you do you: 7 Little Ways to Work on Yourself as We Prepare for Spring

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Is it just me, or did winter absolutely kick your butt? There’s something about the cold weather that makes ya want to stay in bed a little longer, work out a little less, find comfort in comfort food, oh and those darn sniffles! While the first snow fall + holiday season is one of my favorite times of year, clearly you can see I’ve had enough.

It’s time to show winter what’s up and take care of yourself again! And while spring is still 23 days away, there are little things you can do right now to make you feel your best self again. (Trust me, the birds will be chirping in no time!)

1. Get your beauty sleep: I mean it. If you’re like me, winter has probably taken a toll on your body. In fact, I’m pretty certain I have mild adrenal fatigue due to stress, late nights and my go-go-go mentality. To combat this, I’m working on getting to bed at a decent hour (by 10 p.m. or earlier would be ideal to start!) and resting when my body is asking for it. Naps are totally underrated and can be everything. If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, try reading in bed, using an eye pillow or breathing in some lavender essential oils.

2. Make me-time a priority: Are you making time for the things that light you up? One of my colleagues had a great idea of scheduling in personal time to do the things that you love. Just as you would block off time for meetings, work outings, and assignments, this helps you hold yourself accountable when it comes to Y-O-U.

3. Put Your Cooking Shoes On: If takeout has taken over this winter in your household (um, pad thai anyone?), get back to the basics and make more time for cooking at home! When it comes to cooking, preparation is everything so make sure you’re well stocked with seasonal produce, proteins, snacks, spices + your favorite staples. And yes, if it means you have to schedule grocery shopping into your calendar, by all means do it!

4. Have Fun! That’s all we really waaant, after all right? If you’ve been cooped up this winter, try to find ways to get social and sprinkle some joy into your life. It could mean hosting a dinner party at your apartment with your best gal pals, taking your hubby out to dinner at a new local hot-spot, or going to a comedy show. Get out of the house, or try to shake up your normal routine when staying in.

5. Try Meditating: Even if you don’t “have time” to fully practice daily, you do have time to work on yourself. For starters, something I’ve implemented is starting each day with a positive mantra. It’s something I set for myself before I get out of bed, look at my phone, or eat breakfast. Sometimes it’s a word like “clarity,” or I’ll set an intention like “You’re going to rock these meetings today, you’ve got this!” I’ve found it really helpful to start my day on a positive note, instead of a stressful one. How do you want to start your day?

6. Move More: Exercise doesn’t only have to be for the marathoning, sprinting, muscle-bound! And while I totally respect those who have a daily rigorous routine, something you enjoy is better than nothing at all. Right now, my body has been craving gentle exercise, so I’ve been making more time for yoga, sun-shiny walks around my neighborhood, and soulful, non-competitive spin classes like SoulCycle or Flywheel’s new FlyBeats.

7. Zone Out Negativity: Let’s all take a giant deep breath in and out together now, shall we? This past month, I’ve had to deal with a lot of negative vibes, in nearly all aspects of my life. It’s easy to let this bring you down, but the best thing you can do is brush it off and do you. Don’t let other’s negativity or opinions of you turn off your light. Shine on, baby!

What are you doing to work on you as we transition into the new season? Share below!

                 

On Making Time for the things that light you up

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“Babe, I haven’t blogged in a couple weeks,” I whispered softly to my husband as we were falling asleep the other night.

“Well then, you should take that as a sign that you’re working too much,” he responded bluntly.

Don’t you just love how matter-of-fact men can be?

Here’s the thing though: he was right. I had stopped writing — my “me thing” — because I didn’t have time (or so I thought).

You see, when you suddenly realize you no longer “have time” for the little things that make you happy i.e. your true passions, its time to take a step back & take a good, long hard look at your life.

Where is that time going? Whether you’re working too hard or focusing your priorities elsewhere, there should never be “no time” to do you. In fact, I argue that these are the things we need to be actually making time for — our priorities.

For me, writing is that little joy, the thing in my life that helps me escape, sort my thoughts, and unleash my creativity. It’s not work. It’s not stressful. It’s not because I have to. It’s something I do for myself. And by not making time for my writing, I was actually doing myself a disservice in all aspects of my life: work, play, relationships.

