Thursday, June 28, 2012

Photo Trend

A new, whenever I realize I have one, feature for you! I've been taking far more photos of daily life, and have seen a few trends pop up. Here are liquids (or things that could become liquids) that I showcase by holding them in my hand.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Remember you can pivot.

Rather than cancel things, we can pivot and find a new way of doing things so we can continue to serve and live a balanced life at the same time. 

 From Jess LC

Giving back

There are a lot of things that make me a happy person. One of them is volunteering. Last night, nine students volunteered to hand out 10,000 candy bars to fans attending the Minnesota Twins game versus the Chicago White Sox. They were energetic and happy and I was so proud to be able to say that I get to work with them.

Have you volunteered lately? If so, what did you do?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bachelorette Weekend

I've been in a small lake town in Minnesota celebrating this girl who is getting married in less than a month! Be back soon.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Can we all just take a moment to thank the Yelp creators for making us more adventurous?

Thank you, it was nice that we did that.

I was given a few hours off from work one morning, and instead of being lazy and staying in bed, I yelped a new-to-me coffee shop. I settled on Maeve's in Northeast Minneapolis, mostly because it was rumored to have some pretty fantastic places to sit and hang out, along with delicious espresso.

It didn't disappoint. I wanted to journal, eat a pastry and caff up. And that is exactly what I did. I ordered a cafe miel, which was cinnamony and frothy, and that monster of a pastry, which is apparently an apple fritter. I'm pretty sure it was baked, not fried, but it was flaky and had frosting and really, that's all that matters.

I sat in a church pew, and stared at funky art, and wondered how they acquired all of the mirrors on the walls. A few people came in for a casual weekday morning breakfast, which made me jealous and wish I was an entrepreneur and could schedule meetings at fun new coffee shops just because that's what I wanted to do. (My entrepreneurial dreams tend to gloss over that whole entrepreneurs work their butts off thing. Instead I think of the coffee shops they could go to! The pastries they could try!)

Nevertheless, I'd definitely go back and I'm even more excited for the next new coffee shop adventure. There are so many sweet neighborhood cafes in Minneapolis, and I'm determined to hit as many as I can. Any suggestions for my next stop?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thankful for:

*Having been a part of a fantastic group of people in tonight's Do Love Talk titled "How to Manifest your Boldest Dreams Into Reality" with Hey Amber Rae
*A roommate who will make me dinner on a night that I just can't.
*Staying in Minneapolis this past weekend. I needed it.
*People who can admit they don't know what to do next, but that they want to work to figure it out.
*A farmer's market within walking distance.
*A local coffee shop where I know the barista.
*Students who inspire me
*Students who laugh at my bad jokes
*Being able to reach out to others. In this day and age, actually making a personal connection can be more than following someone on twitter. I really appreciate people who take the extra step to comment, email, etc.
*Trader Joe's trail mix. I'm still obsessed. 
*The fact that one of my best friends is coming back to the cities in just three days!

I've been working long days and feeling a bit stressed this week. This list (and the recent impulse purchase of this lotion) is my way of trying to remind myself that there is a lot to be thankful for and that sometimes, we just need to take a step back and calm down. Good night, everyone.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just an interesting statistic about FourSquare.

In the summer, each degree the temperature rises correlates with a 2 percent increase in searches for ice cream and iced coffee.

From this NYT article. Fascinating, right?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Be The One Run

Lake Harriet
There are a couple of things I try to live by:
1) Work hard.
2) Be kind.
3) Eat real food.
4) If a friend asks you to do/support something, and you are able to, you really should.

My friend Sarah was a bone marrow donor a few years ago (read her incredible story here) and has been very involved in the Be the Match organization ever since. This May, she asked me to be on her team for the Be the One Run and, without really thinking about the fact that I don't run, I accepted.

You know, if your friends are passionate about something, and you have the capacity to be supportive, then you should do just that. So, for a few weeks, I laced up my tennis shoes, and tried to enjoy running. I was, admittedly, a little worried.

The week before the race I was fighting off a bad cold, so much so that the night before I drank as much orange juice as I could and slept instead of attending a bbq. But then race day came and it was beautiful. We were running along Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, which is serene and outdoorsy enough to make you forget you're in the city.

For the first half mile, I walked with a few friends. Since I had trained alone, I was not used to a big crowd of people surrounding me. Once the masses had cleared a bit, I took off. I ended up running the rest of the race! It was the first time I'd ever run a race that I had "trained" for and it was actually really fun. Another friend of mine was an announcer, so when I crossed the finish line, I even got a little shout out! And that was that, folks, I'd finished my first 5K.
Our team! Nickers, me, Sarah, Aly & her sister.
My second 5K of the year is coming up quickly, and I have to be honest, I haven't been running. I'm going to try to pick it up again in the coming weeks.

Have you been entered any races lately?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Breathing room.

This weekend was filled with good friends and bad TV. It included lounging around for the first time in weeks. There was a yard sale and a farmer's market trip. There was time to listen to words that put things into perspective and time to catch up with people I haven't seen in months. There was live music and an evening walk. It was all so helpful in reminding me why I do what I do. I needed to take a deep breath and refocus. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


No waves? Great! I'll use a tarp.
This is such a good reminder to get creative when we need to solve a problem.
Originally seen here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adult life.

