HOW TO GET PAST A DIET “FAIL”

We are well into the new year, and you have lost that loving feeling for celery or heading out in the early morning to run – no matter how cute all those new workout clothes look on you.  Then all the inevitable questions about how your new leaf is turning over begin. You smile, nod, avert your eyes, mumble something unintelligible and silently pray your mobile phone rings or a hole opens up in the floor underneath you.You feel like you’ve failed....more

Practice Gratitude

Traditionally during the holidays, we collectively remember to be thankful for the blessings in our lives,  or even to recognize we have blessings at all.  It is easy to get caught up in our lives – happiness, sadness, loss, joy, excitement and even boredom.  However, every once in a while, we slow down and remember to be thankful, vowing to never take things for granted again....more

Smart Girls Believe in Fairy Tales

It’s that time of year again!We plan for the fabulous new year ahead of us and make all sorts of lofty promises to ourselves and the universe.  Faith, religion, dreams, fairy tales, “Cuz my Mom told me” – whatever you choose to call it, we all have them.  And during this time of year, everything seems to be just a little bit more possible doesn’t it?...more
playdatesonfridays Yes!  Sometimes we need to open ourselves up to happiness.more

Schedule Workouts: The Most Important Meeting of the Day

I love making a schedule.  Something about it makes me feel terribly accomplished even if I haven’t done a darn thing yet except type it into the calendar.  A schedule means I have a plan.  Or at least a plan to make a plan.  Either way, I feel like I’m about to make things happen!...more

Life In Yoga Pants

Last week I finally had to throw away a pair of yoga pants I had for almost 10 years.Why is this noteworthy? A pair of $18 yoga pants from Old Navy almost a decade old?  Geez girl – melodramatic much?Okay – hang in there with me on this one.Unlike regular, less comfy clothes that go in and out of fashion, black yoga pants just don’t go out of style or even out of season. For many of us, these pants are a constant part of our lives....more

Embracing The New Year And The Past

 The New Year is here, and I’m so ready for it.  The excitement that comes with new opportunities and boundless hopes gives everyone a surge of energy to begin the year....more

3 Signs You Are Ready To Make A Change

I’ve been through so much change this past year it makes my head spin. My mother’s passing. Leaving my career. Talking to my father for the first time in over 20 years....more
Thank you for this powerful share on changing and moving on. I created a work of art on this ...more

Spin Battle: Flywheel vs. SoulCycle

During a recent trip to New York, one of my goals was to check out a SoulCycle spin class [cuz I’m a spin nerd like that]. SoulCycle hasn’t expanded South yet, so I figured this may be my only chance to experience it at the moment. I love the spin classes at my Lifetime gym, but I also enjoy trying the new “boutique” spin classes when I have a chance. I dabble with Flywheel since there are locations in my area, and I tried Aqua Cycle during my last trip to NYC, so now it was time to add SoulCycle to the list.Ultimately, it’s all spin class. We get on bikes and spin for 45 minutes to an hour – no big mystery there. But as my fellow spinrats can attest, the experience itself can be very different depending on the instructor, music and philosophy of the gym/studio. As the latest boutique spin studios go, Flywheelfollow and SoulCyclefollow are the two juggernauts at the moment, so here is my breakdown of how the two size up to each other....more

5 Real-Life Tips To Prepare For The Holidays - No Martha Stewart Allowed

I was strolling through Atlantic Station and noticed the tiny park area was cordoned off.  I was puzzled for a second until I looked up and (duh) saw this massive structure.Under Construction – the Christmas Tree at Atlantic StationThe big Christmas Tree is going up!  Funny that with all the trees around here, we use a big ol’ plastic one in a box, but whatever, it’s the holiday spirit and I’m excited!Then I saw this.Christmas Tree Carcass and Pumpkins – not quite as festiveThe tree branch staging area complete with pumpkins.  Talk about your mood killer.It’s that awkward time of year when things have to logistically be readied for Christmas, but we’re not quite clear of Autumn leaves, pumpkins and turkeys to start singing Jingle Bells.It’s Thanksgivmas!It’s okay though – I’m still feeling the holiday spirit. Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving, heck even a bit of leftover Halloween – whatever you got, I’m ready!  Everything always seems a little more festive and happy this time of year.  Time and people slow down a bit.  We seem to enjoy and reflect on things a bit more.But it’s also a time where some natural stress and pressures can come into play.  Family, loss & grief, finances, food and health – you get the idea.  The holidays can be a stressful time as easily as they can be a joyous one.So while things are still at a dull roar, now would be a good time to start preparing for the holidays in mind, body and soul.  Doing a little prep-work now can help you down the road when you’re covered in wrapping paper and gingerbread.Here are 5 quick things you can do to prep for the holidays:...more

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to ask for what you want?Are you ready to do what is required to prepare for it?Are you ready to get it?This quote from Maya Angelou struck me like a bolt of lightning when I read it.  It’s all well and good for us to set our intentions and hope for the best.But are we really ready?  Am I really ready?...more