March 2014- Friends, Beer, and Music

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Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse

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I’m not a big believer in cleanses. I mean.. I understand that they exist..haha but they just aren’t for me.

I don’t like the idea of depriving and starving yourself to lose water weight.. just to gain it back a few days later.

However-our friends Sarah, Nick, and Rob came into town and I felt like I had consumed an incredible amount of processed food, beer, queso dip, french fries, beer, deep fried avocado tacos,  more beer, another order of french fries, and Indian food (which I adore). Anywho, for someone who normally eats relatively clean, vegetarian, organic fruits and veggies this made me SO sick. My stomach hurt so bad and was incredibly bloated. I was so wiped out. I felt like I had to take charge of my body and hit the reset button. I began researching cleanses and stumped upon Shakeology. This was one was way different that the ones I had heard of before.

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We went on a wine tour to Fredericksburg which was a blast. We found a shuttle company that will pick you up from downtown, and bring you to each winery, pick you up, and bring you back near your hotel– 20 dollars for a whole day! http://www.290wineshuttle.com/ <– There’s the link if you are interested. It was well worth it and we didn’t have to worry about anyone missing out on the fun because they had to drive. Fender was here that weekend so it was cool to show him what Texas is like outside of Austin– I think Austin has it’s own little subculture that is way way different than the rest of Texas.

Had a lovely day off of work with my new work friends- we had a nice brunch and great margaritas. That’s an amazing benefit about my job– the friends. I’m so lucky to have found a company that has a great group of young girls working there that have welcomed me into their circle of friends.

February is also Valentine’s Day which means lots of heart shaped food – it’s kind of our thing 🙂

Also I saw a unicorn on 6th street- had to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

February in Austin

It’s been too long!

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I meant to keep this up to date, but we have had a lot of great visitors come lately and it’s fallen to the back burner.

My new job is going very well. I enjoy what I do, I find it easy but at the same time challenging. I feel like I have learned a lot so far in sales and the best part is I finally have a great work-life balance. There is a great group of people that work there and I feel like I have made some great new friends.

Since I last wrote, we have had Courtney and her husband Jason come visit, my birthday, Dan’s birthday, Sarah and Nick come visit, Rob come visit, Fender come visit, SXSW and lots of things in between. It’s been a blast! We have a lot more people coming to visit us in the next few months as well. I love having people here and sharing our life with them. I feel like when people stay here we get to know each other on a much closer level, as we are eating every meal together, together all day, together all night, etc. Image

I never thought I would enjoy yoga..

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until my lovely friend Amanda invited me to go with her to a class in Austin. I was always somewhat skeptical about yoga..

“Do you actually work any muscles? Do you sweat? Is it really even a workout? Would I even be sore the next day?”

The answer is YES! Oh my gosh yes. I really loved it. It was a 45 minutes Power Yoga for advanced yogis. I recognize that I am not in any way advanced but I thought I’d take the challenge.  It was quite a workout. I was sweating and I was feeling my body move in ways it never had before. We started with downward facing dog and I think we held it for about 5 minutes (maybe it was shorter, but it felt like a lifetime!!) and we repeated the position throughout class. I was really impressed with how much more flexible i was after the 45 minutes.

Also, I have been running 4-5 times a week lately and my right hip has been feeling really tight and sore. After the class it felt so relaxed and less strained.

My favorite part was the last 5 minutes when you lay and clear you mind and hold your body completely still. It was incredibly relaxing and I found myself enjoying just being still.

The studio is downtown Austin and it’s called Black Swan Yoga. It’s donation based so each person donates 7 to 15 dollars per class. index

My friend also told me that on weekday nights they have Candle Light Yoga. It’s 60 minutes and the turn the temperature up in the yoga room as well. It sounds really peaceful and relaxing. I can’t wait to try it–

December in Texas– and Chicago!

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December has been such a busy month! I loved the 84 degree days..it was also great running weather. It was fun to have our first Christmas in our new place. We decided to get a tiny tree because I thought it was cute and it would be easier and cheaper to decorate. D’s parents came to visit for Christmas, we took them to see The Nutcracker downtown which was absolutely beautiful. My first time watching a ballet! Then I took a quick trip home to spend Christmas in Chicago with my family the 24th-28th. The trip was very busy and very fun. I got to see  tons of friends and family in a quick three days. The holidays are nice in that everyone makes time to spend with each other. I think that’s what I like the best. I’m really happy I was able to go home and spend time with those that I love and care about. I know some people aren’t able to see their family over the holidays, so I’m thankful for that.

The end of the month we had our friends Kelly and Chris and Bondy come to visit. I love to have visitors because it reminds me of how great Austin is and I find it fun to take people around and expose them to new things they may not have seen otherwise. Kelly and Chris are vegetarians like me so it was fun to try some vegetarian places with them. Bouldin Creek was by far the best place 🙂 We also went on an adventurous hike on the GreenBelt which was very cool.