A DAY IN MY LIFE

HEY FRIENDS! It AGAIN has been a while since I have written in this space, but gosh darn, life just has a way of becoming super busy and I have to sometimes choose what is a top priority in my life and unfortunately, sometimes this space gets put on the back burner. I wish that wasn’t the case, but it just happens. And this blog post seems appropriate, because then you can kind of get a glimpse into why I do not have as much time to write as much as I would like to. TRUTH - I also do not want to force my posts, because if I have to force it, it doesn’t feel real to me. But when that inspiration comes and I feel the urge to write, I just do it. That inspiration came at 6:00 AM on Thursday morning and it is when I finally was ready to finish this post and have it go LIVE.

A DAY IN MY LIFE

SO...With that being said...

What exactly does a typical day look like for a Social Media Specialist, Fitness and Lifestyle Influencer? It is non-stop, a little kookie, a little messy, very unpredictable, but I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the clients that I represent, and the lifestyle that my profession allows me to live. I do get asked a lot, what is it that I REALLY do and I think I can save that for another post, because it is a mouthful. Let’s just start with what a day to day schedule looks like for me on a Typical Tuesday!

5:15 - 5:30 AM - I wake up and start brewing that first cup of coffee. It is definitely still dark out, but I like this quiet time in the morning. It is peaceful and I will usually light a candle, and do some tidying up in the kitchen, while I wait for my coffee. Shannon is still sleeping and Lucy usually comes over by my desk and snores away, but, of course, is ALWAYS by my side.

5:30 AM - 7:00 AM - I start working. I check and respond to all emails on each one of my accounts. I check and respond to all social media platforms. I LOVE this time to work, because no one else is awake and no one can respond to me, so I leave for my workout with a clean slate. B O O M!

7:15 AM - 10:15 AM - I leave for downtown to head to The Works! I sweat it out for a double session and it is AMAZING! It is my favorite way to start my morning.I leave it ALL on that mat and get my strength, cardio, and stretch workouts in and I feel like a rock star! It is intense and a hot sweaty mess, but my head and heart are clear and I am ready to tackle the day.

A DAY IN MY LIFE

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM - I come home, shower, and start working. Once, I sit down at my computer it is game on and I am focused and just get in the groove to doing it all. Emails, ordering, posting, engaging, scheduling, creating, inspiring, and just tackling as much as my brain can handle. I typically eat at my desk...I may even do some meal prep while working, so I get up and take a mental break...I might even do some random cleaning...take Lucy out for some fresh air. Sometimes, if I super focused and in the zone, I can just plow through these hours and get the job DONE.

A DAY IN MY LIFE

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM - I need a BREAK! Depending on how my body is feeling, I will either walk Lucy for a quick 30-minute walk or I will run some errands. This is typically the time of day, I am running to the post office to return items I bought online...I’m notorious for always returning things! GAH!

4:30 - 7:00 PM - I am back and it is time to “try” and shut things down. I will check all my emails again and go through the whole routine that I do earlier in the day. I am typically trying to whip something up for dinner, which is never complicated or glamorous. I am honestly usually so DONE by the end of the day, that dinners at home are so easy and thrown into a bowl or plate. So while, the sweet potatoes are roasting, I will be working, doing some things around the condo, or scrolling.

7:30 PM - It is typically when I eat dinner and FINALLY feel like I have accomplished everything on my list of stuff to do. I am done with the computer, but I will spend at least 1 more hour working for my clients on their accounts and mine, but by 9:00 PM that is it...DONE DONE AND DONE! It is time to read, or watch my shows, unwind, and try to fall asleep.

My job is non-stop and I am always scrolling, liking, responding, posting, and trying to make sure I am representing my clients and myself the best way possible. It can be stressful and hard, but at the end of the day I truly love every second of it and grateful that I am able to do this day in and day out.

