Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day 547...Year 2

You know when you have a good weekend when you are totally exhausted still the next day... I am so tired...

And as I have said before, you need to listen to your body to be healthy...

Musicsongbird

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Day 546...Year 2

It has been such an eventful extended weekend, filled with laughter and good times... We didn't do everything we wanted but that means there is reason for BGF to return again soon...

It just goes to show you that through good times and bad your true friends are just that... True Friends... They love you through thick and thin and thick again...  ;)

 Here's to bonus Hush Puppies...
 Giant Grasshoppers...
 Waffle maker eggs and cinnamon rolls...
Gators named Fluffy...
 Beautiful flowers...
and two Fantastic Friends...
May our Friendship Journey never end...
Musicsongbird

Friday, June 28, 2013

Day 545...Year 2

Today was monumental... I was able to mark another item off of my bucket list for this year... I went on my first Air Boat ride! (#Boggy Creek Air Boat Rides) Actually it was all three of us, that went on our first air boat ride... BFF and BGF and I...
It felt amazing to skim across the water and see nature speed past us... Even though sometimes nature would smack me in the head or face... One bug hot my forehead so hard, that BFF heard it hit, despite our ear protection we were sporting...

We got to see two female gators guarding their nests... It was pretty awesome to be that close... Before entering the no wake area surrounding the dock, we spotted a beautiful bald eagle atop of of the water markers... After a minute or two it took flight carrying a fish in it's talons... Oh how majestic it looked as it soared off back to it's nest...

After we departed the boat we received a short lesson on gators and then had the opportunity to hold a young gator and have our photo taken with it... Jokingly I blurted out that I wanted to give it a smooch and the wrangler told me that would be fine... So when it came to my turn holding Fluffy... I gave him a smooch on his head and in response he closed his eyes, which I imagine he was savoring the affection...

The rest of the day was nice just spending time with two of my Best Buds of 20+ years... (We met when we were infants ;) ...)

Musicsongbird


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Day 544...Year 2

Another fantastic day... Still enjoy going to BoK Gardens even when it is blee blazzin hot out.... Saw some beautiful flowers had a tasty lunch and then got some candies at Davidson's of Dundee... Topped off the day with Dinner and then a trip to Down Town Disney...

Can it get better than this???

I guess we will see tomorrow...
Musicsongbird


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Day 543...Year 2

What a great day... It was my "Friday" and my BGF came down for a visit from STL... We had dinner with Mom and BFF, at the Catfish place, battled the Brazillian tour groups at Target and had dessert at home... It was so nice to kick off this weekend in such a fun way...

Can't wait for the adventure to continue tomorrow...

Sometimes it isn't a vacation away that you need, it's a visit from a good friend that you need to brighten your mood...

Musicsongbird

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 542...Year 2

Tomorrow is big... One of my BGFs are coming to visit and I can't wait! So much to do in such a little time, but I can't wait...

Sometimes it's just nice to have a life long friend visit...

Musicsongbird

Monday, June 24, 2013

Day 541...Year 2

Another day is coming to an end and it has been a good day... I love when I feel like my job really matters... I know I have said it before but sometimes it's just nice to be told you are appreciated or a simple thank you speaks volumes...

Today, cast I don't directly work with thanked me for my help today... It just was nice...

Don't forget to show people your appreciation when they help you...

Sometimes just saying thank you, means a lot...
Musicsongbird

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 540...Year 2

It's so crazy to think that we are almost half way through this year... Once again I have learned so much about myself in such a little time...

For anyone that knows me personally, I honestly have a hard time giving myself credit for anything I do... I don't like to say that I am good at things and so forth... But I came to a huge realization yesterday about my current job...

My first TA, I had people working from all sides to make sure I got the TA and for that I am extremely grateful that I was given that opportunity... However when I got this 2nd TA, I know that I was chosen on my proven ability to work with others, to be lead by example and to get the job done... I am sure that hearing from my boss and fellow cast would have helped but I believe I was chosen because they believed in me...

and that makes me feel very special...
Musicsongbird

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 539...Year 2

I love getting to hangout with my girlfriends...

It is always fun when my core sisters and I can get together and it is rather entertaining watch my mom react to some of the things we talk about... We have been a training team for over two years and they have become more than friends, they are my sisters... It has been sad not seeing them on a regular basis since my TA began almost 4 months ago, but each and everyone support me and are happy to see me so happy...

Just like I would be happy for them to find their perfect role at Disney or even out if they needed it... Sometimes you have people in your life that are your "work" friends and then there are the ones that become more than that...

