My Week in Cancun

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So, this past week I was able to spend my time in Cancun, Mexico! It was great! The warm weather was such a nice break from the bitter cold here in New York. As many of you know already, my family traveled to Cancun for my sister’s wedding. Because of the wedding, much of our time in Mexico was pre-planned. So Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night was occupied by wedding bliss. However, Tuesday and Friday were completely open to fun. BUT Sunday night our flights were cancelled. So, in a mad dash, we had to rebook everything. Instead of arriving in Cancun Monday afternoon, we arrived Monday night. Our new flight went out of a different airport and had a 2.5 hour layover in Mexico City. It was an adventure using what little spanish I remember from high school to get us to the right terminal (with twenty minutes to spare). THEN after all of that, I threw up on our second flight. That was not pleasant.

Since we arrived at the hotel so late on Monday, we were unable to book an excursion for Tuesday. Twas sad, but that’s not the end of the story…

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Tuesday was spent on the beach, by the pool, the ocean, and in the daybed. The all inclusive resort thing is pretty cool. This made me love Cancun. My ideal heaven would be Tuesday in Cancun. We were able to book a half day excursion to Tulum, Mexico for Wednesday morning. This was great, because I really wanted to see Tulum.

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It was really interesting to learn about the Mayans and their culture. It was also really cool to see these ancient ruins. They overlooked the ocean, which was a nice touch. Absolutely beautiful.

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Wednesday afternoon I went with my sister to get our nails done. Then Wednesday evening we had the rehearsal dinner. Thursday morning I had my hair done with my cousin, Kerry. We had to maintain our updos for hours. It was difficult (mine started to fall out right after the ceremony). Then, we finally went to get dressed, and to dress my sister. Then we had a wedding. I wrote about it here.

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We danced all night and I had an awesome time. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much fun dancing. Friday morning, Chris, Kerry, and I had an excursion to Xplore. Xplore is an adventure park about an hour outside of Cancun. While we were at Xplore we were able to Zipline, swim in underground rivers, go rafting in the rivers, and drive amphibious vehicles. It was an awesome day (more to come in a later post). It was also pretty chilly for Cancun on Friday. So, when we got back to the hotel I was pretty pooped. I was tired, cold, and hungry. I fell asleep at 10pm and woke up at 3am.

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Our last day in Cancun was spent packing, and relaxing at the beach. We left for the airport at 5pm and we were finished with security at 5:40pm. It was the fastest experience I’ve had in an airport. As we waited for the plane, I had the BEST quesadillas at this place called Guacamole. The flight home was easy-going. Especially compared to the flight there. We landed in New York 2.5 hours later, and were driven home by a car service. Overall, it was a pretty good trip. I’d definitely go back.

Witnessing a Marriage

Originally posted on Dignitatem

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To be honest with you, I didn’t think that I was going to cry at my sister’s wedding. I’ve known for months and months that I was going to be the witness to this marriage. I’ve known Steve, my sister’s husband, for 8 years. I know their relationship. I’ve seen them work together, and laugh together. I was excited for their engagement. I was excited for their wedding. But I didn’t think I would actually cry.

Well, I did cry.

After sitting with my sister before the wedding, walking her to the chapel, and entering before her, I cried when she was escorted into the Chapel. And I cried when they exchanged their marriage vows.

There is something sacred about marriage, even when you know exactly what you’re getting into. That’s what this has taught me. It’s always going to be emotional. It’s always going to be beautiful. I knew what I was getting into, but I was still hit by the love that filled the room this past Thursday.

365 Days of Love Notes, Weeks 28 & 29

Sunday February 8, 2015

Mass

Monday February 9, 2015

Dinner with Dad

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Had a really great Middle School Night
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Wednesday February 11, 2015

Witnessed my sisters’ legal marriage (!)
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Thursday February 12, 2015

Began to pack for Cancun

Friday February 13, 2015

Packing, Packing, Packing, and this:
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Saturday February 14, 2015

My cousin’s Bridal Shower, and of course a lovely dinner with Christopher
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Sunday February 15, 2015

Flights were cancelled, but we were able to rebook in time to leave.

Monday February 16, 2015

A long day, but we arrived safely in Mexico

Tuesday February 17, 2015

The Perfect Beach Day :)
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Wednesday February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday: We went to Tulum and to the Rehearsal Dinner. It was very hot.
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Thursday February 19, 2015

THE WEDDING!
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Friday February 20, 2015

XPLORE with Kerry and Chris. Super fun, but super tiring.
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Saturday February 21, 2015

The journey home was much calmer than our journey there.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go (Revised)

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I don’t think that I’ll ever get over the trip I took last summer. Every time I read something from Irishcentral, or look at pictures from my trip, I fall in love all over again. It makes me want to go back, again and again and again. A few months ago, I made a wish list of places that I wanted to see. It’s therapeutic. Like pinning. Except I allow myself to process these places. I like it.

So here I go again:

The Grand Canyon, Arizona
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San Francisco, California
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Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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Cancun, Mexico
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Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
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The good news is that I’m going to Cancun on Monday. I wasn’t so enthralled with it at first, but after looking into the beauty and the history, I’m sure that I’m going to really enjoy this trip. This summer, I hope to go to Maine to see that beautiful national park. My dream is to go out west after I graduate. I’ve never been west of the Mississippi. I think that needs to be fixed. So the Grand Canyon and San Fran are at the top of my Western United States list. Last, but not least, I would like to stop by Durham, NC. I’m sure I’ll be going to North Carolina sometime in the near future.

Cancun, Mexico!

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This Monday I get to go to Mexico! WOO! So long story short, my sister’s getting married next week in Cancun. So my family has been forced to take a vacation. Poor us… Anyway, I’m super excited to be in a warm climate.

