Coffee Date, parenting

Coffee Date: On Beauty

I am participating in the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign as a FitFluential Ambassador. 

I legally have to disclose that, but in all honesty I would participate in this campaign/challenge even if I didn’t receive awesome UA Swag. This may seem cliche, but really participating in this program has really made me think about beauty… how I see it and how I am teaching my daughter to see it. So pull up a comfy chair and grab a cup of coffee (or tea… or water!) and let’s have a chat. I have a feeling this may be long… so get comfortable!


If we were having coffee today I would ask you what you thought beauty really was. I would listen intently and probably search for some hidden or underlying explanation for your thoughts. You can thank my psychology classes for that. I would tell you that I still struggle with the stereotypical idea of what’s beautiful… I know it’s not a number on a scale… but to be honest I still find myself chasing it. I know it isn’t the number on the barbell either, but I chase that too. I find myself struggling to find just the right words to define and explain beauty, especially when trying to explain it to my 3 year old. Words are important to me. They are weighty and carrying a lot of meaning. So, I did some research…


Beauty, as defined by is the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.

I had to sit and ponder this for a minute. To wrap my head around the idea.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I think there is a huge part of beauty that seems mysterious to me. Because when something is beautiful sometimes we just can’t explain why. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. You just look at something and you see that intense pleasure or deep satisfaction and sometimes all you can muster is a whisper of “that’s beautiful” 


beauty is not perfection. and seeing life through precious little eyes reminds me of that all too often. a simple attempt at braided pig tails may frustrate me because they just don’t look right. But she sees the beauty in it. something so simple brings her great pleasure.

and that is beautiful.


maybe it is doing something you never thought you could do. that happened for me this week. when I first started CrossFit I wanted to do one of the benchmark “girl” workouts as prescribed… which at the time was SUPER heavy for me. I mean 95# from the ground to overhead 30 times is no joke. But I kept dreaming about it, and working for it. and this week I did it. and in that sweaty moment when the 30th Clean & Jerk locked out over my head I felt a moment of intense pleasure and deep satisfaction that I can’t explain.

It was beautiful.

So, I guess what I’m saying is I can’t really explain beauty to you in a way that would do it justice. But I can tell you when you see something beautiful… deep in your soul you will know what beauty really is.  You’ll feel it.

If we were having coffee… What would you tell me?

linking up with alissa.


Embrace Your Strength

Before I jump into today’s blog post I wanted to tell you guys about an awesome giveaway going on with CrossFit 70! You can win a pair of Reebok CrossFit Nanos! Just Click Here to Enter! Who doesn’t love a free pair of shoes?


Anyway, today I wanted to talk to you a bit about Embracing your Strength. In CrossFit you always hear people talk about working on their weaknesses, which is something we all need to do. But it can be so so easy to get so trapped into thinking constantly about what you’re not good at, that you forget there are some things you are good at.


When I started CrossFit it felt like everything was a weakness for me. It was all so new… So intimidating. I didn’t feel good at any of it. I remember looking at the RX workouts and wondering if I’d ever get there. The RX weight seemed WAY out of reach for most WODs. A 95lb clean? It seemed impossible those first few weeks. Unassisted Pull Ups, handstand push ups, double unders, and muscle ups were things I hardly dared to dream about it. Of course nothing tortured me like the box jump. There would be several times during our classes when we would have free time to work on our weaknesses, and I would just feel overwhelmed because I have SO many.


The past few months I have been really working hard to make my weaknesses better. I want my weakness to turn into a strength! But sometimes I get inside my own head. A few weeks ago we had 2 double under workouts in the same week. and I bombed both of them. I just can’t seem to find my rhythm with them. I was angry and felt defeated. That negative self talk took over. I was no good, I would never get them… blah blah blah.

I realized that while it is good to work on your weakness that shouldn’t be all you focus on. Today we did a WOD of 120 Kettlebell Swings with 4 burpees EMOM. So the faster you did the KB swings the less burpees you’d have to do. It was a tough workout, but I’ve realized that kettlebell swings are one of my strengths. I used to hate the kettlebell. Now I embrace it because I’m good at it.


My goal for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful 3.0 Campaign my goal is to train for my first CrossFit competition in September. I’ve been tracking my progress on my What’s Beautiful Profile. This means both focusing on my weakness and embracing my strengths. Since it’s a team competition it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of each individual on the team. I feel like sometimes, especially us women, can be SO hard on ourselves. It is SO SO SO important to remember We are STRONG. Stronger than we think. If you want to join in the fun you can create your own profile, declare a goal, and get after it! Sign up here!

Today I encourage you to Embrace Your Strength. Because it is beautiful. And you are worth it.

Tell me about a strength of yours!


I am participating in the What’s Beautiful campaign as a part of FitFluential. I was not compensated for this post – and even if I wasn’t on this campaign I would still tell you about it because Women encouraging Women to achieve their goals is awesome. 

Coffee Date

Coffee Date: What’s Beautiful

Friday could not come soon enough this week. With all the adventures in Pittsburgh plus the travel this week has been so hectic… like a constant game of catch up! I feel like the weekends are really my time to “reset” mentally and get ready to tackle another week, and being go go go all weekend, coming back and jumping right back into another week has left me desperate for a little rest. My body begged for it so I took this morning off from CrossFit only to wake up with a scratchy throat and pounding head… of course. Regardless of how I’m feeling I’m still excited for our coffee date!

If we were having coffee, I would want to talk to you about the definition of beautiful. See, we are always being bombarded with media and images showing us what we should think is beautiful. Like beauty only has one face. Magazines and advertisements telling us all about the beauty secrets… how to lose the weight, apply the right make up the right way to cover up all our flaws… but I don’t think beauty has just one face. just one type of body. I would tell you that each of us has our own version beautiful, none better than others.


I’m working on a campaign with Under Armour through FitFluential to help redefine What’s Beautiful. Here is a bit about it:


If we were having coffee I would ask you to join me on this journey. I’ve set a pretty big goal for myself.


It won’t be easy. But I’m worth it. And you are too. So come join me on this journey! You can set your goal here. We can crush it together and document our journey along the way. There are lots of prizes and swag to be won… and a 4 day trip to Costa Rica is the grand prize! Feel free to follow my profile or join my team (Team MILF!) so we can encourage one another on this journey! 

If we were having Coffee, what would you tell me?
What goal do you want to CRUSH?

I’m participating in this campaign with UA through FitFluential… but even if I wasn’t I’d tell you about this because I think it is awesome.