WTEW: Teacher Series- Cori

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Well, hello week 7! We are moving right along with this Pure Barre Dallas Teacher Series. Did you get to read about Katy last week? If not, you can find out more about her here. This week, we focus on Cori. Let’s get to know her a little better…

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  1. What is your favorite fruit?  Grapefruit. I love fruits because they are 90% water and 100% good nutrition. As a former track athlete, I am a huge on being well hydrated. You cannot expect your body perform if it is fighting dehydration. Eating your fruits is an excellent way to supplement your water intake!
  2. What is your favorite vegetable? Asparagus. You can grill it, bake it, sauté it, and eat it cold or hot. I love to put a little lemon juice and coconut oil in a pan and cooking it. A quick, delicious side.
  3. What is your favorite pre or post workout snack or beverage? Pre workout I can’t eat much and like to workout on a light stomach, but post workout I’m all over eating for recovery. I try to get some type of protein (nuts, peanut butter, chocolate milk, Noosa Yogurt, or hummus).
  4. What is your top eating healthy tip or trick? Think about where your food came from. If it has been extensively processed, chances are there isn’t much nutritional value left and no real reason to eat it. Think about the specific benefit of the food you’re putting in your body…if it’s empty junk, don’t even bother.
  5. Tell me a random/fun fact about you. I’ve lived in 4 different states in the past 4 years. Kansas, Oregon, Virginia & Texas. I love to travel!
  6. If you had a motto or a quote you like to live by, what would it be? Selflessness is not thinking less of yourself or more of yourself but thinking of yourself less.
  7. How long have you been teaching Pure Barre? It will be 1 year in November.
  8. Favorite Pure Barre move?  love the last 2 minutes of class with all the lights off and the music blasting. It’s just me and my buns. Love the burn. LTB!
I have to agree with Cori… my favorite part of Pure Barre is the last few minutes of class too. I LOVE the lights off and music blasting! And who wants asparagus now? I know  I do. I can’t wait to grill some this week! Well, I sure hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned next week for the Q&A with Jan-Allison.

Day 1 of Empower

Empower day 1

 

I woke up today with a little bit of anxiety. So, thank goodness today was day 1 of empower. My body and mind… okay, more so my mind, needed it.

I had a lofty to-do list for today and had some decision-making on my mind. I am not the best decision maker and it often takes me years and years (or hours) to make up my mind.

Today’s hard decision-making was based on my weekend coming up. Do I ride with a friend to Houston for great company or do I drive myself so that I have my own wheels (i.e., freedom of time for getting there, leaving there, and hanging out with other Houston peeps)? Do I hang out with one of my best friends on Friday night that I love so dearly or do I spend this weekend all on the bride-to-be? I know, I know.. I should be lucky that I have friends to hang out with, that I have arms to drive, and etc. First world problems!

But, these questions are real to me. I have the “I want everyone to be happy” syndrome. I fear that I will let down a friend or two. I don’t like that feeling. It makes me uncomfortable. I am a self-admitted, always working-on-it “people pleaser” and a “yes” person. We all have our pros and cons, friends… and here I am being vulnerable, admitting some of my biggest weaknesses. But I’m okay wit ‘dat….

What I realized today is that yoga can bring some things to the surface. Day 1 started with the first 28 minutes of the Heart (Phase 1) video. I decided I would take on the first half in the morning and the second half during my lunch break. I had to hustle and bustle this morning to get my to-do list done, ya know.

But what happened later on was a very cool thing. I found myself yearning to start the day over. To press pause on my crazy mind and do the video in full during my lunch break.

You see, I don’t want to cross Empower off my to-do list everyday. I want to allow it to alter or influence my thoughts and everyday patterns. I want my daily yoga practice to empower me. Not cripple me. I did the video in full and felt a peace come over me. I realized that I can help myself get over the discomforts of my hard-decision making issues simply by asking questions. A few of these questions include:

  • Do I want to be dishonest and not say what I truly feel? Or do I want to be open, honest, and comfortable with my decisions?
  • Do I want to be a time waster and fill up my time with more to-do lists, tasks, extracurricular activities, etc. or do I want to appreciate time and spend it wisely, leaving time for relaxation, play, and company?
  • Do I want to be a worrier and make decisions based off fears? Or do I want to check in with myself and base decisions off of wants, desires, and reality?

Very important lessons I learned on the mat today. I am very thankful for day 1 of empower and am looking forward to this journey.

