The most adventures I’ve had in a long time.

Hello! First of all, I just want to thank you all for leaving such sweet comments on my post from yesterday. A lot of you have been saying you admire my positive attitude, which totally makes my day, because I feel like I am negative a lot of the time! So thanks for making me smile and changing my own attitude about myself Smile

Yesterday Audrey and I went to a small town called Petosky in Michigan. It is super small and right on the water and absolutely adorable. We went with my great-grandma and my great-aunt and had an absolute blast.

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We may or may not have stopped at a winery while we were walking around and did a tasting at 11 a.m. Oops. I also bought a super cute ring and some mother’s day presents.

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Then we went to the most delicious little restaurant ever called Whitecaps for lunch. I got an apple panini, which had “granny smith apples, gorgonzola cheese, apple butter, spinach, and caramelized onions.” Uh, best thing ever. And stealing some of the beer-battered fries from my grandma was a great idea as well.

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I kid you not, Audrey and I were exhausted after our little 5-hour day trip! We have been so used to just laying around for days and doing things on our own time that it was different to actually have plans and do something real. We spent the rest of the day laying around the house and catching up on our TV shows.

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Here’s something else we’ve been up to:

What an exhilarating life I lead. Our plan is to start up a YouTube channel with us going through our bucket list, in hopes that Ellen will help us out with the ones that involve her! And we basically just want to be like Jenna Marbles and work from home, but do it in California while I am working for Ellen. Solid plan.

I will say that one of my favorite things about being up north is going for a run in the morning. It is so silent that it seems like I am the only person in the world. I haven’t even used my headphones the last few days! Seeing deer and bunnies on my run is much more enjoyable than getting exhaust blown in my face from cars on the highway like at home. I also like having time during the day to get everything done without having to be rushed; keeps the stress levels down like crazy! However, it is really hard for me to sleep here since I am not used to the area, so I’ve been constantly exhausted, but that’s okay! I have coffee and wine to get me through Smile with tongue out

We only have today and then head out in the morning, so we’re off to enjoy the beautiful weather, see some family, and just chill for one last day <3

Last thing. Have you ever had this delicious creation? If not, you must do so immediately.

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What gets you through the day when you are exhausted?

Consistency & the little things.

I went to yoga this morning for the first time in a long time. Sure, I do routines in my room each morning, but it’s just not the same. When I’m doing yoga at home, I typically get distracted by every little thing and check my twitter every 2 minutes. I can’t do that in a studio, because I feel the instructor would be very offended if I whipped out my phone or sat down for 5 minutes because I was tired. Going to the studio forces me to actually pay attention and concentrate, which is really good for me since I won’t do it on my own. If I was a celebrity and could afford my own personal teacher at my house every morning, that would be ideal. Yes, that is what needs to happen.

Anyway, moving on. The teacher was talking about setting your intentions on specific things and talking positively to yourself. She kept talking about thinking positively because, “If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t.” That is completely true. I have fallen into this pattern of just going through the typical routine of my day and doing the same thing over and over. If I want to move to California and work for Ellen, am I going to do that by watching Jenna Marbles videos (which are actually very true) and drinking wine? I WISH. But no. Goodness, even Jenna Marbles didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, made a sweet YouTube video, and is now making an insane amount of money doing something fun that she loves. That is freaking cool. You always hear stories of people making their dreams come true by hard work and dedication. It really does work.

I am also reading a book called The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. He keeps stressing the fact that if you can just take a series of small steps consistently over time, huge things will happen. That gives me hope, because I get in this mindset that I’ll be stuck in Michigan forever. Um, no thank you. SO, since I really like lists, here are my little steps I’m going to take to work for Ellen every single freaking opportunity I can until it happens:

  1. Make a YouTube video every week showing me spreading kindness or doing something funny/uplifting in the area.
  2. Continue to write these blog posts and tweet them to her.
  3. Try to talk to a local news or radio station and see if they can help.
  4. Save money so I can actually move to LA if the opportunity arises and not be poor and live in a box.
  5. Talk to people & have them help me spread the word!

There’s probably a million more things, but I’m getting really serious and tacky and annoying and I don’t like it. I mailed my scrapbook to her yesterday and totally forgot to take a picture of it; boo. I wish I had, because it was pretty darn funny. I really don’t care how ridiculous I seem to people, because Ellen is awesome and I know I would be happy working there. The end.

