On Turning Thirty

Today is my thirtieth birthday. When the heck did that happen?

30th Birthday WorkoutStarted my 30th birthday just like any other day!

It’s been pretty quiet on the blog front, but I know you guys understand that my priorities are elsewhere right now. Our wedding is in 20 days, and we’ve been in full blown details mode for the past couple of weeks. There really isn’t a lot of time for anything in our lives besides work, keeping our health and fitness a priority, and getting these last minute wedding things done. My brain is definitely more scattered than usual, but I’m taking things one day at a time and know that everything will come together for our big day. People keep asking me if I’m nervous and seem to love pointing out how stressful these last few weeks can be (thanks for the reminder?), but honestly I’m just excited for the day and for all our friends and family to be together. I’m excited to Greek dance, and eat our cake, and toast champagne while getting ready with my girlfriends. I’m excited to just be married, go on our honeymoon, and settle into a slowed down newlywed life this fall where I don’t feel like a crazy person. I know Tim is excited to have his girlfriend back, that’s for sure!

Engagement Photo

Even though I’m tired, I know this exhaustion has nothing to do with turning thirty. In fact, thirty doesn’t feel much different to me at all. I am excited to start a new decade and chapter in my life, and some of the happiest people I know tell me they love their early thirties! Physically, I feel strong and motivated to keep getting better and work on new fitness goals. My career vision has never been more clear. I’m confident with who I am. I don’t want to keep things around that no longer serve me, and I want to spend more time with people who make my heart happy. I feel comfortable saying no, and I’m just in a good place. I guess I’ve grown up?

Anyways, to celebrate my birthday, Tim took me on a weekend getaway to Kennebunkport last weekend. He was originally trying to plan a party, but we decided it was just too much to ask of people between my bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc. It was also becoming stressful trying to find a day to do it since we have two weddings to attend before our own, and I’m just done with feeling stressed about things that are supposed to be fun! A weekend away sounded much more appealing to me, and we had the most relaxing time together.

Kennebunkport

Last night I went out for a combined birthday dinner for me and my dad, and tonight my friend Emily is teaching a birthday themed spin class before my gym friends and Slesh, Trina, and Bridget come over to hang out a little. Low key and simple. Perfect.

30th Bday Dinner with Family

Before I go, I want to share a little list that Tim and I came up with while hanging out at the beach in Kennebunkport last weekend. We thought it would be fun to come up with thirty things that we want to do while we’re thirty years old. Of course we each have our own personal goals, but these are things we want to do together. Well, Tim may be 31 for some of these, but you get the idea!

Thirty Things for Thirty

  1. Get married.
  2. Go on a picnic near Harvard Square.
  3. Run a race longer than a 5k.
  4. Participate in a meat or fish CSA.
  5. Travel somewhere by plane besides Aruba for our honeymoon.
  6. Date night in: charcuterie night.
  7. Host a brunch for friends.
  8. Try stand up paddleboarding.
  9. Go clamming.
  10. Make our own deli meat.
  11. Buy bikes or at least go on more bike rides.
  12. Go to a drive in movie.
  13. Attend a wine tasting class.
  14. Host Friendsgiving.
  15. Hike Blue Hills.
  16. Create our own city garden.
  17. Date night in: tapas night.
  18. Try a new brewery.
  19. Make our own mozzarella.
  20. Host an around the world night.
  21. Do yoga together.
  22. Discover a new area of Maine we’ve never been to before.
  23. Go to a fall fair or festival.
  24. Make more time for reading.
  25. Decide where we want to live.
  26. Do more serious financial planning.
  27. Explore more farmers markets.
  28. Go camping.
  29. Have a yard sale.
  30. Do something out of our comfort zone.

Despite making this list, overall we want to just simplify and do less things day to day. I think it can be done. Bring on thirty!

Readers, let’s chat! How did you feel when you turned thirty? Or how do you feel about approaching thirty? What are some things on your bucket list this year? Which of the things on our list sounds most appealing to you? 

Enjoy the last day of August, friends!

Summertime at The Street: Bootcamp Review and Speaking at City Sports

A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to The Street in Chestnut Hill to check out their free summer fitness series.

The Street: Free Fitness

The Street hosts free fitness classes for the public all summer long on The Green right outside of The Shake Shack (kind of funny), but the night I went was a little different. The City Sports store located just a few shops down from The Green hosted an after bootcamp party that involved shopping, music, and refreshments, and folks at The Street invited me to do a Boston blogger kick off for the event. Of course I agreed – how fun! I also thought it would be cool to speak at an event for a store that I attended the grand opening of back in 2013. Side note: after you finish reading this post, check out HOW DIFFERENT I look in that other one. I’d say what a difference two years makes, but I think I look better now, so I’m going to say what a difference strength training makes. 😉

Anyways!

