April: Days Seven & Eight | Playlists & Plans

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Hey everyone!

I’m sorry for falling behind a bit on these daily posts, but last weekend was my birthday! Never fear, I’m in catch-up mode and will try to combine some days so I don’t bombard you with my rambling lol.

For Day Seven, I wanted to talk about Playlists!

I’m a HUGE music lover and I absolutely love finding new artists. I get tired of hearing the same 5 songs in rotation on the radio, so any time I can Shazam a song from a TV show or movie I’m a happy camper! I’m always taking suggestions too, so if you know of anyone I should check out, comment on this post and let me know!

I have a few playlists going on Apple Music right now, but the one I use the most is eclectic to say the least! I have Hailee Steinfeld, ZAYN, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Syml, Muse, Lady Gaga, The Chainsmokers, Ruelle and Amber Run. Ruelle is featured a lot on one of my favorite shows, The Originals, and they’re absolutely incredible! I usually add a lot of my Shazam tags to that playlist as well so it’s always growing.

I also have a Justin Timberlake playlist, OneRepublic, The Script and Imagine Dragons. Those four are probably my favorite artists/bands.

How about you? What are you listening to? Is there anyone I should check out?


 
Day Eight is about highlighting what Plans are on my to-do list . . . and there’s a lot! I won’t bore you with everything, but here are the essentials:

  1. Definitely need to hit the gym. In the past year I moved from my home of 29 years to a cute little apartment. For some reason during the chaos of moving and working full-time, I decided it would be a “good idea” to also take 5 online classes. I haven’t had much time within the past year, but now that school has slowed down and I’m almost done, I plan on being at the gym every day.
  2. This past week I started looking for apartments to rent in Georgia, New York and New Jersey. During my search, I stumbled upon a GORGEOUS new home for about half of what it would cost if it were here in Miami. This really made me smarten up about spending/saving money, so saving is definitely on my list of plans.
  3. I graduated high school in 2002 (yes, I’m old) and have been taking college courses here and there ever since. I’ve worked full-time since I was 18 so it wasn’t always easy to put time aside for school. Trying to find online classes or classes that coincide with your work schedule is a bitch! I’ve already received my Associates Degree and Liberal Arts and am about to finish my Bachelors Degree in English – Creative Writing, so now it’s time to think and plan for the possibility of grad school. Am I crazy for considering it? Probably!

 

That’s all I’ll bore you with for now, but let me know what plans you have for the rest of the year!

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April: Day Six | What is one thing you need to start doing?

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The loaded question for Day Six is:

What is one thing you need to start doing?

Besides the typical going to the gym, eating healthy, saving money, etc., I think my answer for this one is that I need to start driving places. Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds lol.

Throughout my life my dad always drove my mom and me everywhere. Starting a new job? He’d drive you there to let you get a feel for the area before having to do it by yourself. Need to stop by school for something? He’d drive you there too. The man LOVED to drive and would volunteer to drive you everywhere. While I appreciated it at the time, I feel like it caused some damage. I get anxiety when I have to drive places I’m not familiar with.

I’m 33 and have lived in Miami for the past 27 years, but I’ve yet to drive myself to Orlando. That means I can’t take little spontaneous trips to Disney with my niece, I can’t plan road trips with friends because I’m the only one whose hands start to sweat when I have to get on a highway. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a good driver and I’m a safe driver, but I don’t trust other drivers. I’ve seen way too many people putting make-up on while they drive, plucking their eyebrows, eating, texting . . . you get the point. It makes me nervous and I try to avoid it.

The anxiety I get comes with a price though. Friends invite me to things and I sometimes turn them down because the thought of driving there alone makes my head spin. This sometimes causes them to think twice about inviting me because they automatically assume I’ll turn down the invite. It hurts sometimes, but I’m sure it hurts them when I can’t make it. Something that people don’t try to understand about anxiety though is that it’s not something you can just say, “Hey! I’m gonna get over this today!” Believe me, I wish it was that easy because I tell myself that all the time.

So that’s what I need to start doing . . . I need to take baby steps so that I can eventually make that trip to Disney with my niece

April: Day Five | What do you think of social media?

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Hey there! I hope you’re having a fantastic start to the month!

For Day Five the question is:

What do you think of social media?

