Countdown to 30 – Life Lesson #1 – Sing in the Shower

What do I mean by “Sing in the Shower”? Honestly, I mean Sing in the Shower! This is an important life lesson. What does singing in the shower mean, what does it do? It lightens us up, makes us not take ourselves too seriously. I mean we are singing out loud to nobody, while we are butt naked, shampooing our heads. Singing in the shower is fun! Dancing in the mirror with a hairbrush is fun too. What I love about both of these, is it allows us to be silly, even when we are alone.

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Life gets tough, there are ups and down, and responsibility, and sometimes the only place for a little bit of silliness is when you are all by yourself singing in the shower. It’s also where nobody is judging you, no one is criticizing you, and you can be totally yourself. Sing whatever song you feel like, sing it on key, sing it off key, it doesn’t matter. But, sing :)

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Today’s photo is from the day I was born…

Yes. I was born with a full head of brown hair. But, that didn’t last too long. :P

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My older sister, Jenny, and my older brother, Ty, holding me :)

And the exercise I chose to do 30 reps of today was indian style crunches :)

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post – Life Lesson #2, a new quote, pic, and exercise!

The Countdown to My 30th Birthday!

Tomorrow marks 30 days til my 30th Birthday! I can’t believe it’s almost here. Soooo much has happened in the last 29 years. I have learned a TON. Had lots of BEAUTIFUL moments, and plenty of LOW moments. But all have shaped me in to who I am today. I am excited to step into this next decade with a little more wisdom to help me live the most fulfilling life that I can. But, first I want to celebrate the last 29 years. I want to do that by counting down to 30. Every day I’m going to share a photo from a year in my life (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), a life lesson I have learned, and a quote to go along with that life lesson. And of course, I have to sneak fitness in there somehow. So, I will also be doing 30 reps of a different one of my fave exercises every day. Join me and help me countdown! I LOVE Birthdays, so yes, I’m making a || B I G || deal out of this one. Plus, it’s also the countdown to my trip to Thailand! So join me here, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as I celebrate the less 29 years of my life and step into the next decade. :)

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I made a little video to kick it off! Watch it below:

http://youtu.be/ieKpv5G0GTY

Cheers to a NEW decade!

xoxo!

Katie

KHM Faves #3

This week’s vlog is all about Pura Vida Bracelets, BrioGeo Hair, Suki Skin Care, American Rag, Activyst, and #ShowHowYouNeon. Check it out below! :)

Make Your Own Acai Bowl

I LOVE acaí bowls. I remember having my first one when I got to San Diego. I had never heard of them before, but fell in love instantly. They are refreshing and filling and healthy (well as long as you don’t put a ton of peanut butter and chocolate in it). Anyway, I wanted to start making them at home, because well, I don’t only want to be able to have one of my favorite things when I eat out. And I wanted to be able to put what I want in it.

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First, how is the word “acai” pronounced – aah-sai-eee

I said this wrong and was corrected multiple times when I first moved to San Diego, until I finally caught on. :) So, don’t feel bad if you have been saying it wrong.

Next – I needed to track down where to buy frozen acai packets. I know Sambazon makes them, which is a company that makes acai, and a lot of restaurants out here use their product to make their acai bowls. I looked to see what stores here sold Sambazon frozen acai.

Sprouts sells them, and fortunately we have one only a mile away!

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In order to make an acai bowl you need to mix the frozen acai with something – I chose coconut milk, but you can use soy, cow, or even apple juice. Honestly, mix it with whatever floats your boat. :) I also, add a banana in to thicken it up and sweeten it naturally. I also have been adding in a scoop of Osmo Active Recovery if I’m making one after a tough workout.

I add 1/2 a cup or 1 cup of granola – depending on how hungry I am, add in some fruit, whatever I have in the kitchen, and add a sprinkle of coconut and chia seeds! Here’s what mine looked like this week

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Total Ingredients:

- 1 packet of Sambazon acai

- 1 cup coconut milk (or liquid of your choice)

- 1 banana

- 4 different fruits of your choice to make it colorful and fun!

