Fri-YAY Favs

Hellllllo, lovelies!

This has been a pretty good lil week over here! How’s it been over in your neck of the woods? Maybe I’m just focusing on the positive, but I feel like the universe is finally showing me more roses instead of the thorns. ;-) Either way, wine is probably warranted.

Now, let’s get down to business with some FriYAY goodness.

1. New sneaks!sneaks

Four fresh miles Thursday morn in these badboys broke ‘em in.

2. This,well and good pic


(First seen on Well and Good’s Faceook Page!)

3. Friends episodes streaming on Netflix.friends-tv-show


I just watched  the one with the Prom video, aka “SEE? He’s her lobster.” Gets me every time. ;-)

4. Lunch at Haute Cakes.haute

I’ve professed my love for this cafe as one of my happy places, and lunch there this week with my mama was no exception. (P.s. I only ate part of it, but their gluten free English muffin is killin’ it… i had chicken salad on it!)

5. I’m now a board member for the Orange County chapter of Girls on the Run!gotr


I’ve been volunteering with them since I lived in D.C., and am SO excited to help grow this chapter!

And that’s it! Who’s ready for the weekend?!



What are you FriYAY-ing about today? Spread the happy!

Yoga Life

Hi loveys! How’s everyone’s week going?ekamJPG

For the past month, I’ve been exploring a yoga studio in my new neighborhood here in Newport Beach, Ekam Yoga. I’ve felt more drawn back to my mat and to practicing yoga than I have in a long time… like, YEARS. Quite honestly, I’ve sort of fallen in love with this studio itself. The vibe there has fed into that little voice inside me that was calling for a return to the mat, and helped me renew a love for yoga I’d semi forgotten about.

I’ve historically only liked super hot yoga (like power yoga classes or Bikram), and this studio is not that at all. There are warmer flow classes (which is mainly what I’ve stuck to), but nothing too terribly sweat-worthy. And yet I have sincerely enjoyed every class I’ve gone to at Ekam, and each moment on my mat in the practice room. I’m not sure if it’s because of the relaxed, calming SoCal vibe, or just the season of life I’m in right now, or just the deep “let’s talk about life/your existence/the universe” sharing that each yoga teacher I’ve had there so far has brought to the practice…. but there’s something. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. photo 3(But let’s be honest – the deep thoughts sharing is pretty much my favorite part because I love me some good ol’ deep thinking.)

I recently realized there’s also a small amount of fear inside of me regarding concentrating more wholly on my yoga practice, and taking an eye off of running. As if there’s a piece of me that’s scared I’ll lose the speed/endurance/consistency that I’ve built up over the last few years of racing, or – perhaps even more – that my heart will not want to return to running………. what has for so long been ever deeply tied to my identity.

That sounds sort of silly, doesn’t it? As if people aren’t allowed to change and evolve and let each chapter of their lives move them in new ways (or old ways). I know deep down that just because I take a mini vacay from running, I’m not necessarily banishing my running identity altogether, but I suppose I’m not sure what will actually happen when I admit that I might love other activities more right now. I’M A RUNNER, DARN IT. And, I mean, I am…. though I have barely looked at my running shoes since the San Diego Half, and I seem to have a bit of runner’s knee flaring up these days.

Anyways, YOGA. Right now, in what feels like a moving-at-the-speed-of-light, million puzzles pieces thrown up in the air sort of time of my life, yoga feels like an answer more than anything else. Or at least a light, and a way to ground myself and remember things happen for a reason, how they should and when they should. And that’s something, right?

That being said, I plan on running this morning. ;-) P.s. if you live in the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach area, check out Ekam! (And nooooo, they don’t know I’m writing about them!)



Yoga – are you a fan or no? And do you believe in fitness “seasons” in your life, aka being drawn to different types of activities at different times in your life?

Paleo Recharge – Week 1 Update

Hiya. Soooooooooooooo week one of my Whole30?photo

(Pssst- those were baked sweet potatoes, not fried, and were not made with any icky oils.)

