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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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July in Kentucky & TRX Bootcamp in Louisville!


Louisville TRX Classes

I need a little Kentucky fix and since I can’t fly in and out of the country for 2 more months (flying is prohibited until my Canadian Permanent Resident card arrives), Tango and I are road-tripping there in a couple weeks! And since that drive is long AF, we’re staying a whole month to make it worth the drive and allow me enough time to see everybody without having to limit my visits to an hour.

While I’m home, I’ll be heading up one of my TRX Bootcamps, just like old times! It’ll last 4 weeks in July and I can’t wait. Details, pricing, and registration here.

I’ll also be offering personal training sessions for the month, guest teaching at other studios in the neighboring areas, teaching a couple TRX courses, and subbing classes for a few instructor buds who are going on vacation that month. It’s gonna be great. (Email me to inquire about any of that: fitwithflash@gmail.com)

Can’t wait to see my family and friends, kiss those nephews of mine, see new babies, and cross things off my Kentucky summer wish list.

See y’all soon!

 

 

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Life Currently…

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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A Birthday Camp Out in The Gorge!

My friend Abby wanted to celebrate her birthday by playing outside all day and sleeping under the stars. This is why we’re friends…

Four of the Sipinski family members decided to go somewhere at the last minute (which is how we usually roll). We decided on the Red River Gorge, which is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Louisville. If you’re a climber, this place is a MECCA. If you’re not a climber, it’s still pretty awesome. Tons of hiking trails, a lake to play in, new zip lines, high ropes courses, and a sky lift that takes you up to see the amazing views of the Gorge from above. [Read more…]

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Giveaway: “I Am A Kentuckian” T-Shirt

I LOVE this new shirt from the creators of the “Kentucky Kicks Ass” campaign, Kentucky for Kentucky. [Read more…]

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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

The following things are my jam right now…

Kentucky in 2 Weeks!

I’ll be spending a few days in Louisville in a couple weeks! Excited to teach a TRX course, see my people, and hopefully score some of the warm weather they’ve been having. See y’all soon! Who wants to go play in the park(s) with me?!

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Daylight Savings This Weekend: [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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Things & Links That Are My Jam Right Now

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While California is warm and sunny, my mind is on Kentucky this week! So many things are my jam right now… [Read more…]

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