A Blazing Summer + Fitbit Giveaway

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Hello beautiful ladies! Hope you’re off to one heck of a summer; I know I am. I left my full-time job, celebrated my 29th birthday, camped with some of my faves, chilled by the ocean, took an incredible calligraphy class, and have been eating all the food. Um, hello wine + cheese.

One of my favorite parts about summer is being outdoors and staying active — be it hiking, long walks on the beach collecting sea glass, morning runs or standup paddleboarding.

Fitbit makes it easier than ever to track all of your activities in a stylish, simple way. With the latest and greatest member of their active line — the Fitbit Blaze – they’ve totally pumped it up a notch. I absolutely love the plum wristband on the one I was given (my fave color!) but it also comes in blue and black if purple’s not your thing.

Check out these sleek features to see why I’m lovin’ the Blaze:

  • Connected GPS™ maps routes and delivers real-time exercise stats on device like distance and pace (using the GPS from your connected smartphone).
  • Cool one-of-a-kind screen features like color touch screen and music control. Ya gotta have those beats!
  • PurePulse® continuous, wrist-based heart rate tracking helps maximize training, maintain workout intensity, and better track calorie burn and optimize health without the need for an uncomfortable chest strap.
  • Multi-sport mode records your core workouts like runs, cardio, cross-training, biking and more while providing relevant, real-time performance stats on display. PurePulse is enhanced while in Multi-sport mode for even better heart rate tracking, especially during high intensity workouts.
  • SmartTrack™ automatic exercise recognition effortlessly records workouts and gives you credit toward weekly exercise goals in the Fitbit app. It automatically recognizes and records continuous movement activities like biking, hiking, running and sports including basketball, soccer and tennis, and more.
  • FitStar™ on-screen workouts with guided instructions and images provide on-the-go exercises right on your wrist to coach you along. This is great for cross-training in between runs, for example.
  • All-day tracking of steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes.
  • Automatically track how long and how well you sleep, and set a silent, vibrating alarm.
  • Stylish from work to workout: Fitbit’s most stylish tracker yet has you covered throughout your day. In fact, you can even change out the band with one of their leather bands to seamlessly take your Fitbit from work to workout.

I’m super excited to take my new blazin’ bff out for a run, and test out all the cool new features! It’ll pair perfectly with my brand new purple Nike sneaks ;)

Ready, Set, GO…It’s giveaway time!

Lucky for you chickies, I’m giving away a brand new Fitbit Blaze to one of my readers. To enter, simply:

1. Leave a comment with your favorite way to stay fit during the summer.

2. Bonus point for tweeting: “It’s one blazing summer! Enter @healthy_chicks giveaway for a chance to win a @Fitbit Blaze http://healthy-chicks.com/?p=7310″ (just be sure to leave another comment over here)

P.S. Fellow Boston babes, stay fit all summer long with Fitbit Local. There’s some pretty great events coming up (Outdoor Bootcamp or Hiphop Yoga, anyone?) to keep you moving & shaking as you continue your blazin’ hot summer.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 26 at 5PM, and is open to residents in the US. Note: I was given a Fitbit Blaze to review on the blog, but all opinions are my own.


What To Do When Someone Tries To Steal Your Glow + How to Stay Positive

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Have you ever had someone try to steal your glow — you know kill your vibe? You’re feeling great, you’re having an A-OK day, and then someone kind of stomps all over it.

This happened to me today while going about my daily errands. I ran into someone from my past whom I haven’t seen in years, and casually told them what I was up to. Before asking anything about me, they were quick to say — while laughing hysterically — “What? You quit your job without having another job?” When I told said person about how excited I was to finally focus on my health coaching and freelance writing and look for something part time, they continued to laugh at me. Big, roaring, I-am-judging-you-right-now snicker.

No questions. No congratulations. 100% judgement.

While at first I was insulted, I quickly reined it in and remembered how amazing I am and how I shouldn’t need to feel validated by another — mind you someone who barely knows me. I haven’t felt this happy in a while, and I’m going through a huge transitional period right now, including moving into a new place with my husband. This should be an exciting time. This is an exciting time.

