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  • Two Guided Meditations I Use to Fall Asleep at Night

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    I am not the best sleeper. I sometimes have trouble falling asleep at night and I almost always wake up in the middle of the night sometime around 3 a.m. and have to coax myself back to sleep. What is it about the 3 a.m. hour that intensifies everything and makes you feel like you [...]

  • Cultivating A Gratitude Practice

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    Today is November 1...it's 50 degrees in Charlotte, the leaves are rapidly falling from the trees, the time changes tonight bringing shorter days and Thanksgiving is just 25 days away. It always seems that the arrival of November and shorter days signals the start of the holiday season and grounding down for the cold months ahead. I [...]

  • A Saturday Survey…”Taking Stock”

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    I hope everyone is having a great Saturday! My Saturdays are generally my "feel like a normal human" days. I teach yoga in the mornings and then do all the farmers market, house cleaning, working out, pampering, relaxing, friend kind of stuff. My friend Terri shared a fun survey kind of post today so I thought [...]

  • Let’s Get Some Sleep: Stopping Sleep Deprivation

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    Right on the heels of my crazy "Monday in the life" post, I want to talk about something serious. Sleep. Often, my nights are late and my mornings are early. It's fairly normal for me to go to sleep around 11:15-11:30 p.m. and get up at 4:55 a.m. That's an average of a little over [...]

  • Practicing Fearlessness & 7 Headstand Variations

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    I was talking with a friend recently about how much power fear has over many of the decisions we make (or simply do not make...indecision is the worst). Often, we stay in situations for too long because we're comfortable and/or afraid of change. Or we avoid pursuing a dream or passion because we fear change [...]

  • October Already? Life Updates.

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    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 [...]

  • Sweet Sullie + How Much Do You Value Yourself?

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    Happy Friday! Warning...this post is mostly going to consist of cute pictures of Sullie. Exhibit 1.In her favorite "please rub my belly...look how cute I am...you know you want to" pose. Exhibit 2. "I'm sorry I rolled in the mud. Please don't give me a bath." Exhibit 3. "Why do you torture me like this [...]

  • Saying Yes + The Weekend

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    My reading in my yoga class on Saturday was about the importance of relationships and connection. I have been putting this into practice in my own life. This has been the summer of yes. Despite my love for teaching and interacting with others for my work, I am introverted and more often than not I find a [...]

  • Day in the Life Friday

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    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 [...]

  • Recent Eats + Perfect Imperfection

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    Good morning and happy Sunday. After days of rain I awoke to a beautiful, cool summer morning here in Charlotte. It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. Today's recent eats post is...all over the place. You're going to see the last of my vacation eats + what I've had since I [...]

  • Day In The Life Thursday

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    4:55 a.m. - alarm goes off. Check phone in bed until second alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I get up to train clients at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Sullie stays in bed. This is the regular for her. She never gets up until I get home from my morning gym sessions and then she's [...]

  • Don’t Compare Your Inside to Someone Else’s Outside

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    Hi. I hope Monday was kind to you. My day was good. I trained clients at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. and then came home and took a little nap on the couch for 45 minutes. I got up around 8:30 and made a green smoothie and got to work on finishing up a the edits/feedback [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Burger Night

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    I think one of the most difficult things about blogging on a daily basis is actually not finding the time for it but rather doing it regardless of what's going on in your life. Being human, most of you understand that things are constantly changing, ebbing and flowing. And in this current moment I am in [...]

  • Day in the Life: A Holiday Week

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    4:50 a.m. - alarm goes off. I didn't fall asleep until midnight (with the help of a guided meditation) so this felt very early after three weeks straight of 5:30 a.m. clients and lack of quality sleep. 5:30 a.m. - gym to train a client who is in her third trimester and a close friend [...]

  • Morning Meditation: Living with Intention

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    My alarm went off this morning at 4:55 a.m. and I was woken from a very deep, restful sleep that I haven't been experiencing too often lately. All I wanted to do was sink back into that deep sleep but I had a client to train and a class to teach so I got my [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love…

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    This is the happiest kind of Friday of them all...a long weekend Friday! Although I'm not traveling anywhere, I'm hoping to make the above photo a reality. My grand plans for the weekend include sleeping, pool time with friends, movies and just hanging out at home. Sounds like the perfect stay-cation to me! Here are [...]

