Five Ways to Remember Your New Year’s Resolution

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Here it comes, end of year personal assessment time.  Now is the time of year when many people think of ways to make positive changes in life. We all consider ways to do things different or better, or stop doing things altogether.  Unfortunately, the New Year season soon wears off and the “resolutions” we make with it.

Making a to-do list can be relatively easy. Remembering it requires a bit more effort. Here are five tips to keep your new priorities top of mind.

  1. Keep your list short

As tempting as it may be to make a long list of improvements, the likelihood of getting through an extensive list can become exhausting. Creating one or two priorities will make it a lot easier to remember what to focus on each day.

  1. Use short descriptors for each resolution

Fancy words are great, but when it comes to daily commitments, short descriptors can be easily recalled when urges arise. Posting short lists on sticky pads, and note cards and placing them in areas you frequent such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or even night lamp and computer monitor can be effective.

  1. Create reasonable goals

Think about the goals you create. Are they reasonable? If you have a very ambititous challenge, try breaking it into two or three goals.  For example, if you have a goal to reduce eating out costs, creating a goal of days to cook per week is one way to impact that priority. Another goal might be to determine one eating out night per week. Another goal might be to eat left overs at least twice per week. Before you know it, you will have a full week of planned dinner goals thereby allowing you to achieve your challenge.

  1. Establish frequent milestones

Milestones are the key to keeping up with resolutions. Daily, weekly or monthly checklists can help move through the year with ease. If you are good at sticking to your goals, then monthly milestones may be best.

  1. Reward yourself along the way

Resolutions are great when we reach the finish line, but we can celebrate the entire way though if we plan it. Rewarding ourselves can be as basic as buying ourselves a new book, blouse or sweater, or as extravagent as booking a few short weekend getaways. This all depends on the timeline we set for our resolutions and how challenging they may be to reach.

The main point is to have fun along the way. 2015 is going to be great.



Celebrating the Beginning of 2015 & Ending of 2014

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Washington, DC may not have Time Square on New Year’s eve, but there is no shortage of amazing ways to begin 2015 and close out 2014. If you’re trying to determine how to celebrate, see this list of local events. There are countless other lists as well, many which include everything from social gatherings at places like the 9:30 Club where Torche and Lionize will perform, Old Town Alexandria’s First Night family friendly event which includes a fireworks display, Potomac River event ship cruises, and more. 

If you’re planning to stay in and need advice on the best places to pick up holiday party supplies, stop by the concierge. We’ve got tons of ideas to help you ring in the New Year in your own special way.



Our Cool Weather Entertainment Series Continues in December

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We’ve got another amazing evening of entertainment planned for you at The Apartments at CityCenter. This December 17th, from 7:00 – 8:30p.m., gather with your neighbors while listening to the sounds of Nasar Abadey.

Nasar Abadey, drummer and composer, was inspired by legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. He has played with greats from Dizzy Gillespie, to Ella Fitzgerald; Eartha Kitt, Stanley Turrentine, and Charlie Rouse, to name some.

A few of his albums are: Diamond in the Rough, Mirage, Theory & Practice and Allen’s Odyssey by King James. Samples of his music can be played at www.NasarAbadey.com.

In addition to playing, Nasar is also Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. 

Crystal City Sports Pub will cater this sensational event. Mark your calendars and prepare to ease into a jazz – filled paradise. This is an exclusive residents and guests only, jazz music treat here at The Apartments at CityCenter. See other upcoming events at CityCenterDC. Click here. 



Support for The Capital Area Food Bank This Holiday Season

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Not everyone has a warm home, adequate nutrition, and family to spend the holidays with each year. In fact, in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region, many struggle with basic daily living needs. According to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Website, nearly 700,000 Washington, DC area residents are at risk of hunger.

This is one reason why The Apartments at CityCenter participate in charitable events in Washington, DC.  This season we are supporting the Capital Area Food Bank.

From now until December 22, 2014 at 7 p.m., residents may drop off their food donations at the concierge desk.

Some of the donation needs include:

Speaking of winter time giving opportunities, The Apartments at CityCenter is also participating in the local area’s Toys for Tots program. You may drop off a new and unwrapped toy at the concierge desk from December 1st – 22nd, 2014, at 7 p.m., and that toy will be added to the hundreds of thousands of toys to be distributed to local area children in need. Did you know that Toys for Tots was originally started by a Marine Corps Reservist, Major Bill Hendricks? Read about this special story at www.toysfortots.org.

