We’re having a really good time in Bali…

The TRX Summit is over (more on that when I have a better internet connection) and we are now on to the 2nd half of this mission: relaxation. We’ve been far too busy alternating playing in the water, napping in the sun, and reading in the hammock to do any blog posts, so this is all I got at the moment. #sorrynotsorry

We arrived two days ago, to our second destination, just in time for the epic sunset. I set the camera timer to just keep taking shots since it took a moment to get across the jagged rocks…

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More to come…

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Off to Bali!

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I’m headed out today to Bali, Indonesia for our annual 3-day TRX Instructor’s Summit. It’s like a giant fitness retreat with my TRX family from all over the world. We’ve got 27 countries being represented at this year’s summit and I couldn’t be more stoked to see everybody there, including my man-friend! We’ll have 3 days at the summit and then another 5 days to ourselves, which I’m looking forward to immensely. Hello hammock on the beach! Peace out cell phone & email inbox!

I’m not as stoked about the 34 hours of travel to get there, but I’m trying to look past that. I’ve got my books on my kindle, I’ve got my work that needs to be finished, I’ve got free wine to look forward to on the plane. Here I go! Back in two weeks!

 

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Friday’s Letters

Friday’s Letters theme by Ashley S.

 

Dear TRX Bootcampers, I’m so stoked about finishing another session. Y’all are beasts!

Dear Susan and Justine, I’m glad there was so much team work involved in getting that bottle opened at the Wine Down last night. ; )

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Dear Polar Heart Rate Monitor Battery, I wish you were as easy to change as the video makes you out to be. It would be awesome if I could get the old battery OUT. #needsmallerfingers

Dear Bali, I’m super excited to be heading your way tomorrow, but I wish you were closer.

Dear Chicago, London, Bangkok, Singapore, and Tokyo, I will be visiting you on my way to and from Bali, but not actually stepping foot outside your airports… one of these days though, I’ll be back.

Dear Divergent & If I Stay, I bought you to read on the plane so you’d better not disappoint.

Dear Ankles, I’m sorry that you’ll be looking more like cankles for the next couple days… #toomuchsittinginmyfuture

 

Dear Suitcase, you’ve been outside my house 180 days this year and only inside of it 90+ days. Can’t you pack yourself yet?

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Dear Tango, the worst part of traveling is leaving you. Sooooo let’s have some really long walks and play time today and tomorrow before I go!

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Dear Man-friend. I’ll see you in Bali in 3 days!!

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Love, Ami

Happy Friday, peeps!

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Links & Apparel That Are My Jam Right Now

{Up First: Apparel}

1) This new tank top from TRX! Instead of their trademark black & yellow, it’s black and PINK this month for Breast Cancer Awareness. Ten percent of proceeds go to the Susan G Komen Foundation, with a minimum of $25,000 being donated! Get yours here to help support!

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2) This super cute and comfy Run With Me Toque from lululemon. You can fold it to wear it snug, or unfold it to wear baggy. AND it’s got a space for your ponytail, a must for chicas with long hair.

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{And now for the links}

1) How the spread of ebola could actually save lives.

2) Watch this 11 year old tear up this hip hop routine (and make me like that song).

3) This video showing 10 ways to wear your Vinyasa Scarp/Warp, (which I have) and have now pinned.

4) The promo video for the new Go Pro 4. Good job, GoPro marketing team. It totally makes me think I could actually shoot video like that… all I need to do is climb a glacier or stand on top of a spewing volcano. #NBD.

5) This list of states and their same-sex marriage laws. It’s legal in 32 states now! I am still waiting for the day when it’s legal EVERYWHERE for people to marry whomever they love, no matter their orientation. #loveislove

6) These kids’ costumes that show their parents are freaking geniuses.

7) The book, Dancers Among Us, with beautiful photos of dancers in every day situations. I need this. Because my coffee table doesn’t have enough ish on it already…

Any cool links you wanna pass my way? Send ‘em on!

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5 Quirks…

quirk: noun – a peculiar behavioral habit

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We all have quirks… I usually don’t realize certain things I do are out of the ordinary until somebody points it out to me. Here are a few that I have, that have been brought to my attention over the years.

1) I eat my food one item at a time. 

People get mad at this one sometimes. I have never really thought much about it. It’s not that I can’t eat a bite of this, then a bite of that, I just like to experience the full flavor of one part of the dish before moving on to something else. If I have a bite of steak, then have a bite of asparagus, when I go back to the steak then the taste is slightly less than it was before because now I have asparagus flavor on my tongue, getting in the way. I prefer for my foods’ tastes to not mask each other.  — This doesn’t apply with Mexican food, where it tastes good because it’s all smooshed together. I’m not sure why it’s different. It just is.

2) I sleep with one sock on. 

