The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for me. I accepted a new position as a Trade Show Operations Manager for a great company, making a major move career-wise.  I was working on the launch of La Vida Dulce and then a week later I get news that my grandfather passed away.  At first, I was in denial. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I thought, if I don’t say it out loud, then maybe it won’t be true. As the week progressed and I made travel plans for my family to return back to the Mid-West to pay our respects to my grandfather, the realization of his death hit me. Saying goodbye to this man who meant so much in my life was my top priority, so the launch of this blog was put on the back burner.

My grandfather and I had always had this SPECIAL relationship. He was one of the first men I ever loved and I’m going to miss him so much. I knew that the last time I visited him, would probably be one of the last times I saw him. His health was rapidly declining and he was tired of fighting.  So the news of his passing wasn’t shocking, but it was hard to accept. It still is. My grandfather was always one person I knew I could call whenever I needed anything. He was also the first man to ever tell me, “Your money is no good when you’re with me”.  That’s probably one of the reasons why I am so spoiled today.

My grandfather was always one person I knew I could call whenever I needed anything. He was also the first man to ever tell me, “Your money is no good when you’re with me”.  That’s probably one of the reasons why I am so spoiled today. I’m saddened just knowing I will never hear his voice again.

Excuse the grainy photo, but it’s the last photo we took together four years ago

I remember at an early age, maybe three or four, he would pick me up and take me to Dunkin Donuts. We would get donuts and hot chocolate and just drive around and talk. Moments like that are close to my heart and I cherish them greatly. I look at pictures of my preschool graduation and smile at the pink and white dress my grandfather bought me for the occasion. I loved that man so much. And through my grief and tears, I can still say life is sweet. I am blessed to have had a great relationship with him and even more blessed with an amazing and supportive family, as well as caring friends. I am blessed with an opportunity to live life to the fullest and carrying on my family name and continue to make my grandfather proud.

So I have great things planned for La Vida Dulce (The Sweet Life) and I hope you come along for the ride. I chose the name La Vida Dulce because I wanted to share with you all the things that I feel make life sweet, like champagne,  lobster, adventures around the world, good food and great friends. You’ll still hear about my love/hate relationship with the gym and my travel adventures, along with some more great and useful content I’ve been cooking up. I created a couple mood boards so you can get a feel and catch the vibe of what La Vida Dulce will be all about.

And of course, I will still continue to share my favorite recipes and restaurants from all my travels, as well as a little more home decor and organization.

 So if you don’t want to miss on La Vida Dulce, sign up for my mailing list aka The Sweet List here.

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