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Life Currently

Since it’s been months since I’ve written anything longer than an Instagram caption (other than weekly newsletters for my clients) it feels nice to write on this blog again. And since everybody’s been asking what’s going on lately, I thought I’d write a quick update on life, and toss it in with fun links and entertainment recommendations.

Long story short: A lot has been going on lately.

  1. I dyed my hair back to my natural dark blonde color and chopped a lot of it off. I feel summer-y and fresh and less annoyed with hiding grays. Yay!
  2. I opened a TRX-based fitness studio back in my hometown, Louisville, KY.
  3. The hubs and I are launching the next phase of life with us cruising back and forth between Kentucky and the Canadian Rockies.

After trying (and failing) for the last two years to make work happen from our tiny, remote, expensive town in Canada, I decided to jump on an opportunity to get my old studio space in Louisville back and get a new business going. Check out Studio Hustle!

Yes, this situation is hectic. No, it’s not convenient… But we are figuring it out. Situations change, things evolve, and you have to respond by figuring out what works best.There’s a lot involved in this decision (too much to type out now- maybe another time), but in the end, that’s life for ya.

So that’s the short version of what’s been going on the past six months! Here’s some more fun stuff:

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I’m Making: Bourbon Slush for these summer nights on the patio.

I’m Wanting: Mexican food. I might be hitting up El Mundo tonight…

I’m Moving: In and out of the hot tub in the back yard of the house I’m renting. It’s my new jam for about 10 minutes in the morning.

I’m Reading: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. I haven’t been able to finish a book for the past few months since the business has been so busy, but I’m easing my way through this one and really liking it so far (“so far” means I’ve made it to chapter 4, which is a huge accomplishment lately).

I’m Writing: On this blog for the first time in months. I’m sad that blogs have been almost completely replaced by Instagram (and the sad fact that most of my favorite bloggers are growing up and not writing much anymore due to families and priorities… damn not being in our 20s anymore), but it’s nice to be back at it today. It’s also nice to write more than just a couple sentences in a social media caption.

I’m Watching: NETFLIX. They’re killing it right now. Over the past few months, I’ve watched a few things: Always Be My Maybe, The Package, & Someone Great were all hilarious. About Time was about the sweetest movie I’ve ever seen and I’m wanting to watch it 5 more times this week. I can’t believe it came out in 2013 and I’ve never heard of it. It’s DELIGHTFUL. You should put it on your queue right now if you’ve never seen it. (And be ready with the tissues for some happy tears.) I’m working my way through Sex Education & Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, but it’s been a pleasant go lately. I’m also enjoying the fact that all these shows are only 8 episodes per season. WAY better.

I’m Listening To: These series podcasts: The Dream (about the MLM industry), Over My Dead Body (a true crime case), The Drop Out (about Elizabeth Holmes & the Theranos scheme) & NPR’s Embedded Podcast is doing a small series on Mitch McConnell’s backstory and how he came to power. Here in Kentucky, people either love him or hate him (I loathe him), so it’s interesting. Here is Episode 1 of that. I just listened to The 2 Princes from Gimlet. It’s for kids, but it’s a super fun 7 episode show that highlights some serious diversity in this adventure story and I loved it.

I’m Drinking: Water, sweet tea, and bourbon. It’s summer in Kentucky…

I’m Eating: Nothing at the moment, which reminds me it’s time for El Mundo soon!

I’m Enjoying: Summer. Lightning bugs. The lake. Bare feet in the grass. Not having to prepare to go outside. Working & making money. Teaching fitness on a regular basis. Feeling productive again.

I’m Hoping: This nice 70 degree weather continues. It’s not been sweltering the past couple weeks and it’s really nice for June in this part of the country!

I’m Needing: to finish getting prepped for the IDEA World Conference next week! I’m presenting 2 sessions there and am almost ready. I’m stoked to see everybody there.

I’m Feeling: Excited to have just had 6 really fun days with the family here. It was awesome to show the boys my hometown. They’ve never been to Kentucky before so I got to take them to so many fun places. The visit wasn’t long enough, but it’ll be nice to see Fras again next week in California.

I’m Wearing: Tanks and shorts are pretty much the uniform here once May hits.

I’m Noticing: How much of a regional/cultural thing it is to go out to eat to visit with friends. When I first got back to town I was meeting friends out nearly every night to catch up. I’ve had to mandate walks, workouts, or cooking meals at home as ways to socialize so I don’t throw away money every night of the week eating out… or gain a ton of weight.

I’m Smelling: Grass being cut nearby.

I’m Pinning: This Flat Iron Wave tutorial from the Kristin Ess Instagram page. I’m having to find new ways to style my really short hair (because I can’t get it into a ponytail anymore).

I’m Loving: My people.

 

What’s up with you guys out there? Any book or Netflix recommendations? Any good recipes for meals or summer cocktails? Let me know!

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Life Currently… Coming Up For Air

Spring is coming!