I think social media can be one of the greatest inventions . . . when it is used properly. That’s the key word. When I was in high school we didn’t have social media. We weren’t able to connect with our favorite actors, musicians, athletes, etc. online the way we can now. YouTube wasn’t around until about three years after I graduated high school, so if you wanted to hear an interview with your favorite band (cough cough *NSYNC) you had to sit next to the radio with a CASSETTE TAPE on deck and wait to hit the record button at just the right moment. There were no DVR’s and no YouTube, so if you wanted to re-watch that amazing performance from an awards show, you had to pop a VHS TAPE in your VCR and, also, hit record button at just the right moment. The struggle was real!

I wouldn’t even have this blog if it weren’t for the internet and social media! So I do think there are a lot of positives that come along with it. It’s pretty cool to be able to reach out to our favorite actors, writers, musicians, athletes and influencers and, in some cases, even have a conversation with them. If I were able to have a conversation with Justin Timberlake in my high school years,  maybe my life would’ve taken a different path. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration lol, but it’s still pretty cool to have that possibility now. I’ve also made a ton of friends via social media that live in other states that I never would have met if I wasn’t on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Imagine the horror of living in a time where smart phones didn’t exist! We actually had to TALK to our family and friends as opposed to texting or tweeting. I feel old saying it because even though I love the possibilities available to us via social media, I miss the times where we knew how to communicate.

Which brings me to my thoughts of how social media can be a negative thing also. I’ve been a fan of The Vampire Diaries for years now and I recapped it online with my friends for a while. As a writer, I follow a lot of the writers and creators of the show because I admire the work they do. However, I’ve seen these incredible writers get the rudest tweets and messages because the scripts didn’t include “ships” that some fans were longing for. Are you kidding me??? How can a group of writers please every single fan out there? It’s literally impossible. I’m sure the writers of these shows have thick skin to be able to do what they do, but I’m sure getting these messages from strangers claiming to be fans can also be disconcerting at times.

There is also cyber-bullying to worry about. My niece is 12 and has social media, so the worry is constantly there for me. Thankfully she doesn’t mind me being logged into her accounts so I can help guide her through the correct ways to use social media. It’s sad that terms like “fat-shaming” and “slut-shaming” exist these days. Someone doesn’t fit societies expectations for the perfect body? They’re labeled fat and unhealthy. A woman has a photo leaked of her that was sent to her boyfriend at the time? She’s a slut. A man would get props on that one though if the roles were reversed. I’ve even seen fans on Twitter send despicable comments to actors just to get a response from them. Forget the fact that the actor will respond by calling them a jerk, the fan is still excited (which baffles my mind lol).

There are a number of ways to look at social media and the effects it has on society today. When used properly, it can be fun and productive. When used improperly, it can cause pain to others.

So think about how you want to impact those around you and set the example! Let’s teach younger generations to appreciate the things they have at their fingertips and to utilize those outlets correctly.

April: Day Four | If you were able to instantly change your life, what would be different?

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Hey, everyone!

Day Four on my April list is:

If you were able to instantly change your life, what would be different?

This is a tough question because I was raised not to regret things. We go through certain experiences and we make mistakes, but we usually learn from them. I think, for the most part, that these things shape who we are, whether they’re difficult to go through or not.

However, in the past few years, I’ve experienced certain things that I wish I would change. One being my relationship with my father.

My father didn’t always know how to relate to my brothers and I. He was a Vietnam vet who often suffered from PTSD and found it much easier to relate to other veterans. There was one in particular that my dad sort of adopted in his mind. If I’m being honest, it hurt me. It hurt that he took more of an interest in this guy’s life than in mine. I would even joke to my friends that I had daddy issues. Never did I think I would lose my dad before he turned 65.

Long story short . . . my dad was diagnosed with liver cancer in April 2015 and he died a month later. It’s crazy how you don’t stop to think about how much you truly appreciate someone until they’re no longer around. My dad wasn’t perfect, but he was the type of dad that would’ve dropped everything if you needed a ride somewhere or if you had a flat tire in the middle of the night .

So if I could change something, I would change the relationship I had with my father in the years leading up to his death.