I usually get too hot in both socks, but no socks leaves my feet freezing, which wakes me up in the middle of the night. I go to bed with both socks on, then usually take one off at some point in the night (I’m usually asleep when this happens) and put it under my pillow. Having only one sock on regulates my sleeping temperature, but should I happen to get cold, I know exactly where my other sock can be found.

3) I hate the feel of feet. 

I’ve mentioned this before, but people still think it’s weird. I don’t know what it is, but bare feet are just cold and clammy and the feel of them disgusts me. I don’t like someone else’s feet to touch my skin. I don’t like anybody touching my bare feet either. I wish I didn’t feel this way, as I always have to make warnings to other people - yoga teachers, massage therapists, my man-friend, etc.  They all think I’m weird, but I just don’t like it. Most people call it a phobia, but I’m not scared of feet. I’m sure you’re not scared of a Wet Willy, but I’ll bet you still hate the feel of one!

4) I use no less than two feet of dental floss at a time.

I really don’t understand how people can floss their teeth with less than this. I mean, do you just keep re-using the same sections?! Gross. The whole point is to get the junk between your teeth OUT, not shove it back in there. Plus, it’s hard to hold on to so I have to have enough to wrap it around each index finger a few times to keep the grip (which usually cuts off the circulation so I end up with purple fingertips by the end of it). Thank goodness there are 100 feet in each roll and that ish is only a dollar…

5)  I apply Chapstick in a weird way.

My man-friend just pointed this out not long ago… Apparently I hold the Chapstick tube still and move my head around, instead of keeping my head still and moving the Chapstick tube around. I never realized this before and totally thought he was making it up. Then I caught myself applying it like that in the car the other day. I’ll be damned…

Do you have weird quirks that you didn’t realize were weird?

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Links That Are My Jam Right Now

Here are a few links that I’ve liked, retweeted, and pinned lately. I hope you enjoy!

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1) These pets interrupting their owners’ yoga practices.

2) This refreshing, loving, supportive blog post from a Christian pastor on what he’d do if his children happened to be homosexual. #loveislove

3) These 8 Exercises Every Woman Should Be Doing.

4) I LOVE kid’s movies and Disney’s new Big Hero 6 looks amazing.

5) The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Actually Not Healthy At All. Rest, recovery, and all types of workouts are important. Harder isn’t always better. BETTER is better.

6) How HuffPo used their reach to help get this dog adopted. He’s been in a no-kill shelter for over a year. :(  If anybody’s in Massachusetts, share this, please!

7) This post from Precision Nutrition about Women’s Fitness and maintaining health (and your period) while training hard.

8) On October 1st, you can get a Pink TRX Suspension Trainer and apparel to raise money for Breast Cancer!

9) Outdoor Magazine’s list of top outdoor apps.

10) This list of books that will make you want to visit France… like I need more…

11) And this from Monday… because it’s hilarious.

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Workout Playlist! “Boy” Music

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Working out with my man-friend is great, but we don’t always agree on what we listen to while we train. My playlists are more “dance party ” while his tend to be more “let’s destroy things.” And while I’m pretty open to all types of music, there’s usually always some Beyonce, Lady Gaga, or  Pink in my mixes that I’m sure that he, and the guys in my bootcamp, would be happy to hear less of… So here’s my go at a male-friendly playlist for the fellas! We’ll see if it gets my man-friend’s stamp of approval in our next session.

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Healthy Living Blog Tour of Cleveland: Part 2

If you want to get caught up on this story, check out Part 1 of our Tour here. The short story: Positively Cleveland brought me up to the city to cruise around with fellow healthy blogger, Alicia, from Poise in Parma, to check out all the healthy things you can do as a tourist (or resident) in Cleveland. Since fitness, travel, and blogging are all 3 of my main jams, this seemed like the perfect weekend getaway!

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On Saturday morning, day 2 of our Cleveland tour, Alicia and I met up for brunch in Ohio City, at Town Hall. From the moment I stepped out of my Uber car, I knew this was going to be a great spot to eat. Even though it was raining a little, the huge garage door style walls were up and open to let in the fresh air. TownHall, named Cleveland’s Best New Restaurant and Best Place for Brunch sports a really incredible menu, designed with something for everybody. They’ve got gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, as well as a juice bar, espresso bar, and regular bar. Their food is also organically driven, sustainable, and locally sourced. Top that, every other brunch place around! I ordered the Green Thumb juice (kale, celery, lemon, ginger, and apple) and my usual eggs, bacon, and potatoes. Everything we had was delicious and I was thinking it’s a good I don’t live here or I’d be spending every morning (and dollar) at this place. With wifi, electrical outlets all over, and a dog-friendly patio, this restaurant was definitely my jam. (I’m definitely coming back the next time I’m in town.)