Next time you’re feeling bogged down or finding it near impossible to squeeze in the things you love, it’s time to dig in to see what’s up.

What things you love are you finding you’re not having enough time for anymore? And more importantly, what are you going to do about it?

                 

When the Scale gets you down, do what makes you feel good in your body!

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One month ago, I posted this on instagram:

“I weighed myself for the first time in over a year today. (I broke up with the scale years ago as I used to be the one who weighed myself 5 times a day + obsessed over calories.) Anyway, the number on the scale showed that I gained about 8 to 10 pounds since our last encounter.

Old me would have cried, gone on a new diet + then binged on peanut butter at midnight. New me took a deep breath + felt a sense of relief. Maybe I weigh a bit more, but I’m happy in my body. I’m healthy. I’m in a loving relationship. I have my kale and my cheese…my wine and my green juice. I’m me. I’m a woman. And guess what, in a few months from now I may weigh 10 pounds less…or 5 pounds more. And that’s OK. Because really, who the hell cares? All that truly matters in the end is how you FEEL. ❤”

I left the gym that cold, wintery night feeling proud of all I have overcome, and shook off the whole weight thing.

Yet lo and behold, about a week later I received a little visit from my old friend: self-doubt. I started to question how I let myself get there. I began noticing that my jeans indeed were pretty tight (maybe a little too tight for comfort). I wondered if maybe I got a little to comfy with the ease of take-out pad thai, ignoring my little ol’ stove.

It didn’t feel so good anymore.

So, I decided to move forward and do something about it. No, not about my weight or my body but shifting the way I felt about it. Instead of jumping on the latest Weight Watchers bandwagon or cleansing on a green-juice-only detox, I wanted to get back to the basics of feeling good in my body. My body.

Because, after all, no one else can dictate how you feel in your body.

Flash-forward a month, and I am enjoying the journey. I’ve been making an effort to forge through the bitter cold weather here in Boston to sweat it out at the gym or catch a heart-pumping, soul-rejuvenating spin class…even when I’m “too busy.” I’ve been saving my money (most nights) by cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients vs. taking the easy way out. Don’t get me wrong, takeout has its time and place but not when it’s taking over!

I’ve been eating clean (for the most part), drinking a ton of water with lemon, and avoiding gluten as much as I can because I know the grogginess and tummy ache I get afterward simply isn’t worth it. And I’ve been prioritizing sleep, self-care and cozy, unplugged time with my hubby.

I’m a work in progress, but I am started to feel better in my body, one step at a time. After all, it really is about the little things you do for yourself every day.

It’s funny how old ghosts you thought were gone can come back to haunt you when you least expect it. But it’s how you deal with it that truly matters.

What about you? Have you ever struggled with the number on the scale? What makes you feel best in your body?

                 

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Happy, Make-up loving Dancing Queen

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Good afternoon, and welcome to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community. If you’re new to the blog, on Fridays I feature someone who embodies what it means to live well — mind, body + soul!

This week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Gemma! Two of my favorite qualities about a person is positivity and passion, and Gemma embodies both of these in spades. You can clearly see she loves what she does, and wants to share it with the world! When you’ve got something you’re that passionate about, it’s a sin not to get your story out there. I’ll let her tell you for herself! ;)

NAME/AGE: Gemma Santamaria / 22 yrs old

BLOG/TWITTER: Website / FB Page

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Paulette’s Ballet Studio, Summer 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I run a dance program, Fun&Fit, which is based around finding the joy, and happiness in movement for teens and adults…as I like to call it, Happy Exercise!  Both my classes (BalletBarre and DanceCardio) strengthen, lengthen, energize, and tone the body and mind– but we have fun doing so!

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Inspiring, and being inspired by people, in all aspects of life.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I: Leave the studio after teaching or taking a class, because not only do I know I did a good thing for my body, but for my mind as well.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I reward my hard-work, by doing some not so hard-work…I look forward to earning my ‘couch potato’ time for sure.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Extra Large Mugs, A Blender, and Anything that Makes Coffee!

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Makeup; As a self proclaimed beauty enthusiast, I love doing peoples’ makeup, learning the newest beauty trends, and trying new products. I even co-write a blog about my obsession!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU: I’m an optimist, I believe in following your dreams, I know success is made out of hard work.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Dancing.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Cheese pizza.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: To my fellow Healthy Chicks, keep doing what makes you smile, and keep being exactly who you are; there will only ever be one YOU.

