Life Lately 4.3.2017

It’s Monday again. It’s a new month.Β There’s so much to be thankful for this Spring πŸ™‚

I haven’t written in awhile, and I’d like to tell you it’s because I’ve been too busy (which is partially true). Truthfully, I have definitely had “free time” on the weekends to jot down ideas and thoughts on what to put in my blog, but I didn’t do it. I took that time to snuggle with my puppy, watch Bones on Netflix (of which I really can’t get enough), and cook/ go on walks with my love. It has been a roller coaster of a month to be sure!

I have been so in tune with my yoga practice, and this feeling is unlike any I’ve felt before. I am not stressed. Literally you guys, lately, my stress is virtually nonexistent. I have changed many aspects of my life and how I spend my time since the beginning of this year, and so far, every decision has been one that benefits me. I can feel the positive effects so strongly and immediately.

We go for daily walks as a family (me, Patrick and Bay) and have been LOVING this warmer weather. Sundays, we walk for 3-5 miles in the morning with coffee and sometimes stop for donuts if we are so inspired πŸ™‚

I have been getting better quality sleep, and have allowed myself to sleep more on the weekends (instead of getting up early like I usually do). I have been eating more natural proteins and SO many veggies; not to mention very little processed or preservative-filled foods. And my alcohol consumption is significantly reduced too. I go to the gym every weekday morning, and I always listen to my body regarding when it needs rest or when I’m feeling exceptionally strong that day.

I’ve been frequenting my yoga studio a few blocks away once or twice per week, in addition to my own personal practice. I am so excited to feel strength building in my upper body and that I’m able to hit more arm balances and ones that usually require more flexibility. This yoga journey has been incredible so far!

Long weekend runs are going pretty well. I’m running more than 8 miles every Saturday, in preparation for half marathons that we have in April and May. Then marathon training starts in June of course. And that is something I am SO excited for (ironic, I know). I saw so many of my friends and other local runners talking about running the Lakefront Marathon last year and I had a severe case of FOMO so I am so excited to be part of that training this year again! πŸ™‚

Patrick and I are settling in so nicely in our neighborhood and are excited to stay in this area for another year. We love the quiet calm that’s here, and we love all the dogs and runners and families too! It’s such a great fit for us and our chill, yet still active, lifestyles. My bearded, wonderful, incredibly selfless man is the best person I could’ve asked for to grow with and travel with and see the world with. I am so incredibly lucky ❀

Love those around you. Hug your puppies more. Hold hands with your friends and significant others. Drink more tea and sleep more. Let your body be your temple, and allow your heart to pour love into everything you do. ❀

Just like Bay does every day πŸ˜‰

Peace friends, xoxo.

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Marvelous in My Monday: Take one!

Happy Monday everyone! This is my first MIMM post and I am excited to get this together! Thanks Katie for this fabulous idea πŸ™‚

Let’s talk about all the Maahhhhvelous things that are happening in this wonderful life right now, shall we?


Holy cats, you guys. I am obsessed. This amazing line has SO many great quality workout clothes, and I can’t get enough of them! The fabric is so breathable and SO comfortable! These are my favorite marvelous leggings right now. You can sort of see me wearing them in this photo from Leg Day last week!


New Running Shoes
I’ve been researching a ton about different running shoes, reading blogs reviews, etc. And I have found that Reebok has always done me right. So I recently bought these super light weight shoes that are very agreeable with my foot size and shape! So far I am a BIG fan and I’m really looking forward to half-marathon training in these!

Reebok RealFlex 2.0

Marvelous is absolutely the word for this color I have on my nails today! I love anything Essie, and this polish is perfectly, superbly Springy πŸ™‚


Sandals Season
It is RIGHT around the corner. I CAN FEEL IT! Today is a beautiful 50 degrees (even though the rest of the week will be colder) but warm weather always inspires me to want more sandals! Aren’t these from Lulu’s just perfect?


My dad recently bought a huuuuge box of Florida oranges, and I cannot get enough of them! Juicy and super sweet citrus. Mmmm! Definitely a one-a-day occurrence.


Hi, I like oranges.


So lovies, how MARVELOUS has your Monday been?? πŸ™‚
What exciting weekend events did you partake in?

Let’s connect!