An Active Lifestyle Blog by Holly A. Phillips
Year three at the Austin Film Festival!
I almost didn’t volunteer this year for the Austin Film Fest – I feel like things have been so hectic and I wasn’t even sure how much I could volunteer. But then I reminded myself how much fun I’ve had as a volunteer the last two years. Plus… the Film Fest has been the one […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Puddin”.
We made it to Friday, y’all – on top of a ROUGH week at work, some general life stuff, and considering today is Day 5 of having to boil Austin water – let’s praise the higher powers! I have three non-renewable books due back to the library Sunday, so I really tried to channel any […]More
Listening: ‘Suncity’ by Khalid.
Mid-performance at Austin City Limits, Khalid announced he was dropping an EP called “Suncity” Friday, October 19. I bought it and downloaded it as soon as I woke up on Friday 🙂 It’s been such a long time since I found an artist where I buy and download every single thing they put out, as […]More
Austin City Limits: The highlights.
I went to Austin City Limits (ACL) – weekend two – over the weekend, and I still cannot stop thinking about how much fun I had! Last year, my best friend Sheena came to Austin and we ventured to one day of the festival, both seeing it for the first time. We were there from […]More
What am I hungry for?
I wish I could say this post was a giant metaphor – something about me searching for my purpose in life, but no. I’m actually talking about being hungry, and food. The past few days, I’ve been feeling a little weird. My hunger is the same, but literally NOTHING sounds good to eat. In fact, […]More
It’s Taco Tuesday!
I’ve been trying to eat mostly vegan (if not, vegetarian) for a year and a half now, and I can easily say that vegan or vegetarian tacos are one of my favorite things to make. The awesome thing is, there are so many options out there – delicious ones – and I wanted to round […]More
Living single… at 33.
You might recall a popular TV series in the mid-90’s, “Living Single”, that followed six black singletons living in Brooklyn. They were in their twenties. Because that’s when most people are single, right? I haven’t written about my (lack of) dating life in a while – in fact, when I searched through the archives of […]More
Staycation Diaries: That’s a wrap!
Okay… it’s almost 10pm on a Sunday night, and it’s about to be official: the end of my Staycation. I’m definitely savoring these last few moments before reality hits when my alarm goes off at 6:30 tomorrow – I cooked a meal (I’ll be taking the leftovers for lunch tomorrow), I spent three hours on […]More
Staycation Diaries: Day 4.
Howdy! Here we are, on the evening of Staycation Day 4 – I just got home from the Drafthouse where I saw “Tag”. But, more on that in a minute. Since I last wrote about Staycation, I’ve been a busy bee. I had an informal jazz rehearsal Tuesday night (our video shoot is Saturday morning, […]More
Staycation Diaries: Day 1.
If we’re not counting the weekend, today was officially my first day of Staycation! But, I did have a good weekend – I went to two places in town that I’ve never been – Counter Culture and Capital City Bakery (both vegan). I also laid out at the pool, finished reading a book (and am […]More
Staycation, all I ever wanted!
I am fairly certain its bad blogging etiquette to say how exhausted I am, but it’s been a crazy few weeks at work, and life has just been SERVING it to me. Lucky for me, I planned a staycation for myself months ago and have the entire week off! At first, I didn’t think I’d […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘One Plus One’.
During my road trip to Marfa, I listened to my first Jojo Moyes’ book: “One Plus One”. I’ll be honest here, I know people love Moyes, but I have never read a description of one of her books that made me really want to read it. So, I was excited at the sound of “One […]More
Marfa: From Dawn to Dusk.
It’s been several days since I’ve returned from Marfa, Texas – a place they say is “Tough to get to. Tougher to explain. But once you get here, you get it.” I’m not quite sure I get it, but I’ll explain as much as I can. On Saturday morning, I set out west in the […]More
The Road to Marfa: Reasoning.
I leave for Marfa, Texas early tomorrow morning – my bags are packed, my rental car is ready for pickup, and I’m reflecting on why I wanted to make this unique trip in the first place. I heard about Marfa for the first time on an episode of “Courtney Loves Dallas” (on Bravo), when her […]More
The Road to Marfa: Packing Notes.
Since I’m staying in a trailer with AC, I am really lucky that I don’t have to pack bedding, a tent, or any super serious camping supplies. However, the things I’ve packed for this trip are definitely a little different than what I’ve packed for other trips in the past. I thought I’d share some […]More
The Road to Marfa: The Sights.
While I have never been to Marfa, Texas, I have been doing lots of research to figure out some things I want to do while I’m camping there this weekend. Yes, I said camp. I’ll get to that… What I’ve found is that, while Marfa is sort of a town known for being small and […]More
The Road to Marfa: A History.
Early Saturday morning, I’m taking yet another trip that’s been on my bucket list for many years and am heading west to Marfa, Texas. Marfa’s slogan is, “Tough to get to. Tougher to explain. But once you get here, you get it.” Before I take to the road, I’m going to attempt to share all […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Dumplin”.
For the past couple of weekends, I’ve had this really weird feeling of not knowing what to do with myself. I don’t know if it’s because I usually have a lot of things planned, or what, but to avoid that, I made a “weekend to-do” list hoping to avoid that lost feeling. I think it […]More
The Writer’s Retreat!
On Saturday, I packed a backpack and headed about 40 minutes outside of Austin to Elgin, Texas, where New Republic Studios is located. I was going to my first ever Writer’s Retreat, and it was also the inaugural Writer’s Retreat hosted by the Austin Film Festival, where I’ve been volunteering for the last two years. […]More
Pedometer: Week 2.
So two weeks ago, I got a giant news flash when I started wearing a pedometer given to me as a part of the United Healthcare Motion program. I found out, I don’t ever walk… like at all. During week 1, I walked 18,599 steps. For week 2, I really wanted to amp things up […]More
The Love Hangover: Bring painkillers.
Last night, I put performances in my 5th showcase with Dance Austin Studio to bed. After our showcase in November, I said I was coming for you, Love Hangover, and that’s exactly what happened. In the fall, my life took a turn when my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. When I found out, we […]More
You guys, it’s Christmas!
Okay, so not quite yet but it’s almost here – and man, I feel like it creeped up on me this year even despite the early arrival of Thanksgiving. Oh well! Tomorrow is my LAST day of work in 2017 and I could not be more ready. Y’all, I’m exhausted. I am looking forward to […]More
Thriving at ‘The Aftermath’.
Over the weekend, I performed in my 4th showcase that Dance Austin Studio hosts. After each performance, I’ve written about how I’ve felt and I realize what an important place dance has in my life. This time was no different, in fact, I realized just how much I need dance and those I dance with […]More
Another year at the Austin Film Festival!
That’s right – I’m coming off a weekend of volunteering at the Austin Film Festival for the second year in a row! After having such a fun and inspiring time last year, I jumped at the chance to volunteer again this year. I am still nurturing my interest in screenwriting, but have made about ZERO […]More
Checking off my Austin, Texas bucket list!
As of September 1, I’ve been living in Austin for two years. I came to this city with the intention of furthering my career, and really taking it as an opportunity to start fresh, leave the past behind me, and just LIVE my life. So, I made a bucket list specifically for Austin, and I’m […]More
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