… and the trail runs continue! Every single day since I got home. 🙂 I need to get my fix while I can!

I finished The Hunger Games today. Amazing book! I’m a few months late, but better late than never! I want to start on the second one soon. Katniss is so BA. I think every girl could learn a thing or two from her independence and strength. It’s so nice to have time to explore some books I have been wanting to read… which leads me to my new read: Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30. It’s by the editors of Glamour and Pamela Redmond Satran. It started out as a simple list for Glamour and it spread across the internet like wildfire. Glamour and Satran decided to elaborate on each of the rules in a book featuring powerful women. I’ll highlight the nuggets for you here!

#1 One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

Love should almost never make you cry. If you’ve sobbed or had too many drinks or felt your stomach knot up over a guy more than once for every month you’ve been together, this is not the love you were meant to have. Thank him for the lessons and move on. -Genevieve Field

#2 A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

I loved that chair. I wanted that chair. It was less like the old me and everything like the person I wanted to become: a person comfortable enough in her own life to sit and stay awhile. -Sloane Crosley

#3 Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

A go-to dress. It doesn’t have to be a little black dress. It’s even better sometimes if it’s not, because color makes a bolder statement. But it should fit perfectly and make you feel beautiful. -Anne Christensen

#5 A youth you’re content to move beyond.

I found two gems on this one. 🙂

Most of us fear that in growing old, we’ll become a shell of ourselves. But, of course, it’s the youthful versions of ourselves that are our shells; we must leave them behind like a snakeskin. We must grow out of ourselves to grow beyond our old limits, or else risk being suffocated by the sediment of our own history. -ZZ Packer

I now believe in growing gratefully, not gracefully. I haven’t found the secret to life, or love, or eternal youth. But I do know now that youth is not the blossom but the bud, and that though one cannot always be young and wild, if you are willing to learn, to grow, to outrun the mileposts of your own wildest dreams, you can always be winsome and lucky, lovely and free. -ZZ Packer

What 30 means to me {Taylor Swift}

Having no deadlines for love or anything else.

It’s rare that I have a boyfriend–that only happens if I fall in love. I’ve noticed that people who are never in a relationship just to be in a relationship keep their childlike spark because they don’t end up settling for things that make them unhappy, and they never feel as if they took less than what was out there for them. So for me, being single is what I do, and falling in love is the exception. -Taylor Swift

…to be continued as I read more!

Now for recent eats:

Spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, parmesan and chicken. Raspberry shake with frozen berries, almond milk and almond butter with psyllium husk on top. A little protein heavy, but I have been swimming and running a lot so it was needed!

Weekly Finds:

1. Sparkling water. It’s way more entertaining to drink than the usual H20.

2. Garmin watch. You can run anywhere and it keeps your mileage, split times and pace.

3. Coconut and almond milk blend. It’s new! A mix of coconuts and almonds. You definitely have to like coconut to enjoy the taste.

4. Moroccan argan oil. I scrunch my hair with it post-shower and it keeps it silky and wavy.

5. “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna. Awesome running song!

Happy Sunday night!