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Lately: A Personal Life Update

I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends! And TGIF for everyone else :)

As you may have read earlier this week, I’ve been on fall break.  It was absolutely NOT my intention to disappear the whole week, but once Monday hit, I realized how exhausted I was from this hectic semester and thus spent the whole week just doing whatever I felt like.  Quite possibly the most awesome thing ever!  But sadly, I didn’t feel inspired to write anything, so I let that slide.  My apologies.

I don’t talk a whole lot about the stuff that happens in my life on this blog, so I  thought it’s about time for a bit of a personal update.  Is that cool with you? :) (Now you all say, “Yeah Stu, that is cool…”–The Hangover anybody? No? Ok never mind…)

~Fall Break~

On my first day of break, I dyed my hair…


It’s hard to tell, but I went from brown with golden caramel highlights to a blend of purple and red.  It looks dark here but in the sun, you can tell :) Every year around this time, I get a hankering to dye my hair dark for the winter.  It started my freshman year in college and has continued ever since.  When I was in Greece, I dyed my hair dark purple/black and loved it.  This year I had a professional do it and it looked waaaay better :)

I also got to spend a lot of time with this cutie


This is my godson and he’s just getting into that phase where he has a little bit of attitude mixed in with his shyness.  Is his mohawk not the most adorable thing ever?! (He has eczema so his parents have to put lotion on his scalp and his hair just gets styled that way….so cute!)

Other fall break adventures include cleaning my apartment, watching Despicable Me with a friend, going to see Delivery Man, and hanging out with my best guy friend and his brother.


For the last few months I’ve been looking for a new place to live that’s closer to school, to both cut down on my commute (which ends up being at least 13 hours a week) and get away from some terrible neighbors who make my living situation unpleasant & frustrating at best. When I moved into my current apartment in February, I loved it so much that I could never imagine leaving, but now it represents a phase of my life that I’m no longer in, so it’s time for a change.


A few weeks ago, I found a new apartment that is ideal for me.  I don’t have anyone above or below me (I’m on the top floor and below me are garages), it’s got plenty of windows and natural light, and it’s only about 20 minutes away from school/my life.  I move in right as finals are finishing up, which means I’ll be there in time for Christmas! I can’t wait! Needless to say, my study breaks will be packing up my current place.


The semester is almost over and I can’t wait!  I’ve enjoyed this semester and learned a lot, but need a break that’s longer than a week! Next semester I’m going to start studying for the GREs since this time next year I’m applying to some graduate/PhD programs.  I’m excited but nervous!


I had what was quite possibly my best Thanksgiving ever!  I woke up at 6:30 am, had some breakfast, and drove almost an hour to my Pure Barre studio for an intensive inner thighs workshop.


It was without a doubt one of the most difficult workouts I’ve ever done, but to my surprise, it was also one of the most fun workouts I’ve had! I told myself I’d just do what I could and I ended up pushing myself to limits I didn’t know I had! It’s amazing what the body is capable of if you get your mind out of the way!

On my way back, I munched on caramel apple sea salt chips to hold me over until I got home.


I made an egg white puff and mini corn quesadilla as a post-workout snack before I whipped up some vegan and gluten-free spiced pumpkin bars with buttercream frosting to take to my best guy friend’s house for Thanksgiving.

I don’t talk a lot about him on the blog, but he’s a really big part of my life.  His parents were kind enough to invite me over to their Thanksgiving gathering and I got to meet a fraction of his huge extended family (and I met about 20 people!) I felt like I was at a comedy show since his relatives are hilarious but also really friendly and welcoming.  We talked and joked and I had a great time.

But then I pulled and Lorelai and Rory and went to Thanksgiving Dinner #2 with my family.  I spent the rest of the night playing with my godson and his sister and chasing them up and down the stairs since that’s apparently the most exciting thing ever to a 1 and 2 year old.



This is honestly one of my favorite parts about the end of the year–filling out The Amazing Life Workbook by Leonie Dawson [<--affiliate link! No pressure to use mine, but check out this workbook either way! I absolutely love it!] This will be my third year doing them and they really are as amazing as people say they are.

I think the reason why I find it so effective is because it’s a one-stop-shop for all of my goals and dreams for the next year.  Everything is in one place and the workbook is designed to help you get really clear about your goals, but to also help you take action to achieve those goals.

I know that this year so many things have fallen into place for me; a lot of them were planned and a lot were things I didn’t know I wanted at the time but then realized I did–and realized they were just different manifestations of dreams/goals I already had.  I’ve been eagerly waiting for this workbook to come out so I can really solidify my plans for 2014 and now it’s here and I can start planning for next year :)

Well friends, I’m off to get some homework done.  Though I’ve had a lot of fun this week, I haven’t gotten nearly as much work done as I planned to, so time to get to it! Have a wonderful rest of your Black Friday :)

How was your Thanksgiving? Getting excited for the holidays? Did you workout before Thanksgiving or take the day (or week) off? :)

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  • Matt @ Runner Savvy November 29, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Ugh. I miss having a fall break!
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    • Alex November 29, 2013, 6:09 pm

      Curse of the real world I think :(

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven November 30, 2013, 1:03 pm

    So many things I want to comment on!

    1) The hair looks amazing!
    2) Congrats on the new apartment!
    3) Your godson is a cutie :)
    4) Loved the Gilmore Girls reference
    5) Thanks for not forgetting to wish your Jew friends a happy hanukkah hehe

    Have a wonderful weekend lovely!
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    • Alex November 30, 2013, 2:07 pm

      1) Thank you so much! I can’t wait to show a picture where you can actually see the purple!
      2) Thank you!
      3) Thank you! I agree, he is a cutie. His personality is starting to shine more and he’s moving from being shy to being more daring
      4) GG is the best show ever. I don’t care what anyone says. It will always be a treasured part of my adolescence
      5) Absolutely girl! I got you!

      I hope you have a great weekend as well!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy November 30, 2013, 1:51 pm

    I hope all goes well with your move and the last bit of school! It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. That workout sounds amazing and those caramel apple chips look divine! YUM!
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    • Alex November 30, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Melanie! The workout was a lot of fun and if you ever get to try the caramel apple chips, I highly recommend them :)

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 30, 2013, 10:12 pm

    You are not going to know yourself with that shorter commute time! Sounds like it was definitely the right move for you!

    Love the new ‘do! I used to dye my hair a different colour every year when I was younger now I’m boring and just keep it the same ;)

    So glad you had such a great thanksgiving! We don’t celebrate it here but it sounds like fun.
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    • Alex December 1, 2013, 10:18 am

      I believe it! I can’t wait to have all those hours back into my schedule! Thank you! I fear there might be a time when I decide not to dye my hair–though it’s so much fun for me :) Hope you had a good weekend even if you didn’t get a Thanksgiving :)

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