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

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.

Try New Things, Go New Places

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!


Uncle Julio’s famous chocolate pinata that everyone must try at least once 🙂

~ Say yes to new adventures ~


Move it or Lose it!

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 🙂 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! 🙂

Remember why you started and don’t give up.

Your Story is Important

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  T A L K   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.


Stir it up!

Stir it up!


S T I R  C R A Z Y


This past weekend I went to Stir Crazy for probably the millionth time and every time it just gets better! Stir Crazy is an Asian restaurant with so many different food choices!


Stir Crazy offers lots of appetizers to choose from. My favorite has always been the Crispy Sesame Calamari. Y-U-M-M-Y! Trust me when I say, you can’t go wrong with this choice.


You can either choose an entree from the menu or from the market bar. There’s a ton of creations to choose from. If you’re looking for a recommendation, look not further! My number one pick is always the Sweet & Spicy Chicken along with brown rice. Delicious!

For the most part, I choose an entree from the menu, however, this weekend I decided  to try the market bar for the second time. I’ve only done the market bar twice, and it’s so good! With this option you get to choose rice or noodles, your poultry (chicken, steak, beef, etc.), and then you pick your own vegetables and sauce! SO GREAT! There’s a ton of vegetables to choose from, but just to name a few — mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, squash — and more! But that’s not all … there’s fruit too. I’m only saying this because I decided to add some pineapple to my meal to spice it up. No regrets.


The unique factor about Stir Crazy – if you notice detail like me – is the artwork on their walls. It’s quite wonderful.  What you’ll find is dragons, or maybe it’s a snake, but either, way, super cool! And writing of Asian culture. Along with this, the front of the restaurant includes chopsticks! Take a look below:



The place can be calm or can get hectic because it is pretty popular! But never let that stop you from visiting. Just keep one thing in mind — limitless options of food. 🙂


While you can choose from several dessert options, my go-to has always been the banana wontons. This dessert includes six banana-filled wontons with a scoop of ice cream. I opt out of the ice cream, but, trust me, either way, it’s delicious! Not to mention — the wontons are topped with cinnamon and drizzled with caramel sauce. Doesn’t that sound mouth watering?!

See for yourself:


Stir Crazy never disappoints!