Welcoming Life As The New Mrs.

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I’ve been a bit MIA on the blog-front lately, but I promise it’s in good reason.

Three weeks ago I married the love of my life, and can honestly say without thinking twice that it was by far the best day of my life.

Really, I couldn’t think of a single day that even comes closeit was special, unique, full of love and downright a good time (our friends and family know how to party!) In one word it was simply magical.

Leading up to the wedding, we heard endless words of advice from friends and family (all in good nature!)

You’re not going to eat, so be sure to eat something at the cocktail hour before you go out.

Remember to step away and take it all in; it’s going to be a blur.

It’s going to fly by, enjoy it!

It’s impossible to get to every table… unless you want to miss dinner!

All of this was great, first-hand expert advice from fellow married couples, but the moment I walked into the church in my all-lace dress and grabbed onto my dads arm for dear life, all of it went out the window.

I was about to be changed…forever. And that, no one can prepare you for.

While the ceremony at the church was a bit of a blur (apparently I didn’t look at Jason walking down the aisle until the last few seconds…oops!) I do remember bits & pieces like making eye contact with a dear friend from childhood, getting my veil caught on my belt and looking deeply into Jason’s eyes to recite our vows.

At the reception, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed the entire night to the fullest as if it was a giant extended party with all of my favorite people (which in theory, it was). Not once did I feel rushed, hungry (or thirsty!) or herded around by our photographers. I just felt happy, blessed and thankful.

Some of my favorite parts were riding to the reception with our wedding party + parents blasting pop songs (which my 5-year-old cousins knew all the words to), listening to our friends and family give some of the most thoughtful, from-the-heart speeches I’ve ever heard, wowing the guests with our first dance Snow Outside by DMB while our DJ (who gave us dance lessons) watched with pride, and having the pleasure of watching Jason dance with his mother who is coping with Alzheimer’s — a dream he always had, to dance with his mother on his wedding day.

Not to mention getting the party started with our father-daughter dance medley, which ended with a dance party to “Dirty Bit.” Priceless.

We ate (everything), we danced, we cried, we laughed, and we made it to every single table & made it a point to greet all of our guests because, after all, they are here for us.

But the one thing no one told me was that marriage would change you — or at least it has changed me.

No, I don’t feel any different and when you look at the big picture nothing has changed on the outside (Heck, I’m still a “Ski” and will always be “daddy’s little girl” and call him practically every day).

But I am different in the fact that I want to be a better person for Jason, for myself, for us.

It’s hard to explain exactly why or how I’ve changed, but I know something inside has shifted. It’s like we’ve moved into another stage in our relationship (from a crush to puppy love to intimacy to serious-everlasting-love). It’s now the real deal, and I’m taking it a heck of a lot more seriously. This man is my husband; it’s now a forever kind o’ love and I’m striving to keep it that way.

I came across this article on Business Insider this week, titled “Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down to 2 Basic Traits.”

The article pointed out that while only 3 out of 10 marriages remain in a happy, healthy state (holy crap!), those that last have 2 major common traits: kindness and generosity.

In addition, a major theme that ran through the article was the importance of connection — being there for your parter and showing them you appreciate them. Heck, isn’t this true in any relationship? We all desire to feel appreciated.

That connection piece in particular really struck a chord for me, and I want to try my very best to be present and show (not just tell!) my man just how much I appreciate him. Spending that quality, unplugged time together is absolutely key in keeping the love + affection strong.

As I navigate life from a Ms. to a Mrs, I embrace this change with excitement, joy and even a little bit of uncertainty. I know that life will be hard at times and we may face obstacles as a couple, but I am ready to walk through these times hand-in-hand with the love of my life right by my side.




Half Marathon Training + City Sports Brand New Fall Fitness Apparel

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Good morning ladies, hope you’re all having a great week! (Can you believe it’s already Thursday?) Time is sure flying by for me lately. Not only am I getting married in 29 days (eek!) but I’ve also been busier than ever with work and did I mention I’m training for a half marathon?

