The Plot Thickens - Dana Chirps

Whew! So many unexpected happenings (like that positive spin?!) have occurred in the last couple of weeks. 

Originally, I was going to be moving to Bermuda with Brett on February 4th. He ended up having to start his 30 day rotation (that means he is working 30 days in a row) practically right after moving me out of my place in Fort Lauderdale. We also weren't expecting that he'd be doing full (30 day) rotations, but that seems to be the case. We'll miss spending Valentine's Day together (not a huge deal to either of us). But we're also going to miss spending our anniversary together which is a bummer in my book. I wasn't looking to do anything remotely extravagant, but I was hoping to cheers to a great year with a beach picnic. We might miss his birthday (March 1), but we aren't not sure yet. He doesn't care about missing his birthday, but I'm a big believer that birthdays are meant to be celebrated! This experience definitely has given me an even higher level of respect for military couples who are regularly apart (a lot more than we are, and often under much more dangerous circumstances).

We're also getting the hang of the time zone difference - he's a pilot and flies to places like London, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. I don't have as many distractions as he does (he's getting the hang of a new job and gets to explore when he lands for longer periods of time - as he should), so I think he is having an easier time adjusting than me - but we are both trying to truck through it.

I also had to decide if I wanted to still move to Bermuda on February 4th, and get there by myself. I decided not to since I wouldn't have a means of transportation, and a lot of places aren't on Google Maps. Plus it would give me a chance to spend a lot of time with my family, and visit some close friends - something I haven't gotten to do without a massive sense of being rushed in years. 

It's a very good thing that I ended up choosing to stick tight at my parent's place in VA while Brett finishes his rotation because the apartment we had signed a lease for very unexpectedly fell through. So we are on the hunt again! Although I was eager to get to Bermuda, I can't help but think this is one of those "everything happens for a reason" moments. And excitedly, we are finding some pretty fantastic alternatives. 

And then there's work. I don't really talk specifics about work on my blog. But I will say that although I started off optimistic, I have a feeling my gears are going to be shifting aggressively quite soon. But more on that later.

Ok, enough about the less than ideal happenings. Here are some of the positives that have occurred in the past few weeks:

  • Getting to spend significant amounts of time with my family, and dog!
  • Seeing friends, and their munchkins. My God, my friends have made some cool little babies.
  • To keep myself fit (and sane) during this month I signed up for 30 classes for $30 at Burn Boot Camp Short Pump. I go with one of my life long best friends, Emily, but have also made some new friends there! It's a warm and inviting bunch varying in skill levels. The workout is 45 minutes - each day has a different focus. It's a blast, and a solid sweat sesh. FYI to local mom's in the area - they provide free childcare during several of their class times. 
  • Although Brett and I haven't signed a new lease just yet, I feel very confident that we are going to come out on top of this situation. I'm really excited to see where we end up!
  • So we are missing a bunch of holidays together, but we aren't missing my birthday or cancer-free day, which is nice.
  • I've done an amazing job not shopping. Ok, fine. So I went shopping once. And I bought stuff only because they were amazing deals (we're talking a $16 bikini, people!). But I've been practicing self restraint like nobody's business. Packing those 3 measly suitcases of belongings is just around the corner. 
  • It's been so refreshing to experience the general friendliness of Richmond. It's cool to see people going out of their way to help other people.

All for now!

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Some Realness - Dana Chirps

my escape from it all - fresh air. this is about 1.5 miles south of me on fort lauderdale beach.

The last few months have been completely, and utterly insane. Throughout this period of time, I randomly had a few people message me saying something to the effect of, "girl, it looks like you're living the life!" They were going strictly off of my social media. I found myself wanting to tell each of them (and sometimes doing so) that yes, things are good, but there's plenty of stress and struggle behind that very same Instagram account. As a part of the rebrand of this blog that I did back in August, I mentally vowed to myself that I would be a little more transparent on my blog - even if it meant it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. So, here it goes...

