• 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

    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…

  • Health,  Life

    It’s Called a Journey for a Reason

    Life’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint It can be easy to forget that life is a journey and not see the beauty in the process. Whether it’s health – overcoming chronic illness, career – identifying and achieving your dream job, fitness – getting that first pull-up or running that first race, relationship – meeting your dream guy or girl, personal – self-love and discovery, it is not a quick “fix”. In today’s world of instant gratification, with deadlines and pressure to produce, that can be a hard thing to deal with. It often leads to unrealistic expectations, short-term focus, disappointment in lack of immediate change, thinking that success or happiness…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part IV: The Overhaul

    I was the Midwest good girl, straight A student, Division I athlete, MBA graduate, corporate business woman…I did everything that was asked of me and more, and look where it got me. Sick. I think sick for a reason though…I had more to learn, more to grow and more to give. My life needed a change of course. Commitment, Changes and a Support System Deciding to take a leave from work to focus 100% of my time and energy on my health was scary, but a major turning point in my life. Luckily I was building a support system around me, including incredible roommates who were so supportive of all the weird things I…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part III: California Dreaming

    California Dreamin’ on Such a Winter’s Day My next move was westward to L.A. – the land of kale, avocado, juice cleanses, yoga, canyon hikes, holistic healers, entrepreneurial hustlers, aspiring actors, Hollywood glamour and more. I had always dreamed of living in California, not knowing much about it besides being really far, expensive, and quite intriguing. But finally I was making it happen! I could hardly believe it. Santa Monica / Venice beach walks I was taking on another new position – this time in Sales, where my primary focus would be account management and developing a strategy for Delta’s presence in the music industry. It was exactly where I wanted to…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part II: New Beginnings

    Taking more steps forward, my health journey continued! The Surgery and Move Following my celiac diagnosis and the end of my collegiate running days, I continued on with the last year of my MBA. From there I was blessed with the opportunity to join Delta Air Lines down in Atlanta. However, not before a surgery on my colon to repair a colorectal prolapse (from prior health complications), which left me with a 4″ scar across my lower abdomen. Anyone who has had surgery probably knows it’s not fun and leaves you never quite the same! After my surgery, they gave instructions to rest (not carry anything over 5 lbs or run) for six…

  • Life,  Travel

    Maderas Magic: Jungle Waves 2016

    I couldn’t be more grateful that my personal retreat turned out to be two weeks in Nicaragua, one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever traveled to, and with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Not knowing what to expect, I made the following (unedited!) goals for myself going into the trip: Disconnect from technology – connect with people Free form movement – daily yoga and ocean swim Be true to myself – beautiful, radiant, loving – open and not intimidated Fear less, love more Be present, in the moment, feel Listen to my heart and gut Breathe deep and relax Remember why life is beautiful…