All over the place.

I am starting to think that the phrase all over the place is the only way to describe my life. I have so many random thoughts in my head that don’t go anywhere but chill there and then I put them in a note in my iPhone and then I forget about that and then I remember when it’s not important anymore and then I freak out and the cycle repeats over and over and over. So here are all the random things I’m thinking right now so maybe I can look back on this post and remember, although there is a 99.9% chance that I never will. Good. Oh, and I really like bullet points. Can you tell?

  • Did anyone watch that new show Mistresses on ABC Monday night? Oh goodness. It’s like Desperate Housewives, only faster and with extremely beautiful people. I am super happy about that. Good job network producers. You knew you had to do something to make up for how terrible The Bachelorette is this season.

  • I want to do this. Help.
  • I am so ridiculously obsessed with Miley Cyrus’ new song. I think I have been playing it non-stop since she released it yesterday. I am praying so bad that this means she is going to go on tour with Demi Lovato and all my dreams are going to come true. She’s single now guys. Not sure what that means, but I’m not mad about it.

  • Speaking of music, on my off 5 minutes from listening to Miley, I have been listening to the Ingrid Michaelson Pandora station and I cannot get enough. I kind of want to be her or invite her over to my house for cereal or something like that. She’s just so darn cool. I wish that I was tech savvy like some of you are and could make one of those cute little pictures with all my favorite songs right now, but I just have no clue how. So, sorry. I could screen-shot my iTunes, but guess what? Don’t know how to do that either! Thumbs up for being a college graduate.

  • I got a legitimate job! I don’t want to say a lot about it, but it’s full-time and I will still be nannying my girls one day a week, so I’m going to be super busy, but it’s all good. I need to grow up one of these days and apparently that day is like, tomorrow. Oh, and it’s a fitness job. Score.
  • I was *thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis* close to going to California this weekend to visit a good friend, but then unfortunately remembered that I am poor and cannot afford a last-minute plane ticket. And now I am very sad. I know I am going to regret it this weekend (not going), but I really just don’t have that kind of money at all. On the bright side, I have not a thing to do this weekend, so hopefully I can be productive for once in my life and catch up on all the little random things I need to do and people I need to see and all that jazz. If anyone has a plane and wants to fly me to LA though, I certainly would not be angry.
  • This is my friend Tara’s YouTube channel. She wants to work for Ellen as much as I do (if not more!), and we went on an adventure the other day. Check it out. So many links in this post! Again, too bad I can’t do anything with technology and actually put the video into the post. Teach me.
  • I’ve been running so much lately. Weeeeeird. I think it’s because I’ve gotten so much random, new music that I love and I just want to listen to it over and over and it’s more socially acceptable to do that while on a run than just laying in bed in the middle of the day for no reason. I might be doing a Tough Mudder in a couple of weeks. Oh goodness. Has anyone ever done it before that can convince me I wouldn’t die?

  • I would give up just about anything in the whole world right now to go back and re-do college. I know I’ve said that before, but it really was the best time of my life and I did not take advantage of everything that I should have. I am lucky that I made some absolutely amazing friends there, but I miss them like crazy and just want to have a reunion in approximately 5 minutes. I don’t know if it helps to talk to them, because that just seems to make me miss people even more. That was a confusing statement if I’ve ever heard one.

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  • These words are about to come out of my mouth and I am totally going to regret them, but I really want to do a juice cleanse again. Why? I have no idea. Told you I can’t make up my mind for more than 5 minutes.

  • It is my wonderful mother’s birthday today! To tell you the truth, I really don’t know how old she is and she would be very angry with me if I posted it on here anyway. She’s a cool lady. I do actually owe her for my life, but also for everything she’s given me over the past (almost) 22 years. No matter how messed up I have been, she’s never given up on me which is way more than I can say for anyone else I’ve ever known. And she sent me a card every week at college, which was super sweet. And she took my crying phone calls numerous times throughout the day and in the middle of the night. And now she lets me live with her and gives me food and doesn’t get (too) mad when my sisters and I act like complete fools. I love her.

