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Friday Feelings

Can I have a moment to vent? Between the Full Moon, the time change, the blizzard, and the frigid temperatures, I have felt all sorts of stir crazy and lots of frustration. It has felt like a long freaking week. I have felt all sorts of emotions and I finally feel like I have it together. Now that the rant is over, why don't we dive into some "Friday Feelings", before I welcome the weekend with a BIG hug...

Friday Feelings

GRATEFUL - After my rant of really minuscule things, I am truly grateful for many things: 

  • A strong body that allows me to train it hard on a daily basis;
  • Foods that help me stay nourished, healthy, and fueled;
  • Family that supports me through all the crazy endeavors that I decide to embark on;
  • Friends who are there for me through it ALL. This community both near and far are a solid bunch!

I think it is important to take some time each day and write them down, say it out loud, or tell someone what you are grateful for. It really puts things in perspective!

Cauliflower In a Smoothie is DELISH - I know it sounds weird and it is kind of weird, but it is weirdly really good! I have seen some of my favorite recipe gurus talking about this kookie addition to their smoothies and I finally gave it a try. I eat a lot of cauliflower anyway, so why not step out of my comfort zone and try something new. It is good and I recommend you try it. I will share my recipes next week. 

Friday Feelings

There is so much BAD Television on these days - How is possible that with hundreds of television channels there is hardly anything to watch? And what about ALL the commercials? I have noticed lately that I seem to watch at the most the same 4 channels on a daily basis - Fox Business, HGTV, Bravo, and Showtime. So why am I paying a cable bill that is almost $200.00? With that being said, it is time to switch things up and get rid of the cable package. I am going to try it out and see how it goes and take advantage of my Amazon Fire Stick. Stay tuned...

Towel Workout - Make sure to check out my latest workout with Core Power! While I was snowed in earlier this week, it was the perfect time to create another at-home workout. You know that I am ALL about these types of workouts, so it was fun to put this one together. I love how these moves are truly a full body blast. They help your balance, build your overall strength, and of course ALWAYS your core! 

Potato Party - I have a potato obsession. I eat these beauties at least 4 times a week. They are easy to make. They are versatile. They are nutritious and delicious. I even picked up some regular russet potatoes the other day and they make me just as happy too. I cannot get enough spuds in my life and it is what my body is craving, so I am going to give it just that. 

Friday Feelings
Friday Feelings

It's Time for YOGA - It is definitely time to step back onto my mat for not only the physical benefits but also for the mental ones too. My workouts as of lately have been intense. There has been a lot of running and strength training. I am stiff, sore, but getting stronger. And those frigid temperatures are not helping my already tight muscles! It is time next week, to stretch it out...sweat it out...and find some balance, peace, and clarity on my mat. I am looking forward to reuniting with my favorites at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham, NJ. 

I know I sound like a broken record, but when you listen to your body and you give it what it needs, life is a lot more fun, because you are happier, healthier, energized, and that energy attracts only good things. And YES I am speaking from experience. When I ignore the signs regarding nourishing and training, I can become a not so friendly person. But when I am in tune with what my body needs and actually giving it those things, I am just a big beautiful ball of happiness...Corny much...YES, but it is the truth!

Friday Feelings

And that is it my friends! Thank goodness it is Friday! I need to choose a day to fully disconnect, do some spring cleaning, reconnect with old friends, and just slow down a little bit. I hope y'all have a beautiful weekend and see everyone next week. XOXO

What are you GRATEFUL for today?

Do you still have a cable package?

Friday Friendly Reminders

And we meet again and we meet on the BEST day of the week! I am liking this day of the week to post. It is a nice time to reflect on the past week, to talk about what happened, and to slowly start to unwind and enjoy the weekend. Today is a round up of friendly reminders for all of us to work on. I am looking forward to tackling them all. Aggressive...maybe...but totally worth it! Have a fabulous weekend and see y'all next week! xoxo

Treat Yourself

Do you make sure to spoil yourself every week? Maybe it is retail therapy, a manicure/pedicure, sweet treats, or a trip, I believe it is definitely a must that you treat yourself to something that makes you HAPPY! You work hard and not allowing yourself to enjoy that hard work, well is just not fun. It can be a simple treat or an elaborate treat, whatever it is, go for it. For me, it is a simple one, but something my body has been craving. A bowl of ice cream with peanut M&M's twice a week and I am a happy lady. 

