Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Bike-Riding, Holistic Wellness Pro Who Loves a Good Brunch

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Happy Friday, loves! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally feelin’ those weekend vibes. Maybe it’s the fact that I wore my new hippie elephant dress for the first time today, and totally felt in my element. Anyway, it’s time to move along to this week’s feature for Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thang.

I’m excited to intro you to the ever so beautiful Maura, who I was lucky enough to meet at Balans Organic Spa in Boston. (If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must…their massages are on-point!) I love Maura’s passion for what she does, and how she totally walks the talk when it comes to holistic wellness. I’ll let you see for yourself!

NAME/AGE: Maura McCartney / 25 years old

BLOG/TWITTER: Balans Lifestyle Blog

CURRENT CITY: Boston

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): LA / 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I support individuals to lead more vibrant, fulfilling lives by optimizing health, habits and lifestyle choices. I am the nutrition and health consultant at Balans Organic Spa and Balans Wellness studio — I absolutely love it! There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing my clients blossom into healthier, more confident people each week. To see their lives shift due to the effort, patience and consistency they’ve invested into themselves is what makes my role so satisfying.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Spreading the holistic lifestyle message.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Outside in the sunshine + maintaining work/ life balance!

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Doubt my abilities and strengths… but I continue to practice kicking
that doubt to the curb!

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Avocado, chia seeds + a blender

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: BRUNCH. Quality coffee, homemade yogurt parfait, an omelet packed with broccoli, and great company is how I like to party.

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:
1. I completed my first Spartan Beast race in May and finished 4th overall for women (which completely surprised
me!)

2. I studied EcoGastronomy (sustainability of food systems/ Slow Food) in northern Italy for 5 months and dream
about it constantly.

3. I ride my bike everywhere. I only took the train to work 4 times this winter… which is 4 times more than I
would’ve liked!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Boxing + soccer. I need more yoga and stretching in my life, but I just love the feeling I get from running around on a soccer field and pushing myself during the burnout rounds in a boxing class.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Oatmeal + raw cacao powder + almond butter + coconut oil + chia seeds.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:
Healthy living is not about being perfect or adhering to a diet. It’s about committing to self-care and valuing YOUR needs
regardless of how stressful or overwhelming life can get. It is not selfish to put your needs first, you absolutely deserve it.

Big thank you to Maura for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom


Developing A Summer Mindset + My Night Out in Chestnut Hill Square

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This past Monday officially marked the first day of summer, and I was lucky enough to ring it in with a few other bloggers for a night of fitness, shopping & dining in Chestnut Hill Square.

We started the night off with a sweaty spin sesh at SoulCycle, followed by some shopping at Athleta (where I just had to buy these crops in Tahitian Teal, don’t they just scream summer?!?) After some shopping, it was time for dinner at Seasons52, where we were wined + dined galore.

We started off with a Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail (a sneak peek from their new summer menu!), and our lovely waitress brought us a couple different flatbreads to try: Blacked Steak & Blue Cheese and Lobster & Fresh Mozzarella. Both were absolutely delicious, but the lobster one was the favorite; I think it was the lobster sour cream that really put me over the edge ;)

After the flatbreads, we moved onto a watermelon feta & heirloom tomato salad, which was oh so refreshing! Our waitress then brought out another strawberry cocktail to try, with fresh strawberries that were infused in vodka…oh my! (Time to start pacing myself!)

For my main dish, I chose the Wild Alaskan Copper River Salmon, which was served with creamy lemon risotto, peas and asparagus — pretty much my dream combo! Dessert was an array of mini shooters (ranging from key lime pie to chocolate peanut butter tote) but I had to pass since I was STUFFED to the max.

I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the first day of summer, and I am so grateful to the team at Chestnut Hill Square for including me in a fun & delicious girls night out. Sweating, seasonal dining & evening’s out with amazing like-minded people is truly what makes summer so magical for me!

