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As part of my twelve 30 day challenges, I’m challenging myself to practice gratitude for big and small things in my life for the month of July. To help keep myself honest, I’m capturing my daily gratitudes (or things I’m grateful for) here and posting every so often…

3. Our home – We’re still getting settled but I am grateful that we have a house to call home. And grass. I love our grass.


4. The Internet – I’m constantly inspired by the amazing things I find in the blog world. I can remember stumbling upon my very first blog (a cup of jo) while I was unemployed about 4 or 5 years ago and feeling like I had found some secret group of people I could relate to. My reading preferences have changed over the years but I love that no matter what I’m interested in, there is most likely a community out there of like-minded people who are able to connect through the magic that is the internet.

5. My lady friends – I just spent my bachelorette weekend with my favorite ladies which further solidified my love for them. They all balance me out and inspire me in different ways.

6. Michael – I’m thankful for him every day. He’s the most kind and calm person I know. He is my rock and the one person that I know I can always be myself with.


7. My brother and sister –  My brother and sister are two of my best friends who happen to also be family. I feel so so grateful that I have that kind of relationship with them. I love them to the moon and back x 1,000.


8. Cooking – Pulling something together or trying a new recipe is like therapy for me. I get “in the zone” and it feels so good to be able to create. Plus, having knowledge of exactly what I’m putting in my body is such a privilege.


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schlepping it


Now that I’m living further from work, my commute has increased in length (20-30 mins vs. the new and not improved 40-60 mins). I’m sort of starting to dread it already and I’m only a few weeks in! To make my commute less dreadful I’m working on easing myself into a new schedule to go with the new commute. Before the move, I could get my sweat on at crossfit or hot yoga and go home and take my sweet time getting ready but I don’t have all that spare time anymore.

The new plan is to workout on my way to work (hot yoga and crossfit are both about half way between home and work) as a strategy to break up the commute a bit. Plus traffic is not as bad in the wee hours of the morning. I was telling a friend recently about the plan to work out on the way to work and she said she was envisioning me doing crunches in my car. Haha! If only I could multi task like that….if. only. Luckily I have a gym and locker room at work where I can shower and get ready for the day so that will be a huge part of the reason that I’m able to do this. Here are a few things that I plan to do in order to make this work.

1\\ Pack a gym / shower bag. 

To include:

Nuun, Larabars, other emergency snacks.

All the necessary get clean stuff…shampoo, conditioner, facewash, etc.

Makeup. Brush. All my “get ready” girly stuff.

Flippy floppies.

2\\ Make a workout schedule – and stick to it!

I’ve been half-assing this lately and I finally need to suck it up and get back in the swing of things. I think it will look something like this:

mon : rest \ tues : crossfit \ weds: sprints or run \ thurs : hot yoga \ fri : crossfit

sat: hike or something fun \ sun: walk

3\\ Make to-go breakfasts.

morning glory muffins

hard boiled eggs


4\\ Pick out my outfit for the next day. 

UGH. This is hard for me. I’m terrible at getting myself dressed because I usually try on at least 4 different outfits before I leave the house. PLUS I’m deathly afraid that I’ll forget something important – like underwear.

We will see how this goes – I’m hopeful it’s a strategy that I can maintain. I’ve already tried it out a couple of times and it worked pretty well but I’m worried about the extra effort this takes the night before and whether or not I’ll be able to keep it up. Hopefully it gets easier the more I do it.

weekend reacp

beer festhgraduation food hannahcapandgown

this was a good weekend but dear god…i am exhausted! i crossed a couple things off of my summer wishlist by hosting a bbq for my sister who graduated this weekend (SO PROUD!) and we also made it to the wa brewers festival. in hind sight, we crammed way too much into one weekend but damn, that beer was worth it. now i just need some me time and some sleep….and some yoga. i’m trying to brace myself because we are down to the last 6 weeks before our wedding and time for those things is going to be hard to carve out but so necessary.

top to bottom: beer fest buddies // siblings // grad bbq spread // congrats to my lil sister…nurse hannah!

weekend recap

sunday coffee wedding crafts flowers friday flowerslawnmower

top to bottom: breakfast and lots of coffee // wedding projects // flowers at work and flowers at home // mike mowing our lawn for the first time…aww

not pictured: lots of unpacking, the symphony with my grandma and a sounders game vs. our rivals the whitecaps (we won!)