• Life

    The two sides of quitting

    Quit. The word naturally carries a somewhat negative connotation, and yet, is it really so bad? I’d like to explore and share my thoughts on the two sides of quitting. In the “classic” sense, quitting is considered bad, as in you didn’t work hard enough or try hard enough. It’s associated with weakness and lack of discipline or grit. It’s synonymous with giving up. However, in another way, quitting is a very powerful way to honor your truth. It can be a sign of strength. When you quit, stop doing, something that is no longer serving you (or maybe never has). To quit is to change, and change is needed…

  • Life

    Top Songs for the Week of July 10

    You know those weeks when your Discover Weekly playlist is just so on point?? They’re the best right? Yeah, this week was one of those. And that made me excited. Because who doesn’t love new good songs 🙂 It was tough, but here are my top 10 picks from this weeks discovery: #10. Beg, Steal, Borrow by Colton Avery #9. Please by Jordan Parker #8. Future by Transviolet #7. Bulletproof by Griffin Oskar #6. Pretty Girl – Ye Remix by Maggie Lindemann #5. Karma by Marky Style, Guy Gabriel and Roxanne #4. Parachute by Joshua Micah #3. Come First – Ryan Riback Mix by Terror J and Ryan Riback #2. WILD – Young Bombs Remix by Troy Sivan,…

  • Life,  Travel

    It’s not there, it’s here

    I was doing a personal reflection today on the appeal of traveling. And why I feel the desire to get away. Well, besides the obvious of the world being so COOL! Here is my list (as recorded on an iphone note, along with hundreds of other ideas). The appeal: Moving / walking around outside all day, every day Being in nature Staying in cute, clean, simple homes Meeting new people Seeing new and beautiful places The joy of discovery Experiencing and learning about different cultures Eating healthy food Having minimal belongings Rest Living in flow No expectations of me, no one I need to see, nothing I have to do…

  • Life,  Travel

    Last day in Charleston + a career conversation

    Last day in Charleston + Meaningful Career Conversation Finally wrapped up an incredible long weekend in Charleston today (only to get one more day in Savannah with my friend Claire 🙂 ). It’s times like these that remind me of the importance of slowing down and making time to be with the people I love. They are truly what add value to my life, no matter how much the outside world may push other things on us as being more “important”. Furthermore, creating that space to open up deeper conversation, is so special. It’s easy to get caught up in catching up, without allowing more meaningful issues to come up…

  • Life,  Travel

    My 30 day challenge: Writing

    Day 1 of 30: New York, New York The internal compass + creating space for action You know that question you’ve been struggling with lately? That you keep searching to find the answer to and just want someone to tell you? Well, the difficult but incredibly liberating truth, is that we already know the answer. Deep down, it’s always there, if we pause to listen to ourselves and the universe. With so many distractions and messages being pushed on us these days, it’s hard to put up a wall and look inside. But I find it almost funny how, by putting our energy and dilemnas out into the universe, it…

  • Life

    Dancing: a gift, a mirror and a window

    I have always loved to dance. From youth ballet classes at the local Linwood Recreation Center, to dancing around the living room with my dad to classic oldies records, choreographing dances to *NSYNC songs with my friend (I still know every lyric), LOTS of family weddings (what happens when you have over 40 cousins), and really any chance I could. But as I grew up, I grew further away from it, as sports took a more prominent role in my life. After high school, I had google searched places to re-learn dance on numerous occasions – ballroom, salsa, swing – you name it. But I never seemed to have the energy or time…

  • Life

    30 years, 30 lessons

    As I turn 30, I really am amazed and proud of how much I have grown over these years. Besides the associations society attaches to age – that we should be at a certain place in life with respect to having a spouse, home, family, steady job or otherwise –  I feel younger and better than I have in years. There are always ups and downs, but none that can make up for the friendships, experiences and lessons that every year brings. Looking back, I don’t like to think of the would have, could have or should have’s because they just don’t matter. I know that everything happened as it should have, no matter how painful at…

  • Fitness,  Health,  Life

    What College Running Did to My Body Image

    While my experience was as a female collegiate runner, everyone faces different external standards, that often become internal standards, as to what their body should look like. I’m sharing my story in hopes to create greater awareness around what messages we promote, and inspire change in both the world of athletics and as a culture overall.  Bliss I never had any issues with my body growing up. I hardly noticed it honestly. It was just my body and it let me do a lot of fun things. Even in high school, though I probably didn’t eat the healthiest and was slightly heavier than I am now, I was really active and never wasted…

  • Health,  Life

    From Nutrition to Intuition

    The science behind nutrition is very important and a powerful healing mechanism. Yet we often forget another crucial piece – our own intuition and body’s innate ability to heal itself. Both have a place and purpose. Too much of a good thing is too much For 6 months, working with a functional medicine doctor, I focused on the nutrition component. This was largely centered around a limited diet (to reduce inflammation, balance bacteria, etc) and lots of supplements to support the process. In the beginning it was good and I seemed to respond well. However, over time my body began to backlash from the rigidity of the program and quantity…

  • Health,  Life

    Pelvic Health and Reconnecting with My Root

    One day, my roommate Laura sent me a Facebook event invite to a Yoga for Pelvic Health Retreat on Facebook. Yoga, pelvic health, and retreat all-in-one?? I was instantly intrigued. It was led by Casie Danenhauer, a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist in LA, so I wandered over to her website to learn more. After reading her experience and holistic philosophy (including the mental/emotional impact on the pelvic bowl and health), I had a strong feeling she was the perfect fit for me. I wasn’t too familiar with pelvic floor rehab except that I was supposed to go to a program at Mayo Clinic for pelvic floor dysfunction, as diagnosed by…