Let’s Play Catch Up {MIMM}

I feel a little bad that I’ve been this little blog lately.  I haven’t been around much but I’ve had plenty of marvelous things going on around here. So I thought I’d catch you up on the last week and a half, because life’s been a little bit of a whirlwind since then!

(Thanks Katie!)

Marvelous is… Graduation!

I don’t technically get my degree until I finish my internship this summer, I walked and I’m out of Boone so that’s close enough. I’m not going to lie though, it’s definitely bittersweet to graduate. I’m ready to move on to a big city (tiny mountain living is only charming for about 4 years) and a big girl job I’m going to miss my college friends a lot.

Marvelous is… My internship with the American Dance Festival! I started on Wednesday and they had me jump right into the swing of things. I’ve already started working on lots of fun design projects and I can already tell I’m going to learn so much this summer. I’m also excited for when the festival actually starts and I’ll be able to take classes!

Marvelous is… Doing a little good. This Sunday my church did a “Church on the Street” event where instead of a typical church service, they had us go out and help with community projects around the area. My mom helped paint some of the rooms in the Children’s wing of the church. It’s been way too long since I’ve done any volunteer work and it felt good to help out again. I need to get back in the habit of it!

Marvelous is… Artspolure, an arts and crafts festival in downtown Raleigh.

There was so much beautiful artwork being sold. I wish my tiny budget had more room for local, handcrafted art, but notsomuch. One day when I get a big girl job it will happen. I did get a really cool coffee mug for $8 which I have been more than excited to used every morning since.

Marvelous is… the Flying Biscuit!


I had an egg white omelet with mushrooms and spinach, with a side of rosemary potatoes. This meal was salt-city (way more than than previous times I’ve been) but I won’t even pretend like I didn’t finish the whole thing with a big glass of water. It does pain me a little to eat here now that I can’t enjoy their enormous complimentary biscuits, but I still enjoy their cranberry apple butter with a spoon, that stuff is amazing.

Marvelous is… early morning workouts. Okay, let’s be honest, waking up at 5:30AM is not marvelous, but having your entire workout done before 7:30 AM certainly is. My schedule is now 10-6 with a 30-45 minute commute home (depending on traffic), a nighttime workout is just not happening so getting it in early gets it out of the way and peps me up for the rest of the day.

What’s marvelous in your Monday?

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a morning or nighttime exerciser? During school I went through phases of being a nighttime exerciser, an afternoon exerciser and a morning exerciser (gotta switch things up right?) but when I’m at home I usually stick to the morning, I loose my motivation not too long after that.

PS I’ve been really horrible at commenting/responding to e-mails and comments and I promise I will catch up! I’ve been taking a breather from social media which feels nice but I’m hoping to catch back up on my Feedly, blog and inbox soon!

Thursday Thoughts

  • Walking through the grocery store in sweaty biker shorts post-gym sesh is awkward. People stare. Especially when you’re lugging around a gallon of soy milk. Don’t care.
  • I got a comforter for my apartment next year for $9. Thank you Target, I love you.
  • Cats are cute:

    But they sure do poop a lot. I spent Wednesday morning volunteering at my local SPCA. The cats were adorable, and friendly, but I cleaned 20 litter boxes by myself. I then considered bathing in a pool of hand sanitizer. But it was for a good cause, so I won’t complain too much, they’re cute little faces make it worth it!
  • I need these in my life:

    Wine bottle bow ties. Genius. Who thought wine drinking could get any classier?
  • I hate Jamie Eason, but I really love her. This week’s LiveFit workouts have been killing me in the best way possible.

    Single leg deadlifts kill me every time. Julie mentioned them last week. It makes muscles burn that I didn’t even know I had. But they are secretly my favorite exercise of the day, apparently I’m some sort of masochist. I did them on Monday and my legs are STILL sore today. They are no joke.

  • Today marks a month at my internship! I’m still learning lots! I don’t talk about what I do there too often because I had to sign confidentiality agreements and what not, but I’ve gotten to work on a huge variety of projects. When I got the internship I was a little wary, because the business is fairly small, but that turned out to be great because they treat me like a real employee. I’m really enjoying the experience!
  • Speaking of design, I’ve been hard core nerding out on some graphic design podcasts lately. I could listen to people talk about logos, Adobe and business cards for hours. Nerd alert.

     The Deeply Graphic Designcast is my current favorite. The cover a huge variety of design topics and they give a lot of great tips and resources for designers. If you’re looking for some design inspiration/resources/tips or if you just need to relish in your inner design nerd, check them out.

  • I’m leaving for Spartanburg, South Carolina for the weekend tomorrow to visit my grandfather. I’m excited to see my grandfather, but there’s no internet there. Help.
  • I’m officially re-addicted to yoga, I can’t get enough. More on that tomorrow.

Well I’m off to bed, have a good night!

Listen to any good podcasts lately?
I’m on a serious podcast kick at the moment, and I’m open to suggestions if anyone has one they love! Any and all topics are welcome.

Summer Goals

AKA: Reasons not to sit at home all day and be a bum. Although it will be tempting.

  1. Take a yoga class in a real yoga studio.
    I love group fitness yoga, but I’ve been practicing yoga long enough that I want to start embracing yoga outside of just the physical aspects. There’s a great yoga studio in Boone, but $15 a class is a little expensive when you’re minimally employed (emphasis on minimal, $15 was my entire last paycheck, ouch). I think it will be an awesome experience

    Raleigh has a yoga studio that used to be a bank vault, how cool does that sound? (source)

  2. Find a local running group to join.
    None of my friends are runners and I really want to find some like-minded people. Running groups make me nervous because I’ve only ever run by myself and I’m a pretty slow runner, but I want to put myself out there and meet some new people. Especially people that understand the urge to get up and go running at 7 am. I hear Tir Na Nog has a good one.
  3. Run a 10K.
    A 10K is the next distance I want to tackle. I’ve got my eye on one on the 20th of this month. I might not be super prepared for it, but I want to give it a shot. Plus a 10K is just over halfway to a half marathon which is my ultimate goal.
  4. Volunteer.
    I’ll only be working 12 hours a week at my internship, and since my second job hunt was unsuccessful (to be honest I didn’t try that hard). I want to do something meaningful with my time. I’ve been looking into volunteering for my local SPCA. Can I just volunteer to roll around in a pile of puppies and kittens? Kidding. But not really.

    Too stinkin cute. (source)

  5. Set up a cot at the farmer’s market, eat fresh produce all day every day and never leave until August.
    Realistic? Yes.
    North Carolina’s summer produce is the best. I plan to eat strawberries until my stomach hurts.

    Excuse me while I plug my own design for a minute

  6. Beach.
    Need I say more?
  7. Ride a bike.
    I want to start riding a bike again, but it slightly terrifies me because I haven’t ridden one since elementary school and I’m super clumsy and accident prone. But bikes are great for the environment (and my wallet) and great exercise, so I want to try to get into riding one.
  8. Get crafty.
    I’ve had an Etsy site for months, but no time to make anything to put on it. I want to try to change that. I’ll post a link if I ever make anything worth selling. Selling crafts would also make my wallet happy, bonus

    Except maybe scarves won’t go over so well for summer.

  9. Take an dance or art class.
    Trying to unleash my creative side. I’ve been missing dance a lot lately and I want to try to get in some classes over the summer since I’ll actually have time for them. However I’m in a weird place where I’m too old for most dance classes, which are geared towards the 18 & under crowd, but too young for the adult dance classes offered at most studios, which are geared towards the parents. Or they’re massively expensive. I’ll have to hunt around and see what I can find.