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,

Rachel

                 

On Manifesting Your Dreams: Stop Searching + Start Being

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I had a major ah-hah moment  the other day. It hit me as I was soaking up some sunshine waiting for the t, completely out of the blue.

I’m on this planet to inspire other women – to connect, to treat their bodies with love, to SUPPORT one another, to live a healthy, happy, juicy (not perfect) lifestyle!

Now let me explain…

You see, a few years ago I struggled majorly with finding my true purpose. I kept asking myself, what the heck am I going to do with my life? I had the passion for certain but didn’t really know how to make use of it.

I worked more part time and full time jobs than any gal I know – from barista to freelancer to event planning to copy editor to fancy spas. Still searching and searching to find my WHY. I’m a certified health coach. I’m a writer. I’m a journalism grad. I’m a sister. I’m a dream-catcher. I’m a cancer. I’m a hard, determined worker.

But I still felt something was missing despite my experience, skills and degrees.

When I finally stopped searching and began to just live my passions out loud, follow my heart and say YES to opportunities that aligned with my passion (and NO to those that didn’t) I started to feel like I was walking toward the right path. It felt good. I felt good.

I’ve now discovered my purpose (though I didn’t necessarily go hunting for it). I sort of stumbled upon it; it found me. I’m here to INSPIRE & make an impact on women in the community.

And I do this everyday through my job at sweetgreen, through my writing, through my blog, through the people I meet on the train, at work or at some random networking event.

I stopped trying (to do it the way I was “supposed” to do it) and started living and I couldn’t be any happier in this moment.

BE who you are, listen to your gut and say yes to those opportunities that light you up (even if it scares you). Oh, and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of who you are.

I know my journey isn’t over & I still have many goals I want to conquer (including writing my book) but it sure feels good knowing I’m on my way…even if it took me a bit longer.

I’d love to know — what’s your greatest passion? How can you match that with your purpose & start living in alignment to your truest self? It may not come overnight, but it’s inside of you I can assure you!

XoXo,

Rachel

                 

A Happiness Project {In words}

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Remember when 100+ days ago I posted about my decision to start the 100 Happy Days Challenge? Well, I am proud to announce that this Monday I celebrated my 100-day mark, and I must say the whole experience was quite enlightening.

When I began this challenge back in the beginning of March, it was freezing cold in Boston, I was stressed with work, and I was struggling to find true happiness.

What this challenge made me realize is that happiness is all around us every day – be it from a hot cup of coffee, a lucky penny, or a magic moment – and sometimes you just need to shift your perspective a tad to see it.

Happiness is not something you have or don’t have; there isn’t such thing as “happy people” or “unhappy people.” Rather, I believe it’s something you choose to see…every day.

So in light of the end of my happiness journey (which is just the beginning really), I wanted to share the little moments that made my 100 happy day cut. Since I’ve already shared through photos here on instragram,  now I choose to share through words. My favorite form of art.

