Coffee Talk Tuesday #27

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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It’s never too cold for iced coffee. NEVER.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we had a lovely trip to Charlotte this past weekend. Friends moved there this summer, and we wanted to pay them a visit and celebrate their recent engagement (YAY!). While in Charlotte, we had delish food at The Cowfish and Cabo Fish Taco and we even got in a 6-mile hike at Crowders Mountain State Park!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you to keep your chin up. You’ve got this (whatever it is)! Hug a loved one today and be grateful for what you have at this moment.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you to stop, drop, and LUNGE it out. This is day 2 of the Lunge into the Holidays challenge. Are you playing along? Lunges are amazeballs for the bootay and the legs. I have 5 styles for you to try.

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If we were having coffee today, I’d share this article posted by a runner friend.

The Lost Practice of Resting One Day Each Week

It goes beyond fitness. When is the last time you truly took a rest day? No laundry, no email-checking, no office time, just a break to spend time with yourself, your thoughts, and your family? The article shares tips for making time to rest — embrace simplicity, PLAN your rest day (that one makes me giddy, I just love plans), and my favorite one – take responsibility for your life.

HOW many times have you caught yourself complaining (be honest) that you can’t take a day off because so-and-so or such-and-such NEEDS you to work? Or, how many times have you played a victim to being busy? I know I am guilty of both of these! The article encourages taking responsibility for YOU and your time. Only YOU can do this. No one else will be watching out for your time. In fact, people are likely to take advantage if you always give, give, give and don’t take breaks. I really love this article.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m happily playing along with this FUN challenge for December: December Photo Challenge! Hosted by Fighting for Wellness and Healthy Living Blogs, there is a fun new prompt each day. Play along! I’m playing on instagram – just add #DecemberPhotoChallenge16 to your pics.

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #26

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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This is coffee #2 of the day. Don’t judge, I have a cat who judges me just fine.

Wow, we’re at TUESDAY already! Last week was quite the blur with that little holiday squeezed into the middle-ish of the week.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that the husband & I (and my brother and sister) ventured to NYC for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! Johnny and I went two years ago, so we had a plan in mind. It’s such a fun time, and I highly recommend it if you’re on the fence and want to do it! We stayed pretty true to our 2014 plans, except this time we stayed in Secaucus, NJ. The highlight for me is always getting to see the balloons the night before the parade. I do love a good trip to NYC! This year especially, I loved being able to ‘share’ the city with my brother, a first-timer to NYC!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we’ve temporarily tabled the kitchen project (I mean, it’s still ongoing, we’re just at a point where saving needs to happen for the next step) and we’ve set our eyes on the living room! Johnny painted the WHOLE thing, and we have a delightful accent wall. I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree and decorate. I love a comfy cozy holiday-decorated living room.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m in major PLANNING mode. At work, at home, and for my fitness biz. December and January are JAM-PACKED with classes and events, and I’m so excited. The biggest news is that Fit with Aundra is expanding! I’m starting a new class in Centreville – Happy Hour Zumba on Friday nights. I have disco lights and glow sticks, and we’re going to have the best time dancing together! I’m hosting a launch on Friday, Dec. 16 and the class officially starts January 6.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that, in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, I would LOVE for you to donate to Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s! This is a life-changing program for the youth of our counties. For 6 weeks in the early summer, a dedicated team of people get together to offer dedicated and attentive instruction during a time when those skills are more likely to be forgotten. This is such a treasured program, and I would be SO happy if you could contribute! Any amount is appreciated.

Related to this cause, I’m committed to dancing in the annual fundraiser gala Dance with the Stars. Team Bowderson (David Bowman and Aundra Anderson) would LOVE your support. All proceeds benefit Horizons! Our special link to donate is here.

Oh my! So much to share. More next week. Much love this holiday season!

