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    What I Learned Training for (and Not Running) a Marathon

    The last time I checked in on here about my marathon training I was just starting out and so excited about it, but a lot has changed since then! I still love running, I’m excited by the prospect of running a marathon, but unfortunately that won’t be happening this year. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of my training that I wasn’t going to let the excitement of one race ruin my longterm health – if I got injured, I was done. I love running way too much to risk a major injury. So when I pulled my left hamstring as a result of overcompensation, it was…

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    A Little Wine-Induced Essay About Adult Friendship

    Psychologists say that if a friendship lasts longer than 7 years it will last for a lifetime and I especially believe that if those years are in your 20’s. Priorities, personalities, and lifestyles all change so much in these years and it can be tough to navigate all of those changes and stay close. That’s why as I get older, I appreciate my friendships more and more. I feel really lucky to have a couple core groups of lifelong friends that have ridden the seas of change with me and show no signs of drifting away any time soon. In fact, I feel like our friendships are even stronger now…

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    I’m Training for a Marathon!

    Guys! I’m finally doing it! I’ve been talking about running a marathon for years and I’m equal parts excited, terrified, and somehow already exhausted. This is a huge step for me on my running journey and I can’t wait to share all the ups and downs (oh so many downs lol) of my marathon training process. I thought I’d start with the basics, so read on to learn about which marathon I’m running, how I plan on training for it, and why I got myself into this mess in the first place. Wish me luck! Which One: I’m running the Madison Marathon on November 10th! I chose this one for…

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    My Experience Getting Off Birth Control

    Buckle up, y’all. This one’s a bumpy ride. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I got off birth control for the first time in almost 7 years in early February. I’ve read studies and listened to testimonials from other women that felt profound emotional differences after getting off birth control and it’s immensely improved their mental health. This was my main reason for getting off of it: I wanted to know if it was making me depressed and anxious (or if I’m just naturally depressed and anxious). It’s been so long since I’ve known myself without hormones, so I wanted to see…

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    5 Fun Things I’ve Done This Spring

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been dealing with some mental health stuff lately (I’m gonna share more a little while), so instead of dwelling on how awful all that shit’s been I wanted to share some fun, wonderful things that I’ve been up to. I was listening to a podcast recently and on it songwriter, Emily Warren, was talking about sometimes when you’re depressed you want to write the song that fits the mood you aspire to be in instead of the one you’re in. That’s basically this post. I’m definitely feeling a lot better now, but things were rough for a few…

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    My Digital Detox

    A few weeks ago, I hit a social media WALL. I woke up one day and had absolutely no interest in it anymore. I felt burnt out, uninspired, and totally drained by social. I understand where it came from: I was doing way too much at once. I was working overtime at my full time job, working a second job nights and weekends, and fitting in networking events or coffee dates in wherever I could. Oh and I had a birthday, two weekends of family in town, and the rest of my social life. At first, I thrived on being busy. After being laid off twice and having been unemployed…

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    Am I Really Bad at Math?

    I’ve talked a little bit on social media about applying for my PhD and, well, the results are in: I didn’t get into any of the PhD programs I applied for. And I’m like weirdly okay with it? Obviously, I’m bummed and it’s hard to hear that all the hard work I put in applying and studying for the GRE didn’t get me anywhere. But on the other hand, it’s making me think a lot about what I want to do with my future. Do I want to do social media forever? Do I really want to go back to school or do I just miss using my brain in…

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    3 New Workouts I Tried This Winter

    I feel like I’m already going stir crazy this winter and it’s only February… 😬So even though I can’t be out and about (because it was casually -50 last week) I’m trying to mix things up workout-wise. I’ve been testing out some new-to-me things and wanted to share, in case you’re as tired of running on a treadmill as I am. Flyght in Madison I’ve been waiting for Flyght to open in downtown Madison for several months now and I’m so excited to have another workout studio so close to my apartment! It’s the sister studio to my yoga studio, Dragonfly, that I’ve been going to for over 2 years now and…

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    Marie Kondo: A Year Later

    As you might remember, in January of last year I started the new year off with a HUGE clean out of my apartment using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. I used her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as a guide and ultimately gave away 3 car loads of things and threw away dozens of bags of trash. It was a success in many ways. Obviously it led me to get rid of a lot of things that I didn’t need and helped me downsize in preparation for a move, which was great. But the whole 5-day process helped me understand my relationship to things in new ways and gave…

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    My Favorite Moments of 2018

    Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s already 2019 and you’re all tired of seeing recaps of last year, but I really wanted to put together a quick overview of my 2018. It was big year of growth for me with lots of ups and downs, but I honestly couldn’t be more proud of who I became this year. I feel more like myself than ever and I can’t wait to see what this new year brings. Here’s a few snaps from each month, if you want to take a look: January I started the year with a big Marie Kondo clean out (I got rid of 4 car loads…