10 Reasons to Exercise this holiday season

Personally, I am in a HUGE mood to workout and get moving right now. I don’t know if it’s the high of coming down from my best yet to date Half Marathon, or if it’s that I know I will be pool side in a little over a month in South Miami.

If you need some reason’s to get up and moving this holiday season, here are 10 wonderful reasons.

1. Improves quality of life

2. Boosts endorphins

3. Exercise has anti-aging effects

4. Improves body image * I want to look like the women on the right*

5. Builds self-esteem

6. Strengthens bones

7. Reduces stress

8. Boosts immune system

9. Improves short-term memory

10. Boosts creative thinking

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Today’s challenge is all about Fear. Fears, we all have them, the main difference is how your fears play into your life.

My fears sometimes trap me due to my panic attacks, sometimes I can’t even leave my house to get to the grocery store. Sometimes I understand my fears, and sometimes I am just lost in my fear trapped in my blanket of panic.

My top fears include:

Airports, NOT flying, but airports themselves. I try to get there the closes that I can to my flight, I pace around everywhere walking the whole airport if needed, they are just not my happy spot. Though I understand that they will take me on many adventures, I just don’t care for them.

New places. I almost had my panic attacks under control with only having them about once a month in Texas. When I moved to Virginia I couldn’t leave the apartment, I was excited to go and explore, but always the attacks would come. I think this is one of the reasons that I love going to Disney because I have that place memorized like the back of my hand. It’s familiar, and that is what I need.

Failing. I am so worried of failing that when I was a kid I wouldn’t even try new things (soccer, dance, etc). I just couldn’t fail, I had to do it perfect the first time out or I wouldn’t do it. I feel this mixed with my attacks really has held me back on so many opportunities throughout my life.

Disappointing people. This goes back years, and years, but where it all started from I can’t tell you. I have reflected back through my life and I don’t know where this fear started, but it’s my HIGH motivator in my work life & daily life. I use to work 80 hour weeks, because I was so afraid of disappointing my boss, the guest, my staff, and this would keep me pushing myself until I was at the end of my rope.

Bathrooms. Yes people, bathrooms! They are my happy spots, but NOT knowing where the closes bathroom is while driving, at stores, new places, etc freaks me out! Not being able to go to the bathroom also freaks me out (airplanes!), and where the bathrooms on the race are. I  am PROUD to say that I got over this fear a little bit this past week by having to stop off the side of the road while doing my half marathon. My back teeth were floating & there was no other option. For all you runners out there, you understand, everyone else it’s okay to think I am crazy.

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Songs I currently love

Okay, back to the challenge we go!

Songs that I currently love, and I am going to of course thrown in a couple of my all time favorites ones too!

These couple got me through my half marathon yesterday!

Now to my classic all time favorites:

What are your top songs of the moment?

I know, threw you for a loop and didn’t have any Disney songs on there :)


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How do you tell your story in a job resume?

I have been job searching off and on for almost two years now, ever since moving to Virginia from Texas. This is the first time in my life that I have moved, without having a job waiting for me. Let me tell you, having to move for a job is a WONDERFUL thing compared to moving with no jobs lined up. It took me three and a half months to find my first job, and it just payed for me to drive there and back, my second job is my current one that pays much better but is much harder on the soul.

I sent out at least 10- 20 job applications a week for months at a time, and still when I find an amazing dream job I am all over it. How many have I heard back from, only the two I have gotten. I have even applied for TONS of jobs on the local Navy bases that I am WAY over qualified for but still want to do, and NOTHING, not even with the spouse form turned in with the application. What is a person to do?

I thought I would share this new way of sharing your job application and get your feed back on what you think? Would you do this? Would you hire someone who sent one of these to you?



As a manager for almost 6 years at my job in Texas I would have really wanted to interview someone who sent one of these, but again I worked with staff 16-25ish years old, and wanted very creative out of the box thinking kind of people. I don’t know if it’s for every kind of job though.



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Favorite Quote

I don’t truly have one all time favorite quote, so I thought I would post my favorites.


Okay, I lied.. this has to be my top quote that I have tired to follow for many years.

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20 Facts about ME!

For a while I have been quite, it’s been a little overwhelming in life and I have been falling behind on many different projects that I enjoy. One day on break at work, I googled different challenges, really looking for photo a day challenge and along with that I found a ton of blog challenges.

I am committing right now to stay as true to this as I can. Personally, I want to thank you all for following me through these past four years. I know that sometimes I disappear for chunks at a time, but then I go for it. I want this blog to be a go to blog for fun ideas, along with a creative way to get all my ideas running through my mind out into the open in a space that I feel loved.

