New Year, New Challenge…70k Steps a Week. Join Us!!

Happy 2019!!  Today is the day that many people will hold themselves accountable for past resolutions gone wrong or future resolutions to begin anew.  According to THIS post by INC., the top 10 New Years resolutions people commit to are as follows:

1. Diet or eat healthier
2. Exercise more
3. Lose weight
4. Save more and spend less
5. Learn a new skill or hobby
6. Quit smoking
7. Read more
8. Find another job
9. Drink less alcohol
10. Spend more time with family and friends

Like most people, I start every new year with grand illusions that I will live a healthier life in the 365 days to come.  One year I started with my apple a day challenge.  The daily part lasted a few months until I skipped a few days and never got back on track again.  Even though I didn’t make it the whole year, I continue to eat apples more regularly than I did before.  That’s something, right?  Last year I decided to hit the gym more often – I didn’t set a daily or weekly goal which most likely added to the lack of accountability factor that made me never once hit the gym (minus the few times I used Planet Fitness for showers during my road trip) until October…a full 10 months after committing to more gym time.
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Money & Morals – Using Your $$ For Good

A few months back I had the experience of a lifetime – I spent an entire week volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  This trip is one that I had been wanting to do for 10 years.  I first heard of The Elephant Nature Park from a flight attendant who had gone there on her honeymoon.  Though I thought it an odd choice at the time, as my honeymoon was spent sipping rum punch on a beach in Jamaica,  I have since come around to realize her experience far outweighed my gluttonous week of all you can eat restaurants and sand in my crotch…as far as honeymoons are concerned, she won.

The result of 800 lbs of food each day…times 71 elephants!

I arrived at ENP unsure of how the experience would shape me.  I knew the basics of what we would be doing – prepping food (Did you know elephants eat 800 lbs of food a day?), picking up shit (400lbs a day…each!), and cleaning the park of the discarded corn tusks the elephants deemed inedible (picky, picky, picky).   I had no idea there would also be 460 dogs there (most saved from the flood of Bangkok in 2011), herds of water buffalo, endless cats, goats, chickens, and any other type of animal that has needed rescuing in the past 25+ years.  I also had no idea what the tourism industry had done to these magnificent creatures including torture, mutilation, and murder of many of the mothers in order to take the young.  That week I learned a lot.  I saw more than what I thought my heart could handle.  That week, I became a voice for those who can’t speak… Continue reading “Money & Morals – Using Your $$ For Good”

I Wrote My Will Today…

Everyone should have a will…Right?  Right.

Truth be told, this is something I preach but don’t practice.  You know, like eating healthy and working out.  Sounds great but I rarely do it…the working out part.  Let’s face it – that’s the hard part.  And, like working out, planning for your death is hard.   Hard, but important.

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Next week I leave for Thailand to cross off one of my Bucket List items.  I realize this is a trip many have made before and I realize that volunteering with elephants is not likely to be my cause of death.  But… I also realize that shit happens.  And, though I have no intentions of getting swept under a stampede, I am not the type to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by…I’ll jump (or attempt to jump) on the elephants back and enjoy the ride!  

With all that in mind, today I wrote my will.  It isn’t official but I have no doubt it will stand up in court – it is basic, but informative, and will most likely cause those to read it to both laugh and cry…as any will should.  The will is brief.  One printed page of instructions (front and back) for my assets, my Bubs, and my vacuum (My BF will be so happy!)…

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Bucket List Challenge – Join Me!!

Hey all!

I’m writing from a hotel room in MSP situated across the street from the Mall of America.  While many flight attendants would relish in their 15 hour overnight to spend half of it roaming the mall buying crap they don’t need, I’m not that kind of girl. I did, however, wander through the mall getting my steps in and picking up major points on Shopkick…but that’s another post.  On my walk back to the hotel I couldn’t help but pop into IKEA for a slice of pizza. Seriously, they have the best crappy pizza one can buy for $1.75 ($2.50 with drink) – if you haven’t tried it I implore you to do so.

Anywho, my real overnight began once I settled back into my room…

It is rare I use my TV on an overnight…unless they have Bravo and Real Housewives of NY is on.  Or The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is on…or Bachelor in Paradise.  Oh, or Law and Order SVU!  Ok – maybe I watch TV more than I think, but I don’t have cable at home so it’s easily justified. 🙂 So, today when I returned to my room I put HBO to see what was up on the movie channel. Enter The Bucket List.

Now, I love me some Rob Reiner films. And I love me some Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. But this movie I did not love. It was OK, and I definitely watched it from beginning to end, but it wasn’t mind-blowing by any means.  That being said, the idea was great – two dying men trying to live out their final dreams and goals.  I can get behind that idea and, as sad as it is, I get it.  But what I don’t get is why people wait until they are DYING to motivate and LIVE their lives!  What a cruel way to go…finally living and then you die.  Bummer!

The movie reminded me of my own Bucket List. At the beginning of this year, I spent twenty minutes having a brain dump and writing down all of the things I want to accomplish and experience before I die…um, in one hundred years.  The movie made me go back and reintroduce myself to the list.  It was super invigorating for my imagination to see what lies ahead in my future, both near & far… Continue reading “Bucket List Challenge – Join Me!!”