- 1/2-1 cup granola

- sprinkle of coconut

- sprinkle of chia seeds

Enjoy!

 

Garmin, GoPro, SuperGoop, StitchFix, and a Life Lesson!

This week’s vlog, I tried recording in my bedroom. The lighting was ok, so I will have to work on making it better, I wish I had more windows! Either way, I’m sharing some more of my faves, as well as the life lesson of the week!

If you have a question you want to ask me, and you want me to answer it in my next vlog, use #askKHM on Twitter, or leave a comment here, or on YouTube. :)

Weekday Wardrobe

It’s still summer here. Seriously. So, it’s hard to wear all the fun new fall trends, because it’s just too hot! But, I did get a new StitchFix this past week, and I am totally in love with all of my new pieces!

Monday

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Dress – Angie (StitchFix) // Booties – Steve Madden

White Lace Top

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Top – 19 Cooper (StitchFix) // Jeans – Just Black (StitchFix) // Shoes – Michael Kors // Bag – Emperia (StitchFix)

Wednesday

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Blazer – Market and Spruce (StitchFix) w/ a cami underneath // Jeans – Joe’s Jeans // Shoes – Steve Madden

How cute is the back of this blazer? I’m obsessed!

Thursday

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Top – Sanctuary (StitchFix) // Jeans – Just Black (StitchFix) // Shoes – Tom’s // Bracelet – Francesca’s

Friday

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I’m so obsessed with this top, I had to wear it again. So, I wanted to try it out in a more casual look.

Top – 19 Cooper (StitchFix) // Jeans – William Rast // Shoes – Vans

I’m hoping it will start to cool off a bit, so that I can get into the fall spirit a bit more! But, can’t complain about the sunshine :) Hope you all had a good week!

xoxo!

Katie

P.S Interested in trying StitchFix? Feel free to use my referral code, here. This was my 10th box, and it just keeps getting better. P.S I’ve never sent back one single item. Why? One because I think it’s cheaper to use the 25% discount code, and giveaway anything you don’t like, or re-sell it to a friend or family member. Also, Pinterest! If you aren’t on Pinterest and you are using this service, get on it! That is where they really get to know your style, and every box, my stylist will point out something she noticed that I pinned that inspired her to pick something out for me. If you don’t like shopping, but you love being in style, get on this service! :)

12 Must-Read “Self-Help” Books

For those that don’t know, I’m OBSESSED with self-help books. I love being introspective. I love learning about how people tick, how we can all work together, and how we can better ourselves. I’m constantly trying to become a better person, and I’m also constantly trying to understand others. I love how each one of us is different, and it’s fun to learn about how we all work.

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Here is a list of my Top 12 Self-Help Books (I know there are TONS more, and I have sooo many on my list, but here are the ones that I’ve read so far that I love)

1. The Power of Now – I read this right when I moved out to California, and it truly helped me live in the moment, and has some pretty powerful words on love, and it honestly kind of helped me through a tough break up. It’s deep, but well worth the read.

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2. From Good to Great – I read this book when I worked at lululemon, my first year out of college, and it taught me a lot about business, and how to be my best and go after what I want.

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3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – I read this when I was a senior in high school. The whole high school had to read it, and honestly, some were obvious, but it really changed my life, and taught me some solid lessons.

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4. Daring Greatly – I read this recently, after seeing it on my friend Erin’s reading list on her blog, and it’s inspiring and fascinating. This seriously is a good read.

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5. The Five Love Languages – This book taught me a lot about how I show love, and also helped me understand how others show love. This teaches you about your own needs, as well as others needs, and understand what makes you feel loved, and what makes someone else feel loved. Really good read for relationships!

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6. Quiet – I am not considered an introvert, although I have some introverted tendencies, surprising, I know, but I find “introverts” fascinating. haha. I think they are more mysterious because they tend to spend more time “alone”. This brought up a lot of questions about what makes someone an introvert, and how introverts make a huge impact in our world.

