I generally don’t have a problem with Mondays, but yesterday morning, I was relaxing in the Blue Lagoon and this morning, I had to change my shirt because I spilled coffee on the way out the door, then forgot my laptop which meant rushing up four flights of stairs to my apartment to grab it. At least I was still in the parking lot when I realized it?
We’re not in Iceland anymore, Toto.
One of my dearest friends, Liz, and I took off for Iceland Wednesday night and spent four days exploring lands pictures can’t do justice to, and words certainly can’t describe. I’m going to try, though – Iceland travel guide coming soon! Meanwhile, you can see a few photos from our trip over on the ‘ol Instagram.
Give my “I’m not in Iceland anymore” hangover, I thought today would be a good day for a Coffee Talk post. I like to do these on occasion, and it’s been a while since my last one. For these posts, I like to pretend I’m having coffee with you and tell you a bit about what’s been going on in my day-to-day life.
So, grab a cup of coffee – or beverage of your choice – and pull up a chair. Let’s have ourselves a Coffee Talk.
One // I’ve been reading a lot lately. I always read a lot, but I’ve been on a role (page?) lately. I finished up Jen Sincereo’s You Are A Badass At Making Money on the plane to Iceland and really enjoyed it. I loved You Are A Badass and it followed that line of thought. I highly recommend both.
I’m more than halfway through Glass Sword, the second in the Red Queen series. I finished Red Queen just after Christmas and was DYING to get into Glass Sword, but wanted to challenge myself to read one “self-help” book between each “fun” book. The moment I finished You Are A Badass At Making Money I dove into Glass Sword. I can’t help but love dystopian young adult novels!
Two // Speaking of books. I started Annie Down’s 100 Days To Brave devotional on January 1. I absolutely love it. My Word of the Year happens to be “Brave” and this devotional is exactly what I need. I highly recommend it.
Three // I love most things about Europe. I don’t love their coffee sizes. Aside from my dog, that’s what I miss when I travel, particularly to Europe, the most – 16oz+ sizes of coffee. I found a stand selling 12oz coffees while we were driving around the Golden Circle and I was ecstatic. I definitely brewed a giant cup when I got home last night, despite the late hour. European coffee tastes so much better though.
Four // If you come to my apartment sometime in the next few days, pay no mind to the bags and boxes of “stuff” scattered along my living room wall and on my balcony. I’m on a major “GET RID OF EVERYTHING” kick right now, and nothing in my apartment is safe. I seem to be struggling with the part where I need to take it all to Goodwill however.
Five // I’ve missed the gym and my barre studio. My body desperately needed the break. I can always tell when it hits a point where it’s just like “girl, enough.” We were definitely there. I haven’t lifted heavy in a week (when I PR’d my squat by a solid 15lbs) and until lunchtime today, hadn’t been in the studio since teaching a KETTLE BARRE class Tuesday night. I can’t wait to get back in the gym tonight. Consider that 275lb squat I failed at last week put on notice.
Six // Kroger ClickList is my saving grace. I enjoy grocery shopping for the most part, but since I’ve been traveling, I have a frozen burrito, a single potato, a few bags of microwavable popcorn, and a half full bag of hashbrowns in my kitchen. I ate the burrito for breakfast this morning (at least it was a breakfast burrito?). Not getting groceries tonight was a non-option, and I really didn’t want to have to do it after the gym, so I bit the bullet and did a ClickList order. I don’t love doing that for a number of reasons, but it lets me get started on meal prep a lot sooner.
Seven // What are you listening to lately? My Spotify is a crazy mix of everything from acoustic and country to pop, dance remixes, and hip hop. Such is the life of a barre instructor/personal trainer/country music freelance journalist. I’m always on the lookout for new music. Right now, I’ve got Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy” on repeat – such a good barre song! – and I’m loving Chase Rice’s new album, Lambs and Lions, which I’ll admit, surprised me . Brothers Osborne’s “Shoot Me Straight” and Kip Moore’s whole Slowheart album are also in heavy rotation. And I haven’t given up Taylor Swift’s Reputation yet. Also loving LANCO’s debut album, Hallelujah Nights – it’s the soundtrack for writing this post!
And fine. I listen to The Greatest Showman soundtrack 75% of the time. It’s just so good. So is the movie. Definitely a must-see.
That’s all I’ve got for you for this edition of Coffee Talk. I’m working on a fun (free!) 7-Day Challenge that will be posted soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Sign up for the newsletter below or to the right if you want to be one of the first to receive it! Think a workout plan that’s scalable for any fitness level, plus a few healthy eating and mindful living tips and tricks!
What would you tell me if we were having coffee? Leave it in the comments! I’ll probably be drinking a cup of coffee when I read it!