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January I Will Defeat You. Goals.

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Yesterday I shared with you my goals for the year.  Now, I have to break them down into attainable pieces.  YOU GUYS.  Here's what I want to accomplish in January:

  • Attend 24 classes at Physique
  • Run/Walk 60 miles
  • Drink (at least) 3L of water per day
  • Achieve my move goal every day this month - ALL THREE RINGS
  • Read 1 new book
  • Use my camera at least one time
  • Blog (at least) 4 times
  • Be honest...even if it hurts.
  • Have a snowball fight 
  • Cook dinner for my Mom & Grandma

So.  What do you think?  CAN I DO IT? 

Do you have any goals for this month?

TODAY I LOVE: halls cough drops and puffs plus kleenex

SONG OF THE DAY: "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran 

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Let's Do This 2016. Goals.

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I set some goals, folks.  I haven't done this in AGES!  I mean, yeah, I set little bitty goals every week. This year, however, I have put together a list of things that I want to accomplish over the long year ahead.  I'm excited to share them with you.  And hopefully you'll hold me to them.  :) 

 

Health/Fitness Goals:

  • Lose 30 pounds
  • Get a waist measurement of 25in
  • Regularly log my food
  • Attend 300 classes at Physique 
  • Run 700 miles
  • Try at least one new thing...maybe the new dance class coming to the gym?  (I CAN'T DANCE.)
  • Run (at least) one 5K per month
  • *Maybe* try for another sub-2hr half marathon.  Maybe. 

General Life Goals:

  • Read 1 new book per month
  • Take more photos! 
  • Work less
  • Pray more
  • Learn to sew something that I can wear
  • Be REAL
  • Eat more veggies

So...whoa.  Ambitious.  Some of them will be easier to attain than others.  Overall, I'm excited.  I really, really spent time on these.  They will be challenging, but if done correctly, attainable.  And in doing them I can't WAIT to see the Sarah that is around on this day next year.  

Let's do this, 2016.  

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2015...A Reflection

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Every single year when I sit down to write my year in review I always mentally scold myself.  Why oh why can't I remember it all?  Oh so much life goes by our eyes.  It's kind of like a movie that you just can't rewind.  I'm thankful to have this blog and social media to remind me of all the wonderful, and sometimes not so wonderful, things that happened in the year.   

Travels:  

I kicked off 2015 with the ultimate bang - Disneyworld! First thing in January I zipped off to sunny Orlando to run the Dopey Challenge and then spend loads of time at Mickey's house, Hogwarts, and the beach.  It was awesome.  I will definitely be doing that race again (possibly Dopey 2017!)  

I went to Atlanta and Vegas, both for work.  It was my first time to both of those cities.  While neither one of those places will ever be labeled my favorites, Atlanta certainly wins all the prizes for the best sweet tea and fried chicken I've ever had the pleasure of eating, and Vegas showed me crazy opulence, desert views (a first), and the pleasant reminder that I like living in a place not so 24-hours a day.   

Lastly, a driving trip to Colorado capped off the year.  Meandering from Denver, then west to Morrison and Evergreen, and then south to Colorado Springs, I soaked in the ultimate beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  I would move there in a HEARTBEAT.  I wasn't so taken with Denver or Colorado Springs, but those small mountain towns own a piece of my heart now.  They reminded me of a show I used to watch growing up called "Northern Exposure."  Granted, that show took place in a fake little town in Alaska, but same difference.  I wanted to live there.  

Concerts:

I know I'm going to forget one.  That always happens.  Here is my best shot at guessing who I saw this year: 

  • Alabama Shakes, Kansas City, MO
  • Father John Misty, Kansas City, MO
  • Anderson East, Morrison, CO
  • Gregory Alan Isakov, Morrison, CO
  • Brandi Carlile, Morrison, CO
  • Trombone Shorty, Kansas City, MO
  • Jason Isbell, Kansas City, MO
  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Columbia, MO
  • Punch Brothers, Columbia, MO

My last biggest happy of 2015 happened right after New Years Day...I got a brand new niece.  Miss Emma Kay made her grand entrance on January 2 and I've been in love ever since.  She is the happiest little girl I've ever met.  We get to celebrate her birthday soon!  

Even with all that good, there are many parts of 2015 that I cannot wait to leave behind.  Stress and heartache.  I think I've lost (and gained) 20 pounds this year.  I stopped running after Disney because I was burnt out and needed a break.   

