I woke up an hour early this morning, and while at first I was semi-annoyed, that quickly faded when I remembered the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale had begun. Since I began teaching barre, I’ve been buying workout clothes like crazy. Not that I didn’t before… 😉 My favorite Zella leggings are always in this sale so I knew I’d scoop those up. But of course, I didn’t stop there. Here are my picks!
Over the years of writing this blog, I’ve tried so many different different fitness routines. As a child I did gymnastics, but my teenage and college years were spent pretty lazy. After a 45 pound weight loss after college (yes, if you can believe that), I slowly incorporated fitness into my life and realized how important it was to me. My passion for exercise was fueled by not only the physical impact it made, but the mental. Exercise brought me a sense of routine and a relief from my constant anxiety. I truly believe that, along with sleep and healthy eating, that having a regular fitness routine healed me from my panic attacks.
As I became more experienced in the healthy living world, trying various studios in Charleston, running as many 5Ks I could, and even having a personal trainer, I realized that I truly enjoyed the fitness community. I made great friends at the gym and was constantly encouraged by the positive influence they had on me. Around that time I was deep into blogging and often chronicled my races, gym routines, and music playlists — always wanting to encourage my readers. I can’t tell you how many times I was asked “will you please be my trainer?”, “will you help me with a meal plan?” and “you should teach a class!” There were a couple times I did sub in random classes (let’s never forget the time I did a spin/hula hooping class) but I never quite had the confidence to think that I was qualified to tell someone else how to work out. BUT WHY NOT? I simply didn’t have the courage to put myself out there enough to just do it. That, and I was never quite sure what I really wanted to teach. That is, until I found Barre N9ne.
Last fall, my coworker Kim told me about a barre studio that was 3 minutes away from our office. Barre was always one of my favorite routines but I hadn’t found a place up here that gave me a good workout. I needed something fun and exciting but also challenging and rewarding. Little did I know it was 2 miles from where I worked!! One evening, we tried a class with Rebecca and I never looked back. I only told one person this — my boss — but I immediately knew that I wanted to teach. I just knew I had to and I was going to. I was under the impression that the studio hand selected potential instructors until early March when they announced auditions. I was thrilled (and nervous!) but knew it was the news I was waiting for since November. After tons of encouragement from my boss that not only could I do it, I had his support along the way and he convinced me I would be a great teacher. I auditioned in March, then spent all of June training, shadowing classes, practicing for hours, and creating routines for our practice classes. And now I’m thrilled to say that I, along with 5 other amazing ladies I went through training with, are officially certified.
In just over 6 months of attending the studio, I have felt an wonderful sense of community and friendship with the girls I have met. Tanya has created an incredibly special space for women to work out in a welcoming, uplifting atmosphere. I am so grateful to be a part of the team and to help B9 grow. And the best thing is this: Many of the veteran instructors told me that in training they met lifelong friends — barre besties if you will — and I hoped to do the same. And yes I did! Dylan and I have bonded as two girls originally from the Northeast who went to school in the south and have a shared affinity for all things pickles, barre, books, and wine. A fabulous friendship if you ask me!
Needless to say, if you’re in the area and want to come take my class, I would *love* to have you. I teach in Woburn until a fourth location opens in Somerville’s FitRow. I’m psyched and hope you all come visit! I promise to tone your tush and make you laugh!!!
The Nordstrom Mascara Madness Sale is like a holiday to me. I swear. Mascara Madness happens twice a year (March and November) and it’s when I stock up on my favorite makeup product ever. Buy 3 mascaras, get 1 free. That will likely last you 4+ months…and then you can stock up again in March. And bonus: when you place an order with Nordstrom, you get to select samples at checkout. And they’re always good ones.
Here are the mascaras I usually choose from:
MAC Haute & Naughty – Like I mentioned in this post, this mascara is my all-time favorite. It gives you the fullest, most dramatic lashes. And yes, it comes off easily with regular face wash — a major requirement for me.
MAC False Lashes – Crazy drama. So much. Surprisingly, this one has a smaller brush so if you don’t like big wands, go for this one.
MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash – This is my second favorite. It gives you crazy length and definition, just a little less drama than Haute & Naughty. It doesn’t build as well as H&N but it is still a “wow” look.
Dior Diorshow – This is a classic. Ladies love this. It’s a bit more than the MAC mascaras, but it’s a great overall mascara. My only gripe about this one is that you have to use it pretty quickly as it tends to dry up. If yours does, add a drop or two (at most!) of eye drops. Worth the splurge at least once to see if you like it.
I love all of these, but if I had to choose one…I’m sure you know by now, go with MAC’s Haute & Naughty. It does wonderful things!
Side note: Nordstrom offers free shippings & returns! Get ready to bat those lashes!!
1. I just started reading The China Study. My old roommate (Hi Lucy!) read it years ago but I was intimidated by how large of a book it is. Well, that’s because it’s the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever.
Based on decades of research, the book details how what we eat impacts our overall health and clearly explains how a diet too rich of animal protein increases our risk of disease. While the book doesn’t totally bash animal protein, it does promote a diet full of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. The KISS version from me: EAT REAL FOOD. But if ya wanna read all 496 pages, go right ahead. 😉
2. I read like a maniac. Always have, always will. For the most part I like to hold an actual book, but at night I read on my iPad. I just signed up for the Texture app for unlimited access to over 200 magazines. Right now the deal is 14 days free, then $10 for 3 months. Um…cheap!
3. There’s a new Beautycounter promo!! And this one is so gooood. Last time it was free travel-sized goodies, but this time, FULL SIZE! When you spend $150, you’ll get one of these for free. If you need help with choosing products, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.
4. If you’re a fan of seltzer water, you need to try Polar’s new summer line. I usually only like a couple of the seasonal flavors, but there are a lot of winners here.
every day, wondering what is wrong with the people in my office
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future me, the day after whole30 ends
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