July 30, 2013

Being in the Moment

Sometimes it breaks my heart to think about all of the moments in life that I have let slip through my fingers. All of those precious, special moments that I could have been taking in, living and enjoying with the people that I love. The moments when I could have chosen to see the positive and ignore whatever drama of the moment that life had placed upon me. 

But of course, there is nothing I can do about those lost moments. Instead I can only make a promise to myself that I will try my hardest to live in each moment for the rest of my life. Which is what I've done, time & time again.

Living in the moment is so peaceful and so fulfilling, but it is rarely easy. What's easier (at least for me) is to let my mind get carried away. But it's always worth it to recommit myself to the promise of living in the moment, because that's really the only place we have any business being. 

And everywhere I turn lately, I'm getting the same message: Stop working and reworking all of the plans you have for the future in your head. Be present in the moment and don't miss the things that are happening right now. The moments in front of you are provide all of the things that you need to get you to the future you.

Now, I don't propose to throw the planning out of the window, but do we really need to plan every detail of our path? I mean, can we? Let's face it, life happens when we are making plans. Life sometimes takes us places we never imagined we would go...if only we will let it.

July 28, 2013

Motivation Monday

Today I start a new chapter in my career, so naturally I'm feeling ultra motivated. I've looked back on the lessons and skills that I've learned so far, as well as the habits I've created and the mistakes I've made, and plan to use all of those things to make me a better me going forward. 

It's always wonderful to get a fresh start, whether it's a big one, like a job change, or one you mentally create yourself, and I plan to use mine to the fullest. I hope you find some motivation on this Monday to do the same!

July 26, 2013

Friday Favs

Happy Friday Everyone! Here are my favorite five things this week:

1. Yoga

I went back to hot yoga this week for the first time since we moved to CO, and I had completely forgotten how wonderful it makes my body feel. 

2. Being able to spend time with my dad & Terrie when they visited Fort Collins this week. 

3. This Quote. 

Too often we focus on the negatives in life: what we are lacking, our flaws, the mean things people have said. This week I've made it a point to let those things go & focus on the positive side: all of the good qualities in myself & others, the way things are going right and appreciating what I have, knowing that I could have it much worse. This has made all the difference!

4. Finding my "hair home" in Fort Collins! 

Third times a charm, apparently, as this was the third stylist I've tried before finding a good fit. My friend, Erin, has been going to Europa, an Aveda salon & I finally gave it a try. Needless to say, I am very pleased!

5. Running

That's right, next week we are back at it again, beginning to prep for our second half marathon in October. I learned my lesson about overtraining last time, and decided to go with a super simple 12 week training program that I stumbled upon in SELF magazine this summer. Bonus - it's the same one Ellie Goulding used this year & she rocks!

Have a wonderful weekend!

July 25, 2013


Last night we celebrated our third anniversary with a progressive dinner in Old Town. It was wonderful. And I'm going to hot yoga today, maybe twice, to pay for how wonderful it was. 

I sometimes hesitate to label us "foodies" because I feel like you need some culinary expertise to rightfully call yourself this. But who am I kidding, enjoying food from all different sources (homemade, restaurant, international, farmer's market, etc.) is one of the main pleasures in our life. So there you go, we're foodies.  

I mention this because I'm noticing that most of our celebrations are food-centric. And this one was no different.

Stop One: Wine & Cheese at the Welsh Rabbit

This is one of our favorite Fort Collins digs, by far.

Stop Two: Dinner at Canino's

I've wanted to try this little Italian place out since we very first moved; it reminds me a lot of Savute's in Wichita. It did not disappoint. Great atmosphere, vintage Italian decor, good wine and the pizza we ordered was delish! 

Stop Three: Dessert at The Chocolate Cafe

We couldn't have asked for a better culinary ending to the night. This chocolate peanut butter pie was LEGIT.

Here's to year four & making it the best that it can be!

July 24, 2013

Anni #3

It has been three good years. A big smile still spreads across on my face when I think about my sweet husband.

How did I get so lucky?

When I look back on the past three years, one word sticks out in my mind: FUN. We have had so much fun together.

In fact, when I started to list all of the adventures we've had in our first three years of marraige, I couldn't keep up. These past 1056 days have been so full of love and laughter and risks and travel and new experiences and lows that make the highs worthwhile and plans and new plans and even newer plans, that there is just no way to keep track of it all, so I will just say this:

There is no other person in the world that I would rather be spending these little and big moments of my life with. There is no one that I laugh harder with. There is no one I would rather talk to at the end of the day.

To put it simply, I love our love. And our love, is a fun love.

