They sent me to Binghamton

I've always wanted to be on the east coast, and the universe responded…by sending me to Binghamton, NY. Oh you've never heard of it? Neither had I, but I do so love adventures and that's how I choose to view this. Let the adventures begin!


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Team Black Love

This past weekend four of us from GSR CrossFit competed in the Keystone State Classic CrossFit competition (scaled division) hosted by Stroud CrossFit. We came to the event armed with matching shoes, badass shirts, and a whole lotta love for our team, which we have affectionately named “Team Black.”

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Many thanks to my talented cousin for designing the shirts! Once other people from the gym saw them they immediately wanted one as well, to which I replied:

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We came with the intent of just having fun and getting some experience at a competition, but then we realized…NO. We must win.

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I’m not going to go into the details of what the workouts were because, quite frankly, I just don’t feel like it. 😛 But if you’re truly curious, you can visit the Keystone State Classic webpage for more information. I will instead focus on the lessons learned.

Lesson #1: Work on mastering skills.

As usual, I was reminded that I really need to get some of these skills down. We had to compete at the scaled division because two of us cannot do muscle ups and one event required both ring and bar muscle ups. I’ve managed to get three ring muscle ups in my lifetime but they are so ugly and inefficient, they cannot be shown in public.

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Lesson #2: LIFT ALL THE THINGS!

Of course I always aim to get stronger. I do feel good about the fact that I completely blew the other girls out of the water in the scaled division when it came to the heavy portion of the competition and that I also did pretty well in comparison to the Rx girls. What I do need to work on is my working weight when it comes to certain lifts. Specifically, I need to get my working snatch weight at 95 lbs and overhead squat weight at 115 lbs. Currently, I’m probably at 85 lbs for a working weight for snatches and possibly 95 lbs for a working weight for overhead squats. Looks like I need to lift more! (YES!)

And above all else…

Lesson #3: Have fun!

There really is no point if it isn’t fun. Of course, there’s a tremendous amount of training I need to do in preparation which is not all fun and games but during competition day, I should be having fun.

We ended up doing pretty well, second place overall. We got first place in the strength portion, third place in the skills and endurance portion, then second in the final workout for the top three teams. We all did the best that we could and had a lot of fun in the process.

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Till next time! 😀

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Life Just Keeps Getting Better

I’m seriously in love with fall. This isn’t the best picture but here’s what it looks like when I drive down Vestal Parkway.

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Every time I drive and I see the trees it brings the biggest smile to my face.

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This is my favorite season just because it’s a slow change and you can clearly see it day after day. Some say they don’t like fall because it’s a sign of winter and the reality is the pretty leaves are really the leaves dying but…it reminds me of life in a way. Yes, I am aware it’s one step closer to winter but for the moment, I will enjoy the beauty and just relish the moment. While it’s true that one windy day might blow all the pretty leaves off the trees, it doesn’t negate the moments of simple happiness it has already brought me. One of these days I’m going to just park my car and take photos. You know, before that one windy day comes and blows all the leaves off. 😛

I am just so in love with life. So happy. So excited for things to come. Finally not trying to plan every single aspect of my life and just letting myself be. What a great feeling. 🙂

This speaks to me and I would love nothing more than for my close friends and family to feel the same way I do.

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And this is also something I try to live by:

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Life is beautiful. 🙂


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Life Changes

I remember the exact moment I decided I wasn’t going to come back to LA. It was a snow-covered day in the middle of real winter, I didn’t have Monstrosity yet as my rental vehicle, and I was driving down Watson blvd on my way to Traditions, the hotel I was staying at because the apartment I wanted wasn’t ready yet (excellent hotel, btw, I highly recommend). As I was looking at the wonder of snow around me a sudden thought came to me:

Yup. I’m not coming back home.

It just dawned on me all of a sudden and I had this bursting feeling of happiness and certainty, much like this: mr-burns-glowing

I hadn’t even made friends yet at that point, hadn’t gone to any of the CrossFit gyms around because I was sick but somehow I just knew. Of course, in the following months there were moments of panic and uncertainty since I have the type of personality where I feel the need to categorize everything in neat little boxes, but in that moment there was no doubt. Now I’ve just gotten this feeling that something else is about to change, something drastic, in a good way. tommy

No seriously! It’s a gut feel!