 

If I could change two things, I would also change the person I chose to give my heart to when I was way too young to even consider giving it away. Ladies, young girls . . . please remember to love yourself before you try loving someone else. I made the mistake of putting all of my affection towards one person and all he did was play games. Slept with my best friend after I (stupidly) paid for his flight to visit, repeatedly came to me to boost his ego when other girls knocked him down, said horrible things about me, played the sympathy card asking for help paying bills and then gave his girlfriend a gorgeous ring about a month or two later. Thankfully I’d smartened up by that point so he didn’t get a penny from me for that ring lol. He dangled me like a chew toy and I fell for it every time because when he shattered me to pieces, I gave him that power to do it. So appreciate yourself and don’t let ANYONE have power over you. We are strong WOMEN and we should be putting that strength and love towards someone who deserves it.

Who knows . . . if I could go back and eliminate him from my life, I might not have the troubles I have now with finding men who are only interested in two things . . . sex and feeding their own egos. Where are the good guys at???

 

What would YOU change if you could? Let me know!

April: Day Three | What are you most grateful for?

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Hello to anyone taking the time to read this!

Day Three’s prompt is: What are you most grateful for?

If I’m being completely honest, I find it difficult sometimes to feel grateful for everything I have in my life. I’m pretty certain others feel the same. I haven’t had a bad life, but I haven’t had the picture perfect life I envisioned when I was in high school. I’ve had close friends backstab me, I’ve had boys break my heart (one in particular) and I’ve had plenty of friends come and go over the years. The one thing that has remained a constant is my family.

While I’ve lost all of my grandparents and my father, I still have the most incredible mom and two older brothers that can piss me off 90% of the time but they’ve always had my back when I needed it.

I also have a 12-year-old niece who I absolutely adore. She’s a pain in the ass sometimes, but she’s my pain in the ass.

So that’s what I’m most grateful for at the moment . . . my family.

 

What are YOU most grateful for? Let me know!

April: Day Two | What place do you consider your home?

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Good morning, peeps!

I’m still catching up on what will be an informative month lol. As a short reminder, April is my birthday month and, in an attempt to let you all get to know me a little better, I’ll be writing once a day in response to a writing prompt.

Day Two’s prompt is: What place do you consider your home?

This is a tricky question to answer! I’ve lived in Miami, FL for the past 27 years. My family moved here when I was about to turn 6 for a job that my dad was hired to do. I have an awful memory, so I don’t remember much from my childhood, but I remember not wanting to leave my friends and family in New Jersey.

I was born in Glen Ridge, NJ and lived my first years of life in Bloomfield. It’s a small town where everyone knew everyone. We lived on a dead-end street that always had kids outside playing. We had no cell phones, no computers . . . we were kids. Our sources of entertainment came from playing outside, sliding down our driveways on skateboards, etc. It was a GREAT time to be a kid. I was the baby on the block with two older brothers and a whole street full of unofficial ones.

I still have four wonderful aunts in New Jersey and up until a few years ago, the best grandparents in the world lived there too.

So to answer this question truthfully . . . even though I’ve been in Miami for the past 27 years, I still consider New Jersey home. People are friendlier, things are simpler and everything just feels nostalgic – like home. Not to mention the fact that I miss the cold weather (yes, I said it!). Eventually I might even consider moving back to my roots!

April: Day One | Your Biggest Dream

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Hey everyone!! I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to check in on According to Kristin. I truly appreciate the likes, follows, comments and emails!

With that being said, I’m a day late but WELCOME to my birthday month! Yes, I’m that person who thinks the whole month is my month to do what makes me happy lol. I’m a HUGE birthday person in general. I love making my friends feel special on their born day and I love making myself feel special too . . . because we should all be doing that anyway, am I right?

So I decided to do something special for my birthday month. I’ve been wanting to get into writing more original content for the blog and I thought this would be the perfect way to start. School and work have been taking up most of my time, but I’m finally able to dedicate more time to doing what I love . . . writing! I visited Pinterest and looked up writing prompts that might help you all get to know me a bit better, so here goes!

First up . . . “Your biggest dream”

My biggest dream is to be truly happy. I haven’t had it the easiest, especially in recent years. I had my heart broken into a million tiny pieces, I lost my 3 remaining grandparents, my beautiful Golden Retriever Kayla, and my father all in a span of four years. It’s been tough and I battle anxiety at times, but I find that writing helps A LOT.

