What I Learned After A Year of Living Alone

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I feel like living alone is almost a rite of passage. As in, if you can do it, you’ve made it; You’re emotionally strong enough to be alone, you can physically and financially take care of yourself. You are GROWN. Between family, college, roommates, a brief marriage, and another roommate, I’d lived with other people my entire life.

I’d lived in San Diego from 2006-2010 and in 2014, at age 30, was wanting to go back for just one more year. I decided that when I got there, I’d live alone and see how it went. Just one year seemed like a good enough time span to try it out. I lived alone from April 2015 to June 2016. I did it! And here’s what I learned: [Read more…]

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Currently…

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Tango and I have just about 10 more days in Kentucky before we head out. We’re soaking up all the wide open spaces and time with my friends and family while we can. While I’m always bummed to be leaving my people, I’m also excited for an extended trip to Canada to spend a couple months with my man-friend and the boys. Since I haven’t been writing a ton here lately, here’s what’s been going on…

Making: Sweet Tea… pretty much every day. I’m going to enjoy it for my last week here in KY and then I’ll have to put the kibosh on all that sugar.

Wanting: To blog more. I’m working on 5 posts at once and can’t get any of them out. Hopefully that’ll change in the coming weeks. I miss this outlet.

Reading: I’m slowly making my way through Kathryn Hepburn’s autobiography, “Stories of My Life.”  [Read more…]

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Things (& Links) That Are My Jam Right Now…

{Things That Are Currently My Jam}

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Kentucky in the Summer. Yes it’s hot and humid, but summer will gone before we know it so I’m taking full advantage.

Louisville Parks. We’ve been to either Cherokee, Seneca, or The Parklands every day since I’ve been back. I’m not mad about it. Neither is Tango…

Stranger Things. Mom and I watched all 8 episodes last week! LOVED it.

Bug Spray. Mosquitos are everywhere here. Don’t give me the all-natural spray… I need some napalm to take these bitches out.

Meeting up w/ friends for walks, runs, bike rides, or workouts. I wrote this post about alternate ways to socialize (other than meeting for meals/drinks) and have been trying to put that into practice more often. (Aside from when people want to meet at my favorite restaurants…)

Steel City Pops. You guys. There’s a popsicle store here.

All the kiddos. Appx. 1,000 friends of mine had kids since I left last year. It’s fun meeting up with my buds to workout or play outside with their little ones and I’m loving all the different parenting styles. It was hilarious seeing my friend Jess yelling “What the hell’s the matter with you?!” as she watched her youngest (of 4) bypass their water bottle and the water fountain to drink out the communal dog bowl on the ground at the playground.

Making a dent my Kentucky Summer Wish List. I’ve marked off the things I’ve done so far from this post.

Labor Day Plans. I’m traveling the rest of my weekends that I’m in Kentucky, but I’m home all holiday weekend long. We’re hitting a Canoe/Kayak/SUP Demo on the lake, heading to the YUM Center to cheer on the UofL Women’s Volleyball team, riding bikes in the Mayor’s Hike, Bike, and Paddle event, and who knows what else. I’m stoked.

 

 

{Links That Are My Jam}

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7 Incredible Things That Happen Once You Learn to Enjoy Being Alone. Forbes.

An Interview w/ the “Stranger Things” Creators/Writers/Directors. {Beware: Spoilers} Variety.

Your House Is Too Big – The Downsizing Uprising. Outside.

Taking Less Vacation Affects Employees’ Productivity. Project Time Off.

This Quick Summer Salad Recipe – Caprese Orzo Salad. Cupcakes & Cashmere.

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure. Harvard Business Review.

Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids at Perceived – But Unreal – Risk? NPR.

The Rules for Borrowing Camping Gear. Outside. “You get pregnant in it, you buy it.” ; )

 

What kinds of things or links are your jam right now? Anything I should know about?!

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Kentucky Summer Wish List

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I’ve got somewhere around 6-8 weeks here in my home state of Kentucky and I’m STOKED. There are so many things that I love about being here in the summertime and even though I’m arriving more towards the end of summer, the weather will still be nice enough to play, workout, and enjoy fabulous meals outside for weeks. Here’s all I plan to do over the next several weeks…

UPDATE: The things I’ve gotten to so far have been crossed off!  [Read more…]

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Great Podcasts for Summer Road Trips

 

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In the past year since I wrote “Podcasts That Are My Jam Right Now” I’ve searched out and listened to dozens of podcasts. While there have been numerous ones that passed the time, only certain ones are good enough to reach the coveted “Subscribe” status on my device. While Tango and I are in the car for hours on our summer road trip, we’ve been circulating through several of my newfound faves. Many of these are perfect for binging on for hours on end (If you’ve ever driven across the state of Texas, you know that’s one long ass day). In no particular order, here are the ones I’ve been loving lately:

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3 Ways to Get More Water!

