Wedding Rings and Yoga Things

Happy Hump Day!

Phil and I went wedding band shopping the other day…totally crazy! I know our wedding is like a month away so it shouldn’t be so surprising BUT there was suddenly this feeling of “WOW, this is really happening!” There was something about putting that band on that made things feel REAL…I can’t wait to be Colleen April! imageAnyway, we’re working towards the wedding day by day and last week I shared our skin prep secret – Lush face masks, so totally amazing! This week I’m sharing a little about how we’re working towards our wedding ready bods! Coupled with regular yoga (duh!) I am keeping things interesting with different forms of cardio – cycling, interval training, light jogging, and today I’m jumping into The November Project. I am not sure what to expect but I’m looking forward to the adventure!imageIn other news, I have been enjoying teaching yoga in San Francisco and can’t wait to teach more and more. I get so nervous each time I teach – questioning my flows, beating myself up if I stumble over my words, worrying if people hate it – but the more I put myself out there the less I question, beat myself up and worry. Tonight I am teaching my first corporate yoga class and I hope it’s the first of many! I know if I keep putting myself out there and takings steps forward, good things will continue to unfold!imageAs a fun little yogi motivation this month, I’m doing an Instachallenge! Chicago Yoga Lab’s September Splits Bits Info Challenge to be exact…day 1 is in the books and I would love it if you’d follow along this month on my Instagram!!

’till next time, keep smiling!! :-)

Such a Lush

Happy Hump Day Friends!

Phil and I have about 40 days until we get married and we’re working hard to look our very best! One of the things we are doing is a Lush face mask every other night.

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I have tried so many different things for my skincare and I have finally settled on Lush for all my skincare needs – I love it, and so does Phil! All of their products (or most of them anyway) are food grade and 100% natural. Lush never tests it’s products on animals and the company works to make sure the farms/farmers they work with are well treated. I use their face wash, toner, syrum, face lotion, body bar, body conditioner, buffy bar, etc.. and they’re all fabulous, but we’re both obsessed with their face masks!

Whether you’re looking for something to help with breakouts, calm skin after too much fun, even tone, or just need a pick me up…there’s a mask for that! In the photo above Phil is sporting Cosmetic Catastrophe and I have Brazened Honey on my face BUT we are also huge fans of Love Lettuce, BB Seaweed, The Scared Truth and Oatfix (though it smells sooo much like banana bread it’s hard not to eat it off your face!)facemasks_lush

We’ll be continuing this little ritual from now until the big day…and maybe beyond!!!

In other news, I taught my first Bay Area yoga class yesterday!! I was definitely very nervous but there was a strong turn out and it went really well! I can’t wait to tackle more classes here in SF.

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Great Things

Hey Strangers!!!

So I got back from my first Yoga Medicine 500hr Teacher Training Module and I am feeling the yoga buzz! Mayacamas Ranch was a phenomenal place with picture perfect views, wonderful food, and an amazing group of women to learn with and be inspired by – talk about magical!!photo-5

As soon as I got home I was offered a substitute teaching position at Moxie Yoga here in San Francisco! I am so excited for my first class this coming Tuesday and am hoping to build on this momentum and get more classes to teach. I have a few lined up for the next two weeks AND I plan to add a tab to my page with my teaching schedule and how to get in touch for private yoga sessions with yours truly!! Get ready Bay Area, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

Silver Linings

Hello Friends!

SO Pre-Cana wasn’t terrible…can’t help but thinking since we’re on the west coast we got a more laid back version!! The grounds, the lunch they provided, and the dinner we had at Flea St. Cafe afterwards were all lovely so even though I wasn’t thrilled about this weekend, all and all we had a good time!!! Phil and I couldn’t believe we found such a gem of a restaurant hidden in what seemed like a very nondescript section of Menlo Park…from the cocktails to the culinary treats, the meal was a delight!!!! photo 2(3)On a different note, my bike was stolen :-( ! Yep, from right outside my window some crazy crackhead jacked my ride to and from work :-( BUT with the help of the amazing man I get to spend the rest of my life with, we found an even better version of my bike AND we got a great deal! photo 1(2)Sadly, I got a wicked flat on my way to work this morning and it took me 4 bike shops and about the same number of miles out of my way after work to get it fixed…it seems the Irish luck keeps on rolling. Here is where I have a choice…this can consume me or this could be something I let go…and with the help of the people I love, I can let it go. My mom helped me through the flat situation this morning…I called her and even if she didn’t know it because our conversations can be a little combative (mainly because I know what she is saving ‘under’ what she is saying AND that it upsets her when I call her sad) she calmed me down, helped me refocus on what’s important, and made me feel supported and loved – the only things I needed. photo-3What I’m saying is every shitty day has lots of silver linings and you can choose to notice them, hold on to them, and make them light your day, OR you can ignore them and allow the clouds to roll on in….choose wisely!

Until next time, keep smiling! :-)

Getting Serious

Hello Friends!

So I would have titled this post ‘Getting Real’ but since the last post was ‘Real Talk’ I didn’t want to be redundant or for anyone to think I simply didn’t care enough to notice, ha ha!  ANYWAY, Phil and I are heading to our Pre-Cana today and I can’t say I am super excited about it.  I’m thrilled about marrying Phil and can’t wait for us to spend the rest of our lives together but I can’t get on board with the idea that the church has to sign off on our union – oh well, that’s the life of a Catholic.  We’re making the best of the day by renting a sweet convertible through GetAround and enjoying a nice dinner afterwards at Flea St. Cafe…I’m just hoping I make it through the eight hours in-between.photo(8)

On a different note, I went to a new yoga studio yesterday with my neighbor (yes, I’m making friends) and met a fabulous instructor. Moxie is such a lovely studio and the teacher I connected with is going to add my information to their sub list, yipee!!!  I have really been putting the pedal to the metal on the ‘job grind,’ with the help of Phil, and am hoping something will materialize soon.  With any luck, I can get a few regular sub spots and snag one of these awesome gigs I’m applying to this weekend.photo(9)

I leave for the start of my 500hr hour training a week from tomorrow…I can’t believe it’s already here; I have so much work to do!!!  I am so excited but even more nervous than I was when I began my Yoga Medicine training last fall! The experience is going to be amazing, i just hope I can keep up, haha!

’til next time, keep smiling! :-)

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! :-)