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  • Six Years of PBR + 2016 Reader Survey Results


    On Saturday I celebrated the six years of Peanut Butter Runner. When I wrote my first post I never dreamed my blog would grow into what it is today. Sharing daily updates about my life online for this many years has been something that I've grown and learned from as I've navigated my way through everything from quitting [...]

  • 2016 Reader Survey + Giveaway


    Hi and happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start. Today I'm here to ask for your feedback with my first ever reader survey. In our yoga community, giving and receiving feedback is an important part of our culture as feedback is an extremely useful vehicle for growth. At the end of every [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love, The Girl Tribe Version


    TGIF! This week has been jam packed but in good ways. Work has been extra busy lately but that always seems to be the case when you're gearing up for a vacation. Instead of letting it completely stress me out, I try to find gratitude for a) the opportunities and b) that I have built a career based on [...]

  • 6 Drawbacks of Working in the Fitness, Blogging & Freelance Industries


    On this day four years ago I spent my last workday sitting in a cubicle. (For those of you just catching up, I worked in advertising and marketing for six years before making the switch to fitness and freelance full-time. You can read more about it in this post.) Each year on this day I [...]

  • 7 Years Ago: One Small Step That Changed My Life


    I few months ago I downloaded the TimeHop app after seeing posts shared from it all over social media. You can connect it to your social media accounts and it gives you a daily feed of your day in history. It's become part of my morning social/email/blog check-in routine to scroll through my TimeHop feed. [...]

  • The First Core Desire Yoga Weekend


    Hi, hi. Hope it's been a great Monday. I announced a month or so ago that I've partnered with my friend Dorie to create Core Desire Yoga. We are offering weekend workshops that combine Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map with yoga. You can read all about it on our website. I'm still on a high [...]

  • Why I Love the Y & Teaching Group Exercise


    I hope your Monday has been lovely and that your week is off to a nice start. I'm happy to see Monday arrive because my weekend kind of nuts. It was one of those perfect storms where everything hit at once...I had a book discussion to lead, an extra class on my schedule to sub, [...]

  • Back to Group Ex, Two New Playlists & Workouts


    Hi! Let's talk about some housekeeping items and then I'll get to TWO new playlists and weekly workouts. 1) Kind Giveaway Winner The winner is #33, Claire. I emailed you! 2) Redirects to the App Store on Mobile OMG. I'm losing my mind. Some of you have shared that you're being redirected to the App [...]

  • Town Hall Meeting with President Obama


    Well, yesterday definitely goes down as one of the most memorable days of my professional career. I was quoted in the Washington Post, connected with the leaders of BlogHer and She Knows, attended a town hall meeting with the President of the United States and shook his hand at the end. You can read about [...]

  • I’m Meeting the President about Women’s Workplace Issues


    The past few days have been a whirlwind. Last weekend I received an email from my contacts at BlogHer and She Knows Media asking me to complete a survey about equal pay and tax days. The email went on to ask if I was available for a town hall meeting with the Chief Community Officer [...]

  • Giveaways & Winners + TV Appearance + Zoey Gets Trained…and More!


    Happiest of Fridays! I woke up at 2 a.m. with a raging sore throat. I'm praying that it's allergies and not sickness. I haven't been sick in a really long time and thought I had escaped the brutal cold and flu season we had in Charlotte this year. I think my immune system has reached [...]

  • All About My Book + How To Pre-Order Ultimate Plank Fitness


    This day has been a long time coming but I'm excited to share with you that I am officially a published author. My book, Ultimate Plank Fitness: 101 Plank Exercises for a Strong Core, Killer Abs - And a Killer Body, will release on March 15, 2015! Today I'm giving you a sneak peek into my [...]

  • Loving Lately + Luxe Box Winner


    Happy Friday! Making good on my intention for 2015 to slow down and connect more, my Friday is full of friends! I am all about planning QT with my friends and scheduling meetings make new connections right now. This morning I met a friend for a (KILLER!) workout followed by a coffee date. I met another [...]

  • The End of the Year of Book Writing + My Intentions for 2015


    Annnddd I'm back! I am so excited to share that I sent the final manuscript of my book to my editor yesterday at 5 p.m. 2014 can be summarized as "the year of book writing" for me. At the end of 2013, I was connected to an editor through a mutual friend. The editor was looking for [...]

  • 2014 Year in Review: Life, Work and Blogging


    The last day of 2014 is here and I feel equal parts ready and nostalgic to close the door on this year. If I had to choose one word to summarize this year for me it would be growth. I truly feel that I grew in unprecedented ways both personally and professionally. I feel stronger, more [...]

  • The Day Everything Changed


    Sunday was a big day over here. 1) The time changed. In case you didn't know (I only bring it up once a week ;))...I'm a summer girl and the arrival of short days and cold weather makes me want to hibernate in a hole until April. I really should work on that plan to [...]

  • Monday in the Life


    Hey there. I am moving fast...but it's a blur of good. I woke up at 1 a.m. last night and started to panic about everything that I have on my plate (the middle of the night will do that to you every time!) but I reframed my anxiety to focus on feeling gratitude for the [...]

  • October Already? Life Updates.


    Thursday already? This week has flown by! October already? This YEAR has flown by! Does anyone else feel like it's gone in the blink of an eye? Just last night my grandmother reminded me that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just right around the corner. Ahhh! The only way that I know how to describe what [...]

