If we were having coffee right now…

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We’d probably be at one of the cute cafes near the beach. We have quite a few amazing spots around here -each time I walk around, I see yet another place I’d like to check out- and it’s totally normal to:  a) not be wearing any shoes, and/or b) bring in an enormous standard poodle with you. So, needless to say, it would be pretty casual πŸ˜‰ We’d sit out on the patio because the weather has been dreamy this week.

I’d want to hear about what you’re up to! What’s going on this summer? Any fun vacations or travels planned? How’s life? The job? Kiddos/pets?

I’d tell you how excited I am for all of our summer company. Kyle and Meg are coming, then our babysitter from Tucson is staying for a while (she takes online courses from a school here and visits often), then my dad, stepmom and little brothers, and finally MIL, SIL and our nephew! Aaaand there’s a family wedding and my nana’s birthday bash in there, too. It’s going to be a great summer. My plan is to keep the guest bedroom and bathroom ready to go at all times because the door is open for friends and family when they get a spare weekend. The distance made it harder for people to visit us in Valdosta, but things are a little different here. The 5 1/2 hour drive helps!

Speaking of driving, I have to tell you how much I LIKE the freeways here. I never thought I’d see the day, but I’m a huge fan. In Tucson, you take regular streets to get around which takes longer to get from one side of town to the other. There’s no central freeway, so my first time getting on I-10 in my high school driving course I hit a box, got yelled at, and was mildly traumatized. The freeway eventually became my friend when we traveled around Valdosta and I like to think I’ve gotten the hang of it here. So quick and convenient to get around town even though there’s some gnarly traffic.

I’d probably tell you about the things of late. In between mom/wife life and the little blog here, I’ve been cranking along with book edits and hustling to get my own classes. While I’m looking forward to the time when I have my set routine, it is kind of fun to change up my workouts for the week based on the classes I get to sub or shadow. The word β€œroutine” seems pretty foreign for now since every day I feel like I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I’d probably also try and talk to you into coming to my next Zumba class πŸ˜‰ It looks like barre and Zumba are going to be my staples here. My personal workouts are runs along the beach, Orangetheory, and yoga (I can’t wait to get back into it!). You might ask me about my upcoming half marathon and how training has been going. It’s been as good as can be expected with everything else going on. I’ll be picturing the fresh juices dancing for me at the finish line.

At one point or another, I’d probably tell you HOW STOKED I AM that we have renters for our Tucson house. Paying for two houses for the past few months has not been enjoyable, but we really wanted to keep our Tucson house. The Pilot totally gave me the side eye on this one, but I said I want to sell our Tucson house in a few years and if we move back. After living in this quaint little historic house, I’d like something similar in Tucson. 

I’d also tell you that we need to try one of the breakfast treats on the counter. Let’s take it to the beach πŸ™‚ 

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  1. Ummm, I can totally get coffee with you lady! Let’s do it one of these days!

  2. Ummm, I can totally get coffee with you lady! Let’s do it one of these days!

  3. Yay renters! That’s such a huge burden off you guys!

  4. Barre, Zumba and the beach… girl, I am jealous of your life! Haha. So glad things are working out for you in Cali and you will get to see your family a lot this summer. I’m excited to be traveling to Cape Cod most weekends this summer to see mine!

  5. RachelG says:

    I love these posts! πŸ™‚ I would definitely want to hear all about the house stuff because since the husband and I bought our house I’m a little real estate obsessed. House Hunters makes my soul happy, even when crazy paint color obsessed people are on it. lol!

    I’d have a chai-esq something or other and talk about getting excited for my upcoming bday and winery tour celebration with friends, starting the process of setting up a yoga class for inmates at a local correctional facilty, and my upcoming California vacation that I’m dreaming about. I really hope that you are able to set up some weekly classes because I would LOVE to attend them while I’m in San Diego! I’d say there is a 75% chance I could convince my husband to go to a Barre class with me and about a 9% chance to a Zumba one. πŸ˜‰ Cheers!

  6. Kirsten says:

    As I sit in my office at work and read your post – I so wish that I could come and hang with you! I would bring my little maltepoo Scruffy so he could play with Bella πŸ™‚ He is very sassy just like your little one. And…I think that I would have a nice iced tea, because the weather just calls for it!

    Have a fab day!

  7. Melissa says:

    I have a question that I’d ask if we were having coffee. I’m thinking of a west coast vacation with the fam. The boys are 10 and 8. I believe you’ve sited SF and now living in SD- what would you choose? We usually go south to hang at one of the beaches but I’m looking at other options.

    YAY for renters- we paid for two house for over a year! Very stressful.

    Enjoy the beach!