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #25

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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An unusual Tuesday morning scene! Coffee while baking a quiche.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that I had a weekend full of events! On Friday night, we tried a new-to-us restaurant, Knoxie’s, courtesy of a gift card given to us. It was 50 shades of delicious, and I’m still dreaming about that cheese board and honey and those biscuits… On Saturday, I got to see my dear Newlie, in from Oklahoma with her twin babies! So precious. On Sunday, I attended a lovely backyard wedding for my SIL. What a weekend!

Johnny and I joined forces to make the wedding cake – he bakes, I decorate. We’re a great team! I’m pretty stinkin’ happy with the results (bonus – it’s funfetti).

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If we were having coffee this week, I’d rejoice in the shortness of the work week! It’s time for a break, y’all. The College is closed Wednesday-Friday this week, and I’m super excited for a change of scenery and pace.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that I’m ready for the next couple of weeks of adventures — NYC travel, GILMORE GIRLS, going to a ballet, GILMORE GIRLS, travel to Charlotte, a new fitness class, and GILMORE GIRLS. ‘Tis the season for joy and new adventures!

Short update for a ‘short week.’ Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #24

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If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m so in love with the November Wellness Challenge participation! I was nervous to post and share it, but people have been really getting into it. I’m so glad I decided to do this now, a time I think people need something happy and positive to turn to each day.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m still on an organization kick. This time, it’s on my computer. I’ve been spending time each day reorganizing folders and deleting items I no longer need. I’m also cleaning up and backing up all of my Colchester files, so I can hand those over next Monday (so essite!).

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m excitedly putting to use the material I learned at the Higher Ed Web workshop I attended last month. My job requires a lot of planning (but also flexibility) related to communication. I’m cleaning up old files and creating new files to keep organized and to keep everyone on the same page.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m ‘eating the frog’ with some to-do list items today. You know, the ones that seem to appear on EVERY to-do list for like, over a week (month) that aren’t high priority but really need to get off the to do list and they’re like the things you really DON’T want to do? Yep, those.

What’s in your cup this week?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #23

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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Yes, iced coffee in 40 degree weather. Don’t tell me how to live my life.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you to GO VOTE! We voted early last week, which is the first time I’ve ever done that, and I’m so glad we did. I’m anxious and excited for what November 9 will bring.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we’re on Day 2 of the November Wellness Challenge, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love hosting monthly challenges, and this one is a little different. Emotional and mental wellness go hand-in-hand with physical fitness. My thought was that spreading positivity would help our physical fitness community (and beyond) strengthen relationships AND help build our emotional/mental wellness. Join me on this fun 15-day journey! Today, we are sharing a favorite book we recently read/currently reading.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that this little blog is in a state of transition! I’m building a new website that will allow features like blogging into it. My feelings — if you’re not constantly building, growing, developing, what’s the point? I don’t like things to be stagnant for too long. (If you don’t dance, you’ll grow moldy).

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m in major cleaning/purge/organization mode, and nothing is safe – not the house, the office, my inbox, my car (though truthfully I am ridiculous about my car, I clean it at least once a week, and it doesn’t take long because I keep nothing in there and need it to be super super clean). I love this state of organization – especially when it means donating items, tossing things that are not important, and re-discovering things. Like my beads. There may be some crafting in the immediate future. Like tonight.

What’s on your mind this week?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #22

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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Definitely a #latergram. I love WaWa pumpkin coffee! If I go to Middletown on Wednesdays for hot yoga class, I always stop for a half decaf, half pumpkin coffee treat on the way home!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you about our awesome anniversary adventure! We like going places, exploring, and hiking together. For our one year wedding anniversary (which is also our 3 year dating and 2 year engaged -ha!), I knew we should do something extra special. We opted to hike Old Rag – 9 crazy mountain miles that include lots of bouldering, arm strength, and ‘just close your eyes and jump’ moments. Intense! You could do it alone, but it was SO great having a partner there — we helped each other through the toughest parts. I love hiking with the husband!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I am nervous and excited to announce the November Wellness Challenge. I have gotten into the habit of posting monthly challenges, and this one is a little different. Fitness and sweat sessions are AWESOME, and I love sharing them with my fit family. But this month, I want to focus on wellness. Even if all the right physical things are happening, if your mind isn’t also spreading happiness and positivity, the whole package does not work. So, this month, we’re spreading positivity and sharing with each other! Join the group on facebook and here are the daily challenges:

