Say "I love you" to someone you love.
Heck, say it to EVERYONE you love.
You can even say it a few times...
no one who loves you too is going to turn you away!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 22: Surprise Someone

Don't you just LOVE a good surprise?
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There are so many ways to quickly and easily spread joyful surprise.
Offer to walk your neighbor's dog.
Call your dear friend and invite them out for a date.
Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
Bring donuts in for your coworkers.
If you're the boss...send your employees home an hour early!
How can you surprise someone today?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 21: Tackle a Project

Today is the day to tackle a project
like a boss.
Like a linebacker vying for a pro bowl spot.
I don't mean an art project or a craft project or something fun...
I am talking about that project that has been sneering at your from afar.
That junk drawer that mocks you every time you try to open it.
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That closet that swallows shoes, coats, and probably that handbag you can't find.
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The garage.
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Seize the day.
Clear that clutter.
Take it one little bit at a time, 
and you will be amazed at the energy you gain as you go.
You will be infusing your space and your life 
with positive energy and joy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 20: Treat Yourself

It's  Tuesday. For some reason, Tuesday has a bad rap for being a "not great day".
I guess I get it...the weekend is over
and reality of the work week has set in.
My solution to "a case of the Tuesdays"?
Treat yourself!
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 Go ahead, get that latte.
 Extra cheese? Yes, please.
A manicure? Why not?!
It's life's little pleasures that sometimes seem to bring the most joy.
So, grab a pal, take a break, and