Running, Hiking, & Some Life Changes.

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Hey, Everyone!

I hope you all had a great day. I won’t have time to blog in the morning, so I figured I’d do a recap post tonight while watching David Muir. I have some important stuff to catch up with you on and kind of explain what I’ve been going through this week.

This morning, I woke up at 4:30 to make it to a spin class at 5 am. I’ve been trying to do all kinds of other workouts to make sure I don’t get injured while running. Plus, it’s good for the body to change up the workouts! When I got back, I took Grumples for a nice two mile walk while having coffee. The weather was weird this morning and I couldn’t decide whether it was hot or cold.

When I got back, I headed to my desk and started working.

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I forgot that I told Rachel I’d go hiking with her, so when I got the text, I had to rush my work and meet up with her. I was excited to get out there though! My legs were already jello, so why not add more jello?

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We killed the hike and didn’t have to stop once. I had fun trying out my new TomTom Multi-Sport GPS watch and I can’t wait to share that post with you tomorrow. I get to run with it in the morning and try it out again.

Oh, and the water bottle is from Ankit!

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The only crappy thing is we totally got stuck in crappy traffic on the way back. When I got home, I stopped at the grocery store and picked up tons of healthy food. I also bought a giant gallon of water to sip on because I’m definitely drinking enough water. Keeping a gallon next to me always helps. I planned on making baked chicken, sweet potato fries and a tossed salad, but I can’t find the energy to do anything. As soon as I sat on the couch, I changed my mind. I had Amy’s organic tomato soup with Parmesan. I haven’t had an appetite at all today. I’ve had a banana, a granola bar, and this soup. I might be coming down with something becuase I never lose my appetite. At least the fridge is stocked for the week.

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On Monday, my friend Becca and I headed to the lake for a mid-day glass of wine and an appetizer. It was so hot outside! We sat under the sun and watched all the birds and people on the lake. It was so peaceful and a much needed little afternoon getaway. We ordered veggies and pita chips with hummus.

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There was a bird sitting two feet away from me. I couldn’t stop staring at him and he would do little head tilts that reminded me of my dog. His eyes were deep yellow and I just found him beautiful.

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We walked around the water after our wine.

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The lake was filled with all kinds of birds and animals.

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We decided to make a delicious tofu vegetable stir fry with udon noodles for Bachelor Monday dinner! It was so easy to cook up and it was absolutley outstanding!

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I chopped up one yellow onion, one cup of baby carrots, one red bell pepper, two green bell peppers, and two cups of broccoli.

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I added it to my stir fry pan on high heat with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. I kept the veggies cooking and added a couple tablespoons of classic stir-fry sauce every two minutes. During the two minutes, I left the veggies covered.

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Once the veggies were completely sautéed and perfectly flavored, I added the Udon noodles.

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These cook up really fast.

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While the udon noodles were cooking with the vegetables, I chopped up some tofu and cooked them in olive oil with a couple tablespoons of classic stir fry sauce.

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I was shocked at how delicious the tofu was! Tofu is high protein, low carb, and a great source of iron.

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This meal was prepared in under 25 minutes!

The Bachelor was boring, but I’m glad that Caila went home. I want him to be with Lauren so she isn’t the next Bachelorette, but I also think he has better chemistry with Jojo. The episode was extremely awkward too. At least the stir fry was good!

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This is the sexy man I woke up to Tuesday morning…

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I felt bad about ruining his morning routine of laying on the couch and doing nothing until he wants to get up for a walk. I was blessed with a dog that wants nothing to do with anyone in the morning, unless you’re rubbing his belly! I love him so much.

I had a quick cup of coffee with a banana and headed to his new training course! He did so well:)

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He was exhausted after that two hour camp, so he cuddled up on my bed and just watched people out the window.

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I was so proud at him for not barking at anyone! That is definitely new 🙂

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I left for my afternoon run and decided to head to the park. I always like running new paths, otherwise it gets so boring!

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I should have worn shorts and a tank top becuase it was HOT!! My freckles were out and about from the sun. Good thing I wore sunscreen.

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This was such a great park and great for race training. It had tons of hills and different obstacles. After my run, I did a fifteen minute stretch under a shade tree.

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I’m doing a 5k in a couple of weeks and I’m hoping I can turn this into 25 minutes on race day.

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I grabbed a matcha green smoothie and a wheatgrass shot for a post run lunch! It was so refreshing.

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I couldn’t get enough of the outdoors. I headed out for nine holes with my dad.

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The skies were gorgeous out on the course and it was so therapeutic.

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My golf game has definitely improved this year!

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I love that my dad is retired because I get someone to golf with whenever I want.

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The drive home reminded me so much of my hometown in Iowa. Miss that place!

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I was too tired to drive home, so I ended up having dinner with my parents and staying the night over there. We watched super Tuesday results and we all came to the realization the Leonardo DiCaprio would made a great president. My dad made a vegetable stew with carrots, black beans, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, and roast. It tasted great!

I ended up passing out around 9:30 on Tuesday night and waking up pretty early for spin class!

& don’t think I forgot your questions. 

  1. What is your favorite summer activity?
  2. Have you ever tried a spin class?
  3. What is your favorite positive quote?

Comments

  • Krystyna

    I am late to commenting on this post, but I do hope you see it. I don’t necessarily have a quote, but rather more of a thought. Ever hear that breakup line “it’s not you, it’s me?” How about changing it to “it’s neither of us, it’s God.” It seems to me that you’re listening to God and yourself about doing what’s best for you at this time and I think that’s wonderful. You seem to do so much for others, and I’m so glad to see you haven’t forgotten yourself! Your little post brought me to tears, I’ve been in a similar position and I know how sad it can truly be. Don’t give up on God or yourself. He has a plan for you. You are beautiful on the inside and out and I can speak for myself personally on how much of an inspiration you are to me everyday. And on an end note, happiness is fleeting, but joy is eternal. Best of everything to you, Tara, I know you will be fine. 🙂

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  • Nichole G

    1. Favorite summer activity: being outside!!! Just playing with my daughter, in a toddler size pool ?, walks/adventures, being at the river(my parents own a private lot and it’s so relaxing, kayaking, vacations, biking, etc!!
    2. I love spin class. I actually started my fitness journey in 2008 by spin class and still do it today. 2 years ago I took up running and love being outside more than spinning now, but here in St Louis it’s cold in winter and spinning is great!
    3. I have a few favorite quotes but the one that comes to mind is one from a special hospice patient from just this week: therefore don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow with care for itself. He had his son read me his favorite bible versus. Really makes you take the time to appreciate the positives now in your life and not worry about tomorrow.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That sounds like a blast and I’m sure she appreciates that so much.

      Spin class is great, just CRAZY painful 🙂 the next day that is…

      I love quotes! & it’s totally right.

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  • Leann

    All I want to say is Girl you got this!Been following you for years.Everything happens for a reason you learn and you move on.Take care sweet girl.

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  • Dalia

    Hey girl,
    I just read your post and thank you for sharing such a sensitive part of your life. I actually just broke up with my bf too (also named nick!) and its been so difficult. We had dog together that he is taking and its been beyond difficult dealing with all of the transitions and not having them both around. You made me feel like I wasnt so alone with all that I have going on with my ended relatinship so thank you for that 🙂

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  • Laurel

    Hi Taralynn!
    Ive been reading your blogs since the very beginning on tumblr! I know this must be a tough time in your life, but reading your blogs over the years, I know your a strong person and will make it out just fine, and end up growing from this experience. <3
    Do you have any suggestions on places to see around the Boston/New York area? I may be traveling there this fall and im trying to think of things to do!
    Also, I have never taken a spinning class, but I found one at our local YMCA and im thinking of trying it out! Im pretty sure I will be jello afterwords, I don't do too much cardio.
    My favorite summer activities are probably just to get outdoors in general! I love getting outside, but I don't have any friends/family that really likes being outside. :/ But swimming, taking walks, camping, or just staying outside late enjoying the warm weather! <3

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  • Hannah

    My boyfriend and I of five years just broke up and it was honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but your post is SO true and super relatable for me right now. It made me feel so much better about our decision, so thank you!! Love your blog and hope we both find happiness on our own! 🙂

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  • Hilary

    Hi Tara!
    I was just surfing the web for fitness tips, and stumbled upon this terrific blog! I just moved to Charlotte, NC and I was wondering where you go hiking? I love to be outdoors and the weather has been amazing the past few days. Some locations would be great!

