7 Happy Things

I’m having one of those months.

All of a sudden, everything started breaking at work and in my personal life. LITERALLY, breaking. A window, our heater, the glass on my cell phone (ugh), both my work and personal computers. Plus, the yoga studio I work at was sold so there’s a lot of change there as well. None of this is a big deal AT ALL, I know, but when it all happened at once I was struggling to not be constantly frustrated. For whatever reason, bouncing back was a struggle for me this month. Instead of dwelling on it, I’m focusing on the happy things that brighten my day…even the tiniest ones…and figured I’d share!

7 things I’m loving right now:

Indulgent weekends + family weddings. I mean, duh. But let me explain. At the beginning of this month I went to New York for a weekend for a wedding (before you yell at me for not telling anyone, New York and New Jersey friends, I was only there from Friday afternoon until Monday morning and spent my time on Long Island with family).

the giving room yoga southold new york

Started my morning with a run followed by juice at The Giving Room in Southold, New York. (Go there for yoga and chase it with their fresh juice – the best!)

south old new york houses

Rented the cutest little cottage with my brothers and sisters-in-law AKA my some of my most favorite humans.

Brendan’s cousin got married so I represented our family of two (he had a football game) and it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time!

peconic bay yacht club wedding

Andddd now I want to re-do my wedding to be this one.

peconic bay yacht club wedding

Heart eyes times 1000.

I RAN 10 MILES! It was my longest run since July 15th, 2015. (I remember it well.) I went to the UCLA game that afternoon so I started early. I was listening to a podcast at the beginning of my run and was running upper 1o/low 11-minute miles, starting easy just in case. At mile 3 I turned on the music and it was a game changer, turning my run into an almost perfect progression run. I was also running late (no pun intended LOLOLOL) and when I realized my friend was picking me up in 30 minutes and I was still running, I practically started sprinting. I finished in the mid-9s. (I’d screenshot the splits but I haven’t synced my Garmin because my personal computer is still broken, wahhhh.)

marina del rey running

Run views in the Marina!

I have a race this weekend. Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 30th, if you’re not caught up. Rock ‘n’ Roll always puts on a great raceday experience and I’m pumped to soak it all up. The course is new this year, although I’m not so thrilled that it now starts at 6:45AM. It’s supposed to rain and I kind of hope it does because I miss that running-in-the-rain feeling.

rock n roll los angeles

This is from last year. I was alone and too lazy this year to ask someone to take my picture. #goodblogger

The library. I got library card for the first time in probably 15 years! It’s like I’m 11 years old again. SO MANY OPTIONS. Minimalist me (who rarely reads the same book twice) is rejoicing. Plus, I love walking to the library through my beautiful little neighborhood that currently feels and looks a teensy bit like fall, with leaves under my feet and crisp air that requires me to wear a sweatshirt. (Not a feeling you get in SoCal often.)

el segundo california running


Gillian Flynn. See aforementioned library post. I’ve read two of her books (Gone Girl and Sharp Objects) in one week. I actually could NOT put them down and Brendan now groans when I come back with a new book because it means I’ll be completely distracted until I finish. I CAN’T HELP IT! She’s also a University of Kansas graduate so I extra love her. Her writing is so refreshing and unique and her descriptions are one-of-a-kind.

Coconut oil. I had a random conversation with someone about the toxins in face and makeup products and it freaked me out. I’m also getting eye wrinkles at a rapid rate, despite my religious face care routine and intense obsession with drinking water. I started using coconut oil on my face and body and my skin feels so soft. No verdict on the wrinkles yet but I’ll update you accordingly.

My new Contigo coffee mug. Gone are the days of having coffee provided to me at my office. Sigh. Over the past two years I’ve been using this mug that Brendan got for free from some laundry company (random) and it worked fine but leaked and the paint was peeling off and little flecks of it stuck to my hands and face. I actually put up with that for longer than I’d like to admit. Nowwww I have this one that I can literally throw in a bag, full of coffee, and it will tip over and not leak. Hallelujah. (If you find yourself wanting one immediately, it’s called the AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug.)

Andddd I actually feel better now, writing that all out! Your turn: What are you loving right now? (Do you ever use coconut oil on your face?!)


I’m a writer currently living in New Jersey and blogging about running, fitness, wellness, and motivation. I want every reader to laugh and feel empowered, balanced, and motivated! Subscribe by email to get 1-2 newsletters a month with post updates, my favorite articles, running playlists and more!


  1. Joanie
    October 30, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Coconut oil is amazing! Justin and I follow a paleo lifestyle and make homemade old fashioned soaps with only all-natural, healthy ingredients and the purest essential oils. We could even custom make you something. We make face creams, lip balms, shampoo bars and more too. So, if you want to try some all-natural, healthy stuff out let me know :)

  2. November 3, 2016 / 3:32 am

    Ohhh I’ve totally been looking for homemade, natural soaps and things like that! Do you have a website?!

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