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Are you invested in yourself?

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The other day, a colleague of mine posted this status on her Facebook page that really got me thinking:

“I am meeting SO many women entrepreneurs who have spent a ton of money on coaching programs when internally there’s a boat load of fear and other internal gunk that’s resulting in little return on investment. I hope for the day when we can all wake up and realize that to cultivate financial abundance externally, you need to feel abundant internally.” Stacy, ZenConnect

When I first read this, I got defensive almost -But  I’m one of those women who have in the past spent a boatload of money on something I thought would “fix” me! After pausing for a moment to soak this in, I realized she’s 100% completely spot on.

To me, it all comes down to one thing: you can spend thousands and thousands of dollars on the best _____ (nutritionist/business coach/health coach/school/relationship guru, you name it) but if you aren’t invested in yourself first that money is going to get you squat.

And when I say invested in yourself, I mean really freakin’ wanting it. Being willing to learn & grow. Being OK with stepping outside your … Read More!

Monday Inspiration: Fill Up with Love

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What lights you up? What are the things that make you feel complete, like you are living according to your truest self?Read More!

On being more present during your lunch break

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Today during a business meeting at lunchtime, we got to talking about one of my favorite topics: food. More specifically the behavior in which we consume our food.

The gentleman I was speaking to commented on the importance of quality food, and just as importantly MINDFULNESS. He had recently hit a weight loss plateau, and instead of going into Diet-Crazy-Juice-Fasting-Panic-Mode he made one simple change: the WAY he ate at the table.

“I just started doing more of this,” as he flipped his iPhone upside down, “and less of this.” (gesturing eating quickly while texting) And guess what? He realized his food now tastes better, he feels more satisfied, lunch leaves him REFRESHED versus bogged down, oh and as an added perk: he lost the weight!

This immediately took me right back to my college days, as I’d stand in my kitchen late at night frantically shoving spoonfuls of low fat peanut butter and leftovers down my throat. The days I’d eat 5,000 rice cakes and never feel full, and the days I’d chug coffee with artificial sweeteners and sugar-free chocolate while making a tight deadline. I was one hot mess.

The minute I decided to actually eat my food … Read More!

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Running, PB-Loving “Yogi Next Door”

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Good evening ladies, and welcome back to another week of Healthy Chicks in the Community! I am super pumped to share this week’s chick with you, as she’s one of the most genuine, real gals I know.

When I met Cara for the first time, she was decked out in the cutest lulu yoga outfit, smiling from ear to ear as she made her way around the room to greet the follow yogis. I immediately thought, “I want to be friends with this girl!” Since then we’ve become good friends, bonding over yoga, salads and good laughs. The best part about her is she’s just a real, no-BS gal next door (or shall I say Yogi Next Door). What you see is what you get, and I absolutely love that about her! I’ll let Cara take it from here…

NAME/AGE: Cara Gilman, 29

BLOG/TWITTER (If Applicable):Blog: http://runneromie.tumblr.com/Twitter: @runneromie

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cara.gilman2

CURRENT CITY: Brookline

PHOTO TAKEN: Lululemon Photoshoot at the Alden Castle in Brookline

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I’m a full time yoga and cycle teacher. I teach at Back Bay Yoga, JP Centre Yoga, Sports Club LA and Sweat and Soul Yoga. I’m also an ambassador … Read More!

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Zenned Out, Yoga-Loving, Gluten Free Eating Entrepreneur

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Good morning ladies! Now I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a feature for Healthy Chicks in the Community, but I’m excited to get it going again this week with a very special lady.

As a past client of mine, this Healthy Chick always wows me with her strength, guts and drive to go after what she wants. Not only did she just start her own biz, but she also works full time at Harvard Business School. Talk about gettin’ stuff done! I’ll let Erica take it from here…I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her mission as I have.

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Name/Age: Erica Zendell, 23

Blog/Twitter: http://erica-zendell.blogspot.com, @ezendell

Current City: Boston, MA

Photo: I traveled to China on a recent work trip and met the lovely founders of the organization ‘Gluten-free Shanghai,’ whose resources made my time in a land of soy sauce and wheat buns so much easier!

What I do for work: I am balancing work as a research associate at Harvard Business School and starting a healthy snack food business, Zen Cookery!

Number one passion: Building my business, which seeks to help those with special diets in their desire to feel … Read More!

How To Let Jealousy GO & Live for YOU!

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Oh, jealousy. As much as we try to avoid it, sometimes it creeps up when we least expect it. And no matter what, it’s always downright ugly.

For some reason, jealousy always reminds me of Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Envious of Arial, the evil sea witch attempts to steal Arial’s voice & transform into a beautiful human being in order to win over Prince Eric. And while Ursula manages to pull it off for some time, eventually her true colors shine through. In the end, jealously never wins.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when it stems from jealousy, comparison and negative thinking, it aint pretty.

A few months ago, one of my clients shared a quote with me that really stuck:

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” —Steve Furtick

After all, we truly don’t know their story; we have no clue what’s going on behind the scenes. And while we all struggle with insecurities and “off days” from time to time, the absolute worst thing you can do is compare your lows to someone else’s highs. Trust me, I’ve definitely been there and … Read More!

{Our Story} How The Boy Popped The Question

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For those of you who don’t yet know, yesterday something incredibly magical and life-changing happened for me: The Boy & I got engaged. And for those of you who don’t know, The Boy’s real name? Jason. Let’s call him “J.”

And now for the million-dollar question, How did he do it? Well ladies (and gents), I’m about to tell you…

On Friday evening we were out in Rockport celebrating our beautiful friends Ross and Megan’s wedding. While we were dancing (and perhaps after a tad too much wine), J asked me if I’d like to go for a run with him in the morning on the Charles before we took off for his mother’s 60th birthday celebration.

I immediately laughed at him and teased him for suddenly showing such interest in exercise. While he most definitely works out from time to time, usually I’m the one pushing we go on runs together more often. He snapped back at me that it’s only going to be fall for so long and we should take advantage of the weather while we can. So I agreed.

The next morning I woke up exhausted and somewhat hungover. J was no longer in bed, so … Read More!

A Lesson On Getting Out of Your Own Head

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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 … Read More!

Event Recap: Yoga at Fenway Park & New Balance’s Anue Fall Yoga Collection

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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” … Read More!

Cruising On The Odyssey for Wine, Chocolate & Brunch with Blog & Tweet Boston

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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.

[happy campers!]

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 … Read More!

 
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