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Happy New Year...just a little late

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Happy New Year friends…and happy February! Sorry for being MIA for all of January - life has been wonderful and super busy since starting the new year. I do want to recap my awesome New Years adventures in Denver for you!

I had the absolute best time spending a long weekend over New Years in Denver, CO. I was able to find a really affordable flight from SLC to Denver. I stayed with my friends Kelly and Mike in Northglenn - they were amazing hosts and there was no shortage of amazing food (shout to to Kelly for the BEST charcuterie boards ever) and drinks throughout the long weekend. Kelly and Mike are actually new friends (Mike is my best friend Dana’s cousin) and man, it makes me so happy to meet cool people that I know I will continue to be friend with for a long time. They both exude positive energy and were so welcoming and kind to everyone who came into their home - they cultivate good vibes, which I am all about :)

I’m so thankful to have brought in the new year with new friends and old - there was no shortage of laughter and love. What a beautiful end and beginning <3

I flew in on Friday night and hung out with Kelly and Mike enjoying some local beers and having great conversation. We had a chill Saturday and ran a few errands around Northglenn getting ready for our pre-party for String Cheese Incident. They played a 3 night run (Dec. 28, 29 and 31) at 1STBANK Center right outside of Denver. We didn’t go to the 1st show but we went to the shows on the 29th and 31st … HOLY COW you guys - AH-MAZING. Saturday night’s show made me that much more excited for the true New Years show :)

On Sunday morning, I picked Will up from the airport (he flew in from Charlotte) and then we all went to brunch together at Kachina Southwestern Grill <— HIGHLY recommend. Super cool vibes and the food was absolutely delicious. Will and I split the smoked salmon bagel to start and then I had the Cooky’s Breakfast Bowl with Mexican pork green chile, pica de gallo, breakfast potatoes and over easy eggs. It was so fresh and flavorful … I am a big fan of any and all brunch spots - especially those that have bottomless mimosas ;)

After breakfast, we came back to the house to watch the some Sunday football and then we headed to RiNo (River North Art District of Denver). Other than the shows, I think this was my favorite part of the trip - there were so many cool restaurants, breweries, shops and awesome street art. I could have spent all day wandering around and admiring all of the street art. We went to several breweries and I was pleasantly surprised and stoked to find out that O’Dell’s now had a Denver location :)

O’Dell’s was excellent (as always); we also went to Ratio Beerworks (the art work inside and out was INCREDIBLE) and OMF (Our Mutual Friend). I was really impressed with all of the beers that I had while we were out. Despite it being pretty chilly, the entire RiNo area was beautiful and the people were all really friendly.

We crashed early and hard after our mid-day brewery hopping. On New Years Eve, Will, Dana and I went to Atomic Cowboy for some absolutely BOMB breakfast biscuits - it was frigid and dumping snow out, so we stayed in after that. We had to save up our energy for some major SCI jammin’ that night. The String Cheese NYE show was nothing short of spectacular. The energy in the stadium was amazing and it was awesome ringing in 2019 with thousands of new friends ;) This was the best Cheese show I’ve ever been to - and that is saying something haha. They never disappoint…the light show, floating dolphins, huge bouncing balls and acrobatics were definitely next level.

We all spent New Years Day lounging at Kelly and Mike’s before we all caught late flights back out. Will flew back to SLC with me and Dana headed home to Charlotte. January was jammed pack with adventures and work with finishing up my 3rd clinical rotation. I’ll try to pop in soon to share a few more updates from my January travels (it included a few weekend trips and lots of weekend visitors)!

Thanks for reading. It’s hard to blog consistency right now because of my work schedule, boards studying and residency applications. My goal is to try to still have 1-2 new posts per month during this super busy season of life. As always, much love and Pura Vida <3

Happy Saturday & Adventures Recap

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Happy Saturday loves! Or happy almost Sunday to my friends on the East coast :) How was your week? Can you BELIEVE it will be Christmas on Tuesday?! How the heck has that happened!

