Steamboat Springs, Colorado: A Beautiful Trip


This weekend, I had the opportunity to go to Steamboat Springs, CO. Ahh the perks of a job that includes attending and speaking at conferences in cool places around the country. I heard many things about this beautiful place and it sure lived up to it's name. I have to give major thanks to the Steamboat Institute for inviting me to speak and having Rick and I out to Colorado! I was there from the 6th annual "Freedom Conference" and got the chance to meet Dr. Ben Carson, hear from Lynne Cheney and many other wonderful people. We stayed in the beautiful Steamboat Grande hotel, which reminded so much of the ski town I stayed in Park City, Utah earlier this year. I've done so little traveling to the West and it's the first year I've … [Read more...]

Starbucks “Pay It Forward” Chain Matters Even If No One Needy Benefited. Here’s Why.

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The Starbucks pay it forward campaign matters. Some have criticized the "pay it forward" chain that occurred here last week. They've claimed it was just a bunch of privileged people already rich enough to buy their own Starbucks. No one was actually going out of their way to give something they weren't getting something for as well. As Jason Feifer wrote: So, what is this chain? It isn’t people “paying it forward.” It’s people congratulating themselves on employing a generous-sounding rhetorical device. Is Feifer correct? Yes. Paying for the person behind you in the Starbucks line isn't exactly going to win you a Nobel Peace Prize -- and technically speaking -- only the first person who paid truly paid it forward, because they paid for … [Read more...]

CrossFitter, Shooter & All-Around All Star Karla Herdzik


Every athlete has a story. Luckily, I know a few with inspiring ones right at Trident CrossFit, where I WOD my heart out 4-5 times a week. Like many CrossFitters, Karla Herdzik started off doing it to train for another sport. She competes in the sport of 3-gun, which is an action-packed combination of rifle, pistol, and shotgun, in which you navigate through a course of fire as quickly as possible while still maintaining accuracy and of course, safety.  After beginning CF, Karla soon realized she was hooked -- but not without a few hiccups along the way. I interviewed her this week about her bumpy start into CrossFit and what made her stick around -- and THRIVE -- through it all. 1. How did you decide to start doing … [Read more...]

30-Something Women: 5 Ways a Fit, Fabulous Lifestyle Begins Now


30-Something Women. Whether you are in your 20s, 30s or 40s, this post is for you. While I've always been active, I didn't begin to truly enjoy fitness as a lifestyle until my late twenties. Now, in my early thirties, it's become a joy that keeps me healthy, happy and fulfilled. People often wonder how I do things like: Get up at 4:45am on the weekdays Run 12 miles on the weekend Have time to try new workout classes like 305 Fitness & Barre Keep up with work, life, relationships and other extracurricular activities Stay motivated to keep doing it all! The first thing to go for most people with a busy schedule is a workout. Bad idea, ladies. Here's how an active lifestyle changed my life for the better -- and how I … [Read more...]