2013 – Part Two

That’s right, today – July 1st marks the second half of the year. For me that means checking in on the goals I made at the beginning of the year, evaluating my progress and ramping up again to make some things happen before 2014.

For more on my “new year’s resolutions”, read here.

What will you be doing with the second half of the year? It’s never too late accomplish your goals!

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Friday Favs

Happy Friday! 
Here are a few of my favorite things this week:
My best friend is moving to Kansas City today! I envision many visits. 
Patterned shorts. Say no more.
Easy and different summer hairstyles.
Maxi Skirts. I’m going to need one or two for…
PUNTA CANA!! 
Truthfully, this is about all I can think about at this point. T-Minus nine days before Alex & I join Erin there!

Fort Collins – 6 Months In

It’s official: I get it. 
It seemed like everyone told me to hold strong through the winter, because when the Colorado spring and summer roll around, I would fall in love. And boy, did I. 

On that note, this will also be my last “Big Move” post, because we feel really settled in. We moved here six months ago today and we are a part of the Fort Collins community. We’re even officially considered permanent CO residents (I guess it takes six months).
Happy Six Months to Us!

Motivation Monday

I haven’t written a Motivation Monday post since the beginning of May, so it’s definitely overdue. When I think about the timing, it’s a not so funny coincidence, but even so, it’s a reminder that when things don’t turn out the way one envisions, life must still go on. When one door closes, another one opens, and so on and so on. 
So I’m going into the last Monday of June, not thinking about life’s current problems, but instead, focusing on the unique, creative solutions that I can choose for my life. Turning problems into opportunities is one of the most empowering, refreshing things that a person can do for themselves.    
 I hope you’ll do the same, with whatever issue you may be facing at the current moment! 
Happy Monday!

Play

I have been inspired. 
Let me start out by giving you some background…
Cory started a new (and exciting!) job on Monday & therefore a new routine began in our household. He now goes to work early (between 6-7 a.m.), which makes it easy for me to get up w/him & hit the gym. Hallelujah! 
So after the earliest cycle class I have probably ever been to (beginning at at 5:15 a.m.), I came home to make myself a healthy breakfast of Greek yogurt, blueberries & almonds. Sitting down to eat, I opened up my daily devotional, Jesus Calling. Below was the beginning of the day’s message:
“Learn to laugh at yourself more freely. Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously. Relax and know that I am God with you. When you desire My will above all else, life becomes much less threatening. Stop trying to monitor my responsibilities – things that are beyond your control. Find freedom by accepting the boundaries of your domain.”
This really hit home with me because I can be a pretty deep & serious person at times. I love to overanalyze life & plan it all out. So how freeing is it to know that it is my duty in life to be light-hearted and playful? What an amazing blessing. 
Therefore, my latest to do list looks like this:
Don’t take life so seriously.
Find the fun & good in everything & everyone.
Laugh. A lot.
Dido for smiling.
Stay in the moment – stop continually analyzing the past & anticipating the future.
Be happy. 
“Life must be lived as play.” – Plato
And you can count me in.

Viva Las Vegas

I’m just going to come right out & say it – the city just doesn’t do it for me. In my opinion, if you’ve seen Vegas once, you’ve seen it 100 times. The lights, the people; it’s always different but always the same. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t accept an invitation to travel there for a celebration, you just won’t find me planning any celebrations there anytime soon. Take me to Chicago instead, or New York or Dallas or…
That being said, I always like to find the good in things and my favorite three things about Vegas are:
Good Digs.
Good Food & Drink.
Good Pools.
I was able to have two of my good friends alongside me in Vegas, as well, which made the trip a lot of fun.
I’ve been to Vegas a handful of times & stayed at a different hotels each trip.

Golden Nugget (for real) – 2007 – Cory’s 23rd Birthday
Flamingo – 2010 – My Bachelorette Party (I know – out of the box, right)
Caesar’s – 2011 – Tradeshow (work)
Aria – 2012 – Conference (work) & Alex tagged along
Bellagio – 2013 – Conference (work)
I must admit, Vegas always does prove to be a good time, as much as I may (or sometimes may not) resist. For proof, see below.