Joy: Small Town Saturday

Time flies when you are having fun! Friday night I went for a walk afterwork with a friend and then we finally stopped at Bald Man Brewing which is near our office. I will definitely be going again as the beers were good and the seating was plentiful. Saturday morning I went to my first Alchemy workout, which will get its own post eventually. Afterwards I drove north for the weekend.

busch light with olives

The Harvest Moon Brew Fest was wonderful once again! (Click the link to read my experience from 2015). I originally planned on going with two friends and my dad ended up joining as well. Our small town never has a line going around the block, but it did to get into the event, and while the parking lot was crowded, it was fun to see so many people outside enjoying the good weather.

In other family news…We can’t stop watching Irma coverage to see how Fort Myers Beach is doing. Originally my parents were flying down on Thursday to spend a long weekend away, that will not be happening. My dad may drive down with a truck loaded with gas, generators, water, and beef jerky to help start/fuel the clean up. However we won’t know more until the storm has ceased. For now we think of those who are in the storms and hope for safety.

Joy: College Friends

Pizza, Trivia, and College Friends. It doesn’t get much better than that! Thursday night I met up with friends who I’ve known for 10 years now. And it is amazing how much has changed in those years.

10 years ago we didn’t know what we wanted to do, or where we wanted to live. We had ideas of things we might do, and none of those things actually happened. Yet, I don’t think we would take any of it back. If things didn’t work out the way we hoped, it is probably for a reason. And who knows, those old dreams might come to be in another 10 years.

I am 100% sick of people asking me what I am going to do now that my MBA program is completed. I know its the natural question to ask, but I don’t have a good answer. “Nothing” is the true answer, but even that doesn’t fit my personality. I like to be working on something, but until I get a few life things in order I need to hold off on grand goals/plans.

Thankfully the friends I’ve known since college have seen me in freshman year with no goals, and senior year networking my butt off to find a good job. They know I’m capable of both and understand that I like to get out and have a good time, while also just relaxing and being low key.

Do you always have a plan? Or do you relax and see what happens? What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

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Restore, the best class you can take.

I’ve been a loyal Corepower Yoga customer since 2010. I go in spurts with the frequency I attend class, but I lately get one or two classes a week. My first love with always be Sculpt. I’m a certified instructor, I taught for 2 years when I lived in Aitkin, and nothing feels as good as a good sculpt class. C1 and C2 classes are also great. While you know the routine, each instructor has their own flair, and there is plenty of good feelings to have.

restorative yoga class

My newest favorite class is Restore. This is unlike any other Corepower class. I would recommend this class to absolutely everyone (which is not true for C1, C2 and Sculpt). Restore is the class that feels different every single time. While you may not work up a sweat, you stretch and hold poses for longer than you ever thought possible.

If stretching is something you do at the end of a workout because you know you should, but you just don’t have time….try restore. Its going to be hard. Because you’ll just have to slow the heck down and do the class. You’ll be stubborn enough to have to finish the class and finish the pose, and you’ll learn a little about slowing down and actually listening to your body.

That being said…I am super super excited for Alchemy to open! You may remember my debate for what gym to join, and I’ve decided to take the plunge with Alchemy. I’m excited to see what happens with a new workout and hopefully meeting some new people!

 

After Party Sale, the best end to Summer.

Labor Day Weekend is almost here! I don’t know what I’m more excited for, the 3 day weekend, or only have a 4 day work week when we come back….If you don’t like shopping, stop reading, because this post is really only for people who like shopping.

Lilly Pulitzer has been a newer addition to my wardrobe. I’ve found that there are enough solid colors/non-florida prints to wear in Minnesota. You may remember two years ago when I was at Target in April pretending like it was Black Friday.

The after party is an end of summer tradition, Lilly Pulitzer puts a good majority of their items on sale, and while you aren’t guaranteed until you’ve actually checked out, there are some great deals to be had! I’ve still got my eye on this scarf, but couldn’t justify two scarves at first. If it’s still around tomorrow I might have to bite the bullet…

elephant print scarf

I’m super pumped about the items I’ve purchased so far. The cashmere scarf is what I am most excited for, saving over $150 (although I would have never paid that much for one scarf). 
lilly pulitzer on sale

Do you love a good deal? or do you only buy exactly what you need? (if so, teach me your ways).

Joy: Braving the Weather

Rain will not get in my way. Friday night I visited the Minnesota State Fair and while rain was forecasted, it held off until I got home.

Saturday I attended yoga sculpt, and ran a few errands. I texted a friend to go for a walk despite another forecast of rain. Unfortunately this time the rain didn’t hold off. So our walk was cut a little bit short. Another friend was braving the weather with a volleyball tournament so I visited and enjoyed the evening.

I could have hidden inside and complained about the weather. Instead I got outside and had a good time. There’s still all of Sunday to enjoy, and while I have an MBA presentation on Tuesday, there is no homework to do tonight!

 

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Fall is Coming!

Minnesota has had a few cooler days, and while I love it, not every does. For me this fall is suddenly having time, other than the things I’ve already scheduled. Its a fresh start before we start looking at 2018, and my 30th birthday.

leaves changing

I need Fall, I need cooler days, beautiful changing leaves, and the opportunity to start again. I’m ready for a few Vikings games, maybe a Gopher game, some bike rides (because those really didn’t happen this summer), and definitely a brewery visit or two.

