5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your Morning Workout


5 tips to help you stick to your morning workout
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I will preface this post with a short statement: I'm not the biggest fan of working out in the wee hours of the morning. Occasionally I find myself in a time predicament and if I don't peel myself out of bed to squeeze a workout in, it's just not going to happen. There are a few things that I do in order to make my morning routine as seamless as possible when this happens. Here are my 5 tips to help you keep your workout promises:

1. Prepare the night before. Lay out your gym clothes and if you will be getting ready for work outside of your home, pack the necessities (fresh outfit, shower supplies, etc). Prep as much of your breakfast as you can, fill your water bottle and put it in the refrigerator and assemble your towel, ear buds and anything else you might need. The less you have to do in the morning, the better.

2. Find an accountability partner. Whether it be a running group, a gal pal you plan to meet up with for circuit training or a group class at your gym. If someone is expecting you to be there, it's harder to back out. The Bar Method studio I go to will charge you for not showing up or cancelling a class outside of the designated window. It really ups the ante and provides the motivation I need to get up and get to it. I learned this the hard way.

3. Reward yourself. We're all guilty of waking up and heading straight for our favorite social media channel. Instagram, anyone? Make it a rule that you aren't allowed to check social media until your workout is complete. This will also decrease the chance of you being late for your workout!

4. Set an extra alarm. I'm usually a one alarm gal. Meaning I set two, but the second once is irrelevant because I get up with the first one. Any normal sleep schedule goes out the window when your alarm is blaring an hour earlier than usual. It will take time for your body to get used to your new routine. Setting an extra alarm gives you a cushion, just in case you come down with the case of the snoozes.

5. Think positive thoughts. I like to focus on the happy hour, movie date or other fun obligation I will be able to enjoy knowing that my workout is complete.

So there you have it! The recipe for a sweaty, successful morning. Do you have any tips to make morning workouts run more smoothly?

Living Room Update


To say we have neglected to settle into our apartment would be a vast understatement. Don’t mind the fact that we've occupied the space for over two years now and have managed to hang exactly two things on the walls. And as if that wasn't bad enough, we are still rockin’ the hand-me-downs from college in nearly every room. Mismatching towels? Check. A questionable set up for a TV stand? Check. Three different sets of silverware? You guessed it, we've got those too.

I want to start making small updates here and there to make it feel more like home and less like a garage sale waiting to happen. I figured the best place to start would be in the living room where we spend the most time (and where friends and family will see all of my efforts at work).

living room refresh

- First up, this DIY Gold Leaf Console Table. I can't wait to ditch the jankity set up we have right now and create a classier space to host our electronics.

- Hang a small gallery wall. I'm not sure what the walls of our apartment are made of, but I'm pretty sure it's cement. A rearrange will be necessary in order to allow us to utilize one of the interior walls for this mission. Pete's going to have his work cut out for him.

- Our floors are stained cement (I wish they were hardwood) and we need a rug desperately. Not only will it add warmth visually, but it will make the winter season more enjoyable on our tootsies, too.

- I had my eye on this midcentury modern bar cart that Kelly sent over, but by the time I was finally ready to pull the trigger on it, it had been sold! Que the heartache. I can't seem to find anything similar, so if you see something - send it my way.

Other small updates: refreshing our blanket collection, adding unique pillows and purchasing a few picture frames for updated photos.

Ikea Desk to be used as a TV Console | Gallery Print | Stop and Smell the Roses Print |  Missouri Pillow | Side Table | Picture Frame | Press for Champagne | Pyramid Throw | Faux Fur Blanket | Moroccan Rug

What is your favorite aspect of your living room set up?

Weekly Rounds Vo. 5


desk styling

It's Friday, we made it. You know the drill.

- I need to implement more of these 5 Home Rituals to Try put out by Clementine Daily. Confession: I never make the bed. I could probably attribute it to the fact that Pete and I normally wake up at separate times, but I can't help but think that it would do wonders for my mood.

- This infographic over on The Social Robot that compares the sugar and calories in candy to the amount in donuts makes my infatuation with donuts a little less (emphasis on little) worrisome. At least I'm not a candy bar addict. I'll be using this chart as justification from here on out.

- I would love to have this primrose mirror set up in a separate room, meant for sipping bubbly and leisurely getting ready. I'll keep dreaming.

- Ashlei put together "A Quick Word Guide for the Life & Style Blogger" and it came just in nick of time. I've noticed that some of the words in my vocabulary have started to become repeat offenders and I need to up my game a smidgen (see, I usually would have said bit).

Victoria and Meg are hosting a 5 Question Wildcard Twitter Chat through their joint venture The Well next week and I'm tickled (new word usage) over the thought of having my question answered! Will you be tuning in?

- I'm on Day 24 with no pop/caffeine and things aren't too bad. I still long for a midday break to Sonic every once in awhile, but nothing I can't handle. But I need to confess. I skipped a workout for my #Fit30Days goal. My body hurt basically everywhere from an intense workout a few days prior and there was a must-watch baseball game on. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. New goal #Fit29Days ;)

In case you missed out around here: Weekending in Kansas City and the hot topic surrounding Lean In and equal pay.

If you haven't heard, our Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series this weekend! I'm off to cheer them on, while simultaneously celebrating one of my best friend's birthday! Have a great one, I'll see you back here on Monday :)

Lean In Book Review


I read "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg for our most recent #BookClubBlogger and after devouring all 175 pages, I came to the conclusion that it's a must read for all women working in the corporate world. I also know a few gentlemen who could benefit from reading it as well.

