June 30, 2013

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!

June 28, 2013

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!


June 26, 2013

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!

June 25, 2013

Sexy Summer

The look I'm craving for summer nights...especially these Zara shoes. LOVE!

Sexy Summer



Zara shoes / Rose quartz jewelry, $6,150 / Club Manhattan gold bracelet, $32 / ALDO / Cell phone case

June 23, 2013

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!

June 18, 2013

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.

June 17, 2013

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. 





June 16, 2013

Orlando

We packed a lot into our time in Orlando last week. If you've visited you know that there is just so much to do (all at a price, of course). So in order to keep this post to an acceptable length, here is Orlando in Instagram photos.

View from our room at the Animal Kingdom Resort. Giraffes right outside - so cool!


A walk on The Boardwalk (Disney Resort).


Watching Game One of the NBA Finals at the ESPN bar. My uncle & Cory out front.


A full day at Islands of Adventure & Universal. We even got Cory to ride ALL of the roller coasters - WIN!




And we ended the trip with some fruity drinks, a dip in the pool & a soak in the hot tub.


Until next time, Florida!





June 14, 2013

Ft. Lauderdale & Hollywood

After visiting my MIL in Sarasota, we rented a car (nicknamed The Mazdarati) and drove To Ft. Lauderdale to pick up my sister from the airport. We had a quick lunch at Bubba Gumps and hit the beach before heading to my cousin's high school graduation party. 




It was really nice to walk into McKenzie's party & be greeted by the smiling faces of our family. When you're with the people that have known you since birth, it just feels right, and moving away from Kansas has made me appreciate our family that much more.

My aunt, uncle & cousin moved down to FL a couple of years ago and we were so happy to finally visit the place that they love & call home. We all ended up playing Wii Bowling at their place into the night. 


The next day we woke up & drove to Hollywood, FL to celebrate my other cousin, Desi's 21st birthday. She is one of the sweetest people I know & it was so fun to celebrate her...and the fact that she can FINALLY go out with us. : )


Silly Sister. 


This pretty much sums up the couple of days...happy...and exhausting. : ) 


We all slept good that night.











June 13, 2013

Sarasota

Last Monday Cory & I woke up at the glorious hour of 3 a.m. to hop on a flight to Sarasota to spend a day with his momma. I hadn't been to Florida since my senior year of high school (almost 10 years ago - wow) and the first thing I noticed when stepping off of the plane was the humidity! How quickly we forgot about that unfortunate weather condition since we've been living in Colorado. 

Other than that, the parts of  Sarasota that we saw were beautiful. We went to a little organic cafe for lunch, which was delish, and then spent the rest of our time around the keys (not the Florida Keys though).

Some time spent walking the beach was just what the doctor ordered.



We had dinner on the patio of this picture perfect little beach shack.


The next morning we had breakfast on a patio & then took an early trip to a different key, Siesta Key, which is one of the most popular. It wasn't hard to see why - the town was picturesque and the beach was beautiful.


Geographically, Sarasota was by far my favorite part of Florida. I really loved the low-key, beach town vibe of the keys and look forward to visiting again in the future!


June 12, 2013

Pardon Me

I hope you'll pardon my weeklong break from the blogging world. Honestly, I had originally planned to update about my vacay & work trip throughout the vacay & work trip, but until now, when the time came to pop open my MacBook & get some of those experiences down, I was just not inspired. I was too busy actually enjoying my time away. 

A first I felt guilty about this gap, but then I justified that it's good for the soul to step away from the computer every once in awhile (and for the future, it would be even better to do this guilt-free). 



So prepare to be flooded with travel posts and more for the next week (or two). Stay tuned!

June 7, 2013

The Art of Mass Packing

Today we're heading out to spend five days visiting family in Florida. Our first stop will be Sarasota (flying into Tampa) to visit Cory's mom. Then it's off to Ft. Lauderdale to celebrate my cousin, McKenzie's high school graduation. On Wednesday we'll be scooting over to Hollywood, FL to celebrate my other cousin, Desi's 21st birthday, with a cabana at the Hard Rock. Our final Florida destination will be Orlando, where we'll spend a couple days on the Disney Resorts. 

Since that wasn't enough, I'll be flying back to DIA on Saturday & turning right around to hop on a place to Las Vegas for a work conference. So the question was...how does one pack for 11 days away from home, six different flights, five different cities & various activities?

Here is my take:

(Chihuahua not included.)


Ready for some beach/pool time!


Luckily, my FL flight lands at 2 p.m., but my Vegas flight doesn't leave until early evening, so I'm able to switch bags mid-trip.

Prayers for safe travels appreciated!

June 1, 2013

Red Rocks

While I'm a fan of The Postal Service, and they put on a great show this week, the reason this post isn't titled "The Postal Service" is because Red Rocks came to play and Red Rocks won. No matter what the concert, I challenge you to find a better venue.



My first experience with Red Rocks was back in 2007. Cory took me to a Killer's concert there and I fell in love. Since then, I have been telling everyone I know that they must see a concert there. "Put it on your bucket list," I urge.



Last night did not disappoint. The one thing I remember about my experience there in 2007 was how ill prepared we were. Walking through the parking lot we passed loads of people tailgating and with no food or alcohol on us, we totally missed out. This time we came prepared.


As we left Fort Collins to head down to the concert on Thursday (about an hour & 15 minute drive), I felt very happy & peaceful. I had my whole family with me (pups too), we were meeting up with our friends, there was beer & sushi packed in our cooler, the sun was shining - life was good.


Tailgating was awesome - even though Winston decided to make a sprint for the hills at one point. Ha. The walk to the venue wasn't as long as I remembered, but the stairs up to the stadium were MUCH steeper (or could it be that it was different climbing them with a 21 year old body?). The crowd was a good one, beer & cocktails were flowing and the opening act, the Ra Ra Rights were awesome.



We couldn't have asked for a better night.