What Coloring Taught Me About Multitasking


I used to think that multitasking got things done quickly and efficiently (am i alone here?). Do two things at once and you’re saving time, right? Wrong. Once I truly started looking at my multitasking I realized how inefficient I was being.

To start with, I would try to brush my teeth and change my clothes or make coffee. Let me tell you, there are some things you can do while brushing your teeth, but changing your clothes or making coffee is not one of them. While I would fill up the coffee maker with grounds, my brushing would come to a complete stop because I needed both hands to make coffee. I’m sure you can imagine how brushing my teeth in conjunction with changing my clothes went [hint… it didn’t].

For some reason I kept thinking that I was being productive by doing multiple things at once, even though I was neglecting my teeth while I was making coffee [hello productivity!….right?].

Then, this Christmas, one of my friends gave me a Harry Potter coloring book. I started coloring some evenings while I was sipping on a glass of wine, and listening to Elton John [which ps: is the right kind of multi-tasking]. It wasn’t until I was a few pictures in that I realized I was unsuccessfully trying to multitask. I would start using one color and then see a different part of the drawing that needed to be colored, and I would stop coloring the section I was on, and move to a different section.

Now if you’ve never colored an adult coloring book [which by the way, am I the only one who hears the term “adult coloring book” and thinks it’s something dirty?] there are a ton of different spots to color. Like, I’m talking hundreds of teeny tiny spots. So in my attempt to multitask I would drop one color I was already using and move to a different color, only to need to come back to the first color. Are you following? If so, you realize how incredibly unproductive this is. I still needed to finish the spot I was working on, and it would still be there when I finished the second spot I chose to color.

All in all, this is a long-winded way of saying that coloring taught me to stop multitasking, and instead focus on doing one thing really well, and then move onto the next. It wasn’t until I started coloring that I realized how my attempts to multi-task were failing, and I was actually wasting time. Since realizing this I’ve tried to slow down and focus on one task at a time, and I think it’s helped. Every once in a while I’ll catch myself unsuccessfully multi-tasking, but for the most part I feel I’ve become more productive.


Phew. What about you lovely readers? Do you do anything that you used to think was productive, but later realized how unsuccessful it was? Let me know about it in the comment section below!


Life According To My Camera

I hate to say it, but the summer is quickly coming to a close so Steve and I are trying to soak up every minute of it. Last Saturday we went on a date to the MN Food Truck Festival and tried several delicious treats. After we decided to head to a local ice cream place where their motto is “forty-six ice cream flavors served in mammoth portions”, and as you can tell, Nelson’s did not disappoint.
Later that day I went out in Stillwater with some high school friends.
Then on Sunday Steve and I got the chance to do something that we will probably never be able to do again… watch the Twins play baseball from a private suite. It was all you could eat pulled pork, brats, hot dogs, fruit, and treats. Plus, all you could drink beer.
Obviously we hated every second…
Finally, we finished our deck project! [don’t mind the wood shavings near the tree. i think the squirrels drop shavings while they eat]

A View From The Other Side


A few years ago I wrote a post about saying “thank you” after a trampoline fitness class my friend Cynthia and I took. The instructor absolutely kicked our butts, we were dripping in sweat, and positively exhausted, but never the less we got off the mat and said, “thank you”. And before you say anything, yes I know that’s how your supposed to feel after a truly great workout, but my point was that it felt like an odd time to say “thank you”.

[see the previous post about my trampoline experience]

Fast forward a few years later, and I’m not only still taking the trampoline classes, but I’m also an instructor (along with my friend Cynthia). I’ve been teaching at one location, and to be honest the people who attend those classes aren’t always willing to push themselves. Instead they complain, ask what an easier modification is, and how much longer there is in class. As a student, I totally get that. Classes can sometimes feel long, especially if you’re not 100% into working out at that moment. But as an instructor, hearing those words make you feel like you’re not doing a good job. It can feel as though the students are not interested in what you’re teaching them and can make you question if you need to make changes.

Then this morning something wonderful happened! I taught at another location, taught the same workout I did at the first location, and do you know what happened?? They loved it!! The students loved pushing themselves, reveled in the workout, walked off the mat and said, “thank you”! Now I’ve heard “thank you” before, but there were two students who have been taking the class since day 1 and are very particular in the exercises they like to do, so to hear that they liked the class means a lot!

So here I am. 2 years later and viewing these classes from the other side. Taking the classes is truly a different experience once you’ve been on both sides. It makes you appreciate the instructors more, and take class more seriously.

Moral of the story, I’m going to keep creating workouts that challenge the students, and try to block out the complaints. That is, after all, why they came to the class, right?!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday to my lovely readers! I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I had a bit of a rough one, but luckily things started looking up yesterday. Steve and I have had our tickets booked for Europe for a few months now, and last night we planned out our trip! I am so excited! Plus tonight I am going to a local brewery with my friends and having a slumber party at my best friend’s house because [drum roll please] I am going to be a trainer at SkyZone.

SkyZone is that trampoline workout I’ve been doing for about 2 years now, and a few weeks ago my friend and I were asked if we would like to be trainers. [free classes and a little cash for working out / aka doing something I’m already doing… DONE and DONE!] This weekend we will be teaching all of the classes so needless to say I will be sore and in desperate need of a glass of wine after! But I’m excited and will be crossing my fingers that things go well until I’ve finished teaching my first class.

