Monday, April 29, 2013

"Party for the Planet" and some Pie

with the time I have here with my amazing friends limited, what better way to forget about time then to go to a place where time doesn't matter, and the animals are gettin' "wild" and dancing to the beat during a very special week in Disney Magic.

Animal Kingdoms 15 year anniversary!!! 

in the circle of life we come to grow, learn and live, but out of all three, living is the most important to me because as cliche as it sounds "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." and when the good times of your life are coming to a close, don't dwell on the end. focus on the present day, and when the time comes, for change, be ready for the next adventure your life has to offer, because when your own personal circle of life has made its full swing, you wanna look back on your life and say. 

"wow... I truly did live my life to the fullest" 

I truly have a love for photography, and to be able to catch these happy moments with my friends, means the world to me. I couldn't be happier to find my passion and share it with all my friends over the months and years. So here's to the animals with the dance moves, the friends who can dress to impress and the memories. 

and Pie.... just because everything in life is better with pie, especially a pie festival ;) 

Me- "I've never seen a grown adult on such a sugar high before after eating that much pie" 

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Inevitable

Sitting here in the spare room at the Magic Kingdom my mind starts to drift.... so many mixed emotions, memories, and thoughts...

"Where has the time gone?"

.... almost eight months here and I'm questioning the life I created and the one I put on pause.

I knew the Inevitable would happen for a few months, but I didn't see this coming as soon as it's happening. two weeks ago I was given the news that caught me off guard and would ultimately continue the previous life I once lived.

I'm heading home May 10th after my Disney College Program.

Now at first I didn't know how to write this post because I was legitimately sad I'm not gonna lie.... but instead of making this a pity party where I eat ice cream all day in the hopes of gaining a six pack, I'm gonna change it up. 

 Lets rewind a quick second though....

months ago I went through the consideration of staying here in Florida. I was more than happy with creating memories both at work and outside of work with amazing friends who I met from all over the world, but after much thought and "big boy" decisions, I decided to go home finish school, take care of student loans and make a big future investment for myself because I know my 35 year old self will kick my 21 year old self if I don't do this. 

knowing this I decided that I prolong my stay here for as long as my college program would be. With the hopes of being able to stay here through the summer till August, I neglected to prepare for the worst..... my extension was denied. A little taken back from this I went from an extra three months to one month.... 

With the help of some really amazing friends I've had here for months and ones I met recently over the last few weeks I made the last couple weeks something extremely special to me. And now.... with two weeks officially left till I pause this current life to press "play" on my previous life I'm slowly realizing the results of insomnia, but the resulting memories are 100% worth it. 

from crazy night adventures with the group from "down under", to a hatter who took one too many trips down the rabbit hole, there seems to never be a dull moment in my life. And when the dancing bears and chipmunks pass, "wanna know a secret? promise not to tell?" "all you need is faith, trust.... and a little pixie dust" to help you finish one chapter of your life and go on to continue the next. 

"no one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep"

lets make the next two weeks worth remembering

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ultra Music Festival

Spontaneity is one thing, but renting a car for a road trip to Miami for some music is....


So here's the run down: little ol' me was suppose to attend a 'little' Music Festival known as Ultra in Miami with some pretty awesome friends of mine.... long story short. 

-time off work wasn't approved
-not enough money for tickets at the time
-tickets to the 2nd weekend sold out
-apocalypse occurred and we weren't able to all attend at the same time. 

so what do my friends tell me to do? 

"Ethan it's cool, just go with the people we were suppose to meet up with"

Me- "say what?"

needless to say I'm crazy enough to do this with two other friends Tim and Steph. We all agreed to meet up with some people we've never met in real life for a common love for music. risky? well the Movie Taken wasn't created in result to an episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants. 

needless to say we were preparing for quite the adventure, but what did I come to learn? All it takes is one day, one instance, one "moment" to create a bond with people/ society that can make a memory worth the risk of going into the unknown.

hours turned into days, days into weeks, until I finally over came the post ULTRA depression... it's amazing how fast time can go by when your having fun, but I've never experienced such a fast moment like that. I refused to cope with it... the idea of leaving people I became so close with over three days that I refused to open the folder that held so many memories in such a short time. 

But after getting yelled at (in a good way) that life is way to short to put yourself in the dumps if things don't go your way. 

You have to keep moving forward and make the best of the short time we have. And that's when it clicked and I finally allowed myself to cope with it and accepting the end in more than one way. I realized that although one chapter of my life is coming to a close, another one just as exciting is just over the horizon.

thanks to everyone SO much who allowed me to join the EDM group. I truly can't WAIT for our next adventure together over the years to come!!

till then enjoy the memories! ^_^ #Plur