Good and bad.  All things that make up a year in my life.  It's hard when it seems happy times get diluted with strife.  It is like adding food coloring to a puddle of water; all you see is the color.  It has taken me a long time to look past all the strife for the good.  To be kind to me.  I really hope you can do this too when looking at your year past.  

I'm looking forward to 2016.  I was all prepared to say "I can't wait to see what 2016 brings me" but I'm going to change that statement.  I can't wait to see what I make of 2016.  It's up to me on how I handle what comes my way.  I get to choose.  Empowerment!  

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Be Kind to Yourself

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Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself.
— Rae Smith

You know what?  I'm mean.  I'm just mean.  I work in a compassion ministry and I'm just mean.  Only really to one person in particular.  Me.  I am mean to me.  There is no way on earth I would ever say half the things I say to myself to anyone else on this planet.

  I'm fat.  I'm ugly.  I'm lazy.  I'm stupid.  I'm slow.  My voice is too high for anyone to like me.  The veins in my forehead make me the most unattractive person EVER.  Why would anyone love me with thunder thighs like mine?  It's no wonder I'm stressed; I'm too dumb to do my job.  I deserve everything I've gotten.   I am a bad person.  

Mean, right?  Welcome to my brain.  Welcome to my crazy.  As you've probably guessed, life hasn't been particularly kind to me lately.  I honestly haven't coped very well.   Stress of all kinds has attacked my body and Strong Sarah, the Sarah that knows better, ran away and hid in a hole. The Sarah that was left, the one dealing with the stress, just tried to ride the waves and not let the whole thing collapse.   I think it all collapsed.  But I'm coming back now.  

So, anyway, like I said...life is hard.  But until I start taking some control of things back it's not going to get any easier.  I need to be kind to me.  TO ME.  If that is my one reminder this week I'm going to write it on everything I see.  

I think I've probably gained back well over half of all the weight I lost earlier this year.  That is so very defeating.  You were all on that journey with me and the hard work it took to get it off the first time.  And now I have to do it again.  AGAIN.  It's pretty much setting myself up for failure to think I'll be able to diet in December.  But that doesn't mean I can't hit the gym.  

I haven't been to class in about 1,000 years (exaggeration, but it feels like that long.)  Not only is it great for me physically, it's so great for me mentally and emotionally.  I need that release.  I need that release now.  My gym had a challenge during the month of November where you got a prize if you attended 31 classes during the month.  Well, life tackled me in November and I wasn't able to do it.  So I'm making me a challenge of my own for December.  31 classes during the month.  If I do it, then I get some kind of "prize."  I don't know what yet.  I'll decide.  I'll do my best on my diet but it won't be perfect.  There are far too many treats that I only get during the Christmas season.  I am NOT going to miss those.  

All in all, I have to start somewhere.  The Sarah that is coming up out of the hole has to find something to grip onto to move.  I'm going to try this.  But no matter what it's going to always come back to being kind to myself.  Stop being mean.  It gets you nowhere.  

I hope that this can help you all too.  Be kind.  

TODAY I LOVE: kettlecorn popcorn and palomino pencils 

SONG OF THE DAY: "Her Mercy" by Glen Hansard 

 

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Rambling Thoughts of the Weary

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I thought about opening this post with an inspirational quote.  Something about resiliency or recovery.  Or even perseverance.  But I'm just too tired to go digging for one.  This is going to be a very raw post today, my friends.  Let's be honest.  While I love to write things for you to read and to try to bring encouragement to you, this is also for me too.  And today, well, today it's about me.  

A dear friend of mine shared an article with me recently.  It is called "Everything Doesn't Happen For A Reason" by Tim Lawrence.  While I don't necessarily agree with everything he had to say (because I do have a very firm belief in God - not that Mr. Lawrence doesn't, but prayer helps me) but anyway, he did say something that has stuck with me.  He said, "Some things in life cannot be fixed.  They can only be carried."   I can feel that.  And I agree with it.  

Because that is what my life feels like these days.  I'm carrying a lot of things.  And while I wish they were things I could just shed, they are all things that need to be emotionally processed.  They require an action.  They need to be dealt with.  And unfortunately,  I just don't have the capacity to do it right now.  

