Life Currently… December 2017

After being in Asia for two weeks, home for a week, and then in Kentucky for a week, it’s nice to be back home to stay for a bit. It was an awesome time in Kentucky meeting my newest nephew, Nathan Scott, and my pretty-much-niece, Rose Caroline (photos on Instagram). New baby smell is my favorite! It was great to see a bunch of friends and family, as always.

Fraser is in San Fran this week at TRX headquarters and the boys are with their mom until Friday so it’s just me and Tango. We’re using this time to catch up on lots of Netflix, podcasts, and outside time, while also trying to get some Christmas shopping and wrapping done before everybody is back this weekend.

Making: Promotional fliers and photos for my new classes around town that I’m launching in January!

Wanting: Snow! With this run of warm weather, all the snow that was here is now gone. While I’m enjoying driving on clear roads, I’m still hoping for some snow soon so we can have a white Christmas and get back to skiing!

Writing: Articles for fitness publications and my next newsletter that will be out by the end of the week. If you’re not currently on my newsletter email list, you can sign up in the right column!

Reading: L’dOL all the way through Issa Rae’s “Awkward Black Girl,” am in the middle of Smarter, Faster, Better productivity book, & Truly, Madly, Guilty  just popped onto my Kindle from the library. [Read more…]

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Book Giveaway! The Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman

I’m SO excited for my friend and colleague Lisa Druxman! The founder of Fit4Mom and creator of Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, and BodyBack programs has a new book out and it’s all about keeping your sense of self while raising a family. As someone who spent the last 20 years working on building a company that would allow her to work and be there for her family, while helping other moms to the same, Lisa is a professional I’ve looked up to for years. I’m proud to call her my friend.

Although I’m not technically a full-time mom, I will be one day I think it’s ridiculously smart to listen to those who’ve come before you. Listening to and reading about the struggles moms face every day is hard. It often leaves me wondering if I’ve got what takes to do the job.

I was originally planning to give away my copy of this book after I finished reading it, but once I dove in, I realized I didn’t want to give it up. There are so many useful pages to fill out and reflect on that I feel like I will NEED this book in my life down the road, perhaps to come back to time and again.  So I’ll be buying another copy and shipping it out to one of you!

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Giveaway ends at midnight December 7th!

If you want your own copy now, order it here & check out her podcast Motivating Mom

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Things That Are My Jam – Thanksgiving Edition

We are back from Asia. We’re home and I’m jetlagged AF. At 1:30am I’m waxing poetic (in my head in bed) about Thanksgiving this year. [Read more…]

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Greetings From Vietnam!

We had a TRX Summit in Hong Kong last weekend and decided to tack on a honeymoon trip (since we got married 10 months ago) [Read more…]

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Hosting Holiday Dinner? These Recipes Are My Go-To!

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One of the most stressful holiday events can be the job of hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Having to take on cooking a huge meal, timing it all correctly, and having it actually turn out… well… the opposite of Griswold Family Turkey from Christmas Vacation is a lot. Cooking a turkey? Actually stuffing the stuffing? Yikes.

Two years ago, my man-friend and I decided to take the leap and cook our own Christmas dinner. We weren’t hosting a huge get-together thankfully – it was just us and the kids. We decided if anything went badly, we’d have steak and pumpkin pie for dinner. Turns out, from the turkey to the dressing to the gravy, everything was fantastic.

Here are the recipes we used that even we could handle. [Read more…]

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Life Currently…

Work, travel, and the holidays. I’m pumped, y’all. I’m so excited to have received my work permit for Canada. I’ve been busy making appointments, scheduling future classes, and creating personal training marketing materials and I’m pumped about it. Although most of my work won’t be able to start until the new year because of Asia travel and heading home to Kentucky for my new nephew’s birth between the holidays, I’m excited that at least it’s allowed to start.

