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We Finally Meet + A New Playlist

Sunday was a really special day for me. I finally got to meet three women who I have been interacting with via social media and the blog world for years.


I sent a group message to Teri, Miriam (formerly of Bellaspire which she has stepped away from…you’ve seen her on this blog before) and Leslie Anne about a month ago asking when we could all finally get together. They live in the Winston Salem area which is only about 90 minutes from Charlotte. I offered to come to them but they said they’d rather drive down and take my Sunday morning “yoga church” class and grab brunch after. I was SO EXCITED to have them in class!


We showered after class and then headed to Fern for brunch. They have a pretty amazing brunch menu and $1 bloody mary’s. Fern house-makes their bloody mix so who can pass up a round of those!?


I ordered the quinoa benedict with a side of Geechie Boy Mills green grits. The benedict uses a quinoa and chick pea cake in place of an English muffin which I love. It’s topped with sauteed spinach and your choice of egg or tofu (I went with tofu) and vegan hollandaise. I think the grits were green due to avocado being blended in but whatever it was, they were so delicious!


There was some great conversation happening at our table. These ladies are smart, accomplished, driven and real and I feel so grateful that we were all able to come together and share a beautiful Sunday morning together. We have plans for repeat girl’s get togethers! I think it’s really special when you find like-minded women who are supportive and kind and Miriam, Leslie Anne and Teri are definitely just that.

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And last…I was pretty obsessed with my playlist yesterday so I wanted to share it with you here. Lots of new stuff you haven’t seen me play before. Enjoy!

Happy Monday!!! Have a great week.

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  • 1
    Erin August 26, 2013, 8:47 am

    LOVE the playlist – listening to it on spotify right now. Thanks!

    • 2
      Jen August 26, 2013, 11:55 am

      yay! thanks and enjoy!

  • 3
    LAQ August 26, 2013, 9:06 am

    This playlist was just pure MAGIC! I am such a music connector; I had to stop myself from singing a few times!! I was going to ask you for the playlist so I am ELATED that you shared it!

    • 4
      Jen August 26, 2013, 11:56 am

      i take my yoga playlist-ing very seriously. it totally does create a journey and a connection. so glad you liked it!

  • 5
    Erin @ Sugar Magnolia August 26, 2013, 9:31 am

    Glad you had a great weekend!! Love meeting blog friends!

  • 6
    Christina August 26, 2013, 9:58 am

    Such a small world Jen – I live in Arlington, VA and used to love taking Leslie Anne’s Body Pump classes! I left Gold’s Gym about a year ago after my daughter was born and hadn’t realized she left the area. I’m going to hop on over to her website and see what she’s been up to 🙂

    • 7
      LAQ August 26, 2013, 10:22 am

      HI CHRISTINA:) Small world indeed:) I bet I would remember you!

      • 8
        Jen August 26, 2013, 12:00 pm

        christina – that is so cool! leslie ann and i have been following each other for years. she definitely has a wide reach and a great reputation for what she does. i would LOVE to take a BP class from her. her blog is great, check it out for sure!

  • 9
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 26, 2013, 9:58 am

    Aww – love that you got to meet upo with fellow readers/bloggers! Thats on my bucket list!
    Such an amazing group of guys and gals out there!
    Green grits looks yum – if it had avocado in it – its seriously droolworthy – am so so adoring avocado now! I used them in some muffins and they were heavenly!

    • 10
      Jen August 26, 2013, 12:00 pm

      i love avocado in any and everything. i once baked a chocolate cake with avocado in the batter and green avocado frosting. yum!

  • 11
    Katie @ running4cupcakes August 26, 2013, 10:01 am

    Oh how fun! And you all look adorable in that picture together after brunch. Love hanging out with friends and even more fun to meet some “new” people. 🙂

  • 12
    Linda August 26, 2013, 10:20 am

    I need to try Fern again…we went once and the service wasn’t very good which didn’t help. It was brunch so I think I’ll go back for lunch.
    I would really love to start a blog and have wanted to for a long time. If you have any suggestions I would be most grateful!
    Now to check out that playlist!

    • 13
      Jen August 26, 2013, 12:01 pm

      linda – i have lots of blog tips. i’ll send you an email.

      give fern another shot!

  • 14
    She Rocks Fitness August 26, 2013, 10:53 am

    It is so awesome to meet up with our social media friends! It is always nice to finally talk to them in person, after months or even years of only connecting through the computer. 🙂 $1 Bloody Mary’s…now that is cheap. I cannot drink those, I am definitely more of a mimosa kind of girl. Have a beautiful Monday!

    • 15
      Jen August 26, 2013, 12:03 pm

      i love mimosas too but love that with a bloody mary you can get a serving of vegetables in too! 😛

  • 16
    Miriam August 26, 2013, 10:54 am

    Your class was amazing Jen! Wish we all lived in the same city together. Can’t wait to visit again!

    • 17
      Jen August 26, 2013, 12:04 pm

      i wish so too but at least we’re close. so glad you enjoyed class!

  • 18
    kristina August 26, 2013, 11:02 am

    loving your black dress!! where is that from?!

    • 19
      Jen August 26, 2013, 12:04 pm

      believe it or not…target! but like 3 summers ago.

  • 20
    Sarah August 26, 2013, 1:31 pm

    That brunch dish looks truly divine. Love getting together with new friends!

  • 21
    Ja @Ja on the RUN August 26, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Love the playlist! 🙂
    Loving the purple and black tank that your friend is wearing?

  • 22
    Katherine August 26, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Aww, looks like you girls had fun!


  • 23
    Kelly August 26, 2013, 7:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the playlist. Always looking for different music.

  • 24
    Teri [a foodie stays fit] August 26, 2013, 7:07 pm

    such a great morning, great class, great playlist and great brunch! I’m glad you posted the playlist – there were a couple I wanted to track down! Hope to see you soon! <3

  • 25
    Brittany @ proteinandpumps August 27, 2013, 9:32 am

    That BM looks divine!!!

  • 26
    kate marrin life+style August 27, 2013, 10:02 am

    Thanks for the playlist share-updating mine now!
    I’m the worst when it comes to updating my playlist lately because all I listen to is NPR (dork alert) and it’s not exactly heart pumping, lol.

  • 27
    Annie @herightfit August 27, 2013, 7:03 pm

    That bloody mary looks amazing!

  • 28
    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate August 28, 2013, 1:22 am

    Your brunch looks fabulous (quinoa/chickpea benedict=genius), I’m glad you ladies had such a good time!

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