This week’s letters…

Dear The North Face,

Thanks for sending Alex Honnold and Chris Weidner to Louisville this past weekend. Sufferfest 2 was awesome. Not that I’ll ever be climbing 5.13 desert towers or anything, but it inspired me to up my climbing game. It was also pretty fun to get to hang with these guys.

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Playlist! Get funky…

You might run to this playlist. You might workout to this playlist. You might just get down to this playlist.

However you want to use these tunes, rock it out.

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*There are 2 songs you may not see here as Spotify doesn’t have access to them. I bought them and added them in on my end. Check out iTunes for both of these:
“Something New” by Axwell ^ Ingrosso
“Did You Miss Me” by The Veronicas
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Thanksgiving Week

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My man-friend came to visit for a week during Thanksgiving. YAY! It was such a hectic week with the holidays, lots of dinners, visiting with friends and family, etc. We had a blast, but it went way too quickly. We got to have dinner with our favorite industry pals, Chris and Kara, got to see a University of Louisville basketball game at the YUM Center downtown with my brother and his wife, and we had 3 Thanksgivings to attend with my family. That was just the first three days. I wish I’d gotten more photos with my family, but we were having a good time hanging out so I forgot. We ate, we drank, we played Aggravation, a family fave. Tango also had a blast. He loved having a guy around to rough house with.

We got to lay on the couch and watch a movie (The Expendables 3, vastly entertaining) and eat ice cream. We got to go see The Mockingjay Friday night, which was sooooo good and now has us pining for the last installment. Can’t believe we have to wait another year to for the next one to come out. Well… I can believe it. Those movie execs know what they’re doing. It just sucks. I think I’ll re-read the book so I can get back in the spirit. We also got to go pick out a Christmas tree! More on that later.

My man-friend had never been to the Red River Gorge (a rock climbing mecca less than 2 hours from Lousiville) so we’d made plans to go there Saturday with my buds Jason and Jenn, who were in town as well from Utah. Saturday was supposed to be the only day it wasn’t raining. It was a bit chilly and we didn’t have a whole lot of time, but we got a few routes in and had a great day. He even got to have pizza and Ale 8 at Miguel’s… because that’s what you do when you go to the Gorge.

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I’m incredibly grateful to have such an awesome family and such wonderful friends. You don’t realize how many important people there are in your life until you the holidays roll around and you realize how many of them you have to see. My man-friend has just about met all the important people in my life. It took 3 trips to Louisville to fit them all in (still a few more to meet, but all in good time). It was hectic but I’m thankful that it took the whole week to get around to seeing so many people.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday last week! Enjoy your weekend. I’m about to get up so we can finally decorate the tree we got a week ago. Happy weekend. : )

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Workout Playlist!

This playlist is a couple weeks old. It’s still good though!

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Here’s what I’ve been rockin’ out to:

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My Life So Far With Tango… In Numbers

5: The number of years I’ve had Tango, today!

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Less than 1: Day left to live before he was thankfully rescued from the kill shelter in L.A.

6-7: Tango’s estimated age.

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3-5: Minutes spent with him before I knew he was going to be my dog.

2: States he has lived in with me (California & Kentucky)

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12: The number of chocolate donuts he ate when he broke into a care package in my car while I was inside getting lunch on the road trip from California to Kentucky. Thank goodness it was crappy, fake chocolate. I was freaked out for two states.

3: The maximum number of times he will chase a ball outside. The 4th throw I always ended up retrieving myself so now I don’t even try.

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10: The average number of seconds for him to fall asleep when he jumps into bed with me at night.

10.5: The commands that he knows: Sit, stay, come, down, rollover, stop, shake, back up, leave it, high five, and heel… the half one (5 years in and he still wants to be in front on walks)

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4: Feet in his vertical jump.

35: Estimated mph he can run.

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194: The days that I’ve been out of town this year and have missed him desperately.

3/4: The fraction of the bed he takes up. I have no idea how he does it…

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2,000,000: The approximate number of his hairs in my car, under my bed, on my clothes. ALL THE TIME.

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50: The approximate number of trees, bushes, or posts that he stops to pee on during a walk

4: The number of times he actually pees (he’s not the best at rationing)

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Countless:

The times I’m completely grateful that he’s mine, and I’m his, and we have each other. I’ve never experienced so much unconditional love. Ready for a run at a moment’s notice. Ready for a nap almost as soon as you lie down. Hardly ever leaving my side since I got him. I love you, Tango! Happy Anniversary!

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Tips On How To Travel More…

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did…”

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I have been to 160+ cities in 8 countries. That’s only %8 of the world though, so I’m nowhere near being finished. You may think frequent travelers have a huge bank account and no job. I’m sure that’s true in a lot of cases, but certainly not in mine. For starters, having a job that requires you to travel certainly helps, but I traveled all over the place way before I had my current, travel-required job, and way before I had any money. Here are the behaviors that have always helped me travel every couple months…

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10 Links that are my jam right now…

 

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 * That spaghetti squash burrito bowl up there is SO my jam right now. Literally eating it as I type this.  [Read more...]

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My favorite TRX Lunge Progression Combo

I love the TRX Lunge! It’s perfect for strength, stability, coordination, balance, and power.

This is my favorite progression combo with the move:

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*This is a progression, so mastering the TRX Lunge is first and foremost before adding the harder variations.

* Do this as many times through as you can (with perfect form).

* There is no such word as “suc-seck-ssion.”  I tried to keep it together… almost burst out laughing.

Give it a whirl and see what you think! #MakeYourBodyYourMachine

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*Don’t have a TRX Suspension Trainer? Click here or on the yellow TRX box in the side bar to receive %15 off, plus an extra workout download!

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{Bali} Part 3: Dajuma Beach

While the TRX Summit is always an amazing time, I have to admit that I was most looking forward to the days after it. My man-friend and I just wanted a beautiful, remote beach where we could chill. While scouring Trip Advisor for the best beaches to relax in Bali, we discovered Puri Dajuma Eco Resort. Visitors from all over the world gave it rave reviews. We were looking for somewhere off the beaten path where we could lounge around enjoying the beauty of Bali, without the rest of the tourists. This place could not have been more perfect.

(This resort is located in Negara, West Bali. It took us about 2.5 hours by taxi from Denpasar. There is one main road, but it’s very crowded. The taxi ride was 600,000 Rupiah – a whopping $50…)

The staff was amazing. The grounds are breathtaking, and the atmosphere is the most relaxing and rejuvenating one I’ve ever experienced in my life. Ever.

We booked the Gold Suite… and wished we could have stayed there forever.

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Workout Playlist!

I know it’s Monday. WHATEVER. Don’t start your week off in defeat.

You’ve got this. Ball up your fists, give a yell if need be, put on your workout clothes, and go.

Get after it and BE A BEAST!

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