Hello Friends; Random Life Update

August 6th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

I feel like I haven’t talked to you all in a while. I’ve been working hard on crafting quality content for this site, working with cool brands/companies that I feel you all would be genuinely interested in, and keeping you updated on my marathon training. But I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve just sat down to write whatever is on my mind, so that’s happening today.


I am currently soaking up every minute of my two week vacation before the Fall term starts. I still work a few hours a day on blog stuff, freelance work, and lecture prep for the next semester, but I’ve actually had time to slow down and do silly stuff like paint my nails (that hasn’t happened in months) and start re-watching 7th Heaven (the parents make-out WAY too much in that show.)

I’ve had a few people ask how I’ve been doing with my Hashimotos/hormonal issues. Quick back story: I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in April of 2013. At that time I hadn’t had a normal cycle in a few months, and it wasn’t until December of that year when I started to cycle regularly again. I think my body needed time to adjust to the medication (currently taking 100 mg of synthroid), marathon training, and trying to juggle 2-3 jobs while running all the time. I also put on about 5 pounds which I feel helped my hormones balance out as I may have been a bit too lean before (a healthy amount of fat is essential to producing estrogen!) I was worried about marathon training for Nashville and now Pensacola again that my cycles would get all wonky, but my weight has stayed the same and my stress levels are under control (usually) so everything has been fine so far! Well, aside from my stomach randomly hating me some days, but even that’s been much better since I’ve been on vacation mode.

Salem1Outside of health and fitness things are going very well! Travis and I are adjusting to his new schedule now that his classes are in full swing for flight school. I’ve never dated someone in med school before but I’m assuming it’s similar – and just as difficult. His hours are crazy (every other week he has to be up by 4 a.m.!) he has to spend hours after work every day studying, and do the same on the weekend, just to stay on track. I’ll quiz him every night I’m around and it’s amazing how much stuff he has to memorize. I have a freakishly good memory for some things (although Travis would say I can’t remember anything) and even I’m blown away by the word-for-word definitions and protocols that he has to be able to regurgitate at a moments notice.

It’s funny to think that some of you have been reading since day one. You’ve seen me go through jobs, break-up’s, injuries, quarter-life crises, and existential quandaries. Right now – I’m happy. I know that may change without a moments notice, but I also know no matter what happens life will go on, and I’m getting better and better at handling the random shit fate throws my way. For once, it seems like she’s on my side.

p.s. My PiYo challenge group starts next week. It’s not to late to join if you are interested! Just email me at Erica@EricaDHouse.com for more info.

So, how’s life going for you?

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23 Responses

  • I’m glad that you are overall happy! I find that sometimes through the stress of daily life it’s hard to even recognize that, at least for myself. I also feel like as I get older and have more experiences, I’m a lot more able to handle things that are thrown my way. Sounds like the past year has brought a lot of good change for you :)

    • Erica House says:

      I certainly haven’t gone through as much as many others have, but I’ve been through enough that I realized I either have to make the best from it (and learn from it) or it’s going to be a rough couple of years (or decades!)

  • SuzLyfe says:

    So glad that you are doing so well. And if you need help/support with dealing with the whole flight school thing, hit me up–you know I’ve been through that type of thing before..

  • dotsie924 says:

    :) happy you’re happy! And love the Salem pics!

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve been thinking about you! How have you been?

      • dotsie924 says:

        I’ve been alright! Just working and CrossFitting. I signed up for a GORUCK Challenge in December. After I signed up, I read personal blogs on it and discovered I should probably build a running base..ooops. So, I have been dabbling in some running and just downloaded an app on my phone to help with that! Nothing exciting going on here…no dating stories, just same ole, same ole.

  • Yay for Happy!! Love all the positive, healthy, awesome things happening in this post!! xoxo

  • I’m so glad you’re happy! Josh going through grad school was rough at times but totally worth it! I hope you enjoy your last few weeks before school starts again!

  • Erin m. says:

    :) so happy for you!

  • Jenny says:

    Life is good my friend! And I’m so glad things are going well for you! I’ve been meaning to email you back and I will soon. (I hate not responding to emails and they just hang out there in LA LA land)

  • I’m so glad that fate’s on your side too :) It sounds like you’ve established a good cadence for now, even though things are crazy and the hours are a bit odd with the fella, you’re rolling with it- much like pacing yourself for a marathon…just gotta do the work, clock the miles and try to enjoy it a bit too.

    I need to get my stress levels under control. Sigh.

    • Erica House says:

      I love your marathon analogy :)

      Stress sucks. I just had to decide to not give a CARE anymore this week about a few things.

  • I’m slacking on reading so late to the game on this posit, haha. I can definitely relate to the whole work and school thing- Tyler started grad school for military intelligence last year. Earlier this summer, we were both working full time and in school (I have my bachelor’s but was taking my last class for an HR management certification). We’d come home from work and ear dinner together while writing papers and watching Netflix together, haha. I’m always here if you want someone to talk to about being with someone in the army by the way!

    • Erica House says:

      Travis keeps telling me that they warned him how hard it would be on families once he started flight school, but knowing it ahead of time doesn’t make it any easier!

  • Jes says:

    Sorry to read about your thyroid disease, it can be so hard to manage and find the optimal dose of replacement thyroid, I know, but I’m glad to read you are doing well on your dose and balancing your exercise with everything else you have going on. I’m out of the loop on Travis in med school/flight school —- fill me in? Sounds like a lot! My husband is also in school (again!) while working, it feels like we never see each other sometimes.