On a Pink Typewriter

a writer with a hearty appetite & an active lifestyle

Because Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving! I’m going to go ahead and rattle off some things I’m thankful for today, because… duh.

Like for parents who are healthy and love me – even when I’m the brattiest and ask them a million times what I should be when I grow up. Who encourage me to shoot for the stars and go out of their way to attend all my half marathons, and remind me that the only truly valuable things in life as we get older are family and your health.

For the very best friends, spanning zip codes and periods of my life, from kindergarten to newly made upon moving back to California last year.

For newly formed wrinkles around my eyes at the ripe old age of 28, because apparently I’ve been laughing a lot more in recent years.

For pancakes and Pure Barre and writing and running and southwestern sunsets, in no particular order.

For a funny little love who pushes me to be better (awww), even if he does wrongly believe brunch isn’t a real meal.

And for all of YOU, whose visits to this blog and eyeballs on my words mean more to me than you’ll ever know.

 

 

Tell me what you’re thankful for! And then go eat lots and lots of food. :-)

 

On Saying No, and the Negativity of Quitting

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All of my life, I have been a doer.

A finisher.

I was born a straight A student (cough – nerd – cough), held roles in student government, immersed myself in side jobs and extracurricular classes and volunteer work and {eventually} internships, making sure to completely caulk any cracks in my schedule outside of school. I said yes to everything, and my packed resume showed it. After college and grad school, the trend basically continued.

Yes, yes, yes, and yes please.

And so, for years and years, I have been the queen of commitment. Forever the little girl in the front of the classroom who eagerly raises her hand to help or be in charge anytime there’s a project or a need. Because I am always striving to be a little bit better, a little bit stronger, a little bit brighter than before.

I have almost never not seen something I’ve started to the finish line.  And I’m sure – I’m POSITIVE – that I’m not the only one with a mile long resume. Not the only one who always says yes.

Heck, I can, literally, remember the only three things I’ve ever “quit” (<– a word I despise) in my adult life.

–A French class that I enrolled in while in D.C. that I thought was for beginners, but quickly learned everyone had previously spoken it… and I was the only one who didn’t understand the entirely-spoken-in-French course. 

–That yoga teacher training last year, when after the orientation, I realized I could not, actually, pay my rent and be a yoga teacher, dashing my dream of leaving my cubicle life in the dust as was my {naive} plan.

–Most recently, withdrawing from the community college InDesign course I’ve been taking the last few months- not because I wasn’t getting good grade (I was), but because I realized a. I didn’t really enjoy it, and b. I was teaching myself the whole darn thing from the book, as the teacher didn’t do anything at all except put up grades and due dates.

And for that,  I’ve been called a quitter.

I sat quietly, rigidly, pushing down the idea of tears as I was  judged not so silently by that personal decision. As if the whole of me and my background and my character boiled down to dropping out of a design class that I had only enrolled in for self-fulfillment. Isn’t that silly?

There is a fine line between being a habitual quitter and occasionally choosing to say no (or not anymore) with intention. 

Those decisions to say no – to not see an activity through to the end – are personal, and speak to shift in my mindset I suppose. I’m older, sure, and recognize the importance of placing a greater value on my time and how I spend it. Because, friends, life is short, and if something isn’t making your soul sing… then gosh! Why are you doing it?

Now, certainly that is within reason. I don’t mean to drop every job or club or assignment just because it’s boring or difficult. Not at all. But if something – in the grand scheme of the universe – is not causing you fulfillment, not adding value to your life….Well I think you owe it to yourself to reassess your path, and – as appropriate – say no. Dig your heels in and place your hands on your hips and say NO with unwavering conviction.

If I could stick out my tongue and make a raspberry noise (you know what I’m talking about), I would, because that’s how I feel about being labeled a quitter, and having been made to feel like someone dishonorable.

There is such a negative connotation associated with women saying no nowadays, when really, it’s our lives to lead, is it not? And – far as I know – we’ve got one shot to squeeze out all of the goodness and love that we want from this life. Time is valuable, how you feel means something, and balance is for you to figure out.

