Living The Dream

by Jen on January 27, 2013

I had a really awesome weekend with many highlights.

- Teaching two packed yoga classes to the amazing yogis at Y2 Yoga. They flowed, they sweated, they learned a new mantra, worked on a new deep upper backbend (more on the mantra and backbend tomorrow for yoga Monday!) and listened to this motivational speech about success by Eric Thomas while they held pigeon.

- Training one of my favorite clients at Metro Fitness Club. I am so inspired by the progress she has made in not only strength and endurance but also her presence and confidence in just a few short months. I feel lucky to have such wonderful clients.

- Saturday afternoon baking!!!

I had Peanut Butter Oreos in my pantry begging to be used for a baking project. A quick Google search for Oreo blondies landed me with these peanut butter blondies with an Oreos baked into the center.

I used this recipe from A Pinch of Yum with a few modifications. First, I used Peanut Butter Oreos instead of plain. Second, I added about a teaspoon of sea salt to the batter because it didn’t call for any and y’all know how much I liked my baked goods slightly salted. And last, I used 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter and 1/4 cup regular peanut butter in the batter.

I took them to share with my yoga class this morning and they were all gone by the time I left the room after class. I guess they were a hit!

- Brunch with my girlfriends at Cafe Monte

Cafe Monte is a local restaurant that features French Bistro cuisine. Their brunch is to die for and I happily accepted an invitation to go with some of my best yoga girlfriends after I taught class this morning.

I am kind of over omelets at the moment but quiche sounded perfect. I ordered the spinach florentine quiche and enjoyed every cheesy, buttery bite.

- A master class with Bryan Kest

75 yogis braved icy roads to take a class from the founder of power yoga, Bryan Kest. He lectured for 90 minutes and then we did a 60 minute practice. The highlight of the lecture was, “people bring their shit to yoga and turn yoga to shit.” More on Kest and his view on yoga to come in a future Yoga Monday but I really enjoyed the experience. I was excited to have the opportunity to join a dinner with him on Saturday night and he’s really just a cool guy.

When I look back on my weekend I feel so fortunate to literally be living my dream. Friends, love, practicing, teaching, training, inspiring, being inspired.

I’m focusing my attention to the things that I love and everything feels like it’s falling into place. I am humbled and INSANELY GRATEFUL to get to do what I love with people I love every single day.

What was the highlight of your weekend? 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pamela January 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I am so happy you are feeling the flow of spirit in your life. You deserve every good thing. I hope every day is this good for you. It was my birthday this weekend – took yoga taught yoga and ate cake. Awesomeness. Xoxo

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2 Tracy January 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I don’t recall how I stumbled upon your blog, but I read it a few months ago, and then sought you out again recently and have been reading along. How cool that you got to attend a class with Bryan Kest! My first yoga experience many years ago was when a friend shared a BK video with me. (Sorry – but way too much for someone who had never done it before, though I can appreciate it now, even if I can’t do it!) :) Anyway – I enjoy your posts. :)

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3 Addy @ Six-Kick Switch January 27, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Love love love your post, Jen — Yay! I’m so happy you’re finding joy in everything. And a master class with Bryan Kest?!? Do tell…

Best part of my weekend was that I might/possibly/most probably have landed an amazing job, better than any I could have dreamed for! I may be counting my chickens before they’re hatched, but I’m almost dead certain ;) We’ll see! Looking forward to Yoga Monday!

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4 Kelsey K. January 28, 2013 at 4:15 am

I love those moments/days/weeks when everything makes you happy and is going right! :) So glad you had a weekend like that!

Right now I’m studying abroad in Italy, and though I’ve had many moments so far where I’m really happy, last night, cozied up in bed with some tea and listening to Dave Matthews, I just felt so content. It’s the little things!

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5 branny January 28, 2013 at 6:39 am

I’m happy you are so content. I’m feeling teh same way lately…I can’t believe my life is as good as it actually is. I just love the place I’m in.

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6 kaila@ healthy helper blog! January 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

Love that last quote. And the blondies look amazing!

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7 russg January 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

Nothing workout or food related but HGTV at 10pm has Charlotte featured in their episode of House Hunters. I absolutely love your blog and I read it every day (and occasionally cook something that you feature).

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8 Winnie January 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

Your yoga classes, Bryan Kest and brunch at Cafe Monte were the highlights of my weekend. Teaching BodyPump Saturday morning was great too!

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9 Parita January 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

It’s so nice to read about someone living their dream humbly! And I wish I lived in Charlotte – if for nothing else but to attend your yoga classes and eat your baked goods. Haha!

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10 Diane M January 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

My highlights: 2 high energy, amazing yoga classes taught by you (my hips are sore!), Bryan Kest workshop, brunch at Cafe Monte & family time with my hubby & daughter!

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11 Katherine January 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

so glad you had a great weekend!

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12 meghan @ struggle muffins January 28, 2013 at 10:05 am

That’s awesome that you’re feeling like you’re in the right place. Doing the right thing. Rocking out. Also, those blondies look AMAZE – perfect super bowl sweet treats, methinks.

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13 She Rocks Fitness January 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

No major highlights from the weekend, except for freezing my booty off! It’s pretty awesome to be living your dream and loving it. :) I too feel the same way and I am very grateful that my life is going in that direction. I still need to work more on ME, but know that it will fall into place as well when the time is right. Happy Monday!

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14 Katie @ running4cupcakes January 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

living the dream! Love it. :) The best part of my weekend was 1. running another half marathon 2. lunch with my husband afterwards 3. watching my 9 month old enjoy playing with new toys at Grandma’s house!

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15 Carolina John January 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

That sounds like so much fun! Great weekend.

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16 Lauren K January 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Glad you had such a good weekend!! This weekend really was great…was able to squeeze in lots of time with great people. Managed a PR in power clean, great yoga practice (didn’t fall in half moon…even though it wasn’t super graceful) and ate a lot of dessert on Sunday (including one of those blondies)!

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17 sarah January 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

This post makes me so happy for you. and I loved the audio above that you played in class, i’ve had been searching for it after and hadn’t found a great version, so thanks for sharing!

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18 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 29, 2013 at 4:38 am

That is so amazing :) I am so happy to hear that you are at a place of happiness. Right now, I would say that I am closer that transitional phase, but I know that it will all fall into place soon. You are inspiring just doing what you love to do!! Keep it up!!

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19 Kayli (Running on Sunshine) January 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

Yay for a fantastic weekend! Bryan Kest class sounds inspiring- looking forward to hearing more. Power yoga is like therapy for me. I certainly bring my shit to yoga, but I try to use my mat time to turn my shit into progress :)

Happy Tuesday!

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