In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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Wednesday Goods

I’m sharing goods today.

1. It’s National Running Day! What does that mean? I got $20 off my Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll registration! It’s cool…still cost me $90. But NRD also means a mid-week run with my favorite running peeps. We’re hitting the UW Arboretum then hitting the brews to celebrate.

I also stumbled upon this awesome vid of the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which I ran in 2012. Ugh, gives me goosebumps.

 

2. Quote: My sister shared this with me a while back, and it’s about time I pass it on:

“You are so young. You stand before beginnings. I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can – to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.  Try to love the questions like locked rooms. Like books written in a foreign language.  Do not now look for the answers. They cannot be given to you…because you could not live with them. It is a question of experiencing everything…You need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

3. 38 Little Things That Make You Feel Great

4. I bought a bed yesterday. A real bed. Like with a headboard and footboard. I’m officially an adult. Isn’t it perdy? It’s funny the things that make me giddy these days.

princesses pad

5. 4th of July. Without a doubt the best holiday there is. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with the 4th, obsessed with America clothing and even more obsessed with fireworks. Well we’re less than a month away from my Christmas. So yes, I AM already planning how to do my nails for the festivities. 4th of july nails

And lastly, a tune. I’m not a huge country fan but this is a JAM. And it’s on repeat.

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Hold the Phone. Megan Gets Serious.

I mentioned last week that my favorite things to talk about are traveling, photography, cheesy quotes, sports, running and music. And I decided to blog about this every Friday. The name of this tradition is still to be determined. But here we go.

Travel: I’m off to Clearwater Beach in 6 days for Gretchen’s bachelorette party with a few of my best friends on the planet. I’ve been planning this shindig for months and I’m so excited that it’s finally here! I just hope Gretchen still loves me after this trip 😉

Which brings me to photography. A lovely picture of Clearwater Beach. Clearwater Beach

Cheesy Quotes: I have an endless list of fabulous quotes so it’s is always difficult to pick just ONE. Beautiful Things

So why did I choose this quote? I’ll get serious for a minute because Megan + Seriousness is rare.

I’ve had a difficult last few months. Not difficult in a sense that I have a drug addiction, lost a loved one or had a Kevin Ware injury. Just more difficult that usual. Let me start by saying I’m an incredibly happy and optimistic person. Anyone who knows me would agree. But the last few months I’ve been confused about life, what I’m doing with it and where I’m going. It just constantly seems like a piece of the puzzle is missing and I’m trying to fill it with temporary fun.

But apparently this is what growing up is. This is what your 20s is about. It’s the time of your life where you find out who you truly are. Or so I’ve been told. I thought that was what college was for? Ugh, those 4 years just didn’t prepare me for life at all.

Well this is what I’ve learned about your 20s: it doesn’t turn out the way you’ve always pictured it. You go to work, have what seems like 30 minutes to yourself, sleep, repeat. You’re not making millions and you get hangovers that last 3x as long as they did at age 21. BUT …

Were the mountains made of rainbow sherbet and the clouds cotton candy until you became an adult? Absolutely not. Life’s been posing questions forever, we just had parents, teachers, adults to give us the right answer or guidance, and now it’s your call.

I am beginning to agree with the above. I do believe I’m finding out who I am. Slowly but surely, the clouds are fading and every once in awhile I get sight of what’s really important. And I’m learning how to be my own person. I’ve always been easy-going and I go with the flow. And more often than not, I put other’s thoughts, feelings, desires ahead of mine. I know that’s necessary from time to time but maybe not as often as I do. I’m happy to say that I’m finally “growing balls.” I’m learning to say “no” and speak my mind. I am happy to say that I’ve changed in the last year and I like the person I’m becoming.

So back to my chosen quote. I’ve come to one more huge realization: I am an incredibly fortunate person. I have a great family, amazing friends, good health and have the opportunity to travel and see/do things others cannot. I encourage you to take a step back for a moment and think of how lucky YOU are. It’s quite refreshing.

–End Serious Tangent–

Sports: During basketball season, I’m a diehard Badger. But the second the season is over, my heart and soul belong to the Hawkeyes. Well, that time of year has come. And it feels good to be back where I belong. Back with the big boys

Running: I got new kicks! I’m pumped because I get to nix the purple shoes (I’m not a fan of purple). But like you’re supposed to, I went with comfort over style. Here are the schnazzy new thangs:

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Random Question: I found this website on Pinterest where you can (apparently) buy North Face at a crazy discount. I’m nervous to try it but I’m curious! Does anyone know if it’s legit?

Music: Do you remember The Boxer Rebellion? Man, I haven’t listened to their music in so long and came across them in a movie last weekend. Ah, what a wonderful, long-lost band. Enjoy. Happy weekend, friends.


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Addictions and Reevaluations

If you know me personally, you know I have an incredibly addictive personality. It’s actually a big problem. I find a new song I love… I listen to it on repeat for weeks. I start thinking about ice cream… I don’t stop until I get some. I start a great new book… I read that book every free second until it’s finished.

For some reason, this addictive personality thing has been in full force in every aspect of my life lately. The following things have been ruling my life lately…

Music: James Vincent McMorrow is on repeat. Especially his song “We Don’t Eat,” which I shared last week.

Oh and I’ve played this song an unhealthy amount as well:

Book: Gone Girl. It’s quite addictive but I’m only 1/4 way through so I’m still confused.

Website: Thought Catalog. Now this is where it gets out of hand. I visit this site MULTIPLE times a day since I discovered it last week. On Sunday, (don’t judge me for what you’re about to read) I surfed through the latest 100 pages on the site. OMG, what’s wrong with me? Anyway, this site is basically amazing. Amazing in a good and bad way. It’s pretty much making me reevaluate my life. I’m not going to divulge in my current life problems, but lately I have been all over the place. I don’t mean traveling, I mean my thoughts. My life is in shambles right now and I’m just trying to piece it together. And to do that, I’ve realized I need to start with the following:

  1. Stop putting other people’s feelings before mine so often.
  2. Actually say what I’m thinking instead of holding back in fear of judgement.

Woah… deep. Anyway, if you’re unfamiliar with this site but you’re intrigued, I recommend starting with the following articles:

Lastly, I leave you with this amazing video. It’s 12 minutes, so watch it when you have time. But seriously…watch it.