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  • Finding Food Freedom…And The Journey of Getting There

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    This post has been bouncing around in my head for a few months but I haven’t had a clear direction for how to present it…so I’m just going to go for it. I want to talk about food. And relaxing the rules around it. And about becoming less attached to comparing what you’re doing to [...]

  • Taking Stock, Part 2

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      I first posted this “Currently” survey-style blog post back in October 2014 after seeing it on my friend Teri’s blog. I came across the old post a couple of weeks ago and put it in the queue for a redo. So here’s the 2017 edition! CURRENTLY… MAKING: plans to visit my grandmother very soon. I [...]

  • Less Laboring, More Living: Part Two

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    Last Labor Day I wrote a post titled, “Less Laboring and More Living” and it’s been on my mind all weekend…because I’ve done it. In last year’s post I shared that the norm for me was to get by on 5-6 hours of sleep a night, “because I could.” I had a lightbulb moment where [...]

  • Living In Charlotte: The Good, Some Considerations and Additional Resources

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    In the past couple of months I have received quite a few emails, messages and Instagram DMs about living in Charlotte, NC. I wrote a few posts about Charlotte two summers ago but this city is changing so rapidly that I think it’s time for an update! First, here are links to those three posts. [...]

  • There Is No Difference

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    Sometimes I find it so hard to understand the downright hate and extreme lack of connection that exists between some humans in this world. I forget that my work environment and community is sadly, somewhat of an anomaly. One of the things that I love so much about the practice of yoga is how it [...]

  • Say Thank You Until You Mean It

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    My Wednesday is off to a bit of a nerve-wracking start. First, we found a big red lump on Sullie’s belly last night when we were patting her. It seemingly appeared out of nowhere and after last year’s surgery, it has me on high alert. We have a great vet and they asked me to [...]

  • 6 Ways I’m Taking Care of Myself During a Busy Season of Life

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    I am waving the white flag on this week. It was a short week for me but a busy one. I’m finding that since I changed my schedule this month to add in the four Y2 Strength trial classes, I’ve had a hard time fitting everything in that I want to get done in a [...]

  • Finding My Flow

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    I sat down at the computer this morning to begin working. On my blog editorial schedule for today I had “Zoetry review” and while that is coming (soon!), I felt like I wanted to share something else instead. Photo Wanda Koch Over the last couple of months I’ve felt more ease, joy and flow than [...]

  • Sometimes Simple is Best

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    Good morning. I’ve got Kings of Leon radio playing on Pandora, a cup of coffee sitting on my desk and sunlight streaming in through the windows. I taught yoga at 6 a.m. and then came home and made breakfast for Tanner and myself. I’ve got the rest of the day ahead of me to focus [...]

  • How’s Your Brain Health + What I Learned from the Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

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    http://files.markerly.com/tracker.min.js#tracker_id=stayingsharp9218&blogger_id=22780 This post is sponsored by Staying Sharp. Keep reading for a giveaway for a free brain health assessment. It seems that the older I get, the more I understand that being healthy is about so much more than just physical health. While I love to workout, nurturing my body on a deeper level has [...]

  • 5 Ways To Find More Happiness at Work

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    A few weeks ago I shared a time evaluation exercise that we do with our yoga teacher trainees. If you missed that post, definitely go back and read it because the exercise can really help you understand how you spend your time and how you feel about how you spend your time. The whole point [...]

  • Celebrating Truth: A Name Change + A Confession

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    Hey there. I want to get straight to it today. I have two things on my heart that I want to share with you. First, I changed my name. If you’re newer to the blog, I got married in my early 20s to my college sweetheart. We ultimately ended up going separate ways but I [...]

  • Team Human Being

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    Every now and again I find myself in a spot of questioning my authority/ability/worthiness to do what I do. I tell myself this story that there are many others who are more knowledgeable/qualified/serious than I am and that I’m somehow not in the place I should be professionally or personally to be telling anyone anything [...]

  • The Eye-Opening Time Evaluation Exercise That You Need To Do!

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    I’ve always sprinkled personal development/career/growth/deep thoughts posts into my blog content in the past but in 2017 I’m efforting to share MORE of that with you. I’ll be writing more about some of the topics I talk about in my yoga classes as well as some of the personal growth exercises that we do in [...]

  • 15 Favorite Moments from Our Florida Trip

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    We have been home from our trip from Florida for a week now and I’ve been scrolling through my iPhone pictures and smiling at the memories ever since. It was such a special time getting to know my oldest niece and y’all…she’s incredible. Smart, funny and full of personality. I shared some scenes from Christmas [...]

  • Don’t begin 2017 without taking a look back at 2016

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    Happy New Year. I taught my normal Saturday 11:15 a.m. yoga class on New Year’s Eve in addition to a “Resolve to Evolve” workshop with Dorie that afternoon. The theme of my class and my workshop yesterday was spending time reflecting on the year behind us before we zoom into 2017, forgetting (or choosing to [...]

