• Lifestyle

    how to maintain a work-life balance

    Between work (both jobs), the gym, nutrition, family, and maintaining a social life, sometimes I’m not sure how I make it through some work weeks. Work is an important part of my life and I take it seriously. Not only because it’s how I make an income, but because it allows me to grow – professionally and personally. That being said, work doesn’t need to fully consume your life. In fact, in my opinion, it shouldn’t. Obviously, I’m all about balance (hello – Angela’s Balanced Life!), and I used to think that that meant with my fitness, food, and social life. But it’s more than that. Balance is important in…

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    Budget,  Lifestyle

    Affordable Summer Date Ideas

    Summer is finally here – I can say it. It was a long winter for us here in Minnesota so I’m ready to spend as much time outside and out of the house for the next three months. Jake and I have already been spending our weekends in the garden and our evenings taking walks, and I’m soaking it all. Along with enjoying summer, we’re also being careful with our money. In a previous post, I shared that one our goals for 2018 was to be as close to debt-free as possible by the end of the year. With that, we are being particular about the social activities we’re participating…

  • Top Five Tips to Start Saving Money
    Budget

    Top Five Tips to Start Saving Money

    About a month ago, Jake and I decided that 2018 was year we wanted to become debt-free. Our finances aren’t the worst nor are we are struggling, but there’s still room for improvement. Since making this decision, I’ve been into watching YouTubers that live as close to debt-free as possible, finding new money saving tips, and starting to live clutter-free as well. It’s my personal goal to payoff my student loans by the time I’m 30 years old. That gives me about a year a half, and I’m fairly confident that with the proper budgeting I can do it. My reason for this is to be in a good position…

  • Lifestyle

    Where Have I Been?

    It’s been a while since I’ve made any updates on my blog and even I’m asking myself where have I been the last few weeks. I never intended to drop the ball on blog updates, but things don’t always go as planned. Most of March, I was busy with my job including spending some time in Chicago for work, and that paired with maintaining a consistent gym schedule, staying on top of my nutrition, and also having a social life cut into my time that I spend on my blog and social media. First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone that has been checking out my website…

  • Fitness

    Why I Lift

    I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks, and I’ve been in an undeniable creative and workout rut. Right now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and find a good workout plan for me for the next few months. As I’ve been working to find what is motivating for me to get to the gym and keep eating healthy during the holiday time, I’ve truly been questioning why I lift. Why I like to lift and what it does for me in the greater scope of things. Along with that is also figuring out what fitness means to me. I’ve been lifting for four years now and…

  • Lifestyle

    Lessons Learned Working 9-to-5

    Growing up, I don’t think many people think, “I can’t wait to work 9-to-5!” But the reality is, so many people do end up working the 9-to-5 shift not thinking it would ever be them. Going into college, I never really knew what I wanted to do even when I was finishing my degree, but a part of me believed that getting a sit down down, office job was a bad thing. That conforming to that standard would make me a boring person. At one point in my life, I wanted to work in the music industry, possibly touring with bands or even on Warped Tour – that was my dream. Then I saw…