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  • Amy Joy

    What restaurant did you eat at by the lake? It looked like a wonderful place.

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  • Melissa

    Take it from someone who has been there–sometimes what breaks your heart, turns out to be a blessing in disguise. I know you can’t imagine it right now … but hang in there! Life is full of lessons.

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  • Cara

    Hi Taralynn! I absolutely love reading your blog posts and absorbing your incredible positivity, especially recovering from serious mental health illness myself the past few moths. I wanted to say that I’m so sorry to hear your news, but am in such admiration of you for looking after your self and continuing to focus on yourself. While I’m on the other side of the world, im glad you have fantastic friends and family to be there for you 🙂 can’t wait to see what your future holds, and I look forward to seeing the wonderful things you do in the coming month!

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  • Kellie

    I just ended a relationship too and after reading your post I decided that focusing on myself and my health is the best thing to do right now. (with a little wine…. for the antioxidents of course!) I have been doing really well and taking it one day at a time so as not to overwhelm myself. Your blog is great motivation as is your positive attitude. You are a very strong woman and I know it may suck right now but this is an opportunity to grow in yourself. I would love to become a runner and I think now is the best time to start! Thank you for being you 🙂

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  • Helena

    My favorite summer activities are hiking and swimming.
    Yes, I have tried a spin class but it wasn’t really my thing. I prefer ice skating and kick-boxing type activities.

    Here are my favorite quotes:
    1) Onwards and Upwards {Just not TOO Up!}
    2) You do the best you can with the information you have in the given moment so, “forget regret or life is yours to waste”
    3) Ok, so I forgot my third quote but I have followed your blog for years now and I wish I had been able to read your blog when I was your age. I’m about a decade older than you and your blog has helped me in numerous ways. Break-ups are hard but all relationships teach you something. Oh, wait, I remember, lol…

    GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD THAT LED ME HERE [similar to that Rascal Flatt’s song, “God Bless the Broken Road”. At least, I think that’s what the song is called. Carrie Underwood sang it for her American Idol audition years ago.]

    You never know what is around the corner, it could be even better than you can imagine. So, don’t give up! 🙂

    PS – I hope when you are ready you do write a blog post about relationships. I could use all the advice I can get in that department. How is Grumples handling it? Does he miss your BF? Does he miss Tino? Poor Grumples! 🙁

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  • Katie

    Great post and even crazier; one of your throw pillows is made with the fabric my company makes! In the pic with Mr. Grumples the grey/taupe diamond circle pattern is one we make. I know it’s very irrelevant to what your post was talking about. But it makes me really excited to see our fabric as a real thing. And totally by happenstance by one of my fav blogs! Have a great day!

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  • Sarah

    I always like your blog better when you’re single. You’re more adventurous by yourself!

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  • Heather Toombs

    It takes a strong person to say those words not only to those you love, but to those who follow your life that you do not know personally, I know it is painful. I wish you happiness and luck in finding yourself again. Good luck, be happy 🙂

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  • Veronica

    Hey Taralynn,

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and I always enjoy you’re posts and pictures and I am sorry to hear you are going through a tough time right now! Im going to go out of order but 3) Not really a quote but I always found the desiderata poem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderata) helpful when life overwhelms me! Not sure if anyone else posted it yet because I did not read all the comments but I hope it helps! 2) Have tried spinning, don’t really like those tiny seats that much though! 1) Best summertime activity is horse shoes in the backyard at a BBQ

    Stay Strong!

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  • Brit

    Hi Tara,

    I read a lot but rarely comment… but I wanted to share with you my favourite positive quote!

    “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain.

    I applaud your courage to move forward and pursue your “why”. Big hugs from Canada.

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  • Kristy T.

    Props to you girl for updating all of your readers on what happened! Going through something like that is hard but it takes a strong person to be ok with it and be willing to share it with others 🙂

    1 – favorite summer activity definitely has to be exploring what my surrounding cities have to offer. I live halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago so my boyfriend and I like to spend our weekends taking “tiny trips” going to a different suburb and seeing what they have to offer.

    2 – I used to take spin classes bright and early like you but I’m fortunate enough now to work somewhere that has an in house gym so I can workout for free. Sadly this means no opportunity to take classes but that’s alright!

    3 – my all time favorite positive quote is “Life is tough, but so are you”. Sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you won’t. That’s just life. It gets tough especially when it seems like things couldn’t get worse but you just have to remind yourself that you’re also tough and strong enough to get through it!

    I’ve always loved your blog. I check it every day to see if you’ve posted anything new. It’s given me so much inspiration to get outdoors and try new things. I love to cook and even started my own blog about 2 years ago thanks to you! I love to travel and find amazing places to eat where ever I go but reading your blog has gotten my to take advantage of the great outdoors where ever I go. Thank you for always being you and staying true to yourself even when times get tough and for sharing even the toughest times with us!

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  • Lauren

    I love long runs on the canal and kayaking in the summer! I’m in the midwest and the weather here just wont break enough for me to be running outside yet. I have tried spinning classes and while I agree that they are a great cardio workout I tend to get really bored during them staring at the same people and 4 walls for an hour. Favorite quote is: Today is a good day for a good day. I’m sorry to hear about you and Nick but sometimes people just need time apart to grow on an individual scale. My husband and I have been married for 5 years and together for 10 years and while we have very different values and different lifestyles we realized that if we want to be together we have to give a little both ways. I lead a very active lifestyle, love the gym, read a lot, love to paint. He’s a numbers person, loves watching sports, hates reading or the arts but like being outdoors. We compromise a lot….one weekend is an art gallery and a 10 mile hike the next weekend its brew tour and game night. Ill be honest it took a lot to figure this out but in the end I think it has made me a better more well rounded person. The things we go thru can either build us up or tear us down! Keep your chin up girl, you got this!

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  • Ariel G.

    Spinning is amazing, at my gym, the people who attend class are like family. They are so supportive and welcoming of new people that want to join the class and we hold each other accountable.

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  • Anna

    Thank you for being such an honest and real person on your blog. Yours is the only one I follow, you’re so inspiring & a genuine person! Stay strong during this difficult time & know so many people support you.

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  • Melissa FitzGerald

    1. I live in Chicago, and there’s always so much to do in the summer! I love just walking around and stumbling across the random festivals going on throughout the city.

    2. Spin is my FAVORITE exercise! There’s a studio up here called GO Cycle, and I’m obsessed with it. It takes the atmosphere of a normal spin class up three notches and it’s so much fun!

    3. “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

    I’m so sorry to hear about you and Nick, but everyone else is right – you’re so strong for putting yourself first. <3

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  • Claire

    One of my favorites: “I can do hard things.” Also Phillipians 4:13
    Running is my always go to cardio, but spin is fun at night for additional (injury free;) cross training!
    I am so ready for summer. I love waking up early, getting in a good sweat, and being lazy the rest of the day:) ++smoothies, online nursing class by the pool, & a more relaxed schedule. It’s almost Easter so we are getting closer! Sending many hugs your way, it is hard but will get better-pain is temporary<3

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  • Siobhan

    My favorite summer activity is probably frolfing or paddle boarding. I’ve only been paddle boarding once, but it is the most fun I have ever had on the water.
    I have never tried a spin class, but I have always been intrigued by them.
    My favorite uplifting quote would probably be…actually I have a whole Pinterest board filled with them so I’m gonna share a few of them because I love them so much. They always make me smile (mainly because they are a little silly).
    1. Too glam to give a damn
    2. Don’t let little, stupid things break your happiness
    3. …on the bright side, I am not addicted to cocaine

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  • Mary

    Hey Tara,
    Thank you for your courage to tell us something very personal. It makes you even more transparent and something that readers can relate and empathize to. I have been following you for years and enjoy your blog .

    I wish you love, peace, and happiness as you transition! It seemed as though Nick did not implement a healthy lifestyle like yourself. (Sorry if wrong) I can picture you with someone who is like-minded, enjoys eating healthy, and exercising as much as you do. You deserve someone that can support you, your life goals, and health goals. Your love for health shines through your blog and I hope that you can find someone who helps encourage you and not clash! You are one strong girl!

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  • Rebekah Baggerly

    If you need a “feel good” show to watch, I definitely recommend Gilmore Girls. Always works for me.

