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When I first titled this blog it was all about the change I would go through moving my little family from Arizona to Oahu. After the move I thought I would have nothing to write about, but to be honest things are changing all the time, and I feel like this “embracing change” thing is a good theme. Currently my work life is going through some changes. Without going into too much detail, I’m not happy where I’m currently working. As a chiropractor I’ve always worked in other chiropractor’s offices because I’ve been too afraid to open my own place. I think I’m finally ready to take the plunge and start my own practice. I’ve been offered an amazing opportunity in a great space. Of course I can’t just up and quit my job because we live in Hawaii.. being a one income couple here would be a little rough! (Although my husband is totally behind me on this decision and willing to use savings) I’m sure others can relate to being in a workplace they aren’t happy/comfortable with. But for now, I can manage until I am completely ready.

As if the Chiropractic thing isn’t change enough I decided to take on another challenge as well. I wanted a way to bring in some income on the side as well as be fun, so my bestie and I started selling Scentsy. When I say “started” selling, I mean, we literally signed up 5 days ago. Not only did we just sign up, we set a goal to sell $500 in our first 15 days, if we do that we get a shooting star award as well as great products for free!! I gotta tell ya.. I have been using Scentsy for over 5 years now and have always liked the warmers and scents. (Can’t wait to try out all the other products) I really feel like this could be a great fit for me and for once I’m right where I need to be. I’m having such a great time just telling people about Scentsy. (click here if you want to check out our site ) And.. My bestie is doing it with me, it’s always helpful to have a partner in crime and someone to support you.

Needed some motivation through all this change! 🙂  #mantraband

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My first half marathon was a little over 3 weeks ago now and I am still super proud of myself for getting through it. Now comes the tough part though… my bestie and I are signed up for another half marathon at the end of May (Memorial day weekend). After a half marathon you would think that I would want to sit on my butt for a month straight but that couldn’t happen. We did take some rest days but because we have another half coming up we needed to start training again! I have already mentioned that I had quite the struggle towards the end of the 13 miles for the first one.. my knees didn’t want to work and I sort of wanted to throw up. Well, trying to run again after that wasn’t super pretty!

I tried to take it slow, I did one mile on the treadmill two different days the week after the half just to keep my legs moving and used to the “running motion.” Then that next Sunday (which is our long run day) we tried to do 7 miles..(I think). Oh man, my knees were feeling it, my lungs were feeling it… it seriously felt like I hadn’t run in months!! What gives??? Apparently that half marathon did more to my body than I thought it did!

Anyways, now that we are over 3 weeks out we are finally getting back to our normal running schedule! Three times a week, usually in the mornings and long runs on Sunday to make a grand total of 4 running days a week. (It’s also starting to feel normal again) Hopefully my next half goes a little better than my first half!!! Also… the bestie is trying to talk me into another one in November… help me!!!!! 🙂


After our most recent run… this morning!! 🙂 

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I did it.. I ran my first half marathon.. open the champagne bottles!!! Just kidding, all I wanted after that half marathon was lots of cold water! If you have seen my last couple blogs they were counting down to this one crazy day where I would run 13.1 miles with my bestie. “Doing something I’ve never done”at its finest. Anyways, if my bestie were to write a blog about her experience it might sound way different from mine, but here is how I felt. Our half started at 6 am so we woke up around 4:30 to get our stuff ready and put some fuel in our bellies.

Not gonna lie, I was super nervous and anxious for this race.. full disclosure.. about 4 bathroom visits before we left! Sorry for the over share but if you really want to know how my first half felt.. that was part of it. So I had half of a bagel, almost, I could barely finish my half because I was so nervous. I had a few sips of coffee as well as some water.. READY! So we headed off to the race which was luckily only about 2 miles from our house. A friend of mine loaned me her parking spot in Waikiki because parking down there is ridiculous! So there we were, waiting with thousands of people for the start of this race.. 20 min to go.


And we were off.. started out a little slow because as you can see there were a lot of people to navigate around. Starting out felt great, it felt like any other Sunday when we were doing our long runs, we had even run this road before so that was nothing new. Had some water at our first water station around 3 miles and I was still feeling good. Even around miles 5-8 I was somehow still doing okay and felt like this was completely possible! However, I do remember looking at my fitbit a little over an hour in and I was like “wow, we still have an hour and a half of running left.. holy crap!”

