Two Truths & A Lie

Hi friends! Happy Friday – FINALLY. (I’m actually writing this on Tuesday so it seems so.far.away)

In order to switch things up a bit, I thought it might be fun to play a little game. I have a few more readers lately (HIIIII), so let’s see if you can guess correctly!

Two Truths & A Lie

Fact 1: I’m from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Two Truths & A Lie

Fact 2: I trained and showed dogs in 4-H growing up.

Two Truths & A Lie

Fact 3: I’ve been a contestant in four pageants, but the most I’ve won is Miss Congeniality.

Two Truths & A Lie

So, what do you think?
Tell me two truths and a lie about you!

Friday Favorites (because I miss ya’ll)

Oh hey! This blogging thing, huh. It’s been hard. I’ll get back into it, I promise. Just gimme some time here. I’m still getting accustomed to traffic, living out of suitcases and plastic bags with my boyfriend, having a new job at a gigantic corporation and living in Chicago.

NBD, right? 🙂

So anyways, I figured it’d be fun to do a Friday Favorites post since I’m a little slow this morning and can write up a few things.

My first favorite would be this song – it’s actually Skrillex’s old band, I think? I should probably look that stuff up before I tell ya’ll that, but it’s a good song.

Make War

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately between working out at lunch and driving 2+ hours a day. If you have any recommendations, let me know. OR audio books – I need to get into that.

Speaking of working out, that would be my second favorite even though you could never tell that by looking at my happy face. 

Working Out

The company I work for has a full-service gym that we can pay $13/paycheck for, so I just signed up for that after a 3-day trial. The stuff is super old, but a weight is a weight, so it’s working out. I’m going to have Ben write me a program (hopefully soooooon) so I can get back to business, but in the meantime I’ve just been working out for the fun of it. I love working out at lunch, but then I have to be pretty rushed about it. It’s a nice way to break up the day, though!

Randomly, my third favorite is this meme that Ben sent to me this morning …

Getting Ready

Isn’t that the truth?! I’ve been sucking at doing my hair lately, which is NOT normal for me. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, so the thought of waking up a few minutes early to do my hair is ridiculous. Messy buns it is … I’ll just dress up everywhere else so maybe people won’t notice. (Actually most people work from home on Fridays, so it’s pretty slow here today.)

And speaking of Ben, he’s my fourth favorite … or my favoritest favorite, if you will.

Pavilion Bar

I snagged a good one. 🙂

I’ve been all over the place the last month between moving, living out of bags at his apartment, figuring out traffic after living in a ho-dunk town, figuring out how to be IN a relationship instead of single … It’s been an interesting month, but still one of the best I’ve ever had because of this guy. I’m very lucky.


Fifth favorite would beeeee coffee. 

Skinny Vanilla Latte

I’ve actually been pretty good about not getting SB, but it has been a bit more than normal this week. Once I’m in my own space, I’ll be able to make my own coffee in the morning but for now, 1-2 coffees per week from SB is okay, right? Even if they are $5 a pop?

That’s my favorites for the day! I’m hopefully getting the code to my apartment today (there’s a code on the door instead of a key, so that’ll be nice), but I might have to wait until tomorrow. They’re fixing up the place (the last tenant destroyed it) so I’m fine with it taking a bit longer as long as it looks nice. I can’t move until next weekend anyway, so I’m in no crazy rush.

My weekend consists of two hockey games (woo, Ben!), babysitting a pup (I’M SO EXCITED), the Packer game (NERVES) and lotsaaaaa sleeps. What do you have in store this weekend? What are a few of your favorites this week? Any recommendations for songs or books on Audible?

Linking up with Heather! 

Friday Faves #4

Happy Friday! I’m still waking up from my night at Lambeau Field. Wooo, we won. Booo, they still played like crap. Thankfully the Bears played worse, I guess? So I guess that’ll be my first favorite … though I’d like to know where my immortal Aaron Rodgers has run off to. Have you seen him?

Packer Game

Though how cold it’s getting is definitely NOT a favorite.

Speaking of cold, my “typical Fall outfit” is in full swing. A silly boy told me that it looked like I was wearing the same outfit all week. Excuse me, no. Different dress, different scarf, different leggings, different tunic/dress. Duh. 😉

Fall Outfit

Third favorite is this Justin Bieber song. I just can’t stop it.

Justin Bieber

Another favorite of mine has been vlogging lately. Any type of YouTube – whether I’m watching it or filming it myself!

Speaking of vlogging, I’m also just loving all the connections I made in Chicago (including Marette, the pic in the vlog above). I have tons of people offering to help me out and connect with me, which is so refreshing!