So why do others feel the need to judge? Shame? Laugh? Bring you down? Whether it’s career related, a snide comment about your body or relationship status, I’m sure you’ve dealt with a similar situation at least some time or another.

But let’s set this straight here: First and foremost, it’s important to know that when this happens it’s usually not about you at all; it’s about them and their insecurities or entitlement to share their unsolicited opinion.

They typically don’t know you, your story or anything else about you that warrants that kind of criticism. After all, you know you best and as long as you feel good about yourself (be it your career path/boyfriend/body/income/living situation) that’s all that really matters.

So next time someone tries to rain on your parade, just take a deep breath and just let it fuel the positivity in your life. After all, that stuff is much more powerful.

Stay amazing.

xoxo,

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Sunshine-Soaking, Running, Southern Blogger Babe

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Happy Friday, love bugs! I don’t know about you, but I am totally feeling those summer vibes. Yesterday I hit the beach with one of my BFFs and we spent the day laughing, enjoying little appies (including this incredible local goat cheese spread!) & sharing a pitcher of sangria ;) Hey, you only live once! I’d say I’m starting 29 off with a bang.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s spotlight for Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doin’ their thang. Remember last fall when I ran in the Reach the Beach relay with 11 other fabulous ladies? Well, I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful, confident, bubbly Ashley Diamond who also ran the relay! I loved her big, welcoming personality, making RTB newbies like me much more comfortable. I’m thrilled to feature Ashley on the blog today; she sure is one “Healthy Chick” you’ll love getting to know!

NAME/AGE: Ashley Diamond / 32

BLOG/TWITTER: A Healthy, Happier Bear and I am on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter at
@healthyhappier

CURRENT CITY: Brooklyn, New York

PHOTO TAKEN: This picture was taken while hiking in Vermont with my family this June.

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Since graduating college in 2006, I have worked for Procter & Gamble in their sales organization. Over the past few years I have developed a niche and expertise in eCommerce and am currently leading the team who supports the NYC based online retailers such as Jet.com. I am so thankful to work for a company that supports their empoloyees and is filled with incredible people.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Helping others realize that regardless how busy their schedule, they have the ability to live a healthy, happier lifestyle.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Outside enjoying sunshine and fresh air, preferably either on the water or hiking.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Want nothing more than to collapse on the couch with a glass of wine, dark chocolate and read a good book or catch up on my favorite television shows.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES:

  • Fage Greek Yogurt as I eat this for breakfast Monday through Friday.
  • Fresh fruit (bananas, peaches and berries) as I love to top my yogurt with them in the morning and snack on them in the evening.
  • Sparkling water via our SodaStream as my husband and I have replaced our Diet Coke habit with sparkling water since giving it up a year and a half ago. I love adding mint or lime to my sparkling water for added flavor.

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

  1. My husband and I lived abroad from July 2013 – July 2015 in London, England and Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. I didn’t make health a priority until my senior year of college, ten years ago, when I lost 50 pounds.
  3. Growing up in Savannah, Georgia provided me with an appreciation for good seafood, time on the water, Southern hospitality and the inclusion of y’all in my daily vocabulary.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Running, especially if it’s with a friend.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Seafood

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:  Your health journey can start anytime you’re ready but the most important thing is to take it one day at a time and set, small manageable goals for yourself whether they are measured in pounds, minutes or miles.

Big thank you to Ashley 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

Embracing 29 (and Letting Go of Expectations)

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29.

Yesterday was my 29th birthday. The final year of my 20s. Almost 30. True adulthood.

Like all of my past birthdays, a bajillion feelings come sneaking their way to the surface, and I get a little self-judgy. It’s a time where I reflect back on where I am now, and where I think I “should” be.

When I was 22, I thought I had it allll figured out. I was ripe out of college, and had just moved to Boston with my best friend to start our lives in the city. I had super high expectations for myself of where I’d be at certain milestones in life — career, personal successes, love life and more. I would nail my dream job, find a husband, and make it big.

By 29, I’d be established in my career, own a big house with a backyard and grill, have a puppy and maybe a kid on the way. Put simply, I’d have my “shit together,” you know as adults should.

While things certainly didn’t map out as “planned,” I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We struggle, we change, we make decisions we don’t know are “right” but they feel right so they’re right for right now. That’s the beauty of it all.

Last week was my last week at my “real job,” and in two weeks from today my amazing husband & I will be moving outside the city to the suburbs. It’s a time of true transition, change, and exploration.

Maybe we don’t have the big house with a yard, but we’ll be comfortable. While there’s no puppy or kids in the picture just yet, it’s sure fun to talk about them and we’re soaking in all the date nights in the meantime. While I do not have an established, stable career, I have a dream and a passion like no other. I will let that carry me through.

Life certainly doesn’t look as I thought it would, but I’m learning to be OK with that. Going into the big 2-9, I’m letting go of expectations and simply allowing myself to be FREE — free to do me, to create, to live the way I want to live.

29, bring it on. Let’s see what you’ve got!

What do birthdays mean to you? Do you put pressure on yourself to be at certain places in your life?

xoxo,

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Bike-Riding, Holistic Wellness Pro Who Loves a Good Brunch

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Happy Friday, loves! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally feelin’ those weekend vibes. Maybe it’s the fact that I wore my new hippie elephant dress for the first time today, and totally felt in my element. Anyway, it’s time to move along to this week’s feature for Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thang.

I’m excited to intro you to the ever so beautiful Maura, who I was lucky enough to meet at Balans Organic Spa in Boston. (If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must…their massages are on-point!) I love Maura’s passion for what she does, and how she totally walks the talk when it comes to holistic wellness. I’ll let you see for yourself!

NAME/AGE: Maura McCartney / 25 years old

BLOG/TWITTER: Balans Lifestyle Blog

CURRENT CITY: Boston

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): LA / 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I support individuals to lead more vibrant, fulfilling lives by optimizing health, habits and lifestyle choices. I am the nutrition and health consultant at Balans Organic Spa and Balans Wellness studio — I absolutely love it! There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing my clients blossom into healthier, more confident people each week. To see their lives shift due to the effort, patience and consistency they’ve invested into themselves is what makes my role so satisfying.

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Spreading the holistic lifestyle message.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Outside in the sunshine + maintaining work/ life balance!

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Doubt my abilities and strengths… but I continue to practice kicking
that doubt to the curb!

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Avocado, chia seeds + a blender

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: BRUNCH. Quality coffee, homemade yogurt parfait, an omelet packed with broccoli, and great company is how I like to party.

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:
1. I completed my first Spartan Beast race in May and finished 4th overall for women (which completely surprised
me!)

2. I studied EcoGastronomy (sustainability of food systems/ Slow Food) in northern Italy for 5 months and dream
about it constantly.

3. I ride my bike everywhere. I only took the train to work 4 times this winter… which is 4 times more than I
would’ve liked!

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Boxing + soccer. I need more yoga and stretching in my life, but I just love the feeling I get from running around on a soccer field and pushing myself during the burnout rounds in a boxing class.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Oatmeal + raw cacao powder + almond butter + coconut oil + chia seeds.

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:
Healthy living is not about being perfect or adhering to a diet. It’s about committing to self-care and valuing YOUR needs
regardless of how stressful or overwhelming life can get. It is not selfish to put your needs first, you absolutely deserve it.

Big thank you to Maura 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


Developing A Summer Mindset + My Night Out in Chestnut Hill Square

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This past Monday officially marked the first day of summer, and I was lucky enough to ring it in with a few other bloggers for a night of fitness, shopping & dining in Chestnut Hill Square.

We started the night off with a sweaty spin sesh at SoulCycle, followed by some shopping at Athleta (where I just had to buy these crops in Tahitian Teal, don’t they just scream summer?!?) After some shopping, it was time for dinner at Seasons52, where we were wined + dined galore.

We started off with a Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail (a sneak peek from their new summer menu!), and our lovely waitress brought us a couple different flatbreads to try: Blacked Steak & Blue Cheese and Lobster & Fresh Mozzarella. Both were absolutely delicious, but the lobster one was the favorite; I think it was the lobster sour cream that really put me over the edge ;)

After the flatbreads, we moved onto a watermelon feta & heirloom tomato salad, which was oh so refreshing! Our waitress then brought out another strawberry cocktail to try, with fresh strawberries that were infused in vodka…oh my! (Time to start pacing myself!)

For my main dish, I chose the Wild Alaskan Copper River Salmon, which was served with creamy lemon risotto, peas and asparagus — pretty much my dream combo! Dessert was an array of mini shooters (ranging from key lime pie to chocolate peanut butter tote) but I had to pass since I was STUFFED to the max.

I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the first day of summer, and I am so grateful to the team at Chestnut Hill Square for including me in a fun & delicious girls night out. Sweating, seasonal dining & evening’s out with amazing like-minded people is truly what makes summer so magical for me!

TIME TO STEP INTO A SUMMER MINDSET

Speaking of summer, if you haven’t already, it’s time to step into a summer mindset. I’ve been hearing a lot of fat talk, body-bashing and shedding the weight for bikini season, and every year it makes me just as angry.

So I ask you to check in with yourself, and ask what kind of mindset you’ve been having lately. If it’s one of self-hate or negativity,  you may want to dig a little deeper and ask what summer truly meals to you.

What makes you FEEL your best self during the summer months?

How can you incorporate more play + celebration into your life?

Who are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with this season?

How can you appreciate, celebrate, nourish + LOVE UP your bod this summer?

Do you have a special intention you’d like to work toward?

Reflect on those questions, let them sink in. After all, you have no one to prove yourself to other than yourself. All that other sh*t doesn’t matter. It’s time to take charge of the season & make this one rockin’ summer of (self)love to go down in the books!

xoxo

Rachel

Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Mindful, Crafting, Hula-hooping machine

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Crafty people inspire me. There’s something about the art of crafting that brings me back to childhood. It fills my soul with the feeling of playfulness, freedom & not taking life too seriously. So it’s no surprise that when I met Tori of kitchen + kraft, I was immediately drawn in by her playful nature. With a tagline of “rad things for mindful living,” you’ve totally got me sold ;) I’ll let you meet Tori for yourself, and hopefully you too take a away a little inspiration!

NAME/AGE: Tori Kendrew / 25 years old

BLOG/TWITTER: kitchenandkraft.com / @kitchenandkraft

CURRENT CITY: Lynnfield, MA

PHOTO TAKEN: Last Summer on Nantucket on the way to Something Natural (only the BEST sandwich place on the island)

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I own a small creative business where I do natural fabric dyeing and make mindful home and kitchen accessories. I am currently at the tail-end of a year long holistic health coaching certification course and love creating in the kitchen as well. Smoothie bowls are a specialty of mine!

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Living a healthful life

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: Finishing up a run outside or in shavasana at the end of a sweaty yoga class

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: Eat too much almond butter

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Spinach, dates, bananas

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching alllll the reality TV (Can you blame me?!)

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

1) I’ve run three half marathons. The Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC, the Newburyport Half Marathon in Newburyport, MA and an Earth Day Half Marathon in North Andover, MA.

2) I crocheted a sweater that is worn by actress Juno Temple in the Whitey Bulger movie, Black Mass.

3) I can hula hoop like no one’s business.

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Running

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Roasted root veggies

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: I believe 100% in synchronicity. I think that when you’re following your heart and living your passion, things line up as they should and assure you that you are on the right path. Listen to that voice inside of you and do you, always. You’re the only one that can make YOU happy.

Big thank you to Tori 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

xoxo,

Rachel

21 Health Hacks for a glowing, feel-good summer

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Summer is in the air and on my mind lately, as it’s my absolute favorite season. These past few weeks I’ve been spending lots of time with nature including a 3-day camping trip, a couple hikes, and the first beach trip of the season! To me, that feeling of freedom and playfulness is what summer is all about.

