These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Health & Fitness

*HEALTH AND FITNESS EDITION*

Fun Fact: I danced all my life growing up and definitely was a “leader” for a dance to this song when I was about 12. I wore the puffiest, most pastel skirt ever and carried a sheep herding staff. Man, do I wish I had a picture.

Today I thought I would tell you guys some of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Now I am definitely one of those people that has a million and one favorite foods, every movie I see is my new favorite, I have 11 favorite TV shows, and I have 7 favorite shirts. To sum it up, I am extremely indecisive. So for these things to make my list, they must really rock my world! These are things (or people) that I use and/or take advantage of on an almost daily basis. I’m going to start making this a weekly thing if it’s popular, and this week will focus on nutrition, health, fitness, working out, etc. All that kinda stuff. Enjoy!

 

#1: Tone It Up: I admire Karena and Katrina probably more than they will ever know. I came across these girls probably in August of 2012 and bought their vegetarian nutrition plan about a month later. Although I don’t follow it as much as I would like to, I am determined to start. I am obsessed with the SoCal lifestyle they lead and am determined to live it myself one day. I do however keep up with their workout schedule pretty perfectly. It has definitely improved my muscle tone and increased my cardiovascular abilities. I know that once I am able to stick to their nutrition guidelines, my body will feel even better and develop into exactly what I want it to. Since I’m a personal trainer, the last thing I want to do is make up workouts for myself as well. The girls make exercising fun, easy, and convenient for me. I love them. Buy the DVD. Buy the nutrition plan. Follow the workouts. Watch their videos. I feel like an infomercial, but they will help you to be the best version of yourself if that’s something you’re looking for. Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested!

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#2: Gaiam foam roller: I only got mine from Target a few weeks ago, but I have noticed such significant changes in my body that it’s made the list! I love using this to wind down at the end of the day. Even though it kills my muscles at the time (especially my calves), I feel loose, relaxed, and refreshed the next morning. My favorite place to use it is on my back. I can feel everything opening up and relaxing. Such a great feeling! I highly advise you to invest in one of these if you frequently participate in high-intensity exercise or even if you’re just looking for a new way to stretch your body.

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#3: Zico coconut water: First of all, I love that this is a “health” food you can get at Target or random grocery stores. I really, really, really hate this word, but this water is extremely refreshing (ugh, does the word refreshing just make anyone else cringe?!). It’s awesome before or after a workout or basically anytime at all. The chocolate flavor is my favorite by far, but I also enjoy the mango and pineapple ones. I love going to hot yoga and then having one of these. I feel on top of the world.

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#4: Nike training cross fit shoes: Love love love love love times a million these shoes. They don’t have a “tongue” that pops out like most shoes do, so they basically mold to your foot the first time you wear them and stay that way. I do many different types of exercise (running, walking, jazzercise, strength training, boot camp style classes, etc.) and these shoes honestly support me during everything. If you’re like me and like to do a million different things, these are a great pair of shoes to have! And these are exactly what mine look like; aren’t they cute?!

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#5: My Tech4o watch: First of all, it’s cute. And cute workout gear motivates me. Sorry. Second of all, it does a million things. It’s a pedometer, calorie tracker, activity level recorder, data saver, and stopwatch. That’s only to name a few things it does. Those are probably just the things I use it most for. I love to see how many steps I’ve taken during the day, just for my own reasons. I have yet to invest in a heart rate monitor. That may just be next.

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#6: Lucy “lotus power” capri pants: These are the bomb. They don’t dig into your midsection causing that unflattering little ring of flab. They don’t move around when you move around. The slit in the back gives you a little bit of extra breathing room. They’re cute. AND mine have purple stripes on the sides. Score. I really don’t ever buy clothes from Lucy, simply because it’s so expensive. I usually stick to the Champion line at Target, which I also love. However, these pants were on clearance. So I took advantage of that. I have a couple other pieces of clothing from Lucy, but not enough in my opinion. I’m waiting for another huge sale to go back.

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#7: Kashi GoLean! Chocolate Peanut Bars: Yum. That’s all I have to say. At least for me, this is the perfect pre-workout snack.

