July in Review / August Goals

Looking back, July didn’t seem all that busy … But I feel like I was constantly on the move! With the all-star game in town and various other activities with my friends, I feel like every day had some sort of activity planned. One thing I sucked with this month was taking pictures! Looking through my camera roll on my phone, I think there are less than 20 from the whole month … Shame on me.

The month started with a really low-key fourth of July weekend. I spent the day at the pool with my mom, then we did what all Americans should do on Independence Day … We went out for Mexican food. ;)

I did the color run with two of my three sisters and we had a lot of fun! We might have overdid it a bit though, because we were the most colored as we walked out of the finish line party.

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My housewarming party was towards the end of the month, and I was so happy to show off my new place to my friends and family! The day I had it was not only brutally hot, but also rainy at times. But people came and went enough that it never felt too crowded inside my place, but I was hoping for a nice day so we could be outside!! My parents helped me out a bunch with food and beer, and I had so much fun the entire day! :)

The last weekend in July, I set off to Ireland for work! I got to explore Dublin, go on a musical pub crawl with my coworker, and have a calm week in the Irish Country-side. All-in-all it was a great week, and I cannot wait to go back (mostly because I’m in love with Guinness and I need more.) The weather in Ireland in the summer is so different than in Ohio … It felt like fall and had me craving pumpkin spice lattes, ugg boots, and scarves. #BASIC

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Other July Fun Facts:

– Enjoyed my first Brazilian Steakhouse experience. Food Coma doesn’t even begin to describe.

– Finished 3 books! The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (really boring- I do not recommend),  Reconstructing Amelia (enjoyed for the most part), and The Girl On The Train (i recommend if you liked Gone Girl).

– Completed the first 4 weeks of BBG … Hardest workout program ever. But I’m seeing and feeling results, so it’s working!

August Goals:

– Run the Rock-n-Roll Dublin half marathon on 8/2!

– In the 3 weeks I’m home this month, I want to cook at home at least 4 nights a week.

– Limit alcohol intake during the week … I think I drank too much when I was in Ireland.

– Read 3 books. I’m currently reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff and I picked up a few new ones at a bookstore in Ireland.

August is going to be a busy one! I start off in Ireland, then head to Poland for work and England to visit my uncle. Then at the end of the month, I head off to the Dominican Republic for a long weekend! BRING IT ON!!! :)


April/May/June in Review & July Goals

Oh hey y’all. Long time no see!

I know, I know. I’m a terrible blogger. Blah blah blah. I say it every month in my goals post- “I promise to blog more”… “I need to be better about blogging.” Etc, etc.

Maybe this time it will actually stick? Can’t say. Life is busy. Busy and beautiful.

Which is why I need to be better about keeping track of my life.

So, let’s see … Has it really been almost three months since my last blog post. SHAME.

Here’s a list of things that has happened since then, broken down by month:


  • I cut almost 9 inches off my hair and donated it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths! My sister got her hair chopped as well and donated 11 inches to Locks of Love! (Pictures below!)
  • I went to Mexico for work… So many tacos (and so much octopus, weirdly enough!)
  • I bought a condo (and moved!) … Becoming a homeowner has been such a whirlwind. I’m not quite sure if I love it or hate it yet. So many decisions to make and bills to send and things to buy (depending on what it is, this can be fun. I didn’t enjoy buying furnace filters, but new decorations, I like!)


  • My knee healed up nicely after my tumble during the flying pig. It was sore for a few weeks, but running and training have resumed. My next half marathon is the Rock-n-roll DUBLIN in August! CANT WAIT!
  • Speaking of running, I’ve registered for four more races … the color run in Cincinnati in July, Dublin half in August, the Queen Bee half in October, and the Rock-n-Roll New Orleans in February.
  • I went to SOUTH AFRICA on a mission trip! Look for a re-cap post on that later this week!


