All over the place.

I am starting to think that the phrase all over the place is the only way to describe my life. I have so many random thoughts in my head that don’t go anywhere but chill there and then I put them in a note in my iPhone and then I forget about that and then I remember when it’s not important anymore and then I freak out and the cycle repeats over and over and over. So here are all the random things I’m thinking right now so maybe I can look back on this post and remember, although there is a 99.9% chance that I never will. Good. Oh, and I really like bullet points. Can you tell?

  • Did anyone watch that new show Mistresses on ABC Monday night? Oh goodness. It’s like Desperate Housewives, only faster and with extremely beautiful people. I am super happy about that. Good job network producers. You knew you had to do something to make up for how terrible The Bachelorette is this season.

  • I want to do this. Help.
  • I am so ridiculously obsessed with Miley Cyrus’ new song. I think I have been playing it non-stop since she released it yesterday. I am praying so bad that this means she is going to go on tour with Demi Lovato and all my dreams are going to come true. She’s single now guys. Not sure what that means, but I’m not mad about it.

  • Speaking of music, on my off 5 minutes from listening to Miley, I have been listening to the Ingrid Michaelson Pandora station and I cannot get enough. I kind of want to be her or invite her over to my house for cereal or something like that. She’s just so darn cool. I wish that I was tech savvy like some of you are and could make one of those cute little pictures with all my favorite songs right now, but I just have no clue how. So, sorry. I could screen-shot my iTunes, but guess what? Don’t know how to do that either! Thumbs up for being a college graduate.

  • I got a legitimate job! I don’t want to say a lot about it, but it’s full-time and I will still be nannying my girls one day a week, so I’m going to be super busy, but it’s all good. I need to grow up one of these days and apparently that day is like, tomorrow. Oh, and it’s a fitness job. Score.
  • I was *thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis* close to going to California this weekend to visit a good friend, but then unfortunately remembered that I am poor and cannot afford a last-minute plane ticket. And now I am very sad. I know I am going to regret it this weekend (not going), but I really just don’t have that kind of money at all. On the bright side, I have not a thing to do this weekend, so hopefully I can be productive for once in my life and catch up on all the little random things I need to do and people I need to see and all that jazz. If anyone has a plane and wants to fly me to LA though, I certainly would not be angry.
  • This is my friend Tara’s YouTube channel. She wants to work for Ellen as much as I do (if not more!), and we went on an adventure the other day. Check it out. So many links in this post! Again, too bad I can’t do anything with technology and actually put the video into the post. Teach me.
  • I’ve been running so much lately. Weeeeeird. I think it’s because I’ve gotten so much random, new music that I love and I just want to listen to it over and over and it’s more socially acceptable to do that while on a run than just laying in bed in the middle of the day for no reason. I might be doing a Tough Mudder in a couple of weeks. Oh goodness. Has anyone ever done it before that can convince me I wouldn’t die?

  • I would give up just about anything in the whole world right now to go back and re-do college. I know I’ve said that before, but it really was the best time of my life and I did not take advantage of everything that I should have. I am lucky that I made some absolutely amazing friends there, but I miss them like crazy and just want to have a reunion in approximately 5 minutes. I don’t know if it helps to talk to them, because that just seems to make me miss people even more. That was a confusing statement if I’ve ever heard one.

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  • These words are about to come out of my mouth and I am totally going to regret them, but I really want to do a juice cleanse again. Why? I have no idea. Told you I can’t make up my mind for more than 5 minutes.

  • It is my wonderful mother’s birthday today! To tell you the truth, I really don’t know how old she is and she would be very angry with me if I posted it on here anyway. She’s a cool lady. I do actually owe her for my life, but also for everything she’s given me over the past (almost) 22 years. No matter how messed up I have been, she’s never given up on me which is way more than I can say for anyone else I’ve ever known. And she sent me a card every week at college, which was super sweet. And she took my crying phone calls numerous times throughout the day and in the middle of the night. And now she lets me live with her and gives me food and doesn’t get (too) mad when my sisters and I act like complete fools. I love her.

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This is random and long enough, so bye. Have a wonderful Wednesday! <3

What should I do this weekend?!

Fun Facts

Here’s a bunch of useless things you never needed to know about me, because I have to do something like this for work and I am also very lazy right now and don’t want to think of a better idea. (:

  • I am obsessed with brushing my teeth. I use two different mouthwashes and I actually do floss my teeth every morning and every evening. I am a freak; I know.
  • I could lay on the couch and pet my cat and watch How I Met Your Mother all day every day. Very high maintenance.

