Everything Fine

Just Keep Sipping

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! 

Ingredients

2 tsp superfine sugar (or 1 oz simple syrup)

1⁄2  Lime (cut into wedges)

1 1⁄2 oz Leblon cachaça

Garnish: Lime wedge

Glass: Rocks

Directions

Muddle the lime and sugar in a shaker, add the cachaça and ice, and shake well.

Pour into a rocks glass.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Red

Reclaiming Our Time

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Now that we are are just over a month into 2018, we decided to think about the past year, and how we can better care for ourselves. Below we outlined the processes we followed to plan for a productive 2018, and our purpose for doing so. We also compiled a list of tips we learned along the way in our “Reclaiming Our Time Checklist.”

Lauren’s Process

Each December I find myself analyzing the outgoing year, I assess my wins and losses, and most importantly identify how I can make the upcoming year more successful than the prior.

One goal that I set in preparation for this year, was to find balance and ensure my personal well-being in the midst of life’s demand–in other words, I am reclaiming my time in 2018. I made the decision that I would not give situations and individuals that do not uplift me, my time or energy. Moreover, I committed to set boundaries particularly in my professional life.

Alexis’ Process

I’m not typically one for creating resolutions or setting new goals with each new year, but recently I stopped to reflect on why exactly this is the case.

I tend to joke with my friends about how every year will be my year, and how unstoppable I will be once the calendar resets to January 1. When reality hits, and all is said and done, each December I’m left feeling like there is more I could have done– personally, professionally, etc. Honestly, I place so much value in doing my very best to support other people that I lose myself in the process; I invest my energy, time, and resources into everyone else’s success and forget to do the same for me.

To that end, this year I am ready. Ready to invest in me, and my ambitions. Because no one can advocate for me better than myself. I’m ready to be intentional and thoughtful about where I expend effort, and to whom I give my full attention.

Reclaiming our Time Checklist:
•Find comfort in saying No
•Recognize & accept that we are all a work in progress
•Be aware of our mental, spiritual, & physical well-being
•Implement boundaries wherever necessary (and stick to them)
•Participate in uplifting & reciprocal spaces

Most importantly, finding new wine to taste, and enjoy with friends! The wine we’ve chosen to pair with this post is Julia James Pinot Noir. Described as a “tribute to the future,” this medium-bodied red has a hint of spice. Full tasting notes below!

“Julia James Pinot Noir stands apart in balance, structure, and elegance. Fresh, lively, and easy to enjoy with delightful aromas of raspberry, flora and baking spices. Medium-bodied with bright acidity that showcases notes of cherry, vanilla, and well-integrated oak. The lingering finish incorporates harmonious berry and earth flavors. Ideal food pairings include savory pork dishes, hearty salmon preparations, and grilled vegetables.”