TIME TO STEP INTO A SUMMER MINDSET

Speaking of summer, if you haven’t already, it’s time to step into a summer mindset. I’ve been hearing a lot of fat talk, body-bashing and shedding the weight for bikini season, and every year it makes me just as angry.

So I ask you to check in with yourself, and ask what kind of mindset you’ve been having lately. If it’s one of self-hate or negativity,  you may want to dig a little deeper and ask what summer truly meals to you.

What makes you FEEL your best self during the summer months?

How can you incorporate more play + celebration into your life?

Who are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with this season?

How can you appreciate, celebrate, nourish + LOVE UP your bod this summer?

Do you have a special intention you’d like to work toward?

Reflect on those questions, let them sink in. After all, you have no one to prove yourself to other than yourself. All that other sh*t doesn’t matter. It’s time to take charge of the season & make this one rockin’ summer of (self)love to go down in the books!

xoxo

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Mindful, Crafting, Hula-hooping machine

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Crafty people inspire me. There’s something about the art of crafting that brings me back to childhood. It fills my soul with the feeling of playfulness, freedom & not taking life too seriously. So it’s no surprise that when I met Tori of kitchen + kraft, I was immediately drawn in by her playful nature. With a tagline of “rad things for mindful living,” you’ve totally got me sold ;) I’ll let you meet Tori for yourself, and hopefully you too take a away a little inspiration!

NAME/AGE: Tori Kendrew / 25 years old

BLOG/TWITTER: kitchenandkraft.com / @kitchenandkraft

CURRENT CITY: Lynnfield, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Last Summer on Nantucket on the way to Something Natural (only the BEST sandwich place on the island)

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I own a small creative business where I do natural fabric dyeing and make mindful home and kitchen accessories. I am currently at the tail-end of a year long holistic health coaching certification course and love creating in the kitchen as well. Smoothie bowls are a specialty of mine!

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Living a healthful life

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Finishing up a run outside or in shavasana at the end of a sweaty yoga class

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Eat too much almond butter

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Spinach, dates, bananas

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching alllll the reality TV (Can you blame me?!)

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

1) I’ve run three half marathons. The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC, the Newburyport Half Marathon in Newburyport, MA and an Earth Day Half Marathon in North Andover, MA.

2) I crocheted a sweater that is worn by actress Juno Temple in the Whitey Bulger movie, Black Mass.

3) I can hula hoop like no one’s business.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Running

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Roasted root veggies

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: I believe 100% in synchronicity. I think that when you’re following your heart and living your passion, things line up as they should and assure you that you are on the right path. Listen to that voice inside of you and do you, always. You’re the only one that can make YOU happy.

Big thank you to Tori for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community. If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

xoxo,

Rachel

21 Health Hacks for a glowing, feel-good summer

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Summer is in the air and on my mind lately, as it’s my absolute favorite season. These past few weeks I’ve been spending lots of time with nature including a 3-day camping trip, a couple hikes, and the first beach trip of the season! To me, that feeling of freedom and playfulness is what summer is all about.

But unfortunately, year after year right around this time we get bombarded by the “bikini body” ads and diet scare tactics. While I am so not a fan of diets, quick fixes and making women feel bad about their bodies, I do think we all want to feel our best selves during the summer (but going on a diet is not the answer).

Instead, it’s about the little things we do every day that help us feel good in our body, mind and soul — and having fun! In partnership with O.N.E. Coconut Water, I wanted to share with you my go-to summer health hacks — including a refreshing way to spruce up your margarita ;)

1. Move more. Find a workout that lights you up, and do that. Don’t think too much about the calories burned or your time; just do something that makes you feel good! Earlier this week, I loaded up on some O.N.E. Pure Coconut Water, and then went for a run to my local Whole Foods to stock up on groceries. It made running more fun when I had a destination, and felt properly hydrated!

2. Add cinnamon to just about anything to tame a sweet tooth — your coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, you name it!