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We were supposed to grab our rental bikes and cruise out immediately afterwards, but the weather was hampering our plans, so we delayed them a bit and walked around the corner to the famous West Side Market. As you step inside this building, built specifically for this marketplace in 1912, you’re presented with row upon row of fresh food, waiting to be purchased and turned into a delicious meal. You’ve got the meat section, the fish section, the pastry section, the produce section and it’s absolutely slammed with customers ready to purchase any and everything. This market has been rockin’ since the 1840s and it doesn’t look like it’s slowed since.

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And not only was this booth sporting locally raised meat, but also supported Equality and the Human Rights Campaign! #doublewhammy #equality

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I could have sat up in the balcony area and people watched all morning long, but the weather was clearing so we were on our way to bike around Cuyahoga National Park! Thank goodness for car chargers because we were out of juice from all our photo-taking and social media-ing.

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We had rented bikes from Cleveland Bike Tours and had planned on biking the Tow Path that Alicia frequents, but the rain made the dirt path too muddy for us, so we had to make due with the paved walkway.

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Positively Cleveland had us team up with Cinecraft Productions to film parts of our bike ride, so were donned with GoPros, put on our best “just-riding-normally-while-being-filmed-by-a-camera-crew” faces and had a blast cruising around. #nothingtoseehere

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Post-ride we had to hurry home for quick showers so we could get to our evening plans: Dinner and Baseball!We met up at the raved-about Greenhouse Tavern, Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s flagship store (he has 4 other restaurants around his native city.) It’s quite close to the ballpark and on bustling E. 4th Street you can catch a table outside, where no cars are allowed. Because it was completely packed though, we dined inside. With a huge collection of old, all Ohio-made, vintage bikes on the walls and VHS tapes lining the shelves, you can tell the owner appreciates art and entertainment.

Our very passionate waiter, who wouldn’t allow me to order two of the drinks/entrees I wanted and instead made other recommendations, was my second favorite part. I was initially surprised by his show of force, but he was amazing. I can definitely appreciate the thought behind his suggestions, as they turned out to be spot on. My Crunchy Kale salad was wonderful, very lemon-y, and I was kind of kicking myself for not also ordering the Red Basket Farm Tomato that Alicia ordered. Thankfully, she let me have a bite of hers. Y’all. Those tomatoes! And my strip steak was so good I wanted to order another… but since we’d stuffed ourselves silly of all the amazing, locally sourced veggies and meat, we couldn’t fit another thing in our bellies. (There are absolutely no photos of mine from this part of the evening because I was busy devouring everything they put in front of me. Nothing beats fresh food prepared by an amazing chef, and perfect wine.)

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We sauntered over to Progressive Field and up to our seats we’d managed to score in the team’s Social Suite. The view was amazing, the weather cool, but enjoyable, and a foul ball actually flew up into our box! Thank goodness the guy in front of us caught it, because my baseball nightmare has always been getting knocked out cold by a stray foul ball… High five, buddy.

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The night couldn’t have been any better, (well, if my numerous attempts at getting on the jumbo tron’s “Dance Cam” had been successful, it would have been perfect) AND the Tribe won!

As Alicia drove me back to my hotel for the night, we talked about what an amazing weekend we had, how grateful we were that we had so much in common and got along so well, and how we couldn’t wait to meet back up again. Since my work takes me to northern Ohio quite often, I’ll be looking quite forward to my next trip to Cleveland, and to hang with my new bud. Thanks so much to Positively Cleveland for the amazing weekend, and to my host, Alicia for showing me all the wonderfully healthy activities and restaurants the city has to offer. It’s great to be able to travel without having to sacrifice your healthy living habits.

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And a last shout-out to all the places we visited on our whirlwind, two-day Healthy Living Tour: Evo Yoga, Paladar, Lululemon, TownHall, Westside Market, Cleveland Bike ToursThe Greenhouse Tavern, The Cleveland Indians (Go Tribe!).

This trip and both posts were sponsored by Positively Cleveland. All thoughts/opinions are my own. You can read Alicia’s posts 1 & 2 here and here.

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When all your friends are parents… and you’re not.

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It just happens when you hit your 30s – most of your friends start becoming parents. And if you’re not a parent yourself, it can be hard. I had a few friends get married right out of college who have been parents for a few years now, but it seems now nearly ALL of my close friends are either trying to get pregnant, are currently pregnant, or have just had babies. There was a day on Facebook that I read 3 pregnancy announcement statues IN A ROW. It seems to be on overload at the moment. We’ve officially crossed that line into a new phase of adulthood… Here’s how my week went last week:

Monday Night: head over to my BFF’s house to meet her new little one, (her second) Ava Mae.

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Tuesday Night: headed over to my friend Kara’s for a little wine and catch-up (after her two girls went to bed).