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This is random and long enough, so bye. Have a wonderful Wednesday! <3

What should I do this weekend?!

Current state of mind survey.

I saw this survey over on Melissa’s blog the other day and thought it was super interesting, so here ya go!

I feel….

Content, laying on my couch, drinking coconut water, and catching up on blog stuff.

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Hot, because I am constantly carrying kids around all day and holding their sweet, but sweaty little hands.

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Antsy, because I know there’s someplace else in the world I am meant to be.

I want….

Another cat.

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To win the lottery.

For everyone to be nice.

I have….

Two amazing jobs.

Three younger sisters.

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A bottle of spiced apple wine in my fridge waiting to be drank.

I am thankful for….

My parents letting me still live with them.

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My parents paying for my college.

My parents buying me a car. Apparently they rock.

I would like to….

Travel to every single place in the world I would want to ever possibly want to live before I make a decision.

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Have someone put me on a plane to California and make me live there for at least 6 months, because I don’t know what it will take for me to do it on my own.

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Adopt all the children in the world that don’t have a home.

I dream about….

THE WEIRDEST SHIT EVER. I’m not even going into detail because I will freak you all out and you will never read my blog again.

I prefer….

Coffee over tea.

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The Bachelor over The Bachelorette.

Walking over driving my car.

I am passionate about….

Helping people get healthy and get their lives on track and love their bodies.

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Cats.

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Being successful.

I am happy when….

I wake up on a random weekday with no where to go and I can work from home all day.

I leave yoga class.

I eat really good food.

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I am looking forward to….

Going to California in August.

Turning 22 and being able to sing, “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.”

Seeing the Jonas Brothers in July.

I have never….

Ridden on a real roller coaster.

Tried sushi, although I really want to.

Liked big crowds.

I would never….

Ride in a helicopter, unless Ellen was with me.

Give up wine.

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Run a marathon. I would die I think.

I am always able to get cheered up….

By wine.

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By sleeping.

By watching Real Housewives and remembering things could be worse.

I enjoy….

Food.

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Yoga.

Sleeping.

I appreciate….

My family.

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Army people.

Jenna Marbles.

I know….

How to cook.

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That I am the most indecisive person in the world and change my mind every 5 minutes.

How to wrap Look at me now by Chris Brown & Busta Rhymes.

I used to….

Count calories like whoa.

Be a competition dancer.

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Like to stay up late.

I never expected….

To graduate college and do something completely opposite than what I got my degree in.

To hug Ellen DeGeneres.

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To make money doing what I love.

I wish….

That I would just suck it up and move to California already. This would be easier if Ellen would call me already…I’m still waiting lady Smile with tongue out

That I could be Miley Cyrus’ best friend.

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That Jillian Michaels would be my trainer.

Your turn!!

A weekend away.

Hey guys! How is it going?? A bunch of random, non-important things have happened over the past few days so let me catch you up on that Smile with tongue out

Thursday

  • drove 3 hours up north with my best friend and may or may not have stopped at a wine tasting on our way

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  • went and got some delicious, local pizza with my grandma
  • got manicures!
  • workout: 1 hour power walk

Friday

  • went downtown to get lunch and go grocery shopping
  • drink wine at noon :x

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  • make a delicious dinner of sweet potato fries, asparagus, and more wine

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  • workout: 40 minute run/walk, TIU malibooty 3x

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Saturday

  • went to my aunt’s house to visit for a few hours
  • made thin crust margarita pizza for dinner
  • went out on the town (note the sarcasm) and visited a few local bars

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  • stayed up late enough to watch last week’s episode of SNL and be in bed by 11; aren’t we wild?

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  • workout: 1.5 hour walk, TIU under the sea 3x

Sunday

  • cleaned up, did laundry, and dishes

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  • made a wonderful lunch of TIU sweet potato fries, Brussels sprouts, and strawberries

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  • caught up on computer work and watched a lot of Real Housewives
  • had our own little Cinco de Mayo fest with guacamole and kale chips and some yummy drinks
  • workout: 45 minute run and 1/2 hour Tara Stiles yoga

Things are going well so far! Of course we did other random things during the days, like walk the dogs a lot, but it’s just been very relaxing and chill so far; perfect. And we still have all day today and tomorrow before we leave on Wednesday! Score. We actually have some real plans for the next few days; surprise, surprise.

