Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Three Cheers for 30 Years

Yesterday, I turned 30.

What once was a dreaded age is now celebrated. If I am completely honest, I have welcomed the change. I have this philosophy that I am sure other share which is that your 20's are filled with hardships that make you learn how to be an adult. In your 30's, you've already been through a ton of bullshit and are equipped to handle most of life's challenges. 

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Los Angeles Substitutions in Raleigh

Everyday, someone asks me how my move has been and everyday I say "Ommm..it's okay??". The follow up question is always "Do you miss LA?". I don't. But I do. I was in Los Angeles for 7 years and it's hard to let go of it as I feel like so much of my identity was shaped there. However, it's good to be home. 

Since day 1 in NC, I have tried to figure out my new "go to" spots so I figured I would share some of my LA substitutions in Raleigh as well as my weird bootleg rating system. 

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Into The Wild

Preface: If you ask me where my favorite place in the world is, I will either tell you the Dean Dome at UNC or the Grand Canyon. 

In an effort to get back in the practice of updating this little ol thing more often, I went through my drafts and realized I never blogged about mine and Shelby's epic Grand Canyon hike last 4th of July. While I have lots of #feels seeing all these awesome photos again, I am going to keep my commentary brief and let the pictures speak for themselves. Also see: lazy. 

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Anxiety

It never fails. When the holiday season approaches, everyone is a massive ball of stress and anxiety. As someone who already struggles with anxiety and has since elementary school, this time of year can feel like a never ending nightmare. 

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Holiday Fitness Tips from O2 Fitness

Y'all. Does holiday eating absolutely terrify you like it does me? I feel like any time I am at a holiday party or family get together, I either drink way too much which results in eating a ton or just feel like I absolutely have to stuff my face with all the delicious food I see. Not the ideal situation for someone who tries hard to be on top of their health and fitness game! Lucky, Prath Burton, Senior Fitness Director at O2 Fitness Clubs sent over a few tips to keep us all happy and healthy this holiday season.  

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So What Now?

When I woke up this morning... okay let's scratch that... I barely even slept. I tossed and turned all night. I obsessively checked my phone. I worried. I was terrified. I was embarrassed. 

So when I actually got out of my bed, I decided not to let this decision get me down. I got up, got ready, grabbed two dozen donuts for my office, and headed into work early. The drive in was a gloomy one which totally fit my mood. It felt like UNC had just lost another NCAA basketball tournament game at the last second, like I had just been broken up with, and like my phone got ran over....at all the same time...times about a thousand. Numb is probably the best way to describe it. 

My mind raced as I thought about how our political system is going to be turned completely on its head. I tried to imagine Trump (or "some rich asshole" as my Google Chrome plug-in corrects it to) addressing our nation in his first State of the Union address.... and I couldn't. I just couldn't.  I still can't.

I have so many questions like how people can have so much hate in their hearts. How can 'christians' support someone who is so radical, so rash, so sexist, so racist? The God that I worship is inclusive. The God I worship spreads love. The God I worship wants me -- a 29 year old white, educated, independent woman to have the same rights that my male counterparts have. The God I worship does not care what color my skin is because he created ALL of us in his image. 

At the same time, this is a decision that America made and we now have to live with it. But that doesn't mean that we have to sit back and be sad about it. This means that we have a chance to exercise our rights as Americans! We can let our voices be heard. We can get up and DO something. Volunteer. Get involved in our local governments. We can make ourselves familiar with our representatives and let them know what changes we think need to be made. WE CAN ACTUALLY RUN FOR OFFICE IF WE WANTED! We honestly have so many options. If anything, we can strive to be inclusive and actually love our neighbors who are different than we are. Kindness goes such a long way, regardless if you're donating money to charity, giving someone in need a ride, or just bringing in donuts to your office when you know everyone is going to be sad. 

I am choosing to be inspired as opposed to defeated. 

 I'd like to thank all of my friends who gave up their jobs to work on Hillary's campaign. I envy your bravery and passion. I'd like to thank all of my friends who volunteered at phone banks, canvasing or just helping people register to vote. Your time and efforts did not go unnooticed. 

I want my LGBTQ friends to know that I love them and support them. I want my refugee friends to know that I am so sorry that they are fearful and that I will do everything in my power to make them feel safe. I want my friends who have a different skin color than I do to know that they are beautiful. I want everyone to know that no matter who you are, who you love, where you came from that you should have the same rights I have and that I am going to try my damnedest to make sure that that happens.

I love you all. We will get through this. We just have to take action.  

 

 

The Carolina Inn’s Halloween Potions to Try!

The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is getting into the Halloween spirit this season with two must-try cocktail recipes for only $12 each. The charming hotel’s signature restaurant, Crossroads Chapel Hill, which recently announced its new Executive Chef, Brandon Sharp, is offering a classic Pumpkin Martini with a twist, as well as a very literal and unique Dragon Eye Martini .

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Fayetteville, NC has tons of Fall fun!

Fayetteville, NC is famous for a few things -- its rich military history, J.Cole and me. I am technically not from there but it's the closest big city to my hometown, so I claim it, alright?! 

Dubbed "America's Hometown", Fayetteville has a ton of activities happening this October. Aside from Nature Connects at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden and Fayetteville Comic Con, there is a whole slew of fun to be had! 

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Raleigh's Got The Right Stuff, Baby...for Wahlburgers!

During my brief funemployment stint, I discovered the glory that is Wahlburgers, a TV show that follows the Wahlberg family's restaurant adventures. I quickly became obsessed with Mark, Donnie and Paul, as well as the rest of the family. I obsessively tweeted gifs of Mark in his younger days. I obsessively posted Facebook status's saying I needed to attend a Wahlburgers. 

You will understand my excitement when I got an email telling me that WAHLBURGERS IS COMING TO RALEIGH!!!!! 

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The Truth About Funemployment

Being funemployed for about 3 weeks now has been...interesting. At first, I kept myself so busy it was basically like I had a full time job anyway. Then once I finished running a million errands, I did some hiking but being alone was boring. I've been able to grab lunches with friends, get extra workouts in, and really just clean out my apartment. I've been getting weekly massages, chiropractor sessions, acupuncture and facials at Health Within Center (HIGHLY recommend them if you live in LA!). Overall, funemployment has been an exercise in futility for me. I want to be busy. I want to do things. I want to wrap up my live in Los Angeles... but I have no money to do all the things I want to do. I know this is the time that I need to sit still and be comfortable in the silence, but it's hard. 

For the past 7 years, I have gone non-stopped. I haven't had downtime. I don't know how to just chill. I HAVE NO CHILL. The longer I sit, the more time I have to worry. Worry about a new job (I have a few great leads so far), worry about where I am going to live when I decide to leave my parents house, worry if I will make friends in Raleigh, just worry worry worry. I am being proactive and putting the work in so I know things will fall into place the way they need to. BUT. I. AM. IMPATIENT. 

I now have less than two weeks left in this beautiful city. I want to do all the things but I have to realize if I don't, that's okay. I just have to take things a day at the time, make my to do lists and also find time to just enjoy the process. I am sure I will look back on all of this in a few months and laugh at how neurotic I am being. 

 
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