Big thank you to Gemma 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 :)

                 

Non BS Advice for Ringing in the New Year + Getting Sh*t done in 2016

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Eff the weight loss, green juice miracle cleanses + “bikini body by spring break” diet plans. Forget about the dream job/relationship/house/life. Say goodbye to cringe-worthy resolutions, doing things you don’t want to do and burning yourself out. This New Year, it’s going to be different. It’s time to do you (rather than what the self help book said you should do).

As you mosey your way through the whole new-year-resolution-setting thing this year, take a step back and pause. Breathe. Before you go through the motions of what you’ve done in years past or what your bffs are doing, think about what it is that lights you up + makes you feel most connected to yourself.

Here are some (BS-free!) tips to get you started on living your most authentic, productive, happiest self in 2016.

1. Let go of the stuff that no longer serves you: This is a biggie. Are you someone who says yes to everyone and everything? If so, you’ve got some major detoxing to do, and I’m not talking about your diet. It’s time to take a good, long hard look at your life.

Are the people, things and events in which you fill your life up with the things that make you feel good?

Are you surrounding yourself with positive people, those that lift you up and challenge you in a good way?

If not, it may be time to let go of the things that are no longer serving you. You know, the things that suck your energy, make you feel crappy or you find yourself complaining about. It’s time to say goodbye, for good. After all, when you say no to the things that suck from you, you’re actually saying yes to yourself!

2. Prioritize your self care: You could be doing all the right things and accomplishing so much, but none of that matters if you’re not taking care of yourself. It’s time to put your wellness back on the front burner where it belongs.

Fill up with nourishing foods that make your body feel fabulous. (Learn more about how to discover your humming foods here!). Treat your body like a goddess. Take time to rest, and don’t be afraid to take naps like a little kid — they’re divine. Practice yoga + deep breathing + meditation. Book a spa day just because.

When you put you first, you’re better able to get things done + serve others. Trust.

3. Focus on what you want to bring in to your life: Now that you’ve made some progress with #1 (i.e. cleansing yourself from things that are no longer serving you) it’s time to shower yourself with the good stuff. Forget mundane resolutions, and instead focus on what it is that you want to bring more of into your life.

Confidence? Strength? Success? Passion? Clarity? Love + comfort? What do you want to attract in 2016? Hold your focus on that. I’m a firm believer that what you put out into the universe has a beautiful way of coming back to you. If goals are your thing, feel free to create an intention around this; just keep it positive + feel-good i.e. no “lose 10 pounds” BS.

4. Take baby steps: Remember, it’s not a marathon. True progress takes time, patience and a whole lot o’ passion. Instead of shooting for the stars or coming up with ludicrous goals that you know can only hold up for a week or two, start small.  Why set yourself up for failure? If fitness is a big priority for you this year, start by finding a yoga studio you love, setting workout dates with your friends or coming up with a fun challenge to get the whole family involved. It’s great to think big, but also be realistic about it!

5. But don’t lose sight of the big picture (or be afraid to think big): With that said, try not to lose sight of the big picture. As you forge your way through 2016, many things are going to get thrown your way. It’s important to constantly ask yourself, “Is this in the direction of where I want to go?” “Am I truly happy?” Check in with yourself, and if you fall off track slightly, simply hop right back on and keep going!

Also note that no dream is too big. Don’t lose sight of those big ideas that get your heart pumping be it that trip to Italy or dream to open up your own business. It’s important to keep these things as constant reminders as to where you want to go; use them to drive you in the right direction and keep you motivated.

6. Stop apologizing. Seriously, I mean it. It’s time to stop apologizing for our actions now, unless of course an apology is truly due…which 99% of the time it’s not. Own you you are and be proud of that. There is no reason you need to apologize for who you are! Ever. Remember that.

7. Reflect one how far you’ve come: As you navigate your way through the new year, you’re likely going to re-set your intentions and critique yourself for the things in which you did and did not accomplish. As the months go by, be sure to also reflect on how far you’ve come thus far. You’ve accomplished a heck of a lot more than you give yourself credit! Celebrate that.

Do you enjoy new year traditions? What are the things you want to bring into your life in 2016?