  • I joined a new bookclub, and I read 3 books … The Interestings (ironically not that interesting), All The Light We Cannot See (pretty good!), and Scary Close (HIGHLY recommend to muh single frands, and married friends for that matter)
  • I bought a selfie stick … I judge myself a little bit, but so many fun pictures.
  • TWO of my closest friends moved away – one to Arkansas and the other to NYC. :(

Just a little re-cap on the last several months of my busy life, obviously much more has gone on that is un-highlight worthy and i’ve already forgotten about … If you don’t follow me on Instagram, here’s a little photo recap for ya:


  Now, for some goals for July!


  • Complete the first month of #BBG … I started the program on 6/29, and I’m already seeing bits of progress!
  • Stop drinking diet coke during the week.
  • Finish getting my new place together before my housewarming party!!
  • Finish 4 books … I think it can be done, I’m almost done with the next book club book and I have a book of short stories almost finished… Plus I’m going to Ireland at the end of the month and will have a nice long plane ride to read.

Getting Kicked While I’m Down (Literally).

It’s time for another race recap! I did my 8th half marathon this past Sunday, and it was eventful, to say the least. If you want to read about how I fell down and someone kicked me, keep reading. If not, see you later.

The Flying Pig weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the entire year. This is my second year doing the half marathon (Last year’s race recap HERE) … There is so much energy and excitement around downtown, and everyone is excited about the race (we even had the cashier at Panera wish us good luck!). My friend Sam and I went down to watch another friend in the 10k on Saturday morning, and then hit up the expo to pick up all our goodies. There was a scavenger hunt and a create your own t-shirt stand and it was SO much fun! The rest of Saturday was spend resting, hydrating, and watching Game of Thrones.

I woke up Sunday feeling excited to get down to the start line and get to racing. The first 4 miles went by without a hitch as I settled into a 11:30/mile pace. I passed the spot last year where I tripped (but didn’t fall). There was no itching or KT tape to peel and I felt fantastic. I was on pace to finish under 2:30, which was my goal time. And then we rounded the corner to head into downtown. It was nice because there were tons of people lining the street cheering… I even ran into a piggy captain america!

For whatever reason, this part of the course was severely crowded, and somewhere between miles 5 and 6, I got distracted and tripped over a streetcar rail (if you live in Cincinnati, you know all the drama surrounding the streetcar, which makes this even funnier). And unlike last year when I tripped, I actually ate pavement (not a proud moment for me). The person behind me didn’t react quickly enough and kicked me, almost sending him down to the ground with me. (kicked while I was down). I got up pretty quickly so I didn’t get completely trampled and ran over to a water station where I poured some water over my bleeding knee. The volunteers asked if I needed medical to come over, but no way was I about to be pulled over a bruised and bleeding knee, so I continued onto the hardest, hilliest part of the course.

After that incident, my time slowed wayyyy down to about a 13:00/mile pace. Which is much slower than I was aiming for, but I physically could not push my knee any harder than I already was, or I knew I wouldn’t make it to the finish. Mile 7, which is all uphill with little relief, was my slowest mile at 14:24 (still almost 2 full minutes faster than last year). At this part of the course, a woman passed me that was pushing her disabled sister in a stroller. It was so inspiring to see and it definitely gave me a huge boost to push through the pain for a little while longer. Mile 8 now runs right past my apartment… I could see my bedroom windows, which made me want to just run home and get a band-aid and some ice. But alas, my keys were in my car, which was at the finish line. So I pushed forward.

Mile 10 is completely downhill and it was totally exhilarating. I blocked out the pain and literally FLEW down, easily sprinting past 100 people. But once I got to the bottom, my knee reminded me that that was a terrible idea, and I slowed down as the course flattened back out… At mile 12.5, I turned to corner to the finish and people were lining both sides of the street cheering me the runners on. I stopped at the “unofficial hydration station” at the 13 mile marker and chugged a beer before going into a dead sprint toward the finish. At this point, I was audibly talking to myself like a crazy person, but I did not care in the slightest. I crossed that finish line, got my medal and bee-lined for the medical tent. My knee had turned black and blue in the 7 miles since I first fell down and was swollen like a balloon. After getting the ice wrapped to my leg, I made my way back to the finish line to watch my friend Sam finish the full (she’s a complete badass!!)


