Fulfilled Purpose

For those who have followed along on my escapades over the years know how much I try to live a life of purpose and intent and do so with involvement and a present mind.

I like to do.  I like to experience.  I like to break barriers.  I like to set goals and destroy them. I like to push myself.  I like to serve others.  I like to involve myself in things that have a larger purpose.

One being a Master Trainer for Beachbody Live.

In 2015, I set out with a goal and a purpose.  I conquered the first goal of auditioning and proving to myself that age and body-type don’t have to be barriers for a role as a Master Trainer for a fitness company.   And for two years I trained and educated the minds of current and future fitness instructors.  And it was incredible.  And purposeful.   And was for a larger purpose.

And it was fulfilling.

Today I tell you that I am an officially ‘retired’ Beachbody Live Master Trainer.  I have hung up the hat and packed away the jacket.  I am happy.  I am content.  My cup runneth over with two years of certifications and the opportunity to experience things outside of my comfort zone and meet people I’d never have crossed paths with before.

It’s been a helluva ride and I loved the journey.

To all my peeps I have met along the way, thank you.  Thank you for trusting me and living out this dream with me.  What a ride.

As for the future, I am going to continue doing me and all that I love.   Work, teach fitness classes, ride my motorcycle, hang with the hubs, attend more concerts then my bank account can handle, drink my PBR’s, enjoy happy hour with my girlfriends, spend more time in the weight room, help my husbands business on the weekends.  Who knows what you’ll see me getting into now that I won’t be traveling and certifying on the weekends. I have a hunch you will see and hear about it along the way.

On that note, please allow me to share the many pieces of my heart from the last two years.   To all of those in these photos (and those photos that I missed) please know you impacted my life in an incredible way.  Thanks and see y’all on the flip.

Cheers!

   

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Life Since July

August.

August always hits with a vengeance and she doesn’t loosen her grip until the end.  Whew! It’s been a ride thus far!

Let’s rewind to the very last week of July when myself and the wives sent our boys to surprise Shaun in California.  Clint and Shaun have been best buddies since they were kids and having him move away earlier this year was a little more tough then I think even they anticipated.  What a fun process it was pulling this off.  I think it’s safe to say they had an incredible time.

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So of course while the boys were away, the girls did play!  Dinner, drinks, Kipp Moore and a little Miranda with these wild cats made for a pretty stellar Saturday evening.

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And then came August, along with my whirlwind month of on the road work.   From August 1st through August 18th I was only in the office for two full days.   My role takes me into my High Schools and our Center’s to meet with College Early Start students and parents.  This is the only time of the year that my role puts me in direct contact with students and it’s most definitely a nice contrast to the procedures and processes my role brings the rest of the academic year.

This first week of August I was out every single day which made the mornings early and evenings late.  Thank goodness for laptops that give me access to my desktop and processing system otherwise I’d have far more grey hair then I already cover! 😉

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Moving along…

Friday, August 5th gave way to a Country Heat Live pop-up class at the YMCA to allow folks to try out the new format, give feedback and win some sweet prizes.  We had a blast dancing our way through some good music and cheesy, but awesome, moves.  Next one is this Friday, August 26th at 5:30pm if you want to give it a go!

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Friday evening was a scheduled double date with Trasa, but work and tired husbands gave way to just a girls date to a quiet tucked away bar in Gretna followed by a few hours at Office West tavern catching up with Heidi.   My heart strings were pulled a wee bit when I rolled home several hours later then anticipated to a garage door open and light on.   It’s always the small things, folks.  Always.

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It should come as no surprise when I tell you I got back on the road on Saturday, August 6th.  This day had me road tripping to Des Moines as a guest instructor for the Iowa Beachbody Coaches Network for their Super Saturday quarterly event.  What a BLAST we had!   First time they’ve ever had a LIVE workout during the event, so they definitely soaked it up.  It gave me a great opportunity to meet some folks who are interested in becoming a certified instructor, and I am looking forward to seeing those relationships continue to grow.   I LOVE seeing new instructors in the field.

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This event also got me connected with Angela again who was one of the first gals to go through a Country Heat Live Certification with me.  She’s KILLING it in her community with this offering.

Just love watching people take on new challenges and rocking them.  Makes my heart so happy to watch them bloom.

