Nope…I’m not talking about everyone’s favorite pop culture round-up on VH1.
(Although I do love me some sarcastic commentary on the latest Pretty Little Liars shenanigans.)
The title of this post is actually referring to life here in Smalltown–I’ve been fortunate enough to experience five wonderful days of change, surprises, excitement, and bodysuits.
(In other words, my Beyonce outfit arrived yesterday. Imagine me twerking by the mailbox in celebration as our new neighbors looked on in confusion.)
Summer is here, we closed and moved into our new house, and the $2,600 couch I blindly ordered off the internet turned out to be a complete success.
AND I made a pretty amazing key lime cheesecake from scratch last night, thankyouverymuch.
But there was one major surprise that even trumped moving into our brand new home. Remember this video I shared a few weeks ago?
Well, it sorta, kinda won Kayla and I a FREAKING TRIP TO AUSTRALIA WITH CONTIKI TOURS.
Naturally, Papa Mark — the king of winning things — was the first person I called.
“I’m proud of you sweetheart. You’re a winner!”
(It’s encouragement like this that is undoubtedly responsible for my disproportionately large amount of self-esteem.)
Karena and Katrina, founders of Tone It Up, emailed us two days ago to let us know they wanted to ask a few more questions about our #BikiniSeries entry over Skype. While Kayla and I were hopefull, we were also incredibly nervous! What if we didn’t make the cut? What if they didn’t like our answers? And even worse…what if they didn’t like our hair?!
Kayla came over after work, and we immediately began primping. It was a nervous cloud of bronzer, sea-salt spray, and self-conscious giggling.
(I may or may not have applied false eyelashes.)
And then…before we knew it…we were chatting on Skype with K+K.
Karena and Katrina were every bit as sweet as you would imagine. I’ve followed their fitness community for years, and having an actual conversation with them was incredibly surreal. I felt like we were friends that had known each other for years!
I also feel like they may think I’m borderline crazy. You see..when I get nervous, I tend to talk.
About pretty much anything that crosses my mind.
(Kind of like a Virginia Woolf stream of consciousness type of thing, but with more references to spray tanning and dog clothes.)
I bulldozed through the entire interview and am somewhat surprised Kayla didn’t kick me under the table so she could get a word in. (Sorry Kayla.) Thankfully, my excessive chatter about quitting diet soda, and my somewhat inappropriate false eyelashes didn’t deter them. In lieu of a final question, they cheered “You’re going to Australia!!!!!”
There was so much flailing, I nearly lost an eyelash.
All I remember is copious amounts of screaming, hugging, sweating, and hair flying everywhere. Followed by a celebratory champagne toast at the lake, of course.
I’m still pinching myself. Kayla and I both believed we could do it — and having it actually happen is beyond incredible. We are so grateful to Karena and Katrina, and everyone in the Tone It Up community who motivated us and cheered us on. It’s an amazing community of women–I highly suggest you check it out.
More details to come, but for the time being, I’m off to Google photos of koala bears.
And photos of Aussie surfer boys.
Want to see the official announcement and meet the other winners? I thought you might…!