Coffee Talk Tuesday #33

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee.

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Today’s coffee brought to you by my LAST ortho check-up ever. Let’s hope for-ev-er. And Dunkin’.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that it’s been an exciting week already (and it’s only Tuesday so wahoo). Lots of news to share, so grab that delicious cup of coffee and let’s go!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve already ‘completed’ my first quarter goal of 2017 to start a class in a new-to-me location! I’m doing a double header (yikes) of TurboKick (5:30-6:15 p.m.) and Insanity (6:30-7:00 p.m.) at the KCPR Community Center on Wednesday nights starting next week. (First week classes are freeeeee, come try it out!)

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve been chosen as an ambassador for Nuun! I’m super excited for this new adventure. I first tried nuun products when I ran Ragnar in 2013. They’re amazeballs for aiding recovery and preventing dehydration, AND they jazz up water like whoa. Ideas are floating in my head about how to share these amazing products, and I can’t wait to network with the other ambassadors! #nuunlife nuun If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve officially booked everything for my first Converge Conference – I’m really excited to do the admissions bootcamp and meet others who manage communications projects. This is where the magic happens! I love conferences and always come back refreshed and ready to tackle the world. I’m really excited, too, because Johnny is going to join me! He’s never been to Cali, and I can’t wait to show him some of my favorite places AND go on new adventures.

Speaking of tackling the ‘world,’ if we were having coffee today I’d talk to you about silence. Back in December, I earned a promotion at work (Director of Admissions Communications). It’s a position that I created for myself. I’ve been doing the work of the position for the past 4 years (in addition to being a supervisor and also managing a territory/counseling students), and now it’s official. I briefly mentioned this during one of our previous chats, but I’ve mostly been quiet about my promotion.

Why? I’m extremely cautious and I hate causing a scene and upsetting others. BUT. I’ve realized recently that all of that is complete crap. Who cares? I don’t like putting myself at the center of attention (and it’s not like I’m going to shout about my promotion from the rooftop), but seriously. This is kind of a big deal for me. I’ve presented this position to 1-2-3-of my supervisors/bosses and every time, I was told “keep doing great work, don’t slow down, this just isn’t your time.” And I kept doing the work. And creating more work for myself. What the hell? Now, I’m in the best position for myself, and I’m going to keep rocking it.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that our Dance with the Stars practices continue to go well. We’re at the point now where we are adding polish and a few fun tricks to the mix. I’m extremely pleased with our progress and can’t wait to see everyone at the show! There are still some tickets available — this is seriously one of the MOST fun events in Kent County. Grab a ticket (and hey, while you’re there, a little VOTING wouldn’t hurt!!!).

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we saw La La Land over the weekend, and MAN, I cannot stop singing the songs! I looooved this movie so much. The silliness, the bold and beautiful colors, costumes, the story line, the last TEN MINUTES (sob). This is worth seeing on the big screen.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that the past few weeks of teaching 11+ fitness classes has been a whirlwind. I love teaching, and I try my best to accommodate everyone’s interests, timing, etc. but man I have to watch myself! Starting January 30, I’ll be teaching 10 classes (sometimes 11) a week, and sheesh. But I really do love it and it makes me SO happy to see people enjoy themselves, let loose, work HARD, and accomplish those goals. Have you seen the new class schedule? There are some changes…

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that this fitness instructor signed up for a workout to do on her own! It can be a challenge to squeeze in my own workouts, but I’m making it a priority this year. I don’t like feeling ‘fluffy’ and need to make resistance and hard-core strength workouts fit into my schedule. I’ve started using the BBG, or Bikini Body Guide, by Kayla Itsines. I love it already. The workouts are definitely challenging, and I can’t tell you how much I LOVE feeling spent afterwards. It’s such a nice balance with taking yoga classes and running. There is a planner in the app that I purchased, and you can track progress, water intake, the whole nine yards. I’ll share more as I continue to do this program!

I think that my coffee is almost empty, and it’s time to go teach another class (Triple Tuesdayyyyy what what). See you on the floor or for next week’s chat!

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #32

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee.

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Today’s coffee brought to you by ZOOMA.

Hold on, wait a minute. It’s definitely not Tuesday, right?! This is a special edition of Coffee Tuesday, I like to call it Coffee Wednesday. Triple Tuesday (join a class!) plus back-to-back work meetings left me like wait, what day is it? So here we are.

I have some SUPER exciting class updates, but I promised to share them via email first. Not on the class email list? Let’s fix that.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m actually very excited to gear up for half marathon training. It’s been awhile since I’ve run this distance but I’m ready to go. Know what would be awesomesauce? If you run with me! This is my hands-down, absolute FAVORITE race to run each year: ZOOMA Annapolis. It’s on Saturday, June 3 this year. There’s a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon. Use the code Aundra2017 to get 10% off your total! Early morning runs have been going well, and we’re going to slowly increase the distance. Right, M? Slowly?! #DoNotKillMe

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I loooove this time of year at fitness classes. I get to see new faces, and the return of ‘old faces’ who have renewed their interest and passion for fitness and a good workout. I see it as my job to keep class energy high, to keep people engaged, and to keep content fresh and interesting to get you motivated to go, go, go!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m one week into my ‘new job’ and boy, have I created a crazy mountain of work for myself. I’ve already been doing aspects of this job for the past 4 years, I finally just pushed really hard to make it official.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we are LESS THAN A MONTH away from the Dance with the Stars Gala! David and I are working very hard, and practices are going great. Did you see him ROCK those fast jive moves? We’d LOVE your official support. The link to purchase tickets and also to vote ($1 = 1 vote) is here. We want to raise ALL the money for Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s. Stay tuned for more video updates. Today’s practice is going to be HARD but so worth it to add jazzy elements to our dance.

