HighSchoolReunion

31 Jul

“Who is planning our 10-year high school reunion?”

I asked this back in December of 2014 because I knew that come summertime we would hit our 10 year mark of when we graduated high school and I was curious if anyone had started planning. When I talked about this with my girlfriends at dinner, I specifically said, “I will not do it.”

Well that changed quickly.

My good friend Tiffany said something along the lines of, “If I do it, will you do it.” So that is how it sort of got started. We posted something on Facebook making sure no one had started planning and away we went. This post is going to talk about the planning process of our first ever high school reunion and what went right and also, what went wrong. For those of you looking for advice on how to plan your reunion, take it or leave it, but his may help you out.

First step. We have it easy these days with Facebook. My mom was and still is on her high school reunion committee and thinking about having to call people and find addresses to send invites seems like such a hassle. Facebook helped us tremendously with finding people. I mean, that is what Facebook is for- finding people. Tiffany created an open group for Legacy High School Class of 2005 10-year reunion and shared it with everyone through her status update. People slowly started to join in. Then we posted an update saying, “If you are interested in being part of the committee to plan the reunion, please meet at this place, at this time to get started.” We had eight people show up. And really that was a perfect amount of people. And this group of people were not necessarily close friends back in high school or even today. TIP: Your committee should have men and women and not be your close group of friends. Branch out. This allows for more people to know about the event from all around your graduating class.

Second step. Pick a date. A lot goes into this. Yes, most reunions are scheduled either around the day you graduated, or the high school’s homecoming, but it isn’t all that easy. By the time we got together, homecoming had already come and passed and June 1 would have been exactly 10 years. We decided as a committee that July is a good month because typically the weather is nice, if you are teacher- you’ll have time off, and honestly when we met, June seemed too close, but July seemed just right. So we settled on July 25, 2015.

During our first meeting we also decided that we would meet monthly every fourth Monday of the month. This is key. Don’t do everything online or over email. So much more got done when we would meet at talk face to face. Our meetings lasted about an hour every time and we would bring our notepads, and discuss what needed to be done. We also decided to pick somewhere central. Denver. We had some people up north and others down south- so to make it fair we picked somewhere sort of in the middle and not at someone’s house to make them feel like they always had to host people. A restaurant worked for us so we could all huddle in, discuss our plans and get the most done while eating and drinking.

Everyone during the 6 months of planning really took on their jobs and went one step further. Everyone needs a job. I personally took on the task of managing the social media side of things. Facebook updates. Create a website. Post photos on Instagram. That is my jam anyways, so I was happy to take on this task. But man… people on social media can be.. let’s say.. brutally honest. I just want to give a warning to those people looking at this blog for advice, be prepared for some people to NOT be happy with what you are planning. Be prepared for people to give you opinions on what you should do, although they never came to a committee meeting. We would HAPPILY take any opinions at our meetings and we made it public of when our meeting where, so anyone could come in and ‘join the fun.’ On the flip side, when you see posts of people disliking what is going on, you have two options- reply. Or ignore it. I am going to recommend that you reply, but in a very well-thought out manor. Think before you type. In all honesty- it is a business. You are selling tickets (which I will get to how we decided on that later) to an event where you want to make a profit and you want as many people there as possible. I responded to the questions/concerns publically so that everyone could see what was already asked, and what the answers were. Sort of like a FAQ via Facebook. It is OKAY to ask questions, and it is OKAY to dislike something, and really, it is OKAY to give your opinions because we want it to be the best reunion possible – but if you are on your own committee just be warned, you cannot make everyone happy.

So- my tip after all of that is to create a facebook group and make it private about 3 months before the event and create a website to have more information on and a link to purchase tickets, where I would recommend wordpress.com and keep both of these active even after the reunion.

