WILW {3.12.14}

don’t you just love when a day is finally over that you’ve so been waiting to be over? i think that’s the first thing i’m loving on this beautiful Wednesday morning in NYC:

*that yesterday is over. i take two back-to-back classes on Tuesday nights, and i spent almost all of my free time last week and the entire weekend grinding away at three assignments due yesterday: a 13-page paper on The Breakfast Club’s depiction of adolescent identity development, which actually was a rather fun (albeit very time-consuming) assignment and definitely makes me want to work with teenagers even more than i already thought i did;

my solo presentation on any topic i desired, so i chose the appropriate use of humor in a therapeutic relationship (did i mention i’m studying relational psychology, aka marriage and family therapy? surprise); and a treatment plan based upon a specific model of therapy. hours and hours of work, four hours of classes, and now it’s done — and i can breathe and remember how to be fun again. when it’s over, it just feels so good to work so hard on something and have it turn out well and be behind you, doesn’t it?? #phew

*running. i’m back outside again! hallelujah. i had a tired, hilly, not-quite-the-ten-miles-i-hoped-for study break of a run upstate on Saturday, which felt like a bit of a rough start to my spring running but definitely made me excited to be outside regularly again. no more of this too-cold-and-too-dark business any longer. i’m looking forward to pushing myself again, especially on the hilly roads upstate. they’re good for the runner’s soul (and humbling after a few months of treadmills).

i have the NYC Half this coming Sunday, and my legs are feeling more fatigued than usual (fabulous), so i’m taking it easy this week. i did a happy little 3-miler this morning along the river and will maybe do a few slow miles on Friday, but mostly i’ll be resting this week. and having nightly dates with my pink foam roller. and lots of Aleve-popping.

*picture worth all the words. no, seriously. story of my life.

* food. i’m not typically a big “meal” person — i’m much more of a snacker. unless i have specific plans to meet someone for a meal, left to my own devices, i will just graze all day and never really sit down to a full meal. i pretty much have zero margin in my life so cooking is out of the question, and i like just grabbing things on the go and continuing on into the busy-ness. yes, i’m fully aware that i probably need to slow down at some point. but this is not that point.

some of the snacks/foods i’ve been loving lately:

Medifast Peanut Butter Crunch bars. so, so good. my mom orders boxes and boxes of these at a time, and i am always sure to steal a few to sneak back to the city. they’re my fave breakfast treat, or post-run treat, or aft-dinner dessert…mmmm.

Nature Box snacks. Fancy dried figs, Blueberry Nom-Noms,  Sunshine Chips. yum.fancydriedfigs_catalog.1356625585blueberrynomnoms_catalog_1.1364859302sunshinechips_catalog.1356625586some other regulars in the weekly food routine have been cottage cheese (am i alone on this one? i am eating it every couple of days lately!), the usual bananas, and lots of tea. i’m traditionally a coffee girl, but ever since i fell sick 3 weeks ago today and still am unable to fully recover (sore throat, get out of my life), i’ve been downing tea like whoa. and loving it.

*faith. hope. love. dream. inspire. don’t forget to believe in the beautiful, at all costs.




What do you need a little more of in your life? (hope, patience, peace, exercise, veggies, wine expertise…list is endless!) 🙂

Are you a Nature Box-er? If so, what snacks do you like best?


WILW {1/29/14}

welp this seems to be a recurring theme, my “start it on a Wednesday, finish on Thursday” post. i’m not a procrastinator, i swear…just uber busyyyyy!

here was yesterday’s camel of the day (courtesy of co-worker), NYC style:

random thought: how funny would it be to see camels pulling carriages in lieu of horses? guessing those rides would take agessssss…but what a story that’d be to tell.

so, let’s talk favorites. because truth be told, i’m definitely a favorite-player. although i love change and trying new things, i also love to have my tried-and-trues as well.

*Chobani. when it comes to Greek yogurt, no doubt about it: Chobani is my #1. i know Fage has a fan following, but i find it a bit too thick and heavy. Chobani just gets it right for me, both texture and with their fun assortment of flavors…and the new Olympic sponsorship just kicks it up a notch. because i’m a girl, which means i’m a sucker for some good marketing.

Photostick a snowboarder on a pear yogurt, and i’ll suddenly need a fridge full. such an easy kill.

i’ve always loved their Vanilla, Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon flavors, and this week i tried the Pear and Blackberry for the first time. totally dug both, but the Blackberry might have quickly moved into my new top spot…

Photo…even if it does have a skiier on it. i’ll let that slide.

* fashion: wearing heels. although i’d prefer to wear flip flops, Chuck Taylors and Toms every day of my (internal hippie) life, heels are sometimes a necessity. you know, for work and weddings and going out with really tall guys. with the exception of my salsa shoes (which are so, so comfortable), most heels drive me crazy and give me blisters and end up in my purse or under a table in no time flat. pun intended. i’m a barefoot kinda gal.

these Tahari heels, however, are such an exception, which is why i have them in 3 colors: black, nude, and a light beigeish pink.


they’re the non-heel-girl’s type of heel: not too high, as comfortable as a heel can be, classic and cute, and with a little platform in front to counterbalance some of the heel. perf.

*race training. i’m super glad to have these two half marathons coming up in March to push me into running distance again. i did a 9-miler on Saturday (albeit indoors) and felt great, and have my first group training run (outdoors!) this coming Saturday. i love having a race to look forward to and for which to push myself to train, and am stoked to run with a crew for once. i can’t wait to get back outside, cold and all, and knowing i have to meet up with people will help motivate me. if i’m going to freeze, well, at least they will, too. 🙂


dream. create. be healthy. prioritize. laugh. love hard. follow your passions. BE YOU.


*when school is fun. i started classes again this week for the semester, and our first assignment in my Lifespan Development class (which i’m pretty sure i took in undergrad as Adolescent Psychology and in my last grad program as Child/Adolescent Psychology) is to watch The Breakfast Club and write about the development of the characters. sweet.

i dig this assignment, for multiple reasons:
1. i’ve never seen this movie, so it’s a great excuse to (have to) watch it. yes, i’m aware i’m the only American over the age of 10 who hasn’t seen it, thanks.  i do know that the Simple Minds song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is featured in this movie, however, thanks to my obsession with Pitch Perfect. i might have lost some friends for that comment, but i’m okay with it. hey, you like what you like.
2. it gives me a reason other than “i’m just too tired” to choose staying in over going out…which seems to be the name of my game lately.
3. i’m a huge nerd and love this whole analyze-the-characters-and-their-interactional-patterns-and-the-overall-commentary-on-adolescent-development thing. like, this actually appeals to me.

happy almost Friday, loves!

Anyone else fail majorly on any of the “big” movies from the 80s-90s?
Favorite food you’re digging lately?