running on adrenaline, coffee, pizza and wine 





After changing in the car on our way to Chicago we finally arrived into one of my favorite cities! Met up with Tawny, Natalie’s BFF, who I hadn’t seen since the great days of Western Texas College. Tawny and her fun new Chicago friends waited for us at the restaurant until 10. We were ready for a little night out in our cute little outfits, but by the time we downed our Chicago deep dish pizza our old lazy butts were exhausted! Since we hadn’t calculated in the time difference we didn’t get to our hotel until 3am! And props to Natalie for booking the hotel! Super fancy! We drove up to the Notre Dame Campus and are staying at the varsity hotel or something. Full of Notre dame football memorabilia. Man I wish I had brought an alabama shirt. Can you imagine the tears that have been shed in this hotel? 😉 



This morning after a short 4 hours of rest we jumped up to head to our first show in Waterloo, Indiana. Cute tiny little town. We played our 2 shows and headed back to our fancy hotel. On our way back we saw Amish people again! I’m so interested in their lifestyle. Natalie thinks I act like I’m at the zoo, trying to take pictures while they plow their fields with horses strung in front of their buggies. I just can’t help it! It’s so strange to me that people live like that in this day and age. 



Of course we had to stop at a little touristy amish gift shop and get some dessert. After all we had just done 2 shows! We’d burned plenty of calories right? Still, since its national running day, I wanted to go for a run on the Notre Dame Campus. I dragged poor Natalie along in my crazy fitness obsession. We ran 2,5 miles on campus and were amazed! What a beautiful college! So well kept and they literally have everything! Even a running trail by the water! 



After our run we walked around on campus and decided to do some yoga.



We were so proud of our handstands! After a few pictures we met some Kenyans who were runners too! I’m sure they were about my level.. You know 8 minute miles? 😉 



Yeah we did get some strange looks in case you’re wondering. Do we care? No, at least we’re not crazy enough to spend 47000 per semester! OMG! Our wtc degrees will do just fine! 





But what a beautiful area this is! Everything so well kept. After eating our left over pizza and some much needed red wine we’re gonna jump into bed and get ready for some more crazy fun at the libraries tomorrow. So thankful I got to go on this little tour. Natalie really works so hard to get these shows going , and it’s good to see the  smiles on the little kids faces as she works her magic. 



 ROLL TIDE! 

Grow up!



When I was 7 years old I decided I would move to the United States! My parents loved the country and were always talking about moving there. They planted a dream in me, that I still haven’t let go. I didn’t know yet how or when, but one day I would move. As a kid, I didn’t think about what that would mean, leaving my family, my culture, my friends.. Everything I knew in my little world. I always thought I’d become a famous singer. I thought as soon as Id set foot on American soil I would be handed a record deal. Then I could fly back and forth whenever I would please. So what’s everyone crying about?.. Oh how nice it was to be so naive 😉 I know better now, it takes 1200 bucks and 20 plus hours to see my family. Not a little walk to the house I grew up in to have a cup of coffee to catch up with my mom, shopping sprees with my little sister, or driving down to see how opa and Oma are doing. People often think when I tell them I moved to this country alone, that I must have been the black sheep of the family.. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. My family is very close. I had a wonderful childhood and have the best parents. Me and my mom had our daily Oprah session, where I would come home from school and we’d make snacks and watch Oprah together. Now we talk on the phone every other day and talk about the Ellen Show. Opa and Oma have figured out email, so we stay in touch. I might be thousands of miles away, but I’m still very close to my family. I often wonder if I would have stayed in holland some of my adult life, maybe until I was 20, if I would’ve ever left… I had no clue how hard it would be to persue my biggest dream. I left right before that stage in life when you start thinking about the consequences, and things that can go wrong. I thought I was invincible. Even though I only had money to pay for a car and one year of college, I knew I would be here forever. I had no plan B, this was it! And I’m still here, living with my sweet puppy and favorite person in the world, happier than ever. Living in a house surrounded by trees and flowers and silence, except for when our redneck neighbors work on one of their 5 pick up trucks that are broke down in the yard.. Haha I didn’t say I was finished dreaming! I still have big plans, but it’s nice to share those with the person you love. As independent as I have been, and as fast as I’ve had to grow up, I love not having to feel alone anymore. So far I’ve found everything I’ve ever dreamed of! I’m happy