Tuesday Truths – A 2015 First

Truth is that life has been a bit crazy.  I may not nose-deep in homework and I’m not running a family, but there’s a lot of life-pondering right now.  I float between thinking about the future and living in the moment.  I balance my life and my interests against those of society.  I stream through social media to see what’s going on in the world and of course pair it against my own life.  Typical 20-year old right here.

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Truth is…I’m studying book after book about fun places to explore in New York City.  I’m looking for ways to give back.  I’m looking for more ways to soak in the east coast charm.

Truth is…I don’t fill my nights with educational documentaries (except one on the Eagles band, which was AWESOME) or long novels, but rather college football (well until next year) and Netflix binges of “Heart of Dixie”.  Slightly obsessed.

IMG_7976Truth is…I miss this guy.  Who wouldn’t?

Truth is…I don’t always like staring at the computer at all at the end of the day.   My type of work requires me to be glued to the screen and sadly that’s where our industry and generations are going.  So I have to thank posts like Nutty About Health’s that remind me to get up and MOVE!

Sit Less, Stand More: Your Health Depends On It

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation

Sitting All Day Is Really, Really Bad For You (Infographic)

Truth is…I miss blogging.  I miss the creative outlet and sharing the sights and sounds of the city.  I find myself dictating posts to myself as I run or walk to the gym.  I stumble upon an article or podcast and am hit with a wave of inspiration.  Now if I could extend the day by a few hours (and pretty much figure out how to become Superwoman)

Truth is…I do love my apartment, roommates, and location in the city.  We have finally decorated our apartment to feel like home away from home.  We usually have shows that we watch together and some nights we even make dinner together.  It’s sort of a different experience from college and is lots of fun.

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Truth is…I’m proud of myself for running in 17F this last weekend.  It was my first long run/race in a long while and I felt strong.  Maybe it wasn’t a PR but hey, it was a personal best in such frigid temperatures.  Oh, and while I took a rare selfie with earbuds, my phone died five minutes into the 10k.

IMG_8003Let me introduce the full on dairy, gluten, meat lovers post-race breakfast.  Not to mention 4 or 5 cups of diner coffee. Goes against all diets out there but well worth it. 

Truth is…I think I might start an Etsy account.  I’m working my way I make my own personal photo cards and think it might be a neat outlet.  I’m not looking to make a profit (yet) but it would be a neat outlet and good business experience.

Truth is…life isn’t that bad so get out there and seize the day!

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Friday Favorites – October Edition

TGIF. Enough said, right?  Work went a bit longer than I would have liked with all the training we have been going through.  Then, with not so much sleep this week, I made excellent dinner decisions – Subway baked BBQ chips, Subway cookies shoveled in my mouth after encountering a stressful work assignment, and beer/Harry Potter shot with my coworkers afterwork.  Great training fuel, right?

Well, today I have the day off and am stoked to get some writing, crafting, baking, and exploring accomplished.  That is, after a 6:28am workout with November Project – NYC.  We attempted to work out at Rock Center but some security guards were not too enthused with our “unionizing” and blocking the walkways.  So, instead of spending the day in jail, we proceeded to run around the center and keep an eye on any potential police activity.

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Lindsay and I plan to make today all about fall.  From searching out the perfect fall and winter decor to baking our fair share of pumpkin items 🙂 We’ve been bouncing from blog to blog and there’s oh so much to choose from.  Our first stop is at Chobani to check out the seasonal favorite (featuring pumpkin of course) 🙂

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Pumpkin Banana Bread (By CA Endless Summer)

Smashing Pumpkin Granola (By the Fit Fork)

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese (By CA Endless Summer)

Single Serving Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (By Imma Eat That)

Pumpkin Spice Granola (By CA Endless Summer)

Barley Risotto w/ Kale & Butternut Squash (or Pumpkin) (By Mountain Mama Cooks)

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Because using an actual planner is more fun than my iphone + one million pieces of paper lists (not to mention it’s absolutely adorable)

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  • Some more work perks 🙂 This time I had the opportunity to take a trapeze class and while I may not be quitting my day job, I had a darn good time.  Still rocking the bruised knees, but it was so worth it!

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  • Listening to CNN’s Michaela Pereira during Stop Bullying Week.  The discussion seemed to focus a lot on the physical element of bullying, but unfortunately there is so much more out there.

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  • Views like this make waking up early worth it.  Sure, by the end of the week I’m like a zombie, but it’s worth it.  Trust me, check out the list of tribes here. The enthusiasm, the fun we have together in/outside of workouts, the inspiration behind everyone’s training.  I’m right at home.

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  • I even wrangled my friends into coming with me one morning.  I guess I forgot to tell them about the core exercises we sometimes do and they were a tad bit sore for the next few days (week).  But they still love me (I hope) 🙂

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Have a fabulous fall weekend

September Life of Late

Day in, day out and here we are with another work week complete.  I’m currently off to explore Washington D.C. with my grandma and possibly run into some of my buddies along the way.  Sure, there’s way too much to accomplish in only three days, so I already have hopes of traveling out a couple more times.  Between friends studying abroad and friends out of town and oh this little thing called November Project – D.C. chapter.

So, while I’m exploring, here’s some more recaps of late summer and early fall in the beautiful New York City.

IMG_5861Waking up for a sunrise and a bit of teamwork with the local November Project chapter. Possibly one of my favorite photos taken by the DC chapter’s CanofSpaghetti.  Check out his epic snapshots of their tribe members working out across the city.

IMG_5868More work perks.  One of the campaigns that I run is the advertising for Redd’s Apple Ale on Funny Or Die.  Their mega campaign is currently surrounding the Oddball Comedy Festival and we had the opportunity to attend the kickoff show out in New Jersey.  Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K. were definitely a couple of my favorites!

Eataly with AshfordsWho can pass up Italian food?  I usually am not one to gravitate towards pasta and pizza but oh yes please.  Their dough and cheese combination is to die for.

IMG_5936Yoga in Bryant Park

IMG_5888Brunching at the Bluebell Cafe ~ Noteworthy Brioche French Toast with Berry Compote and Lemon Curd ($10)

Bluebell Cafe
293 Third Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)  •  New York, NY 10010
*Like any popular brunch spot, it’s best to arrive early and with all your party members 🙂

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Checking out the Yankees and watching Jeter play in his last season.  Although the people-watching was almost as good (if not better) than the game itself. Yankees were tanking…

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My boss happened to be giving away a pair of tickets for a random weeknight game.  Who could pass up free field-level tickets??

IMG_5802Back to my running days around Central Park.  It’s one of my favorite places in the city and I sure am at my happiest when I’m all healthy and running around with that view.  For the time, New York has stolen my heart.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe