Things I still want to do this summer

As I marked off a day on our whiteboard calendar hanging in the kitchen, it struck me. Where did the summer go? We were nearing the last full week of July. What had I even done to enjoy this season? Sure, there had been the occasional outdoor walks and bike rides. And a couple get-togethers with friends. And a weekend trip to Michigan with my family. There had been a few things. But I couldn’t help but think about the emotional cloud hovering over my head.

Tom has been gone for two weeks and he still wouldn’t be home for another week. I was feeling frustrated and defeated each day that passed when nothing was getting built for our gym. My hope was that Tom would come home and we would drive to the space together and see all the work that had been completed. I wanted to see the concrete floor laid down and the wall being constructed. I wanted to see things getting done. Seeing this would make it seem like we were moving forward. Instead, emails and phone calls about delays, timelines set back several weeks, and the end of the month crept up with nothing to show for it.

There was no doubt I was exhausted after several sleepless nights. My anxiety had gotten the best of me. Each day I would only look forward to the end of it. As I sat on the couch writing this post, I realized that there was still plenty of summer to enjoy. I couldn’t control what was going on with the construction (or lack thereof) of our new gym. And being stressed each day wasn’t serving me. I hated feeling this way. I wanted calm, freedom, space to breathe, and time away from my inbox.

With those few things motivating me, I made a list of things I wanted to do in order to enjoy what was left of this beautiful season.


walk around downtown on a Saturday morning, eat another delicious breakfast croissant, and enjoy the terrace

walk to the newly renovated Bloom Bindery in downtown Middleton and buy a sweet treat

go on more bike rides

take more night time walks with good conversation

grill out at my parents’ house and eat outside in the backyard

take more photos of the lake and my favorite places around the city

drive to Devil’s Lake and enjoy an afternoon hiking

create space each day for myself. A walk, listen to a podcast, read. Uninterrupted time so I can start to see the big picture again.

cook meals with fresh, in-season vegetables


If you had to make a list of things you wanted to do before the end of your summer, what would be on it? I would love to hear from you 🙂

Friday thoughts

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and Lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.

This verse resonated with me one Sunday as I sat in church on a spring morning. I have never read the Bible cover to cover, or taken a religion studies class, or consistently attended church, so hearing a bible verse for the first time isn’t new. But this one stuck. I wrote it on a post-it note and stuck it on my nightstand.

The post-it stuck for a week and then as I cleaned the apartment I tossed it into the trash, not thinking much about it. Fast forward to a few days ago, I sat at my desk signing business checks for our accountant and was feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and regretful because my expectations of how I thought things should be going weren’t being met. How easily I had forgotten this verse and how quickly I was to lean on my own understanding of the situation, and not His.

I read this blog post a few days ago and it also reminded me of this exact verse. “We can do so much planning and preparing on our own only to realize we’ve been traveling down the wrong road the whole time. But, if we pray to align ourselves with the Father’s heart, He will make our paths straight.”

I let those words sink in. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know the path that God has laid out for me. In those moments or days of frustration and overwhelm, if I could let myself feel those things but also know that God has got it. I have to put my trust back into God. I have been neglectful with prayer and my attendance at church. And even though there is a lot that I can control, He is there to help with the rest. I just hadn’t been letting Him.

I re-wrote this bible verse and pinned it on the bulletin board that hangs above the desk. I’ve looked at it several times already. It won’t be tossed in the trash again.

If you’ve had a few of those days this week where you are feeling alone, or lost, or regretful, let this verse be your guide. Write it down and let it be in a place you can look at it as much as you need to.

Wishing you a happy summer weekend!

Five things

Good morning and happy Friday! How was your week? The first half my week was a bit all over the place and lacked any sort of schedule but I think we are making some good progress on the business front which is awesome! We hosted our first free pop-up workout in Waunakee on Tuesday evening which was a lot of fun. I connected with a local brewery to possibly host more free workouts this summer. The architects submitted their plans to the city for approval and permits, and the builders will be working on the final bid. It’s all moving in the right direction which is a good feeling to have moving into the weekend 🙂

I was inspired to bring back “five things Friday” because it has always served as a great reminder for me to practice gratitude. I don’t have a regular “gratitude” practice but when I did, writing down five things that I felt lucky to have or was thankful for helped me see out my current situation and focus on the good stuff. So here are my five things currently… Continue reading “Five things”

It’s been too long

I have wanted to be back in this space for awhile. I would think of the words to write and tell myself that I will carve out the time tomorrow. And then something more pressing would fill that space and this post would never get written.

I’ve missed being here so much and as I sat at work today waiting for a client that never showed, I decided now was as good a time as ever to open up the laptop and start writing. So I’ll just begin.

Tom and I signed a lease in late April on a space in Waunakee to open up our own Orange Shoe Personal Fitness. I’ve been working at the Orange Shoe in Fitchburg for quite some time now and last summer we were approached with the wonderful opportunity to open our own. Tom and I have dreamed of having our own space one day and it seemed like this was a perfect opportunity to fulfill that dream. Continue reading “It’s been too long”

catching up


It’s been about a month since my last post and I feel like it’s time to catch up! If you received a post yesterday with literally no content except for a picture, I apologize! I was in the midst of trying to use the wordpress app on my phone which is always a nightmare and the post got published on accident. I’m happy to finally sit down and take a look back on the month. Continue reading “catching up”