From about the end of October to the new year, my life was a total SHIT SHOW. Below is a list of some of what was on my plate. I might not have the timeframe totally accurate, and some of these are out of order. It was such a blur. I was on survival mode. I have only (very recently) begun to catch my breath. 

  • At the end of September my mom had to cancel her trip to visit me here in Fort Lauderdale because her father, my Papa, had made an unexpected bad turn in his health. It was weeks before he actually passed. I took some very last minute trips up north to be near family, and then to attend his funeral (he passed away October 20th). The loss of my Papa was devastating for my whole family, but I do feel as though we (especially my cousins) have become closer. However, the post you saw on my Instagram was me apple picking. 
  • At my Papa's funeral, I learned that my Aunt/Godmother (dad's side) had been moved to hospice due to her lung cancer caused from years of smoking. Another last minute trip up north was made with the intention of "visiting" her... but unexpectedly, that very same visit turned into saying goodbye. It was agony, but I'm glad I got to see her one more time. It was also the first time in five years my immediate family was all together in the same room, which was special despite the circumstances.
  • Around the timeframe my Aunt passed away (Dec 7), my Uncle -her husband- was diagnosed with lung cancer. But Uncle is tough as nails, has a ton of support, and is doing his part to beat this thing because he has motorcycle rides he wants to get to.
  • Somewhere in the midst of this... my boyfriend, Brett, was talking about a possibility for a job that would require us both to move out of the country, and move quickly. Ultimately, he got the offer and accepted it. This was very exciting, and I was (and am) elated for this opportunity for him, but in came the stress of moving.
  • I had to negotiate and fight the terms of my lease. Originally, I was told that I could not go month-to-month because that was against the terms of the lease. That would have meant I either would have had to move my stuff into a storage unit and find a place to live for a couple months (K, I'll forever owe you for even entertaining the idea of letting me crash on your couch), or I would have been asked to pay for an entire year's worth of rent for a unit that I wouldn't be living in for "breaking the terms." Thank God I read the fine print (pro tip, ya'll), and was confident enough to fight back. I was able to get my lease extended, short-term, and in a month-to-month format. I'm pretty sure there was a beach picture on Instagram. 
  • Knowing that this move was becoming a strong possibility, I knew it would be a lot cheaper/easier for me to sell my furniture and belongings instead of moving them. Cue the rodeo that is Facebook Marketplace. But thank the dear sweet Lord for aligning me with a few people, (one in particular - CS!) that became the new and rightful owners of the possessions that I was parting with. I feel like I could write a book titled "Sisterhood of the Traveling Couch." But using my ironing board, and long board as a dinner table has officially gotten old. lol.
  • Let's add job searching/interviewing for a rewarding and remote marketing position I could do in another country while already being more than busy with the actual job I was currently employed at... that was probably a crab legs for dinner Instagram post. 
  • And then actually giving notice... that was more emotional than I was expecting. Thankfully it ended up working out just fine. I was asked to fly back to Fort Lauderdale after Xmas/New Years to work just one day, which I thought was odd... but it ended up saving me about $175 (despite cost of ticket I paid for) because I didn't have to pay out of pocket for insurance for January anymore, so I shrugged it off and didn't mind it, despite the added hassle. This corresponded with a bestie selfie on Instagram during the flight back to FLL.
  • And just to make things a little more interesting, I was coordinating (and arguing with insurance), and then had that well-overdue surgery on my vocal chords on December 22nd, a $2000 procedure (after insurance). Christmas decorations post on Instagram for sure!
  • In order to wrap up my work projects in a way that put my boss and coworkers in a good position, and to give me enough time to heal from vocal chord surgery, I had to negotiate my start date for my new job. It was a conversation that started with massive anxiety ("what if I lose this opportunity?!" "what if I can't get my voice fixed!?"), but ended in relief. My new boss could not have been any more understanding and willing to work with me. Brunch pic on Instagram.