Next. Ticket sales. First, the price of the tickets will all depend on sponsorships, location, and what will be available at the reunion. We as a committee had a sponsor for the park event, and the evening event so we didn’t have to pay any fees to rent both places out. We also decided that there wouldn’t be food provided for free, but that you could purchase food for an extra cost at the evening event and made the park event a pot luck. Here we go. Let me break it down. Oh… paypal. It is so convenient, but they also have a surcharge. But, we decided that pay pal was more convenient than having checks sent to us and so we set up a business bank account, a business paypal account, and got it going. Tip: make ticket prices low. More people will come and will be able to afford it. Heck, at your 10-year a lot of people are new parents, or just got married and in all honesty, are probably broke. Anything over $50 per person seems a little high. Even if food will be served. We set our ticket prices at $25 per person with the stipulation that the prices would increase July 1. We did this so that we would have a good head count a month before the event. This worked somewhat in our favor. On the last day of June we had 13 people purchase tickets before the price increase. We had a headcount of about 60 people before the price increase so this helped us plan for one or two food trucks at the night event.

A great tip I would add is that the price of the ticket should include something. Whether it be food, or drinks, or something make people feel like they are getting SOMETHING. We decided that if you purchased a ticket, your ticket included two drink tickets. So, for $25 you were getting access to the party, and two drinks. People were very happy with this, and I would highly recommend it.

So, the night before the big party we had a headcount of 75 people, and ticket sales were cut off online. Then we announced via Facebook that you could buy your tickets at the door…  You just have to do this. People procrastinate. People decide last minute that, “Oh hey! I know a lot of people going, I wish I could go.” Well everyone should be able to go. We ended up having over 100 people at the event and everyone was happy.

How do you get everyone their tickets? You have a welcome table with some pretty cool parents that would be fine offering their time. We had two sets of parents working the welcome table and while some people may think it is strange, I wouldn’t want it any other way. In high school my house was the place for a lot of people to come, and a lot of people knew my parents. And my parents loved seeing so many familiar faces. This also allows the committee to enjoy the party and we could let loose and enjoy the hard work that we put in. Ah. Finally- you see your hard work pay off.

I know I have left a lot of stuff out, but I told myself that after the reunion I would write something.. anything. Just to remember a few key points and to hopefully help others out when planning your high school reunion. I want to thank our sponsors, to my good friend Bryce who gave a speech acknowledging the committee’s hard work, our volunteers who helped the day of, and most of all the people who came every month to the meetings, put in their time, and got this shit done. Haha you’re all amazing, and I am so happy we got to work together. Until next time.

Quick Summary:

1. Keep ticket prices low(er).

2. Don’t just email invites and save the dates- call people. Peer pressure works great.

3. Use Facebook groups.

4. Lower the cost of the class reunion by offering an early bird discount.

5. Keep your registration form short and simple.

6. Create a class reunion website that keeps your classmates engaged. Check ours out: Legacy2005.wordpress.com

7. Have a family friendly event along with an adults only event.

8. Tell classmates who is attending.

9. Have a diverse group of committee members organizing the event.

10. Call your high school and let them know when the event is to get the word around to teachers.

11. Have the event be in the same town as your high school.

12. If you have extra money, roll it into an account to have a starting point for the next reunion.

TheDress

26 Jun

There are so many different styles of wedding dresses and when I made my appointment to try some on, I told my four ladies to pick away and I would try them all on to know what style fit me best. We picked some with lace, some that were very form fitting, others that had straps or sleeves, and the list continues of some mermaid style dresses, A-line, and a fiesta style dress that made me feel like the emoji of the woman dancing in a red dress.

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Here is my story…

I invited my mom, my sister, Dan’s mom, and his sister. I have not picked my bridesmaids yet, and wanted only family to be involved with choosing my dress. I felt like this is something I needed four totally different opinions for. Each person has their own individual style and I knew each of these ladies would give me their honest opinions.

Each girl picked 2-3 dresses for me to try on and so I started working away, trying on dress after dress taking photos of the front and back and walking around to see how it flowed. It reminded me of house hunting. After about eight dresses we figured out my style. I would put one on and right away I knew if it was a yes or no and the pile started to dwindle down. I had narrowed it down to two dresses and then one that I really liked and took the information down, but wanted to sleep on it to see if that was the dress.

Dan’s mom and sister had to head back to work, but after we were done at the first place, my sister recommended we go check out another place since we had the day off. So we hopped in the car, and headed over to Amanda’s Bridal. In my mind, I knew I liked that dress that I had put on at the other place, but you always hear that girls get emotional when they put on the dress. I have never been a super girly girl so maybe that is normal for me to not get emotional. Well. I was wrong.

