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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?

Live in the Present

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I feel like I’m slowly emerging from the black hole that is home renovations and life.  Sorry for being so MIA lately.  Life has just been needing a lot more of my attention lately and it’s hard to pull away and share my thoughts with you.   I miss you though, I really do.   In fact I write you a post every time I go for a run or find the yoga mat.   It’s just that the posts are in my head, not here.  Hopefully that will be changing soon!

Speaking of life and changes I’ve been thinking a lot about living in the present.  We have so much going on right now…we’re painting our house,  re-doing a bathroom, buying a new car and wedding planning.   Each of those things are really exciting and as a result I’m finding it hard to stay in the moment.  I feel like I’m constantly thinking and saying, “I can’t wait until ____” or “I’m so ready to be finished with ____”.   What I’m learning is that living in this state makes me really stressed out and anxious.   I feel like I worry so much more about things getting done, or working out as I want them to.  I’m learning that living two steps ahead feels kind of empty.

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I found my way to the mat the other day for a much-needed morning flow.  I made an effort to let everything go and just focus on my breath and body.  It was the first time in weeks where I felt my angst and stress slip away.  Since then I’ve been making an effort to live in the present.  I’ve tried to embrace the good moments, the stressful and the relaxed moments.   Thankfully I’ve been able to share my thoughts and emotions with Michael and have his support in letting go of the to-do lists and deadlines in the future and just enjoy the present.  I’m learning that things usually work out as planned.  I’m also learning that plan B can be a heck of a lot better than plan A.

There are times in life where I feel like I’ve come so far with all that yoga has taught me.  I feel like I’ve learned to slow down (mostly), and be more mindful and compassionate.  And then life reminds me that there are always ways to grow and learn and that we’ll never master it all.

Tell me, how are you living in the present?