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  • Rebekah Baggerly

    Hang in there Taralynn! I’m sorry to hear the news, but when one door closes, another opens. You seem like a wonderful person and a blessing to anyone who knows you. Love your blog and keep on keeping on 🙂

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  • Mallori

    1) I LOVE camping and weekends at the lake. I moved to Denver, CO about three years ago and there isn’t too much water here! I am originally from Lexington, KY and I miss the south an incredible amount, but the change in location (which I am sure you can understand) has really helped me grow as a person, and find our who I really am. Moving around does that to a person, am I right?
    2)I use to go to spin classes often, especially when I was training for triathlons, however, the repetitive motion of the pedals gave me pain in the back of my knee (posterior collateral ligament), weh! I sure do miss it!
    3) So many positive quotes I live by: “Somtimes you just have to turn the page to realize there is more to your book of life than the page you’re stuck on. Close this chapter of hurt, and never re-read it again. It’s time to get what your life deserves, and move on from the things that don’t deserve you. Don’t spend your days trying to correct your past, instead, let go and create something better for you future”

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  • Sara

    🙁 so sorry to hear about what you’re going through I will be praying for you! 🙂 look at how much support you have though and you are so incredibly strong, you will do such a brilliant job at growing and learning from this!

    Did you ever find out what was causing your bloat in the evenings? I am really struggling with it at the minute. I think the answer is to drink more coffee. Yes, that’s it.

    Oh I never remember to answer your questions but today I will.

    My favourite thing to do in the summer is so lame. I love to go to my parents house, they live in the country (I’m in Northern Ireland) and get my dad’s ride-on lawnmower and cut the grass. Then walk around and listen to the birds, and eat raspberries and peas and tomatoes straight from the garden. Maybe take the dog for a walk to the church nearby.
    Theres a little bench on the farthest side of the graveyard where the graves are all 300 years old, in amongst these ivy covered oak trees, it’s so beautiful and quiet.

    I’ve never been to spin, I hear they shout at you if you slow down and that would make me cry.

    Hmm let me think of a quote.

    1 Peter 5:7
    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    Psalm 55:22
    Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

    Scriptures are quotes, aren’t they? Wish we were neighbours so I could take you for a coffee and a hug. Keep your Chin up, Taralynn, lots of love xxx

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  • Dani

    “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
    Psalm 34:18

    Love your honesty, girl. I always lean in to the Word when I’m encountering difficult times. Keep your head up! 😉

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  • Kathy

    🙁 So, so sorry to read this post. I obsessively check your blog all the time, but this post was obviously not one that I ended up being excited about, which is a first. Thanks for always being so open with your readers. You definitely don’t have to be, so it’s one of the things that makes me like your blog so much. Praying for you!

    1. Definitely going to the beach! I live on the eastern shore of Maryland, not far from Assateague Island (where the wild ponies are free to roam, and where the Misty books are set) so any free day I have in the summer, that’s where I am 🙂
    2. Never! I just saw that our local Y was offering spin classes, but a few days after I saw the advertisement, I read that they canceled them since there was no interest. Weird haha. Maybe I’ll get a chance at some point!
    3. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou

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  • Jen

    Tara, I am sorry you are going through this. I have been reading your blog for awhile. I know you are STRONG and will always land on your feet. As they say, Chin up buttercup! Life is a journey and sometimes it’s necessary to close a chapter in order to start a new one. Take care! Hugs xo

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  • Becky

    Taralynn, I’m so sorry to hear about your breakup and I’m especially sorry to hear about Tino. It must have been very difficult for you to tell all of us about it but it shows how strong you are. I appreciate you being so real, even when it’s hard. I’m so glad to hear that you have strong support from your girlfriends, that will probably help a lot.

    One of my favorite quotes is from A Cinderella Story. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” It’s a little cliche but I think it’s important to remember yet easy to forget.

    On an unrelated note, I’d love to hear more about the stretches you do. I love stretching after a run but I don’t know many so I’m usually done in just a few minutes.

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  • Stephanie

    My favorite Summer activity is simply hanging out on the deck and grilling with family and friends and those late Summer nights. I would LOVE to try a spin class, if I could get up the courage. It’s sort of intimidating for me. I need an inspirational quote, not sure I have a favorite. That’s something for me to work on. I’m really sorry to hear about you and Nick, and Tino. Stay strong. You’re a true inspiration. I wish I had your strength when I was younger. Love and hugs!

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  • Nicole

    Tara, I know you must be going through some hard emotions right now! Such a big life change and split from someone you’ve become so close to can definitely affect your appetite. It’s okay to let yourself grieve, but I also admire how much energy you are putting into time with friends and family. They are our support when life gets hardest, and it is so uplifting and healthy to surround yourself with loving relationships in times like this.

    The best quote that comes to mind right now is the one my CrossFit gym has painted on its walls. “Tough times don’t last; tough people do.” I think of this motto and tell myself that I can do hard things any time life becomes too much for me. When work is overwhelming, when my relationship is challenging me, when life seems to continue to throw curveball after curveball, I just remind myself that it will pass, and I will become stronger from it. Just take things day by day, minute by minute.

    I know you’re not ready to talk about Nick but I wanted to say that I admire how you phrased things, especially how you never know what life will have in store for your love. It’s tempting after a break up to talk negatively about the other person and bash them, but something that took me a LOT of time to realize is that a breakup doesn’t make someone terrible or bad, and it doesn’t negate the happy experiences you had. Plus, life is funny and you really do never know how things will play out.

    Okay, moving on… I live in Florida now, so my absolute favorite summer activity is going to the beach. (If you’re considering a trip to FL I HIGHLY recommend St. Pete Beach!). I’m currently in Orlando so I love going canoeing or kayaking in the lakes and springs, but when we can take a weekend, the ManFriend and I go to his parents’ house in St. Pete Beach and go boating and float around the sand bars. Something about saltwater and sun just makes me feel so rejuvenated.

    Thinking of you and can’t wait to read more about your adventures and your journey!

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  • Anissa

    Hey girly! I am so sorry about Nick as well as Tino! I know how you feel, maybe depending on the situation you can ask to see Tino or take him to the park. If you guys are still on semi civil terms. Besides that, you are my favorite blogger and I look foward to your posts dont let a minor bump get in the way, we are still young and you will find the one! Just be you Tara your awesome!

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  • Alyssa

    This quote reminds me of you, “what made her strong was despite the million things that hurt her, she spoke nothing but happiness.” I think one of the reasons your blog is so successful is because you share both the ups and the downs, but you still seem to stay positive about it all in your posts. The world needs more positivity and your blog is always a place I come to find that! Keep being you and stay strong!

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  • Shannen

    I just want to say thank you! You have been through so much in your life, but you have overcome everything and only come out stronger in the end. You have been an encouragement and role model for me and for so many people. And just the fact that you are willing to let people, strangers really, know personal things that are going on in your life and still manage to remain strong.. Girl you are a rock star!

    My favorite quote, “One step at a time.” Whether it’s a tough break up or losing weight or cleaning the house. You have to take life one step at a time and remember to make the most of it!!

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  • Jk

    1. Camping with the kiddos and the husband. It is great to see their eyes light up for the little things.
    2. Nope. Been thinking about it…. Scared…out of shape…(keep reminding myself same changes over time = AWESOME results)
    3. Favorite quotes “You are enough.” And “Do your best let God take care of the rest.” (My mom always reminds me of this :)) Also a couple of books that I love. “The Energy Bus” (makes me want to take a bus in the morning) and “The Compound Effect”

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  • Lori

    Hugs & prayers for you during this time. We all have curves and bends in our lives. You touch many people and we are with you in happiness and pain. ?

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  • Leslie

    Hey! I’m a teacher in Ohio, so my favorite thing to do in the summer is soak up the rays as much as possible! Workouts, reading, swimming, you name it, I’m down lol. I have tried a spin class and I have to give props to you because it is one of the hardest workouts ever…Especially at 5 a.m.! And a favorite quote of mine is “You don’t find the happy life, you make it” Thank you for sharing! <3

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  • Lisa

    Hey what kind of dog training class are you taking to Grumples to? Do they work on dogs with dog aggression or is it more of those obstacle courses and dog manners? And is it like a set amount of times they recommend like a program or you just take him whenever?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I will email you with the name of the place.

      Also, they work with aggressive dogs and Grumples gets aggressive in some situations. They work with just about any kind of dog! They’ll evaluate your dog for free and give you a program and a rate. T

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  • Lindsay

    Hang in there girl… Sending lots of hugs and positive vibes to you. Snuggle up to your boy, I know curling up with my two fluffs always helps. xoxox

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  • Anonymous

    sending you much support as you continue your journey and find happiness along the way!

