August 17, 2017

See You Later, Chicagoland

If you would have asked me ten years ago where I thought I would be at the ripe old age of 26 my answer would have been that I would be a physical therapist in Houston, Texas.  I was pretty sure of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to do it and there was absolutely no chance that I would be doing anything else in any other place.  I like to think that God has a sense of humor in that He gives you these little moments to look back on so you can laugh at yourself and remember to not take life so seriously.

These past four years have been some of the most challenging of my life, but also some of the most rewarding.  Adaptability has become my best asset, learning to go with the flow has become a necessity and I've thought I was going to finally lose that last marble I had been hanging on to by a thread more times than I can count.  But you could ask me a hundred times if I would change any of it and my answer would always be no.

I've made some incredible friends along the way, learned more about myself than I sometimes care to know and I broke out of the "never leaving home" mold that so many people fall into.  Moving has also given me a deep sense of appreciation for home, which is something I didn't necessarily know I was missing when we left Houston a couple of years ago.

I'm not quite sure where the next four years will take us, but all I can say is that I hope it will be as memorable as the past four have been.  To my Pure Barre Deerfield family - you have given me more than you will ever know.  Each and every one of your friendships are deeply cherished and know that you have made a lasting impression on me.  I started working at the studio knowing I loved Pure Barre and that I needed to find something.  What I found was more than I could have ever expected.  Not only am I in better shape than I was six months ago and have some amazing friends, but I'm finally comfortable in my own skin.  So for that, I thank you!

I will be forever grateful for the experiences we've been afforded thus far in our lives.  Moving around every year and living in four different major cities doesn't exactly sound appealing to most, but as I've mentioned before has taught us a lot and is not an opportunity many people get.  But now that this girl has lived almost all over the U.S., I'm ready to go home!

This isn't goodbye Chicagoland, it's see you later! 


August 8, 2017

It's Okay To Say No

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Lately I've found myself questioning whether I am being enough for enough people in my life.  Am I being a good enough wife, daughter, sister, friend?  And if I'm not, what more can I do to make sure I am being enough for the people that mean the most to me?  We're taught at a young age that sharing is caring.  I read a story written by a mom a little while ago that she was nearly shamed out of the park for telling her son he didn't have to share his toys with other children.  This really made me start to question, why are we taught at such a young age that we have to share and what lasting effect has this had on us as a society? 

August 1, 2017

Recent Beauty Favorites

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I've stated this before, but I'll just start this post off by saying again that when it comes to beauty products I am such a creature of habit.  When I find something that works I stick with it and don't switch until it either stops working or I get a recommendation from someone that a product is actually pretty life changing.  I also don't wear a full face of makeup every day, I normally just fill in my brows and put on some mascara because when you work at a barre studio you'd look a little silly wearing much more.  So, keeping that in mind, most of the beauty products I recommend are things I use daily and create a pretty natural look!

July 19, 2017

Recently Read

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My reading habits have gone downhill pretty quickly as of late because by the time I sit down to relax I'm honestly just wanting to zone out and turn off my brain completely.  Insert HGTV and other mindless TV shows we've been watching in the evenings.  But, I did want to share three page turners I have read recently in case you're looking for a book to take with you on vacation or just wanting to pick up your next read! 

Nest by Terry Goodkind

I got this one as a Christmas gift and was excited to dive into a new book.  This one is set in Chicago,  has a little bit of mystery, suspense and action.  It starts out with a murder that exposes a much larger plot and some rather unsavory things about human nature.  The author dives deep into some of the details which made it a bit slow at times, but I found that I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know how it ended!  I think I read somewhere that this one will become a series, and if so, I'm excited to read the sequels as well.

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

I saw someone recommend this on snapchat as a quick, suspenseful read so I decided to download it to my Kindle.  Although this was not my favorite book on this list, I did find myself unable to put it down because I just had to figure out what happen to the main character.  I thought I had everything figured out several times throughout the book, but the ending did surprise me a bit!  This is the perfect book to read on the beach or while traveling this summer.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

When I picked this one up I found the receipt from when I bought it back in 2014.  Why it took me so long to read this book I have no idea because holy cow, it is so good!  They've recently turned this into a 7 part series on HBO and the cast (Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman) is what sparked me to pick up the book again.  It's the perfect mixture of mystery, crime and "small town" gossip.  Since finishing the book, Kyle and I have watched the series and while I loved the series, I think the book is much, much better!

Have you read any of these, if so, what do you think?  And always, send me your recommendations as I'm always looking for new books!