Hurray for the holiday weekend!! I’ve been looking forward to the 4th of July for a while now and I’m so excited to have this coming Monday off to kick back and relax on the beach, while hopefully eating barbecue and enjoying a beer or two!
What do you guys have planned for the long weekend?
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t exactly reading Tolstoy back in the day, but if you gave me a novel written by Judy Blume in elementary school or by Sarah Dessen in middle school, I would have devoured it in mere hours.
I still love reading (and if you have any recommendations, let me know!), but I don’t always have the time to sit down after work and properly read a book. Which means I tend to get all of my reading done on the weekends and on vacation. But to be completely honest, that doesn’t cut it for me so I like to cheat and listen to audiobooks while I’m driving and at work.
I’ve been pretty good about going to the gym lately. After spending two weeks hiking through Peru and pushing myself to keep going even when I thought that I couldn’t take another step, I’ve been feeling particularly inspired to stay in shape and not revert back to my days of spending hours on the couch watching Netflix.
So I was feeling pretty good about myself until I read an article about how Blake Lively spent 13 hours in the gym everyday to get in shape for her newest movie. THIRTEEN HOURS. No wonder she’s such a babe! Unfortunately, I have to spend a majority of my day sitting in my cubicle so I can’t dedicate as much time to fitness. Which means I have to get creative on days when I can’t make it to the gym for my normal weight lifting/cardio class.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and spoiled their dad’s for Father’s Day! I spent most of the weekend either catching up on sleep (I accidentally slept almost 12 hours on Friday night… oops) or spending time outside and enjoying the nice weather up north. After two weeks of absolutely gorgeous weather in Peru, I was somewhat shocked that Connecticut was also sunny and so I’ve been soaking up lots of vitamin D and going for runs on the trails near my apartment.
But now that it’s Monday morning and it’s already time for another work week (why do the weekends always go so quickly??!), I’ve made a little list of things to do this week that I hope will make for an amazing first full week back at work! In other news, I’ve finally started editing my photos from Peru and Machu Picchu and I’m really loving how they came out (please disregard my sweatiness after an hour of hiking haha).
After almost two weeks of hiking along the Inca Trail and exploring the Peruvian countryside on our way to Machu Picchu, I’m back in Connecticut! We had the most amazing trip and although we didn’t see half as many llamas as I would have liked, it was definitely one of my favorite trips I’ve taken in the past few years. Plus I got to continue my new year’s resolution tradition of visiting a new country every year, which was doubly exciting since I’d never been to South America in general before!
I’ve always been a beach gal, which isn’t too surprising since I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in South Florida. So although I’ve loved the past year living in Connecticut, I’ve found myself homesick for the ocean from time to time.
Luckily my trip to Miami recently for a friend’s birthday was just the cure that I needed! A long weekend spent sunbathing on the beach and lazily floating in the crystal clear water, all while laughing with friends was more than I could ask for.
I’m officially on my way to Lima, Peru this morning! After planning and talking about this trip for almost a year now, it’s crazy to think that I’ll be in South America before midnight. I’m all packed and ready to go, including my new waterproof backpack that I got very last minute after a panicked visit to REI. Shoutout to my boyfriend for guiding me through the store (as I am probably one of the least outdoorsy people out there) and helping me figure out how to convert cubic inches!
Guys how can it possibly already be June?? Just last night my boyfriend and I were talking about how we can’t possibly be halfway through 2016 already… I mean, I’m still trying to figure out what my new year’s resolutions are! May have dropped the ball on that one.
After a glorious long weekend during which I ate way too much and slept in far later than I normally would with my alarm, I’m feeling refreshed and energized for this coming week. That might also be because I’m taking off Friday too because we’re heading to Peru for two weeks for a family vacation but, hey, who’s judging my motivations!
I have a love/hate relationship with Wednesdays. It’s weird, I know, but I always find myself in a sort of rut by the time hump day rolls around. Luckily today though (assuming that the nice weather holds up), my boyfriend and I are planning on checking out a state park near my apartment after work that apparently has pretty cool waterfalls. So maybe the fresh hair and hiking will make today feel more like a Friday!
I’m the first to admit that I sometimes spend way too much time inside, whether I’m diving into a new book or bingeing an entire season of Scream Queens on Netflix. In fact, that’s what my friends and I did this past Saturday night after two nights of hitting the clubs in South Beach, which definitely makes us sound lame but going out two nights in a row is a big deal for me (haha!).
But after such a long winter, I’m finding myself spending more and more time outside and soaking in lots of vitamin D.
While I was down in North Carolina visiting for graduation weekend, my boyfriend’s family and I spent the day exploring one of my favorite hiking spots in the area—Hanging Rock State Park. I’d been a few times while I was an undergrad and despite the fact that I’ll probably never get used to the sight of a snake slithering across the path inches from my feet (blegh), I’ve always loved hiking up the mountain to get the best views of North Carolina.