Don’t fret, we have not left out our fury friends. We’re working with Home Buddies by collecting gifts for dogs.  Gifts for dogs may be dropped off December 1st – 22nd at 7 p.m., at the concierge’s desk. All gifts for pets will be donated to the Washington Human Society

Pitch in and help out. If you’re in the spirit to do even more this winter season, which promises to be very cold, click here for a list of area charities and volunteer opportunities. Tell us about other charities you would like to see included in future holiday seasons. We’d love to learn about some of your favorite ways to help those in need. Send an email to taccconcierge@bozzuto.com or submit your request through BuildingLink.



Janine Wilson Is Coming! Janine Wilson Is Coming!

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Like Music? Sure you do! That’s why we’ve gone out of our way to bring award winning singer and song writer, Janine Wilson (@JanineWilson) to The Apartments at CityCenter. Join us October 29, 2014 at 7PM for an up close and personal concert with Janine as she performs tunes you may be familiar with. Janine provided us with a sneak preview of songs she might sing, which include “It Should Be Me” and “Wakin’ Up In Texas.” 

Inspired by the styles of Bette Midler, Patsy Cline and Bruce Springsteen “The Boss,” Janine has won 10 WAMMIES – Washington Area Music Association awards, and she has won the Mid – Atlantic Song of the Year for “It Should Be Me”.  

After a long day at work, it will be good to come home to Janine. In addition to providing bourbon iced tea and lemonade, LuxeGiving Southern Menu has planned a delicious dinner, just for you! Among the menu offerings are pulled chicken or pork sliders; flash fried mac & cheese, and for dessert, an assortment of pie flavors from Red Velvet Cupcakery (@RedVelvetWDC). You’re in for a real treat, and just because you deserve it.

Visit Janine online at www.JanineWilsonBand.com. Enjoy her music online, And follow her on social media.                                                                                  

Janine Wilson on twitter

Janine Wilson on Facebook



Cool Mornings… Hot Coffee… Dog Treats and UBER.


Happy Autumn to our residents at The Apartments at CityCenter

Running late for a meeting?  Needing that extra warm drink before you hit the streets?   Our Starbucks Coffee machine, 2nd floor near the cyber café,  has arrived and our dedicated coffee service will begin soon.  We strive to make our residents life as comfortable and convenient as possible and we hope this extra “coffee service” will be something you enjoy. Stay tuned for the launch date. Our penthouse residents will have coffee service on their floor near the elevator for that extra added convenience.  

To keep your mornings running smoothly and to make sure you are informed, we also have newspapers at the concierge lobby for our residents that want to sip and read to catch up on the morning news . The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post are usually at the concierge area for reading.    For those that subscribe to newspapers we, of course will deliver to your door. 

Dog bone treats are available in the morning for our special pet residents.  Feel free to grab a few each day as we love having our special four-legged residents in our building and want them to feel special too. Be sure to introduce them to our concierge as we may just snap a photo and feature them in this blog post. 

Many of our residents are also using UBER for their transportation. If you are using UBER please let us know how you are liking it.  Don’t know about UBER? You can check it out here. https://www.uber.com



Events: Media Comes out for a Good Cause

Newsbabes is a charity founded by DC newswomen to bring survivors, advocates, and friends together to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

On Tuesday, April 27, many media personalities came together to build excitement for the recent sixth annual pink cocktail party, the Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer. In a private lounge at The Apartments at CityCenter, attendees savored Righteous Cheese’s artisanal cheeses, Acadiana’s etouffee, and Georgetown Cupcakes’ pink cupcakes.

This year’s bash benefited Survivors Offering Support, which lets breast cancer patients and survivors share their experiences with others. According to Bisnow, a highlight was a surprise $10,000 donation by Barry Glassman.

Pictured Here: Lauryn Rickitts, Monika Samtani, Lisa Poff, Rebecca Cooper, Barry Glassman, Laura Evans, Lesli Foster, Hillary Howard, Andrea Roane
Pictured Here: Lauryn Rickitts, Monika Samtani, Lisa Poff, Rebecca Cooper, Barry Glassman, Laura Evans, Lesli Foster, Hillary Howard, Andrea Roane



Photo Credit: Mark Silva
Pictured Here: Autria Godrey, Angie Goff, Elise Hu