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Yesterday during my extra-sweaty yoga class at Sweat & Soul Yoga the teacher said something that really stood out to me. She had mentioned that most of the time we’re in our own head (very me-me-me!) and sometimes that can be hard to snap out of.
While it’s important to put ourselves first most of the time (and make our general wellbeing a top priority) sometimes we become too involved with ourselves.
An example the teacher gave during yoga was when you may think you’re all fine & dandy until someone cuts you off on the highway and suddenly it’s a full fledged road rage fest with lots of swearing & middle fingering. Not so fine & dandy after all, now are we?
Essentially getting out of your own head is realizing we’re all in this together. We all go through shitty days and we all have lucky, on-fire kinda days. We all suffer and we all feel love. We all get really angry, and we all know what it’s like to feel a sense of peace & calm. Essentially we’re all one…in this crazy beautiful world together…as equals.
Last week, I was on the train and it came to an abrupt stop so I accidentally flung backward and apparently nudged another passenger. “UM, HELLO, I DON’T EVEN GET A SORRY?” the women shouted to me. “Sorry, I didn’t hear you,” I replied back (as I had headphones on and couldn’t quite make out what she said) “WHATEVER, NEVER MIND!” she shouted back. Looking back, that woman may have been a little too inside her head that day, not realizing that maybe, just maybe I accidentally fell into her without even realizing it, and that quite frankly the entire train was getting aggravated by the bumps. We were in it together.
Today I had my own test with getting too involved with ME. I went to the nail salon to get a pedicure and waited 20 minutes with my feet sitting in cold water before someone attended to me. I took a deep breath and said “It’s OK. It’s just time.” After 75 minutes of time I didn’t really have, I headed home to get some rest before a meeting tonight. When I took off my shoes, half of my toes were ruined…polish completely smudged. And I’m going to a wedding tomorrow. Great, just GREAT!
While I was pretty darn angry at first, I had to laugh at myself. This is a test. The universe is testing my ability to handle curveballs, forcing me to snap out of the world of Rachel. So I laughed, and then hopped on over to my laptop to write this post. You see, it’s not the end of the world. I can go back later or early tomorrow morning to get them fixed.
Ah, this is what she was talking about yesterday, I thought to myself. Now I truly get it.
I’ve done hot yoga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Pranavayu and Bikram. I’ve been taken into deep 20-minute meditations and I’ve also had my ass kicked. I’ve done yoga at the beach, in the dead of winter and in the grass outside. But this past Monday, I took my yoga practice to a totally different level…or shall I say league.
On Monday evening, I was lucky enough to get my flow on right in Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox! Sponsored by Equinox and Anue by New Balance, “FenwaYoga” was created to raise money for the Red Sox Foundation’s two main programs: the Scholars Program and RBI Youth Baseball & Softball.
I sported my brand new blue Temple Keyhole tank and black Spee capris, finished off with a super cozy heather tunic all from New Balance’s Anue fall yoga collection to stay warm and cozy throughout the evening.
I’m so glad I bundled up because it was definitely a chilly one…but that’s OK because we were doing yoga in Fenway Park.
Class started sharply at 6 p.m. on the warning track, just as the sun was going down.
It was lead by Boston’s beloved “Om Gal” Rebecca Pacheco. I loved Rebecca’s sense of humor and soothing yoga voice. She did an incredible job taking us through the 90-minute flow. While the weather was in the 50s, Rebecca did a great job keeping us moving to stay warm!
It was absolutely surreal being amongst hundreds of other yogis getting our downward dog on in Fenway. Now that’s something I never expected to say! Sending a big, warm thank you to Equinox, New Balance and the Red Sox Foundation for making this happen.
Note: I was provided a complimentary media pass to attend the event, as well as clothing samples from New Balance for review.
Last Sunday, I was invited by Jen from Blog & Tweet Boston to attend one of Odyssey Boston’s Champagne & Chocolate Brunch Cruises. All I needed to hear was that there’d be complimentary brunch (including wine & beer) and I was sold. I decided to bring The Boy for my “Plus 1″ seeing as though the past two cruises we’ve tried to go on were poured out. Hey, three times a charm, right?
When we woke up to 70-degree sunny weather in Boston, I knew we were in for a treat! The two-hour cruise took off from Rowes Wharf right outside the Boston Harbor Hotel, where all the cruisers congregated beforehand.