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#8: My iPad: This one may sound kind of silly, but I use my iPad for so many fitness related things. I have a ton of apps that I utilize, I watch my videos on here, I read my blogs on here, and I basically store all information that I want to remember on a regular basis here, since it’s so portable. Luke bought this for me for my 21st birthday, and I am very grateful to him for that! It helps keep me organized and on top of things. This is the same case I have..super cute!

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#9: This song: Enough said. Motivates me like craaaaazy.

 

#10: I don’t want to get all mushy and sappy, but you guys!: Ever since I started blogging, I’ve just found this sense of camaraderie that I never had before. You all motivate me like you wouldn’t believe and give me ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. So thank you Smile

 

I’ve decided to attempt (key word being attempt….) to train for the Detroit marathon in October. Does anyone have a good training plan they like?

*****ALSO, JUST A HEADS UP***** I’m in the process of making some changes to the blog. If it’s funky or “off” within the next couple days, I’ll fix it; promise.

What I Ate Wednesday….So Far

I’ve never done one of these before. I just don’t think that I eat enough exciting food that you guys would actually want to read about. But I suppose I’ll give it a shot! It’s only 2:00 p.m. when I’m writing this, so you get half a day’s eats. Better than nothing.

My morning started out with that workout, 2x through. Today was going to be a rest day, but I wanted to move a little bit. I’ll tell ya, if you want to tone up your butt, this is a great way to get started. My glutes having been burning all day, especially when I use the stairs. I’ve gotten into this routine of working out in my room in the morning and brewing my coffee while I’m finishing up. It’s so relaxing to have the lights dim and exercise and smell coffee. Am I weird that I think that’s fantastic? Oh well.

 

7:00 a.m.: COFFEE. I drink mine black. What do you put in yours, if anything? I used to be big on those sugary, fancy drinks from Starbucks, but now I can’t even stomach much more than a sip of them.

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8:45 a.m.: Breakfast was a packet of low-sugar apple cinnamon Quaker oatmeal with a diced pear and some cinnamon sprinkled on top.

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Looks prettier like that than like this:

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Yes, that’s a Hello Kitty spoon. I bring these oatmeal packets and a piece of fruit from home and make them while I’m nannying a lot of days.

12:00 p.m.: Lunch #1. Two mini slices of pizza I made with the girls yesterday. You can’t tell, but there’s diced tomatoes and a little bit of spinach under than cheese. It’s so easy to make. Just a whole wheat crust with some pre-made pizza sauce on top, then add the veggies and a little bit of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Delicious!

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And because that wasn’t enough cheese, I had a string cheese as well. I’m seriously obsessed with these things.

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I’m about to go have another mini-lunch (hopefully with some veggies incorporated this time Smile with tongue out). No clue what dinner is going to be! Luke and I are figuring something out later, so I’ll be sure to fill you guys in on that tomorrow.

 

I guess my breakfast is kind of cool? The rest is just super boring. I don’t think I’ll be participating in WIAW regularly until I move into my own place where I can actually cook dishes that I enjoy and keep good foods in the house. That’s one of the things I’m most excited for about moving out of my parents house.

 

On a completely different note, my little sister was playing with my hair last night and look what she ended up doing:

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How cute is that?!

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And that! I wish I had the patience to have  my hair actually look good when I need to go out in public.

 

How do you usually do your hair? Mine is typically straight with a little poof in front or curly and pushed back in a headband. Ponytails give me headaches.

What I Ate Wednesday….So Far

I’ve never done one of these before. I just don’t think that I eat enough exciting food that you guys would actually want to read about. But I suppose I’ll give it a shot! It’s only 2:00 p.m. when I’m writing this, so you get half a day’s eats. Better than nothing.

My morning started out with that workout, 2x through. Today was going to be a rest day, but I wanted to move a little bit. I’ll tell ya, if you want to tone up your butt, this is a great way to get started. My glutes having been burning all day, especially when I use the stairs. I’ve gotten into this routine of working out in my room in the morning and brewing my coffee while I’m finishing up. It’s so relaxing to have the lights dim and exercise and smell coffee. Am I weird that I think that’s fantastic? Oh well.

