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


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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!


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    After 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 [...]

  • Love & Strength


    My friend Marci sent me a text on Friday night and said, "OMG. Terrorist attack in France." I immediately opened the browser on my phone and checked CNN. I was sickened to read the news of what was going on in Paris. It's so crazy to think that while you're standing in the middle of [...]

  • Finding my Creative Confidence


    Throughout my childhood and my early adult life, I didn't think I was creative. Anything having to do with widely accepted forms of creativity like art, dance and music felt foreign to me. I have never been artistic and things like drawing, painting and sewing never came easy and honestly didn't really interest me. One [...]

  • Life Lately: The Week from My iPhone


    Hey there! I hope it's been a great week. I have a video shoot about to commence at my house for a new project I'm working on with Fitter Faster but I wanted to pop in for a quick "life lately" post courtesy of the iPhone! Speaking of my house...we are getting all settled in [...]

  • Have Courage and Be Kind


    Hi everyone! I hope you had great day. I have a post that will hopefully bring a little sunshine to your week. First, a quick housekeeping update. Many of you have requested an email option for receiving daily posts. It's a functionality I used to offer but haven't in years...until now! I have been working [...]

  • Life Lately + The Microwave Conundrum


    A big thanks for all of your sweet birthday wishes for Zoey. And I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one making cakes and throwing parties. ;) She's recovering tonight from yesterday's celebrations and today's excitement of having the AT&T guy here for 3 hours setting up cable and internet. He kept telling me [...]

  • Zoey’s First Birthday + Embracing “There’s NEVER a Right Time!”


    In the midst of the move I took a break to celebrate a sweet puppy that has brought so much joy to my life. Today is Zoey's first birthday. I think one of the things that holds us back in life is thinking "it's not the right time." What I've learned is that the right [...]

  • Rising Strong with Brene Brown (Giveaway) + Life Updates


    Good morning beautiful people! How is it the last day of September already!? I can't wait to put a pumpkin and mums on my front porch... But it's going to be a NEW front porch! We are moving this weekend. I went from moving every year for like 8 years to being in one place [...]

  • ABCs of Jen, Part 2


    I'm currently en route from NYC to CLT. It's been a crazy morning of travel and we've already done subway, bus and cab as well as switched from LGA to JKF when our flight got cancelled. We're now on a direct flight from JFK to CLT and we'll end up getting in just 2 hours [...]

  • Join Me for a Core Desire Yoga Retreat in Isle of Palms, SC


    Last spring I announced the launch of Core Desire Yoga, a new venture combining two things that I love the most...personal growth and yoga. Even better, I partnered with my friend and fellow yoga teacher Dorie Fusaro to create it. What is Core Desire Yoga? Core Desire Yoga offers weekend workshops and retreats that combine [...]

  • 7 Things I Love About Living in Charlotte


    I regularly receive emails with questions about living in Charlotte.I LOVE living in Charlotte so I'm super excited to show all of you how great this city is! I grew up in middle Georgia and attended college at the University of Georgia. I lived in Charleston, South Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama for a few years [...]

  • Finding the Space to Fly


    I had a breakthrough with my yoga practice last week. They always seem to come just when I need them most...and always after I've let go of something that's weighing on me. You might remember that around this time last year, I finally got into a pose that I had been working on for upwards [...]

  • 15 Women, 4 Oceans, 5 Continents, 38,739 Nautical Miles…Amazing Women Everywhere!


    Can you imagine spending nine months competing in a sailing race that covers four oceans, five continents and 38,739 nautical miles? Yeah, neither can I. I recently learned about the Volvo Ocean Race. It's the leading round-the-world sailing race and it began in 1973. It's the biggest offshore sailing competition and the longest sporting event [...]

  • Please Help Pushpa Basnet and the Children of Nepal


    Good morning. As I'm sure you've heard on the news, the country of Nepal just experienced its worst earthquake in history. The death toll is over 2,300 and thousands more have been injured, displaced or lost their homes. (image: Time) As I wake up in my home in Charlotte with a cup of chai green [...]

  • 2015 Intentions Check-In + Life Lately in Food & Puppies


    Long time, no catch up. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I started 2015 by sharing my intention to slow down. While I never slowed to a pace that felt just right, I did manage to refocus my priorities somewhat and get some things off my plate. I was feeling like [...]

  • Introducing Core Desire Yoga


    Teaching yoga is my favorite thing in the whole world to do. While I love so many things about teaching, helping my students realize and believe in their own strength and start a journey of personal growth is high on the list. You see, what often begins as a physical practice that is a "good [...]

  • You Do You: The Relationship Edition


    I wrote this post almost two months ago and I've revised it at least 15 times. It's been difficult to find the right words to adequately share everything...where I've been, where I am now and how I'm feeling about all of it...and also difficult to decide whether or not to open up about it. Three and a half [...]

  • Figuring Out Fitness & Nutrition: Embracing “You Do You”


    Hi everyone. Today I am going to talk about a topic that I feel passionate about. I recently received the following email from a reader that both saddened me and motivated me to make this a public discussion. I am almost 18 and have been interested in health and fitness for a few years now. About [...]

  • Breaks, Being Present & What is Balance?


    Hi. I think this is the longest break I have taken from blogging in...years? And it felt...really good.   I went into this trip thinking that I'd blog every day like I normally do but after the first day, I just decided not to. Instead I dedicated myself to my practice, my friends and being present. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 12 Days of Christmas Survey


    I am all about the holiday spirit this  year. I decorated my house the weekend after Thanksgiving and I've just been all lights, trees and celebration every since (although I am still not done with shopping...but that's pretty standard for me. I don't remember the last time I wasn't out on Christmas Eve wrapping up my shopping). I [...]