I just finished one of my 6-day work stretches (we have to work 3 Saturdays during this rotation)…but I really don’t mind because holy.cow.you.guys. I just love everything about my “job” - I put job in quotes because this is not technically a job. It is my 3rd rotation (out of 4) for PT school - we spend anywhere from 8-13 weeks in different physical therapy settings to gain experience and (hopefully) insight into what field of PT we would like to specialize in before graduation. So this is pretty much a job, with a lot of mentoring/supervision, but I don’t get paid yet ;) All of that to say…I am absolutely in love with inpatient rehab. I seriously wish that I could just graduate and come back to this exact location. I feel so grateful and humbled that I’ve been given this opportunity to work with some incredible people (patients and therapists).

I recently (um like 5 minutes ago) got sucked into the rabbit hole of Instagram looking at beautiful pictures of people’s recent adventures (mountains, ocean, travel, everything) and it had me reflecting on my own adventures from this past year…so I thought I’d share a few here with you guys :)

If you have suggestions for adventures to add to my 2019 Bucket List - please share! And if you’re in SLC and are in need of an adventure buddy, hit me UP yo. I promise I’m less douche-y than I sounded just then ;)

Drum circles & fire dancing on Folly…

Folly nights are my fave…and days. I miss Folly Beach and the people there SO much. Some of my best memories with Will are our Folly nights - it’s where I fell for him ;)

Folly sunrises…

Even more than Folly nights, I love Folly mornings. Sunrises on the edge of America press the reset button on my soul <3

Wedding sunsets…

The sunset at Will’s sister’s (Katie) wedding in October took my breath away. I love sunsets & I love weddings (Drinks all around! <—Name that movie). So together = happy heart :)

Beaufort sunsets… (are you seeing a theme here haha)

Hands down, the best part of living in Beaufort was being able to take in amazing sunsets every night. I lived less than a mile from a dock that had the best views so I would usually run over a few times a week to take it all in as the sun slipped down over the ocean.

Downtown Charleston bike rides…

Commute on King is hosted by Affordabike in downtown Charleston - it’s a free group (slow cruisin’) ride that happens monthly (I think). Super fun, chill and a great way to meet people :) It also ends at a brewery which is one of the best parts ;) I believe on this ride we ended up at Palmetto Brewing Company.

Crowder’s Mountain hike with my love…

Spending Saturday mornings hiking is the perfect start to the weekend. I can’t wait to start exploring southern Utah when it warms up in the spring :)

And more Folly sunsets - but this time at the pier, not the lighthouse…totally different ;)

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This particular sunset was on Valentine’s Day of this year :) Will and I did a meditation out on Folly at sunset, walked along the beach and then ate at Jack of Cups (HIGHLY recommend…it’s one of Folly’s best kept secrets). We both wore black because we are festive AF ;)

Then there was sunset out on the fishing pier at James Island County Park…also a frequented sunset spot when I’m in Charleston :)

Paris Island Triathlon (Beaufort, SC)…

This was such a fun race! And it was even better because I got to do it with several of my really good friends :) I’m hoping to do another triathlon while I am in SLC…but the hills (aka MOUNTAINS) out here scare me haha

Nahko at The Music Farm in downtown Charleston…

Somehow I managed to rally the same night as the triathlon to go see Nahko at The Music Farm in March. This was my 5th time seeing Nahko live (usually Nahko and Medicine for the People) and he continues to blow my mind and touch my heart and soul every single time. Such an incredible night.

And now…this has obviously turned into a highlights of 2018 reel AND a best sunrises/sunsets recap haha. But I dig it - so I think I’ll stop here but I’m planning to continue with a few more 2018 recap posts of adventures and fun times. It’s fun to look back and hopefully you’ll enjoy it too.

Happy weekend loves. Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday tomorrow!