3. Mix berries, fresh herbs (like mint or basil), cucumber or freshly squeezed lemon into your water & refrigerate for easy drinking. Load up on water throughout the day, taking a reusable jug with you wherever you go!

4. Throw out your diet books,and instead ask yourself “How do I want to feel?” Do more of those things.

5. Skip the burger bun & opt for a lettuce wrap instead — most restaurants are happy to do the switch for you and you still get the juicy flavor of the burger!

6. Don’t have time for breakfast? Plan ahead by making overnight oats. The night before, just fill a mason jar with old fashioned rolled oats, almond milk, cinnamon and frozen berries of your choosing. Cover and refrigerate. In the morning, add in extras like almond milk & fresh berries! Easy, peasy.

7. Sucker for comfort foods like cheesy nachos and mac & cheese? Enjoy a little bit if that’s what you’re really craving, but also check in with yourself! Sometimes cravings for comfort foods could mean you’re craving love & comfort in your life. Before digging in, try taking a cozy bath, calling your bff or doing something nice for yourself!

8. Say no thanks to the extra mocha pumps at your local coffee shop, and opt for cocoa powder & cinnamon instead. You still get a flavor boost without the extra calories and sugar rush!

9. Plan ahead. Gather all your favorite recipe ideas from Pinterest, magazines & books, and decide what you’re going to cook that week. Most of our not-so-smart choices come from simply not planning ahead & having a stocked fridge! I like to post my meal ideas for the week on my fridge so I can get inspired & hit the kitchen before takeout becomes too tempting.

10. In lieu of the sugar-laden margarita mix (with a bunch o’ nasty ingredients), opt to make your own using fresh lime juice and RIPE agave margarita mix. A splash of O.N.E. Coconut Water would add a delicious summery touch. With 3 to 4 coconuts jammed into each 500 ml bottle, your margarita will be screaming tropical vacation!

11. Freeze berries & grapes for a delicious, refreshing summer snack. Makes for a great late-night or post-workout treat!

12. Use hummus or mashed avocado on your sandwiches in place of mayo or other creamy condiments!

13. Hit up your local farmer’s market for great deals on local, in-season items while also supporting the local community. It’s one of my favorite ways to shop,, and I always leave feeling inspired with new recipe ideas.

14. Make a wine spritzer with half white whine, half seltzer water. Add in some berries for an extra twist! This is the perfect poolside drink, and my momma’s fave ;)

15. Switch up the same ol’ pasta night, and make zoodles! Simply get a zucchini or two, and use a sprializer to made “zucchini noodles.” Last night, I made a zoodle marinari, with onion, garlic, broccoli, zucchini, olive oil, basil, oregano, sea salt, and some spicy seasoning. It was delicious, and hubby ate his bowl up in minutes!

16. Change up your burger game by trying your hand at homemade veggie burgers. I tried out Oh She GlowsOur Perfect Veggie Burger” recipe earlier this week, and they were absolutely divine. A touch of Sir Kensington’s ketcup, and you’re golden.

17. Craving savory & salty snacks all day? Join the club! Luckily, there’s a lot of great healthy alternatives out there that still do the trick. My personal favorite? Pizza Almonds by Organic Living Superfoods — they’re raw, vegan and gluten free! Psst. my hubby works for them but I swear, they are the bomb ;)

18. Feeling unmotivated & lacking passion? Start each morning with a positive mantra or affirmation! It’s such a fun, positive way to start the day, and makes getting out of bed and heading to work much more enjoyable.

19. Are you a late-night snacker? Instead of grabbing just about anything & everything in sight, slow down, take a deep breath and think about what it is you’re craving. Then make yourself a bowl/plate of whatever it is you’re eating. This helps you be more aware and eat more mindfully.

