Make me run a 5k

You ever say you’re going to do something and you then look for every single possible emergency exit?

As I’ve been looking over my 101 in 1001, I’ve realized there are a few things that I absolutely will not be able to do before June. I’ve also realized that there are some things that are completely realistic… but one of them I’d really rather not do.

Attempt a 5k.

Even the wording acknowledges the very simple fact that I absolutely hate running. Some people say you can walk a 5k but whatever, I want to try and run most of it.

I sat there looking for every possible emergency exit. Could I break my leg or wait so long I have no options for 5k or something? and then I realized there was another item on my 101 in 1001 list that I desperately wanted to complete; Do a Purpose Project for Mocha Club.

I’ve been a member of Mocha Club for nearly 11 years. You give up the cost of 2 mochas a month to help provide life-saving and life-giving relief in Africa. A few years ago they started Purpose Projects – something you want to do, with a monetary donation goal tied to it, and once that goal was reached you would do the thing. People started jewelry stores on Etsy, cut their hair real short, and I realized that instead of using a Purpose Project to do something I really wanted to do, I’d use it as the fuel to do something I really don’t want to do.

I picked out the Feed the Hungry 5k which takes place one month from today, on April 22nd. If we raise $1500, I’m going to run the 5k. Today I’m starting to do one of those Couch to 5k programs in anticipation of meeting my goal.

Please help me meet my goal of a $1,500 contribution to Mocha Club – and learn more about Mocha Club right here.

March 22, 2017

March 16, 2017

I spent HOURS making a post about what I was packing for Disneyland, and I’m sad that I got so busy I forgot to post it. I guess instead I’ll just share with you the one outfit I was really excited about, what I’d packed for March 16, 2017.

Disney hack: buy last year’s Disney Park merch on clearance at a Disney Store Outlet. I got those mouse ears for under $10 because they were 1/2 off park price and additional 25% off that. Praise hands emoji. The button is from Parkbound Buttons, the shirt is from onceuponamickeytee and the shorts were $5 at Goodwill. I’ve been in need of a new backpack so I caved and got this one which I LOOOVE.

I was so excited to wear this really accurate shirt, and I definitely got an extra shot of magic because…

Justen proposed to me at Disneyland! This is how it went down:

We had planned on getting a Photo Pass for the day so we could get a bunch of pictures taken all over. After one of the rides, Justen insisted we get our picture taken in front of the castle. I’d been trying to keep my expectations in check because I didn’t want to ruin a perfectly wonderful Disney trip by expecting Justen to propose, because if he didn’t then I’d feel disappointed and I never wanted that. We got a picture of Justen, my mom and myself:

Then Justen said he wanted a picture of just the two of us, and he went to pull something out of his backpack. I looked away because all of the alerts went off in my mind. I turned to look at Justen and…

Justen got the best ring ever. I didn’t even know how or when he did it, because we are always together. it was magic.

Excuse my nasty FitBit cover and my janky nails. I had asked Justen the night before if he thought my chipped manicure was noticeable and if I should re-paint my nails and he said no. EYE ROLL. 😀

The thing I love the most about the ring is that IT IS A CINDERELLA RING. SERIOUSLY. If you look at the ring from the side, there is a little gold carriage. I love that detail. It’s my favorite.

Actually that’s the second most thing I love about the ring. The first most thing I love is that Justen gave it to me because he wants to build a life with me.

THEN. Justen told me he had a surprise. We knew the Halters were going to be in town and we’d made dinner reservations with them, but he told me it wasn’t just the Halters. Rob and Stacy Birks, two people who have shown me what a healthy marriage is and have loved me and watched me grow and have welcomed me into their hearts, home and family, were coming too. and their daughter, one of my best friends, Lauren. and one of my other best friends, Taylor. and Justen’s uncle Brian.

But wait. There was more.

Justen’s work had purchased the photo pass for us. I cried even more then. I just lost it all.

I kept looking at the ring all day. I’d first seen it online and we finally found it in a store a few months ago. They’d asked me if I wanted to touch it and I had said nope and walked away. It was just so pretty. and now it was on my finger because Justen bought it for me to wear forever to remember that he is my family.


Dinner was great. Some of the most important people in my life who had never met each other were suddenly and magically sitting at a table together. It was overwhelming and felt like a dream.

At the end of the evening, after we said goodbye to everyone and they all left and Justen and I were walking around Disneyland, I told him that was the thing I was most excited about: that soon, after dinner’s are over and people have left, the days will end with me and Justen.