I’ve been taking creative writing courses (yes, I’m old to still be finishing my Bachelor’s degree, but hey, life happens) and have gotten involved in writing poetry, which was totally out of my comfort zone. I might even gain enough courage to post some of my poems online one day. The process of writing about something that haunts you has been extremely therapeutic for me though!

I’m about to turn 33 and I’m single, I live at home, I have no kids of my own and I don’t get to go out much. Between work, school and literally all of my friends being married with children of their own, it’s hard to put yourself out there. I’m at a point though where I’m ready to start doing that. The plan is to consistently make it to the gym, get back in shape and really find that happiness within myself that I’ve been missing for a bit.

Thankfully, I have According to Kristin and my fellow podcast peeps to keep me busy doing what I find exciting and entertaining. I never thought I’d have a blog to run, so here’s to taking those baby steps towards finding yourself. It’s hard sometimes and there are a ton of speed bumps along the way, but you just have to push through and do what needs to be done no matter what.

Day 14 of My Favorite Things

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Day 14 of my favorite things is dedicated to movies!

With so many amazing movies having been released recently and so many more on their way to the theaters, it’s no surprise that this would make my list!

Some of my favorite older movies are classics like Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Grease (the original), The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, etc.

You might try to identify with one of the characters in a film and live the events vicariously through that person.  It’s exciting to me!  I often tend to read the books before seeing the film adaptation so I could identify the differences (NOTE: This is a judge free zone haha), but, for some reason, doing this never ruins the actual movie for me. Just like with TV shows, I enjoy escaping life for about 2 hours to watch how certain things play out.

That being said…I can NOT wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out!  The Avengers movie is honestly one of my favorites!  What a cast!  What are some of your favorite movies?  Do you have a favorite actor who you think can do no wrong?  Let me know in the comments!

Day 13 of My Favorite Things

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Day 13 of my favorite things is dedicated to fan conventions!!

I’ve met some great friends at fan conventions (specifically for The Vampire Diaries).  You may have heard of cons like Comic Con, Walker Stalker, Wizard World, MegaCon, SuperCon, etc., but there are so many others you might not know about!

Being involved with Variety Radio Online, we work closely with EyeCon.  EyeCon puts on many different cons dedicated to certain TV shows, like The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, One Tree Hill and more to come.

Recently, they wrapped up their #ReturntoTreeHill con in Wilmington, NC dedicated to One Tree Hill.  They had tours set up, a party at Tric, concerts, hilarious Q&A panels, meet and greets and an extensive guest list!  The con was given a ton of publicity and, luckily, there will be a second one August 7-9!  Chad Michael Murray (Lucas) and Hilarie Burton (Peyton) have already signed up to attend and more will be announced as August approaches.

There will also be a con for The Vampire Diaries/The Originals on October 9-11 in Atlanta, GA.  Unfortunately this will be the last con for The Vampire Diaries through EyeCon, so make sure to visit their site & get your tickets!  Did I mention that the first guest announced is Joseph Morgan aka Klaus himself??  Well, now you know!!  Joseph Morgan usually doesn’t do cons, aside from Comic Con, so take advantage and meet the mysterious and awesome man!

Either way, whether you’re a fan of these shows, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, Arrow, The Flash, etc. or even just a fan of movies and comic books in general…check out all the different con pages and make your way to one!  You’re guaranteed to have a great time, and you might even be lucky, like me, and meet some amazing friends!

Here are the links to check out EyeCon on social media!  Follow them and let them know which shows you’d like to see a con for:

Website: EyeCon Conventions

Twitter: @EyeCon3000

Facebook: EyeCon Conventions

Day 12 of My Favorite Things

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Day 12 of my favorite things is being dedicated to one of the most visited sites in my search history.

A few years ago, I met a girl named Keisha at a Florida Marlins fan event, and we became really good friends.  We found out that we had more in common than a love for baseball and ended up going to a fan convention for one of our favorite TV shows…The Vampire Diaries.  While there, she introduced me to one of her awesome friends, Raechel, who obviously also loves the show.

About a year ago, I noticed that they were doing on air reviews for popular TV shows on a website called Variety Radio Online, so I asked how they got involved. They introduced me to Amy, who runs the site and that was it! Keisha, Rachel & I now do On Air reviews together for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals ( I also write blogs for those shows), and we each also do other show reviews.

