Don’t judge me 

In today’s episode of “what’s going on inside Tonya’s head”. 

Today I went for a walk… And here’s what came out of it.. Besides these lovely scenic shots of the Mississippi River:  

   In my job I get a chance to hear about the real struggles and hardships that people go through in life. Real stuff. Hard stuff. Life changing and world-turning upside down kind of stuff. Things I couldn’t imagine going through. It’s Teaching me a lot of things. One thing for sure is that I. Am. Blessed. No if’s, ands or butts about it. My life is pretty freakin spectacular. Yes, my job is stressful… And my life isn’t perfect. And I don’t always take the opportunity to realize that I am blessed. But I am. More recently I’m learning that everyone you meet has a story. You really have no idea what people are going through. People go through challenges and struggles and life can kick people around. Relationships crumble, jobs cause stress, bank accounts empty, things break down, people get sick/ hurt, we make mistake. Life happens. I don’t need to know exactly what people are going through to do my part in not making the situation worse. A simple smile can turn someone’s day around. It’s really the little things in life. Also you never know when it will be your last chance to make a difference in someone’s life. People come and go in your life… Take the opportunity to make their life a little better (guess what… It will makes yours better too!). 

Something else I’ve been thinking about recently is death. It’s true. Why? Because I thought I was going to lose my kitty. 

 Made me think.  You really never know when your last day will be. Why not make every moment and every interaction count. Be kind to people. Love unconditionally. Hug tighter. Laugh more. Life is simply too short and very precious. Ps. My kitty (Fat Cat, as I affectionate call him) is alright. 

Bottom line. Life isn’t always easy. I’m going to try not to add to the difficulty. Maybe smile at a stranger. Keep my attitude in check and choose joy. Is this easy? Nope! Because we are all fighting battles. We ALL go through crap! Am I perfect at it? Heck no! But I’m going to try…. I think it would be beneficial. I think this pretty much sums it up. 

Until next time. Be good to one another.  

Dreams do come true

Time to blog… It’s been quite awhile since I posted a blog. Several reasons. Technology hasn’t been my friend. Been… Let’s say a little stressed out and a little busy. But I do have to take a moment and talk about the good things that have been going on. Take a quite trip back a few weeks when my boyfriend posed an interesting question. The bottom line was how fast could I run a mile. I don’t really run just a mile anymore. I like to run 5 miles when I go out for a run. So I set out to answer the question. I went to a local track and ran a mile: here is what happened…  

The girl who could barley finish a mile in 14 minutes in high school (yes… I know that was a long time ago… But still). I must admit I was pretty dang proud of this. I don’t brag on myself much… But when I started running just like 4 years ago I couldn’t run even a mile. I literally couldn’t run like 30 seconds… So I am going to be proud of this. So there 😉 full disclosure I didn’t stop after this mile. I ran another 2. But not as fast. Second mile was 8:22 and the third mile 7:25. I am actually more proud of being able to knock out that third mile at that speed. 

Bottom line. Do NOT give up. And when your tired… Just keep going. It’s worth it. I promise. 

Up next. A little weekend road trip I have been dreaming about since I learned it exsisted. A little background. I am a Minnesota girl who loves the Green Bay Packers, it’s a long story and I get A LOT of crap about it… But it’s all good. I stand by my team. However I have never been to Lambeau Field. I discovered last year that they do a 5k where you actually run iN Lambeau field! Of course I wanted to go. Somehow I conned my non-runner, Eagles fan Boyfriend to go on an adventure to Green Bay, Wisconsin. (It wasn’t really all that hard and I think he enjoyed it just a little)  

For me…The experience was more than I dreamed it would be. Just being there was incredible. But the run was so well organized and FUN! Not going to lie I got a little emotional entering the players tunnel and as I made the lap around the field. The coolest part of the whole run was seeing myself on the jumbotron as we ran around the inside of Lambeau!  I couldn’t get a photo of me on the screen without really affecting my time (yeah.. I’m a little competitive now, and no it wasn’t my fastest…I didn’t expect it to be)… But here is a photo of me at Lambeau with the Jumbotron in the background. Soooooo cool!  


Was a beautiful day/trip that I will never forget! 

They say you know your a runner when you plan trips around running… Well I guess I’m a runner. What a great way to see the sights. Wonder were our next running adventure will be….. 

Here are a few more photos from our trip… And of course technology is still fighting me and I can’t get all the photos I really want on here… But whatever.   


Seems only fitting to go to titletown brewing company! I had a delicious cream soda! 


We wanted to go to the hall of fame.. But it was closed… So took a photo of the giant Lombardi trophy! 


I am a cheese head and I know it…. 


Pre run selfie… 


The finish line… Aka… The end zone! 

So yeah.. Pursue your dreams people! You never know what might be possible!  Surround yourself with supportive people and never give up. Ever!