 

7:00 a.m.: COFFEE. I drink mine black. What do you put in yours, if anything? I used to be big on those sugary, fancy drinks from Starbucks, but now I can’t even stomach much more than a sip of them.

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8:45 a.m.: Breakfast was a packet of low-sugar apple cinnamon Quaker oatmeal with a diced pear and some cinnamon sprinkled on top.

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Looks prettier like that than like this:

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Yes, that’s a Hello Kitty spoon. I bring these oatmeal packets and a piece of fruit from home and make them while I’m nannying a lot of days.

12:00 p.m.: Lunch #1. Two mini slices of pizza I made with the girls yesterday. You can’t tell, but there’s diced tomatoes and a little bit of spinach under than cheese. It’s so easy to make. Just a whole wheat crust with some pre-made pizza sauce on top, then add the veggies and a little bit of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Delicious!

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And because that wasn’t enough cheese, I had a string cheese as well. I’m seriously obsessed with these things.

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I’m about to go have another mini-lunch (hopefully with some veggies incorporated this time Smile with tongue out). No clue what dinner is going to be! Luke and I are figuring something out later, so I’ll be sure to fill you guys in on that tomorrow.

 

I guess my breakfast is kind of cool? The rest is just super boring. I don’t think I’ll be participating in WIAW regularly until I move into my own place where I can actually cook dishes that I enjoy and keep good foods in the house. That’s one of the things I’m most excited for about moving out of my parents house.

 

On a completely different note, my little sister was playing with my hair last night and look what she ended up doing:

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How cute is that?!

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And that! I wish I had the patience to have  my hair actually look good when I need to go out in public.

 

How do you usually do your hair? Mine is typically straight with a little poof in front or curly and pushed back in a headband. Ponytails give me headaches.

Workout Wednesday: Abs

If you’re anything like me, you want abs like this.

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I can’t guarantee that this workout will give you results quite like thaaaat, but it will certainly help! I like this workout because it works all of the three main parts of your abdominal muscles: upper abs, lower abs, and obliques. It’s really important to have a strong core, because it directly affects how the rest of your body functions. A strong core has so many benefits:

  • Better posture (and you look slimmer when you stand up straight!)
  • Helps prevent lower back pain now and in the future
  • Makes it easier to breathe and hold stamina
  • Supports your internal organs

And that’s just a few! Try out this routine 2 or 3 times a week to strengthen your core, develop you abs, and feel awesome Smile And it should only take you about 15 minutes. Bonus.

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And as always, your descriptions:

Flutter Kicks

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Alternate your legs up and down quickly. For an added little push, lift your head and shoulders off the ground as long as you don’t have any upper body injuries.

TIU tummy tucks

The inventors of the tummy tuck!

Plank

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Or drop down to your forearms if your wrists are bothering you or you want to work your bicep muscles more. Make sure your hips stay down, your heels are pushing backward, and your head stays up in line with your shoulders.

Boat pose

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We won’t all look like this….haha. Feel free to bend your knees as much as you need to. Just make sure to keep your back straight wherever you’re at. Arms overhead if this is too easy Smile with tongue out

Twisting v-sit

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Side to side quickly! Add the medicine ball or a dumbbell if you wish. Reach as far to each side as you can while keeping your hips squared to the front.

Alternating reach crunch

Right fingers to left toes and vice versa.

Side plank

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Once again, drop down to your forearm if you wish.

Reverse crunch

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This should be a very small movement. Start with your hips down and your knees over your hips and move to the position in the picture above. Keep your head and shoulders on the ground. I prefer this move with my arms flat on the ground by my sides.

Superman

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Start laying flat on the ground and move here. Squeeze your butt! After all the ab work, it’s important to work your back as well.

Leg lowers

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Follow the pictures. Super simple. Keep your legs straight if you can!

 

And as always, feel free to ask me questions Smile Halfway through the week!<3

How to Catch a Mouse

The answer to that question is that I have absolutely no idea. Yesterday I mentioned my two friends and I found a baby mouse in my basement Sunday night. I can’t tell you the right way to catch the poor little guy, but I can provide you with these hilarious pictures of how we tried. Enjoy.