In the year that I’ve been involved with the site, I can’t say I’ve met anyone else in person YET, but I’ve been accepted into this incredible little family and I love it.  Everyone is so helpful and we’ve all become fast friends. I’ve learned so much, and I’m gaining so much experience in the field I’m going to school for. It’s a win/win!

Enough of my rambling! What are you still reading this for?? Go check out Variety Radio Online and their social media sites (links below) and I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Chances are, some of us are reviewing your favorite shows! So go love it and share with the your friends and fellow TV lovers!

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Twitter: @TheVRO

Facebook: Variety Radio Online

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Day 11 of My Favorite Things

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For Day 11 of my favorite things, I’m going with TV shows.

Yes, when we were younger we all heard that too much television rots your brain, but I’m a firm believer that it can stimulate your mind as well!  I mean, when you watch mysteries/thrillers, don’t you find yourself THINKING about what might happen next?  When you watch comedies, don’t you laugh out loud?  Laughing is healthy!

True, I might just be trying to justify the fact that I watch A LOT of TV, especially since I do reviews for certain shows.  But I genuinely find it exciting to transport myself into another world for an hour.  It’s sort of like acting.  As someone who is passionate about writing, I watch my favorite shows and wonder what it might’ve been like in the writer’s room coming up with ideas and character plot lines.

Call me a nerd if you want to, but I look at it as creative energy needing to be released! 🙂

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So, here is a list of my favorite TV shows (past and present) in no particular order:

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The Vampire Diaries

The Originals

The Walking Dead

Game of Thrones

The Following

New Girl

Orange is the New Black

Revenge

One Tree Hill

Don’t forget…at Variety Radio Online, we review a wide variety of TV shows in blog and podcast form. So check out the site and get your binge on!  😉

Twitter: @TheVRO

Facebook: Variety Radio Online

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Day 10 of My Favorite Things

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Day 10 of my favorite things in light of National Siblings Day!

Even though they annoy the crap out of me at times, I have to admit that I have two cool older brothers. One of them cried when I was born because he wanted a little brother, but he wouldn’t know what to do without me! Haha!

We’ve definitely had our share of fights over the years, but we’ve also had a ton of laughs. So here we are a few months ago at a Motley Crue concert at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. My oldest brother has always been a fan of theirs and has never seem them live. I decided to buy tix to their Farewell Tour, and it was the first time the three of us went out alone without our friends joining us. It was a blast and we’re doing it again this September! 🙂

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Day 9 of My Favorite Things

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I’m a day late in posting day 9 of my favorite things, but I had a good reason! Yesterday was my 31st birthday, so I was a little busy lol.

In any case…day 9 of my favorite things is dedicated to my favorite stores!  Two of my favorite stores EVER are Target and Barnes & Noble.

Why, you ask? I mean, because why not??

Target has it all. Cute clothes at reasonable prices, entertainment, home decorating, affordable groceries and a ton of cleaning products and candles.  Really, you can’t go wrong.  I’m all about bargains and getting more for less…not because I have to, but because I find it fun lol.  I recently downloaded Target’s Cartwheel app for the phone and it’s awesome! It allows you to choose 10 items from a list of options and adds those 10 to a barcode.  When you checkout, you just show the cashier your barcode and it deducts the savings rather than having to show hundreds of coupons.

My love for Barnes & Noble is self explanatory! I love books! I love the smell of them, I love the feel of the pages and it’s probably the only time it’s acceptable to judge a book by its cover. I own an iPad and a Nook, but there’s just something about holding an actual book that makes me happy.

Luckily, for my birthday yesterday, I was given giftcards to both, which is what sparked this post!

So download that Cartwheel app and join Barnes & Noble’s annual membership and you’ll discover just why I love these particular stores!

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Day 8 of My Favorite Things

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I’m dedicating day 8 of my favorite things to my favorite place(s)…New Jersey/New York.

I went to visit family last year around this time to celebrate my 30th birthday and had an amazing trip! My niece got to see a pile of snow for the first time, and we missed a snow storm by a few miles.  I’m pretty sure her, my brother and I were the only ones excited when we saw them salting the streets in preparation! haha.

We took a short trip to NYC to show her around for the first time and it was so much fun. It was freezing, and I ended up losing a hat and ONE glove on our travels, but it was all worth it! I could’ve lived without the cab rides that almost gave me multiple anxiety attacks though lmao!

