Happier Hour, Happier Girl!

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I woke up Saturday morning with every intention to run early. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. My Friday night was rather eventful (long story lol). I didn’t get much sleep so it totally threw my Saturday morning run off. Rest is so necessary! I started my run two hours late, my iTouch completely un-synched ALL of my playlists. I didn’t even have my Soundscapes to run to. Then it started drizzling (which is fine), but the rain + my crabby mood — I was DONE! I just wanted to push the start over button. I could have pushed through, but Oscar mode was in full effect. I cut my long run short and I completed two miles. I normally go to Zumba on Saturday’s, but I really just needed a mental health day so I played hooky. Sorry Marta! :-) I went home, got some sleep, and decided I was going to enjoy my day.

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 I stopped by Taco Bell for Happier Hour! I love Happy Hour so it definitely cheered me up!

 

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Beefy Nacho Burrito and Mountain Dew Blast Freeze (and other items)–$1 on the Happier Hour Menu from 2 pm-5 pm (at participating locations).

 

My next stop–one of my favorite things…THRIFTING! It was long overdue for a thrift-store haul! I was greeted at the door with a company giving away big bags of cherries. I was happy about that. Plus, I found some REALLY great stuff!

   

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I don’t like to keep going back and forth so I make my rounds, grab what I want, try on, then I’m out the door. I’m glad everything worked out perfectly.

 

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This was NOT all of the bags!  <<< Thriftaholics Anonymous STAT!

 

Really glad my day turned out to be a great one. It was a relaxing weekend from then on out. I’m recharged and ready for a great RUN week!

Live. Blog. Love.

 

 

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I love blogging and it has become a great outlet for me. When I started my blog, I knew it would be hard to be placed in a box. Trust me, I tried. I quickly realized that I march to my own beat–which led to my transition. My bio tells quite a bit about me and from time to time I’ll post about those things (i.e., hair, books, vintage/random finds, thrifting, etc.). But then I saw something that reaffirmed everything…

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My blogger friend Blitz and Glam posted a textgram on her blog post, “Blog What You Live”, that said “Blog what you live, don’t live to blog.” This thought has been whirling in my mind as new ideas bring new inspiration. Each year my style, voice, or ideas may change. Not necessarily in that order–but it happens.  Two things about me that are evident:  I run and I love to try new recipes. I am very much inspired by health, fitness, and Oh YES! — good food, but I look forward to blogging more of what I live. I think that’s what makes this journey worthwhile. I’m really excited about what is to come!

What A Difference A Year Makes: Guess Who Turned 2? | My Blogaversary!

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Wow! I still can’t believe it’s been two years since I started my blog. I remember like it was yesterday when I posted my first blog post. I absolutely LOVE blogging and My Pretty Brown Blog has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. So many things have changed over the past year. I turned one year older and my passions and desires also changed. What a difference a year makes! That happens as you get older you know! *Whispers* especially after the tender age of 30. Yes, I’m STILL a young tenda! Most of you, who have been following me since the beginning, know that my blog initially started as a “natural hair blog” titled, Pretty Brown Naturals. Boy did that shift! I couldn’t write about one thing without another. Then this creative mind situation I got going, I knew limiting myself was just absurd! As you get older, you realize that you have to take care of yourself a little differently — that became a priority — then becoming more active and changing my lifestyle happened. I absolutely love thrifting, reading, natural hair, trying new recipes, but my other two favorite things which go hand and hand are: cooking (yes, this girl likes to eat) and health/fitness. Well that’s kinda like three, but they go together like Micki + Maude, Olivia + Joy…you got it! Over the past few years I’ve also grown to love and enjoy running! I know to some non-runners it may sound crazy — but it’s true. It was kicked into overdrive when I attended and participated in a 10K Race (Drive to End Hunger) in Atlanta, Ga. That’s when I knew this was something I wanted to make a permanent part of my fitness regime and life. With all that…

I have this great outlet to share my experiences. I’ve met so many bloggers, friends, and just amazing people on this journey. Thank you so much to every person who has subscribed to my blog, shared a post, left a comment, shared with me that you tried a recipe (and LOVED it!) or just took the time out to read it. It means more than you know. It makes my heart happy when someone says,”You’ve inspired me!”, “Girl, my husband loved those chicken and dumplings!”, “My wife liked your post on those twisty braid things.” (yes, this really happened lol), or “Hang in there. You can do this!” I feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. For every Bloggers Block and every out-pour of ideas that I can hardly contain myself, I know it was all worth it. Now that is MY inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorite or inspiring Moments/Posts over the past year:

I had such an incredible year full of traveling, meeting new and inspiring people, and giving back to worthy causes. I met my favorite author, Kimberla Lawson Roby, at her book release tour. Traveled to Hawaii for a little work and pleasure. Met a celebrity in the running world, Jim Ottinger. Got an opportunity to attend Inauguration for the second time! Attended Essence Festival for the first time ever and it was a blast! I participated in “Run For Boston”, an event that touched us all.

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One of my proudest moments was completing the Mercedes-Benz Half-Marathon! Three years ago you couldn’t pay me to believe it either. This was my first half-marathon and it will always have a special place in my heart. I met some amazing people and realized how much the running community totally rocks! It’s one big family and I’m grateful to be a part of it. This event was a blast and I look forward to many more to come. Thank you to everyone who encouraged, inspired, motivated,  supported me and/or even said, “Good luck on your race!” (or any race). It means so much.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

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Everyone knows my LOVE for vintage, thrifting, and hair! From turbans to twists or $1.00 vintage blazer to a fanny pack, I love it all!

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Yes, I enjoy cooking and I like to eat! I have some incredible recipe posts from this past year. What’s even more awesome is finding healthier alternatives to the foods you love! Juicing, soup, smoothies, comfie food, baked (don’t it taste fried?), and all kinds of other yumtastic goodness!

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I look forward to continuing this joyous, fun-filled journey by creating and sharing new experiences. A big THANK YOU again to all of my readers!!! I’ll have something exciting to share in the upcoming weeks. Be on the lookout, because someone may get lucky!

Hello April…Birthday Countdown!

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I’m so excited because April is here and it’s my Birthday month! Whoot Whoot! The weather is starting to warm up and that’s something to be excited about! I have something exciting planned (well at least to me), but I’ll tell you more about that later. I really didn’t want anything for my birthday, but of course I made a birthday wish list! *wink* I was laughing as I was putting my list together. Everything and I mean everything was health/fitness related. These are things I’m for real-for real excited about! Wait, I did get one non-fitness/health related gift, but it was a must! Let me start off by saying, I kind of already got one of the gifts. Okay, okay…I didn’t “kind of”…I actually did!

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Polar Sports Watch and Chest Strap — Love this watch! It syncs to my heart rate monitor (chest strap - seen below) to tell me skinny on my workout progress.

My Birthday Wish List!

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Yes, that’s a fanny pack! I’m an 80’s Baby and a Vintage Lover…what can I say!

I added a NutriBullet which I bought a few weeks ago that I absolutely LOVE! I also bought new running shoes (and a few pair of pants) prior to my Half-Marathon back in February, but you can never have enough running shoes or pants right?! And I mean…who doesn’t want kettle bells? I’m thinking they will all come by way of a big, PINK bow!

No seriously, I’m just happy to see another birthday and when you get to the tender age of…(yeah) the simplest things make you happy! Just living, breathing, and being in good health is more than enough for me!  So gifts or not, I’m going to have the Happiest Birthday Ever!!!