Friday’s Featured Female – Bobbi@nHerShoes.com

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

Today I’m featuring Bobbi McCormick@nHerShoes.com.  I met Bobbi at FitBloggin’ 2013 when we were Bootcamp partners.  Something about her sunny smile (yes, she was even smiling during our workout) struck me.  Usually the pretty and smiley girls are the ones I’d normally want to smack but there was a sense of purpose and joy that radiated from Bobbi and drew me in.

Since we met in 2013, Bobbi and I worked together on her Mama Shred 2014 and even though we’ve only managed to quickly say hello to each other at the few events where we’ve both in the same room, Bobbi is a blogger I admire – she seems to find a way to sustain her sense of joy in the midst of a very busy life in way that astounds and inspires.

Get to know this multifaceted gem right now!  If you don’t already love Bobbi a little bit, you might find yourself a new girl-crush very, very soon.

 

Soooo, do you know Bobbi?

 

Hi Friends!

I am so excited to be guest posting as Melissa’s Friday’s Featured Female! My name is Bobbi McCormick and I blog over at nHerShoes, but I am kinda more in love with Instagram and love posting everything from yummy food, fun workouts, and a ton of pictures of my beautiful daughter Rylee-Joy.

I am one busy women who is trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a crazy busy world. I wear several different hats…or should I say shoes… every day as a wife, mom, cook, runner, blogger, small business owner, personal trainer, coffee fanatic, wine lover and kickboxing instructor!

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Every day is a new beginning!  By posting healthy recipes and workouts on my blog, I hope others will gain some insight on how they can say YES to a healthy lifestyle even if they are a busy-bee like me.

What I am all about right now… I embrace my mornings and look forward to a cup of Joe while getting my food from God’s Word.  I need to workout, read, laugh, hug and smile at least once a day.  I look forward to the unknown part of my life to come and feel blessed for everyday that has past.

I have had so many “A-ha” moments I could talk for hours, but I would say the biggest one was when I quit my full time job as a retreat coordinator almost two years ago to work for myself.  It was always a dream of mine to step away and do fitness full time as well as being a stay at home.  So how did I do it?  A LOT OF FAITH and hard work!

Let me give you a bit of background – I started working as a full time retreat coordinator back in 2009 and I absolutely LOVED EVERY minute of it!  I was a teacher before that, you can read all about that transition here.

Honestly this was one of the hardest decisions I had to make in a really long time.  Like I said I loved my job as a retreat coordinator, but I also LOVE being a personal trainer/blogger!   Forest Home (the retreat center) was such a huge part of my life, so I am wasn’t just leaving a job, I was leaving an amazing community!

I came to a place in my life where I was running around like a CRAZY women trying to balance being a wife, retreat coordinator, personal training clients, hosting Shred Groups, the Blog, Starting the Refresh Retreat, and also starting an awesome apparel business with my good friend Megan! Something just HAD to give.

I know a lot of other bloggers who had taken the big leap of faith to quit their full times jobs to pursue their DREAMS!  Well friends, it was MY TURN!  What I didn’t know was that we would get our daughter Rylee-Joy just two months after I quit.

We were in the process of adoption (you can read all about that here) and we had no idea when we would get matched so quickly.  Quitting my job a little sooner and getting used to working on my own could not have been an easier transition.  I had already started setting my at home work schedule and had a pretty great routine down.  Now don’t get me wrong, adding an infant to that was quite the adjustment.  I was blessed to have my husband home for 6 weeks, so we could get a routine down and bond with our little girl.

Bobbi

I have been staying at home full time with Rylee Joy and working full time from home as a personal trainer/blogger/retreat coordinator/small business owner for 18 months.  Is it hard?  Some days, but honestly it is the biggest JOY of my life.  Doing what you love is so important, but I will tell you that it takes work.  It doesn’t just happen over night, you have to WORK for it.  You may have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and go to bed past midnight some nights and drink loads of coffee to truly build your business and at the same time take care of your family.  Yes, sleep is important and now that I have a groove down those late night shifts are very few, far and in between.

