Friday, December 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, Grandma

The holidays will never be the same.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

#Visionboard2012 Revisit: Items 15 - 24

In a few hours, I'm driving my family up to NYC for the holidays, so to save time I'm combining the last items from my visionboard in one post.

So, let's get to it.

Live in the moment: I have a tendency to focus on the destination instead of enjoying the journey. This year I was more conscious of being present in my day to day activities, conversations, and experiences. I must say that arriving at the 'destination' was wonderful, but the 'journey' to get there was much sweeter.

Be more active in the Social Mediaverse: Facebook is been my social media go-to site. I've been on twitter (@lizzieonthespot) for years, but I wasn't as active as I should be. The strange thing is I enjoy Twitter ALOT more than Facebook -- when I'm actually on. I also posted more photos on Instagram. Next year, I want to Vlog. Look for my Youtube channel in early January.

Lose 100lbs: I lost 69 instead. I'm still pleased. :)

Take a Pole Dancing Class:  Maybe next year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: Hair Challenge

I've been natural since 2006, and it's been fun.
I have to admit that I do get bored at times, and look for different ways to style my hair. Earlier this year, I found a stylist and wore braids for a few months. Then I opted to wear my hair in two strands, twist outs, and in an afro. You know  -- same ol' same ol'.

Then in November, I did it again.

I big chopped.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: $ave Money

Maybe next year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: Be Healthy!

Still in progress, but I'm trying.
Working out more is definitely easier for me.
My struggle is (and has always been) the food.
Why does food have to be so DAMN good?!?!?

Check you later -- Off to a work luncheon.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: No Stress

It's almost 4:00am, and I'm waking up in Dallas, TX feeling quite blessed.

Here's why.

During 2010-2011, stress could've been my middle name. I spent a lot of time being frustrated over the smallest things, moaning about what was going wrong, and dealing with grief of my father's passing. I wasn't in a good headspace.

Stress took a toll on my life. I was grouchy, ate ALOT, and even suffered hair loss. (Definitely not a good look.) lol.

As I reflect over the past year, I'm so grateful to have experienced "good" stress moments. Sure, there were the occasional WTH moments but overall I'm glad that I was able to keep the negative stress at bay.


Monday, December 17, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: #OperationRena

This is still in progress.
Sweat, gumption, and inspiration are on deck.
Here's to 2013. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: Maybe next year

"Start the Doula Certification process."
I didn't start on this process at all. I did, however, print off the needed documents a few days ago, and will plan for 2013. *fingers crossed*

Friday, December 14, 2012

#visionboard Revisit: Blog More

In 2011, I had 26 posts.
In 2012, I have 126 posts to date.
Yeaaaaaaaah Buddy.
 "Hi, I'm Lizzie and I'm a blogger." lol.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: Volunteer


Discovering Girls on the Run was definitely a highlight of my year. I enjoyed my time with the much that I went back for the winter season and ran as a running buddy with my favorite 8 year old.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: 9 + 1

"Qualify for guaranteed entry into the ING New York City Marathon via the 9 + 1 requirement."

I'm IN for 2013!

Volunteering at the Manhattan Half-Marathon

Gridiron Classic + My Birthday
Al Gordon
AHA! Wall Street Run
More/Fitness Half-Marathon

NY Mini 10K

Bronx 10 Miler
Back to NFL Run
Poland Spring

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: Maybe next year!

"Meet Lamman Rucker for a third time."

Yes, I did. Yes, I made Lamman Rucker a part of my vision board this year. If you know me, then you understand how much love I have for this actor. So, this goal makes perfect sense.

In my mind, it was quite simple -- I would go see the Off-Broadway play "Black Angels over Tuskeegee" a second time. The cast comes out after the finale, takes photos, and chats with the fans. It's was a win-win.

Lamman was set to star in the September 9th show, but for the life of me I could not bring myself to purchase tickets.  For one, I knew I wanted to see the show with my mom later this year, and secondly, I didn't want to come across as being 'stalkerish'. lol.