All things considered, this was a great race! I finished slower than I wanted, and I busted up my knee pretty badly… But it was so much fun! I can’t wait to do it again next year! :) And look how pretty all my medals look lined up next to each other!!

8 down, 22 to go…


March in Review / April Goals

Well here we are again… I can’t believe it’s already APRIL. True to form, April has begun with lots of rain. March was a busy month for a few reasons, but I’ll start off by saying that I think April will be my favorite month this year… Family in town from England, work trip to Mexico, best friend’s birthday, buying a house, moving, all in the next 30 days!! AH!

Every Sunday, I get up early and pick my sister up from her apartment and we go volunteer in the nursery at my church… Except on March 1st… On March 1st, I slept through my alarm and woke up 1 hour and 40 minutes later to 7 missed calls and a dozen texts from my sister saying “Have you left yet?” “Are you awake?” “I’m calling Crossroads.” “Are you OK???” … Needless to say we did not make it to volunteer that morning, and I felt terrible about it. Still do.

After several weeks of breaking out in hives, I finally went to the allergist this month… And she basically told me to suck it up and they would eventually go away. Thanks, doc.

For 2 of my friends birthdays, we decided to drive up to Columbus for a Sam Hunt concert on a Thursday night. The concert was amazing, per usual… But I got a speeding ticket on the way up :( … And then the next day when I went to pick up cupcakes for their birthday party, I got a parking ticket!! I cried a lot that day because cops are unfair and tickets are expensive.

I ran half marathon #7!!! It sucked, but I got a decent time. Read about it HERE.

I’ve had my eye on this one particular condo since Valentine’s Day … And between my realtor, my mom, and myself, we’ve been bugging the developer of this condo waiting for it to go on the market for the last month! On St. Patrick’s Day, I emailed him again, and he emailed be back and said it would be going on the market THAT WEEKEND! I just had to get in to see it ASAP, so on March 18th, my mom, dad, sister, and I all went and fell in love with it. I put in an offer that night, they countered the next day, and I accepted!!!! It was SO much easier this time around, and I’m SOOOO excited to move in at the end of April! Don’t worry, there will be home pictures appearing here once I’m settled!!

And the rest of March has been a whirlwind of paperwork and pinterest as I plan my new home out in my head!


Tickets … 2 , total cost of tickets … $190, no joke.

Favorite Song … I Want You To Know – Selena Gomez and Zedd … Love.

Miles Ran … 31 . bad. Next race is May 3rd, so I better get running!!!

Books Read … 1 (uh oh)

Times I ate Chipotle … 6, it’s a problem.


Buy a condo!!!!! Yes, it’s happening!

Read 3 books … I think it should be easy to accomplish because I have 5 flights this month and plenty of time to spend reading.

Blog more … this is a goal every month.

Run 3x per week … Gotta get my time down so I have a better proof of time to submit for the wine and dine in November!!

Lose 5 pounds … Again, still, always, etc. Didn’t lost 5 pounds in March, but didn’t gain 5 pounds in March either, so that’s a win.

The Worst Race Recap Ever

I completed half marathon #7 in my 30 before 30 quest last Sunday, and boy oh boy, it was a hard one. I went in thinking I took too much time off after the Glass Slipper Challenge, because I only started running again less than a week before this race. And honestly, it’s taken me so long to write this recap because I’m still sore. Them hills are a killer.

Up until two nights before the race, I was thinking it was a relatively flat course, with only a few bridge hills. And then a friend informed me that no, it was very hilly and would be really hard. I’ve driven the main road of the course hundreds of times before and not once did i realize that it wasn’t flat. I thought I was screwed because I loathe running up hills.

The day before the race, we found out that they had to close part of the course because the Ohio River is INSANELY flooded right now (like, the most flooded it has been in over 20 years). There wasn’t enough time for them to get a permit for us to run on any other roads, so we were going to have to run part of the course twice. The already hilly course just got hillier.

