Thursday Thoughts

1. HAPPY THURSDAY! Thursday = almost Friday = almost the weekend, therefore, Thursday = Almost the WEEKEND! Haha pure math there for ya!


2. Benny Boo boo booo boo booo! Haha I had a GREAT weekend because I got to relax and finally see my friend, Sarah, who I hadn’t seen in over a month (despite the fact that we live in the same building…). And of course I got to hang out with her dog, Bennett, as well. That face.





3. Ever since I started thinking about moving to CO sometime in the future (still whirling around in my brain), I realized how EXPENSIVE moving is! And that I legitimately could NOT afford to do it unless I put things on a credit card… Soooo I’m going into super-budget/money-saving mode. Basically I could afford to pay for a U-Haul. And that’s it. Womp, womp. Working on that… #nonprofitjoblife


4. My coach/sponsor decided she’d pull together some of her coaches to do a June Inspire Joy Challenge (Inspire Joy is our team name). I’ve co-hosted groups since becoming a coach but I am SO EXCITED for this! We’re looking for women who are truly committed to bettering themselves in both health & weight loss, but in personal development as well. IT IS GOING TO BE EPIC!! Can you tell I’m excited?? Haha if you’re interested, comment or email me!

June Challenge Cover



5. My college BFF/sorority twin/basically sister Amy Lee is pregnant and due VERY SOON! She’s my first friend to have a baby and I’m DYING of excitement! They don’t know the gender either, which is making this all that more exciting. Every single time she calls I immediately answer and of course she beings with, “no, I’m not in labor, just on a walk and wanted to chat…” Haha love her. Can’t wait!!


6. I may have mentioned this before but I’m doing a new Beachbody program called Body Beast – it’s a weight-lifting, muscle building program. I have trouble gaining muscle so I decided to take the opportunity to focus on that 100%. So how are the videos? Hilarious. It is so “manly-man” and has me laughing the whole time. Once I got used to that, I’m now really enjoying it and that good-sore feeling the next day knowing I worked hard!




7. Sooo remember how I posted that 2015 summer book list yesterday? Well I already read Redeeming Love since putting that list together and it was AMAZING. I could NOT STOP reading! Now I’m reading as many Francine Rivers books as I can get my hands on. I love that they are stories that I get really into and can’t put the book down, but at the same time I feel like I’m getting in the Word and learning more about my faith as well. #obsessed


8. Have a great Thursday!


Do you have friends with babies? Or your own children? Did they (or you!) wait to find out the gender? 

If you could join an accountability group, what would you want to work on in your life? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. I almost didn’t get this post done at all… it’s been quite a week. Nothing particularly busy but I cannot stop yawning, I’ve been feeling down (I think I miss that fresh Colorado air…) and getting anything done has been a mental battle for me. I want to lay in my bed aaaaall weekend. #bum


2. I took this picture on my cab ride (yes mom, I took a CAB) from the airport to home Sunday night. The lake and clouds were gorgeous and of course it was impossible to capture. But here’s Navy Pier!

3. This past Sunday, after Blend, I got lunch and hung out with Maddie. We went to this amazing vintage store that we’ve been to before on Pearl St and Maddie almost got this coat to look like Macklemore. I 100% supported the idea. She didn’t want to spend the $75. There will be regrets with that decision…

4. Last night at small group our leader’s roommate came and asked us many questions that she has about both Christianity and faith in general. It turned out to be a really interesting discussion and I learned 1) what I believe and 2) that even amongst my small group, we feel differently about certain things. And of course we all have our doubts and questions, which is good – it’s good to seek answers but also to just take the leap of faith. I’m thinking about writing some blog posts on MY “truths” and thoughts – would anyone be interested?


5. I’ve thought about moving to Colorado since my second year of law school, back in 2011. I still think about it, and meeting so many people this past weekend who live there it was really at the forefront of my mind. I may have looked into UHaul prices… and how much buying a car would be…


6. &  7. Short Thursday Thoughts this week. My brain is struggling…


8. Have a great Thursday!

Have you ever thought of just making a big move for no particular “reason?”

Do you have questions about faith? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. Back to the airport tomorrow because I’m headed to BLEND!! Blend = Blogger + Friend. The Blend Retreat is just that – a retreat, for blogger friends. This year it’s in Boulder and although some of my good friends won’t be returning, I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new and amazing women!


2. I had a late work event on Tuesday and the views from the office building where it was held were stunning – a full look over Grant Park and Lake Michigan. This photo does it ZERO justice… should have done a panoramic! 