Friday Friendly Reminder

DISCONNECT

JUST DO IT!!! Whether it is for the entire weekend or 2 hours, put away your devices and just be in the moment. Enjoy the time away from staring at your phone and make eye contact with those around you...Be bored for a few minutes...Pick up a good book and read...And give those thumbs a little break. 

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NEVER GIVE UP

Do you know how many times I have heard NO? A LOT and yet I keep on trucking because giving up is not an option whether it comes to my personal or professional life. I have applied to so many jobs, campaigns, and emailed brands and people that I want to work with. I either hear a NO or no response. And the same goes with dating. I put myself out there and swipe to the right a heck of a lot more than I used to. And yes you guessed it...I hear a lot of crickets. No pity party here. I am just reminding all of you and myself of course, that we all hit a lot of speed bumps in life. "Adulting" is hard. Hearing "NO" day in a day out is hard.  

Daily Reminder to: Keep your head up...stay strong...believe...give it 100%...NEVER GIVE UP!

Get OUTSIDE

We experienced warm weather this week and it was FABULOUS! I really hope that you took some time to get out there and soak up that Vitamin D. When you have been cooped up all winter, there is no better feeling for me than to put on my shorts and get outside for a long run and actually start sweating because it is so warm. WINNING! Each day this week, I made sure to take the pups for a walk and I know that they enjoyed the weather too. Disconnect and opt to get outside to soak up that fresh air. Spring is COMING! 

LOVE Yourself With These Self-Care Tips  

This past winter I have talked a lot about self-care. I believe it is necessary for us to be selfish and to take care of ourselves in whatever ways make us feel our best inside and out. When you fell happy and healthy, it shows and you radiate your beauty, power, and confidence to the universe. And that energy is CONTAGIOUS! Read a few of my self-care tips in this month's  Core Power post: HERE

Friday Friendly Reminders

How are you practicing self-care this month?

Did you get OUTSIDE this week?

Thinking Out LOUD

It is February...How the heck did that happen? Despite the ups and downs; the dreary and gray weather; January went by surprisingly fast. As we close one month and enter into a new one, I thought it would be a good day to post about those random topics that go through my head and share them with all of you. A short summary of what has been happening in my world. Grab that cup of coffee and read along as to what has been happening these days. Cheers to a fresh new month of only good energy, experiences, food, and happiness! 

Sweet Potatoes are the BEST...I could seriously eat one every night! They are nutritious, delicious, versatile, and so easy to prepare. I keep it simple when preparing mine. Scrub clean + pork with a fork + stick into a preheated over of 450 degrees and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on how crispy on the outside you like it) + sprinkle with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce + serve alongside dinner. 

Sweet Potato Dinner
Sweet Potato Dinner

Tiny Space Workouts are CHALLENGING but FUN...Yes it is winter and gray and cold and sometimes depressing, but that shouldn't stop you from staying active! Make sure to check out this Core Power Workout that is challenging, fun, and can be done anywhere. It is specifically designed to do in a "tiny space", but you can obviously take it to the gym or do it whatever you feel most comfortable working out. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out!

Healthy Dog Treats...YES PLEASE...Thank you to Best Bully Sticks for sending us dental dog chews that are hormone free; drool-worthy; contain limited ingredients; and from what Lucy tells me, they are DELICIOUS! She is a lucky dog and we appreciate gifts like these! 

Chia Seed Pudding Is BACK...I forgot how easy it is to prepare chia seed pudding. It is also a versatile recipe, a great meal to take when on the go, and even better when topped with blobs of nut butter or granola. I will share the recipe soon! Oh and of course it is jam packed with all those healthy nutrients to keep your body happy and nourished! 

