Is This a Joke?! (God works in mysterious ways)

God works in mysterious ways. I read Incourage fairly regularly. They have great posts that I often save to pinterest boards, as they either fit my life now, or I could see them being very helpful in the future.

They posted a joint post with Dayspring where you take a quiz and get your “word of the year”. Since I don’t have one….I was so excited to fill out this quiz and get inspiration for my word. And what do I get? Joy. Stinking joy. The same thing I lived with for the last 52 weeks. A word that while it forced my to be positive, I rarely felt it.

What are the chances? Anyone have a different word they would recommend?

52: Movie Club

Here’s my plan for my “weekly” post. No word this year. I toyed around with using the word “love” as my one little word to focus on this year. But what if I’m still single when 2019 comes? Did I fail? I doubt it. But do I have 52 weeks where I repeatedly remind myself how much i love my friends and family? So I’m just counting down the weeks. Maybe a theme for the year will reveal itself to me.

Movie Club has been the best thing that came out of working at my current job. It reconnected me to a friend from college, and gave me some wonderful new friends. I would have never chosen to see Saw 8. But I am so glad we went to Molly’s Game. I highly recommend it. I’m not a gambler and I loved the movie.

Plus, I never truly watch a movie at home. I always have my computer or phone going, or even a book. Movies are sometimes just background noise. But movie club means dedicated friend time. Usually with drinks or snacks before so we can catch up before sitting down.

What was the last movie you went to?

Any Oscar buzz movies yet that I need to be aware of?

Joy: The End

I no longer have to spend each week trying to find a good thing to post about! Joy was more of a challenge for me than I ever admitted. I know I’m lucky. I know there were good things, but there were a lot of hard things.

I just had a full week off work and spent the majority of my time in Aitkin. Seeing friends, hanging out with the family. I could have been home another week and still not accomplished everything I wanted to.

Today I’ll go to the Vikings game with parents and another friend, its a fitting ending since my dad and I spent New Years Day together at a Vikings game. I did slowly get back into my St. Paul life this morning by going to Alchemy for my last workout of 2017.

So here’s to the end of another year. I have no idea what 2018 will bring. I think I will still post weekly, but I don’t know what that “content” will entail.

Happy New Year Friends! I do hope it brings you joy, but I’m sure glad I won’t be writing about it anymore!

10 Questions to End 2017.

I am 100% stealing these questions from Cait Flanders, but really love the idea of recapping the year and thinking ahead into 2018.

1. What makes this year unforgettable?

Completing the St. Kates MBA program with a 4.0.

2. What did you enjoy doing this year?

Traveling! My weekend in Denver inspired me to plan weekend trips for January and March, and May! And I’m not done planning yet!

3. What/who is the one thing/person you’re grateful for?

My family. While they may drive me crazy, they also will support me as I try to figure out what fits best in my life.

4. What’s your biggest win this year?

Traveling to Denver to visit friends. I didn’t wait for others to initiate the trip, I set it in motion and had a great combination of hiking, breweries, restaurants, and good conversation. What more could a girl ask for?

5. What did you read/watch/listen to that made the most impact this year?

La La Land is my favorite movie of 2017. Sure I technically first saw it in 2016, but the music and the story is just my style.

6. What did you worry about most and how did it turn out?

Oh I like to worry about everything. It all turns out “okay”. I am still here, I am still doing my best, and all I can do is hope that 2018 brings a little more happiness.

7. What was your biggest regret and why?

I was never able to have a final conversation with someone. Instead I have to hope that there are no ill feelings.

8. What’s one thing that you changed about yourself?

I allowed myself to join the expensive gym and get regular massages. It makes my budget tighter, but I feel better.

9. What surprised you the most this year?

My stubbornness means that I don’t give up. I will keep trying no matter how hard the road gets.

10. If you could go back to last January 1, what suggestions would you give your past self?

Good things take time. While this year didn’t bring the things you desire, you are working towards those things every day.

Recent Horoscopes, 2017 thoughts, 2018 hope

I’ve read my horoscope fairly regularly since high school. Its not a mandatory part of my morning, but its certainly enjoyable. It may be a bunch of baloney, but some days it certainly seems to know my personality and what I’m thinking about…

Christmas Eve Horoscope

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re always improving, but it’s because you want to, not because there’s anything wrong with how you are right now. And though you’ll learn and grow, you know all you need to know to be the best you today.

