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Making Memories in the Big Apple

Making Memories in the Big Apple

Visiting New York City for the first time was quite the experience. It was about making memories in the Big Apple. The main purpose of my travel was to do a little bit of sightseeing and to attend a What Women Want Networking event though the NYC chapter with Judy Goss and Joan Pelzer. The guest speaker was Bill Carmody, CEO of Trepoint and also an Inc. columnist.

I make it a point to continue my professional development whenever possible. It is important for me to learn from these live events. Having the opportunity to listen to a speaker and hear their audience share their stories is golden.

My first day consisted of some down time at the hotel after I let it soak in. Here I was in the Big Apple just me, myself and I. I stayed at the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. There was so much to see and for a hot minute I felt like I was in another world altogether.

The tall buildings, the fast pace and there were people everywhere. I couldn’t help but wonder where everyone was going. What they did for a living or who they were rushing to see. It was a constant hustle and bustle.

I had no choice but to try and blend in with the crowd. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel that I stood out amidst that landscape of interesting people. Maybe it was all in my head, but regardless I set out to ask where I would dine at.

One restaurant came to mind because I had heard about it twice already: The Smith on Second Avenue (at 51st Street). The concierge at the Doubletree recommended it. The great news was that it was only a short walk away.

I loved the ambiance when I arrived and it had quite the charm. My main course was a salmon entrée that sat on a bed of cauliflower almond mousse with scallions and some delicious shitake mushrooms. This dish was heavenly!

It practically melted in my mouth. I indulged in the sparkling water at my table and before I left ordered a dessert to go. I settled on the Winter Citrus for the name alone.

This dessert according to their menu consisted of an almond lemon sponge cake, yuzu curd, yogurt panna cotta and a lace cookie. How would anyone not want to try something so wonderful, right? Granted this wasn’t a time to consider any meal prep or diet of any sort. It was all about the experience.

High five to The Smith, I loved it! By the way this is not a sponsored post. I am only more than willing to give praise where it is deserved. The rest of the time was dedicated to writing and relaxing back in my room.

The Today Show

The second day I got it started by getting up early and made it to the Today Show per my sisters’ recommendation. Everyone was so welcoming upon my arrival at 6:30am that morning.

What I didn’t plan on was the chance to shake Al Rokers hand or to get to pet the puppy that Carson Daly was holding. I loved seeing all the signs that told you where people were from.

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Today Show

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Hilton At Granite Park And Local Area Review

My recent trip to Dallas, Texas took me to the Next conference in Plano, Texas. I have wanted to see Terri Savelle Foy in person because she has been very inspirational to me with her podcasts and television broadcast this past year. You can find her at: http://www.terri.com.

I decided to stay where the conference was being held and that was at the Hilton in Granite Park in Plano, Texas. My stay was made even better with all of the wonderful staff there. I don’t think I ran into one single unhappy person during my time there. http://bit.ly/2jDaM1P

When I arrived at the Hilton I was able to use their valet service. When you are anxious to get settled into your room valet parking is a blessing. One of the amenities that I was more than willing to use. It saved me time in looking for a parking space.

What I liked about staying at the Hilton was that I didn’t need to venture far at all. Had I stayed longer I would have gone to the nearby IKEA store too. http://bit.ly/2knqeMy

What kind of amenities are a must have for you when you travel?

I always look for a place that has a nice restaurant on site and that offers lattes whenever possible. I am most definitely a coffee girl. It doesn’t matter if it is morning, noon or night. I mean doesn’t everybody need coffee?

This Hilton had a nice outdoor pool with a hot tub and a really nice fire pit outside that had seating all around it. It made it nice to be able to sit at different areas and everyone would get their time around the fire.

There were plenty of areas inside to work at and a bar to eat or have cocktails at. There was also access to a 24 hour fitness center. On my second morning there I made it to the gym by 5:00 am and was the only one there.

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When you know you’re in your element

Ever make a trip to your hometown to see how it’s changed?

That’s the beauty of taking a spontaneous trip for the fun of it. However, I have a confession to make. I go to my hometown to catch up with friends and to see family.

I went back to my hometown in Ohio and was happy to see some updated changes. I used to go to a coffee café called Davinci’s. Now it has changed ownership and is called Down Thyme Café.

No matter what coffee café that you go to always ask what the current most favorite drink is. In my case the ever so popular Pumpkin Spice Latte had made its debut.

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Trip to the Motor City

Do you ever go where opportunity leads you?

Sometimes it’s easy to wait for what may seem like the right time. I can tell you that other times call for action right now. Well my dream took me to the Motor City: Detroit, Michigan. I had the opportunity to interview MaryAnn Beebe safety engineer for General Motors on their Teen Driver Technology. If you’d like to read my article it is at http://hopeforwomenmag.com/lifestyle/extra-comfort-with-teen-driver-technology.

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Getting Out of my Comfort Zone

You know what I get excited about my friends?

Getting out and doing the things that make me happy! Do you ever feel like something is missing in your life? You keep thinking about it and hope to find out what it is. If you’re like me, you either have a day job or you work full time being at home. Both are jobs that take our time.

I get it, I have lived it.

You do the daily thing day in and day out. You want to know what I did a year ago? I broke out of that mold. So I did the next best thing I started archery. How awesome is that right? It definitely has a cool factor. It’s very Katniss Everdeen of me.

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