Helloooo from the winter wonderland of Michigan. We escaped to the “desert” for a day to beat some of these winter blues, which was just ugh, so refreshing. I could sit here all day long. If you’re in Grand Rapids or ever visit Grand Rapids, be sure to head over to Frederik Meijer Gardens! We ended up getting a membership last year (mostly to get first dibs on their concert series, haha) but it’s nice to be able to pop over anytime and walk around for a bit. Especially in their Tropical Conservatory. Ah, heaven! Trying to love every day of winter, but I don’t know, I just get to be a bit over it this time of year. It just drags on and on and onnnnnn. And we’ve had the craziest weather and my car has gotten stuck in the snow more times than I can remember this year. So maybe I’m not even desperate for spring yet… maybe just some normal 32º winter days. 😆Read More
We survived the polar vortex! Whoa, what a week. I’ve never seen so much snow at our apartment, and our office never closes… and we locked the doors for two days with an option to work from home. I didn’t leave the house Tuesday night to Thursday afternoon. It was nuts! The craziest winter weather I can remember. And now, of course, Michigan… it’s 45º and pretty much all melted at this point. But to say I fell off the bandwagon with everything is an understatement — blogging, Instagram, going to FLEX, eating healthy. I’m so much more accomplished when I’m in a routine, so I’m super glad to be back at it today with some normalcy!
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Hello from the middle of a polar vortex! Okay, these photos were taken last weekend when the sun was still shining… but man, we’ve gotten some major snow here in Michigan! Definitely can’t step outside without a coat right now, so I’m bundled up indoors with a hot chai latte and my fleece-lined blanket that I carry from room to room. I’m so excited that January is nearing it’s end though. I normally don’t like to wish time away, and I do like winter, but January is just so tough to get through sometimes. February, you start to see a little more daylight, Valentine’s Day is fun, it’s a shorter month, I don’t know. It just feels a little easier for some reason. So January, thanks for the fresh start + new year’s resolutions, but I’m ready to see ya go! Byeeee.
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I know I owe you guys a full post on our debt free journey… but today I thought I’d start with one of the very first things you should start doing if you’re not already… which is creating a monthly budget. I’m teaming up with EveryDollar, which is Dave Ramsey’s FREE budget tool. If you’re a little intimidated by creating a budget… don’t worry! It’s super easy, and it’s a great way to knock out debt and tackle your goals. It’s so important to be intentional with your money instead of wondering where it all went at the end of the month. The goal of the tool (app + desktop available!) is to create a zero-based budget, which is a way of budgeting where your income minus your expenses equals zero, so you know exactly where every dollar is going before the month begins. I’m also giving away an EveryDollar Plus subscription (which is the paid version that automatically syncs with your bank account) so be sure to read on for details!Read More
I am legit rocking out to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” as I write this post. Hahaha. Was that a blog break or what? I just couldn’t get it together since the holidays, even though we’ve had the best, most mild winter ever. I like to kick off the new year with resolutions… setting a financial goal, or a new fitness goal, and sometimes the blog takes a little bit of a hit. But I should start setting more goals for this blog. I don’t! But I’m back (in black, har har) and I’m going to try my darnedest to start getting content up here regularly. Thank you so much for sticking around — as always! I appreciate it so much.
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Hi friends! I took a little blog break over the holidays, which was so nice and needed! We celebrated Christmas with our families and rung in the new year with friends by renting a cottage together for the weekend. But now I’m ready to dive into the new year! 2018 was a wonderful year though — definitely with more ups than downs. I know not every year is bound to be like that one, but I’m so grateful I worked hard to make things happen! The ups were… losing 30 pounds and continuing my WW and FLEX routine, and officially becoming debt-free, which was a huge part of our year. We also took several amazing trips around Michigan, a trip to Phoenix, and I’m so thankful for my many memories with Eric, and my best girlfriends. The major down this year was the house fire, but we got through it and we’re back home safe and sound with no major damage done. I have some big goals for 2019… but it all starts with kicking off the month right and working hard day to day!