  • Let’s Catch Up

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    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 [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + How I Plan My Workouts

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    Every couple of months I find that I naturally have a "reset week" with my workouts where I dial it back and keep it simple. This was one of those weeks. In general, I don't plan out my workouts. While I'm aware of my schedule and where I can usually fit in what, I don't [...]

  • Waiting for Mamu + Supporting a CNN Hero of the Year

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    I have a different kind of post for you today but I hope that it's a story that touches your heart as much as it does mine. I feel so passionately about this cause that I have to share it with you. A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to attend a screening of [...]

  • Realizing when you need a break. (And letting yourself take one.)

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    I'm so happy to wake up to this... I really need to think harder about that dream of mine to move to the U.S. Virgin Islands and open a yoga studio/training center. ;) In all seriousness, I want to start off today's post with an important topic. Realizing when you need a break. (And letting [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Finding The Right Workout Balance: Lift, Run, Stretch

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    One of the questions that I receive all the time is how to find the right workout balance between cardio, strength and mobility. I totally understand this question from both ends of the spectrum. Mindset #1 - "I do this one thing and it's all I want to do!" I spent a good 6 years where [...]

  • Putting Down the iPhone

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    If you haven't read Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly, you are missing out. It was hands down THE most influential book that I read in 2013...to the point where it has created changes in my behavior in several aspects of my life. It's all about embracing vulnerability and imperfection and living wholeheartedly in a world [...]

  • Scenes from the Purge

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    Let me sum up my Saturday in one photo. I have been putting off a massive purge for months and it's finally happening this weekend. My guest bedroom has been one of those, "keep the door closed and pretend like it's not a disaster in there" kind of situations that was really hanging over me. [...]

  • The Walls Come Crumbling Down

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    Last weekend was...emotionally heavy. The studio where I teach started their fourth teacher training on Friday night. I participated in the very first training the studio offered three years ago and have now been teaching yoga for three years. I wrote a post about my experience in teacher training. Every year when a new yoga [...]

  • My Look Back at 2013 + Your Favorite Posts

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    The blog world runneth over with "Best of 2013" recap posts today and here I am to add to the fun. I would like to start out by saying that overall 2013 was a good year for me. It wasn't without its struggles (probably one of my personal favorite posts from the year) but one [...]

  • Approximation

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    One of my yoga teachers is always telling us to "approximate the pose" to the best of our abilities. How you do a pose might not look like the yogi practicing next to you, a photo in Yoga Journal or the way Krishnamacharya would do it but it's the right way for you and your [...]

  • Healthy in 2014, 2024 and Beyond!

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    The New Year is just around the corner and that means it's time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. This year I want to encourage you not to think only of short-term goals but also long-term goals around health and the aging process. What can you initiate in [...]

  • Five Things I’m Doing To Age Gracefully & Healthfully

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    Let's have an honest conversation about aging and growing old. I think it's easy to have tunnel vision when it comes this topic. We have the tendency to limit aging to focus more on the next phase in our life instead of the overall big picture. So for us growing older means hitting common social [...]

  • Practicing Gratitude

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    I hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a great start! I taught my regular Sunday morning yoga class yesterday and the message that we focused on was letting this week of Thanksgiving be about actively practicing gratitude and celebrating the abundant blessings in our lives. To begin class I read my yogis the following [...]

  • Happy In The Here And Now

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    I was out on a girl's night recently and as we circled around the table catching up we laughed that every single one of us answered with some sort of variation of, "I've been so busy. Work is crazy. Life is complicated. Will things ever be simple?" The resounding answer was NO! Things will never be [...]

  • Be Your Own Hero

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    I have a quick exercise for you. - Make a list of five things you love about yourself. - Make a separate list of five things you wish you could change about yourself, insecurities you harbor, negative self-talk that runs on a repeat reel, etc. Which one was easier to write? If you're like me [...]

  • Women Supporting Women

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    I can't even tell you how many conversations I have had with this year with female friends, co-workers, students, business owners, etc. who have dealt with competition, jealously, gossip, resentment and overall lack of support among women. I walked into my 8:10 yoga class today feeling overwhelmed and sad by this current epidemic of women [...]

