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  • 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've promised posts about what I love about Charlotte for a long time and I'm going to do a series of them as part of a partnership with #DesignCharlotte. The Marriott Charlotte City Center Hotel is undergoing a massive facelift and as part of this [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Why I Told My Yoga Class to Eat Pizza + Playlist


    I am feeling the holiday crazies something serious this year. When my editor told me my book deadline was January 5 and apologized for the holiday timeline, I didn't think much of it. Now that I'm in the moment...I have to admit that I'm dying a little. I want to be shopping, baking cookies and [...]

  • Four Things…Random Life, Food, Travel and Entertainment Survey


    Happy weekend! I am so distracted by this. These two are completely melting my heart. They have been absolutely inseparable. My friend, fellow blogger and fellow Georgia Bulldog Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Life tagged me to complete this "Four Things" survey that's making its way around the blog world. Enjoy! :) Four names [...]

  • Two Guided Meditations I Use to Fall Asleep at Night


    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


    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”


    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


    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


    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.


    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?


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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…


    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


    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


    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


    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.)


    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!


    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


    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


    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


    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. [...]