Street Sweat at Chestnut Hill

The bootcamp class (held every Tuesday at 6pm) was taught by trainers Jake Maulin and Corey Comeau of TriJake Fitness in Wellesley. They were quite the funny duo and really played off each other throughout the entire class. Since the class was all bodyweight, we did a lot of lunges, squats, jumping jacks, planks, pushups, toe taps, mountain climbers, sprints, and more. I conveniently stepped away to snap some photos during my least favorite exercise, jumping lunges. Tell me I’m not the only person that despises those bad boys?

The Street: Street Sweat

My friend Dawn from work, her friend Marina, and another person I know from work, Liz, all came to the event. Look at them GO on these power jacks:

The Street Sweat

The Street: Me and Dawn

I think that it’s really hard to tailor free classes for the public to meet everyone’s needs. You don’t want to make the classes too easy in case fitness fanatics like yours truly show up, but you don’t want to scare newbies away either. I thought that the level of the class was perfectly designed for that middle of the road fitness level. That said, while I definitely got my heart rate up and a little sweaty, I’ve definitely taken harder bootcamp classes before and was glad I lifted on my own that morning already. There were longer rest periods than I’m used to, but Jake and Corey took time to explain and demonstrate the exercises instead of have everyone move super quickly through them like I’m used to and teach myself in more advanced level classes. If you are looking for an intermediate level class that’s conducive to beginners as well, then I definitely recommend Jake and Corey on Tuesday nights at The Street. They’ll take good care of you, and they’ll also name exercises after you! They called the side planks Greek columns in honor of me hosting the event. 😉

Street Sweat

The workout lasted about 40 minutes all together, and they gave everyone free water bottles and a towel as a thank you for coming by.

Street Sweat

After class we headed over to City Sports. They were still setting up when we arrived, so people spent some time browsing before I said a few words. When it was time for me to speak, I gathered everyone around and talked for a few minutes about the Boston fitness community.

The Street: City Sports Event

I first thanked Jake and Corey for class and said that as a fitness instructor, I think it’s important to experience different teaching styles and continuously expose yourself to new ideas and ways of doing things. I then said that when it comes to new ideas and trying new things, I think the Boston fitness community is pretty amazing because it gives people SO many options for trying new things. There are more and more individuals, teams, and businesses offering fitness options to the community that go beyond going into a traditional gym setting and hopping on a machine. There’s been an explosion of boutique fitness studios ranging from indoor cycling to hot yoga and more, but there’s also been a huge shift into making fitness an experience for people. It’s brilliant, really, this concept of bringing us together where we can socialize in addition to getting fit.

The Street: City Sports EventI emphasized that not only is the Boston fitness community moving toward making fitness fun, but it’s giving people an opportunity to form relationships with each other by connecting with like minded people. I shared with the group that I’ve met some of my best friends through fitness, and I closed by thanking The Street for hosting a whole summer of free fitness for the community and City Sports for bringing us together to socialize afterward. After I finished up, it was time to shop at a 20% off discount, enjoy the live DJ, get complimentary Glow N Go facials by Skoah, and taste some other treats from Davids Tea and Treat Cupcake Bar.

The Street: City Sports Event

The Street: City Sports EventI bought myself a new tank and two pairs of running shorts with the discount, I hung out with Dawn for a bit, and I introduced myself to several new people who were at the event. All in all, a fun night, and I want to thank The Street and City Sports for inviting me to be a part of it. Oh yeah, and for the awesome swag bag of goodies they sent me home with too… Tim and I already had a date night at The Cottage with that gift card! :)

The Street

Readers, let’s chat! What do you expect from free fitness classes? How do you make fitness social? What’s your least favorite exercise that you would have skipped to take pictures during?

Have a good one!

My Bridal Shower

Morning!

My Bridal Shower

I finally had some time over the weekend to go through all the pictures from my bridal shower.

My Bridal Shower: Bridesmaids

My wonderful mom, maid of honor, and bridesmaids threw me the most special day back in June. I know from experience that bridal showers are a lot of work to plan, and I am so appreciative of all the time they put in to making sure the day was full of personal touches and perfect for me.

My bridal shower: Getting Ready

My Bridal Shower at Tuscan Kitchen

The shower was held at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. That part was a surprise. I didn’t want a surprise shower (let’s be honest, I’d probably show up wearing gym clothes), but my mom really wanted there to be a surprise element to the day, so I agreed to having the location be the unknown detail.

My Bridal Shower: Tuscan Kitchen

Tim was in charge of driving me there in the morning. It was kind of funny because as we walked in, everyone still yelled surprise even though I clearly knew where we were the second we pulled in to the parking lot. A couple people yelled yay, and my Auntie Paula started an “A-the-na” chant. Obviously.

My Bridal Shower: Walking In

My Bridal Shower: Me and Tim

I don’t know why, but I was nervous the week leading up to my shower, and I was especially anxious the morning of. All that attention solely on me… eek! It’s weird because I have absolutely no problem public speaking or giving presentations at work, I’m in the center of attention when I’m up in front of the classes I teach at the gym, and I put my life out there through this blog. When you are the center of attention at your bridal shower though, it’s really all about you! I was shaky walking in, but once I made my rounds and had a glass of sangria in my hand, I definitely calmed down a bit.

