Don’t mind me…

…just hitting file on our taxes at 11 pm EST. Hey, at least they’re done!



Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.
Anna Quindlen (via andthenitsperfect)

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DID I MISS NATIONAL SIBLING DAY?! I hope not because regardless of what you guys say, I have the best sister around. Hands down. No question. Love her for a million reasons and I think she likes me ok even though I’m usually the most annoying ever.

DID I MISS NATIONAL SIBLING DAY?! I hope not because regardless of what you guys say, I have the best sister around. Hands down. No question. Love her for a million reasons and I think she likes me ok even though I’m usually the most annoying ever.



If I’m walking down the sidewalk and you rev your souped up Mustang’s engine right as you drive past me and scare me a lot

then you are a jerk and I hate you.



GUYS! I am so excited. As I mentioned last week, I have signed up to fundraise and train again with Team In Training for the Chicago Marathon! 
It has been 3 years since you guys helped me raise more than $3,000 for LLS research as I trained for and completed my first half marathon (San Diego Rock N Roll.) I never dreamed back then that I would be able to 1) raise such a large amount of money or 2) run 13.1 miles. Participating in Team In Training in 2011 kicked off two passions for me. For one, I have since run 3 more half marathons and recently ran my fastest one ever in my hometown of Tuscaloosa. Additionally, I have become a passionate advocate for both Team In Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 
As I did last time, I will be running this race and fundraising in memory of our friend Foster Griffith. Foster continues to touch the lives of so many people, and I want to share his story once again with the TNT community. I will also be racing in memory of my dad, Kermit Koenig, who passed away from cancer when I was younger. While he didn’t have a blood cancer, he did have a rare form of cancer, and I know that any research breakthrough through LLS could lead to a treatment that would help those who are fighting any form of cancer as well. 
SO! I was hoping for three things from you guys: 
Donations are MUY appreciated (you can donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/chicago14/kkmundy ) as I’m looking to raise $100 for every mile so $2,620 total! (Don’t worry, I promise not to inundate your feed with fundraising requests!)
I definitely am going to need some tips on training for and running the marathon - both just the distance in general as well as Chicago in particular. 
Any tips on visiting Chicago? The plan right now is for Brooke to come along with me and it will be my first trip there. I know a lot of you guys live there so I’ll probably repeat this request closer to when we head your way in October. What do I need to know?

GUYS! I am so excited. As I mentioned last week, I have signed up to fundraise and train again with Team In Training for the Chicago Marathon! 

It has been 3 years since you guys helped me raise more than $3,000 for LLS research as I trained for and completed my first half marathon (San Diego Rock N Roll.) I never dreamed back then that I would be able to 1) raise such a large amount of money or 2) run 13.1 miles. Participating in Team In Training in 2011 kicked off two passions for me. For one, I have since run 3 more half marathons and recently ran my fastest one ever in my hometown of Tuscaloosa. Additionally, I have become a passionate advocate for both Team In Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

As I did last time, I will be running this race and fundraising in memory of our friend Foster Griffith. Foster continues to touch the lives of so many people, and I want to share his story once again with the TNT community. I will also be racing in memory of my dad, Kermit Koenig, who passed away from cancer when I was younger. While he didn’t have a blood cancer, he did have a rare form of cancer, and I know that any research breakthrough through LLS could lead to a treatment that would help those who are fighting any form of cancer as well. 

SO! I was hoping for three things from you guys: 

  1. Donations are MUY appreciated (you can donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/chicago14/kkmundy ) as I’m looking to raise $100 for every mile so $2,620 total! (Don’t worry, I promise not to inundate your feed with fundraising requests!)
  2. I definitely am going to need some tips on training for and running the marathon - both just the distance in general as well as Chicago in particular. 
  3. Any tips on visiting Chicago? The plan right now is for Brooke to come along with me and it will be my first trip there. I know a lot of you guys live there so I’ll probably repeat this request closer to when we head your way in October. What do I need to know?



