Halloween at the Disneyland Resort

At the beginning of the month I flew to Anaheim by myself for a two-day trip to the Disneyland Resort.  The trip was planned last minute because I had a three day weekend and flights were cheap. Taking this trip was really important to me and I loved the freedom of going alone.

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The entire reason I wanted to make this trip is because both parks were decked out in Halloween decor and it’s the only season I haven’t seen at the DLR. I’ve been in late November when Christmas was already up as well as January and May when the parks are normal.  With Halloween being my favorite holiday, I had to take the opportunity to go.

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Every time I go to Disneyland, I come back to Florida with a little extra Pixie Dust. There’s just something really special about the Anaheim parks that Orlando doesn’t have for me anymore. I wouldn’t trade my life here to become a West Coaster, but going to Walt’s Original is definitely a spiritual experience for a Disney fan like me. Being able to visit the parks and feel the more relaxed vibe is incredibly refreshing, especially since working in the busiest attraction in Walt Disney World. It was nice to walk around and take it all in, even if it wasn’t my first time.

Okay. Let’s talk about Halloween now. Or, more importantly, Haul-O-Ween at Radiator Springs. To be honest, this was the entire reason I planned this trip. I’m not a huge fan of the Cars franchise (the first one is the only one I acknowledge anyway), but Cars Land at Disney California Adventure is my favorite area after Paradise Pier. When I saw pictures of it decked out in Halloween decorations and was being marketed as Haul-O-Ween, I had to go.  The entire area is re-themed and it’s the most perfect overlay I’ve ever experienced. Even the rides have been re-themed to Mater’s Junkyard JamBOOree and Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, complete with songs like “Monster Truck Smash.”

Haunted Mansion Holiday was perfect, as usual. It was the first Fastpass I got (God bless the Maxpass system!) and I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It’s been almost two years since I last experienced the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, and it didn’t disappoint.

The only holiday overlay I was disappointed with was Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Personally, I think Hyperspace Mountain (The Star Wars overlay) is way better and expected more from this one.

Last, but most certainly not least, but the characters themselves were dressed up in their best costumes. Namely Mater, but everyone else was cute, too.

In addition to seeing the resort decked out in Halloween goodness, I also finally got to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! and Monsters After Dark (the nighttime Halloween overlay). I was a little skeptical of the Tower of Terror re-theme, but was so impressed by how it turned out. Sorry to say it, but it’s way better than the old Tower. 22221693_10212539302030573_9140802413234848474_n

Disneyland is always going to be my favorite, because their food is just plain better than ours. Not only is it better, but we get our discount on almost all of it. In my day and a half there, I got the most out of my eating experience.

I’m planning a real Disneyland trip in May with Skylar, and I’m excited to be able to have a few extra days to not rush around the parks as much as I did this trip.  It was lovely being there alone and being able to stop when I wanted and enjoy the parks in a different way for a short time, but I am ready to go back for longer and with friends to enjoy it together.  I’m still trying to convince my boyfriend to go with us this next time. But I’m so happy I was able to spend a day and a half in the happiest place on earth and enjoy the holiday a few weeks early.

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Purpose

I wrote this for one of my classes, but I think it’s important and I would like to share it here. Maybe it will motivate someone into creating their own goals.

What is my purpose?  Why am I here?  What good can I do? These are very common questions people ask themselves, especially in early adulthood.  For their entire lives everything has been done for them, or maybe there have been expectations places upon them from parents or other adults.  As they themselves become adults, everything feels messy and scary; at least that’s how it has felt for me at times.  Some people are lucky and have known what their purpose is since they were very young; others may not know well into their forties and fifties.  Feeling like there’s no reason for you to be here can put someone in a dark place.  Finding your purpose can be enlightening and inspiring.  My purpose is to help others find themselves through communication to encourage them to make a better life for themselves.  I’ve only just begun my journey and have set clear goals to make the most of my life.  Personally, I want to change my lifestyle to a healthier one.  Academically, I want to complete my degree in communications, as well as become certified in life coaching, herbalism, and holistic healing.  Professionally, my goal is to work for myself, be able to travel the world and coach from wherever I please, and be financially comfortable enough to not stress about my bills.  Starting off small, my personal goal is simple, but will take a lot of will power to achieve.

