Wedding, Job and Life…An Update!

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Hi Friends!  Remember me?!  I can’t believe it’s been a solid month and a half since my last post.  Life has kind of gotten the best of me.  Remember when I started my new job in July and was starting to get into the thick of wedding planning as our date approached?  Yep, turns out both those things require a LOT of time and ENERGY.  When I’m not busy working or planning the wedding I’ve been trying to squeeze in workouts and a little bit of downtime.  And downtime these days is basically me staring at the TV because I’m just totally ready for a break.  Apologies for the lack of posting…I’ll try to be better! I promise!

So what have I been up to?! Well, mostly wedding things.  With November 15th rapidly approaching we are in the final stages of planning all our little details.  If you don’t know, Michael’s an architect and designer.  He’s been loving the wedding and adding tons of little details and creative touches.  Think signs, custom details, our own personal logo and so much more.  I can’t wait to share photos of the big day with you.  Anyway, all that DIY takes time.  We’re also writing our own ceremony which is much harder than I ever thought it would be.  It involves a lot of staring at the computer.  Most people won’t remember the ceremony details and every word spoken but for Michael and I this is what the day is all about and we want it to be special and a reflection of us.  I think we’ll probably write something amazing when we’re under a deadline.  Beyond that we’ve been picking out table linens, and dishes, planning our menu, pairing wines, picking out first dance songs and getting all our vendors the info they need!  October should be fun, I have my hair trial and makeup trial and my final dress fittings.  I’m excited for both.  Oddly enough, I’m also looking forward to all my pre-wedding beauty appointments.  I find getting a haircut, eyebrow wax and pedicure to be super relaxing and pampering!

August and September brought both my bachelorette and bridal shower.  I have some amazing friends and family who planned beautiful parties for me!  My bachelorette was a fun, low-key beach day.  We headed up to Good Harbor beach in Gloucseter early in the morning and 10 of my closest girlfriends and I spent the day chatting it up, walking the beach, swimming, drinking sangria and eating an amazing spread of food.  Most of my girlfriends hadn’t met each other and those that did had only met once at a BBQ Michael and I threw in July.  It was incredible how well everyone got along and bonded.  I’ve loved seeing them all connect via Facebook and email and form their own friendships after that weekend!  After an incredible beach day we stopped in downtown Gloucester for a beer at the brewery before heading back to my house for even more amazing food and drinks.  Seriously, the food was unreal.  Everyone drank wine, and chatted over dinner before cake and fun bachelorette games.  Some of best friends and my cousins live in NY and PA so we had a full house.  It was so fun to stay up late gabbing and catching up.  I had a blast and loved every minute of it!

My Mom and Maid of Honor threw me a shower a few weeks ago.  I have to admit I really didn’t want a shower but I’m incredibly glad I had one.  It was really fun to see my family and parents friends I haven’t seen in a while and celebrate with all the ladies.  My mom decorated our house so cute with bridal themed center pieces, Mr. and Mrs. signs, and bells.  Purple is my favorite color so she was sure to work that in with purple napkins and invitations.  Michael’s Italian so all the food was italian themed and she had tons of wine.  She made stuffed shells, lemon chicken, shrimp, sausage and peppers, green beans, caesar salad with my Dad’s homemade dressing, greens beans and bread from the italian bakery with this incredible pesto.  Talk about a spread!  The cake was amazing too.  And for favors my mom had wine glasses made with our wedding logo.  So cute!  It was just wonderful to see everyone and celebrate.  Even my future in-laws came, they drove the 3 hours to be there which was so special!

All the celebrating was a nice break to the planning and it definitely got me even more excited for the big day.  I have some incredible family and friends and am so thankful for all that they’ve done for me!

Beyond the wedding, I’ve been hitting the barre a ton!  I’ve increased my classes to two times a week and I feel incredible!  It’s such a quick, easy and fun workout and it gets results.  It’s perfect for my busy schedule these days.  I also started taking a combo cardio and barre class which I LOVE.  It’s 30 minutes of cardio moves and 30 minutes of weight work.  It kicks my butt every time. Running hasn’t really been happening much lately.  I’ve had a lot of pain in my hip for over a year now.  In January my doctor referred me to a physical therapist and after months of procrastinating I finally went a few weeks ago.  I’d gone to yoga and that night I was in agony.  My hip was throbbing and it really hurt to move so I decided it was time to see what was going on.  The physical therapist told me that my SI joint, piriformis, IT band were all inflamed.  He thought this was indicative of a deeper issue, like a joint injury.  He told me PT really wouldn’t help much if that’s the case and I need an MRI.  His suggestion was to lay off the running and head to yoga and barre a bit more.  I took his advice and have only run once a week the last few weeks.  The good news is that running less makes my hip hurt less.  The bad news is that when I do run, I’m in pain the next day.  I’m planning to get an MRI after the wedding and honeymoon and go from there.  I haven’t done much yoga these days but am ready to get back on the mat and build my practice.  I miss it.