20. Skip the sugar-loaded, artificial sports drinks and choose a more natural hydrator like coconut water. We’re currently sipping on O.N.E Pure Coconut Water in our house, my favorite flavor since I don’t like anything too sweet. Did you know it has no added sugar, and is hand-picked, drained and packaged at the source? That’s the kind o’ summer hydrator I’m talkin’ about :)

21. Embrace leftovers: Cook more than you need, and then refrigerate of freeze for another healthy meal later in the week or month. This takes the stress out of cooking and prevents going for something else that might not make you feel so good.

What are your go-to summer health hacks? Share below, I’d love to hear!

Note: This post is sponsored by O.N.E. Coconut Water, and I was compensated & given product as part of a campaign. As always all opinions on the blog are my own!


Why Life Really Is Good (Even When It’s Not)

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Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to attend “Playmaker 101″ at the Life is Good Headquarters in Boston. The 3-hour workshop revolved around their kid’s foundation, and spreading the power of optimism to children who need it most.

While the morning was geared toward children, we also talked about optimism in our own lives, and how we can impact one another more positively on the day-to-day. I left feeling incredibly inspired and humbled by the experience, and wanted to share some key takeaways with you. While I took quite a bit away with me, most of all it simply made me realize that Hey, life is good.

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SHOW UP

How do you show up when you enter a room? When we walked into the Life is Good office, Chief Playmaker, Steve Gross, immediately welcomed our group with jokes, laughter and even a fist pump. Bam. Instant comfort level, and you bet I was much more open and happy to be there than if he was cranky, rude and didn’t say hello. How do you show up? Are you warm and inviting? Are you closed off and negative? How can you focus on bringing joy when you enter a room? As Steve said, “Do you want to be the person who changes the energy when you enter the room, or when you leave the room?” I’m guessing it’s not the latter.

SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Life isn’t always easy, simple, or great, and we’d be naive to think it was. But for the most part life is good. It’s usually not so much about the things that are happening to you either (job, money, new house, relationship) but more so how you see those things. Instead of focusing on what you can change or what’s wrong with the world, try shifting your perspective to see things a bit differently. I’m telling you, it’s a game-changer.

EXPRESS GRATITUDE

One of my favorite stories of how Life is Good brothers and co-founders Bert & John Jacobs started their business was a story of their mother when they were kids. They didn’t have much, but every evening at the dinner table, their mother would have them share one good thing that happened to them that day. It instantly changed the energy in the room, and helped put the not-so-good stuff behind them. Even during the worst of times, there is a silver lining. There is at least something to be grateful for. Start a gratitude journal. Be grateful, even for the little things. It may just change your life.

BE A PLAYMAKER

The famous Life is Good term “playmaker” stems from the word gamechanger, or someone who makes sh*t happen when your team needs it most. Playmakers do the same for children (and anyone who is struggling for that matter), spreading optimism to those who need it most. Be an optimist. See the good in people. Know that those you meet are usually suffering with their own stuff, and you may be able to lend a helping hand, a smile, some positive vibes.

SPREAD GOOD VIBES

I’m all about the vibes, and I think my dad may in fact be the King of “spreading good vibes.” This is real stuff; it’s the energy we put out into the world and it’s highly contagious. I like to think of it as a powerful unspoken message, a way to channel the good stuff and put it out into the world for others to experience. Be a spreader of the good vibes, and good vibes shall come your way. After all, what we focus on most is what we attract. Let’s focus on the good stuff.

Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo,

Rachel


Healthy Chicks in the Community: Celebrating Strength as Women with Mudderella’s Director of Brand & Performance {Giveaway}

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There’s nothing I love more than empowering women to feel their best selves & rock their confidence. Throw some obstacles, mud, and good ol’ fashioned fun into the mix and you’ve got me interested! That’s exactly what Mudderella, a women’s only mud run and obstacle course, aims to do. Designed exclusively by women and for women, Mudderella is all about celebrating strength and challenging yourself, all while having a blast with your gal pals.

I’m super excited to feature their Director of Brand & Performance, Zoe Schwartz, on the blog today. She’s pretty bad-ass.

