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Friday thoughts 9.16.16


It’s Friday morning and it’s such a beautiful thing! How was your week? I hope that you were able to get outside a bit and enjoy some of this beautiful weather we have had lately. The humidity is down and I’ve been sleeping with the windows open and enjoying a fresh breeze during the days. It’s been a really hectic week and today is the first time I have felt like I could take a breath and reflect a bit. I’ve noticed that I check my email 50 times a day (including right when I wake up in the morning), and that little things seem to be bothering me more than they really should. This fact right there tells me I need to take a break and start establishing some boundaries for myself. I’ve never been a fan of feeling constantly “busy.” I need breaks in the day to recharge and maintain a sound mind. As I move into a new decade soon, this will also be a focus of mine. How do you create an environment for yourself that sets you up for success each day? I’d love to know!

Are you embracing the season change so far? I love the lower humidity and cooler temperatures but I’m so bummed about those shorter days! It’s getting harder to get out of bed in the mornings and my drive home at night used to be lit with beautiful sunsets and now it’s just dark. However, on the bright side of things, I have come across some delicious looking fall-inspired recipes this week and we bought our first spaghetti squash of the fall season! I’m all about squash so I can’t wait to make dinner with it soon! Apples are in season too so I’m thinking about heading to a local orchard and picking a bunch for applesauce, snacking, and maybe some apple desserts! What are your faves? Let me know!

Here a few recipes from the week:

Toasted quinoa, dried fig, and dark chocolate granola bars–a perfect snack for the week!

Paleo pumpkin magic bars-these look soo good.

Baked rosemary chicken tenders-these are the menu next week! I might make a couple swaps since I have almond flour on hand and panko breadcrumbs, but it should still be delish.

Buffalo Chicken Casserole-this is my favorite spaghetti squash recipe and it’s fantastic for leftovers the next day!

I hope you have a wonderful fall weekend and let me know what you’re cooking/baking!

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Friday thoughts 9.9.16


Good morning! I hope you had a great week and that it didn’t crawl as much as mine seemed to. Despite the holiday on Monday, this week was jammed pack with coaching calls and training sessions and each day seemed to go a little slower than the next. However, I wanted to share with you something that I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. Have you ever wondered what kind of a friend/partner/sister/daughter you are to others? Are you understanding? A good listener? Lending a hand when needed? Or maybe you feel like you’ve not been the best to the ones you love the most. That’s the feeling I have had lately. I haven’t been the person I’ve wanted to be to others and I want to change that. Tom is one of those people in my life who makes me realize this the most.

Over the past two years, he has always wanted to make my days easier. He grocery shops for me because he knows I hate it. He helps me clean the apartment because he knows how much I want to get it done. He cooks dinner for me when I work later than he does. He buys me ginger kombucha when he sees it at the store because he knows it’s my favorite. He asks me how he can help when I’m stressed out. He tries to make me smile when I’m in a terrible mood. He always makes my eggs first in the mornings.

But also, he’s a good friend to others. He plans their bachelor parties, texts them to see how they are doing if he hasn’t connected with them in awhile, and is always lending a hand at CrossFit when someone is struggling with a skill. He has picked up several shifts at work to help out co-workers when they are out sick or on vacation. He even texts my sister “good luck on your run”  before she heads out for one of her training runs for her first half marathon.

This post isn’t about me gushing over how wonderful Tom is (although he really is an amazing human), it’s about taking time to realize just how great, thoughtful, and loving the people are in our lives and using it to inspire us to love each other better. Tom makes me want to be a better person not only for him, but for everyone else I love.

As I approach turning 30 years old in just a short month, I have realized that above all the things I wish for in this new decade, I pray that God shows me how to love the ones in my life better. Because at the end of the day, that’s all that really counts.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a very happy September weekend!



Friday thoughts 9.2.16


Good morning and happy first Friday of September! Kids are back to school, the humidity has finally calmed down, and I’m already seeing pumpkin recipes everywhere! It’s bittersweet to be moving into a season that is no longer associated with long, sunny days, tank tops and flip flops, and outdoor grill-outs. This week I was filled with a bit of anxiety with getting together a new program for work, feeling bummed that August came to a close, and experiencing constant muscle soreness that I couldn’t seem to get rid of. I felt like I couldn’t keep my focus on just one thing at a time and like I was always being pulled in different directions. Continue reading

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Friday things 8.26.16

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Good morning and happy Friday to you! How was your week? I hope that it went well for you that you have something fun to look forward to this weekend! This is our last Friday in August and I can’t believe how fast this month has gone! I was lucky this week as it has been slower at my training job and I am also wrapping up with clients for my coaching job so I’ve had more time on my hands this week. I’ve been sleeping more, enjoyed walks and a run outside, baked my favorite paleo muffins, and have been trying my best to enjoy this week and not get anxious over the fact that I’m not working as much. I know the schedule picks up next week already and it’ll be back to the usual hustle and bustle, so for right now, I don’t need to fill every minute with busy-ness. But man, it’s really difficult to just let yourself be. I actually came across a few blog posts this week that hit on this very topic and it was so fitting. I wanted to share them with you today🙂 Continue reading

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Friday thoughts 8.19.16

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We are through the majority of August already and this feeling of unease and trepidation comes over me as I take this realization in. It can’t be. Summer can’t already be coming to a close?! What did I even do with my days? That’s the thing isn’t it. A season we look forward to with so much anticipation and excitement and it seems to slip through our fingertips quicker than we ever want it to. As I write this post today, I’m thinking about these last three months and the small things I did to enjoy this season… Continue reading