October 20th, 2014

this guy didn’t look too bad either…

(taken at Clifty Falls — Madison, IN)

October 20th, 2014
daily outfit: the “Nordstrom Rack to the rescue" edition
i had a dress in mind for this weekend’s wedding festivities yet when i went to put it on, it no longer fit the bill.
i ran to Nordstrom Rack during lunch on Friday and $37 later, i found a dress for the event.
it was probably the most comfortable I had been at a wedding and i got to wear my beloved boots, so a win win, no doubt.

daily outfit: the “Nordstrom Rack to the rescue" edition

i had a dress in mind for this weekend’s wedding festivities yet when i went to put it on, it no longer fit the bill.

i ran to Nordstrom Rack during lunch on Friday and $37 later, i found a dress for the event.

it was probably the most comfortable I had been at a wedding and i got to wear my beloved boots, so a win win, no doubt.

October 20th, 2014

daily outfit: the “it’s time to get my heiny in gear" edition.

this morning, i woke up & got in 5 miles before 7 am. 

it’s the first time in a solid 7 months i’ve begun a new work-out routine.

to say i’ve been lackadaisical about exercising would be an understatement.

sticking to a healthy diet? yes.

sweating out my stress? not so much.

but, today, well…today i started fresh….

let’s hope it lasts, at least through the hefty holidays.

October 17th, 2014

this is our team (minus the CEO, the photographer).

there are 9 of us who run the state’s association.

this state-wide initiative includes (but is not limited to) health & wellness, fuel up to play 60, and industry image (hello, dairy farmers!)—

we’re talking our partnership with the Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis 500 (drink of milk in Victory Circle? Bueller?), the Indiana State Fair’s Dairy Bar, supporting almost 70% of Indiana’s schools with their in-school wellness programs, etc etc etc.

yesterday, we celebrate Boss’ day the best way we know how, a yogurt parfait bar.

fitting, right?

the 8 of us are so fortunate to have a CEO that leads while simultaneously allowing us the space to breathe & grow in our ways. 

trust me, even with only a 9 person team, there are a lot of personalities.

just take a look at this picture— it pretty accurately describes our clan—when we’re not hard at work, of course.

October 16th, 2014

one of the most delicious treats i’ve made in quite some time… Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake from Smitten Kitchen.

the guy’s parents are coming over for dinner tonight, and this will be a highlight of the event… no doubt.

October 13th, 2014

the latest Colts.com video is up & i’ve gotta say, it’s one of my favorites…probably because my favorite punter makes an appearance.

(photo taken at last week’s National Walk to School day)

October 13th, 2014

Saturday night, i ate a Strawberry Blue Cheese salad at Prime 47.

Sunday, i candied my own pecans to replicate said salad.

No regrets.

(via)

October 9th, 2014

daily outfit: the “another reason i love fall" edition.

give me all the booties & leather jackets in the world combined with brightly colored sweaters & my favorite black (discontinued) skinnies and i am one happy camper.

this morning i realized that my attitude is 100% tied to today’s look, and thank goodness for everyone in my all day staff meeting, i like it a lot.

i don’t think i own one piece of stereotypical autumn-hued clothing, but i own enough scarves, sweaters & boots in other perky colors to easily get by.

i love the fall & i’m accepting that love isn’t completely tied to football [players], but that’s definitely a perk.

(happy Blue Thursday from Indy, friends! xo)

October 7th, 2014

In one month from today, I’ll turn 30.

As i was sprawled out on my over-sized couch last night watching the finale of Teen Mom 2 while eating greek yogurt & debating on wine or another Diet Coke, i started thinking about 30.

When i was 15, the idea of being married with at least one kiddo at 25 was my idea of the American Dream. you know that question every student is required to answer? What is your American Dream? i’m sure if you went back and read my account, i mentioned that i would graduate from college, move to NYC, work for Glamour, meet & marry a handsome devil of a Wall Street man and settle down with my Ralph Lauren-dressed clan in Greenwich.

And yet, here we are.

Undergrad concluded 6 months after i turned 21.

