Monday, January 14, 2019

Magic Where You Are

New Year's Resolutions aren't something I've made, ever. I find that I don't stick to them, I forget about them as the year goes on, I get get the picture. However, I do like to make goals. Goals are relatively easy for me to stick with and I love when a goal is accomplished. 

With this new year of 2019, I've been toying with an idea in my mind and it's all about magic. 

For the Disney fan, magical moments are huge at the Disney Parks and Cruise Line. They happen all over the place and they happen quite often. Why, Disney itself is pure and simple magic. 

Instagram is full of accounts of those who spend time at the Disney parks and fill their Instagram feed with Disney magic. I absolutely love looking at them and seeing pictures and stories from the happiest place on earth! 

However, the thought hit me one day...what if that same magic...that butterflies in your stomach, make you smile, fill your heart with love type of magic can happen to us wherever we are? For those who live away from the parks, finding that Disney type of magic can be easier than you think! 

Have you ever truly taken the time to watch a sunrise or a sunset? How about giggling right along with the sound of a child's laugh? Or reaching a fitness goal you've been working on for a long time? What about a Disney movie? (Take Mary Poppins for example - I left the theater feeling the Disney magic for days!) 

Last week, I was pulling weeds (glamorous, I know), and as the sun started to set, I began to notice the sound of crickets. Now, you might be thinking that the sound of crickets doesn't sound very magical to you, but when I leaned back on my heels and closed my eyes, I envisioned the Wilderness Lodge. That sound brought me right back to a place that's 13 hours from my home - my favorite resort on property and it made me smile. 

Enter #MagicWhereYouAre

This year, I am making it my goal to slow down and take time to capture those magic moments that happen to me wherever I am and I would love for you to join in the fun with me! On Instagram all year long, whenever I find a moment that reminds me of that special magic, that Disney feel type magic, I'm going to capture it in photo, hashtag it with with #MagicWhereYouAre and if you do the same, I'll be able to follow in the fun along with you! This is all about discovering those magical moments whether at home or at the parks - wherever you are! 

I hope you'll join in the fun with me! I can't wait to see what magical moments await in 2019!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 Race Calendar

Twenty nineteen is here and that means a whole new year of opportunities! I'm super excited for all this year has to offer and can't wait to "dive in" so to speak.

After looking over my race calendar for this year, I've found several races that will work and I'm super excited to run them all. (These are definitely subject to change at any given time...cause you know, toddler...and you never know...)

Anyway, here's a synopsis of my 2019 race calendar!

February 2019

Rock n Roll New Orleans

This is a tradition for us and the 10th year of this race! We will only spend one night in New Orleans but are looking forward to lots of fun in store!

Princess Half Marathon and Fairy Tale Challenge

Princess is just around the corner! I cannot wait to return to Walt Disney World with my parents and Brayden as an (older) toddler! I know there's going to be so much magic in store!

March 2019

Athlete's Corner St. Patrick's Day 3 Miler

This is a local race I've run many times in the past and is part of the "trifecta" of local races - for running all three, you receive a triple crown medal!

May 2019 

Contraband Days 5 Miler

Yet another one local one I've run for many years - this is the second race in the triple crown series. It's always really HOT and I ran last year on dead legs from the Relay for Life the previous night.

July 2019

4th of July 4 Miler

Wanna talk about hot? This race is the hottest of all of them for sure but I always seem to enjoy it! :) This race is the 3rd in the triple crown series!

November 2019

Wine and Dine Half Marathon (Two Course Challenge, maybe?)

So I have this thing and I know it's silly, but it's how I've done Wine & Dine over the years. Back in 2010, I ran the inaugural race, then in 2014, I ran the 5 year anniversary Wine & Dine. Since 2019 is the 10th year anniversary year, we have to go back, so that's what we're doing! We are also planning on combining this trip with a 4 night Disney Cruise (like we did for the inaugural year)! This time we are planned to sail on the Disney Dream and it will be Brayden's first Disney Cruise! So exciting!!

As the year continues, I know races will be added to this list, especially local 5K's.

Have you made a race calendar for 2019 yet? Will I see you at any of the races listed?

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