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Release and Reset
May 12, 2017
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Release and Reset
Yesterday day was a tough day in Candringa happy-land. Very little sleep the previous night, lots of emails and computer work which is not my sweet spot, a screw up with kid transport, and a prom party at our home coming sooner than later. When I feel overwhelmed, I get impatient and dramatic. I overreact […]
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Right Where You’re Supposed to Be
May 1, 2017
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Right Where You’re Supposed to Be
So my friend took this pic of me in Punta Cana. I’m not all that comfortable being serious in pics. I like doing something, smiling, being silly, being me! But truth be told a lot of me this year wasn’t so silly. I know…I had a big change and had to navigate that. It was […]
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Bull’s-Eye
April 27, 2017
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Bull’s-Eye
It’s going to sound funny…insane…maybe even spoiled…but I really didn’t want to go to Punta Cana. I resisted the trip until I arrived to my hotel room yesterday. I had committed months earlier. You know that saying “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Not 48 hours ago I thought it was a […]
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So This Happened Today
July 24, 2016
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So This Happened Today
We vacay-ed in Vail this week. Girls and I flew home early for soccer and dance. 2:30am wake up. 6:00am flight. Our 9:30am arrival to Casa Andringa Stillwater. I can’t make this stuff up. We drive down our 5 mile driveway (slight exaggeration) and roll up to this. I think to myself…don’t cry…the girls are […]
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So This Happened Today
July 15, 2016
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So This Happened Today
Background for those not in the loop: I have recently relocated to Stillwater, MN after 20 years, raising 3 children, and married to the same man in Madison. WI. One son is headed to college, and two teenager daughters have full residence here with us. Let me state this now loud and clear — I […]
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My Proudest Veteran; my Dad
November 10, 2015
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My Proudest Veteran; my Dad
My dad is an Army Veteran. He volunteered for the draft and started his basic training in Missouri. He then went to the school of cryptology in Fort Gordon, GA. There were 10 in his graduating class. He was assigned to none other than Washington, D.C. For 2 years his assignment was to communicate highly […]
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Wonder Woman and Me
February 21, 2015
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I’ve been obsessed with Wonder Woman from a very young age. Unbeknownst to me, Lynda Carter (the actress that played her) and I share the same birthday. It was meant to be. Here I am in 1978 lassoing my brother with the Lasso Of Truth. The lasso compelled all beings to tell the absolute truth. […]
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This is the Last Time
December 1, 2014
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When you finally get to that phrase with kids, spouses, friends, business associates, or people who take your money for goods and services…there is a very distinct change in the conversation. I stayed a month ago at a hotel in Atlanta. Carson (my 15 year old) left clothes in a drawer; as she always does. […]
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2nd Most Important List Of Things I’m Grateful for
November 27, 2014
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My Top “2nd Most Grateful List”. This list comes after the “1st Most Grateful List” about family, friends, health, peace, love…ect. All very important, and I truly am grateful. But there’s another very important list that needs to be recognized. This is in no particular order. 1. Spot Shot 2. Heated Seats 3. Photo Filters […]
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Meaning Not $
November 12, 2014
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Meaning Not $
For the past few years I’ve been invited to speak to graduating seniors at a local private high school. Particularly students who are looking to pursue careers in health/wellness/athletics/entrepreneurship. My kids go to a different high school in the same city. I have no obligation to speak, my children don’t directly benefit, nor do I […]
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And Then There Were Four
October 12, 2014
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And Then There Were Four
Thank God for this foursome. Lisa…in the forefront…received an incredible honor. She was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Association. We are cheers-ing her. What I love about our foursome is we can’t WAIT to cheers each other. Let Lisa shine. She deserves it. We are gutturally proud. And when it’s […]
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Miracle of Love
September 28, 2014
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Miracle of Love
My parents home in Florida was destroyed by a fire yesterday. Thank God they weren’t there, and no one was injured. When my mom called me crying she said, “I just kept thinking that the most precious picture my grandkids made was gone!” 70 reasons I love my Nana – for her 70th birthday. Unbeknownst […]
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Look Mom and Dad, it’s me!
August 26, 2014
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Look Mom and Dad, it’s me!
