adulting

Disney College Program: 1 Week To My Big Move!

August 11, 2017


Oh my gosh guys, I leave for my college program in 1 WEEK! It’s crazy to think that when I started Adventures In Adulting I didn’t know if I would ever be returning to Disney as a cast member again, but it’s all happening! So obviously I’m going to be going out of my mind getting ready but here’s a few things that have been keeping me sane:

Morning workouts 
The one thing I have been able to keep pretty consistent this summer has been my morning workouts. Whether I take it easy and walk along my local bike path, or do a full workout at the gym, it’s the perfect way to start my day. It's an hour that I have to myself where I can plan out my day, catch up on my podcasts, and not feel like a lazy piece of crap. 


LUSH 
Okay obviously Lush is no secret. But I’m taking full advantage of their bath bombs, bubble bars and anything glittery while I can. Not that I can’t have a bath in my apartment after I move, but I definitely feel more comfortable and relaxed at home. (And the new Pink bath bomb just makes me think of Harry Styles' new album which is also keeping me sane let's be honest).
 
Clearance shopping 
I’ve been in the (bad) habit of stress shopping instead of saving or packing for the move, BUT since I’m moving somewhere warm, I’m taking full advantage of summer clearance racks and back to school sales. I’m trying to stock up on summer clothes in fall colors and I’ve been getting some amazing deals at places where I honestly wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise (because ya girl is BROKE). 

Disney Vloggers
In the middle of packing and shopping and visiting family and running around like a crazy person to get everything done, it can be easy to forget why I'm even doing all of this. So I tend to find myself stuck in a Youtube black hole of WDW Vloggers like Tim Tracker or Justin Scarred, so I can keep myself excited and motivated instead of stressed out of my mind. 

So yeah, did I write this post to avoid the last bits of packing I need to do? YUP! But I'm so excited and I hope you guys are too. Cause I have some awesome content ideas coming your way once I'm back in Orlando!

DCP

Disney College Program: What's In My Park Bag?

August 06, 2017

This is a post I’ve been excited to write because I feel like I have perfected my park bag situation since my last program. These are some things that I couldn’t live without on my program and things you may want to buy before you start yours! 

First of all you want to get a small backpack, I've found that the JanSport Half Pint bags are the best because they can fit a ton of stuff (like a raincoat and shoes on top of everything else). They also fit into the bag pouches on rides like Space Mountain.
I also love to put my celebration buttons on my bag - but keep an eye on them! Someone stole my favorite Kylo Ren button on my last day last year!
Also make sure you have a portable battery and charger.
 Also keep a small cosmetic bag in there for:
Headphones
Makeup
Advil
& Trading pins!
Make sure you have your autograph book in there at all times just in case!
I always throw a pair of ears in there too.
Sunglasses are a must.
But don't forget how unpredictable Florida weather can be!
I was able to fit a spare pair of flip flops and either my umbrella or raincoat in this bag whenever it looked like a storm would be coming. 
Or if it seemed like it would get cooler when the sun went down, I had a light sweatshirt in there too!
Don't forget a refillable water bottle
Also have your ID's (if you're a Cast Member) and hand sanitizer!

((I promise all this stuff doesn't make the bag heavy I swear the half pint backpacks are magic!))

Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments! :)

adulting

What Does ‘Feeling 22’ Really Mean?

August 02, 2017

So I just turned 22 last week, and while it feels really weird and not as exciting as turning 21, Taylor Swift somehow made feeling 22 a thing. So when I tried to think of a better caption than that for my birthday Insta post, I got to thinking about what it really means to feel 22 (at least for me):

Knowing what you want and going for it
I’ve wanted to work for Disney since I was in high school and I would always tell people that it was what I wanted to do in the future. But now is that future and I have to start working my ass off to make it happen. Which is terrifying but also exciting because I finally get to do it!

