Easter in the City

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Happy Easter!!

It’s a lovely day in NYC! Highs in the 50s, super sunny. The park was proof of how beautiful the day was — full of people picnicking, playing sports, working out, walking their dogs, and sightseeing.

LARPers behind the MET

LARPers behind the MET

I had the pleasure of picnicking with Christy and Emily today by Turtle Pond (in Central Park) after going to Apostles Church on the Upper East side.

easter at apostles

Rooftop Easter egg hunt at Apostles Church in the Upper East Side

Rooftop Easter egg hunt at Apostles Church in the Upper East Side

It’s pretty hard to be apart from all of my family during a holiday… to be honest. My husband still isn’t up here, and I’ve never not seen my parents for Easter. I definitely almost cried during church today because of how much I miss everyone. I don’t think I’d be able to survive this without the incredible network of friends I have up here. Thanks for creating a home away from home for me, and for helping me deal with my homesickness!

easter girls

easter fun


I hope all of you are having a lovely day with family and/or friends! If you want, tell me about your day in the comment section below!



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My first week in NYC

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Sorry that I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been running around this city like a crazy woman. This week has had some serious highs and some serious lows, but I am so incredibly excited about this new adventure! Let me just recap the week a bit:

Transporting luggage in the city is a huge pain in the rear. If you take a cab, it’s gonna cost you at least $50. If you take public transit, it’s going to suck. And everyone who is on the train with you is going to give you the stink eye. It is what it is.


I’ve definitely felt a good deal of homesickness in the past week. My husband, my family, my puppy, my church, my friends, and everything I’m familiar with is in Houston. It’s been a lot of change at once, and this has all happened really fast. Missing Matt has been extremely hard, but we’ve been able to talk every single day. I can’t wait to see him on May 16 (going to TX for a wedding, and then Matt and his brother are driving all our stuff up to the city)!

Like I said, I’ve been all over this city in the past week for interviews. I’ve been able to get a feel for the subway system (only took the wrong subway twice).


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strollling nyc

The weather has been just about perfect. High in the 70s, sunny skies, and a little bit of a breeze. And the people have been surprisingly helpful. The stereotype that all New Yorkers are jerks is a bit of an overreaction. They are busy, yes. They are often in a hurry, yes. But I’ve had so many people stop to help me, offer me good advice, and really go out of their way to do something nice. Not a lot of New Yorkers are native. This is a very diverse city, and there are people from all different backgrounds. There are definitely nice people in the city.

I’ve been trying to keep up with all of my healthy lifestyle stuff while I’ve been up here. I will say that it has been difficult. I’m staying with friends in right now, so I don’t have all of my familiar kitchen tools. But the friends that I am staying with eat really healthy too, and that has been wonderful. Also, I don’t have a gym membership up here yet.

I made a trip to the Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, because it felt more familiar than other local grocery stores. The TJs is in an old, gorgeous bank building — definitely the fanciest TJs I’ve ever been to.

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healthy food


I’ve been running more than normal (because it’s something you can do without a gym membership), and I’ve been doing some bodyweight exercises. When the weather gets better, I’m going to post a workout that you can do at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I have some great ideas– Stay tuned!!

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running in prospect park

Today, I ran from Crown Heights to the Brooklyn Bridge. It was raining pretty bad, so I ended up taking the subway back. So worth it.

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running in the rain

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Beautiful, right? This bridge is probably my favorite NYC landmark.

On Sunday, I tried out Resurrection Brooklyn Church. It’s a new Presbyterian church plant that’s affiliated with Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian. They met in Clinton Hill (Brooklyn) in a historic Presbyterian church. The people were incredibly kind and welcoming to me.

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resurrection brooklyn

On Sunday, I also met up with some Tone It Up (#TIUNYC) girls for lunch at Sweet Green on Broadway. One of the girls was actually from Houston, just like me! They were really helpful and kind, and they gave me a bunch of apartment hunting advice. I’m looking forward to meeting up with them more in the months to come!

Sweet Green


I have good, big news on the job hunt as well, but you guys will have to wait a little bit for that (till everything is official). Now, the apartment search begins!!



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A New Adventure


As many of you know, I was recently laid off from my job here in Houston. While we were pretty distraught at first, Matt and I have decided to turn this seemingly horrible event into something awesome.

How are we going to do that? We’re making this into the opportunity we have been waiting for – a chance to move to NYC! Crazy, scary, exciting, incredible. I really can’t begin to describe the situation or how I’m feeling.

I booked a one way flight for tomorrow morning. I have a bunch of interviews lined up with some amazing companies!

I promise to keep you all updated, but for now wish me luck! All prayers are appreciated.

NYC, we’re coming back for you!




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Legs and Abs Tabata

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Matt and I recently started incorporating Tabata training into our workouts. Three times a week, we head over to the park, and knock out some of this high-energy HIIT action.

Tabata: a HIIT workout that is based on the equation 20/10 x 8 = 4. Let me explain. You workout full speed/power for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds — 8 times. Doing that interval 8 times = 4 minutes.

We usually do 4 tabata workouts, totaling at 16 minutes.

I use my Gymboss app to set up timers with sounds that indicate when to start my intervals.

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Here’s the Legs and Abs Tabata workout we have been loving:

Tabata 1: Sprints

  • 8 rounds of 20 sec Sprint, 10 sec walk

Tabata 2: Mountain Climbers

  • 8 rounds of 20 sec Mountain Climbers, 10 sec rest

Tabata 3: Vertical Squat Jumps

  • 8 rounds of 20 sec Squat Jumps, 10 sec rest

Tabata 4: Reverse Crunches

  • 8 rounds of 20 sec Reverse Crunches, 10 sec rest

During the active rounds, try to get in as many good form reps as possible. You can even keep track of your numbers along the way if you really want to challenge yourself to keep pushing all the way through the workout.

Try this and let me know what you think!


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