Did I mention all this took place during the holidays? The most wonderful time of the year, eh? I had reached a point where I felt like my brain was going to split in half, was mentally and physically exhausted, and suddenly found myself quite empathetic towards Britney Spears' 2007 meltdown. I'm not one to wish time or days away, but by the end of December 2016, I was definitely looking forward to a fresh start with a new year. 

Once I got to the first week of January, I felt like I had finally made it over the hump. Yes, my heart still aches intensely when I think about the losses my family has had, but it no longer feels as raw as it did. My Uncle is kicking ass, and putting cancer in its place. I have successfully sold all the big pieces in my apartment, and I'm donating what doesn't fit in my car when I move this weekend. My lease in Fort Lauderdale worked out, Brett found us a place to move into, and we successfully tag teamed to get his condo in Portsmouth rented out. Vocal chord surgery (and recovery) is already a thing of the past. I started my new job, and so far I'm really enjoying both the job and the team. I'm sleeping better (you can literally see the difference on my FitBit), I feel lighter (but am eating more), and no longer have any negative thoughts or stress lurking in the back of my mind. Life is good.

I really hope this post doesn't come across as "woe is me." I truly think my life is freaking AWESOME, and consider myself to be someone with a positive outlook. But when somebody younger than me had reached out to me and said my life seemed "perfect," it made me want to write this post to shed some more light into what was occurring in my life "behind the scenes." To compare your life to someone else's without knowing the whole story is a dangerous game, and I did not want to contribute to that.

Despite what social media profiles project - nobody's life is perfect, certainly not mine. Know there is almost always more to the story. 

 

 

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Another Perspective

I feel like I should preface this blog post by stating that I've been putting moisturizer on my face since I was 16, and that I've been using anti-wrinkle cream since I was 19. I'm all for people doing what it takes (within reason) to feel confident. This post isn't to address what we do to preserve our outer youth, but it's to address the mindset that people have on their birthday. One thing I've noticed as I get older and wiser (ha), is that people seem to actually be insecure about getting a year older. What's the deal? Why dread something that is completely inevitable, when you can celebrate it?

Look, I love any excuse to celebrate (I literally LOVE the act of celebrating) and to pop bottles. Personally, I think birthdays rule. I turn 29 tomorrow. Sure, it's sort of crazy to think that I'm like a legitimate adult (well, mostly), but I'm stoked! 

Birthdays sort of remind me of New Years but focused on you and only you. It's the one day a year you can (and should be) completely self-oriented. They give you a marker to reflect and celebrate the fact that you've successfully survived another 365 days - which, depending on your life, can be quite a feat. But it also acts as a kick-start to the next 365 days. 

Some of my highlights of year 28:

  • I've really made some incredible friends in South Florida this year. I am so thankful to have them in my life. 
  • I'm doing work that I am passionate about, and working with people I immensely respect both professionally and personally.
  • Because of my job I've gotten to travel and see and do things I might not have otherwise done! Case in point - going bobsledding down THE Olympic track in Park City, UT!
  • I still love where I live. It's hard not to when you're 3 blocks from the beach, and in walking distance to some pretty fun spots. I resigned a lease for the first time in my life this fall. 
  • I can't make a post like this without mentioning my family. My family continues to be the best. And in year 28 we got to celebrate my aunt (and God-mother!) marrying the man of her dreams who I love getting to call Uncle Carl.
  • My parents visited me in Soflo and we ate, drank, and were merry. It was a blast to throw down with them.
  • Went to my first NFL game. 
  • Went to several NHL games.
  • I joined a gym. AND I STILL GO! And I love it.
  • Boats. yachts. bottles. And tales that should never be written. ;)

Look, there were also some pretty awful things that happened in year 28 (getting roofied, a friend committing suicide to name a couple), but you just have to make yourself focus on the good things. And when you take the time to take note of the high points of your year you should feel invigorated about the year you just had. And if you don't, maybe change the way you live - I mean that genuinely, not in an indignant way. 

