Beth Mowins: Making Herstory in the NFL

This September ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins will be the first female play caller for a regular season NFL game. She will call the September 11 Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. As a fan of the game, this is a big deal and a long-time coming.  This is historic because calling the live game has been largely a role reserved for men and even more specifically past coaches and players.  Mowins has been with ESPN since 1994 and has covered many women’s collegiate sports and recently began calling the Raiders preseason games. In a male-dominated sport like football, it may be easy to assume that women should remain on the sidelines (pun intended), but as women we all know better.

So what is the key takeaway for the rest of us? What can you take away from this if you work in a corporate space, in education, or science & technology? Just because a woman has never done it, does not mean that a woman cannot or should not be doing it. Let’s keep making history herstory.

Even though I know better, I read the comments on a post about Mowins’ new role. SMH, why did I do that. Many commenters seemed to be less than thrilled or even cynical that Mowins is actually deserving of this opportunity.  Some even accused ESPN of only seeking positive press for putting a woman in this role.  And just like that, a moment that should be positive and a moment of celebration is cast as meaningless and a competition between men and women.  Reading those comments is honestly one of the main reasons that BossChix Network exists. If we don’t support each other, who will??

So back to my original point, let’s keep making herstory, support each other, and forget the detractors.

5 Fitness Tips for the Super Busy Woman

Who has time to think about going to the gym or fitness? When you’re a busy working woman juggling competing responsibilities just getting a healthy dinner on the table every night can be a task. We often have many extracurricular activities during a work week. Some weeks, I have dinner with colleagues, a date if I’m lucky, and a meeting on a business venture. So it is not surprising that when life happens, your fitness and workout plans are the first thing to go out the window. And then, if you’re like me you feel guilty. Rather than fall into the habit of scrapping your workout plan, here are 5 tips on how you can make fitness a priority even with a hectic schedule. Hint: Stick with me until the end because I have a great surprise for you!

  1. Put it on the calendar

    This is a no-brainer and is almost like stating the obvious, but it would surprise you how many people don’t think to schedule this time for themselves. It is simply the easiest way to work fitness into to your schedule. Again, I know it sounds pretty crazy to say it out loud but it is true. When I look at my schedule for the week on Sunday evening, I look for time to schedule my gym workouts. For example, this week I have a team dinner scheduled with colleagues on Wednesday. To make sure that I still get a workout in, I have a short 20 min HIIT workout that I will do in the morning before work and I will walk on the treadmill for about 30 minutes after the team dinner. I could use the team dinner as an excuse to skip the gym altogether, but instead I’m going with the mindset that a shorter workout is better than no workout.

  2. Trade one of your Sunday brunch dates with your girls for a fitness date

    How often do you cancel your monthly brunch with your best girlfriends because you are just too busy? Oh, that’s right never. Saturday or Sunday brunch plans are often the highlight of a busy week. The time catching up with friends over bottomless mimosas and French toast is not something that I usually skip. Trade that brunch for a fitness date with your girls and you kill two birds with one stone. You will still get to catch up with your faves and the bonus is that you will burn calories while doing it. This might be the time to switch up your gym workout and instead try a workout class like yoga, Barre, or a dance class.

  3. Multitask

    I usually discourage multi-tasking because instead of getting things done, you actually decrease your productivity when you think you are multi-tasking. But getting your fitness workout in is one of the few times that I say it’s good to multi-task.

    One of the main excuses I hear when people say they don’t have time to make it to the gym is running their kids to their various activities. Another no-brainer to me is to use the time that your kid is practicing Tae Kwan Do, football, gymnastics, track or whatever to get your workout in as well. I have a friend that walks the track while her son attends his football practices. Grab one of the other parents and get some steps!

  4. Take it slow

    Do not set an aggressive goal for getting in shape just before your upcoming vacation. Set a realistic goal and you will be more likely to stick with the fitness plan. If your fitness goal is too aggressive, you may become frustrated and give up when you do not see immediate results. Set a manageable goal and remember that if you are trying to lose weight you will need to combine dietary changes and exercise.