With that being said, Saturday I am FULLY disconnecting for the weekend! I may pop in here and there and share some IG stories, but it’s going to be a busy weekend and I want to be present with the ones I love and enjoy the moments that don’t revolve around social media.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend and see y’all soon! xoxo

REAL...RAW...THIS IS ME

REAL RAW...This is ME

I want to be 100% real with y’all...Ever since I got back from the yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, I just have not been myself. The past month was sticky and challenging and I felt like the universe was testing me on ALL levels. I felt exhausted, sad, and uninspired. I felt like I was just going through the motions day in and day out. I wasn’t present for myself, for Shannon, and even Lucy. My love tank was empty and I needed to refill it. As I was scrolling through my Instagram account last Tuesday evening, before dinner, I made the decision that it was time to do some DIGITAL DETOX. The posting, the scrolling, liking, and trying to be on 100% was not serving me anymore and it all seemed FORCED. It was also taking up a LOT of my time. So...it was time for a quick break and to press the restart button and take some time for me, so I could find my purpose and inspiration. Owning up to your own shit is hard. Sharing this with all of you is freaking hard, but I am an open book and my journey and my ups and downs are all part of the process. Plus, as soon as you write it and say it, it just becomes that more REAL.

Recently my posts on social media have been emotional and honest and I also realized that while I was posting these photos and quotes, that my messages were raising some eyebrows. As I started to look deeper into them, I started to wonder “what the hell is going on?” I was being real and raw and I and started asking myself “Am I happy right now?” That was also a sign that I needed to remove myself from those spaces. I don’t need to be Positive Patty 24/7, because that’s definitely not real, but I also want to make sure that I am happy and inspiring, because that is truly ME and what these spaces are supposed to be about.

It was time to practice SELF-LOVE. Lately, I haven’t been in love with myself. I haven’t felt secure in my own skin. It is so hard to say these things out loud, but it happens. I was aware that something needed to change. I wanted to feel that LOVE for myself. How did I handle this?

  • I disconnected from the Instagram…As much as I love this platform, it is frustrating AF sometimes and I let it get the best of me. Why am I not getting enough likes or followers? What am I doing wrong? I started the comparing game and that obviously gets you nowhere FAST. So since last Tuesday night, I stopped scrolling, liking, posting, and engaging. Immediately I felt a sense of relief. Social Media is my job, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to be successful at what I do. Moving forward though, I’m going to stop putting the pressure on myself and just do ME. I am going to work on doing what works for me. Post when I want to post. Engage when I want to engage. To just let it be what it is supposed to be.

  • I treated myself to things that I knew would make me happy…Self-Care friends...I am all about that self-care, because it freaking works! A must needed hair appointment. It’s amazing what covering up those dark roots can do for your self-esteem. Some retail therapy. A manicure and pedicure, because isn’t it amazing how bright and pretty nails and toes are an instant ego boost. And of course, there is always yoga. I left so much sweat and emotion on my mat this past week and I left it ALL there.

  • I leaned on loved ones…and I leaned HARD! A big ass high-five to all my friends near and far, who let me vent and text and talk and just were there for me. In the past, I used to keep all this shit in, but not anymore. Life is too short to keep all that bad stuff in. Don’t be afraid to express yourself...EVER! Your friends and family are there for you and they are there to listen, to guide, to support, and most importantly LOVE YOU!

  • I got out of my own damn way and did the WORK...I woke up last week and literally felt ENERGIZED, INSPIRED, and DETERMINED, and I knew that I WAS BACK! I knew that I had to get out of my own damn way. I had a choice. I made the choice to be the best version of me. It is going to take some time. It is going to take work. It is going to take a lot of self-love, but it is OKAY. I’m OKAY. I will be OKAY. I am so grateful for this life. And I am ready to do this and do what works for me and to kick some freaking ASS!

Life is a journey. And this is my journey. I have always said from the beginning with mine here in Charleston that I would be real through the pretty and messy times. It’s sometimes hard to put this all out there, but I love that I can and just be ME. You can like it or hate it, but that is your choice. This is ME just being ME. What happens next is going to be awesome and I can promise you that!

NUTTZO DREAM TEAM

If you are tired of me writing and posting about NuttZo, then I suggest you close this post, because that is what this is all about! Sorry...I am not sorry! Last week after working for NuttZo for almost 5 years, I FINALLY MET THE TEAM IN PERSON! And I FINALLY attended the well-known Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, where over 90K attended this year. It is the ultimate trade show for all natural, healthy, and organic products. It is craziness, but in a good way. It is non-stop moving, talking, tasting, and hustling. I was joking with my Mom that I have never talked so much in my life. But it was an experience and one that I am glad that I was a part of, because we NAILED IT!

