On Love and Motivation

I love to run. I love to teach. I love to cook. I love to write. I love to read. I love to work out. I love to make ridiculous lists about things I love. Just kidding about the last one. Well, kind of because I guess I definitely just did that. Anyway, the point is that I love to do a variety of junk. I especially love making hideously corny cards, but so far Hallmark hasn’t returned my emails about a partnership.

owl always love you

Here’s the thing, though. I don’t always want to do the things that I say I love. Some days I’d rather eat nails than lace up my running shoes, or go to work, or open the computer, or read a book. Sometimes I literally want to do nothing at all.

I always feel weird admitting when I don’t want to do some of these things, because I have so many die-hard *insert activity here* friends who seem like they would never skip whatever it is they love to do. I don’t know how they do it. Truly I can’t even imagine.

Am I really that much less motivated than them? Do I really love to do these things less? Is there something wrong with me? (I’m totally kidding with that last question, so you better not answer that.)

Today I was a little short on time. I had the option of cooking, running, cleaning, or reading. I fed my family leftovers, didn’t change out of flip flops, ignored the crumbs under the table, and let’s just say the book I started reading over a month ago is collecting dust. I chose none of the above.

I went on a quick walk with my family. And that was enough for me. If that means I’m not motivated, so be it. If that means I don’t really love running or working out, then fine I hate ‘em! ;) I feel so freaking rebellious right now, so clearly it’s time for me to go to bed.

Two Word Weekend Recap

I have officially said goodbye to summer break. This is my first work week in a while and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I pretend like I’m awesome and love to go with the flow at all times, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t prefer routines in general. I guess I am just old now. Anyway, I should really be leaving the house soon. Tomorrow I have to go to school, so today I’m trying to get all the last minute things done that I’ve put off all summer. Anyway, a “two word weekend recap” sounds like a perfectly good excuse to show pictures without having to actually do work like write real sentences.


Friday Route.



Shoe swap.



Always fries.

best salad


“Mom, mine.”

not sharing


Closet purge.

old clothes


An addiction.

grilled pizza


That was absolutely thrilling, huh? I guess my weekends aren’t very exciting. I watched some golf (next time, Rickie, next time), tried to teach my child how to share cookies with me (emphasis on tried), grilled pizzas in the rain (that didn’t go well), skipped Saturday and Sunday’s workouts (whoops), and got my hair done (bye roots, see ya never). Boring, but pretty typical. I really need to get back into weekend workouts because I have a feeling I’m going to be pretty prone to skipping them during the week now, too. I swear I’m not lazy. Well, maybe a little. I’m working on it! Summer ruins me every year. #teacherproblems Hope y’all have a great Monday!

Friday Favorites + Nuun Energy Giveaway

Posting twice in one day? Who am I? I know I hopped on here already this morning, but I kind of missed checking in with a Friday Favorites post. I love to randomly discuss things I’m diggin’, but this one is especially exciting because it includes a giveaway at the end! I hate putting off giveaways, because they are so much fun. Y’all put up with a lot from me, so it’s nice to add little bonuses here and there.

Blueberry Muffin Coffee

blueberry muffin coffee

I really have no words to describe how much I love waking up to this in the mornings. I mean, it tastes and smells exactly like blueberry muffins. Shocking, right? I always thought skipping creamer was freaking nuts, but I could possibly see how I could get away with that with this coffee. It’s delicious. I will warn you, though. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, this will probably not appeal to you. Just saying. I have the palate of a five year old. Sugary? Yes, please.


Just A Few “Glamping” Tips, Y’all

This is my LAST FRIDAY OF FREEDOM for a while, y’all. I’m pretty excited to do nothing, but I bet I end up doing dumb stuff like cleaning the house or getting a head start on lesson planning. Actually, that second one wouldn’t be a terrible idea. I digress. In my dream world, tomorrow would include a ton of relaxing, pampering, eating, and possibly several bouts of napping.

The last time I had a weekend like that was when I was lucky enough to be a part of the “Glamping” Crew with Skinny Cow. It was my first time in Montana, my first time being picked up at the airport with a fancy pink sign, and my first time camping without actually roughing it.

My friend Aubrie came along with me for the trip, and we were blown away when we walked into our cabin. (more…)

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