Life Lately 4.3.2017

It’s Monday again. It’s a new month. There’s so much to be thankful for this Spring 🙂

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 🙂

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! 🙂

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 😉

Peace friends, xoxo.

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Thinking Out Loud – First Day of Spring

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Good morning everybody! Happy First Day of Spring! Even though Spring does not include snow on the ground and 30 degree weather… I’ll take it! As they say… in like a lion, out like a lamb? Here’s hoping 🙂 I have a few thoughts today for Thursday’s Thinking out Loud… thanks again Amanda!

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1. Multi-Vitamins. Yay or nay? I have read both sides of the argument: a- eat foods that are full of nutrients and vitamins so you don’t need supplements or b- multi-vitamins fill that gap that you may not fill everyday for a nutrient-rich diet. Personally I take one-a-days everyday, and love them! What do you think?

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2. Watches. I am suuuuper into watches lately. I think the big, bold faces are very attractive and can make an outfit really come together. Here’s what I’m wearing lately from Urban Outfitters.

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3. Random Funny: This cracks me up.

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4. Jimmy Buffett. One of my faaaavorite singers (Yes, I’m a Parrot Head!). He’s coming to a few states around Wisconsin (sadly, not Alpine Valley this year) and I am dying to see him again!  Here’s hoping that works out! Feel good song for you guys for the day: The Pascagoula Run

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5. Cauliflower Love. I know I posted on Tuesday about Cauliflower and its uses, but let me tell you… I can’t get enough of it. Does anyone else share this obsession with me yet??

6. Traveling – just counting down til my dad and I take our trip to San Francisco! Any suggestions on sites we should see? We’re headed to Napa and Sonoma too… so we have the whole “go-on-as-many-wine-tours-as-possible” ideas covered 🙂

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7. Adorable Puppies. Saw this video my mom sent me, and could NOT stop laughing. Please tell me this is the cutest puppy you’ve ever seen!

8. Favorite Nail Polish. This “Kristy” navy color I got in my Julep Maven box a few months ago. Just love the bold rich blue tone! 

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9. OMG Shoes. Hi, I’ll take these, thanks.

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10. Motivation. My dad has always revered the late Zig Ziglar as one of the brightest of his (our) generation. Keep your chin up and remind yourself to take one day at a time; it’s so important to not lose sight of our goals, and I think Ziglar really captures that idea! (And I agree, I like bathing daily… keeps my friends liking me haha!)

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Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂

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