Welcome to Raspberries and Running Shoes! I am Cindy, a twenty-something living in Manhattan, Kansas. Here you can read about goal setting, technology, and life in general.

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you my sister and her boyfriend spent the weekend with us!  We spent the weekend eating good food, playing mini golf, and playing all the board games we own.  It was so much fun!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I signed up for a new eCourse!  I couldn’t resist signing up for the Agenda Course through Studio Calico  (aff link) and I get a planner stamp out of it!  I have a slight eCourse problem.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you the Color Run is tomorrow!  I feel like I will be walking a lot of it, and I’m okay with that.  I plan to continue running a couple of times a week and doing a ton of yoga the next few weeks.  I’m excited to start.

Running Playlist by Tony

With the Color Run on Saturday, I asked Tony to share his running playlist with you today!

If there is a universal unifier amongst humans, I’ve found it to be music.  That’s something my dad was a firm believer of and preached to us. Really, think about it.  If you’re sad, there’s nothing quite like finding that perfect song to soothe your feelings.  When you’re mad you rage and head bang to the hard stuff.  When you’re beginning to fall for that  special someone there’s always a song that can capture the feeling of butterflies in your tummy you get when they’re around.  Music is a universal unifier because we all have feelings, and music speaks to them.

This is why my wonderful wife asked me to contribute with a guest post.  She knows this is a topic I’m very passionate about and I couldn’t be happier to help.

In stark contrast of my upbringing, Cindy did not grow up in a home where music was played much if at all.  She loves music now but she’s not one to look it up or search it out.  My jaw dropped when I inquired what she listened to on her runs and her reply was “Oh, I listen to my podcast.”

“WHAT?   You mean you don’t have a playlist you listen to??”

“No, I get bored with the songs.”

“You’re not listening to the right ones then….You need my running playlist, like yesterday”

After her run that day she was ecstatic about the results!

So whatever it is you do, jog, walk, intervals, any sort of workout, do yourself a favor and give this playlist a try.  That extra motivation is incredible when the sun is kicking your butt, and the pavement is threatening to eat you.

This is my personal recommendation for your next workout.

1 Fergalicious, Fergie The Dutchess

2 SexyBack, Justin TimberlakeFutureSex/LoveSounds

3 Roar Katy, Perry Roar

4 Royals, Lorde Pure Heroine

5 Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys Girl On Fire

6 Safe And Sound, Capital Cities In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Deluxe Edition)

7 Feel Good Inc, Gorillaz Demon Days

8 Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine Lungs

9 Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes Elephant

10 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling StonesHot Rocks 1964-1971

11 I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive

12 I Love It, (feat. Charli XCX) Icona Pop This Is… Icona Pop

13 Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey Video Games

14 50 Ways to Say Goodbye, Train California 37

15 Rehab, Amy Winehouse Back To Black

16 What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction Up All Night

Just put it on shuffle and enjoy!  It’s also very important to remember that this is by no means an end all, be all of playlists.  Please add some of your personal flavor and evolve it as your preferences change.  

Its been incredible getting to share this with you.

Until next time, Tony.

Friday Social

Saturday Mornings

 

 

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you we have a new Saturday Morning tradition.  Tony and I pack up our computers and head to a local coffee shop for some yummy coffee and an hour or two of focus time.  It’s been so much fun!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I started the Game of Thrones series today and I am hooked.  As soon as I finish writing this post I’m off to read some more.  I’m considering doing monthly book recaps now that I’m consistently reading a book(ish) a week.  Thoughts?

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I’m super excited to host my sister this weekend!  We’re excited to show them a few of our favorite Manhattan spots and might even take a trip to Kansas City to have tapas.

 

Things I Learned from the Build Retreat

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Last weekend, Amy T Schubert held the Build Retreat. It was time dedicated to work on your website. She hosted Q&A sessions every few hours over the different pillars of the BUILD Course. I was a little apprehensive going into the retreat because I was in such a blogging funk before that I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of it.

We started with a meet up to talk about what we were hoping to accomplish over the weekend. All I knew that I wanted to do was brainstorming some post ideas and doing a blog audit.

The first session we did was on design. Amy showed several of her mini sites and talked about her design decisions for each site. We went over Ali Edward’s new design. With permission, Amy pulled up my website and she pointed out how I don’t really have a clear guiding point for readers to go. I don’t have a newsletter for people to sign up for or a shop for them to visit. It’s all perfectly fine, but I need to consider these things if I want to monetize eventually.

Our next session was the one I most wanted to sit through – Content. I was feeling like I had no ideas on what to write about. This was where I realized I’m really making things harder than they should be. I was trying to structure all my posts in a rigid format that didn’t make sense. It overwhelmed me to the point where I’d throw something up last-minute. I just need to relax about it.

I missed the monetization session but felt like that wasn’t really where I needed to focus anyway. I rewatched the session later last week and it was wonderful to watch. I’m excited to start thinking monetization long-term.