I hope that without having class I’ll be able to settle into a bit of a week night routine, where I fit in cooking dinner, working out, and time with friends. I don’t want to cram everything into the weekends, but I also don’t want to be buying dinner on the run between events every week night.

Maybe others find this balance easy, but it sure isn’t easy for me!

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Joy: Fresh Start

After delicious glacier point oysters with my parents on Friday night I wasn’t certain what my Saturday would completely entail. I wasn’t able to sleep in so I visited my grandparents house and saw Johnny before he and my parents headed back up north.

glacier point oysters meritage st paul

I’ve been picky about what yoga classes I will take lately, but I finally took a chance on a new Yoga Sculpt instructor and really liked her. She had a great energy and I left class flooded with a fresh set of endorphins. Initially I had plans to meet a friend for an early dinner, but things got a bit pushed back and it ended up being perfect!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your willingness to try new things even when you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t have a knack for it and don’t know a soul is to be commended. Risk embarrassment, gain confidence.

We travelled to Victoria, MN which is just outside of Chanhassen so St. Paul residents such as myself drive forever, but there wasn’t any traffic thankfully. Unfortunately finding parking in the small town was a little more difficult, turns out they were having food trucks, beer tent, and everyone was out to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. We got a beer from Enki brewing, which was new to me but delicious, walked around, and waited until the Noble Lion had outdoor seating available. Their calamari was delicious, and the mussels were even better! (Although the best mussels in the world are at New Scenic Cafe and surprisingly my friend and I both have had them and loved them).

We finished eating just in time to enjoy the fireworks where I started to realize how great a day I was having. Things are starting to turn around. And like my horoscope for today says…I am willing to try new things, and yesterday that paid off with a fun evening.

How often do you explore new areas?

Any other fun small towns near the metro I need to check out?

MBA: Almost Done!

I want to write a super celebratory post. I really do. But I can’t. I still have a reflection paper that needs finishing. I have another presentation on the 29th. But technically… Tonight was the last time I will be on the St. Kate’s campus as a student. Tomorrow I’ll celebrate with my cohort and our guests. I should feel light and carefree. But I’m not quite there.

word light in lights

Instead I’m worried about what I’ve accomplished in the last two years. Despite this accomplishment, I am more nervous for the next year. I have so many wonderful and accomplished friends, and I need a little help stoping the comparison game.

She Reads Truth gave me another great post this week, and the best line that I need to keep repeating.

Faith and Trust over Fear and Control.

I have been repeating Faith and Trust most of the summer. Anytime I find myself worrying about something I write on a sticky note “faith and trust” and maybe a few things that I need to get done over the next few days. Now I need to add on to the sentence. I don’t have too many fears, but I LOVE control. My manager at work can attest to that, my family can attest to that, anyone who’s travelled with me has seen that. I wish I could be easy breezy, but it is just not my way.

So with the free time I’m about to have, I’m going to put faith and trust over fear and control, and try my best to find the light.

And if you managed to read all of this, thank you.

And if you only read the first few lines and then judged me for putting this on the internet….Well…..that’s your choice. And I don’t have control over what you think.

 

 

 

 

Joy: Unexpected Light

I’ve tried my best to schedule good things lately. But every moment cannot be scheduled. And even within a schedule, I have very little control. All I can do is roll with the punches and do my best to keep up. So Saturday I scheduled a pedicure/manicure for 1 pm, and went with the flow the rest of the day. I was able to enjoy a doughscuit and coffee for breakfast at Mucci’s, where I saw this little star on the ground.

And I think it gave me the light I needed. To see what happens, and find something good along the way. After my pedicure I stopped by a Broken Clock Brewery. I LOVED their lavender IPA, and will definitely be visiting in the fall when their Pecan Brown Ale is released. (although that might not be the official name). Then a friend and I walked around Lake Harriet before visiting Sonny’s Ice Cream. I’ve probably passed the place 20 times in the last two years but had never stopped, and will definitely need to go again!

Doughscuit, Beer, Ice Cream. It was a good day. Sunday included brunch, visiting the Irish Fair, and yoga. Of course there was some required dish washing, and a final reflection paper I still need to complete, but overall a solid weekend.

Here’s hoping there is more unexpected light in my future!

Joy: Not Giving Up

Wednesday night is nothing like Sunday morning. I’m the boss of this blog, and I had given myself permission to completely skip the “joy” post this week. Anything I would have attempted to post on Sunday would have been a lie. All last week was a struggle. The weekend was a little better, but I’m not at 100%.

wonder woman toddler vintage

Thankfully I’ve got the greatest friends and family. Who I can text out of the blue, and even if we can’t be together, I can feel supported. Just as I expected my calendar is starting to open up, and now its even more about finding a balance in activities. I could schedule dinner or drinks every single night. But that wouldn’t be great for my budget or my body.

Instead I need to keep working on my goals. Which are….unclear. There’s no magical job title that will make me happy. There is no dress size that guarantees success.

Not everything will work. I just have to keep trying new things.