Life shouldn't be this hard, but it is.  And one of these days I'm going to be able to process all the things I'm carrying and get my life back under control.  If anything, that's the biggest lesson I've learned these last few months.  That I'm not always going to get to control everything in my path.  Did you ever have the Harlem Globetrotters (or something like them) visit your school as a kid?  Remember the one guy that would spin the basketballs?  And the other members would keep throwing more basketballs at him and he had to keep all the other balls spinning without dropping them?  You always held your breath because it became a game of how many can he take before the last one makes him drop them all.  I think I feel like that guy right now.  Standing in the middle of an empty gym with a whole bunch of basketballs laying on the ground below me.  

Blah.  This was not meant to be a "woe is me" post.  My life is total cake compared to others.  I just needed to write something outside of my journal.  And mostly just to say, sometimes life is hard.  And it has to be ok too.  I should probably make some kind of analogy about the hotter the water the stronger the tea and tea is good or something.  This post has gotten out of control.  

Thanks for listening to my rambling.  Sometimes the simple act of writing things out helps me work through thoughts.  

TODAY I LOVE: rain

SONG OF THE DAY: "Hello" by Adele 

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Photo Blogging Week #4: Outtakes

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This week's photo prompt was "outtakes."  Just a couple of commentary for this week's photos: they are precious to me.  The first two were taken when I went to Haiti for work a few years ago.  I was playing with some of the kiddos from one of the schools were we feed them.  These were the outtakes from from of the photos I took that day.  It is IMPOSSIBLE not to smile.  

The last photo, well, that's typical me in a marathon.  Lol. 

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Flashback...Monday?

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Bass Pro Half Marathon, November 2009

Have I told you how much I love reading through my archives sometimes when I'm bored or nostalgic?  No?  Well, I do.  I stumbled upon my half marathon PR write up and it nearly made me cry.  Those were some good days, folks.  I wasn't burned out on running and loved training.  (It was quite a long time ago.)  

At any rate...share my excitement once again!

Hypnotize - Bass Pro Half Marathon PR - November, 2009

TODAY I LOVE: gold, glittery stickers

SONG OF THE DAY: "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G.

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Photo Blogging Week #3: Nature

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This week's photo blogging prompt was "Nature."  This just happens to be one of my very favorite things to shoot.  Enjoy!

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Those Rainy Days...New Music Vibes

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It's that time again.  New music time! As you probably have figured out, I have playlists for just about everything.  One my favorite playlists includes music just for rainy days.  (Yes, yes, I'm one of those strange people who like rainy days.) Here are some of my favorites these days:

  • "Perth" by Bon Iver
  • "Hold On" by Tom Waits
  • "No Room in Frame" by Death Cab for Cutie
  • "Lost in my Mind" by the Head and the Heart
  • "Tree to Grow" by The Lone Bellow
  • "Gray Street" by Dave Matthews Band
  • "Same Old Same Old" by The Civil Wars
  • "Have You Ever" by Brandi Carlile
  • "Catalyst" by Anna Nalick

Do you have any favorite rainy day songs?

TODAY I LOVE: gold glittery stickers

SONG OF THE DAY: "Wait" by Get Set Go

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Photo Blogging Week #2: Guilty Pleasures

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This week's life in blogging challenge was "guilty pleasures."  Here are a few of mine.  :)

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Hot Barre: Let's Get Sweaty

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For the longest time I've steered away from "hot" classes of any kind.  With my wonky heart that doesn't like heat AT ALL, it has always been considered a recipe for disaster to even think about it.  Normal people have trouble not passing out in the heat why should I even try it?  I mean, a hot shower can make me pass out cold.  Needless to say, I've been pretty successful at avoiding the craze.  Until now.  

My gym finished the lower level in such a way that hot barre classes could be held there.  It's a really cool space; I think it looks like a wine cellar.  :) Anyway, I can't tell you how many times I would schedule a hot barre class only to cancel for fear of passing out and being sick.  But our instructors are AWESOME.  They heard my concerns, promised to keep watch over me, and assured me it would be ok.  So I tried it.  And I love it.  

Seems like a no-brainer, but it is HOT.  Like hard to take a deep breath hot.  I think when class started it was in the upper 90's on the thermostat and who knows how warm it was by the end with all those warm sweaty bodies in it.  No fans, no air movement...just hot, wet, stifling air.  I remember thinking to myself when I walked in the room that if this class was like regular barre class I was screwed.  Lucky for me it's not like regular barre at all.  

What makes hot barre so different and so effective is how slow, small, and intentional every movement becomes.  No action is done to really get your heart rate elevated.  While in a regular barre class you might rapidly move from first position to second repeatedly but in hot barre you might simply hold second position but continually inch deeper and deeper into the position.  It might seem like that would be an easier class than normal barre, but do not be deceived.  My legs were shaking like jello not long into the class.  