Sunday Morning we discussed marketing. I immediately signed up for MailChimp after this. It made me super excited to start a newsletter. If I am having trouble writing on my website three times a week, throwing another post on top of that sounds overwhelming. However, a monthly newsletter sounds super doable. I’m excited to get started

We finished up the retreat with a session on long-term maintenance, (Pinterest, pillar content, etc) and a yay we did it session.

Overall the biggest thing I learned from the build retreat is not to take things too seriously. I was making things much harder than they had to be.  I was making them bigger in my head than they really were.

I’m excited to implement some of the things I learned from the retreat and can’t wait for the next one!

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I participated in the BUILD retreat this weekend.  I feel like it finally kicked me out of my funk.  I have lots of ideas on how to improve my website and I’m excited to get going.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.  It’s cooling off and my runs have been much better since.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I had my first Power Hour with Kaylee yesterday!  I am doing some internship work for her and in return I get to do 12 weeks of coaching with her.  Yesterday we talked about my ecourse I want to create and steps to make it happen.  I’m super excited to see where it goes from here.

Enjoy your long weekend!

 

 

Just Do It.

Just Do It.

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling to get things done the last few weeks.  I felt like I didn’t have the time or the energy or an attention span to get anything done, so I did the bare minimum.

I really do believe we make time for the things we want to do.  If you want to create a blog, you put the time in creating content.  If you want to develop a running habit, you get up and you do it.

However, I feel like lately I have been way over estimating the time it would take to do the things I feel like I need to do.  I haven’t taken the time to sit down and create that ebook I’ve been talking about for months because I think it’ll take a long time.  I’m not ready.

Rather than think how long a complete project will take, I need to dedicate 15 minutes a day to it.  Or 5.  Or 30.  Whatever feels comfortable at that time.  I don’t have to commit to an entire Saturday of working on that one thing, just as long as I’m making forward progress.

Just do it.  Don’t worry about how long it’ll take or how much you’d rather be doing whatever else.  Just sit down and do it.  I promise, it’ll take much less time than you thought it would.

Running Week 7

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This week was HOT.  Hot, hot, hot.

One day this week I put my run off until the afternoon and realized when I got up for work that would be something I’d regret.  I waited all afternoon asking Siri the temperature every thirty minutes or so.  Once I asked her when it would be cool enough to run and she told me it won’t.  I went when it dipped down around 97* and it was pretty miserable.

This was definitely a week of celebrating finishing my runs.  My legs felt heavy and I didn’t do a very good job staying hydrated this week.  Every run felt like a small victory.

Every time that a run came up, I started moving my legs before I could talk myself out of it.  When I felt like stopping, I pushed myself to the next tree and usually I felt better by then and kept going.

4 weeks left!

 

 

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am 4 weeks away from the Color Run!  I am nervous that I might not be ready to run the whole thing, but I am going to try my hardest and have a blast.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you it has been outrageously hot outside.  I’ve been putting off my runs for the afternoon and it’s been miserable.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I’m super excited for the BUILD retreat this weekend.  I have a list of things I want to work on my website, and I’m excited for some dedicated time to work on it.  There’s still time to join us if you want to sign up!

 

Favorite App: Pocket

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Pocket was one of those apps I never really felt like I had a need for.  I had Evernote, and I was reading everything through there.  Then they changed the way you opened links and made it 85948958 times more difficult to use.

I thought I could just run everything through Feedly, but I still wanted to be able to save certain articles into Evernote.

Enter: Pocket.

I use Feedly to subscribe to all of my RSS feeds.  I will go through Feedly a few times a week, read the easy posts right there and save the posts that I’d like to take some time reading later.

Pocket cleans up your saved articles and makes them easy to read.

After I read through them in Pocket, I send any articles I want to archive into Evernote.  It’s complicated, but right now it works.

Do you use Pocket?

Running: Week 6

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This week I finally started to feel like running is getting easier.  My roadblocks feel much less physical and are more about procrastination.

I don’t feel like I struggle to breathe while I’m running.  While tired, my legs aren’t screaming at me anymore.  We bumped my run time up significantly this week and I still felt like I could keep going.

Monday I ran for 22 minutes running one side walking one side of the block.  It adds up to about run one minute walk one minute.

Tuesday was a 25 minute walk where I ran on two of the laps.

Wednesday we bumped my time up to 25 minutes because I felt like I was already doing this much, with the expectation that I would run 30 minutes on Friday.

Thursday was a rest day.

Friday  the weather was pretty terrible.  I took the evening off to watch movies on the couch.

Saturday I made up my Friday run by running one side, walking one side for 30 minutes.  I felt AWESOME.  I only stopped short when I heard a dog barking and I wasn’t sure where he was.  I finished strong with one more lap than I expected to and didn’t feel like I was dying at the end.  It was definitely a win.

This week we’re going to change things up a little bit.  I was running the slightly shorter, flatter sides of the block and walking the longer slanted ones.  This week I’m going to switch.  I’m also going to try to bump my distance up a little bit within the 25 minutes I’m running.

I’m excited to get started.