May 31, 2017

Well, hey there! I know, I know, I start blogging again and then disappear for a week! To my defense, this has been quite a month! I've been busy every single weekend (when I do most of my writing) and out of town most of the last week! I'm hoping to get back into a better blogging schedule soon, so stay tuned!

Today, I thought I'd catch you up on what's going on in my life by having a virtual coffee date. While I'd love to get coffee with each and every one of you, this will just have to do!

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I got to go on an overnight field trip last week! The 7th-grade class went to Keystone Science School for three days last week and because they have so many girls in the grade they needed an extra female chaperone. I was asked if I could go and help out and, of course, I said yes! Although I was a little nervous, it turned out to be a LOT of fun. I loved getting to meet most of the kids and watch them interact (oh, Middle School...) as well as get to know the 7th-grade faculty. Spending three days in the mountains didn't hurt either!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that when I got home from Keystone I took a shower, repacked my bag, and then headed out on my next adventure! My friend, Maddie, and I got an Air BnB near Vallecito Lake, CO and made a road trip out of Memorial Day weekend. We drove to Colorado Springs on Friday night, then headed out early that morning. Over the weekend we saw some beautiful views driving across Colorado, went hiking, ate s'mores, relaxed at the yurt, went to an event at a local vineyard, and enjoyed lake life!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that while I thought the yurt was cute and I loved being in the woods, I would not recommend the bathroom situation. It was basically a metal screen and a compost toilet... I survived for a couple days but it wasn't exactly my favorite part of the trip. But you have to try everything once, right?!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I realized during my two trips how many times I think to myself, "I wonder how/what/when...." and then never actually look up the answer. Don't you ever think of a question you have about something but then never look up the answer? While we were driving, I decided to start actually writing down some of these questions. Some are funnier than others... but at least now I have them written down so I can look them up!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I am SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER! This is the last week of school for the students and while I don't actually get summers off (we have a LOT to do during the summer!) we do get shortened hours and most of us use our vacation days during this time since things were too busy during the year to use them. I'm hoping to do more hiking, writing, meeting people, and maybe even a few fun things like going to the driving range, batting cages, or even sailing!

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I'm not following a workout program! I know, so unlike me, right?! Right now I'm just going with the flow and doing what I feel like and I have to admit - six days off while traveling was kind of nice! Although I was not quite as excited about it during those driving days... However, I think after a few weeks of just going with the flow I'm ready to push myself again! I'm thinking of trying out a new program from Beachbody called Shift Shop when it comes out in July but I need something to do in June!

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If we were having coffee, I'd tell you...

... that I've been horrible about going to church on Sundays. The last time I went was Easter, and it's not just because I've been busy! I really need to get back into the habit. I have to admit, it was much easier to go to church in Chicago because I knew I'd see my friends there and they were expecting me. I tried joining a small group but it was disorganized and kind of fell apart. I need to find something new!

San Francisco Inspiration Day

Nov 15, 2016

This past Friday I attended an event called Inspiration Day in San Francisco, which was put on by the coaching academy I took my life coaching course with, Beautiful You Coaching Academy. I actually can't believe it's all over! It was SUCH a blessing and exactly what my heart needed right now.

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To be honest, going in I did NOT want to be there. I was feeling bad about how my coaching business was going, thinking I wasn’t doing as well as everyone else, or I had wasted away my time and opportunity, and that I just wasn't good enough. You know, all those horrible thoughts that AREN'T TRUE and that I'm always working to keep out of my head! Understandably, I was feeling some major social anxiety - I was just NOT in the mood for chit-chatting with a bunch of happy people!

Luckily, I was attending with Anna and that made me feel so much better to have her support and know someone was going in with me. Friends are the best.

And can you guess what happened?

I came out with a full heart and felt SO inspired!

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I guess it was called Inspiration Day for a reason! But seriously, the day ended up being a big game changer for me. I walked in just wanting to get through it and get it over with, but it ended up making me feel so much better about where I am with my business and in life.

One of the things a speaker said that really clicked with me was that there are three phases to any project:

1) The shiny new phase, where you're so excited about your new idea;

2) the development phase, where you have to really put in the work and things get hard;

3) and the flow phase, where you've really gotten your project off the ground and things are clicking.

Guess where I am? The development stage. This is where most people quit - thinking it's harder than they thought, that maybe it wasn't meant to be, or they lose sight of their end goal and get distracted by something else. But you know what? Things are SUPPOSED to be tough! This is where I’m learning and going through growing pains and doing the hard work. This is where it isn’t new and fun anymore but it’s isn’t flowing yet.

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One of our speakers, Travis Barton, was talking to me after the event, asking me about my business, and when I told him I was really struggling with confidence he said to me: "You took this course right? You graduated from this course, right? Then you can do this."

I needed to hear that. I needed to be reminded of all the hard work that I put in over the first 6 months of the year and that I need to just keep working and practicing and reaching out to people.

Our teacher Julie’s speech at the end was also really inspiring (and had me in tears.) She said to us: “You are the light workers of the world.” Her speech reminded me of WHY I signed up for this course in the first place - why I wanted to help people and change lives. I think I’ve been getting so wrapped up in the little details of coaching sessions and things that haven’t been going as well and letting it bog me down.

I need to keep connecting with women and reaching out and being a light in people’s lives.

That’s WHY I do this - to be a lightworker. I know I was called to be a coach. I know I was called for something greater in this life - I am here to help and inspire.