NUTTZO TEAM 2019

I have been trying for years to get to NuttZo events, but stuff has always come up, but this year it all came together and it all came together on my birthday. Did you also know that my birthday is on #nationalwomensday? It seemed appropriate that I was not only celebrating my awesomeness, but I was celebrating with a group of badass women. The NuttZo Team is run by WOMEN! It felt so good to finally meet them and work with them and most importantly get to know them.

We all worked hard.

We were on our feet over 8 hours each day.

We were just doing our thing as a TEAM.

NUTTZO KET BUTTER

There are a lot of very cool things happening with the brand and I am grateful to be apart of it...to watch it grow...to help it grow...and to just make this happen, because it is happening. But there is no reason to go into detail about this, because you can all watch it unfold on my social media channels and you can follow NuttZo too. And this NEW Keto Nut Butter that is coming later this Spring is decadent, delicious, and smells like tropical paradise. B O O M!!!

NUTTZO KETO BUTTER

Besides unveiling the new product and working with the team, I REALLY enjoyed meeting the brands, influencers, and friends who I have been communicating with for weeks, months, and even years. It was so nice to finally be able to talk to the faces behind the Instagram and emails and have a REAL conversation. There were lots of hugs (I am a hugger), laughter, and fun conversations. It is amazing how much we know about each other through technology, but actually being able to look someone in the eye and just be in the moment is so much more special.

I LOVE this community as they are my people! It is my job and I am grateful to be surrounded by so many inspiring, hard working, dedicated, and professional men and women who I love supporting and who support me. This space is hard as hell sometimes and can really knock me on my ass, but knowing that they have my back is a pretty powerful feeling. My social media family ROCKS!

And what better way to end the trip than a delicious dinner with the NuttZo Team! I think we were all talked out and slightly delirious, but it was so nice to be surrounded by them and to eat a delicious dinner and celebrate the success of the expo and me turning 40. Still not sure how I feel when I say that number out loud.

NUTTZO BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Thank you for all the text messages, phone calls, social media LOVE! And thank you to ALL the people who came up to me at the event to wish me lots of birthday wishes! I truly felt special and loved and it was just what I needed to keep me energized and motivated to make this event a success. #THISIS40

xoxo

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

I turned 40 today. At the beginning of the week, I was not feeling too good about this whole new decade, as this is not a small number. I had mixed emotions. I was sad that I was not going to be home to celebrate it. That Shannon was going to be away too. How the hell did 40 happen? What happens next? What should I be feeling? GAH...Like WTF! When I woke up on Thursday before heading to CA for Expo West with the NuttZo team, I had Shannon holding me while he was still asleep...I could hear Lucy snoring by the side of our bed...I changed my attitude. My life is pretty amazing!

I wanted to write something uplifting in this blog post, because well there is a lot going on and I get this question a lot, so thinking about what keeps me motivated when things are sticky was a friendly reminder to myself that I am so GRATEFUL and HAPPY for those around me, my health, my body, and that I am able to do what I do. It’s pretty freaking awesome.

And even when life does get sticky and I need a little extra motivation or push, this is what I like to do…

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

SWEAT IT OUT - Are you really surprised by this answer? Y’all know how much my training means to me both physically and mentally, so it is no surprise that when things get sticky I gravitate towards intense workouts. I want to feel the sweat dripping off my body. I want to feel my muscles burning. I want to be challenged. I want to get my ass kicked. This is what I want and this is what works for me.

I have always been extremely motivated when it comes to training. Having been a competitive athlete most of my life, it comes naturally to me. The benefits of training make me a better person every day and it is why I make the time to do it on a daily basis. I am grateful for this body and what it can do and what I put it through. But when I am not feeling motivated, I am in a funk, or life is just throwing me some curveballs, I sometimes need a little extra push.

So who is able to do this for me? Sarah Frick owner of The Works! YES...this woman is a badass and I am so grateful to have her as a friend and a teacher. Every single time I step on that mat for her well-known class “THE WORKS” she brings it and I swear that since we got back from Tulum, she is bringing it all to that space. The combo of the meditation...the focusing on the breath...the plyometrics...the vinyasa flow...the process of learning to let that SHIT GO in those 60 minutes is a game changer. I love this studio, the community, and the challenges that it offers me. I have become a stronger person on and off the mat because of Sarah and because of the classes she offers.