                 

A Goodbye Letter to 2015

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Dear 2015,

It’s surely been quite the ride. You’ve been an adventurous one for sure — throwing twists + turns and other curveballs which ultimately helped me figure out what I truly wanted. For that I am grateful.

Some of my favorite moments came during the summer. I hosted another Girls Night Out for New Balance with a group of inspiring, kick-ass women. I traveled to San Diego for a rejuvenating soul-cleansing trip with my dad, and made my way to Saratoga to see Dave Matthews Band live with the hubby + friends. I went on several camping trips (one in which my little sis got engaged!) and fell in love with Portland Maine while vacationing with our best friends.

I also spent a lot of time simply living in the moment.

Throughout all the traveling and go-go-go, I teamed up with my friend Kelley to launch Soul Sisters, and we hosted the most beautiful kickoff party + retreat to Spectacle Island with 13 other beautiful women.  It was certainly one of the highlights of my summer, and one of the most special moments for me. I was also given the most incredible opportunity to take part in a 5-day meditation program with the Art of Living Foundation, where I was forced to look within and get real with my feelings.

In the fall, I competed in my first ever Reach the Beach relay on New Balance’s PR team where I ran many miles (15.1!) and made many memories. I also attended W.E.L.L. Summit, where I had the pleasure of spending two days learning + growing among other inspiring leaders in the wellness industry. It was pure bliss.

But it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies.

In the spring, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life to leave a company I loved due to a job that wasn’t right for me. (Little did I know at the time, that I’d be back with the company for a job I loved come mid-September). I also struggled with money, ‘finding myself,’ and understanding what I wanted to do on this wild ride that is life.

My mother in law who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease moved into a nursing home earlier in the year, which at first was tough on the family, but we now know is best for her wellbeing. During these times, I learned that family always comes first even if that means putting your other sh*t on the back burner for a bit. I learned to let go a little, to give a little more.

Overall, I’d say it was a big year for soul-searching, clarity + confidence.

In fact, I even went to see the amazing Katie of Kindred Spirits for several Spiritual Readings. They were truly mind blowing, and helped me connect with my inner self + the universe on such a deep level. They gave me the gentle nudge of, “Hey, all is going to be OK.”

So as the year comes to an end, I’d like to say goodbye to self-doubt, the “work hard, play small” mentality, and letting others make me feel small; and a big hello to self-confidence, owning it, and maintaining a healthy balance between work + play.

2015, you’ve been swell but I’m ready to welcome the magic that 2016 may bring.

xo xo,

Rachel

                 

Healthy Chick’s Holiday Wish List: cover everyone on your list from the yogi to the book worm

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and after two Christmas parties and one Hanukah celebration this past weekend (back to back to back) I’m finally in the holiday spirit!

Stumped on what to get your kale-loving, downward-dogging, creative pal this season? I’ve got ya covered! See below for my exclusive Healthy Chick’s holiday wish list. And, hey if they don’t like their gift you can send it my way ;)

for the yogi who owns every pair of pants that exist: lululemon’s brand new align pant in bordeaux drama. The barely there fabric makes you feel like you’re wearing nothing — they are seriously that comfy! I own them. I love them. I want to live in them. ‘nough said.
lululemon athletica, $98.00

for the on-the-go snacker: Happy & Healthy Holiday gift basket from Organic Living Superfoods. This beautiful gift pack is perfect for this time of year, and contains some of my favorites like their Sprouted Buffalo Almonds & Ranch Cashews and “Life By Chocolate” trail mix.
Organic Living Superfoods, $26.99

for the anxious one who wants to practice mindfulness: Balance essential oil by doterra. I can’t get enough of this grounding oil blend with spruce, rosewood, frankincense and blue tansy. Stuff it in your purse & take it with you wherever you may wonder. The cost is worth it as the oils are pure therapeutic grade with none of that junk.
doTERRA, $26.67

for the boston gal who has no time but loves to cook: A subscription to Just Add Cooking! This meal-delivery services takes the stress out of grocery shopping and leaves you with the fun part: cooking! Each box comes with perfectly portioned ingredients with the recipe to go along with it so all you have to do is add cooking. The best part? The team sources all of the ingredients local from the Greater Boston area! Prices start at just $39 for a 3-meal two-person box.
Just Add Cooking, $39

