Quote that inspires me:

“Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.” – Anonymous
 I am starting a weight loss regiment this coming week.  The plan is to lose 25-30 lbs for my daughters wedding so i look good in the pictures.  This quote is on my white board to remind that I can do this!  Keep me in your prayers, I am such a foodie this is going to be really tough.

Memory of the Week:

Dropping off my eldest son off at college.  Last weekend I sent my son off to the University of Notre Dame.  It was an amazing experience see him welcomed by his dorm mates at #SiegfriedHall. Pulling up to the hall to get him situated, seeing the older guys clapping and cheering, welcoming him. One guy yelled out, “Christian! What’s happening dude?” I smiled so big inside. He has an awesome roommate from Long Island.  He is so stoked about his schedule, his dorm, just being at Notre Dame.  My dad would be so proud.  One final note.  As I pulled away from the dorm and saw Christian out of my rear view mirror raising his hand to wave good bye, tears streamed down my face and it took all I had to just keep driving.  At that moment it was all surreal to me, images of my boy growing up flashed through my head like a slide show, it all happened so fast. The last thing I remember as I drove off the campus, the marching band was practicing in an open field, playing the Fighting Irish Football fight song, I knew then everything would be okay.

Christian & Billy
Christian and his roommate Billy from Long island, NY

Music I’m relaxing and Jamming to:

Two options for completely different scenarios.  “Lei Pikake” by Hapa (relaxing).  When I am feeling stressed out, I close my eyes and turn on Hapa.  This song always relaxes me.  I heard this several years ago while I was in Hawaii and it has been a “go to” for me ever since.  It’s Friday so I am Jamming out to “Sugar” by Maroon 5! This song always makes me sing out loud and it’s responsible for two awkward moments. One, was singing this at the top of my lungs in my office when I realized one of our Chinese students was playing the piano in the room next to me.  The other I was blasting this in my car, bouncing around and singing the words when I looked at the car next to me and it was someone I met a Chamber of Commerce meeting. They smiled at me the next time I saw them and I knew what they were thinking!

Something I am really excited about:

My daughter’s wedding is coming up in late October.  I promised myself that I would lose 20-30 lbs to look good for the wedding pictures.  I start this Monday, wish me luck!