• 2019,  Career,  New York,  Running,  Travel,  Work

    Cali Girl Does New York

    Work was calling, so I went. I have always wanted to go to New York. The glitz, the glam, the “City that Never Sleeps.” Let’s not forget about my beloved SATC too, even though Girls Gotta Eat has me rethinking my love for those ladies! Every year there are two large tradeshows for my new(ish) industry, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. Last year I was too new to venture out East, but this year I was for sure going. So I went. I knew my adventure time was limited and I tried to remind myself that I should be grateful for any time in…

  • 2019,  Career,  Musings,  Wellness

    Musings: ENFP

    I’m going to start using Myers-Briggs to vet potential dates! I haven’t heard four letters thrown around so freely until I started at my current employer. I’ve taken the test a handful of times, on my own accord. But I’ve never had my employer be such a huge advocate for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). They encourage us to find ours, then they go deeper and teach you to communicate and learn from other types. I enjoy professional development, probably more than most. I was really excited to sign up for this course and to solidify which four letters would be assigned to me. Little did I know, they aren’t assigned…

  • 2019,  Career,  Musings

    Musings: One SPECtacular Year

    Workavsaries are a thing, right? If you haven’t come to notice it, I love to celebrate milestones, birthday’s, anniversaries — pretty much anything that can be celebrated. I know this tradition stems from my parents, because they too, like myself, celebrate all this stuff as well – mine, theirs, Lils, everyone’s! ‘Birthday Month’ notwithstanding of course, it created itself and continues to be strong. I won’t defend it, it just happens that way every year. Why stop it? HA HA! In 2017 I left a job where I loved my coworkers and I enjoyed what I was doing, but saw NO career growth in sight. I left that comfort and…

  • Career,  Health,  Musings,  Wellness

    Musings: Wellness Programs are NOT for Millennials

    And it pisses me off! I’ve had the experience of dealing with at least two wellness programs in my career. And BOTH are not for the millennial type. OR really, those we generally workout and stay active. Honestly, I feel like they should just be called ‘Baby Boomers Need to Get Healthy and Stop Costing Us So Much Money’ plans, cause that’s what they are. How do I get the SAME amount of ‘points’ for running a 5k and a marathon? A sprint tri and an IRONMAN? Literally, one wellness program gave 250 points for a half marathon and 350 points for a FULL marathon. Obviously, the people who created these…

  • 2018,  Career,  Musings

    Musings: Bad Advice

    Hindsight is always twenty-twenty… …as they say. Before I get into my story/experience, I should start this off by saying that I am happy where I am and how it all turned out. None of that ‘New Year, New Me’ BS, just a new year, same me…with a new job. I was not unhappy at my almond job, but I was also not happy. I enjoyed many aspects of  my job there, but there were things and people holding me back in my career. I made the choice, which felt like a sacrifice (and still does) to try something new. Living in Sacramento, we grow up knowing this a ‘State…

  • 2014,  Career,  Running,  Thinking Out Loud

    Thinking Out Loud – What Happened…

    It’s already Thursday…. Amanda at .RUNNING WITH SPOONS. Annual Meeting // Every year, here at work, we host an Annual Meeting for our grower owners. If you don’t get this, then sorry. We are a cooperative here at work, so we are owned by the growers who entrust us with their almonds. Once a year we put on a meeting to show them what we’ve been doing all year, to make their almonds make them money. Pretty simple right…it’s basically a scaled down version of a trade show. I am in charge of my division’s booth, so this week has been a little hectic at work. The show was a…

  • 2013,  Blue Diamond Growers,  California International Marathon,  Career,  Christmas,  Christmas,  Fitness,  Food,  Friends,  Girl's Night,  LoveBugs,  Musings,  Running,  Work

    Musings: Busiest Week Possible, No Biggie…

    How dare a marathon get in the way of the busiest week of the entire year. Isn’t it Murphy’s law, that anything that can happen, will. Well, that is exactly how the week leading up to my FIRST marathon was turning out to me. So, knowing that I always get to host our December Girls Night, I make it a point to have my decorations up and a tree looking gorgeous the weekend after Thanksgiving. This along with my running schedule, made it more stressful this year, but I was not letting my girls down. It’s not that I have a huge amount of decorations, but on top of decorating,…

  • 2013,  Career,  Family,  Friends,  Health,  Musings

    Musings: Thankful Tuesday

    On this day, I will follow tinybuddha.com, and list 10 things that I am grateful. They say you should do this every day. I agree, but in actuality, I do not practice this. So here it goes. I’m thankful for… 1. My amazing parents – insanely supportive emotionally and financially. They are always encouraging me to push myself and they are always there to support my crazy ideas, endeavors, or car troubles. 2. My little sister – she pushes me to be a better person, on the soccer field, in my running, and financially. She is encouraging during our runs, even though I am slower than her, she is even…