So, I didn't go through with it. Instead, I sent a "Happy Birthday" instagram tweet on October 6th using the photo below.

FYI - if you've not had a chance to check out "Black Angels Over Tuskeegee", you must. It's great!

Monday, December 10, 2012

To my epitome of greatness...


I miss and love you dearly.
Continue to rest in peace.
xoxo, your oldest girl

#vision2012 Revisit: Maintain/Connect

"Maintain relationships with friends and loved ones. Make new connections."
Looking back on this particular goal, I'm pretty sure I used "maintain" as a euphemism. I probably thought that cut off, release, end sounded way too harsh and negative.
Even as I re-read the sentence, I think I subconsciously knew that I needed to rid myself of stagnant relationships. How do I know this? I wrote make new connections and I often found myself feeling {insert emotion here} when:
  1. there was a lack of (or no) communication
  2. I only heard from a person when something was needed 
  3. I called, left a voicemail and received a "What's up/How are you?" text after hanging up. {blank stare} 
  4. I receive a message asking if everything is okay, because I haven't updated my FB status lately. {side eye}

Sunday, December 9, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: "Aspire to Inspire"

"Aspire to inspire" came about after a conversation I had with a dear friend. She told me "Liz, you don't inspire me by what you're saying. You inspire me by what you're doing."

This exchange only confirmed what I already knew about myself: "I aspire to be a "be about it" person. I don't want to sit back and talk about what I could be doing. I want to actually do it. If this inspires, someone -- great! Let's connect and inspire each other."

Over the course of the year, I've connected with some amazing people! It's definitely an "iron-sharpens-iron" situation, and I'm so happy about that. :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

#visionboard2012 Revisit: "Learn how to swim"

Looking back at my previous post about my first swim lesson, I laughed after reading the following:
"Now to be quite honest with you -- I'm a fan of the water. I love being in the pool. However, I begin to feel some sort of way when my feet can't touch the bottom of the pool. I hope to overcome this fear during the next 8 weeks of lessons."  
This was quite funny because here I am ten months later and I STILL feel the same way.

Friday, December 7, 2012

#vision2012: Revisited

As this year comes to an end, I've started brainstorming for my 2013 Vision Board. I'd be remiss; however, if I didn't revisit my #visionboard2012.

For each day leading up to the end of the year, I'll provide an update on a goal I set for myself this year. Did I succeed? Did I fail? You will soon know.

My new #visionboard2013 will be revealed on January 1st. In the meantime, get ready for my first revisit -- Learning to swim. It's coming up tomorrow.

Good night, All!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


M the Superstar!

5:00am comes early.

Luckily, I managed to get up before my alarm went off. 

Today was the BIG day. I was headed to Washington, DC to serve as M's run buddy. Now, if you recall, I posted my sheer excitement about this event, and in just a few hours, it was about to ON like popcorn.

I decided to take the 7:30am Bolt Bus to DC. The fare was reasonable ($48 r/t) and the ride was  comfy. We arrived at Union Station around 11:45am. M and her mom picked me up and we headed to Anacostia Park for the race.
It's wonderful to see all of the young runners getting ready for their event. From the tattoos, face painting, Happy Hair, and sign making areas - Girls on the Run knows how to make the girls feel special.

M's team had so much energy and personality. They were chosen by Olympian Julie Culley to go on stage and present a cheer. M was TOO excited about that.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Instagram Round-up

Joined @TheBigGirlBlog for #CurvyCardioNYC

It's okay -- I ran.

Tiff and I after our morning run.

State Championship - CHECK!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hello Denver!

I can finally check Denver off of my travel list. 
I traveled there last month for work and had a grand time.
Below are a few photos from my visit. 

An LGA Breakfast

First stop - Chick-fil-A

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas

Dinner at Tamayo with the Henfields

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Funny Ish

I ♥ Youtube. #thatisall

Elevator Prank in Brazil

Dog fetches Cat

Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's December Already?!?!

Only 31 days until the New Year! Let's make 'em count. :)