10 Day Challenge: My 9 Loves

Happy Friday! Today I have decided to start taking on the 10 Day Challenge. However, I am skipping the 10 secrets because if I told them to you they wouldn’t be secrets! Instead I’ll jump right into the nine loves…


Thank you to Kristin @ Sweat Courage for starting this challenge!

My Nine Loves:

I’m going to start off with the obvious ones: the cat, the man, and the thing I blog about.

1. Adam – I met this guy almost 10 years ago at a Halloween party. He walked right by me towards the door and I impulsively reached out and grabbed his arm. As someone who is pretty shy around new people this was such an INSANE thing for me to do (admittedly, it was partially fueled by alcohol).

I don’t really believe in love at first sight; I think true love is something that takes time to grow, BUT something compelled me to reach out to a stranger and stop him from walking on by. Maybe it was love at first sight!

2. Cecil – After my beloved first cat, Leo passed away on August 14, 2007 I honestly didn’t think I would ever have another cat. I was so totally devastated. Leo was my first real pet and losing him was heartbreaking. I cried in the shower for weeks.


Little did I know that 13 days later on August 27, 2007 a little kitten was born that would eventually wiggle his way into my heart.

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I adopted Cecil on November 3, 2007 when someone in my mom’s neighborhood told me he had a kitten he needed to get rid of. Now that was love at first sight!

3. Running – Obvious. See blog as reference. : )

4. Traveling – Nothing makes me smile quite like turning on the away message for my work email! You know the one, I’m currently out of the office and won’t be returning until hell freezes over, I run out of money next Monday.”

I’m ready for October:

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5. Going Out to Eat – This one probably seems odd as a “love” but I do love going out to eat. As a kid my family ate out quite a lot so I have many fond memories from eating at restaurants. Much to Adam’s dismay I really like chain restaurants. Take me to TGIFridays and I’m just as happy as when we treat ourselves to a five star restaurant.

6. Sports – As you know, I’m crazy for professional football and basketball. As a south Floridian you can find me cheering my head off for the Dolphins and Heat!


I used to think both sports were really boring, but once I learned the rules of the game and started to understand game strategy I fell in love. There’s nothing like quickly mapping out 3 different ways you’d like to see a 2-minute drill play out at the end of an exciting football game! PHINS UP!

7. My Bed – I don’t know about you, but I LOVE that first moment after slipping into bed. I love stretching out my legs and feeling the coolness of the sheets. I always read in bed for 30 minutes before I go to sleep, and I love that part of my nightly ritual. The bed is a good place to be after a productive day!

8. The Beach – There’s a reason that I normally run down to the beach five days a week. Sure, it’s my most convenient running route, but I also find it to be the most calming place in the world. I love watching and listening to the crashing waves. I love seeing the sunrise or set over the water. The beach is most definitely my happy place.

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9. Blogging! – I suppose this is another obvious one like running, but I really like blogging and commenting on other people’s blogs. It might be weird but I really do feel like so many of you are my friends. Sometimes I’ll be out and about and see something that reminds me of one of you and I’ll want to text you about it … but then I remember we’re not friends like that! haha

Where is YOUR favorite place in the whole world? 

How did you meet your significant other?? 


  1. September 12, 2014 / 9:15 am

    I also love going out to eat! I don’t know why but it is one of my favorite things to do socially. It’s just so relaxing, you can have quality conversation with people, and the best part – you get to eat!!

    Of course I also love running, and blogging. And my bed. I totally know what you mean about that moment of climbing in for the night. 🙂

    • September 15, 2014 / 3:35 pm

      Ahh that first moment getting into bed and stretching out your legs is THE BEST… especially now with tired “marathon training” legs!

  2. September 12, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Loved this post Kristina! The story about how you met Adam was super cute! And I am so so jealous that you have the beach to run on – must be amazing.
    My favourite place in the whole world is probably my little reading area in my garden during the summer – it’s surrounded by roses and is so pretty! I’m also really lucky to live in London so that’s another favourite.