So hell yes I'm going to celebrate how great year 28 was! And I'm going to drink to making year 29 even better! So on that note, please pass me the champagne. 

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

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                                                                       A five minute walk away.

                                                                       A five minute walk away.

For the first time since college, I resigned a lease. Since the glory days (college), I have always been on the move - chasing new places, better careers, and more daunting challenges. It's nice to experience the ease of deciding to live in the same place, longer. But it's also kind of weird. And scary. Thankfully, living three blocks from the beach always seems to calm those doubting thoughts. :)

But honestly, living in South Florida has been a wild wild ride. The biggest challenge down here is meeting good honest people. I've learned to use a different kind of filter down here than I ever needed to in Virginia for finding friends, while dating, and even in the professional arena. South Florida is easy to move to, but it's a hard place to stay in unless you learn how to do this.

The thing that keeps me in Florida is obvious - the outdoor lifestyle. I'm outside all.the.time. I kick it at the beach. I bike up A1A (main road along beach), and go to the gym where there is a spacious rooftop to workout on that overlooks the beach on one side and the intercoastal on the other. I brunch, lunch, dine, and drink outside - all year round. There is just something about fresh air... it really makes me believe that humans are not meant to be cooped up inside as much as they are.

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Will I live here forever? Not a chance. But for right now, I have every intention in embracing what South Florida offers.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Brian, You Have It All Wrong.

I realize you wrote this article some time ago, but it wasn't until this morning that I stumbled upon it on my Facebook newsfeed. Brian, you really missed the mark on this one. "It’s amazing how three numbers and a decimal point can single-handedly turn someone into a big, arrogant butthole."

I got news for ya... there are "big, arrogant buttholes" in every sport. But the sport of running very simply put is putting one foot in front of the other as quickly as possible. That's it. It's one of the least popular, least glorified, and least exciting  to watch sports out there. There's no World Series of Running, or a Running Cup, or even a Running Bowl. Those three numbers and a decimal point are all we have.

People run for a huge variety of reasons. To lose weight, because they see a fun looking race and it motivates them to try, because they just like to run, for a new challenge, for the endorphins, etc. In all honesty I have a hard time calling myself a runner because I've only done the total of two races, a full marathon being my first, and a 5k being my second. I signed up for a full marathon to use my adversity as a reason to do something rather than permitting it to stop me, for details on that read here. But I can honestly say I've never heard a runner say that they choose to run to prove they are better than other people, or anything remotely close to that sentiment.

"You're only impressing yourself"

And your point is what exactly? Are we supposed to do these races, wear the tee shirts, and buy the stickers for others? You're kidding me, right? Furthermore, HELL YEA I IMPRESSED THE SHIT OUT OF MYSELF WHEN I RAN 26.2 MILES!

You seem to be primarily calling out the long distance bumper stickers (13.1+ races). Long distance running is an animal. The amount of time you sacrifice to train, the kind of physical pain you feel after you start running 15+ miles, and the mental battle of putting one foot in front of another when you want nothing more than to stop is what makes long distance running special. And, well, completely crazy. But this is what unites everyone that has ever done a long distance race. Those bumper stickers are more than a tiny tangible piece of accomplishment - it's a way for other runners to identify each other, and to say they understand the glory of crossing the finish line, as they know what it took to get there.

The fact that you think those with those bumpers stickers make themselves "look like an ass," tells me just how unexposed and ignorant you are to this sport.

But you know what, let me offer this to you: Let me show you just how awesome the running community is, and how phenomenal long distance running is. Brian, I'm challenging you to choose a long distance race, whatever distance you want, whatever race you want. In turn, I will sign up and virtually train with you. My marathon was back in 2012, and I haven't regularly run since, so we are likely to be starting a similar point. I want to introduce you to a world that you know nothing about. If you stick with it, I can guarantee you won't regret it. I'll even pay for your registration.

