Enthusiastic & Helpful Tips For First Time Terrain Race Participants!

Last November, my friend invited me to join him and his crew in running the Phoenix Terrain Race. I had no idea what to expect and kind of just jumped in! It was a freaking blast, but I also learned a lot and I’m here to share those tips with all of you so that you can be better prepared!

If you’ve ever wanted to run a 5K with obstacles throughout that will challenge your strength, then the Phoenix Terrain Race is for you! There are over 20 obstacles including wading through mud, which makes for some epic photos at the end! There is still time to register and you can do so here!

Here are my helpful tips, hope they help! If you have any tips to share, please let me know!

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YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (for Another Love or Another Life) Book Review!


This post is sponsored by the Penguin Random House. As always, all opinions are my own.

‘There are no shortcuts to getting over a broken heart. The only way out is through’ is one of the golden nuggets that you will find in the book ‘YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (for Another Love or Another Life)by Colombian author Amalia Andrade.

By now, you must know that here at Enthusiastic About Life, we are enthusiastic about many things…including books! This week, I am excited to partner with Penguin Random House to check out the English version of a Spanish book that has been taking the Latin American world by storm and to give one of you the opportunity to win a copy! Read until the end to find out how to enter the giveaway!

YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE is unlike any other book I’ve ever read (and I read a lot, check out #EnthusiasticAboutBooks). First off, it is written in a really unique way: it has illustrations, it is interactive, it has playlists, AND recipes! Honestly, what more do you need? Amalia describes this book as the ‘ultimate first aid kit for a broken heart’.

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7 Photos To Inspire You To Hike Havasupai Falls!

Tomorrow is the first day of February…which for all of you hiker lovers means that tomorrow is the first day when you can sign up (online now!) to get a reservation to hike beautiful Havasupai Falls!

I hiked Havasupai Falls in September of 2017 (and I still need to post my lessons learned, stay tuned!) but I want you all to know that this place is Bucket List worthy!

Havasupai Falls can be found below the rim of the Grand Canyon and to get here you need to hike about 8 miles. You can hike back out or take a helicopter and see incredible views. An 8 mile hike may sound a bit intense, but with the right training (*cough* like my Couch to Havasupai Falls Phoenix training plan 😉 *cough*) it’s a breeze!

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5 Arizona Restaurants For The Wine Lover In Your Life!

Lately, I’ve been going to a ton of happy hours because a lot of my favorite people were born in January. And I’ve noticed that Phoenix has some amazing happy hour deals for wine lovers. I’ve decided to do a public service and have rounded up five of my favorite restaurants with fabulous happy hour deals AND delicious food. Enjoy!

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12 Bucket List Items To Cross Off In 2019!

Happy new year my friends, it is officially 2019! Was it just me or did 2018 just fly by? 2018 was an amazing year of travel and of bucket list items and I’m pretty sure it was because on January 1, 2018 I wrote a list of bucket list items I wanted to cross off in 2018 so I am going to do that again this year!

Just like last year, this blog post is multi-purpose, I want to share and inspire you all to set some goals for the New Year, and I also want to put this out into the Universe. I believe that once you say something out loud and/or write it down, the Universe will be on your side and help you accomplish whatever you set out to do. You can read more about that in 7 Reasons To Have A Bucket List.

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19 Of My Favorite Bucket List items From 2018!

If you’ve been around for a while you will know that I am a huge advocate of writing things down, in order to manifest them into reality. Because of this, on January 1st, 2018 I wrote a list of 12 bucket list items that I wanted to cross off in 2018. And since today is the last day of 2018, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my favorite bucket list items of the year. I managed to cross off 3 of the 12 items on my original list, similar to last year!

I’ll be writing a 2019 version because choosing 12 bucket list items for the year definitely pushed me to accomplish those goals, and I encourage you to do the same! Enjoy my favorite 16 bucket list items from 2018 listed in the order that they happened!

The items in this post with an asterisk (*) are the items that were in my 2018 bucket list goal list, the rest of the items were not necessarily planned but ended up happening because life is too short to not be spontaneous!

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Enthusiastic About Travel : My Favorite Photos From 2018!

I cannot believe that 2018 is almost over! I seriously felt like I just celebrated welcoming 2018 with my family. Last year in 2017 I did so much traveling that I honestly thought I would not be able to top it…but guess what? I traveled even more this year!! I am so fortunate. I was able to see two new beautiful countries, return to my parents’ motherland, and see more of the vast United States.

Every year, I take some time to reflect on how that year went; and this year I will continue the tradition of rounding up one photo per trip to hopefully inspire you to travel a little more! Enjoy!

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5 Late Night Dinner Spots In Phoenix!

A couple of weeks ago, my friends from Denver visited and of course we went to Arizona’s #1 tourist destination: The Grand Canyon! It was such a great trip and the views were incredible (check out my Instagram story here), but it’s a little far away. I always underestimate how long the drive will be and this time was no different. Because we got back to Phoenix later than expected, I had to change our original dinner location and find a place that was open late during the week! There are plenty of places open late during the week and here are a couple of my faves. Let me know if I missed your fave spot!

The restaurants below are listed in order of which closes earliest.

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