  • When I was 5-ish I fell on my neighbors driveway and his dad had to carry me home and now I have a little lightning bolt scar on my knee that makes me feel one with Harry Potter and that makes me very happy.
  • I have never tried any meat in my life other than chicken.
  • I can have my nails painted for approximately 1.3 days before I get frustrated with them and pick it all off. I always get chastised when I get my nails done, because they are so weak and gross. The lady then tries to convince me to get their “super manicure” or whatever the hell it’s called, and I proceed to tell her that I’m poor.
  • I would really like to have a YouTube channel or an online business and work from home and never have to put real pants on if I don’t want to.
  • My favorite food in the world is dry honey nut cheerios. WILD. So much so that I had to bring some to church the other day. Like I can’t go a freaking hour without having a snack.

  • I kissed Aaron Carter. If only I could find the picture….

  • If I could be on any TV show it would be Glee and I would be Quinn, because she’s really pretty and who doesn’t want to be able to bust into song at any opportunity you wish and not be judged for it?!

  • I put 3 piercings in my ears when I was like 14 with my friend Stephanie in my bathroom. Momma wasn’t too happy about that one.
  • If I had money, I would get a massage every single week. I think I would be a significantly happier person if I could do this.
  • There was this one time when I was in Italy and my friend and I got lost in Rome and just decided to sit down and have some wine instead of freaking out about it, and that was probably one of the best days of my entire life.

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  • I hate hotels. I actually hate sleeping anywhere that isn’t my own bed.
  • I think I am most excited to move out not so I can have my own life and grow up a little bit, but so that I can get another cat.

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  • College was the best time of my entire life and I would give just about anything right now to go back and re-do it.

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  • If I am not out of Michigan by this time next year, one of you needs to come kick me out of my own house.

And now that you know everything you never needed to know, I’m going to bed. Byeeeeeee.

Random fact about you. Ready set go.

Playing catch-up.

Happy Monday lovelies! My posts have been all over the place lately, because I haven’t really felt like talking about a lot of things, but I’m ready to talk now and catch you up with what’s been going on in my crazy mind. Bear with me here.

  • I am working with a wonderful group of 5 ladies in a fitness challenge group. We’re working together to get our bodies ready for summer, develop a new healthy lifestyle, and make some good food choices. I just adore them, and it makes me so happy day after day to hear about their progress and do what I can to help them along the way. It helps me, too, to stay accountable! Even though I might not have all the answers all the time, it’s nice to use my knowledge and experience to help other girls love their bodies and themselves.

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  • I am cutting down my nannying hours and focusing more on my personal training career. I am really lucky to have played trial-and-error with all the jobs under the sun and found what I love to do so soon. I love children and I love fitness. If I can build up my fitness career over the next few years, I will be able to train on my own time, make my own schedule, and love life. Making your own schedule is the best. I highly recommend you get a job where you can do this if possible Smile with tongue out I want to open up a fitness studio that includes child-care so moms can come and bring the kids with no problem. First though, I need money.

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  • I am still working really hard to try to get a job with Ellen! I e-mail her every day and have been making a bunch of random YouTube videos saying why I should move to California and do it. But now after going up north for the week, I honestly can’t decide if I should move up north to the country (which would probably be great for me) or to Los Angeles to have my dream career. I guess for now I have to just keep my options open and cross that bridge when the opportunity comes up. All I know is that I want to move away from where I am currently living. I need a big change.

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  • I am so super pumped for all my summer TV shows to start up. Is that lame? Yeah. Oh well; I accept that. So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelorette, and Pretty Little Liars all start up within the next couple of weeks. I smile just thinking about it. It’s the little things.

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  • I would give just about anything to go back to college lately. I complained about it so much while I was there, but thinking back on it, I had the best time of my life. I really regret not taking some of the opportunities I had and wish I could go back and make different choices. I am not one to listen to slow music; typically I am a pop or upbeat country kinda girl, but I am all about the stuff that makes you think lately. Why? I have no idea. But if I could rewind my life 2 years and really think about the long-term consequences of my actions, I think I would have made some different decisions. Actually, I know it. So for any of you who are in college, live it up and enjoy every minute. The real world sucks at first.