We boarded the boat about 45-minutes early, and went straight to the bar for our first complimentary drink. I went with a glass of white wine, and then hiked up to the top deck to soak up some extra sun.
Funny fact: There was actually a wedding reception aboard celebrating, so we tried to stay out of their way as much as possible!
After a little sunshine, we joined the rest of the bloggers downstairs for a brunch buffet. There was such a wonderful display of food, including scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, Penne Primavera, Smoked Salmon, Orange-Ginger Tilapia, Roasted Sirloin and cheese galore. For dessert there was a beautiful chocolate fountain with sweet dippers like strawberries, rice crispy treats, and marshmallows. Perfect with a glass of wine might I add!
Following the feast, The Boy & I we went for a much-needed breather to the upper deck after a quick visit to the bar for Octoberfest (for him) and a mimosa (for me).
While up there, one of the tour guides shared some fun facts about Boston including various urban myths & legends. I loved his energy & enthusiasm, and definitely learned some new tidbits about the city.
Overall, the cruise was such a lovely (and delicious) way to spend an afternoon in the city. I’d recommend The Odyssey Cruises for anyone looking for a romantic getaway or afternoon bonding time with their girlfriends.
A special thank you to Blog & Tweet Boston for providing two complimentary tickets to Odyssey’s Champagne & Chocolate Brunch Cruise.
The other day, one of my clients asked me if I ever slip. “You know, do you ever cheat? Mess up? Eat emotionally? Are you ever bad?” First and foremost, I don’t believe in being “bad” but I totally knew what she was getting at.
The truth? Of course I do! The #1 thing I want you all to know is that I am by no means perfect, nor do I preach anyone should strive to be perfect. In fact, I don’t really believe in perfection. To me, true beauty lies in our imperfections.
In college, I thought being bad was skipping the gym, eating a slice of pizza, cheating on my diet, going over 1,200 calories, drinking too many margaritas, and having too much fun. Because of this, I’d punish my self by over-exercising, starving myself (followed by bingeing), trying a new diet, cutting back even more on calories, and staying in when all my best friends were out living their fabulous, young lives.
Does that sound like perfect to you? Hell no! To me, someone who lives a fun, free, balanced life full of imperfections is much more beautiful.
So you want the truth on my totally perfectly imperfect life? I eat cheeseburgers when I want them….and I eat kale too. I have a love affair with cheese, wine, sushi, and dark chocolate…but I thoroughly enjoy every last bite and eat them with gusto & pleasure. I drink coffee in the morning. I don’t “need” the coffee but it makes me feel warm, cozy & focused.
I heart green smoothies…but I also love a good night out of drinking and socializing with friends. Sometimes I over-indulge…but I start over and live by the philosophy that “Every day is a new day.” I believe that what we do 90% of the time matters much more than what we do 10% of the time. I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, nor am I a meat-eater. I’m just me.
I enjoy running for my body & mind and yoga for my soul. I’m not a fan of Cross-fit style workouts…and I’m OK with that. Once in a while I’ll take an entire week off from working out…and other days I’ll do double-headers. Sometimes I stay up way too late catching up on episodes of our favorite shows with The Boy. Sometimes I sleep in. Sometimes I wake up at 6 a.m. to write.
I’m mostly a happy gal but occasionally I have my “off days.” When I have a stressful day at work or get into a fight with The Boy, usually I cry or go for a run but sometimes I dig into a bag of chips and salsa instead.
I listen to my body. I eat what I want to eat at that moment. I suck at baking, I hate planning ahead and although I love cooking sometimes all I want to do is order take-out Pad Thai. Ingredients matter much more to me than calories or fat content. I believe in supporting the local economy and farmer’s markets make me feel like a little kid on Christmas. But I also shop at Whole Foods…and Trader Joe’s…and Stop & Shop.
Rather than feeling guilty about my actions, I get curious. I’m imperfect. I’m human. And that’s beautiful.
Here’s the thing: while I may not be perfect, I live in a way that makes me feel my very best self. After all, nothing else really matters!
Do you strive for perfection? How are you perfectly imperfect?
Ladies, I’ve got an announcement to make! You know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE connecting with inspiring, amazing women each and every day. I feel like women thrive when they come together in a group setting to support one another!
