Summer 2013

One of my favorite things to do is look back though past events and times in my life. I thought it would be fun to do a recap of all of the wonderful (and not so wonderful) things that went on for me this summer.


I shared some articles that I wrote for the school newspaper, my brother moved back to Pittsburgh, and I made Jimmy an Oreo cake for his birthday. Yum.

Oreo cake

I answered 12 questions about purity rings and got super muddy at MuckFest MS Pittsburgh.



My family went on vacation to the Outer Banks and we rode horses on the beach. That was definitely one of the most amazing experiences of my life.


I also wrote a super random poem about swimming.


I took two weeks off of blogging and social media. It felt pretty amazing. I also competed in a triathlon and began working for my parent’s real estate brokerage during that two week period.


Hannah did some modeling for my blog and I struggled through a dry socket after having my wisdom teeth removed. Worst time of my life. I also baked 763 cookies for my brother’s wedding during the week that I had a dry socket.


My brother married the love of his life, Racquel. They’re such a beautiful couple!


Hannah got the cutest puppy for her birthday and I made a lot of pickles! The pickle recipes can be found here and here. I promise they’re super simple.

Jimmy proposed to me. That was hands down one of the best moments of my life! What a blessing.


Last but not least, I started a crazy busy semester at good ol’ Penn State.


So that’s my summer in an nutshell. I had my ups (getting engaged, watching my brother get married, and baking a ton of cookies) and my downs (wisdom teeth removal+ dry socket).

All in all, I’d have to say that it was a wonderfully perfect summer.

I’m sad to see my summer break end, but I’m also extremely excited to see what God has in store for the future!

How was your summer?

Let’s Do This

Thanks for all of the well-wishers about my family and I being sick. Literally an hour or two after I posted, I had a fever of over 102*. That was miserable!

Ever the blogger, I had to document my sickness with a lovely picture...

Ever the blogger, I had to document my sickness with a lovely picture…

I felt bad for my family because I kept crying because my head hurt and nobody knew what to do. Yikes… sorry family. I’m feeling a bit better today though. I took a few rest days from exercise and ate a lot of soup. All the prayers from friends and family helped, too.


I have finally thought about my goals for the year of 2013! Here they are, in categories, because I like to be organized like that.

Life goals for 2013:

  1. Do things that scare me. (This usually means horseback riding, flying in airplanes, competing in triathlons, and swimming in the ocean. Don’t make fun of me..)
  2. Bake more. I love baking, but lately I haven’t set aside time to do it. This year, I shall.
  3. Travel as much as possible. I really want to visit Savannah, Georgia.

Spiritual goals for 2013:

  1. Attend  more church activities. I attend a good amount of church outings and functions, but sometimes I fill my schedule to the brim with a million other things and end up missing out on fun outings with my church family. 
  2. Figure out a “prayer schedule”. I pray every day, but I really want to get into a “groove” where I set aside a specific time just for prayer. I think it will really help me focus.
  3. Speak Jimmy’s love language more. You can learn about love languages here. Jimmy is so important to me, and I’m always looking to improve our relationship and show him how much I love him.

Fitness goals for 2013:

  1. Participate in a triathlon, half marathon, or full marathon. I’d be thrilled if I did all three in a year, but I’d also be happy if I only did one. I’ve done a few triathlons, but they’re the most challenging for me (the biking..) so I’m really aiming to compete in one.
  2. Stretch more. There is a yoga class right after I teach Spinning. I have no excuse. I’m also going to work on spending more time with my foam roller.


So there you have it; the things I want to accomplish in 2013. It’s kind of nerve-wracking to put these things on the internet for anyone to see, but it also makes me accountable. I like it!

What are your goals for 2013?

Bible verse of the day: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8