I also loved writing my “Let’s Get Coffee” post yesterday and it seems like a lot of you were interacting with me. Maybe that’s something I can do weekly or at least more often? Let me know what you thought! I love reading those posts, but maybe weekly is too much? Not that much changes in my life. 😉

Finally, my favorite is this crop top AND the fact that I felt comfortable enough to wear it again this week. Granted I wouldn’t wear it today (bloating issue … sigh … someday I’ll figure out what my body hates) but today is my MUCH NEEDED rest day anyway.


Okay, off to do this Friday! I have a few things to catch up on and then we have an event tonight (that I thankfully don’t have to be at) and then a 14-hour day tomorrow because it’s Homecoming on campus! I’ll catch up with you Monday. 🙂

Linking up with Heather.

What are some of your favorites this week?
Do you have a staple Fall outfit?

A (not really) explanation

Hey, hey! It’s been awhile. As you may have noticed, my posts have fell off … as have my YouTube videos. In fact, really the only thing I’ve been keeping up with is my Instagram and Snapchat. And it’s not because I’m too busy (at least, not this week).

Have you ever just felt off? I cannot pull myself out of this funk. I go in them from time-to-time and I always struggle coming out of them. I filmed a YouTube video three times and deleted all three of them because I’m just “not there”. I’m bummed about a few situations in my life and people’s lives I care about. I’ve been having nightmares because I’m stressed so I haven’t been sleeping. I’m sick of never having any time to myself. I’m tired of getting home from working and try to start on my third job, but I can’t put my mind in it because I’m thinking about someone that’s treating me poorly. Or thinking about how messy my apartment is even though I clean it by myself every single day.

I’m also irritated with how much of a victim I’m sounding like up there ^^ and I’m over that as well.

So with that said, here are a few favorites this week in hopes to listen to my own advice and think positively when I’m feeling down.

First, amazing friends. Seriously. I basically will ignore everyone when I’m having a rough time and thankfully I have a few friends that pick up on that. Brooke makes me talk at work. Amy and Lindsay attack me on the regular via text, email and Snapchat. Kim is just always there for me. Julie texts me through how I’m feeling. <— I miss this one.


Second, dressing up. Always makes me feel better.


Third, that my favorite YouTube couple is back together. But it’s my favorite because I just love love. I mean, I can’t find it, so I hope other people do.

Sometimes I’m a little too interested in other people’s lives (that’s a story for another day), but I absolutely LOVE Christian and Nikki – separately – but together? Adore. And they did vlogs in Hawaii that I watched last night. Just the way he looks at her. And how happy she is. Makes me hopeful that maybe someday someone will look like that at me. (And also look like Christian Guzman. And also I’ll have Nikki’s butt. And also I’ll be in Maui.) 😉


And finally, working out. This morning I did a HARD lower body workout + 20-minutes SS cardio on the stair master. I came out looking like a drowned rat, but I felt SO much better. So I went home and apologized to the cats for being so mean to them this morning. (In my defense, they start scratching at my door at 4:30 a.m. to eat and it drives me CRAZY.)


Now on to the rest of the time! Time to look at life with a different perspective, remember I’m still SO damn lucky.

And maybe also take a nap.

What are you doing this weekend?
What are some of your favorites?

Friday: Things I’m Loving

Happy Friday! I’m falling asleep this morning, so I’m ready for noon. Thank God for four more 1/2 day Fridays this summer! <– That’s definitely one of my favorites. 🙂

Friday Faves

  • My new workout/IIFYM program

Friday Favorites

I’m just one of those girls that needs to follow a program, otherwise I wander around the gym messing around on different equipment or playing on Snapchat. Or it’s a lot easier to talk myself out of going to the gym. My 5:30 a.m. workouts have been amazing – I get up at 5 (before my body understands what’s happening) and get to the gym by 5:30. Most of my workouts have taken about an hour or a little less and then I drive home to get ready. I have to get up a bit earlier and it adds in some driving, but right now I’m loving it because I can make myself a hearty breakfast and relax a little before work. I don’t feel so hurried!

  • Wednesday

Friday Favorites

Okay, normally my favorite day of the week is Saturday, but this past Wednesday was amazing. I had a rest day (hence the only picture I have this week without giant dark bags under my eyes) plus I went into work a little late. I found out about a freelance-type position (which I’ve officially secured, WOOHOO!), the workday was pretty productive and it was the *least* difficult day of my new “diet”. After work I had an amazing call with life coach and had a fun call with my friend Megan – just a really good day in general! Favorite!