Anyways, I am looking forward to the weekend and to help celebrate / get me out of my crappy work funk I present the quotes I’ve been loving on recently! Happy weekend!! 🙂

Favorite Love Saying [because valentines day is about 2-ish weeks away]


Favorite Workout Motivation [because why else do you workout?]


Favorite Friendship Quote [because i get to spend this weekend with a bunch of my crazy friends]


Favorite Relationship Saying [because celebrating differences is a fun thing]


Favorite Clothing Quote [because i’m not shopping for a while in order to save for europe / i have about 1,000 striped shirts]


Friday Favorites

Favorite Friday [weekend] motto

Favorite “I’ve had a rough week, thank you for loving me” motto

Favorite Recent Memory

Favorite Recent Purchase


Favorite Song 

What about you lovely readers? How was your week and what are you looking forward to for the weekend?

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Mystery?

Alright, as I’ve said before I am loving listening to podcasts while going for walks. I’ve talked about my love of Stuff You Missed In History Class, but I recently found another podcast that you might like!

The podcast is called Mystery Show and Starlee is so fun to listen to. She brings back the childhood dreams of solving mysteries. Plus, for all you ladies, Jake Gyllenhaal even makes an appearance in episode 5.


I highly suggest listening to this! http://apple.co/1MfShXh

What podcasts (if any) are you guys listening to?

Upbeat Summer Driving Playlist

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but in Minnesota we are having a warm week. Now that it’s finally not freezing out, I am taking every opportunity to roll down the windows while I drive. If the windows are down, your music should be up and that calls for an upbeat driving playlist.

1. RAC- Cheap Sunglasses

2. Misterwives- Reflections

3. Ryn Weaver- OctaHate

4. Panama Wedding- Uma

5. Smallpools- Karaoke

6. The Wombats- Greek Tragedy

7. Matt & Kim- Get It

8. AJR- I’m Ready

9. BRONCHO- Class Historian

10. The Griswolds- 16 Years

11. CRUISR- All Over


What do you think? Did I miss any great summer driving songs?

Without Music Life Would Be a Mistake

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but for Christmas Steve and I got each other concert tickets. I got him tickets to see Theory of a Deadman and Bush and he got me tickets to see Griswolds and Walk the Moon. We saw Bush about two months ago and finally we get to see Walk the Moon on Friday and I couldn’t be more excited!! I’ve been in love with this band for 2+ years and can’t wait to hear them live for the first time.

Then a few days ago, I found out that for my birthday one of my best friends got me tickets to see one of my original loves… Cartel!! This band was one of my first obsessions and I am beyond thrilled to see them!

In honor of these concerts, I decided to put up 4 of my current song obsessions including two songs of the upcoming concerts!



Feel like giving these songs a listen and becoming as obsessed as I am? Here are the links to the songs:



Celebrate However You’d Like

I can’t believe that it’s already been a year since Steve asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him! It’s been an amazing and unforgettable year.


As I’ve said before, Steve and I aren’t exactly the crazy Valentine’s Day celebrators, but we enjoy using the day as an excuse to spend time together.

(Valentine’s Day 2012)
Valentine's Day

This year apparently we are going on our second year going big for the day of love. Tomorrow we will be spending the day traveling to Florida for a week!

Although we went to Hawaii less than 3 months ago, we are ready for some warm weather and relaxation! We are going to spend our time laying on the beach, playing tennis and golf, eating fresh fish and maybe even doing some beach yoga (if Steve can convince me) haha.


Happy Valentine’s Day, lovely readers! Whether you love or hate the holiday, I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow filled with romantic or friendly love!

The Most Cliché Post Ever Written

I’ve held off writing this post for a little bit because everything that I wrote sounded cliché. But then I figured, why fight it? I’ll write a post chalked full of clichés. So here we go…

What an absolutely crazy fun month is has been. Steve and I got married and it was the most amazing day of my life!  It went by in a blur. I feel like I missed so much because there was always so much going on. What I do remember is getting ready with all the ladies, seeing Steve for the first time, I remember being rushed to the doors of the church before I walked down the aisle, and the snow falling down as we took photos outside in the cold. I remember how great the speeches were from the dads, best man and matron of honor. I remember dancing our first dance and talking about how happy we were.

I could not have enjoyed it half has much if I didn’t have all my friends and family by my side throughout the day! Everyone was incredible. They were so helpful, energetic and excited to spend their day celebrating Steve and I, and let me tell you, that’s the most humbling feeling I’ve ever had. I truly have the best friends and family a girl could ask for!

I had the world greatest bridal party!

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I married this handsome man!

And the best dance partner a girl could ask for.

Plus, I got to celebrate with some of my oldest friends!

Two days later Steve and I went on our honeymoon to Maui. We snorkeled, watched the sun rise over a volcano

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laid on the beach and read
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and hiked to places with views like this


Now we are home and enjoying being married, but it was a seriously fantastic 2 weeks! I’m looking forward to everything that’s in store for our life together.

Phew… how’s that for a cliché post? Enough mushy annoying stuff for you? Good! : )