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  • Ever since before I went up north, I have been craving my workouts like crazy. I go nuts if I don’t exercise, but that can be from 10 minutes to 2 hours. I just like to get my body moving and am starting to realize that when I do a ton of different exercises it keeps me from getting bored and keeps me motivated. Lately I really like long walks with my mom in the morning and yoga before bed at night. I also have been doing a lot of Tone It Up strength-training and incline runs. Then I like to throw DVD’s in there once in a while. I am all over the place.

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  • I ordered my first ever Pressed Juicery cleanse! I will be starting it on Thursday and doing a full review of just about every little detail I can think of. I understand that there are mixed reviews on juice cleanses, but I have always wanted to try one, so why the hell not? I am so excited to see what all the buzz is about. Maybe I will like it, maybe not. I want to know for myself though instead of hearing opinions from others. I tried my first juice from Pressed Juicery when I was in Los Angeles and loved it, so I’m sure the juices won’t be an issue for me. It will be not being able to have wine :x You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I gotta stop my bad habits!

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  • I actually have plans this week with a lot of friends, and I am really excited! I am starting to put myself out there again and do what I want and not really care/think about what others say. I’m over doing what I am supposed to do. I am just freaking over it. People can judge me all they want, but I’ve always been the type of person that just wants to be happy with myself. It doesn’t necessarily matter to me what other people think of me. I feel like as long as you love yourself and treat yourself well, you’re doing something right. Or as Jillian Michaels says, “As long as you’re not a total dick, you’re doing pretty good in life.”

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  • My sisters and I bought tickets to go see the Jonas Brothers in July. Score. Now if anyone wants to take me to see Justin Timberlake, my summer would be set. Speaking of summer, I really miss summer breaks like they were in high school. It was actually a break! Now summer is just another time when you have beautiful weather, but have to go to work anyway. Cool.

Whew. That was a lot. Sorry! Hopefully you are all doing fantastic. Start this week out on the right foot. Smile

“Tough times are like physical exercise. You may not like it while you are doing it, but tomorrow you will be stronger because of it.”

Things I learned since graduating college.

  • You will have a million different jobs in your lifetime, and you will probably hate all of them in one way or another until you find what’s perfect for you. You haven’t found your ideal career path until you are excited to get up each and every day and go to “work.” Except it won’t be like work since it is your passion and your life.

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  • It’s okay to not be busy all the time. You worked your ass off for 16 years throughout elementary school, high school, and college. It will be interesting to watch TV at night without having homework or studying to accompany it, but that’s okay. You’ll get used to it. You’ll turn to looking up pictures of cats online instead.

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  • You will meet a lot of people you don’t like, but have to get along with anyway. You’re going to have to learn to be patient and take a breath so you don’t flip out at all the ignorance in the real world. But then over time you’ll realize that everyone is different and you should just be nice and that is that.

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  • Even if you move home after graduation, you are not the same person you were in high school. You will see things in a different light and think of all the high-schoolers as children. It is weird to look at your hometown through different eyes, but not necessarily bad weird. Just different.

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  • You will have a really tough time learning how to balance work and your personal life. Maybe you will make it work, and maybe you won’t. Maybe you will lose some friends, and maybe you will make new ones. You will do a lot of thinking about what you really want in life and that will eliminate a lot of people from your life that aren’t on the same page as you.

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  • You will be really confused. Like, all the time.

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  • You will change your mind every 3 seconds on average.

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  • You will feel like you should grow up and get married and have kids and the end, but then you will realize that you just want to play for a few more years and enjoy the simplicity while you still can.

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  • Vacations will be your best friend.

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  • It is okay if you start to watch the news and drink black coffee and listen to podcasts and go to bed by 9 p.m. It just means that you’re becoming a boring adult. No big deal.

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  • You will cringe whenever you see someone on Facebook post about finals or studying. Your heart will break for them, because you know how bad it sucks.

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Okay, so maybe these are just things that apply to me, but I can’t be the only person that feels this way!

What is something you have learned since graduating college?

Liebster Award + Buff-Up Your Man

A big thanks to Melissa at Freeing Imperfections for nominating me for the Liebster Award Smile I really like reading up on other people’s lives, and the survey that goes along with this award is just perfect for that.