Nature's Touch Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Online Dating Is BRUTAL...Because sometimes I need to talk about personal things. There are only so many food photos and exercise routines I can talk about. And dating these days as y'all know is hard, frustrating, confusing, and comical. Can someone please explain to me: 

  • Car Selfies...Shirtless Selfies...Bathroom Selfies??? 
  • The disappearing into thin air act! Raise your hand if you have been texting with someone who you met online and developed a rapport with and then POOF...GONE...And never to be heard from again! Where did they go? And what is the point of engaging with someone if you are going to disappear on them with no explanation? I'm a big girl and can handle rejection. Just tell me that "you are just not that into me!"

On a "Positive Patty" note...High-Fives though to men who take lots of pictures with their dogs! That is always a major plus in my opinion. 

Practicing Slowing Down Feels Really GOOD...I posted this quote earlier this week on Instagram because recently I have had to slow down because there have been multiple times I have felt the burn out coming on STRONG. It has been with work, training, and just life in general. Those mornings when you wake up and look in the mirror and think to yourself "WOW I look really tired!". It was happening too much, so I am taking baby steps to learn to slow down and let life take its course one day at a time. A few of the things that have helped me slow down: 

  • Closing my laptop at 6:00 PM on the dot!!! I typically start doing work on mine around 6:45 AM and throughout the day, so those hours add up fast;
  • No more social media checking after 8:00 PM! This is hard, but when I stick to it, I feel so much better and refreshed the next day;
  • Sleeping an extra 15 minutes! A few months ago, I was waking up at 5:45 AM...YIKES! I was tired and it made the days really long. Now I am sleeping until 6:30 AM. Great progress!
  • And finally my "go to" for slowing down and disconnecting is LONG WALKS with Lucy! I love leaving my devices and just going for a long walk or hike with Lucy and a friend and just soaking up the fresh air and the peace and quiet. It makes me happy to just be in the moment and soak up the beauty and the simple things in life!
Practicing Slowing Down Feels Really GOOD

What is your favorite way to SLOW DOWN?

Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe? If so, please share with me in the comments!

The Week In Review...

Oh heck yeah, we are in Mercury Retrograde and things are about to crazy! Whether you believe in it or not, it is a very interesting thing that happens 3 times a year, lasts about 3 weeks, and it can definitely cause things to be a little kookie! You can read more about it here. This Mercury Retrograde for me personally is to focus on detoxifying...And this includes emotionally, physically, and mentally and I am ready to do ALL of that. I am going to get rid of drama...And figure out what areas of my life need a cleanse. I find all of this fascinating and the next couple of weeks could get interesting, so stay tuned. In the meantime...this is what happened THIS past week!

Workout Update: 

  • Make sure to check out my latest Core Power post HERE! I absolutely LOVE the stability ball. It is affordable...You can use it anywhere...It can improve your core, balance, posture, and strength...And you can seriously get a great workout, by using this handy-dandy piece of equipment. 
  • Personally, I am just flat out bored with my workouts. My mind and body are tired and they are tired of being in the gym...BLECH! I have hit a plateau, so it is time for a change. What that change is, I am not sure, but I know my body will tell me. I need to feel motivated and excited to workout again, so guess what's happening next week...REST! It is time for some self-care...yoga...long walks outside with Lucy.
  • I started my "self-care" regimen on the start of Mercury Retrograde at Dharm Yoga Nantucket. This is my studio and my second home to practice, nourish, stretch, and love my body. The studio is above Bartlett's Farm and has such a calming energy and gorgeous views. Very grateful that I can practice here. 

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What I Have Been Craving:

I have been devouring lots of berries, apples, avocados, Perfect Bar's, and the consumption of my peanut butter is through the roof. (I finish those raspberry and blackberry cartons in a sitting). I also was all about cleaning out the fridge this week, so dinners were thrown into a bowl with lots of hot sauce. Simple, easy, and nutritious...I was not in the mood to make elaborate eats. 

