Note To Self

Do NOT go to Target on your lunch break just because you want to get out of the office.


You Will Want

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EVERYTHING in the store.

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BUT — after all that, I impressed myself with my own will power and walked out empty handed.

Never again, Target.  Never, Again.

But one thing I will note to do again:


Go back to La Loma where Zach and I had a double date tonight.



I didn’t take any pictures of dinner, but know that I had a chicken and spinach quesadilla and it was amazing.  Not greasy or oily — perfect with GREAT flavor.


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Hope you all had a great day/night 🙂

Question of the day:  How many of you get sucked in at Target?  I know I can’t be alone.


Be The Type of Person That You Want to Meet


This little quote here is my motivational message, and my mini goal of the day.

When I first started thinking about this, it brought me back to a quote I heard often as a kiddo:  


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“Treat others as you want to be treated” 

Did anybody else get told that growing up?   Back then, I really just heard it when I was being a Ms. Bossy Pants (hard to imagine, I know). . . but today, it rings very similar to my quote of the day.

I want to be someone that I would want to meet.  I want to be proud of who I am.  I want to be proud of the way I treat others.

Now I’m not saying I’m a terrible person or that I’m not proud of myself — but these are the kind of things that are always good little reminders, no?

What Do I Look For In Others?

I have some amazing people in my life.


People who inspire me everyday.


With their kindness.




Sense of humor


And with their passion for life 🙂

My family and friends remind me of the kind of person that I WANT to be.   They are all unique, but share the qualities that I love and hope for within myself.

  • Kindness/Caring
  • Passion
  • Funny
  • Loving
  • Proud
  • Individual/Unique

These are the things I am going to strive to be, and show to others around me.

I started this morning with a short little email to the husband about the 10 things I love most about him. . . and then teared up when he moved my words around and responded back with the same for me.


It was the perfect little reminder that you get back what you put out there.  BE the type of person you would want to meet, because chances are it’ll bring out the people who are just like that around you. 🙂

Question of the Afternoon:  What is trait about yourself that you are most proud of?


Mornings Are Getting Dark Around Here

Good morning and Happy Tuesday 🙂

Not so Board Games!

First off:  I have to say it makes me smile how many people also love board games!   I got a few new games to try out by just going through my comments this morning — so if you’re looking for a good time, go to last nights post’s comments.  There are some good ones – – and even a Scrabble Engagement Story!

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This Morning

I LOVE Fall.  The crisp air, excitment of the holidays, pumpkin — I really am a fan.  But if I’m being honest, one thing I am NOT a fan of the dark (COLD) mornings that come along with it.  Waking up when it is still pitch dark in my bedroom, all nice and cozy, is going to be a transition for this girl.  Even knowing I was hopping on the treadmill and not going outside, it still took every single running mantra I have in my little stash to crawl out of bed.


Obviously not mine — actually New York. . . but I liked the dark image 🙂

What matters is that I finally did manage to get to the gym — and I didn’t even make myself late this morning sleeping in 🙂

Workout of the Day:  4.25 miles speed work

  • one mile warm up (about 9:50 pace)
  • two miles @ 7.0-7.5 on treadmill (about 8-8:15 pace)
  • one mile cool down with progressive speed up (about 9 minute pace)
  • walk it out until I hit 40 minutes

I hit 4 miles right before 36 minutes this morning, so I had about 4 minutes to stretch out with some incline walking.   I was REALLY happy with my little legs holding on for the two speed miles back-to-back.  It’s the first time i’ve run this speed work out, and I really liked it.

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I did take a quick water and potty break between the first and second speed mile, but that was the only break I had in the run.

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And look. . . Even Gusman doesn’t like the cold mornings.  😉

Quote for the Day

I really enjoyed reintroducing myself to my journal yesterday, so I’m excited to keep it up!  Today’s quote is one of my favorites


This is a great reminder to me to focus on my interactions with others.  Make sure that I am presenting myself in a way that I can be proud of.  Present myself as a person that I would want to be around.  It seems so simple. . . but sometimes easier said than done.  Especially when life just seems to get in the way.


Question of the Day:  Are you struggling with the dark mornings lately?