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11 Questions

  1. Peanut butter or chocolate? Oh this is so hard! Why do I have to pick just one?! I guess if I can’t put them together, I would have to go with chocolate. I’m not a fan of any sort of nut butter on its’ own.
  2. Where did you get your blog title? I honestly came up with it, because I was sick of living a lie and pretending about this. I wanted to be truthful, relatable, and realistic.
  3. Have any nick-names? Lots of people call me Allie, some family members call me Al, and my dad likes to call me Big Al once in a while. Cool.
  4. Who is your blog idol? I gotta say Courtney over at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. Hers was the first blog I have ever read and I look up to her big time.
  5. Are you a jewelry person? If so, do you have a special piece that you wear every day/a lot? Yes, I am a big person. Every day I wear 3 earrings in each ear, a necklace holding a heart Luke bought me years ago and a locket my great-grandma gave me before she passed away, my “friendship” bracelet I share with Luke, my class ring, and my grandma’s old wedding ring.
  6. Describe your perfect candle scent. Spiced cider from Bath & Body Works.
  7. What was your favorite childhood birthday present? That would probably have to be the ring my mom gave me on my 13th birthday. It’s silver with an opal stone in the center and all these pretty designs. It meant so much to me at such a young age and still does.
  8. Would you rather be stuck in freezing cold or extreme heat forever? Extreme heat, all the way. I can’t stand the cold.
  9. What’s your favorite social media right now – Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or something else? Gotta go with Instagram! I just got into it, but I’ve recently learned to love it.
  10. Favorite holiday and why? Christmas! As stressful as it is, I love seeing my family and the happiness that seems to surround the entire month of December. DSCN1127
  11. What motivates you to blog? I love that blogging allows me to be myself. This sounds crazy, but I feel like most of you understand me better than the people who I see in my everyday life. It’s a place where I can talk about my life and what’s actually going on, where I won’t be judged. I also adore reading all of your stories! <3

11 Random Facts

  1. I just cried at seeing a preview for both Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies on ABC Family this weekend.
  2. I watched the first 2 seasons of Pretty Little Liars in less than a week.
  3. My favorite celebrities ever are Ellen DeGeneres and Jillian Michaels. What I would do to just spend one day with them….
  4. When I was like 11 years old, I was on the cover of some teen magazine for “wild and crazy hair.” My family and I were on a boat and it was standing straight up. It was like, J-14 or something like that. I wish I could find that!
  5. I cannot handle when I have a messy e-mail inbox. I read or delete every single thing that comes in and don’t like to keep more than can fit on one screen on my iPad. OCD at its’ finest friends.
  6. When I was in high school and I used to work out with my friend Emily, we would walk/run a mile on the treadmill and thought that was absolutely insane.
  7. One time in college I went out to eat and to the movies by myself and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
  8. Another time in college my friend Audrey and I went on a mad hunt around our little neighborhood to find someone to open our bottle of wine. We wanted it. Bad.
  9. I met the Jersey Shore cast in Italy in 2011.
  10. I can get by on 5 hours of sleep, easily. It’s pathetic and really unhealthy. I need more hours in the day.
  11. When I eat Starburst jellybeans, I only eat the yellow, pink, and red ones. I can’t stomach the other flavors.

11 New Questions

  1. What did you do today?
  2. How old do you want to be when you have children? Do you even want children? If you already have kids, how old were you when the first one was born?
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. What is your favorite exercise?
  5. What is the food you eat most often?
  6. What is the coolest place you have ever been?
  7. Who do you look up to most in the world?
  8. What is your job? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not?
  9. Favorite summer-time activity?
  10. What is the best advice you have ever received?
  11. Do you like pickles?

Nominees

  1. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt
  2. Brittany @ Britt’s Blurbs
  3. Caitlin @ Chasing Chels
  4. De @ Cooking for the Other Half
  5. Nicole @ Fruit N’ Fitness
  6. Jessie @ Jessie Loves to Run
  7. Ashley @ Life and Fitness by Ashley
  8. Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living
  9. Brooke @ Running in Heels
  10. Carly @ Snack Therapy
  11. Becky @ Olives N’ Wine

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Now onto a new workout. So I’ve been training Luke over the last couple of months to help him gain some muscle. He has gained like 18 pounds, mostly of muscle. He’s been working his a$$ off! So congrats babe Smile Here’s a sample of a chest/back workout we do. This is certainly something you can do, but also something you could share with your man to whip him into shape Smile with tongue out

Chest and Back Workout!
Elliptical warm-up (5 minutes):
8.0 resistance, 2.5 minutes forward, 2.5 minutes backward

Circuit 1 (15 minutes):
Ball dumbbell chest press (15 reps, 15 weights)
Seated stability ball military press (15 reps, 20 weights)
Dead lift (20 reps, 15 weights)
Standing barbell curl (15 reps)
Repeat 3x

Circuit 2 (15 minutes):
Side plank lowers (20 each side)
Straight arm raises (15 reps, 15 weights)
W-squat raise (15 reps, 15 weights)
Side lunge and overhead raise (10 reps, 20 weights)

Treadmill cool-down (5 minutes):
4.0 speed, 6.0 incline

If you bust your butt, it will take 40 minutes. It takes Luke much longer, because he gets easily distracted. Usually by me. Oops!

