Wednesday, December 31, 2014

6 Human Needs by Anthony Robbins

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So what are the 6 Human Needs according to Anthony Robbins?  Often, after I read a book or listen to an inspiring talk, where I desperately feel that the information is life-changing, I create a visual for myself to print and post up on the wall for easy reference.  For me, both creating the visual, synthesizing the information down to a one-pager, and having it up on the wall, instead of written down as notes out of sight, helps me not only learn it better but live it better.

I realized some people might have interest in my visuals, especially if you have not had the chance to read these books or listen to these talks.  Even though they just graze the iceberg, they might still inspire and motivate, or even pique your interest enough to make you want to dive deeper on your own and listen to or read the original work.

I was looking at this one last night and felt it was particularly meaningful and relevant for the new year.  I do not know about you but I often think about how I can better my personal relationships with those around me and those I have yet to meet.  I also am always intrigued with the science or studies done around fulfillment and happiness.  As a facts and figures girl, I like to toy with the idea that there is a set formula for happiness.  I believe this one gets close.

According to Anthony Robbins, here are the 6 Human Needs:

  1. Certainty - The need for security, comfort, and consistency
  2. Uncertainty - The need for variety and challenges
  3. Significance - The need to feel important, needed, wanted, and worthy of love
  4. Love and Connection - The need for feeling connected with and loved by other human beings
  5. Growth - The need for constant development emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually
  6. Contribution - Giving beyond ourselves and giving to others
To me it is even more fascinating that two of them are in direct conflict with one another, or can be.  For me, identifying that I have both a need for certainty and uncertainty helps me design my life better.  I hope that makes sense.  It helps me re-frame my life.  For example, if I am feeling lost or out of control, I look for the certainty in my life.  It might be as basic as I know every time I work out and sweat, I feel better afterwards.  I have control over that.  Identify whatever gives you comfort.  Watch how identifying what is certain and consistent in your life makes you feel better or vice versa if you feel like your life is too monotonous.  Pick out the variety.  It might be as small as not ordering the same thing on the menu or wearing a different color underwear.  Lol.  Try it for a second.  How does it make you feel?  Kind of cool, right?

I love these 6 Human Needs, and I love pondering all that they mean.  They have so many applications.  Not only can you consider them as a map for yourself and your fulfillment, but you can use it as a template for leadership and what your employees, your family, your friends, your customers, or even the stranger you have not met yet needs.

For example, ask yourself as a manager, am I providing certainty for my direct reports?  Do they know what is expected of them and is it consistent?  Do they have variety in their work?  Are they being challenged?  For parents, are you making your kids feel important and wanted?  For people in relationships, are you feeling connected or making your significant other feel loved?  Are you contributing to society and making a difference?  Are you growing?  Are you helping others grow and develop?

Great questions for a new year.  For me, they start the conversation for the types of goals I would like to set.  The possibilities are endless.  What are your thoughts?  Do these resonate with you?  Do they make you think about what you could do for others?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Word and Color Theme for 2015 Goals and Dreams

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I came across a blogger who mentioned she chooses a word and color for each year, kind of like a driving theme or north star to guide yourself by.  I thought about this, mulled it over in my mind for about 2 minutes, and instantly fell in love with the idea.  She talked about how to choose your word and color, and before she even got two words out, I instantly knew my word was going to be Brave.  When I closed my eyes, all I could see were oranges and reds like the sunset.  Ironically, as I came to this conclusion, she mentioned her colors were going to be the same exact ones.  I had only skimmed her blog post before and laughed to myself when I went back and read it in more detail.  Her word last year after thoughtful reflection was Brave as well though she never formally picked one.  After reading that, I knew it was just meant to be.

So what then do you do with a word and color?  I take it as a driving theme for myself, a filter and a question through which I will run all my plans and actions.  It does not have to be formal, but I have posted my word above my work space as a fun reminder about the Brave new things I want to do in 2015.  I want to make sure I consciously stretch myself and go out into the world with bold ambition.  If I find myself feeling timid or shy or questioning whether I should take such and such risk, I will remember my word.  Brave.  I will close my eyes, focus my energy on that word.  Repeat it to myself.  Feel the colors, the warmth radiate as I imagine the soft oranges and reds swirling around in my mind's eye.  I will use that energy to inspire and fuel my efforts.

