Deep Thoughts With Brittany

I think that life got the best of me the past few months (times a few more months). It seemed that at points I was not in control of anything I did. Not at work, my free time or even with my friends and family. Going along with the flow can be fun… but it ultimately led to questions of “do I even like what I’m doing?” or “do I really belong here?” It took me a while to realize this, but I was not happy. It was time to make some changes and focus on what I like to do and what makes me happy. I needed to declutter my mind and my life.

One of the most helpful things I’ve done for myself is take two weeks of between my old job and my new job that starts next week. Changing jobs alone was a scary step for me but I needed new people and experiences. Two weeks off has given me time to have some quality time with myself and really put my priorities in order and get my life organized. Oh, and I got a massage today, that helped as well!

So, maybe this wasn’t as deep as I thought, but I’m getting back to what I love which includes accounting, baking, running, crafting and then all oversharing it on the internet for the world to see. So here’s to starting fresh, starting over, and being what I want to be.

Talk to you SOON!

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Monday Motivation

Happy daylight! Driving home in the light was such a treat tonight. I could actually see the potholes before I ran them over. In other news, I thought I was going to have to take a nap on my desk at work. But spring is in the air, I can smell it! Makes me want to run around. I’m not sure if any of those sentences made any sense, I have no concept of time and I think I may have lost some brain cells with this time change… who knows. Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow.

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“Spring Ahead” calls for extra funnies this week. One thing that is not funny? Losing an hour of sleep.

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Oh happy week!

What’s Getting Me Through

Happy Wine Wednesday/Hump Day!! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Today in New Hampshire the temp was above 40 degrees… heat wave!!! I’m looking forward to this weekend where it should be in the upper 20s and I can venture out on some long runs. More importantly, I’m counting down the days until April 15th (I think we’re at 43 now). I wish I had all these fun workouts to report and could give details of my long runs… but sadly the office is holding be captive 12-15 hours a day and with my added commute time and occasionally showering and eating, the wear of running on my body is not welcomed. Ironic that this is also the time of the year when I need running the most. Holy restless leg syndrome! Once the clocks change, I’m hoping to take a break at the office around 6 when it closes to the public and going on mini runs… something is better than nothing! Until now I’m living for the weekends!

As awful as I make tax season sound, I do love it. The work is challenging, but the days do go by fast and I love solving everyone’s tax puzzles. Every client I have is unique and no two returns are ever the same! Aside from that, there are still plenty of little things that help me get through my long weeks:

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PRO just released their new SOM today! You can find it here! Warning: if you are a popular size (S/M) they will sell out! I made the mistake with the last SOM and never got around to getting it. These are perfect for your St. Patrick’s day races and to give you luck throughout the year. I mean, they have clovers. You will get lucky in them (and get a PR… get your mind out of the gutters).

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This is probably the most random birthday gift I’ve ever received, but it’s also the most useful. I completely forget the name, but it’s this little clay pot with a dome lid on it and a handle. The lid has a hole on top and you can make delicious things in the microwave. It’s main claim to fame is poaching eggs. I have yet to try that but the other day I threw in a couple whisked eggs, spinach, tomatoes, cheese, and microwaved it with the lid on for 1:30 minutes. The results were this super fluffy and delicious omelette! On my yumminess. The booklet it came with had a bunch of other recipes I can’t wait to try!

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Like I said earlier, I live for the weekends. I can’t wait to get to Saturday where I can put on my favorite socks, lace up my shoes, and go tracking through mud season. Living on a dirt roads gets pretty nasty this time of year, but my running attire brightens it up a bit!

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Most importantly, whenever you are feeling down, there is a picture of a Corgi with a flower on it’s face. If I could have any dog in the world it world it would be a Corgi. Close to the ground, close to your heart. Life goals.

I hope everyone has a great rest of their week and I’ll keep reading all your running recaps and gym workouts and living vicariously through you until Saturday!

xoxo

Let Them Eat Cake

After this past Thursday, I’m pretty convinced that your birthday is really just a test to see how much cake you can eat in one day. Everyone knows that I’m slightly obsessed with cupcakes and cakes in general. I have no idea what it is. I have a theory that it is the fact they are normally associated with celebrations. I mean, I personally don’t know anyone who casually makes cakes and always has a dozen cupcakes to offer their guests.

