Fast Friday: Look Around!

This week has been a little crazy. High School Dance Team season has begun, and that means I’m at practice from 5-7 each night. In addition, I taught 5 yoga sculpt classes this week. My body is TIRED. So tired I’ve barely taken any photos (although I did catch this sunrise on Tuesday morning after spin class).

Dark Sunrise RoadI knew I wanted to blog today when I started reading Monica Lewinsky’s article from Vanity Fair. My favorite excerpt is from page 3. But the Washington Post article via MSN is also interesting.

“She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman—not only me, but herself—troubling”

I could rant on Monica and Hilary for a long while, but I”ll spare that for you, and give you a laugh instead. Click the photo for 19 other “Dumb and Dumber” quotes you should still be repeating.

dumbAnd finally the most important thing I’ve read this week from my favorite comedienne, Sara Benincasa here is her amazing article, about Doing it Anyways.

sara benincasaSuck at stuff. Fuck up. Fall down. Get rejected. Get shut down. Get passed over. What the fuck else are you doing with your time? Imagining potential failures? Why not turn that potential into a reality? At least you can say you went for it.


And that my friends is Friday. What are your plans for the weekend?

Tips for a Blog Conference

It’s that time of year again! On Saturday I’ll be attending the 2014 Minnesota Bloggers Conference (#mnblogcon) for the third time, you can see my 2012 and 2013 recaps by clicking on the years. And have a nice look at how many blogging has changed!

Minnesota Bloggers ConferenceI have a few bullet points for things to do while at the conference, however before you get there you may want to consider what you wear. There’s a large mix of people: mommy bloggers, professional marketers, and everyone in between. I like to wear something business casual but comfortable. I think I’ll be wearing some kind of boots, dress, and sweater. But once you’re there here’s what I recommend you do!

  • Turn your phone off, save the battery.
  • Have a notebook for writing quick notes.
  • Use your laptop or tablet to follow the twitter feed.
  • Ask questions via twitter, someone in the audience may know the answer and tweet back at you.
  • Share what has worked for you! Don’t be afraid to speak, even if you aren’t the presenter, just make sure to be respectful!
  • Smile! You just might make a new friend.

I have found that most of the people attending Minnesota Bloggers Conference know each other from other events/organizations. As someone who doesn’t live in the Metro some conversations aren’t as applicable to me, however I have learned something each year and feel that is very worth my while to make the trip.

Do you enjoy conferences? Have any other tips for conference attending success?



Peace Perspective XXXXI: Enough

Sometimes I feel like everyone is so focused on what they aren’t, they don’t take the time to enjoy what they ARE. (Is that grammatically correct? I don’t really care).

enoughI love goals. I love working towards things. I love taking something I’ve never done, giving it a try, and seeing what happens. It’s not about being the best, its about learning something new.

Smart-er, fast-er, strong-er, slimm-er, So what. Where you are right now is enough.

You don’t need to win everything you compete in. You don’t need to finish everything you start. Sometimes doing whatever you can is unbelievably enough.



Does this peace perspective comfort you? Or are you rolling your eyes? No judgement either way, I’m just curious!

Fall Friday Confessions

  1. It was a long week, so I’m looking forward to some time at home CLEANING this weekend! (my windshield could use a little work) ((See photo below))

Sunset Windshield2. In my last Skechers post, the shoes I received are no longer available online. But they have other great options, so click here to check them out!

Purple Lake Sunset3. I’ve been shopping online like a madwoman. Now I need to donate the clothes that I either didn’t wear this summer, or aren’t fitting properly for winter. (and return what doesn’t work when I go to the cities next weekend).

Sunset Line hwy 1694. The sunsets have been gorgeous this week! I’ve snapped photos on my phone when I can (always safely of course). But am dreading the day when the sunsets while I’m still at work.

Motivating Myself to Run and WALK! (Couch to 5k Update)

*this is a sponsored post on behalf of Skechers, but I always tell the truth. Mainly because I’m a terrible liar.

My motivation for workouts has always been for health AND happiness.  The Couch to 5k training has been a wonderful reset this fall. When I’m having a bad day and getting frustrated, walking is a great way to unwind. But if I’m especially wound up, I find that running releases my stress quickly and safely. Meeting up for a walk with a friend is also a great way to share what’s going on in life, without adding calories that aren’t needed.

Skechers Go Walk AwarenessWhen Skechers reached out to me about the Performance Division shoes and their Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, the GoWalk2 – Awareness shoe caught my eye.

Super comfortable, supportive, and designed to be sockless means that these are the perfect shoe for me to keep in my car. I can meet up with a friend and grab a quick walk without making sure I packed socks. Fresh air is 100% better than a quick beer in a dark bar. I’m especially excited to wear them at Walt Disney World during the Princess Half Weekend!

And as we start to prepare for the holidays, its important to know how our loved ones are doing. October is a wonderful time to do all the checkups you need, especially as it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

GO WALK Awareness 2 SkechersSkechers is supporting Breast Cancer research through the American Cancer Association, which is my preferred organization to donate to (but that’s a conversation for another day). Check out the Skechers Awareness shoes and let me know which style you would pick! For those of you near a Skechers retail store, customers who donate $5 or more, will receive a 20% off discount for their next visit!

Thank you to Skechers for sponsoring today’s post.


Traveling Art Pub (Painting and Wine!)

Fall is truly my favorite season. I felt like I was going through the motions of living all summer, but I have finally caught my stride. Thursday night I attended my first Traveling Art Pub event. A Brainerd based company (owned by a friend’s family) offers group painting classes with no skills required!

