The Most Exciting Thing I've Done All Year

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If you've been around here for a little while you know of my deep love for Gilmore Girls!! There are so many things about that show that are amazing!! I've written posts about what I've learned and how to plan your own viewing party. But I had the opportunity to walk around the set!! It looked a little different since the show has been off the air for a while, but never the less it was so much fun!! I want to write about my adventure in LA, but this was definitely my favorite place I go to visit during the trip!! 

Do you have a show or a movie that has become apart of your life? If so, what is it?

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I've felt like a Gilmore quite a few times in my life, but being in Stars Hollow took it to another level. I hung out at Rory's study tree, waited for Miss. Patty to teach me a dance lesson, and for Luke's to open up so I could enjoy my coffee inside. So much fun!!

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November Goals (10 in 30)

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It's sweater weather!!! And boots weather and a real fall. I'm clearly excited to explore this season. I also can't wait to wear my new hunter boots this month! I do need to get the socks though so I don't get cold, hmm. Anyways, here are my other goals for this month...

1// Find a really good eye shadow primer. I've seen great reviews on the Urban Decay one, but I'm not sold on it yet. Anyone use that one before?

2// Not get sick. There have been so many bugs going around at work. I've always stood by Airborne and I'm sticking to it now. The gummies are actually really good. They make me feel like I'm eating candy, it's a win win! 

3// Figure out how to connect everything property on my new phone. Praise!! I got a new phone, I really needed it. The breaking point with my old IPhone 5 (no, you didn't hear that wrong) was when it decided to delete 5 thousand + pictures. Loving the new phone, but now I need to make sure I know how to use all of the fun new functions.

4// Learn how to correctly apply contour. I'm not even sure if that's how you properly say that sentence, but it's something that I've been wanting to learn how to do. Defiantly will be watching youtube for that one.

5// Set up autopay on as many things as I can. This month I paid my rent one day late and it caused a huge expense. The late fee was crazy! I don't want to pay that again. Autopay will help me so much!

6// Take a day trip to somewhere new. There are so many great towns within only an hour or so, I want to visit at least on of them this month. 

7// Finish reading "You Are A Badass" I started it last month but didn't get to finish it yet.

8// Donate a bag of clothes to GoodWill. I've been wanting to get more organized and a great way for me to do that is to reduce the amount of clothes that are all over the place. I love having options and am honestly very blessed to be able to say that, but it's too much! For every one thing I bring in, I want to give away two.

9// Enjoy the season!! I'm excited that I get to go home this month for a few days. I'm debating on a Disney day, depending on my budget, but I really want to enjoy this time of year. This year in general has gone by so fast, I want to make sure I'm making memories and trying new things in these last two months.

10// Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I would also love to have a Friendsgiving if that is a possibility. We'll see. 

What are your goals this month?

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October Favorites

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This is not a drill, it's that time again to put away the summer items and pull out the cozy sweaters, fall decorations, warm beanies, and prepare for the holidays. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love decorating and having my home feel cozy, I Iove the fall colors and I love spending this time of year with those that I cherish. 

However, before you pull all of the plaid items in your closet, lets take a moment to reflect on October. Also, I may have already pulled out all of my fall and winter clothes, I can't help it. 

1// Inspiration. The Chip Ingram App. It has a bunch of small 30 minutes series' about so many different aspects of life. I've been listening to the "The Real God" series and it's so good! It's about obtaining the correct view of God. The goodness of God was a brutal one to hear. 

2// Post. I'm so excited to share my favorite day of the year so far with you!! It's coming later this week! But here's a hint in my favorite post from this month! 

3// Purchase. Ever feel like you spend all of this time on your makeup and then it comes off two hours later? Ya, me too! Last week a friend of mine introduced me to the Urban Decay All Night Spray and I love it! It truly does allow your makeup to last all day. I tend to work 10+ hour days so this for me is a lifesaver. At the end of the day I still look like I have makeup on! Win!

4// Entertainment. On the youtube train, I've been watching a ton of tutorials and the ones I keep watching over and over are the ones by Tanya Burr. This is her fall makeup tutorial from last year. Love the dark lip! 

5// Focused on. Having the right focus, and seeking wisdom in my life in all areas. We spend so much of our energy on things that we can not control or on outcomes that we don't know will happen or not. I'm trying to have an outward mindset and only focus on things that I have a part in, letting those I don't fall aside. Don't stress about what you can't control!  

What were your favorites from October?

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10 Super Easy Walt Disney World Tips and Tricks

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I absolutely love Disney!! I also firmly believe there are simple things that you can do when you visit to make your life easier. Here are a few of my tips I use when going to the parks, that make my life easier.

