Friday Girl Power! Inspiration

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Happy Fri-YAY!

A friend of mine was recently featured on the cover of the local Tampa newspaper. The Cover! Front page news! Isn’t that amazing??!! Wait, SHE’S AMAZING.

I wanted to share her story with you guys as hopes that you will also feel inspired. I got goosebumps while reading her story, and even more so when I saw her the next day at work to congratulate her! Just FYI: You will get goosebumps from her story.

I needed to feature Medina’s story on my blog because she is one of the nicest, funniest, and strongest woman I’ve ever met. Medina played professional basketball and was really, really good at it. With the Final Four being held in Tampa, she was honored with the Perseverance Award. I knew the first time we spoke at work that she would be my friend, not just a co-worker.  Medina has helped me become more assertive and to be stronger, even though I’m not as tall as her! She helped me find my inner warrior voice to use instead of my often timid, passive, non-athlete voice. She has a laugh that’s contagiously loud, making you want to laugh out loud even harder.

When word hit that she was on the front page of the newspaper, I immediately went out and bought a copy. And there she was! Front page, her story there for all those to read. The title read, “You get up and keep going.” It is awe-inspiring. It’s for anyone who’s needing an inspiring push in life. Her story shows how perseverance gets you farther than you could ever imagine. Her quote is to “Never give up.” Three simple words that make a powerful statement.

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I don’t want to give the story away so please read it here.

I feel happy to know a person like Medina. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did and please share it with anyone who could use some inspiring to “never give up.”

Have a happy Friyay, ya’ll!

<3 always,

christina

DISNEY! DISNEY! DISNEY!

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My husband and I recently became Walt Disney World Annual Passholders! Yipppeee!

Living so close to Orlando we decided that Disney would be our go-to for our entertainment. Only about an hour and a half away from our house, we are excited to go visit Disney World as many times in a year as we please!

Yes, Disney World is where I have been. That and work and being preoccupied thinking about work stuff. I must say, working in the social services field can be overwhelmingly exhausting. Compassion fatigue and burnout are real things…not just terms you hear about in graduate school. It’s so crucial to have a life besides your work or it will take you down. This is true with any job but I find this especially true when you work with the public. So when the time came for my husband and I to think about what we’d wanna do to have fun, Disney was it! What better way than to escape to “a whole new world?!” (Get it?)

Cinderella's castle!
Cinderella’s castle!

Oh, and did you know they have special Alex and Ani Disney bangles?! As if my addiction to this needed to be flamed. I couldn’t help but take a photo  of my charmed arms for my Instagram while at the Magic Kingdom. I got one but just one!

I love this photo because it’s just so pretty. It has pink flowers, Spring season in the air, and jewelry. <3

I’ll be sure to post more photos while at the Disney Parks! I hope you are doing well and are having a Spunky Spring so far <3

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Doing What’s Healthiest for You

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To celebrate my “Spring Break” (I mean, do they have Spring Break in grad school?? Our class was cancelled due to our teacher going to a conference, so yeah, I’ll consider it Spring Break) my grad school bestie, Irene, met up to do what we love to do most: go to the mall and be together!

I had worked earlier that day and was sorta tired. It was my Friday at my work and was happy knowing I didn’t have to go straight from work to school, it’s my Friday but also my longest day. Irene texted me to ask if I wanted to mall it up during our would-be class time and without hesitation I said, “F*ck Yes!!!” But as the day went by I thought “well, would I still like to go out after work or do what I normally do and go home, take off my bra, and watch Netflix while I nap?”

Even though I knew I’d be tired from the day I told myself that I must, must, must take time for myself and do the fun things I enjoy. Not only being a grad student but also working in a field where it’s so easy to focus less on yourself since there are so many people to help. Of course helping others is amazing, don’t read this the wrong or selfish way…it’s just that you must be aware of what your job title is and what your title as YOU,  _________ (enter your name here) is. For me, it’s being girly and doing what makes me happy.