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  • Lauren

    I love spending time in my garden, there is nothing better than being able to pick vegetables for salads and dinners right from your backyard! Planting in containers is super simple too! I haven’t tried a spin class yet, but it is on my fitness bucket list! Stay strong girl! You always help me stay positive during rough days, and I’m hoping you can keep staying positive!

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  • Jackie C

    Completely understand and can relate since I’m going through the same thing right now. This is me time. Stay Strong and Thank You for Sharing!

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  • Holly

    “For I know the plans for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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  • Stacie

    It’s the tough stuff that makes us stronger! I always say i’d rather be happy and not in a relationship than in a relationship and unhappy.

    xoxoxo

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  • Danni Simpson

    You are amazing and I wish you luc kon figuring out what you need:)

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  • Salina

    *My favorite summer activity is definitely taking the dog for long and interesting hikes.

    *I have never tried a spin class since my gym doesn’t offer them and every one that I have found has been too expensive…maybe one day!

    *One of my favorite quotes is Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

    Sorry to hear about you and Nick, breakups are never easy! When we realize we just need to be by ourselves and explore different aspects of life, everything falls into place!

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  • kimberly

    no rain, no flowers. 🙂

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  • Mercedes

    Favorite positive quote:

    “This moment – this day – is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day – each moment of this day – heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.”

    Hope it finds you well.

    🙂

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  • Anonymous

    I’m currently in Iowa it’s 30 degrees and we have snow on the ground. Still missing it? Lol.
    My quote; Winter shall pass. Meaning this is just a season of your life it will pass.
    Enjoy the sun when you can.

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  • Kelly

    Taralynn – I want to say thank you for filling in your readers even though it is a tough thing to bring up. I think I speak for a lot of us when I saw we really appreciate it and feel like your blogs are more genuine when they don’t cover up the suckier things that happen in life.

    “Sometimes you can’t figure out who you are if you’re in a relationship”
    I could NOT agree more.

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  • Kyla

    Taralynn, I have been a fan of your blog for a while, and you are extremely inspiring. I like that you are honest to your readers, and that you aren’t fake at all. You actually inspired me to start writing and blogging.
    I too agree that everything happens for a reason, and there are going to be more amazing adventures and opportunities for you going forward.

    1. My favorite summer activity is hiking! Living in TN has major perks being able to hike up in the beautiful mountains!
    2. I have not tried a spin class, but would love to! It sounds like a good workout!
    3. My favorite positive quote is “Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.” by Victor Hugo.

    🙂

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  • Lauren

    I’m so sorry, I can’t imagine how hard a breakup like that is. You are such a strong human being and an incredible role model. I hope you can eventually enjoy the time with yourself and focus on you. Your happiness is important and you seem to handle your stress in an incredibly healthy way! I think that’s a really tough thing to do and you should be so proud of all you have accomplished.

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  • Ashley

    Taralynn,

    I know its hard for you to share your personal relationship struggles, but I am so glad you did! I have been in a relationship for the past two years and things are just not working, I’m having a hard time just letting go. As selfish as this sounds, its nice to know that I am not the only one who is going through relationship challenges.

    Thank you.
    Ashley

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  • Holly

    “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.” – Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love

    *This quote has gotten me through some of my toughest times in life. <3 Stay strong sweet girl. God has a plan for you and your life. just keep living 🙂

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  • Jaime

    Sorry to hear about you and Nick but way to go for having a positive attitude! Just wanted to say that I look forward to reading your posts and appreciate that you are willing to share your life with so many people including me. It takes a lot of guts to do something like that and you have helped inspire me and motivate me in my own health and fitness journey, so thanks for that!

    1. I LOVE swimming. If it’s the beach or in a pool, I just love being by the water in the summer and soaking up the sun. There’s nothing better than cooling off in the ocean or a pool on a hot day. And I love reading a good book while laying out in between swims.

    2. I tried one years ago but I really want to try one now that I’m regularly working out 5-6 days a week. I can’t run yet because of a healing broken foot so I feel like this is the cardio I need!

    3. “When you know you’re capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer. ”- Harry Browne

    ^it’s kind of dark sounding, but I found it incredibly comforting after going through some major life changes last year

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  • Erica

    Hey Tara,

    Kudos for you for opening up and being vulnerable + honest. I can totally understand how it sucks to have to tell a huge audience something like that online, despite not wanting to, because you know the questions will come.

    I think sharing that news regardless, with a respectful request to give you space/be kind in return, was mature and a big step for you. Even know this is your personal life, it can feel strange to blog readers (i.e. customers) to feel like something is intentionally being kept from you, so it shows a lot of respect for your readers as well to give them the heads up.

    Breakups are so painful, so wishing you lots of healing and support during this time. There is something incredibly freeing about learning to accept yourself just as you are, and feeling comfrtable with being alone for some time – especially at this age. You will learn to love being the only person to whom you are responsible, but it will take some time first to heal.

    good luck!

    PS – wine also helps, obviously.

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  • Jaclyn

    1. Water skiing!
    2. Yes. They are much more intense than I expected. I remember I forgot my water bottle to my first class – huge mistake.
    3. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Your self worth and ability to trust yourself is very inspirational to me. xxo

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  • Krstin

    So sorry to hear Taralynn, Keep your head up and focus on you.
    I am loving all the extra blog posts lately, you definitely keep me motivated to keep moving

    What is your favorite summer activity?
    Although here in southern Ontario we aren’t even close to summer weather yet, my favourite summer activity is to travel to small towns for dinner or lunch on the patio. I love to try new small restaurants and afterwards walk around the small towns. About 20 mins east of where I live is a small town right on the lake and they have some of the best restaurants and patio’s. it’s nice to get out of town and enjoy the new scenery even if it’s only for a short time.

    Have you ever tried a spin class?
    I love spin classes, to be honest i think they start to become a good addiction after a short time. I haven’t done one in a little while but after this post I think I’ll be getting back into it.

    What is your favorite positive quote?
    My favourtie positive quote is “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game”- A Cinderella Story. It always makes me re-evaluate what I am scared of and work harder to achieve my goals.

    P.S
    I love your blog!

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  • Chandler

    Taralynn, I’m so sorry to hear about your breakup, but I’m proud of you for being strong, and for doing what feels right to you. I’m sure it took a lot of courage.

    My favorite summer activity is cabin weekends! We have an AMAZING log cabin right on a lake, and we boat, swim, tube, water ski, and hang out there all summer. I live in MN, and it’s currently snowing, so I can’t wait for summer to come back 🙂

    My favorite positive quote is “You never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” I feel like that applies to so many life situations, and I’m about to embark on another journey starting Monday. I’m going to do the 21 Day Fix again, if you’ve ever heard of that. The last time I did it, I lost 15 pounds, and I’m ready to keep going 🙂 Have a great rest of your day!

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  • Camille

    Hey Taralynn,

    I’ve read your blog for years and years. When my ex an I broke up a few years ago we had 4 dogs and had to split them up, that was the hardest part of the breakup, but in the end we are both doing far better then if wet had stayed together, being sissy gave us the freedom to go for what we really wanted.

    1. My favorite summer activity is gardening
    2. I have never done a spin class but would love to
    3. My favorite quote is do you boo. I find out so simple but so powerful

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  • Nicole Lynne

    “Tough times don’t last, tough people do”

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  • Taylor

    Hi Taralynn.. I am so so sorry to hear about your break up. It’s so hard going through that, especially when families and pets are involved too. I’m glad that you shared it with us and I hope everyone gives you the time and space you need. Just know that you will get through this and that everything happens for a reason.

    1. What is your favorite summer activity?
    -Going for walks, laying on the beach, grilling, concerts, basically just doing anything outdoors!
    2. Have you ever tried a spin class?
    – I have not, but I don’t love the bike so i’m not sure how I would do. I was doing it once and I think my chair was in too far because I banged my knee off the handle bar and was scared after that. There is a local place that does spin classes on weekend nights where it’s dark with colorful lights and loud music – that might be fun..
    3. What is your favorite positive quote?
    – “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciations, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

    I commented last week about wanting to write a blog and I finally did!! I know you are super busy but if you have free time and want to check it out it’s http://www.taylortellsitall.com – any suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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  • Lisa

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and I’m so sorry to hear about your break up. As someone who also just went through a break-up with someone I was with for 3 years, I know how hard it can be. I totally get what you mean about not finding out who you are when in a relationship. Figuring out who I am again has been really great for me throughout this whole difficult experience.

