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.


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

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.  img_4734

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.


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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Transformation Tuesday: Story of a Smile

Normally, I start Tuesday with a Coffee Tuesday update. Don’t worry, that’s still coming, but I thought I’d share a realization I had during my recent work trip to Colorado.

Usually, on the first day of a long trip, I’ll head to a place like Whole Foods and stock up on healthy snacks for the week. For the first time in a long time, I purchased a bunch of apples for the week (one for each day). You might think this is insignificant, but quite the contrary; this is a huge deal.


Apples are one of my favorite pieces of fruit (honey crisp are my ultimate favorite). Like, this goes way back. In eighth grade, when we had to draft and prepare ‘the ultimate’ defense argument in debate club, I argued that apples should be the national fruit (I ridiculously still have this speech, since it earned me top honors, if you ever feel the need to hear the cold, hard, crisp facts).

The day I got braces, I ate an apple on the way to the appointment (photo proof). I knew it would be a LONG time before I could bite into an apple without the fear of breaking my braces (I’d like to note here that I’ve indeed seen people eat apples with braces. Whatever. Good for them.).  There’s something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a crisp, sweet apple. I love it.

While driving to school visits each day (oh my, so much driving in Colorado), I would reach into my snack bag and grab an apple. I took it for granted the first couple of times, and the third or fourth time, it hit me: I was enjoying biting into an apple! I only just got my braces off a few short months ago, but it feels like forever.

I never really wrote about getting my braces off — but man, it’s been pretty life-changing. I smile so much more now and I actually love the way my smile looks. We had our one year anniversary wedding photos taken a couple of weeks ago, and I was so excited to show off my radiant braces-free smile!

I really had to reach into the vault to even FIND a before braces photo. I’m not kidding when I said I would never smile. Or, if I did smile for photos, it would be a half-assed, closed-mouth kinda thing.

But, here it is (this is painfully hard for me to share):


Whoa, Nelly. It’s SUCH a confidence boost to have a beautiful smile. I have zero fears talking to new people (really that started when the braces came on, even that was an improvement from what I had), and I smile SO much now with no hesitation.

I think I looked cute with braces – I smiled ALL the time with them. The one thing I didn’t like about wearing braces was eating food in front of people (other than Johnny). I felt gross and stuff always gets stuck, it doesn’t matter what you eat.


I am 100% glad that I went through this journey – pain and all. I had 5 teeth removed, 1 year of a retainer, and almost 3 full years of braces to get to this lovely new smile. I don’t regret one minute of it (now). Even as an adult (30 years old here), I’m glad I went through this journey.

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A Day in the Life of an Admissions Traveler

I may spend most of my time talking about fitness and wellness on this blog, but I spend most of my time working as the associate director of admissions at Washington College.

My work is divided into three parts: territory manager, supervisor, and communications manager. I thought it might be fun to share a day in the life of one of my work hats: territory manager.

I got the idea for this when I met a fellow Marylander at Garden of the Gods. She noticed me taking a picture of Gus (our goose mascot), and asked what I was doing. I told her I recruited for a small, private liberal arts college in Maryland. That’s when I found out that she grew up near College Park! As she walked away, I heard her remark to her travel companion that ‘it would be cool to travel around and recruit students.’

Well, yes and no. Mostly, yes. Let me explain. It’s a pretty high-energy, high-demanding job. On the plus side, we get to share enthusiasm for a ‘product’ we love: education. We get to share excitement for our institution, and help students realize their interests and future possibilities. Those parts are great. The business side of the job, and the actual recruitment can be overwhelming.

For fun (I mean, like I think push-ups are fun), I’ll share a sample day from my recent trip to Colorado. My territory includes the center of the U.S., and mostly I travel to Colorado and Texas. What does that mean? I plan targeted trips to visit high schools, attend college fairs, and meet with interested students and school counselors. I share the #wacluv.

