Let’s Get Excited!

Hi There,

I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start.

Today, I am really trying to focus on the positive things happening in my life and find the motivation to make it through the rest of this very long week! Tomorrow and Friday I have some work events taking place that are causing a bit of chaos and Saturday, I have my life and health insurance exam! To counter this and focus on the good, I am looking forward to getting done with my test so that I can binge watch the Santa Clarita Diet Season 2, yay!! I don’t know if you guys have watched Season 1 yet but I highly recommend it. I watched it once on my own and then Damiean and I got about 3 episodes in before he decided he was not a fan. It is kind of a rom-com drama so it hits all the good points I think a series should.

Another thing I am excited about is that I am in negotiations for a new job! I am crossing my fingers for this to come to fruition and will keep you guys updated!

The biggest and most exciting thing is that Easter weekend is going to be spent in California! I am so excited to get away for 2 days and just enjoy a little break from real life. We will be heading to Huntington Beach and Sunset Beach on Saturday and then venturing over to Disneyland/ California Adventure on Easter Sunday. Speaking of Disneyland and California Adventure, did you guys hear the news about Marvel taking over what is currently a Bug’s Land??

Lots of changes taking place in the park lately but I am excited to see what they have in store.

 

What are you most excited about today?

Any big upcoming plans?

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Frustration!

Happy Tuesday.

Well, we survived Monday! How was yours?

If you follow me on Instagram, I mentioned that a meeting I had lasted A LOT longer than usual which left me feeling a bit like the tightrope walker from the Haunted Mansion!

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I am going to be, maybe a bit too honest in this post. Lately, I have found myself feeling excessively sad and frustrated. I am generally a very happy person so it is different for me and a bit off putting to the people around me because I don’t know how to properly express this feeling. Happy usually equals goofy, Mad usually equals sarcasm.. there just seems to be no appropriate counter part to the sadness and frustration.

There has been a lot going on over the past few weeks. As I said, we lost a furry family member and things are extremely difficult at my job. Not to go into too much detail but some changes seem to have taken place and suddenly I find myself anxious to get out of there as soon as possible. Match that anxiety of getting out to a lack of job offers in this area and that is majorly contributing to the sadness and frustration.

I know that I need to be patient and that when the timing is right, the right opportunity will present itself. Right now I am just caught in this that I can’t seem to shake off.

However, instead of just sitting here letting it consume me, I am trying hard to focus on the good things to come.Tomorrow night is date night with Damiean (yes, you finally can know his name!) I am taking my Life and Health Insurance exam this weekend, which might help with the job search. Easter weekend we are heading to Disneyland for some much needed R&R. Hopefully there will be a few more nibbles on the resume soon.

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If you made it this far, I appreciate you sticking around and letting me vent. Sometimes it helps to put the words out into the universe instead of storing them in my head!

What do you do to stay motivated when you’re frustrated?

 

 

Weekend Recap 3/15- 3/18

Happy Monday!

I hope that your morning has been amazing and that you have a great day ahead of you.

This weekend was very busy and full of running and coffee!

Friday night after work, Sydnee and I headed to the Tanger Outlet Mall to participate in the Kilt Run. If you have been reading for a little bit, you know that this is the race that Sydnee and I signed up for at the last minute this past week. Once we got there we picked up our race bibs, kilts and shirts.

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This race was super short and packet pick up was a bit of a mess but it was a lot of fun and the medal was amazing! After the race,we headed home to prep our stuff for the next day. I honestly think that local races are harder than out of state races because I feel a lot less organized!

After prepping everything we headed to bed for our 5:00 a.m. wake-up call.

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The next day, St. Patrick’s Day, we ventured out to Westgate to participate in part 2 of the Kiss Me Challenge, which for us, was the 4K. That was a new distance for both Sydnee and I so we were excited to see what we thought. For both races, I will be doing a full recap in case you are interested in participating!

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Once we finished the race, which seemed really short, we collected our 4K medal as well as our challenge medal. The medals for this race were huge! I was somewhat shocked at exactly how big they were!

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After collecting our medals, we picked up some Starbucks and headed up. We made sure to pick up a Puppacino for Indiana Bones as well.

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Once we had breakfast, Sydnee and I pretty much laid around and watched a movie. The movie was one I had never seen before, Thor Ragnorak. If you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend that you watch it! I thought it was awesome and definitely lived up to the hype.

