Five Reasons 2016 Will be the Best Year Yet

I'm really excited for the start of the New Year -- more so than I normally am, and it's largely because 2016 has a lot of big things in store that I'm looking forward to. 1. I'm going to graduate from my MBA program this year! Whoop! In some ways time with this program has flown by, in other ways I have some major senioritis going on, and I'm ready to be done. As long as all goes well (aka I can get the last couple of classes I need when I need them), I will graduate in December … [Continue reading]

The Best Books I Read in 2015

I love books and could spend days curled up on the sofa doing nothing but reading (Is there I way I can make that profitable? Because if I could basically get paid to read all day that would be awesome). I read a lot of books in 2015 -- or at least more than I expected to with grad school taking up a lot of my free time. On Goodreads, I set a goal to read 24 books this year, figuring with school, I'd average about 2 per month. Well I totally blew that goal out of the water. I read 54 books … [Continue reading]

Winter Break Swim

In keeping with my theme of having a productive and relaxing winter break, I kicked this morning off with a swim workout with my mom. Unfortunately for me, when I woke up my shoulders/traps were killing me. I'm not sure if it was from finally mastering Crow in yoga on Monday night or from hauling the insanely heavy bags of donations to Salvation Army Monday afternoon. I've never gotten DOMS from yoga before, but then again, I've never done balancing poses on my hands before either. So who … [Continue reading]

A Productive and Relaxing Winter Break: Day One

Because I didn't manage my vacation time very well in the beginning of the year, I found myself at the end of December having a whole bunch of hours I needed to use before the end of the calendar year. As a result, my last day of work was Friday around 12:30 or so, and I won't be back in the office until January 5. That is a glorious 17 days in a row of no work. I plan to use some of the vacation time to be productive and some of it to just straight up be a lazy bum. But it's … [Continue reading]

A DC Christmas Running Tradition

Every year, I try to make sure I get in at least one run past the Bishop's House in DC. It's my own personal version of a holiday lights run. This one house gets so decked out with Christmas decorations and lights, it draws all kinds of crowds as people come check out the lights. I was planning to do my run past the Bishop's House on Monday evening, but the forecast called for rain, so I scooted out the door a little earlier than planned, hoping that because the skies were overcast, … [Continue reading]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I used to do nice little monthly wrap-up posts where I'd recap the books I'd read that month. When I was looking back through my archive recently, I realized I hadn't put up a book post since my vacation in July. Such a fail. Granted, my reading levels took a major nose-dive once grad school started up again in August, but I definitely did some reading, and zero updating on it. I figured since it's the end of the calendar year and lots of people are doing book reviews, I'd catch you up … [Continue reading]

What Will Be, Will Be

Every week at the beginning of yoga class, the instructor asks us to set an intention for the next hour of practice. Usually my mind draws a blank, and I feel all this pressure to come up with some sort of good and meaningful intention. I have to think really hard and then wind up with something like "Be less stressed." That's generic and so broad, I'm not even sure what I mean by it half the time, but it's what I go with because I don't have anything better. But this week, when the … [Continue reading]

YPBookClub Runs a 5K

Yesterday I ran the Jingle All the Way 5K with a bunch of the girls from my book club. Since our book club, affectionally know as the Yoga Pants Book Club, is largely made up of a bunch of runners with a reading problem, we decided it would be fun for us to celebrate the holidays with a 5K followed by brunch. I've done the Jingle All the Way race a bunch of other years, but I think this year was definitely the year that graced me with the best weather. It was brisk, but not freezing, … [Continue reading]

PA Thanksgiving Workouts

I was doing so good on the blogging front a few weeks ago. Three posts in one week! Then I got sick and did nothing but sit on my sofa and blow my nose a bunch. That doesn't make for very exciting blog material. But I'm back, and I think I'm maybe finally over my sinus infection/head cold/plague. I've been hanging out in PA all week for Thanksgiving, and it's been lovely. In addition to being nice and relaxing, I've also finally felt OK enough to do some workouts. Let me tell you, … [Continue reading]

How Do People Work Out When They’re Sick?

This is a question I've been pondering a lot this week since I have been sick and have had zero desire to do anything but curl up on the sofa and blow my nose a million times. Yet all over the Internet, in running magazines, blogs, etc, when people ask if you can work out while sick, the answer is always as long as your symptoms are above the chest/neck you're good to go and can work out if you want. But I don't understand how someone can work out when their throat is on fire or their … [Continue reading]