Life Lately 4.21.17

Hi everyone! Checking in because this week has been such a fantastic and fun week, I have so much to share 🙂

Firstly, last Saturday, Patrick, my dad and I all ran the inaugural Brew City Half Marathon in Milwaukee – I think it went pretty dang well! The course is very similar to every single Milwaukee half marathon course (haha) so I knew everywhere we were running and what to expect, which is always a plus 🙂

Patrick and I finished together, so I’m hoping we have another SWEET finish line photo! Finish time of 2:25!!  My dad was just shortly after us – he always likes meeting new people on his long runs and talks their ear off and gives them running and life advice 🙂

I saw my childhood friend from grade school too – April!

It was a really fun first year and I think they did a fairly good job putting on the race! Aside from running out of water at mile 11 and having gross beer/brats at the end of the race (but that’s just me). The medals are HUGE and claim to be the “tallest” medals for any half marathon. I’ll take that!


And of course, yoga is going really well. Here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks:

**I have also started a push up challenge for myself to 100 per day. Check my Instagram, I post hilarious videos that show how much I’m dying HAHA. 🙂

Sunday was Easter, of course, and we (as always) got Easter baskets from both our mom and dad, filled with candy, and of course, most of that candy is gone already in less than a week. THIS is why I don’t buy candy haha! It disappears in our apartment 🙂


Always love getting a great picture of my family during the holidays when everyone looks so nice 🙂

Patrick (and a little bit on my end) has been DOMINATING the cooking scene the last few months too, and I just can’t get enough of how awesome our food looks on our new plates haha!

Turkey burgers with sweet potato fries.

Chicken thighs with asparagus wrapped in bacon and crescent rolls.

We may or may not have gotten a huge sushi boat last week too. More on that celebration in another post… 😉

And yes, for those who have asked, Baymax is doing SO good. He’s the most perfect puppy, and he OFFICIALLY is over 100 lbs at 14 months old 🙂 He’s so energetic and fun (not pictured above) and clearly loves napping and sleeping and any general relaxing with us after all the running and playing we do every day!

Life really is good right now you guys. Things are flowing, decisions are being made, the energy is bright and exciting, not to mention the beautiful weather we’ve had lately which makes me even MORE anxious for summer. 🙂 I really can’t complain about one thing.

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you all are able to enjoy this last weekend in April!

xoxo, Shannon

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Marvelous Monday Musings 6.27.16

Happy Mondayyyyyyyyy!

Really, I’m this awake right now. We had a fantastic weekend, guys. We saw tons of family and friends, and also got a solid amount of Baymax/chill time. I’d say it was a great success!


Handstands outside my house HAVE to happen. 🙂


So Friday was “National Bring Your Pet To Work Day” and I obviouslyyyy had to partake. Being this is our first pet and all 🙂 And because he’s the cutest dang puppy ever. He had such a fun time at work, with our walks and playing with all my coworkers 🙂



Always involved in some kind of a yoga challenge too. Lately, I’ve been so sore from my classes and regular weight lifting schedule that I’ve been using yoga for stretching and opening my muscles and fascia again, as opposed to strength improvement. It’s been wonderful to switch it up!


Saturday morning, my sister, Patrick and I drove to Madison for my grandma’s 80th Birthday! She doesn’t look or act a day over 60 and she is seriously one of my favorite humans on earth. We had such a fun time with family and I got to reunite with my cousins on that side who I don’t see as much anymore! Really a great family gathering 🙂


Saturday night after we got back home, we had our HOUSEWARMING party! I’ve never hosted a party at an apartment of mine, so this was a first. AND I got to share this time with Patrick in our new home 🙂 We had so many friends come and visit and even got some housewarming gifts! Which we were not expecting. A fun time was had by all, and we definitely will be having more get-togethers in the future since this was such a success!


Sunday, we cleaned and relaxed and went for long walks. It was kind of the most perfect Sunday ever 🙂

Did I mention frozen yogurt? Yeah that always makes it a better Sunday 😉


Our wonderful friends who live 3+ hours away came to visit us too! It was a wonderful time hanging out and catching up 🙂 We love seeing friends we haven’t seen in awhile ❤ Thanks for visiting Ashlie and John!


I hope you all feel the warmth and marvelousness today too 🙂 It’s going to be a beautiful Monday and even more gorgeous week ahead ❤

Peace, xoxo.


Hawaiian Vacation [in photos]

Hello?! Anyone out there?? I know it has been SO LONG since I have posted last. Hawaii for 10 days, then working for the weeks after (and trying so hard to keep up with the faster-paced lifestyle here!) pushed back allllll my time to write in my lovely little blog.

I HAVE TIME.  [kinda] 🙂

So I choose to link with Amanda for Thursday thoughts!

I wanna show you every single detail of what I saw and experienced in Hawaii, but that would be… about 8 blogs’ worth. So, instead, I’ll do a fancy shmancy photo-highlight version for this incredible trip. ❤ Enjoy!

Ready to fly!

