Healthy Chicks in the Community: Celebrating Strength as Women with Mudderella’s Director of Brand & Performance {Giveaway}

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There’s nothing I love more than empowering women to feel their best selves & rock their confidence. Throw some obstacles, mud, and good ol’ fashioned fun into the mix and you’ve got me interested! That’s exactly what Mudderella, a women’s only mud run and obstacle course, aims to do. Designed exclusively by women and for women, Mudderella is all about celebrating strength and challenging yourself, all while having a blast with your gal pals.

I’m super excited to feature their Director of Brand & Performance, Zoe Schwartz, on the blog today. She’s pretty bad-ass.

P.S. I’m giving away two free entries to Mudderella’s New England event on July 30 (it’s up in Epping, NH). Just leave a comment below on what owning your strength means to you. Bonus points for tweeting about this post tagging @healthy_chicks and #Mudderella

Alright, I’ll let Zoe take it away!

NAME/AGE: Zoe Schwartz, Age 30

BLOG/WEB/TWITTER: Zoe’s Instagram // Mudderella.com

CURRENT CITY: Brooklyn, NY

PHOTO TAKEN: Taken in 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Director of Brand & Performance, Mudderella

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Fitness

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Carving out dedicated time to be active, either lifting weights at the gym or going for a run, or trying a yoga class with friends.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Fresh green vegetables, Eggs, Grilled chicken

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching the TV show “Empire”

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

(1) I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and have always been passionate about helping people discover the best version of themselves through fitness and wellness.

(2) I recognize that I am lucky to work with incredibly passionate, talented people at TMHQ who work together to create a life-changing experience for our Mudderellas and Tough Mudder customers. I love to build something great and to grow through overcoming obstacles.

(3) I have done three Mudderella and three Tough Mudder events since joining the company in March 2015.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Push ups

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Dark chocolate. Does daily food count as comfort food?

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: I love Mudderella because it makes you feel accomplished and strong while being surrounded by other inspirational women who help you achieve it. Anyone can participate in the event so long as you’re willing to get muddy, push yourself and your team outside of your comfort zone and own your strong. The obstacles and experience are really the best in class. And Mudderella is a great way to celebrate our strengths as women.

You’re in for a lucky treat! I’m giving away two free entries to Mudderella New England event on July 30 (it’s up in Epping, NH). Just leave a comment below on what owning your strength means to you. Bonus points for tweeting about this post tagging @healthy_chicks and #Mudderella – just leave an extra comment below ;)

xoxo,

Rachel

An Evening at True Runner: Arch & Gait Analysis, Sports Bra Fitting & Summer Shopping Galore

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Note: This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and True Runner, but as always all opinions are my own.

It’s been in the high 80s in Boston this week, and summer is on my mind: roof-top bars, crop-tops, BBQing, beach days, and all the good stuff that comes with my favorite season. As the weather starts to warm up — along with my mood — I also begin thinking about fitness and how I move my body.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that running has always been one of those exercises that makes me shine. Unfortunately, these past few months have got the best of me and I’ve been kind o’ putting my weekly fitness on the back burner. However, a mind-clearing run last week up Summit Avenue hill (for those of you who don’t know, it’s a monster hill in the heart of Brookline) got running back on my mind.

And what better way to inspire a gal to keep it going than new workout clothes + gear? (If you know me, my wardrobe is like 90% fitness, 10% regular person!) That’s why I was delighted when I got the opportunity from the lovely folks at Vocalpoint to visit True Runner for a cool, personalized shopping experience.

For those of you who’ve never been to True Runner, they’re a pretty sick destination for anything & everything running. Aside from stocking the obvious like apparel and gear, they also boast knowledgable staff who literally know everything there is to know about running. In fact, they even offer a special arch & gait analysis so you can find your perfect shoe and sports bra fittings so you’re all taken care of top to bottom ;)

I have been to True Runner’s Chestnut Hill location before (right in Chestnut Hill Square) but never took the time to explore their unique services they offer, so I was thrilled to check it out.

Upon walking in, I was swiftly greeted by Raf, who helped me get set up for my arch & gait analysis. I apologized for wearing flip flops and forgetting to bring socks, but it turns out I actually needed to be barefoot for the analysis anyway! Raf directed me to take off my flip flops, and hop on the treadmill where I jogged normally at about a “5″ speed, while he did his thing on the fancy iPad. After about 60 seconds, I hopped off to get the deets.