A Day in the Life of an Admissions Traveler:

4:45 a.m. – wake up time! Stretches and a little wake-up yoga.
5:20 a.m. – shower time, get ready, eat breakfast (apple and banana, keeping it light)
6:00 a.m. – on the road – 1:15 hour drive this morning (everything in CO is so far apart)


My travel uniform – all the maroon and black things!

7:35 a.m. – arrive at the first school, set-up for a college fair
8:05 – 9:45 a.m. – College Fair for one school, all high school grades – good conversations about IB credits, applications, questions about majors, atheltics, and clubs.


A typical fair set-up – banner, poster stands, all the brochures, Gus.

10:00 a.m. – Starbucks run! #NationalCoffeeDay Then on to the next school, 30 min. drive
11:00 a.m. – School #2 of the day. Great visit with the school counselor. No students this time!
11:45 a.m. – Drive to the next school, 45 minutes plus a little traffic. Nibble some of my mixed nut concoction and all the water in the car. Colorado is both dry and at a higher elevation, so water consumption is a JOB.
1:00 p.m. – School #3, final school, of the day. We have a current student from this school, so I met with all 3 of the counselors, shared updates. One student met with me this time. Great conversation about double majoring, prepping a visit to campus, and service opportunities.
2:00 p.m. – Head to my next hotel (#4 of this trip) to check-in and get my stuff together for the evening college fair.
3:00 p.m. – WORKOUT time! I usually like to workout in the morning, but with late-night college fairs combined with early morning drives and meetings with schools, the late afternoon works best for me. I do a 2-mile treadmill run and finish with some TurboKick moves/practice. I just did an extra training for Turbo and am SO excited to share the new moves with my students!


Even sporting the #wacluv during my workout!

4:00 p.m. – Shower, clean-up, get ready to leave for the evening college fair. 50 minute drive.
5:30 p.m. – Arrive, park at the county football stadium and grab the bus to the school – the fair organizers asked us to please consider parking far away and catching a bus to the fair, so the parents and students could park at the school, where there is limited parking. For our ‘trouble,’ we received gift cards (I took a Starbucks one thank youuuuuu).
5:45 p.m. – Arrive at the school, set-up my table. Head to dinner – they’ve catered Noodles & Company


Another fair set-up! Oh my! Note the bleachers in EVERY one of my college fair tables – oh the joys of being at the end of the alphabet and usually in the back gym…

6:20 p.m. – Head to my table and get ready for the fair to start at 6:30
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – College Fair! I met with lots of interested students. We have a current student from the host school on campus, so it was nice to meet some of her former classmates. Lots of questions about theatre, premedical studies, psychology, biology, and political science. Most of the students (about 20) who approached my table asked for the ‘overview’ which is essentially our elevator speech. In this area, I always refer to our map and show aerial photos of campus – this gets a huge response for people used to seeing mountains in the skyline. Overall, a good fair for us!
8:15 p.m. – Catch the bus back to the parking lot and prep for the drive home. Only 45 minutes going this direction. Chat with the husband (thanks to bluetooth) on the way home.
9:00 p.m. – Re-organize my college items to prep for the next day of visits. Enter all of the
information cards that students completed at the fair in our data system. Lay out clothes
for the next day. Work on a few communications items, also work on items for the upcoming Oktoberfest event for Colchester. A little bit of writing in the bullet journal. Put on the movie Deep Impact (oh, sweet baby Elijah Wood) in the background for fun noise. Cry a little (stupid movie).


I carry my high school visit items in my WAC bag, and my college fair stuff in a backpack.

10:30 p.m. – BEDTIME. Have to get up at 4:45 again the next day!

So, this is just a series of events for one day — but it’s pretty much the way most of my days in Colorado go — it’s a pretty intense week. Not shown – all the prep work done before getting here – knowing which schools to visit, examining all of the data to determine where to go/who to meet, etc. Following all of my visits, I send a handwritten note to students and a thank you to both the school counselors and the registrar or assistant in the office, the person who makes the schedule. Depending on the nature of the conversation with the students, I might also prep a small package of additional information or goodies to share.

There we have it! This is how I spend a typical day ‘on the road.’