Love, peace and more than that...
Musicsongbird

Friday, June 21, 2013

Day 538...Year 2

I love the days where you have part of the day planned and the rest unfolds like a surprise... I had such a good time with my Mom today... Laughing and trying new things... I did miss BFF though... But I know he is having a great time visiting friends...

I'm looking forward to reuniting with a few friends of my own tomorrow evening...

Love, peace and reconnecting...
Musicsongbird

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 537...Year 2

Welcome to the rainy season Florida.... The rainy season technically already started like a month a go or something, but today the skies dumped on us hard... When I drove home after the worst of the storm had past through there was water everywhere in my neighborhood... In some places you couldn't even see the road... You said a little prayer asking for your safe trip down the street...
No, this isn't the ravine behind the homes in my neighborhood, this is the main drag.

Thankfully after the rain stopped it when down quite quickly but this isn't something you want to mess with...  

So during the next 4 or 5 months of crazy monsoon like conditions, drive carefully... Get there safe even if you end up being late...


Love, peace and be safe...
Musicsongbird

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 536...Year 2

Why do people feel like it is OK to jump all over you for something you have no control over or blame a group of people for something that they have no control over?  You are probably like, I get it, but not really...

So the past two days I have been involved with issues where myself or my co-workers were blamed for things or attacked for things that we have no control over, but not by park Guest... By fellow Cast Members...

You always think that people from the outside of a company are the worst to deal with, but must of the time it is your co-workers that can be just as bad when something doesn't go the way they see fit...

Yesterday myself and two co-workers were in the office going over a few things together when a Cast Member came barreling in upset that they had picked up a shift at our Park but that he was given wrong information about some things and what were we going to do about it? We were all dumb founded to begin with but even when we tried to assist we were told  by the CM that "That means nothing to me." When they finally left we all felt many things, relief, anger, disbelief... We were just at the wrong place at the wrong time...

However today both myself and fellow COT were ambushed by cast tearing a part training and blaming everything on the training team and us... I think at one point they may have even blamed global warming on the training team... OK, I am exaggerating a little but, it seems like instead of blaming an individual for the choices they make on the job, people feel like it is easier to just blame the person that trained them...

First of all it is one thing if someone does a process wrong because they were trained that process incorrectly, but it is another thing if the person is trying to cut corners because despite their training they pick up the bad habits they see in others and the leadership doesn't step in to correct it...

Second of all... If you have so many comments to make about training then you should think about becoming a trainer to help make the change you want to see in others...

Thirdly... If you have no desire to be a trainer then keep your comments to yourself... Being a trainer is a thankless job a lot of the time... If you don't believe me, then you haven't been reading this blog...

And finally, most of the time those that are tearing a part others have done the same thing themselves but deny that they were ever at fault... It's OK for me to do it, but not for you to...

love, peace and be the change...
Musicsongbird

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day 535...Year 2

It amazes me that the older I get the faster time seems to be flying by... I can't believe I have lived here in Florida for almost 6 years... Part of me feels like it couldn't be that long and another part of me feels like I have been here even longer...

We spend our whole childhood wanting to be older... And as we get older we dream of a time when we were younger... I say we need to just enjoy the now...

Laugh like you heard the funniest joke, sing out loud and sing out strong, dance like no one is watching and most of all....

don't forget your sunscreen ;)

Love, peace and enjoy the now...
Musicsongbird

Monday, June 17, 2013

Day 534...Year 2

I managed to get dressed this morning and go to work, despite the heat and pain from my sun burn... I walked into the office to see my computer decorated with sunscreen and a Disney safety video... At least I know my friends missed me at work...

It's nice to know I am missed when I am away from work...

Love, peace and friends...
Musicsongbird

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Day 533...Year 2

Today, we once again celebrate the first Super Hero in our lives... Our Dads... Even if your Father is in Heaven or he is just an arms length away, we need to let him know how he means to us...

I know there are some out there that may not have a great relationship with their father, so today is the chance to make amends or if that isn't a possibility, celebrate the person who raised you and took care of you and loved you...

I miss my Dad terribly but I know one day I will see him again when I get to heaven and it will be an amazing reunion... I am blessed that God has put an amazing Mom and Brothers in my life, as well as an amazing set of Friends for me to rely on...

So I hope you take time to thank your Dad or that person that is like a Dad to you in your life...

