Mystery Blogger Award.

Okay, y’all…(and yes I said y’all – I’m a Texan! Get used to it) it has been a HOT MINUTE since I’ve done one of these survey type of posts. You know, the ones back in the day we used to do all the time? Blogger awards. Yes, love ‘em! Anyway, one of my favorite bloggers right now, Charlene, nominated me for the “mystery blogger award”! Thanks lady!!! So those of you that are new here, it will give us an opportunity to get to know one another, a little better! So…let’s get right to the questions! And I have a few folks that I would like to get to know better and nominate! So keep on reading…

Here are the rules…

-Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
-Tell your readers three things about yourself
-Nominate bloggers you feel deserve the award
-Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
-Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one
-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Let’s go! Here are three things about myself that I’d like to tell you today, in random order.

I can be a little OCD, about very random things. Like for instance, when it comes to running + my weekly mileage. I am a NUMBERS JUNKIE. I love going slightly over the mile marker when I run. Also, I hate when something ends on .99 or “9 miles” because I feel like the run is incomplete. I mean, you ran 9 miles but come on. 1 more mile and you hit triple digits!? Hey, it’s the little things.

As far as food goes- most of the time I prefer savory things over sweet. My favorite brunch items are always BAE (bacon and eggs) over french toast or pancakes. I am also obsessed with all things eggs benedict.

I always have to have my nails done. Call me a girlie girl if you want. Usually the day before I run the Hachie 50 miler (an ultra race I’ve done for the last 3 years) I HAVE to get my nails done. Priorities, right? It is like a tradition. Call it a good luck charm if you will.

Now to the five questions Charlene has asked me…

How long did you think about starting a blog before you did it? Wow, good question. I started blogging some years ago…mostly because I felt like a had a LOT to say, and growing up as an only child sometimes I find that I’m always in my own head about stuff. So I constantly feel the need to just LET IT OUT. Whether it is about running or just life issues, I feel like blogging is my own personal corner of the world where I can share with mostly complete strangers but I’m always surprised when people I actually know in real life care enough to read my blog. It’s quite fun.

-What’s your main motivation for blogging your way though life? Mostly since this is a running blog, I enjoy being able to chronicle my races and training from week to week. For me it’s also great to be able to look back and see what worked and what really didn’t. I also like reading other’s blogs and the blogging community in general. Everyone has so much goodness to share and I really enjoy seeing what is on the mind of other people. Be it in training for an endurance event or just day to day life.

-What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten? WOW – I mean I am a foodie and a Yelper. I’ve eaten so many delicious things in my lifetime. I would have to say right now the best thing I’ve eaten and could eat over and over again is Korean food. The dish I am LOVING right now is bibimbap. I am actually kind of sad that I’m just now discovering how much I enjoy this dish! It has ALL of the things I love the most. Including rice and eggs and veggies and yummy Korean spices. For the win.

-What’s the one thing you need to accomplish in 2018 for this year to feel like a success? Probably knock out my next 100 mile race. And to PR in that distance. Running 100 miles was hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. And for some reason I want to do it again. Sadistic, I know.

-What is the dumbest thing you’ve ever bought? Again…so many things in this category. HA. At the time I will say a pair of fall boots I bought on Amazon knowing that they were too small in size but I wanted them SO BADLY. And they were half a size too small but I thought perhaps I could squish my feet in them anyway…dumb dumb dumb. LOL.

Alright. That was fun! Here are the folks I’m nominating next! Do the survey or just answer the questions below. I won’t judge.

Kwame ~ Run There, Drink That
Tara ~ Tara Runs the World
Charlotte ~ Journey of a Tigress

Here are my questions for my nominees!

-What is your proudest moment in your life thus far?
-If you had to post one more picture on social media and then never post again for the rest of your life, what would it be a picture of?
-What is your favorite summer beverage (alcoholic or non alcoholic) besides water?
-How long have you been blogging?
-What is the best blog post that you’ve ever posted?

Everyone else! Tell me something random about your day today? Or just answer whatever questions on this page you want. Even if I didn’t nominate you. i’m easy.

Good Day for the Randomness.

