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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 things I love so much (and of course there’s c)…that I’ll be practicing yoga on a Caribbean island next week.)


I saw this little gif on social media yesterday and loved it so much.

I want to stick to the topic of loving what you do for today’s blog post and share with you a few others who are out there hustling to make their dreams happen.


My friend Clara (right) turned 30, left her job at SELF magazine, moved and started a podcast late last year. Clara and I met through the world of blogging and social media and were finally able to connect in real life last summer when I was in NYC. I so admire both her tenacity and creativity.

She and her friend Brooke have launched a podcast, “Life Lately,” that’s all about life and living true to you. Their manifesto of eight essential elements of living true to you makes my heart sing.

  1. Showing up
  2. Doing the work
  3. Choosing love over fear
  4. Striving for simplicity
  5. Daring to be vulnerable
  6. Asking the big questions
  7. Letting your heart do the talking
  8. Treating yourself like gold

Be sure to check out their podcast. They have now produced nine episodes.


My friends Sarah and Carrie have created something really amazing with Pink Social Girl Tribe. They produce graphic t-shirts and other fun girly products (love their kids line) and are based out of Charlotte. But it’s not all about the t-shirts. Sarah and Carrie also launched a closed facebook group to promote their belief that “empowered women empower women.” The Pink Social Girl Tribe now includes over 1,700 women (local and national) who are dedicated to supporting each other and ending the “girl wars.”

How’s that for a dose of Friday positivity?


I’m so excited for my friend Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit. She is launching an e-book today!


In Healthy Not Hectic, Teri offers a 21-day guide to help you start healthy new habits that stick so you can stress less about healthy living and make it an effortless part of your lifestyle. It’s broken into three phases and I love that it’s offered in small daily bites that seem totally doable and sustainable.

Buy your copy for just $4.99!


A big cheers to these ladies and all of my female readers out there. Let’s keep doing awesome things and cheerleading for each other as we make dreams happen. There is enough opportunity and love out there for all of us!


Leave a comment about what empowering other women means to you OR one healthy habit that has helped you “stress less” for a chance to win a Pink Social “Girl Tribe” tank top or a copy of Teri’s book. 

Giveaway ends Monday at midnight EST. 

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  • JennyV February 19, 2016, 7:33 am

    Empowering women to me means recognizing and honoring their gifts. So many women I know have incredible giftings that they downplay or don’t utilize. Reminding them helps to also bring out confidence so they can own what they have.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 19, 2016, 8:02 am

    Well now you just gave this podcast junkie another one to add to the list! Haha!

    • Clara February 19, 2016, 10:04 am

      Sooo excited to have you listening, Rebecca! Feel free to let us know what you think over on our Instagram feed (@lifelatelyshow). xo

  • Jen February 19, 2016, 8:10 am

    empowering women is about making space for women to empower themselves! i actually am currently living in south africa and created a holistic health and fitness program for ladies in an informal settlement here. the whole idea of the program is that the ladies support one another toward healthier lifestyles and in doing so, create an environment where healthy transformation can happen for others as well!

    • Christin February 19, 2016, 9:15 am

      Incredible!! Best of luck. 🙂 You’ve dedicated yourself to something amazing!

      • Jen February 22, 2016, 1:52 am

        Thank you! 🙂

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life February 19, 2016, 8:11 am

    I love that Clara and Brooke are eating out of jars of almond butter in that picture 🙂 To me, empowering women means recognizing that there is room for EVERYONE to succeed. It’s not a contest. It means supporting each other on our individual paths and always spreading positivity and love.

    • Clara February 19, 2016, 10:06 am

      Almond butter lovers unite! Confession – when we planned this photoshoot, this was the first photo we thought of. 🙂

  • Michelle February 19, 2016, 8:16 am

    Empowering other women means sharing in the excitement of sought opportunities. It’s recognizing the dedication and drive in all pursuits, even if you wouldn’t choose them to be your own. It’s support devoid of judgement and full of enthusiasm. It’s viewing another’s journey or success as a chance to live vicariously through her, and in the process we enrich our lives someway, somehow.

    As a yoga teacher, I view empowering other women just as important as empowering ourselves (tapas). It’s a reminder that this life is a gift and we are here to make the most of it through serving and lifting up others.

  • Teri | a foodie stays fit February 19, 2016, 8:22 am

    Thank you so much for sharing Jen!!! Your support means the world! <3

  • Celia at Chicago Jogger February 19, 2016, 8:50 am

    What a lovely way to start Friday! Empowering women means supporting one another and practicing love & understanding at all times.