Working on your birthday leaves a lot to be desired, but my day started out the right way: with a chocolate covered strawberry cupcake from one of my favorite bakeries. Chocolate covered strawberry included. It was a vanilla cupcake with a chocolate filling and light, fluffy strawberry frosting on top.

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No, I regrettably did not have the entire cupcake for breakfast. I only had a bite and made my normal smoothie. I figured I would need some nutrients for this day. I felt a theme coming on.

For my second cake of the day, my work surprised me with these beautiful cupcakes from a local grocery store. They were delicious! They were vanilla cake with vanilla fluffy frosting. For someone who likes cake as much as I do, I sure disappoint with my favorite. I like vanilla. Even more disappointing is that I like the lightest frosting you can get, something along the lines of whipped cream works best for me.

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There’s something about super sweet frosting I just can’t stand. It makes my teeth feel like they are decaying on the spot. But the frosting on these cupcakes did not disappoint. I could have eaten it alone with a spoon.

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After a dinner (yes, it was real food, not sugar based) I was surprised with a whole cake… yes I know this is getting ridiculous by now. It was around this time I decided it was a day to test how much I love cake. Added bonus: how cute are the safari themed candles?!

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The cake takes the cake…. haha? Like what is this post even about… This final one was vanilla cake with a whipped cream frosting and layers of raspberry jam. Like added, added bonus with this one: Champagne.

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I don’t even need gifts on my birthday. Give me cake, candles and champagne and I’ll be the happiest of campers.

Luckily, I had help to eat all of the above and my weekend following was full of running. But there is still some of that last one left…. that I should probably finish so it can’t temp me any longer!

Monday Motivation

Happy Monday! I’m really hoping this “never miss a Monday” gets me on the same track for blogging as it does running. So far I’m two for two! And as excited as I am to go to sleep and try out this new sleeping app… you know, one of those ones that is suppose to wake you up when you are in your lightest sleep… I had to get in my Monday motivation to keep me going the rest of this week!

So here we goooooo!

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And humor. Because the snow here in New Hampshire is a joke.

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Beware: this is about to get nerdy…

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Simple Green Smoothies

Hi there! I’m a big fan of making smoothies for breakfast. They are quick and easy to have on my way to work. The only problem is that I made the same one every. single. day. Occasionally I mix it up, but they all revolve around frozen fruit and almond milk. The other morning, I wanted to try something new. I googled “smoothie recipes” like a normal person and came across this site. Normally, when I try to find smoothie recipes they either make enough to feed an entire family, or involve 428 ingredients I don’t have. Simple Green Smoothies, like it’s name suggests, is full of easy smoothie recipes that are simple and delightful! The site in general is just plain awesome. It’s full of tips and useful information about smoothies. I’m impressed.

Here are a few recipes that caught my eye:

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Takes Two To Mango

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Raspberry Coconut Shortcake

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Almond Butter and “Jelly”

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Happy Blending!

What’s Getting Me Through

Happy Wednesday! I’m not sure where the week is going… or if it is going by slow or fast… it’s hard to tell this time of year. The best news this week is…. IT HASN’T SNOWED ALL WEEK… Wait a second. it snowed last night… but we only on an inch so that doesn’t count.

This week I’m allowing myself to not think about studying for my CPA exams since I just took one last Saturday. Next week I’ll start up on the next one… maybe.

This week started out pretty well when I celebrated National Margarita Day with some chicken fajitas and fresh salsa on the side:

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I took the time to paint my nails on Monday (and they haven’t chipped yet!)

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I found an inside treadmill to use to get me through winter (and it’s only located a mile from my house!)

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And PRO is having a sale and a giveaway! Feeling lucky? 2 ways to enter… you don’t even need to make a purchase (but you should since 40% off is just as good as winning this contest… which makes everyone a winner)

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WHAAAAHHOOOOO WEDNESDAY!!!!!