I’m on the path to health.  My goal is maintain a healthy weight around 180 pounds, continue to train for faster half marathon times, and eventually embrace a vegan diet.  These things all take time mental and physical strength, but in the long run will make my life so much more pleasant and safe.  This goal is important to me, because I’ve always struggled with my weight and my relationship with food.  As a child, my parents had the same struggle and I watched them try every fad diet and program they could to lose the weight.  My grandparents have diabetes and other medical conditions that I refuse to get.  The only way to prevent these diseases is by changing my lifestyle now while I’m young.  This is also why I want to study holistic healing and herbalism.  I fully believe that everything we need to heal ourselves can be found in nature and I want the knowledge for myself.  I’ve been a vegetarian for almost a year now and it’s been easy for me.  I never thought about cutting out meat until this year, and it seemed like the natural answer for me and I’ve never looked back.  Someday, I would like to become a vegan and cut out animal products entirely.  This is a little more difficult, as most food products have milk or eggs or butter in them. However, cutting these things out and replacing them with plant-based items will be better for my health overall.  Still, the challenge will be putting more effort into my grocery shopping and ordering at restaurants, not to mention the willpower to give up “real” macaroni and cheese.  Two solutions to this and to my overall health goal obstacles will be meal prepping to prepare for an entire week’s worth of meals, and focusing on the bigger picture of keeping myself healthy in my mind and body.

My college education has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.  After graduating high school in 2012, I attended university for two full semesters before moving back home and transferring to a different institution closer to home.  There, I worked two jobs and only took one class to be eligible for an internship.  After accepting my out-of-state internship with the Disney College Program, I put my education to the side until I discovered what I wanted to study and began working full time.  Now, almost four years later, I’m ready to complete my degree. My goal is to graduate from UCF in 2020 with a degree in Technical Communication and a minor in Mass Communication.  I also plan to take many certification courses through online institutions for Life Coaching, Herbalism, and other forms of holistic healing. I am very passionate about natural healing through essential oils, herbal remedies, and crystal healing.  Learning about energies is something that has become fascinating to me over the past few years, and I believe in its power wholeheartedly. While my ideal career is in coaching and writing, I want the knowledge that comes with healing to be able to offer extra help to my friends, family, and clients as necessary. A possible obstacle will be money.  Money is always an obstacle for most things to help you grow academically or professionally.  However, through scholarships and loans, I will be able to remedy this.  Finding the time to fill out scholarship applications and saving money by cutting out frivolous spending will also help me achieve this goal.

My ideas for what career I want to pursue have changed a lot through the years.  As a child, the first thing I wanted to be was a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld.  From there I wanted to be a veterinarian, then a Broadway actress.  As I grew up and began my college education, I went from an education major to public relations.  Now, I’m not too far off with communications.  My career goal is to become a certified life coach, helping people make and achieve their own goals, while making enough money to support myself and my family, and travel the world as I work.  I’ve always loved talking to people and to help them sort out decisions they need to make.  Life coaching take that idea, but instead of telling your friend what she should do, you give her the tools to discover for herself what she truly wants.  I think this is a powerful career that is very important to those on a journey. I want to be able to have enough clients that I can support myself financially, while still giving each client the individual attention he or she needs.  I want to live a debt-free life in a small home where I have the freedom to travel with my husband and dog, seeing the world and writing about my adventures.  An obstacle to overcome is my own personal self-doubt.  I’m afraid of how people will perceive me as I embark on this journey.  Two solutions are to meditate and get rid of those negative thoughts, and to possibly hire a life coach myself.  Both of these things will help guide me and get into the proper headspace as I grow and go along this path.

Goals are very important to make sure you’re making the most out of your life.  Having a purpose gives meaning to those goals and why you’ve set them in the first place.  For me, having goals like living my healthiest life, completing my degree and certifications, and having my dream job as a self-employed life coach all help each other.  My three goals all support my purpose statement, which is to help others find themselves through communication to encourage them to make a better life for themselves.  If I can’t meet my own goals, I have no right to help others make theirs and hold them accountable.  Achieving my goals means everything to me to make my life better, as well as the lives of those around me.  Attending Valencia College is a small part of what will get me to achieve my goals.  Without Valencia, I wouldn’t be able to complete my college credits and go on to UCF and graduate.