January 2019 Monthly Recap | Alyssa J Freitas: January 2019 Monthly Recap

January 30, 2019

January 2019 Monthly Recap

So excited to share my first monthly recap! You may remember that at the end of last year I said I wanted to take more pictures in 2019 and part of motivating myself to do that is through monthly recap posts. So here we go, let's jump into January! *By the way, today is my birthday and I'll be celebrating with my girlfriends this weekend, so I'll have to throw that into my February recap.
 Click to read now or pin to save for later! Check out what I've been up to this month. From fun times with girlfriend, to work events, to finally visiting One World Trade, 2019 is off to a great start!

Travel 

This month all of my travel was work related. I started off in Tampa, headed to DC, made my way to Miami, and am in Boston today. 

Friends

I was able to see a lot of my friends this month! I got to keep Nina company while she meal prepped, caught up with my friend Caiti who I hadn't seen in well over a year, went out for lunch with my work friend Jessie, had dinner with my college roommate Kajal, saw Ally while she was visiting home from Colorado, hung out with Carly, got to see my mentee Jocelyn, and had a hot chocolate date with Sheetal. 
I'm super proud of myself for making a concentrated effort to use my evenings and weekends to see my girlfriends. 

Family

My brother and I both have our birthday's in January, and we celebrated Addison turning 18! It's crazy that he's an actual adult now, I really can't believe it. 

Professional/Personal

I'm combining these two categories because I feel like I don't have a true distinction in my life at this point. This month I spoke on a panel for the incoming IBM Summit class and loved getting to answer everyone's questions. I also attended a Women's Bond Club event and was nominated by my peers to be part of the next group of Rising Stars. Rising Stars is the WBC's leadership development program. While I may not be selected this year, it is a great honor to be nominated and I am very excited to continue my involvement in the organization!
Two random things. I've been reading slightly more than normal and am making a more conscious effort to entertain myself through books instead of tv or my computer. Also, I got a new lipstick from Bare Minerals because I had a free offer for my birthday. I am in love with the shade and have actually felt it boost my confidence when I put it on or catch a glance in the mirror throughout the day. It's called "naughty" (I wanted "VIP" but they were all out haha) if you want to give it a try!

Activities with Joe

Joe and I are getting back into going out a bit more as my foot has healed. The big outings of this month include our New Year's Eve celebration at a great restaurant called Peasant, going to the Met to see an exhibition of Dutch art, 

having my birthday dinner at a French place in Astoria,
and visiting One World Trade. 

All in all, a great month and start to the year! What's been the highlight of your month?

-AJF
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