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #17

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


Hello from Colorado! One of my favorite things about admissions fall travel is working from coffee shops. I usually gravitate toward Starbucks because they are everywhere and convenient. I just love working while being surrounded by other busy-bodies and the delicious smell of java.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m on day 4 of a 10-day work trip in the beautiful state of Colorado. Why am I here? In case we’re only connected via the fitness world, I’ll let you know that my full-time job at the moment is working for Washington College as the associate director of admissions — I manage the middle of the country ‘territory’ meaning that I make meaningful connections with families and students, looking for the next class (ummmm Class of 2021 y’all) of eager, enthusiastic, bright, talented students. And Colorado is a great place to do this! I love, love, love this territory.

While I’m on the road, I visit various high schools, attend college nights and meet 1:1 with students and counselors. It’s a high-energy job with lots of details, communication, follow-up, and organization. This is year 9 for me! dramatic pause.

This is a neat week to be in Colorado – hundreds of out-of-state colleges flock to the area for the special events — we have TEN college fairs this week (most recruiters attend all the events) on top of whatever other visits we plan individually. Most of the high schools I’m visiting have told me that 120+ schools have scheduled to meet with their students this week. It’s great because there is SO MUCH energy and focus dedicated to college search and the students are super prepped and ready to meet with us.

If we were having coffee today, I’d walk you through a day in the life of an admissions road warrior — but will refrain from sharing the details in this post. Look for a post on this later in the week! I’m sure you’ll be biting your nails in sweet anticipation.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve gotten to be a pro at making the most of my time on the road recruiting. My first year, it was such a blur. I had a HUGE territory that first year (we had 5 counselors at the time, now we have 12, such a difference), and definitely did not pay attention to me. Now, I know that I have to keep myself in good health and happy/recharged in order to do the best job and be the best representative for my institution.

What does that involve? Out here in CO, that means I spend time outside. I absolutely love to hike, and there is no shortage of opportunity to do that here. I’ve visited this area 5 times before, and each time I try to find a new place to explore. This year, I finally made it to Garden of the Gods. I will absolutely revisit my favorite trail in Boulder (at the Flatirons), itching to be outside for a hike. It takes some major organization and planning to fit in all the details on such a busy schedule. But for me, this is so worth it. I also find that I have fun things/experiences to share with the students that I meet, if I understand their area a little more.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that this territory involves lots of driving — I visit the city of Denver, then head to Colorado Springs, up to Ft. Collins and Boulder, over to Aspen, and everywhere in between that funky triangle. I will travel close to 750-800 miles in these 10 days.

I’m a total pro at traveling. I’m SO excited this year to be completely addicted to a new podcast, thanks to the recommendation of a colleague. I’m listening to Sounds of the Trail, which follows thru-hikers trekking across the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. It’s so well done. I love all the topics, and have completely fallen in love with the cast of characters (um, real people). It reminds me so much of my Appalachian Trail hikes, and makes me crave getting back on the trail. I’ve already warned my dear husband to prepare for ALL THE HIKING. I highly recommend this podcast. It makes all the miles so easy to traverse.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you oops sorry for jeopardizing the conversation! I want to hear what you’re doing today/this week — what’s on your mind?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #16

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


If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m a BIG fan of sports this week! Did you know that Dunkin gives free coffee (medium) if your local sports team WINS?! Yay football!!!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m gearing up for a 10-day work travel adventure. It’s both exciting and hard to leave. I love my time in Colorado – it’s very productive, but also exhausting. I’ll spend 10 days and travel to 12 cities between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs (and even out to Aspen). I love it, and wouldn’t trade my territory for the world. I’ll get a week at home, and then it’s Oktoberfest and Harvest Home events, then I’m back on the ‘road’ to Texas for 4 days in Houston and 2 days in Memphis. Whew!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that for the first time in EIGHT years, my travel does not include the National Conference for admissions/counseling. Most of my team is going, but I’m not this year. I made a conscious decision to scale back in my extracurricular professional work this year — I’m no longer a leader on the President’s Council for my regional group, so I thought maybe I’d sit this conference out. Instead, I’m attending a marketing/communications focused conference/workshop in Memphis. It’s a good move for me.