So no, I am not a quitter. I have just learned that figuring life out means trying things on, saying yes, but also saying no thank you. And sometimes, you have to say yes to realize something isn’t a good fit after all, and allow the graceful bow-out. And that, my darlings, is perfectly okay.

xo

 

Have you ever struggled with a decision because you felt you would seems like a quitter or have to justify saying no?

 

 

Monday Things

1. Hello from Vegas!

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(That’s what everyone thinks of when they think of Las Vegas, no?)

I’m working from my parents’ house for Thanksgiving week.

2. Just like back in July, yesterday I joined my dad for his favorite workout ever, Orangetheory Fitness. Talk about a butt kicker…. I think I died a little on the treadmill.

3. How cute is my dad’s message on the “What are you thankful for” board at his Orangetheory studio?

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Apparently he (“Joe” ^)was channeling me when he wrote his message.

4. I’m still going strong with my dairy free month, and  tried Daiya vegan cheese on my pizza the other night.

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It. Was. Revolting.

Sorry if you happen to like vegan cheese, but I couldn’t handle it and peeled it off each slice as best as I could… and then tried to erase the taste (and smell) from my senses as best as I could afterwards. [I’d tried vegan cheese – soy based, different brand – a million years ago when first becoming lactose intolerant, and don’t remember it tasting that hideous, and just not melting well.]

5. I got a pedicure over the weekend, and chose a midnight blue color. Is that weird? I think blue nail polish is in again, but I’m also a  28 year old grandma.

6. My list-making soulmate.

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From an article on ways the most productive people stay productive, from one of my fav magazines: Fast Company.

7. I finally (FINALLY) bought a new GPS running watch

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Say hello to the Garmin 10! I was thisclose to buying the super snazzy Garmin 220, but felt like I couldn’t justify the price.

8. Speaking of running, shameless plug….. ;-)

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One of my essays (which was a blog post here last week) made it onto the Thought Catalog website {click here to check it out}. I know it’s not the New York Times or something, but as a writer who’s been trying her hardest to get a freelance writing career moving, I am over the moon.

9. In other freelance news, I also recently shared a new relationships essay on The Eight Twenty website. Check it out here if you like.

10. Have I mentioned Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time?!

Cheers to a short work week!

 

What are YOUR Monday things?

Fabletics Activewear Review

Hi friends!

I hope your hump day’s off to a good start. First things first! I tried Barre3 yesterday and then RideOn SD {a spinning studio in Pacific Beach} this morning using ClassPass, and it’s been a fun change of pace from my normal workout routine. As for using ClassPass’s system – a breeze so far! I’ll be writing another post dedicated to my opinions on it after my one month trial is over.

Anyways, today I wanted to tell you guys about my recent Fabletics purchase! *


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I’d been seeing the ads everywhere, and since I’d been in the market for new leggings, thought I’d give Fabletics a shot. Their website is sort of weird, but the gist is that you can choose to either shop individual pieces, or buy complete outfits pre-designed by Fabletics stylists. You can also become a VIP member, which means you get to pay slashed prices on items and automatically get outfits delivered every month.

To be honest, I had pretty low expectations due to a poor experience with their customer service reps, and wasn’t sure how great the quality would be. Since they advertise a complete activewear outfit for just $25 when it’s your first purchase, i.e.,  leggings + shirt + possibly a sports bra, I figured it was worth the risk.

Here’s what I ordered:

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This was the “Brink” outfit, aka a pair of the Lima capris in mulberry, and the Norwalk tank in white and lime green.

My purchase arrived pretty quickly, and – surprisingly – fit perfectly. I’d read all the reviews on the items I ordered, and tried to choose my sizes accordingly. I’m very petite, though, so I was a little wary. I probably could have sized up one size for the shirt because the bra part was a little tight, but otherwise no issues! Upon first glance, I loved the colors of both pieces, and was instantly impressed with the quality. The leggings felt thick with the right amount of compression, and the shirt seemed like a typical workout shirt I’d buy elsewhere, with an added airy quality due to the partially mesh material. I am a big fan of these types of workout tops in general — with the fitted sports bra and blousey lower half.