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Big Love & Pura Vida <3

Weekend Recap

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Hey, hey. Can you guys believe that it is almost the end of October?! How the heck did that happen? October is my favorite month of the year and I’m a little bummed that it’s almost over…BUT that means that it’s almost time to spend some time out West! Onward and upward :)

I had a fairly low-key weekend up in Greenville with Will and some friends. Will took me on a surprise date to The Trappe Door, a Belgian restaurant in downtown Greenville. It was sooo good and I loved the vibe of the place. It is below street level so you feel like you’re in an old world tavern. Very cool…and by far the best Moscow mule I have ever had in my life! They brew their own ginger beer in house :)

The lighting was not ideal for professional level iPhone photos, obviously ;) Will and I split the Wild Mushroom Vol Au Vont (seasonal wild mushrooms cooked in a white wine and garlic cream sauce served in a puff pastry boat) to start. Then he ordered the steak frites and I had the mariniere moules frites - aka mussels in a white wine broth and fries; it may sound elementary but it was absolutely delicious.

The Trappe Door is now in my Top 10 Greenville restaurant experiences <3

Saturday was spent photo styling, picture taking and editing for my Posh page…that will eventually be included as part of this site…one day haha. We also watched the Tigers CRUSH Florida State which was incredibly satisfying (I remember the days when we lost to them on the reg very well haha). I was on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster all day because of the stress of the upcoming move and because hormones are a real b*tch sometimes…I’m blessed with a very patient fella ;)

We had a fun game night with friends that night, including Settlers of Catan, ping pong and darts. It was a perfect chill evening. PS - if you have never played Settlers of Catan, it is my favorite board game of all time and I highly recommend it :) We’ve been known to play 3-4 games in a row before.

We went up to Hendersonville, NC, on Sunday to go to Grandad’s Apple Orchard. On the way there, we stopped at HenDough Chicken & Donuts for brunch. Will and I split a pumpkin spice donut to start (are you surprised? haha). The food was what brunch dreams are made of and the biscuits lived up the hype. I really loved the upstairs area too…there were lots of windows - I’m a sucker for natural light :) Some of their decorations included coffee bags from Costa Rica too…obviously I was a big fan!

Everyone enjoyed some good ole redneck fun shooting the apple gun at the orchard ;) I also got some cider spice donuts (oh my gosh…heavenly) and apple cider to take to Cat and Dave. After the orchard, Will and our friends headed back to Greenville and I left for Charleston. Another lovely Sunday evening with Catherine and Dave, enjoying the crispness in the air on the back patio with bourbon and apple cider :) We’re also almost done with The Haunting of Hill House - one episode left!

I hope you have a wonderful last few days of October…I’m planning on having at least one more pumpkin spice latte ;)

Questions…

Pumpkin spice lattes…yay or nay?

Yay. Obvi.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you going to be?

No costumes this year unfortunately :(

Any Colorado hiking or brewery recommendations? :)

Mountain Weekend Recap...

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Hi friends! Happy Monday - I hope you had a wonderful, restful weekend and enjoyed some cooler weather!

I had a perfect mountain weekend up on Bald Mountain near Weaverville, NC - we were about 45 minutes outside of Asheville. The fella and I met one of our favorite “couple friends” at a gorgeous mountain house that our friend Tracy’s family graciously allowed us to enjoy for the weekend :) Matt is one of my good friends from PT school and Tracy is his wife - and significantly better half…just kidding, Matt…mostly ;) Matt and Tracy are who actually first got me interested in triathlons! We share a love of all things active, outdoor adventures and delicious food, wine and craft beer with them…essentially all of their favorite things are our favorite things too :) It makes for a fun weekend.

I’ll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves. If you are looking for a new location for a weekend mountain adventure though, I highly recommend finding a cabin or Airbnb near Weaverville, NC. Their downtown area is adorable with lots of fun, quirky shops, an amazing bakery, two breweries and a pizza shop with some to-die-for thin crust, wood-fired pizzas <3 There is awesome hiking along the AT with spectacular views. AND it is totally still feasible to take a day trip into Asheville! That is a win-win. Hopefully we’ll be back sooner than later!