I CAN do this - I just need to do the hard work. I just need to practice and practice and practice and not get so anxious about the outcomes - it’s up to my clients as to how their sessions go and what they get out of it, I just have to show up and be there to support them.

I am capable of accomplishing my dreams.

I am capable of being a light worker.

I BELIEVE in myself. I believe in what I do. I believe in me and the gift that God has given me to share with others.

What about you? Are you in the "development stage" of any part of your life? Or are you struggling to find the momentum to begin? If you ever want to chat, I'm here to help - just send me an email at and I'll be there for you!


The Platinum Edge 2016

Sept 26, 2016

The theme of this weekend: Use your story to go after your dreams (or, who needs sleep?).

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This past weekend I was in Dallas, staying at the Gaylord Texan Resort, for a conference called The Platinum Edge. Beachbody was founded by a number of coaches, one of which was Christine Dwyer who created a team, Platinum Presenters, that now has over 200,000 COACHES! How crazy is that? She and her husband chose to put on a conference for the past four years JUST for her team and ours is the only team who does this!

I am SO blessed to have such an amazing leader in Christine and be on her team!

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I was up BRIGHT and early Friday morning to drive up to the Denver airport and fly out to Dallas. Once I arrived at the hotel, it was coffee time and waiting for my other teammates to meet me there. We hugged, snacked, and headed out to the first afternoon of speakers, which were AWESOME. You're going to hear that word a lot, get used to it ;). After a veeeerrry long day, we were ready for some wine that Anna had brought. Sadly, we had no wine opener. We had to pay FOUR DOLLARS for them to bring this beauty up to the room. I had to gouge the wine cork to get it out.

Not pretty. But hilarious.

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We went to a Mexican restaurant inside the resort for dinner and had soooo much fun just drinking our margaritas, laughing, and chatting about how excited we were to be there.

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The next morning we were up early again for a TurboKick live workout!! I had done the same style workout at this event last year, so it was a lot of fun! I LOVE the high energy of these workouts and I might have to do some at home with Beachbody On Demand soon!

Who doesn't like kicking and punching when you need to get your frustrations out?

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Afterwards, we did a big "team photo!" What team is this? Well, different leaders above me have created amazing team cultures for me to be a part of. My teams are: Platinum Presenters > Shrednation > Team Inspire Joy.

This is our Shrednation family!

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After our workout, we went to quickly take this photo...

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Random, I know, but I really wanted a comparison to last year's photo.

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Does anyone else notice a difference?

I certainly did! You can read more about my thoughts on this change here.

After showering it was time for a LONG day of speakers and note taking. I was FIRED UP AND READY!

We learned SO MUCH GOOD STUFF at this conference, I cannot even begin to tell you. Some of the speakers had me in tears, others had me furiously writing down notes until my hand cramped up. I cannot WAIT to go back through all my notes and start sharing all the great things I learned. Here are just a couple little nuggets from my day one notes:

You decide where you want to grow and that’s where you show up no matter what.

Don’t spend time doing things that aren’t serving you.

You won’t find inspiration sitting around thinking about helping people.

Happiness doesn’t fall out of the sky; you have to work for it.

The longer you wait, the great the odds are you won’t.

Shit is going to happen, but igniting your potential is a lifelong decision.

After day 2, we were POOPED. For real. We decided to make our second annual trip to Sweet Tomatoes for an amazing all you can eat salad, soup, bread, and dessert bar. We were a happy group of ladies, let me tell you. :)

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Round 1: Salads. Round 2, 3, 4, etc... not pictured. ;)

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The next morning I couldn't sleep well, so I decided to get in a quick run. I was supposed to run six miles, but I ended up only running four because my hip started to hurt. Lucky for me, I ran into Marti down in the workout room and ran a few miles with her!

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I "met" Marti online right when I was beginning my coaching business (she's on another team under Platinum Presenters called MizFIT Republic) and we've been keeping in touch ever since! This was our second time getting to meet at a Beachbody Coaching event, which is so cool since she's from Fargo, ND and I may have never met her otherwise!

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After I finished running I headed upstairs to join the ladies in a Piyo workout! WHEW my legs were tired! I left a song early to go shower (and got locked out of our room...) but it was a great workout. I LOVE Piyo live as well - such good energy!

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And then it was our LAST DAY!

We had another half day of speakers/sessions and these were just as good as the first! We also had to sneak in a picture with the amazing Hank:

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He was the mascot of our section of the hotel, so obviously very important. After our last sessions we hung out at the hotel for a while until it was time to leave for the airport. I am SO THANKFUL for these amazing women who showed up for themselves with me this weekend. I seriously cannot imagine my life without this team supporting me and loving me no matter what. They push me towards my dreams, listen when I'm down, and don't let me give my crap excuses.

Thank you so much, Anna and Bri!

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Finally, it was time for the airport! Anna and I were both delayed so we went to TGIFRidays for some dinner and then froyo afterwards! Not the best... but it certainly hit the spot!

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Then we were delayed some more.

Then I was delayed a little more.

And then some more...

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Finally, I made it to Denver, but I still had to collect my car and drive all the way back to Colorado Springs. I definitely drank some energize and had some snacks to keep me awake. Lots of music and open windows as well. Not a fan of that activity.

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But I made it home. And slept. For 3 hours... Most days I love that my body wakes up early no matter what, but not on days where I go to bed at 3:30am!

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So there you have it, my trip to Dallas and my great weekend of learning! Keep an eye out for some more great epiphanies and lessons coming your way!