The lovely Cat was so sweet to nominate me for a Sunshine Award not too long ago. Thanks chica! I figured today was a good day for the randomness. She asked me to post 10 random facts about myself. So here they are…in no particular order!

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-I have an intense obsession with GT’s kombucha. I think I have bought Cosmic Cranberry from the natural foods store at least three times this week. Something about fermented tea and probiotics in my system just makes me happy. It’s kind of inspiring me to brew my own. I know this makes me sound kind of like a hippie. It’s all good.

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-Speaking of hippie, I love driving barefoot in the car. Not sure why, it’s just relaxing to me. That, and dancing in the car. Of course.

-When I’m not creating playlists for the spin classes that I teach, I love listening to jazz. John Coltrane is my favorite. And Charlie Parker. I’m an old soul at heart.

-Spin class is really my side hustle. I work full time in television writing/producing promos. It’s not something I talk about a lot on the blog but I do love my career. It’s fun seeing what goes on behind the camera.

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-My dream travel destination has always been Barcelona, Spain. Watching the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona officially made me want to travel and see everything that city has to offer.

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-I eat eggs almost every morning for breakfast.

-Pink is without a doubt my favorite color. It used to be purple but lately (especially while running) I have been real fond of pink. I know, typical girlie girl.

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-I love wine and visiting wineries. I worked at a gourmet wine shop in college and we hosted wine tastings and dinners…which is where I really learned about the culture and education of vino. I really miss me some La Bodega! It was probably one of my favorite jobs to date.

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-Most nights during the work week, I’m in bed by 10 pm. Grandma central.

-I love candles. I light them any and everywhere in my house. I just found this one at the grocery store for $4.99 and it was like finding gold. Take that, Bath and Body Works.

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Here are my nominees for this award! Really I would nominate all of you if I could. If you accept the nomination…post 10 random facts about yourself. I LOVE learning about all of my blogging buds.
Stamped With a Heart

MissFit Mixed Chick

Eclectic Space

Running From Thirty

Trex to Tigress
What’s your dream travel destination? Do you have a bedtime during the week or just go to bed whenever?

Great Day to Play Along.

I’m finally getting around to this! Thank you Kristina for the Liebster award nomination. I have received nominations like this before but I figured it would be a great day to play along. I have to say that I really love this community and the friendships I’ve gained from reading blogs.  I’m truly thankful for you all!
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The rules are to share 11 random facts about yourself, answer the questions provided by the nominator and then pass it on. So let’s get to it!
 
-I’m an only child. Spoiled rotten and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
-My morning cup of coffee is crucial. Preferably dark roast.
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-I work in television production and graduated college with a broadcast journalism degree.
-The first job I had out of college was working behind the cameras at a local news station. I moved up within the company and soon became an assignment editor working in the newsroom. It was an exciting, yet stressful gig but I’m very thankful for that opportunity. 
-I wear a lot of black. And leopard. It’s my thing.
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-I always have music playing…whether it’s at home, while I’m running outside, in my headphones at work, or in the car. 
-I’m in love with all things wine.
-My high school was less than 3 percent Black, and then I went to a college that was about 95 percent Black. As funny as it sounds, college was a huge culture shock for me. 
-I’m legitimately addicted to pinterest.
-…and double chocolate chunk quest bars. 
-I’m going to Puerto Rico for my 30th birthday. Super excited. 
 
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Questions from Kristina:
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
California. Preferably near wine country. Or anywhere near a body of water.
 
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
A house.
 
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
Maya Angelou
 
Do you have any tattoos or would you get one?
Yes, I have a tramp stamp. I know, so cliché. 
 
What did you do for your last birthday?
Went out to dinner at a swanky restaurant with some of my closest friends.
 
What’s your dream job?
Working in television and fitness on the side. I’m doing that now.
 
What’s your best childhood memory?
Going to Disney World and on a cruise to Mexico with my family.
 
If you were ruler of the world, what laws would you pass?
I don’t like laws. Haha. Such a rebel.
 
What has been your proudest achievement so far?
Becoming a group fitness instructor. It’s something I never thought I would have the cojones to do. 
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If you could steal something without getting caught, what would it be?
Christian Louboutins.
 