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Enjoy your Wednesday. Halfway there loves <3

Learning About Life

I think that as you go through life, you don’t so much as learn what you want to do, as what you don’t want to do. I find that I am continuously eliminating things that do not interested me or that I am not passionate about. Sure, I know that I have a huge love for health and fitness and children, but do I know exactly where I want to take those skills? Nope. However, I do know that I don’t want to be a nanny for the rest of my life and I don’t want to train in a gym for the rest of my life. I’m starting to think that I just want to be a mom and have nice enough equipment to train out of my home eventually, or travel to other people’s homes. I also want to work from home during the day, writing freelance work, doing blog stuff, and potentially writing a book. I’ve always wanted to do that, so why not now?

This whole post is about to be a ton of rambling, so bear with me. What is bringing all this random-ness on today you may ask? Well, it’s because I’ve been losing my mind lately. I have way too much going on, and a lot of it I’m just not interested in. I want to look forward to my days rather than dreading them. I want to be excited to get out of bed in the morning rather than feeling like crawling under my comforter all day. I want to want to see my friends rather than wanting nothing more than to come home at the end of the day, crack open some wine, and watch reality TV alone all night. I want to have my passion for exercise and healthy eating back for myself, rather than just preaching it to my clients (*Side note* I’ve heard about personal trainers who completely let themselves go once they get into the field because they’re focusing so much on their clients that they forget about themselves. I never understood this until I actually experienced it. It is SO easy to do.”) I want to love my life and live each day rather than just going through the motions. I need a change. Let’s rewind a little bit to see how I got here.

2009:

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I was graduating high school.

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Had just started dating Luke (well, in September 2008; close enough).

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Having a graduation party.

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Started having a blast at college.

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And met my best friend, Audrey<3

2010:

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Saw The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles with my mom.

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Had a great first summer back at home after living on my own for 8 months on my own for the first time.

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Moved into my own apartment!

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Went out. A lot.

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Joined a sorority.

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Had a great Christmas home with my family.

2011:

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Went to a Lady Gaga concert.

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Studied abroad in Italy and had the time of my life.

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Family vacation to the Jersey Shore…and a pit stop at Hershey Park. A wonderful, wonderful place.

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Had okay seats to a Taylor Swift concert.

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Christmas with the fam.

2012:

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Hung out with Luke. A lot.

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Went up north to help my grandma with a huge garage sale.

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Turned 21!

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Saw Kip Moore, Justin Moore, & Eric Church with my best friend Mike.

And here we are today.

Now looking back at that, you can obviously see that I’ve had a great life. I’ve experienced different parts of the world, held many different jobs, lived in many different places, and gotten to know many different people over the years. I am so thankful for all those experiences and lessons, but it’s time for me to be done with that. My life has been so go-go-go up until this point, that it’s time for me to have some consistency and settle down to start my own life.

I’m going to be totally honest: I have been very unhappy lately. I’m getting back into the rut of not wanting to do anything, and it’s been this way for a while. I don’t want to go out with or see friends, I don’t want to do anything that I don’t have to do, I love spending time alone in my room, my exercise and eating schedules are whack, and I constantly feel tired and/or sick. I have a lot going on, and am not loving all of it. Looking back on my life, I find that the times I were happiest was when I was in one place doing something consistent:

  • high school, living at home with my parents dating Luke
  • last year of college, living with my grandparents
  • summers, home from college

I notice that I like things calm. I like to be on top of things and have time to do what I love and see whom I please. Right now, I can’t do that. I have a schedule that requires me to do many things a week that I do not enjoy, leaving me with minimal time to exercise, eat right, see Luke, see my friends, and do anything else for just me. I need to change something before I lose my mind, my health, and all the people in my life. I’m fully admitting that I have pulled away from a lot of people recently. I’ve lost great friends in the process and regret some of the bad decisions I’ve made.

