Tag Archives: Birthday

Running a New City

21 Aug

Hi Friends!

Yesterday I was feeling SO much birthday love! On top of birthday wishes from old friends and new friends, my roomies, Annie and Laura treated me to a much needed pedicure (relaxation at its finest). We then ventured to Annie’s parents house for an amazing dinner. Happy Birthday was sung and birthday cake was devoured.

I get shy when people sing to me…


Yesterday was truly a blessing, and I feel so thankful to be surrounded by such great family and friends! The birthday love continued this morning when I received this package from Dave:

Chocolates upon chocolates

Dave sent me a gift basket full of chocolate (he knows the way to my heart!) Now, I don’t know if I can eat all of this by myself, but I’m relying on my roommates to help me out 🙂


Half marathon training continues..but this time in a new city! I have found running in Cincinnati to be quite the challenge! Although the sites are beautiful, the terrain is very hilly!  I find myself stopping at various points during my runs to catch my breath and walk. My goal for the next few weeks is to decrease these stops and to build up my stamina. Hopefully once these goals are accomplished I won’t feel and look like this after my runs..

If anyone has tips on conquering hills, I would love to hear your insight! Maybe these hills aren’t necessarily an obstacle, but rather a revivalPerhaps these hilly challenges will allow me to reach a whole new potential!

Question: What’s your fitness revival at the moment? What’s allowing you to reach a whole new potential?

Birthday Balloons & Coffee Bliss

20 Aug

And I’m BACK!

The last time I posted, I was in Nashville helping my sister with her move. After Nashville, my parents and I headed to Cincinnati to finish settling me into my new place. It took us a while to make it perfect, but I absolutely LOVE my new house. It is full of charm, comfort, and laughter. I’m definitely ready to take on this new city and start exploring!

Speaking of exploring..I’m blogging to you from my new favorite local coffee shop: Coffee Emporium. This coffee shop is the coffee shop of my dreams. The baristas are friendly, the atmosphere is charming, and coffee is freshly roasted. I’m currently sitting on their outdoor patio with my roommate Laura on this beautiful August afternoon drinking a soy java jive while catching up on my favorite blogs.

Coffee + Blogging= happiness

It also, happens to be my 22nd birthday! I decided to make today a relaxing day. I woke up on my own at 7:30 which was surprising to me because I usually sleep in on days off. I woke up to this lovely surprise as I walked out of my room:


My other roommate, Annie, made a trail from my bedroom to the kitchen with balloons! She is such a sweetheart and because of her my birthday started off with a smile 🙂

The rest of my morning continued to bring me pure birthday bliss. I enjoyed a breakfast of Kashi go Lean and a nice cup of black coffee in my favorite mug on our rooftop deck. Talk about a great view!


Next up was a quick workout! Mondays are rest days for 1/2 marathon training, but I wanted to do a quick workout to start my day. I opted for the “Surfer Girl” workout from the Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD . This workout is about fifteen minutes but boy does it burn! My legs and booty were on FIRE..but in a good way.

I am having a wonderful birthday thus far, and am feeling so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family sending me lots of love today. Although the age of 22 isn’t a “special birthday”, today has been absolutely perfect.

Happy Monday everyone!