Grad school finished when i was 26.

i moved back in with my parents while I found stable ground. i’ve been laid off, found my dream job, built a house and most recently, a luxury car.

I’m not saying i have all my shit figured out, but what i’m saying is, at 29 years old, single, no kiddos, living & loving the city i once remarked “will never bring me back" and still a non-smoker, i feel good about where i am— really good, actually.

In one month from today, I’ll turn 30, and for the first time, i’m 100% okay with that fact.

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35 Life Lessons To Learn The Closer You Get To 30

by: Diana Edelman

1. You don’t have to know what the heck you want in life from the moment you leave the womb. You don’t even need to have a solid picture at (gasp) high school graduation. Figure out the things you enjoy and then go from there. This can change multiple times in life, and that is absolutely FINE.

2. A plan is only as good as its makers. If you aren’t ready to push that plan forward, figure out why and then decide whether or not you want to adjust the plan or adjust you.

3. Don’t be in a relationship with someone who does not love themselves. Likewise, love yourself. If you don’t love yourself, the only people you will attract are those who are as broken as you.

4. Respect yourself enough to stay away from situations where you feel uncomfortable. Set boundaries and keep them.

5. Travel. But not to run. Travel to learn about you. About the world. If you’re running, you will accomplish nothing but running further away from the world you know. And deeper into your own frustrations.

6. Try to smile and stay positive as much as you can. No one likes a negative person or one who constantly complains about life. Don’t be surprised when people don’t want to be around negativity.

7. Things that make you unhappy are in your control. Either choose to keep those things which make you unhappy in your life, or get them the hell out.

8. Find. Your. Niche. The rest will come.

9. You are only as good as the company you keep. For reals. (Although this one took me a super long time to learn.)

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, often. And hold tight to those people.

11. Be kind to animals and all other living things. (Note: I have always been kind, now I am just more compassionate.)

12. School is important, but those lessons you learn in life are equally, if not more, important. So, be a student of the world.

13. Write often. About whatever you want. Just write. (And please don’t think of it as a school assignment, because really, who enjoys writing those?)

14. Don’t smoke, jackass.

15. Eating to feel better only works until you’re stuffed. Then, you are full and still sad/angry/mad/happy.

16. Work out. Consistently. And, don’t take diet pills to lose weight.

17. Respect your body.

18. Respect your mind.

19. Practice being mindful and grateful everyday. You are lucky, lucky, lucky.

20. Don’t pretend to me impenetrable. Or perfect. Everyone has faults. Everyone has weaknesses. And it is OK to ask for help and to receive help.

21. Let go of the preconceived notions of what being an adult is. You don’t have to be married at 28. Have kids at 30. It’s OK to not follow a rigid schedule. Or even have one.

22. Say “yes” to more things in life.

23. Save money. For real.

24. Step out of your comfort zone. Regularly.

25. Don’t let negative comments from others ruin your day. Those ugly moments come from another’s issues and mire that person far more than you.

26. People have their own shit going on. Remember their reactions to you aren’t based on you necessarily, but what is going on with them.

27. Don’t take everything personally (see 26).

28. Love, but don’t love blindly.

29. Everything happens exactly as it should. It is a part of you, a part of your story. It is what shapes you into the person you are today. Don’t fight it.

30. You don’t have to be like everyone else.

31Appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

32. You don’t have to make a lot of money to be successful. Happiness is a measure of success with as much value (and more in my opinion) than the green in your pocket. Although, yes, you still should have a savings account. But, that’s just for airfare and starting  exciting new stories in far off lands.

33. Ask questions. Ask a lot of questions. About everything. Soak up as much knowledge as you can from every person you can soak it up from.

34. Remember, not everyone is out to get you. There is good and kindness in this world, you just have to be open to receiving it.

35. Life isn’t about living happily ever after, it’s about living.

(via)

October 6th, 2014

it’s that time of year when you can click through Colts.com & click on any “Part 4” video from the Colts Playbook with Coach Pagano show & see my diverse collection of facial expressions.

oh baby oh baby.

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