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Now I just want to talk about the Tone It Up 2013 Bikini Series real quick. I am 100% head over heels obsessed with Karena and Katrina (in a non-creepy way, I swear).

They have truly changed my outlook on health and fitness for the better, and I could not be more grateful to them. Since I am a personal trainer and a nutritionist, I tend to put all my time and energy into my clients and forget about myself in the process. It is so easy for me to help other people and ignore my own needs. K & K have showed me that it is possible to do both! They have given me a phenomenal lifestyle to follow that is fun, rewarding, and one that I love to share with others. I am so lucky to have my best friend Sarah to do the bikini series with; her accountability has been fantastic!

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I am planning a trip back to California (hopefully!) in June or July, and I really, really hope I am about to go to Manhattan Beach and talk to Karena and Katrina about their business and how they stay so fantastic. Enjoy this random picture Luke took from the last time we were there, lol.

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They have really motivated me to move forward with my own online health coaching business, and I don’t think I would have made this decision if it weren’t for them. They are so darn successful and get to do what they love with their best friend for a career; does it get any better than that?! I don’t think so. They are so realistic (always post pictures drinking wine; my soul mates since it’s 2pm on a Sunday when I am writing this and I have a glass next to me) and make working out and eating healthy seem like a breeze. Which it is! I think it is sad how it is normal to eat crap and lay on the couch all day in our country. Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy and lead their ideal life. I am getting there, but need to move to California to top it off!

Ever since discovering Tone It Up in August 2012, my mindset on health has changed. I am able to provide my clients with better motivation, since I am motivated myself. I am able to crave healthy foods for the first time in my life, instead of throwing crap in my mouth just because (most of the time Smile with tongue out). I am starting to look forward to my morning runs, when running used to be hell for me. I get antsy if I sit still for too long and always look to TIU for a quick routine during commercial breaks of my favorite shows. These wonderful women have made me a happier person, and I would love to give anyone else more information if they are interested in purchasing a nutrition plan or even jumping on board with the bikini series!

And maybe the grand prize of the series will convince you to join: a trip anywhere in the entire world from Contiki Vacations for you and a friend! Is that insane or what?! What generous people! My friend Sarah and I are doing the series together and really are hoping we are able to win the trip (obviously), but at least for me, the journey to get to the end of the series is more important than any prize. I just want to be healthy and confident with my body and would love for every other woman in the world to feel the same. Thank you Karena and Katrina <3

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My friend Hannah shared this picture with me, which I thought was very appropriate for this post:

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If you won a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Monday recap

I think I mentioned this before, but I have the week off work! WOO! So yesterday was an unexpected day off for me, except for training a few clients at the gym. I got a lot of random little things done and am actually planning on doing some productive things today. We shall see how that goes. Anyway, here’s what I got done.

  • An awesome workout. 30 minutes of strength training (Summer Arms, Bikini Booty, and Long&Lean from the Beach Babe DVD for anyone else who follows TIU) and this 40 minute cardio routine, except I substituted running for biking. Intense! Left me a sweaty mess and like, crawling up the stairs. This was actually a collage of my friend Sarah and I preparing for the “Bikini Series” yesterday!

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  • Playing catch-up online. Many of you know that I am a Beach Body coach. A LOT of the work I do for that is online (most of it!), so I actually had an opportunity to respond to e-mails and facebook messages, follow up with some new members, and other random stuff like that. I didn’t get to work on the blog as much as I would have liked to, but hopefully that will get done today!
  • Watched some talk shows. Of course including Ellen. Okay, seriously, how cute are Sophia Grace and Rosie? I posted on twitter that I want to be them when I grow up. They rapped Thrift Shop yesterday and it was seriously almost better than the original. Ellen talked about how many people get famous and noticed off of YouTube now, which gave me hope that she will see one of my videos! I also watched Rebel Wilson on The View, which was absolutely hysterical of course.
  • Cooked some awesome things. I made a yogurt bowl for breakfast, a protein pancake for lunch, shakeology for a snack, broccoli and muesli for dinner, and a protein shake after working at the gym. Solid. I need to work from home every day. Or just work for Ellen and live in California and then people won’t judge me for eating healthy, because it’s normal out there. Isn’t it sad that people are chastised for NOT eating burgers and fries all day long in Michigan? Ridiculous.

