What I Have Been Doing In January

January Recap

I typically start these monthly recaps with how I’m sad about the month being over, and that it really flew by. This month is different. I am pretty sure January was about 80 days long. Between being a month full of no traveling (remember when I was thankful for that? ha.), getting sick twice, Dave getting sick, and canceling a weekends worth of plans because of the snow storm, those 31 days seemed like an eternity.

North Carolina

With all of that being said, I really am thankful for some things that happened so far this year. We started the month somewhere new, which was a really fun experience. I will eventually get to those recaps. Dave and I had a few weekends to hang out, enjoy each others company, and watch 9 seasons of Greys Anatomy. This was the best thing for us before we are busy again, even though I missed the airport a tiny bit…

Some other things that happened this month:

  • Pretty Little Liars is BACK! I’m actually enjoying the fast-forward season. I’m not loving how similar the storyline is, but the characters are awesome. Since I don’t want to spoil anything, those two that are together now, that you never thought would be together because he was with her best friend…I love it!
  • I had amazing client meetings to start the year, and I can not wait for all of the beautiful weddings this year and next year!
  • I had two posts go live on the work blog,  5 Ways To Encourage Teamwork in the Workplace and 8 Ways To Make Your Resolution Stick


  • I had a great date night with the Baltimore gals. It was SO nice seeing them, hugging them and talking about everything that has been going on. I’m so thankful for the friendship the four of us have!



  • We got 36″ of snow!! This was so much fun. Our neighborhood didn’t get plowed for 3 days, which meant there were over 5′ snowdrifts in the middle of the street. We took some walks in the middle of the Blizzard, and I wish I would have taken more photos  Gordon Biersch
  • After we escaped the snow, we met up with Dave’s family downtown and it was exactly what we needed after being sick. We tried out a newish brewery, and they had 6 flights for $5…yes please!
  • This article about most people preferring to die from E-Coli rather than live without Chipotle…CHIPOTLE IS MY LIFE!
  • My heart was so full and happy when Anne included me on her list of Travel & Expat Bloggers. I have been doing this blogging thing for over 2 years, and I love it. Being able to talk about something I am so passionate about means the world to me, and being recognized for that was amazing.

There were some killer blog posts floating around in January, I’m so excited to share them! I am always linking up (early) with Love The Here And Now for Blogger Love.

It’s Okay To Relax by Dream Big and Buy The Shoes

This post is such a good reminder that we don’t always need to be going, moving, doing, and planning. Sometimes it’s okay to just relax and hang out. It’s okay to put down your laptop and don’t respond to text messages right away.

Crochet Temperature Blanket by The Low Country Mama

Is this not the coolest thing ever? I love the idea of making a blanket day by day, and getting a random mix of colors at the end. I need to relearn how to crochet so I can make one next year!

2016 Travel Wishlist by Comfortable Spaces

Goodness. This list is dreamy and perfect and full of memories. Somehow Danielle put together a list with places I love with all of my heart because of the memories I have from there (Ocean City), places I am dying to go, and another place of of my 101 in 1001 list. Perfection.

Yeah, But She Is A CEO by Rowhouse  14

For real. Being a CEO doesn’t mean owning a huge company, barking orders at your employees, or even having employees. CEO means so much more in creative businesses. It’s like when Lauren Conrad was asked her favorite possession and she responded CEO…we ALL need that recognition.

I also finished my first full month of my One Second Everyday video! If you want to see a 30ish second video into my life for January, watch below!


Now cheers to February, and me turning 25 in 2 weeks…YIKES!

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  • Reply Annie

    Okay where to start?! I did a January Recap-ish today too…same wavelength?! I think YES. PLL. I CAN AND CANNOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME. The storyline is super similar where I’m like…didn’t we just do this? But you’re right, I love the fast-forwardness of it, it’s something most shows can’t pull off well, but PLL can! I completely agree that January was a billion days long and I am so excited that Feb is here because a.) it’s a shorter month and b.) it’s your birthday, Y’ALLLLLLL. Cannot wait! So excited you are getting recognition for your writing. You are a fantastic blogger- one I admire so greatly- so I am SO excited to see you getting well deserved praise!

    February 2, 2016 at 6:37 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Seriously though, we are the same and I LOVE it. I was so surprised by how well PLL is pulling off the time change, maybe because the girls are actually acting their age now? haha. I am SO excited to see and celebrate with you all next week. You make my day with every one of your comments, it means more than you will EVER know! XOXOXO

      February 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Caitlin Elizabeth @ This Brune

    I feel the same about PLL! Similar story line is annoying, but I love the 5 year fast forward. You guys got so much snow!!

    February 2, 2016 at 7:20 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I am thinking they might start to make it a little different, but we’ll see. I’m still not over how lame it was to have Cece as “A”

      February 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Aggghhh I’ve been hearing so many good things about PLL but I don’t have cableeeeeee. Can I watch it on Hulu or something? I’m going to figure this out immediately. I had no idea you guys were sick this month- that’s no good! I’m glad you are on the mend! You guys look like you had a blast in the snow. As much as we were glad to not be shoveling we secretly wished we had gotten snowed in with friends here! Love your 1SE video! I seriously have not done an entire month of them. I always miss at least 5 days. My goal for February is to NOT MISS A DAY!

