The Water Lily Way

A school counselor's story of how to live, work and play…the water lily way

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Summer 2014 Playlist

It is officially summer vacation for me!!! Feels GREAT to be on vacation before I start my summer job & eventually my eight week summer class. HOWEVER, no need to worry about either of those things right now. My mind is on my one week off and long weekend up at my cabin in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

Being that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, it will be my first time back out on our pontoon since last summer! Not only will we be cruising around on the water, but we’ll be spending time outdoors around the fire, grilling out, etc. Basically, where I am going with this is that it is about that time to create a good playlist for all of the outdoor fun we have ahead this summer!  Just as well, I am signed up for a half marathon next week, and a motivating playlist is a MUST to get me through 13 miles of running!

Whether you are looking for music for cruising on the boat, for a cookout, an exercise playlist, or something to walk/run/dance …Here is what I have on repeat right now! Enjoy and wahooo for summer!!! 🙂


Summer 2014 Playlist

(A mix of newbies & oldies but goodies 🙂 )

Am I Wrong -Nico & Vinz

Glowing – Nikki Williams

Summer -Calvin Harris

Problem -Ariana Grande

I Need Your Love -Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

Show Me -Chris Brown

I Wanna Dance w/Somebody -Whitney Houston

Gettin’ Over You -David Guetta

I Cry -Flo rida

Freak -Enrique Iglesias

Africa -Toto

Trumpets -Jason Derulo

Fancy -Iggy

Keep Them Kisses Comin’ -Chris Campbell

Wild Wild Love -Pitbull

Ain’t it Fun -Paramore

Sweet Caroline -Neil Diamond (Fam fav & classic in the summer)

Live Like You Were Dyin -Tim McGraw (Same as above)

Hollaback girl -Gwen Stefani

Not Alone -Dane Rumble

I Don’t Dance -Lee Brice

La La La -Naughty Boy

Clockwork -Easton Corbin

Love Never Felt So Good -Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake

Play it Again -Luke Bryan

The Man -Aloe Blacc

Where did the Party go -Fall Out Boy

Every Chance We Get We Run -David Guetta

Get me some of that -Thomas Rhett

Invisible -Hunter Hayes

This is How We Roll -Florida Georgia Line

See You Tonight -Scotty McCreery

Rude -Magic

Lettin’ The Night Roll -Justin Moore

Cop Car -Keith Urban

Mmm Yeah -Austin Mahone

Where it at -Dustin Lynch

My Eyes -Blake Shelton




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30 Minute Medicine Ball Circuit

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend so far, and hopefully found some time for YOU this weekend. If not, maybe you can squeeze in a little “you time” this afternoon or evening. I’m hoping to cook a little tonight, and get a little exercising in. It feels great to start the week off fresh, and relaxed after allowing for “self-care” time. If you had an extremely busy weekend, I encourage you to find a little time for yourself during the week. Schedule it on your calendar! Put a reminder on your phone! Whatever you need to do to make sure you’re allowing time for yourself.

I thought I would share with you what will be doing in my group exercise class tomorrow afternoon! I really enjoy  my Monday class. There is a consistent group of girls that come each week. We have fun, work hard, and of course, always chat a bit. 🙂 This workout could totally be done at home, and the medicine ball is simply a suggestion (you certainly can do this routine without one). Maybe this could be your YOU time this week! I included links for a few of the exercises, please feel free to e-mail me with any other questions. 🙂

Have fun & have a great week -hoping for double-digit temperatures this week!


30 Minute Medicine Ball Circuit

Complete each exercise for 1 minute with a 20 second break (allow as much break time as needed, this is only a suggestion!) Complete each round twice. Remember to warm-up before you begin the following exercises!


Squat with overhead press

Single arm medicine ball push-up

Balancing Burpee

Plank hold (Medicine ball underneath hands)

Jumping jacks with medicine ball


Russian twist

Toe taps (medicine ball on ground)

Sit up with medicine ball overhead

Jump squats (or regular squats)

Lunge with overhead press

Cool down, you’re done! Way-To-GO!