The Peppermint Mocha Chronicles: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Early on in 2014 I gave this little challenge to myself – No Sleep Til 30

This was my mindset for my 29th year. The year I would celebrate the closing of perhaps the most important decade of my life. And in fact, my wonderful, glorious friend Kimmy even gave me a lovely journal for my 29th birthday, so I could document all my adventures.

I opened it up yesterday and found this:

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That’s right. NothingBlank. Ugh. I failed.

But, alas. There are two months left! Today marks the 60 day countdown to 30 (things your 16 year old self never expects to say…) Now I’m still not saying that I’m going to be successful in filling the journal. However, it was a kick in the butt to start loving life a lot more and get back to the things that are important.

And you know what else, friends? This week marks the start of the most wonderful time of the year. Red Cup, Peppermint Mocha Season!

You see, this whole blogging thing came about as an experiment. Half to do with my fear of having a blog and then never having anything to write…and half my love for fall and sweet drinks. Put em together and boom. Six years later and here we are.

So here’s the thing I need your help with. The Peppermint Mocha Chronicles isn’t about me. It’s not about filling the world with my opinions and my ramblings. It’s about you and the people you love, and me and the people I love, and a whole lot of people none of us have probably met yet.

It’s about slowing down and taking a deep breath. Smiling. Cherishing the season and the moments (my word for 2014!) It’s about remembering what’s important. Putting people first.

2014 has been a year full of surprises and 2015 is shaping up to top that. But I’m going to do my best not to let my favorite time of the year rush by without me. So let’s do this together. More quiet time. More moments. More laughs. More people.

And a red cup in hand. Who’s with me?

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It’s December! (Really?!?)

It came up so quickly that I actually didn’t even realize it was starting yesterday! Hence, we are a day late…

We are officially into the holiday craze. I can’t even believe that in less than 31 days, 2012 will be over. How did that happen??? November was a good month but it seemed to go by in a flash. Let’s recap…

Stef and Matt got married. And yes, that’s a fire truck. We’ve now had two consecutive weddings set off the fire alarm. Nothing like evacuating the entire hotel!

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We had a little girls day out. You can read more about that adventure here.

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FRIENDS THANKSGIVING!

This is the prep the night before…

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And this is the result…Chuck 2.0! We eat well around here.

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I also had Thanksgiving at home which included our annual tradition of  the Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo. And of course, plenty of decorating for the holidays!

Things to look forward to in December…

– Plenty more Peppermint Mocha dates with good friends
– So much food! We have three holidays parties just at work alone. So much celebrating.
– Two weeks of holiday break. You heard that right. Such a blessing at my job.
– Momma comes to visit for Christmas!
– Zoo lights, The Nutcracker, baking days…just so much good time with good people.

What about you? What is your favorite part of December?

It’s November!

Happy November 1!  Can you believe it’s here already? The countdown to the holidays is beginning and, per usual, I’m nowhere near ready for it. But, as it’s still fall, there are many more fun adventures to go on! Let’s take a little look back at October…

These guys got married (and I got to be a part of it)

Photo from Kim Morales

I saw this guy in concert (one of my FAVORITES)

Had a beautiful lunch break here on one of my final days of travel

We had some pretty intense pumpkin carving

We dressed up like this for Halloween

Photo from Lindsey Sherwood

And like this…

Things I’m looking forward to in November:

– PEPPERMINT MOCHAS. Find out why here. More on this soon.
– Another wedding for great friends.
– The start of the holiday season (decorating, baking, traditions, all of it!)

How is your fall going so far?