I tested out the outfit first in a  cardio barre class, and then on another day for sweaty sprint intervals and a stairmaster workout at the gym.

The entire outfit was perfect for barre, and held up against lots of squatting, leg-lifting, and arm raises. The capris didn’t feel too tight in the waist or end up loosing up (always a legging pet peeve on workouts), and the tight stretch stayed put.

As for the clothes’ performance on the second day during a gym workout?  Well, the capris survived again without a hitch, but the shirt sort of stretched out  during my run. It has a cinch tie, which didn’t seem to hold up when running at a fast pace. I will probably reserve it for yoga and barre classes.

These leggings are definitely not see-through (hallelujah), and the color is so vibrant they make me smile just looking at them! One flaw, though: sweat is definitely visible on this particular color leggings…. and by sweat, I mean in spots on your lower half you probably don’t want people staring at while you’re sprinting….or, um, ever. ;-)

Bottom line: I was really satisfied with my purchase! The jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll order from Fabletics again, but the clothes were definitely cute and efficient enough to warrant it — especially for the discounted VIP prices.

And now it’s time to get to work! Have a great Wednesday!

 

Anyone else tried Fabletics yet? What’d you think?

 

*FYI, this review is completely my own – I have zero connection to Fabletics other that being a new consumer.

ClassPass San Diego

Hello, hello!

I hope your Tuesday’s off to a great start! I wanted to share some fun news for all my fellow San Diegans. Have you heard of ClassPass? I hadn’t until recently, so don’t worry if you have no idea what I’m talking about. ;-)

ClassPass is a relatively new start-up that’s designed to help fitness lovers diversify their sweating routines, providing an opportunity to take fitness classes at studios around their city (as well as at other participating cities). Members have a chance to take unlimited fitness classes each month for one fee ($99 per month).

The lovely folks at ClassPass recently reached out to me to help celebrate the launch of Class Pass here in San Diego, which was yesterday.

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I was, of course, delighted, because as you guys know, I adore being active in a big way, and have found a new joy in fitness classes since moving here over a year ago (hello, Pure Barre). They’ve generously offered me a one month free membership to test the system out, and share my experience with you guys! Sweet deal, right?

SD is joining a great list of cities already spreading ClassPass love: LA, NYC, Washington, D.C. (<–right after I moved!), Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. 

There’s a TON of participating studios already, and I kind of freaked out looking at the list. You can find a map here of all the participants.

My ClassPass membership started today, so I’m ready to dive in and expand my sweatastic horizons. I have plans to take a Barre3 class later today and am stoked! Since I’m a Pure Barre loyalist with an active class package, I’ve been hesitant to branch out and try other barre studios in the area, but have always been curious how they compare. (Stay tuned as I will likely do a barre studio comparison post soon….).

I’m very much a creature of habit, including where my workouts are concerned. This is mainly because of tight work schedules, parking convenience, and a disinterest in blowing up my budget on multiple fitness class memberships. Regarding the latter, I have a gym membership and a Pure Barre package and (until recently) have been in race training mode/running outside, and therefore it’s seemed sort of irresponsible to me to spend more $$ on additional exercise studios. I consider my health to be invaluable,  but when one class is usually around the $20 price point – and higher – for most local fitness studios, I just can’t justify that, you know? That makes ClassPass pretty enticing to me, particularly since I’ve been interested in learning what other fitness studios exist here in SD and stepping outside my {fitness} comfort zone.

If you’re interested in signing up for ClassPass, check out their website! Heck, you can join me for some classes over the next month even. :-) FYI, although you can take an unlimited number of classes per month, you have a maximum of three classes per studio per month.

I’ll be sure to let you guys know how my experience goes!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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