P.S. I’m giving away two free entries to Mudderella’s New England event on July 30 (it’s up in Epping, NH). Just leave a comment below on what owning your strength means to you. Bonus points for tweeting about this post tagging @healthy_chicks and #Mudderella

Alright, I’ll let Zoe take it away!

NAME/AGE: Zoe Schwartz, Age 30

BLOG/WEB/TWITTER: Zoe’s Instagram // Mudderella.com

CURRENT CITY: Brooklyn, NY

PHOTO TAKEN: Taken in 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Director of Brand & Performance, Mudderella

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Fitness

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Carving out dedicated time to be active, either lifting weights at the gym or going for a run, or trying a yoga class with friends.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Fresh green vegetables, Eggs, Grilled chicken

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching the TV show “Empire”

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

(1) I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and have always been passionate about helping people discover the best version of themselves through fitness and wellness.

(2) I recognize that I am lucky to work with incredibly passionate, talented people at TMHQ who work together to create a life-changing experience for our Mudderellas and Tough Mudder customers. I love to build something great and to grow through overcoming obstacles.

(3) I have done three Mudderella and three Tough Mudder events since joining the company in March 2015.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Push ups

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Dark chocolate. Does daily food count as comfort food?

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: I love Mudderella because it makes you feel accomplished and strong while being surrounded by other inspirational women who help you achieve it. Anyone can participate in the event so long as you’re willing to get muddy, push yourself and your team outside of your comfort zone and own your strong. The obstacles and experience are really the best in class. And Mudderella is a great way to celebrate our strengths as women.

You’re in for a lucky treat! I’m giving away two free entries to Mudderella New England event on July 30 (it’s up in Epping, NH). Just leave a comment below on what owning your strength means to you. Bonus points for tweeting about this post tagging @healthy_chicks and #Mudderella – just leave an extra comment below ;)

xoxo,

Rachel

An Evening at True Runner: Arch & Gait Analysis, Sports Bra Fitting & Summer Shopping Galore

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Note: This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner, but as always all opinions are my own.

It’s been in the high 80s in Boston this week, and summer is on my mind: roof-top bars, crop-tops, BBQing, beach days, and all the good stuff that comes with my favorite season. As the weather starts to warm up — along with my mood — I also begin thinking about fitness and how I move my body.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that running has always been one of those exercises that makes me shine. Unfortunately, these past few months have got the best of me and I’ve been kind o’ putting my weekly fitness on the back burner. However, a mind-clearing run last week up Summit Avenue hill (for those of you who don’t know, it’s a monster hill in the heart of Brookline) got running back on my mind.

And what better way to inspire a gal to keep it going than new workout clothes + gear? (If you know me, my wardrobe is like 90% fitness, 10% regular person!) That’s why I was delighted when I got the opportunity from the lovely folks at Vocalpoint to visit True Runner for a cool, personalized shopping experience.

For those of you who’ve never been to True Runner, they’re a pretty sick destination for anything & everything running. Aside from stocking the obvious like apparel and gear, they also boast knowledgable staff who literally know everything there is to know about running. In fact, they even offer a special arch & gait analysis so you can find your perfect shoe and sports bra fittings so you’re all taken care of top to bottom ;)

I have been to True Runner’s Chestnut Hill location before (right in Chestnut Hill Square) but never took the time to explore their unique services they offer, so I was thrilled to check it out.

Upon walking in, I was swiftly greeted by Raf, who helped me get set up for my arch & gait analysis. I apologized for wearing flip flops and forgetting to bring socks, but it turns out I actually needed to be barefoot for the analysis anyway! Raf directed me to take off my flip flops, and hop on the treadmill where I jogged normally at about a “5″ speed, while he did his thing on the fancy iPad. After about 60 seconds, I hopped off to get the deets.

Raf explained to me that as I ran, they were essentially tracking my running form and foot patterns. Turns out, I had a tendency to over-pronate, which Raf explained can lead to stress factor, shin splints, and general discomfort while running if you’re not using the proper shoe.

