Friday Favorites, 4 Happy’s

Happy Friday! Happy Halloween! Happy Birthday! Happy Blogiversary!

That’s a lot of happy friendly faces! I haven’t done a Friday favorites in forever. Today was a good day for one. Let’s roll through the list.

Happy Friday!

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Need I say more? Another week over! I really look forward to fall weekends. Football, cool morning walks, smells of chili & pumpkin, holiday shopping, yoga pants and big baggy sweaters. I would love to wrap that fall feeling up in a blue Tiffany box and give it as a gift to someone because there really is something special about fall weekends. 

Happy Halloween!

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I must be the grinch of Halloween. I don’t like it and I’m the only person I know who doesn’t.. The thought of dressing up in a goofy, uncomfortable, scratchy, polyester costume and scaring people is not my thing. Thankfully I don’t have kids. If I did, I don’t know what I’d do. I would have so many issues allowing them to participate in this holiday. I’m certain my dislike is because my birthday is two days after. Growing up, every birthday party I can remember was Halloween themed. I always wished my birthday was on a different day so it wouldn’t have to be associated with such a dramatic, weird and scary holiday. Hence my issue with thrillers. For those of you who do like Halloween, hope you have a great time, eat healthy and be safe! 

Happy Birthday!

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Ahem…did someone say birthdaaaaaayyyyy? Yep! In two days, it will be mine. This one is bitter sweet. I expected to be injury free by this time this year. Every year on my birthday I do the Women’s Running Series Scottsdale/Tempe half marathon. It’s been a tradition of mine for 3 years. A few weeks ago, I found out it was cancelled this year. I’m sure a lot of people were disappointed. It’s one of my favorite races, but honestly I felt so relieved. It’s hard enough having your entire life turned upside down from injury without battling the mental war of not being able to participate too. 

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I’m not into celebrating my birthday. After you turn 30, you try to ignore the fact that you’re that getting closer to 40. I never thought I would say this, but I’ve never been more happy to celebrate one. This year has really sucked. I’m a highly superstitious person. #6 is a bad omen and #7 is good luck in my book. I’m more than eager to ditch 36 and move onto 37. I’m convinced that much of the crap that’s happened to me this year is from that #6. I can’t wait to see what #7 has in store for me. I’m sure you can guys can guess what my one wish will be. I don’t have specific plans this weekend. Mostly I just want to shop, eat out and pamper myself. 

Happy Blogiversary! 

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My birthday is the 1 year mark of my blog. Last summer I started tossing around the idea of starting a blog. I did a lot of research and in typical Megan fashion, procrastinated over it for months. I was having commitment issues trouble thinking of a website name. It was during last year’s half marathon, I finally decided to go for it and picked a name. After the race, I bought the domain and got started that night. Isn’t it crazy how the best ideas sting you at the most unexpected moments? 

Blogging has been everything I thought it would be and everything I never expected at the same time. If that makes sense? I look back at some of my early posts and cringe a little, but everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve definitely learned a lot in a year. I’ll write a post in more detail soon about that. For now, I’ll say the connections I’ve made with my readers and other bloggers is the biggest and most unexpected, positive thing I’ve experienced from this. I never expected it to this level and for it to happen this fast. I have no idea what the future has in store for me, but I’m excited to experience whatever comes.

Oh and definitely I did not expect all this food! Who am I??? Martha Stewart? Hope you guys have a great weekend! 

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Butternut Squash Cranberry Salad & Orange Cinnamon Dressing

GF Almond Muffins

Chicken Noodle-less Soup

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Raspberry Almond & Chia Smoothie

No Bean Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Coconut Pancakes

Cacao Hemp Oatmeal Bites

Are you a Halloween person? What are you dressing up as? How do you usually celebrate your birthday? What was the biggest lesson, surprise and positive experience you got from blogging?

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