On my mind…
My next trip for work. Booked for mid-May. At first I was feeling anxious about heading back into un-routine mode, but now I’m kind of looking forward to the change of scenery. It also helps that I now have coworkers that love to be healthy and fit like me (score!). I already have a trail run and a healthy dinner planned for one night while I’m there. However, I *will* be seriously missing my barre workouts though — so here’s my call for entries: who wants to meet up with me for a barre class while I’m in Cali? (ahem Naomi??) <—don’t all raise your hands at once now 😉
A week, run-less. It’s happening. Probably the week after the half marathon. Or perhaps the week I’m in Cali for work. Though, I did just book a rundate while I’m out there. Fail. I guess the run-less week will happen the week prior then afterall! Note to self.
My Nonna. Her birthday is this week (today, actually). And the anniversary of her death is coming up this May. I’ve found my mind wandering to thoughts of her a lot more lately, particularly given the time of year. I had a dream about her the other night and woke up sensing her presence nearby. It was comforting. Everytime I see my little niece Isabel, my mind rushes to Nonna…she would melt in Isabel’s presence, I am sure of it.
One year of barre n9ne classes. Yep, today is also our one year barre-versary. The first day that my sis and I set foot in the studio for the very first time. Little did we know that just weeks later, we’d be embarking on the 60-day challenge and months and months later, our lives would be transformed in far bigger ways than either of us ever imagined. Stronger. Confidence blooming. And now, joyfully fulfilling our passion through teaching.
…one year later. Transformed.
Friends I adore. My friend from college (who is by far the funniest yet most loving and kind person I’ve ever met) just welcomed her first child into this world yesterday. I’m so happy for her and her husband – the two of them are going to be a riot as parents, I can’t wait! And another friend — a friend I met at work seven years ago and instantly connected with (one of those “I feel like I’ve known you since birth” connections) — has a birthday coming up. We’re celebrating the big 3-0 together this weekend. It’s going to be epic. I promised her that and I never reneg on a promise. 😉
Sisters like mine. Jen is thisclose to defending her PhD dissertation and then graduating with her PhD in May. She’s in the final throes of it — all while raising the most perfect like 17-month old I have ever seen. I am constantly amazed by her. And my other sis Jo is constantly giving me the perspective I look for, the encouragement I need and the inspiration to dig deeper, push harder, reach farther. She’s come a long, long way over the past few years and sometimes I think I forget to tell her that. So this is my reminder to both of them — I am proud to have sisters like you. xo
A husband who gets me. Truly gets me. Who’s gonna push me all 13.1 miles in just over a week. Who I cherish date nights in with more and more each week. Who I can’t wait to celebrate our 8 year (!) wedding anniversary with in June. And who I *really* can’t wait to get back to wine country with at the end of June. It’s long overdue. We’ve earned this one. No doubt.
On my mind.
Work. Workouts. Friends. Family. Loves.
…totally not in order of priority either. 😉
I love this sis! Thank you so much for recognizing the changes in me too..and for letting me help you sometimes when you struggle too. You sure as hell do a lot of that for me as it is. And I wouldn’t wanna celebrate a one year barre o versary with anyone but you 🙂 XO
Of course sis – we’re in this thing together right? I just think I sometimes forget to remind you of just how much you mean to me and just how inspiring I find you. Totally.
If you ever travel to Atlanta for work, I’ll go to a Barre class with you!
Ohhh I’d LOVE that!! I hope I get to travel to Atlanta for work now, haha
I love reflective posts like this–isn’t it great to just take a few minutes to remember things and think about things that matter in life? Makes life instantly be put into perspective!
It’s great to sit back sometimes and reflect on all the “good” in our days, the good people, the good support, the good ‘things’ that make our worlds go ’round.
Congrats on your one year anniversary! You’ve come such a long way!
And 8 years???? You’re too young to be married for so long!
HA, yup, 8 years on June 5. I was 24 when I married Scott (he was 27)! We were younger than most to be getting married, but when you know, you KNOW. And we haven’t looked back since. ❤
I really like how you laid it all out in this “on my mind” style post! I think I need to do something like this. Friends and family are always on my mind too – where would we be without them, truly? I am blessed to call you (and Jo, and Scott and M) my friends!
Congrats on the Barre-iversary, I know that is the first of many many to come!
Great friends are so hard to come by — I cherish the ones that are good to me, and you are totally one of them. I heart you, friend!!
Awesome! Great post!
Now one question…are we going to be meeting you in Maine in June as well???
I’m hoping to see you guys while you’re here – YES! It’s the weekend of my wedding anniversary so we are hoping to come see you guys before we go off to celebrate on our own. But I can’t miss out on at least a little bit of this bloggy meet-up of epic proportions!!
*grin* love this. Just a good list of things and people to be thankful for. And when I think about my grandmother, I often think about my niece and nephew as well – how much she would have adored them.
Great post…. a perfect look at what is important, or unimportant.
You’re family is tremendous. What a beautiful share. Nonna, aw sweet memories my dear.
Proud of your many, many accomplishments now and to come!
Lovely post! Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished, and the many great things that lie ahead. P.S. Every time I read your posts I think, I really need to hit up barre n9ne!
You MUST try it!! I forget you are local to the area!! We have two studios now so there are lots of class options – seriously, email me if you’d like to try a class sometime!!
What a great post. Congrats on your barreversary and love to see you have such a wonderful, supportive husband!
Thank you!! He’s a real keeper, that one. 🙂
Happy Barreoversary! What an incredible journey you and your sis have been on. I like this style of post too. Friends and sisters and family and partners never cease to amaze me and I too am thankful for them every day.
It’s been an amazing journey, I’ve cherished every single second of it!
I am totally so thankful for good friends and family that are caring and supportive and selfless. It’s so important to have such good people in our lives!
So many things to be proud of!!! You should absolutely be proud of your accomplishments, Jess. You inspire me! The barre anniversary, especially. So much so that I bought a portable bar and the P57 program. (Since that’s what was mentioned to be closest to what you two do.) I’ve been dying to try it, and I find myself far more entertained and more focused when doing those “types” of workouts than any others. So thanks for the inspiration.
As for Jen’s accomplishment…getting her PhD and raising a daughter? Let me tell you something…it’s hard work. BUT…in my own personal experience with school and kids…somehow my focus is far better now than it was in undergrad. You’re more confident, you’re more focused, and you’re more driven. You’re not worried about “finding yourself” and keeping up with your social life as much. Haha. That’s just me, though, and tell her congrats from another momma. 🙂
Love you. xo
Aww you are so sweet! I’m totally sending this comment to her, it’ll make her day! xo!
How wonderful! I love reading you and Jo’s posts, such amazing sisters indeed and I love how the two of you motivate and inspire one another. It definitely reminds me of me and my sister (who is two years younger). Great post Jess. You are truly blessed with many amazing things and it’s great that you take time to appreciate all that you have…we all need to do more of that 🙂
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