That’s why I’m super excited to announce that this fall Healthy Chicks is launching its first ever LIVE group program “Ditch Dieting, Fall in Love with Yourself LIVE.”
This brand new 90-day program starts on Wednesday 10/9 and will be held in Brookline, MA.
During the 3 months, you will learn how to…
*Reach your personal happy weight (without dieting or giving up chocolate & wine)
*Eat the foods that are most nourishing for yourbody
*Treat your body with LOVE
*Quit counting calories for good
*Take care of yourself from the inside & out without burnout
*Deal with guilt, over-eating & late-night binges like a rockstar
*Get to the root of your cravings so you can cope with them head on!
*Go by how you FEEL (vs. what the scale says)
*Take the stress out of cooking, eating & dining out for good!
*Re-ignite your passions & feel your very best version of yourself!
As a valued group member, you’ll receive…
*Six (6) 90-minute LIVE group coaching sessions (this is where the big breakthroughs happen!)
*Handouts, giveaways & recipe ideas galore!
*Access to my Private Pinterest Board filled with easy, delicious recipes
*Healthy snacks & goodies at every live session
*Welcome “goodie bag” stuffed with some of my fave wellness treats
*Experiential exercises that’ll blow you away!
*My 100% love & support the whole way through
*BONUS*: One (1) 30-minute one-on-one “Help Me!” coaching call with me
Good evening lovely ladies! Sorry If I may have been a bit MIA lately, but that’s because I just got back from a two-night camping excursion by the water in Gloucester, MA. And I went the entire camping trip unplugged. You heard that right: no laptop, phone, emails, texting, tweeting or anything of the like. I was 100% completely unplugged.
I won’t lie: the unplugging wasn’t necessarily by choice at first. While I had purposefully left my Mac back at home to take a mini break from work stuff, I had not planned for my phone to die on me during the first hour of our trip.
And although I felt a little naked without my phone the first couple hours, suddenly it felt refreshing…enlightening almost. Ahh…so this is what it feels like to be fully & completely disconnected. Damn did it feel good.
But why should unplugging be reserved for camping trips, quiet time and “No Signal” zones? Here are 4 reasons to unplug, shut down and enjoy your life starting now (no matter what situation you’re in):
1. You are Able to Be More Present With Your Loved Ones: When you’re constantly plugged in, you aren’t giving your full attention to those around you. This can make the people whom you’re with feel like they aren’t important or worthy of your time. Trust me, The Boy and I have got in our fair share of tiffs about this very matter. Just as you wouldn’t be online during your fave TV show or texting during an important work meeting, we should make more effort to do the same in our personal life. How can you be more present with your loved ones? Check out my latest article on KnowMoreTV for 5 ways to be more present with your partner now!
2. You Appreciate the Beauty Around You: While unplugged the past couple of days, I was able to appreciate my surroundings and see the beauty in the simple things. From our killer fire-pit to the breathtaking view of the water, my wavy beach hair to the fact that The Boy walked me to the bathroom with a flashlight late at night, I was totally mesmerized by the beautiful things around me. If I had been plugged in, I may have missed out on appreciating the now. What may you be missing out on while plugged in 24/7? What are some of life’s simple joys that you appreciate most?
3. Your Creative Juices Flow With Ease: A few weeks ago, I decided to shut down to enjoy an afternoon at the beach with my family. Within just a few minutes, my mind was filled with creative thoughts and ideas that I just had to get out. I sprinted to the car to grab a notebook and within an hour I had dozens of pages written down filled with juicy inspiration. What I had created would have taken me weeks during a typical work-week but without distractions I was able to create something in minutes. You can do the same! Unplug for an entire day (or at least a set chunk of time), and see where the pen takes you!
4. You Become More in Tune with Your Body: When you unplug from technology and other distractions, you are able to look within and listen to your body more carefully. Your choices become more about what your body wants versus what you think it wants or what you “should” want. How do you feel? What is your body craving? What types of activities and foods make you feel alive and which drain you? When you’re in tune with your body, you start acting intuitively and make better choices overall.
Do you take the time to unplug? What is one thing you can commit to this week to live a more unplugged life?
Last week, I was lucky enough to book my first ever massage at OMBE Integrative Health Center. I had been to OMBE a few times before for special events, but this was the first time I was there for ME & only me.
