Liebster Award Part Three

Good Afternoon!

This week my blogging motivation is running a little dry, so luckily some fellow bloggers came through with ideas! Both Lex and Laurieย nominated me for Liebster Awards!

I love these things because they remind me of those e-mail chains and magazine surveys I used to do in middle school. Those were such great years!

I participated in these “award” chains twice before- you can read those here and here.

What is a Liebster Award?ย The Liebster Award is an acknowledgement of other blogs and is designed to help people discover new blogs. The award is passed from blogger to blogger as sort of a rite of passage.

The Rules are as Follows:
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
2. You must answer the questions given to you
3. You must pick ten bloggers to be nominated for the award
4. You must create ten questions for your nominees
5. You must notify the nominees

Now, here we go…

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Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Splash

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Six years ago, I moved to Chicago alone, without a job and just my college degrees and life savings to my name. Back then, the thrill of the unknown inspired me and my unshakeable confidence allowed me to take risks.

This time around, the uncertainty of finding a job is a bit more daunting. Instead of inspired, I feel unsure. Instead of confident, I feel uneasy. When it comes down to it, for one reason or another this time is more scary and I’m letting my fear hold me back.

At the same time, the fear of getting back in the pool held me back. I was hesitant to get back at it post surgery and was set to start my triathlon training last week. Every day last week, I thought about getting back in the pool.

Finally today I bit the bullet and got back in the pool for a quick 800m and while I swam I got to thinking about my fear of uncertainty with my job.

I’m not sure what has changed since then, but I do know that it’s my choice to either let the fear of the unknown inspire me or hold me back. So this week, I choose to let it inspire me and I choose to rock my training. And who knows where life will take me from there.

How do you approach the fear of the unknown? Do you let it inspire you or hold you back? Are there any things in life you were once afraid of that now you have accomplished?ย 

Meal Plan 4/13-4/19

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Good Afternoon! It’s been a fun weekend! Friday night I went for a painting and wine night with some girlfriends and last night Rich and I had date night at one of our old favorites, Hopleaf! The mussels and beer were fabulous as always but the highlight of the night was the Chocolate Malted Layer […]

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Workout Recap 4/6-4/12

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Good Morning! This week working out was my priority and it showed. The endorphins are keeping my attitude positive and my energy levels up. I feel good and this is motivating me to keep it up!!!

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Friday Favorites: Funemployment Edition

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Good Afternoon! I’ll admit, at the beginning of the week when I was making our weekly meal plan, my lay-off sunk in and I had a few minutes of negativity where I forgot my own advice. As someone who thrives on structure and goals, the idea of no schedule seemed extremely daunting.ย I was able to […]

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Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour Recap

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Last night I had a little girls’ night out with my friend Denise and Jillian Michaels in Joliet at her Maximize Your Life Tour. I went to the event hoping to gain a little extra motivation and that’s exactly what happened. Jillian was exactly how she appears on Television- she’s tough as nails, takes no […]

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ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon and 10k Giveaway (Closed)

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Good Afternoon! Earlier this year, I announced my 2014 Race Schedule and was excited to be an Ambassador for the ZOOMA Chicago Half Marathon and 10k. Unfortunately for me, the date for the race was changed due to a change in location. I’m in a wedding the weekend of the race so I have to […]

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Good Morning! On Sunday, Rich and I enjoyed the Spring weather by putting some steaks on the grill. As I side, I made this recipe for Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and it was such a hit that I had to share! You Will Need: 1 head of Cauliflower, cut into florets 4 cloves of Garlic, peeled […]

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The Funemployment Game

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Five years ago, when I was unemployed for the first time, my friend Denise was also having a stressful job hunt. We made the best of the situation and spent our days at her parent’s house in the suburbs laying by the pool. Those days, life seemed really hard but looking back that summer month […]

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Meal Plan 4/6-4/12

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Good Morning! It’s been a pretty non-eventful weekend and I’m happy about that. Last night Rich and I hung out at home after his Rugby game, carried out some Chipotle and enjoyed a few beers from Three Floyd‘s that he picked up at the brewery on his way home from the game. Since I’ll be […]

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