Okay so around mile 9 is when we had to run around diamond head which is a pretty decent hill. After already running at least 8 miles hills did not sound like fun, but there we were, running up a hill. Keep in mind my main goal for this half marathon was to not walk…  this made it a little tough! So we made it to the top and the water station was out of water.. you have got to be kidding me! To top that off there was another little hill around the corner (in my head I was praying the finish line was VERY close). As we kept going we ran into another water station THANKFULLY they had water and gatorade so I took both. I think this is partly where I went wrong because I had never had gatorade before during or after a run and it upset my stomach a little. It might also be because I was so thirsty I chugged a little bit! Oops.

So this is when I hit my wall.. not even kidding, we were running the very last mile and it was downhill and I was feeling so dead and tired. My legs didn’t want to move anymore, my stomach hurt, I actually felt like I was going to throw up for a few minutes there. Somehow I pulled through and kept running, it probably helped that I was running with my friend and she was doing fine so she got ahead of me a little bit. I knew I couldn’t stop or walk so I kept my legs moving and made it to the finish line. I didn’t throw up and I am still alive!!! 🙂

Before this half we had already signed up for another one so guess what.. May 29th I have to run 13.1 miles all over again. I haven’t yet decided if I am excited for it or not.. since I just ran this one yesterday I need a few days to recover. Hopefully once I get back out and running  again my legs and body will be excited!! 🙂

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So.. lately I have had the urge to get another tattoo.. those of you that have tattoos will understand. I have 3 small tattoos currently, nothing crazy, but once you have one you want more and more. Anyways, I am thinking of getting something to celebrate the fact that I am running a half marathon in 4 days.. (4 days… AHHHH). I’ve also been looking at inspiring quotes because.. why not.. I like to be inspired. I was looking through my pinterest pages because I pin quotes and tattoos I want (LOVE pinterest) and I came across this picture I posted awhile ago.

cant run 2 min

Seems crazy to me that a little under a year ago this was true, I couldn’t even run a mile without stopping or running out of breath. Look at me now, I’m not super speedy but two weeks ago I ran around 11 miles without stopping! It’s crazy to think how empowering this running thing is, we really can do anything we set our minds to. This made me look back into the quote idea for a tattoo and I came across a quote that says “you are stronger than you know.” There are a lot of quotes I love but I keep coming back to this one.. thinking of getting it on my side or smaller on my forearm. What do you think?

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This is crazy, I am sitting on Kalama beach on Oahu enjoying this amazing view and breeze while I write this. We have been here almost a week already and it still doesn’t feel real! I have been saying that in a lot of my blogs and I’m guessing that eventually it WILL feel real. But as of right now, it still feels like I’m on vacation! I sort of am at the moment… Eventually I’m going to have to find a job to support myself!! Maybe when I have to go to work everyday and I can’t enjoy this view it will feel real. 🙂   (Not that I want to.. Have to)

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We are 9 days out from moving to Hawaii and I still feel like I need to be pinched. I am sitting in our empty house with no tv or dishes, we have a bed that is going to its new home tomorrow and a couch we still need to sell. Other than that we have some leftovers in the garage from the garage sale. This is all so crazy and yet somehow it still doesn’t feel real. We are having the carpets cleaned in the morning, signing the final paperwork for the house and then moving in with a friend for the remainder of our days here. That way we can have a bed and television… Not to mention she has a pool and lives on a small lake. (#spoiled AZ style) 

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The decision to move to Hawaii has come with a lot of ups and downs. One of the hardest decisions has been what do we take and what do we sell? We can easily take a lot of our stuff, but not without a price! We got quoted $7,400 to take a large pod with us, we could fit our bed, our comfy sectional and everything that would make us feel at home. Our biggest question was… Is it worth it? 

I’ve been researching this move and reading blogs of others that have made the move. For the most part people have said If they had to do it over again, they would sell everything. My husband and I decided that they were right, the stuff we would put in that pod probably wouldn’t add up to the cost of it. Not worth it!! 

However, thinking about getting rid of all our stuff is hard. I love our sectional, it is super comfy and we cuddle on it every night with our furry monsters. I am going to miss this couch. Not to mention, we are selling our king size bed, the bed we just paid off last year! Either way, I have to keep telling myself that it will be okay. 

-doing things I’ve never done