    • September 15, 2014 / 3:36 pm

      That little reading area in your garden sounds amazing! You are really lucky to live in London! I’ll be coming your way really soon for a vacation 😉

  3. September 12, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Omg as soon as I saw the title “9 Loves” my brain went, “WAIT she didn’t tell us any secrets, how did I miss that???” but before I combed through your blog I continued to read and realized you are sneaky and skipped them. It’s okay, we forgive you. 🙂 I love your meeting Adam story. Do you think you ever would have met him if you hadn’t attended that same party? Paul msged me on MySpace, and we had zero mutual friends, so I KNOW I would not have met him if he hadn’t msged me that night! My favorite place in the whole wide world is my house. 🙂

    • September 15, 2014 / 3:37 pm

      I MIGHT have still met him because I was friends with his neighbors… but he and his neighbors weren’t exactly close friends. We all just happened to have been at that party. I hope I would have still met him… fate and all that lovey dovey jazz lol

  4. September 12, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    My favorite place in the world is the beach and my bed 🙂 If only I could put my bed on the beach then I would be the happiest person alive!

  5. September 12, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    I’m with you – the beach is definitely my happy place!!!
    And, I feel the same way about my blog friends. When I talk about y’all to Chris (or anyone for that matter), it’s like someone that I actually hang out with. We sort of all hang out together reading blogs:)

    • September 15, 2014 / 5:38 pm

      Haha true! When I mention anyone to Adam I always say, “my friend so-and-so…. ” 😀

  6. September 12, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    I hope that is your out of office message. Too funny I have mine all set up for my next racecation 🙂 My favorite place(s) are the beach/water and my bed (even back at my parents house).

    • September 15, 2014 / 5:39 pm

      I haven’t passed that by my boss yet as my official out of office message 😉 I’ll definitely be using it for my personal away message (not that I ever get any important personal emails anyway, lol).

  7. September 13, 2014 / 6:11 am

    I love your out of the office message that is all set up and ready to roll! Awesome post, and what’s gearing up to be an awesome series of posts – yay! Because, lets’ face it, I’m nosy, haha…
    Hmmm, favourite place in the world?? That is a really hard one. Hmm, mine would be a toss up between anywhere in Newcastle Australia hanging with my two favourite friends, OR Echo Beach in Canggu Bali, also preferably with my two besties, or any other friends who’d care to join me! (Hmm, how about organising some sort of running bloggers convention on the island of Bali??)
    Met my significant other also fuelled by alcohol! 🙂

    • September 15, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      Hahah high five for alcohol bringing people together 🙂

      And running bringing people together! I would totally go to a run blogger convention in Bali. That sounds like a dream trip!

  8. September 13, 2014 / 11:48 am

    My favorite place in the whole world is Scotland. I’ve never felt more at home than I did there, oddly enough.

    How exciting to already have your out-of-office email for your marathon set up!!

  9. September 13, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    The beach is my favorite place too! And I also love that feeling of just getting into bed. I think thats why I need it to be made every day- I love the feeling of getting into a made bed with the sheets all flattened out and cool.

    • September 15, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      SAME! I take the time to make the bed in the morning just so I can enjoy that feeling at night 😉

  10. September 14, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    I love all of your loves! Eating in general is a love of mine. I also love my furbabies and my man.

    Also – I can’t wait for you to turn on that away message in October. You’re going to be a marathoner!!!

    • September 15, 2014 / 5:43 pm

      I’m going to be a …marathoner! That’s so crazy!

      I love that all of my blog friends enjoying eating, running and pets. That’s why this is my favorite part of the Internet 🙂 You are good people!

  11. September 15, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    It’s so hard to lose a pet, I get sad every time I think about losing one. Lucky little Cecil, think about what his life would be like w/o you. He would be grateful if he could tell you. A friend introduced me and hubby and he really didn’t like me, I just kind of forced him to hang out with me lol My favorite place in Montana 🙂

    • September 15, 2014 / 5:42 pm

      Hhahaha you forced him to hang out with you!

      Adam and I had totally different personalities and interests back then, but we had an instant connection!