Grab a Cup for the 1st Ultimate Coffee Date of ’17

The-Ultimate-Coffee-Date2-1-600x600Welcome to the first Ultimate Coffee Date link up of 2017. I am finding it hard to believe that it’s 2017, but… it must be. Last year went by in a blink – didn’t it? I‘m linking up with Coco @ Running with Perseverance and Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner. What is the Ultimate Coffee Date? Imagine we are having coffee together… this post is what I would tell you. So grab a cup , “listen” and then tell me what is going on with you in the comments, please!

View from my window. Pretty. Cold. Pretty Cold!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that it is SO very cold here in Chicago. Yes, I know that it’s winter in Chicago, but it is really frigid out at the moment. It looks beautiful from my window. And to be fair, running outside yesterday (it was less than 10 degrees ambient when we went out) was not so bad. It wasn’t windy so that helped. Last January, I had three trips to the West Coast and right now I have no plans to be anywhere but here until mid-February. That got me thinking and I enjoyed writing 5 Things I’m Looking Forward To (So Far) in ’17 for my Friday Five post. I’d ask you what you have on the horizon, too.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I finally got to some movies after a long hiatus. We saw Manchester by the Sea (fab acting but VERY dark) and La La Land (super fun but maybe a bit overhyped). Yesterday, I saw Sing! with Pam and fave kid-tester Reese to celebrate her 6th birthday. I think the grown ups liked it best. It was so much fun and I loved it. Take your kids or borrow some like me. Heck, you can just go see it. I’d ask for a report on what you’ve seen, too!

First we sweat with Flywheel and then we set goals with Flywheel’s Will Haley.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I went to a great goal setting session as part of my A Sweat Life Ambassador Kick Off. I liked the approach a lot. It was basically to visualize the life you want in ten years (very specifically). Then to set career, personal and health goals for 10 years, 5 years and 1 year to support the life you saw yourself living. I am older than most of the people that were present, so I got a bit hung up at first on the fact that I’d be 55 in ten years. Yikes. I also thought back to what I may have said when I was 35. After I got back on track, I realize that this exercise (especially for career) would help me feel more in control of my destiny. [If you are in Chicago, you still have time to join me at ASL’s #SweatworkingWeek classes. Get 25% off on any class with code EricaFinds. Learn more here.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I have some more great finds and giveaways coming in my #Healthier in 2017 series so keep your eye out.  I’d ask you if you were trying anything new to be healthy in 2017.

That’s all I have for this month! What would you tell me over a cup? Leave some coffee talk in the comments!

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  1. Happy new year!! I just signed up on waitlist for one of the sweatworking lunches, hopefully it opens up!! I’m getting ready to leave for the Bahamas Half Marathon next weekend, so I’m super excited and getting some last minute errands and tasks ready for that!

  2. It is unusually cold here in the DC area as well. I heard mixed about LaLa land we have not been to a real movie in a while. Thanks for joining us for coffee date today

  3. Happy New Year!!! I don’t even want to think about 10 years from now. I”ll be 64 then. Yikes. I’ll probably be a crazy old lady…

  4. Luckily, you at 55 will be more badass than most anyone of any age…
    And my right foot is perpetually frozen. Mostly the right one.

  5. megan says:

    We went to the new Star Wars movie. While I’m not the die hard fan my husband is, I really did enjoy it as did my girls.

  6. I saw Sing and loved it too!

  7. Coco says:

    I do want to see Sing! Where is that in Chicago? Is that your home window or office window? I love running in your city — but when it’s a bit warmer.

  8. Amber Ludwig says:

    I would tell you Happy New Year and that I feel your pain over this awful cold!! I live in Southeastern WI and its so cold here too!!! Brrrrr!! Supposed to let up a little on Monday though!! I am hoping to go see Sing this week with my son so Im glad to hear its good 🙂 Can’t wait!!

  9. Arlinda says:

    I still haven’t seen Sing but I want to. I cannot stand cold weather and those who live higher up north are brave people to me. And I’m ready for good things to happen this year

  10. Marcia says:

    Those movies were all over the Golden Globes last night. I didn’t think I’d like La La Land at all but I did. It’s really not my kind of movie though. Thing 2 is pushing hard to see Sing. This week! Stay warm and keep visualizing. I’m already a crazy old lady. ; )

  11. Lynne B says:

    I don’t think I could handle Chicago winters. OK, so I’ve become a little wussy since leaving the northeast. I haven’t been to the theater in a while and I try to catch movies when they come out on demand/Netflix. I heard “Sing” was really good and both my husband and I would love to see it.

  12. Deb E says:

    My folks and sister lived in Chicago before I was born and I grew up in the Midwest, so I can appreciate the cold weather there. I have no business complaining about all the rain we’re having here in California, but a hot cup of coffee or two makes it much more bearable. Since I just had a birthday, I’m not ready to talk about age. At least the words senior and elderly are out and the word older is in and less offensive to most.

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