  • Jennifer February 19, 2016, 8:52 am

    I love all of this! Women need support of other women, such a powerful thing. I really love that first gif and it’s so true!

  • Rachel K February 19, 2016, 8:55 am

    Empowering women means eliminating bias, countering stereotypes, and breaking down barriers. Women empowering other women also makes a strong statement to men to follow suit.

  • Hillary February 19, 2016, 8:57 am

    Empowering women can be as small as giving someone credit in a meeting at work when otherwise overlooked.

    And reading at night has really helped me to calm down and de-stress before bed.

  • Chelsea February 19, 2016, 9:08 am

    Something that has seriously helped me stress less is getting it all out on paper – writing down my thoughts each day allows me to detach myself from my passing and unnecessary anxieties, allowing me to save space in my mind for what’s most important and essential for me.

  • Joy February 19, 2016, 9:15 am

    About a month ago I started meditating every day in order to try and reduce my stress (I recently started a new job and it is so much more stressful than I could have imagined). The meditation is really helping and affects every part of my day. Taking this time for me, to help myself, is such a helpful part of my day.

  • Christin February 19, 2016, 9:18 am

    I love the whole message of this post!! We’re here to build each other up, not tear each other down!

    I think, in part, empowering other women starts with being kind to yourself. Not tearing yourself down, but speaking to yourself as you would a close friend. When we are self-affirming, there’s less of a temptation to tear others down so we can feel built up. We remember that there’s enough praise, love, congrats, and appreciation to go around.

  • Stephanie February 19, 2016, 9:54 am

    Consistently using Sunday afternoons to meal prep for the week has been a healthy life saver for me. I’m less stressed during the week, way less likely to get take out, and it helps make sure my husband, daughter and I all have a healthy meal each night.

  • Jenilee February 19, 2016, 10:02 am

    I am a (new-ish) natural light photographer, and empowering women to me means ending the competition! There are billions of people in the world who want their photos taken. Enough to go around for everyone. 🙂

  • Danielle February 19, 2016, 10:35 am

    Empowering other women means not judging, but instead, encouraging.

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West February 19, 2016, 10:51 am

    This is great inspiration for us all to build each other up, Jen! Thanks for sharing! Rather than being competitive, I love to see women get EXCITED for one another’s success — much like you’re doing here. 🙂 Happy Friday! Cheers!

  • Rebecca February 19, 2016, 11:18 am

    One healthy habit that has helped me stress less is yoga! I love how I feel after a great yoga class!

  • Janelle February 19, 2016, 11:25 am

    I love the empowerment of women at CrossFit. Cheering each other on, sometimes lifting heavier and often moving faster than the guys… its great!! Thanks for these resources and giveaway!

  • Samantha February 19, 2016, 11:27 am

    What a great post to kick off the weekend!
    To me, empowering women means first feeling empowered yourself. Being confident and strong in who you are and acknowledging your own needs. Once you have felt that within yourself you will be able to pass it on to others. I think to feel empowerment is to experience self love, self awareness, happiness, respect and knowing that we are all deserving and capable women! Here’s to us! May we all continue to grow together, feel strength, love and positivity for ourselves and others.

  • Randi February 19, 2016, 11:51 am

    LOVE this post! Empowering women sometimes means PUSHING women to do what we know they are capable of. I find too many women that have confidence issues and needs to encouragement and gentle nudges of the ladies around them to given them confidence to take that next step or leap!

  • tara February 19, 2016, 1:12 pm

    helping vs hindering women in the workplace is important to me. i recently was trying to get some feedback from a few people on a work situation where i was trying to ensure i was not discriminating against another woman for something. i got a few times from people…its not possible for you as a woman to discriminate against another women”. i totally disagree. maybe discriminating is not the best word but it i was showing favoritism in anyway to someone else based on their life situation vs hers i didnt feel good about it. we all have underlying biases and i wanted to make sure mine were not coming out and that my decision was fully fact based. As a woman its so important to me to lift other women up vs tear them down. i will climb the corporate ladder by taking the hands of the women around me and offering mine to the next…not by stepping on others. thats what girl power means to me at the moment.

  • Tracy February 19, 2016, 1:26 pm

    It means being there to support my girlfriends in any and every way!