What’s the best decision you’ve made in your life so far?
Going to college thousands of miles away from home.
 
 
I know I’ve nominated some of you before…haha so if I have consider yourself extra special. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My questions for you!!
 
-What’s your favorite season of the year?
-Are you a planner or do you consider yourself to be more spontaneous?
-Why did you start blogging?
-Beauty product you can’t live without.
-Do you have any pet peeves?
-Gold or silver? 
-Best book you’ve read recently.
-If you could travel anywhere in the world…where would you go?
-Favorite way to travel…plane, car, cruise boat etc?
-What word or phrase makes you cringe?
-If you had to eat one food everyday for the rest of your life what would it be?

Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground and a Snazzy Award.

This morning’s run…6 breezy miles with lots of wind and humidity. Head in the clouds…feet on the ground…always.

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So my friend over at runstilletos nominated me for this snazzy award. Thanks girl! These award thingys are fun to do every now and again.
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Here are the rules…
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to his or her blog…. DONE!
  • Answer 11 questions asked by the nominator
  • Post 11 random tidbits about yourself. The inevitability that it will get all kinds of awkward is promising.
  • Nominate 11 blogs for the Liebster Award.
  • Create 11 new questions for my nominees!
  • Don’t forget to include the Liebster Award logo on your post. DONE!
Here were her 11 questions…

1. What is the worst first date you’ve ever been on?

Yikes! There have been too many. I’d have to say meeting someone in person that I met while online dating (GASP!) and him turning out to look nothing like I expected. Photos can be deceiving.

2. What is the most embarrassing event to have happened to you on a run or at the gym?

Geez, I am pretty clutzy. I have fallen so many times on a run that it’s hard to nail down one shining moment.

3. What is your dream job?

I would love to work behind the scenes as a producer at one of the entertainment television stations like E! or Bravo. Since health and fitness is also my passion, I would also like to get certified as a personal trainer and maybe have my own gym or spin studio. One day!

4. What is your all-time favorite TV show?

I love me some reality television. Anything on Bravo especially Real Housewives. It’s one of my guilty pleasures!

5. Dog or Cat?

We have a family dog named Brady and he is the cutest. So definitely dogs. How cute was he as a babe?

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6. Who is your celebrity husband/wife? (if you could marry a celebrity, who would it be?)

Boris Kodjoe

7. What inspires you?

The stillness of morning and a new day, starting out on a clean slate.

8. What is your biggest accomplishment, to date?

Becoming a group fitness instructor. It’s something I’ve always shied away from and said I was afraid to do but it’s opened up so many amazing doors for me. I am more passionate about it now than I’ve ever been before.

9. What has been your favorite vacation?

Roatan, Hondurus. I just loved the natives there and the water is a beautiful turquoise color.

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10. What is your comfort food?

My version of lazy girl mac and cheese. A big bowl of it and I will go to town!

11. If you could go back in time, who would you want to meet?

Marilyn Monroe or Rosa Parks.

Now for my 11 random things that may make you scratch your head in wonder, laugh, or both.

-My first job out of college was working behind the cameras at a local news station here in Dallas. From there I worked my way up to the news desk as an editor, assigning reporters to stories and tracking down breaking news. I did that for 3 years. It was a whirlwind of a job but I learned so much there about the tv industry.
-I studied Spanish for 3 years. One day I would love to become fluent and visit Barcelona, Spain…and drink some amazing vino.

-I am a master at any of those fighting video games like Mortal Kombat and Tekken…definitely the queen of mashing all the buttons and coming up with the MOST killer fighting moves. K.O.!

-My first gig as a fitness instructor was teaching a Latin-inspired class called Danceaton. The lead instructor Gaby convinced me to teach so I began my journey there and did that for about a year. It was like one big dance party! I credit her for helping me to become the confident instructor that I am today.

Here’s a silly vid of us in action. Can you find me?

-I don’t like loud lipstick. It looks awful on me! Pretty nude shades all day long.

-I think pink running shoes have magical powers.

-I would rather wear leggings and dresses than pants ANY DAY. So comfy.

-I love to drive barefoot and dance in the car.

