Both of our birthdays are in the fall, which always provides us with time for deep reflection as we mark both these personal milestones, and prepare for the end of the calendar year.
Each year we get that question, “how does it feel to be a year older?” Although routine, it is something we start to experience differently as we mature. Are we where we want to be and where we expected to be? We know to expect the unexpected aspects of life, and know that they always come with a silver lining. However, we often have moments of anxiety about the unknown, as most people do. The two of us always find a way to come back to the saying, “we are like fine wine, we get better with time!” All of life’s experiences mold us into better versions of who we were just one year ago.
To mark that we are not only heading into a new year, but a new decade, here are our 10 life lessons of the past decade! Let this serve as your opportunity to think of what lessons you’ve learned over the past 10 years, and which ones you will carry into the next 10. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
Ask for help
Embrace the unexpected
Celebrate wins, big and small!
Since we are celebrating the end and start of a new decade it seems appropriate that we pair this post with a great champagne! The Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is delicate, elegant and balanced. The striking freshness and vivacity of the floral and fruity fragrances (yellow fruits and fresh fruits) take root, before giving way to subtle notes of vanilla and butter, lending the wine a fruity and consistent character.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, we think it’s the perfect time to reflect. This year has had its share of highs and lows, but we’ve been reminded of the need to be grateful for everything good that has come to pass. During this holiday, we encourage you to find time for yourself to not only reflect, but to consider all that you are grateful for. We both commit to be more intentional, and to express our gratitude daily, as it’s often easy to focus on everything that is not going well in our lives. Here are some ways that we plan to practice gratitude moving forward:
Live with an abundance mindset
Keep a gratitude journal
Openly express your gratitude to others
Give thanks for one good thing each day
Pay it forward
As you reflect on what you can do to show your thanks and gratitude daily, make time and space to be kind to yourself. A large part of developing the best version of yourself is certainly being kind to others, but most importantly being kind to yourself. As we focus on abundance, we are more likely to manifest positivity around us. We encourage you to see each day as a new opportunity to grow and further develop the best parts of yourself… just don’t forget to enjoy great wine with equally great people!
Our featured wine for this month is B. Leighton “Gratitude” Yakima Valley Red Blend. This wine is described as “beautiful, luscious and alive – Gratitude opens up to blackberry, violet and mint. Yet reaches back and flows with complex notes of lemon thyme, orange zest, morels and marjoram. Rich, yet elegant and lovely to drink. It finishes with crushed rock, white pepper and baking spices. Another wine to be thankful for.”
This fall, the two of us have seen one another and connected often because we’ve had some of the same social and professional commitments, which is always fun! We’ve been able to spend time together at birthday celebrations, while also co-facilitating workshops on professional development. These experiences truly demonstrate the breadth of our friendship. It has become clear to us just how great it is to have friends that you can grow, learn, build and dream with. Often, people will put you in boxes or cultivate their own ideas of success for you, but it is imperative to keep dreaming and keep those who believe in you close by.
As we head into the last few months of the year, it’s important to think about who and what takes up your time. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, this year reminded us that life can be hectic, upsetting and joyous all at once, so it’s critical to constantly evaluate if the connections we have with others are of substance. We have 2 months until 2020; let’s not waste any more time on people and spaces that do not add value to our lives. Here are some reminders that the two of us keep coming back to. We hope they will help you too!
Surround yourself with people who inspire and support you.
Never limit your dreams because others don’t see the value in them.
It’s important to have fun, but also keep planning for your future.
Time waits for no one.
Your plan only works if you do.
When in doubt, don’t worry. Just keep sipping!
Our featured cocktail for this month is a Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, which we enjoyed at Chima for a birthday party. This delicious cocktail is made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. We also enjoyed a version that included pineapple!
2 tsp superfine sugar (or 1 oz simple syrup)
1⁄2 Lime (cut into wedges)
1 1⁄2 oz Leblon cachaça
Garnish: Lime wedge
Muddle the lime and sugar in a shaker, add the cachaça and ice, and shake well.
We can all agree that even
the best laid plans can go awry at any moment. This past month, we’ve both had
our share of cringe-worthy moments, and times that gave us pause. Through it
all, we were constantly reminded how important it is to show up as our
authentic selves and stay true to our values. Real life is certainly not a
fairytale, nor is it full of clickable moments that can be summed up through a cliché caption on Instagram. Sometimes it’s difficult,
messy, and full of challenges. However, if we are unapologetically ourselves
and seek support from the people and spaces that energize us, we’re better
prepared for any adventures—good or bad— that life throws our way. Regularly practicing
those behaviors leaves room for us to embrace moments of fulfillment, happiness
and joy with open arms.