My new job has been awesome and given me some really cool opportunities like attending Hubspot’s Inbound conference.  I learned so much in the 3 days I was there and loved it.  Plus the keynote speakers were awesome.  Simon Sinek’s talk on leadership was one of my favorites.  If you aren’t familiar with him, check out his TED talk.  Shiza Shahid was incredibly inspiring.  She’s the co-founder of the Malala fund.  If you aren’t familiar with her story I suggest you read up on her.  It’s just a good reminder that life gives us opportunities and it’s up to us to use them to make a positive difference in the world.  I left the conference feeling inspired about my work and life in general.  I was also happy to see that many of you found my tweets and Instagrams about the conference motivating and inspiring!

So that’s a quick update on my life!  It’s mostly wedding but there’s still lots of good healthy food and workouts going on.  I hope to have more time and return to regular programming soon!  I miss writing and sharing bits and pieces of my life with you all.  In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for real-time life updates!

Tell me, what have you all been up to?!

Coffee Talk Wednesday August Edition

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Each month I make an effort to catch up with my girlfriends.  We usually chat the evening away over dinner and I love hearing about their life updates, their highs and lows and sharing all that’s happening in my life too.  We may not chat everyday but our monthly catch ups fill in the gaps.  I like doing the same here, especially given that my life is so much more than morning runs, yoga sessions and barre workouts!

So how’ s life been?  In a word, busy. But it’s all good stuff so I really can’t complain. Between new jobs,  summer time, weekends away and our wedding in 3 months we’ve been go, go, go.

I’m just over a month into my new job and so far I’m really liking it.  It’s a big change and culturally very different from my last job.   I don’t have set hours so I can start my day between 8 and 9am and wrap up between 4 and 5pm depending on if I worked through lunch or took a lunch. It’s really nice to have flexibility with my schedule.  My last two jobs both had very rigid schedules so it’s nice to be able to set my hours.  It’s also amazing to have weekends and evenings free!  Another huge change has been the length of my commute.  My last two jobs both had commutes that were an hour or longer so 30 minutes feels like a breeze!  The added free time in my life certainly helps me to feel less rushed and more relaxed.  I have more time to focus on relationships, wedding plan and time to myself.  I also love what I do at work so all around it’s a welcome change!

You may have seen on Instagram that we were in Saratoga a few weekends ago.  We went for the weekend and had a blast.  I was able to celebrate my birthday with my parents and spend time at the race track with Michael and his family.  I love going to the backstretch in the morning to see the horses working out and getting baths!  It’s a relaxing weekend all around.  We also spent time at the beach for my birthday, and hosted a barbecue for our friends.  This weekend is my bachelorette!  I’m so looking forward to celebrating my upcoming nuptials with my girlfriends and family.  We’re keeping it low-key at my request with a beach day followed by dinner at my house. I’m looking forward to hanging out, chatting and having some fun!   We’ll wrap up the summer with one final trip to Saratoga over Labor Day weekend.

Saratoga Mornings!

Saratoga Mornings!

September will be filled with wedding planning, my bridal shower,dress fittings and vendor appointments!  Now that we are at the 3 month mark there are lots of details to work out, favors to be assembled, and much more.  We’ve been loving the process and having a blast together as we create our day.   I’ll definitely be sharing details after the wedding but for now I’m really just trying to enjoy the moment and share the experience with Michael. I do post little snippets of the planning on Instagram and will definitely be posting more as we approach the big day.  So if you are curious you can follow me there!

Tablecloths and Place Settings!  Such fun setting our tables!

Tablecloths and Place Settings! Such fun setting our tables!

I will say though, that I am feeling some pressure to feel and look my best for our big day.  I know I’m putting the pressure on myself but who doesn’t want to look and feel their best on their wedding day?  I’m trying to lose a couple of pounds just to tone up a bit but I must say it is a challenge!  We definitely eat out and indulge more in the summer plus with weekends away, my bachelorette and other fun festivities it’s harder to cut down on portions and stick to healthy choices.  It’s a good learning experience for sure as I don’t usually watch my diet as closely.  I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to track my meals and calories and love how aware it makes me of my portions and the foods I choose.  Mindful eating is the way to go.  I haven’t changed my workouts much as I am really happy with the balance I have right now and the way I feel.  I’m in a happy place with my runs, yoga and barre and really look forward to each workout.  It doesn’t feel like something I should do, or have to do.  I am planning to try to increase my barre workouts from once a week to twice a week after Labor Day.  I love the results I see from those workouts and find them to be really fun and a great stress reliever.  Ultimately I know I’ll look amazing on my wedding day as I’ve yet to see a bride who isn’t glowing and beautiful.  It’s just my own personal goal to look and more importantly feel like my best self.

Barre N9ne!

Barre N9ne!

Ok friends, I’m off to get my Wednesday started!

Tell me, how has your summer been? What has helped you to feel and look your best?