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Thursday Thoughts

1. Happy Thursday! I hope you’ve all been having a good week! Mine’s been… hot. There is no AC at work and no AC in my apartment and it’s been in the mid to high 90’s for what feels like forever. I am cooking from the inside out. I am not a fan (pun not intended).

2. Last Thursday, however, we had the perfect evening for a night at Red Rocks! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Red Rocks is an outdoor amphitheater just outside of Denver that is built into… you guessed it: red rocks! It’s gorgeous and such a fun place for a concert. Maddie and I have been going to ABBA every few years here since we were in college and will keep going as long as the show continues!

3. Also, here are my steps from the ABBA concert. I got in about 10,000 that day, but the rest are all from dancing!!! 

4. Friday I spent most of the day lounging around, running errands and recovering from ABBA but Saturday it was back on! I was invited to a bridal shower for my friend, Alex, and it was so nice to see her and meet her friends who live here in Colorado! Alex and I met through our small group in Chicago, but she is originally from Denver!
5. After Alex’s shower, I headed up to the Boulder area to see my niece! My mom is in Colorado right now so she was there visiting and I just HAD to come too! My niece is just over 14 months now, walking, loving her swim lessons, and just the cutest thing ever! I’d show you a photo… but they don’t want her picture all over the internet. I know, so obnoxious 😉

6. THEN I headed down to Colorado Springs! Haha, busy day. I had dinner at home with my mom and then the next morning spent some time outdoors (it was SO NICE OUT THERE) and had a delicious egg/bacon/GF pancake breakfast at our favorite place. Sadly after that, it was time to head back to the real world…

7. In case you were just DYING to know, I think I’ve decided against the Chuck Taylors for now (again…) because I need to get a new pair of REAL running shoes! Mine are about to bite the dust. Where do you get your running shoes? Any good discount ideas?

8. Have a great Thursday! focus on where you want to go not on what you fear is a great quote to keep in mind when you need a little push in the right direction or motivation. This inspiration quote is one of my favorites... I always realize that success comes with facing our fears and it is okay to make mistakes. hand lettered motivational quote, inspirational quote, quote of the day, hand lettered quote

Your turn!

How are you enjoying your summer weather so far? 

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Thursday Thoughts

1. This past weekend I dog sat again! This time I dog sat for a colleague at work and she has a golden retriever. I actually loved staying at her house: they had the most amazing espresso machine, a piano that I played a bit for fun, and a gorgeous backyard. I’m so ready to go back!

2. While I was dog sitting, I spent a lot of time walking around the neighborhood. Not only were there some pretty houses, but the flowers were absolutely gorgeous. I took way too many photos!

3. In more weekend news, this upcoming weekend I’m going Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) with my friend! I’ve never done it before, but we’re going to rent paddleboards for an hour at a lake up in the mountains. Wish me luck!

4. My friend, Hannah, posted this shake recipe the other day and it sounds soooooo good! Anyone else?

5. I saw this image on… Facebook? Not sure where I found it but it’s a picture of Barcelona from the sky. Isn’t it pretty?? It’s making me want to travel…

6. If you like reading blogs, please go check out Robyn! I’ve shared some of her posts on here before, but I love this woman despite never even having a conversation with her. She has a beautiful spirit and I love the message she sends to women about health and eating. She also just got married and had the most beautiful wedding! You can find her on The Real Life RD.

7. I have been debating whether or not to get these tennis shoes for YEARS. Yes, years. They aren’t even that expensive, I don’t know why! I have a hard time spending money on certain things and this is one of them. However, we’re pretty casual at work during the summer (I work at a school and not many people are around during the summer) so I thought they’d be fun! Does anyone have them? How do you like them? Comfy?

8. Have a wonderful Thursday!

Your turn!

What’s your favorite pair of sneakers?

If you could travel anywhere in the world next week, where would you go?

If We Were Having Coffee…

Well, hey there! I know, I know, I start blogging again and then disappear for a week! To my defense, this has been quite a month! I’ve been busy every single weekend (when I do most of my writing) and out of town most of the last week! I’m hoping to get back into a better blogging schedule soon, so stay tuned!

