Real Talk

Happy Monday Friends!

We’re nearing the end of July and I, for one, have no clue where the time has gone! There are less than 80 days until Phil and I get married…can you believe that?!? We have so much to do but I am happy to say we’ve successfully checked off A LOT: the cake is done, my dresses are ready to go, invitations are going out curtesy of my mother, sister, aunts and other helping hands, the music (for the most part) has been worked out with the band, and we’re figuring out wedding band designs – but trust me, we’ve got much more to accomplish between now and October. One more thing I have started to do is drink more warm apple cider & lemon water first thing each day, I feel like this is my best way to kick start a healthy day! photo 1-3

I celebrated my bachelorette the other weekend – IT WAS AMAZING! My sister and bridesmaids spoiled me rotten and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. We did EVERYTHING from relax at the spa to close down the club and had the best time doing it! I was so sad to say goodbye to everyone but glad to see Phil when I got home. photo 2-3

Speaking of, he and I have been doing lots of little things to prep for the wedding and I can’t wait to share!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Getting Real

So I feel like my blog is slowly turning into a weekend recap and quite frankly, thats not interesting to anyone…not even me! Today its getting a little more real…YES, this weekend we enjoyed a great dinner with friends on our roof and were blessed with a magnificent sunset BUT that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface!!photo-13

First, there are less than 90 days until Phil and I say ‘I do’ and our ToDo list is massive! We have set lists to review for the band, shot lists to approve for the photographer, floor plans to sign off on for the planner, photo montages to compile and that’s not even half of it…but this weekend is my bachelorette and this is one item on my wedding to do list I am VERY excited to check off!!! We’re going to have the most glorious time in D.C….right after I squeeze in my dress fitting and cake tasting Friday morning!

Second, i have the start of my 500 hr training in about a month and I am not even teaching yet! I KNOW I need to be easy on myself…acknowledge I am trying to tackle a lot of significant life events ALL at once and there is no reason I should be putting so much pressure on myself…but at the same time this is what life is about! I am making a plan this week to prep for training – I have to study, practice more, and bump up my meditation game!

Third, and while I haven’t touched on it lately here, Phil and I are doing our best to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. BUT for the first time in a very long time, I am keeping less track of whats going in and how much I am burning….AND I feel great. I am always very aware when I have indulged too much or feel like I need a treat – I am letting my body and intuition lead the way and I’m enjoying the results!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Freedom and Fun

So it may have taken me until today but I am super excited to recap the wonderful weekend we had in La Jolla for 4th of July! Phil and I were so excited to take our first So Cal trip together & I couldn’t have asked for a better time. We met our friends Marc & Nicole for a weekend of food, fireworks, freedom and fun! We spent the weekend at the beautiful Empress Hotel with views of the cove and a gorgeous terrace to enjoy breakfast and do a little yoga.photo 1-2

We enjoyed long walks, exploring the cove, wine tasting and delicious dinners but best of all…FIREWORKS!!!! I love fireworks, hahaha, and where we had dinner on the 4th we were able to see 6 shows all across the ocean…it was glorious!photo-10

We ended up driving back from La Jolla to San Francisco…which took 12hrs…but gave me a lot of time to think. I realized that have been losing myself in my work and I need to get back on track with being present, finding joy in the little things, and enjoying the blessings of life.photo-11

I have a month until I’m in Napa with some of the ladies in my Yoga Medicine family for the start of my 500hr training. I have some work to do, which I am looking forward to, but the trip will be here before you know it and I can’t wait!!

