• Career,  Happy Living

    Set Your Goals Up For Success

    “Follow Your Dreams” “Never stop Dreaming” “Chase Your Dreams” do these sound both familiar and at the same time underwhelming? I know the feeling. I have pondered these quotes many times. What do these really mean? Follow your passion sure, but what is my passion? I have a dream but I really don’t know how to get there. Dreams are great but in reality they are thoughts. Without an action plan they will be nothing but fantasies. There are 4 keys to achieving your dreams : Vision, Goals, Deadlines and Finance. “Can you see it from here?” Having a vision is step one to making your dreams come true. A…

  • Daily Battles

    Meeting the Parents Half Naked

    So you have met a cute guy. You have been hanging out with him often and may even have the official Facebook status. You have bragged to your friends about how wonderful he is. He wants you to meet his parents! EEEEEK!! This is the most nerve racking experience. I can assure you meeting his parents will be a piece of cake once you hear my story. No matter how small your college may be everyone has a sense of pride. Our university was hosting a blackout for a competitive football game during November. I was an active in a Greek Organization and was roped into participating in the blackout…

  • Festivals & Events,  Fun

    Toledo Must Do’s: Holiday Edition

    The lights are up and shopping has begun. It may be getting cold outside but don’t let that slow you down. There is so much to do in Toledo during this holiday season. Whether you are looking to gather with friends or heat things up with your significant other these Must-Dos will keep you in good spirits. 1.) Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas Who doesn’t love going with family, friends or a significant other and gazing upon the constructed shapes made out of lights?! They have a whole new 3-D holiday exhibit titled Scenes of Wonder. I can’t wait to jump start the holiday season with this fun activity. *Tip: Can’t…

  • Happy Living,  Relationships

    Food, Family and Conflict

    The leaves have changed, the temperature has cooled and televised commercials of various adaptations of Christmas morning are frequent; yep the holidays are here. I personally enjoy this time of year because there is warmth in the hearts of the ones you love. Sipping on hot chocolate, watching a Hallmark film while getting cozy with my significant other makes the cold more bearable. Although I enjoy the holiday season there is one thing that is unavoidable..FAMILY! Let’s face it you have been out of the house for some time and while you love your family meshing with a diverse set of personalities who are in close relation to you can…

  • Travel,  Vacation

    Holiday Vacation: 5 Step Pre-Planning

    Are you due for a Holiday Getaway? I know what you are thinking “Holiday Vacation? We haven’t gotten through Halloween!” Trust me when I say the sooner you get planning the better. Your planning revolves around where you want to go. Last year I had the opportunity to encounter New Year’s Eve at the place where dreams come true, Disney World. In addition, we visited the Harry Potter portions of Universal Studios and Island of Adventures. It was a jammed packed excursion and worth every penny. If you are still debating I highly recommend this trip. Here is a 5 step pre-planning process for your Holiday Vacation “I’ll just charge it.”…

  • Daily Battles

    Tinder Date Turn Embarrassing

    There was a time I looked to online dating to find Mr. Right. As it turns out no prince but a lot of stories to tell. There was a gentleman who had grabbed my attention long enough for a second date.  After having a pub meal the waitress came to ask if we were on one check or separate. I knew my date wasn’t the most financially stable and he unexpectedly drove 30 minutes out of town for B-Dubs. With this in mind I kindly suggested we split the bill. Without hesitation he gave a sigh of relief and lipped ‘thank you.’ When the waitress returned she tapped the check…

  • Reviews

    The Voice VS. American Idol

    I love to audition! It is the perfect reason to travel and meet new people. I have auditioned for The Voice and American Idol; you can click on the links for those audition processes. This is my comparison of the two experiences. Fox’s American Idol and NBC’s The Voice have very different audition processes. Both have open call auditions the general public can attend. Note that Simon Cowell was the producer for American Idol and does produce other reality talent competition show meaning the audition process may be similar. Registration: American Idol-is 2 days prior to open call audition. The crappy part is you had to give up 3-5 days…

  • Fun,  Travel

    Auditioning for The Voice

    The Voice was a television break through with their version of the audition process. For once, they focused on the talent more than looks; unlike other talent competition shows. Like any other production, they have their secrets. Despite the illusion, the open call process was positive enough for me to audition twice. I traveled to Chicago, IL for my first audition and to Cleveland, OH for my second. Both times are unique in several ways. Auditioning for The Voice:   “What time do I choose?” When choosing to audition for The Voice be mindful of travel time.Be sure to pick a time that will fit your schedule and leave room…

  • Career,  Daily Battles,  Happy Living

    Dancing Passion: Find Your Inner Dancer

    Have you ever watched a dancer? When they perform on stage magic happens. There is more than just syncopated movement, impressive tricks; dancer are feeling their movement from their soul. A dance performance is incomparable to other performers. A singer can sing the notes and an actor can entertain you but a dancer moves you. Dancers are doing so much more than counting to 8, they are burning inside with passion. A sensation so deep they have no option but to dance it out. I studied various genres of dance since age 4. By 18 I was teaching hip hop to pre-teens. Although performing and teaching dance is behind me that passion still burns…

  • Career,  Food and Fitness,  Happy Living

    Morning Struggles

    As a kid I would beg my mom to let me stay up late. Now, I am excited to be in bed by 9pm. Mornings are a struggle for us non-early risers. I hit the snooze button at least 3 times. I read, somewhere online, the most successful people make the most of their time by starting early. I’m not a morning person but I am all about maximizing the time I do have. I can’t promise you will magically become a morning person but by implementing a few morning routines you will better your happy living and get a head start on daily career ambitions.   Get Excited Do…

  • Travel,  Weekend Escape

    Weekend Escape: Ohio Amish Country

    Living in Toledo there is so much to do but sometimes I need a change of pace. I have been going to Ohio Amish Country with my great aunt and great uncle since I was a young child. Coming from the flat lands of Northwest Ohio I enjoy the hill landscape and the organic living. Although the scenery is beautiful there is so much to do here beside driving up and down the hills. Here are some of my favorite spots to visit. Swissters This wine tasting/beer tasting/restaurant/store is tucked away from the village center of Surgarcreek, OH. With barrel seats, large wooden picnic tables and live music you can…

  • Career,  Happy Living

    Video Editing for Iphone 6s

    If a picture is worth 1,000 words imagine what 24 frames per second could say. Video is my favorite way to story tell. Whether I am making a promo for an upcoming event or showing you my life struggles, I am utilizing video to tell #hayliestory. Several of my blogging friends have expressed interest in using video for their website but fear they lack editing skills. I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is editing isn’t that hard as long as you have a vision for the story you are trying to tell. The bad news is if you can’t film no amount of editing…