It is truly miraculous how are bodies are made!  It's amazing how much warm, soft, muscles can stretch further.  And how holding those muscles in a contracted position for a period of time, especially those big leg muscles, get your heart rate going without the typical cardio.  

The sweat?  Well the sweat is both gross and cool all at the same time.  I looked like I had climbed out of a washing machine when class was finished.  Every part of my body and clothing was drenched.  But what a detox! It was as if every time Darby had us twisting and turning we were literally wringing out the junk from our muscles.  

I experienced no ill effects from the heat and class.  Now, I went way over the top with lots of Nuun and Nuun Plus during and post-class.  I have no doubt that saved me on many levels by keeping my electrolytes replenished. 

Because I've been able to find a method that works for me I have no problem or qualms incorporating hot barre into my regular class schedule and that makes me very happy.  It's great variety and once a week the detox and low-impact muscle fatigue is welcomed.  I'd encourage all of you to give a "hot" class a try and to not be afraid.  If you've got observant instructors, knowledge of your own body tolerance, and prepare appropriately it's a great thing.

TODAY I LOVE: cool washcloths after warm classes

SONG OF THE DAY: "Bad Blood" by Ryan Adams

 

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Goal Getter: Week of October 11, 2015

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Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I fail, but every day is a clean slate and fresh opportunity.
— Gretchen Rubin

If I were going to be honest, I've had a whole lot more failing lately.  I'm not trying to be a downer, but seriously.  It has felt like every single time I turn around these last few months something else that I'm juggling falls out of the sky and shatters all over the ground.  It's not a fun place to be in.  Unfortunately I don't handle these things well.  I have a bad tendency to let them build up and brew and fester.  Each day is NOT new.  It is one big open wound of stress and worry.  And that, my friends, is not the way to live.  It is something that I very much need to work on.  Letting go.  I'm not made to carry all that weight.  So...for my goals this week:

  • Take one day at a time.  Stop thinking about tomorrow.  Tomorrow will come with it's own challenges.  Worry then.
  • Don't let anyone steal your joy.  Sounds super cliche but it's so true.  Some people are just naturally drains on life.  They are like real life dementors sucking the happiness from all around them.  Move.  On. 
  • Eat more vegetables.  I know it's hard, especially now that it's fall and all you want is candy corn.  But veggies.  For the love of your belly. 
  • Get back to your habit of going to Starbucks once a week.  You're going to lose your gold card otherwise.  

What are your goals for the week?

TODAY I LOVE: rose gold everything 

SONG OF THE DAY: "My Blood" by Ellie Goulding 

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Photo Blogging Week #1: Good Morning/Good Night

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It's an end of an era.  I'm officially retiring my Wordless Wednesday posts.  Wordless Wednesday has been going on for YEARS.  There is a story behind this retirement and what is coming in it's place.   It's been a constant battle  keeping this blog with purpose and topic.  I tend to wander off into the personal and completely disregard the fact that you're probably not here to read about my daily life all the time.  (Even though my life is oh so exciting.) Wordless Wednesday was one way I could subject you to one of my other new favorite hobbies: photography.    

Ages and ages ago I bought an e-course from A Beautiful Mess called Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks.  These two sisters that run this website and shop (which is beyond cute) live in my town.  They are incredible and I've bought several of their courses and photoshop actions over the years.  So, as I said, I bought this course when it first came out and was on a deep discount and I've done nothing with it because I haven't had time.  I decided now is the perfect time to photoblog my life, with prompts, to not only let me be quite personal and let you in on my life, but also grow as a budding newbie photographer.  The prompt for week 1 was good morning / good night.  So here we go...welcome to my good morning/good night! 

Coffee.  Every day starts with coffee.

My Starbucks mug collection.  I collect a new mug from every city I visit.  This is just a portion.  :) I drink coffee out of one of my treasures every morning.

My days almost always end with my iPad (for reading books), The Walking Dead on the television, blogging on my Macbook, and the ever-present iPhone.  Yes, I like my gadgets.

Beauty potions and creams.  Witchcraft.

*All photos were shot with my Canon Mark II or iPhone 6.  Edited with Photoshop or VSCO Cam. 

