SBC: hobbies, crushes, happy things.

HI FRIENDS! Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Before I go on (with another massive September Blogging Challenge catch up), I just want to let you know that GML will be down for 24-48 hours starting around 10am tomorrow (Monday). I’m getting a blog redesign, WOOOOO!

But for now, onto the last few days of this challenge… 5 favorite hobbies/pastimes.

Journaling, blogging, freelance articles – I love it all! Writing is therapeutic for me.

watching movies.
Going to the movies and/or watching them from home is one of my favorite things to do – especially with other people. I love how movies are an escape from reality, and I’m that person that gets overly emotionally invested in them, ha.

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than being pampered. Massages, mani/pedis, getting my hair done – I LOVE IT ALL.

going out.
This is a pretty generic one, but it’s true! Being out and about and socializing, trying new restaurants, etc. is just so much fun.

This is another therapeutic one. I love making treats for other people. I think it might be one of my love languages :P

Red Velvet Cake Batter Brownies


27. my celebrity crush(es).

Yeeeah so I have a few ;)

Garrett Hedlund

Don Draper (not Jon Hamm – Don Draper!)

Charlie Hunnam

John Krasinsky

But my top is probably Bradley Cooper. Such a QT.

Bradley Cooper


28. ten things that make me happy.

Hmmm, there are so many more things that make me happy! But right now…

* my cozy apartment in my dream neighborhood
* the cinnamon scented candle next to me
* my new (coming soon) blog layout
* Speakable’s upcoming October campaign + new words
* that I got to see No Doubt perform yesterday
* my Halloween costume idea
* my amazing, UH-MAZING friends
* Lyft
* fun things happening this week
* LIFE! There’s just so much to be thankful for and excited about. And that makes me happy.



Your turn! Favorite hobbies? Celeb crush(es)?

SBC: catching up again.

Hi hi!

(I just had the strongest desire to say “happy hump day,” but that’s probably my least favorite term in existence. Moving on.)

Let’s catch up a bit on the September Blogging Challenge, shall we?

September Blogging Challenge


#23 – things I want to learn how to do.

(re-learn) how to play piano.
I played for 11 years and only remember one song. Boo!

(re-learn) how to speak French.
Same thing – 4 years and I remember next to nada. Anyone have success with Rosetta Stone…?

martial arts of some sort.
100% because I just want to be able to kick someone’s ass if necessary.

how to drive stick shift.
This will never happen.

crow pose.


#24 – favorite form of exercise(s) and why.

Lately I’ve really been getting into Yoga again, for a few reasons – 1) I can be a bit of an anxious person and it calms be down and 2) I get more satisfaction from having flexibility than strength.

I’m also still on a major Stair Master kick because it makes me a sweaty mess.

Aaaand I’m finding myself getting into classes lately! SoulCycle and CityRow are the ones I’ve tried most recently, and I definitely want to do both again soon. I love the energy in classes.


#25 – what I’m reading right now.

Approval Addiction by Joyce Meyer
So far this book is great and much needed for me. Gotta love a good self help book, right?

Good to Great by Jim Collins
Okay, so I actually haven’t started reading this yet, but I just downloaded it! Yesterday TWO people separately suggested I read it, so I figured that was a sign that I should.



Your turn! Something you want to learn how to do? Favorite exercise? What are you reading?


today is your big moment.

I love this passage from Shauna Niequist so much…like to the point that I may start reading it every single day.

So I just had to share…



“Believe that this way of living, this focus on the present, the daily, the tangible, this intense concentration not on the news headlines but on the flowers growing in your own garden, the children growing in your own home, this way of living has the potential to open up the heavens, to yield a glittering handful of diamonds where a second ago there was coal. This way of living and noticing and building and crafting can crack through the movie sets and soundtracks that keep us waiting for our own life stories to begin, and set us free to observe the lives we have been creating all along without ever realizing it.

I don’t want to wait anymore. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.

The Heisman Trophy winner knows this. He knows that his big moment was not when they gave him the trophy. It was the thousand times he went to practice instead of going back to bed. It was the miles run on rainy days, the healthy meals when a burger sounded like heaven. That big moment represented and rested on a foundation of moments that had come before it.

I believe that if we cultivate a true attention, a deep ability to see what has been there all along, we will find worlds within us and between us, dreams and stories and memories spilling over. The nuances and shades and secrets and intimations of love and friendship and marriage and parenting are action-packed and multicolored, if you know where to look.

Today is your big moment. Moments, really. The life you’ve been waiting for is happening all around you. The scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that you’re having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as the Last Supper. This is it. This is life in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. But pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, woven, crafted.

Your life, right now, today, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages. Because they all are. Every life is.

You have stories worth telling, memories worth remembering, dreams worth working toward, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells within you, the true culmination of super and natural.

You are more than dust and bones.
You are spirit and power and image of God.
And you have been given Today.”

- Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life