Raf explained to me that as I ran, they were essentially tracking my running form and foot patterns. Turns out, I had a tendency to over-pronate, which Raf explained can lead to stress factor, shin splints, and general discomfort while running if you’re not using the proper shoe.

Fortunately for me, I was in running shoe heaven, and Raf took me straight to the section for us over-pronators. I won’t lie, I was definitely going for looks when thinking through my options but I fell super in love with the Nike Zoom Structure 19. (OK, it may have had just a little to do with the purple!)

After the glorious time spent in the shoe section (I wanted them all), I did a little perusing before I met with Alicia to get my sports bra fitting. To be honest, other than at Victoria’s Secret, I’ve never had this done before nor thought too much about my sports bra size. I kind of always just grabbed whatever was on the shelf, and made it work. Sometimes, I don’t even try them on since I’m always in such a rush!

Alicia got me all measured up using a tape measure, and then used her special “magical wheel” to identify my size. I ended up falling right between a 32/34 B. After that, we head over to the bra section to see which options would work best for me! I grabbed a few to try on in my size range, but quickly fell in love with the Nike Pro 360 Support.

[OK, I may have had a little too much fun in the fitting room]

Once I was all suited up with my shoe and bra fitting, I did a little more shopping and bopping around. There was so much to choose from, but I narrowed it down to these items. Again…it’s not like I love purple or anything ;)

I’m especially excited for the Nike 2-in-1 shorts that have extra support for running! I can’t wait to come back to the store after Memorial Day to purchase most (or all!) of these items using the gift card I was sent to go toward my purchase — the staff was even kind enough to hold everything for me!

Aside from the amazing apparel and gear True Runner offers, I think my favorite part was the friendly, knowledgeable staff who went out of their way to help me with everything I needed, and knew the answers to all of my weird questions like “Do I have flat feet?” “What happens if you over-pronate?” “Do you think this is a little too much purple?” (NEVER!!)

It’s also clear to me that they’re more than just a running store and truly value community — they even host weekly fun runs on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings ranging from 3 to 7 miles. How fun?

Thank you bunches True Runner for a fun, education evening…and inspiring me to up my summer workout wardrobe ;) I’m so glad I learned the importance of what a difference it makes when you have the right fit — top to bottom.

What exercise lights you up, especially come the warmer summer-y months? Have you ever had an arch & gait analysis… a sports bra fitting? What did you learn?

A Midweek Message for All Healthy Chicks

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Good morning, darlings.

You’ve got this. You can do this.

You are enough. You are doing enough, in fact much more than you may even realize. But I see it, and she sees it; now it’s your turn.

You’re super beautiful, yes on the outside, but I’m especially talking about your soul. It sparkles.

You truly do have a lot to be grateful for, even if things seem to be falling apart right now. Look within.

There is no need to make any big changes; rather change your perspective. You’ll see things differently — more clearly, in a more positive light.

Let yourself shine. Don’t hold back. Stay humble, but radiate confidence.

Do you. Do only what you want to do. If it feels right, follow that. If it feels off, dig deeper and ask “why.” When it feels really good and juicy, you are listening to your soul.

Stop. Slow down. Breathe. Take a minute. You are only one person, ya gotta take care of yourself.

Rock it out, take time to laugh, make time for play.

You’ve got this.

xoxo,

Rachel

Discovering the beauty of the unknown

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I’m a planner.

A thinker.

A future-tripper.

A dreamer.

I love to craft up grand plans for my future, and yes sometimes I let the what if’s and the worries get to me. Will we have enough money? Will we be able to buy a nice house to raise kids? Who am I going to be? What will my life look like in 5, 10 years?

This can be scary sh*t, huh?

Well, a couple weeks ago I made a decision to completely let go of my control/stability/certainty/comfort zone and start from scratch (more on this another time). I knew in my gut my current lifestyle was not serving me, so I  l e t  i t  a l l  g o. OK, I didn’t let it all go (hubby and I are still happily married!) but you know what I mean.

Part of me was scared out of my mind, but the other half of me was excited beyond my wildest dreams. There was something about this notion of not knowing that fascinated me — knowing I can craft my life the way I want it, paint the canvas a different color, change gears.

Nonetheless, my inner worrywart still had a good amount of fear pent up inside.

