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motivation monday


I ran 10 miles tonight. So. Freaking. Happy. It was my first 10-miler post surgery. I’m not gonna lie, I was hurtin’ the last 3 miles. But I’m so glad I convinced myself not to give up and to keep going. I might be limping around Chicago the rest of the week, but I’m alright with that ; ).

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motivation monday


I love this Bill Rodgers quote because it’s so true. Nothing inspires me more than getting passed by an eighty year old man in the middle of a race and looking up only to see a girl with a prosthetic limb powering along. Anyone can be a runner. Don’t get discouraged if you’re just starting out and can barely run for 2 minutes without having an athsma attack; trust me, I’ve been there. You will get past that stage. It might hurt for a few weeks, or even a few months, but trust me – you will get there.

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Things I’m Lovin’ Thursday

OPI’s “Mod About You” Polish
This week, I fell in love with this OPI color all over again. Usually I stick with Essie colors. I paint my own nails and I think the Essie brushes are easier to use. However, this OPI polish is by far my favorite light pink color. I love that it’s so opaque. I find that a lot of the Essie light pinks are translucent and you have to do 3+ coats to get a good color on your nails. “Mod About You” only takes 1 or 2 coats and the pastel pink color is a-ma-zing.


This quote by Julia Child.
I printed this out and hung it up on my desk at work. It’s a great reminder to be passionately curious and to never stop learning. In my industry, there are professional insurance designations that you can obtain through taking a series of exams. While these exams aren’t exactly fun, I learn a lot studying for each one and I know it will be worth it in the long run once I have the designation. I’m currently 5/8 of the way done my CPCU exams and my goal is to finish this year. What does CPCU stand for? Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter. I told you… not too exciting!  I kind of equate these exams to the CPA exams people who work in accounting have to take. These days, you have to set yourself apart from the masses. Remember: you can never be overeducated or underdressed. Find some quotes or sayings on Pinterest that inspire you and hang them on your desk or in your room. As cheesy as it seems, every time I re-read this I’m inspired.

Coconut Almond Milk
I can’t get enough of Blue Diamond’s coconut almond milk lately. It seriously tastes like a milkshake. Although I prefer the taste of the regular coconut almond milk, I try to buy the unsweetened coconut almond milk when I can. Less sugar, less calories. For some reason, I always have a hard time finding it at the grocery stores, though. My best friend/roomie Tori picked some up for me the other night because she knows I’ve been on a mission to find it; whatta babe. Anyways, it was hilarious because she sent me a picture of our fridge with 4 or 5 different almond milks in it and wrote, “I think we’re running low on almond milk….” Yeah, we’re a liiiiittle obsessed. Ever since I was young, I’ve never been able to drink plain milk. (Chocolate milk is a different story. I could probably drink half a gallon before getting sick of it.) Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk. It tastes great in cereal, oatmeal, smoothies or on its own. Not to mention, it’s 100% vegan and contains no animal byproducts, gluten or saturated fat. Wow… it sounds like I’m a salesperson for Blue Diamond. I promise, I’m not! Try it out & let me know what you think.

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