CHICAGO, goals, HEALTH, LIFE

My Best Habits

Happy Wednesday! I saw the word habit on Instagram the other day and that’s where this short post came from. I am always trying to build healthy and positive habits. I feel like they can change sometimes, but these are the ones I am always good about.

1. Drinking a ton of water

2. Going to bed by 9 or 10 to get at least 8 hours of sleep

3. Putting my phone away at work and not letting it be a distraction

4. Flossing daily- this is something I have been trying to make a habit for a long time, so yay!!

5. Making a healthy breakfast to bring to work each day, except Wednesday’s because that is bagel day!

6. Listening to a podcast each morning to put me in a good mood

7. Writing down my goals

8. Making to-do lists each morning or the day before to stay organized and prioritize my day

What are some of your most positive habits? What do you do each day to be productive, healthy, or happy?

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ENTERTAINMENT, FAVORITES, FOOD, indianapolis, LIFE, TRAVEL, weekend

Thanksgiving in Indianapolis Part 2 (Just Saturday)

Back with part 2– I felt like the post would be too long if I included Saturday, so splitting it up seemed like a good way to do it. I had a really nice Saturday with my family. I spent some time with my parents and sister, and then the afternoon with my sister and one of her roommates.

On Saturday morning, my sister and I went to Provider, the coffee shop I tried last time I was home. I got a hot matcha latte and it was really good. They really make nice matcha lattes there. I haven’t been disappointed yet. Then we spent the morning with our parents. We went to Ikea, Costco, and Trader Joe’s. I really love grocery stores for some reason, so it was a nice time. After the errands, we decorated the Christmas tree and it looks very cute.

I hung out with my sister the rest of the afternoon. I helped her and her roommate take some cute pictures at these colorful walls in Indianapolis. I have no idea what the building is for, but the walls are fun for photos. We got macarons at the Macaron Bar. I am pretty sure it is a pop-up, so I am glad I got to try it. I got a dark chocolate macaron and an earl grey tea macaron. I think the earl grey was my favorite. It kind of tasted like fruit loops, which I found interesting, but also so good.

We went to the library for a second so I could get a nice photo of the city. I had never been the the library in Indianapolis, and it was actually really pretty inside. I will have to go back sometime. We ended the day with Mexican food. I got vegetarian enchiladas and I really liked the veggies. I honestly would have wanted a whole plate of the veggies without the enchiladas lol.

I had a really fun weekend in Indy with my family. I also feel like I got to do a lot of things I have been wanting to do and relax a bit. I am excited for the rest of the holiday season! What did you do for Thanksgiving? What are you most excited to do this winter?

COLLEGE, ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, LIFE, weekend

Thanksgiving in Indianapolis Part 1 (Wednesday-Friday)

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was lucky enough to go home and spend some time in Indy for Thanksgiving. I got home on Wednesday, so a bunch of our friends met up to go out to the bars and hang out. It was really nice to see some of my college friends, high school friends, and my sister.

The next day was Thanksgiving, so my sister and I headed home. We had a nice breakfast my mom and dad made. Then I relaxed most of the day until dinner. This year it was just my parents, my sister, and myself at Thanksgiving dinner. We had lots of yummy food and banana pudding for dessert. It tasted very similar to Magnolia Bakery, which is one of my favorite dessert places.After dinner, my sister and I went to Ulta so she could look at a few Black Friday Deals. I ended up getting one of those perfume sample sets where you can test a bunch of different scents and get a discounted full size bottle after. We stopped in a few other stores, but didn’t take advantage of any of the deals. Then we headed home and watched Love Simon. It was decent, just way too long.

