A trip down memory lane…

Last night I got caught up taking a trip down memory lane while browsing through some old Facebook photos. I thought it might be kind of fun to share some pictures from my pre-blogging days!

Let’s go back to 2006 … I really thought this was the coolest “messy” haircut EVER. This amount of messy actually took me a good 45 minutes to recreate every morning and required quite a bit of product.


Half of me is cut off because I thought it would be super uncool if you could see the camera in the picture. This was taken back in the days when you couldn’t use your camera phone to easily take selfies.

That box you see in the back is one of many because I was getting ready to move from Orlando down to Miami!

Fast forward a couple of years and here is my best friend and I at her hotel room on her 21st birthday.


We had already had a tiny bit to drink and were showing everyone how to do invisible pogo. The quality of this picture is horrible, but I remember laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe and that’s what makes it one of my favorite pictures EVER. 


And here is the same friend and I a couple years later after deciding to spontaneously fly to DC the weekend before President Obama’s inauguration. We flew Airtran because they allowed college students to fly for like $50 or something.


I don’t think I’m maximizing the use of this scarf!

Because it was a spontaneous trip for two Florida girls we did not pack proper clothing and as such froze our asses off the whole time. This crooked picture was taken in about 2 seconds flat and despite my eyes being closed it could not be retaken because we needed to get inside of a building to warm up ASAP.


I did manage to snap this kissy selfie to send to Adam. I used to wear a lot more makeup than I do now!

Here’s another picture from a freezing cold trip … this one Adam and I took to Boston in February of 2011.


One night we tried to leave our hotel room to go to dinner but it was so cold we turned back around and ordered room service. These grilled cheese sandwiches cost $13 each but they were worth every penny because we got to sit around with the heater on full blast : )

183536_1918512601268_7587754_nWe had gone to Boston because the company I worked for at the time had an office up there and I thought I might like to transfer. Needless to say during that trip Adam and I found out we are not cut out to live in cold weather states!

Instead of becoming a Bostonian, I was destined to become a Florida runner.


Being a runner is such a strong part of my identity these days that it’s hard to believe I wasn’t a runner in any of these other pictures.

… I wasn’t a runner but I was a witch. I mean, how else would I have gotten to hang out with Professor Trelawney and go to Hogwarts?



In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes: I did wait in line to get my wand at Ollivanders.


Do you like to look through old pictures and laugh at your old clothes/hairstyles? 

Ever go on any spontaneous trips in college? Where did you go?

– I wish I could still take advantage of those $50 airplane tickets!



  1. April 16, 2014 / 6:25 am

    I love seeing pictures of you in non running clothes! More please! I too cannot imagine myself not being a runner. It’s amazing how much we change in our 20s!

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:25 am

      Unfortunately, these days I just go from my work clothes to my running clothes. If I could I really would just wear my running clothes 24/7. Sometimes on Fridays I fantasize about wearing them to work and saying “What? It’s casual Friday.”

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:20 am

      I spent WAYYY too much time picking out a wand. I actually think it would have been much easier if the wand really did choose me… 😉 I ended up getting the generic Hawthorn wand. I loved the McGonagall one though, and as a teacher it’s such a perfect choice for you!

  2. April 16, 2014 / 8:05 am

    i’ve only been a florida girl for 3 years and i’m already a complete wimp when we go on vacation elsewhere. i always freeze and wonder how people cope (even though we moved here from michigan where it snowed almost every day from december through march).

    love all the pics!

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:26 am

      My friend went to MSU for grad school and then came back down to Florida, and her first winter back she was talking about how old it was when it was in the 60s! 😀 I guess the adjustment to warm weather happens fast!

  3. April 16, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Look how flippin’ adorable you are! My younger pictures would probably scare you lol maybe I will share a few 🙂

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:27 am

      No way! I love that you posted some pictures today. I especially love that old timey pic with your family – so cute!

  4. April 16, 2014 / 10:24 am

    the fiancé and I love going through old photos. its so much fun to see how we have grown and how our relationship has developed. plus the clothes we use to wear are hilarious.

    all my trips were pre planned but lots of spontaneous things went on during those trips.

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:29 am

      Hahah yes, I keep smirking every time I look at that picture above where I am wearing those white plastic earrings … whaaaat was I thinking?! Actually, I remember thinking they were super fashionable lol

      Hmmm that last line about spontaneous things happening has me curious! I think you need to do a blog post about those things!

  5. April 16, 2014 / 11:02 am

    I love trips down memory lane – it’s so fun to see older pictures and what bloggers were up to before they were bloggers! 🙂

  6. cheryl
    April 16, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Those are fun pictures–
    Yes, it is STILL cold up in New England, although we had a couple days reprieve–it was 65 2 days in a row! (we had the windows open, wearing shorts, I was HOT on my run!) Of course, today we wake up to a 1/2″ of snow, and we have our first Spring track meet and it is supposed to be a high of 42, and windy…BRISK!
    Some friends and I took a middle of the night road trip to the “Desert of Maine”–yeah, it’s a real thing, however, it is a patch of sand…A patch of sand which we didn’t see, because it was February. In Maine. Snow. So it was a big patch of snow. Hmmm, I wonder what might have fueled that decision????

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:23 am

      Hahaha! The idea of seeing a big patch of snow actually excites me, but in the end I would probably just snap a picture and then run inside and find a warm fireplace to sit next to 🙂 New England is gorgeous and I WISH I could stand the cold, but I think I’ve just lived in Florida too long!

  7. April 16, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    Love this! It’s always fun (and sometimes scary, haha) to look back through old photos. Gotta love a trip down memory lane, and it’s always nice learning more about fellow bloggers and who they were “back in the day.” 🙂

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:31 am

      YES to the scary part 😀 I definitely saw some pictures that were so cringeworthy!

  8. April 16, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Love, love, LOVE looking through old pictures! Do it fairly regularly, well for those pictures that are digital and on the computer anyway.

    I really like your ‘messy’ hairdo! Looks great. May not work for running though.

    I agree re: can’t imagine not being a runner now. My former self would have been a mixture of horrified and amazed I think, haha.

    My old photos are shockers! Luckily the worst are safely held in storage and am unable to post them on here. May pinch your idea (giving you full credit of course) for my post tomorrow and share some back-in-the-day (circa 2006 onwards) photos!

    Great post, thanks Kristina!

    • April 17, 2014 / 12:32 am

      As I was looking through old pics last night I realized how lucky we are these days to be able to upload pics and save them online. I have photo albums somewhere with my pre-2006 pictures but I have no idea where they are!

      YES! Please do share some pics, I would love to see them!