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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.

May

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.

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

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June

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.

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I also wrote a super random poem about swimming.

July

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

Sharing, working, and working out

Hey!

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I feel like I have a lot of random things to share. I’m going to try to be organized and share everything in a list!

1. My brother and sister-in-law are home from their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. My brother developed some sort of stomach bug, and I feel really bad for him. They shared some photos with me. The resort they stayed at is gorgeous!
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2. I visited my dentist today for a cleaning, and he said my dry socket is slowly closing. Hurrah!
3. It’s Shark Week. Enough said.
4. School is starting up for me in a few weeks, so I’ve been savoring my last bits of extra free time by baking nonstop. Baking makes me so happy.lemon cookies

On working:

I resigned from my position as a Spinning instructor a few weeks ago. It’s not that I didn’t like teaching Spinning–I really did. It’s just that I wanted to work for my family’s business.

My dad is a real estate broker and owns his own real estate company. My mom and brother are both agents and work under my dad. Since I quit teaching Spinning, I’ve been doing real estate marketing work for my family’s business and I love it!

On working out:

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Working out kinda fell to the wayside for a bit this summer while I recovered from my wisdom teeth extraction and subsequent dry socket. Then I was busy helping prepare for my brother’s wedding.

At the beginning of the summer, I planned on training for this fall half marathon, but I can’t really see that happening now, and I’m totally okay with it! Life happens. Unexpected things come up. It’s all good.

I’ve been running a little bit lately, but nothing longer than 5-7 miles. I’m hoping to run more in the coming months, but I’m not sure how busy I’ll be at school with my new position and some tough classes coming up (senior research project, I’m lookin’ at you.)

Whether I get to up my running mileage more in the coming months or not, I’m not too worried about it. If it happens, awesome. If not, oh well! At least I have an awesome stretching buddy.

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Have you ever quit a job you loved for a better opportunity?