At Amanda’s I walked in and was very honest with the assistant letting her know I wanted to try some on, but most likely am not going to buy today. We picked some out, tried them on, took some photos and then I put on dress number four, walked out, Tina- my assistant put some accessories with it, and when I turned around and looked at myself in the mirror the waterworks began. I turned around and then my sister, mom, and even Tina started to get teary-eyed and Tina says, “Well I don’t think we thought this was going to happen!” And she rushed around looking for tissues. I had found the dress. What! Is this for real? Let me try on one more just in case.

I put on another dress that I actually really did like, but just knew that the last dress made me feel like a bride. I put the previous dress back on and just remember my mom asking, “Are we buying a dress today?” And I said, “Yes!” This dress is amazing and I cannot wait to walk down the aisle to marry the man of my dreams.

First big item to check off the list. Now it’s the when and where that we need to figure out. :)image2

Engagement

8 Jun chamagne

May 23, 2015. He put a ring on it.

After a few weeks of shock, I can now sit down and write about the perfect engagement and how I cannot believe the time has finally come for us to plan a wedding and for me to be Mrs. Bullock.

As some of you know- Dan and I have been dating for almost five years, we have lived together for four, and have been doggie parents for three. He is the man of my dreams and no matter when you would have asked us, the answer to the question, “When are you two getting married,” was always, “three to five years.” You could have asked me on May 22 and I still would have answered the same. I literally had no idea a proposal was coming, so let me tell you about the surprise.

Over Memorial Day weekend, my best friend Kelli came into town and was staying with us and had plans to meet up with some old co-workers on Saturday the 23rd. Dan and I knew that with having a friend in town, the events are non-stop, and so we had planned that for the few hours she was away, we would go rent a movie, grab some food, and relax. As she left to go meet up with her co-workers, Dan and I ordered a pizza, grabbed a Redbox movie and were just excited to sit on the couch and do nothing. As we pulled onto our block from picking everything up, I noticed a woman mowing her lawn with a push mower and a baby sitting in a stroller, and she looked like she was struggling. I looked at Dan and insisted that we let her use our lawn mower. He gave me this look like ‘why is she always trying to be so nice’ and so when we parked, he went inside and I brought her our mower. When I got back inside, he had put in the movie and put down the curtains to block out the sunlight (it was maybe only 6:30pm). Right before the movie started, Dan says, “Don’t ask any questions, but I have a romantic night planned and just want you to relax. So don’t get up off the couch and let me take care of you.”

Jackpot. I get to just sit here and be catered to. Okay.

At around 7:30pm, Dan gets up off the couch and announces something along the lines of his first romantic act. He goes into our guest bedroom and brings me out a letter. I start to read it and immediately start crying. It talked about how technically we are married by common law, that he knows he wants me in his life forever, and is “80%, maybe 90% sure he wants to propose someday.” I just thought it was super cute and it got me pretty emotional. And then, he announces his second romantic act. This is where he has something behind his back and as he sits on the couch next to me he says that he knows he has never got me any jewelry, but wanted to get me something small and he pulls out the jewelry box and this is where my heart started to burst out of my chest. I of course was hoping it was an engagement ring, but didn’t want to get too crazy in case it was earrings or something else. Then he got down on one knee while I then proceeded to ball my eyes out and said yes a few too many times while he proposed.

After the initial shock of him proposing to me, Dan told me to call my mom to tell her the good news. I call her and at first she cannot hear me. The phone is breaking out. Of course… Thanks stupid cell phone. I yell over the phone that I am balling my eyes out and that Dan proposed. She tells me to go outside or something because she really cannot hear me. Annoyingly, I go outside and to my surprise, my family, his family, and a few close friends were hiding in our back yard, ready to celebrate. Tears cue up one more time.

We pop champagne, take photos, cheers, and celebrate our engagement the best way I could have ever imagined. Dan truly did an amazing job planning everything and I cannot wait to celebrate the rest of our lives together.

