Engagement Picture Preview

I have something so exciting to share with you guys today – we got a preview of our engagement pictures from this past weekend!


I could not be more thrilled. Our photographer, Tessa, is the best!

If you’re in Indiana (or anywhere really – she travels!) and in search of an awesome photographer, check Tessa out. I may be a bit biased since I’ve known her for like 20 years, but seriously, she’s wonderful. She made us feel so comfortable!

I absolutely can’t wait to get all of our pictures back.


Life Update

It’s been awhile, friends. Let’s catch up, shall we? Since the last time we got together, quite a bit has happened.

I finished my first year of grad school.
I completed my first Level II Fieldwork.
I’ve completed 3 5ks.
I turned 24.
I lost a beloved pet.
I started my second (and final!) year of grad school.
I lost a few pounds.
I gained a few pounds.
And I lost a few pounds again.

That about sums up the past six months of my life.



Five on Friday 3.4.16

Joining in with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday today!


Since I officially booked our engagement pictures with Tessa (so excited!), it’s time to get serious about a wedding budget. I am typically a spreadsheet type of gal, but this option is just so much prettier…also, a little overwhelming.


I may be late to this train, but I have absolutely fallen in love with Biscoff cookie spread. Please tell me you’ve tried it. If not, you’re missing out. Although I’d love to just scoop some out and eat it, it’s not nearly as satisfying as using it as a topping. Same cookie taste, more food. I’ve used it on top of protein pancakes, popcorn, and in yogurt. My favorite combo is definitely the yogurt though. Holy goodness, and it’s only 170 calories (5.5f, 17.5c, 12.5p). Perfection.


On repeat this week: Aloe Blacc. Seriously, check him out. My current favorite is “I Need a Dollar” from his Good Things album. That will probably change tomorrow though. He’s just that good!



Since March has arrived, I’m beginning to feel the craziness that is March Madness. Personally, I am not a college sports fan. Pacers all the way, baby.

I’m still chugging along with IIFYM. Check out this post if you’re wondering what the heck that means. I do catch myself wanting to check the scale every single day because I’m just so excited to see what has changed! I’ve only weighed myself three times since last Friday. That’s not too bad, right? Better than every day. Progress people.I have resisted checking my measurements (except for once – and I only measured my stomach – so it doesn’t count), and I’m going to continue waiting until it’s been two weeks since starting IIFYM per Poppy Locks’ suggestion.

Have a great weekend!


Five on Friday 2.26.16

Joining in with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday today. It’s been awhile, but I’m excited to start back up again!



Pacers Game 2.24.16On Wednesday afternoon, Potter told me that he had won a raffle at work that morning, so we were able to go to the Pacers game that morning for free! That was certainly a nice surprise. I love the Pacers, so I was super excited. I was even more excited when I found out that we were in the 13th row (!), and they were playing the Evil Knicks. Even better, we won!



Snuggling with Mr. Grizwald here is one of my favorite forms of stress relief. He’s a super weird dog but oh so entertaining.


Speaking of stress relief, I’ve been trying to incorporate more yoga into my life. One of my goals for this year was to get crow pose down. I should probably start working more on that since it’s almost march!



In case you missed it, I wrote last week about how I compare myself to others, especially when it comes to my school life. If you’re struggling with this, you are not alone.


Caffeine addict

I have my pathophysiology midterm next Tuesday, so I’ll be living at the library or Starbucks until then. I’m thinking about gifting myself with this mug as a reward for taking the exam – not even getting a good grade, just getting through it. C’s get degrees after all. Just kidding, kind of.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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Comparison is the thief of joy. Alternate title: Comparison will kill you.

Something has been weighing heavily on my heart lately.

Am I good enough?

A good enough student? A good enough friend? A good enough fiance/sister/daughter/niece/cousin?

Good enough compared to what exactly? To this warped view I have of those around me? If I can see the good in those around me, why is it so difficult to see all of the good in myself?


One of my favorite quotes.

I’ve been specifically struggling with the student part over the past few weeks – a good enough student. As some of you may know, I’m currently getting my master’s in occupational therapy. Compared to my undergraduate degree, this degree feels completely different. I am very much aware that I am choosing to be there. It’s not absolutely necessary for me to survive. No one is forcing me to spend the thousands of dollars that I don’t have for this education. No one is making me dedicate two years of my life to even more education.

Since I have chosen this path, I feel like I need to be the best, and I am failing. I see my classmates and how they feel that OT is their calling – like there is nothing else in the world they could possibly do or be. I’ll be honest, I don’t feel that way. And you know what, THAT’S OK. Just because my reasons for choosing something are different, does not mean that they are somehow less. 

Yet again, I’m learning the lesson that comparing myself to others will slowly kill me. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. It’s an important lesson though, and I’m still learning it. I urge you to do it too. It will only make you happier.

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I’m pretty confident in saying that 2015 has been the best year of my life so far.

I got engaged to the best man I could have ever asked for and celebrated six years together.


I started graduate school and completed two semesters.

I ran a 5k.

Shamrock Shuffle

I was a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding.

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I paid off my undergrad student loan.

I made some amazing new friends.

Grad School Friends

If 2016 is anything like 2015, then I am in for quite a year.

Happy New Year!

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Same old, Same old.

So you know when you want to start doing something again, but you just keep putting it off and putting it off? That’s been me…for the past 8 months. Forgive me. So much has happened in the past few months that I’m excited to share with those of you who have stuck around. Hi, Mom.

Since I’m typically an all-or-nothing type of gal, my first instinct was to commit to writing a post every day. Craziness, I know. Here’s my attempt at some moderation. I’m going to TRY to check-in once a week. We’ll see how this goes.

Happy Monday all!

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Throwback Thursday: Turkey Trot Edition

Since I told you about the races that I’ll be participating in this year, it seemed only right to throw it back to a race from last year. In true Kristian fashion, I forgot to share it when it actually happened. Oh well.

I’ve always heard about races that happen on Thanksgiving, but I had never given a thought to doing one. Thanksgiving is obviously about the food, and I had no intention of interrupting stuff-my-face time with exercise of all things. More importantly, if past years are any indication, I would freeze my ass off. Thank you, Indiana. I don’t know what got into me, but Potter and I decided to give it a try last year!



It's coldddddddd

 I was pretty nervous. It wasn’t my first race, but I hadn’t run in probably over a month at that point. Oops. It was also really cold. No surprise there.


IMG_3142I ended up running the entire race! I felt seriously awesome, and the holiday was so much more enjoyable because of it. I think this will be a yearly thing now!

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