coincidences

=stories

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I love listening the podcast, This American Life. Recently, TAL reposted a show called  “No Coincidence, No Story!” I am a firm believer in coincidences and without them we wouldn’t have stories. Reaching out to listeners they received over 1,300 stories- can you believe that? Thankfully they made a show devoted to coincidences and stories. The episode will take you from a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall. This is one of my favorite episodes and I wanted to share it with you. You can listen to the episode here.

an open letter

[insert your name here]

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Dear You,

As our relationship has progressed you have noticed one motif about my life: go big, or go home. You’re right, I don’t take things lightly and I don’t do them small. If I am going to do something, I commit. With all that being said, my birthday is never a different story. Every few years, the Super Bowl will try to overshadow my special day but I never allow it to do so.

This year, my birthday was wonderful because of you. Celebrating this 24th year is something I will ever forget. Being surrounded by loved ones, receiving phone calls and even the simple smiles truly made the day something special.

Over the years we’ve shared many stories, laughter, drinks and celebrations, but this one was different. This particular birthday celebration encompassed many wonderful aspects of my life. The celebrations this year allowed me to join in all of the tom foolery and showering of love that a birthday should have.

For you, I am grateful. Without you, my birthday would not have been the same. Thank you for the memories we made this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing what my 24th year has in store. I am lucky to have you along for the journey. Once again, thank you. I am so touched and thankful to be blessed by such awesome family and friends!

All My Love,

Kendal Ann

 

 

a solid

the good guy

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On my way to work this morning I was listening to the This American Life podcast. This particular episode I was listening to is entitled Good Guys. The episode is asking the question: what does it take to be a “good guy”? What does it take to truly be a  good guy.  You will hear stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave 900 feet underground.

This is a great way to start my morning and you will even hear about the “good guy discount”.

The Good Guy Discount:

a technique where you say, can I get a good guy discount on that? You’re a good guy, I’m a good guy– come on, just, you know, a good guy discount.

I dare you to try this next time you’re purchasing something. I would love to hear if you actually get away with getting a discount because you’re a good guy.

You will be faced with a moral dilemma, like Ben Calhoun says: It’s me saying, I’m a good guy, which I feel like it’s the kind of thing of saying, I’m so humble. The second part of it is, you’re saying, and the thing I’m going to do as a good guy is I’m going to ask you to do me a favor and cost yourself money. That’s what a good guy I am. And I don’t know. I find it to be not the behavior of a good guy.

So, with all of that said and after you listen to the podcast, would you use this trick of the trade? Do you think asking for the “good guy discount” defeats to purpose of being a good guy?

halloween in the city

nothing like celebrating halloween

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I love tours and tours in DC are never disappointing. There is always something to learn and something to see, over all it’s a wonderful time. I bring you three Ghost Tours that DC has to offer. Granted I haven’t been on one yet, the reviews say they are some one scary. These tours will dive into the ghostly history of DC. What are you waiting for?

National Building Museum Ghost Tour

This tour is recommended for ages 10 and up, so feel free to bring your kids along on this one. Tales of mystery, murder and ghosts are just a few of the things you can expect to hear. If legend is to be believed, you may see a few things of interest as well.

Tours are offered weekly in the fall, so visit the museum site for more details.

Natalie Zanin’s Ghost Story Tour of Washington

Started in 2001, this tour bills itself as the district’s longest running ghost tour. They must be doing something right (or wrong, to keep having these undead spirits haunting around them all the time). The Ghost Story Tour is another family-friendly attraction (children age eight and older are welcome). Purchase tickets online here.

Washington, DC Ghost Tour

These tours are getting more and more family-oriented. The Washington D.C. Ghost Tour prides itself on providing accurate information on the rich (and sometimes scary) history of the nation’s capital. The tour takes place in Lafayette Park, which is also known by the less inviting “Tragedy Square,” and seeks to be one of the most creepily informative tours you’ll ever take.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Fright at the Museum: Dead Man Walking

This sounds like so much fun! Fright at the Museum takes place at the Crime Museum in DC. The museum is turned into a haunted house, and said to be one of the scariest in the city.

Tickets can be purchases online here.

THE ZOO– of course they celebrate Halloween. Check out these awesome events.

Boo at the Zoo

October 25-27, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m. National Zoo, Washington, DC. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. Costumed volunteers will hand out candy at more than 40 treat stations.

Night of the Living Zoo

October 30, 2013, 6:30 – 10 p.m. National Zoo, Washington DC. Wear your best costume while enjoying the zoo by moonlight. Experience bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. This is an adults-only event.

With all of these awesome events going on in DC for Halloween, I will certainty get my fill. I can’t wait to go on a ghost tour, learn about the city’s history and to event step into a haunted house. For me Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and this year I will be celebrating properly.

keep kicking ass

& taking names

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I’m really set on this writing thing. Some of these entries come from the past, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t write it. I want to show you all aspects of my life, through my writing. I don’t really know what to say about this one. The introduction seems a little unnecessary; however, for context purposes an intro. Below, you will be let into a little love letter between an old-friend and myself. We were racking our brains about graduation and the woes of life. The struggles, the good, the bad and the ugly. Beyond those things, also solutions. Take a read.

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Salutations:

I have completed writing a book in the past month because of all the things we have discussed from internships, successes, failures—which are really learning opportunities—travels and dreams. Most important naturally are the dreams that we are implementing each day to make our reality become a dream.  I think I will entitle this book: Kick Ass and Take Names: A True College Student Making Their Dreams Become Reality.  Mostly, I don’t want to write the whole thing. I suppose I would want it to be published, but perhaps start with a blog. I want it to be segments of what kids are doing to make their dream their reality.

Stop. Look. Listen.

We see it each day. We hear it each day. It’s a matter of knowing the person and acknowledging them. Their stories need to be heard and experienced by the masses. Every day I hear one more doubt from someone, from a sorority girl, a kid in class, or just someone in by passing. Frankly, I am sick of all of this negativity. I know myself along with the rest of the world can do better than that.

I have come to, yet again, another realization in my life. I hold myself to the highest standards and morals not because I can, rather because I truly believe in myself. I know I can make anything happen. The real kicker of this is that I don’t expect just myself to follow these things—I hold my friends to them too. I have incredible dreams and aspirations and I will achieve them some day. Again, I know each one of my friends has the same. I don’t pick friends because they are cute or funny. It’s more than that. It’s because I know they have dreams in lined with mine. It’s because they want to make their life matter. Because they understand what a dream is, how you achieve it and “failing” isn’t an option to say “Fuck it. It isn’t worth it.” they know that failing pushes them that much more. It’s one more reason to prove the world wrong.

Well, it looks like I have my first blog post. Ha I don’t even know how that happened. I guess, when I am in the air it really helps to clear your thoughts and to make sense of things again. I hope you feel the same.

It’s true I will be the next best motivational speaker or something of those sorts. It would truly be an honor for me to speak at conferences and tell my story to kids. Over the past year I had the opportunity to speak at  an environmental forum for my step mom’s class and that was a breathtaking experience. Having the opportunity to do that at least once a year would be amazing.

Keep kicking ass & taking names!