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Celebrate Every Day, Part 3

One of my best friends from high school (and still to this day) has had a tremendous influence on the past few years of my life.

She moved to D.C. after she graduated college, which was just before my junior year of college. We quickly became closer than we’d ever been, and I continued to look up to her. She’d joined the Junior League of Washington and made a lot of friends and that way, and so I, too, decided to join.

I joined in the spring of 2007 and began my provisional (training) year that fall. I’d graduated in 2005, but kept waiting to join, knowing I’d probably move to NYC at some point. Once I found out I’d be able to transfer my membership, I decided to bite the bullet and join. As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t really find a group I clicked with in the D.C. League, but I decided to transfer my membership when I moved up here anyway.

[The other tremendous influence on my life MaryBeth had was deciding to get married in Aruba. Her wedding and asking me to be bridesmaid on the beach in Aruba was the catalyst that started my weight loss journey.]


I either could have loved the NYJL or hated it. Thankfully, I loved it.

I joined the External Communications Committee in the spring semester of 2009 and dove right in. By the end of that year, I was named vice-chair of my committee, and then chair a year later. Two years later, and my term is up. A few months ago, I applied to replace my “boss,” Julie, who sits on the Management Council as the Public Affairs Council Head. Her terms is up, and she has to roll off.

Today I found out that I will indeed be attempting to fill her shoes next year! Julie is one of the smartest people I know, and one of the people I admire most, so I have some pretty large shoes to fill here. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I am so excited to continue to help spread the word of the good work the NYJL is doing in the community. This work I do with the NYJL takes a lot of my time, but it is so incredibly fulfilling.


And our great events. (Which fund the community activities.)

So tonight, at a Junior League meeting, I celebrated. I try to find something to appreciate everyday, and this was definitely today’s!

What are you celebrating today?

Accountability and Inspiration: Physique 57 and Girls on the Run

I really like Physique 57 because it’s a great workout, but I also really like it because their registration keeps me accountable.

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Once you’ve registered, you can only cancel within 6-12 hours of a class or else you lose your money. And who wants to lose money?

I wasn’t always the most dependable person. In fact, when I lived in D.C., I was pretty flaky. I’ll chalk most of that up to being dumb, young and irresponsible. While Saturday was the first time I spoke on a panel, it wasn’t the first time I was asked.

I was asked a few times while living in D.C., but always canceled a few days before, saying a scheduling conflict had come up, because I was downright terrified. Old age and this blog have definitely kept me much more accountable for my actions, and I just don’t want to be that person. It’s easier to just do something than to make excuses for why you didn’t do it/aren’t going to do it.


And I also like Physique 57 for the socks, I’m not going to lie.


I’ve heard a ton about Girls on the Run from Laurel, the awesome Abby and from reading about Caitlin’s involvement with the group. If you’re unfamiliar with the group, it was founded by Molly Barker, a four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete. She founded the program to teach 8-12 year-old girls confidence-building lessons through running. It started in 1996 in Charlotte, NC and has now expanded to 150 cities. It’s a really inspiring program that I’ve wanted to get involved with for awhile, but in trying to be realistic with my time, have accepted that I can’t add that on top of my already substantial Junior League commitment.

But! If you’re an NYC runner, they’re looking for buddies (to run with the girls) for their 5K on June 5. You can register here if you’re interested.


Just the English muffin + sunflower butter for breakfast and soup for lunch. Nothing to see here!