I won the sibling lottery

IMG_1600Kids, I hate to break it to you, but you’ve been lied to. I know it was National Sibling Day this week and you all believe that you have the coolest siblings, but you would be wrong…because I have the world’s coolest brother. How do I know this? Well, aside from the fact that I’ve been gathering evidence for the past 24 years, my brother, the ever-talented Liam Benjamin Fennecken just won the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Collegiate Male Solo for a recording he did with his college a cappella group! You can listen to a clip of his award winning recording of Come Wake Me Up HERE. You can also catch some of his mad skillz from his TODAY show appearance a couple of years ago. ENJOY!

Moving back to my far less exciting existence, this week wasn’t the best for training. I’m still fighting off this cold (which moved to my chest -bleh, so much coughing), I had a VERY important social engagement midweek, and work has been demanding, so I ended up giving myself an extra rest day and taking a couple of workouts super easy. All was not lost though because this weekend was GORGEOUS and I got in a great ride (30 miles) and a solid run (8 and change) in the sunshine. And GOT‘s back. I’m calling it a win.

On a side note – I’m FINALLY listening to Serial. It’s just SO GOOD. What do you guys think? Did the state of Maryland get it right?? I’m still up in the air about it – but I’m absolutely certain of one thing. I will be so sad when I run out of episodes. Any further podcast recommendations for me?

In spite of the mucus (see cough above) I also had a very social week. I got to hang with a bunch of my favorite people on Wednesday, Friday was Back on My Feet NYC’s 3rd birthday celebration, Charlie and I hit up WO HOP after a friend’s party on Saturday night, and on Sunday an old friend joined me at the Brooklyn Tri Club‘s season kick off party. All the fun times were had!

Speaking of fun times – I’m doing this super fun race on July 19th! Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s called the NYC Triathlon? Right, well I’m racing to fundraise for Back on My Feet NYC, and this week a bunch of AMAZING folks made donations to my campaign. A million thanks to Emily, Meghan, Briana (btw- take her yoga classes – SO good!), Amara, Laura, Erica, Julie, Eddie (Artistic Director of a super cool theater company) and Charlie (check out his blog)! You guys are THE BEST – thank you, thank you, thank you!

To everybody else – I’m only 12% of the way to my goal of raising $2900 (for my 29th birthday) – I need your help! If you’d like to join the ranks of these awesomest of individuals and support an organization that literally and figuratively—helps individuals experiencing homelessness get back on their feet – make a donation here and I’ll give you a shout out!

Alright folks, I’m gonna go pop some popcorn and drink seltzer out of a wine glass to channel my inner Olivia Pope (she swims…do you think she’ll do a triathlon one day?). Have a great week!

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I’m Aubrie – nonprofit professional / triathlete / adventurer / blogger / currently on a frugal design journey as a new homeowner. Irreverent with good intentions.

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