Rooftop Pilates

Hi! Happy Friday!

This month I started teaching Pilates at 7 am (yes, 7 AM) at one of the athletic clubs in downtown Milwaukee. The early time isn’t my favorite but the view is my favorite part. It’s awesome and I love that you can see the lake! Taking Pilates to new heights! :)

Rooftop Pilates

Rooftop Pano

On another note, one of the things we wanted to do before we moved to our new apartment was to create a gallery/picture frame wall. Once we found our new place we waited until after we moved. This is what we have so far with room to add!

Gallery Wall

 

Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Hi there!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything- almost a month! We’ve been very busy and I just know found some time to sit down and write. No new recipes to talk about- sorry! So here’s an update on what we have been doing:

We’ve settled into our new apartment and at the end of June had some friends over to celebrate our new place in Bay View! We have a really cool sun room that faces East and then wonderful character throughout the house with built ins in the dining room.

Sun Room

Dining Room

Last month was the Tour of America’s Dairyland bike race throughout Wisconsin. It’s a sprint race and they had 11 courses throughout Southeast Wisconsin. You could do 1 course or all 11. One of the courses was in Bay View right down the street from out place! I was able to watch a couple of the races during the day. It was awesome!

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Over the July 4th Holiday weekend we flew out to Nebraska to visit Mike’s family. We actually flew into the Denver airport and the drove to Nebraska. The training program I am in for Pilates is actually in Boulder, CO and I’m completing my training through a host studio. So I asked Mike if we could stop when we arrived in Denver. We did and I was even able to get a lesson with one of the teachers! It was awesome!

The Pilates Center

We’re now less than two months from our wedding! It’s exciting now that we’re getting closer, we’ve sent out our invitations, and it’s almost time for the bachelor/ette parties! We made the table centerpieces ourselves using tulle and recycled wine bottles:

Wine Bottles

I hope you’re enjoying your summer!!

Fresh Basil!

Hi!

Look- fresh basil!
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I know it’s been awhile since my last post. Mike and I are still settling into to our new place and having lots of fun exploring our new neighborhood! Last week we had an opportunity to try something new and of course the recipe was from one of our favorite blogs: Iowa Girl Eats.

When we went to the store to purchase everything for her Grilled Caprese Chicken, I asked Mike if we could just buy a basil plant for $5 rather than buy the pre cut packs of basil. Best investment ever! I love our basil plant! The chicken was delicious! We will totally cook it again and I used fresh basil on top of my pizza last night. PS- homemade pizza plus no AC plus 80 degree weather= not a good mix. But the pizza was still delicious. ;)

What new recipes have you tried lately?

My Pilates Journey

Hello!

How are you?

There have been a lot of changes recently and I thought I would share them with you. The first change is Mike and I officially moved into our new apartment which is closer to downtown Milwaukee! We’re very excited about the location, neighborhood, and new adventures. When we moved to Wisconsin we wanted to live where we are now but there wasn’t anything available so we settled into a nice, quiet, suburb area. Our new place is in a more active part of town within walking distance to restaurants, parks, running trails, and other fun things. I’ll be sure to share pictures of our new place once we are all unpacked- we’re getting close!

The next change is I’ve decided to leave my 9-5 desk job for something that will make me much happier. Last year I began my training to be a certified Pilates instructor. I’ve changed a lot throughout the journey and learned a lot about myself in the process. I’ve always believed that it’s not about money, it’s about what makes you happy. When I teach and do Pilates I am truly happy. My spirit is uplifted, I come home in a good mood, and I don’t feel like I have to be someone else when I’m teaching. I’m excited to do something that I am very passionate about every day.

As I continue my training and after I complete my certification I know that I will see more changes in myself and all for the better. One thing I’ve learned and that I tell myself constantly is that “Change is the only constant in life.” So much has changed in the past month and while I’m still adjusting I have seen many signs that it is truly for the best.

I’m a strong believer in the phrase “Everything happens for a reason”. I was preparing to start my Pilates training when we were still living in Columbus but put the idea on hold after we moved to Wisconsin. I’m so glad we moved to Wisconsin because I am training with an excellent instructor and in an excellent program. I’m learning the true classical Pilates method, the one created by Joseph Pilates himself.

As I write this post I know that some may not understand this journey but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders as I share this news and know that today is my last day in a job that is not for me.

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