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7. The Power of Habit – My sister recently just suggested this to me, and it is really interesting. How do we form habits? How do we break habits? Can we break a habit?

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8. Why Men Love Bitches – This book says a lot of things we as women already know, but the way it is written really teaches you and reminds you, to be YOU. To OWN you. To not CHASE men. And to know what you deserve and don’t settle for anything less. Men want women who respect themselves, so don’t bend over backward when they are being assholes. A man is more likely to respect and go after the woman who respects herself, and waits for the man who gives her everything she deserves. Lots of helpful tips.

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9. Wild – Although this is not really a self-help book, this really made me feel empowered to be independent and follow my dreams. It’s kind of like an “Eat, Pray, Love” book, but I love that she went on a outdoorsy adventure in nature, and that’s where she learned about herself. This book is inspiring beyond belief.

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10. The Alchemist – Surprisingly, I didn’t read this as a kid, and only read it a couple years ago for the first time. Although it has a religious aspect tied into it, the message is truly sweet and a good reminder of what’s important in life.

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11. The Road Less Traveled – This is HUGE. It’s really introspective, and makes you look at how you see things, either YOU are responsible for the world’s problems, or the WORLD is responsible for yours. Very interesting, and makes you really think about YOU.

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12. How The World Sees You – We too often look down on ourselves, and think we are average or below average. This book is all about helping you figure out what’s unique and amazing about you, and encouraging you to see that and believe that you are unique and amazing!

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I am always looking to read more self-help books, so if you have any favorites, shoot them my way! It’s interesting to learn about ourselves, and to learn about others. I find these books to be inspiring and uplifting and they help teach us all little nuggets to help us live our lives to the fullest.

Show How You Neon Calendar

Show How You Neon is a campaign I’m super excited about! If you haven’t read about it, you can read about it here. I thought it would be fun to add a calendar so that it inspires us all to post something each day and share the Neon Love!

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Share on Instagram and Twitter! Every month I will be giving away cool prizes for you all to win by sharing How You Neon! Use #ShowHowYouNeon and/or #ProjectNeon in your posts for a chance to win. Let’s paint the world in neon and build a community of people inspiring each other to live the best life they can live!

Half Marathon Training Continues!

3 weeks til the Temecula Half! Here’s how training looked last week…

Monday – Soccer! – Played for 40min. Man this kicks my butt every week. Seriously. It’s amazing that I used to play this every day until I was 22. I’m hoping it is helping bring back my fast twitch muscles :P

Tuesday – 45min spin in the morning and an evening 7 mile run – that was picture perfect. I averaged 8:15min/miles and it felt easy. I think that speed is coming along!

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Wednesday – 5 mile run – nice and easy at 9min/mile pace

Thursday – 3 miles easy

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Friday – REST DAY!

Saturday – Unexpected rest day! Just a lot going on, and decided another rest day was in order.

Sunday – 10 beautiful beach miles to end the week!

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I’m really enjoying the off-season to be honest! My intention is to swim and bike 2x a week in each sport, and focus on running, but if the swims and the bikes don’t get done, I don’t freak out. It’s kind of nice.

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This is my second open half marathon ever, so I have no expectations, and have no idea how it will go. It’s a hilly course and on trails mostly, so right now, I’m just enjoying focusing on running, getting the miles under my legs, and focusing on speed and strength workouts to get fast again! The real test will be when I do the Carlsbad half marathon in January! :)

If you are interested in signing up for the Temecula Half still, feel free to use my discount code: FRIENDSOFKATIE

I would LOVE some race day buddies!

xoxo!

Katie

The Start of My NEW Weekly Vlog

I’m going to start doing a weekly Vlog! So, start tuning in on Saturdays for the release of a new vlog :)

Here’s is #1

 

Feel free to send in questions, leave them in the comments section here, tweet me, send me a private message on Facebook, leave a comment on IG, or use hashtag #AskKatie on Twitter.

xoxo!

Katie