BONUS–Flying Trapeze Training

15 Jan

This one is a little old, but still worthy of a post. On October 11, 2013, my good friends Beatrice Guapo, Sarah Arvizo and I decided to take a flying trapeze class. I’m not at all afraid of heights, but when you get up there on the platform and have to actively jump off, I’m not sure how anyone would be completely fearless.
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It’s a short lesson with very little instruction and then you’re strapped in and ready to go. You climb up the rickety ladder and up onto a platform. The worker pulls over the trapeze and then 1-2-3, you jump. It’s that easy.

We got to do it several times and on our final turn we completed a complex move where you hang upside-down, let go and grab onto another person’s hands on the other trapeze. It’s a little difficult to explain, so check me out in this video.

Not necessarily something I ever thought I would do, but we had so much fun and I was so proud of myself for sticking that last run. Circus Circus here I come!

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BONUS–Ring the Bell at the NYSE

15 Jan

As I get older (and wiser), I’ve realized that this list is ever-changing. Things that used to be really important to me are no longer even a consideration and amazing new opportunities keep coming my way. Because of that, I’ve decided to add some bonus posts to highlight the cool things I’ve been up to that weren’t even a consideration when I started this blog 6 years ago.

On April 20, 2015, I started working at Fitbit managing all of the celeb/athlete relationships and consumer events…dream job! This also marked a career shift for me from public relations to marketing, which I couldn’t be happier about. It was a whirlwind start and things haven’t really slowed down since.

On June 18, 2015, just short of 2 months after my start date, Fitbit went public. Having previously only worked at agencies, I had never been through this before and honestly, I didn’t even understand what it all meant at the time.

Our CMO asked me to oversee our consumer activation, which would be a huge workout on Wall St. in front of the NYSE. No big deal, just meet everyone at Fitbit and build something really awesome for the most important day in our company’s history….no pressure.

With the help of the incredible marketing team at Fitbit, we put together a kick-ass event that was a huge success. We had 100 people working out with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and actress Jordana Brewster in the middle of the day on Wall Street (and we had to turn more people away due to space restrictions). We gave out 5,000 Fitbit teal t-shirts and even nearly caused a riot with so many people trying to get their hands on one.

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The success of the day and the energy from everyone at the company was a huge rush and a great way to start off my time at Fitbit. The even more incredible thing though came earlier that day when a few members of the marketing team had a chance to go up on the platform and ring the bell.

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It was such an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience and I was so proud and honored to be a part of it. It was a moment and a day that I’ll never forget.

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I’m Baaack

15 Jan

Well, it’s been a while. Several years to be more specific. I’ve been working on a lot of things – been putting in a lot of effort on #39, but more on that to come – and even checked some items off the list. So here goes. I’m back and ready to make a dent in this list!IMG_3703

#8 Keep a Plant Alive for Three Months

4 Aug

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m happy to report that I’m back to blogging! I haven’t been completely slacking…I’ve been working on a couple of these more long-term goals, but nothing to cross of the list just yet (stay tuned). In the meantime though I’m going to give one of the most difficult things on here a try – keep a plant alive for 3 months (insert scary theme music here).

I’ve never had much of a green thumb, which is not entirely my fault as I’m pretty sure this is hereditary (I’m looking at you, mom :-)), so this one is going to be tough.

After an impromptu trip to The Home Depot yesterday (yes, my life is very exciting)…

 

I am the proud owner of a Fuchsia plant.

Fuchsia PlantIt has really pretty hot pink and purple flowers that hang down off the branches. There are a bunch of unopened pods, so hopefully soon I’ll have some really beautiful photos to share.

Wish me luck!

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#19 Go to the Magic Castle

31 Dec

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Ever since I heard of the Magic Castle I wanted to go check it out. Yes, I’m intrigued by magic, but I also just hate that there’s an exclusive place I’m not allowed to go.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Magic Castle, it is the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts. Beginning with a charter membership of 150, it now boasts approximately 5,000 members. And not just anyone can go. You have to be specifically invited by one of the members to be allowed in.

Built as a private home in 1909, when the owner moved out, the mansion was divided into a multi-family home, then became a home for the elderly, and was finally transformed into a maze of small apartments. In September of 1961, Milt Larsen began renovations to turn the building into an elegant private club for magicians and on January 2, 1963, the Magic Castle opened its doors.

Back to the story…Somehow I got subscribed to the email list for a club called Things to Do LA and one day when going through the clutter in my inbox I came across an email from them that had “Magic Castle” in the subject line. I opened it up to find that the group was planning a trip to the illustrious club that would include a private show followed by the opportunity to roam the halls of the castle and take in other shows. I immediately bought two tickets (for me and new boyfriend Mychael).

As the day drew closer and the anticipation was building, I started to get really excited for what this evening of magic and mystery might hold. And when the night finally came, I could hardly wait. The dress code was fancy, including a dress or nice pants suit for ladies (sexy!) and a coat/tie for men (Mychael, being a t-shirt and shorts kind of guy, wasn’t too excited about that part). After changing in the office bathroom, Mychael picked me up and we were on our way to Hollywood.

After navigating through the craziness of rush hour Hollywood traffic and quickly grabbing a bite to eat, we pulled up to the Castle. Interestingly, it is located right behind the Hollywood & Highland complex. Who would have thought that right behind the cheesiness of Hollywood Blvd. there would be this cool building?

We turned over our car to the valet, were inspected by the doorman and let into the building. (They really weren’t joking about the dress code. A guy in front of us didn’t have a coat and they made him rent one for the evening.)