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  • Decided to start online personal training! I already develop online plans for people if they ask (mainly clients I already have and friends/family), but I am going to soon have a tab on the blog where people can purchase fitness, nutrition, or a combination of both plans from me! I already have all the documents on my computer, so why not put it out there on the Internet and see if anyone is interested? This will require some technical knowledge on my part, so this will most likely take me days. Bear with me.
  • Brainstormed ideas to get to California and work for Ellen. Okay, I know that I am getting annoying with this whole “work for Ellen” thing, but it is truly all that has been on my mind since April 10. That’s almost 3 weeks. If you know me at all, that is an eternity in my book. I lose interest in something after approximately 5 minutes, so it is huge that I have wanted to work for her for YEARS, and even more so in recent weeks. I have some ideas up my sleeve that will go into play over the next couple of weeks Smile with tongue out Say a little prayer for me!

  • Started writing a book. Yup, that’s right. You’re probably like, “But Allison, you’ve never mentioned that before?” True; I haven’t. Because it’s a super surprise! That reminds me when I take my girls to gymnastics and they have to do a “super stop” after any move to keep the kids from running around like animals. Anyway, I figured that I should have a project and keep up my grammar skills now that I’m not in school anymore! It’s mainly for me, but if it just so happens to actually be read-able, I wouldn’t be mad.
  • Read quite a bit of The Compound Effect. This book is seriously great you guys. I am going to leave you with a couple of quotes from Darren Hardy:

“You cannot see what you don’t look for, and you cannot look for what you don’t believe in.”

“Eliminate all of your excuses. Embrace the fact that you are freed by your choices, as long as you assume personal responsibility for them. It’s time to make the choice to take control.”

“You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.”

“When your actions conflict with your values, you’ll end up unhappy, frustrated, and despondent. In fact, psychologists tell us that nothing creates more stress than when our actions and behaviors aren’t congruent with our values.”

What is the best book you have ever read? I need suggestions!

Welcome to my life.

Not that you all probably care about my super fascinating, exciting (note the sarcasm) life, but I figured I would share some pictures that describe me pretty perfectly right now.

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Story of my life. I know it’s mean, but there are just some people that you are like, “Nope.”

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I very rarely paint my nails, just because it gets chipped in 3 seconds, but if I did, this is the color they would constantly be.

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If anyone can tell me where to find these shoes, I will be forever in debt to you. I may even buy you a pair in thanks.

Doing yoga. Lots and lots of yoga. Except I don’t look like that. I look more like an awkward cat.

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Eating as many veggie bowls from Chipotle as humanly possible.

Watching this video. Oh my goodness gracious. Get ready to pee your pants.

Playing Candy Crush. WHY DID NOBODY WARN ME NOT TO GET THIS?!

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Re-living this moment over and over. Today my mom told me I need to differentiate the fine line between persistence and annoyance. From here on out, I am vowing to be the most persistent person ever that wants to get a job with Ellen, and if I’m being annoying please come over and slap me. Would re-enacting that video from above be awesome or creepy? Awesome I hope, since now that the idea has popped in my head it’s all I basically want to do with my life.

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Wearing the coolest shirt in the whole freaking world that my awesome friend Tara made for me. She has one, too. They say “I want to work for Ellen.” YES YES YES.

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Hanging out with my girls and getting really excited when they will wear matching outfits. I wish it was acceptable to match my friends. That would be cool.

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Eating delicious food. This is muesli from Costco (the holy land in my opinion) with banana. Uh, yum. I basically want to live in California because they have delicious, healthy food like this everyone. And wine. They have great wine.

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Chilling with my sassy cat who gets really pissed when I stop petting her.

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Watching a lot of Ellen and wondering where I can get that wine purse.