I ate some great food…. And now, it’s kinda, sorta, completely over.

Um. Yeah.

I hesitate to tell you all this, lest I look like a butthead, but honesty is the best policy in my book. :) In a nutshell, I ended up getting sick Friday (some weird bug that’s been going around) and was crazy nauseous through Saturday, and as a result, finally caved and ate some gluten free bread.

Is anyone rolling their eyes? WHOA, GLUTEN FREE BREAD – getting wild up in here.

I have to tell you, I was sitting there, head in my lap, debating if the world would end if I had to eat a piece of toast to try and settle my stomach Saturday afternoon, and realized that was absolutely ridiculous – personal health is more important than any voluntary diet challenge you put yourself on. I mean, duh? SO, eating the gluten free bread did not make the world stop spinning and I doubt most people who read this blog will really care, but it does pretty much kill the entire Whole30 thang….. all bread is off limits per official Whole30 rules (even if gluten free, because it’s still made with rice.. or at least the one I ate was), and oh did I mention I put peanut butter on that bread? Double rule breaker, but when you feel like puking, the last thing you want is meat on top of meat, or even eggs, and you don’t care about some arbitrary rules other human beings created… sorry I’m not sorry. And it did make me feel better!  Hallelujah.

Breaking the rules means I would/should have to restart my Whole30 altogether, to complete it with the full integrity of its design, aka change my life and my eating habits completely, to set myself up onto a clean path for a new Paleo life…. and frankly, I’m not interested in that.

Let’s back up for a sec. I really decided to even do this Whole30 at all because I wanted a kick in the butt to eat more protein and veggies, and become less reliant on toast and Luna bars as a snack as of late… not to actually switch over to lifelong Paleo eating. You guys already know that. So not doing a Whole30 after one week in is not a huge deal, other than it makes me feel like a jerk to say I’m going to do something and then get derailed. BUT I’m not throwing away the intention behind that Whole30 challenge! That’s the important part.

For the rest of this month, I’m sticking with the main principles that tend to guide Paleo lifestyles:

  • No sugar
  • No dairy
  • Limit/eliminate processed foods (i.e., keep things as natural as possible – including no artificial sweeteners or soy products)
  • Limited alcohol (which I already try to be mindful of anyways)
  • Focus on protein and vegetables/fruit

……..Plus my own modification (a reflection of what’s already occurred): gluten free grains. I think that’s totes (and yes, I really just wrote out “totes”) fine, considering my goals here. This means rice, quinoa, gluten free oats…… And that doesn’t mean I will be doing cartwheels with gluten free desserts or processed gluten free snacks.  :-) I’m not trying to cut corners in order to eat junk that’s still junk, regardless of white flour being involved or not, and I honestly never had an “addiction” to sugar in the first place, which is what a lot of Whole30 official language seems to be focused on breaking.,,, I am keeping a big focus on eating natural, whole foods, which is still at the heart of the Paleo movement.

This will work for me, and makes me feel less like a stinker for breaking my solidarity with all you Whole30-ers/Paleo diehards out there this weekend…. especially after freakin’ Instagramming my Whole30 day-in-the-life for The Eighty Twenty on Friday. I couldn’t have predicted I’d get sidelined by a virus, and I’m not at all regretful for breaking it in order to, ya know, not puke on my boyfriend. So, there’s that.

All that being said, I made a big crockpot full of my fav Paleo chili yesterday, and I bought approximately 1 million eggs + veggies at Trader Joe’s on Sunday, so I’m totally ready to rock this week and keep my eyes on the {good health} prize.

OH! And on a completely unrelated note, I’ve started (as of Sunday) taking a biotin supplement at the recommendation of my hairstylist. I’m trying to urge my hair to grow – it’s been such a stinker the past few months since I chopped off those 10 inches, and taking entirely too long to grow out. We’ll see what happens!



Anyone else trying to eat healthier this month? Or have you tried Biotin or anything else to grow your hair?? Do tell.