This past weekend, I went to see my energy healer / reiki specialist for an integrative healing session (it’s the bomb if you haven’t done one before.)  She said something when I first walked in that really stood out to me:

“Stop moving. You don’t need to do more, have more, or seek. It’s not about doing more. Take this time for yourself. When you do something, do it because you’re naturally inspired not desperate or seeking. We do that out of fear.”

BINGO. She hit the nail on the head. I had all these thoughts spinning in my head of what’s next for me, when I realized in that moment I truly just need to slow the eff down and catch my breath. There were no next steps, to-dos, searching or striving required of me at this time. And I must say, that felt pretty darn good. After all, I want to make decisions because I’m passionately excited by them, not based on my internal fears.

While it sounds scary and taboo, maybe it is OK to just be OK with not knowing. Maybe it’s OK to leave some of your fate up to the universe. After all, everything always works out in the end.

xoxo,

Rachel


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Fearless Boss Lady Juicing & Blending Her Dreams in The Bean

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Happy Friday, lovely ladies! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the insane amount of pressure we put on ourselves to live the “ideal life.” We at times may hold back on living our dreams out loud due to fear (of insecurity, money, failure, what other’s may think.) That’s why it’s always so darn inspiring for me to see someone kick fear in the butt, and go after it anyway. Meet Danielle, a 39-year-old boss lady from Beantown who decided to leave her 15-year marketing stint and start her own biz.

This past year, she went after her dreams, following her passion for wellness, and launched her own company, Beacon Blend. She now spends her days blending up delicious organic, plant-based juices and smoothies and is as happy as a clam — doing what she truly loves. I’ll let Danielle take the stage from here! P.S. Her bevvies are absolutely delicious, I can personally attest ;)

NAME/AGE: Danielle Perretty / 39

BLOG/TWITTER : Beacon Blend Blog /  @beaconblend / @dperretty

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): Last week when I was walking through the Boston Public Garden.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: 2016 has been an exciting transition year. After spending over 15 years in marketing, I took a leap and launched my own business which is called Beacon Blend. I combined some of my passions with wellness and developed a line of 8 organic, plant-based beverages. At its core, Beacon Blend is a delivery service that provides freshly made juices, smoothies, and power waters. Primarily we deliver to offices, client meetings, special events, and even weekly orders for employee perks. Beacon Blend does not have a store, we are more like the modern day milkman for corporate wellness and healthy-loving individuals.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Yoga is at the top of the list. It helps to keep me grounded and present. I enjoy it so much that I embarked on becoming a certified yoga teacher last year with Back Bay Yoga. It’s quite wonderful to both teach and continue to be a student of the practice.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Giving my body and mind the right balance of time, care, and space. Staying aligned and purposely finding ways to pause when I’m working too much is key.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES:  I reach for the dark chocolate with sea salt.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Blender, nespresso machine, and green smoothie of the day.

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Yoga retreats that involve an ocean, mountain, or spa escape. Though I don’t feel too guilty.

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

  1. I reinvented my career at age 38 and I love what I do!

  2. I’m living out some of my dreams and I’m only getting started!

  3. When I get scared, I look fear in the face and tell it to take-a-hike!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Yoga, meditation, and a bike ride on a sunny day.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Black bean veggie burger with avocado and side of sweet potato fries. Yum.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:

1.It’s nourishing to take pause and really notice the experiences that bring you joy and gratitude. The more you connect to what brings you happiness, the more you give your body and mind a healthy boost.

2. Truly and deeply trust yourself. When you honor yourself, new doorways open and that’s part of this adventure that we call life

Thanks for being this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, Danielle! If you’d like to be featured or know someone who’d be a good fit, hit me up at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

xo,

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: An Ice-Cream Loving, Yogi Entrepreneur

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Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! For those of you who are new to the blog, once a week (well, at least that’s the goal!) I feature a woman in the community who truly embodies what it means to be a ‘healthy chick.’ There’s nothing that inspires me more than connecting with + learning from other fabulous women.

This week, I’m excited to introduce you to Ashley, a rockstar entrepreneur who recently moved to Boston to continue pursuing her dreams with her company Grip The Mat. It’s a super cool startup that takes your everyday yoga class and jazzes it up, creating a memorable, social experience…in a pop-up location!

I’ll let Ashley take it away from here!

