Running through the Minnesota winter is a challenge. Between short days, cold weather, and snowy sidewalks, it sometimes feels like an uphill battle! I do end up using my treadmill throughout the winter when its really cold, or too dark when I need to run, and there is no shame in it! A run is better than no run, and sometimes I feel like I can get a better workout indoors.
For the days I do run outside, having the right gear makes a huge difference for making it a more enjoyable experience. After years of trial and error, I have some favorite items that are worth the splurge.
My company recently announced that we would be working from home for another 9 months. After 6 months of making due in my at home office, I decided that it was time for a little bit of a room makeover. I wanted to adjust the room to more of a permanent office space that worked for my needs.
Before quarantine, I used my office room as more of an extended closet, guest bedroom, but also had a desk space. I rarely worked from home, so I didn’t use the desk space very often. Now that I use the space daily, it was time to adjust. I didn’t end up doing a major makeover, but a few tweaks made the space so much better for stress-free work!
Some easy updates you can do to make major change to your space include:
As you may have gathered, I am a bit of a shopaholic, but I’m also a huge deal hunter. I believe in treating yourself to the things you love, but also being really responsible with finances. Finding great deals takes some extra leg work and sometimes a lot of patience. But if you’re willing to take a few extra steps, you can get all the excitement of a splurge, without the hefty cost!
Keep reading for some of my secrets to scoring deals on beauty, fashion, and home decor!
This year, you might not be thinking about spending a lot on a new fall wardrobe. Whether you aren’t going out as much, or trying to stick to a budget, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! I’ve recently been eyeing some fun looks that incorporate spring and summer pieces into cold weather looks.
I was recently working on new frames and artwork for above my bed. After searching etsy, I just couldn’t find a pair of prints that I really liked. I was looking for something simple, yet a statement piece. I hopped on Canva, which is my favorite website for designing things like invitations and printables. Canva has lots of free photos and illustrations, which make designing your own content really easy.
I ended up designing a few different options for myself, and thought that I could share them with you all! The files are all a series of 2 or 3 5″x7″ print pages. You can download, scale, and print how you wish to create your own artwork!
Be sure to click the blue download button below the images in order to download and print the high res file!
As you know, I have been training for the virtual Twin Cities Marathon this year. I signed up for the marathon when it was still an in-person race back in March. I had a great race last year, and was so excited to see what I could do this year.
And then all of the cancellations started happening. There was no refund option for the race and it was just switched to virtual, meaning you just had to run it by yourself and submit the results. Marathon day is the highlight of the fall for me, and the race is so exciting with all of the other runners and people cheering, so this was really disappointing.
I decided to still run the race, because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to train and improve. I also knew that running a virtual race would be such a challenge that would make me stronger when real races come back.