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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... April 2019 Edition

It’s been a month since our last catch-up so I thought I’d do another post! Of course you can follow me day to day on Instagram (or if I see you all the time in real life…) but this is always fun for those who don’t and for me to take a look back on what I’ve been up to recently.

Running Again

I’m running the Chicago Marathon on October 13th with a few of my cousins to raise money for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (my name doesn’t show up on the page but it’s my team!), which is the rare cancer that my aunt passed away from this past October. Since I’m running a marathon, I figured I should actually start running again… So I ran about 6 miles last week. HA. BUT I did run 4 all at once! Baby steps… Wish me luck on building up a base before official training at the beginning of June!

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Beautycounter Store in Denver

Beautycounter is opening a pop up location in downtown Denver at the end of April and my team is hosting a private event! If you’d like to come to the event, send me an email at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com so we can get you RSVP’d. If you just want to check out the store, let me know! It’s a great opportunity to see their products and test things out in person.

If you don’t live in the area, Beautycounter does have a 60-day return policy that allows you to use the products and send them back if you don’t like it!

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Spring Break

Yes, I get spring break! We had our spring break during the last week of March and it was nice to have a little time off. I did spend 3 days skiing and did a lot of errands and clean up around my apartment so it wasn’t 100% relaxing but I did get to do some fun things. I went to a coworker’s art show (and drinks before, of course) and did a 5k (walk) in the snow. A few of my coworkers and I also went to a speakeasy called Williams and Graham in the Highlands neighborhood (where the cool kids live) since our fundraising Gala coming up is speakeasy themed. Basically it was work research… right?

I Need a New Devotional

I finished reading 100 Days to Brave a little while ago and haven’t found a new devotional that I want to try. I’d really like something that builds on itself, like a lesson, rather than just day to day. I’d also like something not too long because that gets intimidating and I hate making that big of a commitment. Any suggestions?

My Niece is Three!

The older of my two nieces turned three last week and I can’t believe how much she has changed in the past six months. She is talking in full sentences and has grown up so much! Her little sister is almost eight months old so we’re getting into my favorite age - the 1-2 range where they want you to pick them up all the time and are learning to walk and talk. They’re just so cute. So sorry I can’t show a good picture but you can imagine… haha.

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And that’s what’s been going on in my life!

Do you have a favorite devotional?

Whats the best thing you ever did for spring break?

Catching Up... March 2019 Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what’s actually been happening in my life so I thought I’d do a “catching up” post and let you in on a few things that I’ve been doing.

Lots of skiing

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I spent a good deal of January and February skiing. I took a trip to Deer Valley in Park City, UT to ski for 3 days and spent two nights with my friend, Annette! It was a lot of fun to see her as well as really great to get to go back to where I grew up skiing on spring breaks as a kid.

A couple weeks later, I took a solo trip to Aspen where I stayed for one night in Glenwood Springs and skied Friday at Aspen Snowmass and Saturday at Aspen Mountain. It was beautiful out there and I’m glad I got to experience somewhere new. Plus I finally got to try out the hot springs that a previous coworker of mine told me about so often.

THEN I got to have a fun day at Copper Mountain with another friend of mine, her husband, her dad and her dad’s friend. Despite many debacles in the morning, I ended up having the best day. Yes, I enjoy getting to ski even if I go alone but it was a ton of fun to get to go with them and enjoy the slopes together. My friend’s dad also used to be competitive skier, so it was nice to have him give me some tips and guide us around the mountain.

Last but not least, other than a couple solo ski days, I went to ski in Taos with my friend, Maddie! Well, I spent the whole weekend in Santa Fe with her but on Saturday we went to Taos and despite some questionable weather, we had a lot of fun.

Cars are expensive

Oh man. I never owned a car until I moved out to Colorado and I’m sure all of you already know this but CARS ARE EXPENSIVE. I was in an accident back in November and I’ve luckily been reimbursed for all of those expenses (not at fault) but once that dust (almost) settled, I discovered I was very much in need of new tires. $900 later, I had those and then needed windshield wiper fluid (okay, super cheap) and new windshield wipers. A few days ago my key fob stopped working too… Luckily I have two :). And very soon I will be getting my car registration information for April and will have to pay that… I know, I’m complaining. I’m very lucky to have a car in the first place but MAN! I had no idea… Any other newer car owners out there?

I should probably start marathon training soon…

Yep, that’s right. I’m running another marathon after a 7 year hiatus. I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon with the Cholangiocarinoma Foundation, which is the cancer that my aunt passed away from this past October. If you’d like to donate to our team, you’re welcome to do so here! I’ll be running with three of my cousins and one of their boyfriends. I’m excited to be doing this with them but also kind of terrified of actually doing all the training again… Wish me luck!

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I’ve been going to spinning class as a substitute for running but I’ve really got to start actually running. I’m thinking about joining a gym nearby (I found one for $10 a month!) just so I can run indoors. I feel like I might be far more incentivized to run inside than outside while it’s still cold and snowy. I’ve really softened up since those days of winter running in Chicago…

I’ve become a needlepointer!

I know, random. My cousin, Emily, loves needlepointing and learned from her mom. I decided to try it out on her recommendation and did my first project from KC Needlepoint. I was hooked!! When I started looking for new designs to do, I struggled to find anything that really fit my style. Then I discovered that there are many young women who are painting their own canvases and I thought, I could do that! (My favorite is Thorn Alexander). So I did. I painted my first canvas and it was horrible. Then I replicated it again as a second draft and it turned out pretty cute! I’m stitching it right now to see how it looks but so far so good!

I’m honestly just making this up as I go with a few YouTube videos so I need to find a class or two and learn some new stitches, but I’m having a lot of fun with it!

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Anxiety is the worst.

I don’t know what exactly has been triggering it, but my anxiety has been a bit worse over the past couple of weeks. I share this not for sympathy but to keep it real because I know so many of you probably deal with the same thing. I’ve been finding ways to numb out instead of deal with it and that’s not the best! This month, I’ve decided to focus on me and dealing with my fears (aka journaling them out, praying, letting go of my own expectations) rather than accomplishing all the things. A lot of my anxiety stems from the feeling that time is slipping away and I’m not making the most of it - does anyone else feel this way? You’re not alone!

I’ve been watching the Bachelor

Do you like that I mentioned this? I do because it’s quite a commitment for me to watch these episodes every single week since I don’t actually have cable. I’m also listening to the podcast The Wright Reasons after each episode which I realize seems extreme but I love their take on what’s happening. Kyle and Rachel Wright, husband and wife obviously, don’t just recap the show - they actually talk about the relationship dynamics and the mental state of the girls. Rachel is a marriage counselor and licensed psychotherapist and they both run the Wright Wellness Center, so they have a really good take on what’s going on (or at least what the producers want to show us…).



There you go! A few highlights from the past two months. Hopefully I manage to do this more often… If you want a more up-to-date look into my life, be sure to follow me on Instagram.