If we were friends in real life, we could meet up over coffee and catch up about what is going on in our lives.  But like me, you are probably busy with work, kids, and a house to manage. Meeting for coffee is just another thing we don’t have time to fit in our schedules. So I created a monthly series of virtual coffee dates.  I’ll fill you in on what’s happened since we last met, then you can share something with me in the comments.

If we were catching up over coffee, this is what I would tell you…

Catching up over coffee

Girls Weekend in Oklahoma

I had a busy, FUN weekend in Oklahoma with several of my fellow Dallas Fitness Ambassadors. If you followed along on my IG stories, you saw that we packed a ton of activities into a few short days.  Full recaps of our adventures, where we stayed and what we ate will be up on the blog next week. You don’t want to miss hearing about my river rapids adventures!

Oxygen Challenge

Summer is here, which means it is time for another Oxygen Challenge! This will be my third OC and I am PUMPED that my trainer is Jamie Eason. For years, I’ve followed her fitness advice, training programs and watched her FB live videos.  She is a former NFL cheerleader (like me), mom of two (like me) and lives in Texas (like me). Each year, I get better at sticking to the 90 day nutrition and exercise program and this year I am committed to putting 100% effort into the challenge.

Headed to the Holy Land

Have you ever been offered a chance to cross a major item off your bucket list? The Holy Land has been on my list and I am finally getting the chance to go next April. I am registered to be part of the Women of the Word tour for 10 days in Israel.  Of course, I will be writing about preparing for the trip. Tips for what to pack, how to mentally prepare and travel tips for the long plane ride across the country.  Registration is still open and there are spots available for the trip. Check out the full itinerary here.

PE (Professional Engineering) Exam

My full time job is in Petroleum Engineering and I’ve been at the same company for 10 years! Due to the nature of our business, I need to obtain my Professional Engineering license in the state of Texas.  The test is 8 hours long and only offered once a year. It is notoriously hard to pass, which is why I am taking it for the SECOND time this year.  I am already starting to study for the test, which is scheduled for the last Friday in October. I feel like I am back in college, well at least summer school.

Exciting news for my Husband

You probably already know my husband is in a band. What you might NOT know, is he left his former band (of four years) at the end of last year. After a short break, (I think it lasted about 6 weeks), he started playing and performing locally in Dallas again.  Two weeks ago, he signed with a management company and booking manager for his band! What does this mean? Basically it means he will be play bigger venues, more high profile venues, and get to do what he loves full time – which is play music! I’m sure I will learn more over the next few months, but I am excited and very proud of him!  If you want to catch him in Dallas, check out his full schedule on the Facebook Page.

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Favorite Books I’ve Read this Month (or am still reading)

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

This book has been on my list for months, and is highly recommended in the writing community. Mary Karr is a professor who teaches the art of writing memoir. As an aspiring memoir writer, I want to know how to capture my memories, to reflect on the past and to share my story without upsetting others who are part of my story. It is a fine line in writing memoir and Mary Karr is the expert on teaching it.


I Found You by Lisa Jewell

This book was intriguing, thrilling and unpredictable.  I listed to it on Audible (so the characters had a British accent, but not necessarily in a good way).  If possible, I recommend reading the book instead of listening to it like I did. However I looked forward to driving home from work every day because I COULD NOT WAIT to find out what happened next. Easy, quick read that will have you guessing along the way.


The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

This book is the ultimate beach read. A summer house in Nantucket is rented by two different families, who decide to make the best of the situation by sharing the home for the entire summer. It will make you want to pack your beach bag and head straight to the shore for some summer fun. Another easy, fun read that will put you in the mood for summer vacation.



If we were having coffee, what would you tell me is going on in your life? Do you have any trips planned? Summer bucket lists?  What books are you reading? Tell me about it in the comments.


  1. I have a friend who is in Israel at the moment and it looks like she is having a great time! I hope you have fun too!! Have a blessed weekend, girl!
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  2. Hi Stephanie! I am moving to Charlotte!! Big for me, but I am pretty alone in Huntington these days and Mark and Heather will soon have two babies under two! They need family and so do I. I will be closer to Greg while he is in D.C. I am excited!

    • Donna, I am excited that you will be closer to Mark and Heather (and your grandbabies). My husband and I could not survive without the help of his parents. They moved just down the street in our neighborhood about a year ago and we love having them so close! We considered Charlotte before we moved to Dallas too, it is a great city!

  3. Love this Stephanie! I may have to do it on my blog! Also, would love to know more about the oxygen challenge! So excited for your trip to th holy land, that is definitely on my bucket list. We are headed to the beach and then Disney World next week so am going to look for those books you mentioned! 🙂

    • Have a great time at the beach and Disney! We are going on a cruise next month and back to Disney World in the fall. It is our favorite place for family vacation! The Oxygen Challenge keeps me accountable all summer, giving me the tools I need to exercise and eat healthy. I’ve participated the last two years but I think this year is my favorite already.

    • Yes, I am very excited about the trip to the Holy Land. Our Pastor’s wife is leading the trip, so I know we will have wonderful teaching along the way.

  4. What a fun way to connect monthly! I’m still traveling to see friends and family. Then I’ll be revving up on the blog and with Rise Up Writers.

    Take care Stephanie!

  5. You sound like a big fitness person. Good luck on the test and studying. Sounds stressful. I just finished reading, What Alice Forgot. Liked the book. Made me think about life. Heading to some National Parks this summer. Planning to do a lot of hiking.

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