Side note: Cali did yoga with me again today so the pic is of us in child’s pose. And with that… namaste, friends!

Empower

Empower

I am excited and eager to embark on a yoga and mindful living journey through Empower. As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of the Yoga With Adriene videos. She is hosting a 30-day yoga challenge called Empower and I joined. It starts tomorrow.

I want to share with you my journey. I won’t promise to post every day. I simply wouldn’t be able to hold up that promise, because let’s face it… life happens. But, I do promise to post regularly.

As a wellness enthusiast and blogger, I highly value mindful living. It is SO easy to get bogged down by daily tasks and to-do’s. Mindful living keeps you in the now. So, I am taking this yoga challenge a step further and am hoping to focus back on mindful living in its entirety. Along with yoga, I plan to be mindful of the following (and more):

  • Company I am with and conversations I am (fully) engaged in
  • Food and beverages I consume and how my body reacts
  • How I feel and what I need in the moment
  • Thoughts, whether positive or toxic, and knowing when to release them
  • Laughter and joy of having my cat do yoga with me (she ALWAYS joins me)
  • Peacefulness and sensory satisfaction that lighting a candle can bring instantly
  • To-do’s and tasks, even if they seem tedious

Not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start. Curious, what would you add to that list?

I also want to use these 30 days of Empower to let go of perfection and find what feels good. To “habitualize” yoga and mindful living and stay in tune with my wants and needs. Oh, I am so ready for this!

And with that, namaste.

Sunday Social: Relationships

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Everyone has them. Everyone wants them. Everyone likes them. We’re talking relationships! And no, not just romantic relationships, but all sorts. After all, you’ve gotta “love the ones your with!”

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s get social with Neely and Ashley! Here are this week’s questions…

  1. Tell us about the family you grew up in: parents, siblings, grandparents. I grew up in the DFW area of Texas with both of my parents and two brothers. One brother is 3 years older and the other is 2 1/2 years younger. My grandparents have never lived super close. I have one set that live in Webster City, Iowa, and they still reside there. The other set lived in Sioux City, Iowa, until I was in middle school or high school. They moved to New Braunfels, Texas, and have lived there ever since. Family is very important to me so I try to keep in touch with all of my extended family as well.

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    The Bro-ski’s

  2. Tell us about your husband, fiance, boyfriend, significant other. I have been with my boyfriend for a little over 6 years now. We have learned a lot from each other and continue to grow. It is awesome to see, really. We are similar in some ways, but different in others and balance each other out. He is very intelligent, music-oriented, goal-oriented, responsible, organized, and is the “planner” of us two. I hate making decisions, but he is good at making decisions. And get this… he LIKES a clean house so rarely leaves the house a mess. I LOVE that! Hahaha.. it’s the little things.

    Lovin' the beach!

    Lovin’ the beach!

  3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children. I do not have children yet, but I have a cat that I love to the moon and back. Her name is Cali (after one of my favorite states, California). I have also inherited several more from the boyfriend and love them just the same. Each cat has his/her own personality and it is fun to watch. Pets can change your life for the better… I strongly believe that! Cali has taught me to appreciate moments and to love fully.

    My favorite pic of Cali as a kitten.

    My favorite pic of Cali as a kitten.

  4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet? My best friends are from different stages of life and I have several. However, the two that have known me the longest are Marcena and Molly. I have known them for 28 years. Since I was two at the time, I am not really sure how we met, but it was definitely through our moms. They were a part of a Mother’s Day Out group or something similar. These two girls are like sisters to me!

    Marcena, Molly, & Bri

    Marcena, Molly, & Bri

  5. Tell us about any other special people in your life. I am definitely a people-person! I feel lucky and blessed to have the friends, family, and even acquaintances that I do. I think a huge part of life is about connection with others and I hope that my past, present, and future is full of awesome connections!

Enjoy the Now

Enjoy The Now!

I am finally reading The Happiness Project. Consider it part of my summer reading list… I am quite the book worm these days (very new to me!). A friend of mine recommended it a long time ago and she even mentioned that she reads it every year. So I kept thinking, “If it is THAT good, what am I waiting for?!?” And thank goodness I decided not to wait any longer.

If you know much about the premise of the book, I am on month three. If you don’t, she basically sets a goal for each month and then objectives to reach that goal. The writer’s focus for month three is to aim higher. One objective within that goal is to enjoy the now.