I think that a large source of my problems comes from living at home. I love my family and am beyond grateful for them taking care of me, but I just don’t feel like I can live my own life here in my parents’ home. I need my space. Hopefully this will change in the future and fix a lot of the issues, but Luke and I will not be financially stable enough until at least the summer, so I need to make some immediate changes in the meantime. Here’s what I’m going to try to do to make things a little better:

  • Cut back my hours at the gym. I hate to do it, but I am not going to be able to work behind the desk at the gym AND train my clients. Some people can work one job from 8am-5pm and then go to another one from 530-930pm, but I am not one of those people.
  • Learn to say no to babysitting jobs when they come up. I am a “yes” person. I say yes to everything. I need to learn to schedule time for myself to work on client training plans, study new materials, write blog posts, and just have a little bit of a life of my own.
  • Exercise at the same time every morning. For me, this is going to have to be 6 a.m. This week is going to suck, but I’ll get over it.
  • Start food prepping and meal planning on Sundays. I have such busy days that I end up eating crap, simply because it’s there and I have no other food. This is an easily changeable problem; I’m usually just too lazy to do anything about it.
  • Start applying for freelance writing jobs online and start writing the book I’ve wanted to write for years. Also start my personal training website. The one thing I have determined is that I want to work from home whenever possible. I need to start taking steps in that direction, rather than just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Wow. That was a lot of stuff. I really think I’m going to print out this post as a constant reminder that I don’t need to live this way. I can be happy again like I used to, even now as a grown adult. I’m old enough to make my own decisions and point my life in whichever direction I want it to go. I need to stop being lazy and complaining about things, when I’m taking no steps to fix them. Today is a new day and one I am going to use to be productive and prepare for the upcoming week.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I’m able to get my head on straight this week and start this new chapter of my life. Anddddd, if you’re still reading this, you rock<3

What has been the happiest time in your life so far?

Fitting It All In

I’ve been having a real problem lately with scheduling my life. I used to be really good in college about getting everything done, with time to spare. I would:

  • get all my homework and studying done and usually stay ahead of track on all my syllabi (is that the right way to use that word?)
  • take 18 credits and work 20-30 hours a week
  • find time every day to go to hot yoga for 1.5 hours or go on a minimum 6 mile run
  • hang out with friends almost daily, whether it was meeting for lunch or seeing a movie
  • keep up on all my TV shows
  • cook and bake my meals every single day
  • commute a half hour to/from school every day
  • still have time to myself!!!!

What on earth? I mean, sure, I got stressed at times, but I was always able to handle everything with ease. Lately things have just been building up to a point where I truly feel like I can’t handle it all. Deep down I know that I can, but my mind is telling me otherwise. And here’s a list of what’s happening in my life today:

  • nannying for one family 25 hours a week and for approximately 15 hours a week rotating between 4 different families
  • working behind the desk at the gym about 10 hours a week
  • personal training about 5-6 different clients each week
  • writing up training plans for said clients
  • spending about 2 hours a day on writing/reading blogs and researching content material
  • I know this is a pathetic one, but watching all my TV shows
  • finding time to (hopefully) work out about an hour a day
  • extras, like cleaning, social media, running errands, and that’s not even to mention spending time with family, friends, and Luke

I know it doesn’t seem like a ton (especially compared to what some of you are currently dealing with), but it’s kind of blowing my mind. I think it’s a combination of running around from place to place every day instead of going to ONE job and the stress of living with my family where I feel chastised for my crazy schedule. I don’t work traditional hours for the most part, which is contradictory to what the rest of my family is doing. I’m not home when they are and am gone when they’re home, making it seem like I’m avoiding them, which I’m really just not.

Would I like a “typical” 8-5 job? Probably; it would relieve a lot of stress. Would I be happy in a “typical” 8-5 job? Probably not; I would most likely be in an environment I don’t like. I enjoy the jobs that are not typical hours, because I have found (at least for me) that those are the fun ones. I’ve always been a person that is more concerned with doing what they love than having a significant amount of money. As I get older, I’m learning that money is definitely a necessity, but I really just wish it wasn’t that way. For a really long time, I’ve wanted to live in California. I’ve always admired that SoCal lifestyle. The people who reside there just seem like healthy, life-loving, happy people. I want that mindset. I know that contentment comes from within, but at least for me, the external environment plays a huge factor in my happiness.