If you are having a hard time getting motivated physically here are a few ways to stay accountable:

  • Reach out to one of your friends, who you consider a workout buddy and tell them you need some help to get back into your routine;

  • Sign up for a race! I love to do this, especially when I am in a rut. It helps me stay on track with my training. It gives me a goal to look forward to and I love having a schedule that tells me what to do each day. I always print it out the old school way and tape it to the fridge and cross each day off with a marker. Daily goals to a bigger GOAL!

  • Try a new class! There are so many different kind of fitness classes to take these days, so find what works for YOU. What makes you feel good? What challenges you? Plus, it is also a way to just be more social and be around like-minded people and to try new things in your city. Best part about all of these classes is that someone is always offering a deal, so grab it while you can.

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

LEAN ON SHANNON AND MY FRIENDS - This is something that has taken me awhile to do! I used to keep shit in and try to fix it on my own, but having started dating Shannon almost two years and finally falling in love with a place that I can call home, I have opened myself up to much more. And by opening myself up, I have allowed myself to lean on him and my friends for help when things get a little sticky in my world.

Shannon gets me! We have this special bond that reminds me of the one I had with my father. We can spend hours together and just kind of know what the other is thinking. We don’t need to be talking non-stop to each other and I love this. It works. He knows when I am in a funk and he’s there for me. He keeps me laughing. He asks me what I need. He holds me. He also just gives it to me in black and white. I have a tendency to overthink things and let my emotions get in the way, so his no bull shit mentality motivates me to keep going.

When I lean on my girlfriends, it is different, but that is what friends are for and why I am so grateful for them. The friends who listen to your non-stop texts that are paragraphs long. The friends that check in on your daily. The friends who want to take you out and just make sure you let loose and enjoy life. I know that I repeat myself, but this year has taught me a lot and it’s only March. I have let go of a lot of SHIT (yes...this word is coming up a lot). I have surrounded myself with a group of friends who inspire me, challenge me, and help me when I need help. Having only been in Charleston for almost one year, I can say that the group I am with is pretty amazing! And I cannot forget my pen-pal friends who I have met through social media too. It’s one of my favorite things about the kookie social media world and who it has allowed me to connect with…a lot of badass women.

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

PRACTICE SELF-CARE - Self-Care is also a BIG thing for me this year. You have to take care of YOU inside and out. YOU are the one in charge of it all and when you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you take care of others. It seems like a simple thing, but it is something that so many of us neglect. Self-Care can be little or big things...It is something that is going to make YOU happy and make YOU feel good about yourself.

How do I practice SELF-CARE:

  • Nothing is better than a manicure/pedicure...Am I right?

  • Flowers...I always like to have at least two bouquets from TJ’s in my condo. They make me happy and I’ve also added a lot more plants and succulents too.

  • FOOD - Yes food is self-care...Treat yourself to something delicious, just because you haven’t done it in a while. My go-to is always pizza or a big ass steak and fries...and don’t forget the wine!

  • Travel - I have taken some big trips this year. The Bahamas for a basketball tournament. A girls trip to Wine Country. A yoga retreat to Tulum, Mexico, and there are probably some others later down the road, but why not?!?! Life is short. I work hard. I want to have fun, explore, travel, and get away once in a while. And I am grateful that I can do that!

HOW I STAY MOTIVATED WHEN THINGS GET STICKY

I am truly blessed, so here’s to 40 and to another year of who knows what, but I do know that at this moment, I am happy, I am in love, I am motivated and will stay motivated even when life does get a little sticky. Because, sometimes we need sticky. Sticky is hard and messy at times, but it can also be a motivator to help us work harder, face our fears, try new things, and also remind us of how grateful we are. xoxo

How do YOU stay motivated when things get sticky?

How do YOU practice self-care?






HERE WE GO...

AHHHH...Friends! Do you know how many times in the past month I have opened up a blank Google document ready to write and share with y’all, but writer’s block and time just have not allowed me. It is hard to stare at this white page and to only write a few sentences and then just hit a wall. It is frustrating, because throughout the day all of these ideas come to my head and I am jazzed up and ready to ROCK and then I sit and then...NOTHING! And also work too...Managing 5 brands is a lot, but I want to make time for this space...badly, without forcing it, and keeping myself happy and YOU happy.