NAME/AGE: Ashley Braun / 25

BLOG/TWITTER: @gripthemat

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Boston / 2016

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Co Founder of Grip The Mat (www.gripthemat.com)

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Do what you love!

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: in Savasana after a sweaty, hot yoga class

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: eat ice cream every single night – no joke.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: rolled oats, apples, greek yogurt (whole milk!)

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: dessert! duh!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

1. Hm… I was in a college A Cappella group called Sweet Signatures, and was actually the Music Director !

2. In high school I danced on a hip-hop team that went to World’s.

3. I started a company with my best friend :) (@christynoelle)

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Yoga!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Baked Potato

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: Create your own reality! Clear your head and think about the lifestyle you actually want to live, and then live it! I never thought I could run my own company, practice yoga everyday, and work with the people I love. But seriously, you can create your reality!

Prioritize your Life: what are your deepest desires + how can you make more time for them?

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Let me set the scene for you. It’s 9:00pm, I’m finishing up my emails and tell my husband “just 5 more minutes” until I can log off for the day and watch the latest episode of Blacklist. 9:30pm rolls around, and I say “just one minute,” this time not so convincingly. He knows one minute really means another 30, so he goes back to reading or catches up on Mad Money.

Suddenly, I get a text from a coworker, a brainstorm session strikes my mind and I’m at it again. Work. Work. Work. I wish I could say this little scene is fantasy, but in complete transparency this has been the typical evening of late at our humble abode.

I recently spoke with my dad about my work-hard, go-go-go mentality & the challenges I face maintaining a work life balance and he said “It’s partly my fault, you have my genes. You’re an over achiever”

“But, how did YOU do it then?” I asked with anticipation. After all, if anyone knows my dad he’s pretty much definition of “Father of the Year” award, so if he could work, and play, and be there for our family 24/7, then so could I.

My dad responded, without hesitation “I began to prioritize my life.” Yes, work was a commitment, but he filled up his schedule with other priorities like family dinner nights, coaching our sports teams, evening hoops with the boys, and vacations. Those were non-negotiables. He explained to me that he got to a point where he realized life — you know, really living — was what it’s all about. Everything else can wait.

The conversation we had inspired me to take a long, hard look at my life. I realized I’ve been making work a top priority, and in turn deprioritizing the things that are most important to me. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being driven, but it becomes an issue when your work things are taking complete control of your “me things.”

With that in mind, I decided to make a list of my desires…the things I wanted to be doing more of in life. The list included things like camping, pedicures + facials, grocery shopping with my husband, home-cooked meals, journaling, meditation + yoga, non-work related events, blogging, date nights and having a tidy apartment.

I thought, these are the things I needed to start re-prioritizing. These are the things that most fill me up + bring me the most joy.

I realized that by putting so much pressure on myself to be a superstar at work, I was subconsciously putting my passions on the back burner. And seeing as though my wellbeing and happiness are by far the most important things to me, this was not jiving with me.

So, what now? I know this is going to be a work in progress, but for starters I’m making a conscious effort to not check emails after 7:00pm. I’m also taking my husband up on his advice to “airplane mode my life” by turning my phone on airplane mode after a certain time. While I’m not quite ready to try that for a week straight, I am testing it out tonight — hence the time I now have to write a blog post!

With the time I gain back with this new mentality, I am going to fill it up with the things that bring me the most joy. I won’t lie, I’m pretty darn excited. Who’s with me?

I’d love to hear from you, are you working too much or spending too much time on something that doesn’t completely fill you up? What are your deepest desires you’d like to bring into your life?

xoxo,

Rachel

The Power of Shutting Down + Looking Within {Plus My Experience at Raffa Yoga}

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Something I really struggle with, which I’ve talked about on the blog before, is unplugging. I have a tendency to want to go-go-go all the time, and often put pressure on myself to get it all done. In a world of technology overload, I find it incredibly challenging to just pause and be (without checking my iPhone two minutes later).

So when I was given the opportunity to join one of my Boston bestie’s — Cara Gilam’s — “Revive, Refresh, Retreat” day-long yoga getaway last weekend, I knew it my heart I had to sign up. I needed to do this for myself, for my soul. And so I did…I cleared my weekend plans and make a big decision to make myself a priority for the day. After all, I so deserved it.

