Introduction Part II of III: Disney

Like any good twenty-something “millennial” raised during the Disney Renaissance, Disney movies, books, toys, and vacations to Walt Disney World were a part of my upbringing that I cherish to this day. I think I managed to dress up as each princess throughout my childhood. For whatever reason, my mom even let me go to school in the 1st grade in my full Jasmine regalia (yes, it was a full shirt.) It wasn’t until high school that a friend in my class admitted she told her mom “Jasmine is in my class!” I wasn’t about to correct her…

We didn’t take our first family vacation to Walt Disney World until my brother and I were old enough to appreciate the trip and walk around ourselves sans clunky stroller, something I still admire my parents for doing. In 1999 we “Celebrated the Future Hand in Hand” during the Millennium Celebration with a stay at the Contemporary Hotel.

Introduction Part I of III: Running

There was a time in my life when I hated running. Running in high school was a form of punishment for not winning a game the night before. I saw running as a means to an end and prayed for the hellacious pain to be over as quickly as possible so I could commiserate with my best friends over a high-calorie sizzlin’ fajita plate.

While I still enjoy a good sizzlin’ fajita plate, over the years I began to unlock the secret joy of running. As a postgrad attempting to navigate my twenties, running became precious time to unwind and reflect. As time went on, I participated in several 5Ks and finally, my first half marathon in February 2016, the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World.