Monday Motivation: Just Don’t Care What People Think. #Dance

We spend a lot of our waking time caring what other people think–how they perceive us. As someone who spends most of her time interacting with people, I’m always thinking about how I’m perceived and how that reflects upon the company I work for.

One of the greatest lessons I learned in school was, perception is reality. Sometimes it’s difficult to flip the caring switch off. This Monday motivation is inspired by Phoebe Buffay. Yep, that Phoebe Buffay. The Phoebe Buffay of “Smelly Cat” fame. In this Friends episode, Rachel and Phoebe go running in Central Park. While Rachel is focused on fitting in with the other runners, Phoebe runs with her hands flailing about. As the episode progresses Rachel sneaks out of the apartment to go running without Phoebe. She’s ashamed of the attention Phoebe draws to them. Watch it for yourself here:

Yesterday, in the cold, arctic tundra that is Minnesota, the sun came out. As someone who hasn’t seen the sun in months, I decided to take my workout outside–ice skating I went. I hadn’t been ice skating in years. After a few trips around the rink, I hit my groove. This is where Justin Timberlake Pandora Radio comes into play. The dance moves came out on the ice. I’m sure it was funny for people to watch. But I haven’t felt that free in a long time. Not a care in the world.

I encourage you to turn your favorite song up, and dance it out. Who cares what you look like, just have fun!


The #TonightShow With Jimmy Fallon: Top 5 Moments of the Week

In case you haven’t heard, Jimmy Fallon started his spot as host of the Tonight Show on Feb. 17. Fallon’a Tonight Show premiere drew 11.3 million viewers , according to TVLine, which is the second largest audience since Jay Leno’s first send-off show in May 2009. But Fallon’s first week as the new Tonight Show host has brought us many memorable moments… already. Fallon has had everyone from U2 to Lady Gaga to Jerry Seinfeld to First Lady Michelle Obama on

Here are my top 5 Tonight Show moments of the week:

1. The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith. Can you ever go wrong with an evolution of… insert whichever genre of dance you prefer–mom dancing, end zone dancing. You name it, Fallon can do no wrong in this area.

2. Brian Williams rapping “Rapper’s Delight” feat. Lester Holt and Kathie Lee Gifford. “Hotel motel, Holiday Inn. If your girl starts acting up then you take her friend.” Brian Williams slowing jamming the news. Fantastic. Clips of Brian Williams rapping. AMAZING. I lose it when KLG enters the frame.

3. Ignition (Remix) with the Ragtime Gals. Jimmy Fallon + Barbershop quartet. It’s just too good to be true. Process that, and then realize they’re singing an R. Kelly song. You will completely die of glee. The best part–they sing it REALLY well.

4. #Hashtag2. The first #Hashtag starring Fallon and Justin Timberlake raised the bar. I don’t know about you, but everyone I know, including myself, started hashtagging everything. It was a critique on society that reverberated within pop culture. And now, Jonah Hill joined Fallon and did it all over again. #somanyharrypotterreferences #idiedwiththefriendsjokes #millennials

5. The History of Rap 5 starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Fallon closed out the week with the strongest episode yet. After this episode, the show should be called The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. These pals brought the house down. Words cannot describe how amazing these two are together. They feed off of each other, and their performances get exponentially better. If you don’t believe me, then watch for yourself.

These are what I consider to be the top five performances of Jimmy Fallon’s first week as host of the Tonight Show. With that said, I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for Jimmy on the Tonight Show.

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Gal Valentine’s Day. Absolutely not. Galentine’s Day. It’s February 13–a day dedicated to you celebrating your lady friends! Thanks to Leslie Knope, who is played by Amy Poehler on the NBC show Parks and Recreation, I learned of this day. Ever since, the best friend and I have celebrated our friendship. Still not quite sure about Galentine’s Day? Here’s Leslie Knope to further explain it:


I have to agree with Leslie Knope, it should be a national holiday!

Check out this amazing and fantastic Buzzfeed post about Galentine’s Day.

Happy Galentine’s Day, lady friends!

