Friday, April 12, 2013

Love Me a FRIDAY and a Giveaway!

Over the last few weeks I've gotten more brave with just hitting "publish" on my post instead of combing over them one (really ten) more time. On twitter I'm trying my best to not over think tweets and/or wonder what others will gather, instead I'm just opening up more and sharing pieces of the days worth in an attempt to just be more there. I've gotten back into Instagram. I had IG (and twitter) long before my blogging days and seriously - I fell in love with IG, like hardcore, then life got busy Pinterest erupted and stole time from IG. But I've gotten better at taking a few minutes to share what's happening and document life, it's been fun! Within minutes I can easily catch up with friends and fave bloggers.

Now, even bigger than all of this is sending out emails. Can I just say how important it is to reach out to other bloggers? Just checking in on bloggers and following up with more personal notes, really taking time to let them know you care makes a huge difference. It's funny because all of this is most likely easy for others but I've def struggled with a/ balancing time and b/ just being more me and vocal. It's a safe place to hide behind the blog but it's also a very boring place.

It has all made a big difference in my blogging journey. It's made this place more real and tangible. It's helped me be more secure with my decisions here and more creative with my future wants. People are kind, people are nurturing  they want to help, they want to encourage. They want to know you. I for one am ALWAYS open to emails and having more sideline talk....I've yet to meet another blogger who isn't the same. So as you blog on, I encourage you to reach out :)

Things I'm loving this week.....

1// hubs breaking away from work for a random lunch with me.
he never does this! total work-aholic that man... seems he was having a debbie downer day in the office and needed some wifey time. I ate up every french fry and every minute of extra time with him :)

2// enrolled in the AFAA certification class offered at my local gym!
this is more exciting than you may think. It's been a bucket list item for sometime and I've always hesitated to go through with it. But, something just clicked this year. Maybe it's the pending move, maybe it's frustration with the same job field for 13+ years, or maybe it's just time I step up and focus on my passions.
AFAA certification is globally accredited and applies to all gyms. There's a lot of studying involved and much more required than this one day but this is a necessary achievement to make my way towards possible group fitness instructor or personal trainer :))

3// FINALLY freed up storage space on my iphone by using Dropbox. People I had soooo many photos on my iphone that I couldn't take another one -much less update. But, I can't stand not having my pictures available on my phone. Dropbox and all you twitter loves helped me fix my phone and not loose a single memory! thank youuuuuuuuu :)

4// Hydrated like a maniac this week and dropped to just walks, in prep for Saturdays 10K.
I really missed my workouts and runs this week but with being so busy and knowing that an hour long run was ahead of me, it was the right thing to do. Last year hubs carried his 60+ lb. ruck sack for the race...we did intervals to make the distance more manageable. This year we're leaving that sucker behind and running the whole 6.2 miles. I love to run for about 30 minutes, after that I start wondering "why am I still running?" (hehe) but this race is full of energy that pushes you through to the finish line! Wish us luck!!

5// Wishing a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my youngest! You may have already caught this but he's turning 2 this weekend. These are pics from last years big 1st bday :) He loved every second of smash the cake and totally cheesed for me through almost every picture. This year I'm not so sure I'll get as lucky with the photo's, the boy is an explorer, a curious one, and strong willed active tot. He's my little sweetie, love him to pieces and can't wait to celebrate his 2nd birthday with family and friends!

*Take a moment to reflect on the big and small things that make your week more beautiful.

I know this weeks H54F looks a tad different, just felt like changing it up! Hope you don't mind!
Another little twist on this Fridays post.... a GIVEAWAY!!!

Kara at Happy Go Lucky is hosting this Fun Friday giveaway along with me and 7 other funtastic bloggers!
Be sure to say HELLO to Kara!  
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Kelsey Eaton said...

Going to a comedy show with my hubby and friends!

Kimberly said...

Have a good weekend, Kristine! I am going to look for you on Twitter

FitTravelerAJ said...

Aww, I think its so cute when couples can have lunch together during the work day! Nice little break from reality. CONGRATS on taking the plunge on training certification! I would LOVE to do that someday. Good luck with the 10k!

My weekend plans involve laundry, cleaning, working out, and maybe a little shopping thrown in there. ;-)


Unknown said...

On my bucket list is being a fitness instructor... someday. I'm sure you'd be fab!
Good luck on the 10k. Rock it!
AND, happy birthday to your little boy!
PS... totally hitting Hob Lob today, forgot about their great clearance! :)

Sheila said...

Continue training for my 5K, homework and more homework, time with the my daughters, and some QT with the honey. Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Ahhhh, its like you are in my head this week. I always have that problem wen hitting publish, I will probably read my posts like 100 times. I also want to share a little more of me but I am a little scared, somethings are a little sacred to me, but I think its also important to show your true self. I also feel that you MUST reach out to other bloggers, especially your faves...sometimes I get so involved in my blog I forget to reach out, So i am working on that.

I think everyone in the Army/Military is have those days. my husband will come home just off the chain angry...and I have to calm him down. I think you gave me an idea to surprise him at lunch one day.

Oh and before I write a post on your blog, lol...Look out for a my blog post on tuesday. *wink*


Unknown said...

oh what iam doing this husband's Battalion is having a picnic day with free steaks and other activities!!


Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

I am running a 5K in Knoxville, TN...then I'm going to relax in the backyard with a big ol' cocktail!

Blush and Barbells said...

Good luck with the 10K! I have NO plans for the weekend except a few gym sessions and a lot of TV watching!

whit | Black Little Button blog said...

Awe that's awesome! Best of luck! :)

Alex[andra] said...

I LOVE the quote on your picture!

You'll rock the 10K!

I also agree it is definitely important to reach out to other bloggers. This is such a great little community.

Have a great weekend!

TheTinyHeart said...

I have NO set plans for the weekend and I'm happy about that :)

The Tiny Heart

Ashley Robyn said...

Ahhh lots of good this week sweet friend. First, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY birthday to your sweet baby boy. Such a fun weekend ahead I'm sure. And boo being busy, but yay for y'alls 10K. I'm hoping one day that I can attempt one but for now, I'm just trying to survive 2 miles. hehe. Thank you for encouraging me and being such a big part of my get healthy thing I have going on. I'm so lucky to have found you and your amazing blog. Happy Friday!

Laura said...

Good luck with the race! And that's awesome that you're working on your certification! Hope you have a great time celebrating with your little one!

Kaitlyn (Keeping up with Kaitlyn) said...

I agree with you, I need to get better at emailing bloggers just because, not in response to comments on blogposts! Good luck on your 10k! And happy birthday to your little man! Also good luck with you certificate program! That's awesome!!

Cynthia Gaarder said...

baby shower for my bff

Anonymous said...

Wait... talk to me about Dropbox. I can delete yet store photos? I need to get on this.

Jen said...

Random lunches are the best! :)

Unknown said...

Masters Tournament & a few parties related to the tournament!

Lisa @ Naptime Chai said...

This weekend i have too many plans - to the point I'm a bit stressed about the amount of social activities in my life right now! I'm most excited for eating some brunch and drinking mimosas with girlfriends!

jackie jade said...

good luck on your race! i'm also trying to put myself out there more in blogland. it's tough since i'm used to being more private, but love everyone that i am meeting!

Rachael said...

My exciting plans are to study:( (I have exams next week)

Erin said...

Happy Bday to your little man! Those pictures are the cutest, and April babies are the best... I'm one! ;) I'm celebrating a lil early with some girls tonight getting mexican food!!

Rena m said...

No exciting plans whatsoever. haha.

Bri Bliss said...

I have an 8 mile run scheduled for tomorrow morning. Then, we're going to a party for a good friend that is moving to San Diego. Hopefully I'll burn enough calories in the morning to get my party on that night!

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Stopping by from Lauren's H54F...Hope your little man enjoys a super fun birthday!! Have a great weekend celebrating him :*)

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

My nieces birthday part is this weekend too!! Good luck on the 10k!

Allie | LunaVida said...

I'm seeing friends from college :)

Katherine said...

looks like a fantastic week!

Heather @ From Here to There said...

Congrats on pursuing your passion! I absolutely LOVE that quote you posted! I'm going to have to check out the dropbox thing!!!! My phone hasn't "backed up" for weeks because it says it's too full!! Have a great weekend!

anna said...

catching up on sleep! :)

Lindsay Erin said...

I'm celebrating my friend's citizenship this weekend! He became an official American citizen last week!!

Unknown said...

#3- one of my favorite running quotes.

Have a great weekend!

Myranda said...

I am going to be doing a lot of cleaning lol :)

CeCe said...

I cleaned this morning. BOO! But tonight we are going to the luxury cinema to see a movie.

amber and company said...

My weekend plans include a 4 year olds birthday party and dogsitting the meanest husky shepard mix you will ever meet!

Elizabeth Edwards said...

going out with the hubby - rural country drive. ( :

Katie said...

that is so exciting that you signed up to be a trainer - you will be awesome! and i agree with you about reaching out and getting to know other bloggers!!

pippirose said...

We had a big family birthday dinner yesterday. Good to see the whole family together again. :o)

Kris T. said...

This weekend I'm enjoying the beautiful weather by going to see the cherry blossoms in DC!

~Anchored In Christ~ said...

Reach out. When I reach out or try to I get rude comments back. I mean, Heck I'd love to have 100 to 400 emails a day. But apparently people dont want others to reach out to them.

B/c of that and b/c of various other things such as blog hate, blog stalking, blog bullying I refuse to reach to people now b/c I can't tell who's honest and who's not.

Yea I was taken for-granted and used to make fun of and it's not a good thing. These sort of things make me realize why several people have committed suicide b/c of how others make them feel. You shouldnt ridicule anyone.

So I've probably lost all my bloggers b/c of the things I've tried to do in order to keep my safety and all.

Anonymous said...

I just came across your page this morning, and I just have to tell you that you and your family are absolutely adorable <3 Glad you and your husband were able to enjoy a nice lunch date together!

Exciting plans for the weekend: My husband only has Friday's off, but we did a little grocery shopping & catched up on some movies we've been meaning to watch. Simple, yet relaxing.

The Equipped Woman said...

I want to go to the flea market

Unknown said...

I am going to the carnival

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