I loved this paragraph so much so thought I would share…

“When I find myself focusing overmuch on the anticipated future happiness of arriving at a certain goal, I remind myself to “Enjoy now.” If I can enjoy the present, I don’t need to count on the happiness that is (or isn’t) waiting for me in the future. The fun part doesn’t come later, now is the fun part. That’s another reason I feel lucky to enjoy my work so much. If you’re doing something that you don’t enjoy and you don’t have the gratification of success, failure is particularly painful. But doing what you love is itself the reward.”

Brilliant! And so true… so with that, I wish you a wonderful weekend of enjoying the now.

WTEW: Teacher Series- Katy

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We are now into week 6 of the What to Eat Wednesday: Pure Barre Dallas Teacher Series. Are you learning anything new? I sure hope so! If you missed Molly last week, be sure to check her out here. Today, we will get to know Katy.

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Katy moved to Dallas from New Orleans and we are so grateful to have her on our team. She has worked for the Chiefs, the Saints, and now the Dallas Cowboys. Needless to say, I think she knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition. Let’s get started…

  1. What is your favorite fruit?  Red grapes for sure, they’re so much better than those green ones!
  2. What is your favorite vegetable? Mushrooms or avocados if those count.
  3. What is your favorite pre or post workout snack or beverage? Lara Bars are a life saver. They are natural and each bar has about 3 ingredients. I mean in today’s world three ingredients that I can pronounce is pretty awesome!
  4. What is your top eating healthy tip or trick? Consistency is key.  No one is perfect but you need to have fun every once and a while. Eating cake everyday might weigh you down literally, but if you can’t celebrate the special moments what’s the point of all that hard work?
  5. Tell me a random/fun fact about you. I have worked for 3 NFL teams.
  6. If you had a motto or a quote you like to live by, what would it be? Expect miracles.
  7. How long have you been teaching Pure Barre and what is your favorite thing about teaching? I have been teaching about two years. I started teaching in New Orleans, and my favorite thing about it is the community PB creates. We are so lucky to have a place to change our bodies and our minds. I think when everyone leaves a class they feel successful on all levels of their life.
  8. Favorite Pure Barre move? I love knock-kneed because it’s so hard, hurts so good!
I love Katy’s motto. What a great way to live! I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned next week for the Q&A with Cori.

Break the Habit Challenge

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I have a bad habit. This habit is one that I WANT to change. I decided yesterday that I was going to take some time over the next month to change it. Realllllly change it.. and not let it come back.

Then I got to thinking a little more. What if others have a bad habit they want to change too? So, I decided to blog about it and create a little “break the habit challenge.” Don’t worry, there are no rules or check-ins… just the comfort of knowing other peeps are changing habits too. Sometimes it helps to know that you have a team. We are ALL connected, after all.

So, I leave this thought with you… Decide today if you have a habit you want to change. If so, change it. What is stopping you?

For those interested, I am going to share my story and the habit I plan to change over the next month. Here it goes…

I love tea. If you didn’t already know that (and I am sure you did), surprise! I also love convenience. Who doesn’t? So, I frequent Starbucks. And I mean frequent. Sure, tea is one of the cheapest things on the menu (I get a venti which ends up being around $2.65), but if I am going even 3 or 4 days per week that adds up to $414-$551 per year. And some weeks I think I am going more than that. I say think because I really don’t know. And THAT, my friends, is why I feel I need to change. 

I have another reason pulling me to change too. I go grocery shopping at Target on Saturdays or Sundays. I love Target. And again, I love tea. So the two go together perfectly. Every time I go into a Target, I feel drawn to stop by the little Target Starbucks store and grab a tea. Only, I am convinced that the little Target Starbucks stores do NOT do as good of a job at making my tea as the free-standing Starbucks. Yes, I have had this conversation in my head… MANY times. The sad thing is that tea is just a tea bag and water, but I am convinced that their water is not the same. So why do I STILL get one? Doesn’t make sense whether I am crazy or not.

The above is plenty reason to change my Starbucks habit. My SMART goal (because let’s face it.. SMART goals just work better!) is that I will reduce my Starbucks tea consumption to no more than 1 per week over the next month. And to add to that, it will be a free-standing Starbucks. I am starting this week so today officially kicks it off. My hope is that I will break the habit this month so that it carries on for the year (and so on).

Here’s to drinking less Starbucks tea and saving an extra $500 or so this year! 

What about you? Is there a habit you know you need to change and have the desire to start? Do it. Because YOU can!