Some may call me crazy to run a half marathon just 12 days before my wedding, but honestly for me running is one of my favorite ways to de-stress and spend time with myself + for myself. So I signed up for the Newport Half Marathon held on October 12th, and haven’t looked back since.

Aside from having the proper fuel, upbeat music and a whole lot o’ stamina (especially for those long runs), having the right workout attire makes a huge difference too! I’m a firm believer that if you feel comfortable and fabulous in what you’re wearing, you’ll have a better day, and well a better run too.

That’s why I was ecstatic when City Sports kindly offered to send me some items from their new fall fitness collection for me to try out. It could not have come at a better time…smack dab in the middle of my half marathon training.

My package included the Dual Fashion Tight in black/grey, the Sporty Tank in aqua and an ultra comfy Waterfall Wrap in charcoal.

What a combo! I couldn’t wait to try everything on myself for a test run. The dual pants + tank are the perfect outfit for a crisp fall day, and I liked the pop of color with the aqua. The moisture-wicking pants fit so well, and don’t ride down throughout the run as some running leggings can do.

I also loved how they were two colors — most of my running leggings are just plain ol’ solid black. Oh, and did I mention that they have a secret little pocket inside, perfect for storing keys, money or your t pass!

The wrap is perfect for throwing on after a yoga session or sweaty spin class — comfy, cozy and moisture-wicking to boot! It’s great for the city-goer who still wants to look cute post workout.

Thank you City Sports for helping this bride-to-be keep her cool while half-marathon training. Now let the countdown continue!

To shop City Sports new fall collection, visit their website here. Happy shopping!


Girls Day Out: Bridal Bliss in Chestnut Hill Square {+ a Soulful Giveaway}

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Last Sunday, I was invited by the lovely folks at Chestnut Hill Square to participate in a complimentary “Bridal Bliss Day in the Square.” What’s that you ask? To sum it up it’s essentially a full day of pampering…just for me. Oh, and did I mention I got to bring a friend too? Needless to say, it took me about half a second to say YES.

Seeing as though my wedding is now officially next month (eek!), it couldn’t have come at a better time. And I knew just the gal to ask to tag along: my best friend (since first grade!) + bridesmaid Morgan.

We started our day with an afternoon spin session at SoulCycle Chestnut Hill.

I have been a few times so far, and I have to say there isn’t really a workout quite like it. It’s the perfect blend of sweat, inspiration and all around fun! The classes are held in a dark, candle-lit room with the beats bumpin’ and all of the instructors have this incredible, positive energy.

I was psyched to find out that one of my favorite instructors Erin L would be teaching the class — I couldn’t wait for my friend to see what it’s all about! Let’s just say Erin brought it like usual, delivering a top-notch class. And her playlist was legit including a super-awesome remix to “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by Birdy. I always love discovering new songs during fitness classes so I can add to my Spotify playlist and iPod!

After a great sweat session, we showered up and changed into our dresses. The next stop on the agenda was Drybar, which as the names sounds, is a blow dry bar.

When we walked in, we were greeted by the friendly staff and asked if we wanted white wine or cucumber water. We both opted for wine since, well, it was Sunday Funday! As we waited, we flipped through the look-book to ponder which style we’d go for.

Then we were introduced to our lovely stylists, who brought us to our station. First stop: in the back to get our hair washed! But it wasn’t any old wash. My stylist went through every step including all the products she used + why, and made sure I was comfortable throughout (right amount of pressure, water wasn’t too hot, etc.) She also gave the most amazing head massage, arguably the best part!


I decided to go for their signature look the “Straight Up,” straight with a little bit of body. I had mentioned that I’d love for my style to look good the next day, so she said she’d add some extra curl and body to the bottom for a look that’d last.

As she blow-dried my hair, she explained that she wouldn’t actually be using a curling iron on my hair at all, but rather curling it as it’s dried with the brush. I couldn’t believe when she was through how much body my hair had!

