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2015 in Review

31st December 2015

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2015 by the numbers

6 states traveled

3 new countries visited

26 blog posts written

77 Classpass classes taken

1 new job

3 public speaking gigs

492 miles run

1 year of marriage celebrated

2015, you challenged us, made us laugh, left us terrified at times, gave us plenty of reasons to smile and readied us for everything 2016 will bring. Thanks for being an all around lovely 365 days for the books.

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How I’m surviving Serial Season Two

13th December 2015

There was a time when I was one of those focused runners who could run sans music or distraction of any kind. During the past few years, that dedication has slowly slipped away and the headphones find their way into my pack far more often than I like to admit. The “you’re not training for a race, just stop and take a break to take pictures” habit has also worked its way into my running routine, but I digress.

Headphones started as a means for talking on the phone to pass the time, progressed to Nike’s Spotify playlists, and for the past few months, have settled on podcasting.

Call it a funk, or a cure to one, but having someone feed stories into my headphones almost makes running feel like the by-product.

It wasn’t until this afternoon, two miles into a run, when the first episode of Serial Season Two came to an abrupt end and I was reminded of this terrible truth:

One story. Told week by week.

I jumped on the Serial bandwagon late. This translates to: I had the luxury of listening to every episode at my heart’s content. Unless someone hold my patience hostage, reality suggests that waiting for a full season of stories is not likely.

In the event that you also find yourself in the same Sarah Koenig, week by week void, here are a few of my other favorites to help you fill the time.

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Invisibilia

“The invisible forces that control human behavior, ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.”

This series had me rushing out the door and adding miles just to race to the next episode. If you’re not quite sold, start with episode three, “How to Become Batman.” You’ll be brainstorming DIY superhuman skill tests before the 59 minutes are up.

The Lively Show

“Add a little extra intention to your everyday.”

Jess sucked me in with her exclusive on Young House Love earlier this year. Her topics are simple, yet leave you feeling like you can conquer the world.

The EntreLeadership Podcast 

“Grow yourself, your team and your profits.”

Don’t let the business-y focus of this one scare you. These guys know how to tell great stories and they dig into the personal histories of some of business’ best known leaders in a truly valuable way. Episode #115 with Walt Disney World Resort’s former Executive Vice President of Operations Lee Cockerell is a personal favorite.

What have I missed? Any other favorites out there? Preferably anything that plays into binge listening, my sneakers thank you in advance.

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Friday Favorites: Edition Five

11th December 2015

TGIF and thank goodness I’ve finally gotten my act together enough to capture a Friday favorite. While the past few weeks have been a bit more turbulent than expected, today marks two weeks until Christmas, so let’s do this.

On Crutches

As in, no need for ’em here. P had ACL surgery last Friday and I was certainly more nervous than he was about it. Thankfully, the replacement went great and he’s on the road to recovery. He’s already walking in a brace, sans crutches and off of any sort of painkiller. Whoo!

On the Christmas Countdown

The stockings are hung, the house is half way lit and I’ve made a habit of committing myself to whatever ABC Family is playing every evening. In case you’re looking for workday motivation, this Spotify playlist is hands down the best one out there. I could get used to this.

On Anniversaries

Since we were off in Ecuador last month, we celebrated our thirteen month/engagement anniversary on Tuesday with dinner brought to us by wedding gift cards and cake brought to us by Publix…thirteen months ago.

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On TBT

The last few weeks have been rough for the Kelly/Dennihy/White clan, but this week’s exhaustion was made worth it after spending a late night across the country with cousins over wine, bakery cookies, cheesecake and pasta. Oh and these outfits. If there’s ever a sure fire way to see how loved someone was, it’s to pull all of the people around them into one giant hug. Or spoonful of cinnamon.

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