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Wednesday morning: My good friend, Stacey just moved back to Louisville and we wanted to catch up so we went for a walk in the park with her 5-month-old, Leroy. His smile… #imeeeeean

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Thursday Night: I hadn’t seen my friend Lauren in forever so I went to her house to go for a walk. She and her husband had news…

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Friday: I had to decline an invite to a baby shower for my friend, Kaitlyn. It’s happening on a weekend I will be out of town. This is the 4th one I will miss in just the past couple months. Sorry, Lindsay, Amanda, and Andrea! And don’t even get me started on blog peeps… of the ones I read on a regular basis, Bridget, Emily, Elizabeth, Megan, Taza, (and a ton of others) have recently announced their new little ones will be arriving soon. You may notice a trend…

Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about all of it on blogs, it’s just hard not to know what they’re going through for yourself. (Did you ever have a bunch of friends turn 21 before you? It’s like you’re glad they can purchase the booze now for house parties, but house parties are a thing of the past once they can get into bars and clubs… sooo you’re still left out.)  I love hearing all my friends’ stories and being there to go through it with them, it just makes me kind of sad because I know I’ll be seeing these friends a little less than I already do. I realize that life gets a lot more hectic when kids enter the picture and I’m totally willing to be the one to work around my friends’ schedules, because that’s the easier solution, but eventually, you just kind of get phased out. People with kids tend to hang around more with other friends who have kids. It’s easier for parents to hang with other parents so your kids can have playdates. Parents see other parents more when they’re picking kids up from school or daycare or gymnastics. If you’re not a parent, it’s like you’re in a completely different universe.

I guess it was easier to deal with when I was younger and I had fewer friends with kids than ones without. And when you’re 25 years old and living by the beach in San Diego, you’re not super worried about all your friends having kids because you’re happy for them, you’re doing your thing. Now the tables have definitely turned. Those of us without kids are the minority. And the thought of “I’ve got plenty of time to have them…later” creeps up on you. Because now you’re 30. And before you know it, you’re 35. And then shit starts getting heavy because it can be harder to conceive and harder to keep, since miscarriages are so much more common as you age. Then you’re pushing 40 and wondering if you even want to bring a kid into the world that will be graduating high school when you’re nearing 60! Gah! I’m completely aware that this sounds crazy, but it’s where my mind goes at times… Anybody else thinking of that ish these days?

It’s crazy because some days I feel like I’m 25 still. And although I know I’ve still got plenty of time, it just kind of makes you start thinking, “When will I have time to have a baby?” I like running my business, I like traveling all over the world, I don’t have that 50 grand in my bank account that I feel would be a safe buffer amount to have, and there’s that tiny little caveat of needing another person to have a child (still living in a different country than my man-friend kind of affects that).

Then other days I hardly think about it at all and I’m glad that I can go through my day just focusing on myself and what I need to accomplish…

My close friends do a really great job of keeping me included. And I have absolutely no qualms about them not returning a call, or being late, or just wanting to stay home and chill (which I’m all for these days myself). I guess the hardest part is feeling a little like you’re left out of the “Parent Club,” and as a female, the “Mom Club.” As with most situations, you simply can’t understand what a certain lifestyle is like until you’ve experienced it yourself. I went to a girl’s night out a few months ago where I was literally the only one there with no kids. I still had a great time, I just didn’t have a birth story to share, or a a blowout story, or a sleepless night story, etc. Even though I was a nanny for years and even though my man-friend has two little boys who I love and adore, my non-mom opinions/stories just don’t really count. I get it. I accept it. It’s just a bummer sometimes.

I guess this feeling is very similar to those of my friends who had kids earlier, and they were the minority among their friends. They were the ones who felt left out when everybody else is planning group trips to the beach or late nights out, or last-minute get-togethers that they just couldn’t participate in because they had kids. It swings both ways…

So how do we non-moms or non-parents cope? Usually when there’s something I want to be involved in, I don’t whine about being left out. I take action and make it happen for myself. Since that’s not really an option in this case, I kind of just cruise through it and try not to let it get me down. I try to stay as involved as possible with my parent friends, contribute what I can and empathize, and make it a point to be there as a friend as much as possible. I know these feelings are temporary, but they’re there nonetheless.

Any body else out these having these same thoughts/feelings? I know I’m not alone. Megan wrote a similar post a few months ago. Elizabeth wrote one as well, about the relationships of moms and non-moms, though I can’t seem to find it…

 

*And if you’re a friend of mine reading this that has kids (currently or on-the-way) please don’t feel like I’m inconvenienced by your parent status. I want you to continue sharing every aspect of your life (including blowouts, tantrums, and potty-training), just like I’ll share mine with you (one day). We are friends for a reason. We’re just in two different boats right now and I’m trying to navigate my way through…

 

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Workout Playlist!

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My playlists are always an hour long, including warm-up and cool-down music.

Here’s what I’m working out (and dancing) to this week:

Follow me and the rest of my playlists on Spotify!

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