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  • 20 ways YOU make the most of every day!

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    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

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    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 [...]

  • Living Your Life with Heart + Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

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    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 [...]

  • The Lie I Give Up

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    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 [...]

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Chat

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    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 Blooming

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    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

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    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 [...]

  • A Second Chance at My Evening Routine

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    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 [...]

  • Holiday Highs and Lows + Weekly Workouts

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    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

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    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 [...]

  • Have Courage and Be Kind

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    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

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    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!”

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    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 [...]

  • ABCs of Jen, Part 2

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    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 [...]

  • Finding the Space to Fly

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    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 [...]

  • Adding a Second Dog to the Family + Zoey at Six Months

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    Zoey turned six months old two weeks ago and it's hard to believe that she's gone from this on her first night home... To this... ...at six months old. The number one question I get is "How are Sullie and Zoey getting along?" I've been promising a post on adding a second dog for a [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Breaks, Being Present & What is Balance?

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    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. [...]

  • New Playlist (Including Spotify!) + Music Faves

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    Hi, hi! I am currently parked at my favorite local bakery for what I like to call "power hour." It's a no distractions, hammer through the to-do list and get sh*t done mission...aided by a oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and a soy cappuccino. Short tangent. Sometimes I think to myself that I'm going to cut [...]

  • The End of the Year of Book Writing + My Intentions for 2015

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    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 [...]

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

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    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 [...]

  • Welcome Zoey Girl

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    So I promised you a post on my new addition. Meet Zoey. The name "Zoe" is of Greek origin and means "life." Zoey was born on October 6 and is entering her ninth week of life today. We met for the first time eight days ago. She was the first pup I picked up...I was just drawn to her. [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • 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 [...]