Morgan went with the Cosmo-Tai, or beach hair with a little extra volume + glam. Since Morgan usually has super straight hair, I couldn’t believe her transformation!

After we were all dolled up, we head out for some shopping. The Square was kind enough to give us $50 gift cards to Sail Loft, where we purchased some undies and candles. We also stopped at Anthropologie and Francesca’s, where Morgan bought a super cute headband.

It was now time for our cupcake tasting at Sweet. The staff was so wonderful and knowledgable of all the ingredients. I ended up going with  gluten free chocolate cupcakes, and Morgan went with a seasonal honey blackberry which was absolutely to-die-for. We were also treated to iced coffee and iced tea, how sweet!

After a bit more browsing (and charging up my phone from all the tweets I’d been sending!) it was finally time for dinner at Seasons52. Shortly after we were seated, one of the managers John came over to greet us, making us feel like true VIPs. To our surprise, lucky for us it was restaurant week so in addition to their regular menu they also had an incredible 5-course special which John highly recommended.

For just over $30, you get a complete 5-course meal including choice of appetizer, soup, salad, entree and mini dessert. For each course, there were 3 to 4 options to choose from, providing something for everyone with a nice variety.

For our appetizer, we shared the grilled garlic pesto chicken flatbread bursting with flavor including fresh mozzarella, balsamic onions, roasted red peppers and arugula.

For soups, I went with their local corn chowder while Morgan opted for the Mexican-style chicken chili. Our salads were absolutely delicious and refreshing – I chose the Organic Baby Spinach (with raspberries and goat cheese) and Morgan got the Tomato & Haas Avocado.

Alas, came our entrees. We both went for the Caramelized Sea Scallops, which our waitress had recommended, served with sweet corn risotto and snap peas. It was full of rich flavor, and absolutely decadent. In fact, we both couldn’t even finish our entrees so we had to ask for to-go boxes!

[it looked much  prettier before I demolished it]

But you can’t forget about dessert. I had mine wrapped up, but Morgan enjoyed a Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte. Their desserts were so adorable and just the right size, served in little shot glasses. My fiance and I picked through them the next evening, and both agreed they were tasty.

I can’t thank Chestnut Hill Square enough for hosting us for an unforgettable girls day out! I left feeling pampered with a happy tummy to boot. Let’s just say it was just what this bride-to-be needed to end the weekend!

But that’s not all! It’d be selfish if there wasn’t something in this for you lovely ladies. I’ve teamed up with SoulCycle Chestnut Hill for an incredible giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a complimentary ride for two at SoulCycle Chestnut Hill, and I’ll be joining you!

To enter the giveaway, simply:
1.  Leave a comment on this post as to what lights up your soul!

2. Post on twitter: “Find your soul this Sept – @Healthy_Chicks is giving away a ride for 2 @soulcycle @ChestnutHillSq ! Enter here: http://healthy-chicks.com/?p=6107

3. Leave a comment once you’ve posted on twitter. Note: this is optional but will give you an extra entree.

A winner will be chosen at random by the end of the day on Friday, September 5th. Please note that your ride may only be used at Soul Cycle Chestnut Hill.




On Stepping Away (+ Looking Within)

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I was just having coffee with a lovely woman in the Boston wellness industry, and we got to talking about social media distractions and all of the “stuff” out there (the good and the bad). She actually recently chose to hide the Facebook feed on her iPhone for this very reason. It’s just too much sometimes.

Ironically, this seems to be a popular topic of late. In fact, the other night when out with friends one of them mentioned how he limits what he shares/how much time he spends on Facebook. “Sometimes it just seems like a space for a bunch of people to show off!” one friend exclaimed.

I totally got what he was saying. From time to time, it can seem a bit too much “Look at me!” and not enough real, genuine, raw honest truth.

And trust me, I too have been guilty as charged. It makes you question, “Why am I sharing this?” “What purpose does this serve?” Is it inspiring others or is it just plain self-obsessed, superficial, information overload?

