On Saturday night, I got the privilege of reliving some of the best memories of my youth. I’m pretty certain no one at the ‘The Magic Summer‘ Tour at Shoreline Amphitheater in 1990 expected to be rocking out at an NKOTB concert 27 years later… but there I was… in the PIT at Golden 1 Center, screaming my guts out at Joey, Jon, Jordan, Danny & Donnie with my fellow Blockhead friend C. And I loved every single minute of it.
Once you’ve seen Walt Disney Animation’s “Tangled” … you will add attending a lantern festival to your bucket list. And once you’ve seen the floating lanterns in person, you won’t cross it off your list, because once will never be enough.
Last September, we took a drive over the state line and headed to Reno, Nevada for one of these events: “The Lantern Fest.” The event was held out at a a remote dirt race track outside the city limits in Fernley and the lines to get in to park were HOURS long. We thought we’d arrive with enough time to get a snack from the food trucks and settle in before the big event, but instead we were stuck outside on a 2-lane road for 90 minutes and were a bit frantic that we might miss the entire event. But… we didn’t.
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It was exactly 16 weeks ago that I decided I needed to upgrade my routine. I was tired, stuck in a bit of a post-winter rut, and just doing the same thing day to day. I wasn’t getting out for those runs that I told myself I’d go on each morning. And I was skipping breakfast in favor of coffee, working through lunch, then devouring everything in sight when dinner came around.
The shake-up came from Facebook. I saw a few people talking about a new gym program opening in the neighborhood.
“Ooh! I’m so excited!” they all seemed to say. It was a female-only program… but it looked intense. The pretty people in the photos looked intense. I decided to keep scrolling.
Then an ad popped up in my Facebook feed a few days later and I noticed that a long-time friend liked the photo… and that she had belonged to a similar program for about two years.
But she’s a runner. And she’s in-shape. That’s what I told myself and closed the ad again.
Then came the final straw. A close friend told me she had done something crazy. She had signed up for this new intense gym program because she needed to do something for herself.
And that’s when I realized I needed to stop making excuses and give myself an upgrade too!
It’s been 16 weeks since I started the program: one 6-week 5/days/week session and 2 5-week 4/days/week sessions. And this upcoming Monday, I’m back to where I started 16 weeks ago with another “bootcamp” session. And I couldn’t be happier with my decision!
I’m usually not one to treat myself to little perks or upgrades… often preferring the generic brand or low-cost option among my choices. In this case, I kept thinking if I wasn’t running and working out already, then I didn’t deserve to upgrade to an actual class. In reality, I haven’t worked out this much in years thanks to the class and investing a little bit more in myself.
I’d definitely encourage everyone to invest a little extra into yourself in some way… because it really is worth it! And think of it this way, all that other skimping and saving can actually afford you these little upgrades along the way!
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I recently upgraded to CLEAR CARE® PLUS for my contacts and I’ve been so impressed with how much better it deeps cleans the dirt and removes protein from my lenses. Let’s add that as another silly thing I should have done a long time ago! If you’re a daily contact lens wearer, I’d check it out as an upgrade option for you!
And if you’re not blind as a bat, then I hope you get a chance to upgrade something exciting or boring in your life soon!
If you haven’t heard yet (or been into your local Target store this past week), there’s a pretty new and irresitable line of clothing out for kids.
And from 7/24-7/30, you get $5 off every $25+ order of Cat & Jack!
Umm…. I may have already made a few purchases on my last run into Target for Gatorade and saltines (sick kiddo this weekend), so I’m not quite sure how anyone will be able to avoid it for long!
It’s a very rare Tuesday night when two moms can escape the to the movies for a girl’s night out… but that’s exactly what happened this week! I had the opportunity to see a screening of the new film, Mother’s Day, and decided that a girl date was definitely in order!
So, my friend C and I escaped from our houses at 5:30pm, went out to enjoy some Mongolian BBQ (yum!) and snuck into the theater just in time for the screening to start! It certainly didn’t hurt that Tuesday is some magical ½-price popcorn day at Regal Theaters… a fact that my popcorn-obsessed self REALLY didn’t need to know… so we got some of that and some Junior Mints and settled down in the back row of the theater to watch.
And over the next two hours, we laughed/cried/tried not to cry/smiled and genuinely enjoyed watching some of our favorites (Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts will never do me wrong) portray Moms in all shapes and sizes on the big screen. And when I walked out, I definitely felt proud to be labeled “Mom” and included in the crazy mess that is life.
When I got home later that night (you know… after Miss L’s bedtime!), I found a big green ProFlowers box on my doorstep. And when I opened it up, I found this gorgeous Mother’s Day movie bouquet flower arrangement and vase based on the film. So I guess I get the opportunity to celebrate our special Mom’s Day from now all the way up until the real day on May 8th!
Needless to say, I had quite a lovely Tuesday night with a movie night out with a friend and fresh flowers to share in my house! It made me realize just how it is truly the little things that lift you up and change the normal humdrum Monday-Friday work week into something special… and that I should probably schedule those in more often on the calendar!
Why don’t you look in your calendar and see what little escape you can make this next week to treat yourself (especially Moms!)… or if that isn’t in the cards, maybe just grab an extra bouquet of flowers at your Farmers Market or grocery store to treat yourself. I swear you’ll instantly feel special and it’s definitely going to get a big smile out of you!
Happy (early) Mother’s Day everyone!