Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

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This consistent San Diego weather: 75-78 degrees {You hate me, I know. It’s hot as balls everywhere else. Just come visit and that’ll take care of that. Moving on…}. Morning hikes. Reconnecting with friends. Tap class. Beach time. These things are all my jam right now. My biggest jam is being nearly settled in my own place. I have lighting! I have a mattress so I can actually sleep in my bed tonight! I have my friends to thank for helping me again today. I’ve still got so many random errands to run, so many little things that need to be done so that bigger things can begin. It’s been a hectic week, but sitting on my couch with my feet propped up on my table… so worth it.

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8 TED Talks to give you a confidence boost.

17 Lessons Work Travelers Learn Very Quickly.

How to Use Instagram For Business, by Hootsuite.

This kickass fitness movitation video w/ all body types.

The best time of the day to ask for a raise. By Forbes.

The trailer for Meru, a climbing film about the Shark’s Fin in the Himalayas.

Get Fit & Also Have Fun. The New York Times.

This app delivers food for your next camping/backpacking trip.

An Open Letter to CrossFit HQ. From a Sports Medicine Dr.

Dr. Emily Splichal’s Barefoot Strong blog discussing the importance of Great Toe Mobility. Parts 1, 2, & 3.

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Oh. And my man-friend and his two boys will be back on the grid today after a great camping excursion on the west coast of B.C. Can’t wait to FaceTime with them later. Five days with no cell service is amazing, but I miss them!

I’d love to know what your jam is right now!

Happy Friday, Y’all!

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San Diego: Settling In…

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Moving week is here and I’m living amongst all my things in my own apartment. Shout out to all my buds that have helped me this week! It’s all very exciting and also very exhausting, but I’m loving it. After moving everything into the place, and doing the obligatory Target/Ikea/Home Depot run for all the things you need, I’m finding there’s still shit I need. It really sucks to spend $400 on ish and you get home to unpack the all-exciting light bulbs, toilet paper, and pepper. Moving states is exciting, but the realities of it can be annoying. Can somebody please tell me why apartments don’t have overhead lighting in all the rooms? I swear if I have to buy one more lamp in my lifetime… I hate buying lamps. None of them are fabulous, except for the ones that cost way more money than you want to spend on a lamp. All I have left {that I know of} to purchase is a mattress and a desk. These two items could not fit into my moving box that I shipped from Kentucky to California so they have to be re-purchased. #Movingbuzzkill.

Anyway, Tango and I are loving living close to the beach again, it’s awesome seeing all my old buds, the weather is wonderful, I have a tan, the park is close by, and I’m getting lots of fitness and dance classes in (check Instagram for footage), so my body is happy. Photos of the new place to come, as I get rid of boxes and find places for everything. The good news is now I’m ready for visitors! Anybody want to come see me in San Diego? I’ll probably be living pretty frugally now that I’m back to paying SoCal rental prices, but the beach is always free. ; )

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Squeezing in as many tourist-y things in London as we could in one day…

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I’ve flown through London’s Heathrow airport several times but had never actually been out into the city… which is what compelled me to accompany my man-friend on his work trip to London in the first place. We had one day to play tourists in the city and I think we managed to rock it out successfully.  [Read more...]

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Two Days in Dublin

 

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Because this trip was mostly work related (more for my man-friend than for me) there wasn’t a whole lot of time for cruising around outside of the city. We were in Dublin for 5 days, but one of those I was sick and two of them I was working, which left only a couple more for sight seeing.  [Read more...]

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Podcasts That Are My Jam

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Truth be told, if you’d asked me a year ago which podcasts I listened to, I would have asked you what a podcast was. I was incredibly unaware of their complete and utter glory.  [Read more...]

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San Diego. Here to stay.

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So after two weeks in Europe and 3 months on the road, I’ve finally made it back to San Diego and am here for good. For a while anyway. We {Tango and I} stuck mostly to the original plan, with some modifications here and there, and had the most amazing time.

While I’ve started blog posts to share photos of my Euro trip, wrap up the road trip and bring more fitness to the blog, I’ve put them all on hold so I can find an apartment to live in… First thing’s first, right? My good friend Colleen was nice enough to share her home with me until I find a place of my own so Tang and I are hanging here in the meantime. Gotta say though, applying for rentals is a tough go when you’re self-employed with no set salary, and having just NOT WORKED for the past 3 months. This could get interesting… The biggest thing I’m excited for is having my own space when Tang and I can settle in. After traveling all over and living out of the car, I’ll be glad to clear out my storage unit and have all my belongings in one place again.

Today’s to-do list includes the following:

Don’t get too jealous…

*LOTS of laundry. Good thing Colleen is out of town because her living room is covered in my clothes.

*Backing up my computer to the hard drive {which I accidentally left in storage 3 months ago}. Three hours later and still going strong…

*Unfolding and going thru the massive amounts of mail that have been crammed into my P.O. Box and have been accumulating since April. Yay.

*Trying to hunt down last year’s tax returns that are not where they’re supposed to be {in the file box}.

*Filling out apartment applications, and self-employment verifications, and searching more apartment ads.

*A workout with my buddy Ryan at Bird Rock Fit tonight. It’s time to get back on the regular fitness regimen.

*Cleaning out my car. This one is going to suck the most, hence its placement at the bottom of the list.

 

So while this week’s posting may be irregular {shocker} it’ll be back to normal soon enough. I’m very excited about heading to the IDEA World conference in LA this weekend though! If you’re going, stop by the TRX Dance Body session and say hi!

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Canada – California – Canada – Ireland – U.K.

This entire trip may be the least efficient traveling I’ve ever done.

But definitely the most fun…

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9 Steps to Be Genuinely Happy

I’m no Pollyanna, but I try to be as proactive in my own happiness as I can be. Figuring out what I need is a huge component. Here’s how I do that:

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These are numbered, but are in no particular order.

{1} Be OK by yourself. 

If you constantly need others around you, if you go from one relationship to the next with no time by yourself in between, if you don’t know what you want, you need some time alone. You have to figure out how to be ok alone. You need to discover what you want. You need to learn how to take care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. [Read more...]

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Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway!

I’m partnering up with Spartan Race again to give one free race code away!

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Date Night

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My time in Canada comes to a close on Monday of next week so we are trying to get in all the climbing we can for while we still each have our climbing partners handy. My man-friend LOVES multi-pitch climbing and going really high up while I’m more into single-pitch myself. [Read more...]

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