It brings me back to that quote I shared with you all a few months ago regarding comparing your lows (or behind the scenes) with other people’s highs (essentially, their highlight reel).

You see, Facebook (and all social media for that matter) is not real life. And when you let it become a part of your real life or if it gets to the point where it’s taking away time from your life, it may be a sign you need to step back. Like, now.

Today I realized it was time for me to step away. It’s not that I’m obsessed with Facebook by any means, but truthfully I do let it affect my mood and occasionally find myself falling into that comparison trap. Secondly with a wedding right around the corner (and a goal to publish a book!) it’s extremely important for me to have that unplugged, creative space for me & only me.

With all the social distractions out there, it’s nearly impossibly to get that genuine time for yourself.

So what am I going to do about it? Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all drastic and delete social media from my life for good. Let’s be real… I’m kinda obsessed with twitter. But for starters, I’ve deleted the Facebook app from my phone and am going to change the settings on my computer account to login only to my Healthy Chicks page, feeding information from businesses + people who truly inspire me (without all that extra fluff).

In short, I’m detoxing my ‘book…in baby steps. And it feels darn good.

Oh, and when I’m writing? That’s my sacred time. That’s my me time. As my coffee pal said today, the way to stand apart when writing is to tell your story. After all, no one has one quite like it.

Do you find yourself obsessed with social media? How do you deal with comparing, jealousy and information-overload?




Are You Getting Enough Exercise (For Your Mind)?

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Last week, there was a lot of exercise talk floating around the blogosphere and inter-webs. Am I getting enough exercise? How much should I be exercising based on how much I’m eating? Do I need more exercise in order to lose weight? If I miss a workout this week will I destroy my progress?

These are the types of questions and conversations that come up be it talking to friends or browsing through articles online. And while physical exercise does play a huge role in our overall wellness, I think we often forget about the other kind of exercise…the one that comes from within.

If not more important, just as important as physical exercise is taking time for yourself, better known as self-care. After all, if you’re running around like one big burnt-out hot mess, no amount of barre classes, running or dead-lifts is going to do you any good. While it’s great to stay busy, our bodies need that personal time to recharge, re-fuel and recover.

When we think of exercise we often think of the physical body, but what about your inside…your soul? That’s where the real transformation occurs.

Next time you find yourself stressing out about a missed workout or how many calories you burned during your treadmill circuit, pause a moment and aim to do something good for your soul. This anxiety is a signal that something on the inside is off, and your body is craving some much-needed “me” time.

Listen to it. Be. Let go of the guilt and just breathe.

Do you ever find yourself fretting about getting enough exercise? What are you doing to exercise your mind in order to practice self-care?




Where you are is where you need to be

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Do you ever wonder if you made the right choice, if you did in fact choose the correct path in life, if all will be a-OK?

Quite often we spend far too much time focusing on the past, or — the opposite — fretting about the future. We get so caught up in the “what ifs,” the “shoulds” and the “buts” that we lose site of the right here, right now.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy to focus on the now but I’ll tell ya what: it’s a heck of a lot less stressful.

I’ve been hearing a lot of conversations lately about choosing the right path or following ones heart, weighing the pros and cons and going back and forth between various scenarios. Be it from relationships to career to spirituality, one thing is sure: this topic is a hot one.

But what if we simply paused for a moment and instead repeated this mantra: “Where I am is exactly where I need to be.” Now how does that feel?

In a life that throws you loops and turns, grand surprises and heartbreak, one can never know if we’re doing it right…all the darn time. But what we can know is that we’re doing it right right now. And that where we are is exactly where we are meant to be.

I look back to a time when I was making $10 an hour working side jobs just trying to make it work (like my two-week stint crafting cappuccinos trying to form that perfect heart-shape), meanwhile wondering what the heck I was going to do with my life.

I was scared. I was lost. I wasn’t sure of anything. (Are we ever really?) But I trusted the universe had a plan for me, and that everything would somehow work out.

