Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Currently {in May}

Hi friends! I can't believe its only Wednesday right now. Feels like it should be Saturday already! ;)
With another new month comes another Currently link up with Anne & Jenna!
So, currently I'm...

Celebrating: The marriage of Ashlee and Luke! Last Friday, Caleb and I made the quick trip up to Columbus to witness their marriage. It was such a sweet, emotional ceremony and the wedding details were amazing. Ashlee is a photographer so I knew her attention to detail would be amazing! Also celebrating? In 21 little days - our 3rd anniversary!! Whaaat? Time flies.

Reading: more of my Bible. Some of the verses I'm randomly opening to are hitting me like a ton of bricks. I love that feeling!

Pondering: how to better organize our bedroom and the rest of our home. Last night when we got home, the cleaning bug just hit us both and we tore our place APART. Getting rid of stuff, throwing out old containers, realizing we didn't need TWELVE baking sheets, dusting, doing laundry, etc. Caleb took care of the kitchen while I focused on our bedroom and laundry. It feels SO nice to go to bed at night with a clean home.

Sipping: less coffee, more water. I'm not even a huge coffee fan - but our office is FREEZING in the morning so I sometimes just make a cup of french vanilla (with too much sugar/cream - because is there any other way to drink it?!) to keep me warm. I'm trying to get my water intake up, though!

Going: who knows where. We're still planning where our next vacation will be...but I'd really like to get that narrowed down ASAP. I need it on the calendar to look forward to!!

Any other Star Wars fans out there? I'll be honest, I never understood the movies. But last December during our stay-cation, we watched ALL SIX in one week and they made a fan of me. May the 4th be with all of you ;)

Have a fun day, friends!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May Goals!

Another month, another goal post. These are some of my favorite prompts to write AND to read. Even when I don't reach all my goals from the previous month, its still fun to try and make them happen.

My goals for April were maybe a little too crazy for the busy month that we had planned - with a 1st birthday party, going out of town, shooting 4 weddings and attending 1, co-hosting a baby shower, lots of photo sessions and lots of after work meetings - it was hard to accomplish all of it. So instead of looking back - since I  kinda sucked at most of them - I'm going to focus on May and keep looking forward!

Run a half marathon. Okay I'm kind of cheating with this one since it already happened on Sunday...but I'm still pretty excited that this is checked off ;)

Plan a date-day with my man! We actually have an unusual amount of free Saturday's this month and I'm pretty pumped about it!!

Drop off our Goodwill box. We've had a huge donation pile building in our bedroom and its becoming quite the eyesore. We've got everything from clothes to books, and basically anything in between, so it'll be nice to get it out of the house and finally donate it!

Utilize our new gym. We just joined a new gym a few weeks ago and while we made a few after-work trips together, I'd like to step up my game. They have an indoor track with a small hill so I'm looking to use that more! I also really miss lifting!!

Drink more water. I'm typically a huge water bug by day, but I feel like I could step it up once I'm home for the night. Along with this, I should make it a goal to clean up my bedside table. It's always full of my pre-bed glasses of water! Anyone else guilty of that?! Caleb is always getting on me about it - hehe!

Use my Amazon gift card. I've had this thing since my birthday - its ridiculous. We're trying to cut back this month to pay more towards our debt, so this is a good way to splurge without any guilt! I've been eyeing this fun watercolor pen!

I hope everyone has a fun month ahead of them. May it treat you well ;) see what I did there?! This is also the month of our 3rd anniversary, so we'll see what kind of fun we have planned for that!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Third Half Marathon - in the books!

Well, I can now officially say I've run THREE half marathons! Yesterday was the annual Flying Pig Half Marathon here in Cincy and this was our 3rd time completing it together. Caleb has actually run it 4 times, he's a beast!

The morning of, we picked up my brother in law, Jared, and headed downtown. The weather report leading up to the big day was kind of scary and unpredictable. They kept saying to expect thunderstorms/lightning/rain all day. I'm so thankful to say it ended up being absolutely perfect. The sky was overcast all morning, so it wasn't too hot, and it stopped raining just in time for the race. It honestly couldn't have been better!

