I have so many praise reports and life updates to give – I don’t know where to start. Some of you might have read that sentence and thought I was bragging about myself. I was not. To the contrary, a praise report isn’t really about your skill or your awesomeness. All credit or praise is given to God. I couldn’t do anything without that grace.
Anyway, I thought I’d catch you up on some things around here – in list order of course. And in no particular (coolness factor) order:
1) I was cast as DOLLY in Annie Get Your Gun!!
First, I was blessed when Travis decided that I could audition!! He’s a good guy. There are really only two female parts in this show: Annie and Dolly. So I’m just thrilled and ecstatic that I got one. Annie will be played by my good friend, Nikki. She played Annie when the company first ran the show 6 years ago.
We’ll be sharing a dressing room again (Nikki played the Queen of Hearts in Alice), so I’m looking forward to growing that friendship as well. There really is no business like show business. Rehearsals start next week.
2) I am now NCCPT certified!
I haven’t talked about this at all on the blog, but I took my personal trainer test for NCCPT yesterday and passed. I am already NASM-certified and have been for about 4 years now, but my boss wanted all of the trainers at our gym to be certified in something uniform across the board so he asked us all to take the NCCPT test.
Confession: I’ve known about this test for over 4 months. I cracked the book for the first time last Monday night and crammed all last week. (That’s NOT how my Type A personality does things, but I’ve just been too busy.). Luckily, studying for NASM and working as a trainer helped prepare me for this certification so the test wasn’t too bad.
The best part? I’ve met all of my CPU’s for NASM by taking this test – AND I can take CPU courses and have them apply to maintaining both the NASM and NCCPT certifications.
As with any test, I was super glad when it was over. And as with any test, a celebratory beer was needed. At 12:35pm. Hoo-rah!
3) I’m going to VEGAS!!
I’ve been meaning to tell you guys this!!! Perhaps the most exciting news in this post. I was just hired as a personal trainer by Technogym to help demonstrate their equipment at the 2013 IHRSA Convention!!! (For more info on what IHRSA is, go here – basically a HUGE health and fitness convention in Vegas. All the latest products/innovations are showcased.)
My friend, Jillian, who works for Technogym, asked if I’d be interested in flying out and helping with the company’s demo area for two days. Of course I jumped at the chance and after a phone interview, I was chosen! IHRSA is March 20-22nd, so I need to go ahead and book everything – put that on my To Do list.
I’ve never been to Vegas. I’ve always wanted to go. I get to fly and I love flying. I love fitness. AND I get PAID!! I can’t think of anything more exciting!!! (or a better use of exclamation points.)
4) Clara is allergic to dust mites and dogs.
Ok. Not really a praise report. But….we are happy to finally have an answer. For the longest time, Clara has been breaking out in rashes and we’ve never known the true cause. Could it be diet? An allergy? Something in the air or the detergent I use? I finally made an appointment and took her to an allergist (who was fabulous btw – for any locals, we saw Dr. Cypcar at Allergy Partners of WNC). The doctor tested Clara for 11 different things (eggs, soy, wheat, dairy, peanuts, dogs, cats, dust mites, trees, and some others I can’t recall), via a skin prick test.
Oh man, it was the saddest thing ever. The results showed that she is allergic to dog dander and dust mites but NO foods. The cause of her rashes is severe eczema which can be treated with certain creams and a light antihistamine given at night. In a way, this is good news because it means we can finally treat this problem and not be guessing as to the cause. Glad those tests are behind us though!
5. Blend 2013 is shaping up nicely!
We’re selling tickets, signing new sponsors (Laughing Cow and Core Power to name a few) and refining the schedule to make this event one of the BEST around! Right now, the mood is LUXURY for a SMALL PRICE! If you’re at all interested in coming (blogger or not!), please sign up before Sunday, when ticket prices will increase! It’s going to be so much fun!
That’s all I got. Lots of praise.
QUESTION: Any praise reports or good news from you?? Tell me everything! What do I HAVE to see/do in Vegas??