Wedding Wake Up

Monday, August 24, 2015

I head to every wedding with tissues in my purse. This weekend’s wedding was no different.

I’m a big cry baby at every wedding. Tears flow from the second the bride walks down the aisle…I regroup myself…and then cry again the second vows are said. I’m a mush. I had to read at the ceremony on Saturday and don’t ask me how I got through it holding it together. I’m still questioning it myself!

But I can’t help it. Weddings make me so incredibly happy. To be able to sit in my seat and watch a union between two special people is a precious gift to view. I’m thankful to be there. And I’m even happier that two of my friends are the happiest they’ve ever been in their lives.

Finding your soul mate is a gift in itself. 

As humans we wait our whole lives to find an individual that we trust and want to build a future with. Someone you’re willing to open yourself completely to, letting them love you for your flaws and you loving them for theirs. Some people wait a lifetime, some people never find that person, and those lucky enough to find their better half live happily ever after as the fairy tales say.

Love is a precious gift I hope all of us get to experience in our lifetime – and more importantly, don’t take for granted. Sometimes we take our significant others, family and friends for granted, getting use to normal day-to-day interactions with our daily routines, our daily kisses and daily ‘I love you’s.’

But as my dear friend Stephanie reminds us (she was at a wedding this weekend as well)…“Ya know, sometimes when you go to a wonderful wedding it reminds you how lucky you are to have landed a great guy [your gal] yourself.”

Sunshine Blogger Award

Monday, August 10, 2015

It is always fun when someone nominates you for an award – especially when it comes to my
writing! Thank you Ashley of ‘Like the Soup’ for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

“The whole idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate eleven bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative, and inspiring.”

RULES:
– Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
– Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

Here we go...

1. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to be a lead singer of a band. Maybe it was Jem and the Holograms that had me brain washed from a young age, but in my next life I’ll be a singer. So, I would say that I’d love to be Haley Williams of Paramore for a day…in Los Angeles at a Warped Tour set completely losing myself on stage. To see the huge crowd, feel their energy and have thousands sing along with me seems AMAZING! Plus all the back stage fun would be awesome to experience.
 

2. If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Candid

3. What is your biggest fear?
Lightning – I had a traumatizing situation when I was a kid. Long story short I was fishing with my dad, he refused to leave even though it was raining with thunder and BOOM, a lightning bolt hit the water about 50 yards from us. My dad tried to make it up to me by buying me McDonald’s for dinner. Little does he know, he has scared me for life. No burger will erase that memory.

4. What’s the one food you would eat every day if you could?
I have two, pizza or ice cream…all day, everyday.

5. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re alone?
I love a good book…when I lived in Cape Cod (which I was alone 98% of the time) I read 40 books!

6. If you had to dance like no one was watching in front of a crowd right now, what song would you dance to?
Avicii - Levels

7. What’s your least favorite time of year?
The entire winter season – I have seasonal depression so the long dark days are not my favorite – leave for work it’s dark and leave from work its dark. Womp womp.

8. What part of your body is your favorite?
I feel like I should say my hands – as a goalkeeper they have given me LOTS of memories and a life I wouldn’t trade for the world.
 

9. Would you rather sleep for an entire week or stay awake for an entire week?
Stay awake, go on a week long bender of go go go…I can only image how much I could get accomplished and do. Plus my FitBit enemies would have no chance in beating me MUAAAHAHAHAHAHA
 

10. What country would you go to right now if someone offered you a free ticket to wherever you wanted to go?
IRELAND! I am dying to go meet Liam and his family…soon enough!

11. Who is your favorite person?
This is a trick question as 5 names come immediately to my mind, but if I had to pick one I would have to say Taylor. He’s my voice of reason when I’m upset, he puts up with my road rage, he supports my goals, he always makes me smile when I’m in the dumps and the list goes on and on. I’m a lucky lady.

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My questions for my selected bloggers

1. Favorite song lyric:
2. Piece of advice your parents gave you that you will always remember:
3. What is something you absolutely love:
4. What is a fear you’ve overcome:
5. Do you believe in heaven:
6. Your favorite book turned movie:
7. What food could you eat in entirety in one sitting:
8. Click your heels three times and you wish you appeared where:
9. What makes you swoon:
10. Most influential teacher:
11. Talent you always wished you had:


My selection is three bloggers I follow daily (two of whom I've never met but feel like I know!) The nominees are....
Jessica @ Get Gutsy
Kelly @ Run, Selfie, Repeat
Sarah @ Running on Healthy

One Year Matchiversary

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sweet Liam,

I can’t believe that today marks one year since you and I were united. Over the last 12 months I’ve
had the pleasure of meeting you and your incredible family – both immediate and extended family. I am honored to be able to say I now have a second family - including 4 brothers, an awesome role model dad, and a mom I consider one of my dearest friends. I’m not too sure of higher powers above, but you and I were a match made in heaven – THE DIAMOND DUO!

While running for you is what brought us together, I’ve learned so much more within the last year than what I have in a lifetime.

You and your family are pure examples of living life to the fullest and perseverance.

Each and every day I am amazed at the strides you continue to make through your speech, actions and sense of humor. Your giggles are contagious, your smile melts everyone’s heart and your love for life and family is a gift. I am so excited to see you in school next year, making new friends and learning LOTS of cool stuff. Kudos to your mom for going through a tough battle with the schools - her drive is amazing.


As we enter into our second year of being buddies, I have a feeling this will be our best year yet! More miles, more races and most importantly, a visit to Ireland to see you and your amazing family. With a goal of June of 2016, butterflies already sit in my stomach thinking about the day we will meet face-to-face and all of the happy tears that will flow from my eyes. (I can’t even write this letter holding it together!)

I can’t wait until we run in a race together along the mountains and go out for an afternoon stroll together, me hopefully telling you funny stories and jokes, playing hide-n-seek, and eating some tasty ice cream together.

Thank you for being my biggest inspiration and one of the greatest joys I’ve had the privilege of experiencing in my life. And thank you to your family for sharing you with me. I promise to never, EVER, let you (or them) down from now until the end of our days.

With all my heart,

Amanda

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