So if I could do anything I wanted in my life?:

  • have my own successful online health coaching business with one of my best friends
  • really get my blog up-and-running and write some freelance pieces as well
  • live on the beach in California with Luke near my best friends, like on How I Met Your Mother
  • live somewhere where I’m able to comfortably be outside year-round, riding bikes, taking walks, and not having to drive everywhere in congestion
  • get my quirks under control so I don’t have to stress so much about everything

It’s not a lot! Nothing fancy. I may be wrong, but I truly think that living somewhere different would really help me out. Maybe I’m being over-dramatic, but nothing seems to be exactly right right now. I need some sort of a change or consistency or SOMETHING. I didn’t mean for this to turn into as much of a rant as it did, but I need to get these thoughts out and maybe get some advice from some of you.

Any suggestions on a simple change to make in my life right now? Any thoughts on making a big move?

Happy Monday!

Instead of dreading today, let’s make it the best day ever; shall we? I oftentimes start out the day with a negative attitude, when I should really be grateful to be able to get out of bed in the morning with my healthy body. Some people (too many actually) don’t have that privilege. I’ve gotten into this rut of just going through the motions of my life. I want to actually live each day and do something important. I want to help people and make a difference in the world. I spent some time with my two best friends from college last night and was reminded of how much fun I have with my friends. I need that time. I’ve really lost a lot of relationships in the past couple of months and I want to get them back. I want to spend time with the people I love the most and focus less on getting my menial tasks on my to-do list done each day. I’ve noticed that I spend way too much time on exercise lately. I could be using that time on something much more productive that my body needs, rather than working myself to the bone. So help keep me accountable, will ya? Alright, enough with my rant. Onto a recap of last night!

 

I spent the night with my two friends, Erica and Audrey.

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I’ve known Erica forever. We live in the same neighborhood and went to the same school from kindergarten-8th grade. We were roommates in college and I love her to death!

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I met Audrey my freshman year of college. We are literally the same person. I also lived with her during college. I don’t know what I would do without her.

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We were originally planning on going out to eat at Mongolian BBQ last night, but after a long weekend all we really wanted to do was chill at home. So the girls came over my house and we ordered Jimmy Johns, talked, and ended up going on a hunt for a mouse. Yes, you heard that right. There was a MOUSE in my basement. It was just a little guy and actually super cute, but I dare you to have a mouse running at your feet and not scream and jump. We probably scared him half to death. We tried so hard to catch him to put him in a safe place, but it just wasn’t possible. My cats probably ate him last night Sad smile Break my heart. Hopefully there will be pictures to come tomorrow.

 

It was awesome to spend some time with them like we used to do back in our apartment. All we really did back then was drink, watch funny YouTube videos, bake ridiculous things, and lounge around in our comfy clothes. We were living the life. Can we just re-create that now? It really makes me sad to think back on how much fun we had and how little I appreciated it then. I wish I would have taken advantage of every second we had together and that carefree lifestyle we led. Maybe one day I’ll do a post on all the crazy antics we got into….that’s definitely good for a laugh.

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Yup, that was on our wall all year. We were a fun bunch.

 

After they left I had some cleaning to do, some packing for my long day today, some laundry to put away, a ton of e-mails to catch up on, and some blog posts to write. Whew! I also managed to catch the episode of Walking Dead. Okay, so who else watches that show so we can start an e-mail chain about how crazy it’s getting?!

I hope you go live out there today. This quote will probably help ya out:

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad

 

Share your favorite positive Monday quote!

Room Tour Vlog

You guys. Please don’t judge me. I wanted to show you my room and didn’t realize what an awkward person I was until now. Enjoy this mess.

Moving on……

 

My morning workout was intense and awesome.

Since I train clients all day long and make up individual plans for them, when it comes time for my own workout all I want is for someone else to tell me exactly what to do!

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My breakfast was also quite delicious. I had a light n’ fit vanilla yogurt with a small banana, strawberries, blueberries, and roasted flaxseed from TJ’s.

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Doesn’t that look all patriotic and stuff?

I also enjoyed some hazelnut coffee from my sampler pack from my new Keurig!

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Isn’t my mug adorable?! I got it at a craft show like, 4 years ago and it’s still goin’ strong. I hope I never need to get a new one!

 

The rest of my day has been spent doing laundry, cleaning my room and bathroom, calling some clients, training some clients, and eating Chipotle leftovers with Luke. My best friend from college, Audrey, is coming over for the rest of the day so we can get dinner later tonight with our other college roommate Erica later. Super excited. I’ll have a full recap tomorrow Smile

 

Some people say that it’s okay to have, eat, or do whatever you gave up for Lent on Sundays. Thoughts on this topic??

