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  • Eleven Years Old

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    My Sullie girl turned 11 today. Pretty crazy considering the first birthday I documented on this blog was her fourth. (Baby Jen and baby Sullie) I know you have heard me say this over and over and over again but Sullie is my rock. I wanted a dog of my own so badly for a [...]

  • What’s Your Dharma? + Memorial Day Weekend 2017

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    Hi! I hope you guys enjoyed your long weekend and also spent some time reflecting on the bravery and selflessness of our fallen servicemen and women. My message to my yoga classes over the weekend was about finding your dharma and using it to be of service. Your dharma is all about discovering your unique [...]

  • 9 Years Ago Today + Recent Eats: All the Easter Ham!

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    I usually spend the first five minutes or so when I wake up doing a quick check-in with email and social media. While this probably isn’t the best way to wake up, it’s a nice buffer between sleep and my feet hitting the floor. One of the things I almost always check before getting out [...]

  • Adventures in Dogland (and a few safety reminders)

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    Well, it’s been an interesting 48 hours in dogland. First, we had an overnight visitor. Second, Zoey is in a cone. Let’s talk about our visitor first. Tanner went out for a run on Sunday night just as it was getting dark and called me about 15 minutes into the run. When I answered the [...]

  • Pretty Girls + 5 Nights of Dinners

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    Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a nice and relaxing start. I woke up naturally around 7:15, made French press and a smoothie and cuddled with the girls. They went to the groomer yesterday where they got baths, their ears cleaned, nails trimmed and a little hair cut. They look thrilled about [...]

  • Ten Years Together

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    Today we are celebrating Sullie’s 10th birthday. This one feels extra significant not only because it’s a milestone birthday but also because of the cancer scare and surgery that we had a couple of months ago. 10 years seems like such a long time and it’s hard to believe that she’s been with me for so long. I [...]

  • My Top 10 Tips for Raising a Puppy

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    I regularly receive emails from readers with new puppies asking for advice on everything from food to training to exercising to gear and more. Since I’m such a dog person and I share so much about our dogs with you, I thought that I’d sprinkle a few pet posts in here and there. I’m going [...]

  • On Keeping An Open Heart

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    I can’t even begin to count all of the ways my life has been blessed by having dogs. They bring me so much joy on a daily basis by greeting me when I walk in, making me smile with their antics, coming over for cuddles, comforting me when they know I’m upset, keeping me company while I [...]

  • Friday I’m In Love: Volume 13

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    Happy Friday and happy National Donut Day! I’ve been dreaming about the apple fritters at The Donut Hole for months now and I think I’ll have to finally make it a reality when I visit my parents in a few weeks. Has anyone else noticed how much donuts have risen in popularity lately? It seems [...]

  • TGIF, It’s been a long week.

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    I am feeling some serious TGIF and I’m especially thankful that it’s a long holiday weekend and we have no plans for it. This was a tough week. I dropped Sullie off for her surgery to have two mast cell tumors removed on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. I was a bundle of nerves going in. [...]

  • Sunday Morning Coffee Chat

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    It’s sunny and 65 degrees here in Charlotte this morning. I’ve got the windows open, the birds are chirping and Sullie and Zoey are having fun going in and out of the doggie door. My fiance is still sleeping because he worked from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday (not by choice but he [...]

  • Sullie and Zoey’s First BarkBox

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    This post is sponsored by BarkBox. July brings Sullie’s 9th birthday and Zoey’s 9 month birthday. They may be eight years apart in age but they both light up when it comes to new toys and treats. I have to say, I don’t know how you moms do it. I get so much enjoyment out [...]

  • My Yoga Dogs + What I Bought at Whole Foods

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    The girls and I had a little photo shoot today. They were feeling super playful and sharing toys in the living room this afternoon. I was cracking up over their open hips. Check them both out in frog pose here! :) I definitely have little yoga dogs on my hands! Can you believe how big [...]

  • Zoey’s First Hike + Fish Tacos + Happy Saturday

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    Today was the best Saturday I have had in a long time. I taught my two regular morning hot yoga classes and then came home to make lunch and give the house a much needed clean. This spring is kinda crazy between travel plans, workshops and teacher training stuff so it was a welcome treat [...]

  • Saturday Road Trip + Week of Eats

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    Sullie and I loaded up around noon today for a road trip down to Georgia to visit my grandmother. Sadly, I left Zoey in very loving care in Charlotte because she’s a little too crazy right now for me to manage by myself in the car for four hours. I was also worried about her [...]