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If we were having coffee today, I’d share my bullet journal with you! The concept is amazing and has helped me keep on track. Have you heard of bullet journals? They use rapid logging — you could jot down to-dos, ideas, things that need some follow-up — the idea is that it’s faster than a traditional journal or notebook. Many people use bulleted lists to keep on track. I like using little check boxes (I’ll draw boxes and check them off when the task is complete).

I love to do lists (no secret), but wanted somewhere to organize my thoughts, in a format that I don’t feel tempted to erase or toss (like my whiteboard or post-it notes). I do still make use of my white board at work, but this bullet journal lets me combine all of my to do lists and ideas in one place. I LOVE this.

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If we were having coffee today, I’d share this fun Fast Company article that has the creative juices flowing for me this week. I love learning new ways to increase productivity and creativity. Fast Company is one of my go-to resources!

If we were having coffee today, I’d share my ‘Halloween costumes.’ We got to dress up at work, so I took the opportunity to wear running clothes. I made a race bib and added headphones to make it legit. I also hosted a special Halloween Zumba class, and dressed up as a ‘bride’ – ha! I always get to be a bride on 10/31 now. It’s a rule.

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #21

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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View from a real, live coffee date with Carly! Looooved catching up in person at Evergrain on Sunday.

Hi, friends! It’s only been a week, but feels a little like an eternity. Know how that goes?

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I attended a fun heart-opening yoga workshop this weekend! I love workshops because you get a chance to repeat a move, vs. a class where you see the move once and move on to the next thing. (which is one of the reasons I’m SO excited for this new TurboKick format that I’m sharing TOMORROW – you get to really dig deep into the movements to ‘get’ them). I regularly practice backbends and heart openers, so most of it was a review, but it was a great chance to see someone else perform and explain the movements.

Especially as an instructor, I learn SO MUCH when other people share movements and combos with me — I enjoy hearing how they share it and pick up some great tips for my classes, too.

This workshop encouraged me to move forward with planning one of my own! I love the format of workshops, and I think I’d really love leading one! Stay tuned for more on that.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m super excited for our one year wedding anniversary trip this weekend! We’re heading to Charlottesville for a few days, and spending a full day playing in Shenandoah. The intention is to hike Old Rag, and I’m super stoked.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I created the opportunity to make lists of my “ideal job/work” as it aligns with our office’s mission. I have so many skills and the tendency to say yes to every task, regardless of whether it falls in my “job description.” I’m solution-driven and a queen at tasks, so I’ll often get handed random assignments. This is great, because the work gets done, but that shifts my focus, and even doesn’t let me really have a focus (and you know that right now I’m ALL about having focus). Even if you don’t have this ability/get this opportunity within your office, I highly recommend this exercise of creating your ideal position. It brings to light the areas that you identify as “needed” for your organization and also highlights your true interests. When you can match interests and abilities with mission and goals, BAM, you’ve got a winner.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I recently purchased 4 work-related/communications/marketing books and CANNOT wait to dive into them. Which one should I read first??

SPEAKING OF COFFEE, I’m just a little freaking out over the newest Gilmore Girls trailer. Cancel all November 25 plans, this is serious BITNESS. Have you seen it?!?!

That’s what’s up in my little world, how YOU doin’?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #20

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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Because one should be coy while drinking iced Dunkin’ coffee.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I returned to Chestertown at 3 a.m. on Monday after a whirlwind Houston-sweep-Memphis trip. If we talked on Monday, I apologize, I can’t quite remember our conversation. I might’ve been a little loopy!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m SO ESSITE to have a real-life coffee date with my Carly, who is coming to town this weekend. EEEEEE!!!!! Coffee and sun buns and sunshine (please world).