My dad used to tell me, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and I didn’t understand what he was saying until I started working toward my dreams.  It may not happen over night, but it CAN HAPPEN if you want it bad enough!

I alway tell people dream big…then DREAM BIGGER!  Never underestimate yourself and surround yourself with people that encourage you and push you to do what you are passionate about.  Life is too short!

Bobbi McCormick, nHerShoes.com, Mama Shred, New Year's Shred, Bridal Shred, Soul Shred

“Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”


Sincerely,
Bobbi-Marie McCormick
NHS FITNESS
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The Tuesday Tune-Up: Exploring LA

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran

 

Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

It was a busy week last week with a family friend in town.  This week I’m traveling for work and another friend is coming to town this weekend.  It’s not bad to be this kind of busy but it does cut into the ability to find the time to write so bear with me, please!

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

Last week, while Ms. O was visiting, Jay and I went out to belatedly celebrate my birthday.  We went to Hinoki and the Bird.

hinoki and the bird, LA, century city

One of my favorite things about living in LA is getting the chance to not only explore the array of fabulous food but I love seeing the many cool areas of this spread out city.  LA has so many beautiful and funky parts but Century City, where Hinoki and The Bird is located, is in the middle of an office park.  The area is strangely sterile and the restaurant doesn’t quite fit in with it’s surroundings.

The restaurant is beautiful and delicate (I really couldn’t take pictures because it was a little too dark) and the food – delicious hamachi with lime, cucumber and apple, chili crab toasts and hinoki (a type of wood) scented black cod were all delicious.  My favorite dish at Hinoki and The Bird was the miso donuts with honey caramel sauce.

Hinoki and the Bird, miso donuts, LA, food, foodie

 

Los Angeles might have a reputation for being the mecca of healthy eating but I’m here to tell you that this town reveres donuts in a way I’ve never seen before.  I don’t even really like donuts but HatB made interesting ones.  I still think The Church Key’s brioche donuts win though.

 

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I went back to the orthopedist last week and he, like the groundhog, didn’t give such great news – looks like 4 more weeks of PT are in my future.

3 weeks after my QL spasm, I know I’m walking better and I thought I was standing up straighter but my doctor walked in and instantly said, “You’re not a mess like you were when you came in (see here for the Xray) but you’re still standing titled to the right”.

I didn’t think I’d get clearance to go back to full normal activity but it was disappointing to find out that my perception of progress wasn’t as far as I thought.  It’s hard not to feel like every ounce of strength and muscle acquired through active living is quickly disappearing with all of this non-activity.

Physical Therapy

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but…

It’s hard not to be frustrated but I’m grateful not to be in so much pain.  I’m looking into a local water spine rehab program to attempt to ensure better core engagement and posture in the future in all aspects of movement – athletic or otherwise.

Even though I couldn’t workout, I did attend the Drenched Fitness event sponsored by Women’s Health Magazine.

Drenched Fitness, Women's Health Magazine, Britney Spears

It was great to see fellow Duranie and Britney cover story writer, Lori Majewski on the West Coast and to watch blogger friends David@KeepItUpDavid, Keke@FreeandForMe, Christiana@SpillingCoffeeandDroppingThings and my girl Josie@JosiesOrdinaryWorld, all produce some serious sweat using the Drenched Fitness technology called Flexline!

It was also nice to have the opportunity to meet Jordan@TheBalancedBlonde (formerly The Blonde Vegan who wrote the brave piece about her orthorexia and transitioning from a fully vegan lifestyle) and Sophie@ThePhilosophie in person.

I’m looking forward to getting the chance to try out this boutique fitness studio for myself once I’m cleared to workout hard.  I can even bring Wild Boy with me because Drenched offers free childcare from infants to pre-teens (which is all kinds of awesome)!

 

Family

Since Ms. O was visiting and had never been to LA, we wanted to show her some of our favorite spots like Abbot Kinney and the Venice Beach area.  I knew that the Venice area was modeled after Venice, Italy and had canals but I had never seen them until this particular trip.  They’re really pretty and the fact that they’re in Los Angeles is a bit mind blowing.