We got to the race just as it was beginning, so instead of getting to our designated corral, we sneaked through a side railing and jumped in an earlier one. Big mistake, these people were SPRINTING and we felt like we had to keep up since we jumped in. So the entire first mile we ran way too fast, which made us exhausted by mile 2-3. Luckily, Caleb is a good pace setter and insisted we slow down so we wouldn't die!

By about mile 4, I needed a quick break, which worked out perfectly because Caleb wanted to get rid of his jacket. It seems that every year I'm so surprised by the amount of hills in this half, even though I've done it twice before! Some of the hills are small, but most of them are huge. The views at the top are always worth it though...even when my calves are screaming.

Caleb and I both ran on and off the rest of the race, but we promised we'd stick together through it. His legs were cramping, and I had some annoying hip pain, but we encouraged each other and couldn't help but smile at all the amazing spectators the entire time. Seriously, I've never seen so many clever signs!!

One of my favorite parts of the course is passing a retirement home and seeing all these elderly men and women cheering us on - some of them had the best signs! It really makes you thankful to be able to get outside and enjoy a nice run. I was also encouraged by the multiple runners who carried heavy American flags - it made me pretty emotional!

After the most vicious hill of my life (my fitbit said I climbed almost "90 flights of stairs"), there was the sweetest group of Veterans singing in a choir. I mean!! How sweet?!?

We were SO close. We spotted the mile 11 banner and ran the next mile or so without stopping. Once we got to mile 12, though, we felt like we needed a break to walk. At this point, we were just SO exhausted and so ready to see that "finish swine"!!

When we rounded the corner, we knew it was a straight shot to the finish line so we booked it until the end. I always get so emotional when I cross that finish line! Seeing everyone cheering, finally making it. Just gives me such a sense of accomplishment!! We definitely took a little longer to finish than last year, but we didn't really mind. I wasn't trying to PR in this race, I just wanted to cross another half off my list and enjoy it alongside my man! That medal is always worth it!

Once we got home we relaxed for just a couple hours, made sure to stretch out our muscles so they didn't tighten up too much, then headed out for a carb filled post-race meal! 

I'm not sure which half I'll run next, or if I'll run another one at all. I do like this distance, but I may want to switch it up. I haven't decided yet. Like I said last week, I'd really like to work on speed - and getting quick for 5K's, so we'll see!

It was so much fun crossing that finish line with Caleb, though. Accomplishing things in life together is one of my favorite things. It was fun to be each others constant source of encouragement throughout the race. I love that man! Hope everyone had a fun weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

T minus 3 days!

3 days until my 3rd half marathon. Whaaat?!
my bib from my first half in 2014!
I'm weirdly excited for this race. I don't think I trained quite as hard as I should've, but I'm a lot more prepared than I have been in the past. Of course now they are calling for AM thunderstorms on Sunday so we'll see how that goes. Running in the rain isn't ideal, but it beats the race getting cancelled all together due to lightning or something crazy. How about we all collectively do our own "rain dance" today and it'll stay away here in Cincinnati?! Cool, thanks! ;)

Regardless of my worries about the race-day weather, I can't wait to add another medal to my collection!!!

After this race is over, I'll probably take a couple weeks off to relax. BUT! I've really been thinking about working on my speed. Long distances are just hard. I've already told Caleb I will never have the desire to run a FULL marathon - so he can do that bucket list-item of his solo! ;) What I'd really like to do, is sign up for a 5K this Summer/Fall and really rock it. I've only ever run one real 5K and hadn't trained for it at all (back in 2011 - my higher-metabolism days, ha!, so I'm hopeful that I can get around 28 minutes if I really train for one (my sweet friend Anna would leave me in the dust)!

Tomorrow Caleb and I are each taking a half day at work and heading up to Columbus for a wedding of two of our friends! We're so excited for them! It'll be a little strange going to a wedding as GUESTS and not a photographer - but we're so pumped about it. We've known Luke (or as we like to call him, Sarge) and Ashlee for years and have been waiting for this day to get here!  I know its going to be beautiful! I mean, look at how adorable they are!!

I've really been enjoying the freedom of this week. The rain ended up canceling an engagement session that I had on the calendar but its all good - Caleb and I have been enjoying our evenings together! I hope everyone's having a great week! It's almost Friday!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Behind the camera all weekend!

