by Stephany on January 30, 2015

Feeling… a little anxious about running. It hasn’t been the best running week for me, which makes me feel really nervous about my race at the end of March. I know, I know. I have plenty of time, but I’m really not in 5k shape just yet. And I just want every week to be a roses & butterflies running week! Why can’t it be that way? Meh.

Reading… Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I’m only about 25% in, but I love it so far. I have such a crazy girl crush on Amy, and I think it will only expand the more I read her book.

Writing… for a really fun freelance project. I can’t say much about it, but it’s been a really interesting process so far and a good way to stretch my writing muscles in a totally different way.

Listening to… Taylor Swift’s 1989 and nope, I am not sorry about it. I even bought the album on iTunes, something I have never done, because she took all her music off Spotify, so I had to. Well played, Swifty.

Watching… Parenthood, currently. Last night was the series finale, but I’m still about four episodes behind. I’m not ready for this TV show to end! Why does it have to end? It makes no sense. I’m super bummed. What other show is going to make me sob hard with each episode?

Excited about… taking my seventh cruise in May! Yep – that’s right. My mom and I have booked another cruise. After our first cruise in May of 2011, we promised one another we would try our hardest to take one cruise a year and we have done that! This will mark five years in a row of us taking a cruise in May. This year, we’re taking a 7-day cruise out of Miami. It travels to Half Moon Cay (Carnival’s private island in the Bahamas), St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk. The past two years, we’ve taken short 5-day cruises, so I am stoked for a longer cruise. Only 106 days and counting!

Planning… to spend the Valentine’s weekend with Alex in Orlando! Alex came up with the brilliant plan to drive to Orlando on Friday night and spend Saturday at Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom (he’s got a friend who was able to get us free tickets. !!!) I am sooooo excited. Especially because I have been ridiculously busy these past few weeks (and will be busy this weekend and next) and I feel so bad I haven’t been able to have as much one-on-one time with him as I want. This getaway will come at the perfect time. Yasssss.

Playing… Trivia Crack. It’s an obsession. And I’m not especially good at it. So it makes me feel like a moron sometimes. But it’s fun! And educational! And I’m learning so much useless trivia!

Buying… new pants because nothing is fitting me anymore! In the best way – I’ve lost 10 lbs since December and it must all be in my waist and hips because my pants are not fitting me right anymore. I splurged on a pair of exercise capris (I tend to budget shop for those, but slapped down $50 on a pair of Nike running capris), as well as a pair of Old Navy skinny jeans. (I was able to go two sizes down in those! Wahoo!)

Thinking about… bangs. I have a hair appointment coming up in the next few weeks and I was scrolling through Pinterest last night and found this cut and I want it and I know I shouldn’t get it because BANGS AND ME ARE NOT A GOOD FIT. But it’s cute! And fun! And someone talk me out of this!

Loving… the #brosbeingbasic Instagram account, researching excursions for my upcoming cruise, when Dutch snuggles against me so perfectly while I’m writing, dark chocolate covered pomegranates, and girl talk.

What are you currently reading, excited about, and loving?


Top Moments of My Weekend

by Stephany on January 26, 2015

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend – I know I did! It was the perfect mix of being social, being productive, and having downtime to relax and regroup. Next weekend is going to be a billion times crazier, so I think I may hunker down this week to prepare for it. This is the Introvert MO. :) Let’s recap this weekend by talking about my top moments, shall we?

1. Had dinner at The Burg Bar and Grille. We went here for book club and it was fantastic! For many of us, it was our first experience and I will definitely return. We had an awesome waitress, delicious food, and great conversation. We sat outside, too, which was GREAT. (Yay for sitting-outside-in-January weather. I love Florida.)

