Tunes For Tuesday – The Housemartins

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Image: Daisy

 

Today’s pick is “Happy Hour” by The Housemartins to celebrate a bunch of great things – Jay’s birthday (which was yesterday) , the arrival of great friends (who are in town for the week) and my upcoming So Cal Ragnar Relay this coming weekend.

The Housemartins had a #1 single with their fantastic acapella version of the song, “Caravan of Love” and wound up later spawning two major careers  - Norman Cook (aka FatBoy Slim) and Sean Welch (of The Beautiful South – a band we like in our house a lot).

I hope this upbeat fun song (starts at 00:51) inspires you to go to Happy Hour tonight.  I know I’ll be doing a lot of Happy Hours this week!  Yay!

 

 

Do you have a favorite cover song?

This Marks The End….

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…of my blog.

 

No, just kidding.  

 

It’s the end of March which marks the end of the first quarter of 2014.  Can you believe it?

 

Forgive the premature April Fool’s Joke.

 

In all seriousness though, today is the end date for you to link-up to the #14in2014 Goals/Resolutions/Intentions 1st Quarter Check In

2014, fusebeads

My logo is from a fusebead project so I had to use this image from ArtisRams

and it’s my wonderful husband’s birthday.

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Today’s post is going to be a short one as I go to enjoy some family time with Jay, Wild Boy and our good friends who are in town from Chicago!

Stay tuned though,  this week it’s all about Ragnar but in the coming weeks I have some juicy posts coming which include:  A Two-Fer For Women Runners, Fabletics Review Round 2 and a sneak peek inside the 80′s New Wave Oral History Book, Mad World.

 

Do you write down people’s birthday’s or do you rely on Facebook to remind you?

Friday’s Featured Female – AJ @ Confessions Of A Fat Girl

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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 have the extreme pleasure of featuring Amanda Joy (AJ) Feuerman@ConfessionsOfAFatGirl on the blog today.  Even though I met AJ (for like a minute) not long after I moved to LA, it was only via social media that I got the chance to learn of this woman’s quick wit, dedication to music and overall love of pop culture.  AJ also shares a bit of my bicoastal affinity (as you’ll soon find out).

AJ is a master with words (both written and spoken as I learned when we roomed together at the Women Get Social conference) and her ability to communicate, educate and make you laugh at the same time is something that is rare in a person who also has a great heart.  I’ve really come to look forward to any and every interaction I can have with this woman and so will you!

 

Sooooo, have you met AJ?  Read more

#14in2014 1st Quarter Check In

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Welcome to the #14in2014 1st Quarter Check In!

2014, fusebeads

My logo is from a fusebead project so I had to use this image from ArtisRams

Last year, I made the commitment to yearly goals and I followed up on them every 3 months.  I did the same thing this year and invited anyone who wanted to do it again with me in 2014 to join in on the effort.  Today is the first check-in of the year.  How’s it going for all of you?  Here’s the progress that I’ve made on my written goals since January 1st:

 

Professional:

1.  Fully launch a Women’s Health Focused Nutrition Private Practice by 3/31/14 – Revision required

  • Full launch is looking closer to June even though I am doing some nutrition projects like the Mama Shred with Bobbi@NHerShoes and seeing a client or two.
Mama Shred 2014 with nhershoes.com

Mama Shred 2014 with nhershoes.com

 

2.  Cultivate at least 5 professional referral sources for nutrition clients – YES!

  • With the above mentioned projects and contacts I’ve cultivated, things are moving in that direction.

 

3.  Redesign blog and promote to raise traffic and subscribers 25%. – Nope

  • This is been a stumbling block.  I have a bunch of ideas but time to execute them has been scarce.  My Fabletics Review post though has been proven to be popular though.  I guess I’m not the only one who has a fitness wear obsession.  Stay tuned – Fabletics Review Round 2 is coming soon.

 

4.  Develop (and stick to) a system to maintain/grow social media presence/blogger interaction and achieve life/work balance. – Not even close.

  • This has been seriously lacking and requires improvement in the future.  I need to utilize the many daily lists I’ve compiled and starting using at least one of them!

 

5.  Become an ambassador for a favorite brand and/or receive revenue from blogging – Yes, sort of.

LoziLu Women's Mud Run, charity, 5K, girls day out

LoziLu.com

  • I did obtain a paid Ambassadorship with LoziLu Women’s Mud Run but the company abruptly canceled the program (and my potential income).  I did make a small amount of money with a donation pending to charity as I promised.  I haven’t given up yet though and I’ve learned that mud runs are fun.  Post pending.

 

6.  Showcase at least 50 women for the weekly Friday’s Featured Female series. – On track

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

  • While I may not be able to hit 50 women, I’m definitely on my way.  I’ve gotten the chance to let the world know about some awesome women and I’m exceptionally proud of the Friday’s Featured Female series.