If we were having coffee today, I’d probably say not attending the national conference and scaling back my leadership duties is a sign of Millennial Burnout. Specifically, millennial woman burnout. We tend to get involved, say YES to everything, because we think this task, no that task will lead us to a brighter future. But, what happens is we get so stuck in the weeds, stuck on the yes train, that we lose sight of our career options, and end up not working toward anything at all. And I find myself stuck as a ‘task master’ in my office. No one knows how to do that? Let’s ask Aundra. I love and hate it. I want to do my part to help the team succeed, but sometimes it’s nice to say YOU, it’s your turn. I have a hard time letting go, but that’s one of the professional goals I’ve set this year. It’s all to avoid the burnout, even though I think I’m already circling the drain.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that there have been some CHANGES in the small world. First, Google. Did you notice the change in their iconic logo? Me neither.

Speaking of changes, are you ready for this one? A variety of finger-pointing articles have declared that maybe there are 13 signs of the zodiac, not 12. Now, look, I’m not really into astrology, but it’s always fun to read a horoscope or learn more about personalities based on someone’s birthday. I’ve long identified as a Gemini. Maybe that’s not the case anymore; I might be a Taurus. Truthfully, I think we can find qualities of ourselves in all of the signs, but I’ve spent the past 30 years thinking I’m a Gemini. Here are the ‘new’ zodiac dates/charts. And here’s an article that might get you thinking about the whole proposal.

If we were having coffee today, I’d end on a weird note with an article that has me intrigued this week – Signs an Employee Should be Fired. As a supervisor, I’m always looking for great tips, ways to motivate people, keep them engaged and active. This article caught my attention because it takes more of a negative approach – things not to do. Combine this with the previously-mentioned burnout article, and this just-published article on high demands and expectations, and I’m even more uncertain and confused, especially as a supervisor/mentor. We’re practically pushing new/first-level professionals to act in ways that should get them fired. I’ve long talked about the crazy sense of entitlement and inability to do something that ‘isn’t my job’ among new hires, but maybe we’re helping create that culture (not reassigning blame, some of that is on the individual/professional). Just something on my mind a LOT lately.

What’s in your cup this week?


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Coffee Talk Tuesday #15

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

Starting the day with Evergrain!

Starting the day with Evergrain!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we had a really fun weekend. I started Friday night with some yoga by the water at Clovelly Vineyard — my first visit here! What a great location. On Saturday, I taught a Zumba class and then we left for Hagerstown to visit Johnny’s aunt. We did some shopping, ate delicious food, and hiked at Cunningham Falls. So awesome!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I rode my bike for the first time yesterday post-surgery. It’s crazy how many activities tug at your abdomen. My route includes a couple of inclines, so it was definitely an interesting challenge. I can’t wait to do it again!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m ready to start running again! I’m going to take it slow, maybe just one day this week, and add on with the days and the mileage as I go. I’ve rekindled my love for running this summer, so I’m looking forward to getting back to the pavement.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that most of the articles that have caught my attention this week are related to work schedule, productivity, motivation, and even email culture. I have supervisory tasks on my creative brain — working to find the best ways to keep workers motivated, productive, creative, and happy. (Of course I have asked them their preferred styles).

On the same side, it’s hard to empower people while also reminding them to be respectful. Happy to hear any tips from fellow managers! Tasks I’ve mastered — I love managing tasks. People are much more dynamic. I’ve been a supervisor for years, but this is the first time I have 4 people on my team, plus a student intern and a team of 15 students.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that as a professional, it’s awesomesauce when you see other people taking flight with something you created. I’m a creator — I like to fill space with something new. I like developing things from thin air. When someone else takes that initiative, that creative piece and makes it their own or pushes it up even more — that’s gold to me. I love watching my ideas get lifted and used for the greater good.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we’re taking our one year anniversary pictures this week! We have taken engagement and wedding photos with the fabulous Chelsea Fluharty and I’m so excited to take ONE YEAR HUSBAND and WIFE photos. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year!!!!!