Taking risks
My mom always jokes that when she was 30 she was freaked out about moving 25 minutes away from where she grew up, but I’m about to move 1300 miles away from home and I may not be coming back any time soon. I only have a secure job and apartment for a few months before I have to figure everything out for myself but I’m more excited than scared. I love where I’m from and I’ll always be a New England girl at heart, but I think I’ve known for a while now that I wouldn't be happy staying up here for the next 5-10 years of my life.

Being fully and truly addicted to caffeine
It’s officially happened and it’s costing me a lot of money.

Eliminating toxic people
I think I’m just a pretty bad judge of character, because I’ve had to deal with a lot of toxic relationships and friendships over the years. But I’m finally at the point where I can look back and realize that all of that bullshit has made me who I am and I’m not angry anymore. It's taken a long time to come to terms with that, but come on - I'm 22 and starting a new chapter in my life, there’s no room for minor characters to stay a part of the story!

Doing what makes you happy
I run a blog and my post-grad job is working for a cartoon mouse. BUT I’m finally able to do those things without being afraid of what other people think. In college I was the girl in class who never shut up about Disney, because my professors would bring it up. I hated it because I knew that the majority of people in my classes didn't care at all.  But now I have tons of you guys who want to hear me talk about it and I’m so happy and so grateful because it has become something I am so proud of!

So yeah, I'm really in this adulting thing now and it doesn't seem too bad. I'm excited for what this year has in store for me and so happy to have you guys by my side while I figure it all out!

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Birthday Weekend in New York!

July 30, 2017

Hey guys, so my birthday was last week and I'm officially 22! Which is super weird, and also not as fun as 21, but I spent my birthday weekend with one of my best friends in New York City eating ALL the food and taking countless Instagram pictures.
I may not have gotten tickets to see Brendan Urie in Kinky Boots but I saw him basically everywhere I went so that made up for it.
We didn't do many super "touristy" things but I did get to live out my Gossip Girl dreams on the steps of the MET and a rooftop bar!
Friday we ate outside in Little Italy after walking basically everywhere we could in the city. Saturday we went to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg and ate these bomb mozzarella sticks that I am still drooling over. 
This weekend was the perfect little pre-move getaway that I needed. Now it's back to the reality of working my last shifts at the mall and packing!

DCP

Disney College Program: Things I'm Looking Forward To

July 21, 2017


It's official guys! I filled out my paperwork this week and in less than a month I'll be living in Florida again and starting my second college program! And while I may be an alumni of the program, I participated in the Spring which is totally different from the Fall program I'm doing this time around. So with that said, I wanted to share some things that I can't help but get excited for while I'm home getting ready for the big move! 

  • HALLOWEEN - Halloween in Disney is my favorite thing in the whole WORLD. Okay?? And I actually hate Halloween. But the way the parks are decorated, and everything about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party including what I think is the best parade they have at Walt Disney World, is amazing! So to be able to see the parks decorated from August-November is a dream come true, especially because I could pick up shifts to work during Mickey’s Not So Scary! (Halloween Horror Nights at Universal however, I will be stay far far FAR away from).

  • Cooler-ish Weather - On my last program it was freezing (yes this New England girl was actually cold in Florida) and then it was really hot, there wasn’t any in between. So I'm excited to enjoy some cooler/more comfortable weather, even if it’s only for a week or two. 


  • Christmas decorations - I’ve never seen the parks decorated for Christmas which is horrible because I love Christmas so much. (Like so much so that I start watching Elf and listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween). So it’s only fair that I’ll be working for a company that starts Christmas festivities around that same time frame.  

    • Food and Wine Festival - I’ve been to Food And Wine many times but I’ve never been as a legal drinking age adult so I’m pretty pumped that I’ll get to enjoy everything about the festival now. 
    • Everything New - Since my last program, so many changes have been made. From Happily Ever After, to new dining, Volcano Bay at Universal, new stuff at Disney Springs, and of course PANDORA! So I can’t wait to experience everything for the first time. 
    This is all starting to get real and I can't believe it's almost time for me to be back! Leave me some ideas for a halloween costume in the comments, I'm gonna need a few for all the times I go to MNSSHP!

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