Today, I thought I’d catch you up on what’s going on in my life by having a virtual coffee date. While I’d love to get coffee with each and every one of you, this will just have to do!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that I got to go on an overnight field trip last week! The 7th-grade class went to Keystone Science School for three days last week and because they have so many girls in the grade they needed an extra female chaperone. I was asked if I could go and help out and, of course, I said yes! Although I was a little nervous, it turned out to be a LOT of fun. I loved getting to meet most of the kids and watch them interact (oh, Middle School…) as well as get to know the 7th-grade faculty. Spending three days in the mountains didn’t hurt either!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that when I got home from Keystone I took a shower, repacked my bag, and then headed out on my next adventure! My friend, Maddie, and I got an Air BnB near Vallecito Lake, CO and made a road trip out of Memorial Day weekend. We drove to Colorado Springs on Friday night, then headed out early that morning. Over the weekend we saw some beautiful views driving across Colorado, went hiking, ate s’mores, relaxed at the yurt, went to an event at a local vineyard, and enjoyed lake life!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that while I thought the yurt was cute and I loved being in the woods, I would not recommend the bathroom situation. It was basically a metal screen and a compost toilet… I survived for a couple days but it wasn’t exactly my favorite part of the trip. But you have to try everything once, right?!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that I realized during my two trips how many times I think to myself, “I wonder how/what/when….” and then never actually look up the answer. Don’t you ever think of a question you have about something but then never look up the answer? While we were driving, I decided to start actually writing down some of these questions. Some are funnier than others… but at least now I have them written down so I can look them up!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that I am SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER! This is the last week of school for the students and while I don’t actually get summers off (we have a LOT to do during the summer!) we do get shortened hours and most of us use our vacation days during this time since things were too busy during the year to use them. I’m hoping to do more hiking, writing, meeting people, and maybe even a few fun things like going to the driving range, batting cages, or even sailing!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that I’m not following a workout program! I know, so unlike me, right?! Right now I’m just going with the flow and doing what I feel like and I have to admit – six days off while traveling was kind of nice! Although I was not quite as excited about it during those driving days… However, I think after a few weeks of just going with the flow I’m ready to push myself again! I’m thinking of trying out a new program from Beachbody called Shift Shop when it comes out in July but I need something to do in June!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…

… that I’ve been horrible about going to church on Sundays. The last time I went was Easter, and it’s not just because I’ve been busy! I really need to get back into the habit. I have to admit, it was much easier to go in Chicago because I knew I’d see my friends there and they were expecting me. I tried joining a small group but it was disorganized and kind of fell apart. I need to find something new!


Your turn!

Tell us something that’s going on in your life!

Thursday Thoughts

1. Hey friends! How are you today!? I’m a little rough this morning… I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t stop debating whether or not to go to Beachbody Summit this year. I already bought my ticket and my hotel, but I haven’t paid for travel yet. Of course, that price just keeps going up and up, which is making this decision harder and harder! Neither option is a 100% good choice so I’m really struggling but also need to decide ASAP! BAH.

Edited: Ticket purchased!!! Hopefully I sleep well tonight… 

2. In more fun news, our first grade gets chicken eggs from 4-H every year to learn about how to incubate eggs and how they hatch and become baby chicks. Guess what? They just hatched! I got to see them in the process but here’s a picture of them all cute and fluffy!

3. This past weekend, I went to Omaha with my friend Maddie! I was surprised that it was a little more “hip” than I anticipated, but it’s definitely SMALL! We had a good time though!

4. The funniest part of our trip was the fact that our Air BnB was directly across the street from a correctional facility… no joke. This was in DOWNTOWN Omaha. We were dying. It’s not a Maddie/Katie trip without something like this happening.

5. One afternoon I saw TWO Harry Potter bumper stickers! Big day.

6. Can we talk about the fact that it’s snowing? We’re supposed to have graduation outdoors on Saturday morning… I have a feeling we’ll be on to plan B.

7. How cute is this!?!

8. Happy Thursday!

Your Turn!

Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever stayed?

Do you have stickers on your car? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Happy Thursday! What are you all up to this weekend? I’m going to OMAHA! Yep! Haha. I’ve never been, but a friend of mine is considering moving there so we’re flying out to Nebraska to check it out!

2. Does anyone else use the app, TimeHop? I think it’s such a fun way to go back through your photos and memories without getting sucked into Facebook for an hour. The app just shows you what happened on that day 1 year ago, 2 years ago, etc.

3. I may not have been posting much here over this past spring but I was still writing! I write three articles a week for the JD Journal on various lifestyle topics! You can find my articles here, although they don’t seem to be in chronological order… but oh well!

4. Another place I’ve been posting is not necessarily on Instagram but on my Instagram STORY! I’ve been enjoying other people’s stories (a couple friends and a couple celebrities) so I wanted to share a bit of my day by day in there.

5. I just discovered this new app called the Pillow App. It tracks your sleep by your movements throughout the night. I’m not quite sure how accurate it is… but I do know it’s telling me my quality of sleep is sub-par, which might be one reason why I’ve been so tired recently.


6. How have I not mentioned my niece, Addie?! She turned one about a month ago and she’s almost walking now! I can’t believe she’s already a year old! She’s also super fun to have dinner with and a surprisingly good conversationalist. Aunt life is the best life 🙂

7. I started a new job at the end of November doing fundraising for a K-12 school. One thing I love about working there is that there is always something interesting going on that I get to go see or be a part of. This one wasn’t quite as interesting, but I loved it! One of the Middle School English teachers let me take a couple worksheets on analogies and homophones and I had way too much fun filling them out.

8. Have a great rest of your week!

Your turn!

What are you up to this weekend? 

Do you have a niece or nephew? 

What’s one thing you like about where you work?