While I wait for your answer, I'm going to buy a sticker that says 26.2 because you just reminded me how proud I am of that feat, and even more proud that I can call myself a runner.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

We have not forgotten.

Bad form, Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters was trying to sell a Kent State University sweatshirt splattered with red "coloring" for $129 referencing the 1970 shooting that killed  four students, and injured nine.

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Are your sales so low that you have to divert to using pathetic PR stunts like this? Or was this an item you strategically thought through and believed that people would actually want to wear a low quality, overpriced, ill-fitting sweatshirt with fake blood stains splattered across the Kent State University logo, a university who suffered the horrific tragedy of a school shooting back in 1970?

Shame on you. How dare you trivialize that horrific event, and the lives that that event affected. And the fact that you deny that the splattered red is supposed to represent blood, by stating that it's "part of our sun-faded vintage collection," further exemplifies what an unethical company you are. You can't even cough up the truth when you've been caught.

While I'm too young to have been personally affected by the Kent State University shooting, I was in college at a neighboring university (JMU) when the Virginia Tech shooting occurred, where easily 100 of my friends went.

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. There are (unfortunately) others. I'm guessing you chose Kent University as you probably thought enough time had passed and that you'd be able to get away with it. Well, you thought wrong. Just because more time has passed does not mean that the victims of the Kent State University shooting deserve less respect.

Everyone has a mix of opinions regarding politics, guns, shootings, mental health, etc. Folks, I implore you to put that stuff aside, as I think we can all agree that this was a tasteless move. We can't ban people from their first amendment rights, but we CAN take a stand and say what we will and will not support through the means of our dollars. Every time you spend a dollar you are casting a vote. If  you agree that what Urban Outfitters did was wrong, then purchase your funky hipster clothes elsewhere.

Show the surviving victims, and honor the ones who are no longer with us that we have not forgotten.

neVer forgeT.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Stop and Smell the Sunsets

The title of this blog are words that I live by. Or at least try to live by. Although I'm a bit of a realist, I do my best to make a point to have a positive outlook. But especially when there are some negative things going on in life, it can be difficult to do so. In fact, sometimes you want to be angry/upset/etc. There's nothing wrong with feeling natural emotions, but I think it is important to not let those negative feelings prevent you from appreciating the good in life. I've noticed in my worldly 28 years (I'm being partially sarcastic) of roaming this glorious earth that sometimes "the good" isn't slap-you-in-the-face-good. Meaning, I've learned that sometimes you need to look for it.

Recently I had an average day - not bad, not amazing. However, I went to get gas after my workout. I often end up at this particular gas station because it is right around the corner from my condo. This is a gas station that always boasts a collection of people you intentionally avoid making eye contact with. It's also filthy. And only about half the pumps work.

After I moved my car from a broken pump to another, my day went from average to amazing after I glanced up at this sky.

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I literally found myself smiling at the beauty. It was a powerful feeling to put life on pause for a couple minutes to admire the magnificence.

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So whether it is a wildly bright sunset, or a grey thunderstorm - there is something to appreciate. But sometimes it requires you to take notice.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday!

On random Wednesdays of my choosing I'm going to share some insight with you into my single life. Don't take it too seriously, people. Because I sure as hell don't. ;) To kick off this new blog theme... here is a little exchange that happened today on Facebook.

The background: I was on Facebook and had commented on a status. This guy (we'll call him "Joe") must have seen my comment as he is also friends with the person that had the status up. He decided to Facebook chat me, which is totally cool as I love talking to new people. However, he went from zero to creepy very quickly. Remember -  this is the first time we had ever conversed.

What kind of guy says "Take a pic of u" to a girl they don't know AT ALL! Did he actually think I would??? Do girls actually ever comply to such requests from rando-creepazoids? Gross.

