Wait, It's Friday?

The whole midweek holiday thing really has me out of whack this week.
But it's Friday SO I'll take it :) I usually don't work Fridays but since I had Wednesday off, I'll be in the office today.

But that's no reason to skimp out on linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday is it?!
No, I didn't think so. I actually had trouble narrowing my list down to 5 this week...I guess that means I had a pretty good week wouldn't you say?

So, my top 5 favorite things from the week:

one. After going back and forth on getting an iPad, I decided against it. I ended up getting a Kindle Fire (after buying one then returning it, going to the Apple store and almost buying and iPad then going home empty handed to think about it...yes I'm pretty much the most indecisive person on the planet). I'm an Apple snob so this was hard for me. But I needed a device that allowed me to run Flash (I know...ew). My new study program (see #2!) requires it, though. After using the Fire for a few days, I'm really loving it. Plus I don't mind having the extra $400 in my pocket from getting that instead of an iPad ;)

two. I took the plunge and purchased my National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) study materials! This is a HUGE step and it makes the fact that I'm following my dreams so much more real. I have 6 months to study hard and take the exam :) Guys, I am SO stoked about working in the health & fitness field...thank you all so much for your encouragement!

three. Sushi. 2 of my favorite girls. Enough said. (Yes, I'm aware that I eat sushi 1-2 times per week)

four. My diploma came in the mail...no big deal! I'm officially a USF Alum...crazy!

While I was at my parents' house picking it up, my Dad wanted me to take a picture in the same spot that my Mom took my brother & my back to school pictures in grade school...good thinking, Dad!

five. 4th of July! I had so much fun on Wednesday, spending time with some of my best friends and acknowledging how blessed I am to live in America.

This is about 1/2 of us crammed into one picnic table (I'm the one on the end in the blue top, white shorts & red shoes), waiting for Adam to finish cooking the burgers...yes, I'm dating the grill master of the group ;) I packed a salad to eat so that I wouldn't have to break my clean eating streak!

We went to the mall to watch the fireworks display, but we didn't get our fill of firework fun, so we stopped by a little firework tent and stocked up. The dudes put on a fun show for us!

And the girls played with sparklers. I may or may not have said (out loud) that I felt like Harry Potter...yikes, I'm embarrassing. 

Have a wonderful weekend, friends :)


  1. YAY!! Congrats on getting your diploma in the mail! :) I have the cover they gave me but my diploma is still at home. And I'm glad you had a great 4th! I had to work but I got to see Epcot's fireworks! Which made up for everything else! :)

    Have a great weekend girlie! :)

  2. Oh my gosh you're going to be a personal trainer that's AMAZING!! =) You go girl you're going to kick some serious ass

  3. You felt like Harry Potter... this is why I love your blog! Congrats on the diploma, I know how it feels to finally get it.

    Oh and I eat sushi 1-2 times a week too. No biggie!

  4. you had a great week! and congrats on your diploma! you are officially all done, what a great feeling!


  5. Yay for getting your diploma!!! And it looks like you had an awesome fourth of July :)

    <3 Jamie

  6. Great Post! Looks like a fun fourth :)

  7. such exciting things for you, girl!! congrats!!!

    xo love you sweetie! xoxo

  8. cute 4th of july pictures! and you should probably come practice your personal training on me. have a great weekend!

  9. such a great week for you!
    Well done on getting your diploma, yay!
    Good luck with the new studies :)
    Found you through the blog hop and added myself to your followers, hope you can come and visit me too and maybe follow back.

  10. YAYYYYYYYY on making big life decisionssssssss!!!! DO BIG THINGS!!!

    I cant believe you brought a salad... ugh I need to take a page from your book... i was not nearly as good as you were!
    ps. dating the gril master is awesomeeee.

    UMMMM your diploma pics are so cute... im not even sure where my diploma is...actually im not sure what state it is in! Guess that happens when your whole family moves to 3 different states in a matter of two weeks after graduation!

    Happy weird week!

  11. YAY for starting your PT certification! And that Sushi looks AMAZING!!!

    Have a great weekend (:

  12. Hooray for your diploma and congrats on following your dreams! Good luck xo

  13. Can't wait to hear what you think of the training program!!!


  14. I love this post! So much fun! I'm glad I'm not the only sushi addict!

    So I must ask...what exactly is "clean eating"? You've probably covered this already, sorry!! ;)

  15. Isn't it the most awesome feeling to get your diploma in the mail?! I was soo excited when I got mine from FAU! Go Owls!!

    Congratulations on taking the next step towards your dreams! Best of luck to you!!

  16. I have a kindke fire and absoluetly love it! Only wish blogger was more fire friendly! Yay on getting your diploma!

  17. Congratz & best of luck! The sushi looks delish by the way!


  18. Yay for diplomas!!

    Love all of the pictures...sorry you have to work today, but at least it was in exchange for a fun Holiday!

    Have a fabulous weekend.

  19. Congrats on your degree and also starting your fitness training! Reading your blog has been such an encouragement to me for creating a healthy lifestyle!

  20. Ah, I'm so confused about what day it is too! Yesterday was so hard to focus on work!

  21. Congrats on your degree and starting the training program! So exciting! I'm addicted to sushi too so no judgement ;)

  22. Hooray for my mini college graduate! Hooray! Hurrah! Also, I'm glad you only played with the sparklers, because really, being Harry Potter is so much cooler than setting off fireworks... and it's safer. :-) #bigsisterproblems

    I love you, J!

  23. Congrats on getting your study materials...that's awesome!! I love sparklers...and your Harry Potter reference! Have fun this weekend :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  24. Congrats on getting your diploma, girl! That is awesome! You look so cute in your 4th of July pictures! And I have no idea what day it is, either...I know it's America's birthday & all, but 4th of July should just always be a Saturday!

  25. I totally wavered on the iPad...being anti apple, but I gave in and got one. And yay to getting to study materials. It's the first step, but a big one!


  26. From one USF Alumni to another CONGRATS!!!! Just another reason to add to the list of reasons I like you and this blog!
    Have a great weekend and stop by for another Good Deed Monday #2 : )

  27. Hello! I just found your blog and I lovelovelove it! Thanks for all of your posts!


  28. I wanted to get an ipad too! I was dead set on it, but the hubs suggested the Asus Prime. I was honestly afraid of an Android, but so far it is awesome and has flash! It was $500, but still better than an ipad! Even the accessories are cheaper. Win/win ;)

  29. Lol I have turned into such an apple snob, I know exactly what you mean! :) I love reading your blog and seeing your pics Jessica, you have such a cute figure, you make me want to hit the gym!


  30. Love all the fourth of July festivities and cute red and blue shoes :) Looks like you had a great time celebrating!

  31. Congrats to you girl!! Getting your diploma (your dad is cute making you take a picture where you guys used to take them) and getting started on your NASM certification. That's huge!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  32. I figgadeeels ya gooorl. It's so hard for me to even think about another option besides Apple... these Mac Books, iPhones and desktops spoil us... I honestly think that Apple is the best product of all mankind!! BUT, I'm proud that you thought about it, and sounds like it's more practical to get the kindle... which brings me to...

    YIPEEEEE for taking that step and working towards your health and fitness goals. Can't wait to hear your progress... especially when you start grad school!!

    CONGRATS on getting your diploma in the mail!! You have accomplished what a lot of peeps don't start or even finish AND at such a young age! You rock my socks!!

  33. Sparklers make me feel like Harry Potter too. Cool points. Not lame points.

    And congrats on getting your diploma AND starting you personal trainer studies! So exciting!


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