Chasing the Dream

Chasing the Dream

So I've not some news.  I'm going pro. In the next week I'll be moving to Arizona to start a career in pro sports!  For the three of you that read my blog (thanks Moo), you're well aware sports are my passion.  The dream is always to take my career to the next level in that field and that means going pro.  I'm so excited to take my adventure to Arizona and to keep chasing my dreams.  As always, I'd like to provide you with a life lesson, because I know you all rely on my blogs to guide your choices in life.  Today, I'm going to teach you about dream chasing.  How to achieve it and how to deal with the people in your life along the way.

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Do You Boo, Do You.

Do You Boo, Do You.

I've always been a planner.  Which works out well since I plan things for a living.  Growing up, I had a plan.  By 21 I'd have completed my undergrad, been in law school, and engaged with a wedding at 22.  So I'm 28, and I completed only one of those things (and since I'm an event planner and single, let's go ahead and let you deduce which one of those things I did...).  And you know what I'm thankful for every day?  That my plan hasn't gone on schedule.  

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The PAT and You.

The PAT and You.

Rather than talking about the Super Bowl (or lack thereof...), I'm going to focus on the big proposed change the NFL Rules Committee is looking into for the future.  The PAT and what its future should be.  Currently there is a proposal out to get rid of the PAT all together.  Here are the the biggest challenges I see with that change and my breakdowns on those challenges:

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I like to drink champagne and dance with my friends...

I like to drink champagne and dance with my friends...

I absolutely LOVE New Year's.  I love the champagne, the parties, the happiness, the glitter, it's everything I've ever wanted in a day.  I celebrate the fact that it's a time to dress up, throw caution to the wind, and be amongst those closest to you.  It's a way to say we made it through the Holidays.  We wore that ugly sweater from Grandma, we sat at the table with our families and didn't kill anyone, and we spent all of our hard earned money buying gifts people already lost.  And we deserve to dance on tables while drinking bubbles.  That's what NYE means to me.  But to millions of other people, it's a time of reflection, a time to set goals, and a time to dream of future possibilities.  And while I am all for reflection, goals, and possibilities, I have to laugh at the whole concept of a New Year's Resolution.  WHY do people need a day to tell them to make a change, set goals, and to build a better future?  If those things are so important to you, so life changing, why aren't you doing them year round?  It seems to me that if you're really about resolutions, goals, and dreams, that you're going to make a concious effort to do those things regardless of the date on the calendar.  The people that get life, that truly WIN at living, are the folks that are looking at who they are daily and are making adjustments DAILY.  They want to make the most of the little time we've got and they honestly want to strive to be alittle better and get a little more out of each day.  My challenge to you, don't worry about the date on the calendar, worry about how you feel right now and what you can do right NOW to enjoy your life more.  

Cheers to NOW!  

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Rule #1...

Rule #1...

...Don't be a dick.  

 So I travel a lot.  I'm on a plane several times a month. Traveling is NOT fun.  Between lines, delayed flights, and the 6,000 people who have no idea how to get through TSA, your patience is constantly tested.  Being someone who has a low tolerance for incompetancy, the patience of a 3 year old, and I'm irritable more than I like to admit, this is prime time for me to be a jerk.  But after encountering some really rude people the past few times I've been at an airport, I've decided we should all really just chill the F out and follow the #1 rule of life: don't be an asshole. 

How does one do this you ask?  I'm here to teach you. Pay attention and write this down.  Some of you, maybe highlight it.

Step #1: Be realistic.  This isn't your first rodeo.  You know it takes forever to get through security, you know the family of 35 in front of you is going to screw everything up, and you know the buesinessman on his cell phone is going to refuse to turn of his cell phone at take off.  Accept it, perhaps even enjoy the spectacle.  But don't get upset and act apalled when it happens.  It literally happens every. single. time.

Step #2 Appreciate the experience.  Seriously, this is prime people watching time.  You're going to see the weidest, most awkward people you'll ever encounter.  Snap some pics, listen in on some conversations, and enjoy it.  You're welcome.

Step #3 Be Nice.  I watched a gentleman scream at a bartender last weekend because the game was blocked out on TV.  #1, if I'm ok with missing a bit of the game, I promise, you'll be okay too sir (nobody likes the Raiders anyways, cool it.).  Second, at any point in time when did screaming and making the bartender cry ever get you anywhere?  That whole kill em with kindness, it works.  People are more helpful and respond better when you're a nice person.  And really, who pisses off the bartender?  The single person responsible for your happiness on this adventure.  

In the end, I think all of these things can be applied to any situation.  Life is a hustle.  It's a constant struggle to do more, get places faster, and find more hours in the day.  But at the end of it all, if you can't say you ran this race as a good person, changed a few lives with a smile, really what does it matter if you made a billion dollars?  Seriously, you can't take it with you, but someone up there is keeping score of how you treated others.  And if you don't believe in that stuff, I promise, the time you do have here is more fun and more fullfiling if you are able to be kind and compassionate.  Even if someone else chooses to be a jerk, someone out there will be changed by your choice to be awesome and treat others as such.  Everyone out there is fighting some battle, the only thing YOU can control is how YOU treat others.

 

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