But unfortunately, year after year right around this time we get bombarded by the “bikini body” ads and diet scare tactics. While I am so not a fan of diets, quick fixes and making women feel bad about their bodies, I do think we all want to feel our best selves during the summer (but going on a diet is not the answer).

Instead, it’s about the little things we do every day that help us feel good in our body, mind and soul — and having fun! In partnership with O.N.E. Coconut Water, I wanted to share with you my go-to summer health hacks — including a refreshing way to spruce up your margarita ;)

1. Move more. Find a workout that lights you up, and do that. Don’t think too much about the calories burned or your time; just do something that makes you feel good! Earlier this week, I loaded up on some O.N.E. Pure Coconut Water, and then went for a run to my local Whole Foods to stock up on groceries. It made running more fun when I had a destination, and felt properly hydrated!

2. Add cinnamon to just about anything to tame a sweet tooth — your coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, you name it!

3. Mix berries, fresh herbs (like mint or basil), cucumber or freshly squeezed lemon into your water & refrigerate for easy drinking. Load up on water throughout the day, taking a reusable jug with you wherever you go!

4. Throw out your diet books,and instead ask yourself “How do I want to feel?” Do more of those things.

5. Skip the burger bun & opt for a lettuce wrap instead — most restaurants are happy to do the switch for you and you still get the juicy flavor of the burger!

6. Don’t have time for breakfast? Plan ahead by making overnight oats. The night before, just fill a mason jar with old fashioned rolled oats, almond milk, cinnamon and frozen berries of your choosing. Cover and refrigerate. In the morning, add in extras like almond milk & fresh berries! Easy, peasy.

7. Sucker for comfort foods like cheesy nachos and mac & cheese? Enjoy a little bit if that’s what you’re really craving, but also check in with yourself! Sometimes cravings for comfort foods could mean you’re craving love & comfort in your life. Before digging in, try taking a cozy bath, calling your bff or doing something nice for yourself!

8. Say no thanks to the extra mocha pumps at your local coffee shop, and opt for cocoa powder & cinnamon instead. You still get a flavor boost without the extra calories and sugar rush!

9. Plan ahead. Gather all your favorite recipe ideas from Pinterest, magazines & books, and decide what you’re going to cook that week. Most of our not-so-smart choices come from simply not planning ahead & having a stocked fridge! I like to post my meal ideas for the week on my fridge so I can get inspired & hit the kitchen before takeout becomes too tempting.

10. In lieu of the sugar-laden margarita mix (with a bunch o’ nasty ingredients), opt to make your own using fresh lime juice and RIPE agave margarita mix. A splash of O.N.E. Coconut Water would add a delicious summery touch. With 3 to 4 coconuts jammed into each 500 ml bottle, your margarita will be screaming tropical vacation!

11. Freeze berries & grapes for a delicious, refreshing summer snack. Makes for a great late-night or post-workout treat!

12. Use hummus or mashed avocado on your sandwiches in place of mayo or other creamy condiments!

13. Hit up your local farmer’s market for great deals on local, in-season items while also supporting the local community. It’s one of my favorite ways to shop,, and I always leave feeling inspired with new recipe ideas.

14. Make a wine spritzer with half white whine, half seltzer water. Add in some berries for an extra twist! This is the perfect poolside drink, and my momma’s fave ;)

15. Switch up the same ol’ pasta night, and make zoodles! Simply get a zucchini or two, and use a sprializer to made “zucchini noodles.” Last night, I made a zoodle marinari, with onion, garlic, broccoli, zucchini, olive oil, basil, oregano, sea salt, and some spicy seasoning. It was delicious, and hubby ate his bowl up in minutes!

16. Change up your burger game by trying your hand at homemade veggie burgers. I tried out Oh She GlowsOur Perfect Veggie Burger” recipe earlier this week, and they were absolutely divine. A touch of Sir Kensington’s ketcup, and you’re golden.