  • The Best Weekend + A Great Week of Workouts

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    This has been a really great weekend. I’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible because the weather has been incredible. It’s 70 and sunny right now! I’m currently sitting outside and working. Zoey is playing in the rosemary bush and Sullie is sun bathing. I had a pretty awesome Saturday. I taught [...]

  • Zoey is Five Months Old + Things You Must Read

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    Happy Friday! After a busy morning, I wrapped up my training and teaching for the week at 1 p.m. and have a rare Friday afternoon off. I usually have clients on Friday evenings. Yay. The biggest news of the day is that this little nugget is five months old! (Her nickname is “The Chicken Nugget.”) [...]

  • A “Wild Weekend” (Not Really) + Starbucks Coconut Milk Latte

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    Hi! The week is off to a great start over here. It’s 66 and sunny. As soon as I hit publish on this post I’m going to head out for a run and walk the pups. The pups were reunited this weekend after spending a week apart and they’ve been inseparable ever since. I am [...]

  • An Icy Day + Lately (Cupcakes, Puppies & More)

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    Hi! It’s been a weird start to the week here in Charlotte. After an unseasonably mild winter, we were hit with some gross weather. After just talking with my co-workers at the gym last week about how we thought we’d escape winter weather this year, I opened my front door before going to bed last [...]

  • Lately: So Much Yoga, A TV Appearance & Vacation

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    A quick post tonight to say hi. And I’m tired! I have taught five hot yoga classes in the last two days. Three on Wednesday and two on Thursday. Let me state for the record that I am not complaining. I absolutely love each and every class that I have the honor to teach for so many [...]

  • A Very Southern Christmas

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    Merry day after Christmas from me and my two beautiful, sweet girls! I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely day of loved ones and celebration. I traveled to my grandmother’s house in Georgia on Christmas Eve with these two and a car full of gifts. It was…an experience…but we made it and that’s all that matters. I arrived in [...]

  • Life Lately + What I’m Reading, Writing and Watching

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    Hi there. I feel like I’m coming up for air in the best way possible. I’m a little over one week into the changes I shared last week. Adjusting to a new schedule and routine is always a bit of a challenge but it’s also proving to be a much needed breath of fresh air. Every [...]

  • Weekend: Weddings, Friends and Sweet Stuff

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    I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday evening. I am just popping in with some weekend photos to share! This one got a bath and a little hair cut on Friday. When I picked her up she was so soft, smelling like roses and over the top cute. I swear she knows when she’s [...]

  • Grumpy Golden + Girl’s Night + Blood Moon

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    Good morning! Here’s what I’m working with over here… A grumpy golden retriever! Wednesday morning is my “sleep in morning” in that it’s the only day of the week that I start at 6:30 a.m. instead of 5:30 a.m. but apparently Sullie didn’t think 6 a.m. was any kinder of an hour than 5 a.m. [...]

  • Weekend: Slowing Down + Opening Up

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    I spent the summer getting outside of my comfort zone and focused on creating connection and experiences with new and old friends. I put myself out there in a way that I really haven’t in the past. I said yes to almost every invitation I got for everything from dinner to beach trips to workouts [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • September #hashtanga Challenge: Week 2

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    Last week I shared that I am participating in my first ever Instagram yoga challenge hosted by Michael Gannon. Read all the details in this post. I have kept up with the challenge every day! Here’s a recap of the second week. Monday Utthita hasta padangushthasana for day 8. Tuesday Day 9 ardha baddha padmottanasana. Wednesday [...]

  • Labor Day Weekend in Photos

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    I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend. Mine was super low-key. I stayed here in Charlotte and managed a nice mix between productivity/work and relaxation/being social. The highlight of my weekend was being able to sleep in this morning until whenever I woke up without having to set an alarm to be somewhere. I [...]

  • Weekend: Pampering, CrossFit Throwdown, Night Out + More

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    The weekend was a whirlwind. It flew by at record pace but it was full of good things and fun times. (Whoa. Yes, that’s a lot of me up close and personal for the first photo of the post!) I trained four clients, taught a yoga class, went into the Charlotte Observer office for 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 [...]

  • Weekend Away: Home in Georgia

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    I spent the weekend in Georgia visiting my grandmother and parents who were also in town visiting. Getting out of Charlotte was just what the doctor ordered. Here are some photos from my weekend. I stopped at Om Yoga on my way out of town to pick up my paycheck and couldn’t resist a stop [...]

  • Life Lately: Work Love, Sullie Cuteness, Welcome Weekend

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    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

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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 [...]