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Finding this awesome frog outside and getting more excited than the kids.

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Rocking my Ellen sunglasses and being really awkward taking pictures on the way to work with my giant forehead.

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Loving this picture and this day!

Sorry my posts have been a little random and all over the place lately. I have been super busy this week, but all that will slow down because I have 2 weeks off nannying now! Still working at the gym, but I get a little vacation up north which is very exciting. See ya’ll tomorrow!

What’s going on in your life right now?

Bucket List

Do any of you have a bucket list? I have never made one of my own (Luke and I have made one together), and I figure it’s about time! I’m sure I will add a bunch to it over time, but here’s what I’ve got so far!

  1. Move out of Michigan for at least a year.
  2. Travel around Italy.
  3. Start my own health and fitness business.
  4. Learn how to speak another language.
  5. Work for Ellen.
  6. Go to all 50 states.
  7. Learn how to surf.
  8. Go to a country music awards show.
  9. Buy my own cat.
  10. Learn how to meditate.
  11. Run a marathon.
  12. Write a book.
  13. Be on a TV show.
  14. Spend an entire day in silence.
  15. Work out with Jillian Michaels.
  16. Take Ellen and Portia out for a drink.
  17. Eat completely vegan for at least 6 months.
  18. Swim the great barrier reef in Australia.
  19. Meet the little girl I sponsor in Guatemala.
  20. Pay the bill for a random person’s table at a restaurant.
  21. Live on a vineyard.
  22. Dedicate a year to traveling around the world and doing one kind, random act a day.
  23. Ride on an elephant.
  24. Have a job where I can ride my bike or walk to work.
  25. Be completely happy with myself and my body.
  26. Watch all the Harry Potter movies in one day.
  27. Meet a random new best friend.
  28. Go on a vacation with my 3 little sisters.
  29. Send my parents on their own vacation.
  30. Get professional photos taken.

And now I have started playing Candy Crush and will see you all in approximately a week. Just kidding. Maybe…..

What else should I add to my list so far?

Consistency & the little things.

I went to yoga this morning for the first time in a long time. Sure, I do routines in my room each morning, but it’s just not the same. When I’m doing yoga at home, I typically get distracted by every little thing and check my twitter every 2 minutes. I can’t do that in a studio, because I feel the instructor would be very offended if I whipped out my phone or sat down for 5 minutes because I was tired. Going to the studio forces me to actually pay attention and concentrate, which is really good for me since I won’t do it on my own. If I was a celebrity and could afford my own personal teacher at my house every morning, that would be ideal. Yes, that is what needs to happen.

Anyway, moving on. The teacher was talking about setting your intentions on specific things and talking positively to yourself. She kept talking about thinking positively because, “If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t.” That is completely true. I have fallen into this pattern of just going through the typical routine of my day and doing the same thing over and over. If I want to move to California and work for Ellen, am I going to do that by watching Jenna Marbles videos (which are actually very true) and drinking wine? I WISH. But no. Goodness, even Jenna Marbles didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, made a sweet YouTube video, and is now making an insane amount of money doing something fun that she loves. That is freaking cool. You always hear stories of people making their dreams come true by hard work and dedication. It really does work.

I am also reading a book called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. He keeps stressing the fact that if you can just take a series of small steps consistently over time, huge things will happen. That gives me hope, because I get in this mindset that I’ll be stuck in Michigan forever. Um, no thank you. SO, since I really like lists, here are my little steps I’m going to take to work for Ellen every single freaking opportunity I can until it happens:

  1. Make a YouTube video every week showing me spreading kindness or doing something funny/uplifting in the area.
  2. Continue to write these blog posts and tweet them to her.
  3. Try to talk to a local news or radio station and see if they can help.
  4. Save money so I can actually move to LA if the opportunity arises and not be poor and live in a box.
  5. Talk to people & have them help me spread the word!

There’s probably a million more things, but I’m getting really serious and tacky and annoying and I don’t like it. I mailed my scrapbook to her yesterday and totally forgot to take a picture of it; boo. I wish I had, because it was pretty darn funny. I really don’t care how ridiculous I seem to people, because Ellen is awesome and I know I would be happy working there. The end.