We met early in the morning at lululemon chestnut hill, where we immediately went into a 60-minute vinyasa flow to get our blood flowing. After breakfast + much-needed coffee (no shame!), we were given gift bags with little goodies and all the deets on our secret destination. Our gift bags were adorable + personalized with our names on them! They included:

  • a japa mala bag for holding our meditation beads
  • mala meditation beads
  • a sweetgreen moleskin journal, gift voucher, seeds to plant + tote bag
  • a dosha bar
  • a giant bottle of Essentia water

After doting over all our swag (seriously, it was the best!), we hopped on the bus to venture off to our secret destination — Raffa Yoga! I was ecstatic as I’ve heard about the center before, and had been looking for a good time to go. What better time than now, right? On the bus ride over, I took some time to clear my thoughts, rest my eyes, and also did a round of meditation per Cara’s suggestion — it was super relaxing and really helped set the tone for the day.

When we arrived at Raffa, I was so ready to see what they had in store for us! We were taken into the Urban Sweat Room, and given a tour of the six different healing rooms we had access to ALL DAY. After getting changed (they gave us these funky shorts and bright orange shirt to wear over our swimsuit…fashion forward!) I was ready to began my pampering.

I decided to go by their recommended order, making sure I took breaks to chug water, relax + journal between transitions:

  • Urban Hamman: designed to release toxins + comfort tired, achy bones
  • Eucalyptus Steam Room: Stimulating, rejuvenating + healing, this was 140 degrees of pure bliss!
  • Yellow Turmeric Room: Aids in metabolism + liver detoxification, and also happens to be a natural antiseptic for any skin issues — win, win, win!
  • Himalayan Salt Grotto: Cleansing, helps with respiratory function, and also helps ground the mind, body + soul — it’s no wonder later that afternoon I fell asleep in here!
  • Black Charcoal Sauna: Aids in the release of heavy metals + toxins, reduces inflammation, + relaxes muscles — set at 180 degrees, making it the hottest room
  • Oceanic Relaxation Room: Fully equipped with sand, lounge chairs + a sound machine, this room was 100% dreamy and perfect to close out the circuit!

Did I mention that between transitions, they had these giant hot water beds and bean bags you could plop on? Seriously, I was in heaven. After a complete round of pure bliss, I journaled a bit and then it was lunch time!

We were served a lovely homemade vegan meal including a variety of wraps, a big kale salad, raw zucchini “lasagna” with cashew cheese, and hummus + chips. I also loaded up on the water, since I knew I was ridding my body of lots of toxins, and sweating more than normal today.

After lunch, I took it easy for a bit to let my body digest, and spent some solid alone time just reflecting and journaling. I had some major a-ha moments, and I couldn’t have been more grateful for a day with no real agenda or need to “check in” on my email/texts all day. In fact, I didn’t look once!

One of my favorite journal questions from the day was “What are your three most frequent thoughts? What do you wish they would be?” I also enjoyed writing about something that is currently troubling me, without having to solve or dig into it. Just pen to paper. 

After another round of the Urban Sweat (a.k.a my favorite thing ever!), I treated myself to some homemade raw chocolate treats (holy yum!) and it was then time for our anti-gravity yoga class (think: yoga on hammock like silks hanging from the ceiling!). Since there were a few people who didn’t make it into the original class earlier that afternoon, our instructor actually did a private class for just 4 of us. While at first I was a little bit nervous since I’d never done anything like it before, it started to grow on me the more comfortable I got with the silk hammock. Our instructor kept encouraging us to “Trust the hammock,” and so eventually I started to.

I was not a huge fan of going upside down since it made me a bit dizzy, but I was proud of myself for giving it a try a couple times throughout the class! It was hands down one of the most energizing, exhilarating and crazy experiences — I don’t know if it was the endorphins going to my brain or what, but I couldn’t stop giggling the entire time.

After class, it was sadly time to pack up our bags and head back to the city. I dozed off on the bus-ride back, reflecting on what a special day I experienced. I realized that while I may not have the luxury of going on weekly yoga retreats, I can incorporate little bits of this day into my life (and so can you!) like putting my phone on airplane mode more often, journaling my thoughts and spending time during the weekend away from technology altogether. I also made a vow to myself to take these mini “me-cations” more often, monthly or every other month. The aftermath is so worth it.

When you are forced to shut down and step away, you’re able to tap into your inner self and the creativity that comes from that is limitless! How can you take time for yourself to just reflect + be? What do you do to shut down & look within?

xoxo,

Rachel

why ‘doing all the things’ may not be moving you forward after all

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I love doing things.