Traveling Art Pub Aitin BeaneryThe event was hosted at The Aitkin Beanery, which is also where I attend wine club events. They had a special deal of $10 for appetizers and a glass of wine (our painting experience had been pre-paid for $35).

Wine and Paint ProcessWith simple colors we were given a step by step instruction for our masterpiece. The last step of covering the trees with leaves was a little vague, but I think it turned out okay!

Painting and WineThankfully I never cleaned my brushes in my wine glass. Although it totally could have happened. There was talk of this being a seasonal activity, and I will definitely participate again!

Traveling Art Pub Final ProductHave you ever attended a similar event? I think this would also be perfect for a girls weekend, bachelorette party or baby shower!

Peace Perspective XXXX: This Sick Beat

Can we first acknowledge that this is my 40th Peace Perspective? Thank you for those who have followed me on this journey. My plan for next year, if I can figure it out…is to set up a link up, so anyone can blog about their thoughts on the photo/quote I choose.

This Sick Beat Taylor Swift LyricThis week’s photo is a quote from Taylor Swift’s single “Shake It Off.” You can read the full lyrics here. In typical Taylor fashion the lyrics are about a boy, but if you look closely. There’s a stronger message telling girls to shake off all the drama and just do what you want. Also, instead of being wrapped up in the drama, be in the moment and pay attention to the “sick beats” aka fun moments that are surrounding you.

I’ve blogged about my love of Taylor Swift before, check out the post here. And per usual, I am waiting until the cd comes out so I can buy the target edition.

Have you been “getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world”? or Have you “been getting down to this sick beat”?


Kiss This: Lipstick 101

I’m a low maintenance girl. I rarely wear a full face of makeup. But in the last year I’ve started adding lipstick to my daily routine. At first it was for special occasions, then fun weekends, and now I’ve built to having 4 colors that I rotate between depending on the situation.

lipstick101Back in December last year I was gifted Clique’s Chubby Stick. The “chunky cherry” color was light, the balm wasn’t sticky, and I didn’t have to worry about going outside the lines of my lips and looking sloppy. (I’ve also used the “oversized orange” and love that for summer looks!)

La Colors Cherry Red LipstickIn February I was at the State Dance tournament and wanted to go a little more bold. I used a lipstick that I got as a bridal shower favor. The brand is LA Colors and the color is Cherry Red, unfortunately I can’t find a good link for it online.  I like how it lasts, but the color is pretty extreme. I also wore it during my Blend trip to Des Moines. When my favorite lipstick/chapstick went missing.

Vikings Tailgate SelfieIn May I discovered Burt’s Bee’s Rhubarb Lip Shimmer and it is hands down my favorite! It has the tingly feeling you get from Burts Bees chapstick, with a nice color that compliments without feeling over the top.

Lipstick Selfie My newest Lipstick is from Lancome Rouge in Love, color: Midnight Crush. The 6 hour wear was perfect while being a personal attendant. The color is a darker pink, which was perfect for the fall weather.

Do you save lipstick for special occasion? Or have you been wearing it all along? If so, share your favorite brand/color!

A to Z list for Personal Attandants

*title caught your eye? Scroll to the bottom. Want to hear about my weekend? Keep reading.

Wedding season has come to a close! I think I went to 5 weddings this summer, and for this one I was a personal attendant! The bride and I are friends from high school, and love going on runs/walks/yoga classes when we have a chance. It was so wonderful to see these two come together as they were high school sweethearts, and I have had the pleasure of watching their love grow for almost a decade!

wedreher Earlier this summer/fall I attended a Bachelorette Party and Bridal Shower it’s important to remember when you are asked to be a part of someone’s wedding to really think about what you are able to participate in, and what might be asked of you. If you have concerns, talk it out right away. I was one of four personal attendants, and while that may have seemed crazy during the rehearsal dinner, we realized it was completely worth it half way through the day. Also worth it, bringing Mimosas to the hair salon.

Cupcake ProseccoFlower care was a huge reason for needing the four personal attendants. We pinned boutineers on all the groomsmen, dads, ushers, hosts, and speakers. We also were the carriers of the bridesmaids, bride, and flower girls bouquets from the pictures, to the ceremony, to the reception. And how gorgeous were those flowers? Wonderful for a fall wedding without seeming too orange.

Fall Wedding FlowersFor those of you who are wondering….I ended up choosing dress 4. When we were talking pictures outside I wished I had dress 3 on, as it would have been warmer, but dress 4 was perfect for the whole day (especially when I was sweaty on the dance floor!). I’ll share a photo of it once they are available from the photographer.

Finally the A to Z list. You may remember the last time I was a personal attendant, if not you can click here. From that wedding and this wedding I have the A to Z list of everything you need to be a personal attendant. Some are tangible items, some are the state of mind, and I also recommend being close to a Target, as I know many people made a quick stop there at some point during the weekend.

A to Z list for Personal AttendantsDo you have any more wedding this year? What do you always make sure to pack for a wedding weekend?

Peace Perspective XXXIX: Keep Looking

Did you know my blog was almost called “Katie Moving Forward”? I intended the “moving” to indicate that I liked to workout. A friend interpreted it as I was moving away from something.

Steve Jobs Quote Keep LookingAlmost 3 years later I’m glad I chose Katie Looking Forward. I attended a Lakes Area Multisport meeting this week and our theme was “Off Season Training”. I haven’t picked an “A race” for 2015 yet. Usually by this time of the year I know what I want to focus on. Instead I’m still rocking the Couch to 5k Training, and my knee has continued to be slightly bothered since my bike trip.

Instead of being irritated, I’m just waiting, the right race or goal will come along. If I haven’t felt a connection to something specific, it must be for a reason.

What are you looking for these days?