This is my first Christmas away from family, and I have to be honest - it's not as hard as I thought it would be. Clearly I love my family and miss them dearly, but this is such a exciting new chapter in my life that it's not hard for the feeling of thankfulness to surpass the sadness. While I am not with family, I am most certainly not alone. Over the past few weeks, I have met some truly incredible friends and I love that I have a chance to spend the holidays with them. So as I'm getting ready to go meet them at a chic bar downtown for a glass or two of Glenlivet, I thought you'd like to see my life from my new view. Cheers and Merry Christmas.