At 4:45 we headed to the Hockey Arena to watch the Coyotes VS. Minnesota. Let me tell you, there must be no one left in Minnesota because this arena was packed with Wild fans. Unfortunately, we lost 3-2. However, it is always fun to get out there and support our coyotes.

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My family is big on “small” gifts for most holidays so we exchanged the small gifts that we bought.

I lucked out and received a Starbucks Gift Card, Coffee Socks, Washi tape for my day planner and Skittles.

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Sunday’s are always full of errands and this one was no different. After breakfast, Cierra (my middle sister) and I ventured out to Charming Charlies to check out their Disney collection. Unfortunately, they had 4 things in stock and it was not anything that we were interested in purchasing so we left empty handed. Next, we headed to Ulta so I could pick up a new hair straightener. When I had my hair colored, my wonderful stylist used a Chi hair straightener and I loved the way it turned out so I decided to invest! I decided on the 1″ straightener and I am in love! I will be sure to post a picture to show you how it turned out!

After Ulta, we headed home. The rest of the day was spent prepping for the week and dreaming of the weekend to come.  I also did a little D.I.Y with a jewelry holder I picked up from Wal-Mart. I had been on the hunt for a little while for something just like this but hated the color! Anyone who knows me, will definitely tell you that I am not a fan of doing it myself! Luckily, there is spray paint! I love the way it turned out and it works perfectly.

 

This week is busy, with a job interview on Monday (yay!), date night on Tuesday and two work events taking place on Thursday and Friday! I am exhausted just thinking about it!

What is on your agenda for this week?

Friday Feels

Happy Friday!!

We made it through another week. Today is a busy day that started with coffee and a full calendar. At 5:00, my sister and I will head over to the Tanger Outlet Mall to run the first part of the Kiss Me I’m Irish Challenge. This portion is the Kilt Run, be sure to follow me on Instagram to get a look at the two of us rocking our Kilts!

My Friday feels have got me wishing I was back at the beach today.  What can I say… I am really anxious to travel!

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Tomorrow is an early morning, with the second part of the challenge starting at 7:17 A.M. After that I plan on putting together a blogging calendar (not that I don’t like this whole typing it on the same day it posts!) so that I can be better organized and have things scheduled. After that, me and the family will head to a hockey game.

Sunday will be a day of rest and job applications!

 

What is on your agenda for this weekend?

 

Disney Daydreams…

Happy Thursday!

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I don’t know about all of you, but I for some reason am having some major Disney daydreams today. One thing I am missing the most is the coffee. Starbucks itself is amazing and I do indulge here in Arizona. However, the cups in Disneyland and California Adventure just have that extra magic that makes them taste even better.

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Another thing I find myself missing is the feeling of relaxation. Whenever I am feeling stressed, my mind usually says things like hey…we should definitely go to Disneyland! Which is probably why it is one of my favorite places. Even though it is sometimes crowded, a crowded day in Disney is better than any day at work!

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Luckily, we are annual pass-holders and we are only about 2 weeks away from our trip over Easter weekend, so the countdown keeps getting smaller!

If you do happen to be in Disney today, enjoy a cup of extra magical coffee for me!

Are you a Disney addict?If so, what is your favorite ride?

A Book That Is Rocking My World!

Good Morning,

Thank goodness it is Wednesday! Is anyone else’s week dragging on right now? Because I think Tuesday lasted 3 days all on its own.

Today, I wanted to share with you a book that is rocking my world! Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

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Let me preface this by saying this is not an ad nor is it sponsored. This is simply a fan girl post for an author, woman, entrepreneur and amazing human being whose words are inspiring me to want more from my life.

I have read all of Rachel’s books so far and I will tell you, this book feels like a conversation with an old friend. Her brutal honesty and real life experiences and humor, open your eyes to the world you are living in right now.

Personally, I have been dealing with a lot of stress and uneasiness at work for awhile now. When I read this book, all I kept thinking was, there has to be something better than this! This book (along with my friends and family) are what pushed me to finally tell myself that, yes this job pays well and here is growth opportunity….it is also sucking the joy and happiness out of your life! I deserve better than that!

The words that are on my inspiration board currently are ones that I repeat in my head daily- ” Nobody gets to tell you how big your dreams can be.”- Rachel Hollis

I highly recommend that you pick up this book either at Target or order it through Amazon because it is amazing and worth the read.

Rachel, just in case you do see this and happen to make it to my little corner of the internet… I simply adore you! Thank you for making me want more and for once, really feel I deserve more!

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What is a book you are loving these days?

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Last Minute Sign Up and Tuesday Blues

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you are having a happy Tuesday so far.

