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Reflections on travel

27 Sep

Guten tag! I’m still hanging out with the BF in Germany, so I’ve asked my sister to guest post today. We both have a passion for travel, and she’ll share some thoughts on what her trips have meant to her. So, without further ado…

I would like to start by thanking my sister for allowing me post on her behalf while she takes a well-deserved hiatus from work. I’m not a blogger (though this entry might be inspiring me to change that), so when she invited me to write a guest post, I wasn’t really sure where to begin. She suggested a piece on one of my travels, so I started to reflect on the places I have visited or lived and what stood out most. I thought perhaps I could find one moment or one place that made a profound impact, and somehow changed my life. What I discovered is that everywhere I have been has touched me in its own special way.

{Grace in Ireland}

{Galway}

I truly believe my travels, whether great or small, have shaped who I have become. Each new adventure comes with its own set of challenges and life lessons, but more importantly, they have each left me with some wonderful memories and opened my eyes to new perspectives. That may seem like a generic statement, but it’s a true comfort to me as I prepare to embark on my next journey.

{Golden Gate Bridge at sunset}

I recently accepted a traveling position for the West Coast branch of my company (starting with a rotation in Eugene, OR), and as I have prepared for the move, the reality that I will be (greatly) distancing myself from my family, closest friends, and all that seems familiar has really started to sink in. So being able to recognize how much I have gained from my previous moves and travels has eased my anxiety about this one. It’s a big move, my biggest one yet in fact, but I now feel ready for the new challenges and experiences that lie ahead.

… and of course, knowing that I have amazing people, like MJ, supporting me doesn’t hurt either.

{sisters in Chicago}

Thanks for posting, Grace! We wish you so much success in your new adventure. Love you! xoxo

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The happiest 5K on the planet

23 Jul

This past weekend was an absolute blast. After work on Friday, I drove to Columbus to spend some time with my sister and run a 5K together. It wasn’t just any old 5K – it was The Color Run.

You may have heard about this colorful race that’s sweeping the nation. If not, let me explain. The Color Run is a 5K where you’re blasted with color (aka colored powder) at each kilometer. You start the race wearing white and finish covered in color. Sea of white before, colorful people after:

Grace and I met up with our friend Allison to run the course, and we had a great time.

{the aftermath – Allison, Grace and me}

After the race, everyone participated in a color throw. This is how we celebrated completing the course (and added even more color to our clothes).

The course ended at the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. So of course we loaded up on ribs before heading back to Grace’s apartment. We were a little tuckered out from the race (and the ribs) so we decided to spend the rest of the day relaxing.

{rib fest}

On Sunday we made cinnamon rolls, and then it was time for me to head home, but not before stopping in Hudson for a soccer game. I signed up to play on a co-ed team, and it was our first game. We lost 2-1, but man did it feel good to be back on the field.

{love this gear}

I don’t know about you, but with summer weekends like that, it’s hard to be bummed out on a Monday.

Here’s to a great week ahead!

One big, happy family

30 Oct

It’s been almost a month since Grace moved home. I can’t say it’s been easy, but slowly but surely we’ve started adjusting to having everyone at home. And so far, it’s been nice. Like tonight for example. We all sat down and had Sunday dinner together. This is something we used to do back in the day, and I forgot how great it is.

I’ve also been spending a lot more time with my sister. We’re only 20 months apart, so we’ve always been close. However, with her living in Chicago we haven’t been able to talk as often as we’d like. So needless to say, it’s been nice hanging out and doing things together.

A couple weekends ago we ran a 5K and this past weekend we celebrated Halloween together. All in all it’s been good, and I’m looking forward to what else these next few months will hold.

In other news: SEBASTIAN IS COMING FOR THANKSGIVING! 18 days and counting. I can’t wait!

running{running the 5K}

halloween{happy halloween}

Random Friday

14 Oct

This is the post where my sister moves back home for three months, and all five of us are back together. I never thought this day would come, but by random chance my entire family is living at home again. My brother is here because he’s still in high school, me because the rent is cheap and my sister because she took a temporary position in Ohio to be home for the holidays.

It will be nice to have all of us together, but it will also be very interesting. I foresee some sibling arguments, squabbles with the parents, and a lot of fun having everyone under one roof.

On another note, tomorrow is the big 5K I’ve been not at all somewhat training for. Even though I’m not expecting a great time, it will feel good to be running again. Here are two other things that made me smile this week.

My little brother was crowned homecoming King! We were all really excited for him, and to top it off, his football team won their first game.

the king{the king}

The second thing is Sebastian might be coming to visit for Thanksgiving! Nothing is set in stone, but I am beyond excited. And to round out my random thoughts for the night, here’s a little quote that will get me through the race tomorrow. Happy Weekend!

running

Chicago Weekend

16 Mar
St. Patty's Day Group

St. Patty's Day Gang (after the race)

This past weekend, I flew to Chicago to spend some quality time with my sister (schwester in German – see I am learning). Grace lives in Lisle, near Naperville, about 35 minutes West of downtown Chicago.

The weekend started on Saturday with an 8 a.m. 5K run for St. Patty’s day. I used to run all the time, and although I didn’t have time to train, I wanted to do the race. I finished in 33 minutes, which I was happy with. My legs, however, weren’t quite so happy. I could hardly move after, but I pushed through the pain and still enjoyed the rest of the trip.

Saturday evening, we hung out with my sister’s friends. There are too many details to write about, but everyone had a great time. My favorite quote from the night was, “Yo bro, we need to get a keg.” I think these pictures best describe our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:

Dancing

Grace and Michal dancing

My St. Patty's Day Look

Some of the Girls

On Sunday morning, we got out of bed to go play Whirly Ball (don’t worry, I had no idea what it was either). If you’ve never played, watch this video. It’s a mix of lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars. Although I didn’t quite get the hang of it, I had a lot of fun laughing (and slamming into walls).

After the game, we met up with our friends Greg, Shaun and Angie. We did some shopping at IKEA and had dinner at Front Street Cantina (one of my sister’s favorite restaurants in Naperville).

Even though we were exhausted by the end, it was a great weekend. We both agreed to set up flight alerts, because when you have so much fun together, it just seems silly to wait so long to do it again.

Me and G-race