To Chris, With Love

A few years ago today (43 to be exact), the stars and planets aligned perfectly to allow a singular event to manifest. A boy was born. He grew up in Kentucky and eventually made his way to Chicago for art school. At the ripe age of 22, the young man moved to North Carolina. This is where the paths of one young man and one young woman crossed. And their lives would never be the same. Read More “To Chris, With Love”

30 Days of ZooFit: Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Since developing the foundations of ZooFit, I am always looking for guinea pigs, er, I mean….no guinea pigs was right. I know ZooFit worked for me, but am I an anomaly? Do these principles translate to non-animal trainer folk? Can my methods of operant conditioning, shaping behavior, positive reinforcement, enrichment, and conservation all have the same benefits and impact as it did on me? Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”

Farewell to one of my Lifechangers

I should coin a phrase for someone that helped me establish my roots in some of my passions.  Influencers, sure, but some of these people in my life have truly formed an ideal and a passion so strong in me that it changed my life.  This month I heard that one of my earlier influences to be a writer and a storyteller passed away, and I have gotten around to writing my formal farewell to this distinguished Lifechanger. Read More “Farewell to one of my Lifechangers”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day

It’s a long drive from Whidbey Island to Portland, Oregon.  And even in a Prius, it’s not the most environmentally friendly way to spend the one day out of the year dedicated to conserving resources and doing your part to protect the planet.  But this year was not your typical Earth Day,  and I was on my way to fulfill a few promises. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

I am probably the world’s worst salesperson.  I swear.  My sister?  She could have sold ice to an Inuit.  My dad is a world class businessman who networks like nobody’s business, to the point where we can be on vacation and he will make a potential professional acquaintance.  My mom is great at customer service.  She is so genuinely helpful and considerate.  Not that I don’t think I possess any of these traits to some small degree, but I definitely was not cut out to be a salesperson. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion”

Language of Love

I received homework from Karen, who informed me that doing this profile was not an optional task, but required.

I don’t mind sharing with all of you my results.

So, I’m not sure if I should have done it this way, but I did the test twice. Once as a relationship, and again as a single person, and thought of friends and family versus just my husband. I found the results interesting.

For both, my primary language is “Physical Touch”. At first someone who doesn’t know me very well or someone who does know me but isn’t very close to me might find this odd. Because one of the first things most people discover about me is I DO NOT LIKE BEING TOUCHED! But that’s not actually the case. I love being touched. I CRAVE hugs, pats on the hand or shoulder, or even brushing my hair out of my face . I consider these intimate and loving but very welcome by a SELECT few. You can tell how I feel about someone when you see me engage in physical touch. I like being CLOSE with my friends.

I also found it interesting that “Acts of Service” ranked low in both. I think that has to do with my fierce sense of independence. I do NOT like having things done for me! I ironically will do just about anything for my friends though.

I was surprised where “Receiving Gifts” ranked with my relationship. But then I remembered what kinds of gifts Chris has given me in the past and I know why they are so meaningful. I have several beautiful and touching paintings that Chris has done for me. And there are some gifts he’s given me over then course of our relationship that have become my most prized possessions. He KNOWS me and knows what I cherish. I don’t feel materialistic. Just special! But gifts aren’t important from my friends and family. I don’t actually like them spending money on me, I’d rather do it for them.

So, Karen- when I say I love the shit out of you, the next time I see you, you have been forewarned, I’m going to LOVE the SHIT out of you!!!( although you do derby so I might get tackled back….). Thanks for the assignment.

Beauty and Beast Mode

Beauty and Beast mode

I have a secret love for creating Fandom workouts. So last week, in a casual passing tone, Erin Martin said it would be fun to do a Disney workout. Yes. Yes it would!

So I created one. It was a fairly easy workout. I mean, we exercise in the elephant basement for crying out loud. I made our medicine wall balls out of recycled basketballs and duct tape. And Dumbbells out of kitty litter containers. We’re pretty basic.

But we come together every week and chat and workout! And some of the girls have started going to a gym to workout more. In fact, I received a compliment from Alyssa Borek‘s trainer who told her her squat form was terrific. And she credited me for that. I loved hearing about you and Kim Szawan telling your trainers about Bootcamp and them asking you where and you’re like, um, the elephant basement. It’s the cool new club where all the cool kids workout, don’t you know?! But I love how Monday nights are Zoo Bootcamp night. And Erin wanted a Disney workout. So by gosh, she got one!

I think I’ll try to create a Disney villain workout. Double Ursula unders. Gaston goblet squats.

I’ll definitely create a Doctor Who workout, for Susan Burchardt. AndStephanie Forbes Miller wants me to create a Monty Python.
I’ve got some work to do! Haha!

Great work, ladies! Keep coming back. It works if you work it.