Organized Chaos

You’ve probably heard only a few times about how busy I’ve been at work lately. I feel bad, because I haven’t been able to write as many posts or at least put my whole heart  into them. I will get better at this, I promise!

However, since work has been so busy especially with all the changes, I’ve had to learn to become more organized. I’ve always been a pretty organized person who hates procrastinating; although, I’ve had to learn to adapt to a new environment and prioritize myself to their needs. Sometimes its like organized chaos. Things that are top priority on my list may be different from the attorneys.

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With that being said, my co-worker and I have learned how to prioritize everything without feeling too overwhelmed.

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1. Put together a “short list” of all the things that you want to do each day and prioritize them.

2. Meet with your boss/attorney/head honcho every day and go over the short list. Find out what is priority for them and adjust your list.

3. After the meeting, tackle each project one by one. Try not to jump from project to project; mistakes tend to happen if this occurs.

4. Work with one another.  My co-worker and I work together to tackle our short lists together. We may have different items on our list, but we still check in with one another throughout the day to see what has been done.

5. Check items off your list and praise yourself for finishing items. This is the ultimate reward.

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What are your tips for staying organized when there’s too much to do?

I hope you’re having a great weekend.

Tara

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Fun Facts Friday- Brewery Edition

Friday already? Where did the week go? I guess that means that it was a busy busy week. I love it when work just flies on by.

Last weekend, I went out to tour Black Raven Brewing and visit Hi Fi Brewing. I have yet to share the fun with everyone and why not on a Fun Facts Friday. Well, there won’t be a whole lot of facts; mostly just pictures!

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Delicious sample tray

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Morrighan Nitro Stout

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The Raven

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The Menu

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Playing with the Malt

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Big ass Barrels

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Education time

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Wires on Wires…how they change the kegs

The next location was Hi Fi Brewing which is just a block away.

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The goods!

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Giving the beers a try

I love trying out new breweries and taking tours. It’s fun learning about the brewing process! Way over my head, but I’m trying!

Tonight, my step brothers are coming into town and we are going to head out somewhere to celebrate. Who knows where we will end up, but it will be a good time. I’m pretty excited.

Now,  I just have to get through the workday then I am free! Knowing that this week passed by so quickly, I’m sure today will feel like a half day.

How was your week? Did it go by fast?

Do you like touring breweries or wineries?

Have a great weekend and be safe!

Tara

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Guest Post: The Importance of Fitness Apps & Gear!

Good Morning!!

A recent college graduate named Sara contacted me inquiring about sharing an article on my blog. I am all about reading other people’s thoughts/opinions or wise words about the health and fitness industry.

Here is an article focusing on how apps and technology can help with your fitness journey.

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Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” It’s doing the little things in life that often gets us started on doing the big things. I’d say getting in shape is a very big thing.

For the past several months, I have been focused on exercising on a regular basis. I wish I could say it hasn’t been challenging, but if you’ve ever attempted to lose weight by getting fit, you know doing so is anything but easy. There are, however, ways to make the process more bearable, and technology can help with this.

In recent years, companies have developed some pretty cool technological tools to help us get—and stay—in shape. Let’s take a look at a few of these creations:

Hapilabs’ Hapifork: Helping You Eat Wisely

The Hapifork reminds you to slow down between servings, so you don’t eat too much too quickly. Geek Sugar notes that it reminds you when the amount of fork servings per minute is too high with blinking lights and vibrations. Plus, a micro USB cable uploads the fork’s information to Hapilab’s site so you can see how long it has taken you to finish a meal, along with how many fork servings per minute you’ve had and how long you took between fork servings. It’s definitely worth checking out if you tend to rush through meals, only to find that you’ve eaten a lot more than you originally intended.

UP by Jawbone: Helping You Sleep Better

With the UP, there’s a lot that you’re able to take advantage of and track on a daily basis. However, as a Verizon Wireless contributor notes in this article, you’re able to “wear the wristband to bed and it tracks how deeply you sleep and how many times you wake up.” As it relates to sleep, it turns out that this gadget is quite useful. It may take some getting used to, but it’s small and light enough that you’re likely to not even notice that you have it on when you tuck in for the night. Knowing the amount and quality of your shuteye can help you know if any changes need to be made at bedtime. To that end, I’ve found that the better I sleep, the more inclined I am to exercise the next day. Plus, I’m less stressed and I can think better when I’ve been able to rejuvenate properly.

Fitness Apps: Helping You with…Well, Everything

As About makes clear here, there are so many fitness apps out there that I don’t have the space to list them all. From running apps like RunKeeper Pro to weightlifting apps like iPump & Fitness Builder, there are plenty of apps out there to help you no matter your workout preferences. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android, iPhone, iPad, or some combination of them all—you’re sure to find an app that helps you along your way to living a fit, healthy life.

The bottom line: getting fit is a lifestyle change. You can’t just say, “I’m going to live a healthy lifestyle January through March, but be lazy and eat junk food the rest of the year” and still expect to be healthy. You have to change how you live, and in order to do that, you have to start somewhere. I hope this post will help you take your next step.

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Thank you Sara for letting me share a great article with my readers!

I completely agree that apps and technology are huge contributors for helping people change their lifestyle. I use running apps every time I head out for a run. It is a must. It helps me track my distance and pace. Without it, I’d have to go back to the old way of tracking distance….driving the route in my car and making sure that I know exactly when I start and end my run. Hello, too much work!!!