    Obviously every relationship/breakup is different but what has helped me is reading inspirational quotes on pinterest! One of my favorites has been “Inhale the future, exhale the past.”

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  • Sam

    My favorite quote it “I remember this part” It means – always remember that no matter how crappy you feel or how hard something is, you have made it through something similar before, it wont last forever and when you are extremely happy always remember that this too wont last, so remember to enjoy every single moment of it.

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  • Tara

    I’m so sorry!! “Time heals everything”! That quote has helped me through so much! And praying! God will bring you strength and heal you! You are strong, and I’ll be praying for you. I hope you feel better everyday! Xo

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  • Lauren

    1. rock climbing

    2. Yes, and although i feel great after, i am that person who is looking at the clock every 3 minutes because i am so miserable lol.

    3. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” – Anonymous

    You’re right–sometimes the best way to find yourself is by being single. Just stay busy and remember that you are in control of your thoughts, actions, etc. And, a feeling is just a feeling; they always pass! 🙂

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  • Danielle Metcalf

    Thank you for sharing sweet girl. I love that you are as transparent as you are you comfortable with. I know that your faith allows you to be honest with yourself and I am so glad that you are!

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  • Katelyn

    Thank you so much for all of your words! I get SO excited when I see a new blog post. It’s almost a relief when I scroll through and read, knowing that someone onthe other side of the country is just like me in so many ways! Mainly because Mr. Grumples is like your child! There is just something about being a pup mama!

    Summer is my favorite season! I love the heat so any activity where I am outside. Whether it is a physical activity or just sitting on the patio. That strong sun is my favorite!

    Spin classes encouraged me and then discouraged me. I have tried it once and thought I was going to die…later realizing I had attended the intermediate class and not the beginners. I think my legs were jello for a week!

    I love quotes so it is hard to pick just one. There are so many that you can use on a daily basis depending on your current mood or status! I like to kick myself when I am down which is a complete flaw but I always like to remember that the sun will still come up tomorrow. Even though my heart or head could be black, the sun will till come up, my dog will still me OVERLY excited to jump in bed with me and that cool morning air will wake me up! So just remember the sun will rise tomorrow so you should rise with it!

    Break-ups suck! They are worse when you are losing a dog child! Use it as an excuse to drink lots of wine and binge watch old episodes of your favorite shows! But GO OUTSIDE! FEEL THAT SUN!

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  • Jennifer

    My favorite summer activity is definitely building bonfires with friends and going to the lake! (coming from the land of 10,000 lakes it only makes sense) As well as outdoor country festivals!

    I have yet to try a spin class. There is a new studio open where I work, and I’m trying to get the guts to go by myself! Trying anything new for the first time alone gives me so much anxiety, and I know it shouldn’t! Haha

    My favorite quote would probably have to be “Everything happens for a reason”. Cheesy and common I know, but it’s true.

    After following you for years, and reading about past relationships that you have written about on here, I must say that Nick is one of the best. I could always tell how much love you two had for each other, and I’m sure still do. I’m glad God put him in your life, even if it was for a short two years! You deserve the best of everything, and if you ever need to talk to someone that doesn’t know much about any of the details, you have my email! Have a beautiful day and just know all of your readers are here for you. You have our support!

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    • Jennifer

      And a perfect day to find this quote:

      “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s not about the circumstance, but rather what you are made of.”

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  • Amanda Klems

    Hi Taralynn,

    I am so sorry to hear about your breakup with Nick, but everything happens for a reason! Take some time to focus on yourself, and know that you have tons of support from your faithful readers. 🙂

    My favorite summer activities are walking outside at our local park and swimming.

    I have not tried a spin class, it’s not all that popular here in Cincinnati. I think I have looked into it once before, but the closest studio was still 40 mins from me and expensive. I can’t quite justify paying for a class when I already belong to Planet Fitness!

    My favorite positive quote is one from Shakespeare, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

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  • Lisa A.

    Good morning Taralynn! I just want to take a moment to thank you for always being so honest and real with us. As someone whose followed you for years (since undressed skeleton!) I can honestly say I really appreciate you opening your life up to us. 🙂

    1. My favorite summer activity has to be kayaking! My bf and I did a kayaking tour on the Hudson River where we went all around this location called Bannerman Castle, which is where the military used to store goods. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on kayaking!

    2. I love spin! I’ve been doing it for about two years now but recently took a break to run more to train for my half. I think spin is one of the easiest exercises to talk yourself into when you don’t feel like working out because you can say your just “sitting” (even though you’re really not, but I tell myself that to push myself into going lol.)

    3. My favorite quote is “surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” It’s pretty simple but a reminder that I want to be with someone who is going to make me want to be a better person.

    I really commend you for looking at your relationship and realizing it’s night the right situation for you. So many people stay in situations they know are wrong just because it’s easier in the short run. I actually moved from CA to NJ for my ex boyfriend and ended up splitting up with him after six months. It was rough because I didn’t have my support system there with me and didn’t want to look like a failure in the eyes of my friends and family. I kept telling myself that I could get through it and I could not be with someone who wasn’t right for me. I focused on myself- working out, signed up for a pottery class, found new friends and I can honestly say it paid off. I stayed in the east coast and after a year of being single I found my current boyfriend who is honestly one of the best things to ever happen to me. He “lifts me higher” so to say. Sorry this is so long but what I’m trying to say is stay strong! I promise any pain you feel will pass and you’ll look back at this time and appreciate the decision you made. Best of luck xoxo!

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  • Andrea D.

    Hi Taralynn,

    I’m sure you’ve said before but what is the running app you use that tracks your mileage?

    Quote by B.J. Novak: “If you love something, let it go. If you don’t love something, definitely let it go. Basically just drop everything, who cares.” I love this quote. I feel like it takes the pressure off. Just live life and be happy. 🙂

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  • Kelsey F.

    Breakups are never easy but it’s so inspiring to see you handle the stress by staying active and surrounding yourself with loved ones. I feel like most people turn to alcohol and partying as a way to cope. You are setting a great example of a healthier way to deal with it.

    As for a few of my favorite inspirational quotes:
    Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.
    Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Kelsey! It’s important to do what is best for you during hard times. I probably will turn to alcohol this weekend with the girls, but I deserve it right? lol Just wine! 😉 I can’t lie about that. BUT, it’s never healthy to self harm or doubt yourself. People think it’s the end of the world or feel worthless after a breakup and that is sad. People need to know how strong they are and important they are! Everyone is worthy and strong! You just have to take this time to make yourself even stronger!

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      • Kelly

        Again – thanks for being honest! And you definitely deserve the wine. Girls nights are the upside of a break up 🙂

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  • Heather

    Bernie Sanders is the only man you need in your life! 😉

    But seriously, congrats on the breakup! If you broke up for a reason, it had to be a good one so congratulations are in order! (That’s how I look at breakups, lol). Stay healthy, girlie! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’m not sure about that lol BUT, if you like Bernie…no hate! haha Do your thang.

      I love your look on breakups. Very very positive way of thinking! xo xo

      Love your spunk Heather!

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  • Emily Weir

    Sorry to hear about you and Nick. Breakups are never easy, especially when there are fur-kids involved. I admire your positive attitude and willingness to share though(as much as your comfortable). And you know you have a crew of readers supporting you always! 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Definitely not easy. BUT, I’m going to look at all the positive things. I am way too lucky to have all the support from my readers.

      Thank you for always commenting and sharing your life with me as well!

      xo

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  • Hilary

    I think you have such a great attitude about life and where you’re going! So jealous of your spin classes too! I used to go when I lived in Ohio but since moving to Georgia I haven’t been able to go! Here’s to hoping I make it back sometime!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Hilary! I really enjoy seeing your comments everyday. Love familiarity.

      Maybe you can find a local spin gym!! At least Georgia is warm 🙂

      xo

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  • Jen H.

    Favorite positive quote: “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      A quote I’ll never forget. My mom planted that in my head since I was a little girl.

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      • Jen H.

        It’s my absolute favorite and so so very true.

        BTW…loved seeing you running in your IOWA gear!! I’m a Hawkeye and it makes me happy seeing you represent 🙂 GO HAWKS!