Just one week late on this… it’s been chilling in my drafts.
Recap of March Goals
Renew professional website domain - Yep. 
Get quotes for renter’s insurance - Yep. 
Sunday set up - mostly yep
Yoga x 3 - nope
Finish my half marathon -yep, with a shiny new PR!
Hit 100,000 steps every week - nope - 100,000 may have been a bit ambitious. My battery also died at the end of March but has now been replaced!
Track my food (and therefore login) to MFP daily - YES! So proud of this one - I ended March on a 37 day streak and was HONEST about what I ate, even if it meant going over my calories for the day. I adjusted my daily goal up at the beginning of the month a bit because 1,200 calories a day is just a little too extreme to me.  
Lose 4 pounds (1 pound per week) - Nope, but did lose about 2.5 
Finish next 21 skills on Duolingo - Yep
Start Google Analytics Academy - Nope
Choose and order prints for gallery wall above bed - Yep
Go through underclothes - Yep
Read 4 books - Nope - just one. 
April Goals - I’m going to focus a lot on my health and fitness goals this month to prep for both a beach trip at the end of the month and Kristen’s wedding in May (6 weeks from this weekend!) 
Hit 100 Pure Barre classes on my birthday which would be at least 13 classes in April. 
Run 5 days each week for the rest of the montheven if it is just 1 mile quickly before or after work. This includes a 5K on the 19th. 
Track my food every day on MFP which would have me at a more than 60 day streak. 
Yoga x 1 before my class package expires
Flywheel x 1 since they are opening the new studio right by my office. 
Finish my self evaluation and try to schedule my review at work. Making moves! 
Attend one professional networking event or webinar.
Put winter clothes in storage and go through spring/summer clothes that need to come out of storage and either be donated or live in my closet. 
Read the dang book for book club and have too much fun with all the girls on Sunday. 
Color my hair and get a mani/pedi. 
Finish next 21 skills on Duolingo
Start planning fundraising ideas for Team In Training (!!!)
( image via April Showers vertical print by thewheatfield on Etsy)

Just one week late on this… it’s been chilling in my drafts.

Recap of March Goals

  • Renew professional website domain - Yep. 
  • Get quotes for renter’s insurance - Yep. 
  • Sunday set up - mostly yep
  • Yoga x 3 - nope
  • Finish my half marathon -yep, with a shiny new PR!
  • Hit 100,000 steps every week - nope - 100,000 may have been a bit ambitious. My battery also died at the end of March but has now been replaced!
  • Track my food (and therefore login) to MFP daily - YES! So proud of this one - I ended March on a 37 day streak and was HONEST about what I ate, even if it meant going over my calories for the day. I adjusted my daily goal up at the beginning of the month a bit because 1,200 calories a day is just a little too extreme to me.  
  • Lose 4 pounds (1 pound per week) - Nope, but did lose about 2.5 
  • Finish next 21 skills on Duolingo - Yep
  • Start Google Analytics Academy - Nope
  • Choose and order prints for gallery wall above bed - Yep
  • Go through underclothes - Yep
  • Read 4 books - Nope - just one. 

April Goals - I’m going to focus a lot on my health and fitness goals this month to prep for both a beach trip at the end of the month and Kristen’s wedding in May (6 weeks from this weekend!) 

  • Hit 100 Pure Barre classes on my birthday which would be at least 13 classes in April. 
  • Run 5 days each week for the rest of the montheven if it is just 1 mile quickly before or after work. This includes a 5K on the 19th. 
  • Track my food every day on MFP which would have me at a more than 60 day streak. 
  • Yoga x 1 before my class package expires
  • Flywheel x 1 since they are opening the new studio right by my office. 
  • Finish my self evaluation and try to schedule my review at work. Making moves! 
  • Attend one professional networking event or webinar.
  • Put winter clothes in storage and go through spring/summer clothes that need to come out of storage and either be donated or live in my closet. 
  • Read the dang book for book club and have too much fun with all the girls on Sunday. 
  • Color my hair and get a mani/pedi. 
  • Finish next 21 skills on Duolingo
  • Start planning fundraising ideas for Team In Training (!!!)

