Tuesday Tunes

Not much to chat about and I have nothing clever to start out this post with soooo here’s two songs I’m currently loving…

Afrojack – Ten Feet Tall. So obsessed with this song right now.

And Jessie J’s new song with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. You can never go wrong with any of those names and this is a new song that I think will be a good end of summer jam.

 

25 Things You -Probably- Don’t Know About Me

I saw this post over on Carrots ‘N Cake not too long ago and I thought it would be a fun post to do. So here’s 25 fun facts that you may, or may not, have known about me.

  1. I’ve known I wanted to go in to physical therapy since high school when we had to pick a pathway to focus on – I chose sports medicine.
  2. I’m a huge introvert and would prefer a night in over a night out 75% of the time. Even if it’s drinking at home with close friends over going out to the bars. But I do enjoy my occasional night out dancing with my lady friends.
  3. I tend to get caught up in my emotions very easily. It can get me in to trouble. And it makes my life a roller coaster ride.
  4. I go on book binges, where I read anywhere from 2 to 4 books a week. Sometimes I read so many and don’t keep track, that I’ll pick up the same book and not realize it until I’m halfway through.
  5. I have a tendency to curse a lot. Way more than a lady should.
  6. I hated high school. But I’m thankful I am still so close with three of my best friends from high school.
  7. I want to move somewhere once I finish PT school. I want to live somewhere else for awhile. Experience a different part of the country. I have a few places on my radar, but I still have  a year to figure that out.
  8. I’ve seen every episode of Friends multiple times. And I still crack up laughing at every episode.
  9. I currently am obsessed with all things headbands. They are just so easy to make you look presentable when you don’t feel like washing your hair (TMI?). Check out these headbands, I have 4 and I want more.
  10. One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls work out with their hair down.
  11. I really like crafting, but I don’t have the patience for it most times.
  12. I sometimes wish technology wasn’t as advanced as it was. And we still had to call each other’s houses, and we would go outside more, and we wouldn’t rely on our cell phones so much.
  13. I tend to memorize lyrics very easily and very quickly – and I will call you out if you sing the wrong words. Then I get embarrassed if I sing the wrong words and someone calls me out.
  14. I love the water – beaches, lakes, creeks, rivers – and I can’t imagine living somewhere that doesn’t have a body of water near it.
  15. People watching is one of my favorite things to do.
  16. I prefer beer over liquor 9 times out of 10.
  17. I’m a really bad shopper. As much as I love it, I easily talk myself out of buying things if I don’t absolutely need it and I will walk out of stores empty handed most shopping trips.
  18. I became lactose intolerant sophomore year of college. It’s literally the worst ever.
  19. I’m a sucker for a sweet talker and it gets me in trouble more times than not.
  20. I may almost be a Doctor of Physical Therapy, but I will run through pain until I can’t run for weeks due to injury – worst patient.
  21. I am the worst decision maker. Period.
  22. I get anxiety over a lot of stuff. And have panic attacks occasionally. But can talk myself out of them before it gets bad.
  23. My nephews are my everything.
  24. I can’t imagine not working out. My body starts to hurt if I am not physically active for too many days in a row. Whether it’s just a long walk or a long run, I would be lost without exercise.
  25. I don’t eat the very bottom of bananas.

 

Tell me something about you.

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday! Time for some tunes that I’m loving lately.

I go through phases of genres of music that I am loving at a particular time:

When I see my college friends I tend to lean back in to the rap/hip-hop trend because it reminds me of all our nights in college dancing all night. When I’m on road trips, I tend to go to any type of sing-a-long music – generally oldies but goodies. Then there’s summer time. Summer brings out the country in me so much and I love it. There is nothing like driving with the windows down with a good country song blasting. So today, I’m giving you two of my favorite country songs that I’ve been loving.

First – a newbie to the music industry and quite the looker if I do say so myself… Sam Hunt.

And next, one of my favorite artists Luke Bryan. This isn’t a new song, but I’ve been loving it lately because it’s just a summer time jam.

 

Have a great Tuesday :)

Monday Thoughts

It is what it is.

Every situation happens for a reason. Everything in our lives occurs because there is meaning behind it. Whether we know the significance as soon as it occurs, or we continue to search for the rationale to explain it; know that there is a reason behind every obstacle, behind every triumph, and behind every curve ball thrown at us along the way.

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Make yourself vulnerable.

In order to make gains in life, you need to be able to put yourself out there. You need to take those chances that you are scared to take. You need to put yourself a position to get hurt in order to figure things out.