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  • ashley

    Oh Tara. I am so sorry. Breakups totally suck.

    Sending you love and peace.

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  • Emily

    I think you were too good for him anyways. You are so pretty and active. There is so much better out there for you sista!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Emily.

      I definitely wasn’t “too good” for him. He really is a great person, but we were just clashing a bit. I’m not better than him and he’s not better than me. Both equals 🙂 BUT, I appreciate your support and kind words!

      xo

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  • Shannon G

    Sounds like a good week. Leo would make an amazing president! Now to get him to run, this bid is a bit scary candidate wise.

    So sorry to hear about your breakup. breakups are hard anytime but especially when your in the public eye like you are. People do start asking. I am glad you have your parents around and great friends.

    I can’t even imagine how much you must miss Tino. Maybe as time passes you can watch him some or get visitation rights 🙂 I hope your and Grumples sake you get to see Tino some. Or maybe you can get another dog sometime.

    I know you guys were working on that house together so I hope you get some of your money you invested back when it sells. As my grandma use to say every life experiences makes you stronger.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yeah, all the candidates are very questionable and so different. It’ll be interesting!

      That is very true. I figured I’d get it all out on here before the questions start pouring in. I’d rather avoid it, but it’s impossible when you run a blog and I don’t mind being open with my readers.

      Thank you for your kind words!

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  • Carly

    I can’t wait for summer! (19 degrees north of Boston today!) As soon as summer hits you can find me at the beach relaxing, and hiking and exploring new trails with my pup Moose!

    I have tried a spin class once… my legs weren’t the same for a week after that! But it was a GREAT work out!

    So sorry to hear about N&T… my heart breaks twice for you.
    My favorite quote in such times is “Some day it’s all going to make sense”

    Stay strong and positive as best you can!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      19 degrees in Boston? Yikes! That doesn’t sound fun at all. Moose is such a cute name for a pup! I love that. Lol my legs were horrible the first time I ever did spin class.

      Thank you for that and I love that quote.

      xo

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  • Lauren

    Good luck Taralynn. I really admire you and your positive attitude towards this. I hope you will figure out some sort of arrangement for Tino. Thank you for sharing even if you didn’t have to.

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  • Nicole

    1) Taking my dog to the beach and dog parks! I live in Nova Scotia and it is freezing here from November-April lol, so I try to absolutely max out the warmer months.

    2) LOVE spin, do it at least once a week. My gym offers all the ‘Les Mills’ classes so spin, body pump etc – I love those because it is great not to have to think about what I am going to do for a workout lol.

    3) “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

    I feel for ya girl! Recently me and my boyfriend of five years broke up, it was pretty terrible and we are co-parenting our dog which is also terrible. Life’s funny sometimes, but it always works out they way it should.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love taking Grumples to the beach!!! I have friends that live in Nova Scotia and it looks so cold!

      I can only do spin once a week becuase it hurts my butt so bad lol I also LOVE body pump classes. I really miss my gym from Atlanta!

      Love that quote!!

      Sorry to hear about your breakup. Even when it has to happen, it still hurts more than you can control. Life truly is funny, but I know things happen for reasons.

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      • Nicole

        Well if you have friends here you should definitely visit sometime, it is really gorgeous! Just come in the summer HAHA.

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  • Jackie

    1. Favorite summer activity is being outdoors in any way and especially on the water!
    2. Yes- Spin is a favorite workout, but my gym doesn’t offer it, so I don’t get to go too often.
    3. My favorite quote when I need a push during a run is ‘I Can, I Have, I Will.’
    Sorry to hear about you and Nick! But bigger and better things will come your way..you have to do what’s best for you! ❤️

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      The water is everything in the summer!

      I love when gyms have little spin classes offered! I can only go like 3 times a week becuase its way too painful lol

      Thank you for that! xo xo

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  • Alicia

    I love that you were actually honest about what happened and didn’t avoid it. These days we see too many ‘fake happy’ posts on Facebook to the extent that we think that our lives are crappy compared to others when in reality people only post the good bits of theirs and everyone feels inadequate in comparison to what they see.

    I hope you find peace and know that you are not alone xxx

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I’m about to be honest again. I wanted to avoid it, I didn’t want to share that, but I felt like I owed it to my readers and it saves me from a lot of unwanted comments. I also know other girls are probably going through the same thing and hopefully they can look at my blog for some comfort. I get emails a lot about relationships, and I don’t mind talking with them at all. I don’t care who you are, how much money you have, or how famous you are…everyone is equal! Everyone deals with pain, has struggles and fails. You can cover it up with pretty pictures of food and muscle pics, but it’s more inspiring to share your struggles with people who are struggling with you. I think admitting that you’re sad and going through a hiccup makes you stronger than people who are hiding behind a forced smile. There is nothing wrong with admitting to imperfections and I’ve learned that the hard way!

      xo xo

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  • Sydney

    Hi Tara,
    Thanks so much for sharing. I have been following your blog for a long time and your sincere, optimistic view on life makes me reflect on mine. I look up to you for your courage and I believe the best will happen to you.
    I wish you the best and thank you for being such an inspiration. Fight on!

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  • Ayla

    That is such a brave decision to make, and the way you are handling it sounds very sane. Good luck the coming time! X

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  • Marina @ Snackie Bird

    Everything will be great, Taralynn. Bad days build better days!

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  • Alli

    I’ve had a pretty rough week and I found this quote tonight that encouraged me a bit… “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%… and that’s pretty good.”

    I so appreciate your honesty and vulnerability on your blog. I agree with other readers that your authenticity and openness is part of what makes your blog so enjoyable to read. I’m impressed by your strength.

    Reply to Alli
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I loved that. Thank you for sharing.

      It’s not always easy to share everything I’m going through to the world, but I know there are people out there going through much worse, or can maybe relate. Just want them to know that I’m a real person with real emotions, and that we all have hiccups in life.

      xo xo

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  • Ashley

    My thoughts are with you. As cliche as it sounds, what’s meant to be is meant to be. Take care of yourself and understand that it’s normal to lay low for awhile. You’re a gorgeous girl and have so much to offer.

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  • Amie

    You have already done two very strong, brave things:
    1) taken control of your own story and 2) shared it with people. I’d say you’re definitely on the right path to discovering what’s next for you and doing it with grace and maturity. I hope your broken heart mends soon. Hang in there.

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  • Autumn

    1.) my favorite summertime activity is actually being able to do anything outside!lol. the cold and shorter days makes me want to stay inside
    2.) have not tried a spin class but i REALLY want to!
    3.) and my favorite quote is “tough times never last, but tough people do” and from following you for all these years, it is clear that you are a tough person Taralynn 🙂 keep killin it girl!

    Reply to Autumn
    • Taralynn McNitt

      When you’re blessed with beautiful outdoor weather, you make sure your butt is outdoors! I’m not looking forward to 110 degree humid days, BUT, I’ll take those over cold ones.

      It’s so much fun! There are a lot of gyms that let you go to classes without a membership.

      LOVE THAT QUOTE! It’s the truth.

      Thank you for the kind words. Seriously, I needed that.

      xo

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  • Brooklyn

    I’m sorry to hear about you and Nick, and especially sorry to hear about maybe not seeing Tino, I could tell how much you love him.
    But from what I can tell about you these last few years of following your blog is that you are such a strong woman, and I truly think that you can get through anything.

    There are honestly so many amazing positive quotes it’s hard to choose.

    My favourite summer drink is always wine. Not summery, but still my fave!

    I have always wanted to try a spin class!! It looks like it would kick my butt!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

    Reply to Brooklyn
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey B!

      It really does suck, but life is full of obstacles and it’s how we choose to handle them. I appreciate your support and kind words. I really do feel like I can get through anything. I’ve been through so much in my short lifetime and a lot people that read my blog don’t know about. Maybe one day I can share those struggles and hard times in my life, but I do feel as if I can handle anything. Even if I can’t, I’ll keep telling myself that.

      Wine is good anytime of the year 🙂 I’ve been living off it this winter.

      Spin class is so much fun, but so hard!

      xo & thank you for always reading my blog and commenting to me!! I love the familiarity with my readers! You’re the best! xo

      – Taralynn

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  • Ashley Andrews

    I was talking with a classmate today and discovered we both follow you! After a quick geek out moment, we both ended up saying how much we appreciate and love about your blog, is what a real, down to earth person you are, and this post really supports that! You are such an a honest soul with yourself and about being healthy and true to yourself. Stay strong, stay true to you.

