Kansas City

Summer Tour: WI & KS & MO

My second big trip of the summer is complete! You may remember that back in June, I went to Dallas, TX and then various parts of California to visit friends. Well last week I went on another big trip to visit a friend in Milwaukee and then my family in Kansas City!

My friend Sarah, along with her husband and her dog, Bennett, moved to Milwaukee over the winter so I wanted to go visit her in her new habitat. Sarah and I met in a church small group back in Chicago became friends and quasi roommates at one point. Not really roommates… but we lived in the same building just two floors apart.

My first morning there, we went to a Cycle Bar class together and then headed out to kayak on the Milwaukee River! I was actually a little surprised, they just gave us our equipment and sent us off on the river! I guess there was very little likelihood of us being injured or lost or breaking the waterway laws?? We kayaked for almost an hour, stopped at a brewery for a snack and then headed back. It was a beautiful afternoon for being on the water and I have to say a lot more fun than I expected (I hated kayaking at summer camp!).

After kayaking, we walked around the 3rd Ward, which is a more trendy neighborhood in downtown Milwaukee. There were a ton of cute shops and I even got one of the best coffee drinks I think I’ve ever had from Colectivo. Sadly, the chain only exists in Wisconsin and Illinois… I need to figure out how to recreate their Iced Cardamom Honey Latte… For dinner, we went to a seafood restaurant in her neighborhood and I was too much of a chicken to order a whole lobster (has anyone else ever gotten one??) but Sarah went for it! I hope she loves that I threw this photo in here…

On our second day, I needed to run seven miles so I headed out on my own for a while and then Sarah met up with me and we ran the last bit together. She lives outside of the city and it was a beautiful little neighborhood to run in! The rest of the day was spent looking for a dress for her to wear to an upcoming wedding, getting our nails done and then making dinner (okay, she made dinner and I got out of the way after making a mess…) at her house.

For our last day, we checked out a new Barre studio, took our time showering and packing up (Sarah was also headed out for the weekend), and then drove to the lake because I just HAD to see it. As someone who lived by the lake in Chicago, I really missed it and couldn’t come out here without a glimpse. Then we drove to Sprecher Brewery, which makes both beer and root beer (and various other sodas and sparkling water) for a tasting and a tour. It was VERY German themed, haha but very cute and fun.

Sarah dropped me off at the airport on Thursday night and I was off to Kansas City! I have to say this was the most stressful leg of my trip because I had a 45 min layover in St. Louis and my flight was delayed… 40 minutes. Lucky for me, my second flight ended up being delayed about 30 minutes and then we waited another 30 minutes for several other connecting flights since we were the last flight to KC of the evening. I did a poll on my Instagram asking everyone if they’d rather leave on time or wait an hour and it came out to about 35% leave vs. 65% wait. I think I was biased because 1) I was almost one of those people and 2) I travel alone (i.e. without children) so what’s an extra hour of sitting around to save 15 people from being stuck in a random city overnight?

My lovely Dad came out to the airport to grab me and the next day was a fairly relaxing one. I attempted to sleep in, I went on a walk with my little brother (and saw his cat, Butters!), I caught up with my parents, did laundry, and we had steak and potatoes for dinner (extra large potato for me because of my long run in the morning).

Saturday morning was long-run time! It actually stormed all night long, which I miss SO MUCH! Midwestern thunderstorms are so much bigger than they are here in Denver and can last all day long. I absolutely love them. What I do not love, however, is when it’s lightening and cracking thunder at 6 am when I’m supposed to be heading out the door. I delayed about an hour and finally just started running in the rain since I knew it should clear up in the next hour.

The run turned out to go pretty well despite how hilly the neighborhoods were where I ran. I may or may not have run past a certain quarterback’s house… At least I didn’t stop or take a photo? Haha. The last two miles were ROUGH (aren’t they always? Is that just me?) but I made it! The rest of the day was fairly relaxing and then I watched most of the Chiefs preseason game with my mom. It wasn’t particularly thrilling though since our starters played for five minutes but oh well!

The next morning’s activity was the main reason I came to Kansas City for the weekend. My cousin put together a beautiful event in downtown Kansas City to celebrate her mother where we all did a Kalos Experience class and then enjoyed coffee and treats. It was really great to see family and chat with some new people I hadn’t met before.

After yoga, it was time to head home, pack and then off to the airport again! Getting back into a routine has been tough after the week away, especially with how busy things are at the beginning of the school year. Classes start Tuesday so things are on the move whether I’m ready or not!

Do you like kayaking? Do you have a favorite water sport?

Have you ever been to Milwaukee?

Did you take a trip this summer?

Catching Up... May 2019 Edition

How is it already the second half of May?? What happened? I have no idea but I am definitely looking forward to summer. While I don’t get summer off, we work slightly shorter hours. Plus the fact that it’s supposed to SNOW tonight… So I’m ready for some sunshine. Here’s what’s been going on with me lately:

ABBA!

At the beginning of the month, a coworker and I went to an ABBA cover band concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I believe this was the fifth time I’ve seen ABBA there and it never disappoints! Despite the snow, smaller crowd, and my ridiculous outfit keeping me from expressing my full dance abilities, we had a GREAT time! I’m so glad we didn’t let the weather keep us from going.

I Met Gregg Renfrew!!!