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m also excited for many things this week: my MIL’s birthday, the heart of back-bending worksop on Sunday, another WAC Open House on Saturday, my first outdoor-at-the-vineyard Zumba class, and more. It’s going to be a busy, but full, week.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I bit the bullet and officially declared my departure from the board at Colchester Farm CSA. It’s an organization that I value and love, but I’m planning on really focusing my energy in 2017. I know (I mean, really know) that the adage is “if you want something DONE, give it to a busy person” and that has pretty much been my life motto. I’m very good at being busy and very good at tasks. I’m purposely refining my ‘busy’ schedule so I can focus on a few sets of tasks. This is super new to me, so I’m learning, and would love and appreciate your happy words and advice!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I met one of the most precious prospective students yesterday, and she told me she planned to take lots of leaf-changing photos on campus and gather a leaf of every color to press & show her friends at home (she’s from an area of the country where the leaves don’t change). It was a happy reminder to slow down and enjoy the changing colors on the Shore. Love it.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I attended an intensive marketing academy this past weekend and came back feeling refreshed, full of new ideas to implement, and almost a little overwhelmed (in a good way) for possibility.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m SUPER stoked to share the new TurboKick Live format with my students. I’m still working on the moves, but it’s coming your way so soon. I have rekindled my love for this format, and hope to even add another class in the near future. Right now, I only offer it at lunchtime on Wednesdays. It’s a GREAT format to make you feel strong, empowered, and pleasantly sore the next day. We throw punches and kicks to kick-ass music.

Drink up, loves!

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #19

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Hello from the road again! I’m in Houston, TX, where I’ll be for a few days before heading to Memphis, TN, for a conference workshop.

This trip won’t be as long or crazy as my Colorado trip, but I feel like I just got home. In between trips, I’ve helped host Oktoberfest, the annual fundraiser for Colchester Farm, and I helped Johnny with Harvest Home, the big annual program for his church. I’m still waiting to catch my breath!

While it’s nice being out of the traditional office for awhile, it’s actually harder! There is more pressure to respond immediately, and even more pressure to work all hours of the day. It’s a short glimpse into life ‘working from home.’ (That being said, I’m pretty sure I’d prefer to work from home vs. work in an office. Still putting that dream into the universe with the hope that it will catch one day).

Still, it’s nice to travel for work. I don’t know how I’d deal with being in the same office all the time. Plus, I’ve been to some amazing places– Southern California, Colorado, Jackson Hole, WY, Texas, Vermont, all over Maryland and Delaware, Las Vegas, Tennessee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, Hartford, CT, and more. All for work!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that traveling always makes me thing about my place in the world, and just how small I am. I’m just one of billions, and that’s never more apparent than when I’m forced into small talk or onto a small plane with lots of strangers. Everyone has a story, a whole world, a series of beliefs that are new to me and don’t involve me in the slightest. It’s a crazy thing to think about.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I started reading a new book, another one recommended to me, this time by a colleague. It’s intense, and I have to either re-read lines or put it down and come back to it. It’s not hard to read at all, it’s more that the ideas are hard to digest. It’s called The Four Agreements and I highly suggest it for anyone who feels like they think/act/are just a little different than ‘everyone else’ around them. It challenges our collective cultural story and sheds light on how to free yourself from it – with four agreements that you make to yourself. I encourage reading it.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m so looking forward to lots of great events this month. I was given news at the end of the summer that my fitness services will no longer be needed next academic year (Fall 2017) at the College, so I’ve been thinking about and planning creative class locations and ideas. I love hosting FREE online challenges (this month is Fall into Push-ups), and FREE classes (Halloween Zumba) and I’m partnering with a local winery to host an outdoor Zumba class, too – Zumba at the Vineyard.

I’m terrified because it’s a little more expensive than I’d normally like to charge, but I want to see if it sticks. I’ve always prided myself on offering free and/or extremely low cost classes, but location is at a premium and now I have to play by the rules of the people who own the spaces! (Just for comparison – I’ve paid for a TurboKick class in Houston and spent $20. For one class, no special perks. Not even kidding. I charge $5 — $4 if you purchase a class punch card).

