Life has pretty funny timing, wouldn’t you say? I met Tommy right before I moved to Charlotte. And just as I started to fall in love with Charlotte, I decided to move back to Winston-Salem. Yep, I’m moving back. IMG_4703

I’m extremely lucky that I have a job that will allow me to work in Winston-Salem. I did the same job there before I asked to move to Charlotte. I moved for personal and professional reasons: I wanted to get to know more coworkers who were located in Charlotte, wanted a change of scenery after a break-up in Winston, wanted to make travel to San Francisco easier since I was flying there a lot last year (and of course I haven’t been there once for work this year – ha!), and to be honest, I just didn’t think I would meet someone to date (once I was ready to date) in Winston since it’s a relatively small town. (We know how that went!)

I’m so grateful for my time in Charlotte. It’s been great professionally – I’ve been able to build great relationships that will benefit my career for years and also build close friendships with many coworkers. I am SO grateful to have a job I love (something I never take for granted having spent time in jobs that were pretty miserable at times), coworkers I truly enjoy working with, and a boss who is supportive of me professionally and personally.

And moving to Charlotte has been great for me personally as well — to do something just for me and not dependent on someone else, to get out of my comfort zone, to figure out who I am when I’m not in my comfort zone, to make new friends, to toughen up a bit (my neighborhood isn’t exactly the best). And, most importantly, to figure out what I really value in life and what a good quality of life looks like for me. And while I really like Charlotte and my life here, it’s not right for me right now.


Tommy and I have both been burning the candle at both ends to keep our relationship strong, trying to maintain friendships and commitments where we live, and keeping our careers moving forward. The back and forth between Charlotte and Winston-Salem has been really draining for seven months, and neither of us feel at our best. It’s an hour and a half drive each way, and while that’s not awful (I’ve definitely heard of worse long-distance situations, or heck, longer commutes!), it’s long enough to really sap our time and energy. And we’re at the point in our relationship that we feel it’s really important to be in the same town, and so we can put our energy where we need to—relationships, friendships, careers, personal interests–and not on coordinating logistics and driving.

It was a really, really hard decision and something I prayed and thought about a LOT. It’s very bittersweet to be leaving. But while I really, really, really like Charlotte, I love Winston-Salem. The quality of life in Winston is more my speed. I’ve had a hard time swallowing the increased cost of living in Charlotte, the crime (at least where I live!), the parking, etc. (I definitely got too accustomed to easy living in WS because Charlotte reminds me a lot of Salt Lake City, where I grew up, and I love that city!) I’ll miss the restaurants, the endless social opportunities, wide variety of activities, and all the options for almost everything you need in life (i.e. I just discovered an awesome nail place today!). I will really, really miss my new friends who have been absolutely incredible here, and holy moly, I’m really gonna miss my workouts buddies at Metro CrossFit – such a great group.

But for now, Winston is where I want and need to be. And it feels really good to be going home.

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Happy July! I can’t believe we’re already half way through the year – it’s been a big year for me with lots of change and new experiences, and one of my favorites ever so I can’t wait to see what the remainder of 2015 has in store! My day started out great with a deadlift PR…195 for 1 rep!! I really want to break 200 and that seems attainable now! (Speaking of deadlifts – Tommy also got a PR on his deadlifts today: 405 for 3 reps. HOLY. MOLY.)

Alright, onto the post! I stole this post idea from Christina (who just celebrated a birthday! Happy birthday friend!).

Current Celebration // Tommy started an new job this week and I’m so happy for him!

Current Product Find // I’m newly hooked on a lot of Arbonne products. I’ve been using a random assortment products, including a lot of Origins stuff, but I’m slowly transitioning to Arbonne. I’ve loved everything so far. I know I owe you guys a post on my skin care so I’ll go into more detail about what I’m using in that post. (Keep those reader requests coming – I don’t ignore them! I’m just a little slow – sorry!)