Gregg Renfrew is the Founder and CEO of Beautycounter and not only is she one of my fashion icons (so stylish!) she is such a role model and inspiration to me. I had no idea at the time how rare it is to get a chance to speak with her in person, so I can’t believe I had this opportunity. I may or may not have mumbled a few things and she had to stop me and ask my name… Winning. Major girl crush moment.

That same weekend, I went to a training event with Gina Murphy, who is the Chief Revenue Officer at Beautycounter. I met some other local consultants, which was really fun, and was definitely pushed out of my comfort zone as we paired up and practiced things like our “elevator pitch” or talked about our fears and what’s holding us back. This introvert was exhausted by the end but it was also very inspiring.

KCMO

Okay, technically my parents live in Kansas now but my home is always KCMO (Kansas City, Missouri to you non-locals). I had a follow up appointment to check on my kidney function (doing great!) and a dentist appointment (prelude to the next story) so I went home for the whole weekend. Lucky me, it was Mother’s Day weekend and I got to spend tons of time with my mom, along with the rest of my family. It was a great weekend at home!

I Need a Piano

Every time I go home and play on our piano, it makes me wish I had one (or at least a really good keyboard). It’s just so relaxing! I am NOT good after quitting in 5th grade, but I’d love to practice!

I’m Running More and More!

Last month, I talked about how I’m finally running again… well, now I’m up to 11 miles per week! Haha nothing wild… but more than 3 per week! Six of those 11 miles the past two weeks have been long runs as well. While it’s great I’ve gotten to that distance, I think I need to focus on upping my mid-week running game. This snow/rain, however, is putting a real damper on that plan (there’s a level of torture I don’t wish to endure this early on…).

I’m Getting a Root Canal…

Guess what I found out today? I bet you already guessed based on the title of this section. That’s right, I need a root canal. I’ve been told it’s not as horrible as it sounds and, to be honest, I’m more concerned about how much this is all going to cost me! Good thing I have dental insurance… Have you ever gotten one?? Give me tips below!

Follow My Team on Instagram For Giveaways!

My Beautycounter team has started our own Instagram page and will be doing some special giveaways over Memorial Day Weekend. Follow us at @BeautycounterDreamTeam to find out more!

Have a great week and thank you for reading!

Catching Up On Life

Remember that one time? When I said I was going to start blogging again?

Whoops.

However, I can’t be too hard on myself for that one as these past two months have been quite a doozy. I kept thinking of the blog and wanting to write but I just didn’t know what I wanted to say! I figure, instead of coming up with a specific topic, I’d share with you what’s been going on in my life over the past month or so.

1. Let’s start off with the biggest news:

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I only have one kidney now!

That’s right! You probably already know this if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, but I donated my kidney to someone very special to me. Surgery took place just over four weeks ago on Tuesday, September 25th and we are both doing well.

I went into the process knowing that it would be painful physically but I had no idea what a rollercoaster it would be emotionally.

I’d never had any kind of surgery or stayed in a hospital so, while our transplant center was amazing, it was still a completely new and somewhat overwhelming experience. And then just a few days later, they sent me on my way! I have to admit, it was scary to leave the safety of the hospital.

I also tended to cry at the drop of a hat. Any kind of semi-emotional conversation turned me into a fountain and I couldn’t figure out quite why I was down so much but I soon discovered that post-transplant depression is fairly common (thank you Living Donor Facebook groups!).

A friend of mine described the feeling very eloquently in her comment on one of my Instagram posts:

We learn, in its own way, being a donor can be just as, if not more difficult than a recipient. To lose something, to go in completely healthy and come out less than whole, to undergo more difficult surgery, to be dealing with the pressure of chronic illness without the time to process. You’re not alone. You’re a hero, even when it seems over time everyone forgot what you went through, you are still and will always be a hero.”

BUT I’m doing so much better now and I’m back in Denver and semi-back to work. I think I’m going to have to create a whole blog post about my experience.

2. I spent a month in Kansas City.

Because of surgery recovery, I spent a month living with my parents in Kansas City. Honestly, I thought I’d get tired of it after a couple weeks but that was not the case. I absolutely loved being home and spending all that time with my family and the many amazing friends and family members who came by to visit us. Plus, two of my friends flew in from San Francisco and Santa Fe (both SF?!?) to visit me, which was so much fun.

The best part? I got to watch FOUR CHIEFS GAMES with my mom! We’re pretty big fans…

I know that Colorado is where I’m meant to be right now, but I sure do love KC.

3. I’ll be thirty-one next week!

It’s kind of hard to follow those last two… But I guess my birthday is cool? Honestly, these past few weeks have been so overwhelming that I can’t imagine even more fanfare over my birthday. Can I push it back and celebrate in like January? :)

So many different emotions about moving past the age of thirty and where I am in life right now… Not sure how to even begin with that one. If you have advice on moving into your thirties, especially not being where you thought you’d be by now in life, please share!

4. I’m going to D A L L A S!

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I’ve been to this conference twice before and I almost didn’t go this year. However, I knew two of my amazing friends from Chicago (and coaching) were going to be there. They are the kind of people I can be real with, who get me and who can LIFT ME UP! So I had to sign up to go.

Bonus? I GET TO SEE JULIE!!!! Remember the best wedding I’ve ever been to? That was Julie. She and her husband and their two adorable little boys live in Dallas now and I’m going to see her as well!

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5. I promise I’ll blog more…

What do you want to hear about? Drop it in the comments or send me an email :)