July 23, 2013

Ride Yo Bike

For us, this is the year of the bicycle. Thanks to Fort Collins being such a bike friendly town, and also to our proximity of so many cool places, we've been biking up a storm. 

(This past weekend's bike ride to Old Town.)

There are trails we take leisurely rides on, ice cream shops we frequent, we even ride our bikes to pick up our Redbox movies. We've ridden our bikes to Old Town a couple of times, once to the CO Brewer's Fest, so that we can down a few drinks & apps and then bike home to burn off some of the calories we've consumed.

(CO Brewer's Fest)

This weekend we plan to ride to a Farmer's Market close to our house. 

Basically, we can ride our bikes almost anywhere, which I think is SO COOL! We're really enjoying taking advantage of our rides during the good weather. 

No matter where you live, I hope you'll hop on your bike & join us on your bike this summer. It will make you feel like a kid again!

July 21, 2013

The Next Chapter

For my career, that is. Like I mentioned in a post last week, spending a week at the beach this month was just what I needed. 

I had time to relax. Time to do nothing more than listen to the ocean waves crash on the shore. Time to soak it all in. Time to think.

Spending a week this way helped me realize that life is too short to spend one moment unhappy. Sometimes things change and when they do you have two choices: go with the change or make a change yourself. And when you decide to take a risk and make a change, it's all about making the decision that feels right to you when you're following your heart and intuition. 

On that note, this past week was my last with the company I have been working for over the past three years. I plan to continue pursuing my little dream called The Social Avenue and will be starting with a new company later this month as their Marketing Manager. 

The new gig involves more responsibility that I've had on my shoulders alone before. It's exciting. And scary. I will be working for a smaller company than I was with previously, which I think will be refreshing, but also puts more pressure on me, and me alone, to achieve results. I like it. I'm always up for a good challenge.  

I feel really good about this change. With new jobs for both of us, Cory and I feel like we are really finding our place in Colorado. And we love it.

I hope you'll continue to follow me in my new and renewed ventures. Have a great Monday!

July 17, 2013

Punta Cana Vacay

We got back from our girls' trip to the Dominican Republic late Sunday evening and it was truly JUST what I needed. More on that later. 

Almost nothing gives me more pleasure than visiting new-to-me destinations, and I was even more thrilled to be accompanying Alex on her first international trek. When we landed in Punta Cana after a 5.5 hour direct flight from Denver, a smile spread across my face upon seeing the palm trees and turquoise of the ocean. Eight days of tropical vacay awaited us!

Of course, they seemed to fly by. We spent the first three days immersing ourselves in the Dominican way of life: slow & relaxed, no worries and no schedule. We lounged around Erin's adorable apartment, went to the local beach for lunch, reading and relaxation and enjoyed a sushi dinner.

We walked to breakfast at a Internet cafe by her house one morning and had a delicious pasta and vino dinner at an Italian restaurant near by another night.

We spent a day at the resort that Erin & her husband, Stefan got married at, complete with a Foam Party.

Then we checked into our resort for the remaining five days of our stay. The air-conditioning felt amazing, as did the hot showers & big, plush hotel beds. We blacked out our room with the curtains and slept in every morning.

Our days were spent alternating between the beach and pools, occasionally wandering over to the swim up bar to order a piƱa colada or dirty monkey. We floated in the ocean and lounged on the pool beds.

We spent one morning getting pampered at the spa.

I read three books. We basically did a whole lot of nothing. Ahhh...it was relaxing. 

We did spent one afternoon snorkeling, a first for Alex & I (you know I'm addicted to firsts), which was really fun. It felt a little challenging at first, but once I got the breathing down, it was peaceful to just float w/my face in the water, kick my flippers and watch all of the pretty fish.

Overall, it was a really great trip and I'm happy to have the Dominican Republic checked off of my "Places to Travel" list!

July 7, 2013

Punta Cana, DR - Here We Go

This morning Alex & I leave to head to the Dominican Republic for eight days, to stay w/my girlfriend, Erin, who happens to be living there for the summer. We are so excited to unplug, relax, get some sun and have a good time. Posts to come upon our return! 


July 3, 2013

4th of July Must Haves

What comes to mind when you think of the 4th of July?

For me, it's a BBQ + fireworks + a cute look + being surrounded by people I love. We will be spending this fourth of July with all four things included. My parents are visiting Fort Collins for the first time and we plan to BBQ at our apartment before taking them down to City Park to watch the fireworks show. So...what to wear? 

I've seen so much festive inspiration lately, but here are my favorite looks:

Chanel (Hey, I never said I was being realistic...)

Super casual & easy.

LOVE the blue & white + red lips. And LOVE her. 

Whatever you plan on celebrating in, I hope you have a fabulous Independence Day!