Tag Archives: Brianna Poolman

Girl on Fire: You only live once

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 31, 2015]

Tonight marks the final of the past 365 days in 2015. At midnight tonight, we will ring in a shiny new year. And with 2016 comes all those things people try to achieve, but may not actually accomplish: resolutions.

Resolution: /reze-looSH(e)n/: noun, a firm decision to do or not to do something.

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Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]

Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:

• the American Civil War ended in 1866,

• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,

• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,

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Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]

Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:

• the American Civil War ended in 1866,

• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,

• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,

• in 1992, American singer Demi Lovato was born,

• Hollywood starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries married in 2011,

• it’s World Mosquito Day,

• and it’s my parents’ 32nd anniversary.

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Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 7, 2015]

Last weekend I had the opportunity to see a modern production of “The Lion King” Saturday at the Des Moines Civic Center.

That was probably one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.

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Girl on Fire: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 29, 2015]

On Saturday, I was invited to Des Moines with my friend Shawna Creveling because she needed to get some shopping done and didn’t want to go alone.

I rode along, and we bounced from Jordan Creek Mall, where we stopped at Scheel’s and Lush, to Sports Page Grill in Ankeny to grab lunch where my sister Brianna works.

Toward the end of our escapade, we stopped back at Jordan Creek and hit up the movie theater for “Into the Woods,” a musical-comedy starring Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep.

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Girl on Fire: Being respectful is still important

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 4, 2014]

During Thanksgiving and the following weekend, I spent my time with my mom’s family in Auburn, and dad’s family in Parkersburg and Clarion. Saturday I drove the three hours home, with a stop in Ankeny to drop my sister Brianna off at her apartment.

During the drive, Brianna and I talked about the festivities, focusing on my dad’s family. My grandparents on my mom’s side passed away when I was in high school and college, but my dad’s parents are both still alive and kicking. Being around them this holiday reinstated the fact that I know they won’t be around forever.

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Girl on Fire: Determination to reach long-term fitness goals

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 21, 2013]

Thanks to coworker Brooke McIntosh and newsroom discussion, there is a health and fitness competition in the newsroom.

I’m glad we have this competition. Already, having an in-house competition has helped me get on track before Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts roll around. My goal for Thanksgiving is to just eat the healthy food, and the occasional chocolate treat or slice of pie. I’ve discovered everything in moderation is a good way to stay on track, and starting early will get my mind and body into a “don’t overeat” mode.

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Girl on Fire: Yellow Brick Road, here I come

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 31, 2013]

In six months, I will be finishing my first half marathon.

I caught the marathon bug from my mom, who has been doing half marathons for a couple of years now. Her next one is the Monumental Half Marathon in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday. I wish all the best to her and her running mates!

My mom finally talked my sister and me into doing a trek much longer than three miles, and signed us up for Garmin’s Wickedly Fast Half Marathon in Olathe, Kan., April 26.

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Girl on Fire: Achievement is a dream itself

Diva Dash[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 19, 2013]

My feet hit the concrete hard as I ran past a Japanese garden and gazebo overlooking the Des Moines River, then ran up to a bridge crossing the water.

The breeze cooled me off while I ran in the Diva Dash 5K in Des Moines over the weekend. I occasionally saw my mom, sister and aunt on the path, and waved at them if we passed each other.

I loved running the 5K, and even got a sparkling medal from it, but the coolest thing about the Diva Dash wasn’t the face paint, or the temporary pink hair dye. It was the theme of the race.

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Girl on Fire: Parties, running and more parties

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 29, 2013]

Last week was my birthday, and I don’t feel any older. However, it hasn’t stopped me from having epic weekends.

I went to Des Moines and stayed with my sister Breezy Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday we went to a restaurant called Tally’s, where I had my first-ever barbeque nachos and burger made of half steak, half bacon. Three of my cousins and some close friends of theirs joined us for a great night of dinner and drinks.

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