Q&A

Last week I asked you guys to submit any questions that you have for me for me to answer this week. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s difficult to come up with blogging topics. It’s also difficult to think of something to write about sometimes that other people can relate to. So I figured, why not talk about what you guys want to hear? I know that I love finding out new fun facts about fellow bloggers. It makes me realize how similar I am to a lot of you and actually challenges my way of thinking. So these questions were submitted to me in the comments, via e-mail, via message, etc. I’m keeping it anonymous for the sake of well, just being anonymous. And if you have any questions, leave them in the comments or e-mail me at [email protected] and I’ll post the answers next week Smile

 

  • If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?

I have always loved cruises. My family used to go on them a lot when I was younger. I love how you literally just get to be on this big, moving boat of fun. The dinners are amazing and are “free” at the time. The entertainment is phenomenal. AND you get to go to a bunch of beautiful islands for just long enough to get a taste of it without getting bored. I have met such great people on cruises I’ve been on before. I haven’t been on a cruise since I’ve been 21 and I’ve never been on one with Luke, so that’s my next goal. Although Los Angeles in April is going to be a pretty fantastic vacation, too.

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  • If you could pick any other name for yourself, what would it be and why?

This is such a great question. I totally used to watch So Little Time with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Their names in that show were Chloe and Rylie. Ever since that I have wanted to be named Rylie. I suppose I’ll settle for naming my first baby girl that instead. You think I’m kidding, but I’m totally serious. Rylie Marie. That’s her name.

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  • What does a typical day in your life look like?

I have two different types of day pretty much: nanny day or gym day. Weekends don’t count; my weekends are all over the place haha. So here’s what a nannying day looks like:

6:00 am: wake up and do about a half hour of strength training routines

6:45 am: shower and get ready

7:30 am: leave for work

8:00 am – 5:00 pm: nanny (take the girls to school, make lunch, play, basically all the typical things you do with a 2 and 4 year old)

5:30 pm: get to the gym and workout, usually an hour or so of cardio

7:00 pm: get home, shower again (yuck), and eat dinner

8:00 pm: watch my shows, work on client training plans, and prep stuff for the next day

And here’s a gym day:

7:00 am: wake up and do about a half hour of strength training routines

8:00 am: get to the gym and check people in for the jazzercise class

8:30 am – 9:30 am: jazzercise

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: train client

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: work the desk at the gym

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: train client

6:00 pm: dinner with Luke and chill with him for the night

Of course I train clients at other random times throughout the week, but in a nutshell that’s my exhilarating life!

  • If you could have dinner with any person in the world, who would it be?

Ellen DeGeneres. No questions asked.

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  • What was your major in college?

I got my B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in event planning and a minor in business. That’s a mouthful, yeah? I actually started out as a dance major, but soon realized that there was a very slim chance I could make a career out of it. Now I’m regretting my decision, because I’m working in the health and fitness field anyway and not using my degree. Oh well, you live and you learn. But for any of you who haven’t gone to college yet, here’s my words of wisdom: DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE. That is all.

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Yup, college days. Oh boy. And yes, my hair used to be super dark!

  • How did you and Luke meet?

Ooh this is a good one! So he was actually really good friends with my best friend in high school. I had seen him all around school, but had never talked to him because I thought he was weird and annoying, haha! When we were juniors in high school, we were both at a football game and some random guy was trying to hit on me and be all over me. Luke somehow caught up on signals that I was telling this guy, “Get the hell away from me,” and he really just like walked over and grabbed my hand! It was too cute. We hung out together with our group of friends all night, and he just kissed me at the end of the night! We hung out for probably about a month after that and then started dating, and here we are Smile

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From then to now. We are such babies in the first picture!

  • What do you do in your spare time?

I’m going to be totally honest with you. I love to watch TV. It’s a problem. I also have recently started to love using my foam roller while I watch TV. I really like to blog. I read a lot of books. I research places to live. I organize. I work a lot on my laptop, on training plans, web design, researching places to live, PT jobs, etc. I spend time with my sisters. Nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary! Oh, I like to bake when I can, too Smile with tongue out

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  • Where do you live?

I live in southeast Michigan with my parents. I moved back with them after I graduated college and am definitely actively looking for my own place to live.

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Isn’t my mom beautiful?! I hope I look half as good as she does at her age.

 

There you have it! I would love to hear you answer any of the above questions in the comments below and submit something new for next week.

And I just gotta say it:

TIERRA IS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE! Open-mouthed smile

Have an amazing Tuesday!

Are you giving up anything or making any changes in your life for Lent? My goal is to get my eating habits under control. I’ll go into that in more detail later.