Not really the end, because I have something else to say. I am going to be at my sister’s dance competition all weekend and by all weekend, I mean all weekend. 20ish hours of dancing. Oh my goodness. I need entertainment/ideas to make me not go crazy. Yes, I’ve already thought of alcohol so don’t say that one. Ready set go! <3

Sunshine and smiles :)

Well that’s a cheesy title if I ever saw one. That is how I feel about yesterday though! The day started out terrible. My phone is broken, I woke up late, my stomach has been hurting like crazy, and I’ve just been super stressed. I spent my entire day with children yesterday, from 8am-8pm and they managed to make me smile for about 100% of that time. Once the sun came out and we were able to play outside all afternoon, the day got even better. It really reminded me to cherish the little things in life and to try to remember to live each day as big as I can, even if I’m not currently as content as I would like to be. I was reminded of that little fact in an e-mail from a super special lady earlier this week; so thank you love Smile

I actually got a lot of little things accomplished that I had been meaning to get done. Ya’ll probably think I’m weird from getting a kick out of joy from making a 5 minute phone call that I had been putting off, but I really just do.

I also get a big burst of happiness from finishing the scrapbook I’m going to send to Ellen full of pictures and reasons I should work for her. I’m mailing it out today and am going to pray for the best! The girls I nanny helped me make it super cute (or super tacky, take your pick) and glittery. In their eyes, there’s no other way to do things.

Since I’ve been talking a lot lately about things I dislike about Michigan, I want to share some of the things that make me really happy here:

  • I know this place like the back of my hand, since I’ve lived here for 21 years. “Seek alternate route” construction signs don’t stand a chance with me.
  • We get some really awesome thunder/lightning storms, which make me much happier than a sunny day does for some odd reason. They’re especially the best if I have wine and a good book.
  • This can also be a bad thing, but almost every time I go out in public I run into someone I know.
  • It’s an extremely safe area.
  • My room is the bomb. It is super organized and super cute (thanks to momma) and is just such a sacred place for me to chill in. I love leaving the windows open all night in the summer and waking up to the sun coming up. Wonderful.
  • I have become involved with some amazing families with some even more amazing children. I don’t think I would ever be able to find sweeter kids than the ones I babysit for. I just love them all. In total, I watch 9 kids on a regular basis!
  • My gym is sweet and has the best people. My yoga studio is my favorite.
  • It’s really easy to drive an hour in any direction and find a cool city or small little town with random things to do and see. Like if you go one hour south you’re in Detroit and can go to the casino and drink and have a blast. If you drive one hour west you’re in Frankenmuth and it’s a super tiny touristy Bavarian town with tacky sight-seeing, yet weirdly fun.
  • People wave when you pass them in their cars.
  • I have a really good doctor, dentist, massage therapist, etc. I am bad at getting to know new people to help me out with these things!

There really are a lot of positives about living in Michigan, but like I said in my previous post, I just need something more. I am so glad that I was reminded to make the best out of the situation for the time being though. That’s really important. Everyone that I have talked to about this has encouraged me to follow my heart. I have talked to a lot of women older than me about it (because I’m a nanny and am around real moms all the time) and every single person has said that their one regret in life has been not getting out and experiencing more. I will not let that happen to me. If my dream is to move to California and work for Ellen, why would I not go for that? It’s totally do-able if I quit spending my time watching cat videos on YouTube and put that time towards actually applying myself to something productive.

For the time being, I’m going to focus on spending time with friends and family and enjoying myself. Sure, I know deep down this isn’t what I want, but that doesn’t mean I need to have a bad attitude about it. Life goes on and the only thing we can’t get back is time, so I’m sure as hell not going to waste it.

What is one great thing about the place you live?

Seeing something else.

