Monday, January 26, 2015

day 298 : everyday life in photos {week 4}

another week of documenting the small moments that make up my days! 
i am loving the idea of jotting down the little things that i want to remember!

week 4 {january 18-25}
this week : subbed 4 days {and biked 10+ miles for three of them} // completed 1 yoga class // sent my mom a payment towards what i owe her // wore my new rise t-shirt {grab one here} // took photos of the winter box // started my very first quilt AND completed the top {i am so proud of how it turned out!} // reserved another 14 travel books from the library {we have narrowed our trip down to 4 countries, with three one-day tours to neighboring countries!}  // watched Aladdin for the first time since Robin Williams passed away {you guys, it was emotional!} // started adding Nuun tablets to my water after every workout {totally loving them!} // almost finished Harry Potter {&the Order of the Phoenix} // took the bus home on friday & got to stand outside in the SUNSHINE! 

 all three of my bike rides this week ended at night ; each night i got to ride around the lake in the dark!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

day 297 : everyday life in photos {weeks 1, 2 & 3}

oh, you guys!
i have been wanting to blog for WEEKS ; but i just haven't made time for it! anyways, HERE I AM!
one of my goals for the year, is to take at least one photo every day. i am making an effort NOT to post every picture on instagram {because, hello, its okay not to share EVERYTHING on social media!} ; but i do want to share a weekly recap, along with things i have done, to help me remember and document the little things.
since i haven't blogged for the last few weeks, i am doing three weeks worth of photos now, but will {hopefully} be more consistent in the future!

week 1 {jan 1-3}
this week : took 1 yoga  class // started and finished HP {& the sorcerers stone} // watched ALL of season 5 of 'its always sunny in philadelphia' // put aside $130 into our 'travel to europe fund'

{one of my 2015 goals is to complete 100 days of yoga. to help me remember {and document}, i plan on taking a photo with EACH instructor after class}

week 2 {jan 4-10}
this week : we had a few days of -25* wind chill // finished HP 2&3 {the chamber of secrets AND prisoner of azkaban} // completed two turbofire workouts // subbed 3 days // wore my brand new white snow pants every day // i super-purged my closet {i donated about 20 pieces!} // spent a TON of time researching our europe trip! // since it was SO cold this week, i decided against biking to work and spent a lot of time waiting for buses {and avoiding the winds} in bus shelters

week 3 {jan 11-17}
this week : only subbed two days // finished HP {the goblet of fire} // made power cookies {i will post the recipe soon!} // went to a train museum for blake's holiday party // picked out fabric for two quilts {another 2015 goal is to sew my first quilt!} // took one yoga class // re-joined crunch live {my favorite way to workout at home} // had supper with a friend from out of town // walked around the lake with another friend {and counted it as #5 for #52coffees // volunteered at the kite festival

yikes! so many photos in one post!
i seriously have about 25 blog posts i really want to get up! fingers crossed ;)

Friday, January 2, 2015

day 296 : 10 goals for 2015

its 2015, folks! 
i LOVE when monday comes around. or a new month. or a clean slate. its just like a blank page in your favorite journal.
each day is unwritten ; WE get to pen it. WE get to decide how to spend our time and energy.
i totally love that.

each year, i take a large canvas and handwrite my goals for the year. i hang it up in the living room, so i can be mindful of them all year round.

i made my 2015 board last week {i use a 16x24 canvas & sharpie markers} with my 10 goals & intentions for the year!
{i am also working hard to declutter my life & live with 'less' ; which you can read more of here