-My favorite thing to do at the end of the day is chill out on the couch and listen to jazz music. I’m kind of an old lady.

-Tazo chai tea with a little bit of honey can turn any day around.

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-Also…I don’t know how to swim…definitely something I must work on!

Here are my 11 nominations.

Blonde Hair Blue Eyed Runner

TriingtoSurvive

Sharde’s World 

Cookie Dough Katzen

Ja on the Run

Going Confidently

Jump Eat Run

Wife Mom Runs

Trex to Tigress

Our Personal Records

High Heels & Healthy Alternatives 

…And my questions for you!
  • If you could open any type of business what would it be?
  • What is your favorite time of year?
  • Name the last thing you splurged on.
  • What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
  • What one thing would you like to accomplish in 2013?
  • If you were on death row, what would be your last meal?
  • List 3 must haves in your purse/handbag.
  • Tea or coffee?
  • Do you have any guilty pleasures?
  • Describe yourself in 3 words.
  • What motivates you?

7 Things.

Not long ago Jade was so sweet to nominate me for the inspiring blogger award (thanks girl!) and I have to say that I am so very inspired by all of the amazing blogs that I read everyday, including hers! Here are the rules~
  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
 
So, without further ado…the randomness…
-Candles make me happy. My favorite thing to do when I come home from a long day at work is light up a bunch of candles around the house. 
-I love the color pink. It’s my power color! I love working out especially in all things pink.
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-My last meal on earth would most definitely be sushi. I really could eat it everyday and not get tired of it.
-I taught dance class as a group fitness instructor for over a year and have now transitioned teaching indoor cycling/spin. I absolutely love it so far!! I discovered I have a talent for yelling at people and getting them all pumped up. It’s a great calorie burner, mental challenge and compliments running perfectly.
-Sunrises invigorate me and energize my day.
-I am obsessed with this pattern – chevron.
-My favorite holiday is definitely Christmas. I love decorating my apartment and cruising around town looking at the beautiful lights.
I would like to nominate these lovely ladies that are funny, talented, beautiful and inspire me in the areas of health and fitness and everyday life – 
 
Thanks for playing!
 

Blog on Fire.

My alarm went off at the lovely hour of 6 am this morning and I was up and ready to run. Slipped on my brand spanking new purple compression socks, running skirt, and was out the door. This morning was hill day IN THE RAIN! I was feeling good this morning so I knew it was time to take it outside and splash in some puddles.
Temps were in the LOW 70s, dark skies, nice and quiet outside with a nice breeze. I could get used to this. By the time I wrapped up it was mostly drizzles but felt so good outside. 8 hill repeats, 6 miles done.
My blogging homegirl Katie over at Fitness, Food and Photography nominated me for the Blog on Fire award so I had to send a special shout out to her today! Thanks girl! These little nominations are a fun way to link up with others in the blogging community…a “chain letter” of sorts. So I figured I would jump on board! The rules are that I have to tell you 8 things about myself and then nominate 8 other bloggers. So okaaay, here we go.
-I am an only child, a little bit spoiled and I talk to myself a lot.
-I worked as a barista at the Starbucks coffee shop at my church for a little bit. That explains my love for all things coffee! I can make a mean latte.
– I have a degree in broadcast journalism have worked in television for the past 5 years. I love working behind the scenes in TV!
-My favorite season is definitely fall. The weather gets cooler, I love busting out my fall clothes and I love all of the yummy fall foods. I have a fall brunch every year at my place and invite all of my friends over just to celebrate the season!
-I danced all throughout grade school, taking ballet, tap and jazz classes. I also dabbled in some studio hip hop as a teenager. My favorite style of dancing now is a mix between latin/salsa and hip hop – everything that is Danceaton!

Danceaton class…shakin’ it! Can you find me?

-I love being by the water. When I was in college in Virginia I loved living so close to the Chesapeake Bay. My dream home would probably be right on the beach.
-My favorite dessert hands down is TCBY frozen yogurt with a mountain of rainbow sprinkles.
-Last meal on earth would probably be sushi and vino.
I am nominating the following bloggers for the Blog on Fire award
What is your favorite season/time of year? What would be your last meal on earth? Tell me some random fact about you.