Changes and Goals and Life Lately 1.12.2016

Oh how things have changed since I last wrote a blog! The holidays were wonderful, and I got to see so many friends and family to celebrate the end of the year as well.

We rang in 2016 with friends, dancing, and me actually staying up past midnight πŸ™‚ And I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
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After the New Year, the next few days FLEW by, with no work and getting ready for our trip to Washington DC for Patrick’s birthday! We relaxed (to the max), planned some stuff for this year, talked about resolutions, and before we knew it we were heading out for our road trip, with 12 hours of driving ahead of us.

Before I get to our trip highlights, might I just say that since the new year, I have been on a relaxation train, and I have had an up and down relationship with it.Β Anyone with me? Do I plan a whole day of things to do? Do I just sit and watch Netflix? Nap? Cook? Workout? Make up errands? Netflix??
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I have been trying to work on mindfulness, and allowing myself to feel peace so my brain can actually settle for a minute or two every day. Easier said than done. I’m used to flying around a million miles a minute, checking off 50 things on my agenda daily, and coming home to eat and pass out and be fully satisfied with my day. So, this major change is coming very welcomed but also… now what? #thestruggleisreal
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Aside from having a large amount of downtime now (with my real estate internship coming to a close at the end of the year), I have so many goals I want to SMASH this year. Starting with obtaining my personal training certification [finally]. I am taking my exam this month, and have been [ahem] trying to study as much as I can. Meaning….. I have picked up my book twice and moved it closer to my bed in the last month. So, this should be fun! Haha…

I also have goals for running – go figure. Patrick and I signed up for his first/my third marathon! IN MAY. That’s just about 5 months away people, so COMMENCE TRAINING…NOW! I can’t believe he decided to run one with me, and I am THRILLED we can take this journey together. Here we go! Let’s see what we can do. #weruntogether
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I also want to run my usual assortment of half marathons and 5k’s, maybe some 10k’s in there. But this time, I want to try and travel a bit more. I love our local Milwaukee runs, but I love traveling just as much; SO, we are going to try and experience new cities and find new and exciting causes and hilarious race names to join! πŸ™‚ CANNOT WAIT.

Yoga challenges and trying new poses has still been a favorite part of my mornings, and I have had some interesting times lately trying some new things, and still working on my handstands. I am SO CLOSE to being able to hold myself up without having a safety net of a wall behind me [just in case I topple] so I can’t wait to nail that goal… like now. πŸ™‚
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Which brings me to my most recent trip with Patrick – to D.C.! We drove [because yes we actually like each other that much] and had a blast of a time in the car, singing songs, playing stupid games, and listening to Criminal Minds over Bluetooth in his car (my personal fave).

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Our food was obviously a highlight of our trip (as it always is), and Patrick’s birthday, we decided to go to a Belgian restaurant that was in the heart of the city. BOY was it incredible. We had a pork belly appetizer, and he had the special of the night and I had some kind of chicken dish (per usual). Aaaand of course, we got a birthday dessert that was banana cream pie with chocolate peanut butter crust and beignets on the side. MIND BLOWN.
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Some of our other treats were pretty exceptional too, and I tried taking pictures of everything we ate. Aside from the fact that I had a white soda, acid reduction pill, and pretzels attached at my hip, our food tour of DC was pretty dang awesome πŸ™‚
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We explored many of the museums, and my favorite was the Newseum – I’ve been to DC multiple times and I had never been to this incredible museum. It showcases and explains the fascinating history of creating news; the people, the equipment, the laws involved… I learned so much I had never known about our history, important and big events in and before our lifetimes, as well as what it takes for news crews to deliver crucial updates to the world at any moment. There was an area of the museum dedicated to Pulitzer Prize Photographs – photo journalism is so incredible and heart-breaking to me, with how it can portray such strong emotions and inflict feeling within the viewers. I have to say I teared up reading some descriptions of some photos. They had another section in Newseum that paid tribute to 9/11, one of the most important and largest news events in our lifetime. The videos they had rolling, newspaper covers they had on display, and the huge news antennae from the top of the World Trade Center…all filled every person there with emotion and awe. The news crews were very clearly the unspoken heroes, running towards falling buildings and smoke and fires to show us, the public, what was happening that day.

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I’m so happy Patrick had a fun and exciting birthday trip to a new city, and I couldn’t be happier to have shared that time with him. ❀ Can’t wait to see where we go for my birthday this year….

Even though a lot has changed lately, I’m moving soon, looking for a great new career, and working on my physical fitness while attempting new recipes and weaving in vacations/trips, everything is good. I am happy. Good is happy and happy is good. So, I’ll take it, and I can’t wait to see how 2016 goes. I’m ready for some more smiles and memories, dasfasho πŸ™‚
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Instagram: @apples2abs.fitness

Peace, xoxo.

 

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