So Much Worth Smiling For

by Jen on July 31, 2014

I finally came home from the beach today. I was originally supposed to return Tuesday. Then I stayed until Wednesday. Then Wednesday rolled around and I was still in my PJs working at 3 p.m. I decided it was a better plan to hit the beach for a few hours and have one last family dinner and then head home first thing Thursday. A big THANK YOU to my clients for being so understanding and flexible! :)

This trip was so what I needed and delivered by the universe at just the right time. I have to give most of the credit to my amazing friend who followed up with me at least 10 times on whether I’d cleared my calendar to come. I’m really bad at a) justifying getting away and b) feeling like I’m putting people out. But she was right. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. I don’t think I have smiled so much or felt so carefree in a really long time. I plan to hold on to this lightness for as long as I can.


My favorite evening of the trip was spending sunset floating in the canal behind the house.


There were too many laughs to count. This really might have been my overall favorite day of 2014 start to finish so far. It was that good.


I let my hair loose.


Along with my “clean eating.” Bagels with butter, ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, pasta. All good.


I am so spoiled and always seem to travel with amazing photographers. I have some really special shots from this trip. I especially love this dancer. I was balancing on a railing on the beach access.


And I have some fun paddleboard yoga shots to share later. For now, how about the fun of falling off. :)


It was really hard to say goodbye this morning.


Especially when you’re welcomed home by this. My cabinets were being painted while I was gone so the entire contents of my cabinets are strewn all over the house.


Like, literally all over the house. And I think I’m in for a MAJOR cabinet purge before half this crap goes back in.

I had to take a deep breath. Look at the chaos. And then move on. Which is basically my strategy for dealing with…everything right now. Things are always going to be changing, chaotic and a little crazy. But there’s WAY too much good stuff out there worth smiles and happiness to get bogged down by a little mess! :)


Recent Eats: Beach Edition (so much good food!)

by Jen July 30, 2014

Beach eats have been nothing but good! I have been fed so many delicious things here… The first night we had grilled flank steak, asparagus, salad, roasted potatoes and quiche. What a feast! Another dinner was pasta with sauteed shrimp and scallops with salad and green beans. These sea scallops were  so good. We went out […]

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Sunset Beach

by Jen July 29, 2014

On Saturday after the baby shower I left Charlotte to spend a few days at the beach with a girlfriend and her family. They rent a house in Sunset Beach for two weeks every summer and she invited me to join them for a few days. It’s been so much fun to be a part […]

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Another Special Shower

by Jen July 28, 2014

This is the season of babies and I love it. Several of my best friends are expecting or just delivered and I couldn’t be happier for them. It’s such an exciting time and there’s lots of baby holding in my future! I have mentioned that I’m personal training one of my friends who is due in […]

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This Week’s Workouts: Running Happy

by Jen July 27, 2014

Hi and happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend. I’m checking in to share this week’s workouts. It was a good mix that was light on the lifting, light on the yoga and a little heavier on the running. The road has just been calling my name lately so I’ve been going […]

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