Tackling fear, working through vulnerability, conquering uncertainty. The hardest won achievements are the sweetest.

 Stop waiting.

Stop waiting for something to happen in your life. Stop pretending like you are happy with things in your life if you aren’t. Go out there and work for what you want. In your job, in your relationships, for your dreams. Go get it. Stand up for what you believe in and stop waiting for other people to do things for you.

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Respect yourself.

Know what you deserve. And know when you are receiving less than what you deserve. And lastly, know when to walk away when you aren’t getting that. It isn’t fair to maintain uneven relationships, to stay in a job where you are unhappy, or to sacrifice your own self-worth for anything. Always protect number one: you.

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Don’t forget to breathe.

Take time to yourself every once in awhile. Life doesn’t always have to be go-go-go. Take a step back, go for a walk outdoors, enjoy your surroundings, and just breathe. Remember that in order to succeed in life, you have to be able to do things for yourself. And you can’t do that if you are constantly under stress, constantly worried or anxious, constantly thinking about others above yourself. Every once in awhile, you need that ‘you’ time to recover and rebalance your priorities.

We think we need so many useless things, when all we really need is time to breathe. (Amen!)

 

Don’t forget to live.

Take on experiences that you may never have the chance to again. When given an opportunity to try something new, do it. Spend money on experiences, on road trips with friends, on vacations to places you have never been. Live this life with no regrets and just act on how you’re feeling in the moment. Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone, because that’s where life truly begins.

The doing of something different, not necessarily for the sake of being different, but because we thought the best way to express our individuality, and the only way we could really enjoy life, was to refuse to be satisfied with the commonplace.

 

Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday y’all. You know what today means – Thinking Out Loud with Amanda over at Running With Spoons. If you’re not familiar, it’s an awesome link up where bloggers around the world can just open up and chat about whatever is on their mind. Head over there and see what other bloggers are thinking about! Today’s post is all over the place so prepare yourself for lots of random thoughts…

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1. I started a Netflix binge. I know, I ‘m late to the party. But it was the best decision ever. Well, the best worst decision ever. Because now I’m done with Season 1 of Orange is the New Black and I can’t stop watching. The other shows on my list to start: House of Cards, Scandal, Mad Men, and a few other randoms.

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2. This past weekend I went to a showing of the Disney movie Fantasia with the National Symphony Orchestra playing all of the music to it. It was amazing. The theater has a lawn area as well as a stage where the orchestra was playing and we were allowed to bring in coolers with food and booze. It was honestly one of my favorite nights in awhile with some great friends.

3. Everyday I am reminded of the great friends I have and I love that I have had the opportunity lately to meet new people and build such strong friendships. There is nothing I love more than just hanging out and chatting with friends, catching up, getting some advice, and just getting to know people a little bit more on a deeper level.

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4. Vulnerability. It’s a bitch. But sometimes it’s necessary. Sometimes you need to put yourself out there in order to grow. You need to put yourself in a position to get hurt in order to figure things out. The hard part is actually doing it. And figuring out how to begin.

5. I am seriously slacking on the workout front. I have no motivation to work out. But I need to just start making it my daily routine. It’s always so hot when I get home from work and I don’t want to go to the free gym at school because then I have to sit in more traffic. It needs to happen though.

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7. I am in desperate need of new running shoes. I have been getting some ridiculous calf pain lately and I am attributing it to my running shoes. The sad thing is – I haven’t run nearly as many miles in them as I had in my previous shoes. You are supposed to change running shoes anywhere from 300-500 miles depending on how often you are running and your running style. I don’t know if I’ve hit 300 yet in these and they are killing me. A little disappointing, but now I know to go back to the brand I was wearing previously.

8. In regards to the previous thought, today (Wednesday) I had my clinic instructor dry needle my calves hoping it would help with the pain. She noticed my achilles was pretty swollen. Then when I took my sock off, we realized my entire ankle/foot was all bruised. Um, what?! No idea where this came from but needless to say, I’m not allowed to run for a bit :(.

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9. Well my next thought has to do with racing, and I’m going to pretend I’m not currently in pain and can start training reasonably soon… A few classmates have signed up for a sprint tri in September and I’m seriously considering it. My things holding me back: my shoulder with the swimming, and my ability to bike. Oh, and I don’t have a bike – small issue. Also, my friend Chelsea mentioned potentially signing up for the Baltimore Half in October, which I have been considering for quite some time. Andddd, a classmate’s clinic is putting on a 10K in August and I wanted to run it, but that is a little soon and I’m not sure my legs will be ready.

