Friday Faves

Wow life, you really know how to pack some punches here!

First off, huge shout out to Trina at Pish and Posh Design for the clean, fun and very Kim blog design!!! Many thanks for all of your patience and working so quickly to get this project done.

In some not so awesome news, some interesting developments at my job have made for a bit of a roller coaster of a week. The beginning of the week I was so stressed I was unable to sleep and literally shaking out of frustration (Just slightly type A), not exactly the huge reduction in stress that I was looking for coming off a bad lower back strain. As the week progressed and I thought through the situation I actually changed my tune. I’ve shifted my thinking to “Oh crap, this is the ABSOLUTE worst thing that could happen” to “This is less than ideal, but look at how much I’ve grown over the past 4 months and”. Now I’m focusing on how I can continue to grow and learn from these challenges. For that, I am thankful. I can’t really give all of the details but it’s safe to say that I will look back at this as a turning point in my career. 

During the week I enjoyed finishing Find Your Happy and starting Burn Your Goals. Full thoughts and ramblings on both of them later, but I found both of them as necessary aids to helping to change my perspective and make the most of my current challenges.

And the most exciting thing of all? This weekend I am escaping the cold (and surprise snow storm of Boston) and spending the long weekend with my mother and brother in Scottsdale, Arizona!

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I have never been to the southwest before and I’m P-S-Y-C-H-E-D to experience a new part of the country with some members of my family. Oh yeah, and having a few days off in warm weather when it’s snowing outside is really pretty awesome.

What else is great? Free in-flight WiFi courtesy of JetBlue. As if I needed another reason to love them!

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Part of our plans include a spa day with my mother at the Well & Being Spa at the Scottsdale Princess.

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It’s an early birthday experience for her and I really can’t put into words how excited I am for this chance to kick back with my mother. I actually think this might be a struggle for my mother at first (she is “can’t rest until it’s done” and work-a-holic. Just taking this vacation was a huge negotiation), but I am excited to see her experience some pampering for once.

In addition to that, I’m looking forward to venturing out for some runs in shorts (big YAY! for that), which would be my first time running since I hurt my back in early January. I’m also hoping to find an outdoor pool so I can get my swim on πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to getting cleared to bike again and then I can kick off the 2015 season

We left the rest of the weekend open, we might explore other areas of Arizona or stay in Scottsdale.  This uber planner is embracing the art of “no set agenda travel” and I think I might actually like it. Who am I becoming?!

And yes, I am checking out the IMAZ course to file in “research for potential future projects”

Have you been to Arizona before? Do you have any “must see” sites?


  1. says

    Love the site redesign! It totally looks like you πŸ™‚

    Isn’t it funny what reframing will do?! Glad to hear about your turning point in your career… for the better, I’m guessing? Per your comment on my blog, we should chat πŸ™‚ Let me know if you want to IM via skype! I know that both of us will get unstuck this year!

    Have a wonderful time in AZ! I was only there for a couple at IMAZ, so didn’t really explore, but the sunshine was lovely πŸ™‚

  2. says

    I hope you are enjoying the sunshine as much as I am!! I “race” RNRAZ every year. I have lots of friends here and it is a good time to leave Portland!!
    Things I like about Phoenix in January: hiking Camelback mountain, zoo, hanging out at the park
    Some of my favorite restaurants: Oregano’s, La Grande Orange, T.C. Eggingtons, Joyride, Pita Jungle
    Have an awesome trip!!!

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