Venice, canals, Venice Beach

Wild Boy was even brought into a performance by a large group of street performers near Muscle Beach.  Normally, I don’t pay these type of performers any mind but their crowd was huge and the sun was setting so it was fun.  Who knew that the group would give each of the 3 kids that participated in the performance $20?!  Jay and I did donate the same amount back to the large group but I was floored that these performers actually gave these kids money!

The Burton-Fleischman family also attended at Brooklyn Nets vs. the Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center.  We might not have been the most popular people in the stadium given our visible Brooklyn pride.

Nets Game

It was fun to watch the Nets win and to see former NY Knick, Jeremy Lin, be the high scorer for LA (our family did spend part of Memorial Day weekend watching the Jeremy Lin documentary; the things we do for our children!).

Nets Score, Nets vs Lakers

 

Duran Duran, music, 80's music, New Wave, Tuesday Tune-Up

The Duran Duran War Child concert sounded like it was pretty fabulous.  Sure, the set list was a bit tired but I’d still kill to have seen them perform in a venue that holds less than 300 people!

Did you notice clean shaven (and creeper wearing) Simon?!  Maybe he heard my plea to shave the ‘stache?

Simon Le Bon, War Child

Image: Joseph Okpako

Duran Duran aside, I’m currently in Del Mar San Diego for work and it was announced today that the KAABOO Del Mar concert will be taking place a stone’s throw from the hotel where I am currently staying.

KaaBoo

This 3 day Coachella-type of festival will be featuring some big names like No Doubt, The Killers, Foster The People, Counting Crows, The Roots, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as well as a bunch of comedians like Joel McHale and Lewis Black.  It sounds like a lot of fun but with tickets starting at $290, no thanks!

  

 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.

What’s something cool that you’ve discovered in your city? 

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Disclosure:  I was invited to the Women’s Health Drenched Fitness Event and did receive a gift bag but I was under no obligation to write about the event.  I have no professional affiliation with the KAABOO Del Mar Festival but just thought it was interesting.  As always, all opinions expressed here are clearly my own and any professional or financial affiliations will be disclosed.

Friday’s High 5: 45 and Still Alive!

Hey there, it’s Friday’s High Five!

Friday's High Five

 

I turned 45 on Saturday and while attempting to convince myself that 45 isn’t that old, it occurred to me that the number 45 has held some great significance and should be celebrated rather than mourned so here’s Friday’s High Five for this week:

1.  The 45:

Sure, some of you don’t even know what a 45 is (it’s a record) and it was the first piece of music that I bought with my own money.  I was 9 years old and bought “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc.  I played that record to death and even now when I hear it, it makes me smile.

Lipps, Inc., Funkytown

2.  4-5 seconds by Rihanna featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney:

Do I like this song so much?  No, but I liked the number reference so I’m including it in the High 5. How do you feel about this collaboration? Personally, I think it’s strange.

3.  Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls number was 45 for one season.

Michael Jordan, 45, Chicago Bulls

I’m going to my first professional basketball game today (the Brooklyn Nets vs. the LA Lakers).  Wild Boy has become obsessed with all things sports and all teams New York so we’re off to the game tonight.

Brooklyn Nets, basketball

I’ve learned more about professional sports in the last year than in all of my years combined due to my little boy.  It is amazing how much my child loves sports – all sports and all sports statistics.

I’m sure when Jay, Wild Boy and I walk into the Staples Center in our Nets gear, we’ll be welcomed with open arms.  If I don’t publish on Tuesday, you’ll know what happened to me.

I didn’t know that Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, did you?

4.  4 more weeks of Physical Therapy x twice a week.  I’m calling that 45.

Maybe it’s a stretch to call 4 more weeks (x twice a week) of PT a 45 but I’m calling it that.  I went to the orthopedist today and while he said I’m better, I’m not over the hump yet (I’ll also interpret that to mean I’m not over the hill in age either).  I’m standing upright but still curved a bit to the right due to my still spasming QL muscle.

I’ll be continuing my PT exercises but I’ll also be exploring some other outlets during this rehabilitation time so stay tuned for more.  This is one the orthopedist recommended I try.