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10. There are approximately 325 days until the start of the Women’s World Cup!!! As much as I love the men’s WC, there is just something so special and so exhilarating about watching these women play. I grew up looking up to the Women’s National Team so much. The last World Cup was so exciting to watch and I’m pretty sure Abby’s goal against Brazil in stoppage time of overtime in the semifinal game was the most exciting thing ever. I sort of, kind of, really, actually might, go take a road trip to Canada to experience it for myself.

Okay. I think that’s enough for today. Have a great weekend!

 

Tuesday Tunes

Yes I know, it’s been awhile again. I just haven’t been in the posting mood lately. I had a great weekend in Austin for the Fourth, but literally took no pictures because I was just enjoying my time and focusing on the company I was with – not snapping photographs of every little thing. (They may have thought I was a weirdo because not many friends know about my blog, haha.) So that’s that.

Let’s get in to today’s post – Tuesday Tunes. I haven’t done one of these in awhile so why not jump back in to it?! Especially since I am seriously loving so much music right now. To start: the incredibly talented Sam Smith…

I can’t get over his voice. It gives me the chills. And he is just so freaking talented, I love it. I’ve been listening to him on Spotify non-stop!

Next up… my current running jam. Clean Bandit – Rather Be.

I love the lyrics and I love the beat. Another great one to add to a workout playlist!

That’s all I have for you all today. Sorry I’m so lame with no posts. But I know you don’t want to hear the same thing over and over so I’m just waiting for inspiration. See y’all.

Still Kicking…

So I just realized that it’s been two whole weeks since I’ve posted.

What a horrible blogger I am in the summer time! I’m really just enjoying my time that I have free of studying and taking full advantage of these long summer days. So sorry, I’m not sorry, I’m just living my life.

So what have I been up to, you ask?

Well, mostly clinic. Still enjoying it and we are moving right along in to mid-terms this week! Time is flying and I’m not sure if I like that or not. I love it because I know I’m having a great experience and am enjoying my time there. But I hate it because that means summer is flying by and I have a full load of classes in the Fall – ugh. Time flies. Or Timeflies. Whichever you prefer.

I’ve been running. Sometimes with one of my best buddies, Griff. But it’s pretty hot out there and he can’t last too long on runs. I’ve decided to start increasing my miles again. Just for fun. I want to get back to running 3-4 times a week with a solid 5-7 mile run every weekend. Because why not.

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I’ve been hitting the gym and getting back in to lifting. I even swam for the first time since I subluxed my shoulder for the third time last summer. It felt okay, still not strong and definitely not where I wish it was but it didn’t dislocate and I made it 500 meters. Success.

I’ve been reading lots of books. Just finished My Husband’s Secret. Currently reading Still Alice. And in the queue I have The Girl You Left Behind. Don’t mind me. I like to binge read in the summer. And yes, I did finish My Husband’s Secret in about 24 hours.

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I’ve been eating crabs. Because I live in Maryland. And that’s what we do in these parts when summer hits. Crabcakes and football, that’s what Maryland does. Name that movie – GO!

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I’ve been going to the pool. I’ve only swam laps once. But I’ve gone to lay out and read and hang with the two best little men I know. Little man on the right is a diving board PRO! Last year, he would say he wanted to go off but would get too scared. I guess now that he’s all big and 3 years old now he has no fear. He jumped off the diving board for 45 minutes straight. While I was in the deep end the whole time. Treading water. And pushing him to the side. Over. And over. And over again. He’s lucky he’s so cute. (P.S. baby boy number 3 has a name, but I won’t be sharing that with you until he makes his arrival :))

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I’ve been watching the World Cup. Oh my goodness, have I been watching. I’m a huge soccer fan. Ever since I laced up my first cleats at the wee little age of five. All I have to say is… I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN. #USMNT

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I’ve been hanging out with classmates. Definitely need to see them more this summer but I’ve gotten my fair share of great nights in with my classmates so far this summer. And the summer is young!

I’ve been getting really excited for the 4th of July. Because I love America. And I’m traveling somewhere pretty awesome. That has a few pretty awesome people that live there. Yep, I’m gonna be vague like that. Sorry, not sorry. 

SO. There you have it. Literally, this is all I have been up to the past few weeks. You haven’t missed out on much, but I promise I’ll try to be better about posting. Once a week is my new goal for the summer. Let’s see if I keep that up!