Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekend Recap.

I just had 5 days off work. 5 glorious days off work. It was refreshing and amazing. There is nothing better than taking a few days off work, having an amazing Thanksgiving holiday thrown in the mix, spending time with family and enjoying the atmosphere and holiday spirit. I felt like it flew by but that is only because I had an amazing time and enjoyed every minute of it.
I ran the Turkey Trot 5k and was able to shave 10 minutes off my 5k time. My normal 5k time was usually 45 minutes. I was able to run it in 34 minutes and came in 25th place out of 70 people. I was 12th out of the women. I always wanted to run the Turkey Trot and I am so glad I did. I was able to push my self since losing weight and it was great. This was the first 5k I have ran in awhile that was not a OCR race.

We also had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family from WV. We spent all day with them. There is nothing better than spending time with family that you have not seen in while. For me, I have went through a lot over the years and lost a lot. Spending time with family matters more to me than anything else. We choose to not go shopping on Black Friday. We choose to spend it with each other and spend quality time with each other that we all needed. To me, that is what the holiday is about. Not spending a ton of money on stuff or blowing off the holiday to go stand in crowds to get the hottest new toy.

I hope more people spent time with their families instead of shopping. Years from now, the toys and tvs will not matter. Your family will.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

New Beginnings

Recently I decided to take a few steps in my life to some new beginnings and fresh starts in my life. I had to much negativity going on in my life and realized I needed to make a change. I had some people making things in my life difficult, so I changed a few things to make my life, what I wanted. I have cut a few people out, added a few people, and I even changed careers. The last one was the hardest one to do but was very much needed so. I don't stand for drama at the work place and I do not tolerate anyone bringing me down. 

This has been the year of me. I have lost weight, started toning up, re-built my self-confidence so why not work on my career, my friendships and form them to how I want them? I went to school and I have 2 degrees that I have worked so hard for. My student loans remind me of that every month when I make that payment. I haven't worked in my field in 1.5 years. I miss it. I miss it very much. Starting in a few weeks I will be back in it. I miss the professionalism, the class, and the level of ownership that I am used to being around. I am not saying that currently I do not have that but I do miss it. 

A lot of things have changed for me over the past year and they are all for the better. I do not regret one thing. I do not regret making myself goals and promises to myself. When New Years rolled in, I made myself promises, goals and I wrote them down. I wanted to be healthier. I wanted to be able to wear clothes and feel sexy and happy. I didn't want to be frumpy and hide myself any longer. I am finally getting to that point where I am confident enough in myself. I am so happy with myself that I was able to push myself this far. No one can or will stop me. You are your worst enemy and the only person who can stop yourself. Do not ever give up. 

Because I believed in my self I was able to do so much.
  • New career.
  • Lose 40 pounds
  • Regain my self confidence
  • Find my self again
  • Be happy
These things matter so much more to me than I ever thought they would. Earlier in the year I said this would be the Year of Rachel, and it truly has been and the year is not ever over yet. I am so happy with myself and I can not wait to see what I do in the next 12 months! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Advil® Film-Coated tablets+ 9 Tips for the Perfect Tail Gate

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If you have read my blog for the past few years, you know I am a big race day fan! I have been to a few races here in Virginia and every time I go I love to get there early and tailgate. We make an entire day of it. The only thing with getting somewhere at around 9:00/10:00 in the morning and staying all day for a night race, is you tend to party hard, have fun, you can get some aches and pains. Luckily there is Advil® Film-Coated tablets. They have a rapid release formula and it goes to *work in minutes on tough pain. For me, we love to play games, walk around which can make your feet ache, just have a good time. You can get a head ache, drink to many beverages, have a back ache. Nothing is faster on tough pain! You can even use it for menstrual cramps ladies! 

 Now while at race day, you want to enjoy your self, especially if you plan on being there all day and if you tailgate. So here are some of my tips for tailgating and how to have a good time while doing so.

 Tips for Tailgating:

1.  Bring cornhole boards. You will see rows and rows of these boards. I love mine as they are bright pink and always stand out!

2. Go check out all the vendors! There is always vendors giving away free stuff. You can score tons of free swag.

3. Pack a bag of necessities! You never know what you will need. Make sure you bring Advil® Film-Coated tablets as you more than likely someone will have a back ache, headache or some sort of other ache than will need cured. I keep mine in my purse!