5.  Duran Duran’s current line-up is kind of 4.5 = 45 

Duran Duran, Dom Brown

Duran Duran were originally a five member band – John, Nick, Simon, Andy and Roger.  Andy has left the group and Dom Brown has replaced him but Dom is not an official member of the line-up so in my mind, this 4.5 type of thing is yet another sign of 45 being an awesome and fabulous number.

In case you haven’t read the reviews of the recent WarChildUK concert, it seems that the boys killed it.  We are waiting for a similar (or any real show) stateside.  Hint!  Hint!

I’ll be working in San Diego next week so posting may be sporadic.  

I hope to get some blogging done but in case I don’t, consider yourself warned.

How was your week?  What was the first single/album/CD that you ever bought?

The Tuesday Tune-Up: Post Birthday Hangover

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran

 

Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

I get to share some of the adventures I’ve been having lately when it comes to food, fitness, family and Duran Duran (and other music) and you let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments!

Yup, it’s late today.  You move more slowly when you turn 45.  #truth

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

 

Birthday week = lots of food.  We don’t normally go out on Valentine’s Day (the limited menus, difficult reservations and exorbitant prices get me upset) so my family spoils me a little on my birthday.  This year I had homemade crepes for breakfast:

Crepes, birthday, breakfast, homemade

Cioppino for dinner (my favorite recipe from Casual Cooking by Michael Chiarello*):

Michael Chiarello, Casual Cooking, Top Chef, Cioppino

a cheese plate and with wine:

Cheese plate

and a homemade malted milk cake for dessert:

cake, malt balls

Jay and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day and my birthday tonight at Hinoki and the Bird.  I’ll share details next week.

 

Fitness, FitFluential, SweatPink, BurnThis, Tuesday Tune-UP

To talk about fitness is sad when you really can’t do much working out.  To drown my sorrows, I’ve been doing a lot of online window shopping.

I might or might not have pushed the buy button for these gorgeously obnoxious Trina Turk leggings though:

Trina Turk, leggings, tie dye

 

These leggings are on sale and if you’re an Ebates member, you can get 5% cash back now!  If you’re not part of Ebates, you can sign up here via my referral link*.

Family

 

A long weekend means a lot of family time and we were lucky enough to be visited by Wild Boy’s first preschool teacher from NYC.  We have Ms. O in town for this whole week so we’ve done a LA things and will plan on doing a few more before she leaves us on Friday.

Disneyland, WildBoy

Wild Boy and Ms. O went to Disney together and spared Jay and I the agony.

Duran Duran, music, 80's music, New Wave, Tuesday Tune-Up

 

So we didn’t #breaktheinternet with #stachingonthevalentine on my birthday but I will give a nice shout out to my friend, Carly@FineFitDay who did her part to help!

Carly, Fine Fit Day, #stachingonthevalentine

Also, did you see that Duran Duran tweeted out my Duran Duran Valentine’s Day Gift Guide?  This definitely made my birthday a happy one!

Duran Duran, Valentine's Day Gift Guide Tweet

In other music news, I bought tickets to 2 shows this past week!  AC/DC at Dodger’s Stadium in September and Steely Dan & Elvis Costello at the Hollywood Bowl in July.   Hyperlinks lead to 2015 tour dates nationwide.

  

 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.

Did you have a Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day? 

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Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links (noted with *) which may generate a few pennies for me to add to the Duran Duran Tour Fund, if you buy anything after clicking said affiliate links.  Many thanks!

Happy Birthday To Me! It’s Time For #stachingonthevalentine

Happy Birthday To Me!

Forget Kim K’s ass and let’s #breaktheinternet with Simon’s ‘stache!

#stachingonthevalentine

#stachingonthevalentine #breaktheinternet, Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran, moustache

To participate:

  1. Find a fake moustache and take a selfie.
  2. Post said selfie on Twitter or Instagram tagging @duranduran, @simonjclebon and #stachingonthevalentine.
  3. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

 

Tell me how you’re spending your Valentine’s Day! 

I’ll be listening to this (as I do every birthday):