  • “Rise” by Katy Perry

Friday Favorites

I know, I know. I’ve put this picture up probably 13 times this week already on here and my Snapchat, but it’s SO good. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Katy Perry, but I love the meaning behind this song and just the way it makes me feel. Ya’ll know I love my music.

  • Being single & being okay

(Shameless video plug ^^) Okay, okay, okay. I know I make fun of this all the time and I’ll be the first to admit that I’d absolutely love to be in love. BUT. Butbutbutbutbut. Right now I’m liking being single because I’m able to focus on me and MY goals, which I’m currently crushing I might add. 🙂 I’m doing my fitness program with Lynette, life coaching with Amy (which has been SO beneficial and I’ve only had four sessions!) and started my own flexible dieting coaching business (p.s. email me if you want to hear more)! I just took on another job … yes, that means I now have a full-time job, a part-time job, a freelance job, a blog, a YouTube channel, studying for my NASM certification and my own business – HEYO! I’m determined to start working toward my dream of working for myself and it’s nice not having to put work into a relationship, too. Now, with that said, I’m still open(ish) to meeting someone and I’m still talking to some cool peeps that’d I’d love to have around more frequently, but right now I’m my main focus. I’m dating me! 

  • Javon’s Channel

Javon is SUPER positive. If you’re into YouTube channels / fitness channels, he’s a good one. 🙂

It’s been a wonderful week, so I feel like I could add 9,000 more favorites, but I’m going to stop for now. An UNfavorite is that I forgot my food this morning and I now have three hours to trick myself into not being hungry. Ohhhhh, lawd. Linking up with Heather!

Life In Leggings

What are some of your favorites this week?

Random Faves Friday

Do you know that in a week from today it will be July? What? That’s totally mind-blowing me this morning. Granted, it’s 5:51 a.m. and I’ve been sitting at the gym front desk working since 4:45, so I’m pretty sure anything would blow my mind right now. In fact, I don’t even think my brain is currently in my head.

I honestly just stared at this screen for a good 2 minutes before I realized I had completely zoned out. So, if that doesn’t give you an example for how I’m feeling, I don’t know what will!

*It happened again*

OKAY, let’s write this post!

So, just a random couple of favorites this week since my brain is not with us this morning:

–> I wrote my first IIFYM/Flexible Dieting plan for my friend Katie yesterday! I was so nervous to do it (ask her, I’ve been putting it off for weeks), but my new life coach talked to me about it on Wednesday and we actually made it an assignment for me to get Katie her macros by Thursday. So I went a little above and beyond and wrote out a plan for her, gave her an example of what I eat in a day on My Fitness Pal and gave her a basic check-in document she can use once she wants to get started. The information just flew right out of me, it was so crazy!

–> After writing that plan, of course all I could think about was my treat meal so I sneakily changed it to last night and went to get Mexican food with my sister. I shouldn’t have because I didn’t workout and reallllly treat meals should probably be on a day you worked out, but I’m hoping it won’t throw me off too much. I just love chips and salsa and margaritas, though I had a terrible headache later that night. Maybe it was the tequila?


–> I got my new Blog Boss Babe mug in the mail!

Blog Boss Babe

–> PEScience is always a favorite, but they’ve come out with a new flavor with only one carb (which is awesome) … Chocolate Cupcake. I MEAN REALLY. I hope it’s good because I ordered the 27-serving tub of it. Whoopsie. You know, for someone that worked in advertising/marketing for four years, you’d think I’d see through the marketing on some products, but I just can’t help it!


–> I’m calling this a favorite now, but I’m sure I’ll be complaining about it to you on Monday. BUT I have the entire weekend off starting at noon today. I have to bring my friend Brooke to her car after work and workout at some point today (though I’m sure a nap/relaxation period is going to override that for at least the early afternoon), but otherwise no plans! Maybe my sister and I will go to see the new Finding Dory movie, but that’s really all I can think of. I really should kick in and study for my NASM stuff this weekend as well as get a few more IIFYM coaching things, but we’ll see how it goes! I’m sure I’ll be bored out of my mind by 3 p.m. today, though. #ExtrovertProblems

–> Girl Crush

Laughing until your abs ache is my favorite exercise. 📸: @lakescreates

A photo posted by Nikki Blackketter (@nikkiblackketter) on

Seriously, LOVE Nikki. She’s just super real, loves her cat, hates cockroaches and loves Harry Potter. Oh, and working out and taking pictures in Calvin Klein underwear. I mean, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?!

