I don’t even know where to start. How about … Happy Friday?
First things first, I want to address how thankful and appreciative I am for all of you.
The last post published on LIL wasn’t an easy one to share, and even though I haven’t had the chance to respond to every thoughtful message sent our way, reading them really did make me feel loved. Also, learning about the experiences of others who have walked in our shoes is really, really encouraging. While I am definitely still healing from everything (physically and mentally), I will say that I feel anything but alone, and that’s amazing progress.
So much love is going back to you.
Second, it’s been quite the week. Or should I say weeks? There is so much to catch y’all up on, I just don’t even know. The condensed version? My life is work, play, work, play, and in the words of Rhianna: “work, work, work, work, work.” With a handful of visitors and the final weeks pushing into our studio opening, there is little time left for rest these days.
I’m not complaining, though. The distraction of being constantly busy (and I mean constantly) is actually refreshing. The only thing that I’m not enjoying about it all is the involuntary break that I’ve had to take from blogging. I really do miss checking in here on the regular!
I’m finally wrapping up some work for the night, and considering that it’s nearly midnight with an early wake-up call and commute in the morning, I’m going to keep this week’s batch of Friday Favorites short and sweet. We have several (long) training days and special events leading up to a soft and grand opening at the studio over the next two weeks, so I’m not sure when I will have the chance to log back on with a true version of #FFavorites that shares the latest and greatest.
Regardless, I plan on at least hosting the link-up for all of you. Now let’s celebrate diving into the weekend with a few quick recaps followed by your favorites, too. Happy Weekend & New Year!
Friday Favorites # 171: Week of 12/30
What I’ve been loving lately …
Christmas in New York
family in New York (and dinner at Hunt & Fish Club in Midtown — yum!)
Igloos, cider, and snuggies with a view at 230 Fifth
(and for the record, it’s worth the extra *popular* winter time wait)
Christmas Eve in Tipsy Elves Christmas sweaters
a surprise, impromptu visit from our friend, Barry, for Christmas
(and an excuse to go out in NYC three nights in a row – I’m still recovering … #imold)
anddd things that weren’t pictured at all:
(besides this new studio sneak peek!)
– his & hers Christmas onesies from Big Feet PJs (why I missed this photo opp is beyond me)
– Scott’s homemade meals
– holiday cards
– thoughtful presents from family and loved ones
– expanding my team, training, and hitting sales goals
– pet snuggles
– slowly easing back into workouts
– the return of regular coffee (sad but so, so true)
– all the Christmas movies (what’s your favorite?!)
– Justin Beiber Radio on repeat at work (<- great mix)
– taking one day at a time
Have a wonderful weekend and a very Happy New Year!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
I’m so sorry to hear about everything that’s happened and I can’t even imagine how hard it’s been. Happy New Year and may 2017 bring you amazing things!
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Patricia @ Sweet and Strong
Oh loving your christmas sweaters. I know you’ve been going through a tough time, but I think it’s so cool you are in NYC at Christmas time. Happy New Year Heather!
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Emily Swanson (@Emily11949309)
Thankful that you are still smiling and that you are taking one day at a time. God’s grace is sufficient for you. <3 Praying still!
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Nicole @ Blunders and Absurdities Blog
Happy New Year! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog over the past several months and wish you the best for 2017.
Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams
Thank you for hosting this link up every week Heather! It looks like you had a lovely Christmas and I hope your 2017 is amazing!
Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams
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I definitely listen to Justin Beiber radio most days too- haha!
Thank you so much for being so real on this blog, one of the reasons I’ve loved reading it for so long! Sending lots of love to you both!
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Wishing nothing but the best for you in the new year, looking forward to reading more and following along!
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May 2017 bring wonderful blessings and LOTS of happy times to you at Scott!! Happy to see you pop in here. Good luck with the opening of the studio!!
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Haven’t had a chance to read your blog in a few week so just reading your prior blog post now… Just want to say that with the new year comes new opportunities in every way possible. Do not ever give up hope of a child. After 2 years of trying with 2 miscarriages, we turned to IVF to conceive my now 20 month old son. I just found out last week that to conceive our 2nd child we would need IVF again. It was heartbreaking news, but we have learned to adapt and adjust to the ways our lives have turned. You will too. If you can get through 2 miscarriages, you can get through this journey! While it may be hard, and tears will be shed, envy will always exist, disappointment will be had, there is another side to this. I wish you all the happiness and joy and 2017. Your journey is not over yet!
I’m not sure how I managed to miss both of your latest posts until now but I just wanted to reach out and say how sorry I am. I can’t fully imagine how hard this must have been for you but I definitely understand more than the last time. My husband and I found out that I was pregnant back in September and I miscarried at 7 weeks. Devastated and heartbroken because we really wanted that baby and it seems that everyone we know is expecting around the same time. Sending much love as you continue to deal with this trial.
Although I’ve visited your blog for the first time but believe me its gonna take me long with your blog. I have gained many things from your articles. I wish to read more up coming stories from you. Its been a good experience for me to be here. Thanks for sharing positiveness to the people around you. I want to be more fit with your advice through your articles 🙂 Have a healthy & happy New Year to You Heather !!
Best wish for you in 2017! Glad to see your sharing! I like…
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Miss your blog and social media posts. Please come back.
Please come back. We miss you and support you!
Are you ever going to come back? I know times are tough, but I’m sad every time I check here hoping for an update and there’s nothing
Hi Jill! Thank you so much for checking in. I really appreciate the support! It’s been REALLY hard to commit any time here, but I really do miss blogging on the regular and chatting with you guys. I promise to share an update soon! <3
I never comment but I must say I miss the blogging too! I hope all is well, you are missed! God bless!
Miss your blog so much Heather! Saying prayers xo
I really miss reading your blog! Hope things are going well at Orange Theory and hope you manage to fit the blog back into your schedule 🙂