for your kale obsessed bff: sweetgreen’s signature “beets don’t kale my vibe” tote. I have one (yes, I work there), and I can’t tell you how many people ask how they can buy one too. Now ya can.
sweetgreen, $20.00

for the trend-setter who’s sick of wearing contacts: A gift card to Warby Parker! With affordable, in-trend glasses in dozens of styles & colors, you simply can not go wrong here. $95 gets you a standard pair of subscription frames or sunglasses! I own The Welty in Whiskey Tortoise & I’m in love.
Warby Parker, $95

for the earthy, DIY loving queen: Purple Petite Planter from kitchen + kraft. I met the lovely lady behind the company — Tori — at a recent event and love what she’s all about! This lil all-natural planter is perfect for dressing up your mini succulents. Shop their etsy store for just about anything for your earthy bff — trust me, their stuff is absolutely adorable. Their tagline “rad things for mindful living” says it all.
kitchen + kraft, $10

for the colorful + creative soul: The Mandala Coloring Book! Unleash your inner creativity, reduce stress and have a blast all in one. This gift is perfect for someone looking to let out their playful side!
Amazon.com, $9.19

for the book worm looking for a fresh perspective: “Do your Om Thing” by Rebecca Pacheco. Also known as “Om Girl,” this Boston-based yogi offers up a fresh perspective on taking yoga into your everyday life. I haven’t read it myself, but it’s on my list ;)
Amazon.com, $18.35

What’s on your holiday wish list? What’s your intention for the season? Share below!

                 

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Dancing, Blonde Shoe-Loving Diva

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend all, hope your bellies & hearts are full. I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Healthy Chick in the Community, the one and only Katie.

Like a sister to me, Katie has more energy and can talk more than anyone I know! Not to mention she’s a wonderful person who puts her friends & family first.

I’ll let you meet this shopping-obsessed diva for yourself! Can’t think of a better day than on Black Friday ;)

NAME/AGE: Katie Sullivan, 26 years old

CURRENT CITY: Lives in Vernon, CT

PHOTO TAKEN: This picture was taken last Thanksgiving sitting by the fireplace at my mom’s house.

WHAT I DO FOR WORK: I work for East Hartford Public Schools as a 1st grade teacher

MY NUMBER ONE PASSION: Teaching. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and that passion has never changed. My students keep me motivated and challenge me every day.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN: I start my week off with a great spinning class. This helps me stay on track with my goals for the rest of the week. The empowering feeling I get after a great workout class motivates me to get to the gym for the rest of the week and helps me wake up feeling energized ready to take on the day.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL AND SOMETIMES: just enjoy waking up late on the weekends and indulging in chocolate chip pancakes! :)

TOP THREE (MAYBE FOUR) KITCHEN STAPLES: almond milk, black bean veggie burgers, rye bread and cheese..all types!

MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS: Shoe shopping! If I could, I would have a whole closet dedicated to my shoes! DSW is my shoe heaven and all types of shoes make me happy!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. My family…although we may be a little different, we are who we are. My mom is my biggest inspiration..always has been and always will be and of course my 3 crazy brothers keep my life interesting and exciting
2. My relationship with my boyfriend Chris. It has been 3 years since we started dating and anyone who can keep up with me is a keeper! ;)
3. I love my blonde hair and blue eyes and I am proud to be 100% irish!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES ME SHINE: Definitely dancing! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to dance. I miss being able to practice all types of dancing so any excuse I can get to move around makes me happy. Whether it is a zumba class or random dance party in my kitchen I love it all!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: brownies! My mom makes the best brownies and there is always a batch in our kitchen so naturally, I usually have a warm batch in my kitchen too! A little chocolate never hurt anyone ;)

MESSAGE I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Don’t forget to surround yourself with people who make you smile and laugh. I am fortunate enough to have so many close best friends and they are the people who make me happy. I laugh the most when I have girl’s nights and their positivity makes me smile!

                 

14 Days to a Healthy, Happy + Sane Holiday Season {2 Week Wellness Program}

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Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite time of year, and brings so many fond memories of friends + family like waking up to the smell of fresh herbs & turkey roasting in the oven (because my dad sneaks out of bed to get an early start!), helping my Grandma Carol open cans of corn in the kitchen, and sharing laughs around the table.

There’s so much joy, so much love. That’s what the holidays are really about.