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Once the event wrapped up mid-afternoon I high tailed it back to Omaha and straight out to Clint’s new shop to close out the night with him, our friends and their kiddos.   Perfect ending to a great weekend and whirlwind travel week!

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And then the fury that is August continued.   Monday, August 8th, Kayla and I boarded an 8:30pm flight straight to Denver for a 36 hour fly by the seat of our pants trip to hang with Megan and Eric Church.

Ya.  You read that right.

It all started with a joke on FB between Kayla and I about going to Red Rocks to see Eric Church.  Fast forward a few weeks and we received a text from Megan stating “I have your tickets, now book your flights”.

And so, we did!

Now, I need you to know a little about Kayla and I.  In High School, we liked to go on road trips together and like clockwork, we’d get “lost”.   Legit, don’t know how we got here, type of lost.  So, it came as NO surprise that when we landed in Denver, we got separated on the underground shuttle that takes you to baggage claim.

I got on, she didn’t.  We stared at each other through the glass for a split second in disbelief, and then I lost it.   I was laughing, the people next to me were laughing, she laughed, and off we went.

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We reunited and off we went to Megan’s for some late night beers underneath the Denver sky to close out a pretty great Monday night.

We had a low-key start to our Tuesday before heading out to Red Rocks with Megan’s friends Kelsey and Kelly for some incredible tailgating with the most insane views I have ever seen.  Breathtaking.  If you’ve never been to Red Rocks, please go.  Book it, experience it, hike it, enjoy it.  I can’t wait to go back!

Those lights in the background are what makes up downtown Denver.   Obviously poor quality iPhone pics don’t allow you to see the skyscrapers, but trust me, this view of Denver is incredible.

And that little cutie on stage known as Eric Church ain’t half bad either.   😉

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And then Wednesday morning came and we were on our way back to the airport for our trip home.

36 hours.

Whirlwind trip.

Worth it 100 times over.

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Once back home, it was back to work for two solid days of traveling before a double certification weekend.  Like I said… in like a Lion that month of August is!

Saturday, August 13th I traveled to Knoxville, IA to certify 5 new instructors in Country Heat Live.  What a FUN crew they were and what an incredible facility.  Knoxville always takes care of me.

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Sunday, August 14th sent me to Clarinda to host a TurboKick Live certification at the Lied Center.  This was a full circle moment for me since Clarinda is my hometown and where I began my group fitness instructing so many years ago.

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More to come on these certifications later. 😉

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The week of August 15th had me on the road again for the first half of the week, but we managed to squeeze in a double date Wednesday night with a Harley ride down to Classic Cafe in Malvern, IA for dinner.   If you’ve never been and you live around us, MAKE THIS TRIP!  You will not be disappointed in this little gem of a Cafe/Bar/Restaurant.

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Friday, August 19th Tyree, Claire and I were to go to River Riot concert, but, due to pending bad weather it was postponed, so we went to dinner at Perry’s Place before calling it an early night.  A nice little catch-up session with the girls.   Saturday, August 20th had me working at IWCC from 11-8pm for Welcome Week activities and Reiver Fest.  Back to COLLEGE time for students!

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And we managed to close out Saturday night with Seth and Jen in Malvern for his 40th birthday, complete with confetti!

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Is August up yet?  Nope!  Sunday, August 21st sent me over to Omaha Blue Waves Fitness  to work through some TurboKick certification items with a few ladies in the morning and then I literally crashed on the couch the rest of the day with a few beers.  This chick was WHOOPED!

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 I admit I sometimes have no idea if I am coming or going, but I am living in the moment, soaking as much of it in as I possibly can.  Stress?  Smile.   Irritated?  Laugh at it.   Choose to make the most and the best of every situation when you can.

And with that, August continues…

Cheers!

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Life Lately | 5.17.16

Life Lately

Rockfest 2016 was perfect.   We spent about 1.5 hours at the show and about 2.5 hours in a bar catching up.  HA!   Haven’t missed one in 10 years, but this is definitely the most short lived experience.  Lineup wasn’t my cup of tea, wasn’t feeling like rocking out and was just feeling like hanging with my girl and catching up.  So we did.  It was perfect.

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Sasha gets ornerier the older she gets.  16 years old, spunky as all get out and tends to dig around in the firepit soot.  But, she’s still cute, isn’t she?