This is a scary time of transition – I’ve already had to cut the amount of classes I teach per week at the College (which has proven, actually, to be a blessing. I’m LOVING having an extra night with the husband to make plans and do what WE need to do). I have taught at the College since 2009. It’s great, too, because now I’m getting creative and learning to build relationships with others in the community.

So—if you happen to be a local Chestertown/anywhere in Kent County (even QA or DE – I’d love to travel to you for the right space/cost!) business owner and you have appropriate space for a fitness class or workshop – PLEASE get in touch with me! I’d love to discuss ways we can both be successful while offering something GREAT for our fellow community members.

I don’t teach fitness to make all the income – yet. It’s a dream of mine to be sustainable with fitness without sacrificing my beliefs or joining a pyramid scheme. Right now, I teach because I love being part of people’s journeys, being able to offer people a respite from crazy daily life, offering enthusiasm and energy when people need it most. It’s my gift. As one of my students put it SO well yesterday – “I come to your classes because it’s good for my SOUL.” I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I hear these things, and I’m SO happy I can be part of your lives in a meaningful way.

I’ve loved teaching at the College, too, because I’ve been able to offer an alternative program to students. It’s something that is GOOD for you, costs nothing (for the students – the school pays me a VERY modest fee to make it free to students, faculty, and staff during the semester), and builds community. There’s great programming for students at the school, sure, but there are also lots of temptations and not so great off-the-record programming, if you know what I mean. This is a unique opportunity, to be a safe, encouraging, fun part of the students’ schedules.

If we were having coffee today, I’d think that, man!! I’ve gone too long! I’d love to hear what’s on your mind, in your cup this week. Please share using the comments below or on the facebook page – I just LOVE hearing from you!

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Coffee Talk Wednesday #18

Since I posted a ‘Transformation Tuesday‘ of sorts, I thought I’d share a coffee update today. Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.

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Today’s coffee is hazelnut with Silk almond vanilla creamer.

Oh, I have missed my sweet Chestertown! I’ve spent the past 10 days on the road (admissions road warrior style) and I’m glad to be back for a quick breather before heading back on the road to visit Houston and Memphis.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that this ‘travel breather’ week is proving to be difficult. We have our big fundraising event for Colchester on Saturday (Oktoberfest, here’s the link for you locals) and a fundraising event for Johnny’s church on Sunday (Harvest Home, here’s the link for you locals). I’m taking a ‘day off’ Friday to prep for Oktoberfest (making apple dumplings, setting up at the farm, and setting up the sales ticket table in front of Chester River Wine & Cheese). Monday is a super busy day for visitors, since many high schools are closed for Columbus Day. AND THEN, I leave for another trip early Tuesday morning – Houston to Memphis. Add some fitness classes in there, and man it’s a long week.

If we were having coffee today, I’d share with you a link to an article that really spoke to me this week – This is 30. I’m certain this was written about me!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I traveled 1,100 miles last week by car. Colorado is a big state, y’all! But, I forgive it for the amazing views.  Now, to convince Johnny that he wants to live in the mountains… He will actually be in Denver for a conference soon, so here’s hoping he falls madly in love with the mile-high city!

If we were having coffee today, I would share that I made a big decision earlier this year about my professional time, and it’s paying off well. I wasn’t sure, because it included giving up a leadership role, but my time has been spent more deeply on fewer items, and that has served me well. It’s also helped me make a similar decision, which I haven’t shared yet with the organization, but I will soon! 2017 is going to be all about pushing forward with fitness, so other commitments will be cut. I’m liking this new outlook!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I’m pretty sure I’m going to grab an iced coffee after work. Yep, it’s a double coffee kinda day. I mostly just love the experience of drinking coffee. You, too?

Drain that cup, and I’ll see you next week (Live from Houston!).

 

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