Have you guys ever been somewhere other than where you live and been really sad to leave and go back home? Sure, I’ve had that feeling with beautiful vacations to the Caribbean, but typically I am excited to get back home and to my normal life. But that’s exactly what my life has become: normal. I am beyond bored with it and feel like I have so much more potential and capabilities than what I am currently using. It is the same thing, day after day, and I am not accomplishing anything productive in terms of pursuing a REAL life for myself. I adore the girls I nanny  more than words can describe. Training clients gives me joy. But I need more. I need to be happy in my personal life, not just in my professional life.

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Traveling to California made me realize how much more is out there in the world for me to experience. I have always lived in Michigan; this is all I know. I have an amazing family, job, friends, and everything else here, but it’s just not enough for me right now. Ever since I was young I have thought California was the place for me, and ever since I started watching Ellen it has been a dream of mine to work for her. So who says my dreams can’t come true? It happens for people every single day, and I know if I really put my mind to it I can make it happen for myself as well.

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Here’s the reasons I want to live in southern California:

  • warm, mild weather
  • emphasis on health and fitness
  • beach nearby
  • entertainment industry
  • things to do other than sit on the couch and watch TV
  • ability to walk a lot of places
  • people are very accepting of those with differences (or at least seem to be!)
  • opportunities everywhere

Here’s the reasons I want to work at The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

  • I have been to the show twice, and it is truly the happiest place I have ever been. I have not smiled so much in my entire life as I did in those two hours.
  • Ellen is the kindest, most generous person I know. She makes it her mission every day to help people and make them smile, and I cannot think of a better person to work with and learn from.
  • Her staff is just phenomenal! I could be a mini-Jeannie or even her assistant!
  • I would be so honored to have the opportunity to learn so much from such an experienced team. I want to work for a company (and for people) that have great values and focus on spreading love in the world.
  • It is just freaking fun. People are always smiling (except me when I cry, but I swear I would be able to hold it together) and laughing and just straight up loving life.
  • Ellen gives cocktails to her guests.
  • Everyone really seems to like each other, which is rare in a workplace.
  • She has such a beautiful relationship with Portia and has a ton of life experience to teach young, dumb people like me about.
  • I just love Ellen and feel like we would be friends if I could not be so damn emotional the one opportunity I get. The end.

I could go on about this topic for days, but I don’t want to bore you guys. The main point is that I am going to dedicate myself to getting a job at the Ellen show. I am going to start researching places to live in California for if my dream becomes a reality and really watching the money I spend so I can be prepared if I am offered the opportunity. I would be such a hard, dedicated worker and want to prove that to her! I know this is kind of out there, but it is extremely important to me that I am happy and do something meaningful with my life. Ellen can help me do that, and in turn I can help her and repay her for being so kind and wonderful to me and everyone else throughout her whole life. I want to help others and make their lives happy beyond belief, mine included. <3

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The best day of my life. Ever.

I’m not even going to beat around the bush and make you wait until the end of the post. This happened:

I still do not believe it’s real. Ellen is the biggest idol and mentor I have ever had in my life, and the fact that she now at least knows my name blows my mind. I have so much more to say about this, but now I’m going to make you wait until the end to hear about that. Smile

Let’s start out with the beginning of the day on Wednesday (the day we left for L.A.)……

There was a huge thunderstorm in Michigan the night before our plane was scheduled to take off at 6:15 a.m. Denver airport was closed due to that snowstorm, and it’s safe to say I was freaking out because we had a layover in Denver. Can you imagine my level of freak-out when it was 3:00 a.m. in the morning and I got an e-mail saying our flight was delayed? And then can you imagine how much I wanted to kiss the flight attendant when we got to the airport and he said there was no more delay? After that little issue, our travel went totally smooth. There was also a really cool dude sitting next to me on the plane who was traveling the world. I totally envy how “go with the flow” he was. I was nervous about not getting to Ellen 2 hours early. Goodness, I need to get my priorities in order! So instead of being nervous, I put Senorita by Justin Timberlake on repeat on my iPod, because how can that not make you smile?

