Monday, January 26, 2015


I'm in pink!
Surprise! Yesterday, I completed my first half marathon. It's been quite the journey, with training myself and pushing through a minor injury, but I did it! As I write this, I'm icing both ankles and re-reading previous stories of my first 5K and 10K. It's incredible to see where I started, but also to see that I completed a goal I never imagined I would come close to.

After my summer of trying out yoga, I had a hard time getting back into running. For motivation, I signed up for a 5K and got back into training. I still felt slower than usual, but a small part of me desperately wanted to beat my personal record from the year before. Call it adrenaline, but after training slow the previous weeks, I somehow managed to beat my time! As I crossed the finish line on a "runner's high", I decided to sign up for a half. Crazy, but it was decided.

Mid-November, I registered for the half. The next two months were full of training until my tendinitis made a come back(from 5 years ago!). The good news was I could run the race, the bad news was I had to wear my running shoes all day, every day. Let me just tell you, work clothes and running shoes is no fun. As much as it helped, I'm so glad it's over.

Race day was the best, y'all. I couldn't have asked for better weather! Mid-forties and sunshine is what I call perfection. My hands were definitely cold the first couple miles, but before I knew it, I was warmed up! Although my foot was still tender, it was completely doable. As long as I didn't think about it, it was fine. If I've learned anything, these races are a mental game. Did I mention I tripped and fell down? Yep, I was that runner. Nothing serious, just a klutz move. It happens. Despite the small happenings, I finished the race strong and in less than 2 hours(picture time isn't accurate)!

Some might say I'm only half crazy, but last year's Melissa would call me insane. Not too sure about a full marathon yet, but I'm hoping this half will be the first of many in my running journey. Thanks to everyone who gave me training advice or listened to me ramble on about running the last two months. I'm even more grateful to my family and friends who came out to support me. Waking up early on a cold Sunday morning isn't fun, but it meant the world.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yes to GREECE!

Last week was a whirlwind. A couple things turned into a bunch of things and before I knew it, it was past my bedtime! A couple of these things included some "vacation planning". In case you don't follow me on Instagram(yet!), I'm going to Greece this summer! GREECE!!! Still hasn't hit me yet. I'm assuming once I board the plane, it will all set in - but who knows? All I do know is, I'm going to walk the beautiful blue waters of Greece this summer.

I spoke a little bit about Wanderlust before, but after months of saving and some inspiration - I decided it was time. I'm young, single, and deserve to discover the world. Thanks to the Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsGreece has been at the top of my bucket list for years, so why not? I want to see the Acropolis, taste the food, meet the lively people, and most of all, experience the culture.

It's been three years since I left to visit Spain and gosh do I miss it. Have I ever mentioned I could just live there? Because I could. Might need to brush up on my Spanish, but I digress. Traveling is such a unique opportunity and I encourage everyone to do it. Whether it's a small town a couple hours away, another State or Continent, say Yes! Do some research, create a travel fund, and soon enough you'll be following your own dream to somewhere new.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Because it's Friday

As much as I love my job, going back to work after the Holidays is always an adjustment - especially when the weather becomes too cold to get out of bed. Needless to say, I'm so glad it's Friday! While my weekend plans may be few, it's only getting colder, my dvr is full, and I may or may not have borrowed a couple more books from the library. If your weekend is anything like mine or the weather isn't so pretty, check out the links below and enjoy!

Because some of my(and your) style choices might revolve around her outfits.

Because what's better than having three men fall in love with you?

Because you know you can still make it Oregon with only two oxen.

Because it's important to think before you speak.

Because let's be honest, besides number one, you were curious about The Office's bachelors.

Because it's cold outside and I don't have a pair of brown booties.

Because there's more to Victoria Beckham than you know.

Because laughter is the best medicine.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

working girl: calendar print-outs

Almost a year ago, I started the job I have now*. Can't believe how quickly time has passed! I remember putting up my first decorations and feeling excited about creating a space that was "mine". While pretty prints helped to spruce up my space, a calendar was still essential. I searched around online and came upon the most beautiful calendar print-outs by Shhh My Darling**.
Last month's beauty
Each month I waited patiently(and sometimes tweeted) for a new calendar print to add to my work space. Every print was simple, colorful, chic, and still so relevant to the time of year. Sadly, with 2014 having ended, so have the calendar prints. In better news, the site is doing so well that they have expanded their shop and now offer a beautiful variety of stationery, notepaper, posters, and more!

When I returned to work yesterday, I realized it was time to start the search for a new monthly calendar print-out. Check out what I found below:


Even after writing this post, I'm still stuck between option 1, 3, and 6. Might have to roll the dice on this one. What do you think? Which one will you choose? Help me pick out a new calendar for 2015!

*Although it's barely a year, I've decided to start a new series titled "working girl". What that entails, I'm not quite sure - but follow along for more!
**This is not a sponsored post, I'm just a HUGE fan of their work.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cheers to 2015!

This year, I've decided not to make resolutions, but to say "yes" to trying out new things. Being picky has its challenges, especially when the situation involves spicy food, but little changes don't hurt. It's not all about food either though. I found myself saying "yes" last year and have become more open about life in general. I want to continue challenging myself to say "yes" to something new during the year. There's no rules and no criteria, just a year to explore a little more about myself and the world.

Any challenges, goals, or resolutions for the new year? Might be a little late, but wishing you fellow dreamers a bright year filled with happiness, laughter, and new adventures!