And from now on- every time I do something nice, I am hoping for some jewelry—kidding. To back track, Dan was a little freaked out when I brought our neighbor the lawn mower, because at about that time was when people were supposed to be heading over to the house for the surprise. I could have ruined everything, but luckily it all worked out and the secret was still safe.

BootCamp

13 May bootcamp2

You want to kick your own butt while having someone coach you? You want to get bikini ready for summer? You want to drop that last 10lbs before your high school reunion? Well….. I found something that may work for all of that, plus some.

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Last night I attended my first Boot Camp class that my gym hosts. I am hesitant to say that CrossFit South Denver hosts it because the term “CrossFit” scares people away. But this is just the SPACE they are using. If you are someone who is looking to do more body weight movements, not pick up a barbell, and to get a good 20-30 minute workout in with an intimate group of people, then I am not joking, you need to try out Boot Camp at CrossFit South Denver.

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To give you an insider tip- here was what we did last night, but know that each time you step foot into Boot Camp expect something new. Shelby, the instructor led us through a warm up, workout, and cool down all within one hour. The workout consisted of body weight movements, but we also incorporated a box and a kettlebell. Each person was able to scale to their ability and each person was sweating at the end of the workout.  If sweating, scaling to your own ability, and fitting it all in within an hour appeases you, on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 10am come join Boot Camp for $25 per drop in, which includes a shirt.

2ndBest

15 Apr

Last weekend I did something I have not done in over a year. First, on Friday April 10th, while on my lunch break I decided to use the Map My Fitness App and run a 5k to test out my time because on Sunday, I would be participating in my first 5k race SINCE 2013!

Ready, set, go! I had my favorite running playlist on and converted my app to kilometers so that I would know my pace per KM. First KM, 5:05. Second KM, 4:55. And then I stayed in this window for the rest of the run. I completed my Lunch-Time 5K in 24:28 an all-time personal record (PR) for myself. I could not even contain my excitement and went straight to Instagram to share my happy face, time, and route.

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Then Sunday morning came. I had offered to volunteer with the 2015 Frank Shorter RACE4Kid’s Health 5k, and they had informed me that I would have time to run the race if I wanted to do so and so I figured, “why not?” I will be there anyways. So, I signed up for the 5k that would start around 9am in Arista-Broomfield.

It was a beautiful day. When we started at 9am, it was probably around 60F degrees and sunny. One major downfall though- wind. Lots of it. Holy crap was it windy on Sunday. This was the first time I wished I had worn sunglasses on my run. I do not know why, but I just don’t enjoy wearing sunglasses when I run. Whatever, that is besides the point. Back to the wind… and the construction going on at Arista. Wind and construction do not mix. Dust and dirt was flying everywhere, and although the wind helped when it was on my back, it sucked at every other angle. I knew I wasn’t going to PR my race time, but still tried my best. 24 minutes and 54 seconds later I crossed the finish line at the 1STBank Center and to my surprise, I was sitting in second place in my 20-29Female category.

I enjoyed my post breakfast meal and watched other people cross the finish line, snapped a photo with Mr. Frank Shorter himself, who, if you don’t know, won the gold medal in the Marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. His personal record for the Marathon is 2hours and 10minutes. I am taking that in. And so should you. That is a pace of 3:08 per KM, and exactly 5 minute miles. Holy crap. That is fast.

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At the end of the day, I won 2nd place and got the silver! I have never placed in the top 3 in any race or competition I have entered and was so excited.

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To any of you who are training for you next run, or long distance bike race, a crossfit competition or whatever just know that you may always surprise yourself and while you are competing, just remember to have fun and to use whatever advantages you can, like the wind at my back for example.

Yoga

4 Feb

One night of heated candle light yoga. So refreshed. Next morning.. Worst night sleep of my life. I was so dehydrated, but that was just poor planning on my part. The class was from 8-9pm and my bedtime is 9pm (Dan and I wake up before the sun comes out at 4:30am) and so after I showered, brushed my teeth and finally laid down in bed I could not relax. But given all of the negative stuff that went on the next day with how tired I felt, I couldn’t explain to anybody how rejuvenating it was and how amazing I felt in that moment in yoga the night before.  People may say the bags under my eyes told a different story, but I was hooked.