3. This past weekend I got to go HOME TO KANSAS CITY! I couldn’t mention it on the blog since my mom reads this, but my grandparents called me last Tuesday saying they’d love me to come home and surprise my Mom for Mother’s Day (and they wanted to see me too since it had been a LONG time). So I flew home Saturday morning, surprised my mom (she was SHOCKED and cried… love you Mom), and then headed back to Chicago Sunday evening. It was a quick trip but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to spend some time with my parents and my little brother.

4. My parents actually just moved (for the first time in 31 years) and while showing me the finished product (I’d been to the new house before but with zero furniture), my dad showed me how much stuff I have left stored at their house… Thanks Dad! 😉

5. While home I also went to Yogurtini with a friend. I haven’t had froyo in… months and months and months! It was SO GOOD!

6. This week I’ve been taking a bit of an exercise break. A few slow workouts here and there but really I’ve been a lazy bum and I NEEDED it! I jumped straight from 8 weeks of Insanity Max 30 into a free week of Barre Code classes and my body was DONE! Perfect timing too since I know Blend will be an active weekend and then I start a new program Monday!

7. I have been an epic failure at book reviews, I know, I know! I’ve read several books since my last review so I’ll have to get those up ASAP!

8. Have a great Thursday!

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Have you ever surprised someone? 

Do you have any real life friends you met through the internet? 

Thursday Thoughts

1. So I’m just finishing this post this morning and I just had to quit my workout halfway through. I pulled something in my back/neck/shoulder and can’t move without lots of pain. This is uncool. Fix it?


2. I’m a total creeper and at my (new) small group last week I took a photo of the hostess’s books so I could add some to my To Read list on Goodreads


3. Speaking of books, I’m doing pretty well on my 100 in a year goal! Last night I just finished book #29 and I’m currently at least halfway through three other books that I’m reading for various book club/small group/beachbody reasons. I’m actually surprised! It’s amazing how you get through multiple books at once just by making sure to read 10-20 pages each day for each book.


4. Is anyone else struggling with wanting to buy ALL THE SPRING AND SUMMER CLOTHES? I am. I have this dress in two colors sitting in my check out cart at nordstrom. They keep sending me emails every day reminding me that they’re there…

A Southern Drawl: Floral Texture


5. I invented a fabulous new trick. I top my oats with cinnamon and stevia and it forms a layer that tastes like the cinnamon toast my mom used to make me :)


6. Typical Gchat conversations:

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7. When it comes to being a “discount coach” for Shakeology (25% off), I often remind people that if they get three of their friends or family drinking Shakeology, it will pay for theirs each month. Well… This week I was so proud of my hard work when my paycheck for that week paid for Shakeology for that MONTH. Boom. Haha slowly moving up in the world.


8. Have a great Thursday!


Thursday Thoughts

1. This is completely ridiculous and I can’t believe I’m making this a Thursday Thought, BUT (haha butt – no pun intended!) my Max 30 accountability buddy sent me a photo of herself in a pencil skirt, which she never normally wears, saying her butt looked like a shelf. I sent one back saying mine looks more like a wall. You’re welcome.


2. You know what’s awesome about the above bizarre (yet totally normal…) conversation? I looked at my body (and my butt) with objectivity. I don’t really care what shape my butt is, or what size my jeans are or what my body type is. I mean, I care a liiiittle and I do care how my clothes fit (girl ain’t got $$ for new clothes) but what I’m saying is that I’ve come SO FAR over the last year. A year ago, 5 years ago, 15 years ago I cared. A LOT. Now I know it’s just not that important.


3. Tuesday night I had a meeting for my Junior League Committee and it was my turn to bring snacks! I tried to keep it healthy, but had to throw in some brie to keep it “classy.”



4. I FINALLY got the book I Am Malala from the library (ebook) and I’m about 40% of the way through. Although not typically the genre that I read, I am really, really enjoying it so far. It is such a huge difference in viewpoint of the history of the world after 9/11, coming from a young girl in Pakistan and I’ve learned so much in just a short amount of time.


5. According to my closet, it is Spring. Winter, DEAL WITH IT.


6. You know what I hate about having a “real” job? I can’t tell you guys all about it on the internet. Because, well, it’s the internet and that goes everywhere. Can’t we all just be BFFs and meet for coffee (or froyo…) and chat?


7. This past weekend was GORGEOUS! I got to meet up with some friends for an evening picnic by the lake and I felt like a whole different person! It almost felt like summer!


8. Have a great Thursday!

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Are you wearing more spring-y colors lately? 

On a scale of 1-5, how much do you care about your body type/shape?