  • Christmas Eve in Charlotte and our first Christmas in Florida

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    It felt so nice to take a few days away from my blog and social media. While I’ve been sharing ongoing updates on SnapChat, I’ve spent probably less than 30 minutes online daily and it’s been so nice. RE: SnapChat…I just love it so much for super quick and easy “in the moment/unedited” sharing. I’ve [...]

  • A Bittersweet Weekend

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    I’m getting really good at these late Monday night weekend recaps but today has been a catch up day with work for the studio. It feels a little weird to write a weekend recap after such a sad and emotional weekend but it also feels weird to only share the highlights and good moments of [...]

  • Scenes from Thanksgiving 2016

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    Happy Sunday! I’m currently listening to Classical Christmas on Spotify and I’m getting really excited to go pick out our tree later this evening. Before we go fully into Christmas mode, I wanted to share a few scenes from our Thanksgiving. I always love to get a glimpse of everyone’s family traditions and menu spreads [...]

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Chat: Life, Love and Running

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    I hope your Sunday morning is off to a beautiful start. I just poured a cup of coffee and took that magical first sip and thought I’d sit down and write a coffee chat post since it’s been many months since I’ve done so. If we were chatting over coffee I would share…that last week [...]

  • November 9, 2016

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    Good morning. I didn’t post yesterday because nothing I had to share seemed significant given the huge decision our country was making. I felt so anxious all day. I hope you exercised your right to vote. We are truly so lucky to have it and to live in a country where we enjoy personal freedom, [...]

  • Choose Your Attitude + 3 Special Deals Just For You! :)

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    I have been teaching yoga at 6 a.m. for over 5 years now. It’s an early wake up call but a gift to be able to begin my day in such a positive and intentional way. One of the things that I message to my early morning yoga classes most often is, “you choose your [...]

  • The First Birthday

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    I wrote a post this morning with a short recap of my Thursday, a story of comparison and running that came up for me after my last post, some recent eats and a shout out about my friend Teri’s blog. It’s been sitting in drafts ever since. I wrote the post and then I was [...]

  • Holding on to my most special memories with Legacybox

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    This post is sponsored by Legacybox, a wonderful resource for preserving your memories through digitization. If you’d like to preserve your old tapes, films, photos and audio, CLICK HERE and the first 25 people to use code RUN at checkout will receive 40% off their order. Offer expires 11/15. Over the last couple of months [...]

  • Moving Through, Part Three

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    I am really struggling with how to continue on with my day-to-day life and work responsibilities while feeling so sad (and so many other feelings) on the inside. There’s like this blurred filter between my inside and the outside world. When it comes to teaching yoga, 50% of the time I feel grateful to be [...]

  • Moving through, part two.

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    Monday marked two weeks since my brother’s death. It was a hard day for me. I’ll say the same thing to you guys that I said to my Monday morning yoga class, this shit is hard. And I just can’t be a cheerleader right now. I don’t really know what else to say other than [...]

  • On Being Okay with Where You Are Today

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    I was about halfway through teaching a yoga class this morning when I realized that I was there, but I wasn’t all there. I was in it, but I wasn’t bringing much for my students. I was saying all the words right and teaching a well-sequenced class but I felt an emptiness that’s not usually [...]

  • Moving Through

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    I can’t even begin to express my thanks for your outpouring of love and support. It’s been a comfort to read your emails, comments and messages and I’m so sorry to learn that many of you have also experienced the terrible effects of addiction in your own lives. I hope it’s something that we can [...]

  • Loss

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    I apologize for the disappearing act over the last week. I’m currently in the middle of a 10-hour road trip back to Charlotte after spending the last five days in Florida with my family. On Monday, September 19 at 11 p.m. I received phone call from my mom that my little brother Will had passed away. [...]

  • 20 ways YOU make the most of every day!

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    A couple of weeks ago as part of my “Live Your Life with Heart” partnership with CocoaVia®, I shared 5 ways that I make the most of every day. I asked you guys to share back to me how you live a life that’s full of heart and happiness and received some seriously amazing responses [...]

  • A Labor Day Lesson

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    On Sunday afternoon I taught three classes in a row. A double header of HIIT and Total Strength at the Y for my once-a-month rotation followed immediately by hot yoga. These Sundays are four hour marathons of teaching but always leave me feeling energized and remembering why I fell in love with group ex and [...]

  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Every Day

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    A few weeks ago I discussed living your life with heart through discovering and nurturing passions and this week I want to talk about living with heart by making the most of every day. It can be easy to get sucked into the monotony of day-to-day responsibilities and to go into “robot mode” where you’re going [...]

