My Top 5 Things To Do In Seattle + $50 AMAZON Giveaway

I moved to the Seattle area when I was really young. Two years-young to be exact. Since moving away for school, I have realized how much I love living in the Pacific Northwest.  There’s not much to not like about this place. Seattle particularly is pretty amazing if you ask me. Which is why I am practically killing myself slowly with all this stress of trying to buy a house.

My Top 5 Things To Do in Seattle

  1. Eat! Seattle is home to some of the best restaurants with amazing food. Being a port/coastal city, we are lucky to have a variety of cuisines and cultures. In no particular order below are some of my favorite spots across the city. I am by no-means an expert on food, but I can tell you that you can do no wrong at any of these restaurants:
    • La Fontana Siciliana (Belltown)- Italian
    • Bastille (Ballard)- French
    • Uneeda Burger (Fremont)- Burgers
    • Rock Creek (Fremont)- Seafood
    • Via Tribunali (Multiple Locations)- Neapolitan Pizza
    • Sea Star (Denny Triangle)- Seafood
    • Walrus and the Carpenter (Ballard)- Seafood
    • Serafina (Eastlake)- Italian
    • Molly Moon’s (Multiple Locations)- Ice Cream
  2. See the art! Seattle is very much an artistic and creative city. There is art to be enjoyed in many different formats. One of my favorites is the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition. Located in the Seattle Center, the Chihuly exhibit showcases glass fine art that even a novice could appreciate. It’s truly breathtaking. And added bonus? You can buy discount tickets that include a trip up the Space Needle, which is just steps away.
  3. Visit the most prestigious block to own real estate; Highland Drive. Ok, I’ll admit it, I have no clue if this is the most prestigious block in the entire city, but it is a pretty fantastic street to live on with real estate costs to match. Highland drive is the home of Kerry Park. It’s an iconic place to get wedding photos done or just to visit to catch views of the city scape to the left and ocean views on the right. At sunset, it’s perfection. Strolling Highland Drive not only allow for a stop at a great park but a view of some beautiful real estate.
  4. Tour!  As much as the touristy things can really be a drag, there are a few options in Seattle that really are fun. My recommendations are the Underground Seattle tour as well as a trip to Pike Place. The market is usually busy, full of tourists, but it is the best place to buy the most gorgeous flowers at a fraction of the cost of a florist or store. And for the adventurer, the Ride the Ducks tour is a famous by-land and by sea tour of the city. Even locals will admit they had a good time on this tour.
  5. Get in touch with nature! There’s a reason why we are the Evergreen State. Hiking, boating, paddle boarding are all part of the outdoor fun. It’s true, it rains a decent amount here. But it makes for remarkable scenery. Get outside and enjoy it!

Part of what makes Seattle such a great place to live is our thriving economy thanks to some great local companies. Amazon continues to grow and expand it’s presence in Seattle. And while it’s making my commute horrendous, at least it’s a great company. Seriously, they have everything. In honor of Seattle, one lucky winner is going to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck!

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My Pet Peeves #Blogtober14

So much is going on right now with trying to buy a house. It’s been crazy. I feel like I need one more of me just to look for houses. We put in offer #2 today as we did not get the house we put an offer in last weekend. We’ll see how that goes. Currently the number one pet peeve in my life are people with loads and loads of cash. But that’s not really a pet peeve. But seriously, we are competing against offers that are 50% and 100% cash.  Crazy. But as for a real list of pet peeves…

  1. People saying “Eboli”. More often I hear this than the correct way of saying it, “Ebloa”.  I think people are confusing “ebloa” with E. Coli and combining them into one word. It’s annoying. Good news though, we all have a zero percent chance at catching the Eboli virus. It doesn’t exist.
  2. People who eat loudly. Drives me insane. INSANE.
  3. Poor cell phone manners. Good manners would include: not walking into a room while on the phone and excusing your self before answering the phone if in the presence/talking to someone else concurrently.
  4. People who don’t know when to stop talking. Conversations are a two-way street. At least the good ones are.
  5. Annoying “blessed” facebook posts. Gone are the days when people could communicate with each other on facebook. It’s turned into a dumping ground for bragging.

That is all for now. My brain is mush from house shopping.

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What I’m Craving + A $300 Kate Spade GIVEAWAY

A few weeks ago I wrote that I was going to indulge on one item this year since I have not bought any clothes/accessories/ ANYTHING in at least 3 months. Not even going out to lunch. While it has been good for the savings account, I am getting a little stir crazy to buy something. That something? A cross body bag.

I have my mind set on the Little Minka bag from Kate Spade. I don’t have a cross body bag and as I walk across the city [all the time] I often think it would be nice to free up my arms from holding a purse.  I’m still deciding though. And I might scrounge ebay to see if I can find a used one. What do you think of the bag?

Speaking of Kate Spade, there is a giveaway going on! Your chance to win $300 to Kate Spade. Enter below and good luck!!

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I’ve teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway with an amazing prize for one lucky reader! We’re giving away a $300 Kate Spade gift card — and you just might be the lucky winner!

You can enter daily over the next two weeks and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck!