Quinoa Veggie Bowl

Quinoa Veggie Bowl

Savory Coach's Oats with Salmon and Veggies

Savory Coach's Oats with Salmon and Veggies

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me share photos of my favorite #snackATTACK bar called Perfect Bar! These bars are not only DELISH, healthy, nourishing, and the perfect on the go snack, but I have really enjoyed working with the company, and always appreciate them fueling my lifestyle! 

Some AWESOME facts about these bars:

  • NON-GMO;
  • Contains complex carbohydrates with nature's purest energy;
  • FAT and it is not the bad kind...It is the good fat that your body uses for cell repair and recovery;
  • 20+ Organic Super Foods!!!
  • Always gluten-free!

I am having a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram account starting Friday morning and it will go through the weekend, for your chance to win a box of all seven flavors of Perfect Bar! My favorites are of course Peanut Butter and Almond Coconut! So head on over and ENTER! 

Have a beautiful weekend friends and I will see you next week! XOXO

What food are you currently craving?

What flavor of Perfect Bar do you LOVE?

Island Life Update

So what has life been like on Nantucket? As I put together this blog post I am currently wearing long leggings, a long heavy sweater, and I have a blanket covering my legs. The wind is howling. It is only in the 30's and it has been snowing, raining, and grey for days. HA! This kind of weather makes me very stir crazy...But yet Nantucket is still beautiful! Looking at the positive side of this kind of weather...It is forcing me to hunker down and do the things I am supposed to do. 

My Mom pointed out last week that I have a tendency to put things off...And just like everything else, Mom is right. When it comes to certain chores I definitely hold off until the last minute. It is not a good attribute, but now that Mom really brought it to my attention I am working on it. 

Otherwise, island life is good! We are doing well...having fun...and ready for warm sunny days! So let us dive into this post before I write a novel...XOXO

Island Life Update

WORK...I am busy! If you asked me a few years ago what I would be doing for work, being a full-time blogger and Social Media Manager was definitely not part of the plan. It is amazing how our careers and goals can change and sometimes they just fall into place without us even realizing it. I no longer do personal training, although I would like to build up some clients for the summer. I manage 3 company's social media accounts; I contribute monthly to Core Power; I write and work on building my own brand and business. It is a lot, but I like it. And yes at times it is overwhelming and non-stop, but I work for and with great companies and great people, and I know that this hard work WILL pay off. #dreamBIG

Island Life Update

DATING LIFE...The struggle is for REAL! Dating is frustrating these days and when you live on an island it is just that much harder. I guess I am just having one of those moments, where I wonder if I will ever find someone...Am I going to be alone forever? It sounds kind of sad to say out loud, but it is definitely something that I have been thinking about as of lately because I am ready for LOVE!  I have tried some dating apps, but the choices are slim and there are just a lot of weird people out there...Swipe to the left to guys who wear tank tops...Take selfies shirtless in front of the mirror...who are interested one minute and disappear the next and never return. Why is this so difficult? What has happened to real men? HA! I really need to just write a post on what it is like to date 30 miles out at sea and just date nowadays! Yes or No?

Island Life Update

EATS...You all already know that I love to cook and I love to cook easy, simple, healthy, and delicious meals! I am also grateful for companies that help me create these delicious meals with their products. I have been using Simply Organic seasonings in almost every dish and Primal Kitchen's avocado oil and salad dressings for most dinners! These cooler temperatures have had me craving lots of healthy fats, protein, and carbs. I like to have heavier carbs at night...It works for me and helps me sleep better! Here are a few of my favorite eats this week...

Typical Breakfast...Eggland's Best + Fruit + Salba Chia + NUT BUTTER

Island Life Update

Costco Ribs + Simply Organic Seasonings + Greek Salad with Primal Kitchen Dressing

Island Life Update

Costco Asian Chicken Wrap (I like to broil this sandwich to make the tortilla extra crispy)

Island Life Update

What kind of foods is your body currently craving this week?

If you are single, do you use dating apps, if so which one?