Who knew that in just a little over a year I would…

meet the love of my life and get engaged?

find my dream job and truly know what it means to love the work you do?

finally become financially stable + free?

move into a cute little apartment in Brookline?

truly fall in love with me?

I didn’t know.

You see, nothing is certain, but if we trust in ourselves that we are enough, that where we are is exactly where we need to be, then it is certain that everything will work itself out. Even if it takes a little longer than expected.


GNO Recap: Self Expression + Freedom to Be Fit

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This past Tuesday, I helped host the third (and final!) GNO Celebration in Boston this summer as part of New Balance’s Girls Night Out Campaign.

The theme this time around was Self Expression: Freedom to Be Fit. You can read all about my thoughts on self-expression in my blog post over here. I think this was my favorite themes yet as I’m all about encouraging women to express themselves (be it through fitness or creativity) while discovering what works for YOU and your body. After all, what works for me may not work for you or your best friend (which I’m sure you’ve heard me mention before on the blog).

In honor of the theme, each woman was able to choose their own workout for the evening: an outdoor spin with Flywheel, a signature bootcamp with Equinox or a fun 3-mile run. I helped organize and plan the 3-mile fun run (using the GNO Meetup tool), which we dubbed “Freedom Fighters Fun Run Plus.” The run was definitely hot (in the low 90s) but our group had a blast cheering one another on and stopping along the way for pics!

After sweating it out, all of us met back up at New Balance for the party. I won’t lie: bottled water and moisturizing face wipes never looked so good! As the ladies gathered in and munched on tasty bites (like BLTs, rolls ups, and Deep Eddy vodka mixed drinks), I welcomed everyone and spoke about my thoughts on self-expression and being YOU.

I told my story about how in college I was all about doing what was “right” or the norm according to celeb magazines (i.e. Score Jennifer Anniston’s abs! Get that Pilates body! Lose 15 pounds!). I’d beat myself up at the gym, and spend hours at the gym burning away calories on the treadmill. I didn’t feel inspired or motivated, and I most definitely wasn’t expressing myself.

It wasn’t until after college where I became in tune with my body, began running and practicing yoga (for my mind!) that I really felt myself. Suddenly, fitness felt empowering and right. I was doing it for me.

You see, the thing is you don’t have to be a marathoner to be a runner, you don’t have to be #1 on the Torq board to try Flywheel and you most definitely don’t need to do headstands or bend into crow pose in order to be a yogi. You just gotta do what works for Y-O-U.

After my talk, I made some exciting announcements including filling in the girls on what was in their swag bags. They were packed with goodies, including a fitness towel that each of us could customize at the Self-Expression Transfer Station with various inspiring phrases like “Girls Run this Town.” We also got a thumb-drive loaded with a 30-minute running playlist specially mixed by DJ Brek One, as well as some discounted vouchers.

Once again, New Balance was kind enough to offer 20% off everything in the store. But this time there was a special added bonus! Women had the chance to customize their own shoes – everything from laces to mesh color to specific words placed on the heels – while taking advantage of the 20% off special. Check out the pair I customized for myself. Don’t they just scream summer?

The back of the heels say “choose happy,” as I believe happiness is a choice, and sometimes all it takes is a simple shift in perspective to find your happiness. I had so much fun creating my dream shoe, but I must say it was quite overwhelming with all the color combinations you could choose from. I kept it simple by sticking with lemonade + burnt orange.

After I was done speaking (I must say this whole public speaking thing is getting a bit easier), I was able to mingle, grab a bite and catch up with friends both old & new.

I was especially excited to see my long lost friend and Pilates guru Jennifer Phelan, as I haven’t seen her since she became a mommy!

Overall, it was a wonderful evening filled with great people, good eats and a fabulous sweat session! I am so grateful to have been a part of New Balance’s GNO Celebrations here in Boston, and look forward to more fun, empowering events in the future.