Not really the end, because I have something else to say. I am going to be at my sister’s dance competition all weekend and by all weekend, I mean all weekend. 20ish hours of dancing. Oh my goodness. I need entertainment/ideas to make me not go crazy. Yes, I’ve already thought of alcohol so don’t say that one. Ready set go! <3

Let Me Entertain You

Since I’m not really feeling up to posting a vlog today, I thought I might share some of my favorite YouTube videos with you guys. I spent many college nights (and days I suppose) watching silly videos with my roommates, simply because we had such a carefree life and nothing better to do. I discovered so many funny channels, and I figured we could all use a good laugh before starting off the week!

Tone It Up: youtube.com/ToneItUpcom

I’m starting off with a not-so-funny video. More like a badass video of two girls with insanely good bodies that motivates me to get off my butt when I’m feeling lazy.

Jenna Marbles: youtube.com/JennaMarbles

I think we can all relate to this. Big time.

The Daily Grace: youtube.com/dailygrace

Ignore the language. This makes me laugh SO hard. I can’t even handle it. “Raise all the roofs. Get all the roofs off.”

Cathy May: youtube.com/cathymaay15

I don’t even know. I just don’t know. This channel can provide you with hours of entertainment if you need it.

Glozell: youtube.com/glozell1

She’s so badass. And hilarious. Can I get paid to make videos for a living please?

youtube.com/toddymobs

SO FREAKING GOOD.

“Awkward Kristen”

It gets funnier the more you watch it.

The Ellen Degeneres Show: youtube.com/theellenshow

Yes, yes, YES.

 

Hope these gave you a good laugh! I just got done training a client at the gym, and now I’m off to see The Lion King broadway play with my family tonight. I have some kinda big news coming tomorrow….. Smile Enjoy your evening! <3

Post a link to your favorite YouTube video for us all to enjoy!

An Awesome Thursday Night

First of all, I just want to let you all know that I’m working with Jenny over at www.peanutbutterjenny.com to make my blog beautiful after becoming self-hosted a couple days ago. So if things are looking a bit funky, it will be all fixed soon! Also, I somehow lost all the blogs I subscribe to, so I would REALLY appreciate it if you took like 5 seconds to just e-mail your blog link to [email protected] so I can put it on my reader and get back to reading about your fabulous lives without having to search for each one individually Smile AND, it’s not letting me comment on some blogs, so I’m in the process of fixing that as well. But trust me, I’m still reading. Moving on….

Isn’t it great to just do something totally random and fun in the middle of the week? I had to train a couple of clients yesterday and work at the gym all day, but my day ended much earlier than usual, leaving me time to go grocery shopping (which I love by the way). *Sidenote: A lady in my jazzercise class yesterday morning told me I was an “inspiration” and that I made her feel like “she was dancing at a club.” This made my life basically.”* I got plenty of things that Luke loves in addition to things to make us a delicious dinner. I ran into a friend at the store who convinced me to buy a spaghetti squash. Just wait until you hear about that one.

My younger sister Olivia wanted to come with me to his house to help make dinner, and she actually ended up being a huge help. She started out by making an adorable centerpiece (that you can’t really see in this picture she took…) out of Starburst jellybeans and blow pop suckers (Luke’s favorite).

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Then I put together a salad with red leaf lettuce, tomato, garlic, Caesar croutons, parmesan cheese, a little bit of olive oil, and a ton of balsamic vinegar.

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The rest of the meal consisted of penne noodles and marinara sauce with garlic ciabatta bread,

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and roasted broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and spaghetti squash,

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Luke decided to document me attempting spaghetti squash for the first time.

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I look so focused. That actually looks like a pretty darn good tutorial if I do say so myself!

Luke had a big task. He opened the wine.

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The squash turned out awesome. I was kind of hesitant about it, but I loved every bite of it. It’s ridiculously filling though! No way could I have finished my whole plate, and that’s really rare for me.

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I topped mine with marinara sauce and a bunch of the roasted veggies with some asparagus on the side. Luke got the same thing, but with penne noodles instead of squash.

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Look at our cute little table setting!

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My handsome date:

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We had an awesome time. It was great to share a “fancy” dinner in the middle of the week, where we still got to stay home and wear our sweatpants. That’s my kind of night.

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And in case anyone is interested, my sister decided to show us her Jenna Marbles face. Alex, I hope you enjoy this.

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The rest of today is filled with lots and lots of babysitting for two different families. This weekend is pretty low-key, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

 

What is the best random thing you have done this week?