So as the title implies yesterday Sydnee and I made a decision to sign up for the Kiss Me I’m Irish Kilt Race as well as the Kiss Me I’m Irish 4K.

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We went back and forth for two days after our last race trying to decide if we could fit this in to the weekend and ultimately decided that yes, for three medals, we would definitely take the challenge and earn the three medals they are offering.

The challenge starts on Friday night with a Kilt Run which is a 1K. Short distance but all the proceeds benefit a great cause. The second part of the challenge is on Saturday morning, starting at 7:17 A.M. We opted for the 4K because immediately following the race, I need to jump down the street to work with my sister at the Farmers Market.

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I am very excited to be running again next weekend because it definitely gives me something to look forward to at the end of the week.

Do you guys ever get the Tuesday blues? Tuesday for some reason gives me the blues even more than Monday these days. Maybe it is the fact that it is still so early on in the week and we still have so long to go until we reach the weekend. Right now I am questioning a few things, which makes the weeks last even longer. As I have described it to my friends, I feel like I am at a crossroads with my job. Feeling uneasy day in and day out makes for a rough work week. I am hoping to find a solution soon that might help ease the anxiety I have, any good tips?

How do you get over the Tuesday blues?

Do you already have big plans for the weekend?

Weekend Recap and Medal Monday

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you but I always dread Monday, especially when the weekend is full of activities and seems to speed by like crazy!

This weekend was full of running, movies and hockey! Since D works on the weekend, I spend a majority of my time with my parents and sisters enjoying the two days off a week I have.

Saturday morning we got up extra early, not always fun when it is one of the few days I get to sleep in, but it was for a run so I can usually muster up the energy to drag myself out of bed. My mom, sisters and myself ran the Run To Fight Children’s Cancer 5k. It is a race I have done for quite a few years and it just keeps getting better. I will do a full recap later this week in case anyone is curious about what to expect. Spoiler Alert: It was a ton of fun!

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After the race we went to Matt’s Big Breakfast on Camelback at the Biltmore. Sydnee and I discovered it on Instagram when we were joking about going to “Flavortown” as Guy Fiere says. When we stumbled upon this gem that was featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives, we knew we had to venture that direction. It was a bit different than what we were expecting but it was delicious and worth the 15 minute wait. I might give you a brief write up later on about the food and atmosphere.

After eating a delicious omelette and grabbing a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha Iced Coffee, I hung out with my sisters on the couch…basically the rest of the day. It was definitely nice to relax since laying around on the couch is not something I do very often. We watched Chopped, Top Chef, Moana and part of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 before dinner. After dinner my mom joined us to watch a few episodes of Nailed It, which is a new show (at least new to us) on Netflix. If you are a fan of Pinterest Fails, then this is definitely a show you will appreciate! Around 10:00 we were all falling asleep on the couch so decided to head to bed.

Sunday is always tough because it eventually turns into pre-Monday. I started my day off with some Dark Chocolate Kodiak cakes for breakfast and then finally made my way to getting dressed. Sydnee and I ran to get some coffee, then headed home to prep for the week. I put away laundry and picked out outfits for the week. It is unfortunately going to be a very long week at work because we have clients in office almost every day. Clients in office typically means leaving work after 5:00 for me.

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After finishing up some things around the house, I started prepping my planner for the week ahead. I am a huge fan of the Happy Planner and love the layout. Once I started filling it in with a few things going on this week, I quickly realized that there may not be enough coffee to keep me going , haha.

Around 4:45 we left to head to the Coyotes game. Fun Fact: my sister, Sydnee, is a die hard hockey fan and can often be found blogging about hockey or talking about hockey with anyone who will listen. She could even tell you the birthday and sometimes favorite color of almost all the players for the Coyotes.

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It was an intense game but in the end the Coyotes did win 1-0, which means $.99 coffee at Dunkin Donuts tomorrow! Woohoo! Coffee is good, but cheap or free coffee…tastes even better.

After the game we headed home and it was time to wind down for bed. All in all it was a great weekend spent with my sisters and parents.

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Since it has been awhile since I have updated my medal Monday, here is the updated rack. There have been quite a few added since the last time I posted, one from this weekend as well as a few others I earned along the way. While I am proud of all of them, the ones I love looking at the most are my Superheros Half Marathon Weekend medals. I will be doing separate race reviews for each of the three races I completed during that week so you know what to expect when they do finally bring back the race. I will say that those medals were hard earned and each one of them represents a PR!