Upon walking in, you’re immediately taken into a state of pure bliss. The lights are dimmed, the decor is hip, and the ambience is relaxing yet welcoming. Even their couches are comfortable and inviting! Unlike other spas & salons that can be uninviting, loud and uncomfy, OMBE sets you up for a true spa retreat right off the bat.
I also adore that this holistic center walks the talk by keeping it “green.” Not only do they offer earth-friendly health & beauty products with their brand new Eco-Beauty Bar, but they also offer environmentally-friendly products and services (all they way down to their Pilates mats!) Now that’s staying true to their company values!
And even more impressive than the studio itself is the incredible staff and services OMBE offers. From acupuncture to naturopathy, yoga to Pilates, this holistic wellness studio truly has it all. While I’ll likely be back to experience different services in the future, I was lucky enough to experience their 50-minute massage with Kristen Lutz.
All I have to say is WOW. I was completely blown away by Kristen’s professionalism, genuine personality and incredible talent. I loved that she took the time with me before my appointment to discuss my personal concerns and needs, which you don’t often get at any old spa.
When I mentioned my neck aches and upper back pains (from sitting at a computer/lugging gym stuff all day long), she knew exactly what she needed to work on with me. So I let her work her magic! And that she did.
Kristen focused mainly on my chest/upper back which had a good amount of tension. She used Badger Balm’s Tangerine & Rosemary intended for stress-relief & calming the mind, body and soul. I’m a huge fan of rosemary scent and absolutely loved the extra touch to an already amazing massage.
After my massage, she recommended a few stretches I could do at home (or in yoga class!) to realign my body including including chest-openers, side angles and twists. Good to know! Definitely go see Kristen…she knows what she’s talking about! Perhaps it’s time to make massages part of my monthly self-care regime?
OMBE is located at 551 Boylston St. on the 4th Floor. For appointments visit their website at www.ombecenter.com.
Do you get massages often? What kinds of things do you look for in a spa/salon?
As I mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately in order to explore my spirituality (especially when it comes to those old money fears that tend to creep up every so often).
I was recently recommended the book “Leveraging the Universe” by Mike Dooley and since I’m always up for a good read I ordered it on Amazon right away. I’ve been reading a few pages every day before bed/whenever I get some down time so I can truly savor it without rushing through.
This morning at the coffee shop I read through the chapter on “Charting your course” and the author had us answer the question, “What do I want?” Not what should you want. Not what should you do. Not what should you be when you grow up. Just what you want / what you truly want to do. Pure and simple.
I honestly had never thought of that question in such a simple way. Instead, I always clog it up with dozens of questions like “But how will I get there?” “But what do you mean?” “Like in real life or fantasy life?” “By when?” In reality, when you push all questions and fears aside, stating what you want really couldn’t get more simple.
I want to have fun while I work.
I want a financially successful & abundant business.
I want to (eventually) marry the love of my life.
I want to feel OK about treating myself to a massage (or one too many trips to Whole Foods) every month.
I want to travel, meet new people & experience the world.
I want to launch a live group program this fall.
I want to publish my e-book by 2014 (hopefully the end of 2013).
I want to inspire women to change & transform their lives for the better.
I want to live happily ever after.
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You see how simple it can be when you really stop & ask yourself what you truly want?
Whenever I meet with a client for the first time, I always ask them what they’d wish for if I could wave a magic wand over their life and give them anything, and I mean anything, they wanted. It’s usually something like “Lose 10 pounds,” “Fall in love,” “Be OK with wearing a bikini in public” or something along those lines.
I then ask the 5 million dollar question, “WHY?” that which always follows with a long pause, some hmms and sometimes even a few tears. You see, getting clear about what you want (i.e. setting an intention) is an important step, don’t get me wrong, but the Why’s are where the big breakthroughs happen.
Do you want to lose 10 pounds or do you want to feel nourished, alive and energized? Do you want to meet Mr. Perfect or do you want to fall in love with yourself? Do you want to rock a bikini in public or do you want to feel sexy & free in your body?
So go ahead and ask yourself what it is you truly want…and then go a little deeper and ask yourself WHY.
Looking to get “unstuck” & fall back in love with your body (inside and out)? Let’s talk! I’d love to schedule a FREE 15-minute Body Love Breakthrough Session with you! Check out my schedule for available appointments.