family

Living away from family…

Being away from family will never get easier for me.  Deciding to move to Louisville, KY for the collegiate dance team was a huge step for me.  My parents always told me to follow my dreams, and not to never hold back on all that life has to offer.  This statement definitely was in the front of my brain my entire junior and senior year of high school.  The reason being was because I was in the process of deciding where and why I wanted to go to which college.

When making my decisions, it was evident that leaving close to home always came to mind.  However, I knew my parents and siblings wanted me to do what was best for me.  I am so close to my family, and I love the comfort of being around them and being home.  The feeling of safety and security I feel when all four of my other family members are home is indescribable.

Ultimately, after loads of thought and immense emotions I knew my family would always be there.  Home would always be there.  However, opportunities and the correct choice for college and my future may not always be there.

So therefore, as much as living away from home is not always easy, it is worth it knowing how proud I make my family.  My family is all one call away, and I long for the reunions we get every so many months.  Honestly, it helps the time pass and serves for excellent motivation in my academic and athletic lifestyle.

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Feeling Fearless…

Has anyone ever experienced the feeling of complete fearlessness…where nothing in the world could change the way you felt in that moment.  To me, being fearless is accepting your fears and scares but jumping anyway.  To me, being fearless is giving your all to someone that once let you down before.  To me, being fearless is falling in love again after your heart was once already broken.  To me, being fearless is an amazing thing.  To me, being fearless is something everyone should experience in their life.

 

One experience that left me completely fearless in the moment was

PARASAILING

I will never forget that day..

I was visiting my boyfriend in Sarasota, FL this past summer, and was honestly just looking forward to spending the day with him in the beautiful sunshine state.  To my knowledge, I had no idea what was planned for the day.  We jumped into the car, and I kept insisting on knowing “where are we going?”.  He would not tell me, he just kept saying it is a surprise you will see.

We then pulled into a parasailing and water ski resort where the biggest smile entered across my face.  We were going parasailing!

Of course, being excited but nervous had me contemplating if I even wanted to go through with this.  However, my boyfriend knew I would fall in love with the experience and talked me through my fears.

Once we got onto the boat, got strapped in, got our pictures, and began to detach from the boat all my fears went away.  The feeling in the air, the pureness, the silence, the beauty, all are unexplainable feelings. Parasailing was one of the most amazing and breathtaking experiences I will ever come across in my life…I am sure of it!

Parasailing left me  F .  E .  A .  R .  L .  E .  S .  S .

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

IT’S THAT TIME!

 

Fall is such an amazing time of year.  Leaves change and fall, drinks get warmer, and lots of memories are made.

What are the best things to do this fall?  Well just scroll below to find out how to get your Pumpkin Spice addiction flowing while you pile up your lists of things to do this fall.

First and foremost, grab a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts of course!

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Okay, now that that is taken care of we can get on with the list…

 

 

Harvest Homecoming is an amazing festival that takes place every year in Indiana.  It entails lots of fall foods, booths, a parade, crafts, and more!

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Carving a jack-o-lantern is an absolute must every fall season.  And after the fun of creating your pumpkin is complete, bake the pumpkin seeds with a variety of different choices of seasonings!

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Make sure you partake in at least one of the many corn mazes and pumpkin patches on about every corner in Louisville and Indiana.  (trust me it is a great spot for that perfect picture you have been dying to post (;).

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In addition, you must go to one haunted adventure this fall!  Whether it be a haunted amusement park, a scare house, a museum , the haunted hotel, or a haunted hayride!  You must be scared this fall! It is only appropriate.

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And to top of your fall list, make sure you try apple picking!  There are several places in Southern Indiana and Louisville where you get to run around a fill a bushel basket full of apples while drinking either warm or cold apple cider!

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SOO….go get your fall season started!!

What are you waiting for?!?!

 

fitness

5 Easy Habits to Jumpstart a Fit Life…

Doesn’t everyone aspire to have an amazing body?  You know…one they are proud of and can flaunt and show it off every so often?  I know you all are with me on this one.

However, sometimes life just gets in the way.  Whether it is school, work, drama, stress, or other issues something always seems to stand in the way of getting that dream body.

So, why not take subtle and easy steps to slowly guide your life into a positive fit lifestyle. The crazy thing is, once you slowly start to make efforts to change, you will find yourself motivated and hungry for more (and before you know it you just might be the next Victoria Secret or Calvin Klein model (;)

  1. DRINK HALF OF YOUR BODY IN OUNCES OF WATER (PUT LEMONS IN THE H20 AS WELL) !!
  2. TAKE NATURAL DETOX VITAMINS EVERY NIGHT AND MORNING (HEAD TO GNC FOR HELP) !!
  3. SIXTY ACTIVE MINUTES FOR AT LEAST FIVE DAYS A WEEK (GET CREATIVE AND CHANGE IT UP) !!
  4. SHOP AROUND THE PERIMETERS OF THE GROCERY STORE (PLAN OUT YOUR MEALS BEFORE YOU SHOP) !!
  5. SAVE YOUR UNHEALTHY CRAVINGS FOR THE WEEKEND, AND YOU USE THAT FOR YOUR WEEKLY MOTIVATION !!

These tips may seem generic, but I am promise every little bit of change in the right direction will lead us all to our destination.  Make these a habit and force yourself to give it shot, you never know what kind of outcomes it could lead you to!  So get going!! Go show us all how you can turn your body into your dream body before our very eyes!

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Rose Runs on Dunkin..

What gets you out of bed in the morning?  For me it’s a no brainer, Dunkin’ of course!  Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee is my absolute addiction, I swear it is like a drug.  Coffee is the fuel I need to get through each and every single one of my days, and I would be lying if I said that it is not my main motivation to get myself out of bed in the morning LOL.  Everyone has the weak spot, and that one treat, drink, etc. that they just cannot get enough of.  Coffee is mine, but more importantly Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee.  Starbucks is great do not get me wrong, but there is just something about the sweet sips of Dunkin’ that always leaves me craving more, and more, and more!! Dunkin’ Donuts has an abundance of sweet swirling flavors that definitely in my opinion out do Starbucks!  Flavors like Butter Pecan, Coconut Creme Pie, Carmel Swirl, etc. make each sip better than the last.  Sadly, when I get to the end of my coffee it seems like the saddest part of day.

I mean who doesn’t want an unlimited amount of coffee everyday?

 

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So…I must add that not only does Dunkin’ have the best coffee BUT the donuts and food to pair along with it?!?!  NO  b r a i n e r.  Specifically, their cake donuts and brownie batter filled donuts are absolutely too die for!  It is so hard to resist not getting them on my daily Dunkin’ runs.

 

Now that I have gotten everyone’s mouth watering // hurry and go get your Dunkin’ fix 😉