thankful Thursday

do you count your blessings?

i try to. i mean to. and i want to do it more.

i mean, i am a Hundo P fully aware of how amazingly blessed i am just to be healthy, active, safe, employed, and surrounded by amazing people in my life — that’s more than enough to be thankful for on a daily basis. but on top of that, i know that there are a million little things to appreciate in my everyday life that i often just let slide by without a thought. being thankful and really stopping to take inventory of all the bits of wonderful that life brings us each day is something i want to be more intentional about, so i think dedicating my Thursday blog posts to this thankfulness theme should be the new name of my game.

so today, and this week, i am thankful for:

*boot camp. ah, i was so glad to go back to working out with a trainer this morning for the first time in over a month. man, how i missed having my butt kicked. fave exercises today: burpees with a Bosu ball and squat jumps onto a Bosu ball. love that thing.


*having my only sibling be my best friend. that’s pretty much the greatest thing in my life.

*Quinners my love. i never thought i’d love something so much that sheds so much, but i totally adore her, my beast of a niece. lately, our relationship is really progressing and maturing: she actually doesn’t pee every single time she sees me anymore. miracles do happen.


*that it’s almost April. April just sounds like Spring, doesn’t it? surely things will be better and warmer and sunshine-y in April. hurry.

*time management. i’m thankful i have this skill, considering i have so many passions and things i love to do and want to fit into my life. i recently started up teaching my online college course again after a semester break, and i’m glad to fit this back in. along with work, and school, and running, and dancing…

*dry shampoo. lifesaver. ’nuff said.

*fabulous roommates. this has been a huge blessing in my NYC life. my last roommate was wonderful, and we’re still good friends (and always will be); my new roommate is wonderful, and i can’t imagine having an easier transition from one great girl to another. this is such a big deal for me, especially living in rather tight quarters, and i couldn’t have asked for better girls.

*Seamless. i only recently started relying on this food-delivery site on the regular, and it’s becoming a fast addiction. lately i’ve been ordering the same thing all the time: a skinny chicken burrito with black beans and pico de gallo. (yes, i’m such a creature of habit with food — probably the worst.) i don’t think you can live in NYC and not have somewhat of a Seamless addiction. it’s basically required.

*faith. if life was easy all the time, how would we know that God really is who He says he is, and how would we see Him working in our lives? i’m trying to learn to find the good in the hardships, because anything that deepens my faith and dependency on Him has a purpose to benefit me, even if i can’t see it when i’m struggling.


 *crushes. because you don’t even realize that you miss the butterflies until they suddenly appear entirely out of thin air and catch you off guard. and then you remember — these things are nice to have, after all.




For what are you thankful today/this week? Give me something good!


slowing it down & random stuff

once upon a time, i was this super social chick who went out more nights than not and spent about .2 seconds awake in my apartment each day. run/gym, work, class or out, home to sleep. repeat, repeat, repeat.

then, it became 2014 and i decided, hey, let’s slow down a bit, mmmkay? plus, it was getting difficult to see my bedroom floor beneath all of the shoes/running clothes/school books/everything else i own, so i took that as a sign that mayyyyybe i should start staying home a little bit more. that, and i was just plain tired. a lot.

welp, that somehow turned into me wanting to do nothing but have nightly dates with these lately:

you think maybe i’d cook more now that i’m home more nights, but nope. i’m just fully discovering the depths of my relationship with


it’s a good thing The Voice isn’t on every night because i might never leave my apartment again. a singing competition + the 4 people with the best chemistry everrrr to be on television + lots of Adam Levine time miiiiight be my idea of what people do in Heaven when they aren’t running/snowboarding/surfing/traveling. i’ve discovered that this show pretty much embodies all of my passions: i want to date/marry/lock up in a room and never let anyone else have Adam, dance like Usher, have Blake’s sense of humor and just all-round be Shakira (with dark hair, of course). and yes, i’d pick team Adam all the way, if i got on.

anyone else watch this? i’ve never been much of a TV person but i love this show. and i don’t even care about the contestants. just one more pic, i promise…


so even though i’m definitely experiencing much less of NYC’s nightlife and restaurant scene this winter, i’m really enjoying my down time. joining the gym in my building has also been a good move, as i can pop out of bed and down two flights of stairs and not have to lug multiple bags all over the city. homebody status in full effect.

i’m feeling pretty decent in the wake of the NYC Half two days ago, in that i got in a good hour-long strength workout yesterday morning and a 3.5 mile treadmill run + ab sesh today. my legs are a bit sore but nothing crazy, and i’m thankful for my body’s resiliency in being able to withstand a lot of hard exercise and bounce back quickly. either that, or i’m just so used to a certain level of soreness by now that it’s my new baseline.

i’m on spring break from school this week (quite possibly the most magical pairing of words ever invented: “spring break”), which is lovely, and heading back upstate tomorrow for a very special wedding, for which i am beyond excited. definitely expect pics of that in the near future!

& since transitions are weird, i’ll leave you with this wonderful gem of alliteration. i personally think “morning miles make every day manageable,” but the word nerd in me is too geeked out over the five-word alliterative sentence to care if it’s Monday or not. so good.



Any Voice viewers? Which judge is your fave?

Are you a morning runner?