–> This funny


–> And I did another video – woohoo! I’m on a roll 🙂

Okay, that’s it for me today! This post took me way longer to write than normal so I should probably go stare at something else for awhile. Is it noon yet?

Linking up with Heather!

What are some of your favorites this week?
Doing anything fun this weekend?

Friday Favorites + A Video!

It’s Friday!!! Yayy!!!!


Time for some favorites (besides the fact that it’s Friday, which is always a favorite!)

To keep on the Harry Potter train this morning, this gif is my first favorite.


I put it on Twitter the other day, comparing myself to Ron when a kid talks to me. I’m telling you, I’m SO awkward. Unless they’re Brooke’s kids, they understand me.


Favorite Numba 2 is Loving Tan self tan. It takes me a day or so to get used to the darkness, but it usually starts to fade and then I’m sad.

Friday Favorites

My next favorite is a shameless cross-promotion of my YouTube channel – because I love it and I put up a new video. 🙂

(Speaking of shameless cross promotion, do you follow me on Snapchat? I’m on it quite a bit: justjessie23)

This dress is always a favorite. 

Friday Favorites

The lighting, not so much … but you get the picture.

Instagram is always a favorite, especially when I find fun gems like these.

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

(Except change the her to him, because this will be me if I ever get a boyfriend again …)

Friday Favorites

And, finally a “fierce” one … anytime I see a quote with fierce in it, I get all fired up.

Friday Favorites

Another favorite: Katie’s Ireland recap  <3 MY HEART! Love Katie’s blog, you should check her out if you haven’t yet!

My last favorite is that I get to see this beautiful lady, Lindsay, in just a few hours!

Friday Favorites

I have a half day today, then I’m running home to pack (and possibly to the gym … we shall see) and then off to Madison I go to spend a good 24 hours with this chica! We’re planning to hit the town a bit tonight, go to Devil’s Lake tomorrow and possibly a winery. And play with her dogs because DOGS!

Oh, and an “extra” favorite is to all of you. Thank you SO much for the comments and support I’ve received about my pseudo-announcement yesterday. It’s always hard to put a goal out there into the universe when there’s a chance you could fail and then have to tell everyone that you did. BUT I’m not going to fail, so it’ll be fun to take you along for the journey.

Now, if only someone could get my butt to Hawaii …

Linking up with Heather today! 

What are some of your favorites this week?

Friday Favorite | May Edition

Woohoo, we made it to Friday! Is it just me, or do “short” weeks sometimes go by slower than normal weeks? Maybe it’s because our office has been dead!

I actually just put up my May Favorites on my YouTube channel if you’re interested in watching me ramble. 🙂

Today has been a fun day so far and it’s only 8:30 a.m. I’m hoping the day goes by quickly and I can get outside to enjoy the weather! I don’t have anything planned for this weekend, so I’m excited to get things started.

What are some of your favorites?
Any plans for this weekend?

Linking up with Heather! 

Friday Faves

It’s Friday – yay!! Except I work tomorrow …

e25503fda85814a0b8e32b1080abe152366ba3f663de363d0550d254096a6965_-original^^ That was me, just now.

So let’s talk about favorites! I did make a video of my February Favorites last week, so check that out if you’re interested.

// One of my first favorites has got to be my Brittany Dawn program. I talked about my results the other day, but I’ve started with my 90-day training program and leg day today almost killed me. And I’m wearing heels to work – rookie mistake.


// Another favorite would be Qdoba. I’ve been loving it lately (mostly because our Chipotle in Green Bay sucks) and I’ve gone there four times this week. Whoops.

// Supportive friends would be my next favorite. Thanks to Megan, Michelle, Andrea, my sister, etc. – Basically anyone that’s listened to me whine the past few days.

// My new About Me page! I update it every few months – I couldn’t believe how out-of-date it was. Whoops!

PicMonkey Collage

// My YouTube favorite this week in Nikki Blacketter. She’s going through a breakup and GIRL I’ve been there. <3

// I’ve gotten SO much work done the past couple of days. Like, three weeks worth of work done in a day.

// Finally, my next favorite is that my Hawaii trip is less than 50 days away! As long as we don’t talk about the flight, I’m excited! And Michelle is trying to convince me to not take my flight back to Wisconsin, which I’m totally for.


P.S. Michelle – we need some updated photos.

Okay, now I’m off to finish up my Friday! I work tomorrow night and I’m planning to see a movie with my sister on Sunday. I’m ready for it to be Sunday!!

What are your plans this weekend?
What have been your recent favorites?

Linking up with Heather.