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Life Motto.

Life Motto.

"Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress" via Allison Aubrey
Managing a balanced diet on high stress days can be a struggle, but I always try to remind myself of how much better I feel with nutrient dense meals.  Putting this here, to keep that message fresh in my mind. 
good run + a good meal + a good shower = my perfect way to de-stress*
*also add in a glass of red wine when needed

"Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress" via Allison Aubrey

Managing a balanced diet on high stress days can be a struggle, but I always try to remind myself of how much better I feel with nutrient dense meals.  Putting this here, to keep that message fresh in my mind. 

good run + a good meal + a good shower = my perfect way to de-stress*

*also add in a glass of red wine when needed

(Source: npr)

10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2015
And number one on this list is Lululemon…I almost fell out of my chair.  I can understand Blackberry, DirecTV, etc. - but I really thought lulu would pull it together after all their mishaps these last couple of years. 
Here’s to hoping they can still find a way to turn it around.  I really believe in their business model and I love their clothes…but if they do go under, sound all the alarms - I want to be first in line for the sales!

10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2015

And number one on this list is Lululemon…I almost fell out of my chair.  I can understand Blackberry, DirecTV, etc. - but I really thought lulu would pull it together after all their mishaps these last couple of years. 

Here’s to hoping they can still find a way to turn it around.  I really believe in their business model and I love their clothes…but if they do go under, sound all the alarms - I want to be first in line for the sales!

This past weekend was one for the books, complete with: 13.1 miles (read: all the hills!) racing through Nashville, eating our way through all the neighborhoods, sunshine, incredible live music, exploring, cowboy boots (my fav!), much needed friend time, and FUN.

I highly recommend a wkd getaway in Nashville, it’s a really great city. And, if like me, you enjoy doing as the locals do, get off the strip downtown and go to 12 South, Hillsborough Village, East Nashville (5 Points), Division Street, and the Gulch.

Most important items being packed for Nashville this weekend: Cowboy Boots + Sundresses + Race Gear.
[In related news, I anticipate that my instagram game will be in full effect this weekend - feel free to hop on over there and follow me @rtoler]

Most important items being packed for Nashville this weekend: Cowboy Boots + Sundresses + Race Gear.

[In related news, I anticipate that my instagram game will be in full effect this weekend - feel free to hop on over there and follow me @rtoler]

Getting to Know Me

I was nominated by my VP to be featured in my company’s “Getting to Know You” section of our newsletter.  It’s kind of a daunting task to answer these questions, I learned that I’m definitely guarded professionally (you know, building and perpetuating my own “personal brand”).  But, I made it through and hopefully everyone still sees me as profesh to death yet approachable, because that would be awesome. Or maybe, they will all wear their Judge Judy hats and their opinion of me will change…whatevs.  I had no choice but to complete this, so here it goes:

  • What Is your favorite hobby? Running, Traveling, Photography, Surfing, Anything and Everything Outside.
  • What did you want to be when you were a kid? I’ve always felt drawn to nature, traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as the ocean.  Therefore, I rotated between a Marine Biologist and a National Geographic Photographer.  Once I got into college though, I found that my favorite classes were at the business school.  I accepted an internship with MasterCard Worldwide my Senior Year, with which I campaigned for financial literacy on my college campus.  It was like a mini real world business project where I found myself selling and marketing – I was hooked.  I never looked back and while the walls in my house are still adorned with my latest photos and I still find magic on a surfboard in the middle of an ocean wondering about the world underneath the water’s surface, I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be. 
  • What is your favorite time of the year? Summer, no contest.  I’m from Dallas, Texas so sunshine and warmth feel like home.
  • If you could have a super power what would it be? Singing. Of course, I’d love to travel through time/fly around the world/heal the sick…BUT sticking to something more realistic here – I’ve always wanted to be able to sing.  I think it would be so cool to share that gift or “superpower” to make other people happy. 
  • What team do you root for? Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, For college sports - UNC Tarheels all the way!, U.S. Women’s Soccer Team
  • What do you do to fulfill your creative spirit? It sounds corny to say it, but there’s creativity and inspiration everywhere you look.  You just have to be open to it, open to connections with people, open to things different than your norm, and open to the beauty that exists in even the smallest moments.  When I try to do this, I find that I am more than fulfilled and inspired, I’m energized.
  • What is the last thing you have done to develop yourself?  I’m a voracious reader.  I love anything nonfiction: newspapers, books, magazines.  Lately, I’ve also gotten really into NPR podcasts, it helps pass the time in airports while traveling (hat tip: download the free app “Stitcher” to stream podcasts, it’s awesome).
  • What’s your favorite smell? When you walk into someone’s home and they are cooking a big meal, it could be anything.  I grew up with a mother who absolutely loved to cook, she would make these huge elaborate meals on an ordinary Tuesday.  It took me going to college and eating Cheez-Its for dinner to realize how good I actually had it.
  • What’s your favorite motivational quote? It’s hard to pick just one, but currently this one is high on my list:  “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” – Kurt Vonnegut.  It reminds me to enjoy the journey, and be present.

Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.

—Hilary Clinton, on taking criticism.

(Source: ayabug, via deathbycupcakes)

Precious Memories: Dementia has taken its toll on former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, but family and devoted friends stand by the beloved coach.

An excerpt (full article found here):
Music seems to make him happy, too. About a year and a half ago, a friend named Billy Barnes came over to the house to play guitar and sing a few songs. Barnes played old Baptist hymns and barbershop quartet tunes — Daisy Daisy, give me your answer true. Music he knew Dean liked. But nothing seemed to get through. Dean was getting restless. Barnes asked if he could play one more song.
After every basketball game, win or lose, the UNC band plays the alma mater and fight song. The Carolina people stand and sing. Barnes knew Dean had heard the song thousands of times. He started to play.
Dean jumped to his feet. He waved at his wife, Linnea, to stand with him. He put his hand over his heart and sang from memory:
Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices
Ringing clear and true.
Singing Carolina’s praises,
Shouting N-C-U.
Hail to the brightest star of all
Clear its radiance shine
Carolina priceless gem,
Receive all praises thine.
I’m a Tar Heel born, I’m a Tar Heel bred, and when I die I’m a Tar Heel dead!
So it’s rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Carolina, rah, rah, rah!”

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A touching, poignant and all too real picture of a great man, a basketball legend - slowly slipping away.  A must read, not just for Carolina fans but for all those who have experienced this horrible disease and its relentless march forward within someone you love.

Precious Memories: Dementia has taken its toll on former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, but family and devoted friends stand by the beloved coach.

An excerpt (full article found here):

Music seems to make him happy, too. About a year and a half ago, a friend named Billy Barnes came over to the house to play guitar and sing a few songs. Barnes played old Baptist hymns and barbershop quartet tunes — Daisy Daisy, give me your answer true. Music he knew Dean liked. But nothing seemed to get through. Dean was getting restless. Barnes asked if he could play one more song.

After every basketball game, win or lose, the UNC band plays the alma mater and fight song. The Carolina people stand and sing. Barnes knew Dean had heard the song thousands of times. He started to play.

Dean jumped to his feet. He waved at his wife, Linnea, to stand with him. He put his hand over his heart and sang from memory:

Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices

Ringing clear and true.

Singing Carolina’s praises,

Shouting N-C-U.

Hail to the brightest star of all

Clear its radiance shine

Carolina priceless gem,

Receive all praises thine.

I’m a Tar Heel born, I’m a Tar Heel bred, and when I die I’m a Tar Heel dead!

So it’s rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Car’lina-lina, rah-rah Carolina, rah, rah, rah!”

A touching, poignant and all too real picture of a great man, a basketball legend - slowly slipping away.  A must read, not just for Carolina fans but for all those who have experienced this horrible disease and its relentless march forward within someone you love.

Delayed Flight = Fancy Wine and Cheese

Delayed Flight = Fancy Wine and Cheese