Sunday Social: Media

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Time for Sunday Social with Ashley and Neely! Today, we are discussing all sorts of media outlets…. music, movies, TV, etc. Grab your tea or coffee and let’s get started!

  1. Favorite genre of music. Motown all the way! I don’t necessarily listen to Motown hits all day or even every single day, but when I need a pick me up I do. It can put me in a better mood instantly.motwon
  2. Favorite genre of movies. This is tough for me, because my favorite definitely depends on my mood. Sometimes I am in the mood for a chick flick, other times comedy, and sometimes even horror. I am always up for a good action-packed drama/suspense though so let’s go with that. Those movies keep me on my toes!
  3. Do you watch reality TV? If so, what was the first show you remember watching? Do game shows count? I was in love with that MTV show that Jenny McCarthy hosted: Singled Out. If not that, the first would have been Real World. Wasn’t that technically the reality TV show that started the genre?10835
  4. Actress you’d want to be BFF’s with. Sandra Bullock. I have always loved her as an actress… plus, she seems like a genuinely friendly and funny person to be around. I think we would have a blast! sandra
  5. Actor you’d be happy to be stuck on an island with. Matthew McConaughey. Not only is he nice on the eyes, but he is funny and never dull. I could get sick of anyone on a deserted island, but it would take a lot for me to get sick of him. Plus, I love his voice! Anyone else?!

Happy Sunday, friends. Hope you had a fun 4th of July weekend!

I Turned 30 Last Week!

10 Life Lessons

Birthday posts are inevitable. Especially HUGE ones like the anxiety-induced 30th birthday. Well, luckily, I made it out alive.

I had my 30th last week and feel really good about my 30’s. My 29th was much harder and I did get the anxiety bug about 6 months before the big 3-0, but the couple of months leading up to it and now…. I feel free-spirited. I feel myself. I feel happy!

Since lists are fun and reminiscing is double the fun, I am sharing 10 random things I have done over the years and what I learned from each experience. I enjoyed this so much that I may do this once per month… I mean, there ARE so many lessons we take away every single day.. right?!

  1. I grew up with 2 brothers and learned that sibling relationships are worth fighting for. I have learned that siblings grow WITH you. Not ahead of you, not behind you, but seriously with you (unless you have a serious generational gap- this might not apply).  The oldest is 3 years older than me and the youngest is 2 1/2 years younger than me. We get each other. I love my parents, but they don’t always get our generation… and how could I expect them to? So, conflict sucks, but if it is with your siblings (or any family for that matter), work it out. These relationships are worth fighting for.
  2. I never had a sister, but learned that friends can become sisters. Did you grow up wanting curly hair or straight hair? Brother or a sister? Cat or a dog? You know, everyone wants what they don’t have at the time. I wanted a sister growing up. That shifted for me in high school when I realized that I liked being the only girl in the family (heck, that meant the brothers had a FAVORITE sister.. and that was me.. ALL the time!) Plus, I really did have sisters. I had 2 since I was the age of 2. They weren’t my sisters biologically, but they taught me that your true friends can become family.
  3. Being on the high school drill (dance) team blossomed my passion for dance and I learned that people need hobbies they are passionate about. I absolutely love to dance. I could so become a wedding crasher to dance at a reception every weekend. Don’t worry, I won’t crash your wedding… just invite me and we are all good.  But, seriously, I have learned to have a hobby that you are passionate about. And don’t let that hobby go unless the passion has completely died and it can’t be revived. I am no longer on a high school dance team, but I definitely still dance. And love it!
  4. I fell in love in high school, got my heart broken, and learned that life goes on (and gets even better). I think everyone should experience a broken heart. It’s not fun. It sucks, actually. But, it teaches you that people change. It teaches you that even when you think things are wonderful, it could be even better down the road. We like putting blinders on, but some relationships are not supposed to work out. Take the lessons and the positives of the relationship with you, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Breakups do not mean that one person is unlovable. It just means that the relationship itself is not working and the two people might be better off not being in it.
  5. I moved away, went off to college, and learned to be me (all of me). First things first, eat ’em up Cats! I moved away for school and never regret that decision. I became so comfortable in my own skin in college. High school for me was weird. I was the quiet girl at school, but outgoing outside of school. College taught me to be ME all the time. Not just some of the time. A very good lesson to learn!
  6. I did the “jack of all trades” thing in college and learned that friendships don’t blossom from 1/4 time, but acquaintances do. I was in a sorority and on the dance team. I made some kick-ass friends while in college and seriously had the time of my life. I also was very active in a Christian organization. I was the jack of all trades, I suppose. I don’t regret that. However, I have learned that when you have many different friends in different groups, you really can’t give your whole heart to that group of friends. It’s much better to have a handful of best friends/soul sisters you can count on at any given time than to be an acquaintance to many.
  7. I got my first “big girl” job as a Lease Analyst for an oil company in Houston and learned that it wouldn’t be for me, but it would be a stepping stone to a different career path. I said yes to a great job offer after college. I wasn’t thrilled about moving to Houston, but I took the job anyway. I learned that your first job is just that.. your first job. It won’t last forever. But, this job taught me another passion of mine… wellness. It was at this oil company where I learned that I love everything about wellness programs. So I made a change two years later… and did this…
  8. I took a leap of faith, went back to school, changed my career path, and learned that doing what you love is worth that leap (every inch of it). Going back to school was hard after working two years in the corporate world. VERY HARD!  I wasn’t going to let that stop me, though. I wanted to become a Registered Dietitian and work in wellness. So, I packed up my bags, moved to Dallas, and went back to school. I have never regretted that decision and have learned that this is the career path for me. I love being a dietitian!
  9. I jumped out of an airplane and won’t do it again, but learned that you don’t know if you like something unless you try it. Skydiving was on my bucket list so I did it. I am happy to report that it is now crossed off my bucket list and I do not have the desire to do it again. Some people become addicted to that adrenaline. I, however, did not. I think I am more addicted to the ground than ever before now. Despite this desire to not do it again, this experience taught me how important “jumping” outside of your comfort zone is every now and then. Skydiving also taught me that trying something out is the best way to find out if it is for you or not. It’s all about action, baby!
  10. I got my own pet and learned that animals will change your life forever. Sure, I have had dogs and cats (and even turtles, fish, bunnies, birds, etc.) growing up, but I was a kid. As an adult, I have a deeper sense of gratefulness for animals. I got my cat, Cali, about 5 years ago and learned that pets become family. Your hearts intertwine and it is magical. Humans are not the only important beings on this planet and it makes me sick to think about animal cruelty. I will never tolerate it. Love a pet and you will get more love than you deserve in return.