Over the last few weeks, the
two of us have been able to connect more than once in person, which is a
considerable feat as life continues to pull us in a million directions! We were
thankful to spend time together and catch up over great food and wine, and we will
carry those times with us until we are able to see one another again. These outings
served as timely reminders that when less-than ideal situations arise, we have
to make the most of them, and then go laugh about them with our friends and at
least two bottles of wine…
Sip happens! It’s how we recover that counts. Here are some important reminders in times of chaos:
Keep your friends close, and keep your wine closer!
Your current issue/situation will definitely make for a good happy hour story at some point.
It doesn’t feel like it now, but life finds a way of balancing out.
Take it one day at a time.
It’s okay not to be okay. Seriously.
Listen to yourself, you always know what’s best for you.
Seek gratitude even in the most trying of situations.
featured wine of the month is Elmo Pio Sweet
Red. The growing popularity of sweet red wine has prompted many wine companies
to create sweet reds that are a blend of many different grapes with added sugar
and sometimes other flavors. This isn’t the case with Elmo Pio! Their Sweet Red
isn’t a blend, and is 100% Italian Brachetto D’Acqui grapes. This grape, grown
in the Piemonte region of Italy, is known for its’s fruity flavor and unmistakable
aromas of rose petals. Full tasting notes below:
“Sweet Red has a touch of frizzante. Because of the lighter alcohol content, this wine is bright and has a deliciously fresh fruity taste with aromas of black raspberry and black cherry. Enjoy with friends on a warm summer evening or served with fresh fruit desserts or chocolates!”
Can you believe we’re already in August? With summer starting to wind down, we thought it would be a great idea to squeeze in a fun field trip. Last month, we traveled to New York with friends to visit Rosé Mansion— a wine bar, amusement park and museum of science for wine! We were NOT disappointed.
Rosé Mansion is everything you might expect, and more. We were immediately greeted by “flight attendants,” who explained what we could anticipate throughout our experience, handed our keepsake wine glasses, and given a brief history and science lesson about the magical drink that is rosé. From the moment we entered the mansion, to the moment we hopped on the escalator to exit, there were a wide variety of colorful backgrounds, themed rooms, and props to take photos with. We wasted no time trying our first wine, and taking photos as opportunities presented themselves!
In one of the next rooms, we each took a quiz by following a map on the floor in order to help us decide which wine to try. For example, one question asked about our salsa order. We each landed in a different spot, but still decided to try the semi-sweet and sweet options. Everyone was pleased! After this “choose your own adventure” space, we landed in multiple rooms that were an instagram influencer’s dream. We had so much fun laughing, drinking, and taking pictures in rooms full of rose petals, confetti, and a sparkling ball pit. I think we all agree that this trip was the perfect excuse to take a break, relax and unwind. Here are some more photos from our experience at Rosé Mansion:
One of our favorite wines from our trip through the mansion was Banfi Piemonte Rose Regale, which is a sweet red sparkling wine. This sparkling red wine is made from Brachetto d’Acqui in Piedmont, Italy. Legend has it that both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony sent Brachetto wine as gifts to Cleopatra. In turn, the empress had her lovers drink the wine to unleash their passion! Therefore, it is only fitting that the room we tasted this wine in was called Cleopatra’s Palace. The two of us and our friend Ernest couldn’t move on with the tour until we took a picture on our own thrones.
We highly recommend making a trip out to Rosé Mansion if you get the chance! It was great to go with a group, and there is so much to do and see that you never feel bored. And if you want more after you finish the wine tasting portion, you can purchase other drinks like frosé while you sit on a swing in a cute cabana!
Our trip didn’t stop there. We made our way to Dallas BBQ to refuel, and enjoy some (massive) delicious drinks. This is also a good time to shoutout Lauren, who packed all of us snacks and additional drinks for the road.
Our main takeaway from this experience is that friends (and wine) are THE BEST. No one else will love and support you, take your photos in the best lighting, and pop out of a fake cake to throw confetti with you like your friends will. Keep the good ones close, because they’ll always have your back.
This sparkling sweet red tastes of “fresh raspberries, with crisp acidity, enticing the palate with an initial softness, graduating to a clean and dry finish.” With a festive cranberry color, this wine is “aromatic with hints of raspberries, strawberries, and rose petals.”