  • My Best Friend

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    Hi! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. I stayed in town and kept it pretty low key. I did decide to take a blog/technology break and spent time doing things around the house, hanging out with friends and teaching instead. It was a nice mental break. I’ll share scenes from the weekend later today [...]

  • The Weekend + The Best Meal + The Saddest Movie

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    I had a very low key but nice weekend. After continuing education all day on Friday, I crashed Friday night and didn’t do much of anything. I had hopes of getting up and practicing at Om Yoga on Saturday morning before I taught my hot vinyasa class but then I slept until 8:30 so that [...]

  • Lately: Food + Life

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    Hi and good evening. Thanks for the great feedback on the Arm Sculpting Workout. I was excited to hear from several of you that you already tried it. For those of you who had questions about my use of the word toning in the graphic, I’m just going to state that it’s a common catch [...]

  • The Weekend + Love, Empowerment & Acceptance for All

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    I wish I could say that my weekend was full of fun and exciting things but about all I’ve got for you is book writing, avocados and a cute golden retriever. I received an 80 page word document full of tracked changes to review from my copy editor that was due by Sunday evening. It [...]

  • Making It Worth It

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    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn’t worth it if you can’t live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example… My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • Giving Up the Flat Iron, Pancakes & Winners

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    Hi there! I have loved your enthusiasm this week about froyo, Coldplay and Target. Read to the end of the post for the giveaway winners! :) I have a little more shopping to share with you + some delicious recent eats. Talk about stores that suck you in and make you spend more money than [...]

  • Let’s Catch Up

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    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 [...]

  • Weekend: Growth, Love & Transformation

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    My weekend was full of celebration including the final weekend of yoga teacher training and graduation, a friend’s baby shower and the grand opening of Metro Fitness 51. My weekend was also full of reflection about how much growth, change and transformation is constantly happening around us (and within us). I stayed in on Friday [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts + Visiting CrossFit Above the Bar

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    Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Sullie did! (Her life is really hard.) Here’s a recap of last week’s workouts. Well balanced, still heavy on the lifting/CrossFit and a complete rest day! Body feeling great and focusing on good nutrition right now. Monday AM ashtanga practice by the pool [...]

  • What I’ve Been Cooking Up

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    This morning started with a 4:55 a.m. alarm for a 5:30 a.m. training client. Surprisingly enough, I bounded out of bed and felt great. My client has been sick/traveling so this was our first 5:30 a.m. in several weeks. Time to get back in the groove! I had another client at 6:30 a.m. and then [...]

  • Recent Eats: Dinner Love

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    Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and well wishes for Sullie. I think it’s safe to say that this furry one is feeling better if the trail of toys means anything. It seems to have just been a GI infection. I will keep you updated if anything else comes up but I think we’re in [...]

  • Weekend: Sick Sullie + Food Truck Party

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    Good morning! I had a good weekend but with a little scare thrown in. Last week Sullie had a one day episode of an upset stomach but it seemed to have quickly passed and she was acting like her normal self the following day. On Saturday she had another episode but much worse this time [...]

  • Recent Eats + Early Morning Workouts

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    Hi and happy Wednesday! I just finished teaching my 6:30 a.m. yogis at Y2 Yoga. This is one of my favorite classes of the week. Most of the people who come to this class are getting their yoga in before they go to work and they’re serious, focused and hard working! It’s so special to [...]

  • For Your Entertainment: Zombies, Books, Movies & More

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    Thanks for all of the thoughtful discussion yesterday’s strength training post. Keep those questions coming and again, please let me know if there are any specific fitness topics you’d like me to address in these “weekly workout” posts. I’m going to take a little more of a lighthearted approach with today’s post and share with [...]

  • Back to Reality + Off to Chicago {This Week’s Eats}

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    Back to reality this week but it’s been a short one. I am currently on a plane again but not headed anywhere tropical! I’m on the way to Chicago for a quick overnight. I’m visiting the ALDI headquarters where I’ll spend the afternoon doing activities like switch and save tastings, price challenges, a smoothie challenge, [...]

  • Updates, Big News & Winner

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    It’s only noon but I’ve been going since 5 a.m. Three clients trained, 150 burpees done, yoga practice and shower. I’m happy to be sitting down in front of the computer for a bit! Today I have several updates for you, some big news and the Yogi Clothing giveaway winner. SNOW! It did snow in [...]

  • Week of Eats + A Must-Have Nail Color

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    I am happy that you all enjoyed the Yogi Clothing giveaway post and yesterday’s video blog. I especially appreciate the support on the ideal weight chat. It’s great to hear others in agreement. I’ll try to do the video blog thing at least once a month and let y’all endure my southern drawl. ;) Lots [...]