1. A clean home

2. Fresh brewed coffee in my Life is Good mug

3. A green smoothie + avocado toast

4. Tea date + brainstorm sesh with a good friend

5. My man’s famous Western breakfast frittatas

6. My fiancé, the love of my life who accepts me for who I am

7. Running in a tank top…in the winter

8. My job at sweetgreen

9. Taco night with J

10. Eating Well + Clean Eating magazines arriving in the mail

11. Snuggling up in my pink blanket

12. Treating 2 of my rockstar employees to a coffee surprise on a snowy day

13. Living the condo life in New Hampshire

14. Snowshoeing

15. A lucky white feather tucked into my phone case

16. My passion x purpose necklace

17. Silver sparkly flats

18. Unplugging before 8 p.m.

19. Wearing flip flops to celebrate spring

20. Cards Against Humanity with good friends

21. March Madness

22. Happy Hour

23. Sun shining

24. Seeing J’s co’s snacks(Organic Living Superfoods) sold at The Bees Knees

25. New turquoise yoga pants

26. A little hidden gem of a fruit stand on the side of the road

27. Drinks with my best friend

28. The perfect cappuccino from Barrington

29. Yogi tea

30. I found a beer I kinda liked (Big Squeeze UFO)!

31. Pad thai

32. Hard work paying off / celebrating a new store open

33. Boston mornings

34. Breakfast + coffee date

35. Hanging photos at sweetgreen for Lucie Wicker’s Boston Marathon project

36. Home sweet home (+ flowers blooming)

37. Wedding planning

38. A 40-minute run ending with Bennie and the Jets playing on my iPod

39. Run club

40. Iced coffee + sunshine

41. Finding a lucky penny in my shoe

42. Sangria

43. Nature walk to dinner with mom

44. Working outside

45. Morning tea

46. Otto pizza

47. Nike sweetgreen sneaks

48. Yellow flowers all over the city for the Boston Marathon

49. Iced coffee en route home for Easter

50. Easter spent on Fisher’s Island with family

51. Celebrating + honoring The Boston Marathon

52. Fresh fruit cup

53. Meditating, journaling, essential oils, + lemon verbena rose petal tea

54. Surprise flowers to celebrate 6 months until the wedding!

55. Margaritas on Friday

56. Guacamole

57. The North End + a visit to the sis

58. Practicing yoga with my beautiful friend Cara Gilman

59. Custom rice bowl from sweetgreen

60. Tea time

61. Coming home to J after a long day

62. Lavender herb sangria at Barcelona Wine Bar

63. Mexican food with the fam

64. Hanging with mom + sis in the Bean

65. Zumba

66. At-home mani

67. Allandale Farm

68. Surprise flowers from a sweet coworker (all the way from DC)

69. Wine + cheese

70. Spicy quinoa avocado bowl

71. Mother’s Day brunch

72. Runner’s high

73. Redeeming my Starbucks reward

74. Coming home to the happiest fiancé

75. Sangria with my best friend

76. Colorful salads

77. New Hampshire de-stressing

78. Celebrating dad’s birthday (my #1 role model)

79. Sushi

80. A peaceful walk home

81. Planking in the Boston Common

82. Pilates with Ali B

83. A surprise owl mug + note from a sweet coworker

84. Celebrating my sister’s 25th birthday

85. Hanging on The Greenway

86. SoulCycle

87. Cozy bowl of oatmeal

88. A glass of red

89. Visiting my “family” at sweetgreen fort point

90. Rehearsal dinner for our best friend’s wedding

91. Outdoor a.m. yoga

92. My famous bowl of goodness

93. Curling up with a magazine + shutting down

94. Photo shoot in Copley Square Farmer’s Market with lululemon

95. Crockpot garlic chicken

96. Hot tea with honey on a rainy day

97. An .88 cent chocolate truffle

98. VIP tickets to DMB

99. Kayaking on the lake

100. Gazpacho + Cesar salad pairing at sweetgreen

Now I ask you – what makes you truly happy? How can you shift your perspective to discover your own inner happiness? Start your own 100 Happy Days challenge here.

XoXo,
Rachel

                 

New Balance Boston Girls Night Out June 26: Excellent is Strong

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Note: This event is now full. Please stay tuned for updates regarding additional spaces.

Remember last month when I posted about New Balance’s Girls Night Out campaign? If you missed the post, no worries you can catch it here! In short, New Balance is working to redefine the meaning of “girls night,” focusing on empowering women through fitness, socializing and simply having a good time.

And I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I’m going to be playing a part in hosting the upcoming “GNO Celebration” in Boston this month (and in July, more on that later)!

The Details

The big event will be held on Thursday, June 26th at 6 p.m and it’s 100% free of charge. Participants will meet at the New Balance Experience Store (located at 583 Boylston St in Copley Square) and then take off for a bootcamp-style workout with New Balance Fitness Ambassador Holly Perkins.

After the workout, we’ll all come together for the ultimate girls night fully stocked with appetizers, cocktails, music by BrekOne and swag bags.  Oh, and did I mention SHAPE Magazine’s fitness editor Laurel Leicht will be their sharing insights on what makes her strong?

Excellent is Strong

Speaking of strong, the whole theme of the evening is “Excellent is Strong.” I was thrilled when I heard that New Balance’s focus for the evening is on strength and empowering women not just through fitness but through mind, body and spirit.

I’m so sick of hearing sayings like “Strong is the new sexy,” focusing solely on women’s bodies.

I feel that healthy is far more than what your body looks like from the outside. It’s about how you feel in your body. It’s about the attitude you carry through with you throughout the day. It’s about digging deep into your soul and finding what makes you feel truly inspired.