Spent a great 4 day weekend with my parents. Even at 45, I still feel like their little girl when I’m with them. I took an early morning run and ventured out onto this rock jetty.  Once out on there, my first thought was…wow, my parents would LOVE to see this. So I called, texted, […]
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The Perfect-Imperfect Plan
August 11, 2014
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I was watching a reality crime show while kicking it out on the elliptical. A pretty dicey murder case, solved because of that one overlooked mistake. She used her discount grocery card to save $.34 and BAM, they nailed her. The chief investigator commented, “You can try to plan the perfect murder, but you will […]
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Fear of Flying
July 13, 2014
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Fear of Flying
In my late 20’s I contracted a fear of flying. A horrible disease. Booking a flight and pressing “checkout” was a crap shoot. I know, I know. The odds were with me, and statistically I had more of a chance dying in my car in my own city…but at the time it didn’t matter. My fear […]
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Lop-i-sop-a
June 12, 2014
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Lop-i-sop-a
Are you old enough to have watched Zoom? Op-en-glop-hish? If you didn’t…Google it. This photo is of Lisa and me…or Lop-i-sop-a and mop-e. We spoke Op-en-glop-ish to each other many, many years ago and still refer to each other lovingly in this language. Growing up we spent many sleepovers practicing our Op-en-glop-ish. I can remember […]
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My Son
May 24, 2014
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My Son
My son is 16. I see much less of him. He left this morning for golf. Told him I’d like to spend time with him when he got home. Upon his return, “What do you want to do mom? I’m all in.” Shared I had to run to Target and then maybe we could grab […]
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Front and Center!
April 28, 2014
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Front and Center!
Front and center of what? Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud. I love watching her front and center. However, I know how hard she worked to be included in a dance where she was “back and right.” No one in the audience knew how much it meant to her to be “back and  right.” But […]
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“You’re Really Good Carson.”
April 15, 2014
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“You’re Really Good Carson.”
Jack – my son, and Carson’s 16 year-old brother – made the trip to Boston this weekend to see her dance. She’s been to 900 hockey games, and 500 football games. He’s been to about 10 dance competitions/recitals. This weekend she was working as an assistant for Tremaine Dance Competitions. Not only did she dance, […]
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A Wise Person Once Told Me…
April 1, 2014
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To be Wise: Having experience, knowledge AND good judgement. People may have incredible experiences and arm themselves with tons of knowledge, but without good judgement they lack wisdom. Getting old isn’t always easy…things look and feel different. However, I celebrate my wisdom. I have lived. I have made mistakes. I have learned. I have had […]
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Guilty or Not Guilty
March 10, 2014
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There will always be people in your life who attempt to manipulate you by guilt. They are not bad people; they have a bad habit. None of us were born with feelings of guilt. It’s learned. And the good news is, anything can be unlearned. The root of guilt is criticism. When a person suggests […]
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“Not Here.” A tribute to Mr. Bruce Dahmen. R.I.P
March 1, 2014
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“Not Here” I had the honor of participating in  A Principal Experience, which is a program that unites local businesses and community leaders with Madison’s public schools. I was able to serve as a Principal Partner for one day, and had the privilege of spending my day with Mr. Bruce Dahmen, Principal at James Madison […]
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Tremaine
February 3, 2014
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Tremaine
I invited one of my best friends and her daughter to see my own daughter perform in their home city of Indianapolis, IN. As proud of I am of my daughter, Carson, I wanted them to experience Tremaine – her company. Why? Because they rock beyond dance. They teach life lessons AND amazing dance. This […]
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Mama Drings
February 1, 2014
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Mama Drings
Running in downtown Kansas City a couple weeks ago, I came upon the Catholic Center. The cast iron bald eagle above me is hovering over it’s eaglets in a nest. I feel that way about my kids. I’m known as the strict “Mama Drings” according to them. I don’t believe in excuses; I believe in […]
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Road Trip
January 10, 2014
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No matter the distance, they are predictable. Today we travelled approximately 7 hours from Madison, WI to Kansas City, MO. 2 Andringa’s, 4 Moyers. Our destination; a dance convention. Further description of participants on the road trip…Me and my daughter Carson, Tammie and Joel Moyer, and Bryce and Caitlyn who are the dancing children of […]
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Your Prize
December 28, 2013
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Your Prize
Motivation is personal. Your prize is personal. While vacationing in FL last week, I was running 4-5 each day, which was tough. Hadn’t been running much in Madison due to the weather and my schedule. I had warmth and time, which translated into mileage. My brother shared with me on our last beachfront night that […]
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I Got This
December 13, 2013
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I Got This
Tough couple weeks. Driving to teach my hot yoga class today and I thought, “Why are you waiting for the world to make this better? YOU make it better.” I have the coolest people in my life…my husband, kids, friends and industry peers. So full of love, positivity, brilliance and support. However, they cannot make […]
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Love is Simple
December 2, 2013
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Love is Simple
My best friend lost her brother this week. Her parents lost their son. I lost my best friend’s brother. The morning of his funeral, his dad went out to feed the birds at their beautiful mountain home. The simplicity of feeding the birds and this image struck me. A million why’s…but at the end of […]