Best day at Disneyland ever. and I once saw Kylie Jenner at Disneyland, the same day Kanye West was at Disneyland… so the bar was set high 🙂

Real talk, and props if you can read through to the end of this:

Two years ago I went to Disneyland with a boy. He met the Halters and Taylor. and then he broke up with me when we got back. He made some stabs at the friendships he’d seen. and I suddenly felt silly for loving Disneyland, and I questioned my friendships. I felt like I might be broken beyond repair, like I would never know how to trust or open up. I wrote blog posts about it to help me heal, and I struggled a lot.

From the beginning of our relationship, Justen has allowed me to be myself. He has invested in my friendships, he has jumped on my silly love of Disneyland, and he has carefully handled all of the broken pieces of my life. I have never once felt the need to hide my feelings, put on an act, or keep tender things secret. He is the best person I have ever known and I am so excited for the future with him.

March 20, 2017

March Goals check in.

In February, I accomplished very few of my 10 goals. I was mindful of the goals I set for myself in March, and since we’re almost 1/2way through with March (UM WHAT) I figured I’d check in and share my progress. I might do this every month, honestly!

Here are my March Goals, originally posted here.

  1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (hello I’m in San Fran, I can’t NOT do that)
  2. Save $1,000 (read why here) I’ve added a little tracker to my sidebar!
  3. Read 2 Harry Potter books (so finish up through the 5th book)
  4. Try 3 Tone It Up recipes
  5. Visit a new coffeeshop
  6. Add 75 things to my Gratitude Journal
  7. Get a manicure 
  8. Donate 100 items. I’d decided on this BEFORE my good friend Susannah posted this Uncluttering challenge!
  9. Touch an elephant
  10. Leave a $20 tip for a bill under $10 (I keep thinking about doing this but I need to just DO it)

Here’s where we’re at! The cool thing is that two of these were items on my 101 list and reading Harry Potter is working towards another thing on my 101 list!

  1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge 
    I kicked the month off in San Francisco, and while I was there my friends helped make sure I could walk across the Golden Gate Bridge!
    Golden Gate Bridge //
  2. Save $1,000 (read why here)
    I added a little tracker to my sidebar – my goal is to save up $5k overall, and so far this month I’m already at $755.
  3. Read 2 Harry Potter books
    I JUST finished reading the 3rd book. I’d hoped to finish 3 and read 4&5 but today when I grabbed the 4th book and looked at the 5th… I forgot how BIG the books got. Hoping to at least finish book 4.
  4. Try 3 Tone It Up recipes
    Yikes! I haven’t tried ANY – glad I did this check in so I could be reminded of this!
  5. Visit a new coffeeshop
    Yesterday Justen and I went to church with my dad and afterwards we took the opportunity to find a new coffeeshop to visit – we stopped by Blend Coffee in N. Portland. They served Stumptown and were pretty good except I was so distracted that I forgot to finish my really good almond milk mocha.
    Blend Coffee in Portland, OR //
  6. Add 75 things to my Gratitude Journal
    So far I’m at 25. Getting there. 😀
  7. Get a manicure 
  8. Donate 100 items.
    My donate pile has around 24 items right now.
  9. Touch an elephant
    DONE. On Saturday, Justen and I drove to the Wildlife Safari and we pet AND FED an elephant!

  10. Leave a $20 tip for a bill under $10
    Not yet! I haven’t taken the $20 out of the bank, but I’m excited to do this!

I’m at 40% so far! Excited that I’ve already completed more of my March goals than I did of my February ones! Now. Time to get to work on Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire!

March 13, 2017

Root Pretty Faves

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m just all sorts of heart eyes about Root Pretty. They’re an all natural, cruelty free beauty line that I stumbled upon a few years ago. One of the things I LOVE about them the most is that they basically have samples of everything they sell, so you can try before you commit. That’s allowed me to slowly discover products I love before investing and committing to the full size products + price.

They recently had a free shipping + double Pretty Points (their rewards) on purchases, so I figured I’d try out a few new things and tell you about them!

Root Pretty samples //

Here’s what I picked up to try this time around. Not pictured is an aftershave for Justen. The eyeshadow was actually a thank you gift! They include a little eyeshadow sample with all of their orders, how cute is that?!

Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub
This smells so wonderful – and tastes good, too! It’s just coconut oil, cane sugar and vitamins so I had no problem licking my lips while it was on my face. A little went a long way, it was ultra scrubby and smelled so great. I’m not sure if I’ll be buying the full product because I already make my own coffee scrub, which I think is a cheaper version of this.

Beauty Sleep Serum
Last April I used up the last of a serum I really loved. When I opened and used the Root Pretty Beauty Sleep Serum, I FREAKED because it smells JUST LIKE the other brand I tried. I’ll definitely be investing in the full size of this one. A little goes a long way, and it doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy or anything. I’d be able to apply it and sleep on my pillows without worrying that it’d get all over. Loooooove this!!!