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Whatever, man! I’ve had this feeling before about certain things in my life and they’ve come true so far! clapping_joker_batman_dark_knight

😀 😀 I’m laughing at myself because the logical part of my brain is like, “Homegirl, get real.” I dunno, maybe I’m right, maybe I’m just in fantasyland at this particular moment. I guess we’ll find out. The important thing though? Unlike previous times where I’m analyzing, trying to figure out what and why I’m feeling this way, right now I just don’t care. Bring it on, life! I think I’m finally ready.

Sometimes, you gotta just let it go!


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Some Late Night “Art”

Last night as I was procrastinating from doing school work I started doodling on the back of an envelope.

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I really have a thing for leaves and feathers…but mostly leaves

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I think it’s pretty obvious what my mood was at this time lol

I’m actually not much of an artist so this was a rare thing for me to doodle something that actually came out decent. The tree with the girl especially was a surprise since that started out as just a bunch of intertwined lines. So then I decided to play with this awesome app on my phone and came up with these:

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First I “painted” over the sketch

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Then I played around with various filters

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Same process was done here

How freakin’ awesome, right?? This app makes me seem all artistic! It also caused my phone to crap out on me so I may need to get a new one soon, but at least I was able to finish these and send them to my computer!


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Seasons

I had made a comment on Facebook about how fall in New York feels like winter in southern California but also mentioned how it was worth the cold because of how beautiful it looks. My uncle then shared with me what the seasons look like in Ohio and I just had to share because it looks so beautiful!Seasons in Ohio

In hindsight, I should’ve picked a tree around here and took pictures showing the different seasons I’ve experienced so far, but originally I thought I wasn’t even going to make it to fall! No matter, I am still very much enjoying the process. I didn’t think I would feel as excited as I did when spring first came after winter (omg green!) but I was wrong. Seeing the leaves starting to turn red is bringing me just as much joy. I definitely can understand now why people would choose to live in a place that has actual seasons.


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The Leaves are Changing

One day I walked out of work and came across this:

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Then when I got home I was greeted by this:

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The leaves are changing! I also notice that they seem to change on a day to day basis. Everyday the trees look more and more red/orange/brown. AHHHHHH!!! I’m so excited!! My friends here commented that they were very amused when I first mentioned how excited I was to see the one tree that went rogue and decided to turn red/orange/brown early. They said, “Oh yeah, that’s nothing. Just you wait.” 😀

I know I’ve been acting very childlike in my reaction to seasons around here, even during the biting cold winter (because snow!) but hopefully it brings back memories of their own initial reactions during their childhood for the people who grew up around here. I wonder if I will always feel this way about the change in season or if my enthusiasm and excitement will fade over time. I guess if it does, all I need as a reminder is someone like myself who has never experienced it before to open my eyes once again to how amazing this all is.

Speaking of being childlike…on my list of things to do once we’re in the middle of fall is to jump in a pile of leaves!

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Swinging My Way to Acceptance

I first saw this a few years ago but it never fails to make me laugh.

I had intended to go to Taughannock Falls (I have no idea how to pronounce that) for my Sunday Funday but unfortunately, my school work took me way longer than I anticipated (as in 6 hours to get half of my homework done!). By the time I was finished, it was already early evening and my head felt like it was going to explode.

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I would’ve loved to lay out by the pool and just hang out for an hour or two, but unfortunately fall is coming around the corner and the weather did not allow this.

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For some reason I was feeling extremely agitated so rather than go straight home, I settled for going to my now favorite spot in the park across the street from me.

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I don’t know why the swing seemed to be exactly what I needed at that moment. Maybe because it’s reminiscent of my childhood and being rocked to sleep? Or maybe it’s just a reminder of childhood in general, a time when there were no responsibilities and my biggest worries seemed to be whether I can still wear a cute dress and play on the monkey bars at the same time. I’m pretty sure the only thing that would’ve made that moment better is if I had some bubbles I could’ve blown. I don’t know why, but that seems to soothe me whenever I’m stressed.

In any case, as soon as I sat on the (admittedly too small for me) swing, my mind immediately felt at peace. That zen-like, happy feeling I felt when I first moved here settled over me and I began to reflect on where I was in my life and how I never would’ve imagined, even at the beginning of this year, that it would be like this. I am so grateful for all the things that have happened this year. I’ve made some lifelong friends here, I have job prospects (yes, plural!) should my current job not work out for me, and best of all, I am finally at peace. Even that one niggling feeling that would not go away I have finally come to terms with. Sometimes, it really is just about letting go completely. I may not understand, my feelings may change later on, but for now, I accept them.

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