We need to remember to keep that joyous feeling throughout the holiday season, not just on the day dedicated for giving thanks. That’s why I’ve been busy crafting up a fun, interactive holiday wellness program for y’all…which you can do from the comfort of your own home!

That’s right, “14 Days to a Healthy, Happy + Sane Holiday Season” will get you feeling all warm, cozy + sexy inside (without giving up Christmas cookies or grandma’s famous mashed potatoes with gravy!)

The challenge will begin on Tuesday, December 8th and includes:

1. Daily dose of positivity sent straight to your email (even better than your morning pumpkin latte!) with clear action-steps to implement right away for the two weeks

2. Access to private Facebook group to hold one another accountable – I’m a firm believer that the main reason we don’t follow through is because we have no one to keep us accountable. Oh, and I’ll be doing the challenge with you throughout!

3. No talks of dieting, calories or “losing weight” (pinky promise!) – we’re GAINING our health + confidence back this season!

4. Daily journaling exercises + positive mantras to dig deep and create a true shift in mindset

5. Welcome program guide packed with a few of my favorite heart-warming winter recipes + an HC-approved winter grocery list (note: no foods are off limits during this program!)

6. Surprise goodie upon sign-up. (Shh, it’s a surprise!)

THE DEETS

START DATE: Tuesday, December 8th

YOUR INVESTMENT: $15 – I’m keeping the cost down since I want as many ladies as possible to have SUPPORT + LOVE during one of my favorite, albeit stressful, times of the year!

SIGN ME UP (TWO SIMPLE STEPS):

Step 1: Join the list to make sure you receive daily emails + all updates from here on out!

Step 2: Make your payment via the paypal button bellow


Hope to have you take part in this year’s wellness program Have a wonderful, love-filled Thanksgiving!

xoxo,

Rachel

                 

Healthy Chicks in the Community: Meet RACHEL AKA The Chick Behind the Blog

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Good morning friends, and Happy Friday! I couldn’t be more exited for the weekend — we’re going to a keilbasa smoking + polka party tonight (yes, you heard that right) with my sister’s future in-laws! Since everyone in my family is Polish — including my hubby! — this is totally up our alley.

Anyway, on to this week’s feature for Healthy Chicks  in the Community! Every week I feature a woman in the community who embodies what it means to live well, both inside & out! This week, I wanted to give you the inside scoop on the chick behind the blog, that is M-E! For those of you who have been reading for years THANK YOU, and those new to the blog welcome to the family! OK, now it’s time to get to know me a little better… ;)

NAME/AGE: Rachel Kaczynski “Ski” / 28

BLOG/TWITTER: blog: healthy-chicks.com
twitter: @healthy_chicks
instagram: @healthychicks
facebook: Facebook.com/HealthyChicksGroup

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Last weekend, right after my beautiful mom gave me a new ‘do!

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I wear many hats. I run the Community Marketing for sweetgreen in Boston — they’re a pretty sick company if you haven’t heard of them! And as a certified health coach & lover of writing, I also manage this blog, write for other outlets, and run seasonal wellness programs, that can be done from anywhere! Stay tuned…next one’s coming up in December ;)

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Connecting with others. I like to know your story, who you are (like who you really are), and what makes you unique!

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Taking time to slow down + be present.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I eat lots of takeout pad thai, watch Netflix for hours (right now I’m on a Gilmore Girls kick) and leave behind a messy apartment in favor of being with the people I love.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Organic eggs, garlic + olive oil, and something green like collards, kale or swiss chard!

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: CHEESE!! Dill havarti and sharp cheddar are my favorites, but I love all…well, except Swiss.

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

1) I’m quirky + fun-loving, and totally OK with laughing at myself

2.) I have been writing this blog for 7 years!

3.) I can talk to pretty much anyone + have a knack for getting into cool events / given free stuff (I get it from my dad!)

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Yoga + running!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: It’s a tie between my mom’s Chicken Divan or Chicken Parmesan & Fettucine Alfredo

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Own who you are & keep shining on! No one can do something as good as you can because, well, they’re not you! Comparison to others is by far the worst thing you can do for yourself. Instead, let’s strive to celebrate other women and continue to shine bright! Oh, and slow the eff down.

Thanks for reading this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community series! If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

                 

 
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