What I’m Feelin’ Friday #7

Hey gang!  I am loving these Fridays right before a holiday. I love this time of year because I get to relax and think of goals for the upcoming year. Crazy to think that this will be the last WIFF for 2017! So here we go!!!

#1 Staying in for New Year’s Eve

My boyfriend and I have been staying in every New Year’s Eve for a few years now….and we love it! We have a tradition of making this ragu bolognese from Mario Batali. It’s critical you watch the video to see exactly how he does it. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were burning the sauce. OMG I am drooling just thinking about it! Pair this dish with a good champagne and you have the perfect evening.

#2 Bulldog Yoga in Villanova, PA

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Every time I am visiting my boyfriend’s parent’s house, I make sure I go to Bulldog Yoga at least once during my visit. Now let’s set the record straight here. I hate yoga. I get so bored during a typical class and some studios are pretentious. But Bulldog Yoga is different. It’s fast-paced so it feels like you are actually working out and fun because they play upbeat music (Bee Gees, NSYNC, AC/DC, etc.).  Last week for the holidays they had a holiday music themed class that took the attention off the actual workout and emphasized the holiday fun! Highly recommend the studio if you are in the area!

#3 Posh Podcast

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Speaking of fun music for your workout, you should check out the Posh Podcast immediately (available through iTunes and MixCloud). These mixes are delivered straight to your phone weekly for FREE. I have not had to create any playlists since I started listening to the Posh Podcast because it scratches my itch for upbeat music during my gym sessions. Yay for saving money!!

And that’s a wrap!!

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What I’m Feelin’ Friday #4

Happy First Friday of December!  Time to haul out the holly 😉  I get SO excited for the holidays. Hands down my favorite time of year to run. I am working on a running gift guide for you all, but in the mean time here’s another What I’m Feelin’ Friday! Today I am going to do a podcast-themed WIFF. I love podcasts because:

  1. I love to learn. There is such a variety of topics from business to science to health.
  2. They are free.
  3. It makes a long commute a little less painful.
  4. It makes aerobic cardio (stair climber, walking, elliptical) go by quicker.

Here are my favorite podcasts:

#1 The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

Lewis is a self-made entrepreneur who interviews guests that have made a difference in the world. He is all about gratitude, love, and kindness as well as going out there and being great. Think of him as the facilitator/curator of greatness. Among my favorite episodes are:

There are just so many episodes I love that I cannot possibly list them all. Episodes are between an hour to an hour 30 minutes. Here is the master list of all the episodes along with video/audio.

#2 The MFCEO Project Podcast

I first learned about MFCEO, Andy Frisella, on The School of Greatness podcast. Heads up: Dude is intense and uses a lot of curse words, which I don’t mind. So I think you can guess what MF stands for. This podcast isn’t for the faint of heart. Andy doesn’t sugar coat anything because guess what? Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows!! Andy inspires you to rise to adversity and challenge the status quo. Think of him as your business drill sergeant. He totally gets me pumped up and ready to go out there and kick some ass. Among my favorite episodes are:

Episodes can range from 12 minutes to an hour if there is a guest. You can find a master list of Andy’s podcast here.

#3 How I Built This with Guy Raz

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A podcast from NPR, Guy Raz interviews the top CEOs of globally recognized brands (read: Samuel Adams Brewing, Starbucks, Burton Snowboards, Chipotle, Airbnb, etc.) If you think this will be a boring Q&A session, think again. Each CEO takes you on the wild rollercoaster of growing their business from nothing. I have found myself saying out loud, “OMG what?! No way!!”. Amazing. Amazing. AMAZING. Among my favorite episodes are:

    • Burton Snowboards: Jake Carpenter

    • Starbuck: Live Episode with Howard Schultz

    • Samuel Adams: Jim Koch

I literally love every single episode of this show. I always walk away with a nugget of wisdom from each CEO, from deciphering the difference between scary and dangerous to not taking a minute of your life for granted. Episodes last from 30 minutes to an hour. Check out a list of episodes here.

That’s all for now!  Tell me, what is your favorite podcast? To leave a comment, click the comment link just below the title of this blog post.

Q&A Part 1: Behind My Side Hustle

Happy Friday Eve party people!!! If you follow my Facebook or Instagram, you know that last week I launched my apparel line. My shop, See Holly Run Designs, opened on Etsy last Friday and I have been riding on the high ever since!  A few people have asked me about the business so I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A here on the blog. So here goes nothing!

1. Why did you start the business?

For several reasons really. But first a little about me. I have worked at the same place for 14 years (since I was 17!). I have job security, great pay, and benefits.  Sounds great, right? I am not saying it isn’t and every day I feel blessed. But the truth is, all these years I feel like I have been playing it safe. When I look back on my 14 years though, can I say I have had a purposeful career and made a difference? No. I have worked hard and accomplished “things”, but do these “things” matter? No. I would regret staying in this safe zone my entire career.  It’s time to do something I don’t normally do, and that’s take a risk.

2. So what is it about apparel that’s purposeful? *Person gives puzzled look*

It’s not the material thing that gives me purpose, but the mission of my brand.  It’s to unite runners through fun and stylish apparel to celebrate the running community.  I have written about this before, but when I am in the starting corral with thousands of other runners, I feel like I am among family.  Right now, more than ever, we need a sense of community. If my brand has made someone feel a sense of belonging, nothing could make me happier.

3. Did anything inspire you to start the business?

A few things actually.  Shark Tank!!  I freaking LOVE that show.  It taught me a lot about business but more importantly, it taught me that I am able to start a business.  I always thought you had to have a ton of money, a fancy degree from an ivy league school, and friends in high places.  If you watch the show, a lot of people started from absolutely nothing. Plus I kept finding myself saying, “why didn’t I think of that?”

To be VERY specific, I listen to an NPR podcast called “How I Built This” which interviews CEOs of major companies. In one episode, they interviewed the Founder of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch. He said there are things in life that are scary and there are things in life that are dangerous. And that scary doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dangerous and dangerous doesn’t necessarily mean scary. He had a cushy corporate job and after a few years in, he asked himself, “could I do this another 30 years?” His answer to that was he couldn’t see himself even doing it tomorrow.  Yes, it was scary for him to leave and start Sam Adams, but it was more dangerous to stay and live so many of years of his life unfulfilled.

4. I see you are the model in the photos, do you think you’re good looking?

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No. Aviators are the real life equivalent to beer goggles.  Slap a pair on and everyone looks good.

 

That’s all for now folks! I have received more questions so I’ll do more posts like these. A big thanks to everyone who has supported me and shown See Holly Run Designs some love.

Until next time, you stay classy readers 😉