10-hour flight, no big deal.

Getting off the plane. In paradise.

Our wonderful hosts’/ friends’ home!


Yoga pose #1 of the trip 😉


Our attempt at going for a run, in 80 degrees, strictly uphill. IMG_9901

First time EVER snorkeling!! AMAZING!


Gorgeous St. Michael the Archangel church


Ya know, just sitting on some lava tubes from the local volcano.


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How gorgeous is this local beach…


Kona Brewing Company Tour! Deliciousss.

Rowing down to Hawaii 🙂


Our stunning views for the whole trip. ❤

Some of our INCREDIBLE meals. The bottom is literally the best fish fry I’ve ever had.

YEAH, we cliff-dived 😀 HOLY CATS, highlight of my life.

We hiked (and created our own path on) a “lava lake/crater”. Yeah, that was pretty baller.

My favorite hike we went on, on Thanksgiving day. The peace and calm was tangible, and I soaked up as much as I could 🙂

Submarine Journey!! WOAH this was a highlight for me, seeing all those fishies and sharks and ship wreckage down in the ocean!


Our wonderful, selfless, and splendidly fun Ohana. ❤ 🙂


Tour of beautiful Hawaiian sacred land.

My favorite person in the world ❤ Our hiking adventures were unbelievably amazing!

I have DOZENS AND DOZENS more pictures, but for now, this is our amazing, once-in-a-lifetime travel to Hawaii, in a very small nutshell. I hope that you can one day go and see this beautiful paradise. ❤

OH! And how could I forget… our amazing hosts/friends who live in Hawaii (Tony and Kristen) GOT ENGAGED while we were there! Love you both, and many amazing happy years to you ❤ 🙂

Happy happy life, happy happy love, and happy happy peace ❤

My Wonderful Running Friends! #badgerlandstriders

Did I ever tell you how much I love my running group? The Badgerland Striders is a huge group of runners in Southeastern Wisconsin, comprised of all kinds of fitness gurus. People training for ultra marathons through to 5k’s.

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It’s such a fantastic group and I am so glad my dad became a part of it when I was so young, because I was able to go to the fun runs during the summer, witnessing the camaraderie and love for running shared by so many people!

When I was training for my first full marathon in 2013, I had the privilege of meeting a great group of people, two of which have become a couple of my closest friends!

Sarah, Nicole, and I have monthly dinners together, and can plan out our evil running plans mwahahaha for the rest of the season. It’s so much fun getting together to sort our schedules and get tips from each other! 🙂

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Last night, Nicole (center) cooked a wonderful dinner for us and I had to highlight it! We essentially demolished every last bite of everything she made 🙂

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AND DESSERT. Reese’s S’mores. We all needed pictures, and second helpings ❤ photo 4

I’m so grateful to have found these girls! Having a group to run with and train with is SOOOO beneficial, and helps keep me on track!

If you’re in the Milwaukee area, try and come to a fun run! They’re a blast and have free food afterwards! 🙂 And while you’re at it, just join our running group 🙂 If you can handle the amount of FUN we have while RUNNING! 🙂

Clearly, I had my share of carbo-loading last night, so I ran a quick paced 3-miler, split into 1-mile snippets, and did a tonnnn of core and abs in between each mile. It felt so great! Oh, and more handstand work. I’m SOOO CLOSE to doing it without a wall or tree behind me!

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Happy Tuesday friends!

Peace, xoxo.


#MIMM 7 – Great Wedding and Looong Runs

Pardon the delay in this morning’s post. It’s Monday, though, soooo delaying is acceptable, right?

This last weekend was a perfect combination of busy-busy and rest time. We got to see great friends, experience a wonderful wedding ceremony, run loooooong, and relax on Sunday (for once). 🙂 Here’s my Marvelous in my Monday post!

Friday night, we headed north to my mom’s house to see her for her birthday! We gave her her presents, exchanged about 10,000 hugs, and hung out with my puppy Buddy for awhile before heading out to meet some friends for a late app/drink date! 🙂

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Blair and John are such awesome friends and we had a slightly belated birthday celebration for me (again!) and checked out a new bar called Plum Lounge downtown Milwaukee. It was pretty cool! We sat around a bar that had fire in the center of it, and purple (plum) lights shining down on us. Very sassy 😉

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We headed home for a SOLID night’s sleep before my 16 mile run Saturday morning. Guys, it was TOUGH. But it felt SO good to finish! Patrick even ran the whole thing with me! What a guy, what a guy 😉 ❤

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My favorite “stretch” after a long run.

Then we quickly got ready and SLAMMED breakfast before we headed to one of my oldest friend’s WEDDING started!! She’s been with her boyfriend for over 8 years now, so we knew it was inevitable, but I can’t believe the day actually came! I’ve known Brittany since I was SEVEN, and she’s been one of my sweetest and closest friends, even though lately we haven’t seen each other as much as we’d like. That’s going to change! 🙂 Marking my words now…

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Oh and they had a POPCORN bar for snacking! How fun!!

