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New Photo Challenge February 28, 2013

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I finally decided to do a picture a day challenge. Below is what I will be posting pictures of for the month of March. Who else is in?



Magic Kingdom February 27, 2013

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A Day in the Life of….A Sport Management Student February 23, 2013

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For anyone who is/was a Sport Management major at YCP, you know a “typical” day is anything but typical. I could sit here and write about any day in the four years I was in this program, from practicum to the number of “on that” that I counted. But I’m not. I’m going to write about what a typical day is like for a Junior Sport Management Major, mainly because this is the year everyone dreads.

Fall Semester

More than likely, your Fall semester of junior year, you will be taking Sport Marketing. From the beginning of the semester where you spend one entire class talking about the difference between casual, business casual, and formal business dress (which you will consequently ask what the dress code is for presentations in every other class you take), to planning on how to increase attendance at sporting events and planning a Golf Tournament, Fall semester won’t be a piece of cake.

Spring Semester

What day I really want to describe is the day when your favorite professor decides to text you at 5 in the morning with your crisis situation. Yes, this is the day you have been hearing about since Freshman year, the day you will dread. No matter how much you hate it, this will prepare you for the real world, only in the real world you don’t have a professor who tells you crisis situations will happen over a specific two week time frame.

You get the text saying check your email. You now only have one hour to get a hold of your group mates, come up with a solution on how you will handle said situation crisis, and email your professor back with the recommendations. You then have until your class period to come up with a presentation to give to the class on what happened and how you handled it. No matter what, you will be running on adrenaline the rest of the day.

Oh, and did I mention that this is part of a semester long project, which culminates in a formal press conference at the end of the semester?! Yep that’s right. While dealing with the crisis situation, you are  writing press releases, media pitches, and everything else that comes along with Public Relations.

I don’t know in what other class or major you get this much real world experience in the classroom. While this is definitely one of the worst days to be a Sport Management major, it makes you realize what other professionals deal with on an everyday basis, especially now with the Lance Armstrong confession, Manti Te’o fake girlfriend hoax, and the Oscar Pistorius case going on.

How about you? What is a day in the life of you like?


Clearwater Beach February 20, 2013

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What Makes You Feel Old? February 16, 2013

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The other day, I was on Pinterest when I came across a pin that listed the ages of the kids on Friends. My reaction was, “wow, thank makes me feel old.” Then I started thinking, “what exactly is ‘old’?” I’m a mid twenty something year old and to me, old is just how you feel, not a number. Something else that got me thinking was a comment my younger cousin made when I said something and she had no idea what I was talking about.  So, here is my list of things that make me feel old.

Can You Hear Me Now? Good.

I grew up without a cell phone and laptop. I got my first phone in high school and it was a brick. I’m pretty sure it was a Nokia 5100. There were no iPhones (which I have now and absolutely love).  Looking back, I don’t know how I survived without a phone (or even a phone with internet access). I do everything on my phone, half the time even blogging from it!

As far as the internet and computers, the first desktop I had included AOL and a dial up connection. If anyone wanted to make a phone call, you had to get off the internet. Luckily, those times have changed and you can access the internet from pretty much any where thanks to wireless networks.


I don’t mean the car with this one. I’m talking about Boy Meets World, the television show that made the Feeny call oh so popular. This is actually one show a kid could sit and watch with their parents. And to this day still can.

Why does this show make me feel old though? They are in the process of filming a spinoff called Girl Meets World.  The spinoff will focus on the main character’s (Cory and Topanga) daughter, Riley as she grows up. I don’t know if this show will last, but if it’s anything like the original, it’s already got a fan in me.

Double P

Two words: Polly Pocket. Growing up, these were miniature and compact. When I look at the size of them today I think, “wow, they gave us choking hazards growing up.” No worries though. I guess I was smart enough not to stick the pieces up my nose or swallowing them because I don’t remember any trips to the ER.