It’s not something that can be measured by a scale, viewed in a mirror or shown on your pant tag.

I’ve been through my own battles with body image + feeling strong and happy in my own skin (which I’ll share more on at June’s event), so I excited to celebrate with other women.

You are strong. You are excellent. You are beautiful.

Plan Your Own GNO

If you’re loving all of this GNO talk like I am, go ahead and plan your own! Simply join GNO Meetup, and then get started on creating your own Buzz Run. Here you’ll be able to map out your perfect route, invite friends, and even get alerts for other runs going on in your area.

How cool is that? End the evening with a healthy happy hour or just some solid catch-up time with your gals.

Come Join Me

Are you sold? I don’t blame you.

Register for the FREE event on June 26th before it sells out to get in on the action! Just scroll down to GNO Celebrations > Boston > RSVP.

Plus, I’m going to be one of the hostesses of the evening & have some special announcements to share with the group and would love your support (especially when I’m up on stage with the mic)!

Are you in?

XoXo,
Rachel

                 

Why Happiness is a Choice: Do More of The Things You Love + Always Choose Happy

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Last week, I was hard at work as I looked out the window at the sun blazing down from the sky. Little tots were walking around with lemonades + ice cream, women were sporting their new bright-colored lulu tanks with yoga mats in hand free as a bird, and I was cranking out emails and phone calls.

I’m not going to lie: I definitely let that ugly jealousy get to me. “Well, that must be nice,” I thought to myself as I stubbornly continued with my work. It got to me. Hard.

I then took a deep breath, and had a moment. Why was I  judging these fine folks who were simply enjoying their perfectly sunny afternoon (as they should be)? I was essentially throwing myself a pity party because poor me was stuck inside…working.

Then it hit me. I wasn’t frustrated with them, I was frustrated with myself.

And since this was a personal matter, I decided to take it into my own hands. You see, it’s easy to compare and judge and wish things were different in your life. But just as easy is taking a step back and DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

You are the driver of your own life, and you have 100% control of the steering wheel; it’s up to you what path you decide to take (and how).

In my case, it wasn’t about the happy yogis + ice cream cones; it was about the fact that I wasn’t creating enough space in my own life to do the things that make me happy.  This all goes back to the pact I created for myself to live more, and I simply needed a little reminder of that.

This was a huge wake up call for me. Instead of fretting about your current situation and getting all dramatic about it, simply do MORE of the things you love.

For me these things include writing (even if just 30 minutes a day), spending more time with my man (even if it’s simply an impromptu sushi date in the middle of the day), relaxing (even if it’s turning my shower into an essential oil filled oasis) home-cooking (even if it’s not a perfect cookbook-style meal), and exercise (even if it’s simply stepping onto my yoga mat, and yes even if it’s not as much as I used to do in college).

You see, you don’t need to quit your job, get a raise, fall in love, take a 2-week vacation or move to a new city to find happiness. Rather, create happiness on your own terms by sprinkling in little bouts of feel-goods every day. After all, happiness is a choice.  Always choose happy.

XoXo,

Rachel

How would you describe your happy place? What are some things you LOVE that you can incorporate into your day-to-day? I’d love to hear from you!

                 

Life Updates: Spring/Summer 2014 Edition

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Good morning lovely ladies, hope you are enjoying all of this sunshine! I’ve been a busy bee lately and it sure has been a while since I’ve given you some serious life updates so I figured you were due for a lil recap on this Healthy Chick. Hope you enjoy and know that while I may no longer blog every day, I’m still always here to connect + answer and questions you may have!

{Wedding Planning}

Wedding planning is in full gear! Save the dates have gone out, our venue has been booked for October (our reception is held in an old rustic barn in CT) and all of our vendors have been secured. I’ve also found the most perfect plum shoes to match my bridesmaids dresses to wear on our wedding day! Oh, and my first dress fitting was last month which put me at ease after a little freak out I had that my dress was “too big!” Man, those seamstresses are amazing at their jobs. Now it’s onto the little details like finding a pretty headband, creating our invites, and collecting decor for the big day. Oh, and choosing our HONEYMOON DESTINATION!!

Speaking of weddings, J and I are going to 3 weddings in the next 5 months…’tis the season to be wed!