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Before you go on with this blog post, do a quick mental tally of how many times you’ve had water today. Then do a tally of how many times you’ve had non-water (coffee, tea, juice, soda, alcohol) today. Which number is higher?

It’s difficult for a lot of people to have the “perfect” water intake. Caffeine, alcohol, and sugary drinks are everywhere, all the time, and can be hard to resist. There are coffee shops and gas station Big Gulps on every corner, and there are soda machines in almost every break room and public building in the country. You know what’s hard to find sometimes? Water fountains. I know people that go entire days without any water consumption at all.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a perfect, water-only drinker. I drink tea, alcohol, and have the occasional soft drink. I don’t tell myself that I should only drink water all day, every day… But I do know that my water intake should be significantly higher than my non-water intake… every day.

Here are a few behaviors I try to practice that make that happen: [Read more…]

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Road Trip 2016, Day 2: Replacing My Car

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We’ve had an eventful first couple days of this year’s summer road trip… And unfortunately, we had to part with my car Charli after 7 years together.  [Read more…]

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TRX Fit Club Summer Special!

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If you’re new here, I have a series of 4 week progressive, TRX-based fitness programs that are offered online, to be done at your convenience. In total, there are 4 of these programs, a total of 16 weeks worth of workouts, designed to build strength, especially in your core, and burn some serious calories.

Since I’ll be traveling all summer, I’m currently offering my online TRX Fit Club programs for an extended period of time. Instead of just having access to the workouts for 4 weeks, you’ll get access until September 12… up to 4 months if you’re joining this week!

The details:

Starting now, any Fit Club Program ( Fit Club 1, 2, 3, or Fit Club Elite) can be joined, without prerequisites. When your registration is received, you’ll receive all the workouts and videos for that month at once. (Since I may not always have a wifi connection while traveling, I’ll send everything at one time, as opposed to the previous way – one week at a time.) Then, you’ll keep your access to them until September 12 of this year.

The price: 

Purchase one club at a time for $49 each, or bundle all four of them together for $119.

Gift cards are also available, so feel free to send this post as a birthday gift hint. ; )

The convenience: 

These workouts are great if you’ve got limited time and space. They can be done inside or outside, so hang your Suspension Trainer over a door in your house, or around a tree at the lake. The workouts are broken up so that you can rock out just 15 minutes if you’re short on time, or you can bust out 45-60 minutes if you’re on vacation. There are strength, endurance, and metabolic fat-burning workouts, so you can pick and choose which you’d like to do depending on your schedule/mood/energy that day.

The equipment:

You’ll need access to a TRX Suspension Trainer. If your gym has one, you’re set. If you want to own your own straps, there are a few models to choose from on the TRX Training website. Heads up: TRX has now introduced the lighter, entry level TRX Fit for $129! It also comes with two 20 minute workouts. > > > Double whammy!

Get Started: 

Register here any time, starting now!

and #BeABeast

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Moving On… Again.

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A New Plan: As Rafiki once told Simba… “It is time.”  Time for another road trip, another move, and the beginning of a new adventure. Tango and I are simultaneously happy and sad to be leaving San Diego in June. [Read more…]

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Attn: Pyramid Schemers, I’m Not Selling Your Sh** for You. Quit Asking.

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For the 3rd time this week, I’ve gotten a message from somebody I barely know, or that I haven’t talked to in ages. It always starts the same way: “Hey girl! How’s it going? I’ve started this brand new business…” like they’re the first person to try to get other people to sell things for them under the guise that they can make six figures… “And I really think you’d be interested in it.” i.e. “I’d really like to get my hands on your client list, email contacts, and 3k Facebook friends.”

Now, this post is in no way disrespecting anybody trying to make money. Making extra money on the side is a great way to get ahead financially. I fully respect a side hustle! I’ve been self-employed for over a decade and realize that making money while having a flexible schedule is an attractive work situation. HOWEVER, I’m sick of being hounded by the pyramid converts… or should I say the “multi-level marketers,” which they’re now referred to. Here are the following reasons why:  [Read more…]

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