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5 for Friday!

Raise your hand if you are incredibly glad it is a) Friday and b) a long weekend!! *raising hand so high, like that eager 5th grader, holding it so high, you have to hold it up with the *other* arm high, because you really want everyone to know your hand is raised wicked high*


I’m gonna keep it simple and do a little 5 for Friday action. Here you be:

  • 3 ‘fit’ things I did on my trip this week: I went on 3 strong runs, outside, by myself. And save for a few side cramps (I’m always less hydrated when I travel, just by nature of less readily accessible water. Probably my number #1 peeve when I travel!), they were good, strong runs. I wasn’t up in my head, I smiled, I looked around, my mind wandered, I smelled flowers, I heard birds, I breathed fresh air, and it was honestly the best way to kick start my day (especially yesterday, before my long trek home. Nothing worse than parking my a$$ on a plane all day and being inactive before it!). I took a barre class at a local studio I discovered on one of my visits last fall. Got a mini-barre fix but admittedly cannot wait to get back to taking and teaching classes today and this weekend!
  • 2 meals I ate: Well, let’s back up. I made good choices during all of my meals this week. Yep, all of them. People ask me how I still manage to stay on track with my ‘number’ when I travel and my answer? While I can’t be sure, most of the time, what the calories are in a particular meal (unless I can find it online and I am a pro at googling, myfitnesspal’ing and web site stalking to find it!), I can draw conclusions based on said googling or ‘like’ restaurants or meals and simply make a choice that will satisfy me – high protein, lottsa veggies, and as fresh as possible. For example, at lunch with my boss, I ordered a roasted chicken salad, which came with dates (YUM!), almonds, corn, chicken, shredded cabbage, greens and goat cheese. When it arrived, I evaluated the cheese serving – and it was perfect, just a few crumbles (given that could be a huge hidden calorie bust!) and I requested dressing on the side, and with all those yummies loaded in, I didn’t even need the dressing. Had some olives and white bean hummus that my boss ordered as an app and ya know what? I was completely satisfied all the way through that barre class I took, did not even need an afternoon snack. Go figure. My most favorite meal was the Jamba Juice apple cinnamon oatmeal I scored (thanks sis for highly recommending a la Naomi!), holy CRAP, it was so good, I honestly was blown away. SO EFFING GOOD. (Oh, and I always pack a few Dove promises as a little treat before bed (just like at home!)).
  • Coolest thing that happened while I was traveling: M bought a new car! I totally CALLED it last weekend when he just happened to mentioned being interested in a possible trade in for his SUV for a Mitsubishi Lancer and I said, ‘you’re going to pick me up at the airport in a new car, aren’t you?’ And yep, I called it. Brand new black Lancer…and he looks HOT in it, let me tell you 😉 Swoon!
  • Number 1 thing I am looking forward to this weekend: The official kick-off to summer, plain and simple. The weather is going to cooperate, and I have lots of outdoor things planned, including my sister’s bash for my brother-in-law’s birthday, the BEACH and perhaps even a day trip to Maine (game day decision!), or another picnic at the park. There’s something so euphoric about summer, isn’t there?
  • Best part about coming home from this work trip: That first hug and kiss from M. And the realization that after 3 work trips in 6 weeks, I am DONE *fingers crossed* for the time being, and my next trip…only for pleasure, at the end of June. I’ll share more details soon, but it may have to do with wine 😉

CHEERS friends, I hope you have a fabulous long weekend and spend as much time as humanly possible outside! I know I will be!!

“When you’re happy like a fool, let it take you over…”

Happy weekend, friends. It’s been quite a week, and next week, I face my next challenge. Vegas. Alone. Two Tradeshows. Hello out-of-comfort-zone-ness!

So, rather than dwell on that now, I’m going to free my mind, and enjoy the chock-full weekend I have ahead, filled with a comedy show, a birthday bash, Mother’s Day with M’s family (and a ‘virtual’ salute to my sister’s very first Mother’s Day…makes me so happy) and hopefully, lots of laughs, love, and wine. 😉

I leave you with my new favorite song by OneRepublic “Good Life”. Enjoy.