  • Liz February 19, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Being in the health care field,empowering other women means showing them they can make changes to get back to what they like to do and become healthier overall when they don’t believe in themselves

  • Shannon February 19, 2016, 2:40 pm

    One habit that has helped me stress less is taking 15 minutes every morning right when I get out of bed to pray and reflect on a word of the day. So great!

  • Heidi February 19, 2016, 2:44 pm

    What empowering other women means to me is embracing everything about us as women and celebrating who we are, as we are. The good, the bad, the ugly and the joyful! I find my dose of empowerment from reading your blog as well as the many comments from others who add and share their own life moments! It inspires me on days when I just don’t know if I can get up for that run, makes me laugh and has me cheering you and others on during those moments when it’s needed.

  • Kenzie February 19, 2016, 3:11 pm

    Happy Friday to you! One healthy habit that I’ve been incorporating to cope with stress is waking up 7 minutes earlier (random number, I know) to sit on my balcony for a few minutes with a big blanket and my coffee. I typically chug my coffee while scrambling to get ready but I want to focus on ENJOYING it. And 5 minutes helps me wake up find my energy for the day. 🙂

  • Tera February 19, 2016, 3:12 pm

    What a wonderful post! I think it is great when women empower each other and it is something I try to do more of. Less of the cattiness between women and more support and love. To stress less lately I’ve just been trying to let go of the small stuff instead of letting it get to me. If it isn’t super important that something go exactly how I planned it in my head I’ve been trying to roll with it. I’m also going to be trying out a morning meditation podcast soon and I’ve been trying to stay off my phone when I take my dog I walks so I can just enjoy the fresh air and downtime rather than be on the phone the whole time.

  • Liz February 19, 2016, 5:05 pm

    One healthy habit helping me to stress less is meal prepping on Sunday’s. It keeps me healthier and saves me so much time during the week when I get home hungry after work and a workout.

  • JennyC February 19, 2016, 6:13 pm

    In your 9:30 class this am, I loved these 8 essentials to true living and was curious where they originated–more awesome than I could’ve thought! Empowering women means giving them the tools to be confident to attempt anything they want/need to do. Whether starting their own company or surviving a day home with the kids :). Can’t wait to check out the podcast. Yoga and excercise has recently has helped me stress less, or make it easier to manage in stressful situations. Just having an hour for me outside of the stresses of the rest of what the day holds makes a huge difference and helps me handle things better than with out it!

  • Allison February 19, 2016, 6:56 pm

    I think women can empower each other by having each other’s backs instead of competing with each other.

  • Rachel February 19, 2016, 8:35 pm

    One healthy habit is going to bed EARLY! Getting a solid nights sleep makes such a huge difference in every area of my life!

  • Jodie February 20, 2016, 7:18 am

    Empowering women to me is supporting and cheering them on. You are enough and you can do anything.

    Definitely adding that podcast to my list.

    Really liked this post Jen!

    • Clara February 21, 2016, 4:45 pm

      So excited to have you listening! xo

  • Katie February 20, 2016, 7:50 am

    The one habit that has helped me stress less is self forgiveness. Every meal will not be prepped for busy days, hot meals will not be made every night of the week and sometimes I sacrifice food prep for moments with the one I love. We are human. It is ok to go out to lunch, get take out or eat cereal for dinner. Forgive yourself for not being “on” all of the time.

  • natalie February 20, 2016, 8:00 am

    Empowering.women is about recognizing their.talents!

  • Debbie February 20, 2016, 11:36 am

    When I eat clean & have meals prepared, I definitely stress less b/c I put whole clean foods in my body & feel good!

  • Angie Jerde February 20, 2016, 11:41 am

    Empowering women to me means encouraging eachother, celebrating eachother, helping eachother do better in life : ) thanks for this giveaway!

  • Lacey February 20, 2016, 12:39 pm

    I love the spirit of Girl Tribe! My weekly workout dates with friends are a healthy habit good for the body and soul. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Melissa February 20, 2016, 1:58 pm

    One habit that has helped me stress less is learning to say NO. I am a people pleaser/fixer/helper by nature. I have finally learned the beauty of considering my needs and making time for what makes my heart full/makes me happy. The balance that this has provided has made such a difference in my stress levels.

  • Amanda February 20, 2016, 4:40 pm

    Less comparison

  • Amanda February 20, 2016, 10:33 pm

    My girl tribe is my fitness accountability community on Facebook. We motivate each other, celebrate our successes, and shower each other with love. Participating with this wonderful ladies has DEFINITELY become an empowering healthy habit that has me stressing way less!