    3. Quotes are the best so I have not one, but 3 quotes for you, because I couldn’t decide xp
    On of my all time favorite quotes is actually from Alice in Wonderland:
    “Do you think I’ve gone round the bend?”
    “I’m afraid so. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
    “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail.”
    And recently found, “Life is like a bicycle; to keep your balance, you must keep moving”- A. Einstein

    3. I feel the quotes are the best, I will do those first xD I have not one, but 3 quotes for you, because I couldn’t decide xp
    On of my all time favorite quotes is actually from Alice in Wonderland:
    “Do you think I’ve gone round the bend?”
    “I’m afraid so. You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
    “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail.”
    And recently found, “Life is like a bicycle; to keep your balance, you must keep moving”- A. Einstein
    2. I did a spin class and I miss it! It was a great way to switch up my workout!
    1. Favorite summer activity would be reading outside and summer bonfires under the stars xD

    Reply to Ashley Andrews
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Ashley!

      That is so cool 🙂 Makes me feel special. Just hearing those words from you girls makes me want to cry. That support is everything and I appreciate it more than you know! Tell your friend I said thank you!

      Alice in Wonderland is filled with the best quotes…next to Dr. Seuss.

      Spin class is tough, but you have to try it at least once. I have a love/hate relationship with it.

      That sounds amazing!!!! wine & reading on the porch.

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  • Nicole

    I haven’t read your entire post just yet! (I save it for the mornings with my coffee 🙂 ) but I did read the last part ~ one of my fave quotes “there is something beautiful about having the chance to rewrite your future”. I firmly think that the strongest and bravest thing you can ever do is stand up for who you are. And I also believe it’ll always send you on a path that is better than the one you were on.

    Also, I love spinning!! I’m a runner so it’s nice to switch it up and I definitely sweat a ton!

    My fave summer activity is camping or hiking and then a BBQ!

    Remember to Take care of yourself! You do so much for others, it’s time to focus solely on what feels right to you 🙂 lots of grumple hugs, Netflix, friends, hiking, art, anything!

    Reply to Nicole
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I think its so funny and I’m incredibly honored that so many people save all my posts for their morning coffee. THAT IS PRECIOUS TIME! so that means a lot to me 🙂

      That quote is so true and we are all in control of the next chapter of our life. Thank you for your advice and your kind words.

      Have you noticed the difference in your running with spin class? My legs are so much stronger!! Its also been one year with ZERO injuries.

      That advice is exactly what I’m doing. I LOVE doing things for others, but it’s time to focus on me. I will never stop doing things for others, but I just need to put that energy into different causes. I’m looking for some volunteer options in Charlotte.

      xo

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  • Erin

    I’m so sorry to hear that news. You are a beautiful young woman, God knows your direction and he will take care of you no matter what happens. He knows what’s best. Hugs during this tough time.

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  • Haley

    1. Hmmmm. My favorite summer activity is walking the beach when there is a sunset. It’s such a perfect temperature and the sky is beautiful. It makes for a great date night, girls night, or picture taking opportunity.

    2. I tried it back in high school and honestly hated it. But now, after playing a college sport, my knees hurt more when I run so I have tried biking on my own and love it. I would like to try spinning again because I think I would actually enjoy it this time around.

    3. The darkest hour is only sixty minutes. Meaning it will get better 🙂

    I’m sorry you are going through this tough time.. Praying that it will get better!!

    Reply to Haley
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Love sunset beach walks! I could never get tired of that.

      Spinning is so tough, but pretty fun! I don’t do it all the time or it gets old but it’s healthy and good for the knees!

      Love that!

      Thank you for your support and kind words Haley!

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  • Kat

    You have such a good attitude! My best friend is going through a tough break up and I need to make her read this 🙂

    1. When I finally make it to the ocean and I can just breathe 🙂

    2. I have been wanting to try it out! I just don’t want to go by myself so I need to take someone with me.

    3. “I will always find a way, and a way will always find me”.

    Reply to Kat
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Kat!

      Break ups suck, but it’s how you choose to handle them. Also, just tell her that “this too shall pass.”

      1. Oceans are so tranquil.

      2. lol get a friend and go!!

      3. I like that quote a lot!

      xo T

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  • Melissa

    Even in the hard times you’re in inspiring person, thank you for sharing your life with all of us! Just keep doing what makes you happy and things will fall into place.

    1. I love Hiking and camping. There’s nothing quite like carrying all you’ll need on your back, and sitting in the beauty and peace of nature while enjoying a tea and some dinner by the tent at the end of the day! Ahh 🙂
    2. I haven’t! To be honest, the bike is the beast I have yet to conquer at the gym. I’ve tried it many times and grimace and hate life every second Im on that darn thing lol. I love biking outdoors, so I dont know what it is! I would totally try one though, maybe having music and an instructor yelling at me to push would help lol
    3. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

    Reply to Melissa
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Melissa!

      Things usually do fall into place 😉

      1. I wish I could get into camping, but I’m afraid to do it alone. I need someone to go with or who is a pro at it! I’d love to do it.

      2. Biking outdoors is the best. I can’t wait to get in some bike rides. Gym life is not for everyone. I go through phases!

      3. Isn’t that the truth!!! 🙂

      xo

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  • Colleen

    So sorry to hear that Tara! You’re so strong I know you can get through this. Much love to you <3

    1) I LOVE SUMMER. Gosh, hiking is one of my favorite things to do for sure. Also, early morning runs :]
    2) I like spinning! I've been to Soul Cycle and Flywheel before and sorta prefer Flywheel but both are really fun and great for relieving stress!
    3) "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." — Amelia Earhart. Not necessarily a "positive" quote, but a motivational one for sure! I mostly just love Amelia Earhart; what an inspiration!

    Hope things start looking up soon! I know they will <3 xoxo

    Reply to Colleen
    • Taralynn McNitt

      No need to be sorry! It’s life and life throws us some curveballs. Thank you for the kind words!!! Us women are tougher than we let ourselves believe.

      1. hiking for the win!

      2 . Huge stress reliever!

      3. Amelia Earhart is an inspiration and I look up to her and her strengths. Motivational quotes are always positive!

      xo xo xo

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  • Staci

    Hi! I check your page every day for new posts and get so excited when you put up something new. You are an inspiration to me- your dedication to working out and new projects and just bettering yourself in general are all qualities that I greatly admire. I’m really sorry to hear about you and Nick and Tino- break ups are hard enough without a puppy :/
    Just know that besides your friends in your offline life, you have a ton of supporters from here. I hope you have a great rest of the week! <3

    Reply to Staci
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Staci! I try to mold my life for the better every single day! Even when I don’t want to do anything, I force myself to get up and do something with my day. LIVE YOUR DAY AS IF IT IS YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH. Break ups suck, there is no hiding that.

      Thank you for all the support and i hope you realize how much it means to me.

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  • Kate

    Hey Taralynn!

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are!

    1) swimming!

    2) no, I’m kind of intimidated by them for some reason

    3) “The same boiling water that softens potatoes, hardens eggs. It’s all about what you are made of. Not your circumstances.” Kind of silly, but it makes me smile : )

    Reply to Kate
    • Taralynn McNitt

      HI Kate!

      Thank you for the kind words & following for a while! Means so much!

      1. Swimming is so fun and gets every muscle in your body moving!
      2. Don’t be! Give it a shot just once 🙂 You’re strong, don’t ever be intimidated by anything!
      3. It’s weird to think of it like that, but it so true. I’ve never heard of that quote! Thank you for sharing it.

      xo xo

      taralynn

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  • Aimee

    Hey Tara!
    Hang in there girl! Sending love and positive thoughts your way! Break ups are never easy, but remember that you have so much support.
    1. My favorite summer activity is just hiking and being outdoors. I hate being couped up!
    2. I’ve never tried a spin class but I really want to!
    3. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

    Reply to Aimee
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Aimee!!

      I appreciate the kind and true words. The support means everything and helps.

      1. Being couped up with the worst! I need to find some new hiking trails!

      2. Spinning is fun!

      3. Isn’t that the truth?

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  • Lisa McKessy

    Sorry about your breakup 🙁 Even when mutual, breakups always suck.