I am so excited to see what 2015 will bring.  What do you think?  Will you be choosing a theme word for your 2015 Goals and Dreams?  Please share below.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Have Narcolepsy - What Does That Mean?

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Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness?

I hate how that question sounds like the beginning of a pharmaceutical ad or commercial.  Doesn't it?  Well, here is my story.  I am sharing it in the off-chance it might help you.  It scares me because it makes me feel vulnerable, but I think it is important to share.  I know during this journey, I often felt like I was the only one, so if I make even one person feel not so alone, it will be worth it.

Here is what I know:
  • I cannot drive more than 15 minutes without feeling drowsy.  My husband has to drive if we are going anywhere long distance. Just on my commute to work, I usually have to listen to an audio book or call a family member to keep me engaged. 
  • I cannot sit in a meeting or even a seminar without my eyes starting to flutter. I literally have no control over it.
  • If I am just sitting on the couch with my daughter, I cannot control falling asleep. She has actually come up and slapped me in the face and held my head in her hands staring at me. Even though she's only one (almost 2), I think she understands the gravity of it.  It might not sound that bad but with the birth of my daughter it has become pronounced.
Before You Ask....because I have heard these already:

1.  Do you drink caffeine or consume alcohol?
I don't drink coffee or tea.  I may have a diet coke or a glass of wine once a week.

2.  Do you get enough sleep?
Yes, I usually get anywhere from 8-10 hours of sleep every night.

3.  Have you considered your diet or exercise?
I exercise 5-6 times a week, and I eat fairly clean.

And For Driving...

4.  Have you tried turning up the music, rolling down the windows, or blasting the air?
Yes I have and none of it has worked.  Even, I hate to admit this, slapping myself really hard across the face does nothing.

5.  Are you safe to drive?
Yes, I am a really good driver at short distances and have never been in an accident.  I have managed it really well by listening to audio books or calling family members via bluetooth, and my husband drives most weekends or on road trips.

Have You Gone to the Doctor?

I had before with no results, BUT it had come to a point that I was worried I would fall asleep watching my daughter and she would get hurt.  Before, when it was only me, it was not as big a deal if I took little cat naps here and there. I mean I literally could fall asleep anywhere. People were enviable that on a flight to Europe, I could sleep for 90% of it. They called it my super power. Not so fun anymore.

Could it be Depression?

Initially the doctor's assessment was that "Sometimes there are no answers."  She was skeptical I had anything wrong with me because my symptoms did not perfectly fit into any diagnosis she could immediately think of.  When I burst into tears from frustration that she could not help me, she said, "Well you know, it could be depression. I could prescribe you some anti-depressants."  Eventually we ruled that out too.

In the end, at least, she deferred to sending me for some more tests.
  • Blood Work to see if I was anemic or had a thyroid issue
  • A Sleep Study to see if I had sleep apnea.
  • Referral to Neurology to see if I had narcolepsy
She assured me I had none of them but that we might as well rule them out.

Well the test results are in, and I Have Narcolepsy...without cataplexy (loss of muscle control).

Which means, I do not lose muscle control, collapse, and fall over while walking or talking to you, which is why I think I never considered I might have narcolepsy.  Cataplexy is probably the most prominent symptom people associate with narcolepsy.  In doing more research, I learned that Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that impacts 1 in approximately 2,000 people in the United States.  Incidence of Narcolepsy can vary by ethnic group as well. The highest occurrence is found among the Japanese at one in about 600.  And I am half Japanese.  Need I say more?

It's like a light bulb has gone off for me.  All the dots are beginning to connect.  I am still educating myself, but overall I just feel a sense of relief.  The neurologist I saw was amazing. He talked with me for a full 45 minutes and really listened to what I had to say. At the end, he shared that he actually has narcolepsy too and chooses just to manage it instead of medicate.

It might not seem like much but he recommended eating sunflower seeds while driving. I tried it and IT WORKS. For me that is literally life changing.  I currently have anxiety about meeting up with friends that live in another city because I know the drive will be too hard for me. How sad is that?