Fresh Lavender Cleanser
I just realized that I have more Root Pretty products I could include in this, but they’re sitting in my Empties box. I bought a sample of their Fresh Face Cleanser, and was disappointed in it because it was so thin. I personally like cleansers to have some scrub to it so that I feel like it’s scrubbing the dirt off. I thought this one was just a creamy version of the other one, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it had scrub to it!! I’ll definitely be investing in this one, as well. See, it works to sell samples because then people want the full size!

Organic Peppermint Toner
I make my own witch hazel/lemon juice toner, and while I liked the tingly feel of this toner I think I’ll stick to mine for the same reasons I listed about the sugar scrub.

Eyeshadow in Paris 
This eyeshadow is a nude pink that I’m not sure I’ll wear – I tend to stick with shimmery gold colors on my eyes. I’m really basic in that way. I’ll try it eventually, but it might take awhile.

Root Pretty //

These are my tried and true ride or dies, ESPECIALLY the Pretty Booster. I SWEAAARRRR by that stuff. I used to buy the Dr. Jart+ BB Cream, but this has replaced that. I love how well it blends with my skin without being greasy or too dark/light. It’s perfect.

You can’t tell, but there are two separate products in the little cases with white lids. One is a setting silk. Why I bought I setting silk I literally have no idea. I don’t even really know what setting silks are for, but you know what I love Root Pretty and they sold it and I might have read an article on Pinterest about it and decided to add it to my cart, IDK. Anyone want to help a girl out, here?

The other jar is Pearl Powder Mineral Foundation. When did I become a person who used all these things? IDK, but I’m down. I had some samples I tried and thought that I’d found the perfect one until I started feeling like the color was way too light. Luckily I was able to find a sample of a slightly different color to try, and guess what. DING DING DING, we have a winner! That’s what the little G3.5 sample is. So I decided to just mix it with the lighter color until the lighter color runs out so I don’t waste any of it. Shrug.

Since I’m apparently a makeup grown up now, I use brushes and got this brush cleaner. Which I love. It’s foamy and I get excited to clean my brushes because I love using it. It takes a lot to excite me, apparently.

Root Pretty //

So there you have it. My currently-using Root Pretty Collection. I cannot begin to say enough kind things about Root Pretty. Once I missed a 30% sale because I hadn’t paid attention to the time zone at the end of the ending time, and after I tweeted about it, they sent me my own 30% off code to use. They are a small business I plan on supporting for the rest of my life.

If you’re interested in trying some of their stuff, shop with my link and you’ll get 10% off your first $25+ purchase. Then come back here and let me know what you got so we can talk about it – I need more people to geek out with about Root Pretty! 😀

March 9, 2017

Currently March

Another month. I was looking back over my posts in February and realized I’d only really posted the Currently post and like one other post in the whole freaking month – WHAT! Let’s kick off this week with a convo about some currentlies, what do you think?!

watching: The Bachelor, The Challenge + Friends. Can I just have a minute to say that ABC are a bunch of cotton headed ninny muggins for announcing that Rachel is the next Bachelorette WHILE SHE WAS STILL ON THE SHOW. Anyone with me? So stupid!

But speaking of ABC. Did you guys tune into the Time After Time the other night? It’s a show where Jack the Ripper finds his way to modern day via the time machine of H. G. Wells. I’m hooked. AND. The lead girl is SO FREAKING CUTE. I tweeted about it AND SHE RESPONDED. what the heck, now I love this show times infinity.

eating: well you know what I’m NOT eating? Freaking Girl Scout cookies. You know what I WISH I was eating? FREAKING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. I’ve already downed some Thin Mints so far, and my Samoa count is at 2. I’d love three of every Girl Scout cookie, who can make that happen?

saying: that I cannot wait for Disneyland. I bought a bunch of nerdy Disneygear to bring with me and I am more excited than I usually am because of it.

wearing: these LuLaRoe leggings I dug out of the bins a few weeks ago. My mom asked me if I was going to resell them on Poshmark and I said um no, and have been wearing the crap out of them ever since. I’ve also been wearing a lot of soft, loose fit t-shirts but they ALWAYS seem to get little holes in them! What the heck, does anyone know why this is happening?!

See how cute those leggings are? and see the holes in my shirt? WHAT GIVES?! Help me!

posting: or TRYING to post more on Instagram. I know that as a blogger/influencer, Instagram is a huge and important tool for me but I often find myself kinda paralyzed about what to post on Instagram. When I do consistently post on Instagram, my followers definitely grow so IDK why I’m so weird about it. I guess I’m just weird about a lot of stuff in general.

Linking up with Anne and Carrie for the Currently Link Up (side note I made it in with 5 minutes to spare praise hands emoji)

March 7, 2017