“One day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before…”

As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday, my trip to Jamaica brought on a new level of comfort with M, and I feel as though we know each other more than we ever have. Maybe that sounds weird or couterintuitive because sure, we should know each other more as time goes on, but there were moments where I just saw him differently. I am not even sure I can quite articulate it, but this quote just speaks it so well for me:

“One day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And that person is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with”

I just feel that in the 7 months since I met M, we’ve melted together in just the right ways. We’ve learned to understand each other’s moods, needs, habits, annoyances and moods. We’ve learned the best ways to communicate, to be honest, to be open, to have balance, with each other and our lives together, as well as separately. That problem with saying no he had such a habit of a few months ago? I hardly even notice it anymore, because he doesn’t do it as often. There is more give and take.

When I see him, I see us. I see future. I see possibilities. I see it all without fear, without a timeline, without rushing. But I do see it. I think back to our first date back in September where I uttered the phrase: Yea, that’s what it’s supposed to feel like. What I’ve been looking for.

Little did I know how just very right that phrase was then, and still is now. Look for my ‘throwback’ post on meeting M and our first few dates together. For those of you not following my old blog, when I go through those posts, I just smile because those first few dates spoke volumes about us then, and about us now.

Cheers friends, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. As for me? I plan to enjoy it as much as I can, even though it’ll be cut a bit short with my flight out to California on Sunday.

“Kiss your life. Accept it, just as it is. Today. Now. So that those moments of happiness you’re waiting for don’t pass you by.”

I’m not sure where I gathered this quote from, but I absolutely love it. And after a few disturbing dreams this week (one of which I mentioned here) that to me, signify fear, worry, and losing those around me, it’s fitting for Quote Friday.

“Kiss your life. Accept it, just as it is. Today. Now. So that those moments of happiness you’re waiting for don’t pass you by.”

I dreamed last night that my grandfather died. I woke up breathing heavy, stressed, sad, and worried. I genuinely thought it was real and he means so much to me. And yes, I know, we’ve all had these death-type dreams before, or dreams of losing those around you (by break-up, death or whatever it may be), but I’ve had two in the last three days. As much as I like to wax poetic about being happy, and embracing my life, I also worry a hell of a lot. As evidenced by my dreams.

I worry about my new job. Am I doing well? Am I establishing myself? Do they trust me?

All signs point to yes, two weeks in, yet I still worry. Part of it’s natural I’d like to believe.

I worry about my finances. Or lack there-of.

Going on almost a full month without a paycheck before my new paycheck kicks in sucks. BIG TIME (since I thought I was getting one more check from my old job and no such luck, apparently. Didn’t budget for that chunk of change missing!). But I know it’s very much temporary (as in, a week away and then I can finally start saving again and um, not overdrawing).

Yet I still worry. (again, mostly natural, but I have a big problem with focusing far too much on it, trying to ignore it rather than face it. I’m working on changing that, as I know I need to).

One thing I don’ t worry about though, is M.

And for that, I am grateful. I believe in us. And I believe that we have staying power. And I trust him with all of my heart.

Another thing I don’t worry about? My friends.

For the very same reason as why I don’t worry about things with M.

And if I can say that, honestly, that’s all that really matters, when you boil it down. Right?

So I ask you…what in your life makes it kissable? What can you accept in lieu of all the good? For me, I can accept my finances, I can accept new job worries. I can accept a lot of other worries and challenges in life because I know I can tackle a lot. And, because far more important is that the rest of my life, and my family, friends and love are rock-solid.

Happy weekend friends, make it a fan-frickin-tastic one, will ya?

“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them…toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in the muscles and an immature mind.”

Well, kids, I’m home!

About 10 hours ahead of schedule and no red-eye (score!). With the pending snowy weather coming and the cancellation of an important meeting this afternoon, my boss got me on a quicker flight home (reason #257 why I love my job already!).  I was beyond ecstatic to race from the building (given my flight was booked, oh and hour before it took off. And as you know, I’m a planner. I was freaking out that I wasn’t going to make it, but thankfully the airport is 5 mins from their offices!).

So, I am now home, I am unpacked, laundered and cleaned and I’ve only been home for an hour. (the routine I miss is in full effect, please don’t judge. Giggle.).

And this quote looked oh so perfect when I saw it on a friend’s Facebook page this week, for “quote Friday” that I plan to re-institute here (on occasion).

“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more wisdom to abide by thought out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in the muscles and an immature mind.”

The first and last parts of this quote jumped out at me immediately and they really feel like my mantra for the next six months as I wade into the unknown waters of my new job. I need to capture my courage and my toughness and bring it, and those are two areas for me that have been weak in the past. A huge challenge to keep them at the forefront, but after this week, already, I feel the confidence rising from within, that I can do it.

And I thank you all for believing in me and rooting me on…it means more than you know. Happy weekend friends!