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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Fall is hands down my favorite time of year. It isn’t just the beauty of the changing leaves or the perfect weather finally hitting the area, I love fall because of the sense of renewal I feel. A lot of people say that spring is the rebirth...

Cousins at The Toledo Zoo

My beautiful and amazing cousin, Ashley, was in town last week. We hadn’t seen each other in about 5-6 years, FAR too long. During our three days together, we took a great walk in Oak Openings Metropark, she was introduced to MacQueen’s O...

Let’s Do This Trader Joe’s

I have been off a day this entire week. I haven’t known the actual day off the top of my head at all. Life has been…chugging along. Not great, not horrible, just moving. I have been going to the gym regularly and not running regularly at...

Tomorrow is Always a New Day

It is unfortunate in a lot of ways that my life has taken a semi-unexpected turn. Change is not my favorite thing, especially sudden, last-minute change. But, this is the type of situation where you learn a lot about yourself and the friends and fami...

Life Choices

Life is tricky. Just when you think you have it all figured out and you are smooth-sailing, it bites you in the ass. You have realizations that blow your mind and wonder what your overall purpose is. I know that I have regrets in my life and I know t...

Do More

2015 has not been the year of Amanda. Not even a little. It may even be the opposite of that. I know people who are having the best year of their life and it makes me utterly jealous. This has been the year of struggle, heartache, soul searching, se...

The Ocean At My Back

My mind has been so full of thoughts. Negative thoughts. Positive thoughts. Inquisitive thoughts. Scared thoughts. Happy thoughts. And OMG, so many thoughts. I can’t turn my brain off at all lately. I lay awake in the middle of the night with m...

I Am My Own Body Image Inspiration

Just last week I talked about my friend Brittany’s book, Fat Girl Walking and little did I realize how timely the release of this book truly was for me. I didn’t notice until halfway through the book, that I have had some body image issue...

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany, Herself

Fat Shaming This essentially means that you are making fun of someone for their weight. We all assume because someone weighs more than what the public deems as normal that they are compulsive eaters. They will all end up being carried out of their ho...

How Do You Find Your Strength?

Thinking of myself first is something that I have always struggled with. I like to please other people and by doing so I generally put my needs, and even some wants, on the backburner. Hell, even if this person doesn’t like me, I’ll still...

I Unexpectedly Found Clarity, Direction & Purpose

Are there ever times when a workout helps to clear your head, or brings you clarity, or gives you the confidence you’ve been looking for? Does a workout sometimes give you a renewed sense of direction or purpose in your life? I had two of those...

Torn Meniscus? Check!

After having five operations on my right knee, I have become very aware of how my knee feels at any moment throughout the day. I check if it is swollen, if I have any spots that hurt, I check how my muscles feel.  I run when it feels good, I prop it...

Setting Your Alarm Helps

We had another morning of snow-covered streets today. I absolutely love the days where the snow falls so perfectly on the trees and sits there, giving everything a white coating. I really do love winter. I am more of a cold weather lover than a hot w...

A Missed Anniversary?!

I was in Mobile, Alabama over the weekend to attend the GoDaddy Bowl with work. We took a charter plane full of alumni and friends and spent three days enjoying the area. When we were gone I forgot about my 7th blogiversary! January 3 marked the end...

When I am Forced to Skip a Run

**Don’t forget to enter my Glass City Marathon free entry giveaway! Only 4 days left to enter!** I am still in Mobile, Alabama for The GoDaddy Bowl for work. We have had two full days of activities and I am exhausted, but in a good way. Today w...

Happy 2015

It’s here! 2015…here’s to hoping that I finish my second marathon UNDER the coarse required time! (I finished 12 minutes over the time limit in 2012…oops!) I haven’t made resolutions in a few years. I have had goal words...

An Early Christmas Gift to the Monsters

Jeff and I spent around 16 hours in the basement this past weekend. We cleaned, we organized and we painted. We painted so much that my hand is still cramping. These pictures speak to how much work we accomplished. The sitting area BEFORE: The sittin...

$1.99 for Gas? $1.99 for Gas!!

*I think that it is 1998 outside. I bought gas for $2.19 last week and I filled up for only $1.99 today. What the what? I don’t keep up with world news, gas news, oil news, local news in any way, so I have no clue what is going on. But I am ser...

Welcoming the New Year…from Alabama

It was announced on Sunday that The University of Toledo will be playing in the GoDaddy Bowl on January 4. This is fantastic news because the bowl game isn’t over Christmas, forcing me to be away from home. I get a relaxing holiday at home with...

My Favorite Christmas Movies

With it being the holiday season, I have already started watching all of my favorite Christmas movies. I watched It’s a Wonderful Life last night and that always puts me in the holiday spirit. We are getting our tree next weekend and that will...


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