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We were in L.A. by 10:00 a.m. (with the time difference), had our rental car by 11:00, and were at the hotel changing our clothes and getting ready immediately after. We had to be at Warner Bros. Studios by 2:00 p.m. for the taping of Ellen, but of course I insisted on getting there by 12:30. Good thing, because the taping had been moved up and we were supposed to be there by 1:00! Bad news, because we were starving and only had a half hour to eat. The nice, lovely man at Warner Bros. told us about a great Italian place across the street from the studio, so we literally ran there and ordered some food and by food I mean gin. I suppose I inhaled a little bit of margherita pizza, too, but I was beyond nervous so I needed a drink!

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Then the fun began. We got back to the check-in station for Ellen and all walked into the studio together. If you watch the show (which you freaking should if you don’t), you know about the “riff-raff” room, which is where all the people who had “stand-by tickets” get to watch the show if they aren’t able to get an actual seat in the audience. This is also where the Ellen shop is! I got some awesome striped socks, Ellen underwear for myself and all my sisters, and sunglasses. Score.

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After that the cute little blonde Ellen worker (who’s job I want) took us into the studio, and I literally just broke down sobbing. I don’t think I was ever happier in my entire life, and I just couldn’t help it! We tried to take a couple pictures and talk to the people around us, but I was just so hysterical that I couldn’t calm down. About 20 minutes before the show started, they began to play music so everyone could dance and sing and all that jazz, which was an absolute blast. I was doing okay, but then the Ellen theme song started and I died. I was literally convulsing and sobbing and just wanting to run up there and hug her, but I didn’t do that because I’m not that creepy. However, apparently she saw how hysterical I was and decided to make my life by coming up and giving me a hug. I cannot even express in words how happy I was. You can actually ask Luke, because that’s all I have talked about since it happened.

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It has always been my dream to work for Ellen. I have been watching her show since it started and she continues to make me laugh day after day, even if things are bad and I just want to cry. I cannot think of any better way to repay her for what she’s done for me than by working for her and doing anything she wants! So my plan for now is to just try my hardest to convince her why I would be an amazing worker and how willing I am to relocate to California immediately! Her show is just such a happy environment, and I know I have a lot I could contribute, and I could really benefit from it, too! So if you all want to help me out and send this post to Ellen, you would be my best friends even more than you already are Smile <3 Oh, and Ellen: I promise I will be able to control myself the next time we meet.

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Okay, so that hug literally happened within the first 2 minutes of the show. It’s safe to say that I was in a complete daze the rest of the taping and really have no idea what happened. I do know at one point some guy grabbed me and had me dance in the aisle with him and I also know I was given a t-shirt “because Ellen talked to me”, which made me cry all over again when the worker told me that. I know I had an absolute blast and smiled/cried the whole time. I also know the guests were Matthew Perry, The Band Perry, Paula Patton, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who were all super adorable! I just was still in shock over what happened, so it was nice to watch the episode back when I got home and see what actually went on!

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I cried again when we had to leave the studio, surprise surprise. Luckily Luke wanted me to not cry anymore and decided to take me to Universal Studios CityWalk for dinner. We walked around for a while and then had dinner at Bubba Gump’s, where I had a delicious fruit and avocado salad. Weirdly, I had no appetite the entire trip and barely ate anything, even though I had a ton of delicious food in front of me. I was so excited and nervous and just had way too many emotions to even think about food. During dinner Jay Leno was taping right next to our table, which was pretty cool! However, I just wanted to be sitting there with Ellen and Portia having a drink, so I couldn’t even enjoy it. We did have a super cute waitress who shared in my Ellen excitement with me, which I greatly appreciated.

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We rocked out to the Band Perry CD on the way back to the hotel and were in bed by 8:30 and slept for 10 hours. We are partiers. However, the day went more perfectly than I could have ever dreamed, so thank you thank you thank you to everyone who helped to make it that way!! Including Luke, everyone at Frontier Airlines, our car rental place, the Radisson LA, everyone at Warner Bros., our cute waitress, and of course, Ellen <3 <3

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I have a ton more to tell you about our trip from Thursday & Friday (including my reaction to seeing Ellen & I on TV….although I really didn’t want it to air that much; I just wanted to hug her again and get a job), but I will save that for tomorrow since this post is already super long! So check back tomorrow for that, and thanks so much for taking time out of your busy days to read this. I missed you guys!! <3

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