The Other Symptoms I have but never thought were related are as follows:
  • REM Sleep within 5 Minutes of Falling Asleep - versus the 80-100 minutes it usually takes others.  (I never thought having 5+ dreams a night was weird).
  • Sleep paralysis – A limpness in the body associated with REM sleep resulting in temporary paralysis when the individual is falling asleep, or awakening. Episodes can last from a brief moment to several minutes.
  • Hypnogogic hallucinations – Events of vivid audio and visual events that a person with narcolepsy experiences while falling asleep, or while awakening.  
  • Disrupted Nighttime Sleep (DNS) – The inability to maintain sleep for more than a few hours at a time.  (I assumed I just had an active bladder).
It is still a fairly recent development for me in the last couple weeks.  I am not even sure I should share it for fear of what people will think of me.  My doctor even said I should ask my manager about working in naps during the day (would have a doctor's note and everything) but that just feels like too much right now.

I do not want people to look at or treat me differently.  I am determined though to manage this and not use it as a crutch. I honestly just feel relieved to know that I was not making stuff up. I really do have a condition and the validation of that was really all I needed.  Do you have any friends or family that this sounds like?  How about yourself?

Let me know.  This is all new to me but I would love to connect!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hampton Creek Just Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip - Product Review

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Mmmm....cookie dough.  One of those sinful indulgences that usually conjures up memories of baking cookies in the kitchen with mom.  I know it does for me.  I immediately have images of licking spoons and even purposely ineffectively scraping the bowl just so there would be extra cookie dough I just had to eat (wink wink).  It has been a long time though since I have made cookies from scratch, and with the whole raw egg thing, I have long grown out of eating raw cookie dough.  Enter Hampton Creek's Just Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip.

When I was first asked to review the product, what really stood out to me was that it was endorsed by Oprah.  I thought, this must be legit if Oprah is writing about it.  I do not usually accept requests to review products but for this I made an exception.  

Here's what I LOVED:

  1. All Natural
  2. Sustainable
  3. Affordable
  4. Cholesterol-Free
  5. Dairy-Free
  6. Egg-Free
The only thing that would make it over the moon incredible for me is if it was also Gluten-Free.  Maybe someday ;)

They suggested a variety of recipes, but as the days passed by I found myself just taking a spoon out of the drawer and scooping myself a bite while I pondered which recipe I should try.  Being egg-free, I felt it just screamed to be eaten in its true and happy state.  Cookie dough is no longer cookie dough once you bake it, therefore if you love cookie dough, this is probably one of the safer products for you to indulge.  Back to my dilemma though of how to eat it, should I:
  • Ball it up and toss it into a brownie mix
  • Stick it between a couple graham crackers for a dough sandwich
  • Blend it into a milkshake (Tried this one and don't recommend it.  The cookie dough gets lost.  Maybe if you just ball up a couple pieces and mix it in with a spoon)
  • Add it to vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Drop it in some yogurt
  • Use it as the base of a pie or tart
  • Make cookie dough pops
  • Deep fry it
Alas, I only got to try one of those options, aside from the boring just bake it in the oven on a cookie sheet recipe.  I found that the days passed and the dirty spoons piled up fast.  I opened my fridge and as pictured above, I realized my husband and I had eaten the tub.  I think though that the point of the review is right there in that fact.  It was delicious enough and on its own merits to be eaten just as it is.  No need to add anything or fancy it up.  I think there is some poetic beauty in that given it is about being natural and free from "the other stuff".  I give it a thumbs up!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rainbow Vegetable Bake Casserole

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Looking for a healthy vegetarian casserole?  I have been wanting to try this for a while now, and am so excited with how it turned out.  The vegetables you use are totally changeable and up to you.  I tried to incorporate as much color as I could, but much of what you choose will probably depend on what is in season as well.