Love, peace and love you Dad...
Musicsongbird

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Day 532...Year 2

I have learned a very important lesson this weekend... When BFF's mom tells me that I am getting a little red... I probably need to get out of the sun... Or I should probably remember to wear sunscreen... A bad burn makes for a lot of pain... and it makes for a horrible nights sleep... But I have to say that I had an amazing weekend with my borrowed family and I love them very much... Love, peace and always wear sunscreen... Musicsongbird

Day 531...Year 2

Sometimes it is nice just to lose time with family.... Love, peace and family... Musicsongbird

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Day 530...Year 2

Today we celebrated BFF's Birthday... It was a time.to.relax and have a nice day with his.family.. So very often we think a celebration needs to be balloons and streamers and big excitement, but simetimes the best celebrations are.the ones.that are spent with family and the ones we love. Thank you again BFF for letting me be a part of your celebration... Love, peace and Happy Birthday... Musicsongbird

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Day 529...Year 2

Happy Birthday to my BFF! Thank you,for letting me a part of your weekend celebration... love the tunes by the house band... Love, peace and celebrate...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Day 528...Year 2

I'm going to possibly be going off line this weekend... Meaning tomorrow through Friday... That doesn't mean I won't be blogging those days, I just may not be posting them until Saturday... I will attempt to post through my phone, but no promises, so if I am able please forgive any major typos. :)

I have been sitting here listening to the silence for a bit and it is so funny what goes through your mind... Things I could type but then I think... Does this sound stupid? Will this make sense and then I sit some more... I guess I just have to realize that sometimes I don't really have anything to say and maybe I just need the time to sit and listen so that God can speak to me...

I think that's what our problem is many times... We spend so much time trying to speak and be heard, but we don't spend enough time just sitting and listening... I can't remember the last time I just sat and listened to the wind or the birds or the sounds of the park I work in... So many times my mind is racing and thinking about other things or I am too wrapped up in whats on the computer screen to hear what is going on around me...

So this weekend will be about stopping and listening...

Love, peace and stop and listen...
Musicsongbird


Monday, June 10, 2013

Day 527...Year 2

As a Christian I am saddened the way others that claim to be Christians treat people that may not believe exactly the way they believe... They get on their perch and condemn others for their actions but never stop to see what they are doing is just as wrong...

According to the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20, we are told as Christians to go out into the world and share the good news... We aren't told to go out and condemn others for their behavior...

People need to learn to take a breath and think before they speak... Words can do just as much damage to a persons life as a weapon can and sometimes more...

The verse that keeps popping into my head is Matthew 7:3-5,   “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Judgement only belongs to one... and guess what???  You are Not HIM...

Love, peace and get the plank out...
Musicsongbird

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 526...Year 2

Nothing crazy today... Just an average day made better by above average people... 

Not much to say tonight other than this...

Always be true to yourself...
It doesn't do you any good not to be honest about who you are...
Because in the end, there are no do overs...

Love, peace and be yourself...
Musicsongbird

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day 525...Year 2

"Don't settle for small dreams, Go for the big one..."

I heard this tonight watching a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie... And it really struck me...

It made me realize that so very often we dream things for ourselves but we only settle for small things not hold out for the big ones... It's like our mind says, "That dream will never happen, it's Too big, just aim for something small..." It's like the shirt I saw once, "When all else fails, lower your standards..."

Why do we always think we aren't good enough? If we are willing to work towards a dream and work hard to get to it, then obviously we do deserve to live out our dreams...

We can't just sit around and wait for our dream to come true. And we can't lower our standards when things aren't going to plan... If we are truly passionate about a dream, we can't give up just because one person says it isn't good enough... There are plenty of stories out there of people who didn't listen to what others said and didn't give up on their dreams and are living out their dreams now...

The Judds were turned down over and over again for 4 years before they were signed to a record label and they went on to have 26 singles and 14 of those were #1 hits...

J.K. Rowling was turned down by 12 publishing houses before Harry Potter was signed to be published...

The list can go on and on... Even when I decided to pursue my Disney Dream, I had friends back home that tried to convince me to stay... Not because they thought I had a better future in St. Louis, but because they didn't want me to leave... I know people mean well, but sometimes our own selfishness can prevent someone from living out the Big Dream...

Is working for Disney my only dream???

Spoilers....

Love, peace and dream BIG...
Musicsongbird

Friday, June 7, 2013

Day 524...Year 2

Another day of adventure draws to a close... Another day of memories made...

Sometimes the best memories come, when you don't do anything out of the ordinary... I do need to say something to BFF and then Mom...

I'm sorry I looked at my phone so much... I heard your message loud and clear... Time together is more fun when the phone isn't involved...

Mom... I am sorry I am always on the laptop... I will try harder not to be so wrapped up in stupid games and spend more of our evening time together being present not only physically but mentally as well...

I think we all need to take a step back, put the phone on silent and put it away... When you are with Friends and Family, that time is so precious, yet so very often we are too wrapped up on the latest FB news, or the latest Tweet or some game or reward app...  ;) to realize that precious time is being wasted...

