Get Organized With Trello!

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elieve it or not, I’m an organization freak. I am married to my planner, I keep a rough schedule at my fingertips via Google Calendar, and I’ve tried out more to-do list apps and schedulers than I can count. Recently, I was introduced to Trello, and it’s everything I wanted and more from a scheduler.

IMG_0911.PNGIn short, Trello is “the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything.” Since I downloaded it, I really have been using it for everything – blog management, work projects, daily to-dos, grocery lists, on and on. It’s available for computers as well as mobile devices, which makes it easy to keep track of your boards wherever you are.

Each board is made up of Lists, which you can then add Cards to. Then, for further organization (and what makes it better than a normal to-do list) you can add more information under each card, including checklists, attachments, due dates, color-coded labels, and comments. You can even add other users to each card, helping to facilitate communication across organizations or teams.

For my blog Trello board, I have lists of post ideas, and as I write and schedule the post, I drag the card over to the “done” list so I know that it’s no longer pending.

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I also have a Card where I’m managing all the things that go into a blog redesign and launch (complete with a colorful header to inspire me as I’m staring at code all day!)

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Right now, in addition to work and blog projects, I’m working on boards to organize my upcoming move this summer, as well as planning out activities for my mom’s trip to Nashville this summer. Trello makes it easy to keep all relevant information in one place, allowing confirmation attachments to be added to cards, as well as links to purchase tickets or manage reservations, and even image uploads (I’ve been screenshotting Google Maps and uploading those images to the Cards.) Since all this information can be viewed on mobile and stored on your phone (no hoping for cell service up in the mountains,) Trello is definitely trumping Pinterest as my preferred method of vacation planning.

IMG_0917.PNGIf you’re interested in trying out Trello, please consider using my referral link! This post is not sponsored in any way – I just really love this app.

How do you organize your life? Are you primarily digital, or do you keep everything written old-school (like me!)

Beachbody Coaching + Challenge Group!

If you’ve been reading A Northern Girl for awhile, by now you’ve figured out that I found my fitness passion about two years ago. But with the lifestyle change I recently went through and the seemingly endless hours I work, I’m not left with a lot of time to hit the gym. All my extra time has to go toward housekeeping, relaxing, or my favorite – sleep! After very careful consideration, I made the choice to become a Beachbody coach.

I’m working through the PiYo program right now and really enjoying it. It’s a hybrid of pilates and yoga and has really been helping strengthen some of my weakest muscles, help me recover tone I’ve lost over the last few months, and has helped rehab some of the chronic injuries and pains I’ve had. PiYo is a great program for runners who want to increase flexibility, get better at stretching (which I’m AWFUL at) and lean out. It’s even helping with some of my anxiety.

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Along with PiYo, I’m also trying out Shakeology. Because my days are so busy and I typically forget to eat dinner, I’m using it as a meal replacement. I’m also using it to help me to continue to stay healthy through flu season (one bad cold is enough for the year) and replace vitamins and minerals I know I’m missing out on.

Really, I waffled back and forth over deciding to be a coach for months. I wasn’t a Shakeology user, it seemed like Beachbody was just another network marketing pyramid scheme, etc. But I am still very passionate about pursing a career in fitness, and beginning in this sort of business feels like the right way to learn more about the industry.

If you have any questions about PiYo, Shakeology, or any other Beachbody products, please let me know! Once the new year hits I’m going to purchase the Les Mills BodyPUMP workout so I can finally restart my beloved Pump workouts once again. You have my promise that this blog won’t become 100% Beachbody sales and marketing focused (to be honest – I was hesitant about even posting this, but I want to continue being a fit-focused blog, so it’s a natural evolution to me to include this new venture as well.) I’m going to run a week-long challenge group and DietBet at the beginning of April as kind of a “spring cleaning” for our bodies. Let me know if you’re interested!

Monday Morning You Sure Look Fine: Mac Attack Monday!

Living in Nashville and working at a venue, I’ve gotten to see a lot of my bucket list bands. Three nights of Jason Isbell: check. Chris Carrabba opening for my new favorite singer-songwriter in a 200-person room: check. I could go on and on about how lucky I am. But over the weekend I made kind of a last minute decision and headed back to my old venue in Charlottesville to see my ultimate bucket list band: Fleetwood Mac. I’ve never seen them and had resigned myself to accept that I wouldn’t ever see them – tickets are expensive, and I didn’t really want to see them without Christine. So I decided to try to catch them in the venue that really helped me grow up (and where I have such great memories of listening to Rumours during some pretty stressful things going on.) Plus getting to surprise my old staff, eat Bodo’s Bagels, and see my best friend didn’t hurt either, and I made an 8 hour drive on Saturday and was almost jumping out of my body with excitement.

Chrstine sounded amazing, and Stevie is of course a queen. Lindsey Buckingham is a god, I really had no idea just how good he would be. And watching Mick play drums – I just wish I had half the passion for something that he does for those drums. They sounded tight and played for about three hours. I danced, I cried, I sang my heart out, and posted way too many Snapchat videos.

I had such a great time at the show that I’m considering dropping coin to see Fleetwood Mac play in Nashville later this week. Now if only I can time travel to 1966 to catch the Beach Boys on the Pet Sounds tour to check another off the list…

Who is your bucket list band? Have you gotten to see them live?

things to do when you’re stuck in an airport

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obody likes travel interruptions, but long layovers and delays can actually be fun and productive if you use the time well! Every airport and airline offer different amenities to keep travelers entertained and tempers at bay. Since I’ve spent a few days this week bopping around the country on planes, I’ve had to really find ways to keep entertained and productive. And really, I don’t think airports are that bad: there are much worse places to be “stuck.” Here’s what I’ve been doing:

  • Walk the terminal for exercise. I don’t just mean making the long distance sprint between gates to catch a flight, but keep active and moving. It will help ward off any travel weight, and help prevent a PE or blood clot.
  • Stop by a 10-minute manicure kiosk. They aren’t very expensive, and the relaxation benefits can work wonders for stressed travel brains.
  • Blog! Even if you don’t currently have one, you can build one quickly during a layover and you don’t even need your laptop – WordPress’ mobile app is great for on-the-go posting.
  • Go on an airport scavenger hunthere’s one idea, or maybe try my version by clicking here!
  • Drink local beers. Because obviously.

More ideas under the fold… Continue reading

tune tuesday: peppermint mocha

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Over the past year or so, my friend and I have been making epic playlists for each other. For the most part, they are dark and upsetting (our favorite kind of music!), but lately I’ve gotten into making seasonal playlists. Great summer songs, music perfect for a fall day, or cozy January… or Februrary… or March day. Lately, one that’s gotten a lot of play is Peppermint Mocha – winter-inspired songs that pair perfectly with a latte and a Snuggie.

Curl up, keep warm, and don’t let this polar vortex keep you down!