17. Craving savory & salty snacks all day? Join the club! Luckily, there’s a lot of great healthy alternatives out there that still do the trick. My personal favorite? Pizza Almonds by Organic Living Superfoods — they’re raw, vegan and gluten free! Psst. my hubby works for them but I swear, they are the bomb ;)

18. Feeling unmotivated & lacking passion? Start each morning with a positive mantra or affirmation! It’s such a fun, positive way to start the day, and makes getting out of bed and heading to work much more enjoyable.

19. Are you a late-night snacker? Instead of grabbing just about anything & everything in sight, slow down, take a deep breath and think about what it is you’re craving. Then make yourself a bowl/plate of whatever it is you’re eating. This helps you be more aware and eat more mindfully.

20. Skip the sugar-loaded, artificial sports drinks and choose a more natural hydrator like coconut water. We’re currently sipping on O.N.E Pure Coconut Water in our house, my favorite flavor since I don’t like anything too sweet. Did you know it has no added sugar, and is hand-picked, drained and packaged at the source? That’s the kind o’ summer hydrator I’m talkin’ about :)

21. Embrace leftovers: Cook more than you need, and then refrigerate of freeze for another healthy meal later in the week or month. This takes the stress out of cooking and prevents going for something else that might not make you feel so good.

What are your go-to summer health hacks? Share below, I’d love to hear!

Note: This post is sponsored by O.N.E. Coconut Water, and I was compensated & given product as part of a campaign. As always all opinions on the blog are my own!


Why Life Really Is Good (Even When It’s Not)

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Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to attend “Playmaker 101″ at the Life is Good Headquarters in Boston. The 3-hour workshop revolved around their kid’s foundation, and spreading the power of optimism to children who need it most.

While the morning was geared toward children, we also talked about optimism in our own lives, and how we can impact one another more positively on the day-to-day. I left feeling incredibly inspired and humbled by the experience, and wanted to share some key takeaways with you. While I took quite a bit away with me, most of all it simply made me realize that Hey, life is good.

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SHOW UP

How do you show up when you enter a room? When we walked into the Life is Good office, Chief Playmaker, Steve Gross, immediately welcomed our group with jokes, laughter and even a fist pump. Bam. Instant comfort level, and you bet I was much more open and happy to be there than if he was cranky, rude and didn’t say hello. How do you show up? Are you warm and inviting? Are you closed off and negative? How can you focus on bringing joy when you enter a room? As Steve said, “Do you want to be the person who changes the energy when you enter the room, or when you leave the room?” I’m guessing it’s not the latter.

SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Life isn’t always easy, simple, or great, and we’d be naive to think it was. But for the most part life is good. It’s usually not so much about the things that are happening to you either (job, money, new house, relationship) but more so how you see those things. Instead of focusing on what you can change or what’s wrong with the world, try shifting your perspective to see things a bit differently. I’m telling you, it’s a game-changer.

EXPRESS GRATITUDE

One of my favorite stories of how Life is Good brothers and co-founders Bert & John Jacobs started their business was a story of their mother when they were kids. They didn’t have much, but every evening at the dinner table, their mother would have them share one good thing that happened to them that day. It instantly changed the energy in the room, and helped put the not-so-good stuff behind them. Even during the worst of times, there is a silver lining. There is at least something to be grateful for. Start a gratitude journal. Be grateful, even for the little things. It may just change your life.

BE A PLAYMAKER

The famous Life is Good term “playmaker” stems from the word gamechanger, or someone who makes sh*t happen when your team needs it most. Playmakers do the same for children (and anyone who is struggling for that matter), spreading optimism to those who need it most. Be an optimist. See the good in people. Know that those you meet are usually suffering with their own stuff, and you may be able to lend a helping hand, a smile, some positive vibes.

SPREAD GOOD VIBES

I’m all about the vibes, and I think my dad may in fact be the King of “spreading good vibes.” This is real stuff; it’s the energy we put out into the world and it’s highly contagious. I like to think of it as a powerful unspoken message, a way to channel the good stuff and put it out into the world for others to experience. Be a spreader of the good vibes, and good vibes shall come your way. After all, what we focus on most is what we attract. Let’s focus on the good stuff.

Enjoy your weekend!

xoxo,

Rachel


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

 
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