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First, you obviously put on some combat boots to protect your feet. Just make sure not to stomp on the poor guy.

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Then you get a bin to try to lure him into. Extra points if you add some shredded cheese in there, too.

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Make sure you stay on elevated surfaces.

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A big yellow exercise ball works well as a barrier. Once again, just don’t roll it over the mouse please.

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Always stay crouched down. Hey, you can actually see lil Marshall in this picture! Yes, we named him. It made the whole experience more personable.

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Sneak up on him verrrrrry quietly.

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Then watch him run away into the back room of your basement. And make a trap that he has to run into. Then feel bad 5 minutes later and move the trap and just give up.

 

And THAT my friends, is really not how you catch a mouse. I still don’t know how to do it Sad smile

 

Have you ever caught a mouse? Have you ever found any animals in your house?

Bad Days and a Survey

Remember how I started yesterday off with my burst of positivity and a goal to have a great Monday? Well, I failed. Just because I say something on here, doesn’t mean I’m going to do it perfectly. Caitlin and I have been discussing the quote, “Do as I say, not as I do,” a lot lately. I may have good intentions for something, but life gets in the way and my plans get messed up. I really just want to put yesterday behind me and move on from that. Don’t even want to talk about it. Today will be better. I have a much shorter schedule, so that’s already a plus!

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I will say that yesterday was a swift reality check for me. It gave  me a push in the direction of what I don’t want to do with my life. I was very unhappy all day because of that realization and made some bad decisions on account of my mood. It’s hard for me to remember that every moment is a new opportunity and I don’t need to wait until tomorrow to start over and make things better. Anyone know of a tattoo that incorporates that? I feel like I need to get it right on the top of my hand. Not even joking. Well, kinda.

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I think one of my biggest issues I’m facing right now is living at home in my parents house. I love my family to death. They’re fantastic. However, I feel like now that I’m a college graduate trying to start my own life, it’s really just setting me back living here. I know it’s helping financially, but I’m starting to be at that point where I know I need to take the leap and get a place away from them. I know that I will be more productive and positive in my own place. It’s gotta happen. You guys know how stressful it is to move out. All the responsibilities that come with it, the financial obligations, etc. I lived on my own while in college, but this is different. This is the real world. Just something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Moving on!

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I thought I would give you guys a survey today. I hope that some of you will fill it out as well! I love learning more about you guys Smile

 

1. Have you ever been searched by the cops?

Nope. I have been pulled over my fair share of times though. And I used to work for a police station in college so I’ve definitely ridden in a few cop cars as well.

2. Do you close your eyes on roller coasters?

I do not ride roller coasters at all. I am absolutely terrified. I think the only person I would get on a roller coaster for is Ellen DeGeneres or to save one of my future children.

3. When’s the last time you’ve been sledding?

Probably back in college. It was different when I was young with a bunch of other people like me and had some alcohol in my system. Now it’s just cold and wet.

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4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone?

Um, alone. Sorry Luke! <3

5. Do you believe in ghosts?

I do not.

6. Do you consider yourself creative?

Once again, I do not. Not at all. I like consistency and the same thing over and over. I should really develop a creative side though. I could probably benefit from that. I cringe whenever the kiddies want me to do a craft with them, because I will definitely not be able to do it up to their ridiculously high standards.

7. Do you think you lead an active lifestyle?

Yes, I do. When I’m home I am usually lazy as all get-out, but I’m literally running around all day long when I’m gone. Add on exercising 6 days a week and I’m pooped!

8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?

Jennifer Aniston. Biggest girl-crush on her ever. Definitely had the “Rachel” hairstyle back in the day.

9. Can you honestly say you know ANYTHING about politics?

Nope. It’s about time I learn though, yeah?

10. Do you know how to play poker?

Not a clue in the world. I rock at blackjack though.

11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?

No way! I can barely get through my days without a nap.

12. What’s your favorite commercial?

I like the new Sofia Vergara diet pepsi ones. Mainly just because I think she’s gorgeous.

13. Who was your first love?

Luke. One and only <3

14. If you’re driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around you, do you run a red light?

No! I’m way too much of a chicken for that.