Happy holiday weekend, friends! Please feel free to share an experience or lesson you have learned over the years too.

WTEW: Teacher Series- Molly

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It is week 5 of the What to Eat Wednesday: Pure Barre Dallas Teacher Series. We will get to know Molly more today! If you missed last week, you can get to know Kari by clicking here.

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Molly is very passionate about teaching Pure Barre. She stays very active and realizes the importance of nutrition too. Let’s get to know a few of her favorites…

  1. What is your favorite fruit?  Strawberries.
  2. What is your favorite vegetable? Sweet potatoes and broccoli.
  3. What is your favorite pre or post workout snack or beverage? My favorite pre workout beverage is Advocare Spark. It gives me lots of energy through my whole workout. I also like eating something with protein beforehand like almonds or a healthy granola/protein bar. I have a huge sweet tooth so I try to get my treat in for the day after a workout as a post workout snack. The best time to eat sweets is in the morning or right after a workout!
  4. What is your top eating healthy tip or trick? Drink lots of water throughout the day! Your body needs it to flush toxins and to stay hydrated. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Also, don’t be afraid to eat frequently throughout the day. It is much better to eat 6 small meals than 3 large meals. And it is acceptable to have “cheat days!” We all need them. 🙂
  5. Tell me a random/fun fact about you. I am a die hard animal lover. My husband and I have two cats and they are our fur babies! I already am dreaming about what our first dog will be.
  6. If you had a motto or a quote you like to live by, what would it be? “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vidal Sassoon
  7. How long have you been teaching Pure Barre and what is your favorite thing about teaching? I have been teaching for 3 years now. I love everything about it, but mostly I love encouraging clients and making a difference in their day. It’s amazing helping clients reach goals they never thought possible. I think I speak for all the teachers when I say we feel very connected to our clientele and have even formed some life-long friendships!
  8. Favorite Pure Barre move? My favorite part of class is the final 2 1/2 minutes when I get one final chance to tone my backside for the day!
Great tips, Molly! And I have to say, Spark is what got me through my morning runs when training for the half marathon. Gave me quick energy every time! Next week’s Q&A sesh will be with Katy. Stay tuned, everyone!
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