I'm sure that my past experiences influenced my perception of the book, but I don't doubt that there is something for everyone to learn.

One of the biggest eye openers for me came from Sandberg's statement: "Men are promoted based on potential, while women are promoted based on accomplishments." Prior to reading this book (and a few others) I hadn't given much thought to the inequality that presents itself in the workplace. 

I want to share a quick (personal) experience that showcases the difference between men and women when it comes to work.

When Pete and I first moved to Kansas City we were both on the hunt for a job. I was hard-pressed to find something with a creative emphasis so I settled for a position at JPMorgan working as a Retirement Education Specialist. To put it plainly, I worked in a call center. I serviced 401k's for various companies around the world and while it paid the bills, it definitely wasn't my cup of tea. After my training started, a few more positions opened up and Pete applied in hopes that it would give us some additional income until we both found what we were really looking for.

We both earned the same Bachelor's degree in Mass Media and we both accepted the same position at JPMorgan, however, I graduated a year before him and I technically had more experience. Printed clearly on Pete's offer letter was a higher salary than mine. Neither of us did any negotiating (which was also a great talking point in the book) and looking back, I can't help but think that the reason he was offered a higher salary was the simple fact that he was a male and I was a female. I wasn't the slightest bit concerned at the time, I was just happy that we both had a job. (*Editor's note: I discussed sharing this story with Pete prior to posting and he was more than supportive of me doing so.)

Comparing my situation to the COO of Facebook was hard at times and I'm sharing this story in hopes that you might be able to relate. Like I said, I never gave much thought to the equality barriers that present themselves and how they might be effecting me. If this situation were to happen again today, I would be looking at it from a completely different perspective.

While I don't agree with everything Sandberg stands by, I think she serves up a lot of great takeaways with a more positive emphasis. I've highlighted a few that stuck out to me below:

"Knowing things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better." -Sheryl Sandberg (Click here to tweet!)

"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don't ask what seat, you just get on." -Eric Schmidt

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” -Sheryl Sandberg. (Click here to tweet!)

The last one is by far the biggest motivator for me. My career doesn't have to center around "making it to the top" and the corporate world is not the be-all and end-all. Victoria recently talked about "Your Second Career" and it got me thinking about the entrepreneur that I know is living deep down inside of me. I'm not 100% what my second career looks like just yet, but I'm excited to find out!

Do you daydream about making a big career move? What did you think of the book? Let's talk down in the comments section.

Read on for the rundown on the next virtual book club...

dream year - book club

You probably know the drill, but here is a quick refresher: we pick a book, read it and enjoy a fulfilling discussion whilst drinking an adult beverage and noshing on our favorite salty snacks. Sounds like a good time, right? 

Things you need to know:

Reading: "Dream Year" by Ben Arment

Meet up: We will be hosting a Google Hangout on Monday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. CST. Like I said before, even though this is virtual, wine and cheese plates are encouraged.

In the meantime: Feel free to link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #BookClubBlogger. Share your favorite reading spots or topics you would like to cover during our discussion!

If you're planning on joining in on the fun, be sure to RSVP by reaching out to Sarah here! Any questions? Feel free to email me or leave a question in the comments and I'll be sure to get back to you.

Weekends are for...


We kicked off the weekend at Holiday Mart KC with shopping, samples and an adult beverage. It was clear when we walked into the place that it wasn't exactly the best date night spot. Oops. Pete exclaimed he was one of two males in the entire place and he was pretty sure the other guy was working. Needless to say, I owe him and thankfully he was a good sport. We taste tested just about everything - from rum cake to cheese curds and it was all out of this world.

handmade jewelry

I was thrilled to see Lily Dawson Designs was set up in a booth. If you haven't checked out her goods, do it now. Her work is filled with pieces that are unique and sure to spark conversation! I have a serious case of non-buyer's remorse when it comes to this double diamond bracelet.

the best handmade jewelry

We ventured back to Topeka on Saturday and caught up with Pete's family at their reunion and then I surprised my little brother at his hockey game. The look on his face when he saw me through the glass was so worth it. After that, I did a little coat shopping (and picked up a new winter coat) before squeezing in some snuggles with miss Makenna. The night ended at Buffalo Wild Wings (brother's choice, clearly) with a few big beers, all while reminiscing on the near driving fiascoes I experienced growing up. Apparently my youngest sister is taking after me in that department. 

As if that wasn't enough excitement for one weekend, Shanley and I met up Sunday morning on the rooftop of Three Points Lounge downtown for a sweat session with Health House KC and Live KC. The view paired with the exceptionally gorgeous October weather was more than we could have asked for. And that workout? I'm feeling it, but that doesn't mean I'm not ready for round two!

kauffman center for performing arts

We toasted to our hard work and enjoyed a mimosa on the deck before heading off to blunch. It was #DetoxRetox, after all.

mimosas on the rooftop

Westside Local never disappoints and neither do the conversations Shanley and I have. We caught up on life over the Westside Breakfast and Veggie Hash and I left feeling full in the best way possible.

blunch at westside local

You know what they say, a Sunday weekend well spent brings a week of content. I'm feeling more than refreshed on this fine Monday morning and I'm ready to cheer on the Kansas City Royals in the WORLD SERIES this week!

What were you up to this weekend?

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