On Friday, I hung out at home a bit in the morning. Then, my family dropped me off at Connor’s so we could head down to Bloomington. Connor had tickets to the IU basketball game that evening, and we wanted to head down a bit early to get dinner before. We ended up eating at one of my favorite restaurants, Anatolia. My absolute favorite restaurant was closed. In case you are ever in Bloomington, it’s called Rush Hour Station. I have no idea what I got at Anatolia because they didn’t have my favorite meal on the menu anymore. Regardless, it was still so yummy. I love the bread, lentil soup, and tea that you get as appetizers. The rice and salad that comes with each entree is amazing too. After dinner, we headed to Assembly Hall for the basketball game. I was pretty excited because IU basketball is my favorite. There were a ton of new players on the team since last year, so that was interesting. We were losing most of the game, but ended up winning in the end! I definitely miss going to basketball games, so it was nice to go see one! To end the night, Connor and I got ice cream at my favorite ice cream shop since I was little, The Chocolate Moose. I got grasshopper in a cone and he go a blizz with peanut butter, butterscotch, and sprinkles. It was yummy as usual. We headed home afterwards.

Stay tuned for part 2!

LIFE

7 Things I Am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! I know it’s nearly over, but this is one of my favorite posts to do each year! Here are some of the things I am most grateful for.

1. My family and pup. They have done everything for me my whole life and I’m really lucky for that. Also, my mom made banana pudding for dessert today and it was so yummy.

2. Connor. I’m lucky to live with my best friend. We have the best times together. I wouldn’t want to explore Chicago with anyone else.

3. My friends. I have some really great friends. Some I have known forever. Some that live in other states that I don’t see as much. And some that I have only known for a little while. They are all great and make my life better.

4. Podcasts. I have grown to love podcasts over the past year. They improve my mood, my life, and my overall happiness.

5. My coworkers. They are my friends, but I thought they deserved an extra shout out for being the people I see almost every day. I am pretty lucky to have coworkers that make me miss being at work on the weekends.

6. Blogging. One of my favorite things in the world. I am really happy I decided to start blogging a few years ago. I love sharing my thoughts and meeting new friends through writing.

7. Chicago. I probably won’t live in Chicago forever but it has been a great home so far. I love that there is always something to do, always something to see, and always something to eat.

There are so many things that I am thankful for, but my life is impacted everyday by everything listed above. I have a lot to be grateful for. Thank you for reading my posts and inspiring me. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?

goals, HEALTH, LIFE, running

Scared To Sign Up For a Half Marathon

Here with another running-related post. I have quite a few drafts related to running in the works, but today I want to talk about why I’m scared to sign up for a half marathon.

I have run a couple half marathons in my life and plenty of shorter races. I’m not scared to actually run the race or compete. I’m more afraid of comparing my training and actual race to past races and times. I don’t want to face the facts and see that I would be slower. I’m not saying I won’t train hard and there isn’t a possibility that I could actually do better. But it’s still something holding me back.

I think remembering my last half marathon as a success and a good milestone seems easier to me than doing another one, and potentially not doing as well. When I trained for my last half, I shared my experience along the way and trained very seriously. I had years and years of consistent running under my belt and numerous 8-10 mile runs a week for months in the books. I was in the best shape of my life.

I am not in my best running shape now. I think I’m still sort of good at running just because my body has gotten used to it after so many years. I’m just not consistent and not running 8 miles a day like it’s a piece of cake. I am scared to train and not do as well as I have in the past. I’m scared to “waste” 70 or 80 dollars on something I might not do amazing at.

I don’t want to focus on comparing my future race to a past race. I should focus on the training and enjoying the process. I should focus on getting closer and closer to a goal. I should focus on being consistent. I should want to do my best but also be happy that I even signed up and finished the race. That’s a whole lot better than wanting to do something and not doing it.

I guess the message of this post is to recognize what you are afraid of or worried about, but not let that stop you. Go after what you want and strive for your goals. After I post this, I’m going to decide what race I want to sign up for. It might not be a half marathon at first, but it’s a good start. Hopefully this post wasn’t too all over the place!

LIFE

Spending Time Alone

I’m one of those people who hates being alone 99% of the time. The other night I decided I would just stay home and relax, rather than going out to dinner. I’m not one to turn down dinner but I was tired and sometimes you just need to sit back and relax.