I’d love to hear from you! What workouts make you feel most vibrant + in tune with your body? What color combos would you choose for your custom shoes?




Birthday Reflections: 27 Life Lessons I Discovered Before My 27th Birthday

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Last week, I celebrated my 27th birthday on Fourth of July weekend. It was quiet + simple yet I could feel the massive love pouring over me from friends and family.

Each year, I enjoy taking some time to reflect on the previous year and set some personal intentions for the year ahead.

This year, I was feeling rather blessed on how far I’ve come in life + love + all the other bittersweet moments. So I’ve decided to share with you — my readers, my friends — 27 things I’ve discovered by my 27th birthday. Enjoy!

1. to love your body, you must first love yourself.

2. giving and receiving go hand and hand. give often + receive with open arms (yes, it’s OK to say “thank you” when someone tells you that you look pretty today)

3. perhaps the most precious time of all is the time you spend for yourself + by yourself.

4. true love really does exist, you just need to be patient for your *moment*

5. plans, goals and vision boards are great but in the end your life is going to look much different than you had envisioned and that’s OK. in fact, it’s more than OK.

6. stepping outside your comfort zone is perhaps the scariest thing you may ever do, but it’s key for self-growth.

7. if you have the passion, the rest will come (even if it’s not how you imagined)

8. money is nice but without happiness and a genuine love for life, money is nothing.

9. your body is smart. listen to it.

10. eat real food, often. savor it and enjoy it. no, it won’t make you “fat.”

11. while saying “no” can be tough, it’s necessary for achieving balance + fulfillment.

12. do what YOU want not what he/she/they want for you.

13. what works for you doesn’t necessarily work for me. find what works for you and do more of that.

14. the why is much more important than the how or the what.

15. sometimes the best thing you can do is stop, pause and let life happen. you really don’t need to try so darn hard all of the time.

16. diets are not the answer. look INSIDE. (you’d be surprised what you may learn about yourself)

17. work is work unless you find work in which lights you up; then it really isn’t work at all. seek a job you love or find a way to love the work you do.

18. sometimes, a simple shift in perspective can change everything.

19. you have control over your happiness. always choose to see happy.

20. i am enough. you are enough. period.

21. try not to compare so much to other people. everyone has their struggles (and successes!) but the ones that matter most are your own.

22. you aren’t a failure, it’s not too late, and you didn’t miss the boat. start over today, right now. treat every day as a blank canvas.

23. yes, you can. tell yourself that more often. it’s incredible what some good ol’ fashioned confidence can do for you!

24. how you feel is much more important that what you look like or what you think you look like.


26. treat your body with love. it’s the only one you’ve got.

27. say yes to the things that light your soul on fire, even if it scares the crap out of you.




A GNO to remember: Express yourself with new balance Boston

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Remember when last week I mentioned I’d announce the next GNO event on the blog soon? Well, my friends, I don’t break my promises.

And since I consider you officially in my social bubble of girlfriends, I wanted to give you the insider scoop. Registration for the third Boston New Balance GNO event goes live tomorrow, Monday the 7th, and ladies you won’t want to miss out. (You can scoop up your free tiks here starting tomorrow!)

The event will be held on Tuesday July 22, and is once again held at the New Balance Experience Store on Boylston St. The theme this time around? Self-Expression!

Festivities include choosing your own workout that fits your personality including a spin at Flywheel, signature Equinox class, or pre-mapped-out run utilizing the GNO Meetup app. Plus there will be music, healthy apps and cocktails to keep the party going afterward!

And if you’ve attended any of the past GNO Celebrations or read my review, you can bet New Balance has a few sweet surprises up their sleeves (like the premium gift bags each lady will take away at the end of the evening!)

If you’re itching to squeeze in some solid time with the gals before then, I highly encourage you to check out the GNO app where you can join meet ups in the area or create your own GNO in your city. What’s better than sweating it out & mingling with your girlfriends?