As an ENFP, self-starter, creative, workaholic type, I have a reputation for wanting to get sh*t done. I like to do things. I like to cross things off. I want to “be productive” and successful and all the great things in life. After all, we live in a society that celebrates this sort of behavior.

However, recently I’ve had a sort of epiphany; I’m beginning to realize that maybe this go-go-go mentality isn’t the best for productivity, and that “doing all the things” may not be moving me forward after all. In fact, perhaps it’s quite the opposite.

I recently saw a quote on instagram, which immediately become the background of my phone:

“Do less with more focus.”

Let that soak in for a moment.

Powerful stuff, huh? What if the notion that we need to do more, be more, get more done is actually working against us? What if less really is more? That you can actually do less things with more focus (that’s the key word!) and still be winning?

Those five words were an huge wakeup call. I realized in my efforts to be the best me and get it all done, I was actually losing the number one thing that keeps me going — my focus. All the assignments, last-minute deadlines, late-nights checking off the to-do lists, and “yes, sure I can’s!” were actually moving me backward, and in turn eating away at my focus. You see, the more I took on, the less focus and productive I became.

So what does “Do less with more focus” really mean, anyway?

First of all, it sure doesn’t make you lazy. It makes you smart. It means saying the no to the things that aren’t serving you, strategically prioritizing your time (that includes time for you!), being realistic about what can get done, and thinking about the bigger picture. It’s not checking 50 things off your to-do list, over-scheduling yourself (guilty as charged!) and hustling for the sake of hustling. It’s being bull’s eye focused vs. burning out. Because really, who wants to burn out?

As spring approaches (and one of the busiest years of my life I’ve had yet!) I’m going to work on taking less in, while letting my focus drive me forward. After all, I can’t get sh*t done, if I don’t have the time + focus to let my creative juices flow. That’s my secret sauce, baby! I encourage you all to think about where in your life you lose focus by trying to do all the things. What does “do less with more focus” look like to you?

xoxo,

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Smiley, Sweets-loving, SoulCycling Sweetie

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Ladies, happy friday! It’s been a while since I’ve featured an HC in the Community, but I’m bringing one of my favorite traditions back with someone I adore oh so much. I met Mary through my sister a few years ago, and was instantly drawn to her sweet, genuine nature. I could tell she cares so deeply for everyone in her life.

Over the years, I’ve seen her blossom into an even more amazing, confident and strong women — she has guts, strength and a positive outlook like no other! Mary, I am honored to feature you on my blog and know others will feel inspired by your beautiful self too <3

NAME/AGE: Mary, 26

CURRENT CITY: Boston, MA

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): At my friend’s baby shower a few weeks ago :)

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist! Currently, I work with preschool-3rd graders with communication disabilities.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Working with people with disabilities. My mom is a social worker and the kindest person I know, and always instilled in me that helping others should be an important part of my life.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Fresh out of an intense work out! No matter how tired I was before, I always feel energized after finishing a run, Zumba, or a spin class.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Easter candy is my favorite and around this time of year I eat a few more (ok, wayyy more) Cadbury eggs than I should.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Olive oil, sea salt, and coffee!

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: The Whole Foods salad bar and sushi. I can get a little lazy with cooking dinner after work and it’s so easy!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:
1. I’m a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and can sing you most of his songs from memory.
2. I took tap dance as a kid and I’m still pretty good at it all these years later.
3. I’m not a quitter. Even during the toughest meetings at work or in the hardest workouts, I keep going and find some good in it, even when I hate it. I feel like you learn the most from persevering through your hardest experiences.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: I LOVE Soul Cycle. If you told me a few years ago I would be addicted to a $30 spin class I would say you were crazy, but I always feel mentally and physically stronger after I make it through an intense class. And the music is always great!

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: My mom’s fudge brownies. She makes the best fudge frosting for them too!

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: My favorite spin instructor always says “Progress over perfection.” It really resonates with me, both in my personal life in my journey to be a healthier, happier person and in my work. And be kinder to yourself. There will always be times and places in your life where something could have gone better, but remember that nothing is perfect and progress toward learning about yourself and what serves you best is what’s most important!

If you’d like to be featured as the next HC in the community or nominate a friend, just shoot me a note. Have a lovely weekend!

 
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