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Currently 1.25.16

Hi guys! Thank you all SO much for the relentless support on my last post. Between texts, a few emails, and a couple of you who know me in “real life” – thanks!

I wanted to break up the seriousness and do a currently post to spice things up. Also, back to school tomorrow and I need to get myself in an easy-going mindset. I keep seeing these and between Allie and Emily I decided to join the bandwagon and create my own version! Without further ado…

Current music: Begin Again by Purity Ring. Click play and continue reading for max enjoyment.

Current want: new jeans! I always buy them on consignment to keep it cheap because let’s be honest designer jeans fit substantially better. Also, being 5’0” and having decent muscle makes for a rather difficult jean buying experience. Consignment pants also fit like they will fit because they’ve been worn and washed. No tricks. My favorites are AG, citizens, and Rag&Bone. But I’m eyeing these new AG jeans on Nordstroms site and they go for something nuts like $160. To bad I’m starting to work less, not more. While that’s good for school and sanity, it’s bad for the wallet.

Current go-to item: definitely my Bose SoundTrue over the ear headphones. These will be a complete savior in school this semester! So comfortable and great sound blocking capability. Thumbs up.

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Current workout: I keep finding myself doing this little number at the end of my lifting workouts…

Five rounds for time of: 15 KB swings, 25 DU, 10 squat thrusts, 10 parallel bar dips.

Current news: I moved closer to school! Squee! This is a long time coming and a HUGE change but a great one nonetheless for me.

Current drink: americano. Double shot. Taken black. And then I take a nap. No but seriously I’m THAT person. I don’t mind it. I’m also that person who takes an insta picture of her coffee. #sorrynotsorry

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Current funny: 100% of the time yes.

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Current food: 1/2 avocado with salsa and a couple plantain chips. Num num.

Current mood: excited and nervous for school. Excited about moving. Pumped with recent gym happenings. Oh, and sleepy. Right to bed after I hit publish on this post.

Current beauty product: lotion? does this count haha I’m going with yes absolutely. I’ve been all about the Avalon Organics Aloe hand lotion (which the lemon is also great and smells amazing!)

I’ll be posting again soon as a follow up to my last post and to update on school! In other news I created a tumblr just for fun – Barbells & Caffeine! And of course to leave you all with some good vibes because I can’t end a post sans quote…

“Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea.” – Rumi

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Current favorites // 10.6.15

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a good start to their week. It’s feeling a lot like fall (as it should be) here in NH and I’m all about it. Summer and fall are my favorite seasons by far and to be honest I’m not sure I could go without them. Things to consider when thinking about where I want to end up after my undergrad. I also need mountains and water (preferably a lake and rivers). Suggestions for future living options welcome.

Anyways, lets stop discussing my future location goals and get onto talking about things that I’m just digging in general lately. I almost named this post “fall favorites” but I thought that was a little over the top considering some of these things have absolutely nothing to do with the time of year.

Tiny apples + apple picking // Literally one of my favorite activities. It’s such a good reason to get outside and makes things start to feel slightly festive, which I dig. Every time I go though I have this fear of being stung by a bee, which I thank the following story for: when I was four I had gone over to a friend’s house for her birthday and to go apple picking in her back yard (side note: how sick is that?) and while in the process of retrieving all the apples on the planet I managed to get some yellow jackets into my pants because they were probably like colorful checkered corduroy (read: they were colorful checkered corduroy, say that ten times fast) and therefore attractive to little critters. Anywayssssss, I managed to end up with like 4-5 of my first bee stings. Uh hello traumatic. I’m terrified of them to this day.

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Thankfully I still dig the apples.

Badger Balm Poetic Pomegranate lip balm // First off, how adorable is that name, “poetic pomegranate”? Second, it works like a charm. Third, it’s made in good ol’ New Hampshire.

Scarves // I might potentially have a bit of an obsession with scarves? I think it’s ok. It could be a lot worse. Who else has a thing for scarves? I’m all able the circle/infinity ones as of late, they are just super simple.

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Zum Mist // Zum what? Also known as Frankincense + Myrrh. Also known as heaven. This stuff is strong so a little goes a long way. I’m talking one spray will take you through the entire day no problem.

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If you want to smell like an incense, buy this.

Oatmeal + raspberries + cinnamon // hello uhm my new favorite combination. I added some vanilla protein and a little nutmeg to this also and it’s the bomb if I do say so myself. It’s warm and yummy and did I mention warm?