BUT...I think I have found a way to hold myself accountable. I want to be back in this space. I want to write...to share...to inspire...to have fun here again. In the beginning of the week, I posted on social media that I wanted to hear from YOU and what you want. There is going to be more personal “stuff”...workouts...and, of course, food tips and recipes. YES it is time to just DO IT and make the time to connect with you and to get back into the routine of writing.

This space is important to me. It is a place that allows me to just let it ALL OUT and I have missed that. I am going to ease into writing again and start with the things that come naturally to me…FITNESS.

HERE WE GO...

The personal “stuff”, well that takes a little bit more time and emotion. I KNOW that I still need to write about the Shannon and Katie story and I PROMISE that will be coming soon too. Here’s the deal with the personal stuff. For so long I was afraid to open up...To talk about my successes, my failures, my relationships, my personal SHIT. But things have changed in 2019, especially after my retreat to Tulum a few weeks ago. In a nutshell, I decided to do this retreat, because I had things that I needed to LET GO of personally. I needed to remove that toxicity from my life. I needed to stop worrying about things and just do ME. I worked hard on me. I surrendered to it. I leaned on the women who were with me. It was powerful. It was intense. It was exhausting. It was also freeing. So YEAH, I am stronger. I am ready to just do ME and not worry about what others think or say. It is not about the followers, the likes, it is about REAL connections. It is about surrounding yourself with people who LOVE, SUPPORT, LIFT YOU UP, and always have your back. But it’s just as important that I LOVE, SUPPORT, and LIFT MYSELF UP as well too.

HERE WE GO...

See...I told you the personal “stuff” is real and intense and then I start to go onto a major tangent. I actually have a blog post that I am working on called “SHOWING UP FOR YOURSELF” and trust me, it’s going to be a good one, but for now, let’s focus on some fitness. Creating workouts, motivating YOU, and talking about fitness, comes very naturally to me.

I workout like a NUT job, but as I always say, I am a better person when I sweat. I love to sweat. I love to push my body. I love the way the movement makes me feel. And HELL YEAH I like the way it makes my body looks. Training hard and eating well is not easy and takes a lot of work, but I 100% believe it is totally worth it. And remember...I do indulge...I do take some rest days...and I enjoy LIFE! With that being said...

Who wants more workouts?

Do you want more quick workouts like this?
I think I will start sharing more moves that I love on my IG stories. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, well you are just missing out on ALL the fun. Click HERE to join the party!

Before I keep chit chatting away…Here is the WORKOUT…Look it over…Let me know if you have any questions.

15 Minute "GET IT DONE" Workout

I love these kind of workouts. They are versatile...challenging...and can be done everywhere. Everyone has different schedules, body types, injuries, needs, and goals, so do what works for YOU. A few ways to spice up this workout if you have extra time:

  • Run for 15 minutes…Do the workout…Run for another 15 minutes;

  • Use dumbbells if you really want to increase your strength, core, and balance;

  • Grab your friends and make it a challenge to see who can do the most rounds in 15 minutes!

Where am I currently training? What do my workouts consist of?

  • The WORKS - I am here a lot. I try to go at least 3 - 4 times a week. My body is craving the heated room, the sweat, the killer workouts, and the community.

  • MethodRide - Spinning is great way I need to flush it out and to get in a good cardio session. I love to cycle, but the roads are not safe here in Charleston, so I am glad that I have a spin studio that is less than 2 miles from my condo.

  • Pivotal Fitness - When I need the StepMill and weights it is where I go to do the above workout or use the machines, when I get the urge to lift heavy things.

  • Sullivan’s Island - Whenever the sun is out and it is warm, you can find me and Lucy at the beach walking. If it isn’t nice, I still take her daily for a 30-minute afternoon walk around the neighborhood.

I am itching to get outside and RUN, but the weather has been grey, dreary, and cold. And I have become a full on pansy when it comes to the cold, so if I can’t run in shorts, I won’t be out there. Until that sun comes out and the days start to warm up, you will find me on my yoga mat, spinning, doing strength workouts like the one above, or walking Lucy.

So tell me…

What do your workouts currently look like?

What are the chances of you trying this “GET IT DONE” workout?