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Thursday Thoughts

1. Oh hey! I know, my blogging has been sporadic but this month has been the busiest one of the year by far with work and it doesn’t seem to be easing up much! Early mornings and staying late means some things get cut out and that seems to be social media and blogging. Things still in? Reading to relax and getting in my daily morning routine. I’m basically following Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning but doing it my own way 🙂

2. This past weekend I was technically “working” on Sunday. I had to play in a golf tournament for work but it was a lot of fun! (Different from the golf tournament that I organized). It was the most golf I’d played in years but we did a scramble, which means you each hit your ball and then you pick the best ball and all go to that spot and hit again from there. It saved me from a lot of bad shots! Plus it was a gorgeous day, so no complaining here! 

3. The tournament I played in was for an animal shelter called Every Creature Counts. My friend, Maddie, actually got her cat from the shelter so she bought a sign for LaTarian on the course! It was a way to donate to the tournament if you couldn’t participate or just wanted to have them put up a sign of your pet! There were so many cute ones on the course, but obviously, LaTarian was the best-looking cat out there.

4. Another thing I’ve been doing is watching Bachelor in Paradise… I know, I shouldn’t have gotten sucked in but when other things are stressful it’s nice to do something that requires zero thinking. Well, zero thinking other than “She is being ridiculous,” or “Run away from him!” It’s entertaining, what can I say?

5. I just finished reading Women, Food, and God and definitely recommend it! I usually find personal development books hard to get through (I can only read a few pages at a time), but this one flew by and had so many good insights!

6. This is my friend, Seely. Seely is awesome. We had afternoon carpool duty yesterday and got to wear these amazing vests. Be jealous, the middle schoolers were… 7. Guess where I’m going this weekend? CHICAGO! My friend, Sarah, is getting married and I’m so excited for her!!! Her fiance is just the nicest guy and I think they match up pretty well. I mean, he likes her dog so that’s really what matters. I’m only going for a little over a day since almost all of my Chicago friends are actually out of town this weekend! I do get to stay with my friend, Alex, and I am so excited to see her too!

8. Have a great Thursday!

Your turn!

What are you doing this weekend? 

Do you play golf? 

Are you married? Tell me about your wedding! 

The Art of Ditching The Plan

I’m a planner. I like to know what’s going to happen, I like to be in control of what’s going on, and I like to have an exit strategy if I end up not wanting to be there anymore.

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve just gotten home after leaving my apartment at 7:00 am. Yesterday. I’m covered in dirt, I have grease marks all over me, I haven’t showered in days, I’m a little sunburnt and I’m pretty sure I smell enough not to be allowed anywhere a respectable human being should go. My weekend did not go as planned, but I have a feeling you know where I’m going with this…

I had the BEST TIME.

Because I have one of my biggest events for work on Monday (today for the purposes of this post), I’ve barely been home and I haven’t slept well from stress. Yes, I have done everything I could do and now we’ll just have to see how it goes but, nevertheless, I worry. I figured I would need a relaxing weekend. I’d planned to spend a few hours with my friend Julie who is visiting CO with her family, have a quiet Saturday night doing meal prep and laundry, then going to church and the driving range on Sunday.

I got up early Saturday morning, drove to the airport to pick up Julie and we had a great morning. We went to brunch at Maddie’s, I showed her around where I work, we walked around Wash Park and even went through an open house in a cute neighborhood (I SO WANT THAT HOUSE! Only $1.3 million! 😉 ).

When I went to drop her off to get her rental car, there was quite a snafu and they had nothing for her. Actually, none of the rental places we called had any cars available. I told her not to worry and that I’d drive her to pick up her friend from the airport and take them both to Boulder where Julie’s family would come down from the mountains where they were staying and pick them both up. Sure, it was a dent in my “plan,” but I wasn’t going to leave them stranded and I really didn’t mind – I love Julie!

Well, once we were leaving the airport, Julie asked if I just wanted to come up to the lodge with them, hang out and stay the night. My anxiety immediately said to me: “No! That will completely mess up your plan! You probably won’t sleep well. You’ll be tired tomorrow, you’ll get back home too late for church, blah, blah, blah.”

You know what I did? I told that voice to shove it. After much practice, I’ve learned to tell that voice that it’s wrong. That spending time with people I love (and I LOVE her family) will be much more fun, refreshing and memorable than a night at home with Netflix. So I said yes. With literally the clothes on my back, I headed up for an evening in the mountains.

Yes, I hadn’t showered and had to wear a mishmash of other people’s clothes to dinner and the put my same Saturday outfit back on for Sunday, but no one cared. Yes, I had nothing with me but my phone and water bottle, but I didn’t care. Even in the morning, when I hoped to get back home with plenty of time to go through my Sunday “routine,” I said screw it and I stayed. I went on a walk, I had breakfast, I sat around and chatted, I went and rented bikes and rode through a gorgeous mountain pass.

I had conversations. I met new people. I got to see the beautiful mountains. Most importantly, I felt welcomed, loved and appreciated.

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: life is best outside of your comfort zone. It’s less scary stay at home and do the things you know you like to do. It’s easy to read a book, watch a movie, go for a walk around your neighborhood, or even see the same person you see every week. But when I’m actually around other people, when I give up the plan and I do things that I don’t normally do or can’t control, that’s when I feel the most fulfilled, the most alive, most in-the-moment, and the most like myself. 

Dear rental car companies, thank you for being rude yesterday. Love, Katie.

Thursday Thoughts

1. Happy Thursday!! WHO IS READY FOR FRIDAY? I’ve only worked Tuesday and Wednesday so far this week and it already feesl like today should be Saturday. I went in really early both days, stayed late one day, and then last night I went home for an hour and a half and then came back for an evening event… so it feels like four days. SO READY for the weekend!

2. Speaking of weekends… last weekend, I went to Wine on the Rocks with my friend Maddie. It was really fun!!! A bunch of wineries set up tents and you walked around with a wine glass getting tastes ($50 ticket to get in). Plus there were other vendors giving out food samples and selling various things, a band, and firemen! Well, the firemen weren’t really supposed to be there, but we enjoyed them nevertheless.

3. Also on Saturday, I worked out with friends! Well, virtually, but honestly it was so fun. When you’re used to working out on your own every day, it’s nice to do it with a group of your friends, even when they live all over the country (and Canada!). We’re all doing the same workout program so we were doing the same moves too. We’re starting a new group next week so reach out ASAP if you want to learn more!

4. Remember how I’d been dog sitting for three full weeks? Well, it’s OVER! I get to sleep in MY OWN BED now! I did like living in a bigger house rather than an apartment (more light and space) but I also can sleep through the night without someone jarring me awake by barking, which is a win in my book!

5. If you watch my instagram stories, then you’ve probably seen some of my workouts along with my music! Here’s my current workout playlist (ever-changing):

6. I’ve been doing my own version of a “Miracle Morning,” but I’m about to start reading the actual book by Hal Elrod. Has anyone read it?

7. This weekend is my mom’s birthday and she and my dad are down in Colorado Springs. We’re all going to hang out with my niece, Addie, on Friday (oh, and my brother and sister-in-law…) and then I’m going down to Colorado Springs for the weekend. SO EXCITED! I love that place.

8. Have a great Thursday!!

Your turn!

How is your week going? 

What’s your favorite song right now? 

Wine or beer? Or something else?