I believe we all need to make an effort, NO make the decision, that family time isn't electronic interference time... That we need to put away our cell phones and tablets, our laptops and Ipods and take time to talk and visit with each other... Go for a walk together and chat, or play a game together...

Let's remind ourselves what life was like before we had all of these electronic interruptions... Let's remember what is truly important... Making memories...

Love, peace and remember when...
Musicsongbird

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 523..Year 2

I totally stepped outside of my comfort zone today... Believe it or not, I do have an outside to my comfort zone... While shopping at our favorite box store, my phone rang and it was my mom... Who I was shopping with... She starts talking about this lady at the end of the row I was in that had been standing smelling car fresheners for quite some time... She starts telling me to go talk to her and offer her my business card and tell her about PartyLite... So I dug in my purse and found one of my cards and I did it...

I walked up to her and asked if she lived locally, which she did and I told her I had noticed that she was having a hard time finding a car freshener and then I told her about what PartyLite had to offer and the price and how long our car fresheners last. She told me her name and took the card and thanked me...

So even though she may not buy anything from my page, I stepped out in faith that I would be accepted by this stranger, and it made me realize I probably should carry extra business cards with me all of the time...

Love, peace and goodbye comfort zone...
Musicsongbird


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Day 522...Year 2

I am finding it completely fascinating everything I learn each time I go to acupuncture... How certain points on your body trigger other parts... And did you know, that just by looking at your tongue, can determine if you are vitamin deficient are if you have suffered stomach issues...

It still amazes me how the body works... We are so skillfully and wonderfully made...

Love, peace and wow...
Musicsongbird

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 521...Year 2

I have this great friend in my life and from time to time she sends me these amazing quotes that she finds and today was no exception.  It said:

"Courage doesn't always roar..Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says 'I will try again tomorrow..."

Being the inquisitive gal that I am, I wanted to know where it came from... So I did what I normally do when I need an answer to a question... I Google it!

Turns out it was authored by Mary Anne Radmacher... Turns out she is an inspirational writer and her quotes are known all over the world...

But isn't so true... Sometimes courage isn't being brave and strong, sometimes courage is going against what everyone else is doing... Sometimes courage is quietly walking away... Courage comes in all shapes and sizes... Most of all, sometimes courage is knowing that even though you failed today, you will try again tomorrow despite what others think or may say...

love, peace and courage...
Musicsongbird

Monday, June 3, 2013

Day 520...Year 2

I must be tired, because I have been sitting in front of this computer for the past 10 minutes and just staring at the screen...

It has been a crazy busy couple of days for me at work, but I still love it... It's funny because people ask me if I miss dealing with Guests, but another former front line cast member said it best... She told me, that the cast that you deal with backstage are your Guests... You are still laughing and joking with them... You are still problem solving for them... And you are definitely still a sounding board for them...

So I don't miss the day to day onstage job...

Love, peace and backstage rocks...
Musicsongbird

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Day 519...Year 2

Our Typhoon Family lost a member this weekend... Her life was cut short by a terrible car accident... I reminds you just how quickly our lives can change in the blink of an eye... It reminds you to make every moment count...

Don't waste your life thinking about what could have been... Don't dwell on what you did in the past, start making a future by living in the present... Laugh harder, sing louder, cry when you feel it and dance in the rain...

Enjoy life... It's too short not too...

Find one thing in each day that brought you joy... Even if it's the hot guy or girl at the gas station smiled at you... See it brought a smile to your face just thinking about it...

Remember, Today is a gift, that's why we call it the Present!!!

Love, peace and Live for today...
Musicsongbird


Live for Today...
By Natalie Grant

Sittin' in my room staring at the wall 
Wonderin' about the meaning of it all 
Why is it this thing called life 
Has got me goin' crazy 
So I open up your word and let it speak to me 
The purpose and the plan that you've designed 
Is clear to see, and I believe 

Chorus: 
I'm gonna live for today 
I'm gonna follow in your way 
I'm gonna let my little light shine 
Like there's no tomorrow 
I won't worry about the past 
I know my future is intact 
So I'll choose to live my life one way 
I'm gonna live it for today 

You told me not to worry 
About what lies ahead 
So I am gonna focus on today instead 
Making every moment count and counting 
Every single blessing 
I'm gonna set my mind on the 
Here and the Now 
This is what I want my life to be about 
And this is How... 

Repeat Chorus

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 518...Year 2

My second in home party and it was fun... It makes me feel good when the hostess tells you that you did a good job... Especially when there were times I thought that I was babbling... It was nice to meet some new people and share something with them that I really love...

So now that I am home, I feel a little more confident that I can make this side job successful and I know that with each opportunity I will get better and better...

Now, I must say goodnight...

Love, peace and shine on...
Musicsongbird