I made pasta for dinner. I put some laundry in because having a clean apartment makes me happy. I did a face mask and started reading a book my mom got me. I just sat on the couch reading and relaxing. I didn’t think about what I was missing at dinner. I appreciated the time I was just spending on something I wanted to do.

I think being in college made me feel like I had to always be doing something or hanging out with other people. In high school, I don’t think I felt this way as much. It is important to spend time alone and focus on yourself or doing something for yourself. I am going to try to incorporate a bit more of that into my life!

Do you prefer being with a group of people or alone? What is your favorite solo activity?

CHICAGO, FAVORITES, FOOD

Favorite Food in Chicago (So Far)

Here with a food post! I have tried a lot of different restaurants, coffee shops, and dessert places since moving to Chicago. I discovered a few favorites last summer that are still my favorites, but also some new places that I know I will keep going to many times. I have already been back to a couple of these places. Here are my favorite spots in Chicago for a meal, a latte, or a little treat:

Eli’s Ark

I saw this place on Instagram back when I first moved here. A foodie I follow kept posting these adorable gelatos. I love animals, gelatos, and anything cute, so I knew I needed to go here. There are a ton of different flavors and I really want to try all of them some day. So basically the process is, pick a flavor or 2, and then choose what animal or animals you would like your cone to look like. There are bears, bunnies, pigs, dogs, cats, etc. 1. It makes for a fun experience. 2. The gelato is so good!

Ramen San

I started going to Ramen San last summer after my friend, Emi got me hooked on ramen. I have tried quite a few places since last summer, including ramen places in other states, and Ramen San is my favorite. I usually get the shiitake ramen and have seen my friends try many other flavors that they have enjoyed. It is around 15 to 17 dollars a bowl, but it is definitely worth the money if you are looking for a good bowl of ramen.

Big Star

I have been to Big Star twice since moving to Chicago in August. I seriously love the tacos. There are about 4 vegetarian options and all of them are so good. My favorite is the tofu one, but the potato one is also so flavorful. I don’t even like potatoes and I love that taco. The paloma is definitely the best drink there. It’s probably the only drink I really like at Big Star. I don’t recommend a lot of the drinks because they aren’t the greatest and they are relatively expensive. If I were you, I would skip the drink and order another taco.

Goddess and The Baker

I have included Goddess in like 5 blog posts and it deserves to be in every one of those posts. First, it is an adorable coffee shop. It make for cute photos for Instagram, but also just puts you in a good mood. There are breakfast options and little desserts. I want to try the rainbow cake there and still haven’t, so I need to do that sometime soon! The drink menu is my favorite part. There are multiple matcha latte options and coffee drinks. I usually go for matcha but the Mayan Mocha is too good there. I love when coffee shops have fun drinks rather than just the classic drinks.

Komorebi

This sushi spot may have made an appearance in a recent blog post. Every time I want sushi, this is where I want to go. Connor and I went here for the first time about a month ago for a dinner with some friends. The next day, we went again with his family. It’s BYOB which is alway fun. The garlic edamame is delicious. And there are so many great sushi combinations. I like that there are a lot of vegetarian options beyond the avocado or shiitake rolls. I usually get one of the more specialty rolls and then a simpler roll, like the one I included a photo of.

bopNgrill

My all time favorite restaurant in Chicago is bopNgrill. I went here for the first time my sophomore year of college with my friend, Emi. Once I moved here for the summer last year, I went almost every week or every other week. The bibimbap is satisfying, flavorful, and inexpensive. It comes with so many toppings including kimchi which gives such good flavor. I also love the egg on there! Connor and I went for the first time since moving here the other night and he loved the burger he got, so there are other menu options for those of you who might want something other than bibimbap.

Which of the restaurants mentioned would you want to try? What is your favorite restaurant or coffee shop? What do you order there?