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Moving Forward! 

October 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments


Four years ago, right around the beginning of 2009, I said to myself: I’m going to write a book.

But, hang on. Let me back up a minute.

See, five years ago, I ran a marathon. And you know what running a marathon is the best preparation for, ever?

Everything else you do in life. I don’t run anymore, but the mental toughness and strength that I got from marathon training has stayed with me so much longer than the physical strength ever could. Because here’s how you run a marathon:

You get to the point where every single muscle and bone in your body is telling you to stop running.

And you keep running.

It’s the best thing I ever learned how to do. To take myself to the point where all I wanted to do was quit, and to keep going. To ignore all the excuses and the doubts and the pain and to just push through, and get to the finish line. I didn’t run fast, but I finished. And for me, that was all that mattered.

Running a marathon was training for starting a business, for starting a blog, and for all the challenges and obstacles that I’ve faced since. But the thing that it was the best for, without a doubt? Writing a book.

Because four years after having that thought, I’ve written three books. Casey and Blake started out as little wisps of inspiration in my head, but in these four years with them, they’ve become so much more. They’ve kept me up at night wondering about how to tell their story, they’ve frustrated me to no end, they’ve made me laugh and cry, and they’ve made my life so much richer in so many ways.

So it was a big moment for me yesterday when Moving Forward, the third book in my Moving Neutral series, went on sale! I’ve been pouring blood, sweat and tears into this manuscript for over a year, and it’s an incredible feeling to finally release it into the world.

And what a release it was — in its first 12 hours, Moving Forward hit three Amazon Top New Release lists and two Bestseller lists. I am overwhelmed and so incredibly grateful, and hope that everyone who’s been waiting for this book will love it as much as I do. It took me a while to get it right, but I am so, so thrilled with how it turned out.

And kind of like running a marathon, I’m exhausted and proud and can’t wait to write another. Let’s hope I can get Book Four done before the baby is born!

Moving Forward is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. If you want to start at the beginning, Moving Neutral is available on Amazon here.

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I’m Pregnant!

October 14th, 2013 · 38 Comments

Pregnancy Announcement

So… we’ve got some big news!  I’ve been waiting to post this for months now, and it’s been really hard to keep something so exciting a secret!  But it’s finally time to share, and I’m incredibly thrilled to announce that I’m pregnant!

I am so, so excited — and nervous, and terrified, and all of the other emotions that come along with this huge change.  But after moving to Texas, getting settled in our house, and generally feeling like our lives are really stable and happy at this point, it finally felt like the right time to take this next step.  I still feel like I have to pinch myself — some mornings, I have trouble even wrapping my mind around it! 

I found out back in August, when I was in New York for the Mark. Tenth Birthday Party (meeting Lucy Hale actually wasn’t the most exciting thing to happen to me that day)!  I took the test (ahem… three tests… yes, I wanted to be very, very certain that morning) on the day of the party, which was amazing but also a little terrible, timing-wise: I wanted to tell Chad right away more than anything, but I also hated the idea of telling him over the phone!  I decided to keep my lips zipped for an extra day so that I could tell him when I got back to Texas, but I couldn’t keep the news totally quiet, so… I got out my iPhone and recorded a video!  As you guys can see, I was too excited to be organized or coherent, but now I’m really happy to have this little memento of the day I found out I was going to be a mom:

(Also sorry for the fuzzy quality… my iPhone was on its last legs this summer, but I was holding out till September to upgrade.  Sadly, this video was shot with the old phone!)

I’m due at the end of April, so there’s still a while to go, but I’m now at almost 13 weeks (about three months) and I’m so happy to finally break the news!  I was a bit of blabbermouth with friends and family early on — I tried so hard to wait until 12 weeks to share, but I couldn’t seem to stop myself from spilling the beans!  I feel very, very lucky that things have gone smoothly so far, and hopefully things will stay that way for the next six months!  There are basically an endless number of things you can worry about during pregnancy (Google is now my worst enemy), but so far, so good.

And… I’ve got a little bit of a bump already — more on that later this week!

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settling in

October 5th, 2011 · 11 Comments

This has been quite a week!

Ever since the movers arrived last Thursday, Chad and I have basically been unpacking fourteen hours a day.  My arms are permanently sore from lugging boxes, and poor Chad has suffered some brutal cardboard-box-paper-cuts (poor thing).  Calvin and Coco were pretty freaked out when the movers were actually bringing stuff into our apartment, but as soon as they realized that all our stuff was finally back, they were pretty psyched.

This is only a temporary space — if all goes well, we’re hoping to buy a place next spring or summer!  But while we didn’t actually buy any new furniture for this apartment, somehow it manages to look completely different from our old place in New York (which you can see pictures of here and here)!

I’m slowly adjusting to life outside NYC — it’s crazy how friendly everyone is here!  Almost every interaction — from buying groceries to standing in line at the post office — involves someone asking ‘how are you?’ and actually seeming like they care about the answer.  It’s also cooled down a bit to a balmy eighty or so degrees, so I’m a pretty happy camper this week.

And now that our living space is so cozy and settled, I can start organizing my closet!


And after!

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what a week

September 23rd, 2011 · 15 Comments

What a week!  It’s crazy to think that on Monday morning, we were in our apartment in the West Village, barely even starting to pack.  Within 24 hours, all our worldly possessions (except the dogs) were on a truck heading to Texas, and we were in Houston, safe and sound!

Moving always has some hiccups, but ours has actually gone smoothly so far (knock on wood, since that truck with all of our furniture is still on the way)!  We’re slowly getting settled in our new apartment — we’re renting for nine months to give us a little time to find a permanent place!  It’s shockingly different from our Manhattan apartment — brand new and spotless, with a wraparound balcony and a special spot where we can plug in our iPhones and play music throughout the living room!

And the best part is the beautiful new kitchen — and the fact that we’ll be across the street from Whole Foods!  I can’t wait for our pots and pans to arrive so I can get started putting it to good use.

If you guys follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen most of these photos already, but for those of you that don’t, here’s what I’ve been up to this week!

{our apartment in NYC looked so much smaller without the furniture!  i painted this room myself two years ago and fell in love with this cheery blue}

{amazing airport reading — my photo in the October issue of Cosmopolitan!}

{calvin was so good on the plane, but he kept poking his head out of the carrier and not wanting to get back in}

{it kind of feels like we live at a resort in our new building — i’m clearly going to be spending a lot of time on the rooftop pool}

{first texas meal: cheeseburger and guacamole, yum}

{my new car!  i’m too scared to drive it for now — poor chad has been chauffeuring me around.  you know you’ve lived in nyc too long when you’re thinking about taking driver’s ed again!}

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home sweet home

July 13th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Chad snapped this photo of me over the weekend, when Coco and I were having a little snuggle on the couch. 

A bunch of you guys have asked me what kind of dogs Calvin and Coco are — they’re malti-poos (half maltese, half poodle), which I’m pretty sure is the best kind of dog in the world. 

We joke that Coco is one step up from a stuffed animal, because she’s kind of rag doll dog, perfect for snuggling.  (Except when there are pigeons on our roof…)

You guys can see more of this room (and more of Calvin and Coco) in my Glitter Guide feature from last week!

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