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Sunday is meant for riding the Harley’s with the hubs. ❤

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Sunday’s AREN’T meant for 4.5 hours of softtop Jeep additions, but that’s what we used this Sunday morning for.   Yeesh!  It better be worth it come warm weather, I tell ya.

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Saturday road trips to Topeka, KS for the nieces High School graduation is always fun!  Isn’t my mama gorgeous!? 🙂

 

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Made by my MIL, Robin + Caught the eye of Clint = A surprise to me!   I LOVE it! 🙂 ❤

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Lot’s and Lot’s and Lot’s of Champ snuggles going around our house these days.  Champ was diagnosed with Cancer a few weeks back.  It’s been rough to deal with.  He’s my baby.  For those that have pets before children, you get it.  It’s tough news to hear.  Even tougher to watch them deteriorate.   He’s still with us.  He’s still wagging his tail, following me around the house when he can and lovable as ever.   And we are taking full advantage of that.   Pretty sure he doesn’t mind the spoiling.   Hello loads of yummy people food!

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When Kyle comes home the dogs eat it up.  And so do we!  Don’t get to see this kid often enough. ❤   Almost 20, sophomore year at NWMSU completed and a summer of farming and college kid shenanigans ahead for him!

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Have you ever played Kubb? (<-Linked)  It was played at my niece’s graduation this weekend, but we are for sure going to snatch one up soon.  Perfect addition to motorcycle rallies!

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Parties with girlfriends are the best.   😉

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Jessica’s BIRTHDAY!! You know Jess has amazing friends when they travel in from IA City and Des Moines area for a random Tuesday evening.

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PiYo.  Do you PiYo?  I am getting ready to add it to my teaching lineup.  Loving the stretch, the burn and the massive puddles of sweat from it.  WHO KNEW I could sweat almost as much, if not more, in PiYo as in INSANITY.  I love it.  And I love the non-impact of it.  I am going on week 3 of a bum foot.  Fairly certain I’ve got a stress fracture going on.  Doctor you ask?  Hell no.   I know what I need to do to get it to heal.  Stay off of it.

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Killing those certifications!  Life as a Master Trainer is so fulfilling.  Seeing all of these instructors OWN their new adventures fills my happiness cup up to the MAX!!

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And THAT my friends, is life lately.

Market to Market IOWA | 2016

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Another year with this crazy crew (+1) means:

  1. We were crazy enough to do it again
  2. We tallied about 17.5 hours total in a vehicle
  3. 75 miles of race ground covered
  4. Most of them were ran… I will let you ponder on that and make your own assumptions.
  5. Our newest team mate is a bad influence.  See #4
  6. Or that’s what the rest of my team led me to believe.  See #4
  7. We love her anyways.  See #5
  8. Sunny days are better then cloudy days
  9. Bridgette is SnapChat obsessed
  10. I love taking selfies while running just to listen to my team bitch
  11. Jenn changes her clothes often
  12. Troy is the best driver, ever.
  13. Sara doesn’t like to run but yet, she still joins us every year.  That’s how cool we are.
  14. Blair is full of the best one-liners.
  15. Brad organizes this every year, so we really should question his ability to make life decisions.
  16. Not sure what that says about us who join him.
  17. Never underestimate Brian and his quietness.  EVER!
  18. With that said… pay attention to Brian.  He will pull something over you.  Or off him. See photo number 7 for reference.
  19. Pay attention to the rule book.  The after party tends to get moved.  You’ll be incredibly disappointed when you walk to the former location.
  20. Burgers at the end of the race is the way to go.
  21. And Beer
  22. And Ice Cream

Market to Market IOWA 2016 is a wrap!

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Life Lately | April 2016

Hi Friends!   I was inspired this weekend by my girl Katie over at Yellow Mango Life to start blogging again.  She took a year off and I missed her updates!  When I saw that little notification come up in my inbox that she had a few new posts up, I jumped for joy.  She’s back!  And with the CUTEST little addition to her family.  Go check it out!

So for me… where do I even start?  Here we go!

Clint’s Birthday – January

The annual Des Moines trip for Clint’s Birthday, aka Winter Party, ensued.  A riot as normal.

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February – Certifications

Certified some AMAZING new TurboKick and INSANITY instructors in Knoxville, IA.  I love my Master Trainer job.  LOVE!