  • Lindsay February 20, 2016, 10:41 pm

    My example might be a tad bit different than others. But personally I think that empowering women can happen in so many different situations and scenarios. For example I mentor a running program and so many women come into the program really questioning if they can do it. I mean I was once that same woman scared that I couldn’t run 3 miles and they told me that I would eventually run 13.1. I now can speak with this women and empower them in believing that they too can run any distance that they set their minds to. I have found that I have been able to help some women find their inner “beasts” and they find that they feel stronger and happier after a long run after a challenging day.

  • Nikki Fahey February 20, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Thinking for herself and building confidence through many ways! Thanks for your awesome blog!

  • Kendra February 21, 2016, 7:28 am

    I think empowering women starts with empowering yourself. It’s focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses. It’s going against the pressures of society to celebrate diversity and have a voice. 🙂

  • Rachel February 21, 2016, 7:38 am

    What inspiring women!! This is so awesome to read and really rings true to me as I just quit my day job in advertising to follow my dreams and pursue fitness full time.
    One healthy habit I’ve gotten into is meal prepping and it takes so much stress off of me during the week when I’m prepared! And empowering women to me is really all about creating a community. Communicating, relating and making each other feel confident. We’re all in it together 🙂

  • Cora February 21, 2016, 10:17 am

    Roar! This filled me with so much happiness. As I become more involved in the blog/social media world, the more I am realizing how amazing a support network it is for women to empower each other. It is all so special, and I think outweighs the negatives that can also come from the land of technology. These women are all doing such wonderful things – and are an inspiration to follow what makes you women. And you are wonderful for hi lighting them!

  • Lauren S February 21, 2016, 12:38 pm

    This post is awesome, thank you for shouting out women who are doing amazing things for our community! I have a passion for gathering women together to encourage one another, especially moms of young kids. The 0-5 years can be isolating if you don’t have a strong woman or two to build you up and encourage you.

  • erin February 21, 2016, 3:06 pm

    love the podcast! i’ll be on the road this week and can’t wait to listen to them in my car!!

    • Clara February 21, 2016, 4:43 pm

      So excited to have you listening, Erin! xo

  • Sarah @ BucketListTummy February 21, 2016, 8:15 pm

    I love this post! So many women are doing great things, and to me, empowering women means recognizing them and their accomplishments, supporting them, and spreading the love. Standing behind products and companies and individuals we support, and really vocalizing that is a great way to empower women 🙂

  • Tina February 22, 2016, 12:31 am

    empowering women means having their back and positively supporting them in their endeavors and decisions. this post is a perfect example of that!

  • misty February 22, 2016, 8:04 am

    One healthy habit that helped me to stress less is meal prep! Makes all the difference to have food ready to go at all times in the fridge.

  • Lindsey February 22, 2016, 8:31 am

    Empowering Women means acknowledging that it’s not a competition. We’re all in this together.

  • Julie February 22, 2016, 1:46 pm

    When we empower other women we help to end the comparison trap. Empowering other women doesn’t make you “less”; it makes you MORE! If we would just support & encourage each other instead of tearing each other down, we could do such great things.

  • Megan February 22, 2016, 2:56 pm

    Empowering women to me means supporting each other and enjoy the beauty of seeing other women succeed. When we do, we are given the opportunity to learn and grow, instead of being lost in our own insecurities.

  • Rachel February 22, 2016, 7:22 pm

    Empowering other women means supporting rather than judging each other!

  • Miriam February 22, 2016, 8:16 pm

    cant wait to check out Teri’s book! I love her work. And I also subscribed to the podcast! You are a true cheerleader and encourager Jen!

  • Maggie February 22, 2016, 9:23 pm

    I love this whole post. To me, it’s empowering to cheer for my friends to succeed just as much if not more than they cheer for me to succeed. There’s enough opportunity out there for everyone so no need to compete and tear each other down. I feel empowered knowing that I have a strong support base out there and that I’m also a source of positivity and encouragement for my friends.

  • Kristen February 22, 2016, 10:23 pm

    Empowering women means to stand up for what you believe in!

  • Amy February 22, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Love women empowering women! It’s easy to get stuck In a comparison trap but I think it’s good to remember there’s room for all of us! We can all be successful in our own unique ways. Keep inspiring us, ladies! Great job!

  • Amy February 22, 2016, 11:19 pm

    Not sure my comment posted…anyway, a healthy habit that helps me stress less is sleep! Getting enough sleep!

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