1// If you've been to the parks before, get a park hopper!! If you have never been to Disney before, I think you should really do one day at each park. It helps you not to feel rushed and you can learn about each park. If you have done the parks before, the park hopper is such a lifesaver! Since Pandora is new, the lines are crazy right now! So when I went to get on the rides and it said, 127 minutes I decided to go to another park for a few hours and then come back and try the line again. When I came back it was 60 minutes. Such a time saver!! If you only have a day, you don't want to spend it waiting in a line! Bonus Tip: Get the app, you can check on wait times and not have to go back and forth to parks guessing on what the wait time will be like. 

2// Keep your parking receipt when you park hop. You only have to pay for parking once each day. Keep your receipt and show the next park and your parking is free! Also, if you have a pass or you're going with anyone who has a pass, your parking is free. 

3// Get your fast passes before you enter the park. Theres always a huge line just to get fast passes in the parks, so download the app and plan out what you want to do before you enter. Pick the rides that normally have a long wait time. If you have any questions on what those are or my tips on what to get a fast pass for in each park let me know in the comments! 

4// Bring an extra pair of shoes and an extra outfit to keep in the car. On hot days, you get so hot!! I mean it is Florida after all. Make sure you're drinking a lot of water, but also bring extra clothes. After about half a day of walking around, it's so nice to change between parks. 

5// Similar to number four, bring a small umbrella into the parks and keep rain boots in the car. Check your weather, but honestly if you're going in the summer, unless the rain chance is zero you'll probably get rained on. Don't let that deter you, that's when you can get some food and wait for a little bit. People tend to leave the parks when it rains so you can end up getting on rides faster!! If you're in Magic Kingdom it's a perfect time to go to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride or the Peter Pan ride, they're both inside. Bonus Tip: bring a ziplock bag to put your phone and wallet in, you'll thank me later! 

6// If you buy something in the shops they can either hold it at the front of the park or send it back to your hotel, if you're staying on property. No need to lug around your purchases. I would suggest talking to the cashier and making sure you have the right timing, but more than likely if you don't leave tomorrow you should be fine to send it to the hotel. 

7// Check to see what's happening in the parks before you go. Around this time of year there is Mickey's Not So Scary, and later in the year it's the Christmas Party. If you're at Magic Kingdom and you don't have a separate ticket for the party, they're going to ask you to leave at like seven pm. That almost cuts your day in half, and you don't get to see fireworks. On the flip side, if you're going to Epcot there are so many different fun events that involve really good food. Maybe you'll be there during Food & Wine?!

8// If you're celebrating a birthday or anniversary or family event, the shops have free pins you can wear. There's nothing like being wished happy birthday by fifty cast members. So great!! Side tip: If you see someone wearing a birthday pin, it's ok to say happy birthday to them too!! Keep the magic alive!! 

9// If you're out of fast passes for the day, Parades are the perfect time to go on rides! While everyone is watching the characters pass by, you can run to the ride you've been waiting for. This is also the best time to shop, no lines! If you've never seen the parade before, it's fun to see. If you have, it's going to be the same. Get on those rides!! 

10// Remember that Magic Kingdom is a "dry" park. If you're looking for a drink with lunch, or wine with dinner go to Epcot. They have great drinks in Mexico and Italy! You can always take the monorail back in time for the fireworks, or hang out for the rest of the day walking around the world showcase in Epcot. 

These are tips I use every time I go to the parks!! So simple, but really do make a huge impact on how the day goes. If you're planning on going to Walt Disney World let me know! I'm always happy to answer any questions about the parks. 

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Be Kind To Yourself Now

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I was recently looking back at old photos and videos of myself and I was so much more kind to my past self. I was noticing how my hair looked better than I thought it did at the time, and how the same photos I had disliked, I now was so grateful that I had. This photo is me trying my very first homemade pop tart. I was on the trip that helped me decide Denver was the right place to move to. It was the first time I had looked at a place other than Florida and thought that it could eventually be home. However, after taking this picture, I hated everything about the picture.  

We do that so often in life. We look at all of the things in life that we "should" be doing better at and we don't appreciate the season of life that we're in. Growing and maturing is so necessary, but at the same time being grateful for where you are at brings such a peace. It's having the faith to know that this isn't forever, but also to be grateful for the now. Give yourself some grace in the now. I know when I'm looking at a picture of myself that I just took, I notice how if I had only worn a different color shirt, or mascara, or smiled like this instead, or whatever it may be at the time that I'm insecure about, the picture would have been so much better. In those moments all I'm doing is tearing myself down. I'm not speaking kindly to myself. How is it that I can be so kind to others in pictures and always love the candids, yet when I see my own all I see are my imperfections?

Let's not wait until years down the road to appreciate the "now." Let's not wait until we're looking back over memories and we finally see how we actually looked vs. what our minds were trying to tell us we looked like. Realize the beauty you have now, no matter your weight or haircut. You are so blessed to be you. You're the only one who will ever be like you. We see so much beauty in others, don't forget to be kind to yourself too!

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