Friday we spent the evening celebrating Erin's 29th year of awesomeness. We caught up on life, had a few puzzle races - yes, we made those a thing - and just had a great time relaxing at their place.
You can't tell they are brothers, can you? ;)
Saturday we had another wedding and while I almost had a small anxiety attack when I saw how crowded it was Downtown by the Banks (where the bride wanted all of her photos), Caleb made me breathe through it and reminded me that we ALWAYS figure something out. We made the decision to get everyone back in the limo and drive across the bridge to a quaint little park in Kentucky (a short 5 minute drive). The photos we got made it so worth it, and I'm so thankful to have Caleb with me on days like this when I begin to doubt myself/my work. He rocks!!!

Sunday I had the honor of photographing some baptisms at church. No matter how many I see, I cry every. single. time!

After church I had another photo shoot. When I got home I just flopped on the couch. I was seriously exhausted from a weekend behind the camera...but as I went through my portraits after uploading them, I realized how lucky I am to get to do something that I love!!

Did you guys have a fun weekend?! I'm looking forward to this week. Trying to take it easy after work, no plans, etc.! Hopeful that will actually happen!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Favorites || Late April

Although we've got a busy weekend ahead of us, I'm really happy its Friday! The office is always just a little quitter on Fridays, which mean less people bother me, and I like that!! ;) We've also got fun plans to finally celebrate Erin's birthday tonight! So you could say I'm ready to be done with my work day.

Today I'm joining Amanda for another edition of Friday favorites! So let's get to 'em...
This. This is my life.

 Favorite song right now: Unsteady. The music video is pretty depressing, but this guy has a great voice!

One of my favorite posts this week was this one by Anne! That girl is so dang crafty!!!

Favorite mail day - getting my brothers graduation announcement. Eep (the same day my beloved pineapple shorts finally came - yay!!!!)!!

Favorite freebie: having a LOOONG work day Tuesday but getting free food from Starbucks since I was one of the last people there at closing. #photographylife

Favorite thought: realizing I can finally whip out all my dresses for shooting weddings. It gets HOT here in the summer. Pants just aren't acceptable!
photo booth fun
Favorite gym moment: sprinting up the inclines on the indoor track and feeling like a dang beast - even if only for 3 seconds, ha!

Favorite item - this mask I found in the bathroom storage under the sink. I found a few more and I'm excited to do these more often. It left my face feeling SO soft!!!

Favorite find: a $25 Cheesecake Gift Card we had forgotten about! Woop woop!!

Favorite moment: when your husband amazes you 24/7. He did something really sweet for me last night that left me in a mess of happy tears. I'm so thankful for that man!

So tell me, what was your favorite moment of the week?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Make yourself happy.

I'm pretty pumped its Thursday, because I have the night off! No consultations, no workout planned, no specific dinner on the menu. I plan to watch my husband play some softball - and lets be honest, probably grab a soft pretzel or two ;)

This week as I was walking through the hallway to my cubicle at work, checking the time on my Fitbit, a co worker rudely commented as he walked by how "dumb those things are". Truthfully, I just ignored him, because what was the point? Neither of us would've gained anything by furthering the conversation. But, it got me thinking about how funny people can be.

There are always going to be people who don't agree with you, the things you do, and the way you do them. There's always going to be someone who judges you for doing (or not doing) something. So why do some of us try so hard to make everyone happy?

You truly can't please everyone.
If you go to the gym too much, they'll call you obsessive.
If you don't go to the gym enough, they'll call you lazy.

If you work insanely hard for something, they think you're too busy to hang out.
If you spend too much time with friends, you aren't working hard enough.

If you're constantly on your phone, you're not being present.
If you never answer your phone, you're unreliable.

If you stay in on weekends to save money, you aren't living.
If you go out and party too much, you're young and immature.

I could go on and on all day about random examples that came across my brain, but my point is: BE YOURSELF! Do what makes you happy! Go with your gut. Listen to your heart. Do whats BEST for you and your family, and just make sure you're happy, at the end of every day. It can be about something small like wearing a Fitbit, or something as big as following your wildest dreams. You will truly never be able to please everyone, so you may as well do what feels right in your heart.

I hope you do something that makes YOU happy today!