Summer training

I used to pride myself on my body and work ethic on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Since I’ve grown older and the more responsibilities I’ve had to tackle on, I’ve realized that I’ve majorly neglected my body. This school year was a little rough for me because I found myself with a lot on my plate. It’s nice to keep active work wise, but once May hit me I realized that I had entered a mild state of depression.

Self-doubt and even self-worth slowly started to climb into my head. I tried my hardest to ignore this vague feeling by mounting another task or by simply taking a nap. I would look at myself in the mirror after a long day and I would just feel self-conscience about who was looking back at me. Needless to say I was depressed. Great! I didn’t have time to be depressed. What I didn’t realize was that me not giving myself a chance to fully acknowledge the fact of what I was feeling, was just making things worse.

As the school year came to a close I was determined to go back to my daily routine of at least running a couple of miles of running and so came today as the first day of “Aley getting her life on track because she cares about herself.” It felt nice to run a total of .5 miles. It felt nice to squat a total of 5 times. It felt good do a total of 20 Russian Twists. Yay!

And… with sweat coming down my face, I smiled to myself, and that ladies and gents felt good!

I know sometimes we get caught up with work and our daily lives consume us, that we forget what truly makes us who we are. I encourage you to take the time to breath, to enjoy yourself, to get back in the gym, get back to tending that garden, to reading that book, to those bubble bathes, to laughing, to pausing, gosh darn it you deserve it. Don’t ignore signs of fatigue, loneliness, guilt, worthlessness.

Listen to yourself. Please yourself. That’s the only person that truly matters.

I’m here for you, as always,


  • Sports bra= Adidas
  • Leggings= Bally Brand found at Kohl’s
  • Running shoes= Nike
  • Jacket =Adidas

In the forest


Today’s post brings us back to the Muir Redwood Park in San Francisco. Yesterday I mentioned how much I enjoyed visiting this area because I marveled at the beauty of nature.

Today I want to talk about what I wore during the nature walk. I didn’t know this, but San Francisco is notorious for unexpected weather. Go figure, just like Kansas. The weather cooperated the majority of the time I was visiting San Fran. Some days were warm, others cool, other days moist. I didn’t know what it would be like. Much to my surprise leggings were my go too item.

During the nature walk I wore these leggings, which are my favorite because they are thick enough to be warm, but also comfortable enough. In addition, I wore my utilitarian jacket almost everywhere, especially to the park because where the sun didn’t hit–I shivered. One of my favorite brands in active wear is Under Armour, which is where my top is from.

Lastly, I rocked my Royals baseball cap, mainly because I missed home and partly because I wanted to sport a little piece of back home.

This outfit made for walking the park easy, comfortable, and flexible, which is what I needed in order to enjoy every inch of these giants.

Sorry I’m posting so late, as always.


Monday on the go


My Monday, just like everyone else (I can image) is hectic. I usually run around like a crazy person and if I’m not; I’m going crazy thinking I missed something.

Today in particular was that kind of “Monday.” So, in order to help me jet through the day, I wore my favorite sneakers. I have to admit that I’m not much of a tennis shoes-kind of girl, but this pair is both comfy and colorful.

The t-shirt I’m wearing was a gift from my mom. It reads “Follow Your Heart,” in three different languages.