Matt and I met at his parent’s house on our way up and rode the rest of the way together. Will beat us there by an hour or so and he and Tracy greeted us with a glass of wine :) Can you tell we like wine justttt a little? ;)

We all slept in a little later than initially planned on Saturday morning because we stayed up late catching up the night before. Tracy made us breakfast the next morning: hash browns, sauted greens, scrambled eggs and sliced avocado (Trader Joe’s EBTB seasoning was my contribution…bc I’m obsessed and travel with it everywhere —> super cool kid over here you guys). It was perfect fuel for our morning hike…

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Misty mountain morning views from the deck…

Misty mountain morning views from the deck…

And by hike…I mean, semi-casual 2 mile stroll through the woods. We were all still moving a little slow from staying up so late and from more than a few glasses of wine ;) Totally worth it though. This was a meandering nature trail close to the mountain house in Wolf Laurel. I would definitely like to come back to do some trail running here!

Next up: Weaverville! We decided to venture into Weaverville on Saturday afternoon after our morning hike. We walked around in some SUPER cute shops and I had to remind myself that I am (essentially) living out of my car until May so I do NOT need to buy all the super cute knick-knacks…sigh. I did buy a felt, crafted yellow bird that I’ll hang on our Christmas tree one day and some specialty popcorn - so glorious. I am a sucker for anything that I can turn into a Christmas ornament and coffee mugs when I’m traveling. So then when you are choosing a mug in the morning or when you’re decorating your Christmas tree, every piece has a story and a memory behind it :)

After strolling around and taking in downtown, we popped into the two new-to-us breweries: Zebulon Artisan Ales and Eluvium Brewing Co. They were both innovative, small batch brewing companies and I definitely recommend checking them both out if you are in the area and enjoy craft beer <3

We rounded out our afternoon with a late lunch at Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub. Y’ALL. Yes, we already had a few craft beers so we were primed for some pizza but this pizza 100% delivered - no pun intended ;) Will and I split the caesar salad (romaine, shaved parmesan, herbed croutons, Caesar dressing, diced tomato & candied bacon) and the Pesto Perfection (parmesan crust, pesto sauce, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, feta). It. was. glorious.

Will, Matt and I all tried their house craft beer as well - we all ended up getting an 8 oz. pour of the Captain Trips Ale, a 9.5% Belgian Tripel…hence, the 8 oz. pour ;) If you are in Weaverville, please check this local spot out - they have nailed the beer AND pizza game.

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Hi beautiful friend :)

Hi beautiful friend :)

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A picture of a lone slice bc I may or may not have already devoured the rest of the pizza before I remembered to take a picture…

A picture of a lone slice bc I may or may not have already devoured the rest of the pizza before I remembered to take a picture…

The rest of Saturday afternoon was devoted to another short 2 mile hike up to Bald Mountain where we burned off approximately 1 slice of pizza and half a beer for our efforts ;) Bald Mountain is part of the Appalachian Trail and we were able to take in 360’ mountain views. There is something about the mountains that just humbles and inspires me - it can make me feel so small yet so connected to this land I get to call home. Beautiful views with beautiful friends…life does not get much sweeter.

That second to last picture of the boys cracks me up…they were making fun of me and Tracy for taking a “holding hands with mountains in the distance” picture ;) Also, I love that Rocky (Tracy and Matt’s dog) joined in for the last boy’s picture.

My favorite part of the day was when we got back to the house. We sat on the back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge and took in a magnificent sunset. As the day faded into night, I was overwhelmed by the love and sweet friendship of these 3 people. We bundled up in our warmest, coziest clothes and stayed up far too late sitting on the porch, drinking yummy pumpkin beers and enjoying wonderful conversation. My heart is so full and I feel so lucky to be able to do life with these guys…and Rocky, of course ;)

This is my FAVORITE pumpkin beer :)

This is my FAVORITE pumpkin beer :)

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Sunday morning was spent in a mild state of sadness as we prepared to leave this beautiful place. I’m so happy for the time that we had though and look forward to even more adventures in the future. Matt and I rode back to his parents and watched the last half of the Panthers/Redskins game - he’s a Redskins fan and I’m a Panthers fan…sad day for me. Then it was time to get on the road back to Beaufort. The weekend was far too short but it sure was sweet.

Only 3 more weeks in the low country and then I’ll be headed out west to Salt Lake City. Send me your recommendations! Happy Monday loves. I hope you have a wonderful, joy-filled week <3