  8. Love this post! I would tell you how content you are sounding right now and how nice it is to hear πŸ™‚ and that my life is kind of limbo land right now with a month left in Argentina before moving home to the UK full of excitement and fears all at one… and that I have some struggles too but the moments when you sit down with friends and just laugh about nothing take it all away for a few glorious hours πŸ™‚

  9. A coffe chat sounds perfect right now!

  10. love these kinda posts! this summer I will be… traveling to Greece, being an aunt in JULY!, gardening, beach trips, and lots and lots of family time<3

  11. I’m so glad you found renters!! Zumba and barre are my favorite workouts. How exciting to be establishing new classes and routines!

  12. What a cute post! It was like we were really having coffee together:-) I have really been enjoying your posts about adapting to life in San Diego. My husband and I have thrown around the idea of moving to Cali since we’ve been together, and now it’s looking like it might happen in the near future. Thanks for helping me mentally prepare!

  13. Aww, I really enjoyed reading more about your normal life :). You do such a great job of keepin’ it real on here, it’s refreshing! So great that your family is fairly close, what a blessing, and YAY for renters!

    I am sitting in my office cubicle thinking of ways to enjoy this summer and not letting it slip by too fast- Saturdays on the lake with friends, dog park visits, lots of reading by the pool/on the porch.

  14. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my motivation and productivity is through the roof this week. I have been focusing on quality over quantity and it is paying off. I love sitting in the moment and being present – a cup of coffee in hand of course.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I am in. I would LOVE to grab coffee with you! What a beautiful post – you so eloquently share your dreams, what you care about day to day, and how much you care for others. πŸ™‚ Really very lovely.

    After having been on a long trip (7 weeks) away from home in some wonderful and challenging conditions, I feel so grateful for my husband and I’s life, my work split between a non-profit I adore and teaching Pilates, and Colorado warming up for summertime. We’re visiting my brother in law over the weekend, have some fun concert plans sprinkled throughout the coming months, and will be seeing my family at the beach in the fall. But it’s really the every day things right now that make me feel like I’m glowing inside. There’s my ‘cheesiness’ for the day. πŸ™‚

    Hope you enjoy your day, congrats again on your work integrating into the fitness community in SD! xoxo

    • Fitnessista says:

      sounds like you have a wonderful summer ahead, too πŸ™‚
      it makes my heart happy to hear that everything is going so well for you!
      enjoy the rest of your night <3

  16. I wish I lived near a beach! I would be there all the time! I’m going to Maui next month for my friend’s wedding and I’m so excited to lay out on the beach!

  17. It sounds so amazing there! I’d tell you we are moving next week and the panic is starting to finally hit! Though, I am looking forward to taking advantage of our last few days here with the friends we’ve met.

  18. Love that you’re enjoying everything SD has to offer! I’d tell you that I have 4 weddings to go to this summer, a couple of camping trips planned and I’m stoked.

  19. I agree with you – your SD home is super cute (from what we’ve seen) and I love something smaller and historic too!

  20. These posts, among others, are why I continue reading your blog. I feel like so many blogs lose this personal touch as they grow, but you have actively maintained it and I really, really, REALLY appreciate that voice.

    If we were having coffee, I’d talk about how having three months off from school/work is exciting and scary. When you have the privilege of a lot of free time, there’s also a lot of responsibility around how to spend it. And how in three months, I’m moving away from the state I’ve lived in my whole life, to start graduate school in a field that is lightyears away from my undergraduate degree (undergrad: English, graduate: nutrition). I’d talk about how that’s scary and exciting too. I’d talk about how I’m meditating more and doing yoga regularly to cope with all these changes, plus a healthy dose of chocolate. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, liz! i really appreciate it <3
      sounds like you have exciting changes ahead of you. yoga always helps me with transitional periods, too πŸ™‚
      lots of love to you <3

  21. Crystal says:

    Your SD home looks like it has so much character–sometimes I wonder if my husband and I should have bought an older home with more character instead of a new one in the suburbs. I’m sure we’ll move again at some point, so that’ll be something to think about.

    If we had coffee together, I’d tell you that I am in dire need of a tropical vacation, far far away from work, lol. I’d also tell you how I’ve had fresh kale smoothies (with kale from our garden!) every day for the past 2 weeks. So nothing too exciting, but that’s not always a bad thing πŸ˜‰

    It sounds like you have a lot to look forward to this summer! Enjoy!

  22. I want to move to San Diego so badly. I suppose I should go read up on the cost of living/housing there so I feel cured of it for a bit! That usually does it, for a while. ; )

  23. I love having coffee with you πŸ˜‰ I wish I really was at the beach though! So true what you said about the dogs in coffeehouses (and everywhere). That’s one of the things I noticed the last time I was in SD.. dogs in and outside all over the place and totally normal. Love it!! It’s definitely not like that here in Kansas city!

