2017 Goals 🙌🏼

2016 had it ups and downs personally, but it was a great foundation into this year.  And so, I created three resolutions this year focusing on changes I want to make in my life.

(1) Live Healthy: Half Marathon PR 2 Hours, 15 Mins. 
My current PR is 2 hours, 28 minutes.  This is a big goal considering my PR is from Fall 2014.  Since then, I’ve worked out less and gained a little weight.  This year will be the first year I will not run a marathon.  Three years ago when I ran my first one, I was really excited that I got into the NYC Marathon through the lottery that I skipped fundamental hard work resulting in, thankfully, only small injuries.  I didn’t avoid the significant money on physical therapy though.  I want to go back to the basics. Back to running outside (bye treadmill).  Check out a few running clubs. Continue reading “2017 Goals 🙌🏼”

New Orleans & Venice, Louisiana

After Birmingham, an extended weekend mini vacation called for Louisiana!  I have never been to New Orleans, but have always wanted to visit.  My AirBnb was literally a tiny shack in someone’s backyard enough to fit twin bunk beds and a small foldable table.  The small space encouraged for more time exploring, including a day trip driving to the “End of the World” to Venice.

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Giving Thanks in the Magic City: Birmingham

The Thanksgiving holiday brought me to Birmingham this year!

I’ve never been to Alabama and was happy that I got an opportunity to visit.  Birmingham has unexpected charm with a ton of Industrial Revolution history, which I wish I spent a little more time reading up on instead of 5 minutes on Wikipedia on the flight.

Notable Places during my short visit:
Sloss Furnaces (historical landmark and Free!)
Vulcan Park (local landmark with a HUGE Roman status)
Good People Brewing Company (for beers.. among the many breweries)
SAW’s BBQ (for dinner & where I got my annual banana pudding fix)
What’s On 2nd (antiques & collectables shop with a lot of random, cool stuff)

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marathon #3

Being a part of the marathon is an incredible feeling.  I ran with 50,000 other people on the streets of NYC with thousands of spectators cheering and watching.  Often, I would get very overwhelmed by the amount of love and unity that I would tear up.  Especially being two days before the election, it was great to have so many people from all over the world come together and to have local resident support.  Each neighborhood was special and I’m so glad people stayed into the evening to cheer!

This year, I decided to raise money for New York Cares, a volunteer organization for NYC that I have been a part of for the past two years.  I’m excited to have raised $525 for the community!

This was my third consecutive NYC marathon.  In 2013, I became part of the 1st Ave crowd and stayed for a couple of hours.  It was and continues to be so inspirational seeing all types of people running for different reasons.  In 2014, I was lucky to get in through the drawing.  2015 and 2016 was from the 9+1 NYRR program.  2017?  I’m ready to being a spectator again.  I cannot wait!

hello.

dailysup.me has been with me for six years.  Periodically, I’ll refresh and start clean with my blog.  Here I am again – with my filipino nose and warm smile.. and my unkept eyebrows and split ends.

Every past iteration of this blog has been true to myself.  I don’t have a theme or a long term plan other than to post thoughts and interests.  I want to share more, learn new things and to encourage dialogue.  So to start, I am 27 year old Emily and I live in New York City.  I work in the technology industry with a special interest in data science.  I believe that education is the best investment in our world’s future and I volunteer for projects that are related to this statement.  I also enjoy running and watching NBA games.  My superpower wish is teleportation.