runDisney Wine & Dine 2016 + Disney Trip

Last year in November, I convinced Phil to run with me! I know what you’re probably thinking, no, I didn’t force him. 😉 But if he’s only going to run 1 half marathon ever, I definitely wanted it to be us running in Disney together! I had so much fun, despite the really early mornings, 3:45am!! Yeah, us runners are crazy. But the feeling you get crossing the finish line and knowing that a medal is waiting for you kind of makes it all worth it. And if you didn’t know already, I love Disney. There’s nothing like being in a magical place celebrating love, life, and amazing friends (Tiffany and Karla – we’re so happy they drove to Orlando to hang out with us)! Day 1 // ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex + Expo, Twin Peaks Day 2 // Mickey’s Holiday 5K (Animal Kingdom) A delicious breakfast buffet of […]

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New Orleans + NCL Cruise

Can’t believe our long awaited trip has finally came and went. I had a blast. We ate, we laughed, we played.. we almost got stranded in Honduras and so much more. I’m glad we were all able to get closer, build bonds, and have many memories to look back on. I’m extremely thankful to be part of this trip with such a wonderful group of friends. Thank You God. New Orleans,  Louisiana // Acme Oyster House, Cafe Du Monde, Oceana Grill, Brothers Fried Chicken, Willie’s Chicken Shack Cozumel, Mexico // Roatan, Honduras // Simon Explores Honduras.. *these are some pictures he took. Belize // Costa Maya, Mexico // *Watch in HD. Thank you guys for an incredible trip.

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Hello 2017.

Hey everyone! Happy new year. I can’t believe how fast 2016 flew by for me. There were a few sad days here and there, but overall, I am so thankful for the friends and family that made my year such a great one. There were a mix of challenges, lessons and certainly lots of laughter. Recap of 2016: Graduated 2nd bachelors (miraculously passed microbiology and Dr. Kant’s class in the same semester) Ran 4 half marathons, and 11 runs; totaling 106.9 miles for the year Made it in the runDisney online magazine as hipster Ariel and finished 3 runDisney runs! Was accepted and invited to attend BlogFest and IdeaWorld Fitness conference in Los Angeles President of honor society (yes, I probably was the quietest president you’ll ever meet) St. Jude Hero fundraising $500 for St. Jude’s children’s research hospital (Thank you for your help!) Took a few kickboxing lessons/classes and loved it Celebrated […]

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#BLOGHER2015 Conference

I attended my first Blog Conference in July 2015. It was a great learning experience. Both empowered and inspired — it was a lot of fun! Canadian Lentils // I was invited to a private event hosted by Canadian Lentils. A group of about 25 of us got to take a nice ride up to Harlem in a party bus to Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Red Rooster. Everything on the menu curated by the Chef himself, was delicious. Both the appetizer, Gravlax, and the entree, duo of lentil-dusted catfish and braised short ribs were thebomb.com! Mmmm.. Met an Inspiring Blogger Friend // This is Liv, the creator of UnbelievablyHuman – her work reflects her personality, which is fun and positive! Disney Ice Cream Social // This is Ashlyn, The Pedantic Foodie, a sweet blogger with a cute blog you should totally go check out. Her food pictures are seriously amazing. Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction was really nice and gave me a […]

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Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol

Hi! I’ve decided to share something I consider pretty personal: why I decided to call it quits on the alchy. You see those pictures of me up above? I’m not proud of them. I’m glad I can say, those are pictures of the old me. My request is that IF you do decide to read this, please read all the way through.. even if you start to get bored! (Honor system, thanks!) Let me start off by saying, the sake of this post was written to simply share why I chose to stop drinking alcohol.. And is NOT meant to criticize those who drink, the act of drinking, clubbing or partying. With that said, I respect you for your choices, so thank you for respecting mine. I wasn’t an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I wasn’t a habitual partygoer. But when I did go out from time to time, I drank to feel young […]

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Los Angeles January 2015

While I was in Miami, I flew with my grandma to LA to visit my aunt, while my mom met all of us there. I haven’t been to LA since I was 7 years old so I was excited to be back. Day 1// Old Chinatown Fun fact: Rush Hour is one of my all time favorite movies. I’ve seen it at least 100 times and have the lines memorized by heart! Olvera Street Day 2// Santa Monica Pier, Little Taiwan Day 3// UCLA, Korean BBQ Day 4// El Pollo Loco, Thrifting, Soup Plantation, LACMA, 3rd Street Promenade Day 5// Hollywood, Hillsong Church, In-N-Out Day 6// Venice Beach

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Miami 2015 // #JVAPMEETSMIAMI

Jess, Victor, Phil and I had been talking about taking a trip to Miami for months. We kept our eyes on plane tickets and housing options and as soon as we saw the prices drop, we booked it.. And next thing you know, we were off to Miami over the winter break! Day 1// Pollo Tropical, Airbnb, Walmart, Grandma’s, Sunny Isles Beach Grammie made us a chinese sweet dessert with mixed beans. The last person to finish theirs had to eat the extra bowl – should have seen how fast Phil ate his!! 😀 Little Havana Restaurant Day 2// Key Largo, Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Fish House Why do we look sad? Because it was a hefty $$$ lunch.. and we didn’t want to leave Key Largo. South Beach, Lincoln Road Mall, Espanola Way Day 3// South Beach, Ocean Drive, Tacos, Bike Riding Versailles Day 4// Krispy Kreme, South […]

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Boston One Day Adventure

It was my mom’s first time in Boston. We boarded an 8:10am Megabus in the city and arrived around 12pm in time for lunch. One day eating adventure in Boston with mom begins.. Legal Sea Foods // Yay for annual $1 Chowda Day. Appetizer: 1-1/2 lbs. of sauteed mussels with garlic, white wine and crushed red pepper. Main: Seafood casserole (scallops, shrimp and whitefish baked with cheese and sherry garlic butter), and mashed potatoes. Long Wharf Harbor // Quincy Market // Boston Commons + Public Garden // Boston Chinatown // I love you mom!

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