Race morning rolls around and although I slept like crap, I feel pretty good. I took my pre-race drug concoction of two pepto and two aleve which worked out really well for me during the glass slipper challenge. My friends and I drove downtown and walked to the start line. They’re a lot faster than I am, so once the race started, they sped off and I maintained my 12 minute mile pace.

No shock that the first mile was my fastest at 11:29. It included a pretty significant downhill portion, and my first mile is usually my fastest. Around the first water stop, I was trying to speed walk and take my throw-away sweatshirt off, and somehow messed up my headphones. After panicking until mile 2 that I would have to finish this with no music, I realized I just turned down the volume all the way. ha oops. (no shock that my second mile was my slowest while I tried to figure this out)

Now, the “new” race course included an out and back INSIDE the already out and back course. We basically ran miles 1-4 out the same road, turned around and ran back to mile 6, then turned BACK around and ran the same road back to the original turn around. It got really crowded once the fast people were turning around at mile 6 and trying to run with the slow people like me. Granted, this was the only way it could be done, but it was just messy. Not to mention my miles 6-8 were running straight into the sun. Not fun.

My goal time for this race was 2:45, and I crossed the finish line in 2:42:11. I was SO excited about my new PR… until I realized I would likely be in the bottom of my division, and the entire race for that matter. I ran a 2:47 at the Princess and was in the top 25% of my age group, and here I run a better time and I finish in the bottom 10 of my division. I mean, the Princess has at least 10 times more runners, and picture and character stops, etc. But, I was a little bummed that my “great” time really wasn’t that great. At least I’m getting faster.

All that being said, I will not be running this race again. The course was tough, crowd support was practically non-existent, and it was seriously disorganized. Granted, part of that is because of extenuating circumstances surrounding the flooding. But regardless. There weren’t even mile markers after mile 4. Can’t blame the flood for that . Unless they were washed away by the river, in which case, go buy some poster board and make some signs. Not to mention there were no photographers and the medal is probably my least favorite of the 7 I have so far.

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I have half #8 coming up in a few weeks, and I’m training to finish in under 2:30 so I can submit a better proof of time for the Disney Wine and Dine in November (which will be half #10!!!).

Snow Day Essentials

Mother Nature dumped another 6 or 7 inches on Southwest Ohio, so I spent my Thursday avoiding all things traffic and worked from home. Here’s what I need when spending the whole day indoors.

Gourmet breakfast and warm beverages in fun mugs.

I normally make scrambled eggs for myself 2-3 times a week. But it’s almost always a quick thing with no bacon, no veggies, and no cheese. On snow days, I take a little extra time to chop up some tomatoes, broccoli, and throw in some spinach and hot pepper cheese just before they’re done. HEAVENLY. Oh, and I used heavy cream instead of a little milk and these eggs were OH SO FLUFFY. Definitely becoming a regular thing around here.

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 A cat one-sie

Who cares if it was your halloween costume.

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Harry Potter

Let’s be honest, it doesn’t have to be snowing outside. If there’s nothing on TV, chances are good that I’ve got one of these movies on in the background. For this snow day, it was Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2.

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Diet Coke.

While everyone else in the city is stocking up on bread and milk in preparation for the snow-pocalypse, I make sure I have at least two cans of diet coke. Priorities.


I went for Fresh Balsam from Bath and Body Works. It smells like a Christmas Tree. And even though it’s March, snow on the ground makes me want Christmas all over again.

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Currently …

Watching … Property Brothers. I’m obsessed. They make me want to renovate a house. I’m also watching Friends on Netflix. It’s my favorite.

Drinking … Gatorade. Freshly back from the gym and still not ready to drink alcohol after the horror that was my hangover this weekend.

Eating … Peanut Butter Patty Girl Scout Cookies. WHY, WHY did I let those little girls at Kroger talk me into them??? Zero Self Control.

