New Adventures

But first, Coffee

I went to Brewpoint Coffee for the first time today and decided to try one of their customized design lattes. See below how pretty they made the design ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee

The atmosphere at this place is seriously so cool and chill. They also have a ton of different lattes. I’ll always & forever be a latte lover. ย However, it’s definitely not limited to just lattes. There’s various different types of coffees they offer! The place gave me this “student” feel because they have books and motivational quotes on their walls and secluded tables along with Wi-Fi. It’s definitely a cute little coffee shop for students, but definitely not limited to students! The place definitely did not disappoint. CHECK. THEM. OUT.

Fitness

Dance it out, Run it out, Put a Little CARDIO in it!

As I’ve mentioned before, I try to designate Wednesdays for running, but that doesn’t always pan out, but today it did! At first I did some dancing around the house because, come on, you cannot go wrong with dancing! I’ll let let you in on a secret of mine (or two!): I dance around the kitchen. A lot of the time when I’m putting away the dishes, I’ll bring my phone and crank up the music, and dance as well! And when I’m not dealing with dishes and my coffee or tea is brewing, I’ll just dance. No shame in my game! You get some cardio in for the day and, let’s face it, you have fun! And you can dance like no one’s watching. Win-win! After I caught up on some Grey’s Anatomy (I’ve managed to binge watch a whole season in three days — go me!), I went and ran outside.

How does everyone feel about running on uneven concrete? My dad once told me that the unevenness of it is good for you because it gives variety when you run. I’ve been running on uneven concrete in this location for maybe five years now and I absolutely love that the concrete goes from downhill to uphill to even… it’s great! But as you all know, I also like running on an even, sandy path around a lake. Nature is seriously wonderful. Get out there and enjoy it!

Excuses don’t get results.

Writing

Try New Things, Go New Places

Last night Tiffany and I went to Uncle Julio’s. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen her so I was super duper excited for us to hang out! As always, we ordered a bunch of food and caught each other up on our lives. I’ve said this a gazillion times now, but I’ll always be thankful to Elmhurst College for introducing us. Friends like her are most definitely rare!

I have to definitely mention how delicious the food is here! We went with chicken nachos [that were to die for] for an appetizer, and let me tell ya, no regrets! And then we got tacos as our main meal. Someone [ME!!!] never says no to tacos because they’re SO yummy! We also decided to try Uncle Julio’s famous chocolate pinata. It was definitely interesting (see the aftermath below!)! You hit the pinata and then all these treats [churros, pineapple, blackberries, strawberries, and pineapple] fall out. TRY IT! If you’re asking if I recommend this place? Hell yeah! Go, go, go!

pinat

Uncle Julio’s famous chocolate pinata that everyone must try at least once ๐Ÿ™‚

~ Say yes to new adventures ~

 

Fitness

Move it or Lose it!

I decided to start today with a run because, as mentioned before, I’ve dedicated Wednesdays to running. That doesn’t always happen, but I try to be committed. The weather was perfect — about sixty — and the breeze wasn’t too shabby either. There’s just something about running–it’s therapeutic, burns fat, and makes you feel great! At least this is how I see it ๐Ÿ™‚ Run one lap around a track with a lake and maybe you’ll see what I’m talking about!

After, I decided to up my cardio by running on the treadmill and various exercises off the treadmill! Switching it up is key because if you’re always doing the same exercises, your body gets used to it and then has a hard time adjusting to new ones. I’d run a minute on the treadmill and then do quick feet, bridges, jump squats, squat holds, and jumping jacks for a minute. You definitely feel the burn! But it’s also super fun… trust me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember why you started and don’t give up.

Writing

Your Story is Important

My current course, Finalizing Manuscripts, is teaching me so much on how to be a more concise and concrete writer. We’re reading Writer’s Diet by Helen Sword, which also has a website where you can go and test your writing. Check it out:

Writer’s Diet

It’ll tell you how many verbs, nouns, prepositions, etc. are in your story and give you a “diet diagnosis.” I highly recommend it! I’ve been testing so many of my writing pieces on there and love seeing how my writing has changed when I take out excess words.

L E T ‘ S ย T A L K ย  A B O U T . . .

I have written my first three chapters of my memoir. Of course they need more revising, but I couldn’t be more ecstatic. It has definitely been challenging putting the chapters together, but also extremely worth it! I struggle with telling too much and making my writing more active, so that’s what I’m focusing now. Along with more scenes and making my characters stand out. It’s a process, but an exciting one for sure! I love editing, however, I’ll be honest, it’s hard! But that’s also one of the most interesting parts of it. When you’ve finally edited your piece and it’s come together how you want it — best feeling ever. Just keep at it and you’ll get to where you want to be!

The expert in anything was once a beginner.

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