Taking on New Adventures

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I truly believe that life is not about what happens, but more about how you react to what happens. In the words of Ross Gellar sometimes you just need to pivot.

I’ve done quite a lot of pivoting in the last 6 months. That has meant pushing away from the old and comfortable, and choosing to pursue the new adventures that are out there.Because of my husband’s unique job, we move often, but always come back to Wisconsin for the fall and beginning of winter. I love Wisconsin. It’s comfortable and easy, and it’s what I’ve pretty much always known.

As hard as it was to admit, I knew I had out grown it – professionally and personally. I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I crave growth. Trying something new isn’t as scary to me as it once was, failure doesn’t ring in my ear as a permanent scar, and I can almost literally hear adventure calling to me.

When the opportunity to partner with DASANI® Sparkling came up I knew it was something that was pulling on my heart. DASANI Sparkling has been my go-to beverage lately – especially the Berry and Tropical Pineapple flavors! Dasani-sparkling.jpgDASANI® Sparkling is all about feeding the adventure in you. We all know life is full of more than one type of adventure – marriage, kids, a new job, a new house – so of course DASANI® Sparkling has a flavor (tropical pineapple has been my go-to lately) for every type of adventure you may take.

October 1st through November 15th, you can enter for a chance to WIN an experiential trip to Albuquerque, NM for the 2019 Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival!

Riding in a hot air balloon is a bucket list thing for me. There are other hot-air balloon festivals around the country, but the Albuquerque International Hot Air Ballon Festival is the mother of all ballon festivals. Trust me, it is known around the world as an incredible event!


The best part about this contest? It is superrrrr simple to enter – literally 3 steps!

  • Head to your local Kroger or Kroger banner store and pic up your fave flavor of DASANI® Sparkling
  • Take a pic of your favorite flavor of DASANI® Sparkling
  • Post it to Instagram or Twitter using #DasaniSparkling AND #FlavorContest

That’s it! That’s all you have to do to have the opportunity to win this amazing prize.

The Grand Prize winner will win a trip to the 2019 Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival in October 2019 for the winner plus 3 guests! The prize package consists of round trip, coach-class air transportation for 4 from a major airport near the winner’s home; 3 nights’ accommodations; rental car; 2 Gondola Club passes (2-day passes) to the Festival; a hot air balloon ride for winner and 1 guest; $1,000 spending money; and travel agent services.

Like HOLY COW! Now that is a grand prize if I’ve ever seen one!

Are you ready to enter?! Find a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you with this store locator link: and you could be on your way to your next big adventure!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of certain U.S. states and D.C., 18 years or older.Ends 11/15/18.For rules, hashtags, alternate methods of entry, odds, prize and complete details, visit Void in CT, FL, IA, ME, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OK, PA, SD, and VT and where prohibited.

Making the leap to keep our lives here in Charlotte year-round was a big, huge, scary decision – but it was also a new adventure calling out to me.

So many opportunities and amazing moments have come my way because choose to listened to that call, and I choose to keep pushing my limits and chasing my goals.

In the last couple of months, I’ve been able to grow my podcast and Youtube channel. I’ve made tons of new friends. I’ve attended several influencer events, and I’ve made my TV debut in Charlotte. taking-on-new-adventures.jpg

carrie-gillaspie.jpgThere are definitely days when the growing hurts – days when I miss the comforts of my life and career back home in Wisconsin. When this feeling hits, these 3 tips always get me back in my adventure loving mindset.

Focus on your wins – Think about the progress you’ve made so far! Chances are even if you’re still far away from your goal, you’ve inched your way just a little bit closer. That’s something to celebrate!

Remind your self why started – Remember when you first decided to take on your next adventure? You were probably so excited and motivated and ready to take on anything. When you’re feeling down, remind yourself of those feelings!

Reach out to your support system – I used to be the kind of person who didn’t share my pain or struggles with anyone. I’d just sit and wallow in them. Not any more! When I’m struggling, I share my feelings with my husband and family. They are always happy to support me and lift me back up.


Your next adventure could be right around the corner!

Pick up your favorite flavor of DASANI Sparkling at your local Korger store and enter the #FlavorContest for a chance to win a trip to the 2019 Albuquerque International Hot Air Ballon Festival. For more details visit

Tell me about a new adventure you’re taking on!

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