Don’t worry. I am not switching from CrossFit to Yoga, but I knew I needed to add yoga into my life for a better wellbeing and to give myself at least an hour of stretching to have better flexibility and to become more mobile. I signed up for a free week to try it out and to make sure it was something I was interested in and came to find out that I feel like a million bucks when I am sweating my ass off in the Heated Yoga class.

Well hello super special deal at Core Power in Broomfield. For $49 I got a one month membership and can attend ANY class at ANY Core Power in the Nation. What a steal. If anyone wants to give yoga a shot- take this deal and run with it. I doubt it will be around for long. I have now been a member at Core Power for one week and want to scream at the top of my lungs that I FEEL SO AWESOME. I feel more positive, more grounded, relaxed, and most of all when I am sweating it out, I feel like I am sweating all of the nasty, bad attitudes, and any negativity that I may carry with me day-to-day. In this hour of yoga practice I am one with myself and no one can enter my thoughts except myself. How awesome is that. No phone. No computer. No interruptions. Just you, your mat, and your breath.

Now with that little write up, why wouldn’t you try it out?

MyFirstWeightliftingMeet

5 Dec

Two years ago I would have never thought I would enter myself into an Olympic Weightlifting Competition. Two years ago when I started Crossfit, weightlifting as an individual sport wasn’t talked about as often as it is now. It has slowly crept its way in, and now there is a big difference that has been brought to my attention-There is Olympic Weightlifting and #CrossfitLifts. The latter is typically considered a sloppy type of weightlifting that includes pressing out, lacks squatting or getting under the bar, and is done for multiple reps in the middle of a workout. Since about June 2014 I have wanted to do an Olympic Weightlifting competition, but never thought I was good enough to even try. I lifted close to nothing when I compared myself to other people competing and my form was definitely considered “crossfitty.”

I worked with Tom and Annah Borak at Barbell Club at CrossFit 6th Ave & CrossFit Denver (RIP) and then continued to work with them at Barbell Nation at CrossFit South Denver. They are both amazing coaches and Annah is very inspirational – She is about 115lbs and lifts more than me. She is badass. It didn’t get real until September when I started participating in Max Out Saturdays and then in November took the plunge after some peer pressure and I signed up for my first meet.

Let me tell you. I get that I-am-going-to-pee-my-pants feeling before every competition, but something that was SO different in this meet was that all eyes really were on me. It is just you, the platform, three judges, and a crowd. With no music. Whoa. Totally different from my norm. In a race, I am running with thousands of other people with headphones in. In a CrossFit competition I am doing the same workout as 5-25 other people with music blaring and the only people watching me is my family or friends who came to watch me. This I-am-going-to-pee-my-pants feeling was probably the most nervous I have ever been.  But I turned those nerves into something positive and went 5 for 6 on my lifts and even hit a personal record (PR) on my Clean & Jerk. Hell yes- let me tell you that story…..

I decided a few days before to open my snatch with 85lbs and my clean and jerk at 110lbs. Let me take you back to 2013. My PR Clean and Jerk was 100lbs. I was going to OPEN ten pounds heavier than what used to be my PR just a little more than a year ago. When I started CrossFit 75lbs was my Snatch PR. So again, opening ten pounds heavier than what used to be my all-time best. It’s cool to think about that.

In a Weightlifting Meet you have three attempts to snatch and three attempts to clean and jerk. The goal is to lift more than anyone else in your weight class. You can fail two of the three lifts and still get a total number. I went five for six and wouldn’t change any of the weights I tried. As for snatch I opened with 85lbs, my second lift was 95lbs, and then at that time my PR was 107 and so I tried for 110lbs as my third and final lift. I missed it. Oh well. Next time. For my clean and jerk I opened at 110lbs, for my second lift I jumped to 125lbs, and then for my third lift I wanted to try and PR, so I tried for 142.5lbs. I got it! I PR’d at my first weightlifting meet. Hell yes.

This meet will not be my last. Ready to get involved in weightlifting more and only get stronger from here on out.

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