SOUL CYCLE: OBSESSED!

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I was given the opportunity recently to try two free weeks of Soul Cycle in D.C., thanks to the Washington Women in Public Relations group I belong to.

I have been a few times in the past, but never consistently (because its a bit pricey) but found myself being SOUL obsessed!

For me Soul Cycle adds that little bit of motivation/inspiration that I usually get from a yoga class into spin.

Each Soul Instructor brings their own flair to helping you find your soul and have a fun  and challenging workout throughout the class.  (My favorites at 14th Street Studio in DC: Rachel R., Jared, and Sunny Mae).

Its a no brainer: A good work out plus a little spiritual replenishing is one powerful combination.

My first class of the two weeks, was the Saturday after I was offered a new job ( we will get to that in the coming weeks) but the instructor told everyone to let themselves just feel how we were feeling for the next 45 minutes.

So for the first time in way to long, I let myself actually feel fully happy. Crazy, how sometimes its harder to let yourself just feel happy but I did for 45 minutes and it was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes you just need someone to remind you its okay feel something, good or bad. To remind you that its okay to take 45 minutes out of your day, JUST FOR YOU.

So don’t be scared to try it! They always impress me with how they make sure new people are set up on their bike’s and make sure they feel comfortable and good to enjoy the class.

Another perk: If you were a dancer growing up, an extra bonus is all the rides are to the beat of the songs played, and kinda gives you that dance class feel as well. If you weren’t, they don’t care, they just want you to ride and have fun!

So I would highly suggest it! If anything, it is just a good way to re-motivate yourself to getting back into the gym!

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Latte Chat: The Best Advice Is Given Over a Latte

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I originally started this blog as a platform to talk about the issues and realities my girlfriends and I chat about over coffee (or wine).

I always leave those dates feeling so awakened on a new perspective, shocked at the reality of life that no one warned us about, or just completely rooted back to my foundation.

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Girlfriends are what make my world go round. I have no idea what I would do without them.

Whether its deciding what to wear on a first date or even just to brunch or tackling whether you should stay with someone or go, they have always been my compass and me, theirs.

So much of our conversations surround things that no one talks about and it takes us being in a very vulnerable place to open up and talk about them to each other, which brings me to the purpose of my Latte Chat series.

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I want to crack open those tough topics that we seem to talk about only over a latte in the back corner of a coffee shop.

Growing up is not easy and figuring out how to navigate it is even harder, so we have to stick together and help each other.

I hope you find this series just as satisfying as I find my coffee dates with my besties!!

Girls can live without a boyfriend , but can't survive without girlfriends.

 

Well Hello Again..

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WELL HELLO AGAIN!

It has been quite awhile since we last connected. I took a bit of a blog-life hiatus.

BUT I’M BACK! And BETTER THAN EVER!

This past year has been quite the journey for me. There has been lots of up’s and down’s and many, many lesson’s learned. But now I feel I am in a place where I am ready to be connected with the world  and share my insights and love for life again.

This time around I am excited to have a few guest bloggers that will be joining me to share their insights and love for life as well, so stay tuned!

I have no doubt we will get to the sappy, my lessons learned stuff later but for now here is a little recap of my past year…

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Moved into the city!!

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Made amazing new friends!

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Had the unforgettable opportunity of meeting my Grandfather at the Korean War Memorial in D.C. while he was on his Honor Flight.

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Spent three days in Breckenridge, Colorado with my sorority sisters. I can never get enough good quality girl time❤

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Spent ringing in the new year celebrating my cousins wedding with my Illinois Family🙂

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My girl-lobster (a.k.a bestie) flew out to celebrate my birthday!

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Attended and celebrated one of my best friends weddings in gorgeous Vail, Colorado.

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Spent a few incredible days in San Diego with my family after my brother returned from deployment in the Navy. So happy to finally have him HOME!

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Paddle-boarded for the first time EVER with my adventurous Sarah! Don’t worry we did not fall in the Potomac River🙂

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Traveled to Charlotte, NC for work and got to spend some good quality time with my sorority sister who took me out on the town. This was my favorite view hands down!

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Taylor Swift concert with my partner-in-crime was unbelievable. I am T-Swift obsessed!

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A bestie weekend to end October was exactly what I needed. Fall leaves, boots, lattes and my lovers❤❤❤

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Attended the CNN Town Hall on gun control with the President of the United States and watched my big sister have the opportunity to ask him a question!

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Survived the DC blizzard!

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Was accepted and joined the Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) Board!

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Last but not least, I flew out to Colorado and surprised my dad for his 60h birthday!

It has been an incredible year and I can’t wait share with you what I have learned and the woman I have fought so hard to become and to see where sharing my life with all of you takes me this time!

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Eastern Market Saturdays

GOOD MORNING!!!!!

I know that was a bit overkill, but I have been seriously sick for the last week and today is the first day that I have felt like a HUMAN again! So I am a little extra excited that I am alive and kickin.

But after a week indoors and isolated from the world, this morning I woke you rested and not coughing (a major plus) and in desperate need of a latte.

So I bundled up and headed out to Eastern Market, a market near my new house in DC for a latte and a stroll.

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Eastern Market is DC’s oldest continually operated fresh food public market, it has been around since 1873!

Fun fact: Similar to the local public markets found in Paris, France, Pierre L’Enfant designated space for such markets when he designed Washington, DC in the late 1700s.

Kinda cool right??

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Outside they have a ton of pop-up tents selling art, jewelry, scarfs, really anything you can think of!

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Little mirror selfie… plus I am in love with these mirrors! Saving to buy one this spring!

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Ran across these cashmere scarfs and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

Ten bucks each, I’ll take them!

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Cute local coffee shop sign! Thank you for making coffee for us because we LOVE drinking it!!