Also - this joker "poked" me on Facebook, and then UNpoked me! And I believe he has since blocked me. I'm entirely ok with that. :)

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Birthday Brunch - Steak 954 Review

So for my 25th26th27thOK FINE 28th birthday, I wanted to have a ladies birthday brunch at a place on Fort Lauderdale Beach. As soon as I saw Steak 954 post a picture of their homemade pop tarts on Instagram, I knew that was exactly where I wanted to go! I am SO glad my friends and I went there.

We sat outside because it was one of those sunny-but-not-too-hot days. You could see the ocean from the table, it was beautiful.

                                                      View from the front steps

                                                      View from the front steps

In addition to a shitload of mimosas, I ordered the smoked salmon benedict served with dill hollandaise for brunch. It came with a small light salad, and some potatoes on the side. The smoked salmon benedict was phenominalllllll. The dill seasoning was not overpowering, it was perfect.

                                        Smoked Salmon Benedict

                                        Smoked Salmon Benedict

After we enjoyed the main course. We ordered a bunch of the homemade pop tarts to share. There was a strawberry crumb flavor, and a nutella and bourbon banana flavor. The five of us classy ladies straight up ravaged them. You would have thought we were a group of death row prisoners fighting over the last crumb of their last meal.

                                                        Homemade Pop Tarts

                                                        Homemade Pop Tarts

And just as I thought we were wrapping up the feast, our server (Hi Edward, we love you!) brought out a cupcake with a candle in it! I don't know if one of the girls told him, or if he overheard the birthday toast, either way - props!

                                    Birthday Cupcake

                                    Birthday Cupcake

Needless to say it was a successful birthday brunch. I was a little uneasy about this birthday, as it was the first one being away from my family (and The Pods are big on bdays). But my friends stepped up big time, and made the kickoff to my 28th year one I'll never forget.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

You And What Army?

This post is written by Floyd Bayne, former beer league teammate of Mr. P's.

A few years ago I had the distinct privilege of playing o the same ice hockey team as one Chuck Podgurski. Now Chuck, being a Yankee of New York origins, and myself, being a good ol’ Southern boy, you might not think we would share a love of the game of ice hockey, but we did and we were teammates.

Chuck was the classic stay-at-home defenseman and I played both goalie and skated as a right-wing. I learned a lot about the game from Chuck and enjoyed his tales of hockey games past. Chuck was not what one would call a “tough guy” or a fighter, although he could more than handle his own when it came to the rough stuff. He just preferred to play a solid defensive game. I, on the other hand, was not the most skilled forward on the team, but I could put the puck in the net and when someone tried giving my teammates a hard time, well, I didn’t mind dropping the gloves in their defense.

Sums it up!
Sums it up!

On the occasion I am writing about our team, B5, yes, that was the name we went by, as we were listed as team number 5 in the B division, was playing our first playoff game of the season. We were playing a team that we had dealt with quite handily throughout the regular season, but, hockey being the kind of game it is, if you don’t play your best any team can beat you. On this night the opponent was taking it to us. There were a couple of guys in particular who were really getting under our skin. They were playing a rougher than usual, hard fore-checking game and they were making especially difficult for Chuck to move the puck out of our end of the ice. This was a strong part of Chuck’s game and he was getting obviously frustrated by the constant bumping, stick-checking, and annoying play and chatter.

At some point in the third period, as we were trying our best to mount a comeback, Chuck had reached his limit with one player in particular. I did not see what precipitated the incident, but Chuck was squared off with the guy and they were both yapping at each other pretty good. You know, “Why I oughta!” “Oh yeah, you and what army?” Back and forth they went as Chuck kept skating at the guy and pushing him toward his own bench. As the opposing player neared his bench he stopped short and squared off with Chuck. We all anticipated that gloves were going to drop soon. Apparently the opposing team thought so as well, because about 4-5 of them started coming over the bench onto the ice to “back up” their player. It now looked like Chuck vs. about 6 other guys.