  5. Simplify and save your killer warrior workouts for the weekend

    This has been key to sticking to my fitness plan overall. When I stopped holding myself to the expectation that my weeknight workouts had to be this super long intense physically draining experience it became that much easier to stick to my commitment to workout. This has saved me so much time and keeps me in the routine of working out. On the weekends, my workouts are a bit more intense and physical. That is when I get to hit the gym and workout without feeling as rushed.

    Get an example of my weekend workout here: Weekend Warrior Workout

These are just a few tips that have kept me going on my fitness journey. Getting fit and staying fit – it is not easy, it certainly takes commitment and a desire for a different outcome. When you decide that you want to get in shape, your excuses will not necessarily disappear, but your willingness to give into them will.

 

Let’s get fit! How do you motivate yourself to get to the gym??

Entertaining in a Hurry – the BossChix Way

If you’ve been following BossChix Network since we launched late last year, you know we’ve been dealing with a lot of professional development and women’s empowerment topics, like the 31 Day Goal-Getter Challenge.  If you just finished that challenge with us, Congratulations! This post will be a departure from professional development, but still something that you as a professional woman will benefit from.  Your day was bad, the traffic was hell, but it’s time to kick off your work shoes and slip into something far less comfortable for that drinks party you’ve been promising to throw for weeks.

You have precisely half the time you need, and twice the work to do. With that in mind, we’ve rustled up some awesome appetizers to wow your guests that you can fix with one hand, while applying lipstick with the other. Because we love you, we’ve also thrown in a cocktail idea to make sure that your sparkling soiree starts off on the right foot.

But hang on…did you actually manage to get to Whole Foods or that cute little wine and cheese shop for the ingredients you needed? No?  No worries.  Throw open your fridge, pantry and wherever else you keep food and let’s do this.

 

Stuffed Crescent Rolls (My version of Pizza Rollups!)

If you’ve got a tube of crescent bread or dough handy, then you’re golden. Roll out the dough and cut each section to half its intended size, then spread with something delicious. Don’t take the filling right to the edges; and whatever you choose, it’s important to keep it finely chopped and thinly spread. My favorite is pizza sauce, chopped basil, feta cheese, and smoked salmon.

Carefully roll up each mini crescent roll, spritz with a bit of garlic infused olive oil or any other cooking oil and bake for just over half of the suggested cooking time on the pack. Take a look at our ideas for inspiration – you’re bound to have some of these in your fridge!

Smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese

Feta, mint leaves and red onion

Olive paste and mozzarella

Pesto and mushroom or cooked chicken

Smoked salmon, feta, basil, and pizza sauce

Chorizo/salami and tomato (seeds removed)

Goat’s cheese and sweet chilli sauce (no need to bake this one)

These little finger foods are so incredibly tasty and versatile; we guarantee that they’ll disappear in seconds. Save at least one for yourself in the kitchen, or miss out forever.

 

Easy Breezy Caprese Salad

Class up your party a bit with these easy to made caprese salad skewers. Toss sliced cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella cheese balls into a bowl with some chopped basil, a dash of salt, and balsamic glaze. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then assemble mini-skewers using a toothpick.

 

The Cocktail Hour

It’s always cocktail hour somewhere, so treat your guests to a fabulous drink to start your evening with. One of the easiest and most crowd-pleasing of them all is the French Kir or Kir Royale.

Simply pour raspberry liqueur into a champagne glass and top it off with ice-cold Champagne or white wine; a Kir is a fabulous drink.

 

Pour around an inch of raspberry liqueur into each glass if you’re drinking fizz; or into a white wine glass for white wine, then top up the drinks. You can either give them a quick mix with a cocktail stick, or leave unstirred for a pretty ombre effect.

 

 

 

 

Showtime

The final touches? Lighting, music and fragrance.  Stick with lamps and candles and avoid harsh overhead lights wherever possible.  Kill two birds with one stone by making one of the candles a gently fragranced one, but keep it subtle.  Even if you love being surrounded by patchouli and lime at all times, your guests might not, so keep it neutral and err on the side of olfactory caution with a light vanilla or something similarly restrained.

You can have all of this nailed inside an hour. Now go change, spritz on some perfume and get ready to party.  Who said entertaining was difficult?