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On August 20th, 2015 by admin

That one time I auditioned to be an ice girl...

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Every few weeks I journal. Quarterly I write down lists of things I want to see happen before the next quarter: job stuff, dating, travel, church, fun activities, etc. Usually I don't look back at the list for a few months and when I do, I write down what I accomplished and didn't accomplish.


Pushing myself to try new things: Some of you may laugh because I do a lot of things but I don't always push myself out of my comfort zone. One word I live by is extraordinary. Having a comfortable life scares me and has caused me to make a few moves (to different states) in my life.


Look mom, I made it on TV!

Growing up in Minnesota, I always loved hockey. For those of you who don't know, it's my favorite sport; probably a shocker since I am so into musical theater but it's true. This past year during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I stayed home to watch games instead of doing activities. I even went as far as going to a theater performance of my sister's in Orlando, sitting in the lobby so I could watch her on the TV and listening to the radio on my phone of an Anaheim Ducks game. Yup, that happened.

When I found out the Gulls were coming back to San Diego (AHL) I wanted to be part of the organization. Since I do social media for work, I connected with some people at the company and made them aware of that. When I heard they were doing ice girls auditions, I figured, "why the heck not, you only live once!" So I set out (alone) to an audition where I wore only yoga pants and a bra (not my typical attire) to skate through cones and shovel ice. There were camera's taking photos and shooting video of 25 of us girls; which I later found out were for TV and the newspaper. After we skated, we were called in to a room to do interviews. My goal was to be the outgoing, bubbly me. If they wanted me, great. If not, there was something else I was meant to do.


Waiting for the email: The tryouts were on Saturday and we were told we would hear more details on Wednesday. Of the 25 girls, they would hire 8-12 girls. I knew the chances were slim but I also knew I did my very best. When I received the email on Wednesday saying I did not make the team, I felt totally fine. I was proud of myself for doing something totally left field. It felt liberating actually! Just knowing that I went out there and skated with some incredible ladies (many of them either played hockey or were figure skaters) was a win in my book.


Question: What's something new that you could try? Ideally it's something that scares you, something you don't know if you'd be good at or something you've always wanted to try. Please feel free to comment or message me. Better yet, write a list in a journal and then do it!


*Oh and don't worry, I'll still be going to plenty of Gulls games, just cheering from the stands, instead of on the ice. 🙂



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On July 3rd, 2015 by admin

"You were born with a wanderer's soul"

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One of my favorite musical theater composers, Jason Robert Brown, wrote the music for a new Broadway show, "The Bridges of Madison County". There is a line in one of the songs that says "You were born with a wanderers soul". I think, well, I know, that's me. Life to me is truly an adventure. As much as I like structure, I struggle with sitting still. My mom always tells me, "you are either way too busy or too bored." It's true, I lack middle ground but it's something I am working on.
Today I wanted to share some fun things I've been up to these past few weeks. Maybe it will inspire you to try new things, meet new people, etc.

Fitness: Fair

Run Group: Last year I joined a run group and it has been one of the best decisions I've made. We are called "Pannikin Runners" because we meet at Pannikin in Encinitas on Saturday mornings. I've made some great friends and some of us meet during the week to run as well. There are all ages and paces which is nice because there is something for everyone. If you like to run/jog/walk, come join us!


San Diego County Fair: Once a year (if that) I brave the fair. It's usually because there is a concert I want to see, which was the case this year. Since I knew Andy Grammer was playing, I organized a group of friends to attend. We had a blast! Andy knows how to work a crowd! His singing and dances moves were awesome. I don't know what was better, watching him or watching my roommate scream out of pure joy. ***His latest hit, "Honey, I'm Good" is awesome. Check out the music video, it won't disappoint!

Work space:

A new coffee shop: When I work from a coffee shop, I have my go-to place, The Coffee Bean, because I love their chai tea lattes. However, I had a meeting with some of my lovely social media, lady friends and we met at Cafe Cantata in Del Mar. It's an adorable spot with good food and drinks. I'd suggest trying it sometime!
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Santa Monica: My parents just got an apartment in Santa Monica so I went to visit. My mom is a master decorator. Her style is top-notch and I admire her for her good taste. Their place is fantastic because it is very close to the pier. I love running/biking the boardwalk and being walking distance to third street promenade.
If you have any tips along these lines, feel free to comment or message me!


On June 28th, 2015 by admin

"Hector and the Search for Happiness" - Are you happy?

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I recently watched a movie called "Hector and the Search for Happiness". It was an interesting story about a psychologist who went on a quest to find what makes people happy. If you are a musical theater lover like me, it is pretty much the equivalent to the story of "Pippin". Hector travels to different countries, meets lots of interesting people and figures out what makes him happy. The ending is pretty special so I won't give it away. Here are a few of the quotes I loved from the movie...


"Happiness is being loved for who you are."
"Avoiding unhappiness, is not the road to happiness."
"Listening is loving."


I also loved that watching Hector go through his trials, made me reflect on what makes me happy (big and small): my family, friends, faith, travel, helping/connecting people, exploring new things/places, watching the sunset (cotton candy sky makes me grin ear-to-ear), clean sheets, beets, old movie musicals (especially when there is tap dancing), playing games, listening to people talk about what makes them tick, outdoor concerts, singing in the car and more. Hopefully this movie will help you reflect on your own happiness as well.


Movie Trailer: http://bit.ly/1pMn8yA


*** If you didn't see the documentary "Happy" that came out in 2011, I'd suggest that as well.


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