 

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The Missouri Girl Goes Hiking

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First off, Happy October!  It is fall!  I kind of felt it when I was in Colorado.  It was so lovely.  I love fall so hard.

I haven't talked much about my vacation and trip to Colorado but I do promise you'll see bits and pieces of it in pictures scattered about.  I can tell you this, people could not have been more accurate when describing the beauty and majesty of the mountains.  It was love at first sight.  I would move there in less than a heartbeat.  I don't really know if the mountains loved be back quite as much.   At any rate, here's my hiking adventure.

We were about halfway through Kansas when I realized that I left my trail shoes sitting in the garage.  Doh!  Their permanent home is the garage because they are dirty and filthy (as trail shoes SHOULD be) and were just completely looked over in the haste to leave.  I didn't make a list.  I DIDN'T MAKE A LIST.  I tried to live list free.  See what happens?  Anyway, that meant we needed to make a stop at an outdoor store to purchase me a new pair.  We landed at the REI mothership in Denver.  Seriously cool store.  I settled on a pair of Saucony trail shoes (a brand and shoe I knew I could just slip into and my feet would be fine.)  While there a helpful employee named Ryan was awesome in telling us some great places to hike the next day.  It was at his suggestion that we went to Evergreen, CO to hike Maxwell Falls.  Best.  Decision. Ever. 

Early the next morning we headed off to Evergreen.  We found breakfast at the most lovely little cafe, The Dandelion Cafe.  It was the perfect start to the day!  Evergreen reminded me of the little town from Northern Exposure (only one of my most favorite shows EVER.)  I never wanted to leave.  Ok...back to the hiking.  Sorry.  I keep getting sidetracked.  

We found the trailhead, loaded up our backpacks with water and cameras and set off.  The entire trail was supposed to be a 4-mile loop around Maxwell Falls.  Hmmm.  We hadn't started up the trail 5 minutes and I was sucking wind.  I'm in pretty decent shape but the lack of air and incline was a swift slap in the face.  WHOA.  Colorado does not joke about it's lack of oxygen.  It was if I was almost on the verge of a panic/asthma attack.  I quickly figured out that if I relaxed and let my heart rate slow down I didn't freak out.  Even so, it took me a good couple of hours to get used to it.  I'm not sure Ry ever did.  :)

Up, up, up we went.  We finally came to a precipice and saw some "falls."  Um...calling that a waterfall is very, very generous.  It was more a bubbling little stream that trickled to and fro down the mountain.  It was pretty and peaceful nonetheless.  My only complaint with this trail was its lack of markers or directional signs.  After the falls we kept on trucking thinking that for certain we'd come across some kind of sign either telling us to turn around and pointing us to the loop back.  No such luck.  And everyone we passed was a newbie as well.  We decided to branch off and take a different loop because it appeared the other direction took us to the upper trailhead.  It was a long way back (and eventually a smart British fellow came up behind us and had a map...we were on the right path) but so, so worth it.  The views and the quiet we were able to see from up there...wow.  God is so amazing, you guys.  

Evergreen, CO, August 2015

We got lost one more time (thanks to the lack of signs) but we weren't alone this time.  A cute little family was following the same path we were and were equally confused.  For some odd reason we were getting LTE on the mountain and we could google our way back.  THANK THE LORD FOR GOOGLE.  And how on earth I got such a great cell signal in the middle of nowhere is unbelievable.  By the time we got back to our car we had hiked just over 7 miles.  

My body felt great.   Not sore at all.  I fully anticipated my ankles and calves to be sore (as they usually are after trails) but I think all the barre classes strengthened me right up in that area.  I was exhausted from the lack of air, however.  I could have went to bed right then and there.  

I know I said this earlier, but I would go back to Evergreen.  There were SO MANY trails and parks that we didn't even get to see.  I think that whole town spends it's time outdoors.  I loved real hiking.  I want to try something more crazy next time I go.  Maybe an "easy" 14-er.  We'll see.  Less air but the views...whoa.  

TODAY I LOVE: house potatoes at the Dandelion Cafe

SONG OF THE DAY: "Sound and Color" by Alabama Shakes


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Goal Getter: Week of October 4, 2015

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Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best.
— Unknown

Another week another attempt to become a better me every day.  I love the fact that we get to work on ourselves EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  We have the chance to make things better!  We aren't stuck.  And like the quote above (which I LOVE), we don't always have to be the best to do something that we love.  We aren't always going to be the best.  And that is ok.  All my goals this week are going to be barre related.  Here they are:

  • Do at least 5 perfect push ups on my toes.  
  • Complete an arm segment without putting my arms down.
  • Get just a little higher on my toes in relevé.
  • Keep my chin up and smile.  No matter how much it hurts.