4. Take pictures in the tourist signs. We have a big LOVE sign here at our racetrack. I always take a picture in it every time I go to race day!

5. Bring food. Lots and lots of food. You can never go wrong with food. You will find your self surprised at how much the food cost at the event so it helps to bring what you want to eat, with you. 

6. Make sure you bring a tent and chairs. When you get tired from all that walking around, your feet are hurting, and you just took that Advil® Film-Coated tablet for your feet or headache, you are going to want to sit under the shade and rest for awhile.

7. Find a driver you like and try and meet them. I like Ty Dillon. He drives the #95 car and is a good driver! You can even meet some of the drivers during the day at special events. Make sure you find out ahead of time where the meet and greets are and try and get into them to meet Ty Dillon! 

8. Bring music. You will want something to jam out to all day long while you are playing games, eating and socializing with friends. 

9. Enjoy the race and race day. I have been to multiple races at different venues and they are all different. Get out there, enjoy them and have fun!

I have been to multiple races at different venues and they are all different. Get out there, enjoy them and have fun! Never let a ache or pain stop you again from enjoying race day and experiencing the fun that race day. If you aren't able to make it the track, make sure you tune in on November 20th for the Ford Ecoboost 400 in Miami and support Ty Dillon and the #95 car! Make sure you stop by Walmart today and pick up Advil® Film-Coated tablets for all your aches and pains! Also click here for a coupon to save money on Advil® Film-Coated tablets.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Blog from the Heart

Some days I do not feel like blogging. Other days, it just pours right out of me. Today, I had a post I was working on. My weekend recap. I just did not feel it. When I write on here, I want it to feel right, I want it to come from my heart, my fingertips, my inner-being and be something I am proud of. I can say honestly, that sometimes, I would just blog to get something up on my blog to get views. That is not the case anymore. If I do not have something worth blogging about, I will not put it on here. If I do not believe in it, it will not make it up on here.

I find that you have to blog about what makes you, you. You have to blog about what inspires you and what makes you happy and puts a smile on your face. For me, that is my husband, my family, my dogs, working out and so many other things. For me blogging, is a hobby. I want it to always be fun. I want it to feel like a place I can come to and write and share things and not feel like a job or a chore. This is my safe place. My zen. My zone. 

When I first started out, I had no idea what I was doing. I would try and mimic other bloggers and copy them. Now a days, I have my own niche and style. It is what works for me. Do I have the best photography and writing skills? NOPE! But I do have something that works for me and I love it. I think once you find that place that you love, you will know. It took me revamping my blog for me to love it again. It took me getting a complete makeover to show who I really am. I have lost weight, found myself, re-made who I am so why shouldn't my blog reflect that? That is why it changed. It changed to reflect me and who I am. I blog from my heart. Everything on here is from me. Everything is because it means something to me or it is something I love. Sure I do sponsored post here and there but for the most part, this blog is my baby and I love it. 

If you take one thing from this, take that you should blog for you. Do not blog for the views or for the glory. Do not make your blog conform to the "popular" blogger standard. Make it your own and make it about you. Then, you will be happy. You will fiend that blogging niche you have been looking for and will know exactly what you have been searching for. Blog from the heart! ❤


Thursday, November 3, 2016

25 Blog Post Ideas

I know for me, some days I find it hard to write a blog post. I sit there forever and scratch my head and just stare at the computer screen. For me, blog post ideas always help my come up with something to write. Here are 25 post ideas that anyone can use to help them blog!

1. Create a Pinterest board of favorite things 
2. Whats in your bag?
3. Who are your favorite bloggers and why?
4. Your favorite blog post.
5. Your biggest fear!
6. Your dream job. 
7. Let your pet guest post! 
8. Something you can't live without!
9.Tips for a new blogger.
10.  Favorite makeup hacks!
11.  Give a good story from your past!
12. Your favorite book or movie and why!
13. Talk about your favorite hobby!
14.  Favorite childhood memory.
15. Why you started your blog?
16. Biggest Regret?
17. Favorite meals.
18.  How did you come up with your blog name?
19. Talk about your spouse!
20. Favorite vacation spot?
21. One brand you would love to work with and why?
22. What is your favorite app?
23. Do you have a travel wish list?
24. What is on your bucket list?
25. A day in the life of you! 

Let me know of any other ideas that you think are good ones and I will add them to the list. I know these always help me when I am in a jam!