Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites: May Edition

Can you believe it’s already June?

Is it just me or does 2017 feel like it’s literally flying by?

 

May was a surprisingly adventure filled month.

Fun and exciting thangs? I’ve been rocking out a super fun project over on Instagram called the Mindful Minute with me project -- posting mini one minute video truth bombs. Check it out under the #mindfulminutewithme hashtag!

I also hosted our first ever local edition of our Self Development Book Club which was sooo fun! Every month in our Live On Purpose community, we rock out a book dedicated to our theme of the month and this month we’re all about ADVENTURE. I’m really excited to dive into our next one -- all about really taking ACTION in our lives and making incredible shit happen. Wanna join us? Request to join our group and get in on the fun :) 

And without further adoooo... here are ma highlights of the month!

 

MAY FAVES

 

BOOK

I can not say enough good things about this book and I’ve literally been recommending it to everyone and their mother.

May was “master your mean girl/inner shit talker” in our Live on Purpose community and holy wow, the discoveries we made about how we speak to ourselves was profound.

What I loved about this book was just how freaking relatable Melissa is. And as so many women in our community discovered, there are aspects of the book that every single person can take something incredibly profound away from. There are also actionable tools for every single lesson throughout the book which are hugely impactful.

Basically, read it. And when you do, let me know your thoughts :) I would LOVE to hear them.

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ADVENTURE

One of my best friends came to Chicago to surprise me over the Memorial Day long weekend and I just about DIED. My love language is 100% quality time, and I’m a sucker for surprises, so safe to say my love tank was FULL. 

We spent the weekend frolicking around the city, snuggling, going out to eat at some super fun and exciting places and catching up. It was amazing.

WORKOUT MOVE

 This past month I did something a little different for our monthly health & fitness accountability group and created a customized workout schedule tailored for brides to be, bridesmaids or anyone attending weddings, really! It was SO much fun and I think my favorite part about it all was the variety every single day.

 Curious about the schedule? Give me a holler and I’ll send it your way!!!  

Anyhoo, this was one of my favorite moves from the experience ;)

Our June health & fitness accountability group is full so if you wanna hop on into our July edition, be sure to put your name on our wait list here!!! BIG THINGS happening in July so get excited!!

LOCAL COFFEE SHOP

At least once a week, I spend my day working out of a coffee shop with my biz bestie. Becoming a Beachbody coach has allowed me to get rid of all my soul sucking day jobs and make my own schedule (#girlbossin). And while entrepreneurship comes with sooo many beautiful gifts, it also can feel lonely at times when you're always working from home, so I've started spending at least one day a week working at a coffee shop and trying to explore as many new ones as possible to make it an adventure!

My fave for this month is Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea. It's super bright and fun, lots of open space to get work done and they have such a nice variety of drinks and healthy eats (which you KNOW I’m all about!)

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TOBY MOMENT OF THE MONTH

 Our little man officially turned 1!

We celebrated with a big ol' bone, some new toys and a trip to the dog beach because he freaking LOVES the water. 

 

And there you have it, my friends.

Some of my favorite moments from the month! 

What were some of your favorite moments? Make any fun discoveries? Would LOVE to hear!

Xo Amanda

 

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Friday Favorites: March Edition

Can you believe tomorrow is officially APRIL? How the eff did that shit happen?!

March is usually a lay low month for me. February is always so fun-filled with my Birthday and celebrating our anniversary and coming off of that, I just end up spending the month hibernating and waiting for Spring to come -- anyone else feel this way? And last year this time, we were being moved out of our new home into a hotel and life was just CRAY so when March rolled this year, I wasn't sure how it would all roll out but holy wow it's been a beautiful month. Between traveling, starting rehearsals for my next show, work and family time, it's been a busy but oh so wonderful (and snuggly) month. 

Fun and exciting thangs? I've been getting back into Pinterest (be ma pinning friend!) and am freaking LOVING IT and it's been inspiring me to start being intentional in new areas of my life that I haven't been focusing on as much -- like home decor & clothing style! I'm dedicating April to decluttering all the things in my life that don't light me up using the Marie Kondo method (if you wanna join in, join our Live On Purpose community -- we're spending the month doing it together 'cause no gal should have to de-clutter on her lonesome!) 

And without further adoooo... here are ma highlights of the month!

 

MARCH FAVES

 

RECIPE

If you don't follow Ambitious Kitchen, run and start pinning all her recipes 'cause they're the shit. But for realz, her recipes are not just healthy but freaking DELICIOUS. And she lives in Chicago soooooo you know I'm all about supporting ma local peeps! 

Now I will say that not all of her recipes are for busy babes like me, BUT a lot of them are and this one in particular is one of my faves. Whenever my hubby asks for chocolate chip cookies, this is what I make -- so freaking good.

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ADVENTURE

At the verrry beginning of the month, I went to Ottawa, Canada to surprise my bestie Caroline! She's the QUEEN of surprises and it was high time I got her back and man oh man was it PERFECT. Her reaction literally made me laugh so hard I (almost) peed my pants.

I love to travel, but what I love even more are my best friends. And almost all of mine happen to live super far away. This year, it's been my goal to spend more time with the people that light me up and I'm just so grateful that I have created a life for myself that allows me the freedom to up and go whenever I want to, because man oh man do weekends and moments like this feed my soul!! 

WORKOUT MOVE

I've been doing a new strength training program that has been rocking my freaking world. I feel SO STRONG and I can't believe how much my body has changed in the past 2 months. I used to think that there was no way I could ever see results like this from home (I'll be sharing my final results on my Instagram so stay tuned!) -- especially from a strength training program but holy balls I am feeling SO BANGIN. And this was one of my favorite moves :) Mostly because I think triceps are bangin'. And because jamming out to this song brought me back to my 19 year old self busting it out with my besties. 

LOCAL COFFEE SHOP

At least once a week, I spend my day working out of a coffee shop with my biz bestie. Becoming a Beachbody coach has allowed me to get rid of all my soul sucking day jobs and make my own schedule (#girlbossin). And while entrepreneurship comes with sooo many beautiful gifts, it also can feel lonely at times when you're always working from home, so I've started spending at least one day a week working at a coffee shop and trying to explore as many new ones as possible to make it an adventure! My fave for this month is Gaslight Coffee Roasters in Logan Square. It's super bright and spacious, the people who work there are always so friendly and they make their tea (and coffee) is really good.

And the piece de resistance, because obviously you're just here for cute pictures of my pup -- come on, don't deny it! 

TOBY MOMENT OF THE MONTH

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Because if this isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen, I don't know what is.

SNUGGLES FOR DAYS.

 

Cheers to March! Let's make it an epic April. 

My word of the month? ENGAGED. 

What's yours? 

Xo Amanda