    February 2, 2016 at 7:44 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      It’s on Netflix and you NEED to watch it!! Ugh, the sickness came out of nowhere and it seriously was the worst. I am so happy to be better now! Hopefully we will get one more storm before the winter ends and then you can have the best of both worlds 🙂

      February 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Christina S

    It sounds like you had a such a great January. And look at all that snow! I’m glad all the snow we got here in Philadelphia has pretty much melted!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

    February 2, 2016 at 7:58 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I loved the snow, it was so pretty even though the wind was crazy. It’s melting really fast with the 50 degree weather!

      February 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    Aww thank you so much for including my post!!! I’ve slacked the past couple of days and need to catch up on my blanket but I love how it’s turning out =) I felt the same about January.. it took it’s time. But now it’s your birthday month and you can join me in being 25 year OLD ladies haha =)

    February 2, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Of course! It’s seriously such a cool idea. I can’t wait to see how it looks in the end. AH I can’t even believe I will already be 25! It happened so fast 😉

      February 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Macy!! Thank you so much for including me in your monthly recap–I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to February as January always kind of drags. Here’s to a great month-looking forward to hearing about your new clients at work (hopefully you can share some about that here!) Have a great day!

    February 2, 2016 at 8:53 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Of course!! It was such a good reminder to take time and relax, keeping things from adding up so much is difficult. I think I will share some stuff about the new clients here, but I’m also slowly starting a new website for my business…the blog should slowly be ready as well 😉 Then I can talk weddings ALL of the time.

      February 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Jacobs

    Ahhh I need to catch up on PLL!

    February 2, 2016 at 10:06 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I really am enjoying this season, I just hope they change the storyline a bit.

      February 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Christine Everyday

    Wow, looks like such a great month! That sunset picture is awesome!

    February 2, 2016 at 10:47 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! Thank you! The Blue Ridge Mountains are just too gorgeous!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I love your video! I started doing that but then didn’t realize that even when you put the video on the app, if you delete it from your phone that it goes away. I’m OCD & can’t start now so maybe next year I’ll try again.

    February 2, 2016 at 11:07 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! I had no idea that the videos went away! I don’t know how I will be able to keep 366 videos on my phone for a year!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Eh, i’m still iffy about that new PLL couple, but we’ll just have to see what happens 😉 On the plus side, I’m SO glad that the snow got you caught up on Grey’s!!

    February 2, 2016 at 11:49 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed the comments from this post 🙁 We are halfway through season 11 now!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    Thank you for sharing my blog post, Macy! I’m so glad that January is over too. I think it’s been a rough one for all of us! Here’s to a new month!

    February 2, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! It was such a great post- you have had some AMAZING stuff lately. I wish more people realized that “small businesses” doesn’t equal a hobby and especially doesn’t mean we aren’t a CEO!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Kari Haywood

    36″ is some serious snow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much snow all at once!

    February 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! We haven’t had a storm like that in a few years- I loved it though!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Bourbon & Lipstick

    What a fun month! I was sick in January, too, and it’s so bad when you can’t get out and enjoy sunshine. That flight was $5?! Sign me up! Nothing beats a good beer sampling!

    February 2, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I’m so sorry- I somehow missed these comments! I totally agree! We went brewery hoping yesterday and one of the places had flights of 10 beers for $10, it was amazing.

      February 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Vivian Bishop

    Wooo Hoo to February birthdays! I love your second a day video, that is such a cool way to recap the month!

    February 2, 2016 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! I love looking back on the videos even though it’s only been a month- I can’t wait for a whole year!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    It’s always amazing how full months can end up getting, even when you aren’t traveling and have a ton of stuff to do! That’s so awesome that y’all watched 9 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy! I would love to go back and rewatch the earlier seasons and get completely caught up. After a month of not traveling, I can’t wait to see where y’all are headed in February!

    February 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! Seriously I couldn’t believe how much we ended up doing. I’m so glad we started Greys from the beginning, we are almost caught up now!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Alyssa Guttendorf

    Wow look at all that SNOW! My fam is in the DC area and they were sending me crazy pics all last week. Stay cozy over there (beer flights should def help with that 🙂

    February 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! I couldn’t believe how much snow we got- I was loving it though! I hear more might be coming tomorrow 🙂

      February 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Anne @ Love the Here and Now

    I am still in shock and envy that the blizzard missed us in Upstate NY…we have zero snow…nothing…nada…it was 55 the other night at 9:45 pm…that’s unheard of! SO happy you being mentioned in my travel blogs post made you happy….your blog is wonderful and so deserving!

    February 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally missed all of these comments- so sorry! My husbands family lives in Buffalo and they can’t believe the lack of snow this year! Especially with the huge storm from last year. You really made my day- thank you again 🙂

      February 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm

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