February Favorites

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. I was lacking inspiration to blog for a few months but now I think I’m ready to start back up. Where is my life? February is a short month I suppose, but wow, it flew by. I’ve had this discussion with a few post grads– that time seems to go much faster now that we’re working full time jobs instead of in school. The weekends are even more precious. I would say I miss certain things about college, but I definitely don’t miss it as a whole. The real world is scary, but it’s growing on me. On to da favorites:

Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butternutrition-sept26-justins-main

I tried this in a little packet a few weeks ago and OMG is it amazing. You can find me eating almonds and almond butter all day every day (pronounced ah-mond). I also really like the Maple Almond Butter, the Honey Almond Butter and the Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. NUT BUTTER CRAZE.

Brownie Brittlebrownie

Okay another food item. I made the mistake of trying this at a friend’s house and these are ridiculous. I think they’re trying to market them as like a “healthier” way to enjoy a brownie since they are just crispy little things, but I’m on to their marketing tactics. And they’re really not that horrible for you (unless you eat an entire Costco-sized bag). But they taste exactly like brownie batter. Danger.

Running

Fitness time. I’m forcing this to be a favorite so that I will be motivated to keep up with my half marathon training. I’m even starting to be that girl who takes her lunch hour to go on a run outside. Blame it on encouraging, awesome coworkers. I have my little printed out training chart and I’m ready to make some check marks.

Yoga

I’ve been pretty consistent with doing yoga 3 times a week and it is really making a difference in my life. It’s fun to see myself get stronger and be able to attempt crazy poses I never thought I could. It’s also just the best way to detox your brain from too many thoughts.

I can’t think of anything else interesting to include. I was going to say my winter coat is a favorite but that is weird and boring.

Happy March! Spring… hurry up.

Hello-March-image-free

(someone play the harmonica for me)

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Love Letter to Words

A few days ago I overheard a conversation about writers block. Good story… but it got me thinking about writers block and what it means to me, you know, being a writer and all. (But how can you experience writers block when you write about Ninja Turtle skateboards???)

I feel like I would post way more on this blog if I actually knew what I wanted to write about. Or felt like I could say half the things I wanted to. Every now and then I’ll have a gem of a post but most of the time I seem to just cryptically ramble on about my life. Which… is interesting to me (and my mom), but probably not to the average person.

I still don’t even know what the point of this is, but I guess that’s okay. I started this blog a little over a year ago to practice my WordPress and writing skillz since it is relevant to my current career path. I don’t really have any specialties or important information… just a lot of feels to share. This is the second blog I have made in my lifetime as the first was weird and secretive and I only had like 2 posts about how much I love my sister (typical).

I find comfort in words and stringing them into sentences. There’s nothing like organizing your thoughts on the lines of a page. I love hotel pens (steal them always) and composition notebooks. Last week I had to drag myself away from spending $50 in the notebook/pen aisle of Target. I guess when I have writers block I will just profess my love for writing until it decides to unblock itself (wait wut).

In other news, it’s been two weeks since my impulse purchase of the day was registering for a half marathon on May 3rd. It needs to get warm out because I freaking hate treadmills and the coldest I’ll go for an outside run is 20 degrees. I’m excited though; it’s been a long-time goal for me to do a half marathon. Who knows maybe I’ll even do a whole marathon one day.

Here comes another 8 to 5 week…

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StrengthsQuest Do-over x2

A few weeks ago they announced that everyone would be required to take the StrengthsFinder assessment at my job. It’s only been a little over 2 months since I took it last, but A LOT has changed since then so I thought it would be interesting to see if my results were any different.

In case you need a refresher on what StrengthsQuest is…

What is StrengthsQuest?

Your StrengthsQuest journey begins with a 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder. This assessment has helped more than 9 million people around the world discover their talents.

After you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you’ll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success (strengthsquest.com).

Today we received the link to take the assessment and it was sort of difficult for me to just clear my mind and complete it. I kept focusing on what I knew my strengths were and seeing if my answers would get me the same results. But anyway, my results were fairly similar to last time, with one new and one old popping back up.

So in 2009 I had:

Adaptability

Positivity

Responsibility

Futuristic

Maximizer

In November 2014 I had:

Futuristic

Achiever

Empathy

Consistency

Positivity

And February 2015:

Consistency

Empathy

Futuristic

Harmony – new

Maximzer – old

Dang I was hoping for that positivity (lolz). If you feel like reading explanations of the first 3, plz feel free to go to this post from November.

I feel like Harmony could have been a 6th strength the last 2 times I took the assessment. It’s all about avoiding conflict, seeking peaceful situations, being a moderator/peacemaker and that is totally me. Sometimes it’s not a good thing because I tend to accept things the way they are or sweep issues under the rug until they are bottled up (there must be a bottle under the rug). I’ve been known to do that. That’s another good thing about this assessment. It can be a good indicator of your strengths, but it also reminds you that extreme versions of those strengths can be a bit harmful.

I was actually surprised to see Maximizer pop back up. This one is confusing to me at times, but after re-reading the explanation, I can see how it fits. It’s the reason I love doing these assessment and personality things. I LOVE learning about my (and others’) strengths. I could care less about weaknesses. Yes, we all have weaknesses, but focusing on strengths is much more fun and productive. If you know your strengths and what you’re good at, you might as well capitalize on that and give it all you got, man. So that’s my motivational speech for the day.

In other news, moving sucks but it’s probably because I am impatient and lazy. Exciting, G times though. Also, birthday shout out to my sister, Loonn. She took a sociology exam and ate a taco today. Now she is going have her first legal huckleberry vodka lemonade. Only in Mont.

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