I have yet to get a Jaw Up or Nike Fit Band, but it is something that I am willing to look into. I am not sure if it will help me change anything that I am currently doing, but it would be fun to know how many steps I’m taking or for a friendly reminder to get up and walk around every hour while at work.

What are your thoughts?

Are fitness apps helpful?

Have a lovely Thursday!

Tara

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Tulips on Tulips on Tulips!

If you haven’t figured it out already, this post will be filled with tulip talk. Lots of tulips!

Oh ya and….Happy Tax Day and Happy Birthday to my Step Dad! Another year older…and still loving Tye Dye!

On Sunday, the family and I drove up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We left at 8am (which sucked a little after a long Saturday night, ugh!) just to beat the traffic! The weather was supposed to be in the high 60s with clear skies and we definitely took advantage of it.

Lots o’ pictures ahead…

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Pretending to be camouflaged 

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Forgetting sunglasses= Fail

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But first, let’s take a selfie!

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Dare to be different.

My step dad and I were a bit tulip’d out by 12ish and dragged mom out of there….just to hit the nearby Skagit River Brewery. Sorry no pictures of this place, wasn’t worth it sadly. Hated the IPA that I chose. Boo.

Once lunch was finished, we headed home and our jaws dropped when we saw the amount of traffic going to the tulip festival. People, leave early….the back up must have been 5 miles long. Good luck….

When we arrived home, we were off to the next activity….taking Kasa on a walk at Soaring Eagle. I couldn’t believe how nice it was out.

It was a quickie walk through the trails before heading back to relax for the rest of the evening.

Sunday was a long day. I was pooped by 7pm.

Have you been to a tulip festival?

Whats your favorite flower?

XO, Tara

Currently- Take three

I am currently loving….

Current Movie: Divergent…I haven’t seen it yet, but it is on my to-do list.

Current “favorite” location: Black Raven…

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Current Protein: Lately, Pure Protein Whey Protein has been my  favorite. Add a banana or peanut butter= yum yum!

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 Current Song: “Find You” by Zedd

 

Current Bliss: Blooming flowers

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Current Annoyance: My damn hip flexor. I tried running again today and it flaired up again. I made it 4.6 miles…I felt that I shouldn’t push it any further.

Current Excitement: The sunshine and warmer temperatures. Hello sunny 60-70 degree days to come. :D

What are you loving lately?

Is the weather getting better in your area?

Happy Friday!!

XO, Tara

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One Word Wednesday- Nature-filled

What’s happening ya’ll? Besides the sun shining and the mild temps. A girl could get used to this!

It’s time for another One Word Wednesday. You get to see what I’ve been up to or lovin’ lately.

Lindsay at Lindsay’s List, hosts One Word Wednesday. The only rule of “One Word Wednesday” is that you must label your pictures with one word. Sounds fun right? Heck yes! Sometimes finding one word to describe a picture is hard; you are allowed to do the #hashtag style.

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Blooming

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Education

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Truth

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#Iamsodamncute

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#Crazytreeaction

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Speedy

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#Naturesbeauty

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Delights

There’s my latest and greatest photo op’s.

I’m loving the spring time. Watching the flowers bloom and the temperatures get better is amazing. But, I tend to get my hopes up when the weather gets nice.

Have a delightful Wednesday.

XO, Tara

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Couch Hopping At It’s Finest.

Here I am yet again complaining about my damn hip flexor. I thought I was okay until I decided to hit the pavement yesterday afternoon. I managed to get through five miles then went on a hour long hike through the trails with my mom and Kasa. Let’s just say, I was limping through the woods. Serves me right.

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I’ll be the first one to admit that I am TERRIBLE about resting and not running especially when mother nature is begging me to come out and join in on the fun. I felt that it was necessary to get some fresh air after literally sitting on the couch ALL DAY on Saturday watching Games of Thrones Watchathon. I know you were right there with me.

I’d say that I managed to get through at least 5 episodes from the first season (step-dad has some catching up to do) and 4 episodes of the third season on Saturday morning/afternoon. To break up the day, I went to Costco to get food for din-din. Dinner was served on the couch while watching The Wolf on Wall Street.

Wolf-of-Wallstreet-585x370Overall, it was a good movie. Lots of sex, nudity, swearing, drugs, money and well….what else could you ask for? LOL. Kidding. Basically, be prepared if you are watching it with your family. Also, it is 3 hours long. I recommend having multiple glasses of wine or beer with the movie.

Let’s get back to the wonderful walk through the woods. Kasa loves the Soaring Eagle trails. She is able to be off leash (note: illegally) and run up and down the trails.

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Kasa in action.

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She found herself a bench. Declared it Kasa’s bench.

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Pretty flowers.

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Nature just holds onto water droplets.

When the weather gets nicer people decide that it okay to venture outdoors. People shouldn’t be afraid of a little rain or colder weather. But now that it is Spring, we’ll embrace it even more! Loving the PNW as always.

So it is supposed to be 70 degrees today. I am tempted to run. So tempted…but maybe I should just do the elliptical or yoga or both? I’m in a pickle…We’ll see how the hip flexor is doing by this afternoon.

How was your weekend?

Any races or upcoming races?

XO, Tara

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