{Work Hard, Play Hard}

This week, sweetgreen opened it’s third Boston location in Chestnut Hill Square (in the plaza with Wegman’s + Equinox) to join Back Bay and Fort Point. I couldn’t be more thrilled (and relieved) to finally be open, and have these past few months of hard work really pay off. If you haven’t taken a trip to sweetgreen yet, I highly recommend it. Kale Caesar + Avocado is my all time favorite. Serious game-changer.

I’m excited for this summer to bring more excitement to The Bean, including even more fabulous fitness passport classes and events!

{Self Care}

As I mentioned last month, during these busy times I kinda sorta let go of my self care routine along the way. Lately, I’ve been making sure to drink plenty of water, get ample sleep (most of the time), squeeze in workouts when I can, and breathe in essential oils whenever I’m feeling anxiety or lack of balance. Shutting down and spending time with my man is super important to my happiness, so I’ve been working on making more time for that too.

{100 Happy Days Challenge}

I am currently on Day 90 of my 100 Happy Days challenge. It seems like yesterday I just began! It’s been such a blast posting the little things that make me happy each day, even on those off days where you really need to shift your perspective and find happiness in your own way. You can follow along on my journey via instagram where I’ve been sharing my photos.

{Writing + The Book}

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been writing as much as I would like and my e-book is still a work in progress. However, I am going to take my time and make baby steps to get this BHAG (Big Hair Audacious Goal) of mine conquered! I am excited to say that I have created chapters, decided on the general layout of the book, and have a lot of the writing done. It’s now about organization, putting my thoughts to paper, and making my dreams become a reality!

{New Fitness Obsessions}

I’ve still been loving yoga (for my body and mind) but haven’t been practicing as much as I would like lately. Now that my crazy-busy-schedule is a little less crazy, I plan to get on the mat more frequently. I also purchased an unlimited pass to Pure Barre a few months back, which I plan to get started sometime soon – likely June or July!

My latest fitness obsession: SoulCycle, which conveniently has a studio pretty much right next door to sweetgreen chestnut hill. I love the energy each and every instructor brings, the feel-good chill studio vibe, and the fact that it’s impossible to leave a class not feeling absolutely freakin’ amazing about yourself.

Oh, and I’m so incredibly excited and honored to announce that I’ll be teaming up with New Balance for their Girls Night Out campaign – stay tuned for some killer events planned for June and July and learn more about the initiative here!

{Latest Eats}

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of green smoothies (with lots of superfoods from Organic Living Superfoods, the company J works for!), veggie egg scrambles with salsa and sweetgreen salads. For dinner we love having tacos, chicken sausage + veggie stir-fries, quinoa bowls, and sushi date-nights! Oh, and wine. I love a good glass of red wine.

I’ve also had the great pleasure of meeting the founders of two super-cool Boston startups: Perfect Fuel Chocolate and Aveyo Life, a vegan avocado “mayo.” Nicolas from Perfect Fuel hooked me up with some samples, which were just the pick-me-up I needed during this busy (and yes, a bit stressful!) month.

And Aveyo Life’s product is the perfect alternative for mayonnaise on a sandwich, mixed with tuna, or however you typically eat your mayo. I absolutely love supporting local companies who are doing it right, and these two are absolute gems.

That’s all for now folks! I’d love to hear from you – what have you been up to lately? Any crazy plans for the summer? What are your go-to eats + exercises as we transition into a new season?

XoXo,

Rachel

                 

Monday Inspiration: Spring Clean Your Life

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When you think of spring cleaning what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For some of you it may be cleaning out your closet, or perhaps dusting all the nooks ‘n’ crannies in your apartment. For others, you may think of cleansing, dieting or losing weight to get in shape for summer.

This season, I’m challenging you to to rethink the term “spring cleaning,” broadening it to include all aspects of your life: mind, body and soul. Here are some super simple tips to get started right now.

1. Drink more water. Period. Start your morning off with a cup of warm water + the juice of half a lemon, and hydrate yourself throughout the day. Currently, I’ve been loving Essentia Water, which is purified & enhanced with electrolytes with a pH of 9.5 to promote an alkaline environment. Learn more here.