Now on to 20 facts about me!

1. I am a planner! I plan at work, at home, daily in my life and feel lost if there is no somewhat of an outline of what we will be doing for the day. *Vacations my husband plans drive me INSANE

I would give ANYTHING for an Erin Condren one! I have been wishing for one now for three years.

2. I LOVE LIST! This I feel goes right along with number one, I make a list for my list. I will write down task I have already done just to cross them out, along with timing out how long I think each task will take so I can plan around what I have to get done for the day.

3. I am truly only productive from the time I wakeup till 11am, then I get a second win around 6 or 7pm that can easily go until 2am.

4. I have never taken medicine for my Panic Attacks in the 20 years of having them. I am very proud of this fact.

5. When I start reading a book, my is over & I will read books for the rest of the day. Yes, I said BOOKS.

6. I will put everything aside if possible when my girl cat LuLu want to lay on my lap. It’s a rare event, mostly only when it’s cold, and I cherish this time.

7. I was engaged 2 times before finding my one and only amazing husband.

8. I feel that Walt Disney shaped who I am in more ways than anyone else outside my family has. From friends, personality, and morals, this wonderful man taught me so much that I can never repay him for.

9. My house in Virginia doesn’t reflect my personality really at all, Texas in full color did more. I am now on hold with most of my idea’s because we might be moving in a year, but the simple idea’s I have will just be saving up my money for.

10. I am a sugar junkie, I go through fazes, but I will go a long time just eating so much junk when I know better.

11. I didn’t like to drink water at all until I worked outside daily at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. I know chunk it like it’s going out of style.

12. I didn’t learn to cook until I met my now husband, and that best part is that we learned together. I am not a chef in any way but I can hold my own in the kitchen if I do say so myself.

13. I have ZERO fashion style, I would give anything to figure out my true style where I don’t have to wear a uniform daily.

14. Christmas is my all time favorite holiday, that I fully jump into with a passion. I LOVE bringing magic to others on a daily basis, but I feel the Christmas holiday season it just a little bit better.

15. I find inner peace mostly only while in a theme park, and while running the rides mostly the roller coasters.

16. I am learning all about life on a farm thanks to my friend Lyndsay, and I am enjoying it more than I could have ever imagined. I am trying new foods daily that I never would have thought of trying.

17. I don’t believe in looking back on my life, you can’t change what you have done, decisions you have made, but you can learn from them.

18. I went to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and learned so much, including amazing friends, and want to do it all again.

19. Podcast are my new CRACK! I list to them on my drives, while cleaning/ cooking, and studying.

20. I love my husband more than I ever thought I could love someone and fall more in love with him daily.

What 20 facts can you share about yourself? Like you blog below!


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101 in 1001 update

Reflecting on what my goals of the past year have been along with what I have actually finished. I thought it should be time to update the 101 in 1001 list.

So far in 2014 I have done the following off my list:

2. Train and complete Disney’s Coast to Coast challenge 

Loved this! I would give anything to run Disneyland again, it was pure magic!

13. Pay off my car

Oh yeah! Now working on hubby’s car

17. Vacation to Washington D.C.

Birthday weekend!

18. Go to at least 4 Smithsonian museums *okay this one I am half way done with* 

22. Make a wreath

I made wreathes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

24. Get a new haircut/ style

Cut off 14 inches and donated it for my birthday, got my bangs back and loving my bob!

27. Find a local best girlfriend in Norfolk 

I have been blessed over the last year to not have one, but a couple! I have more friends here in less than 2 years then 6 years in Texas. This is 100% no lost on me at all.

36. Get business cards with my logo on it

I count starting Viola Mae’s Handmade logo, though I should work on making one for my blog too.

38. Attend a Health Conference

Got to go to Washington D.C. for a Health & Hormone’s event.

44. Take a cooking lesson/class

Thanks to Lyndsay I got to go to a class at William & Sonoma about making homemade kraut!

60. Watch all the James Bond movies with Jrod (between Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s his tradition)

Just finished this past weekend

76. See a chiropractor

I hurt my knee in May and ending up maxing out a credit card to get better through my amazing chiropractor. I don’t see him anymore because I need to save my money.

79. Set up a budget and see where all the money goes each month

This goes with #76, time to buckle down, work some part-time jobs along with my full-time job & pay off my credit cards along with hubby’s car.

81. See the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.

Lucked out that my birthday weekend is always during the Cherry Blossoms so double bonus on crossing out items on the list.

How is your 101 in 1001 list coming? Do have one? What is the most challenging task you have given yourself?

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