One of those is of course, mall dates, but also blogging! I knew I could count on tons of fun with my grad school bestie AND have photo-ops to share on my blog with you. That fleeting thought of going home and isolating myself sounded good but seeing my gorgeous friend and doing something out of my typical schedule sounded WAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY better.

Two giant coffees, getting a matching pair of pink Alex and Ani bangles (our BFF bangles, yay!) and spending time with my beautiful friend was the perfect way to spend my “Spring break.”

What are things that you love to do once you’re off the clock? I’d love to know!

<3 always,

christina

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Stand Up For Yourself…One Conversation at a Time

Being told something about yourself from someone else when it’s not asked caught me off guard.

Has that ever happened to you?

I was told that I don’t stand up for myself. And instead of stopping and defending that statement, I continued telling a story (one that I was in the middle of telling, btw) I didn’t stop and say, “No, I do.” or at least a “Ya, I’m working on it.” type of defending statement. Instead, I didn’t say anything. So as I tell this story to my sisters, they pointed out that I didn’t stand up for myself in that very moment!!

Wow. Ugh. I’m still working on being assertive and not second guessing myself. It sucks when this happens though.

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Has this ever happened to you? Let’s revel in support of one another!

Besides this, I had a great day. How about you?

<3 always,

christina

Happy Birthday, Pochacco!

He’s the coolest and cutest dog. (Snoopy is cool, too!) But, Pochacco is my fave!

I love that his birthday is technically on a leap year, February 29th but is celebrated today.

Happy birthday, Pochacco!! You don’t look a day over 2 basketballs! hehe I made that up, can ya tell?

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Any Sunday funday plans? I’d love to know!

I hope you have a nice and happy day.

<3 always,

christina

Stand Like a Flamingo!

Hi, everyone!

I hope you have had a fabulous February! I know I’ve posted a lot less lately and I just wanted to let you know that I’m working on giving my blog a “treat yo’ self” makeover so pardon the old look for now.

Until then, I wanted to share my fun photo I took while I visited Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo with my brother who was visiting from San Francisco and my sister. It was truly a lovely day. I got to see two colors/types of flamingoes that day. I didn’t know there were two kinds. One set are more salmon-like in color and the other is the pale, light pink shade. Of course one of my favorite animals are pink!!

Do you have a favorite animal? If so, I’d love to know! Also, do you ever go to your local zoo? I would urge you to go since it’s most likely inexpensive but oh so fun.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! I’ve missed blogging!!

Talk to you soon,

christina

Image via LuckyDayBlog.com
Image via LuckyDayBlog.com

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The Berry It’s A Girl Thing: Best girly shit

We’ve all experienced it. The uneasiness of getting used to something, not living in the moment and thinking about tomorrow when it’s still today. It’s the anticipated anxiety that’s filling your mind with irrational “what ifs” and “I’m scared that” scenarios. For someone who has anxiety issues, these feelings take a longer to subside. I have to work them out in my mind and have my rational girly self tell me to “Chill…breathe.”

Most of the time this works. I’m lucky to have my cell phone with me during the day to connect with someone if I can’t get out of my head. Calling a friend, texting my husband, scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram helps! It gets me out of my mind and focus on something else. Thoughts are fleeting. I just need to chill during that time.

And if all else fails, having your bestie text you every 10 mins or so to check on you works! Speaking of which, coincidentally while I was scrolling through my favorite feed on The Berry, It’s A Girl Thing, always makes me smile! Case in point. This AWESOME-SAUCE gif of my girl, Leslie Knope!!!! Which makes me think…she needs to be my girly girl!! Stay tuned for that post!!

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I hope your week has gotten off to a anxiety-free start! If not, there’s always Leslie Knope girl power gifs, texts and phone calls from your favorite people in your life, and always, knowing that there’s always tomorrow to restart. Just breathe until then <3

<3 always,

christina