Holy cow it’s been an eventful couple of months around here. I had to road trip to San Diego to move my things out of storage and up to Canada finally, I had a bunch of work and have been back and forth to the States a few times, and my husband had to have open heart surgery to remove an aneurysm from his aorta. Woof. The good news: I’m no longer paying for a storage unit, all my things are in one place, I have work, and my husband is alive. Glad game to the max. Here’s what else is going on:

Making: Lists. Who doesn’t love crossing s*** off after you’ve completed a task?

Wanting: My car’s issues to be covered by my warranty. I just dropped it off at the dealership to get serviced. Hopefully they figure out what’s leaking and why. Finger’s crossed.

Moving: I’m working on two new online workouts/programs so am currently testing those bitches out so I can get them filmed as soon as the snow is gone outside!

Reading: Just finished The Perfect Nanny and am need of discussing it with somebody asap! Has anybody out there read this?! How did you feel about the ending? [Read more…]

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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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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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Between our annual family visit to Ontario, a fitness conference in Toronto, and my birthday, describing the past 9 days as ‘hectic but fun’ would be an understatement.

There’s a big fitness conference every August in Toronto and since Fraser and I have to be there already, we’ve begun this ritual of bringing the boys with us and pairing the travel with a few days of visiting Fraser’s family members who live around there. His mom, dad, brother, aunt, and best friend all live within a couple hours of each other so it’s a lot of driving and switching houses. We had a really fun day riding roller coasters with the kids at Canada’s Wonderland, had a zoo day and also a couple relaxing days on the lake (which is where a majority of my photos were taken).

I’m currently on my flight home, blogging from the middle seat in the back of the plane after waking up at 4:30am. I couldn’t get on the same flight as Fraser and the boys – they’ll be flying later in the afternoon – but it’s kind of nice to have some wifi and get some work done. I’ll also have a few hours at home to hang with Tango, get some laundry started, and hopefully take a nap before I have to go retrieve the guys from the airport. I think it’s going to be a nice Sunday…

In other news, here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

 

Making: Plans to be in the midwest! I’ve got TRX courses in Indiana and Ohio next weekend and I’m hangin’ in Kentucky for a few days afterwards. Woot!

Wanting: to get home to Tango! We’ve been gone 9 days and I’ve missed my dog.

Reading: This book that’s making me laugh unexpectedly. A fun self-discovery memoir that you might find as entertaining as I do. [Read more…]

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So currently… well, a lot has been happening. It’s a complicated process this immigration application. We’ve sent it to our lawyer to submit almost two months ago, he sent it back noting a bunch of things we missed or needed to clarify. We sent it back in and are now waiting for the green light to be able to submit it. I can’t work in Canada until I get a temporary work permit (which usually takes about 3-4 months after you submit your application to get accepted) so I came back to Kentucky for a month to get some work in and make some money.

Fraser was already gone for a couple weeks when I left Canada and I’ll teach my last TRX course here on the 28th. It’s been well over a month since I’ve seen my husband and the boys in person and still have 2 weeks to go. I miss them terribly. I’m trying to have a good time while I’m in my hometown though. I’m working a little, spending time with friends and family, and soaking up the heat and sun.

So that’s what’s been goin’ on. Here’s what else:

Making: Plans with everybody! Trying to see as many people as I can while I’m home. I can’t fit everybody in, but I’m giving it my best shot.

Wanting: Fraser and the boys to be here with me. Fraser comes every Thanksgiving for the family visit, but it’s always cold and dreary… it’s way more fun in the summer. The boys have never been here before, so I’m dying to take them to the lake.

Reading: Sheryl Sandberg’s “Option B.” Although I’m moving at a snail’s pace. I’ve been getting home late every night and only reading a couple pages before I go to sleep! It’s really good though. [Read more…]

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It’s a big night. We leave for Hawaii for a family vacation in the morning. We live an hour away from the airport so we drove in to the city tonight. Our flight is at 6am (woof) and we have to be there to check in and check bags at 4:15, so the 3:30am wake up tomorrow morning is gonna be a rough one. It’s totally worth it though. I’m stoked to go to Hawaii, as I’ve never been to the big island before and am looking forward to sun on my skin for the next week. We’ve used our hotel points to book the first two nights, then we’re camping all around the island for the next four days, then using hotel points again for our final night (goodness knows we’ll all need showers by that point). All that being said, here’s what else is going on currently: [Read more…]

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I was in Southern California for the past week for work and had a few days in between projects to see some friends. I stayed with my good friends Ted and Ann and although I was hoping to spend copious amounts of time outside in the warm weather  it was cold and rainy most of the week. I’ll let it slide since California desperately needs some precipitation, but I will say it was nice going on a run yesterday morning in a tank top! It’s back to Canada tonight and I’m SO excited to get to my boys. Here’s what else is going on currently: [Read more…]

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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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Because sometimes you need a little series template to get you back in the groove of blogging…

Making: My bracket for March Madness. The bet is on again this year and I’m not planning on losing. Again.

Wanting: [Read more…]

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