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Coffee Talk Wednesday

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It’s hard to believe a month and a half as gone by since our last Coffee Talk.  So much has happened which means there is a lot to catch you up on!  I hope you’ll catch me up on all that’s happened with you too!

Coffee Talk

You may have seen my Instagram post last night about our trip to Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton, MA to celebrate!  We recently bought a new SUV through a private sale.  It was quite a lengthy process so we were pretty excited when the title finally came on Saturday and Michael could register it yesterday!  We thought a little drive and ice cream would be a fun first outing! It’s hard to believe that Michael first drove the car at the end of April and was finally able to register it on the very last day of June.  The bigger car with a trailer hitch will be perfect for our active lifestyle.  We’re already looking forward to taking our bikes and skis out a bit more.

Remember last time I told you that we were painting our house?  Well, we are pretty much done with that project!  M still has to finish a few things up in our half-bath but beyond that we are done.  It’s amazing how much better and brighter the house looks!  We painted our pine trim a bright white and freshened up the walls with Crisp Linen paint and a pretty stone blue accent wall in the living room.  The name of that paint was Solitude.  I really think the name made me like it just a little bit more.  Shouldn’t your home be your place of solitude?  I think so!  We still have to paint the bedrooms but we are planning to wait until winter to do those.  It’s too nice to be stuck inside painting.  I still can’t over how much time and effort it takes to paint.  We worked our tails off every weekend for months to finish the project.  It certainly makes me appreciate the finished product much more!

The other major update in our life is that between getting our new car and painting our home, M and I were both looking for new jobs.  We were both interviewing simultaneously for new jobs at the end of May and early June and hopeful that it would all work out.  Then in mid-June we both got offers for new positions that we happily accepted!  It was kind of a crazy week in our lives.   M says, it’s either the best or worse thing we’ve ever done!  I’m really excited about my new job and really looking forward to focusing on marketing.  I’ve been wanting a marketing role for quite some time and am really happy to finally make the transition.  It’s the perfect blend between my science background, my non-profit experience, my customer service experience and my marketing work.  It’s actually kind of amazing that a role even existed where I could combine all of my skill sets!  The other big win is that my new job is in downtown Boston!  I’ve been commuting west of the city for about 4 years now and I’m really excited to be back in the hub bub with a much shorter commute.  It’s definitely bittersweet to be leaving my role at Team In Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I’ve gotten to know and work with some amazing people over the last few years and even more so I feel like I’ve really helped make an impact in the fight against blood cancers.  I most certainly plan to stay involved as a volunteer and who knows, maybe I’ll run with the TEAM again.

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Celebrate!

I think our engagement last fall and planning our wedding has really made M and stop and think about what we want in life and where we are going.  Two new jobs and a wedding is a lot for one year but I feel like we are on the right path and making choices that are for the benefit of us both.  In fact, I’d argue that so far 2014 has been one of the busiest years of my life with lots of change happening yet somehow I feel really calm and happy about it.  All that’s going on is, at times, a bit much but I find myself smiling for no reason just a little more often.  This year has really made me appreciate that life is really an adventure and you never know what will happen.  I’m learning to let go more and more each day and enjoy the ride.  And I’m incredibly  thankful that I have an amazing partner to enjoy the ride with me.

Speaking of said partner, can you believe that in 4 and half months or 137 days (not that anyone is counting!) he’ll be my husband and I’ll be a Mrs?!  My excitement is building by the day for our wedding and honeymoon.  We are entering such a fun stage of wedding planning where we are able to focus on the details of the day.  We’ve been spending lots and lots of time on Pinterest and Etsy getting ideas.  I’m so fortunate that M is an architect and my Dad owns a sign business.  They both are very handy designers who pretty much bring every idea I see to life.  There is nothing like going into our office and seeing the desk covered in sketches and ideas.  I love all the details we have planned and feel like it will all come together for our big day.  I know I haven’t shared many details about our wedding here on the blog but that’s by design.  I’m loving that M and I are sharing in this process together and I’m trying to just enjoy every second of it.  But don’t worry, I’ll be sharing the big day here and all of our details once we get back from our honeymoon!

Before I go, let’s talk about this little blog shall we?  I’ve been thinking a lot about the future and direction of LiveRunLoveYoga.  I know I’ve changed and grown so much since I started the blog and sometimes I feel like it’s not an accurate reflection of me presently.  I’d like to expand my content a bit to include more bits and pieces of my healthy life. I’d like to share recipes with you, and quick meals that we are loving.  I’d like to tell you about the latest book I’ve read or how we are enjoying our down time.  I think including those things will give you a more complete picture of my healthy life because after all living healthy isn’t only about eating properly and working out.   Healthy living includes managing stress, enjoying down time and much more.  I’m looking forward to sharing some new content and, more so, having new conversations with you all!  I’m also thinking of giving the blog a new look.  I figure I have a new job, I’ll soon have a new last name, we have a new car, and fresh paint so I mind as well freshen up the blog too!  I’m still debating on that one so we’ll see!

Tell me, what would you share with me over a cup of coffee? How are you freshening up your life?

 

Love the Run

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This morning my alarm went off at 5:15am.  I woke up and headed out for my run. As I stood on my front steps I debated…start uphill or downhill?   I had a work event until late last night so I was a bit tired and decided that I’d start downhill.

As I was gliding down the hill, enjoying the quiet of the morning and the warm weather I couldn’t help but think about how life is like the hills of running.  Sometimes its uphill, sometimes it’s downhill.  Michael and I are rather lucky these days in that life seems like a downhill- things are falling in to place, we have a lot to celebrate, we’re gliding if you will.

I think one of the reasons I love running so much is that no matter what life throws at me, running always relates.  Running is always there.  Sometimes it’s the slow and steady long distance runs that remind me I have the stamina and strength to take on the marathons of life-like long projects, and extremely busy stretches.  Other times it’s the uphills that represent the challenges in life and remind me that I can overcome anything.  The downhills remind me of the easy stretches where you can coast through.  Speed work reminds me that with hard work and dedication we really do get better.  Those amazing runs where you feel like you can run forever and feel amazing are like those special moments in life where everything seems absolutely perfect.  And those tough runs where you want to quit and wonder why you do it represent those bad days we all have from time to time.

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There are times in life when I feel less connected to running.  I get out less often-maybe once a week- and when I do I don’t feel inspired to run more.  Today was not one of those days.  I felt so happy to be out running and lately that has been the trend- I’ve been increasing my number of runs per week and looking forward to each of them.  I love that I’m reconnecting to running and finding the joy in the good runs and bad runs.  I love that wherever life leads me, running will always be there.

How does running remind you of life?