2. Eat Clean(er). OK, OK, you’ve been hearing the whole “eat clean” thing everywhere lately, but what the heck does that mean and where do you even begin? Eating clean is easier said than done, until you get invited to 2 weddings in a row, and your co-workers burger starts staring at you during lunch break.

Don’t worry, you’re not a complete failure. Instead of setting the bar to eat clean ALL OF THE TIME, aim to eat cleaner. Start by swapping whole grains for processed crabs (the white stuff!), going for a handful of nuts vs. a processed granola bar and eating REAL fruit + vegetables instead of items that have been enhanced with fruit flavors or microwavable veggie-like meals. Which brings me to my next point…

3. Start Cooking: If you’re currently eating out 6 days a week, try cooking for yourself half of the time. If you typically buy lunch out, aim to bring your lunch to work with you by packing it the night before. You can never go wrong with flavorful salads, brown rice wraps, or even a protein bowl with a variety of hummus, veggie sticks, local cheese, a hardboiled egg and some raw nuts.

Use bottled dressings? Mix it up by making an at-home variation with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar (apple cider and red wine vinegar are also delicious) plus your favorite herbs. On this note, aim to eat with the seasons loading up on seasonal fruits and veggies like asparagus, tomatoes, strawberries and leafy greens.

Start small. Make big changes.

4. De-Stress Your To-Do List by making more time for yourself. Here’s how!

5. De-Clutter your physical space by cleaning out your closet, donating old clothes to a local charity, and re-organizing your desk space. Don’t be afraid to throw things out in order to make room for the new!

6. Take care of YOU. After all, a healthy mind = a healthy body and if you are not taking time for some good ol’ fashioned self care, you’re doing yourself a huge disfavor. Here are some ways to incorporate self care into your own life.

7. Let Go of toxic relationships, situations and energy-drainers that are bringing you down. If something in your life is in the way of your happiness, it may be time to re-access what you truly want & why.

8. Breathe. Meditate. Practice yoga. Attempt to find peace with your body + mind.

9. Listen and be kind to your body. After all, it’s the only body you have so you best be treating it with love! This means paying attention to your cravings, your wants and your needs without depriving or judging yourself. This also means filling yourself up with love and kindness, and releasing thoughts of hate, fat-talk or criticism. On this note, be sure to give yourself space when you need it including a day-off from exercise for recovery or some quiet time by yourself on a sunny bench in the park.

10. Move more. If getting back into your full-blown workout routine seems like a chore right now, simply start by moving more. Aim to go for morning walks before work, squeeze in at-home yoga, or go for a quick sweaty, 20-minute run on your lunch break. Find little ways to tie in movement throughout the day, in a way that makes sense for your schedule.

How do you plan to spring clean your life this season? For more info, check out my most recent article “Spring Clean Your Body, Mind & Spirit” published via KnowMore TV.

XoXo,

Rachel

                 

Are you trying too hard to be superwoman?

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Do you strive to be a real life version of Superwoman? I don’t blame you; I mean she is pretty darn badass. Why wouldn’t we all want to be just like her?

Oh, that’s right, she’s a fictional character. She has special, magic superpowers. She isn’t real.

If you find yourself suffering from “Superwoman Syndrome” trying to do it all (all of the time), it may be time to take a deep breath, and a step back.

I know I had to the other day. I found that I was putting far too much pressure on myself with work. Old habits were coming back, where I was telling myself things like “You’re not good enough.” “You must keep working harder if you want to be appreciated,” “Saying no makes you weak.”

I know now that’s all a bunch of hogwash, but at the time it felt real and I felt the need to over-deliver, over-achieve, and in turn over-work. I got a big hard dose of reality when I broke down one night, realizing it had been weeks since I had some solid “me time” nor time with my man (the future hubby).

As this time, I reached to my oracle cards to gain some clarity, and pulled the most perfect card: Green Tara. It read, “Ask others (including me) to help you instead of trying to do everything by yourself.” Various meanings of the card included stop trying to be superwoman or superman, accept assistance as it’s offered, release guilt/the belief that it’s weak to ask for help.

Boy did that hit me hard.

I had to laugh: it all made complete sense & I was finally seeing the situation clearly with a fresh perspective.

I began to realize that working 14-hour days and burning myself out trying to be SUPERWOMAN wasn’t doing anyone any favors, especially myself. That doing it all myself (even when I needed help) wasn’t admirable in the least. That asking for help is human, and it’s respectable.  That I was the one creating this pressure, essentially doing this to myself. That it’s OK to have “off days” and ask the Universe for a little guidance, a little love.

