After reading Joanna’s  blog post today,  I thought that I would finally settle in and start my first blog post in a year. The focus on the blog post is a quote from Nora Ephron -

“We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was [in my twenties], I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy.”

I think that this is a great way to look at the life that each of us decides to live. These words have changed for me over the past few years and I am sure yours have as well.

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In the past my words may have been the following: sister, daughter, teacher, girlfriend, quirky, devoted, open minded, student, friend, mom (of the dog variety), confidant, librarian, ambitious, wannabe foodie (ha!), self-reliant, and many many more. I could have kept going on that list forever.
I think that it is important to take a step back and see how those words change for all of us. As Joanna’s post goes on to discuss… we are all living chapters of our own book. My past year has had many chapters. Some happy, some stressful, and other chapters just flat out awful. We all need to decide to live for our new chapter and our new day. Stop living in the past and really look forward to building you future. Maybe that future includes a few different words you wouldn’t expect. It is always easy to write all of this down, but I am going to try to try extra hard and follow my own advice. 
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What words best describe you in your current chapter?

Wine & Dine 2013: Runner turned Cheerleader

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Remember a while back when I mentioned that I was training for the Wine &  Dine half marathon? Well. I did. I trained and was faced with setback after setback. I have had a few different injuries during this training that has unfortunately left me as a cheerleader for this race.

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I had been dealing with runners knee on my right side for my last few long runs, so for my last long run of this training I decided to wear a knee brace. This actually turned out to help quite a bit until about mile 8. At that point I had horrible pain in my left knee and my left foot was killing me. I eventually stopped running at mile 9 (a mile short of my goal) and went home. As soon as I stopped running my knees felt okay, but my foot was unbearable. I think that because of my right knee, my left side really took a hit physically. I hobbled around for a few days before going to urgent care for an X-ray. Luckily, I don’t have a stress fracture or anything broken in my foot, but I do have a sprain. I have given my foot the past week to heal, and still have some underlying pain that I just can’t ignore.

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I have been looking forward to this race for so long. It is so frustrating to know that I can’t run the race that I have been training for. After registering for this race and booking flights and hotels so long ago, I am going to go anyway. I will be able to spend some much needed time with Danielle  celebrating our big birthdays (25 & 30!!) and have a great time. I have never been to Florida before, so I am so excited to check out some of the different parks and just have a good time!

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The 25th Year

Good Morning! Today is my 25th birthday! I can’t believe it. The past year has been incredible. Looking back at how much life has changed in a year is really incredible.

1) GRADUATING. Graduating from graduate school is one of my greatest accomplishments. I am so lucky to have been able to continue my education right after my bachelors degree. I do NOT miss my commute!

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2) LANDING MY DREAM JOB.  Soon after graduating I interviewed for a librarian position within the organization I had worked for the past five years. I was incredibly lucky to get a job so soon after graduation. (psst I am a nice librarian, not one of those scary ones)

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3) WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. Chris and I have been eager to move in together (finally) after 6 years together. We were able to save our money while living at home and were able to buy a house over the summer.


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I have made some incredible friends and had some wonderful experiences. Life has been incredibly good to me this year. I am so excited to see what comes next!


Life Lately {9.27.13}

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My good friend Sherry just moved into her cottage (officially dubbed Miss Honeys cottage). She is located in the country with chickens, goats and horses. I loved it!
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Chris had a soccer game near TJ’s this past week, so obviously this happened.
2013 09 19 1379555988 560x560 Life Lately {9.27.13}Emily and I made this BANANA BREAD! Well, Emily made the banana bread. I mostly just watched and blamed my left handedness on my inability to mash bananas.  We made the recipe as is, but added an entire bag of chocolate chips (necessary).


Healthy Living Summit 2013 – 2 Days Away!

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Hello there! Happy Tuesday! I say happy Tuesday because in just 2 days I will be flying to Minneapolis for The Healthy Living Summit! This will be my third year attending and my second year speaking! I am so excited to have the opportunity to see old friends and meet new people! This is the first time I will be flying to the summit as well, which is exciting (I haven’t flown in 7 years!).

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The Healthy Living Summit is going to be so amazing this year. Both Heather and Julie have spent so much time making it the best it can be. Also – can we talk a second about the ridiculous sponsors?? Wild Harvest, Sargento, Ninja, Musselmans, Blue Diamond, Refuel: Got Chocolate Milk? and Driscolls just to name a few. I have a feeling I am going to be stuffing swag bags until people start checking in on Friday!

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I am also SO pumped for the panel that I have been working on this year! I am honored to be on a panel with Katie {of Running4Cupcakes} and Marissa {of  website & blog}. Details of our panel below-

Blogs in Transition: Embracing Your Blog
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

As we all go through our blogging journeys, we realize that blogging has its ups and downs. Though we are all in different seasons of our own blogging journeys, you’ve probably felt the difficult yet exciting challenges blog growth of any sort can add to your plate.  How do you deal with the changes you face as your blog changes without starting to resent your blog and throwing in the towel?  This panel will focus on finding (and keeping!) your blogger voice,  how to develop a consistent blog schedule, how to stay active and engaged with your blog readers, as well as review a few of the best apps and tools that will help you stay on top of your game.  The panel will also offer simple ways to give your blog and brand some TLC and re-engage your readers and followers.

(Full 2013 Agenda)

I can’t wait to see you there! How many friends out there are planning on attending HLS this year??