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Some days make you want to just… quit. So, what do you do?

Some days make you want to just… quit. So, what do you do?

Everybody knows about the days I’m referencing. You wake up, the morning begins, and… every single thing that CAN go wrong, in the most annoying sense, does go wrong. The weather is gloomy/raining, the babies are moody and emotional, the dishwasher breaks, the house gets messier AS YOU ARE CLEANING, the laundry NEEDS to get into the dryer, and you can’t seem to get to anything you need to do because you’re just putting out little fires everywhere. My response…

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Hello 2023

Hello 2023

Hello world! 2022 was a big year for me. Life has been pretty crazy… crazy awesome! I was walking home from the gym and began reminiscing about my fitness journey over the course of my life. I was exposed to the the fitness world when I was in 7th grade and about 12 years old. My teenage years were incredibly transforming because I discovered weights and swimming. In my 20s, it was “go hard ALL THE TIME – Make those…

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Family Christmas 2019 – Planning and Executing

Family Christmas 2019 – Planning and Executing

When planning for this Christmas, I wanted to make sure that good times were had by all. In my opinion, the experience during a holiday will always trump the material things received, and I wanted to make this a memorable event for all. The planner in me wanted to have everything laid out with an itinerary that kept everyone entertained, not bored, but also not stressed. Over-scheduling is always exhausting and not scheduling enough will always have bored guests. We…

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Hosting the perfect family Christmas

Hosting the perfect family Christmas

I am usually one of those people who has to have everything happen on a schedule, in a very specific manner, and I feel like I should do everything in order to maintain the level of control needed to ensure perfection. Needless to say, that can become very stressful and exhausting when hosting enough people. And on top of all that, I have found in the past, that I miss out on everything since I am so busy making sure…

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Biking @ the Grand Canyon

Biking @ the Grand Canyon

This weekend, we decided to brave the cold temperatures (low 14/ high 42) and head up to the Grand Canyon for some camping and adventuring. We found some dispersed camping in Tusayan off of Forest Service Rd 302. The camping here is PERFECT! Each site has a fire ring ready for an awesome camp fire, snow covered space and pine trees galore. This area is impeccably serene, inspiring and invigorating. We sat around the fire for a couple hours, eating…

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 7

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 7

RETURN HOME ON AMTRAK Day 7!! WOOHOO!!! We took yesterday off to explore Dana Point and spend time with friends. Today, we head home. Thank you California for a wonderful trip!! Would we do this again? ABSOLUTELY!! We are already planning our next trip! I think we might do some small day trips in the next few weeks. We’ll keep y’all posted!! Keep on Adventuring! <3

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 5

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 5

Long Beach to Dana Point Distance – 38.25 Miles Elevation Gain – 1193 ft Average Speed – 9.3 mph Duration – 4:07:31 Day 5 was another successful endeavor! We began our day at another bike shop, for equipment solutions, and a park! Max had a blast enjoying yet another playground while we were at the bike shop. We had some serious ground to cover today, as well as our highest elevation climb of the trip. We made a couple of…

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 4

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 4

Venice Beach to Long Beach Distance – 35.23 Miles Elevation Gain – 750ft Average Speed – 9.1 mph Duration – 3:52:01 Day 4 we had a super late start due to equipment failure. We had to swing through a couple different bike shops to remedy the situation before the day’s ride. We stopped at a playground to start the day off correctly and began our trek. We were able to experience Venice Beach, Redondo Beach and Shoreline Village in Long…

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 3

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 3

Thornhill Broome State Beach Campground to Venice Beach Distance – 36.59 Miles Elevation Gain – 884ft Average Speed – 8.7 mph Duration – 4:48:50 Day 3 winds were rough again, but we were able to enjoy the scenery of Malibu, Santa Monica and Oxnard before arriving at Venice Beach. Climbing those hills against the wind has to be one of the most challenging things we have done together. It was an amazing experience to add to our family timeline. <3…

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 2

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 2

Carpenteria State Beach to Thornhill Broome State Beach Campground Distance – 43.95 Miles Elevation Gain – 920ft Average Speed – 8.7 mph Duration – 5:04:16 Day 2 was challenging as well as rewarding. Upon waking up, we packed up quickly, utilized the showers at Carpenteria State Park (coin operated and SUPER convenient), and set out to conquer the next section of our ride. Our goal for the day, was to make it to Point Mugu State Park for the night….

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Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 1

Pacific Coast Highway Bike Trip – Day 1

Santa Barbara to Carpenteria State Beach Distance – 12.31 Miles Elevation Gain – 314ft Average Speed – 9.0 mph Duration – 1:20:33 For our first day, we decided to keep it simple and only ride to the first camp ground we could find hiker/biker camping. We left Santa Barbara, embarked on our first family bike tour with our two year old, and rode south to Carpenteria State Park. There, we were able to secure a hiker/biker camp site for only…

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Social Penetration Theory Applied

Social Penetration Theory Applied

Social penetration theory asserts the concept of metaphorically, peeling back more and more layers of an individual’s emotional, psychological, and deeply personal psyche, through the journey and active pursuit of constructing a strong foundational base; therefore perpetually solidifying the orientation phase by progressing and assuming the opportunity and risk of beginning the exploratory affective stage. We, as individuals, begin to slowly merge our individual worlds into a combined effort of seeking out the deeper layers in our significant other by…

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Communication Theories Defined

Communication Theories Defined

Defining Communication Theories in a technical environment is simple enough, if one’s knowledge base has a solid foundation. Applying or acknowledging the utilization of each theory into one’s daily existence however, produces interestingly thought-provoking results due to the human variable… an entity of perpetual analysis and transformation.   Communication is essentially a process, the production and exchange of more than just information; as a term, it encompasses such a wide variety of definitions.     “Communication” can be labeled as…

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