• More Than Just A Race

    I did it. I completed the Chicago Half Marathon, my first half marathon on September 25th. Words cannot describe how I feel about achieving this MAJOR goal of mine. However, it wasn’t what I had expected, and that’s what made it so important and memorable. This half marathon was more than just a run. When I woke up at 4:00A.M. on Sunday, my stomach was in knots. I was so excited (and nervous) that it was the day I had been waiting and training for. I had hurt my knee a month ago while training, and in the back of my mind, I worried it would begin to throb during the half marathon.…

  • Getting Ready To Race

    Happy Friday! Instead of the usual Friday Favorites, I wanted to focus on getting ready for my half marathon THIS SUNDAY. This Sunday? YES. This Sunday! I love that I have been able to share my training and journey with you all. So, this Sunday is race day! As you all know, I have been training for months. A few weeks ago when I ran 11.54 miles, my knees were in terrible pain the next day. I could hardly walk! So, I took a week and half break from running. Then, after I wrote Rainy Day Runs, my knee began to hurt again. I got really worried that something was wrong. So, I took…

  • Being The Bigger Person

    At least once in our lives, we have heard someone tell us to just be the bigger person in a situation. I’ve even said it to people, too. It’s a common quote that holds much validity. However, there is a lot more involved in the words than just a simple quote. Being the bigger person requires one to look past an episode of hurt. Being hurt isn’t easy, and looking past it isn’t any easier. However, we do it because life is too short to hold onto anger. What I have learned from this saying is that there is a good side to it and a bad side. The good side? You really…

  • Rainy Day Runs

    It has been rather rainy in Milwaukee lately. Sunny, but also rainy. The rain has been great though, because it helps me study. Something about watching the rain from my window as I’m reading or working on my homework makes it a little easier to focus. Today, my good friend Hannah and I had planned to go on a run together. This was the perfect break from studying. Let me tell you, my time has been consumed with reading. I love reading and school, but you need breaks in between.  This morning, instead of the sunny and blue skies I was intending to wake up to, it was cloudy and…

  • Tomorrow Is Today

    Today is when you’d say tomorrow. This is a thought that has recently come to mind. Do you ever find yourself saying you’ll do something tomorrow and end up not doing it at all because time slips away? I know it’s not possible to do everything in a day, but it’s important to remember there are only so many tomorrows. As silly (and simple) as it sounds, I’ve been wanting to sit out on our balcony to relax and write and I kept telling myself I’d do it tomorrow. Finally, today it hit me that’s it’s tomorrow. So, I grabbed some coffee, a blanket, my computer and wrote outside. It was a simple action that…

  • Change Is Scary (And That’s Ok)

    Talk about a week filled with many emotions and A LOT of change, good change that is. This week, we moved into our new place and I had graduate school orientation. While this was all incredibly exciting, it was also very hard. I don’t like change, and change is hard for me. When I first started undergrad, I cried for what seemed like the whole semester because I missed my parents and home SO much. I was at a new school, new city and my parents weren’t right next me. It was scary and sad, but guess what? It was OK. I was  OK and I grew and became a stronger individual. And you know what?…

  • Stop And Look Around

    Whenever I go for a run or walk, it always clears my head. It takes me away from my busy routine and lets me relax, something that is hard to do when you are caught up in a busy schedule. Running also let’s me notice things that I may not have noticed before. I haven’t ran for the last week and a half because (surprise, surprise) I have been so busy with work, moving and getting ready for graduate school. My half marathon is a month away, and I told myself I have to get back to training, no excuses. As I was running today, I came across a sign that…

  • Friday Favorites

    Hi everyone! It has been one hectic week, and it’s only getting busier! Packing, unpacking and moving is not an easy task but it is so exciting! I have a few Friday Favorites that I want to share with you today (and preview future favorites, too)! 1. Shakespeare Last night, we made time in our busy schedules to go see A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I love Shakespeare and this show was incredible! It was such a nice break from working and packing and it left me feeling refreshed. It’s SO important to take breaks in your busy schedule and relax. 2. CRAFTS Oh I have some fun things ahead for you…

  • The Beauty Of Sunsets

    Sunsets are probably one of the most simple and beautiful things people take for granted. They happen everyday, which is a big reason people don’t take time to enjoy them. The other day, I began to think how so many people take things for granted – sunsets, family, friends and life in general. Though I am guilty of this too, we should do our best to change this negative habit. I have a perfect example of taking simple events for granted. Last year, Nic used to drive me back to school on Monday mornings and it became a routine for us. We would put on the radio, sip some coffee and chat about life. It was…

  • The Beauty Of Love Stories

    I have always been a sucker for love stories, especially when they are told by people close to me. I don’t know how many times I have asked my parents to tell me how they met. It’s not that I don’t remember that they met at a canoe camp one hot summer, I just love hearing it and seeing the twinkle in their eyes as they relive it. I do the same thing with my grandparents. They have been married for over 50 years, and they still remember the day like it was yesterday.    I always wondered what my memorable love story would be, and a couple years ago I found out when I…