Beanie Babies

I remember getting my first one like it was yesterday. I had just left Xhilarama for a birthday party, a couple days after getting my ears pierced. My mom said I could get a Ty Beanie Baby. There was a bunch to choose from, but I finally decided on Mel the koala bear. Even now, when I see them in the stores, I go through them in hopes there is one of those elusive ones I have always wanted but never able to find.

Here is just a brief list of items that make me feel old. What about you? What makes you feel old? I would love to read about them in the comments!


Blog Challenge #1: High School: Four Years Gone By Way Too Fast February 15, 2013

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Every year, thousands of students begin a journey. This journey is called high school. For me, it was four of the fastest years of my life. It was also where I met some of the greatest people I know. People I’m not afraid to call my friends. Without them, I would not be where I am today. Let’s look back at four years of my life.

Freshman Year

Entering high school, students don’t really know what to expect. Little did anyone know, my first day of high school would have a major impact on the history of the United States. My first day of high school was September 11, 2001. Who would have thought something like that would have happened?

Once the dust settled, I found that I would join the bowling team and in the Spring, become a member of the softball team. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would earn a Varsity letter in bowling and throw a couple of no hitters in softball.

Sophomore/Junior Year

Nothing really happened these years. I started taking Honors/AP classes while most of my friends didn’t. I continued bowling and softball.

…And now that I think about it some interesting things did happen Sophomore year. Every in my class knows what happened, and I am pretty sure students today are still talking about it and blaming us for not having a class trip.

Senior Year

This is probably everyone’s favorite year. You have Senior Prom, Senior Trip, SAT’s. Mainly, you have one last chance to have fun and be a kid. For me, Senior Trip was the highlight of the year. It was the first time I went on vacation with friends and didn’t have to worry about my parents. We got to go to Universal, Disney, and even Clearwater for a day at the beach and a sunset dinner cruise.

There are many times now I wish I was able to go back and relive high school. What about you? What was high school like for you?


Top Reasons to be Single on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2013

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Let’s face it. It’s Valentine’s Day, which means there are two views. Viewpoint A: those who are in a happy relationship and Viewpoint B: those who are single, like myself. Even when I was in a relationship, I thought Valentine’s Day was a stupid, made up holiday invented by Hallmark. Now that I’m single, I view it in the same way. Why is there one day out of the year, couples shower each other with love? Shouldn’t that be everyday?

Personally, I think you need to be happy with yourself before you can be happy in a relationship with someone else. This is why I find Single’s Awareness Day to be so much fun. Here are my reasons why it’s okay to be single this Valentine’s Day.


No Stress

Being single means you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gift for your significant other and whether or not they will like it. You also don’t have to spend money on flowers, jewelry, dinner, or whatever else your mate wants. Being single allows you to save that money and use it towards a day of pampering yourself. Why not round up all your single ladies and do a spa day?

No Worries

Being single means you don’t have to worry about breaking plans with your better half to do a girls night out. You have the freedom to do what you want when you want. On the other hand, you don’t get stuck doing what your man wants. I mean what girl really wants to spend an afternoon with her boyfriend and his friends playing video games?! Not this chick anyway.


Like I mentioned above, you don’t have to ask permission to go on a weekend girl’s getaway. However, the freedom I’m talking about here is the freedom to do what you want. This is the time to try new things, experiment with your looks, etc. Who knows, maybe in the midst of the experiment, you will meet the guy of your dreams.




A Beautiful Morning February 13, 2013

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Blog Challenge: Topics for February & March February 10, 2013

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As I was searching the internet, looking at other blogs, I came across this little gem. It gave me the idea of coming up with a topic to write about every week. This is great, as I am always stuck on what to write. So, I accept the challenge and hope you do to. Below, you will find my topics through March.

week ending 2.16 – High School (Memories)

week ending 2.23 – College (A day in the life)

week ending 3.2 – Travel (Family vacation)

week ending 3.9 – Family Tradition (Christmas tradition)

week ending 3.16 – Sports (Favorite Sports Memory)

week ending 3.23 – Favorite Memory (Childhood)

week ending 3.30 – Professional Tip

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!


Poll Time! February 9, 2013

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With Spring Training right around the corner, I want to see your thoughts on the NL East.