What are your goals for this week?

TODAY I LOVE: thunderstorms

SONG OF THE DAY: "Los Angeles" by Peter Bradley Adams

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Dear Sarah,

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Dear Sarah,

Today is your 35th birthday.  You're officially in your mid-thirties.  Why is it when you always dreamed of growing up you never really got to this point?  You're practically at the middle of your life.  Hmmm.  Are you who you wanted to be when you grew up?

Life is a mixed bag.  Lots of life-y things have happened in these 35 years.  I encourage you to try to remember not only all the wonderful things in your life, but the hard things too.  While every day might not be the best; you won't win them all.  That is ok.  Keep it with the caveat that you don't have to settle.  Be happy.  Be who you are and own it.  Love it.  You can be the you that you've grown into and it's ok if you lose people in that process.  It's called growing up.  

On your 35th birthday I want you to love you.  Your mind, your knowledge, your flaws (yes, even that pesky cellulite that won't go away), and your heart.  Love them.  And let people love you for it.  Stop worrying about what people think.  Be honest.  Be open.  Be REAL.  Follow your heart.  Eat cupcakes (especially today.)

Have a great day today and an awesome year ahead.  

It's ok, Sarah.  It's ok.

Love,
Me

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September Break. Something Had to Give.

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When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.
— Shauna Niequist

Hello Lovlies!  Have any of you ever had something that you really love, it's a hobby that makes you happier than many things, but you're just so busy you don't have as much time to do it as you'd like?  No?  Well...unfortunately that is me right now with my baby blog.  

A few weeks ago I'd come to a point in time in my life where I had hit the ceiling of my stress capacity and had nothing more to give.  Kind of like the quote above...I've been doing lots of GROWING!  :)  

I'll be back; this was an intentional break to let the additional stress of content planning fall aside for a bit so I could focus on work.  My plan is to be off and running again come October.  Fall is my FAVORITE. SEASON. EVER. so expect lots of happiness out of me.  It oozes out of my pores when the temps start to dip and the leaves turn vibrant.  

TODAY I LOVE: hoodies and chia tea lattes

SONG OF THE DAY: "Music to Watch Boys To" by Lana Del Rey

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Goal Getter: Week of August 30, 2015

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The battle for our happiness is often fought on the pages of our calendars.
— Bob Goff

Wake up.  Go to work.  Have a gazillion meetings.  Squish in lunch.  Make decisions.  Zip to the gym.  Squish in dinner.  Spend the remaining hours of the evening that I can stay awake attempting non-work conversation and fun relaxing things.  Go to bed.  Rinse and repeat. 

Life, right?  Coming back to work after vacation is so hard, my friends.  It makes me really want to move to that mountain town I visited, make saltwater taffy all day, enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee every day, and spend my evening hours hiking and relaxing.  I get that vacations are vacations for a reason; you're escaping reality to enjoy yourself for a break.  But I shouldn't be tired of my reality after a week.  I should embrace it.  Here are my goals for this week:

  • I'm so Type-A that I live and die by my planner and my lists.  I crave organization like air.  I need to use this to my advantage and plan in some times just to be me, get some quiet time, and love my life.
  • Rome wasn't built in a day.  Chill out on the weightloss wagon.  It will fall back into place.  
  • IT'S ALMOST FALL.  My favorite season.  Smell a candle or two.  :) 
  • Go for a run.  You miss it a little.  Trust me on this one.  (Yes, I'm talking to myself.) 

What are your goals for this week?

TODAY I LOVE: clean, clear mountain air

SONG OF THE DAY: "High by the Beach" by Lana Del Rey

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Wordless Wednesday 8.26.15: Yellow

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TODAY I LOVE: Yellow...it's my favorite of all things

SONG OF THE DAY: "You're All I Have" by Snow Patrol

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Feeling Nostalgic...Omaha Marathon

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So I was reading through my archives and I ran across my race report for the Omaha Marathon.  It gave me all kinds of feels.  So I'm doing something new today.  I'm not posting anything new, but directing you back to read it.  WHY NOT?  I think you all should experience my happiness and pain all over again too.  

Needless to say, I left it all out on the course.  :)  Enjoy.

Omaha Marathon Race Report, September 28, 2011

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