It’s Official: Taylor Swift to Perform at VS Fashion Show

It’s official, guys! Taylor Swift will be performing at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, according to Taylor’s Facebook. 1395446_10151806579465369_1450545433_n

You  must understand my joy. This combines two of my absolute favorite things in the world–Victoria’s Secret and Taylor Swift. Therefore, you should expect there was a loud gasp when I learned of the news.

Taylor posted the following image on her Facebook, and shortly thereafter most social mediums were blowing up: Twitter, Instagram, you name it.

In honor of Taylor performing at the VS Fashion Show, which will film tomorrow and air Dec. 10 on CBS, I leave you with the wise words of the Red singer.

1. “Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”enhanced-buzz-822-1383882898-5

2. “Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”enhanced-buzz-24155-1383974463-0

Be fearless and be kind to people. Walk on, angels. Walk on.

First Look: Castle Deals With a Baby Bombshell

This is going to be fabulous! #Caskett #Babies


To hear Joshua Gomez’s “time traveler” tell it, Castle‘s Rick and Kate will one day play parent to not one but three children. But first, baby steps — in the form of tending to an abandoned infant in the Nov. 25 episode of the ABC drama.

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In “The Good, The Bad & The Baby,” a bleeding man stumbles into a church and, just before dying, hands a smiling baby boy to the priest. In short order, Castle and Beckett find themselves serving as accidental nannies to the newborn.

Previewing this “Caskett” moment he’s been wanting to play, series creator Andrew W. Marlowe told TVLine, “If I’m a fan and I’ve been watching this show, I know a lot about Rick and Kate, but I don’t really know how they feel about kids. Does Castle want…

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Cups

It’s that time of year again–Holiday cups are back at your local Starbucks, or, if you live in the Midwest, then also at Caribou Coffee.

The holidays are a time for tradition–twinkling lights, snow, family and friends, and the colors of the season. But, some things fall short of tradition.

Let’s take a look at how the competition’s cups stack up against each other.

Starbucks Holiday Cup 2013.

Starbucks Holiday Cup.

Caribou Coffee Holiday Cup.

Caribou Coffee Holiday Cup.

As you can see, Caribou’s holiday cup is dominated by a pale blue color, and  reads “Winter Wonderland” sprinkled with snowflakes, which captures the essence of winter.

Whereas, the vibrant red Starbucks features the outline of Christmas tree ornaments, which is accented by the green Starbucks logo. In all things holiday, tradition is important. What’s more traditional than red and green at Christmastime? In this instance, Caribou’s cup is anti-climactic. It falls short of holiday expectations.

Despite Caribou’s lacking holiday cup design, we’ll continue sipping on our Ho Ho Mochas or Peppermint Mochas.

Holiday 'Bou 2013


The Age of Worry: Smile & Embrace it

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a post — far too long. Life has been busy, and a lot has happened in the past few months, but I’ve missed the therapy–if you want to define it as such–that writing provides.

Recently I jumped on the bandwagon of HBO’s hit TV show, Girls. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “You just started watching it. What’s wrong with you?!” In an episode from season one, Marnie begins analyzing her life, as she has just broken up with her boyfriend and was fired from her job. We’re always moving forward — That’s life. Things are always changing. But I constantly find myself thinking about where I want to be and overanalyzing every situation that presents itself.

Image I’m going to take the words out of Marnie’s mouth. “Sometimes being inside my own head is so exhausting it makes me want to cry.”  Rarely do I find myself crying, but it hinders my ability to enjoy everything I have right now. It stops me from fully embracing these moments because I’m constantly thinking of where I want to go, or where I “should” be.

So, what’s the moral of the story? Stop worrying. Or, try to worry less. Be present in every moment, and know there’s always a lesson to be learned that will help you in future endeavors. And ultimately, worrying and overanalyzing does not help — it only deters you from being your best, what ever that may be.

Do as John Mayer so eloquently put it in “The Age of Worry.” “Alive in the age of worry. Smile in the age of worry. Sing out in the age of worry. And say, ‘Worry, get out of here!'”