Wedding, Job and Life…An Update!

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

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.



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?