If you are new to my recipe posts, please know that I tend not to measure things so these are estimates.  I am kind of a free spirit in the kitchen :)


1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion
2 Tablespoons of Garlic
4 Zucchini Squashes
1 Purple Potato
1 Sweet Potato
4 Small Red Potatoes
4 Red Bell Peppers
1.5 Cups Mango Salsa
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Cup Shredded Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Dice up the onion and mince up the garlic.  Saute both in a skillet with olive oil until softened.  
  2. Spray the inside of a baking dish with non-stick spray.  Spread the onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish.
  3. Slice the rest of the vegetables up.  The thinner the better.  Place the sliced vegetables in the backing dish vertically, in an alternating pattern.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Pour the salsa evenly over the top.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.  Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
Enjoy!  This is a great dish to make on the weekend and heat up during the week as a side dish to anything you make.  So yummy and a fantastic way to get all your daily vegetables.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Healthy Recipe Substitutes for the Holidays

I do not know about you, but the holidays are hard when it comes to staying healthy.  It seems there is always something delicious around the corner, and I inevitably gain a couple pounds by the New Year.  Chalk it up to Halloween candy, Thanksgiving deliciousness, and the Christmas/Holiday festivities.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Potato Chip Rock Hiking Trail aka Mount Woodson Trail

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Potato Chip Rock has been on my bucket list for a little while now.  I had put it on my vision board to complete this year, and "BAM" I got it done.  I LOVE how that works.  I put it out to the universe, and the universe answers.  It actually came up at a networking event that I had this hike on my bucket list, and this awesome person volunteered to hike it with me.  We formally connected on LinkedIn later that week, messaged each other, and set a time and date.  I swear, if you want something done, complete a mind map and put an expiration date on that puppy.  It has worked for me every time.

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I researched online everything I could about the hike so I would be prepared.  That's the A-Type personality coming out.  I decided the backside trail was the one for me.  There is a trail that starts from Lake Poway but it is a little longer, and if there is one thing I usually like to avoid, it is crowds.  A long line can start to form to take photos on the infamous rock, and if I could help it, I wanted to get there early enough that I would not have to wait.  The backside trail had the advantages of being shorter, having no parking fee, and also no official park opening so we could start anytime we wanted.  We had a winner.

My new friend and I met right off the 15 South at 5:15am on Saturday and carpooled to the start of the trail at CAL FIRE Ramona Fire Station.  What we did not really prepare for was how dark it was.  I had taken note that the sun did not rise until about 7am but I did not really contemplate what that actually meant.  Hence, I am ever so thankful that there is a flashlight function on the iPhone.  We used that the whole way up.  As we parked on the shoulder of the 67, it truly felt like we were setting the scene of a horror movie.  I did not share this with my new friend, because I did not want to scare her, but I have to say, it was pretty spooky finding our way up the mountain in the dark.  Thankfully the trail proved to be pretty well laid out, and it was only the intermittent noises in the dark that caused us to jump, pause, and scan our iPhone flashlights around to make sure no one was sneaking up behind us.  All in all, probably because of the adrenaline and fear, we hiked up that trail in 1 hour and 20 minutes flat.  It was actually still dark when we arrived at the rock.  There was another group already up there as well who were also waiting for the sun to rise.
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Overall, it was a really great experience.  It was a little scary jumping to the actual Potato Chip Rock itself, but I just told myself it was easy and went for it.  It all turned out fine.  It was gorgeous to see the sun rise over the rocks and I snapped one of my favorite photos during that time.  I would highly recommend this hike.  At some point, I will have to try the trail from Lake Poway, but for now, the backside trail from Ramona was perfect.

Here are my Tips for this Hike:

  1. Go to the bathroom way before you leave as there is no bathroom on the backside trail like I have heard there is on the Lake Poway side.
  2. Take a flashlight if you plan to start before the sun rises.
  3. Bring lots of water.  I brought two bottles but only drank half of one.  It is always a fine balance since you are also trying not to drink too much so you do not have to go to the bathroom.  Thankfully we hiked most of it in the dark, and it was a nice cool day.  I am sure in the summer or later in the day, you would need both bottles of water.
  4. Bring some snacks.  I packed some turkey jerky, Kind bars, and a Quest bar.
  5. Think of your poses ahead of time.  Search the hashtag #potatochiprock on Instagram for ideas so you know exactly what you want to do.
  6. Bring your phone or camera.  I used my iPhone but I kind of wish I had brought my camera so the resolution would have been better.
  7. Pack a first aid kit and some antibacterial hand wipes in case you scrap your knee or worse. 
  8. Finally, have fun and roll with the punches.  There will be lots of people up there.  It has become quite the local attraction.  Be friendly and smile.  Everyone wants to get their picture on the rock, and they hiked quite a ways to get it.  Be patient and kind.
What are your favorite hikes in San Diego?  Have you done this one?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Tips for Making Successful Connections Via LinkedIn

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How do you meet people and network using LinkedIn?  The easy answer is "Be Yourself."  The explicit answer is a little more complicated.  What I think will be of the most value to you is knowing that you can do it, and the tips on how to do it.  So here goes.