I’ve never traveled to a tropical location.

I’ve never stayed in a resort (or an all inclusive resort)

And my sister is getting married while we’re there.

So other than the obvious wedding excitement, I’m excited for a few other things.

I’m super excited for:

-warm weather
– good food
– Ruins, especially Tulum
– Ziplining
– Possible Canoeing
– quality time
– the beautiful Chapel
– the blue, blue water

Anyways, keep me and my family in prayer as we travel :)

Preparing for Lent

Originally posted on Dignitatem

So let’s talk about Lent. It’s next week, and I feel like I haven’t had enough time to prepare. Lent has come so fast this year. Not really, but it feels like that. So, to start preparing, I ordered the Blessed Is She 2015 Lent Journal. I really like the BIS describes this journal so here you go:

This journal is written and designed for all of us. We are the Marys and Marthas. We love the lord, but we are women with many tasks—in our homes, in our work & in our world. We struggle to set our busy ways aside, even for the One we love.

Let his words remind us this Lent that there is need of only one thing.

To be like Mary sitting at his feet, listening to his word & waiting to be transformed by his love.

Speaking of Mary, my Marian Consecration also happens to fall during Lent this year (it did last year too). I’m supposed to start on February 20th so that I finish the retreat by March 25th (The Annunciation). I use 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC. I loved using it last year, and I’m really excited to use it again this year!

Even with all of this going on, I was still having trouble thinking of what I should do for Lent this year. Finally, during Catholic Underground I realized that I should really come up with a game plan. I have decided (and hopefully I won’t change my mind) that I’m going to say a rosary every day during Lent.  It’s going to correspond really well to my consecration preparation, and I really love the rosary. So that’s going to strengthen me, but what’s going to be my sacrifice? I really don’t have an addiction to anything, so giving up a particular food item wouldn’t really be a sacrifice. Also, my sisters wedding is the second day of Lent, so I wouldn’t really be able to give up sweets. I could but that would be too silly. So I thought, and I thought, and I thought. I hate getting up early. Actually I love it because I see how much good it is for me, but it’s also incredibly hard for me. So, once a week (probably Fridays, but this is subject to change) I’m going to get up at 6am and go to the 6:30 mass at my lovely parish. Wish me luck.

 This Lent is going to be pretty Marian for me. I’m pretty excited. What are your plans for Lent this year?

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365 Days of Love Notes, Week 27

Sunday February 1, 2015

Mass.

Monday February 2, 2015

A snow day. again. However, I was able to do my homework and relax. I was able to prepare for another week of school.

Tuesday February 3, 2015

Morning classes were canceled. It was a bit strange only have half of my classes, but I had time to really try to understand my IB notes and homework.

Wednesday February 4, 2015

Went to the wake of a dear friends mother. She is so loved.

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?'”
Luke 24:30-32

Thursday February 5, 2015

Successfully made it to my 8am class.

Friday February 6, 2015

Middle School Youth Group on Love :)

Saturday February 7, 2015

Catholic Underground. Always so good. The Franciscans had the official Mission image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. JPII said that praying with this image is like praying in Guadalupe. It was a really great night, as always.

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365 Days of Love Notes, Weeks 25 & 26

Sunday January 18, 2015

Mass

Monday January 19, 2015

MLK Day was a day of TV and laziness. BUT I found this article on Irish Central. It made me fall in love all over again. I need to go back to Ireland. Soon.

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Worked for a bit and packed for the March for Life.

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Met up with the Diocese and headed to DC for the March. I got to see friends for the first time since Christmas, so that was cool. We made awesome time. We also got to sit in adoration with a TON of people at the Patriot Center in VA. Life is Very Good was an awesome event.

Thursday January 22, 2015

The March. It was surprisingly warm.
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Friday January 23, 2015

Some work and final prep for my last semester as an undergrad :)

Saturday January 24, 2015

A lazy day.

Sunday January 25, 2015

Mass

Monday January 26, 2015

Had work but the office closed early for snow :)

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Lazy snow day on what was supposed to be my first day of classes.

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Lectio Divina and pizza with CCM.

Thursday January 29, 2015

My first day of classes. I love all of them except international business (that one will take some getting used to).

Friday January 30, 2015

Work and some errands. I bought a dress for my sisters rehearsal dinner. Then we went to the diner for dinner.

Saturday January 31, 2015

My sister’s bachelorette party. Painted some ceramics, had a yummy dinner, and went to a wine bar.

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Love is Louder

Originally posted on Dignitatem:

As many of you know, the March for Life was this past week. Now, I’m not going to go into all of that controversial stuff as to why I believe that abortion is wrong. I’m not one to get into fights on the internet with people. I did March and I do love the beautiful testimonies that come out during this time. I love being encouraged, and I love the solidarity among young people that takes place. Going to the March with Campus Ministry Groups is great. We fill a bus and take the trip over two days, which allows us to attend various events. Our group was able to attend “Life is Very Good” a praise and worship event with adoration. Then the next morning we went to Mass at the Verizon Center in downtown DC. The homily at this mass was awe inspiring. You can listen to it

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How The Blessed Is She Photo Challenge is Helping Me Keep My New Year Goals

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As the New Year approached, I sat down and wrote out some ways that I could improve my life in 2015. You know, the whole “New Year, New You” kind of thing. Except maybe it wasn’t that drastic. It was really about reconnecting with the person that God wants me to be. Or something like that. I wrote about it here.

Anyway, Blessed Is She started a photo challenge for the new year.


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This is just the first week Essentially they put out a prompt each day and the community responds via instagram with their interpretation. It’s been really great to see women from around the country respond to these prompts. But what I love about them is that each day they make me focus on Christ. These prompts make me read scripture, they make me pray, and they make me think about my relationship with God. They’ve been…

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