Monday, March 23, 2015

My Old Pink Suitcase.


My first suitcase. To a girl with perpetual wanderlust, my first piece of luggage was the ultimate sign of freedom. It was my ticket to see the world. Have pink luggage, will travel.

It's a beast and it's pink. I can recognize it across the airport in a heartbeat. It can definitely fit a couple small baby pandas if I had to. I can tell you within a half pound how much it weighs, if it's going to be tagged heavy (which it has been, more times that I can count), or if I've got room for a souvenir or two. 

It's been my travel companion on many adventures. Italy, Jamaica, Canada, Hawaii. Minnesota to South Carolina and back. Crisscrossed the United States for the year that bag was my home away from home. Across town to my first stationary home of my own. Italy,  Canada, Hawaii, Jamaica.

It's dirty, starting to tear a bit, and a zipper catches. There are still adventures left to be had in that old bag, but for someone else next time.

I'm hanging up my travel tag on my old pink suitcase. 

xoxo,
Alex

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Currently.



Oh, hello. I've swapped blogging for sleeping. When busy, something has got to give and for me it's this blog. I know it will always be here when I have a few spare minutes! So to catch up, here's what I'm currently up to:

READING // Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 


ANTICIPATING // Sunshine and sandy beaches...

THINKING ABOUT // Doing with less. I'm attempting to purge 40 bags in 40 days and I'm seriously contemplating switching up my wardrobe to a capsule wardrobe. Anyone out there given this a try?

EATING // Leftovers from Spoon and Stable. K and I had a date night last night and the hottest restaurant in town. I'm definitely recreating their Paloma cocktail soon!

THANKFUL // For my job. It makes me think, stretches me outside my comfort zone, and allows my creativity to flourish. I love it.

WORKING ON // More like working out. Since joining ClassPass, I have finally hit my fitness stride. I love trying new classes, studios, and instructors. Some of my faves include Pure Barre, [SolidCore], Surge Cycle, and Modo Yoga! Sign up today and we can live the sweaty life together! (< - - affiliate link)

PLANNING // Our bathroom remodel! K has worked so hard and we are finally ready for tile. He did the hard work, now I'm helping planning out the pretties like paint, fixtures, and tile.

WATCHING // House of Cards...duh.


xoxo,
Alex


iPhone wallpaper via Fleur De Letters...isn't it perfect for the start of spring?!

Monday, February 2, 2015

When You Just Have to Shake It Off


My face turned bright red, not once, but twice last week. And not because I was busting my butt in the gym. No instead, this was the red the comes straight from embarrassment.

On Monday, school started back up and apparently I forgot to put my professor filter back on after winter break. One of my student's medical device buzzed, and in an effort to make her feel at ease, I started telling them the story of when I was going through security at the airport and my electric toothbrush started buzzing. I should have left it there, but I had to go one step further and well, before you know it, my face was turning bright red as I realized I inadvertently was comparing a buzzing electronic toothbrush to another device that vibrates. Foot in mouth. I backpedaled as fast as I could but the damage was done. Let's get back on topic, huh? Oh boy.

And then, on Thursday, I was moving furniture around on in the space I manage so I turned on the tunes to keep me company. Well, as the beginning strains of Uptown Funk started to float, not quietly I might add, through the space, I realized my boss was having a private meeting in the library...where the music was playing. You guys. I uptown funk'd my boss in a meeting. He grinned when he told me but man, whoops. Note to self: make sure the other channels are off before blasting Bruno.

So yeah. That all happened last week. Foot in mouth. Burning cheeks. Embarrassed. But what can you do but shake it off and move on! Here's to a new week!

xoxo,
Alex

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Yes You Can


So, ClassPass. I simply cannot stop talking about it. But in one month, it honestly has transformed the way I exercise. But more than that, it has gotten in to my brain. 

 Every class, no matter if it's barre, or core, or yoga, I've heard the instructors use those magic words: " Yes, you can."

The first time I heard the instructor say that, I grimaced. Yeah right. This class will kill me. My legs are shaking, my body is quaking, and I'm literally going to drown in my own sweat. I can't.


But then, I hear words that just might be true. "Your mind will give out long before your body will. Yes, you can." 

And a funny thing happens. I close my eyes, I dig deep, and I begin to believe.

I believe that I can. 



In one month, I've been to 14 classes through ClassPass. I've hit at least 4 different studios for barre classes, experienced my first hot yoga class, and braved a megaformer. In my life, I have never been this excited about working out.



And I can. My body really is stronger than my mind. I can work through shaky legs, and sweat in my eyes, to power through and finish the class. I'm losing those pesky extra pounds and I feel better about my body. I'm making my health a priority and I'm actually enjoying it.

I am so grateful ClassPass reached out to me and gifted me a complimentary month. And because I've loved it, I'm in - I signed up for another month. 

Now I'm challenging you. Do you believe in you? Because I do. If I can do it, you can do it. 

Yes, I can. And yes, you can.

If you want in on ClassPass, I'd be honored if you'd use my referral link. With it, you can skip the waitlist in your city and start rockin' it at all your favorite classes. 

xoxo,
Alex

Sidenote: (I'm all about sidenotes. Just ask my students. Sigh.) We just watched The Judge, and it was so good. I feel a little typical when I enjoy a lawyer movie, but this one had me feeling the feelings. Add it to your list if you haven't seen it yet. 
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