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’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Never a dull moment

Well it’s back to reality after a weekend back home in Philadelphia. It was such a wonderful but crazy weekend, I don’t even know where to start. Sadly we didn’t really sleep on the flight but regardless of rest we hit the ground running with a meeting at our venue, Union Trust. Phil, my mother, and I sat down with our planner and finalized all the details for the menu and I felt like a complete zombie…I just hope we like what we picked on the day of the wedding, hahah! Thankfully we were able to squeeze in a little nap before the rehearsal dinner which was awesome but SOOOO long! photo 1(1)Saturday is when the real fun began! Phil left at like 6am to go golfing (basically in the rain) and I got a call from my mom that basically said there was a mishap with my rent the runway dress and I don’t have a dress for the wedding this afternoon……PANIC!!!!! God bless my mother – she was helpful, patient, and resourceful – she pulled an old prom dress out of the closet and told me to see if it fit. photo 2(2)I would NEVER had thought to try but sure enough, it fit! I got a ton of compliments and while the run around was stressful, it all worked out in the end. The wedding was beautiful and I am so excited to be officially expanding my family when Phil and I tie the knot in a few short months!

’til next time, keep smiling!!!

Taking life in steps

Happy Tuesday Friends! Last week was full of surprises!!! I got a last minute, mid-week day off and my girlfriend Brianna from  Yoga Medicine teacher training came to visit from Arizona! It was so much fun to have a sleep over (Phil slept on the floor in the corner since we still don’t have any furniture beyond our bed and two bar stools) and spend time with someone who just ‘gets it.’ She and I went to an AM yoga class and I had my first positive yoga experience in San Francisco. I will admit, I enjoyed some of the classes I took at the studio around the corner from Pasta Gina but this class at Union Yoga was amazing…AND they told me to email about being added to their sub-list…YAYAYA!!!!!!!! As an added bonus, Sophia (also a yoga medicine girlfriend..who happens to be doing the 500hr Spine module with me in August) came up from Menlo Park and the three of us had a GIRLS DAY!!!!!! Totally necessary not only because I have nearly no friends here in SF but also, I needed a perspective shift…there is nothing like some wonderful yoga wisdom to reset my perspective.photo-1This week is all about gearing up for this weekend…Phil’s brother’s Wedding! I am so excited to have a brother and sister-in-law soon and I love that their wedding gives us another excuse to head back home! While I am not looking forward to the swampy heat of summer in the city of Philadelphia, I can’t wait to see everyone!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Taking time to enjoy!

Phil left for a business trip this morning, so last night we had a little dinner/early evening on the roof as a special goodbye. The photo doesn’t do the view justice but I wanted to share it anyway! Phil and I have been on the roof 3 times since we moved here a few weeks ago, and each time I am reminded of San Francisco’s beauty! The view is truly breathtaking and it takes me to my happy place – no matter the stress of the day, it all melts away when we take this all in! photo-9

While I am missing my handsome finance, I am trying to take time to enjoy being apart. Last night I relaxed alone, and tonight a friend from my Yoga Medicine 200hr Teacher Training is coming to visit. She recently moved from Colorado to Berkley and I am so excited to take the time to catch up!

I still have a ways to go but when I take the time to enjoy San Francisco, it really does feel like home!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Thursday Friends! We’re one day closer to the weekend and I am excited for a few days to decompress. As soon as I got back from Philadelphia it was right to Pasta Gina for work – 6 days, 10hrs a day, I am ready for a break…but that is not what today’s post is about. Today’s post is about this…photo-8

…as I was flying home last weekend and feeling rather alone I opened my tiny window shade and noticed the sun beginning to rise in the distance. I was immediately taken back to the miraculous sunshine I shared with my Yoga Medicine family in Hawaii and felt surrounded by love. I don’t know if it was the reminder of how mother nature’s infinite beauty can surprise you, the nostalgia of my shared sunshine, or the closeness I felt to my grandmother in that moment but I began to weep. I wasn’t necessarily crying out of sadness but rather as a result of being completely overcome with emotion.

To me, there is something truly amazing about that humanness…those moments of connection…they remind me of why life is precious and make me feel grateful. Today and everyday throughout the month June I invite you to take notice of the little things around you, to allow mother nature to overwhelm you, and to connect on a deeper level with what makes your life truly precious.

‘Til next time, keep smiling! :-)