NOTE: If you haven’t read part one of my “Back from the Dead” series, I highly recommend it. You’ll probably be less confused.
Yep, that title is correct and I likely just blew your mind. Don’t worry, I felt the same way too when my therapist told me that it’s very normal to gain weight at my age. But…I thought that was what the freshman 15 was in college? Well kind of, but there is way more to the whole freshman 15 phenomenon than we’ve all been led to believe (this article from Cosmo is likely to clear up how the female body changes throughout your 20s). For most people that know me, or if you’ve ever met me, you are likely to wonder why gaining weight is such a big deal (I’m 5′ 7″, athletic build, approx. 150 lbs just to give you an idea). And the answer is, nothing really, but most women are freaked out to find that they’ve gained weight especially when you look in the mirror and don’t notice anything alarmingly different about your body. More than anything, it’s incredibly frustrating to go to put on a pair of shorts you bought a year ago only to find they don’t fit you anymore.
We all love summer for some reason or another; school’s out, music festivals, patio drinking (my personal favorite)—but we all hate summer for one good reason: it’s WAY too hot. While we may be heading into August and the subsequent end of summer, we all know that the temperatures in Kansas City likely aren’t to drop until at least mid-October. And since the temperatures are going to rise well before they drop, it’s only right to cool off with an ice cold beer and of all the beer I drink, Boulevard Brewing Company is an easy a go-to choice: they’re local and they make some damn delicious beer. In fact, Boulevard has come up with so many beer concoctions since its 1989 inception, including the recent introduction of Fling cocktails, it’s hard to say which brews are my favorite, but I have curated a little list of beers that I have enjoyed drinking this year, along with a bonus or two, that are sure to leave you feeling refreshed through the remainder of summer. Continue reading
Kansas City Noir, edited by Steve Paul and published by Akashic Books
My birthday has come and gone and we are quickly heading into August, which means that beach and poolside insta photos are becoming far more frequent. For some reason as we get older, the appeal to actually get in the pool, goes down and the appeal to sunbathe near the pool with a good book goes up. Whether you’re sitting poolside at the neighborhood pool or oceanside on a summer vacay, sometimes it’s nice to view your hometown in a new way.
I hate kombucha. At least, I thought I did. It all started with a little sip of my sister’s Target brand kombucha. To my surprise, I actually liked it, a stark contrast to the kombucha my dad made me try–acidic, kind of like drinking straight vinegar. Since trying my sister’s kombucha, I started looking into getting into the “Booch craze”, and stumbled upon The Brewkery; a kombucha tap-room nestled in my own neighborhood. However, before we get to the fun stuff, allow me to give you a brief overview of what kombucha even is. Continue reading
It’s weird to be writing again. Well, writing here again. It’s kind of like saying hello to an old friend and things feel awkward because you don’t know how it’s gonna go, but once you figure things out, it’s like you were never apart at all. So a lot has happened since I posted last and I won’t go too deep into it because I’m not trying to turn this post into a novel, but I will give the short version: I was single for a while after my break up and was very depressed, I adopted a dog and started dating again, met a few duds and finally found a guy that I’m still with, bought a house and recently got a new car. Amidst that entire saga, I have been working on the blog in small ways but not as actively or tangibly as I would’ve liked. Because of this, the next few blog posts will be dedicated to catching everyone up on what I’ve been doing over the past year and a half (?). Continue reading
Life is weird; this is a fact that we are all familiar with. And the first half of 2017 has definitely been interesting from my new job as a resume writer to my break up with Brent barely a month later to adopting a dog about a month after that; there was a point when I thought the dust would never settle. But, the nice thing about life, that we should all be grateful for is that it does go on and things do get better, no matter how much it may feel like it never will.
Since my break up, I did a lot of things; cried, found solace in a wine bottle, watched TV until I passed out, cried on my friends’ couches, joined a new gym, worked on getting my six-pack back (that’s still in progress but it is coming back!) and started dating again. You’re always going to miss your first love, but I’ve finally decided that I’m not going to stop living my life or doing what I love because of it. My happiness is my own, it’s found within me and no matter what happens, no one and nothing can or should take that away from me; and that goes for everyone. And besides, it is summer, no one should be inside moping when almost every day is sunny and sweaty and in honor of reclaiming my happiness (and summer), I’ve decided to do something that has been on my radar for a while: The Passport Program. Continue reading
As an athlete for nine years, I naturally look for a workout that is going to push me to my limits, push me to get stronger. However, by the time I graduated from college, I had stress fractures, falling arches and a possible labral tear in my groin. Needless to say, I knew it was time to admit to myself that I needed a break from sprinting and running all together really—but the idea of never running again scared me if not a little depressed, so I decided to try transitioning myself into distance running (so much for taking a break, right?). But running on the treadmill wasn’t my cup of tea and I knew based on the fact that I never ran more than 200 meters, that I was never going to be into distance running; running a 5k for me was only going to happen under severe peer pressure. In reality, I was tired of running—I had done it for 9 years after all—I wanted to continue being active because it was important to me but I wanted a new challenge. Continue reading