Fortunately for me, I was in running shoe heaven, and Raf took me straight to the section for us over-pronators. I won’t lie, I was definitely going for looks when thinking through my options but I fell super in love with the Nike Zoom Structure 19. (OK, it may have had just a little to do with the purple!)

After the glorious time spent in the shoe section (I wanted them all), I did a little perusing before I met with Alicia to get my sports bra fitting. To be honest, other than at Victoria’s Secret, I’ve never had this done before nor thought too much about my sports bra size. I kind of always just grabbed whatever was on the shelf, and made it work. Sometimes, I don’t even try them on since I’m always in such a rush!

Alicia got me all measured up using a tape measure, and then used her special “magical wheel” to identify my size. I ended up falling right between a 32/34 B. After that, we head over to the bra section to see which options would work best for me! I grabbed a few to try on in my size range, but quickly fell in love with the Nike Pro 360 Support.

[OK, I may have had a little too much fun in the fitting room]

Once I was all suited up with my shoe and bra fitting, I did a little more shopping and bopping around. There was so much to choose from, but I narrowed it down to these items. Again…it’s not like I love purple or anything ;)

I’m especially excited for the Nike 2-in-1 shorts that have extra support for running! I can’t wait to come back to the store after Memorial Day to purchase most (or all!) of these items using the gift card I was sent to go toward my purchase — the staff was even kind enough to hold everything for me!

Aside from the amazing apparel and gear True Runner offers, I think my favorite part was the friendly, knowledgeable staff who went out of their way to help me with everything I needed, and knew the answers to all of my weird questions like “Do I have flat feet?” “What happens if you over-pronate?” “Do you think this is a little too much purple?” (NEVER!!)

It’s also clear to me that they’re more than just a running store and truly value community — they even host weekly fun runs on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings ranging from 3 to 7 miles. How fun?

Thank you bunches True Runner for a fun, education evening…and inspiring me to up my summer workout wardrobe ;) I’m so glad I learned the importance of what a difference it makes when you have the right fit — top to bottom.

What exercise lights you up, especially come the warmer summer-y months? Have you ever had an arch & gait analysis… a sports bra fitting? What did you learn?

A Midweek Message for All Healthy Chicks

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Good morning, darlings.

You’ve got this. You can do this.

You are enough. You are doing enough, in fact much more than you may even realize. But I see it, and she sees it; now it’s your turn.

You’re super beautiful, yes on the outside, but I’m especially talking about your soul. It sparkles.

You truly do have a lot to be grateful for, even if things seem to be falling apart right now. Look within.

There is no need to make any big changes; rather change your perspective. You’ll see things differently — more clearly, in a more positive light.

Let yourself shine. Don’t hold back. Stay humble, but radiate confidence.

Do you. Do only what you want to do. If it feels right, follow that. If it feels off, dig deeper and ask “why.” When it feels really good and juicy, you are listening to your soul.

Stop. Slow down. Breathe. Take a minute. You are only one person, ya gotta take care of yourself.

Rock it out, take time to laugh, make time for play.

You’ve got this.

xoxo,

Rachel

Discovering the beauty of the unknown

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I’m a planner.

A thinker.

A future-tripper.

A dreamer.

I love to craft up grand plans for my future, and yes sometimes I let the what if’s and the worries get to me. Will we have enough money? Will we be able to buy a nice house to raise kids? Who am I going to be? What will my life look like in 5, 10 years?

This can be scary sh*t, huh?

Well, a couple weeks ago I made a decision to completely let go of my control/stability/certainty/comfort zone and start from scratch (more on this another time). I knew in my gut my current lifestyle was not serving me, so I  l e t  i t  a l l  g o. OK, I didn’t let it all go (hubby and I are still happily married!) but you know what I mean.