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My favorite wedding date ever ❤
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It was a gorgeous ceremony and a really great reception! The food was spot on (and we ate ALL OF IT and then some! After our run, we were ravenous!). So glad I was able to see her and Jake celebrate their special day ❤

Sunday, we CHILLED. Yeah, I said it. We biked to the lakefront to see the USA Triathlon happening, which was pretty AWESOME and that’s a #goal of mine now!

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We got brunch with some friends, and headed home for movies and cards. 🙂photo 3 (2)

Oh, and we devoured some more of that leftover duck from last week. YUMM!

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It was seriously a fabulous weekend, and couldn’t have ended on a better note! Shoutout: Patrick starts his new job today! So excited for him!! ❤ ❤ 🙂

This morning, I ran 3 miles, did upper body work, and loooots of handstands and headstands.

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Talk about draining your shoulders to the last drop of energy with handstand work after lifting!

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Hope you all have an amazing Monday! And make it Marvelous! 🙂 ❤

Peace, xoxo.


Thursday Thoughts – Photo Edition 9.18.14

I think we all know what Thursdays are for… ❤


SUCH an important topic. Vi is donating TWICE as much to these children battling obesity. It’s time to TAKE ACTION.
Who wants to join me in this fight against obesity?! Let’s connect on Facebook or message me directly!

Check out my personal site for more information, lovelies!


Completed some AMAZING workouts the last few days.
❤ Photo Summary BELOW ❤

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Yes I count this as us working out 🙂 Love this bae ❤

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I’ve been so happy to get back in the pool!! #swimmerforlife


Had a FABULOUS time with friends in Houston, TX over the weekend for the amazing Vitality conference!! I learned so much, filled my notebook with notes, met over 100 new faces and made so many warm memories with new friends. SERIOUSLY cannot wait for the next one! I am so blessed to be a part of this company – they really know where they’re going, where they want to be, and how to get there. Happy to go along for the journey!! 🙂

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Not to mention, I got to meet WINNING Visalus Fitness models.
Yeahhh, now I have #goals.

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AND Vi announced their new ViBites! The best and healthiest way to snack during the day, since HELLO that can be the hardest part of eating for some of us 😉 They have four different kinds, two protein-rich and two low-cal. I have my huge sampler box at home anddddd they’re amazing. #inlove #gimmemoresnacks

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Ready to continue this crazy, exciting, fantastic lifestyle I’m just starting.
I’m ready to go big, and definitely not ready to go home 🙂


How have you all been?! Seriously feels like eons since I’ve heard from some of you or commented on your blogs!
I’ll be going through today and catching up!! ❤

Peace & Love Always ❤

Let’s connect! 



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The Life of a Busy “Fitness” Bee

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii friends! Remember me? 🙂 It’s okay if you don’t. I know I’ve been all over the place lately… Facebook posts, Insta posts, even Twitter tweets! But it’s time for some blog action, agreed? 🙂


Hmm, what’s new in the life of Shannon? What’s marvelous you ask?!


Getting big huge amazing Visalus boxes in the mail ❤ Ahhh, love.


Finishing half marathons like NOTHIN with my dad.
Just good ol’ family bonding.


Drinking the best tasting smoothie I have ever had in my life.
And if you know me, you know I’m a smoothie connoisseur.


KILLING my workouts lately. ❤ Muscles city, yo.
And nothing more hilarious then my friend snapchatting videos of me deadlifting. Niiiice, at least I was working hard! haha!


Spending the weekend with INCREDIBLE mentors and LEGENDS in the health and wellness community. #soblessed


Oh, did I mention meeting LEGENDS? Nick Sarnicola, everyone. One of the co-founders of Visalus. Yeah, that’s right. In the flesh.
His conference/lecture/talk on Wednesday changed my entire perspective on health and wellness and how to run my own at-home business in an incredibly humble and brilliantly fun and light-hearted way. 🙂


Did I mention that spending almost every day with this woman for hours on end has also been an incredible blessing? Seriously cannot express how much our friendship means to me. Thank you for everything beautiful! 🙂


Oh, and this is her son. UMMMM, adorable. 🙂


Aaaand so happy I get to workout a few times a week with my amazing #fitfriend Tara!! Girl, we’re making #GAINZ like it’s no one’s business ❤


Throwing Challenge parties every two weeks has become my new lifelong love and obsession, and if you ever want to come over for a smoothie and some fun times, just hit me up, people. For real, I like throwing parties 🙂


Getting to spend some amazing quality time with this amazing woman. Miss you already girl, and I’m so happy your house-warming party was a success!




Living the #vilife. Thrilling. Blessing. Incredible. Amazing. Fantastic. Adventure. Awesome. Love love loving my Visalus family and life! Cannot even put into words how much this has ALREADY changed my life for the better. 21 days in, guys. Only THREE WEEKS. 🙂 So grateful for this experience.

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Have a beautiful, fabulous, amazing, edifying week everybody! ❤
Xoxo, peace & love, Shannon