 

7.   Engage in a monthly Professional Development endeavor. – Actually, yes.

 

 

Personal:

8.  Run 2+0+1+4 (7) races (including So Cal Ragnar Relay) – Yup!

  • So far, I’ve run the LA Chinatown Firecracker Run, the LoziLu Mud Run and as of next week will run the So Cal Ragnar so I’m doing all right with this goal.  I’m thinking about some future runs including the Live Ultimate Run LA in May, and maybe a few other races later in the year.
LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, LoziLu Mud Run, LA, running

Firecracker Run above and LoziLu below

 

9.  Perform 14 Random Acts of Kindness – Slacking.

  • While I know I’ve done a few of these, I’m certain that I haven’t done enough.  This will also be a focus in the next quarter of the year.

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10.  Improve self-care with focus on one monthly/quarterly goal – Fail.

  • My quarterly goal was to get organized.  I succeeded in buying 2 organizers but not yet putting them to good use.  This quarter, I’m going to name my goals and set them up for the month.  I know this is supposed to be more self-care focused – but my lack of organization has led to me taking pretty piss poor care of myself so I’m hoping a little redirected focus will allow other things to fall into place.  Therefore, I’ll be taking the month of April to get organized, the month of May to overhaul the blog and the month of June to be private practice focused.

 

11.  Try one new fitness class/video per month – Stretching it, yes.

Viveca Jensen, Piloxing

Me with Viveca Jensen, Creator of Piloxing. I’m a dork and blocked the banner.

 

  • Ok, if you don’t count my 4 classes in one day, then I did try a Jillian Michaels Yoga and a Blogilates video and liked them both.  In February, I took a yoga class with Mary Beth La Rue at the #MuradCares event (link to event coverage by Chris@WhatIRunInto).  This month, I tried Studio Metamorphosis – a megaformer and cycling studio.  I’m still woefully behind in covering the very amazing Murad event and once Studio Metamorphosis opens, I’ll be writing a review. My friend Jennifer@RealMomSFV wrote about her experience as a Megaformer newbie here but if you want to know more about what a Megaformer is – here’s my post Meet The Megaformer.  FYI – Just wanted you all to know that I haven’t given up my WundaBar Pilates love despite other fitness endeavors.

 

12.  Read 14 books (it’s scary that I need to make this a goal). – Woefully behind.

  •  I’m such a loser.  I find time to stay up to watch “Friday Night Lights” but I haven’t been reading.  I do, however, have some excellent reading material to catch up on:  Romance Is My Day Job by Patience Bloom and This Is The Sound Of My Soul by Melissa Reyes and Mad World by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein.

 

Books, Romance Is My Day Job, Patience Bloom, This Is The Sound Of My Soul, Melissa Reyes and Mad World, Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein

Romance Is My Day Job, This Is The Sound Of My Soul and Mad World

 

13.  My secret goal:  To be revealed at year-end. – Still working on it.

  • No, I’m not giving any hints about it…yet.

 

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Image: Alex

 

14.  My shallow goal: Meet Simon Le Bon on the next Duran tour. – Sadly, not going to happen this year.

  • It looks like there will be no Duran tour this year because the new album is likely not going to be released until late 2014 or early 2015.  Whenever the tour happens, this is going to be a goal for me.  #SimonOrBust and I’ll take any help I can get to make it happen.  Until that time, I’ll have to live with being close enough to take this shot in 2012:
Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, Terminal 5, NYC

My photo of SLB from the 2nd row at the Duran Fan Show at Terminal 5 6/20/12

Not surprisingly, I still have quite a lot of work to be done in 2014.  Good thing there’s still a lot of time left in 2014.  Let’s see if I’ve done any better come the end of June.

The link-up at the end of the post is not just for those who originally signed up for the original #14in2014 post.  Link up if you’d like to join for the remainder of the year!

We’ll check in each quarter (June, September and December) not only to keep us honest and on track but to support one another to keep the goals/resolutions/intentions that were important in January top of mind year round.

How has your 2014 been going so far?  Think you’d like a little support.  Join in, blogger or not in the comments and we’ll loop you in at the quarterly check-ins.

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Tunes For Tuesday – The Plimsouls

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

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Image: Daisy

 

The early 80′s have been on my mind lately (surprise) given my Top 10 80′s Movies Geek Guys post that I did for AJ@Confessions of a Fat Girl, and since the movie “Valley Girl” was on that list, I had to feature this band, The Plimsouls, this week.  The Plimsouls actually perform two songs  in the movie but “A Million Miles Away” is my favorite one  I have feeling with the So Cal Ragnar Relay fast approaching, this is a song that’s going to mean something entirely different in a few weeks.

Enjoy!

 

 

What is your favorite song from a movie soundtrack?

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