I hope to see you in a couple weeks for the third (and final) Boston GNO Celebration this summer. Get ready to sweat, party and EXPRESS yourself! My question for you – when do you feel most in your element, passionate and true to yourself?




Event Recap: “Excellent is Strong” Girls Night Out with New Balance Back Bay

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This past Thursday night, I was lucky enough to be the blog hostess/MC for New Balance’s second GNO celebration in Boston.
The theme of the action-packed evening was “Excellent is Strong” and the New Balance team did an incredible job bringing that to life.

New Balance is on a mission to re-define the meaning of girls night, and a part of that is hosting these kick-ass celebrations in various cities in order to bring girls together for fitness, food and fun. I was so honored to be a part of the evening, as one of my #1 passions is inspiring women to do more connecting & cheering one another on (vs. judging & comparing).

I arrived to the New Balance Boston Experience Store (right on Boylston St) early to get my bearings & walk through the Run of Show with the PR team so there were no surprises. Once the ladies began arriving, they got their wrist band (labeled with group number) & enjoyed some wholesome granola bars & water to energize and hydrate.

After settling in, all of the ladies set out for their workout portion of the evening: 3 different bootcamp-style circuits (one in the store, one in Copley Square and one at Comm Ave mall) led by various trainers including Celebrity Fitness Trainer Holly Perkins & various Equinox instructors.

Holly even introduced all of us ladies to her very own fitness + wellness system baladea (which we all got to take home as an unexpected surprise as the end of the night!) Talk about feeling the burn – it’s all about the strength training, baby!

After the workout, everyone met back at the store to cool down (with moisturizing wipes provided by New Balance) and get the party started. After all, what’s a girls night out without some party time with the gals? There was a variety of finger foods like hummus, pita and chicken skewers, sangria, wine, beer and live music by BrekOne.

[DJing with BrekOne!]

Not to mention the photo booth (where girls could pose with signs re: what makes them “strong”) and 20% off special courtesy of New Balance. We also heard inspirational talks from Holly Perkins & Shape magazine editor Laurel Leicht throughout the evening.

[Holly Perkins on strength]

Then it was time for my big debut! As part of my MC duties, I was asked to share a few words about my blog, my story and what strength means to me. I won’t lie: I was extremely nervous as public speaking doesn’t necessarily come natural to me. However, in honor of the evening’s theme I decided to forge through my fears and put myself out there.

[public speaking? bring it on!]

I stressed that strength to me is so much more than just the physical but rather about how you feel mind, body and soul. After all, if you’re aiming to be strong but feel like crap inside, what’s the point really?

The new campaign floating around the internet “Strong is the New Skinny” particularly bothers me as a.) we as women don’t need a new “skinny” and b.) this claim puts so much emphasis on our physical bodies, rather than what’s on the inside. Instead of putting so much emphasis on what you look like (and how strong or skinny you can get) I challenge women to take a step back and look inside. How do you feel? Are you taking care of your body?

Having a strong mind means thinking positively and telling yourself “Yes I can” (even when you’re telling yourself “No I can’t”). A strong body involves finding an exercise that makes you feel good, challenging yourself and nourishing yourself with wholesome, feel-good foods. And lastly a strong soul means staying true to who you are and not being afraid to stand up for what you believe in.

None of this can be shown by looking at someone, by the number on the scale or by having toned arms. Rather, strength must come from within.

I can’t tell you how empowered I felt standing up in front of dozens of ladies sharing what I believe in, doing what I am meant to do: INSPIRE, MAKE AN IMPACT, CONNECT. I am truly so honored that New Balance asked me to be a part of this amazing campaign, and that I fought through my fears and had the courage to say YES.

[mingling with new + old friends alike like blogger Athena from Fitness & Feta]

If you love connecting with like-minded women and getting your fitness on, you won’t want to miss out on the next GNO Celebration in Boston on July 22! Registration is not yet open, but information will be available over on the GNO site. You can also follow along on the blog, as I’ll be announcing as we get closer to the date!

Stay strong, stay beautiful,



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