What’s on your mind this week?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #14

Happy Coffee Talk Tuesday! Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad. FullSizeRender (22) I love that first cup of coffee in the morning. You know, I read an article that claimed you shouldn’t drink coffee first thing — it should be part of your later morning routine, should you elect to drink it. Even more important than the actual drinking of the coffee is the smelling of the coffee — it awakens the senses first. Who knew?

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m teaching all of my classes this week! It’s probably a little soon, but I’m eager and have lots of stir-crazy people ready for classes. A little-known fact – classes aren’t a workout for instructors! So, my workouts are still on hold, sort of, but I’m happy to help other people get their workouts.

On the same note, if we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve been to a Yin Yoga class, and a Hot Yoga class, and I just signed up for another one this week. I’m not 100%, but as I’ve been telling people, I don’t think I’ll ever get to that 100% point.

Let me back up — I’m looking at a ‘new normal’ — I’m not going to try to ‘get where I was before surgery’ because maybe that’s unrealistic. Now that I’ve had surgery and have experienced unplanned down time working out, maybe this is a chance to mix things up. I might run more, do more yoga, lift differently, etc. I want to change my workouts to my new normal, and work toward this new vision of myself (not quite version, that seems too strong).

If we were having coffee today, I’d finally share the awesome book that was recommended to me. It’s called The Go-Giver, and it’s life changing. I applied ONE of the five rules and have already seen results. I’m excited to see what happens when I’m able to coach myself to complete all 5. It’s one of those books that you have to be ready to read. I think someone picking it up half-heartedly would likely scoff at it, not understand the full ability of the concepts. But this was the perfect time for me to read this book.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I received another book recommendation (and I believe this is strongly related to that one rule I applied from the previous book) from an unexpected source. I’m in the middle of reading a just-for-fun book, but once I complete it, I’ll be diving head-first into this new book recommendation. I already purchased it!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve been deeply reading a lot about productivity and motivation. As a supervisor for 4 people now, I’m constantly looking at new ways to help encourage prioritization, push deadlines without being pushy, and motivating people based on their strengths (and the needs of the institution). This is powerful stuff.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you we’re making great progress on the kitchen this week! We had to stop for a little while based on work/life schedules, but we’re moving ahead with the next phase now. So exciting! We’re hoping to be completed by next spring, at the latest. Because so many people ask, YES we can still cook, we have a sink in the very large laundry room that we use, and we have a large dining room table that serves as a place for prep and eating. We eat every day! haha.

Let’s go conquer this Tuesday!

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Fitness Friday #62: Booty Blaster Challenge

It’s a new month, so it’s time for a new online fitness challenge! I love creating and sharing these challenges — especially because people can participate from anywhere.

This month, we’re hosting a Back to School Booty Blaster Challenge! It’s 10 days (11 with extra credit) of moves, with the idea to perform 30 reps of the day’s move.

The goal with these online challenges is to introduce new moves, to shake up the fitness routine. These are not meant to be your only workout of the day — they can compliment your workout plan. It’s best if you warm up before performing any of these moves, and give yourself some time to stretch after the challenge!

How to participate: Check out the moves, join the facebook event, and plan to try 30 reps of the day’s move, starting September 5.


30 reps each

September 5 – Plie squats
September 6 – Single leg deadlifts
September 7 – Sumo squat calf raises
September 8 – Single leg glute bridges
September 9 – Fire hydrants (with optional leg extension)
September 10 – Bear plank leg lifts
September 11 – Rainbows
Septmeber 12 – Curtsy lunges (optional kick)
September 13 – Standing rainbows
September 14 – Squat to sumo
September 15 – Extra credit: curtsy lunges, plie squats, sumo squat calf raise

Videos of each move will be posted in the facebook group. Can’t wait to share another challenge with everyone!

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