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Epic Bar’s Chicken Sriracha flavor // We all know I’m a lover of quick, easy, and tasty snack options. Usually perfect bars are my go to here but I’m recently hooked on the Epic Bar’s and love that they are made with such a simple ingredient list. I especially enjoy the looks I get at school when I start eating a bar of chicken in class. It’s better than a can of tuna, which yes that has happened. #sorrynotsorry

Coloring // So I’m not sure how I missed that fact that adult coloring books are a thing these days but apparently they are popular. At least Barnes & Noble thinks so because I went in there to check out a book and they had tables (yes, plural) of them. I obviously wanted in. Most definitely my number one buy in forever. I’m already in love because it is such a stress reducing strategy because I think of nothing else. Working wonders on that whole anxiety thing of mine. I posted this on instagram and one of my friends even went out and bought her own after seeing it!!

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Do yourself a favor: get a coloring book and go to town.

That about sums up the little things making me smile lately. Simple but simplicity is key. I’m having a slow morning and my aunt is in town, then school stuff and teaching my group class later. Tomorrow I’m going to test out my one-rep max’s, so we will see how that goes. One thing is for sure, I’ll be getting enough sleep tonight and consuming all the coffee and breakfast tomorrow morning. Whether or not that will help me I’m not sure, sometimes it seems to and other times I just want to sleep on the bench instead of actually benching… if only this worked. I’ll keep you guys posted on how that goes!

 

Questions:

1. Do you have a coloring book? You knew this question was coming for ya…

2. Worst bee sting experience?

 

“Go and do the things you can’t. That is how you get to do them.” – Pablo Picasso

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Thinking out loud: 3/11/15

It’s Thursday. That mean’s that it’s time for thinking out loud, obviously. I love rants and being completely all over the place so what better than to dedicate a day on the blog to pure ranting and no real topic besides the slightly random accumulation of thoughts happening inside of my brain. There are lots of them, trust me.

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I’m really digging this song lately either to meditate or as part of a yoga playlist. Check it out while you reading – it’s always nice to have reading music. At least I think so, do you agree?

Everything – Yinyues ft. Mimi Page

It is Thursday after all, throwback Thursday. I’m just all over day associations today. Not sure why my brain is so focused.

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Christmas week 2014 at my work. Check the socks, they are Stance brand and have reindeer on them, winning.

I’ve been trying to incorporate some different things lately and one of my old favorites which I hadn’t had in quite some time was a blood orange. They just look so cool! One thing though – I think I’m mildly allergic to citrus. Whenever I eat an orange/clementine/pineapple I feel slightly sick after and my mouth feels strange. It’s nothing serious but just an observation. I think I’ll keep it to a minimum, but they are just too tasty.

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As I said above, I’m trying to incorporate some different things lately… An oldie but goodie lunch/dinner (or breakfast?) is spaghetti squash + chicken + kale, all cooked in coconut oil, and sea salt + oregano added. Seriously. I would actually eat this for breakfast, so there’s that.

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Yoga. Do I really need to explain much here? We all know how I feel about my yoga practice. I think one of the reasons I’ve continued to love it so much is because it really helps me balance both life (school, work, social-life, ect.) and keep me focused when I have way to much going on. Also, it really helps my body with lifting because I tend to not relax much otherwise and end up super tight. Lastly, it’s great at keeping me in touch with my spiritual side, my goals, and remembering who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I had fallen off the bandwagon a little bit about a month ago just because with school I was too busy to get to class and whenever I was home I felt that I was obligated to be working on homework, not practicing yoga. Thankfully I chucked that mindset out the window and am back to practicing every other day or so, even if just for twenty minutes. On those days where I am able to make it to a class I feel extra grateful 🙂

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Another long last favorite? Kombucha. There was a point over the summer when I was drinking 3-4 bottles per week, which was probably a little too much considering I do supplement with probiotics as well… I just had my first bottle in probably close to a month and it was delicious. Some of you reading this are probably thinking either a) what’s kombucha? or, b) delicious… more like disgusting. Can’t help myself, I dig it and it’s fermented vinegar-y taste.

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And to end off this thinking out loud I will tell you about how my weekend is going on consist of reviewing materials to re-certify myself for CPR. My basic certification expired in November of 14 and I let that slide because I knew I needed the healthcare provider course, so as of Monday evening I will have my BLS certification. Wahoo. I needed to get it done soon anyways because in order to take the NASM-cpt exam in April I need my certification card handy, and next week is spring break (!!!!) so I figured what better time?!

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Questions for you:

1. Feelings on kombucha?

2. Are you CPR certified? If so, is it for work or just general knowledge?

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Toll