I do love my adult apartment windows.

"I give up on the dream dream. I think it's all a dream. I think it's all wonderful and terrible and I give up in the nicest way." - Fiona Apple regarding a new, concrete feeling of being an adult in this interview on NPR

I haven't quite figured out what makes one an "adult" in the sense that we've been fed; you know, those people on television who have their life together. Or those people on the sidewalk who have their name brand, expensive purses and heels and can click clack by you with their shiny hair and you just feel it. They have it together.  They probably don't need a planner. They use their phone. But it's not just their phone, because they have it synced with their computer and alarm clock and notepad and significant other's electronics too, probably. And it works for them. Fascinating.

I have grocery lists and errands scribbled on small pieces of torn, white paper floating around in the abyss of my bag. During the summer, when I bring documents home to proof, I do so with a thin, red, cherry-scented marker. I drink chocolate milk and eat dry cereal as a snack and still haven't put the laundry away that I did at my parent's house this weekend. How silly is it that I choose to drag bags upon bags of laundry five hours away to be able to do it in peace rather than down three flights of stairs & through another building only five steps away? But I digress.

I work a full-time job where I get to quote Justin Bieber if I feel like it and end a few sentences a day with "yo." I have benefits and student loans and car insurance. I pretend to run sometimes. I took a personal finance class. If someone asked me to go out for ice cream right now, I'd jump at the chance. I have a handwritten list of things I want to do taped up on my wall. I get haircuts probably about every six months. I forget to floss. I feel better when there is a map in my peripheral vision. I like cooking and sometimes eat a salad.

Does this make me an adult?

What about you makes you feel like you've hit that milestone? I know we all are technically adults at 18, but when do you feel it? Have you yet?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Tanya!

I just want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my coffee-drinking, Diet Coke chugging, world traveling roommate. The Shapehouse wouldn't be the same without you.

Here's to a day full of treats and smiles. Here's to more futon stretching and giggles. Here's to learning to love coconut oil and power bars. Here's to going on adventures! Here's to sarcasm and sass. Here's to the best year yet! OPA!

Monday, June 11, 2012


Sunday's in my corner of the world seem to be some of the best days. The most serene. The most focused on delicious food. It's the day when I take a little extra time to bake or to plan out what the next week's meals might look like. It's the day I try to stay present and to relax. It's also the day I tend to be driving home from somewhere. A farm. A lake. A small town. That's what the past three have had in store for me. I can't wait for the next.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Open road.

When I sat down to map out my summer plans, I realized that 11 of the next 13 weekends were going to include long drives out of town. This weekend I went back to where I started, my hometown of 400 in South Dakota.

The other thing of note is that almost every one of these weekends has me partaking in something wedding-related. I have nine weddings this year; yes, nine. It's insane and fantastic and emotional and financially draining all at the same time. Everyone I talk to who is older than me keeps telling me that this is my year. The year that all of my friends who have been in long-term relationships are tying the knot and ready to take on life as a two-some. I keep trying to tell them that these are only my high school friends! I have a feeling I'll have a couple of busy wedding seasons ahead of me.
The friend who got married yesterday is from my early high school days, when I didn't understand boys, when I thought I would be cool if I dressed punk, when I only wanted to hang out with boys if they were not from my hometown, but rather a town or two over. (People who grew up in small towns will understand that.)

She was the first person I ever tried tequila with; I was slouched in the passenger seat of her car, which was parked in a vacant lot alongside a few others. We had the works: salt, tequila, lime. We licked our hands, took the salt from the middle console and shook a little on the wet spot, poured a shot of the golden liquid and then snatched the lime from our laps. I almost threw up from the burn. We tried to take shots over and over again, willing ourselves to like it. She ended up getting the hang of it. To this day, I refuse to drink tequila.

One of the most selfish reasons I wanted to attend this wedding was because of her family. Without ever knowing it, they helped me through the most tumultuous years of high school. I went to prom with one of her brothers (and asked her other brother to go to prom with my best friend.) I stayed overnight often, hanging out in the hot tub until the wee hours of the morning, exchanging kisses with boys who shall not be named. I felt scandalous and safe all at the same time. They taught me not to take life so seriously and to let loose, something I still need to be reminded of.

I couldn't be happier for this couple and their family. They deserved a happy day, full of attention. I'm very fortunate to have been able to be a part of it!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hello, hello

Hello everyone! First of all, I want to take a moment to say a really big THANK YOU to Kara Haupt of I Just Might Explode for my new blog design! She is an excellent person to work with. She stayed patient with me even though I asked a lot of questions, continuously kept me updated on the process, and made sure everything was exactly how I wanted it. If you are looking for someone to do a blog design, I would highly recommend her.

Second, my office has a new addition! I actually purchased the poster in the photo above about three months ago from Jill McDonald's etsy shop, but it just made it to my office wall this week. Summer is my busy season (that's what you get for planning a summer camp!) so having this pretty reminder in my eyesight puts all of the hard work and late nights into perspective. You can snag your own here.

Third, hello to everyone stopping over from Kara's blog! I'm really excited you've taken the time to click through. I'd love to check out your blogs, so leave me a comment so I can swing by!