Lots happening in this little world, but let’s hang right here. Can’t wait to see you in classes!

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #31

Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. 2017 edition.

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Today’s large Dunkin brought to me by not being sure if I said large accidentally or if the barista heard large/thought I needed a large vs. a medium. Hey, I’ll TAKE it.

Happy first Tuesday of 2017! Wow!!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m back at work after an 11-day hiatus. It’s SO nice to have real days off when the College is shut down — you don’t feel as compelled to check your email, you work if/when you want to, and you actually get a break/feel refreshed and ready to come back to it.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that this Tuesday is no joke. I’m calling it Triple Tuesday — on Tuesdays, for the next few weeks, I’m teaching ALL the Beachbody formats in one day. We have Insanity Live, we have TurboKick Live, and we have PiYo Live. Shew!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we’re also almost exactly ONE MONTH away from Dance with the Stars! I’m so excited to take the stage again to raise funds for Horizons of Kent & Queen Annes. We’ve been practicing each week and working on doing a video a week — stay tuned to facebook for the next installment! In the meantime, we’d LOVE for you to donate to Team Bowderson. Every dollar is a vote, and we want to WIN BIG for Horizons.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my week is full of planning, colorful spreadsheets, data, and writing. All of the best elements! Oh, and I might be teaching 9 or so fitness classes, ya know.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I also have a new bullet journal (see above). I love getting a new one every 3-4 months, so I feel rejuvenated and ready for a new ‘season.’ This one is pink and scented.

What’s up in your world? Did you have a lovely holiday?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #30

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 the last Coffee Talk of 2016! I can’t believe it’s almost 2017. Another year!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m slowly packing up our Christmas decorations. We’re not in any rush — the past few years, we’ve been heading to various vacation destinations the day or two after Christmas, but this year, we’re staying put. It’s really nice to be here!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we get 11 days of vacation around the holidays – the College closes and we get this precious time. We have some plans this week – we want to clean the back room, the garage, we’re both getting re-certified in CPR/AED, we have some kitchen work we can do, and I’m planning on taking lots of hot yoga classes. It’s going to be a fabulous week!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have a little break from teaching classes this week (super rare!), and I’m already gearing up for 3 very full weeks of teaching. Have you seen the winter schedule? I’ve added classes, including NEW ones – Peak Pose Workshop class on Thursdays at lunchtime (more details here) and a NEW Happy Hour Zumba class in Centreville on Fridays.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m super excited to go hiking on January 1! We’re participating in the #FirstDayHike program – first hike on the first day of the New Year. We’re heading to Harper’s Ferry for our first hike of 2017.

That’s what’s up in my universe this week! Hope you’re having a great last week of 2016.

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #29

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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Let’s play a game this Coffee Tuesday — which cup describes your coffee color?

I’m between a 1 and a 9. I used to be a 5. #ILikeCoffeewithMyCream

How are you this holiday week? If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we spent Sunday driving up and down the state of Delaware looking at trucks. A couple of weeks ago, Johnny was in a car accident (not his fault) that left us with a (paid off) totaled truck. I loved that red truck! But, he’s super excited to try something new. A truck, of course. We’re looking at trucks with extended cabs (more space for kittens of course). It’s been a fun process. Now, we wait for a check from the insurance. He has a few that he really likes! Hopefully my next Coffee Talk update showcases our new truck.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m FINALLY out of the NyQuil/DayQuil combo world. I’m not 100% yet, but feeling more like myself this week. Good thing, since I’m teaching a hella lot of classes!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m excited for 1) a short work week 2) a nice break from work — 12 days, holla. I’m so glad to work at a place where we get the week between Christmas and New Year off!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my professional/work world is about to change. No details to share just yet, but 2017 will look a little different from my desk!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m SO EXCITED that we raised $151 to share with the Humane Society during last night’s Master Zumba class. I love getting together with other instructors. Teaching so much, it’s rare that I have a chance to GO to other classes. And when I do, it’s almost always hot yoga. I also love being able to share different styles with my students — to showcase that every instructor does things differently and it’s all super fun!

What’s up in your world? Which coffee color describes you?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #28

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

img_6192 Ok, ok I know what you are thinking – like, it’s Thursday, right? Yes! This is a special edition of Coffee Talk Tuesday that I am calling Coffee Talk Thursday, because I can.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that this week has sufficiently kicked me in the you-know-what. This week won, y’all. I’ve been in a vortex of DayQuil-meets-NyQuil and I don’t hate that combo one bit. I have my energetic spurts where all the things get done, but for the most part, my energy has been zapped.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that our house is all lovely and decorated for Christmas. As someone who has previously skipped Christmas, I’m pleased to say the holiday now holds a special place in my heart. I love our new traditions – picking out and cutting down a tree from a local farm, hanging our stockings together, Christmas Eve dinner at our cousin’s house, Christmas Day dinner with the in-laws, and of course finding the pickle in the tree.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we have just 6 working days left until a 12-day break from work! I love having this time to spend with my little family. For the first time in awhile, we don’t have plans to go away during this time, so we’re spending the holiday time off at HOME!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m equal parts nervous and excited to host a FREE Happy Hour Zumba class in a NEW location. I haven’t started a class in a new location in quite some time, so there are definitely butterflies in anticipation of the outcome. The class will start regularly in January, but I wanted to kick off the class in a special way before the holidays. Fingers crossed for a great evening!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’m also nervous/excited for a new 4-week winter class schedule to start next week. I’m loading up the schedule — 2 morning classes, 4 lunchtime classes, and 5 evening classes. Whew! Throw in a couple of weekend classes that I’m subbing, and winter just got uber busy.

That’s all I have for now — see you on Tuesday ;).

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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

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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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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