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Last stop on my journey… Peregrine Esspresso for a Vanilla Latte.

If you are ever in Eastern Market, I highly suggest stopping by Peregrine Esspresso. It is DELICIOUS!!

And they make cute designs in your latte. Who doesn’t love that!

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Hope you all decide to find an adventure this weekend, even if its just to a local market.

Happy Saturday!

Hello 2015!!

WE CAN FINALLY SAY GOODBYE TO 2014! WHAT A YEAR RIGHT??

Who else is ready to enjoy 2015 and what it has to offer? It can’t be near as bad as 2014 right??

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They say the most important relationship you have is the one you have with yourself and I truly believe that. So this year I am proclaiming 2015 a year all about me!!

Yup, sounds real selfish but the relationship I really need to work on is the one with myself. Who am I? What do I want? Who do I want to become?

So here are a few quotes we should all plan to live by in 2015!

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Be your own validation this year.

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Learn to love yourself and embrace all your imperfections.


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Declutter your life of the negative influences.

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Remember to take a moment to stop and enjoy the little things.


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Believe in yourself and your dreams and chase them fiercely!

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Drink lots of champagne and let loose and dance on the table!

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Stop looking behind you. You aren’t going that way!

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Take risks! Now is the perfect time to make mistakes.

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Don’t put off anything. You only have today for certain.


tumblr_nh7n9h1jCh1shcqiqo1_500Stop bringing down other women or people!

If you aren’t saying something to build them up, then don’t say it.

Really… just work on giving up these things! 
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Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year!!

Love, Latte!

Outfits to Celebrate 2015 in Style!

I have a love hate relationship with New Years. I love that it is a holiday that people get super dressed up for, I mean who doesn’t love the excuse to put on some red lips, high heels and a cute dress to dance the night away in.

The downside of New Years for me is that we have these high expectations for how the night is going to go and it rarely does go the way you planned. Who really wants to bring in a brand new year with let down expectations.

So this year, just have high expectations for your outfit and let the night just be what it was meant to be. You will have more fun that way, I swear!

Luckily for me, my plans were made for me this year. My cousin is having a New Years Eve Wedding Reception! Which is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and bring in the new year celebrating hope and love!

So after searching several site and Pinterest, of course, I found a few options of what to wear to bring in 2015!

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The sparkle dress is a perfect go-to for New Years. This outfit will ensure you will be noticed and the life of the party! Add a pair of black tights and black pumps and the perfect bracelet and you are set!

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If you don’t want the full sparkle-notice-me effect, try just a glitter skirt and a sheer blouse. This option you can add booties or pumps and use jewelry to either dress it up or down.

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Going to a super fancy party? A ballerina full skirt dress or skirt will do just the trick! Bring a gold or silver wrap to keep you warm!

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For my New Year’s Eve wedding I have settled on a three-quarter sleeve black dress, tights and pumps! I have a gold necklace and gold bracelet and its the perfect outfit for a combined wedding/New Years Eve celebration!

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Not a dress girl??? Black pants, a sparkle top and a blazer should be your go-to! Pair it with some fancy, stand-out shoes and you will be right in line with all the mini-dress wearing ladies!

I think the best way to bring in 2015 is in style!

Who Are You and What Do You Want??

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I have been told this quote several times throughout my life and had thought I had fully grasped the meaning of it, until this Fall.

This Fall, and quite frankly this past year has been an awakening for me. An awakening of who I am this very minute and an awakening for who I want to become and the life that I want to live.

This process didn’t happen overnight and the road I have embarked on has been anything but simple or easy. But it is a road that I can only hope that everyone chooses to journey down at some point.

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It all starts with the question: Who am I and what do I really want out of this life?

But beware, answering these questions are challenging, uncomfortable and difficult. It is an answer you don’t find in a day or a week but over a period of time.

Over this past year, I have journeyed through the questions:

Am I happy with who I am?

Am I happy where this life is heading?

What do I want?

If I could have the life I truly wanted what would it look like?

The hardest part about these questions, and the reason why most people don’t venture to ask or answer them, is that in involves the risk of realizing that the life you are living and the person you have become isn’t at all what you had hoped.

Which is a hard pill to swallow in and of itself, let alone finding the courage to take the actions to alter it.

This year, I have had to ask myself these hard questions.

I have chosen to make hard, heartbreaking decisions and changes in my life. I have had to take a really good hard look at myself and swallow my pride at the parts of me that I have developed that do not embody anything at all that I want to be.

I had to learn to be naked and insecure, even with myself and am learning how to forgive and embrace the journey I have been on.

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These haven’t been times of light for me but times of dark. They have been periods of anger, sadness and extreme loneliness.

But something remarkable is happening…

I can feel myself becoming who I had always envisioned becoming and it feels so good.

I feel myself gaining confidence back in woman I am, the decisions I make, and yes even feel that I am beginning to build the life I have always wanted to life.

Brick-by-brick, moment-by-moment, choice-by-choice, I can feel the foundation of my soul being built from the ground up.

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This is only the beginning of my journey and I assume it’s a journey that will never really quite end, since it is part of life to continually grow, change, and evolve.

It has been an extremely bumpy road of slip-ups, and several one-step forward and eight steps back, but it is a journey that I am so thankful I embarked on.

I wanted to share this with you because I hope that this just simply prompts you to ask the question: Who am I and what do I want?

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I hope it serves as a reminder that millions of people have embarked on this journey before and have survived and serves a guiding light that you also can embark on the journey.

Everyone is entitled to live the life of their dreams or at least the life that they are truly happy with, whatever that might be. You just have to be willing to enter the darkness, so that hopefully someday you can enjoy light and warmth you never knew existed.

Life is too short regardless, don’t waste your time not living life to its fullest.

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Happy Friday!