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Colorado – Copper Mountain – Annual Family Ski Vacay

Our annual trip to Copper Mountain Ski Resort with Clint’s family was, as always, a GREAT time away from work and everyday life to just enjoy family, clean air and fresh powder.

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Master Classes – March

The first two weeks of March I spent traveling to Northwest Iowa and Red Oak, IA to offer free TurboKick and INSANITY Master Classes.  Offering Master Classes is a way to spread the format love across the States and to notify folks of upcoming certifications.  Always a great way to spend a day!  Want me to come to you?  Hit me up and let’s work it out.  Bonus?  I don’t charge for Master Classes! 😉

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Biker B!tch Winter Sucks Party!

An evening with the Biker B’s.  Shenanigans all around with these ladies.

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St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

…with my morning INSANITY crew at the YMCA!  I didn’t get to drink a green beer on St. Pat’s day this year because at 7pm, I was boarding a plane for California.

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Master Trainer Newbie Bootcamp – California – March 18th-20th

Master Trainer Newbie Bootcamp.  A time for Master Trainer’s within their first year as an MT to come together, learn, workout, learn some more, get pushed, learn some more, repeat, repeat, repeat.  It was an experience to remember.  It was hard, it was rewarding, it was eye opening, enlightening and humbling.  I made new friends, connected with my 2015 Ambassador audition group, met some of the most influential folks in the fitness industry and learned from some of the best of the best.   I look forward to future bootcamps when I am not the newbie!  🙂

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Master Trainer newbie bootcamp was the culmination of a year long learning experience for me.

February 2015: Auditioned in Colorado to become a Master Trainer.
March 2015: Entered the 6-12 month master trainer ambassador program to start the learning and training process.
March 2015: Advanced into the fast track program for TurboKick.
May 2015: booked my first TBK certification as a trainer
June 2015: Cancelled my first certification. 😕 I wasn’t ready. There are times in life when you have to know when to push through something and when you have to pull back. I wasn’t mentally prepared to offer my own certification. I am hyper critical. Hyper aware. Hyper sensitive. I knew going into the certification wasn’t in my best interest, my future instructors or the companies. I chose more time to continue to hone my skills and craft.
October 2015: Hosted my very first TurboKick certification as a trainer. I finally did it.
2016: hit the ground running with five certifications completed, an added format of INSANITY and many more certifications on the horizon.

What a CRAZY 3 days of intense training, education and fun with fellow master trainers and ambassadors facilitated by some of the best MT’s and format/industry experts in the business.

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The remaining Colorado Auditioning Crew.

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Super Workout

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Region 2: Represent!

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Sarah.

I officially met Sarah in California after speaking with her for a few months prior.  I have grown so close to this girl through this experience.  She is genuine, loyal, honest and you always know what you are getting with her.  She and I continue nearly daily conversations and use each other to bounce ideas off of, talk through scenarios and build each other up.  I dig her.  She’s my jam.

April

Time with Friends – Erin was back for a few days.  The three of us were roomies 10 years ago.  TEN years ago I moved to Omaha and these chicks took me under their wild and crazy wings.  Then Erin left us and we were forced to grow up. HA!  It’s always fun to see her when she comes back.  My oh my have our get-togethers changed.

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Grandma Evan’s 80th Birthday!

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I just LOVE this woman.  What a fun weekend of celebrating her greatness with family. ❤

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The Brother. ❤

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The Nieces ❤

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The Husband

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The Mom

Wine and Junk Run – Saturday, April 17th

Sara owns and operates SW Iowa Primitives, Antiques and Furniture in Emerson, IA.  Each Spring and Fall she does a tour of wineries and shops in neighboring towns.  Each stop requires a signature or stamp from the owner, you hit each stop and make your way back to the shop for food and prizes.  It’s a great way to bring business to the small communities, find unique items and enjoy a day with your friends.

And if you have friends like mine, we definitely make it a day to remember.

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Present Day!

There you have it… a quick recap of a few highlighted moments over the last few months.  Today was a day of housework, meal prep, dog snuggles, an afternoon Harley ride with my man and now evening downtime.  Cheers to a great week and maintaining at LEAST a weekly blog update. 🙂  No promises, folks. No promises.

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