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With daylight savings time having just occurred (everywhere else but here and a few other places) I hope that all of you have a happy Monday filled with positive thoughts and plenty of coffee.

Until next time..

What is your favorite kind of coffee?

Do you have a favorite medal on your rack?

 

Unexpected Loss

Hi There,

I promise I did not abandon you again. Unfortunately, my family was dealing with the very unexpected loss of our sweet puppy Calypso. It came as quite a shock and I think, even now, 2 weeks later- we are still getting used to the idea that she isn’t around anymore.

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Calypso or Caly for short was a wonderful, loving and beautiful black lab. She was part of our family for 11 years. While that might seem like a lot to some, it felt very short lived when the time came to say goodbye. Calypso’s name was inspired by the goddess from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and the fact that we adopted her in October. She loved Puppacino’s from Starbucks and walking around the neighborhood. She was a big fan of a seasonal bandanna and could often be found dressed up in a t-shirt hanging around the house. She greeted everyone with a wagging tail and a look that let you know that she was happy to see you. Popcorn was one of her favorite snacks at night before bed and it didn’t feel like dinnertime unless she was laying at your feet, waiting for anything to fall.

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The vet is not exactly sure what caused such a dramatic turn in her health that lead her from being perfectly fine on a Friday morning to us having to say good bye to her on Sunday night. While I cannot go back in time and change anything, my head and heart feel there is a disconnect for exactly what happened and I have trouble making sense of it all or accepting it.  However, I am grateful that I got the chance to say goodbye to her in person and make sure that even as she crossed the rainbow bridge she had one of her toys with her and was comfortably wrapped in her cozy blanket.

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Calypso, you were such a loving, sweet, amazing member of our family and if love alone could have kept you here, you would have lived forever. You are so missed by us and Indiana Bones.  Rest in Peace and now that you are so loved.

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Finding Balance- My Top 5 Tips

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Hello Again!

I hope that you are having a fantastic day and a great week so far. It is finally Thursday!

Yesterday was my first day back to work after D and I  got back from a short vacation up North. It was nice to get away for a little bit but first day back to work is always the hardest.

As the title implies, balance is one of those things I have been struggling to find for what feels like quite a while now. I will say it has definitely gotten better but I have had to really fight to make it possible some days. Since the company I work for consists of a small team, the expectations for each of us is high which means it is not your typical 9-5.

One thing that has really driven me to find balance is my health. Over the past year I have been dealing with being sick on and off with sinus infections as well as a stress rash. While this was not necessarily fun, this last round of sinus infections (yes, that is plural) made me realize that I needed to practice some better habits in the form of self-care.

For the longest time, the idea of self-care was something I balked at and felt was not something that I  had the time for. Now, I am fully aware that I need to take a break every once in a while and breathe.

My top 5 tips for finding balance are:

  1. Make yourself a priority. I  know, I would scoff at that one time and wonder to myself, “when will I find the time to make me a priority”, but I am here to tell you that you NEED to make you a priority. All the people in your world who rely on you to be there for them need you to take care of yourself.  Even if you just take 30 minutes and get your nails done or sit on the couch in your sweatpants watching Real Housewives, you will be doing yourself a favor!
  2. Make a to-do list. I am a list girl. If you were to look in my purse right now, there are probably 5 lists that I am actively working on and that does not count the one on my desk at work or the one on my desk at home. For me, list making is a great way to feel a little less stressed. I often refer to it as a “brain dump”, which is when I take all the little thoughts or ideas and just write them all out so they are on paper and I can organize them into something constructive. I sometimes take it a step further and color code it so that I know what is work related and what is personal. (Have a great tip on list making? Share it with me!!)
  3. Go For a walk. Sometimes just getting outside is the best thing for you.  The other day I got off work a little early and was able to get outside in the sunshine for a walk with my sister. I don’t know if it was the endorphins, the company or the sunshine or maybe a combination of it all, but I found myself feeling a little bit lighter on my feet and quite a bit happier than I was at the beginning of the day. Elle Woods put it best- Endorphins Make You Happy!
  4. Celebrate every accomplishment. You are amazing!! Read it again! You are amazing! I don’t care if all you did today was get out of bed and make a cup of coffee… you are rocking it! Celebrate your accomplishments, even if they are small.
  5. Have Fun! Try to do something fun every single day. It doesn’t need to cost money or even require leaving the house. If your idea of fun is dancing around the living room listening to Bon Jovi, get it girl!

 

How do you practice self-care?

Any good tips for finding balance?