Fri-YAY Favs

FriYAY. Friday. Holler. Lots of favs this week  and tough to pick just five….mainly becasue I’m still riding the Seattle trip wave, and basking in memories of eating the most delicious grilled cheese known to man.e2f51a76601e7c1fe48d1484d45fa978

Anyways, here’s what’s been keeping me smiling this week…

1. These flowers, that just scream SPRING.

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…which continue to perk up my whole week and remind me that no matter what, there are happy things in this world.

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Me, 1000%.

3. I got to try out SoulCycle for the first time last night, and OMG. What a freakin’

My friend’s company was doing something with them, and she got to invite folks for a free class! I’ve been dying to try their classes and hadn’t because of the $$$. It was awesome!

4. This speaks to my heart, and I was happy to see it on my Insta feed 4

I will forever love Carrie Bradshaw and her obviously impeccable wisdom, but this in particular struck a chord with me this week.

5. I’m taking over The Eighty Twenty’s Instagram feed today! update-logo3


Be sure to give them a follow and say hi to me throughout the day! I’ll be sharing my Whole30/complete randomness, per usual.


Have a great weekend, loves! xo


What are you FriYAY-ing for today?

Do the Tough Stuff


First things first. Yesterday, I made mashed sweet potatoes for the first time, and it made my life. I also went to an information session for a nursing program at a local university. I’m not applying quite yet, but I wanted to do some intel…. nurseI’m still mulling over my options and feeling my way through my pre-reqs to make sure this is the path I want, but being more informed is never a bad thing, right?

AND I was really proud of  my outfit, and basically no one got to see it. I mean, except my dedicated Starbucks baristas (who don’t know I’m doing  a Whole30, and still want to serve me my usual – a soy misto, aka coffee with a lot of steamed soy milk). Usually I’m wearing spandex, so, ya know, color coordinating my outfit and slipping on shoes other than flipflops (I was wearing booties) feels impressive.stitchfix shirt

New shirt via Stitch Fix (here’s my referral link if you want to sign up!). P.s. I’m not even going to pretend I’m a fashion blogger, so thanks in advance for not laughing at my bathroom selfie (<–hate that word). ;-)

Anyways, when I was sitting in the parking lot about to head home from the info session, I started thinking about how sometimes life can seem like you’re on top of the world and have every ace in your pocket, while other times…. it’s like you’re in a muddy hole, trying to dig yourself out in the middle of rainstorm. Sometimes, life is just hard. And messy. And a bit unclear.

Totally not trying to pull a Debbie Downer today, but it’s more that I find it sort of interesting… the rollercoaster.

And there, sitting in my car, being that person that everyone hates in a crowded parking lot because  they take twenty minutes to turn on their car and back out, I began rolling through a slideshow of my life…. thinking about how the good stuff – the great chapters of your life book, the best career decisions, or most worthwhile athletic achievements – often start out HARD. My mind’s eye settled on my life right now, and how confusing and messy it is… how everything I seem to want comes with a million questions and pre-existing clauses.

But our whole lives are bookended by these invisible, seemingly insurmountable goals or dreams. Ones that eventually ARE surmounted (when it’s meant to be). It’s so easy to let the hardness dissuade you from carrying on, or to let the burden of a long or mysterious path to your goal diminish your excitement or ambition, but we can’t let that happen. photo 1


I think that even goes for relationships. Sometimes things seem magical and easy, and other times, not so much. All relationships – romantic and the friend variety – take effort, and can be messy…. and sometimes, they can be hard, even when they don’t start off that way. Everything in life eventually requires some work to maintain, with the exception of love, and relationships are built on more than just that.

Is anyone following this ramble? Bueller? Bueller?

So DO the tough stuff. Fight for what you believe in and what you want. Put in the effort and don’t let anyone tell you what you or do not deserve, or what you are or are not capable of.

Now off of my soap box, and into a pile of mashed sweet potatoes (um, it was too delicious).



Can anyone relate here? Talk to me. :)

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