2017 So Far: Work, Gym, Friends & Fam

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It’s March already? It’s March already! I almost never say this, but this winter has gone by so quickly! (Maybe this is the first time I’ve ever said that. I have the 70 degree February day to thank.)


Life has been busy. I’ve spent a lot of time at work, the gym, and with my family and friends. This is what 2017 has been like so far:

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Turns out early morning workouts are theeeeee best, especially on Mondays and when you want to take mirror gym selfies. I normally work out after work but it’s super refreshing to avoid the after work rush sometimes.

I  joined an eight-week fitness challenge that will end next week. I. LOVED. IT! I only lost a few pounds, but my goal was to learn new ways to exercise and eat healthy and both of those goals were accomplished so I’m happy about it. I’ve had to track all my food (#OverIt), so I’m excited for that to be over soon. I hope to share more about the program’s diet.


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Right before this picture we went to a craft fair and ate tacos. That, my friends, is the good life.

My friend Victoria visited me in January, and I visited her in February! She’s one of my best friends from college, and I’ve only seen her a total of four times after college.


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Dogs! Cats! Chocolate! So many jokes and GOOD memories with this girl.

I got to visit with my friend Allison one more time before her baby comes! I’m so thankful for the ease of conversation, hilarious memories and for the way she listens and cares so well.


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This squad was established in the ’90s. #SJpartyof4

I am humbled and blessed by many of my friends, old and new. I’m excited for more good times with the people I love.


February Vibes | My Update

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We are almost through the short month of February! WINTER IS ENDING! MY BIRTHDAY IS COMING! EVERY LITTLE THING – IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT (that last phrase is intended to be read in song).

Here’s what I’ve been into this month:

Listening To: Carrie Underwood (Heartbeat); Kacey Musgraves (the whole Pageant Material album); Justin Bieber (even I am a Belieber these days and I can’t not sing “Love Yourself” aloud at the gym).

Wearing: ALL THE VESTS and ALL THE BOOTS. Basically, if it’s among my warmest wardrobe options, I’m wearing it.

Watching: Prison Break (what?) and The Bachelor. How’s that for a combination?

Reading: 2 Samuel (from the Bible) is the only book I’m reading right now. I really admire King David. He was quite the humble guy even though he had a lot to boast about! I will admit, there’s some weird stuff in this book as well.

Doing: working! exercising! meal-prepping! spending time with friends! exploring milwaukee! getting excited for my birthday!


Here’s to maximizing each day (and a shout-out to February 29 for existing this year)!


Flashback to Florida


I realized that the last time I posted, I was in Florida; yet I never posted about Florida.

Here are a few of my favorite photos and memories from the glorious trip to Somewhere Warmer:

Trip highlights:
walks (and a few runs!) on the beach | great restaurants | slow mornings with coffee | time in the sun | island iced coffee

Saturday Night Disco Fever


I named this blog post after my favorite nail polish color (pictured HERE), but literally this post is all about last Saturday [night]. Ryan married Justine and I had so much fun celebrating their life together, and catching up with so many college friends.

I got to town early (shout-out to my sister for road tripping with me!) and I was able to eat lunch with my good friend Kristen. I got to sit with a bunch of college friends at the wedding, and the reception was filled with more friends (special shout-out to the FAB FOUR) and great food and dancing.

I loved having such a fun Saturday, and I’m glad for all the friends I got to see. Elizabeth and I slept over at our friend Rita’s adorable apartment. I also appreciated the time I got to spend with Elizabeth and Rita, too!

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Here’s to happy and special Saturdays!

As it turns out, I never took a picture of the bride and groom! #fail. But on the bright side, I love this picture with my home-girl Hannah!

As it turns out, I never took a picture of the bride and groom! #fail. But on the bright side, I love this picture with my home-girl Hannah!

The Power Of A Good Outfit


I love dressing fashionably and looking cute. Sometimes being a Wisconsin resident really puts a damper to that desire, though. I mean, what’s a girl to wear on a cold and rainy June day? Consequently, wearing a cute outfit on a cold and rainy June day can really lift a girl’s spirits!


Speaking of cold and June and Wisconsin, is anybody else being affected by the pollen this year for the firs time in forever? I woke up Friday morning with the reddest blood-shot eyes ever. And of course I had a meeting out of the office to attend (Can I say #GurlProbz?!). PicMonkey Collage3

I figured my best bet would be to rock my glasses and the cutest outfit I could come up with despite the weather challenge.

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I think of these as my Katniss pants. They’re, like, fancy but also kind of hunter-esque.

And you know what? I had a great day.

Embracing the Constant: Happy 22nd Kara


I am in a transitional stage of life right now. I’m learning to embrace the role of an employed non-student young adult. I’m missing some college friends and already forgetting what it’s like to have homework (clearly post-college life isn’t all bad). But there’s something so sweet and refreshing about constant things in life… like my friend Kara!

I was born one month, one week, and one day after Kara (read: my birthday is soon, people- take note!). But for real, today is Kara’s birthday and I love that we have literally been friends for our entire lives. I remember Kara coming over after pre-school (I mean it when I say we go way back). Strangely, I remember eating Spaghetti-O’s and watching Pokey Little Puppy at my old house with Kara. I also remember going through junior high and high school with this sweet friend. I remember working at the fair with her as a high school fund raiser, and I remember having good chats with her over Christmas and summer breaks. I love that I got to celebrate with Kara a few years back when her sister got married; I love that Kara got to celebrate with me this past October when my brother got married.

I love that I have pictures like this with Kara:


I must say, we clearly rocked the 90’s. Check our our awesome fashion. Although I do think it’s probably best that we both nixed the bangs!

Here’s to a beautiful and wise, sweet and caring friend. I hope you love being 22!

Half-Way Status: January


January has been here, there, and everywhere for this girl! I rang in the New Year at my family’s cabin Up North. Then, I took a few days to settle into the Cteve Hut! And then, I started a new chapter of life (technically, I started more of a second-book-in-the-same-series, if you will). I. Am. Not. A. Student. Anymore. *insert all the happy and sad faces here.*

So this new chapter/book.  I’ve already worked two whole weeks, what?! I’m thankful for my job, and I’m beginning to get the hang of this life, but there are a few things I’m missing about college. I suppose that’s to be expected! Shoutout to #phil102c because I keep telling myself what I said once in class, that work is the vegetables of life- working is good for me and necessary for my health.

Even though January isn’t my fave month (in fact, it’s among my least faves- winter with virtually no holidays.. what’s there to love?) I have been doing a few things to keep life interesting. I started a Fantasy Bachelorette League (it’s Juanderful!) which, I mean, is pretty exciting. I also have been doing a little exporing of the Milwaukee area (I’m alllllways gonna be down for Colectivo, FYI).

Our league is now officially named Girls [And Guys] Just Juan To Have Fun. Ha!

Our league is now officially named Girls [And Guys] Just Juan To Have Fun. Ha!

Here’s to the second half of January! Let’s make the most of these [short] nights!