My Bridal Shower: Hugging

My Bridal Shower: Hugging 2

My Bridal Shower: Sangria

We spent a little time mingling and taking pictures with everyone before Tim, my dad, and my future father in law left to grab lunch together while us ladies did our thing.

My Bridal Shower - Parents

My Bridal Shower: Family

My Bridal Shower - Family

My Bridal Shower - Gram

My Bridal Shower - Family 2

What an amazing feeling to have so many of your favorite people in the same room. It got me really excited for our wedding day!

My Bridal Shower - Friends 2

My Bridal Shower - Friends

My Bridal Shower - Friends

Soon it was time for lunch. The restaurant set up the food buffet style, and everything was delicious. My parents spent a lot of time trying to pick out the perfect menu for me, and I received many compliments about how good the food was. I just wish I ate more food that day! I was too nervous to open my presents that I really didn’t eat as much as I normally would have. Please someone make sure I actually eat on my wedding day, mmkay?

My Bridal Shower: Tim's Family

There was also a huge table of desserts and cake. Got lots of smiles about that too!

My Bridal Shower - Cutting the Cake

My Bridal Shower: Cake

My Bridal shower - Desserts

Before I knew it, it was time to open gifts! Aside from the food and the venue, the other thing I’ve received a lot of compliments on since the shower was how efficient my assembly line of bridesmaids was. I had a huge pile of gifts, so people thought it would take forever, but the girls are seriously pros by now!

My Bridal Shower: Gifts

Bridget, Allison, and Shannon tag teamed getting my cards open, presents as ready as possible for me to open, and gifts passed down the line. I was happy to have Slesh and Trina on either side of me. Slesh helped me with the more difficult gifts to open, and Trina kept me laughing and took notes on who gave me what. Trina would then pass the gifts off to Katie and Lexa who carried them away, and Erica and Layla (my flower girl) tackled trash duty and making my bouquet out of all the bows. Seriously nobody does this as well as Erica does!

My Bridal Shower - Gifts

While I was opening my gifts, my bridesmaids organized a little game of bingo for everyone to play. Basically everyone filled out a bingo sheet with different gift items they thought I might open. If they got five in a row, they won bingo, and my sister brought them a little prize bottle of olive oil to take home. I thought that was the cutest touch! Some of the other cute touches throughout the day were the recipes for happiness box where everyone wrote us little note cards of advice for our marriage, the frames of pictures displayed around the room (although some of those were quite mortifying), the guest book, balloons, the floral centerpieces (Shannon put them together herself!), and more.

My Bridal Shower - Gifts 4

My Bridal Shower - Gifts 2

Everyone also brought us the nicest gifts. We got such beautiful stuff, and our kitchen is STOCKED now. It’s thrilling, and I am overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and thoughtfulness. There were some really creative non registry gifts too! Our friend Ashley from the gym had a painting made of the lighthouse where Tim and I got engaged, our friend Jill got us a really cute personalized cutting board, and Shannon made me a homemade apron. My bridesmaids put together a whole basket of goodies including wine/beer to drink on our “firsts” (Erica was on poem duty again!), toasting glasses for our wedding day, and a framed map of New England with pictures of Tim and I in all the places we’ve visited. New Hampshire was left blank for a wedding photo!

My Bridal Shower - Gifts 3

Slesh also organized a recipe collection and had all the guests each submit their favorite recipe before the bridal shower. She put together a whole recipe book called Recipes with Love for us, and we absolutely love it! We’ve already made a few things from it.

My Bridal Shower: Recipe Book

After the gifts were done, there was one more game to play. Bridget put together a He Said, She Said game to see how well each guest knew Tim and me. I had to stand up and announce which statements on the game were things I said and which were things Tim said. People started to head out a bit after that, but not before taking a potted herb of their choice for a favor! LOVED that so much.

My Bridal Shower - Favors

By this time, Tim and our dads had returned from their lunch, so they loaded up three cars full of gifts while a bunch of us took advantage of the beautiful weather for some more outdoor pictures.

My Bridal Shower - Outside

My Bridal Shower - Pictures Outside

My Bridal Shower - Picturs Outside

My Bridal Shower - Lifting Tim

Bridal Shower - Wilmington

My Bridal Shower - Carbs

My Bridal Shower - Carbs

I seriously had the best day, and I cannot thank my parents and bridal party enough for making it so awesome! You guys are the best.

My Bridal Shower - All Of Us

Readers, let’s chat! Have you thrown a bridal shower before? What were some of the ways you made it special for the bride? If you’ve had your own shower before, what was your favorite part about it? 

Reliving my bridal shower through this post just got me SUPER EXCITED for my bachelorette party… we leave on Friday of this week! YAY!