I’m just really excited for Christmas

CHRISTMAS IS IN 11 DAYS AND OMG I AM SO EXCITED.

One day I will get back to writing good content + about running, but until then enjoy all of these Christmas trees that I loved while shopping around town the other day (plus the last one which is my tree at home!)

Do you have all your shopping done?

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The road to a healthy smile :)

Something different for you all today — a post about teeth and gum health!

A new national survey reveals many U.S. adults miss the mark when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums, putting them at risk for periodontal disease, which affects one in every two adults over age 30.

One of the biggest don’ts? Eating a snack at night after having already brushed your teeth, which one-third of those polled admitted to.

On the plus side, respondents show a willingness to floss more regularly – in fact, you’ll be surprised at the odd places we admit to flossing. For healthy teeth and gums, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and regular visits to your dentist!

Don’t be afraid to join a run group!

Guys! Last week I ran with a local running group! This group meets once a week at our local running store and heads out for 3-5 miles with different paces and goals.

Even though I had run with this group in the past (like two years ago) I was still nervous to jump back out there and do it again. I’m so glad I ignored the nerves though because it was so much fun!

I ran four miles at a 10:!5 pace which is the furthest and fastest I’ve run in a long time. I was so thankful to have running buddies beside me. We even ended the run with the most magical snow falling from the sky. It was a perfect night.

I can’t wait to go back this week!

(I’m on the far right in orange!)

Also — safety first when running at night!

So long story short — don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You never know what good can come from it!

Feel free to ask me any questions about running with a group or how to get involved!

Friday Favorites v.104

Popping in today with a Friday Favorites post — something I haven’t done in a while!

Things are finally starting to settle down over here, so I’ve had more time to blog! I have several great posts in my drafts folder that I’m working on and I can’t wait to share them with you all.

But first, let’s talk favorites.

1. Last week my boss gifted me a new Corkcicle since my other one was starting to peel (I accidentally put it in the dishwasher a few times). I love the fun colors and the larger size. I also use the Corckcicle metals straws and I love them. I swear drinking from a straw makes me get so much more water in than if I was drinking straight from the cup.

2. Forget Christmas sweaters, I want these Brooks Christmas sweater shoes!
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3. Super random, but such a welcomed favorite this week — gas is down to $2.10 in western Kentucky! So pumped (ha! get it? pumped…)

4. Another Mother Runner released a new gear testing column and this one is all about safety and light gear for running in the dark. So many great options to help keep us all safe! (Also, DST is dumb and I hate that it gets dark at 4:30 now).

(Adding this vest to my Christmas list ASAP!)

5. What to wear running in any weather. Always good to know!

6. MISS ME MORE BY KELSEA BALLERINI. YouTube it now.

7.  I finished teaching my last class tonight. Next week is finals and then I’m done teaching until August!

8. This goofball got some new toys on Black Friday and this Christmas cactus is his favorite. He loves loves loves to rip the stuffing out of it.

Thankful

So I know I’m late on posting this but holy moly I am thankful so many things in my crazy, wonderful life.

I don’t have to run, I get to run.
I choose to work three jobs because I love them all and I want to provide for my family.
I get to live in my hometown surrounded by family, lifelong friends and new friends.
I got to travel with my husband and my dog to see our family in Tennessee.

Look at how cute Murphy is!!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

I ran on the treadmill yesterday and did a Beachbody 21 Day Fix workout today. Here’s the getting back on track!

Charleston, SC — days two and three

Happy Friday! It’s a sunny day in Charleston (our first of the week!)

Even though today our last day in the city (we fly home tonight) I thought I would recap our two full days in Charleston.

Wednesday kicked off the first full day in the city and was filled with workshops, speakers and lots of masterminding. Our walk to the event was gorgeous. I am obsessed with the colored buildings and the pretty churches.

Our first event for the week was at the American Theater (the same place where Noah and Allie from The Notebook had their first date!) It’s such a unique venue and I love that I get to explore so many neat places thanks to my job.
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We’ve also been eating our way through Charleston. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits and Glazed have been two of our go-to breakfast stops. The pimento cheese biscuit and the vegan chocolate ginger doughnuts were definitely my favorite.

Supper was at High Cotton (another place from the movie!) and I ate so much (#foodbaby). I definitely need to get back to the gym and eating healthy (and not so much) next week. 
I love the people I work with and I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many inspiring clients. These events always leave me excited to work on my personal and professional goals.

I am sad to be leaving such a fun city but I am excited to get back to my boys!

Charleston, SC — day one

Greetings from Charleston!

After several delays and a missed connection, I landed in Charleston Tuesday night and it has bee a whirlwind of work, play and food since then.

Look at my adorable bathroom! The Renaissance in Charleston had great service and the cutest decor.

We made it with minutes to spare before we hosted our work cocktail hour at the Pour Taproom. It was such a neat concept — it’s a rooftop bar and restaurant and event space. You only pay by the ounce! No prepaying, just open a tab and you’re free to taste 70 of the most unique selection craft beers, wines, cocktails and ciders in Charleston.

It’s basically a beer and wine festival shrunk down into one room. Located on the 9th floor of Historic District Hyatt, it is the tallest rooftop bar in Charleston!

After drinks, a group us headed to The Grocery for supper. I love farm-to-table places and this was no exception! I was so hungry that I forgot to take pictures of my appetizers (fried oysters) and meal (triggerfish) but this peanut butter bar was delicious. 

While there has been no time to workout (I’ve been averaging about four hours of sleep a night since we got here) I walked more than 20,000 steps yesterday and it was so fun to explore the city on foot.

I’ll have recaps from yesterday and today up on the blog later this week!

Last work trip of the year!

This morning I made the hour drive to our closest “big” airport (ha! that’s still a joke, but at least they have flights to Atlanta) for our last work trip of 2018.

We are flying from Evansville to Atlanta and then to Charleston, SC. I’ve never been to Charleston before so I’m pretty excited. And our event is at the movie theater that Noah and Allie visit in The Notebook (so cool!)
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I’ll be there for the rest of the week and while our events and a lot of a little play, I’m still hoping to get in some local site-seeing. I am blessed to work for such a great company.

So lots of work and not a lot running this week, but that’s okay. It’s all about balance.