( image via April Showers vertical print by thewheatfield on Etsy)



nomnomnamaste:

"Taurus: This week, the world might give you puzzles to solve; it might give you mazes to navigate. This week, your world is going to be so full, and it’s going to ask you to work, and it’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle. Try to ride out the challenges, try to ride out the weirdness, try to ride out the feelings of uncertainty. Ride this out and see where it’ll take you; ride it out and see what new worlds you can find; ride it out and you’ll find the strangest, brightest joy."

nomnomnamaste:

"Taurus: This week, the world might give you puzzles to solve; it might give you mazes to navigate. This week, your world is going to be so full, and it’s going to ask you to work, and it’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle. Try to ride out the challenges, try to ride out the weirdness, try to ride out the feelings of uncertainty. Ride this out and see where it’ll take you; ride it out and see what new worlds you can find; ride it out and you’ll find the strangest, brightest joy."

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Remembering this dear friend today on what would have been his 27th birthday. His favorite time of year, baseball season, has just kicked off. Most years we celebrate his memory with a game of softball, but the rains meant that my friends back home went bowling today. I hated to miss out, but love knowing that we all still work to get together at least once or twice a year to remember this guy. 

Remembering this dear friend today on what would have been his 27th birthday. His favorite time of year, baseball season, has just kicked off. Most years we celebrate his memory with a game of softball, but the rains meant that my friends back home went bowling today. I hated to miss out, but love knowing that we all still work to get together at least once or twice a year to remember this guy. 



So this happened today. !!!!

So this happened today. !!!!



If You Run Slow, Who Cares? - Women's Running

yaknow-yanow:

dclivin:

jayhawkerinthecapital:

turtleseyeview:

choosedaily:

thestoryofusplus:

I needed this today. :)

This!

Worth the read.

This was important for me tonight.

I am so guilty of this. When people ask me about my running, one of the first things I say is “I am the slowest runner ever” and when people ask me times for my races, I am always a little embarrassed at first to tell people. I’ve gotten a little better about it, but I do have to keep reminding myself that running is running, and even if it’s slow, it’s better than sitting on the couch. 

this surprisingly made me feel better about being a slow runner. at least i’m doing it!

love this.



Is this appropriate office attire for my client visit tomorrow? No? Too bad. 
(Damn you, casual agency office environment, for making me feel like putting on a pencil skirt and heels is the end of the world.) 

Is this appropriate office attire for my client visit tomorrow? No? Too bad. 

(Damn you, casual agency office environment, for making me feel like putting on a pencil skirt and heels is the end of the world.) 



Unlike most people, I was pretty okay with the How I Met Your Mother finale. What I REALLY love, though, is the Spotify playlist I found yesterday that is all of the best songs from the show. This is one of my favorites. 



Blake has started watching The Mindy Project (finally!) Guess who his favorite character is?

  • Blake: Also, I want a spinoff called The Morgan Project where the intro is him just winking and eating lasagna with his hands.
  • Me: DIES LAUGHING


notes for wednesday

  • negativity has the ability to be a terrible cycle that sucks you in and won’t release you. i need to remember this more often - venting sometimes is okay, but it is no longer venting if both parties join in on the complaining and terribleness and it will suck you dry. taking action to make things better is much more helpful in changing situations than continuing to bitch is. 
  • if you continuously have issues with things over and over again and complain constantly then there is a teeny tiny chance that the problem may be you. (this is a reminder to myself as well as what i wish i could tell certain people i know.) 
  • lipstick makes you look instantly more put together
  • never forget - everyone is just trying to get by