1) pay off my mom & blake! my mom loaned me some money last year & i am finally able to start {slowly} paying her back! while i spent so much time and energy launching the Be Nice Box last year, blake was super generous and helped cover a lot of my expenses. i have already started paying him back ; but by years end, i plan on having both he & my mom 100% paid off. {and then i will be 100%, without-a-doubt debt-free! 
2) read 55 books! for me, thats a pretty tall order! i think i finished 2014 with 38 books read ; but i am re-reading the Harry Potter series {for the 11th time!}, and i have 4 library books on my nightstand right now AND i have 42 books in my queue at the library! {another awesome excuse to spend less time on the computer and more time curled in bed reading!} 
3) complete 100 days of yoga // barre! this includes modo yoga {my absolute favorite yoga studio in the cities!}, any other studios i might try & home dvds. honestly, i really only love yoga in a studio {my brain moves too fast to do it at home} ; but any form of yoga and/or barre will count!
4) sew my first quilt! i already have my sewing machine out and ready to go. i will buy most of my fabric from the linden tree and will head there and to the internet for tips // tricks on how to make one. i am not super confident with the sewing machine {i can make bags & scarves} ; but i have wanted to make a quilt for YEARS!
5) visit the new Harry Potter park! blakes grandpa turns 100 this year & to celebrate, his entire family is heading to Florida to celebrate. we were there in April and saw the IOA park, but since then, they opened the new addition on the Universal side. i really, really want to check it out!
6) open a retirement fund. seriously! i wanted to do this last year, but just didn't have the extra income to do it. its so important to me to start saving for my far-away future.
7) replenish my savings account! another financial goal. i still have a healthy-ish savings account {i have two, actually} but they are lower than they were because of the Be Nice Box. my goal is to put aside a small amount of money each month, to build it back up {and beyond} 
8) start planning // saving for Europe! i have mentioned it a few times lately, but i really, really want to focus my time and energy on experiences, rather than things. we have decided that NEXT summer {2016} we will be taking a 2+ week trip to Europe! we are still deciding on locations, but right now, we are pulling towards the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia and maybe Belgium and // or Greece. we have a monthly savings plan in place and a general idea of our budget, so we are starting there. {i will be sure to update this as we move forward} 
9) finish #52coffees project! i really need to keep moving with this one. so far, i have completed 4/52! if you live in the area and want to hang for coffee // donuts // a run // hot yoga, let me know! 
10) take more photos! i have tried to complete a 365 photo challenge every year for SO LONG, but i would really love for this year to be the year i actually complete it! even if i drop the ball, i really want to be more mindful of capturing small moments of our every day lives!  

did you blog about your goals? leave the link in the comments ; i am always SO motivated by others goals!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

day 295 : my 'one little word' for 2015 : LESS

at the beginning of each year, i pick a word to focus on for my next 365 days. a small, simple word, that when used on its own, just adds to a sentence. but when applied all year round, each and every day, helps to define a period of time and everything around it!

and so, on the cusp of another trip around the sun, i have chosen 'LESS' as my word for 2015.

i would like to think that i have always been a bit of a minimalist. i don't need much. i don't want much. i don't purchase much. and the things that i do have, that i no longer need, i am happy to give them away.

blake and i {daphne, too} live a really simple life. we are working hard to become 100% debt-free this year {we are so close!} we live in a small, 2 bedroom apartment. we don't own a car. we spend a lot of time riding bikes, reading books from the library and shopping small in our neighborhood.

the more i am surrounded by 'stuff' and people who really love stuff ; it has made me realize that there is a powerful shift happening in my life, calling me to the word 'LESS.'
we are surrounded by 'MORE.' more debt, more bullshit. more stress. bigger houses. bigger cars.
and you guys, i don't want to be a part of that!

so, in 2015 i will be focusing on LESS. 

below are things i want to work towards in this coming year, while focusing on my word :

*starting tomorrow, i will be deactivating both my business and personal Facebook pages. i find that using FB makes life seem noisy, stressful and clouded, and i don't love it. {for now, i will continue to have semi-active twitter & IG accounts}

*unsubscribe from newsletters & emails that just add to the clutter {i get almost 100 emails a day and very few of them are enriching my life or giving me energy}

*go through all twitter // blog // instagram followers {people that i read // follow} and purge. there are SO many blogs in my reader that i don't read anymore. and some folks that i follow through social media that stress me out with their posts

*clean out my pinterest boards // reorganize and delete. am i really going to make all 500+ meals i have pinned? or make all 200+ of those art projects? if its not on my 'to do' radar ; its out of here!

*re-purge the apartment {we just did this a couple months ago, but it will be good to do it again in a few months}

*stay intentional with gifts {we both work really hard to only give gifts that are local, handmade, useful and thoughtful}


*focus on 'experiences' and not on 'things!' like i posted above, i don't need // want // desire much, when it comes to tangible items. we are able to purchase organic food from our local coop, we shop at the secondhand store across the street for all of our clothes and simple things like doing puzzles, watching old 90s movies on netflix, riding our bikes and reading books are fun for us.
this christmas, we saw so many people just 'buying shit in the name of buying shit' and it bummed us out. i want to focus on EXPERIENCES, rather than MORE STUFF!
for christmas, i bought blake {and myself} tickets in a clay workshop, where we are both going to handbuild our own beer steins! the class will be held at a local brewery and we are both super excited!

