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27 Life Lessons in 27 Years


November 3, 2014 by Katie

Since my 27th birthday was this past thursday (p.s. THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes!), I thought I’d share with you all 27 life lessons that I’ve learned in my 27 years.

1. Focus on yourself and not everyone else – comparison gets you nowhere but unhappy.

2. When a great opportunity comes your way, take a risk and seize it. Some amazing things could happen.

Thursday Thoughts – Birthday Style


October 30, 2014 by Katie

Birthday, Birthday! Yes, I looooove my birthday! And your birthday, and pretty much all birthdays. So I get a little excited. Today is Thursday Thoughts Birthday Style!

1. When I was little my mom always got me cute themed cakes, like barbies or disney princess. The best part? Cake. Haha it’s one of my favorite foods!..

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review


October 28, 2014 by Katie

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. As always, the opinions expressed here are completely my own.

I really loved the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, so I was excited when Mizuno sent me their Wave Rider 18 to try out. The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is a neutral shoe, which means that it has the right amount of support for a wide range of runners. The shoe is actually 1 oz lighter than its previous version, coming in at 7.8oz with a 12mm ramp (difference between heel and toe height). The shoe also comes in wide or narrow, and three different colors:

Coloring for Adults


October 27, 2014 by Katie

I knew I wasn’t crazy. I couldn’t be the only one who sought out a giant box of Crayola crayons …
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Thursday Thoughts


October 23, 2014 by Katie

1. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and congratulations on yesterday’s post! My first day was AWESOME and I am so excited about my job and the people that I’m working with. It’s a small office with some very passionate people, so I know it will be an inspiring place to work.

2. Small group bible studies aren’t all just reading and talking – we do some fun stuff too! A bunch of us made it out to Bub…

Answered Prayers


October 22, 2014 by Katie

Many people often complain, or cite as a reason not to believe in God, the fact that God doesn’t give them what they pray for. Maybe they wanted a date, maybe they wanted an A on their test, or maybe they wanted God to heal their dying family member. We all know that often these prayers don’t “come true.” But prayers are not wishes to be granted by a genie. They are sharing your heart and desires with a God who loves you and has a path for you.

One of the most important things that I’ve learned over the past year is that God always answers our prayers…

Favorite Fall Pinterest Finds


October 21, 2014 by Katie

Now that it’s really starting to cool off here in Chicago, I thought I’d show you all some of my more fall-inspired Pinterest finds. If you’re a regular reader, then you know I pretty much love Pinterest. Not only is it useful to save ideas and recipes, but it’s a bit of a creative outlet for everyone, no matter your artistic talents.

All of these images can be found on my recent pins.

Thursday Thoughts


October 16, 2014 by Katie

1. This weekend I went to an apple orchard with a few friends. Although there weren’t many apples left on …
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Facing My Fears


October 15, 2014 by Katie

f you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’ve been checking in with a lot of Piyo and TIU workouts. However, what you might not know is that I’m part of an accountability group for the second month in a row. This group was completely free and meant as an encouragement to reach physical, nutrition and personal goals and created by Anna, a Beach Body Coach. We check in every night with how we did on nutrition, our workouts and usually one other question such as sharing something positive or what’s going on in your life.

I did my first group in September and with a little less than a week until the finish I’d seen zero results. I was actually sparked into some self-reflection by a “before and after” picture that Anna posted of one of her clients…

Much Needed Positivity


October 14, 2014 by Katie

Sometimes when you’re having a rough day, whether it’s feeling stressed over work, feeling a tension with some friends, being exhausted or something much bigger, we all need a little encouragement. Since I’m certainly in need of some encouragement after an unexpectedly rough evening, I thought maybe some of you would be too. So here’s some positivity for your Tuesday:


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