We even got to have my birthday dinner at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, Southern Hospitality. If you ever get a chance to eat there…DO IT!! The food is amazing!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip:

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Day 7 of My Favorite Things

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My favorite thing for day 7 of April is CHAPSTICK.

I realize how lame this sounds, but I absolutely can not live without chapstick! Cue the Napoleon Dynamite jokes haha!  No, seriously…

I usually always use regular Avon chapstick, but I recently started using this Raspberry scented lip butter from Nivea, and it’s absolutely amazing.  It smells incredible and it doesn’t feel sticky.

So do yourself a favor and try it!  You’ll thank me later!  🙂

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Day 6 of My Favorite Things

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In light of today being opening day for baseball, I’m brought to another one of my favorite things…watching sports games.  I was born in NJ and grew up as a Yankees fan.  We moved to FL when I was young and I also grew to love the Marlins.

Are you confused by this?  It wouldn’t be the first time! LOL! You are absolutely allowed to like two teams…especially since they’re in different leagues!  So don’t judge!

Being a Marlins fan, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people.  My niece and I went to FanFest a few years ago and met some of my greatest friends. We even kinda became friends with some of the player’s wives, who are absolutely awesome!  One of my favorite people that used to play for us is John Baker.  Talk about an all around great person with an equally great wife and family.  It’s things like that (being a great person) that make you want to follow a player’s career regardless of what team they play for down the road.

Sports and great people…yes, please!

I also love going to basketball and football games, so I’m not leaving anyone out!  There’s just something about being at a game in a packed stadium (well maybe not “packed” for the Marlins unfortunately), that makes the game even more exciting.  Hearing how loud everyone gets and rooting for your team with a bunch of strangers?  Not sure it gets any better than that!

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Day 5 of My Favorite Things

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My post yesterday mentioned that I’d gotten a tattoo of a claddagh and my mother’s maiden name.  This leads me to my next favorite thing…TATTOOS!!

I’m all about self expression and art, so the fact that you can display this on your body is interesting to me.  I have 6 tattoos at the moment, and am actually thinking about my 7th.

It upsets me when I hear about employers judging prospective employees based on whether or not they have tattoos.  I’m about to be 31 years old, I work full time, attend school online, work for an awesome website (Variety Radio Online), I don’t drink or smoke…but I’m tattooed.  Does that make me a horrible person? Uhhh…NO! 🙂

So before judging someone who has tattoos, take a moment to ask what they mean to that person.  My claddagh tattoo with my mother’s maiden name is a constant reminder of how I was raised with amazing grandparents and I wear it proudly!

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Day 4 of My Favorite Things

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For Day 4 of my list of favorite things, I’m going with Writing.

I’ve had a passion for writing ever since I can remember.  It’s a way for me to express myself in a way that words can’t.  Have you ever written a letter to someone that you knew you weren’t going to send?

Writing can be considered a healthy way to vent, and even give your thoughts physical release.

My love for writing has also driven me to choose Journalism as my major at school.  I’m lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to write blog reviews of TV shows for a site called Variety Radio Online as well.

Try it!  Go out and get yourself a journal!  You’ll thank me later!  🙂


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Day 3 of My Favorite Things

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Since I listed my heritage as one of my favorite things yesterday, I thought I’d list something similar today…the claddagh.

A claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given to represent Friendship Loyalty and Love, which are three of the most important qualities a person can have.  The hands represent Friendship, the heart represents Love and the crown represents loyalty.

There have been theories as to what relationship status a person holds depending on how they wear their ring.

According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying the wearer’s relationship status:

On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.
On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

I’ve always worn a claddagh ring since I was a little girl and that tradition has passed on to my niece.  When my maternal grandparents passed away within 5 months of each other, I even got a tattoo of a claddagh done on my left wrist on top of their namesake. It’s a way to remember two of the best people I’ve ever known along with something that holds a great message.

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Day 2 of My Favorite Things

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Another one of my favorite things is my heritage.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been born into two very different cultures. My father was born in Havana, Cuba and my mother is of Irish descent.

There are so many things to love about each side!

Celebrating Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) every year with family and friends is definitely a highlight for me.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, having corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is also a lot of fun!

It’s incredible to think that I have one side of the family who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish, and the other side who can either speak both OR only Spanish.  It’s always a learning experience, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  🙂