  • Living Your Life with Heart + Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

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    When you think about heart health, do you consider taking care of your heart emotionally as well as physically? One of the things that I most frequently message to my yoga classes about is creating a life that 1) feels good on the inside and 2) you are excited to wake up and live (on [...]

  • Om Shanti Peace

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    I sat down to write my about my Friday favorites and I just couldn’t do it and feel good about it. I haven’t been able to get last night’s events in Nice off my mind all day today. I read the CNN coverage and it was horrific. I’m like, “Really? Again? How? Why?” Paris, San [...]

  • 17 Getting to Know Me Things

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    Happy weekend! I am popping in with a lighthearted Saturday morning post. My friend Teri at A Foodie Stays Fit shared this little getting to know me quiz last week and I thought it would be a nice thing to share with you guys, especially for my newer readers. 1. What brings you the greatest joy? Visiting my [...]

  • On Keeping An Open Heart

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    I can’t even begin to count all of the ways my life has been blessed by having dogs. They bring me so much joy on a daily basis by greeting me when I walk in, making me smile with their antics, coming over for cuddles, comforting me when they know I’m upset, keeping me company while I [...]

  • The Lie I Give Up

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    One of the exercises that we do in our 200-hour teacher training program is called “The Lie I Give Up.” I think it’s safe to say that most of us walk around with lies that are just waiting to pop up anytime we are triggered or put in a vulnerable or difficult situation. Most of the [...]

  • What You’ll Find on My iPhone

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    My iPhone is home to nearly 6,000 photos. You’ll find tons of dog pics, screen shots of things I found funny or wanted to remember, food, yoga and more. I recently upgraded my iPhone and got the phone with the most amount of storage possible because I used to live my life constantly having to [...]

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Chat

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    A little over a month ago I shared a “coffee chat” post for the first time and many of you responded to the post (and in the survey) that you enjoyed the more personal feel of it. I’m going to do another one today and then see if it might become something I do monthly [...]

  • On Being a Possibilitarian

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    I regularly share readings, quotes and stories from my own life experiences in my yoga classes. As a student, I personally enjoy when a teacher adds this “little something extra” so it’s something I try to bring to my classes as well. It’s so interesting to me how many times a student has come up to [...]

  • On Blooming

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    Hello and happy Spring Equinox. After weeks of gorgeous, sunny, 70 degree weather, the Spring Equinox here in Charlotte was a cold, gray day but it felt totally appropriate to remind me what we’re saying goodbye to. I love how each season has a very specific feel to it. Summer is full of long days and [...]

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Chat + Weekly Workouts

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    Weekend mornings are my favorite. After many years of teaching early every Saturday and Sunday morning, it’s been such a treat to have them back after making some adjustments to my schedule about a year ago. Saturday mornings tend to be a little more productive. I love cleaning the house, hitting the farmers market and getting [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Tuesday in the Life: 1.19.16

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    I decided to document a day in the life yesterday and was surprised to find this morning in my TimeHop that I did a “Tuesday in the Life” exactly one year ago today! Guess it was meant to be. Here goes… 5:35 a.m. – alarm goes off and I am awakened from a super deep [...]

  • A Second Chance at My Evening Routine

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    http://ads.blogherads.com/75/7551/campaigns/22/2278/2278235/x90.jsAfter early morning wake up calls to be at the gym or the yoga studio and long days where I commonly teach into the evening hours, unwinding when I get home is something I really look forward to. One of my goals in the new year is to revamp my evening routine to make it [...]

  • Christmas for Two

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    For the last month or so I have been back and forth with my family about Christmas. I looked at flights to Florida and then my mom and grandmother talked briefly about flying up to Charlotte. Before we knew it, flight prices had quickly risen and were out of the budget. My dad and I [...]

  • Holiday Highs and Lows + Weekly Workouts

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    Hi! I don’t know about you guys but I’m feeling the holiday hustle in full force. The ratio of “what I hope to achieve and do” versus “what actually happens” is pretty comical right now but I’m just taking it one day at a time. I thought for today’s weekly workouts post that I would [...]

  • An Ending

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    Our lives are full of beginnings and endings…life, careers, relationships, creative endeavors, homes, routines, cities, the list goes on. Whether they are happy, sad or bittersweet, beginnings and endings and the transitions that come with them are an inevitable part of being human. I have recently been navigating my way through an ending behind the [...]

  • Thanksgiving in Edisto Beach

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    Happy Black Friday! We are heading back from a wonderful 48 hours in Edisto Beach where we spent Thanksgiving with my fiance’s family. Edisto Beach is a small, charming coastal town just south of Charleston and Kiawah. I have visited many South Carolina beaches but this was my first time in Edisto. We drove down [...]

  • Life & Loving Lately

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    I hope you guys are having a wonderful week so far. I so appreciate the kind and encouraging words about the release of my yoga book. It’s a little surreal to hold it in my hands 18 months after its inception. I need to write a post about the book writing process from start to [...]