  • No More Sunday Night Blues


    This month marks three years of working in health and fitness as my full-time career...and what a three years it has been. When I started this new path I was personal training, teaching yoga and writing the blog on the side - how that would change! Over the last three years I've held the following job [...]

  • Job Love + Blog Direction + Recent Eats


    Hi everyone. I hope the return to the real world after the long weekend was kind to all of you. Not gonna lie, I groaned when the alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. but once my feet were on the floor I made it a happy and productive day. One thing that starts my days on [...]

  • Fitness Industry Careers: The Importance of Adaptability


    One of the most important qualities to have when you work in the fitness industry is the ability to adapt...and quickly. I 100% endorse planning for your clients and classes but you also have to be able to abandon that plan depending on how your clients show up, outside circumstances that are out of your [...]

  • Day in the Life Friday


    Hello and happy Friday! Here's a little day in the life for you. 4:55 a.m. - alarm goes off. I didn't get in bed until midnight the night before due to the baseball game and then work stuff when I got home so that alarm came early. 5:30 a.m. - train my first client. I [...]

  • Life Lately: Work Love, Sullie Cuteness, Welcome Weekend


    The last five days of my life have been...a blur. I'll share them with you the best way that I know how, with pictures. It is a complete breath of fresh air to drive Uptown every day to work. The days have been long with training/teaching in the morning, working during the day, training/teaching again [...]

  • Working Girl


    I did something today that I haven't done in nearly four years. Got dressed to head into the office! It felt pretty crazy (and awesome) to put on real people clothes and drive myself uptown to work. Top - J. Crew Black jeans - Gap Briefcase - Tumi Shoes - Nordstrom Rack So I'm working [...]

  • Continuing Education + This Week’s Workouts


    In the fitness and yoga world we are required to complete continuing education credits to maintain our certifications just like any other professional organization. One of the Y's here in Charlotte was offering a health and fitness expo this weekend with a variety of different workshops and presenters so I decided to attend the Friday [...]

  • Let’s Catch Up


    Hi and happy Wednesday. I hope this week is going well and that you're all getting geared up for the long weekend. I wanted to write a general checking in post today to kind of let you know where I'm at and what's going on with me at the moment. I feel like the blog [...]

  • Day in the Life: When Clients Cancel, A Good Run, My Book is Done!


    Happy Friday! Happy Friday! Happy Friday! I've got two big reasons to be happy today. 1) I turned in the FINAL draft of my book yesterday! 2) I'm celebrating with a trip to the beach to visit my parents. Flying out at 6 a.m. Saturday and can't wait! So I thought I would do a [...]

  • Friday Career Thoughts + Blogiversary Giveaway Winners


    Good morning. I woke up early to get a few quiet moments in before my day starts. I just had a coconut water green smoothie a lemon chia seed muffin and now I'm drinking a cup of dandelion tea. Overall, I'm feeling good but there is a lot happening right now. The final draft of my [...]

  • Adding A New Job Title…


    I'm adding a new job title to my repertoire...personal chef! (This is not an April Fool's joke!) The job title list for me now includes blogger, author, personal trainer, yoga teacher, group exercise instructor, CrossFit coach, marketing and communications manager and personal chef. After all, I am a gemini and we're said to be "jacks [...]

  • Day In The Life Tuesday: Different Every Day


    Hey, hey! Hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday. For whatever reason this always seems like the best day to do a "day in the life" post because my Tuesdays have always been my busiest and most diverse days since day one of this fitness full time gig. So, here's your day in the life Tuesday! [...]

  • Time Management + This Week’s Eats


    I am shouting a big TGIF after a pretty grueling training and teaching schedule week. I had 5:30 or 6 a.m. clients Tuesday-Friday in addition to all of my regular stuff, bringing the total number of clients trained for the week to seven (+ two cancels which almost always happens at some point ever week) [...]

  • Updates, Big News & Winner


    It's only noon but I've been going since 5 a.m. Three clients trained, 150 burpees done, yoga practice and shower. I'm happy to be sitting down in front of the computer for a bit! Today I have several updates for you, some big news and the Yogi Clothing giveaway winner. SNOW! It did snow in [...]

  • Day in the Life Tuesday: Fitness Pro & Yoga Teacher


    Hey, hey. I have a day in the life post for you today because today was one of those "what happened to my entire day?" kind of days. I had so much work I wanted to get done for Metro and my blog but teaching and training took over and I just ran out of [...]

  • Day in the Life Monday


    I thought today was a good "day in the life" post for you. It's a little different because almost all of my PT clients are traveling and not training this week but it still gives you a good idea of what a working day looks like for me. 6 a.m. - alarm goes off. I [...]

  • Fireplace Coziness, Scandal & Recent Eats


    Morning. It's cold and gray in Charlotte this morning. Perfect weather for the first fire of the season last night. Fires and candles make things so cozy. Especially for watching my newest obsession Scandal. This show is highly addictive. I started watching it on Netflix a few weeks ago and I'm already halfway through season two. [...]

  • Updates All-Around: Career & The Usual Stuff


    It's been a really good week. I recently stepped out of my role as general manager of the gym and into a position where I provide marketing, website, communications and social media support on a more part-time basis. This frees me up to spend more time teaching, training and writing while still allowing me to [...]

  • Decide What To Be And Go Be It, Round 2


    Two years ago today I announced that I was leaving my advertising job to pursue a career in fitness.The past two years have taken me from making training, teaching and blogging my living to accepting a full-time position as the general manager of Metro Fitness Club and Metro CrossFit. Each step of this journey has [...]