My Birthday Wish & Our Something New

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Wow, another year flies by, and what a year it was. I think the most change ever for me in a year…  so many great “somethings new” (I’ll get to our latest in a moment) … it makes me a little sad to leave this year behind.

Every Birthday-Eve I look at my list of all the positive things that have happened to me in the past year (yes, I keep a list in my phone just in case I need a pick me up on a down day), and I look at my list of goals that I set for that year. (I am so grateful to have had such a great year.) Then I make a list of my goals for the coming year. This year that goal list is much more challenging because I am not quite sure where I want life to take me. And perhaps for the first time, I am okay with that. As the lovely Susan Lucci says, “let life surprise you”. And of course, keep working hard.

It’s funny to think about age…how fast time goes the older you get, or at least the older I get. All of these expectations that come along with hitting a certain number. I think about how much pressure I’ve put on myself the last decade. My 20-something year old self thought I’d be way further along in all aspects of life by now. And she’d be shocked I am living in the suburbs.

But somehow still, I truly believe in the old saying, “You are where you’re supposed to be”.

I came across this awesome article in the Huffington Post this week, and I feel like I wrote it! It pretty much states my exact feelings about what I’ve learned (it’s a quick read):

13 Things All Women In Their Thirties Want All Women In Their Twenties To Know

And yes, Sheryl Sandberg was right: The person you choose to spend your life with is the most important career decision you will make. (so, so sad for the loss of Sheryl’s husband) This is especially true when you have crazy hours like mine, and are constantly on the go. Having Mo support me and be my teammate is something I’ve never experienced before. And now he needs my support…

ELISA MO POINT BAR 2So that brings me back to our something new.

My husband has a new business. Mo is now an entrepreneur, a few weeks ago he bought a restaurant in our neighborhood. To be honest, I never ever thought he’d/ we’d have our own business let alone a restaurant. But somehow, life surprised us when this opportunity was presented to him.

His dad has had several restaurants, so Mo grew up in the business. I worked as a waitress for a total of about two days (both days did not end well)! In Mo’s busy basketball months (working as a TV College Basketball commentator), business in our community slows down so id dloe do

{I left that in because that is the point in which I fell asleep writing this last night sitting up in bed and Mo came home hours later and removed this computer from my chest and tucked me in}.

Clearly, I am exhausted (we both are).

But, feeling energized and optimistic this morning as I start this new year. Mo waited for me to wake up to wish me a Happy Birthday, and then had to be off running restaurant errands (I can’t believe how much work and how hard it is taking over this business). I have to get ready to work myself today. I’ll be backstage at a huge summer concert, then I will meet him at the restaurant later for a little Birthday celebration. For years I didn’t want to celebrate my birthday (I didn’t like making anything about me), but now I see it differently. While my friends and family — and we– are all happy and healthy and lucky enough to have so much to celebrate, we should celebrate and make the most of every day. Elisa_DiStefano_Mo_Cassara_Restaurant I know it’s going to be a grind for us with this new business (please pass along any advice or words of wisdom), but my birthday wish is that we take time out and enjoy all the good things happening right now. Time flies, and birthdays come fast. So, if you come down to The Point, please stop me and say hello, and remind me of that! bday invite

5 Comments on My Birthday Wish & Our Something New

  1. Donna
    June 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Have a wonderful birthday that’s filled with the greatest memories.
    And best of luck you guys with The Point!

  2. Lee Ann Brill
    June 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm (7 years ago)

    It’s wonderful when we can look back on our lives and see all of our many blessings. Although I never reached fame in my chosen field of music, my life is filled with music and I am still singing at the age of 59. I have won many competitions here on Long Island, from NYS Senior Idol, Town of Brookhaven, and Reach for the Stars. I ran a successful wedding band for 15 years while raising my son and now sing for our Veterans,and at many fund raiser and charity events, Walk for Beauty Breast Cancer, Children with Diabetes, in addition to performing for our seniors at various assisted living homes. I use my voice wherever I can, or whenever I am called upon. Our paths crossed during the early am hours of the X factor auditions where you joined in with me singing “Freedom” by Aretha. In fact News 12 has clips of me over the years going back to the firefighters party at the Huntington Townhouse for their work during the Pine Barren Fires many years ago, to my singing at the Stony Brook Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Veterans Assistant Living Home and my audition to sing our National Anthem for the Mets. I sing at local restaurants now and perform every Saturday at a new establishment in Bay Shore “Sangrias”. I could not imagine my life without music and so truly grateful that God continues to bless my life and provides all the many opportunities before me. Happy Birthday, may your life be filled with many blessings. Respectfully, Lee Ann Brill

  3. Denise Martinez
    June 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Best of luck with your new restaurant endeavor!! I know you will do well with this!! I’m so happy for the two of you and the new roads your lives have taken. May your marriage grow stronger with each passing year and be filled with love and wonderful memories!! Next news…..a baby in the near future? ;)

  4. Rich
    June 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Elisa.
    Wishing you all the health, happiness and love your heart can hold.
    You’ve had such a great last year. I’m so hopeful that this year meets or possibly exceeds your expectations.
    I’ve worked in the hospitality industry my entire life. Graduated from Johnson&Wales University, had a great career. I can tell you restaurants can be fickle. Mo and his family have success so they know what it takes.
    I wish you both so much success and happiness in all you do. I’ll have to stop by for a bite and a drink. Maybe even get to say hello.
    Again, Birthday Wishes to you.
    Enjoy your Special Day.

  5. Name*
    June 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm (7 years ago)

    I wish you both much success and happiness. Running your own business can be very difficult and demanding. It can also be very rewarding. Just remember to take one day at a time and make time for each other. Best of luck and I hope to meet you there one day soon. Keep smiling.


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