Chuck puffed himself up as big as he could and challenged them to put up or shut up. As Chuck edged forward, toward the opposing players, they all stopped abruptly, looked at each other, in that quizzical fashion that some people do, when they are unsure of something, and turned around and went back to their bench. Chuck stood there for a moment, staring at them and issuing another challenge. When it was obvious that they were not going to take him up on his challenge Chuck turned around and skated back to our bench with what can only be described as a s*** -eating grin on his face. “You guys see how they backed down? They knew I was going to kick someone’s a**!

We all nodded in agreement and gave Chuck a congratulatory pat on the back, while trying to hide our laughter. What Chuck didn’t know at the time, since he had his back to our bench, was that me, Mike Mellinger, Pat deFur, and about 5 other teammates were coming over our bench to come to Chuck’s aid. When the opposing team looked up and saw us coming they backed away. When we saw that they were going back to their bench we returned to ours, without Chuck even noticing that we had been there. We lost the game, much to our chagrin, but as with all beer league hockey we got over it pretty quickly. In the locker room Chuck was regaling us with the story of how the eyes of the other team got really big when he stepped up to challenge them. It was then that we took the wind out of Chuck’s sails and let him know that what he thought was his imposing figure was actually half of his team skating up behind him. I think he still prefers to believe that they were scared of him alone. ;)

Those were wonderful days of the not too distant past. Playing hockey with a great bunch of guys and making lifelong friends. I count myself fortunate to have made such friends as Chuck Podgurski.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

NHL Fines and Podgurski Fines

In order to keep players in line, and to prevent complete chaos on the ice, the NHL has rules and regulations. All professional sports do. The NHL fines players and coaches if they do something particularly bad. Back in October, the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche was fined $10,000 for this. Shawn Thorton of the Boston Bruins just returned yesterday from his 15 game suspension, which yielded a $84,615.45 forfeit in his salary. Here's the full list of suspensions/fines so far this season. My parents run a similar system in their household. Before you think my parents are psycho militant enforcers, remember that they are billeting three boys between the ages of 18-20, and also have my brother, Moose (age 23) living with them until he finds a job. Essentially, they are just trying to prevent their home from becoming a frat house. Here's a list of "The Mean P's Terrible, Cruel, Fine System."

The billets, my parents, and my brother, all sat down together and wrote the “laws,” and set the “fines.” If a law is broken, they are fined and place money in a mason jar that is displayed unceremoniously on the kitchen counter. The “offender” has the right to “appeal,” and see the “Judge” (aka The Queen, aka Mom) in what we call Kangaroo Court. Kangaroo Court takes places at the dinner table, and where Mother Dearest will hear your defense, and then proceed to tell you your fate. At that point you pray that you are not beheaded.

Those who know me, know that I swear all the damn time on occasion. But I do my absolute best to not do so in front of my parents (because my mom haaaates swearing, and just out of respect of being in the parental's home). So when I was home in Virginia for Christmas, I knew I’d need to watch that pretty lil’ mouth of mine. At first, I thought of just sticking a $20 in the fine jar, paying for my foul-mouthed offenses in advance. But I gave it some more thought, and felt like that was sort of a lame way to handle it, as my parents (my mom in this case) really don’t ask for that much. So I opted to see it as a challenge.

I had been home for just over a week. The night before I was flying back to Fort Lauderdale, I was feeling like a champ, having not sworn once in my parents home. But then it happened....

I tripped on one of Blue’s (the dog, not the billet) toys. As my perfectly painted toe bent and cracked in the most awkwardly painful way imaginable, I sang out the F-word. Naturally, my mom has impeccable timing, as she was a mere 5 feet away. I believe her exact words were “Dane, that was a bad one.” I knew my hope for appeal in Kangaroo Court was nonexistent. I went to the banker (my dad), and exchanged a $5 dollar bill for 5 singles, and into the jar a single went.

                                        The Fine Jar.

                                        The Fine Jar.

An offense. A fine. Penance. All in under 5 minutes. If only this country's judiciary system was this efficient.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.