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Upon checking in with the hostess we were told to whisper “open sesame” to a little owl statue on the bookcase next to us and in a scene straight out of a Sherlock Holmes movie, the bookcase opened and a waiting area/bar was revealed!

We grabbed a drink and went to the private show. It was a pretty small group so it was cool to see all the tricks up close. From there we set out on our own to check out the other shows. At any given time, there are at least four different performances going on. We saw a few on smaller stages and the big show on the main stage. Personally, I really liked the smaller ones. They were a little less cheesy and I liked seeing everything up close. For some reason in nearly every show we went to they used Mychael to pick a card or somehow be involved. Must be that adorable smile. 🙂

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We took in three performances and were just looking around on our way out the door when a random guy asked if we wanted to watch one more. He told us to sit at a table and we were joined by about 10 other people. This was by far the coolest part of the night. This magician practiced his tricks in an intimate performance just for us. And somehow I STILL couldn’t figure out any of his tricks!

I guess that’s part of the appeal of the club…world-famous magicians are walking the hallways taking in shows and looking for opportunities to practice their craft.

It was the perfect ending to a really cool night. And the most exciting news of all…since we purchased a photo, we got a pass to return with 8 of our friends! We’ll definitely be going back. And I’ll figure out some of their tricks!

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#16 See a Broadway Show

31 Dec

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Once again, I’m a little bit behind…this past July my mom and I took an epic trip to New York. It was an action-packed six days of Big Apple fun. We went to the Empire State Building…

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the 9/11 Memorial

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rode bikes in Central Park…

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bought tons of bags on Canal Street…

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had an amazing 4-hour dinner on the Upper East Side at Philippe’s

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got massages at Bliss (they frown on you taking pics at the spa)…

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had lunch with the East Coast cousins (there are a couple who snuck away before the photo opp, but it was a big group)…

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shopped on Broadway…

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took a boat tour by the Statue of Liberty (thanks to cousin Zach)…

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navigated the subway system without getting lost…

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walked through the world’s largest store (Macy’s Herald Square)…

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went to the locals restaurant at Eataly (Birreria)…

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and most importantly we saw a Broadway (Book of Mormon) and Off-Broadway play (Avenue Q).

My mom and I had talked about going on a girls trip to New York for a while, but with most things that take a lot of planning, it was still just more of an idea. That was until I got an interesting email from Virgin America. The email said I had entered a contest and won two round trip tickets to anywhere they fly. I was suspicious because it sounded like a scam, but after some research I found that it was indeed true. So with that, we started the planning and before you know it, the trip was on the books.

My mom is very familiar with my 40’s list and wanted to help me check something off, so she asked me pick a Broadway show to see while we were in town. After some online research and consulting with friends, everyone said Book of Mormon was the one to see, so we bought tickets and added it to the itinerary (which was quickly filling up).

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We took off to New York from LA on Thursday, July 12, and quickly got started with our sight-seeing.

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Saturday, July 14 (day 3), was the big day. The evening started with cocktails at our hotel’s rooftop bar.

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We were a little early for the club-like set up of the place…at 6:30 p.m. we were the only ones there….but we didn’t care. The view was amazing, the drinks were great and we were off for an amazing night at the theater. We were in for a big night, not only because it was my first time seeing a play on Broadway, but also because earlier in the day my awesome cousin (Paul) and his girlfriend (Anna) had arranged for us to go backstage after the show. Talk about a great introduction to Broadway!

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At 8 p.m. the theater was full and we were ready to go. I was actually really surprised by how small the theater was. I expected something like the Pantages in LA, but it was actually pretty small and intimate. All that time we had spent figuring out where the best seats were was sort of a waste. There are really no bad seats at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

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The show was amazing! From start to finish, we were entertained, laughing out loud and tapping our feet along to the songs. Afterwards, we tried to take a picture of the set and were stopped by an usher. Haha…little did she know that we were about to go backstage and take photos of every costume and set we wanted (we showed her!).

We went outside to meet my cousin and his girlfriend, and the four of us were escorted through the side entrance and led backstage. We felt like such VIPs. 🙂 Once inside we stepped on the stage for a photo opp and some background on the show.

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I know I should have been paying closer attention and taking very copious notes for this blog post, but I was distracted. We were on the exact same stage the amazing show we had just seen was performed on. Maybe it was ADD, maybe I was reliving my days as a drama “star”…

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…but unfortunately all I have in my notes to share is “550 shows, 25 bts.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, so feel free to interpret as you wish. 🙂

From there, our guide took us off the other side of the stage, back into the dressing rooms to see all the costumes, and downstairs to see all the controls and set pulleys.

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What stood out most to me about the tour was how small the backstage area was. This play had a pretty decent sized cast with multiple costume changes, so to imagine them all back there trying to make all their cues just seemed crazy. Very impressive!

After the tour was over, the four of us finished the evening with a nightcap….of Junior’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake and Desserts! And let me tell you…it was amazing!

It was an unforgettable night. The play was fantastic; the VIP experience, incredible; and the company, unbeatable. (We had so much fun that we bought tickets to Avenue Q the next day!)

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**Note: This is just a single piece of one of the most fun vacations I have ever been on. Having the opportunity to spend that week with my mom filled with girly experiences and touristy outings created memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I am so lucky to have found a best friend in my mom. Love you mom.

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#4 In a Nutshell – The Cycle Project’s First News Article

7 Jul

The Cycle Project's First News Article

Check out this article I coordinated for our team in the Santa Monica Mirror. It took some serious work, but I’m glad I could help promote the mission of our team. 🙂

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