Prize: $300 Kate Spade Gift Card

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My Passion: People Who Move ‘Wrong’ (AKA Physical Therapy)

As anticipated, I am already failing at this #feelgoodblogging challenge as we were suppose to blog everyday for 7 days straight. That clearly didn’t happen. This past weekend was busy as we ended up putting in an offer on a house. CRAZY. Yes. We ended up getting approved last week and we have enough for our 20% down payment. So when a house we loved lowered their price, we had to jump fast. Story of this to come later.

Let’s talk about my passion.

I have said it before, I am passionate about success.  Success to me is living the life that I want. Making no excuses and going after what I want. Part of that is my career passion, which is physical therapy.  I love being a PT and I spent years making my career become a reality.  My passion is helping people help themselves to allow for improved mobility and ultimately improved function.

Everyone always asks me why I decided to become a PT. I always reply, there is no good reason or story, I just really like it. Most PTs have some sort of story of how PT really helped them. Me? Not so much. I have been relativity injury free my whole life.

In the blogging world, we are often advised to blog about our passion. Subsequently, I get asked why I don’t ever blog about health or exercise. When it comes to PT, I really think it’s best not to get information from the internet. I have to spend at least 20% of my time with my patients to convince them otherwise from the information they found on the internet. It drives me crazy.

Working with people is tough. I don’t anticipate that people will ever change. But a big perk of why I am passionate about PT is that I get to change lives. I get to save people from costly, painful surgeries (sometimes). I get to know my patients since I work with them often. I get to be a part of their lives for a window of time. It unbelievable to hear “You have been the only one who has helped me” from a patient who has seen multiple providers. It’s touching to hear “Because I can walk now, I can make it to my daughter’s graduation/wedding/etc”.  And the bottom line is, that it’s just amazing to see what the human body can do and how resilient it can be.

Finding passion in my life is so important. It’s what keeps me going when life gets tough and tiring. Not every day or patient is a joy, but I often think I am lucky to be doing what I am doing and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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A [Re] Introduction: Hi My Name Is…

This little slice of the world wide web has become more than just a little part of my life. It’s a place to have some “me” time after a long day of giving myself to others. Since officially starting the blog in April,  and really getting it going in July, this blog has grown a lot. I know everyone says that. Seriously, everyone does. But really, I went from around 20 views a month in May to 4000 in July. I know 4000 pageviews is not much relatively speaking, but I was still amazed to see it happen. I don’t share my blog across my personal social media to protect my last name. Most people in my “real life” don’t know I have a blog to protect some personal privacy.  Like many other bloggers, I grew this blog from nothing. 

When I came across Alex’s Feel Good Blogging Challenge, I thought it was a good time to re-introduce myself since I originally introduced myself in April when I had 7 page views. And just like #Blogtober14, there’s a fat chance I’ll do this everyday. Cause you know, life.

Who are you?

My name is Trish. In May of 2013, I graduated from graduate school with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have spent the last year and a half (or so) figuring out life in the real world as a newbie young professional. In the midst of PT school, I married my college sweetheart of 5 years.  I’m a self proclaimed “dog person”, with a serious golden retriever problem, that somehow ended up with 2 cats. 

I started blogging because I love to write. I have been reading blogs for years, so that was my initial inspiration. This transitional period in my life (grad school to real world) has been something I have looked forward to for many years and I love that I have a place to document, connect and inspire with others.

Who is your blog for?

I blog for myself as a creative outlet and for women who are young professionals, students and anyone who is ambitious and driven. I am passionate about success. I love connecting with other women and discussing tips, tricks and inspiration to find success in our own lives and in our own way. I also love sharing stories of my life. I love relishing in the triumphs and commiserating in the trials of being a 20 something with others. 

What’s something you’ve been working toward that you am REALLY proud of?

There has been a lot this year that I am really proud of, including the start [and success] of this blog. However, there are two things that I am really proud of:

One- Since I started working so quickly after graduating last year, I qualified to sit for board certification next year. While I haven’t passed yet, I could be a board certified specialist come this time next year. It would be a huge accomplishment. 

Two- The thing that I am most proud of lately is the amount of money that AV and I have saved in the last 15 months for our house. I was on the fence whether or not to share the details on this, as discussing specifics on money is not always kosher, but I decided oh well…it’s my blog. And in light of transparency, I thought it is worth sharing. We will have saved $40k in a year and a half. I know this might not sound like a lot to some and to others like it’s huge, but for us it was a big deal! In Seattle, homes are expensive so we need a big downpayment. We have pretty typical salaries for Seattle, and this amount of savings has been the result of some serious hard work and sacrifice along the way. But not without a little indulgence here and there, because we still love to do things like vacationing in Maui

What is one message I hope people take away from my blog?

I hope that readers take away a sense of inspiration and relate-ability. I don’t intend on inspiring everyone through every post. I wrote a post through the voice of my cat. I can’t imagine that inspired many. But I do think that this is an awesome time in my life. The trials and triumphs of being a 20 something that I go through are very common. I hope that others can take away a sense of genuine, honest and relatable content that they can connect with too. 

I want people to think…. “I also have  student loan debt, no clue where life is taking me, completely exhausted from trying to push myself…but that’s ok”. We’re all there. 

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*At the top of Mt Haleakala in Maui. It ’twas chilly.