as most of you all know i recently moved to austin, and since i moved here i’ve hit the ground running. i have had so many friends visit, met so many new people and have truly been eating and drinking my way through the city. many people have reached out to me for my tips of what to do when you visit, so i’ll share with you my tip top choices.
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well, i’ve been here in austin over a month and i’m loving it so far. i want to share my top reasons with you as of now being one month in. it’s been a serious whirlwind, but i’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time…
spring is here and that means fun sunday boozy brunches! san francisco is a big brunch city and austin has been no different. there are so many delicious and affordable brunch options here in austin. if you’re ever in town be sure you swing by irene’s for a boozy brunch, the menu is to die for to enjoy with a big group.
WOW! it actually is starting to feel real now. i’m sitting at the airport and it’s starting to hit me. SF is no longer my home. i have a one way ticket to a new place and am going to throw myself in to this new city and eat up all it has to offer (literally and figuratively). san francisco is home and i feel like will always be home, but sometimes life throws you sign after sign that you just cannot ignore.
as many of you know i’m taking a chance on myself & moving my life to a new state. i’m sticking with the same company, but switching teams at work supporting our austin team. it’s sort of funny how things fell in to place, but i believe in the quote “trust the timing of your life” more than ever. i’m someone who’s always trusted my gut, but this opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time.
is anyone else like me where you wake up motivated & start your day with the healthiest breakfast and lunch, but when you’re on the go throughout the day you run out of healthy options and end up eating junk? i know myself and as silly as it sounds the quote , “if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail” rings so true to me. if i don’t plan out my snacks and my food for the day, it usually takes a downhill turn and i eat junk food. always having healthy snacks on hand has become my saving grace.
oh valentine’s day, we meet again. i’m not one to hate on valentine’s day, don’t get me wrong i think it’s an amazing day for couples to get together and share their love. i just think me and most of my friends are in a weird space in our lives where it feels weird. there are so many expectations put on valentine’s day, and so many people end up sad or disappointed. that’s by no means how i want anyone to feel on a day that should be filled with love and appreciation.
girl, let me tell you- i am all about those inspirational, feel good, feel empowered books that give you the confidence to take on the world. i love reading and feeling inspired. learning from someones story & applying it to my life. with that, i have some suggestions on my favorite non-fiction, get shit done & feel good doing it kinda books. as i pack for vacation i realize how great my line up is!
let’s be real, we’ve all planned a trip at some point and told ourselves we were going to stay healthy while traveling & then get to where we are going and the plans to stay healthy go out the door. well, you aren’t alone. we’ve all been there. i’m heading on a trip in just a few weeks and i have a few little tips that work for me to stay active & not completely go off the rails.
i want to note that i am not a proponent of dieting or having the mindset of “if i workout, then i can eat this or that”. my whole reason for staying on track while traveling is so i don’t feel like crap when i come home. i typically plan to eat more deserts and drink more alcohol, so i just want to make sure i continue to move my body and not eat bad for every meal. as i head to belize this coming week i want to share my tips i live by:
i have an extremly exciting announcement today ! i’m moving (grabs biggest belt buckle and cowboy boots out of my closet), to austin, texas!!! yes, you heard me right. this california native is packing her life up and moving more than 1,500 miles away to the lone star state. i absolutely adore san francisco, it’s been my home for more than 6 years now and it’s been a place where i was able to immensely grow both personally and professionally. in sf i’ve met some of the most amazing human beings and friends i could ever dream of having in my life, i’ve explored all of the best spots the city has to offer & i leave with so much gratitude for this magical place.
bye bye 2018, hello 2019! can you believe it’s 2019? i really do guess time flies when you’re having fun! or is it i’m just getting old? whatever it is, i’m excited for a new year. i’m not one for new years resolutions, because i’ve begun to believe that you shouldn’t wait for the start of a new year to start working towards your goals. i do, however, feel like it’s the perfect time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished, gone through, learned and grown from over the past year. here’s a bit of what I learned in 2018.
today i turn thirty and it’s not as scary as i imagined it may be. i’ve learned a lot (especially over the last few years) and i wanted to share 30 really important things i’ve learned in my 30 years:
loving yourself is the most important thing, learning to truly love yourself takes time and you should constantly be working on it
listening to podcasts frequently is great for constant passive learning, when you’re grocery shopping, sitting in an uber, walking to work, etc. It’s really helped me stay motivated.
making time for your workouts should be a priority- if you put others time before “me time” it will hurt you in the long run. working out helps clear my mind, keep me energized and de-stressed.
it can be tough to find the perfect, affordable stocking stuffers. we all love the socks and good ol’ toothbrush from our moms, but it’s time we snazz things up with items we actually want! here are my top picks for the ladies and gents in your life!
every year i get asked what i want for my birthday and christmas- and i draw a huge blank. i think it mostly happens year after year because the items i want are typically pretty pricey & i feel bad asking for things. however, it’s way worse when someone spends a ton of money on you and it’s something you definitely don’t want.
it’s that time of year! you know, the time of year where you feel like you’re drowning and can’t bring your head above water to take a big breath? i’m in the thick of it, and i feel like so many of my friends are too. if we are, then there’s a BIG chance you are feeling this way as well. i thought i’d pop on today to tell you a few things:
you’re doing the best that you can, the overwhelming amount of things you need to get done will pass and you’re going to get through this.
i had so so much fun pushing myself with the soul cycle #soulsurvivor challenge over this past month that i want to keep up the momentum. i found that since i had a goal to hit 20 classes, i checked in with myself weekly to see if i was on track with my workouts. having that goal also forced me to plan my workouts in advance and fit them in to even my busiest days. i feel so strong and motivated after this past month that i want to challenge myself again for the month of november. if you need a little extra motivation, i encourage you to join me. there’s something about working towards a goal with a crew who’s in it with you. you all prioritize, sacrifice and push through together- feels great!
i created this recipe way back in 2011 and i make it every year at this time of year. ever since i started making these my friends have begged i continue, so i hope you like it as much as we do. it’s a healthier version of a normal muffin recipe, but i swear you can’t tell it’s healthy. yes, you can trick your boyfriend and family in to thinking it’s just any normal muffin. i know this time of year i’m in the mood for pumpkin, but want to eat it guilt-free. if you’re anything like me then this is the recipe for you!
i’m trying something new on my blog today and interviewing one of the most inspiring people i know, my dad! not only has my dad been successful running his own financial consulting business, but he juggles being a world champion competitive cyclist, a dad/grandpa, along with a social life and being married to my mom. although balance is something we all have to always work on, i think he juggles everything pretty darn well & we could learn a thing or two from this old guy (he just turned 60 last week)!
i’m off! i’m headed to austin for the acl festival and i can’t even wait- i feel like i’m headed to disneyland. for starters, austin is just one of my favorite cities in the US. the food, the music, the heat… i love it all! on top of that, two of my favorite human beings in the whole wide world brittany (my best friend since kindergarten) & cody (my little cousin) live there. and of course, i cannot wait to see all the bands and enjoy the festival with all my friends. my best friend in SF, kate, is coming with and we are meeting up with a huge group of friends- it should be a real treat.
a few months ago i fell in love with MNTSTUDIO. i started to religiously go to their pilates reformer classes and the reformer bootcamps (what a booty kicker). i love that i started to see a change in my body and my balance and seriously have been loving it ever since. i have to admit to you though, i was scared to take their other classes that i was less familiar with. MNT pilates bootcamp and MNTbarre, because i’ve always seen myself as an athlete but not an dancer. i have tried a few barre/mat pilates classes in the past but they weren’t my jam.