Speaking of travel, Fraser and I leave tomorrow for Hong Kong for the TRX Trainer Summit there. We’ll be there through the weekend and I’m pumped to get my tourist on. I’ve never been to HK and I’ve been scouring the web for places to go. If you’ve been, please give me your recommendations!

From there, we are heading to central Vietnam to finally take our honeymoon. We have a week stay in a small eco resort right on the water and we couldn’t be more pumped about not having anywhere to be.

Making: This butternut squash soup, unsuccessfully. There’s about 4 times too much cream cheese in the recipe…

Wanting: Lawmakers that actually respond to a public health crisis of having to be prepared to be shot at anywhere you go in the U.S. Solutions would be great any day now. If you’re in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, or Washington, you’d better be voting today! [Read more…]

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Convos With Kiddos: Round 2

If you’re new around here, I have two bonus sons. Tristen has just turned 9 years old and Robin is 7. As with all kids, they say some funny shit. I forget so much of it, but I try to keep a running list in my Notes app on my phone. Here are some of the recent faves I managed to jot down immediately after:

Scene: Tristen got the game “Bop It” for his birthday.

Me: “Awesome! I used to love that game when I was kid.”

Tristen: “Wow. I didn’t know Bop It was a  really really old game.”

Me: …

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Things That Are My Jam: Canadian Edition

Next week marks one year in Canada for me! I’ve learned a lot in this past year here and have discovered so many things I love about this place. I know I complain about the cold a lot, which probably leaves the impression that I’m not happy here, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. So let me give props to some of my new favorite things about Canada and where I live in the Rockies:  [Read more…]

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20 Minutes of Fitness Advice for Your Disaster Relief Donation!

Is this me fake-talking on the phone? Yes. But you could be on the other end of the line next week getting fitness advice… Keep reading.

Do you have an area of fitness that you’d like some professional help with? Want to also help those recently affected by natural disasters in the U.S., Mexico, or Puerto Rico? Make a donation of any size to one of the charities listed below this week and you can get 20 minutes of fitness advice from me next week! I’d do it this week, but my mama is coming to visit tomorrow and she comes first.

How It Will Work: 

Phone calls will happen on Thursday, October 5, from 7am-6pm MST on the hour, and at 20 and 40 minutes past. Time slots will be given away on a first come, first served basis.

Step 1) You make a donation of any amount this week to any one of the charities listed below.

2) Email me a screen shot of your donation receipt (show the date stamp) along with your phone number and the best time frame to reach you, so you can get booked into a time slot.

3) I’ll reply back confirming your time slot and you can email me a brief synopsis of what you’d like help with, so I can make preparations and notes for each person.

4) I’ll call you at our selected time and help you out as much as I can in 20 minutes.  We can talk on the phone, or FaceTime/Skype. Whether it’s fitness, business, motivation, nutrition, TRX, or whatever, let’s chat!

Approved Organizations in the USA, Mexico, & Puerto Rico:

(Chosen for their Charity Navigator scores of 90 – 100 based on expenses & transparency)

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UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund (Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc)

Unidos – A Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico

Houston Food Bank – Hurricane Harvey Relief

Houston Humane Society – Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue

Samaritan’s Purse – International Disaster Relief

The Salvation Army – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, & Maria Relief

Global Giving – International Hurricane Relief

St. Bernard’s Project – Post Disaster Rebuilding & Recovery

Islamic Relief USA – Disaster Relief and Rebuilding in the USA & Internationally

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Send your receipts, phone numbers, and time frame requests to fitwithflash@gmail.com.

Put “Donation Phone Call” or something like that in the subject line.

Let’s do some good!

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now: Fall Edition

Time for Wandering

I know I’ve complained a lot lately about not having a work permit, but trust that I’m taking advantage of the free time. In this time I’ve tried to do as many things as possible that I know I won’t have time to do when I start work again. Random driving around is one of them. I had to go into Banff the other day and instead of getting on the freeway to drive back home, I just kept driving and taking different turns. I followed signs to various destinations and ran into several I’d never seen before. I can’t wait to take visitors to these places in the future.

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