Monthly Archives: July 2014

Hodge Podge Collage

The interior designer in me is coming out… I’m brainstorming how to decorate my apartment and new room!

*By “interior designer” I mean amateur photo-hanger and pillow-assembler.* ;)

After beginning to move in, I realized that I had a lot more space to work with than I anticipated. My master bedroom is more like a suite! There is too much blank wall space, even with my furniture. I’m loving the organized-chaos look from some Pinterest boards, basically a collage of frames on a wall. I’ve decided to alternate between black and white frames, including a good mixture of candid photos of me with friends and family, scenic photos of the beautiful places I’ve travelled, and appropriate quotes to inspire and compliment my room.

On my quest to find wall-worthy words, I searched for quotes from my favorite songs and tv shows. I basically have 5 favorite TV series of all time. In not-so-accurate order:

  • Gilmore Girls
  • Friends
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Friday Night Lights
  • House Hunters

(Aaaalmost making the list is Desperate Housewives; ER; Law & Order: SVU; Sex & the City; The Real Housewives of Orange County; Trading Spaces; and Parenthood!)

SO many memorable lines from each of these shows (I speak fluent Gilmore-Girl-quote.) *If you follow me on PINTEREST you’ve probably already seen my quote pin binge.

Top Contenders:

  • Kacey Musgraves “Follow your Arrow”


  • Eli Young Band’s “Guinevere”


  • Gilmore Girls – Max Medina’s proposal to Lorelia:

Gilmore Girls Quote

  • Friday Night Lights – Coach Taylor’s game-day quote:
  • Classic Gilmore rationality:


Think I can pull off a House Hunters quote?

Yeah probably not ;)

What is your favorite TV show and/or quote?


Lava Tubes Hike and Summer Nights

I guess the best place to start with my whirlwind of a weekend is this double rainbow beaming above my favorite place. Mother Nature was listening when I politely requested an afternoon monsoon. Ask and you shall receive!

Monsoon Season Double Rainbow // Stronglikemycoffee.comBut it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. On Thursday, I told you about my “grown-up” plans to move in to an apartment with two of my friends. I’ll just say one thing about that. Moving into someone else’s uncleaned home required some sanitation precautions.

Exhibit A:

Yes, a tad dramatic. BUT if you saw the handfuls of dog hair everywhere…. Let’s just not go there. The $2 mask from Home Depot made me feel better (and so did the hazelnut iced coffee afterwards.) :)

The rest of the weekend was absolutely scenic as we explored the beauty of Northern Arizona in summertime. This is one place that just makes you want to be outside! I love the smell of pines, and my mom asked if I wanted a pine-scented candle for my room. I asked, “Why? I can just open my window!”

I’ve been creating and adding to a “to-do” list of activities for senior year (conveniently compiled on my favorite procrastination station –> Pinterest.) We crossed one off this weekend as my parents and I explored the Lava Tubes!

One of my FAVORITE classes in college is (completely unrelated to my marketing major) Geologic Disasters. We learned all about volcanoes and rock formations. This cave is almost a mile long. 700,000 years ago, lava flowed through here like a river. The bottom, sides and top cooled first while the inside continued to flow until it emptied. The shell that remained left a cave. We were literally walking underneath the trees and forest. Amazing.

As incredible as it was to be in the total darkness with a headlamp to guide the way… I kept thinking about the movie 127 hours. One slip of a rock and we would be trapped. I was not prepared to test my survival skills. Ironically we were following a group of Boy Scouts and their leaders for the second half. They could be persuaded to share their sustenance, I’m sure. ;)

We totally appreciate the gorgeous views, and even the sunset did not disappoint.

It’s going to be a good school year, I can feel it.

The weekend isn’t over until I log that Sunday Long Run. What’s a girl to do when it’s 102 degrees? Suck it up and get comfy on the treadmill. I loaded up my iPod with the new singles from Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds to Summer, Sia, and Sam Hunt to pull me through the 70 minute stationary run. Plus I had the Angels game on, and plenty of entertainment from people watching.

Happy Monday!


Tempo Run Tuesdays & Fueling the Future

Tempo Run Tuesday:

Last week I reintroduced “Tempo Tuesdays” into my weekly running schedule. The morning starts like this: wake up at 4:36am, down a half a cup of coffee with almond milk, lace up the tennies, turn on the Garmin and jog a warm up mile. It’s dark for the first 20 minutes which I love.

Lucky for me, my daddy/pacer/crossing guard rides along on his bike. It seriously helps to have someone out there with me! He rides a few meters ahead, which gives me someone to chase!

My pace for the first 3-mile tempo of the summer was a good starting point. 18:39 for three miles (average 6:13 mile). By end of August I will be in the mid-17’s which will put me in good cross country racing shape :)

As for now, I will take it one Tuesday at a time and keep shaving off a few seconds each week!Tempo Run Tuesdays // Cross Country Summer Training blog post (

BUT waking up at 4:30am and evening gym sessions are wearing me out. Time to listen to the body and give it a little break tomorrow!

Which is perfect timing because I have a very exciting day ahead.


Well….I’m moving my stuff in. I have a great full-time job at home for the rest of the summer so the celebration in the new digs will be short-lived. But still……it means picking up keys, buying furniture, setting up my space and getting everything cleaned. Very grown up, no? ;)

My past week has been FULL of grown-up” (i.e. NOT FUN) chores like signing a lease, paying rent, setting up insurance, gas and electricity. Exciting stuff. Very exciting. I would like to eat some skittles for breakfast and relive my youth again now please.

Fueling the Future:

To me, thinking about the future is so……exhilerating. I can’t stop researching graduate schools, Masters programs, sports marketing internships, potential jobs, and new cities like Boise and Charlotte.

Everything in my life through senior year of college was part of a plan. I knew in advance what city I would be in, where I would be living, who I would be living with, what I would be doing, how I would earn money. It had a feeling of safety knowing that I was guaranteed 4 years in college with the support of my parents being a full-time student.

The day I graduate college (10 months and counting!), all of that “safety” goes away. But for some reason I am not scared at all. I am thrilled. Not knowing if I’ll have a job, where I’ll have a job, where I will live. This is the first time in my life when I don’t have a plan to tell me what the future looks like.

At the same time…that just means so many POSSIBILITIES.

New Blog Post! "Fueling the Future" on

A few things are certain:

Wherever I am, I will always be a runner (so the city better be pretty!).

My plan is still to race 1 marathon each year. :)

I will adopt a dog. A new running buddy, roommate, best friend.

My passion for health, fitness, exercise, nutrition, exploring, and enjoying scenic beauties will only grow.

A far-off goal is to become a personal trainer or fitness class instructor as a hobby because I love sharing all of the POSITIVE aspects of working out.

Strong Like My Coffee *new blog post!* Fueling the Future

It’s funny because my family watches House Hunters…a lot. I remember going on a recruiting visit to Chico State during senior year of high school. The coach had me stay with some seniors on the cross country team, who had a “pasta party” and meet-n-greet. After everyone left, I made up my bed on the couch and watched a couple hours of House Hunters with my hosts. Scandelous first college experience right? ;)

The show has me excited to do my own search for a home (well, apartment but same difference) and I’m loving the East Coast right now thanks to several amazing posts by Julie at and Taralynn at!

I think all of this anxiousness and urgency is natural for such a transitional period in our lives.

From dependent to independent. From student to worker. From a plan to the unknown.

And now I will stop day dreaming about my future, refill my mug with some Vienna Cinnamon brew from Sprout’s and get back to some important projects.


What are you daydreaming about today?

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