Me and the Mountains

I'm a 34-year old native Marylander who moved to Boulder, Colorado in the spring of 2013. In my former life, I was a high school art teacher (for 8 years). I ended that career in 2012 and got my Personal Fitness Trainer certification. Life is too short not to go for your dreams!

I found out that one-on-one personal training wasn't really for me, but still work as a Spinning and Bodypump instructor. My real passion is teaching other women how to live a healthy lifestyle, and eventually want to work full-time in the health & fitness industry. I'm a former fat kid/teen/young adult, so weight and body image issues are something I know all too well! I've been able to get healthy through mindful eating and lots of exercise and have found a way to enjoy it all!

My full-time job is managing social media for a Colorado-based natural foods company. I am SO happy with what I'm doing now and blessed to have found a job that I truly love. I also love to trail run, hike, bike, kayak, and do anything outdoors. Unless I'm teaching a Bodypump or Spinning class, my workouts consist mostly of functional training- which is extremely challenging and I hate love it so much! I also spend a lot of time with my two golden retrievers Lance and Jackson and my husband Greg. I'm recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery, which has taken over my life this past year. Dealing with an injury has been extrememly frustrating at times, but has given me a much larger appreciation for my health overall.

I'm constantly trying to improve myself and be a better person- and if I can inspire others along the way- that's even better!

Four 14ers in One Day

After Greg and I got married, we thought it would be a really cool tradition to summit a 14er each year on our anniversary. We started out strong and actually conquered two on our first anniversary. I remember the hike to Gray’s and Torrey’s being tough, but we also lived at sea level at the time and had just flown out the day before (I would like to do that hike again and see if it feels any...more

Creamy Cauliflower Chive Mash

Even though I don’t hate winter, it’s probably my least favorite season. Besides getting to enjoy warmer weather and longer days, I really look forward to being able to get fresh, seasonal produce througout the spring, summer and winter. I would argue that seasonal produce just keeps getting better as the year goes on (and some of my favorites, like apples and winter squash, aren’t at their peak until late summer/early fall) ....more

Savory Oatmeal

Picture this: you’ve had a long day at the office, it’s cold outside and the last thing you want to do is take the time to put together an elaborate dinner. You don’t want to get take-out, and want something more interesting than grilled cheese or pasta. I’ve got the perfect solution: Savory Oatmeal! ...more

Shaved Asparagus & Arugula Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette

To say that I love food is a bit of an understatement. My love of food goes much deeper than just the way something tastes or smells, or how it fills me up. I like to know the backstory and history of what I’m eating: how it was grown or produced, where it came from and what exactly it’s made of ....more

(Simple) Kale & Sausage Soup

During the colder months, my husband and I have one particular dinner obsession: soup. Soups are among my favorite comfort foods and can be as healthy or decadent as you want them to be. I make a lot of veggie and fiber-filled soups that are really filling and and full of flavor, but not overly heavy or calorie-laden ....more

Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Hey friends! Every so often I write a recipe for Sierra Trading Post. I love this recipe, so I thought I’d share! ...more

Three Cookie Recipes for Hikers

I don’t know about you, but I take extra care in planning out my energy resources for long hikes. I never just carelessly throw an energy bar in my backpack (unless it’s a short hike and I really don’t think I’ll need a snack anyway). I’m usually up the night before a long hike carefully planning out my meals and snacks ....more

FlapJacked Mighty Muffins [Giveaway!]

Hey friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably me seen a few posts about FlapJacked’s newest product: Mighty Muffins. I was really excited about the unveiling of these awesome protein muffins last month, because they’ve been in development for quite some time! ...more

#JoyDelivered with Door to Door Organics [Giveaway!]

I have a love/hate relationship with going grocery shopping. I love finding new products, and looking through aisles of gorgeous, fresh food. But, I hate spending time and money doing it ....more

Currently: June 2015

Well hey there, middle of June! (Or is it technically the end of June?) I’ve spent the entire month with a broken pelvis, so I’m pretty darn excited that it’s flying by as fast as it is. Both of my parents had planned trips (months ago) out to see me this month, which has been both good and bad ....more