  • Dealing with Stress and the Stomach

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     When I am super stressed or anxious one of the first symptoms I experience is digestive issues. It seems to be one of the ways that my body physically manifests the emotional stress of anything from a job interview to an argument to receiving really bad news. I have had this post in the "to [...]

  • This is going to be the best day of my life.

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    What if you woke up every morning and said to yourself, "this is going to be the best day of my life." Did you know that the oldest yoga teacher in the world is 95 and this is what she tells herself every day she gets out of bed? Oh, and she can still do [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • A Day In The Life Tuesday

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    I thought it would be fun to do a post about what Tuesday looked like for me versus another "day in the life" post I did on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The 2011 post was written just a few weeks after I left my full-time job in advertising to pursue fitness but I had not [...]

  • The Evolution of Two Blogs & One Girl

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    I got my start as a blogger five years ago when I launched my food and recipe blog, Bakin' and Eggs, and shared my dad's chili recipe. I started Bakin' and Eggs because I was constantly getting asked by friends and co-workers, "What should I make for dinner?," "Do you have a recipe for...?"How do [...]

  • A Response & Regular Stuff

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    Good morning. I so appreciate all of your insightful and kind comments on yesterday's post. I guess what I want to say in return is that I have been through an incredible amount of change in my professional and personal life over the past two years. Literally everything has changed. I have experienced a broad [...]

  • All I Seek Is Within

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    One of the things that keeps me coming back to my yoga mat over and over again is that my practice always seems to deliver what I need, whether I came looking for it or not. I've had a lot on my heart and mind over the last few weeks as I've worked to navigate [...]

  • Introvert or Extrovert?

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    The last few weeks I have seen two different articles circulating Facebook about introverts and extroverts. There's the Huffinton Post's "23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert" and BuzzFeed's "25 Frustrating Things About Being an Extrovert." I found both to be entertaining and they made me think. The signs you're an introvert definitely resonated with me [...]

  • The Best Way to Wrap Up the Week

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    I am beyond grateful for Friday and to put this week in the books. Although it had its good moments, I cannot say this week was a very pretty one overall. A vegan whole wheat chocolate chip cookie from Earth Fare helped. Nothing about this cookie tasted vegan or whole wheat. As did spending two [...]

  • What I’m Reading + The Best Summer Lunch

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    Hi there. I'm back in Charlotte where it seems that things are exactly as I left them. I had to get away because I missed my parents and also because I needed a step back. I find that I have to get out of my day-to-day reality sometimes to gain clarity on the big picture. [...]

  • The Most Important Practice: Self-Care

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    Take care of yourself so you are more able to receive. When I take care of myself — sleep, movement, space for not-doingness — then I’m better able to hear and see which way to go. You can’t be tuned in if your head and body are static with fatigue and stress. - Via Danielle [...]

  • You Never Know

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    I have been in a really contemplative place lately. I don't know how better to describe it but I'm in major evaluation mode. I'm okay. I'm just thinking about a lot of things and working on a lot of things. This is a good thing. I taught a yoga class this morning and during my [...]

  • On Swirling and Expanding

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    Type, delete. Type, delete. This is how so many of my posts start. "Hey guys, Happy Tuesday!" is NOT working for me today. Blogging is difficult sometimes because there is this whole life thing going on behind the scenes of what I show you every day. And mine has a tendency of late to look [...]

  • Sustainability

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    I'm back in Charlotte but only for a few days before I take off on my next adventure. Details to come on that later this week but I should have lots of good stuff to share with you from my upcoming travels. The past few weeks have been really crazy and stressful on both personally [...]

  • Stop saying I don’t know.

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    Weekend in photos... I had to work on Saturday morning but it was pretty awesome. 1) Metro CrossFit was rocking and we had a great group for our morning classes with lots of new faces. 2) These sweet puppies were there overseeing the WOD! No really, every time people ran out of the doors to [...]

  • On Stopping The Storytelling

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    Last Sunday I talked to my yoga class about storytelling. Not the kind of sweet stories you tell children but the stories you make up in your head that cause you fear, anxiety, questioning and doubt. This is something I have struggled with for a long time. I completely freak myself out about things and [...]