It suddenly hit me that in my crazy quest to be Superwoman, I was actually doing more harm than good. I wasn’t feeling so super after all; I was far from being (nor feeling) like “Superwoman.” In fact, I realized I no longer even want to be Superwoman when all is said and done.

We must all remember that each and every one of us has the power to be who we want to be, and do what we want to do. And no one will judge when you fall short of living up to Superwoman standard.

In fact, I find even more admirable those who strive for the best and keep it real through the sunshine and rain; those who make mistakes and learn from them; those who are “imperfect” and perfectly OK with that. Now that? That’s what’s truly super.

XoXo,

Rachel

                 

New Balance Kicks Off Healthy Girls Night Out Campaign: Light Up the Night with NB Boston

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If you know me well, you know I love a good, solid girls night out. There’s nothing like getting all dolled up, sipping cocktails or going out dancing (er, trying to dance) with your favorite gal pals.

Mix in a sweaty run + healthy apps + being surrounded by empowering women? Um, I’m sold.

You heard me right. This week, MA-based company New Balance launched their very own Girls Night Out campaign, bringing a refreshing new meaning to “Girls Night.” In their own words, “Less primping, more pavement pounding. Lipstick’s optional, footwear’s not.”

By signing up online you are given all the tools needed to plan your perfect “Girls Night Out” no matter where you live, or who you run with. Map your routes based on fave running hot spots, get alerts on other sweet runs going on in your area, and even share upcoming runs with your lady friends! Because, I mean c’mon, running & sweating is always better with your best friend followed by a solid catch-up sesh.

Oh, and it gets even better! This one-of-a-kind brand is actually hosting a series of special, 100% FREE “GNO Celebrations” in cities near you including our very own Beantown!

Next Thursday May 15th they’ll kick off the celebrations with “Light Up the Night” including a 3.6 mile fun run, live music, guest speakers by local fitness experts not to mention cocktails & apps.

Registration is complimentary, but you must RSVP to attend. (Scroll to the bottom of the page and click RSVP next to Boston) The event is held at the New Balance Experience Store located at 583 Boylston St in Copley Square at 6 p.m..

Stay tuned for more GNO celebration events coming soon to Boston! Little hint: I’m going to be helping with the upcoming summer events and couldn’t be more thrilled. See you ladies on the road! Question for you – what’s your dream girls night out?

XoXo,

Rachel

                 

An Assignment for YOU: How to De-Stress Your To-Do List For a More Productive Day

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To do-lists are great. I won’t lie: I love them.

Grocery lists.

Getting-ready-for-vacation lists.

Wedding lists.

Office lists.

Life lists.

There’s something about checking something off that list – be it asparagus, buying my veil (yippee!), or hitting that deadline – that feels so rewarding.

But do your to-do lists ever 100%, completely stress you out? OK, I won’t lie (really, this time). What I meant to say is I love them most of the time. Waking up to a to-do list a mile long (with 5 different colored pens screaming at you!) can be a little scary. OK, a lot scary.

In comes the HAPPY to-do list. In the morning as you sip your cup o’ tea (or coffee) or whatever feel-good beverage you so choose, take some time to write down all your “stuff” you need to get done for the day, you know, your typical “to dos.” Then after you get it all out (the good, the bad & the ugly) write down 2 to 3 things you’re going to do for yourself. A-hah, there’s a catch!

Just as rewarding as crossing all the things off your to-do list, is the ever so satisfying feeling in knowing you took care of YOU today. ‘Cause like I said, how you start your morning is how your day will flow so if it starts with a monstrous, overwhelming to-do list, well, you paint the picture.

OK, YOUR TURN! Your “assignment” today is to add 2 things to your to-do list that are solely for yourself. It can be anything from painting your nails to phoning an old friend but you have to actually WANT to do it. There should be no “need to” involved. Circle those 2 things and DO THEM by the end of the day.

For accountability you can announce your to-dos on social media and give me a little shout out @healthy_chicks (on twitter) or @HealthyChicksGroup on Facebook. Can’t wait to see how it goes!

Xoxo,

Rachel


                 

 
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