My Personal Success Stories:

  1. If You're Relocating - A couple years ago, I had an HR professional reach out to me who was relocating from the East Coast.  She sent a connection request and then messaged me her story.  I could tell from her note that we had a lot in common, and she seemed like someone I would want to hang out with.  Fast forward a couple months, and we set up a double date with our spouses, hit it off and became great friends.  We now both have little baby girls and would never have found each other if it was not for LinkedIn.  The things to note from this story are that she did not ask me for a job.  I could tell she was going to be able to land one on her own merits, and she shared enough about herself that allowed me to see what we had in common which made me open to meeting her in person.
  2. Lunch with New Friends - A new venture of mine has been to meet and go to lunch with new friends I meet solely through LinkedIn.  I have done it successfully three times with great results.  None of them were weird, and all of them were genuine people I am so grateful I had the chance to meet.  I will say though that each of them had another connection to me aside from just a cold LinkedIn connection which I will touch on later in my tips below.  
  3. Looking for Employment/Advice - A couple bright young professionals have found me via LinkedIn and asked for job search advice.  I am happy to report that many of them have gone on to find full-time employment.  The power of making connections and putting yourself out there is invaluable when it comes to landing your next opportunity.  The key is having the genuine desire to grow and personally develop yourself and not just ask for a job.  Several people message me a week asking for a job.  99% of those people will not get one with my company.  What you have to remember, is that how you ask me for a job, is a direct reflection of the kind of future employee I envision you would be.  If you blindly message me and ask me to find you a job, without taking the time to actually look at the company website to see what we have open, then I am going to have to assume you are a little lazy.  I will end with that.  Justified or not in my conclusion, you gave me no other evidence to go by.  Keep that in mind. 
5 Tips for Making Successful Connections via LinkedIn:
  1. Do Not Look For a Handout - Do not contact someone with the sole intention of just asking for a job.  People are not going to do all the work for you.  Instead approach someone you genuinely admire based on their profile, compliment those achievements and then ask to connect over coffee or lunch to share their story of success and advice on your job search.  Let them know what type of company you are looking for and the kind of role you are targeting but do not ask if you can interview for a job with their company.  If they have enjoyed the conversation and been impressed with you, they will make the connection on their own if they have an open role that you match.
  2. Do Your Research - Do not blindly spray connection requests and hope that one lands.  Make sure that you are being thoughtful about who you are choosing to connect with and that you have actually read their profiles.  If you are lucky enough to get a phone call or coffee, be sure to have done your research on the company that person works for and their own career path to the present.  Nothing looks worse than getting a meeting and getting asked why you picked them out of a crowd, and not having an answer.  It is the fastest way to losing credibility that there is.
  3. Be Transparent and Genuine - Be vulnerable and customize your message for each person.  I own that I am an introvert, and I use it to my advantage.  I think a lot of people can connect with feeling shy and being intimidated by the thought of networking.  I openly say that I have all those feelings but that I still want to put myself out there and meet new people.  In some of my connection requests, I simply say that I am an introvert trying to get out of my comfort zone to connect with other local professionals.  It is the truth and people connect with that.  So do not be afraid to share your fears or name the elephant in the room.  It is refreshing and will make you stand out.
  4. Please Do Not Be Creepy - Everyone has their own comfort zone, so respect that.  Some people will never connect with strangers and that is their right.  Do not bother those types more than once.  You will get bitten.  Apologize and let them know you meant no offense.  Other people will just not respond.  Do not take it personally.  Many people also do not actively check their LinkedIn account, so responses can be slow or never come.  People like to avoid confrontation if they can and usually do not like to give negative news, so if someone does not want to have lunch or coffee with you, sometimes the easiest response for them is just to ignore your request.  Respect the no response and move on.  
  5. Be Creative and Be You - Along with being genuine, but even more so, stay true to who you are.  You will want to stand out, because social media can be noisy and spam-y.  Make sure your approach is human, and not simply self-serving.  People can smell that a mile away.  Also, as I mentioned above, it will take a little more than just a cold LinkedIn connection.  In the cases of the three lunches I had, I found other things in common first.  One person, we had actually interviewed over 4 years ago but was ultimately out of our price range.  I had genuinely been impressed by her professionalism and knew she currently works with one of my former colleagues so I used both in my message to her.  Another person was on the committee of an organization whose networking event I wanted to attend, and the most recent individual I met, though I did not know it at the time, also worked with a former colleague of mine who was able to vouch for me and confirm that I was not a weirdo or a creep ;)  So I think the moral of the story is people want to know that you are being real, that you are not selling something, and that you really just want to make a genuine connection.  If that is not the foundation for why you are connecting with people, then you will never get to the secondary reason of networking for a job, presenting another opportunity etc.  You need to build trust before you can do anything else.
So how do you meet people and network via LinkedIn?  I hope my own insights have helped you a little bit or at least pointed you in the right direction.  Feel free to send me a connection request.  I look forward to meeting you!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Color Run - San Diego aka The Happiest 5K on the Planet!

