WILW {4.30.14}

heyyy, friends.

i definitely didn’t intend to take that long of a blogging hiatus, but life has been a busy one lately! glad to be back. 🙂

things i’m loving about this week/my lately life:

*consistency with the shorter-to-medium runs. i have yet to start rocking the longer training runs for my half in a few weeks, but lately, the 5-6 milers have been doing me just fine. i’m happy with the consistency of my times as well, and although i’ve felt a bit more sluggish than i’d like and running on some tired legs, i’m hoping that changes soon! i had three pretty decent ones in a row last weekend (getting progressively more tired as the days went on!):



*the coolest script ever.
in looking for a sweet script for a potential tattoo, i stumbled across this girl’s blog/site called Neither Snow. she has such an incredible calligraphy talent and i’m absolutely in love with her word design. the flow and artistry is amazing. check out her site, as she has some sweet ideas for gifts or weddings or tattoos or anything you’d like writing on.

*a “Good” happy hour. a good happy hour spot is a great thing in NYC, and when you’re meeting your girlfriends, you want a cute, charming little place with decently-priced cocktails and a low enough noise level so you can catch up without shouting over each other.  Good Restaurant in the West Village offers all of that, with $7 House Cocktails (and they have a great selection), $6 glasses of wine, and an intimate little bar. i’ll definitely be returning here for some girl time.

goodnot a bad little list, and just $7 til 8pm. we tried the Sandia Limonada (minus triple sec), which was fruity and summery and would be perfect on a hot day at the beach, and The Bradford (with vodka instead of gin), which was really good and cucumbery (my fave). definitely a winner of a girl-time spot.


*passion. i love how people arrange words sometimes into the most beautiful sentences and phrases you’ve ever read, and all you can do is sit in awe of how mere words can make you feel…and wish to God you’d thought to pen those words yourself.

this totally speaks to me, for i am one of the over-enthusiastic. i get excited about, well…pretty much everything.
and i won’t apologize for that. 🙂

*this sign in McSorley’s, the oldest bar in NYC (quite a tourist haven, which i finally visited for the first time this week). i want this sign in my house.



also, i have to announce the winner of my first Color Me Rad giveaway today as well!

congrats to Lindsey, who won the first registration i’ll be giving away for the various Color Me Rad races coming up this summer and fall.

be on the look out for upcoming giveaways for the Color Me Rads in this area! and don’t forget, you can use the discount code RUNTHISAPPLE10 to receive 10% off a registration for any race.
Your turn…
Tell me something good about your week so far!
Favorite girlfriend happy hour spots in your city? Or if you have some for me in NYC, please share!





Fun Facts Friday {1/10/2014}

1. excited about: my brother comes to visit me tonight for the weekend! considering he’s my best friend/favorite person in the world, i couldn’t be more stoked for this. we have big plans to bachata and salsa the nights away. he hasn’t visited me since a one-day trip in May, when we did little else than wander around Central Park, so this is a much-needed trip.

Husseys in Central Park

Husseys in Central Park

2. wearing: i realize i have a serious thing for workout pants. like, i’m forever on the hunt for the next perfect pair. Nike’s Epic Run capris are my fave outdoor pair, and i’m loving Avia’s  knee-length spandex capris a whole lot — they fit and stay in place soooo well (and are so affordable at TJ Maxx). but sometimes, a girl just needs to crazy up her gym attire, and i’m amassing quite a collection of printed running capris. i mean, i spend enough time in workout clothes…might as well have fun with them. you know, just in case i need to pull a Dorothy (like, from Oz) and match my clothes to my eyes. please tell me someone gets that reference? mmmkay, thanks.

3. crushing on:


4. encouraged by: my daily devo this morning from my Streams in the Desert app (which i read on the subway each morning as i commute to work). it never ceases to amaze me how God gives us just what we need for where we’re at — He’s so astounding like that. i’ve had thoughts of my future direction weighing on me quite a bit lately, and i often find myself feeling a bit frustrated over why certain paths i so desire to pursue don’t seem to be opening up, and wrestling with thoughts over what actions to take next, and how i know if what i’m pursuing is what i should be pursuing — and then i read this this morning, which seems to be a quiet nudge to remind me that i am not the one in control. God has a much bigger plan for my life than anything i can see with my tunnel vision and limited scope, and it’s okay if i don’t see the big picture right now — because He does. this is a lesson in trust and obedience for me, which i desperately need.

5. inspired by: inside of me, deep at my very core, has always been a poet. sometimes she surfaces more frequently than others; lately, unfortunately, i haven’t given her much freedom of expression or room to breathe. but every now and then, right in the middle of everyday life, i stumble across something that flutters the curtains of my soul and reminds me of the pure and simple calling of an artist: to be true to what you feel at the center of your being, and to never stop believing in yourself. this, for me, hit home.


and now, i believe i’m off to write some poetry.

have a fantastic weekend, loves! xoxo


What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Any fave workout clothes to spice up your gym routines?