2. Visited 3 Daughters Brewery and played cutthroat games of Cards Against Humanity, foosball, and giant Jenga. After dinner, we all trekked over to 3 Daughters Brewery to have drinks and play games. We played Cards Against Humanity, which is always a good time. (I had to take a picture of one of my “favorite” card pairings. Ha! So horrible, right?!) Then, there was a very competitive game of foosball played between two friends, and later, an intense game of giant Jenga. All in all, a super fun night! I love book club. :)


3. Relaxed with a new book on a rainy Saturday morning. Saturday morning, I woke up a little before 8am to high winds and rain, so after taking Dutch on a super short walk, we snuggled on the couch and I started a new book. I am loving it so far and am finding it hard to put it down!

4. Took a walk in the park. Once the skies cleared up, my mom and I ventured to our favorite park to take a nice walk. It was super windy (23 MPH winds!) so we were definitely working with some resistance! But it was sunny and beautiful and it really lifted my spirits, being out in the fresh air.


5. Saw American Sniper. Saturday evening, Alex and I went to see American Sniper. Oh, heavens. So good. I knew it would be intense and sad and really emotional, and it was all that and more. Bradley Cooper did a phenomenal job and it was a brilliant movie. I would highly recommend seeing it!

6. Had a super productive Sunday. Whew, was Sunday a productive day for me! Let’s see, I… worked on my big freelance project for a few hours, wrote this blog post, did laundry, washed and vacuumed my car, grocery shopped, and meal prepped for the week. (Roasted potatoes, roasted broccoli, cooked a bunch of chicken to take for lunch, and boiled eggs to take as a snack.) Needless to say, I was pooped by the time I went to bed!


7. Started Gilmore Girls! And now I basically want to forget all responsibilities, snuggle on the couch, and watch this entire series start to finish. I’ve only watched maybe one and a half seasons of Gilmore Girls (and it was about halfway through the series), so this is an all-new experience for me. I love Lorelei and Rory. So much. They remind me so much of my relationship with my own mom! I’m obviously not a good Netflix-er, though, because this means I am now watching Friday Night Lights, Friends, and Gilmore Girls all at one time. I think you’re just supposed to marathon one series at a time, right? Oops.

How was your weekend?


TGIF (v. 12)

January 23, 2015

The high was of my week was having a triple date night on Friday night. Alex and I went out two other couples for Mexican food and then a night of bowling. (Local people – get thee to a Pin Chasers on Friday night. It’s $15, including shoes, all you can bowl, starting at 10:30pm. […]

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January 21, 2015

I’ve started running again. I had to start running because I signed up to run a 5k at the end of March in Savannah. And I would like to be able to run the majority of that race without, you know, wanting to die. I have a love/hate relationship with running. I love it when […]

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Project 365: Some Thoughts

January 19, 2015

So I did it! I finished Project 365! One year, 365 photos, and the complete satisfaction at finishing. I won’t lie – Project 365 isn’t easy. It seems easy. All you have to do is take one picture a day! That’s it. That’s all. But it can be a grueling process. Some days were easier than […]

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Book Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

January 16, 2015

I recently finished the book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin. The title of the book intrigued me because I’m always looking for ways to better strengthen myself mentally, and I was really excited to dive in and see what this book was really about. Each chapter of the book announces one thing […]

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A St. Augustine Getaway

January 13, 2015

  It’s no secret that I love to travel. So, when my boyfriend suggested we do an experience gift for Christmas rather than a physical gift, I was 100% on board. And when he brought up a weekend in St. Augustine as a possible idea, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I’ve wanted to visit […]

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TGIF (v. 11)

January 9, 2015

The high of my week was exploring St. Augustine with Alex. It was my first time in the city, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I’m planning an entire post on our weekend, so I won’t say much about what we did. Suffice it to say, we’re already talking about going back very soon. […]

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January Goals

January 7, 2015

Around September of last year, I took a break from setting monthly goals because I was feeling a bit burned out. I can admit to myself that I was in a funk for a few months towards the end of 2014, and I felt a bit like a duck – I looked cool, calm, and […]

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Goals for 2015

January 5, 2015

I wasn’t sure I wanted to make yearly goals for this year. On the one hand, I love setting yearly goals because it’s fun the plan out what I want to accomplish over the next twelve months. I love to envision myself standing at the end of the year, and figuring out who that girl is and what […]

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