Pinning … Home Decor ideas for my new place (that hasn’t even been found or purchased yet). I’m thinking purple/gray/white for the bedroom. Think this:

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Needing … To do some spring cleaning. And probably some packing, since a move is imminent.

Wanting … To redesign my blog again. must. stay. away. from. photoshop.


February In Review

Man, February was a busy one. I’m excited for a more mellow March.

As far as goals go, I did a pretty good job. I stayed away from restaurants with only a few exceptions when I forgot my lunch, Valentines Day with my gal pals, and once this past Friday to celebrate making it through the month. During March, I’m going to go a little easier on myself and give myself one lunch and one dinner out per week. I’m off to a good start, since I forgot my lunch on Monday… Pretty standard.

I had a really intense bidding war on a condo at the beginning of the month that left me really exhausted (like, going to bed at 6:30 because I was so tired). After going back and forth and back and forth for several days, it was clear that the current owner and I were never going to come to terms, and I ended up walking away. I loved the condo, and absolutely could have seen myself living there, but I didn’t get emotional about it because I didn’t want to overpay. Who knows, maybe she will come down in price and I’ll end up buying it… But for now, it wasn’t in the cards.

I had my first meeting for my mission trip to South Africa! I am so excited after meeting some really great people! If you want to donate to my trip, you can do so by clicking HERE. The children of South Africa and I thank you :)

I spent Valentine’s Day with some girlfriends this year. Friday night we went out for a nice dinner and some casual half-yards at Yard House. Then Saturday, i broke out in hives at the thought of still being single , two of my friends came over and I cooked them dinner while we watched Sex and The City and stand-up comedy on Netflix. Lots of wine was consumed. I may or may not have cried when Carrie shows up at Miranda’s at midnight on NYE to tell her she’s not alone.

I also took a weekend getaway down to Orlando with my pal Krystal for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. We had such a fun time escaping the hell that has been this Ohio winter. You can read about it HERE. My biggest regret was that I didn’t get to see Kerri :( NEXT TIME!

This month I became addicted to foam rolling. Like, I considered bringing it to work so I could foam roll in a conference room at lunch time. I didn’t do that, but it’s a problem, y’all.


Miles Ran … 43.7. I took the last week off to recover from the Glass Slipper Challenge. My next half is March 15th! So training ramp up this week and then taper next week. Sheesh.

Favorite Song … Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding . No, I did not see 50 Shades of Grey. Nor will I ever be seeing it.

Seasons of Friends Watched … 5. I finished it and then I cried because Rachel got off the plane.

Number of times I broke out in hives … 6. Seeing an allergist next week, because this shit cray.

Books read … one. I’m going to have to pick up the pace if I want to read 25 this year!

MARCH goals:

Lose 5 pounds. Definitely didn’t in February, so maybe I’ll be better this month.

One lunch and one dinner out per week, MAX.

Run another half marathon :)

Watch one of my best friends from high school get married!!!!

Blog more. I suck, I know.

Happy March :)


Race-Cation Recap

What do you do when it’s -10 degrees outside in Ohio and you’re in need of some serious Vitamin D? Grab your bestie and head to Orlando, of course!

Now, this little vacation had been planned since July, but the fact that it felt like NEGATIVE 25 degrees outside made the idea of Florida in February that much more appealing.

I was headed down to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon for the third year in a row. It’s seriously my favorite race of all time… And I’ll probably go temporarily insane when registration opens up again for next years race and sign up again. Krystal came with me for moral support, and because I promised her we could go to Harry Potter World. Probably more the latter than the former ;)

We landed Friday around lunchtime and after checking in at Disney’s Saratoga Springs, we made our way over to the race expo. I picked up my Glass Slipper Challenge bib and the shirts, and we shopped around a little bit. Then we both met our Prince Charming and we all lived happily ever after. The End.