*sell our closet full of 'nice stuff that we have no use for' {brand new pair of TOMS that don't fit, a brand new camera bag that is leather, ect} on amazon. we have a lot of nice things that have been gifted to us // we have won & we just have no need for them. i have tried to sell them on craigslist with no luck, so now we are moving to the big league and selling on amazon!

tell us : do YOU have a word that you are striving towards in 2015? 
you can read more about the 'one little word' movement here
and come back tomorrow for my 2015 goals!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

day 294 : HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE for fitness lovers!

*this post is sponsored by pro compression & sweat pink // i received free product, but all opinions are my own*

do you have all your holiday shopping done yet? 
i have a pretty good idea on who is getting what ; its just a matter of going out and grabbing everything.

i put together a list of my top 5 #holidayrunlist gift ideas!
{since its winter // icy here in minnesota, i haven't been spending as much time running outside, but these are great all-around gifts for your favorite fitness lover}

1) PRO Compression
i have been wearing // training in // using pro compression socks for a few years now and i am a HUGE fan! i have this pair & this pair and i LOVE this wool-blend pair {so perfect for winter running // sledding // skating!}
for the past month+, i have been super sick and yoga & walking Daph have been my 'workouts of choice.'
these socks are so great for sore muscles and for bringing relief and circulation back into your legs!
best part? they are made in the US! 
DISCOUNT CODE : type in PINK2 and save 40% on your ENTIRE Pro Compression purchase!

2) Onzie

{another of my favorite made-in-the-us brands} of all the brands // gear i have tried for hot yoga, these products are by far the best! also awesome? they are great for biking, running & look great as leggings under dresses! i have a pair of the long pants, a pair of capris & i recently won a pair of shorts {more on that when they arrive!}
and these gypsy pants are totally on my wish list!

3) vega

yum! vega is my favorite protein powder! pretty much for the last 2+ years, i have had a smoothie with chocolate vega for EVERY SINGLE breakfast!

how about a gift for the fitness lover // do-gooder who has everything? 88 bikes is such a great organization! just $88 will purchase a bike {and train the rider} in a developing nation. their website is so inspirational!

5) You Are Beautiful
this hat is awesome {right?!} and i love the message! i have been supporting YAB for quite a while {we have included their stickers and wrapping paper in past be nice boxes!} this hat looks super warm {i am buying this for myself as a holiday gift!} AND is made in the US! i wear hats most days in the spring, fall & winter! a hat like this is great for running, walking the dog & can totally see myself wearing it on a future snowshoeing trip! 

tell me : what are YOU grabbing for your fitness-loving friends this year? 

Friday, December 12, 2014

day 293: kindness carousel {week 28}

you guys!
its been a month since i have been here! 
i have so much to share ; but today isn't the day!

however, today IS the day that the first batch of winter be nice boxes shipped! we still have quite a few left & you can grab one here

instead, check out some of the best links around the web : 
1) one of my 2015 goals is to take a photo a day {preferably with my 'good' camera} // 13 resources for DSLR users

2) 7 ways to make some else's day! 

3) 4th graders write notes to help get local dogs adopted

4) these are so great ---> 40 ways to practice self-care

5) jetblue is holding a #flyitforward campaign {so cool} 

6) these are MY kind of people! // couple ditches honeymoon to preform acts of kindness in all 50 states! 

7) LOVE THIS! a beauty shop that goes way beyond 'skin deep'

8) you go, people for bikes! this new campaign is AWESOME! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

day 292 : kindness carousel {week 27}

another round of awesome things from the internet!

1) you know how important 'made in the usa' is to me, right? in southern mn, we have a woolen mill that has been around since 1865! last year, blake and i went down to the factory and each purchased a scarf {i have this one}. they are so warm & such incredible quality. this throw is on my wish-list! {they ship worldwide and all of their items would make awesome holiday gifts}

2) speaking of blankets ; this tutorial is on my winter bucket list! {and lets be honest ; you can never have enough blankets during the minnesota winters}

3) this book is so great! its like a modern version of 'alexander & the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.'

4) YES! ---> 6 ways to give generously while on a budget

5) biz post ---> how to get your blog & shop ready for the holidays

6) your purchase of these {bamboo!}notecards donate 100% of profits to saving the bees

7) local folks! drop off any new, unwrapped toy {either at the history center or other locations around the city} & receive a free admission to the history center! {we have been members for 3+ years & the center is one of the coolest places in the cities} {details of the toy drive here}

8) a local apple orchard donated over 12,000 POUNDS of apples to local food shelves. {this makes my heart SO happy!} // story is here