Day after Christmas Horoscope

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Of course you want to choose joy. Who wouldn’t? But it’s not always so easy to see where the joy is in the situation. A lot of times, the joy is elsewhere, and you have to take yourself out of the situation to find it.


Joy was my word for 2017. 2016 had a lot of changes for me, but I wanted to recognize the good things in life. The things that made me happy and brought my joy.

Ultimately I spent most of 2017 just waiting to be done with the MBA program. It was a rocky ending that did not leave me feeling satisfied. I did my best to remain positive. I wouldn’t take away the experience, I learned a lot, and feel that I will be able to use my knowledge to lead others in the future.

Resolutions were the reason I started this blog back in 2011. I wanted 2012 to be a big year. And it was. I lived in Duluth, and by 2013 I was living in Aitkin. In 2014 I started training for triathlons while also volunteering as a dance coach. By 2015 I was living in this St. Paul studio apartment. 2016 and 2017 are a blurry combination mess. There were good things but I feel like those years were more about moving through the challenges and not seeing clear results.


I have hope for 2018, but I don’t think that will be my word for the year. I’m still on the search. There are have been plenty of good things, and I know there will still be tough things. I’m not asking for an easy road, but I do want some beautiful views.

Do you have resolutions for this year?

Joy: Snow

It is officially a winter wonderland! Yesterday my mom and I went for a walk on the lake, and for dinner we had a fish fry while watching the Vikings win.

I hope everyone has safe travels over the next few days. And for those who aren’t traveling, may you not go stir crazy. I bought myself a 4 pack of Disney puzzles and already quickly worked through the first 2. Johnny decided to “help” when I had 4 pieces left of the 500 piece puzzle. He made sure to inspect my work before considering it completed.

Do you enjoy the snow? or Are you wishing you could be in a sunshine state?

Go To Bed: Stress Relief

Is it too early to go to bed? What’s an acceptable bedtime? I see tweets like this every week. I’ve posted plenty myself. I recommend it!

When I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed, or just bad, sleep can help. I can put the day away and hope to start fresh tomorrow. There’s no need to stay up late drinking or eating or scrolling social media and feeling worse. Going to bed “early” is going to be different for everyone. For some it might be 10 pm, for some 7 pm. I’m not here to judge.

What’s considered an early bedtime for you?

If you’re stressed about something are you even able to fall asleep?

Joy:  Trying

Over the past year I have been trying to be open to possibilities. I don’t want my lack of experience to stop me from trying something new.

You never know what will happen. This weekend I filled my time with flatbread making with family, a going away party for an instagram friend, Harry Potter while the Minnesota Orchestra played, and now I’m about to go to brunch prior to the Vikings game! I know at some point I won’t have this much freedom in my schedule. But while I do have the time available to me, I want to make the most of it. Instead of doing the same things each weekend I want to mix it up and try new things! You never know what might fun.

Do you have a list of things you want to try? What would be on your list?

Day Off Done Lazy

I didn’t use all of my vacation time during the year. I was certain I would get sick or need to take some time off. Thankfully that didn’t happen. However that meant I needed to use my time in December since my current company doesn’t allow carrying vacation time over into the next year.

With my time I had great ideas for what I would get done: sleeping in, working out, trying restaurants that I plan to go to but never get to, and of course cleaning my apartment and preparing christmas gifts.

I didn’t get the restaurant visits, my apartment isn’t perfectly clean, and the christmas gifts still need a little work. But the time away from work to clear my head was priceless. I listened to a workshop that helped me think about my 2018 goals and hopefully I will have more to share soon!

What do you do with vacation days?

Do you plan fun things, or just see where the day takes you?



Joy: Wrestling

Wrestling comes in many forms. I watched plenty of wrestling matches growing up in Aitkin. But pro wrestling is completely different, and very entertaining.

wrestling in minneapolis

A few years ago I learned a friend of mine used to ref wrestling matches, as a result he knew a few wrestlers. It turns out one of those wrestlers was another friend’s sister. A year or so later, we all got to go watch wrestling! We stayed for over 2 hours, which I did not expect. Towards the end there was some blood from a cheese grater to the face….which….i did not appreciate (to put it mildly). But it was definitely a fun experience overall.

Have you ever watched a wrestling match?