Well we are now just two days away from my older sister’s BIG DAY. Life has been so busy lately, I’ve barely had a moment to process what is actually happening. Yesterday it finally hit me that this is HAPPENING not in a year, or even a few months, but in a couple days! I’m feeling rather emotional and reminiscent.

My sister has and always will be a role model to me. Whether it was following her lead to get in trouble when we were little, begging our dad to let us get a cat (and then a few years later a dog) or figuring out what life was all about after high school, I could always count on her for advice.

Last night before bed, I grabbed a blank sheet of paper to start writing my maid of honor speech. It has been one of those little stresses on my mind lately, like hey maybe I should figure out what I’m going to say because I don’t want to be blabbing and boring her and her fiancé’s friends and family to death. I think staring at that blank page of paper made this huge life event seem very real to me. I am so excited for her, so glad she’s found someone to spend the rest of her life with, and with the memories of when we were younger started flowing through my mind because I realized after this weekend, our family will be different.

On Saturday, she becomes a wife. On Saturday, our family grows by one. On Saturday, I gain a brother. All of this has made me very emotional and I don’t know why. Why do people cry at weddings?! They are a celebration after all, but I already know I am going to be a mess at her ceremony and when I give the speech. I love her to pieces and even though we have had our share of fights and disagreements, my heart is so happy for her. She deserves the best and I know that’s what my soon to be brother-in-law will give her, and we are all happy to welcome him into our family.

Sister, I am so overly emotional and thrilled for you! Thank you for being such a huge influence and supportive person in my life. I am happy to be your maid of honor and support you not only through your big life celebration, but continued on in your future. I love you!


Feel Good Wednesdays


Yes today is HUMP day, good old hump day. We know how the camel is feeling, but how are you feeling? As much as I try to power through the week at work and at home so I can fully enjoy the weekends, sometimes I really should just take a break and do something for myself midweek and we ALL should!

The work week can be really hard on you and so here are some ideas to let go of some stress and enjoy yourself TODAY. Not this weekend, but RIGHT NOW!

At work:

  • Instead of your usual lunch at your desk, take a walk over lunch and invite a coworker! Don’t forget to bring along a bottle of Ice Mountain water!
  • Take a 10-15 minute break to listen to your favorite tunes! As a copywriter, sometimes my focus and MOOD improves when I just take a 10-15 minute break, listen to some pump up music and then get back to work. For me, it is like clearing my mind to a blank slate so I get new, creative ideas. My favorites right now are Glowing by Nikki Williams, Tidal Wave by Sub Focus ft. Alpines and Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (and if this doesn’t make you want to get up and dance I don’t know what will!)
  • Organize your space. Sometimes I wait until Friday to do this, but why not get organized now? Helps me feel better about my space and gives me a positive attitude to make it to 5 p.m.!

At home:

  •  Do one thing you enjoy doing at home —- cooking your favorite meal, reading a book, watching your favorite TV show. ONE thing for you.
  • Forget the laundry and cleaning tonight! Cuddle up with a blanket and throw on a movie you love but haven’t watched in forever (that would be Lord of the Rings for me— been too long!)
  • Get outside! Take a long walk, go for a run or go to your favorite place for drinks on the patio! Here in the Midwest we are taking in all the outdoor time we can get! If you are going for a walk or run, again don’t forget some refreshing water!

As I’m on my path to a healthier lifestyle, I need to remember that enjoying some free time and taking time to let go of stress can be just as important as eating healthy and working out! Of course working out let’s go of stress but it isn’t my top choice every day 😉

Today I am going to take a break to listen to music, organize my work space and when I get home I am going for a run and will take my doggie for a nice long walk afterwards 🙂 I would love to throw on a movie tonight too! Another way to feel good today, try some of Ice Mountain’s sparkling water!

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So today! 🙂

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