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  • Caitlyn

    1. Paddle boarding/ beach fun times for sure
    2. I haven’t gotten to try a spin class yet because every class that my gym offers is ALWAYS going on when I am working -___-
    3. hmmm I would say my favorite quote is probably ” Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” it always reminds me to keep striving for more even when you don’t think you can keep going or even if you have hit a brick wall, it’s nice

    Also sorry to hear about the news, but I totally understand, I am kind of in the same boat at the moment with my boyfriend except so far neither one of us has had the balls to call it off so I don’t know, it just sucks, but I’m glad you have friends to be there for you ^_^ just remember that life is a roller coaster you may go through some low-times, but you always know that there will be better times on the horizon 🙂 (sorry for the paragraph)

    Reply to Caitlyn
    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. I can’t wait to go paddle boarding in D.C. this summer!!

      2. You should definitely try go get to a weekend class. You’ll fall in love!

      3. That was a beautiful quote.

      I really hope you find out a way to make things better. Don’t be afraid to take the first step if you’re not happy or he’s not happy. Life is too short to be “stuck” and if you guys are meant to be together, it’ll happen in the future. Be brave and be strong!! Don’t apologize for the paragraph, I actually appreciate it!

      Hope you find happiness!!!

      xo xo

      taralynn

      ps. if you ever need to talk, you can always leave a comment of grab my email on the right sidebar! xo

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  • Mackenzie Maresh

    Prayin for ya sweet girl! Thank you for always being so honest and vulnerable with your readers, even though you absolutely do not have to be; one of the reasons you’re my favorite blogger. So,
    1. On a warm summer night I love drinking red wine and listening to music with my family on our patio
    2. I have never tried a spin class, but I have tried a spin bike with the “on screen” coach, it whipped my butt!
    3. “Every storm runs out of rain”

    Reply to Mackenzie Maresh
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Mackenzie. That means so much!

      1. Red wine! My kind of girl 🙂 I love patio nights with the family too.
      2. That sounds intense!
      3. Great quote!

      xo

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  • Shannon

    My favorite summer activity is hiking. The trees offer welcome shade and it’s a fun workout.
    I have never tried a spin class, I feel like I would either get really bored or not have enough energy to make it through the class. I’m super klutzy and get embarrassed easily, so classes like that scare me.
    My favorite positive quote is one that I made during college “If you can only do one thing each day, make someone else smile. In doing so you know you’ve made their day a little better, a little brighter.

    I’m glad to hear you’re using your supportive friends and family, never forget that they’re there for you. Stay strong and don’t be afraid to let the tears fall, all emotions are needed for a balanced life. You are always an inspiration for me, thank you for showing me that life has its twists and turns but you have to keep moving no matter what life throws at you.

    Reply to Shannon
    • Taralynn McNitt

      I also love hiking. Oh, spin classes are far from boring. They have fun music, the instructors are upbeat and they keep the lights dark. But, it’s super hard if you go at the instructors pace. You can set your own, which is nice. You should never get embarrassed at all! People are more conceded with how they look than the person next to them.

      Well your quote just made me smile. Loved that. & it’s so true.

      Life wouldnt be exciting without new journeys. I know the tears will hit me one day, but I’m doing everything I can to just stay strong at the moment and enjoy each day as if it was my last. Looking through a positive window right now!

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      • Shannon Parker

        Thanks Taralynn. I’ll definitely think about giving a spin class a try. 🙂 I’m happy you liked my quote. Keep being such an amazing inspiration! xoxo

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  • Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    im so sorry to hear that–i hope you feel a little better and a little stronger each day. 🙂 You’re very strong!

    My favorite summer activity is probably swimming. I love it so much! I also love going for a long evening walk when its warm and breezy!

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  • Kelli

    Girl, I am so sorry to hear about Nick and really sorry about Tino. Breakups are never easy to deal with, no matter what the circumstances. But you really do need to do what’s best for you! As long as you have your family, supportive friends, and a bottle or two of wine… you’ll be okay 😉 It’s good to hear you talking so positive about it. Stay stong!

    1.) Love going to the local lake, and laying out on the beach. Our local lake is man-made and fish free. I have a weird phobia of fish in water when I’m in the water…

    2.)I have never tried a spin class. I’d be curious to try one though! But I have done a Zumba and an Aquazumba class before. Aquazumba was ridiculously hard.

    3.) “Life is like a camera. You focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative, and if things don’t work out… take another shot.”

    Reply to Kelli
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Kelli!

      You’re right. It’s not easy at all, but if it is what is best, then I’ll get through it. I’m a pretty strong person, so it’ll take a lot to break me.

      1. Lol your fish comment made me laugh. Snakes are what scare me!

      2. Never tried aquazumba…didnt even know it was a thing!

      3. That is such a great quote!

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  • Jessica

    1. This is so redneck but tractor pulls. I’ve been around that sort of thing all my life and it’s just a fun way to spend a weekend. I’ve gotten to know so many great people and it’s kind of like a family.

    2. I took a gym class in high school where we got to go try some new activities and one of those was a spin class. I remember it being challenging and I actually was thinking I would like to find one just so I can have somewhere to wear your “you can’t spin with us” tank. Lol

    3. Be the kind of person who makes everyone feel like a somebody.

    Reply to Jessica
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hey we used to do things like that in Iowa! Fun to watch and especially the races.

      lol spin class is so stinkin’ fun! Your high school sounded awesome.

      best quote.

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  • Lauren

    My favorite positive quote is Embrace your freakishness.
    Whatever makes you weird is also what makes you, you.
    I hope you find peace in whatever decision you make in your life with nick and other things. So sorry to hear though.
    Lauren

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  • Allie

    Fav breakup or loss quotation, “life is short, but it is wide. This too shall pass.” ❤️ Breakups suck!! They just so. And the chance of losing Tino makes it suck more. Hang in their love, and you do what you need to do!! Xoxo

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  • Anna

    You are so unbelievably inspirational. I’ve been following your blog for years, and I look forward to each new post. You’re one of the reasons I finally took the plunge and decided to start a blog myself. You have such a positive outlook on life, and it’s so refreshing. I’m sorry for what you’re going through, but thank goodness for good friends! There is nothing better when you’re feeling down. A nice glass of wine and a Netflix marathon are good too of course 😉 it’s great that you’re focusing on yourself and your goals for your future. I hope you find the happiness you deserve 🙂

    Reply to Anna
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Anna!

      Congrats on the new blog and I hope you share the link with me! I’m a huge believer in positivity and surrounding yourself with positive people. Nothing good comes from negativity. Thank you for the kind words and reading my blog for so many years! It means a lot!

      xo xo

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      • Anna

        It means SO much to me that you’d be willing to check out my blog! If you ever have the time it’s http://www.activelyanna.com

        Still very very new at it, so I have a ton to learn. But like I said, you inspire me to share my life with others. I hope to bring positivity to at least one person. 🙂

        Reply to Anna
        • Taralynn McNitt

          Loving the blog so far! The kitty reminds me of my old cat “meow meow” He used appear in my posts when I first started my blog. Also…the dino cookies looked so cute!!

          I’m really excited for your fashion posts because I think you have a great sense of style. Your hawaiin fried rice looks bomb!!!!

          *blogging tip! Your photos are so good and very relaxing. You should make them bigger to fill up your blog space so I can see them better. That may help a bit! If you ever need anything, let me know!

          Taralynn

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  • Selina

    All I’m going to say is love & best wishes to you, Taralynn. Hang in there. ?

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  • Lindsay @ A Runnaroundd Life

    My favorite quote ever is: “The pride of getting back up erases all the falls.” Sending you lots of <333

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  • Sarah

    1) My absolute favorite thing to do in the summer is head to the park and play around on the kiddie equipment (swings, jungle gym …). Not only is it fun, but you can make it a fun workout.

    2) I haven’t tried a spin class yet, but I really want to. We don’t have any near where I live 🙁

    3) Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose – Lyndon B Johnson. I’m sure it is probably from a political speech or something, but it always helps me focus on a new day and new possibilities.

    Sorry to hear about Nick and especially Tino, but I’m proud of you for doing what’s best for you! That’s so hard sometimes.

    Reply to Sarah
    • Taralynn McNitt

      1. Girl, me too! The monkey bars get tough as you get older. I used to love the park for that reason back when I was a nanny.

      2. They are pretty tough, but fun. I hate the next day’s pain…ahhhhh

      3. I love that quote and I’ll definitely remember it.

      Thank you a ton. That means a lot.

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  • Jen

    You’re so strong Tara!!

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