Friday, June 28, 2013

Gearing Up For My First Warrior Dash Race

I'm not quite sure how Karim talked me into signing up for Warrior Dash a few weeks ago, but he did and tomorrow is the big day. I hate running, not a fan of getting muddy, but I do like obstacle courses. Maybe it was the obstacle courses that he sold me on. At this point it doesn't matter why I signed up. I have a race to run. Oy vey! 

I consider Warrior Dash to be a mini version of Tough Mudderan increasingly popular hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. 
A participant from Panama City's race.

According to Wikipedia, it's the World's largest running series put on by Red Frog Events, an event company based in Chicago, IL

I've been training off and on, but more off than on. I've been a little better the past two week's squeaking in a few outdoor runs, but I'm still not sure what to expect. Lucky for me, Warrior Dash is only a 5K. 

Similar to when I signed up to bungee jump in Vegas, I knew I would go through with it because the experience was bought and paid for. There's no turning back now. 

I'm thinking I will I also have Karim capture some video of me so I can share with you all next week. It will be an interesting experience and I will do my best to embrace it, after all it 's meant to be challenging and fun! Wish me luck, I'm going to need it! 

You can also check out this YouTube video to get a better idea of what I've signed up for.

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Birthday Celebration and the Things in Life I'm Grateful For

Today kicks off the first day of summer.Yeah! Summer is my favorite season. I think the fact that I was born the day after summer officially begins is one key reason and I just love all the gifts this season offers. I relish long, warm sunny days and can even appreciate the wetness that humidity brings to the air on a hot day. Truth be told, the summer season is great for my skin. Dry skin loves humidity. I also enjoy summer because I feel Mother Nature is alert in a way that sets summer apart from the three other seasons.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm looking forward to it. I don't mind being another year older (although I won't tell you my age either, lol). This year I plan to spend my birthday weekend engaged in a bunch of activities that will involve spending time with family and friends that I don't see as often as I would like. I've been counting down to this moment for a month. It feels good to know my celebration will kick-off in a few short hours.

For me, birthdays also mark a time of reflection. I'm at the half-way point in the year and can take a look at where I'm at with my 2013 goals. Am I on track or where I thought I would be? I also look at what I have accomplished and should be grateful for. This time last year I received news that I was getting laid-off and was battling a mix of emotions. I wasn't sure what the future held, but a year later, I can say I'm in a good place. I found a new job, in a new industry and have made new connections the have helped me to grow professionally and personally.

I'm almost finished with my degree. I'm currently taking a Methods of Organizational Research course. This is my last class before I begin work on my thesis paper. Like most of my classes, it's intense and requires a bunch of reading, but I also know that I'm almost done and that is a good feeling. This project is going to consume my life and I foresee moments when I'm going to want to throw in the towel, but I won't. I'm working my plan and can see the finish line.

I realize that while I haven't actively been pursuing my screenwriting and film projects, there isn't a moment in the day when I don't think about it. I'm a storyteller and I'm not telling my stories for the film world. That is where I need to focus more of my attention over the next six months. There is progress to be made.

Life on this earth is a gift and although  it doesn't always seem like it. There are so many things that I'm grateful for and thoroughly appreciate with a birthday that is less than a day away. I've been given another year on this complicated planet and despite the ups and downs that come with living, I'm thrilled to celebrate another birthday. Happy birthday to me!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Shout Out to Cheerios, but America has a Way to Go!

There is no denying that progress on racism and bigotry in our country has been made. We can see aspects of it in our culture everyday and for that I'm grateful, but the recent online public backlash to the Cheerio's commercial, which features a biracial daughter with a Caucasian mother and an African American father is a personal reminder that a small minority in our nation don't want to recognize or accept that the fabric of our nation has changed and is continuing to change.

This weekend, I was talking to my mom about this commercial and she was telling me how funny she thought it was. I was telling her that I thought the commercial was long over due. Our nation's president is biracial and there is a long list of biracial Americans that have contributed to our country. They exist and are in our neighborhoods and communities. Why don't we see more representation in our media? The Mad Men era still controls today's media.

Cheerios is to be commended for taking the stand, but they should not be the only company recognizing this cultural shift in the United States. There are a few other companies that have made the attempt, but the list doesn't get past my hands. 

The fact that Cheerios had to shut down their comments section doesn't surprise me but it does sadden me. It's a reminder that there are still people who choose ignorance over knowledge and hate over love. Unfortunately, we still have people that wear white sheets and now the Internet is their new hood. I consider the Cheerios commercial progress, but the struggle against racism and bigotry in our nation continues. The media coverage is both a reminder and a wake up call. 

 If you haven't seen the commercial yet, check it out below and share it!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Got a Recommendation for a Good Lobster Roll? I Want It!!

Although summer doesn't officially start until June 21, I finally feel like the summer season has begun.  It took a while for the warm weather to get here and stay here, but it's here. YEAH! I've been waiting all year for 90 degree weather. 

The summer season is my favorite. I love the the heat. it's probably because I'm a summer baby and June is my birthday month.

Outside of the warm weather and the flourishing trees and gardens, I also love summer because it's the best time of year to enjoy a lobster roll. While I enjoy it cold, my preference is hot and buttery. I love a good lobster roll and want to find the best that New England has to offer. 

About four years ago, I was at my dentist's office getting my bi-annual cleaning and on the TV in the room was a NESN news story about the best lobster rolls in New England. I believe it was a "top five" list. Of course I've forgotten all of the restaurants that were mentioned in the news story. I would like to enlist your help in finding the best lobster role in New England. Location doesn't matter. I'll drive a good distance for a tasty and delicious lobster roll!

Let me know where you have had a dynamite lobster roll. Just post the restaurant in the comment section of this blog. Can't wait to read your responses and thank you in advance!!