Part of me was scared out of my mind, but the other half of me was excited beyond my wildest dreams. There was something about this notion of not knowing that fascinated me — knowing I can craft my life the way I want it, paint the canvas a different color, change gears.

Nonetheless, my inner worrywart still had a good amount of fear pent up inside.

This past weekend, I went to see my energy healer / reiki specialist for an integrative healing session (it’s the bomb if you haven’t done one before.)  She said something when I first walked in that really stood out to me:

“Stop moving. You don’t need to do more, have more, or seek. It’s not about doing more. Take this time for yourself. When you do something, do it because you’re naturally inspired not desperate or seeking. We do that out of fear.”

BINGO. She hit the nail on the head. I had all these thoughts spinning in my head of what’s next for me, when I realized in that moment I truly just need to slow the eff down and catch my breath. There were no next steps, to-dos, searching or striving required of me at this time. And I must say, that felt pretty darn good. After all, I want to make decisions because I’m passionately excited by them, not based on my internal fears.

While it sounds scary and taboo, maybe it is OK to just be OK with not knowing. Maybe it’s OK to leave some of your fate up to the universe. After all, everything always works out in the end.

xoxo,

Rachel


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Fearless Boss Lady Juicing & Blending Her Dreams in The Bean

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Happy Friday, lovely ladies! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the insane amount of pressure we put on ourselves to live the “ideal life.” We at times may hold back on living our dreams out loud due to fear (of insecurity, money, failure, what other’s may think.) That’s why it’s always so darn inspiring for me to see someone kick fear in the butt, and go after it anyway. Meet Danielle, a 39-year-old boss lady from Beantown who decided to leave her 15-year marketing stint and start her own biz.

This past year, she went after her dreams, following her passion for wellness, and launched her own company, Beacon Blend. She now spends her days blending up delicious organic, plant-based juices and smoothies and is as happy as a clam — doing what she truly loves. I’ll let Danielle take the stage from here! P.S. Her bevvies are absolutely delicious, I can personally attest ;)

NAME/AGE: Danielle Perretty / 39

BLOG/TWITTER : Beacon Blend Blog /  @beaconblend / @dperretty

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): Last week when I was walking through the Boston Public Garden.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: 2016 has been an exciting transition year. After spending over 15 years in marketing, I took a leap and launched my own business which is called Beacon Blend. I combined some of my passions with wellness and developed a line of 8 organic, plant-based beverages. At its core, Beacon Blend is a delivery service that provides freshly made juices, smoothies, and power waters. Primarily we deliver to offices, client meetings, special events, and even weekly orders for employee perks. Beacon Blend does not have a store, we are more like the modern day milkman for corporate wellness and healthy-loving individuals.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Yoga is at the top of the list. It helps to keep me grounded and present. I enjoy it so much that I embarked on becoming a certified yoga teacher last year with Back Bay Yoga. It’s quite wonderful to both teach and continue to be a student of the practice.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Giving my body and mind the right balance of time, care, and space. Staying aligned and purposely finding ways to pause when I’m working too much is key.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES:  I reach for the dark chocolate with sea salt.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Blender, nespresso machine, and green smoothie of the day.

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Yoga retreats that involve an ocean, mountain, or spa escape. Though I don’t feel too guilty.

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

  1. I reinvented my career at age 38 and I love what I do!

  2. I’m living out some of my dreams and I’m only getting started!

  3. When I get scared, I look fear in the face and tell it to take-a-hike!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Yoga, meditation, and a bike ride on a sunny day.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Black bean veggie burger with avocado and side of sweet potato fries. Yum.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:

1.It’s nourishing to take pause and really notice the experiences that bring you joy and gratitude. The more you connect to what brings you happiness, the more you give your body and mind a healthy boost.

2. Truly and deeply trust yourself. When you honor yourself, new doorways open and that’s part of this adventure that we call life

Thanks for being this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, Danielle! If you’d like to be featured or know someone who’d be a good fit, hit me up at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

xo,

Rachel

 
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