    You have such a FUN summer ahead! Lots to look forward to for sure. I’ll be chasing my kids around to football and cross country practices, the pool and such. I love summer SO much! It goes by too quickly.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i totally agree! wish it would stick around a little longer πŸ™‚
      and yes on the dog thing! tucson is kind of dog friendly, but it’s a different level here
      hope you’re having a great week <3

    • Yay KC! I wish we had more dog friendly places here….

  24. Congrats on getting some renters for your Tucson house! I bet that is a huge relief! It sounds like you have a great summer planned and I’m so glad you’ll get to spend a lot of time with your family! I just landed in Las Vegas this morning so it’s nice to have a few days off work to see my family that lives out here and enjoy some time shopping and eating out! Not to mention some time at the pool! πŸ˜‰

  25. You have one exciting summer! Our plans are to keep making changes to our house to make it more “ours” landscaping is the big one. We just got back from Vegas, but I’m hoping for one more getaway this summer …. maybe a beach since your pictures are so beautiful.

  26. i so wish i was having coffee with you!!!!!!!! xo

  27. If we had coffee together I would tell you that since the last time we chatted, I’ve completed my thesis and successfully defended it. I would tell you that it ended up consisting of directing a show, creating an original script and performing it as a one-woman show. I would tell you that this year has been one of the most difficult & that what I’ve learned most is that the only people that deserve time in your life are the ones who show up. I would also tell you that I can’t believe I now have an M.A. in a field I hadn’t taken a single course in 4 years ago.
    I would tell you that tending to responsibilities and obligations has made me put my health on the back-burner and I am most definitely feeling it. Also, that reading your blog inspires me to make small changes, little by little, and to be kind to myself. I would thank you.And then I would mention that when I was walking around World Market yesterday I found myself in front of a jar of pickled eggs and curiosity got the best of me. I would tell you TO NOT EVER let curiosity get the best of you when it concerns pickled eggs from a store. Unless you like rubbery white vinegar all up in the crevices of your mouth reminding you every 5 minutes that you made a BAD decision. Adventurous, but bad.
    And then I’d say “…. but I’d still try sriracha pickled eggs. You in?”

    • Fitnessista says:

      NO. WAY. you are amazing!! congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished.
      and the eggs… they sound horrifying. but yes, i would join you in some sriracha pickled eggs πŸ˜‰

  28. I’d tell you I JUST GOT A JOB AT WHOLE FOODS! and I am stoaaaaaked!

    also, i will be paying more attention to the blog now, i hope πŸ™‚

  29. Love the note about picturing juices at the finish. I spend half my races usually dreaming about what I will consume after the finish πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha seriously! suja is sponsoring it, so i’m thinking there will be lots of lovely juices and snacks at the finish line

  30. I wish I was having coffee with you after one of your Zumba classes!

  31. Nice post! Glad you found renters. It’s my dream to live by the beach though. πŸ™‚

  32. My husband and I will be in CA in July. We’re going to Palm Springs but also want to go to San Dieg o for a day. I would LOVE any recommendations you have about what to do / where to eat! It will be my first time ever in CA, so I am SO excited!! πŸ™‚

  33. Sounds fun!

  34. coffee in san diego – the things my dreams are made of haha. Making a trip asap.

    I’d tell you that I’m SO glad to be settled in our new house, even though doing everything in 2 weeks just about killed me. Having a bunch of boxes sitting around a non-toddler-friendly house would have killed me faster though, so there’s that. I’d tell you I can’t wait to go to bed at 8pm all next week after this epic keg party is over and I have NOTHING on my calendar or to do list…until my “virgo in major nesting mode” status kicks into overdrive in about a week. I can’t wait to just relax on the beach with my little boy for a short 8ish weeks until Miss Ryleigh decides its time to come out! It has been a CRAZY month to say the least.

    Have so much fun this weekend!

  35. This was a very cute post!! I like the more personal Gina posts!!

  36. crystal hodgson says:

    Love these posts! SO fun!

    If we were having cofee I would ask you for motivation- I juuuuust got back into the gym and Les Mills BodyPump SLAYED me today! I would commiserate with how hard it can be to fit in a work out when you are busy! I would want to hear allll the deets about your book!


  37. Hi GIna – If we were having coffee right now I’d tell you about how much you’ve inspired me to expand my fitness horizons. I started taking Spin classes a few months ago and I’ve lost a few inches everywhere. I also took a Les Mills Body Flow class which I LOVED and can’t wait to go again.
    I would tell you that I’m really happy that your transition to California seems to have inspired you in many ways. I see it in your blog posts!

    I’d also tell you that you’re one awesome mom to Liv & the pups!

    Your blog friend Gina from Mass

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, name twin πŸ™‚
      i’m so glad you loved blog flow, too! i still haven’t tried that one but they offer it at the gym. need to check it out!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  38. I love “if we were having coffee…” posts! I am so envious of your southern cali weather and surroundings. I feel like you have so many cool fitness options all around you. It sounds like such an interesting place to be!

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