Current Plan // I’ve been dreaming about a fall beach vacation. I really need some downtime. All my time off work this year has been for fun, but busy, things. I need some time to slow down and just relax. I love the beach in September and October when it’s not as hot and not as crowded.

Current Book // All the Light We Cannot See and Crazy Love. I also just finished Girl on the Train.

Current Purchase // Ciao Bella Sorbetto. My AC is out and this is a complete necessity. The White Peach Sangria flavor is ahhhhmazing. I need to get my hands on the Sicilian Blood Orange Sorbetto next.

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Current Drink // At the moment, nothing because I have a face mask on and I certainly can’t drink when I’ve got clay on my face. But, I’m loving Trader Joe’s cold brew coffee in the mornings. (See above – hot coffee cannot happen.)

Current Holy Moly // It’s 84* in my house right now. It’s cooler outside than inside, but I still can’t get it to cool down in here, even with windows open – I’m blaming the humidity. I’m miserable but I’m more worried about poor Maizey. She’s just moping around panting and lying on the floor. :(


Current Show // I couldn’t even tell you the last time I sat down to watch TV!

Current Want // AIR CONDITIONING. And some new sandals and new shorts. I only have two pairs of shorts and they are both YEARS old, i.e. faded and just look terrible.

Current Obsession // Mastering double unders. I am not very good. And by not very good, I mean I’m terrible. Don’t believe me? Lashes don’t lie.

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Alright, time for me to go lay down and act like I’ll be able to sleep in this sauna of a house. Gah!

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Subscription boxes are all the rage these days…or are they past their prime? I sure hope not because I’ve found some awesome ones I love, including Send Me Gluten Free. They recently offered to send me a free 3 month subscription, and I’ve been really happy with it!SAM_1754

I’ve loved discovering some new-to-me products, especially in the chip and cracker category. These were seriously amazing.IMG_4102

And the Breton crackers are such a good find – it’s hard to find gluten-free crackers that are tasty and a normal size, i.e. not tiny. I need a substantial cracker to hold my cheese folks. The pita chips were also great. SAM_1758

Gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy and while a lot of the goodies in the box are very processed, a girl’s gotta live. There have been a few things in the boxes that I wouldn’t necessarily buy, like vitamins and supplements, and I don’t buy gluten-free shampoo and conditioner, but I sure loved the samples that were in the box. They smelled amazing and made my hair cooperate better than usual in this humidity. Each box also came with coupons for gluten-free products from brands that I would actually buy and some I already buy anyway.

Like any surprise subscription box, not everything was a win. Some stuff has been downright gross, and since I’m allergic to soy-based products (hello all the acne when I eat it), some of the products I couldn’t eat. But, overall, I’ve been impressed and it’s something I’ll probably sign up for at some point!

Depending on the length of your subscription (month-to-month up to 12 months), the price varies from $15-$20 per month (+ $5 shipping regardless of subscription length). I don’t think it’s a total bargain, but it’s fun and a great way for discovering new gluten-free items. If you want to try Send Me Gluten Free, I’ve got a 20% off promo code for ya! Enter BLOG20 at checkout!

What subscription boxes do you get?

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The Weekender: Favorite Links + Last Week’s Workouts

June 29, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend. I was up in Winston for a hair appointment (Jodi at The Escape Salon is the best), and of course, some time with Tommy. I got two inches cut off since it’s just so hot on my neck in the summer, and because I accidentally fried […]

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This Week’s outfits

June 27, 2015

Hi! I’ve got bunch of outfit pictures for you! I’m always so flattered that you guys want to see what I’m wearing. Sorry the photos aren’t great quality – I don’t have the fancy camera set-up to get you better shots! Most of my stuff is not recently purchased, except the Steve Madden Narissa Wedges. […]

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Friday Favorites

June 26, 2015

Happy almost weekend! Thank you SO much for your sweet, kind (and some hilarious!) comments on my story about how Tommy and I met. And thank you all for sharing how you met your significant others!!! I have absolutely loved reading all your stories! I love love! If you haven’t read the comments, go read […]

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