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My husband and I tackled the Color Run this weekend, aka The Happiest 5K on the Planet.  Lol, but seriously, I have not run in probably over 3 years.  I exercise and do home workouts, but have left jogging behind a long time ago.  Bad knees, neck injuries, and a bunch of other horrible excuses to cover up the fact that I really just do not like running that much.  Enter, the Color Run :)

My friend from high school emailed me a couple months back letting me know that the Color Run was coming to San Diego, and she wanted to get a group together to run in it.  She has been a good friend for almost 20 years (we met as babies, wink wink), and she lives in Murrieta so I do not get to see her as often as I would like.  So I thought, why not?  The website did promise that it was The Happiest 5K on the Planet, and who does not like to be happy?  Plus, the color madness did look fun.

Fast forward to Saturday, October 11th.  We live about 15-20 minutes from Qualcomm, so we thought that leaving at 6:30am for an 8:00am start time would be fine.  Well, long story short, we were wrong.  We did not actually get to the starting line until 9:00am.  We were stuck on the freeway within walking distance from the stadium for probably 2 hours.  We were checking the Color Run's Twitter feed and Facebook updates to make sure they would still let us run.  I have to give their social media team kudos.  They were on top of responding to every tweet and post they could.  They happily tweeted that they would make it up to us as soon as we were able to get in and not to worry, we could still race.  Thankfully all the negative experience ended there.  Once we parked, got to the starting line, and actually were there, the rest of the race was a blast!

Even though I am not a runner, I still like to challenge myself, so my husband, and I jogged about half of it.  Our friends decided to walk it.  I LOVE that that was an option for both of us.  It truly is a race for everyone.  I saw babies in strollers, and even a dog.  You can run the whole thing or casually walk it.  Overall, I would definitely recommend doing this race at least once.  If you do, here are some things to keep in mind:

5 Tips for the Color Run

  1. Wear Tennis Shoes You Do Not Care About
  2. Close Your Mouth When You Go Through The Color Stations
  3. If You Want Lots Of Color, Pick Up the Color Powder from the Ground at Each Station and Throw More On
  4. Put Your Phone or Camera in a Ziploc Bag to Minimize Powder Getting in Every Crevice
  5. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get to the Race, More Than You Think You Need
I think what I most enjoyed was just running the race with my husband.  It was great to get out and be active together.  He is such a supportive running partner, and I love how I feel when we are together.  We were a team conquering the race together.  I had forgotten what that felt like.  I know we are a team at home everyday but that feels different.  There is no start and end date to that team.  You are a team tackling life, and that is a little different.  You cannot appreciate it in the same way.  This was a defined event with a beginning and an end.  We supported each other during the race, matching each other's pace, planning which parts we would run or walk, checking in with each other, and ultimately celebrating together at the finish line.  It was a priceless experience, and one I highly recommend.

So how bout it?  Is there a more happy 5K around?  I am not so sure.  If there is, please let me know.

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