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I was exhausted and had a very early wake-up call on Saturday morning, so we headed back to the hotel around 8. I slept great, and woke up at 3:15 ready to run 6.2 miles. It was a tad colder than I would have liked, but I was plenty prepared with throw-away clothes and blankets. I ran my fastest 10K ever at 1:13, and was SO excited! On the boardwalk, I stumbled upon my favorite race sign ever:

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After a quick shower, we were on our way to Harry Potter World!!! Even though I’ve been twice already, I hadn’t been to the new addition of Diagon Alley. We went to Universal first, and then took the Hogwarts Express to Islands of Adventure.

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We walked around Islands of Adventure a few times, and then after spending 7 hours there, we decided to head back to the hotel. After a quick dinner, I was asleep before 9pm. I had another early wake-up call and 13.1 more miles to run!

Sunday morning was a lot warmer than Saturday morning was, and I was way over-dressed while waiting in the corrals for the race to start. I ran a strong first 5k at 37:14. I had to make a bathroom stop around mile 4, which took about 5 minutes (it couldn’t wait!), so my 10k time was a little slower at 1:17:07. And the second half of the race was a little slower than the first half, mostly because it was warming up a lot and I was getting tired. I finished with a time of 2:47:05, almost 20 minutes ahead of my previous half time of 3:06!! I had hoped to finish under 2:45, but didn’t because of that long bathroom stop. Unfortunately, all my pictures from during the race were taken in Snapchat, and I either forgot to download them, or they didn’t save. Majorly depressing.

After a good foam roll and a shower, we checked out of the hotel and went to celebrate at The Cheesecake Factory! We wanted a margarita and a place to sit outside. I probably consumed all of the calories I burnt during the race, but who cares. We hung around outside at a Panera for a half-hour or so before we had to go to the airport :(

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Such a fun race! Such a fun weekend! And I get to add these three shiny medals to my medal rack!

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I’m already thinking I want to do the Princess again next year. Someone talk me out of it!




January in Review / February Goals

January was a REALLY fun month! So much happened that it’s hard to believe it was ONLY one month long.

On December 31st, I found out I was going to be offered a new job, and on January 2nd, that offer showed up in my email! I accepted on January 3rd, put in my notice on January 5th, and started my new job on January 26th! It’s only been a week and a half at the new gig, but I can already tell this is going to be so much better than my last job. With my travel greatly reduced, I get to come home and cook dinner every night (a huge adjustment)! It was really sad leaving my old job, but I truly think that this will offer a greater work/life balance and will give me some semblance of a normal life. The future is bright, y’all!


I traveled to Las Vegas with my girlfriends for a fantastic weekend! (Are you traveling there soon too? Check out my travel tips HERE.) We had the best time! I wish we could go back and spend more time there together, but it’s hella expensive and I’m on a budget! ha.


I found out that I’ll be going on a mission trip with my church to Cape Town, South Africa this Memorial Day!!! I’ll be going with 29 others and we will be working with Orchard: Africa primarily in Khayelitsha which is the largest slum in South Africa. Orchard: Africa has a proven track record effecting change in rural communities. The trip will be mainly kid-focused activities (which is perfect, because I LOVE kids!) I’m so excited to step out in faith and to go love on the kids of Cape Town! If you feel inclined to donate financially to my trip, you can do so by clicking HERE… Otherwise, prayers are appreciated!


Some other stats from January:

Favorite song … Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars … I think we listened to this 500 times while we were in Vegas. One of my friends even performed a drunken, dramatic reading of the lyrics and it was hilarious.

Seasons of Friends watched … 5

Number of times I ate sushi … 6

Books read … 1 (ouch!)

Number of times I cried at work … 1 … I started thinking about dogs that don’t get adopted and then get euthanized and I got really sad. #ADOPTDONTSHOP YALL

Miles Ran … 50

Dollars won while gambling in Vegas … 41

Number of times I went to bed before 9pm … 4 #imagrandma


No Restaurants! Except when I go to Disney… In an attempt to save money, I’m not dining out AT ALL this month. Unless I’m going out with my parents. Or on a date (HA!).

Run a Half Marathon! Disney Princess this month! :)

Only snooze 1 time every morning.

Lose 5 pounds.

Happy February! :)