The Younger the Better

This passage in the book I'm reading right now stopped me in my tracks when I read it... It was so impactful that I shared it at our recent coach retreat. And it caused a few tears to be shed.

Please read it and share it on your timeline. It is a message that needs to be heard by everyone, no matter their age - in fact, the younger, the better!

"You may think you're protecting yourself from judgment, rejection, or upsetting someone, but when you make excuses and talk yourself into waiting, you are limiting your ability to make your dreams come true. 

I'm amazed by how much time I've wasted in my life waiting for the right time, waiting until I'm sure, waiting until I think my work is perfect, or waiting until I feel like it.

You may be afraid of finding out that you suck. Let me tell you what really sucks:

 Being older and regretting that you never went for it.
 Being 56 and realizing you should have divorced your spouse ten years ago.
 Being 45 and wishing you had...

Continue Reading...

I Love Football!

I love football! I was raised on football - Redskins football! This is something I passed along to my children. (Sorry Nikki and Kori!)

I know the rules. I plan my Sunday around football. I know it makes no sense. It’s just a stupid game. (That’s what I tell myself when my team loses which is a lot!)

But it gives me immense pleasure. And I’ve been lucky enough to have 2 husbands who are Redskins fans.  I couldn’t imagine being with a Dallas, Philly or Giants fan. #archrivals

So when I moved to Charlottesville, home of UVA, it was a no-brainer that I’d come to these games and fall in love with this team.

They have struggled, just like the Redskins, but every week I continue to root them on and hope for the best.

Football season and Fall are my favorite time of the year. It’s in my blood and I will be a fan forever. #gohoos #hailtotheredskins#womanwhoknowstherules

Any other women football fans out there? ...

Continue Reading...

Before and After - My Shower!

Before and After - my shower!!!

I shared the photo below in my private fitness accountability group this morning. (I reserve the BEST for them! )

But then I got to thinking about how we all like to show our "highlight reel" to the world. We are so afraid of judgement and not living up to some stupid standard we've invented in our crazy minds. So we hide the real stuff.

It's basically because we want people to like us!!! But of course they won't like us if we wear glasses or have a pimple (although I'm too old to get those anymore!) or have too many wrinkles or have old age spots on our arms (These have replaced the pimples!) or look fat in our outfit or our hair is messed up from sweat or just not washing it for a few days....

Why are we so afraid to JUST BE and share THAT?!!!

Our egos are so powerful. They make us think and do crazy things. I understand it but that doesn't mean I can easily quiet it.

It made me post the picture below in black and white because the color one...

Continue Reading...

Hanson Makes Us Happy

Thought I'd do a little reliving of my Sunday night with my girls...

I hope this little video makes you happy today. It's of poor quality but I want to share it because it so captures the essence of our amazing relationship. <3

I cherish the moments I spend with my two daughters. And now that they are adults with their own lives, these times get rarer - especially times when it's just the 3 of us.

This video shows a few of these cherished moments doing what we love - singing and dancing to Hanson songs.

We love music in general but it's hard to explain what this band has done for our life.

We've traveled to many places to see them (Orlando, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, DC) and for many years - I think our first concert was in '97 so that's 20 years.

Hanson makes us happy. Hanson makes us love music. Hanson brings us together.

My kids used to be "closet" fans. At first they hid their love because being a Hanson fan wasn't cool. But at some point they just...

Continue Reading...

Once My Alarm Went Off, I was Out of Bed and On My Feet

This morning I set my alarm for 5:30a after going to bed around 12:30a. I had to get up that early in order to get my workout in and get my meals packed for the day.

I knew I would not want to get up so I decided I was going to apply the 5 Second Rule. Have you heard of the 5 Second Rule? (And it's not about picking up food after you've dropped it on the floor!!!)

It's a great technique I learned from Mel Robbins. If you haven't seen her TED Talk "How to stop screwing yourself," google it and watch it! It's awesome!!!

Once my alarm went off, I was out of bed and on my feet before 5 seconds was up. If I waited longer, my brain would've talked me into sleeping "just a few" more minutes.... I know because it happened twice last week. :o

I got up, went into the kitchen, made & drank my pre-workout drink, got my shoes on and THEN GOT IT DONE. (Hint: Sleep in your workout clothes to make it easier!!!)

That was the hardest part - the first few minutes going from bed to...

Continue Reading...

My Two Favorite Things in the Whole Wide World

family love Aug 27, 2017

If you know me, you know my two favorite things in the whole wide world are my 2 girls. The best job I ever had and the best moments of my life are those that have been spent with them. 

They have made me a better human being and that continues as they make me want to reach higher goals by the example they set as the awesome individuals they are. 

They are my sun, moon and stars.  And they always will be. 

So when I get a few special hours with them, l am in Heaven. My best friends. The two most amazing, kind and fun people on Earth!!! My Nikki and Kori

Continue Reading...

Thankful for What I Have

family love relationships Aug 22, 2017

Weddings are a great time to celebrate not just the love of the bride and groom but your own!#thankfulforwhatihave 

Continue Reading...

You Are the Average of the 5 People...

As I got ready to head into my new office for the 2nd day, this quote came to my mind. Have you ever heard it?

I think it's quite powerful and very accurate. And it got me thinking it's one of the reasons I was excited to get back into managing technology projects. The people I get to be around end up making me better!!!

I remember when I was in my mid 30s working at the 3rd largest internet provider at the time, AOL. It was known as America Online then.

I remember thinking that I was out of my league being amongst all of the brilliant minds there. I felt so lucky to be around such smart people who were making history.

Once again I got lucky. I get to work side by side with some super smart people. And when this quote came to my mind this morning, it made me realize that this job is EXACTLY where I need to be. 

After 2 days spent with my new coworkers, clearly my average has been raised big time!!! And my brain kinda hurts from it! LOL! #surroundyourselfwithgreatpeople ...

Continue Reading...

It's Amazing How Busy Life is With Little Ones Around You

I have a new appreciation for all you moms & grandmas who manage to get in your at-home workouts with kids at home!!!

These 2 critters just left to head back home this morning...  The house is strangely quiet, and I will miss them like crazy but it's time to get back into my regular routine.

It's amazing how busy life is when little ones are around and how little you seem to get done! But I wouldn't trade my time with them for the world!!! <3 <3 <3

Truth is that I went totally off the rails with my eating and exercise over the past couple of weeks so I am actually looking forward to digging in and being super ON POINT over the next 3 weeks with the ladies in my online fitness accountability group.

I've eaten out way too much, included too much alcohol in my meal plan (vacations & wedding oh my!), and either skipped my workouts or chose the easiest ones to do.

Now it's time to get serious, commit to ONE 21 DAY PROGRAM, stick to the prescribed...

Continue Reading...

Happy Birthday Nikki Johnson!

family love relationships Aug 15, 2017

I became a mom 35 years ago today. I was only 23 years old!  So it's hard to believe I was ever not a mom. 

The picture below does a poor job of showing how incredibly elated I was. Maybe I was a bit tired or a bit scared - probably a bit of both. 

Back then you did not find out the sex in advance and, truth be told, I wanted a little girl so badly. 

It sounds silly because, for your first, you'd think it wouldn't matter. But I so wanted a perfect little girl.... Obviously I knew deep down I'd love whatever came out, but I braced myself for a boy. 

I was over the moon when the doctor said it was a girl. They whisked her away to the neo-natal unit because she was 3 weeks early but I was never worried. I knew she was perfect and I knew my life would never be the same!!!

Happy Birthday Nikki Johnson!!!! Thanks for giving me the best job I've ever had!  And thanks for breaking me in before your sister arrived! 

Continue Reading...

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.