A Tribute to Rocky

This week, my family lost an incredible piece of the puzzle, my grandfather “Ba” aka Rocky. I was so lucky to know this guy; anyone that crossed his path knew he was a very special man.

picstitch(23)Here are just a few of the very many life lessons I learned from Rocky over the years:

1. If you’re on time, you’re late. Don’t be late, especially when you want to make a good impression.

2. Happy hour is the best hour. Never skip it. Rocky lived for his 4 o’clock martini. Every single day.

3. Nothing in the world is more important than family. Cherish family. Every single day.

4. Attitude is everything. If the sun is shining, embrace the day. Every single day.

5. Travel the world. Rocky, along with my grandmother, were lucky enough to visit almost a hundred countries. Everywhere they went, Rocky would learn the native language for “thank you” so that he could properly thank others throughout his travels.

6. Hard work pays off. Work hard and work smart. Either do it right or don’t do it at all.

7. Stay active by doing things you love. Every single day.

8. If your wife says she doesn’t like dogs, bring one home anyway to test the waters. If she gives you an ultimatum that it’s either her or the dog, she’s probably serious.

9. Pasta, brownies, and booze are the fuel of life.

10. Humor is always appropriate and appreciated.

One Healthy Breakdown: you’ll never be forgotten, Rocky. Cheers to a life well-lived. Love you lots.

Happy Day to All The Grandparents!

picmonkey_imageHappy National Grandparents Day to ALL of you fabulous grandparents out there. My “Nana” and “Ba” happen to be two of the most important people in my life and they are loved and appreciated for that every single day. I’d just like to take this time and space to thank them. Grandparents are really special people, they always seem to know exactly how to put a smile on their grandchild’s face.

For those who know me, you know that my family is close and incredibly important to me, my “rock.” I consider myself so so lucky to have always been very close to my grandparents. Nana and Ba (aka “Rocky”) hold a special place in my heart and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. I have an extraordinary respect for what they’ve accomplished in life, the decisions they’ve made, and their never-ending love and generosity. In addition to their ten grandchildren, my cousins, they’ve also taken my fiancĂ© Nick for one of their own. They have been eagerly awaiting our engagement for a long time now and we were lucky enough to get to celebrate with them this past week.

One Healthy Breakdown: Happy Grandparents Day to my Nana and Ba, my Grammy and Grampy in Heaven, and all of the great grandparents out there!