15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you?

Yes I do.

16. Hockey or basketball?

Not really a fan of either, but Luke has definitely got me into hockey in recent years. I truly enjoy going to games with him.

17. Have you ever been ice skating?

I have! I used to take lessons when I was younger, but just go occasionally with Luke now. He’s amazing from all his years of hockey. I make a fool out of myself.

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18. How often do you remember your dreams?

Almost never. I remember bits and pieces sometimes, but never big details.

19. What’s the one thing on your mind?

I am really pissed at Desiree’s brother on The Bachelor right now.

20. Do you always wear your seat belt?

Yes I do. I know of way too many people who have been in accidents without their seatbelts and had very sad results.

21. What talent do you wish you had?

I wish I could sing. I am SO bad. Like, you don’t even know how bad.

22. Do you like Sushi?

I do not. Maybe I’ve just never tried a good kind, but the only kind I’ve ever had made me gag.

23. What do you wear to bed?

Huge sweatpants and a huge t-shirt.

24. Do you truly hate anyone?

Only murderers.

25. If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be?

Am I really about to say this on the internet? Channing Tatum. Luke and I made our “lists” once before. That was a hilarious conversation.

26. Do you know anyone in jail?

I do not.

27. What food do you find disgusting?

Olives.

28. Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back?

Made fun of, no. Talked about, sad to say yes.

29. Have you ever been punched in the face?

No way! These are some crazy questions.

30. Do you believe in love at first sight?

I do not. I think you need to get to know someone first.

 

Your turn! <3

Happy Monday!

Instead of dreading today, let’s make it the best day ever; shall we? I oftentimes start out the day with a negative attitude, when I should really be grateful to be able to get out of bed in the morning with my healthy body. Some people (too many actually) don’t have that privilege. I’ve gotten into this rut of just going through the motions of my life. I want to actually live each day and do something important. I want to help people and make a difference in the world. I spent some time with my two best friends from college last night and was reminded of how much fun I have with my friends. I need that time. I’ve really lost a lot of relationships in the past couple of months and I want to get them back. I want to spend time with the people I love the most and focus less on getting my menial tasks on my to-do list done each day. I’ve noticed that I spend way too much time on exercise lately. I could be using that time on something much more productive that my body needs, rather than working myself to the bone. So help keep me accountable, will ya? Alright, enough with my rant. Onto a recap of last night!

 

I spent the night with my two friends, Erica and Audrey.

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I’ve known Erica forever. We live in the same neighborhood and went to the same school from kindergarten-8th grade. We were roommates in college and I love her to death!

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I met Audrey my freshman year of college. We are literally the same person. I also lived with her during college. I don’t know what I would do without her.

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We were originally planning on going out to eat at Mongolian BBQ last night, but after a long weekend all we really wanted to do was chill at home. So the girls came over my house and we ordered Jimmy Johns, talked, and ended up going on a hunt for a mouse. Yes, you heard that right. There was a MOUSE in my basement. It was just a little guy and actually super cute, but I dare you to have a mouse running at your feet and not scream and jump. We probably scared him half to death. We tried so hard to catch him to put him in a safe place, but it just wasn’t possible. My cats probably ate him last night Sad smile Break my heart. Hopefully there will be pictures to come tomorrow.

 

It was awesome to spend some time with them like we used to do back in our apartment. All we really did back then was drink, watch funny YouTube videos, bake ridiculous things, and lounge around in our comfy clothes. We were living the life. Can we just re-create that now? It really makes me sad to think back on how much fun we had and how little I appreciated it then. I wish I would have taken advantage of every second we had together and that carefree lifestyle we led. Maybe one day I’ll do a post on all the crazy antics we got into….that’s definitely good for a laugh.

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Yup, that was on our wall all year. We were a fun bunch.

 

After they left I had some cleaning to do, some packing for my long day today, some laundry to put away, a ton of e-mails to catch up on, and some blog posts to write. Whew! I also managed to catch the episode of Walking Dead. Okay, so who else watches that show so we can start an e-mail chain about how crazy it’s getting?!

I hope you go live out there today. This quote will probably help ya out:

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

 

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