The Bellagio Las Vegas is known for its Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It changes with the season. The Christmas and holiday display is one of my favorites! I can’t get enough of those ice skating penguins and polar bears made of carnations. Especially the one floating on an iceberg this year.
Today (Thursday 11/30) the Christmas tree was lit up in front of a crowd of resort executives, conservatory creators, and press. The tree is the largest ever for the Conservatory. It’s more than 8,000 pounds, it is decorated with more than 2,500 ornaments.
I took some video so you can all watch! Enjoy and happy holidays!
It’s time for “A Little Help From My Friends.” My friend blogger this week is Zahid Arab. We worked together. Zahid was a reporter for the morning show that I co-anchored. I always liked Zahid.
At first, he wasn’t on the same shift as I was, and I always thought… “I like that Zahid, I wish he’d work the morning shift!” Well, eventually he did. I truly thought Zahid was a great addition to the team. His live shots were fun and informative. You never knew what he was going to do or SAY next. I think, that’s what people like to see and hear in the morning. They need to wake up! We loved him, and were sad when he was pulled off our shift. I’m happy to call Z my friend, and I’m even happier that he has moved on to a bigger city and is ready to rise to the top! Enjoy Zahid’s blog.
A nasty tasting protein shake, my laptop and this scary Betty Boop sculpture my landlord left behind. That’s what I can see from my perspective as I write this and to be honest I want you to be equally creeped out by Betty Boop.
I never thought I’d be where I am now. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be normal. In the industry I’m in, you have to move to move up. If you think about it, it’s sort of insane. You meet awesome friends, become part of a community and then just like that, you move to a strange place… as a stranger.
I took a chance on Seattle.
I packed up my SUV with my dog and drove up here with my best friend a few months ago. I was excited for the new city and great career opportunity, but the great illusion became reality when I dropped my friend off to fly back to Las Vegas.
It was rough. My heart sunk. I never felt so alone. As tough as this is to admit, the next day I was on the phone talking to my mom when that hit me hardcore. I had to quickly hang up, it started tearing up and I didn’t want her to worry. Yikes, I just lost some man points for that. (Quick: Football, beer, whoa bro that was an awesome fart.)
Anyway, That pain in your stomach, the heaviness at the back of the throat, we’ve all felt it. Self-doubt and insecurity. Let go from a job, overlooked for that promotion, or people saying you can’t. If those doesn’t apply to most people, then you may be a robot. The easy way out is to give up and do what you’ve done before or believe all the voices that try to tear you down. The only way to become brand new is to believe in you. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s true. It’s probably the hardest thing to do even though it’s the person you trust the most. To take a lyric from a Rascal Flatts song: “When push comes to shove you taste what you’re made of.” Get mad, get strong then you stand.
I’ve realized life is a series of chances. Some you’ll win many more you’ll lose. You’ve have to keep faith and get rid of the hesitation. Instead of sitting around and looking down on tomorrow, your time is now.
I found strength in my friends Dayna, Melissa and Chris. They took chances and it’s completely changed them for the better. I’ve realized life is so much more than what your eyes are seeing.
While I miss the sun, I love my new career opportunity up here. I haven’t met a ton of friends yet and don’t feel 100% comfortable in Seattle, but maybe that’s a good thing. I know I’m meant to be here and like anything in life, passion will push me through any difficult situation. I’m thankful I have a great network of people from my past that support me into my future.
That pain when you feel when you’re at a low and can’t see a way out is what makes us human. It’s the agent that drives us to become a better person and puts us on the path we’re meant to be. You can put your best face on the world, smile and pretend or pick yourself up and take that step.
I’ll be waiting outside the lines. Scary Betty will too.