grace is the new glam

by Jennifer Lahotski

Ode to 2020

Yep, it’s old news that 2020 is a shit year. It’s out there and this post isn’t going to rag on 2020 any more. So, if you want more bad news or more negativity to glob onto, move along and click to exit this page on your browser.

All things Corona virus related not included in my love of 2020, but it’s been a really great year.

I started with high intentions, which I always do on every New Years Eve night. I did what I always did. I worked out, continued my mostly-vegan diet and was going into 2020 with a bang as my best year yet. And, honestly, it has been!

The first time a caught a glance at the Eiffel Tower – PURE BLISS. (unedited and pure)

Late February, 2 girlfriends boarded a plane to Paris. We began the trip and strangers and returned sisters. I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe. My longing began when I was in college and I kept putting it off and had every excuse in the book. BUT! I took the plunge, booked a solo ticket in August and convinced the gals to join me. The first one to join asked if I wanted company and I said HELL YEAH! These ladies were not even the least bit reluctant to book, so I knew we were all in for a great time, and that it was. Together, we all popped our Europe cherries, walked probably about 20 miles a day through the streets of Paris, learned how to make croissants, went shopping, explored, took photos, shared stories, bought souvenirs and pretended to be the chicest of chic Parisian women. The 10 days with 2 in London were magical and I am so grateful. Present day, we’re all landlocked back in the states but the 3 of us send each others share photos of our trip often and we’re totally grasping onto faith that our next European adventure happens in 2021. All 3 of us have our credit cards and passports ready!

How my engagement ring was delivered…

Post European rendezvous, Steve and I got engaged. March 17th – exactly 1 year after we adopted our beloved little Jagger Fergus. Another great day in the books. I’ve kept this private and off of social media because I’m totally not one of THOSE people. (YUCK! – and you TOTALLY know the ones I’m talking about) If you know Steve and I, you know that we are quiet and private people – so this night was perfect. We had a quiet dinner from our favorite local Thai restaurant, he prepared dessert and out came little Jaggy with the ring. A gorgeous channel cut diamond band! (that I totally picked out)

Work: I got a raise this year – and also developed pure work/life balance. I started a brilliant routine! And I’ve written about it. For 2021, I’m working on purpose and passion and achieving financial freedom.

Joining the Peloton family was another great thing that happened in 2020. Never did I ever think I would be a workout from home person, but as I got into it, I LOVE IT. Every morning at 5am, I’m working out with THOUSANDS of like-minded folks just like me getting their morning sweat on. Our house now holds so many weights and work out gear, you’d sweat we had a massive garage to put it all in but we’ve made it work in our guest room/office/now gym/meditation room. I LOST 21 POUNDS AND COUNTING. (please, judgements aside, I’ve always been happy with my body, but this was a goal I set for myself and a lot of it was hormone related and being on the BC pill for so long — more on that another time). Buy a Peloton here and save $100!

MARRIED LIFE: Steve and I tied the know on August 14th. Fast, furious and private. Exactly what we wanted. No circus, no fairy tales, no princess dresses and NO weird posed icky pictures. Those things are all for a different breed of people, NOT US. It was a hot summer day in Norfolk, Steve wore his suit, I wore separates inspired by Olivia Palermo and Carrie Bradshaw’s courthouse wedding. My flowers were from my beloved local Vons Grocery store and my shoes were electric blue and designer… Yes, THOSE shoes.

Those are the highlights – I am really looking forward to a fresh start to the New Year!

I’m in the process of setting goals that I’m excited to share!

3 AM Smoothie Recipes

…because an AM smoothie is essential in the Lahotski Method

Just a few smoothie recipes that I adore so hard.

Why are smoothies a non-negotiable for me? 1. It’s really hard for me to get my green leafy veggies and this is a super easy and tasty way for me to get them in my daily routine trouble and hassle free. 2. Smoothies are such a great way of cleansing the body after the nighttime fast.

I know smoothies and juices are not allowed on the Engine 2/Plantstrong lifestyle and diet, but for me, it works.

I also know that having all the ingredients on hand daily is a pain point. But I’ve learned to improvise – learn your likes and dislikes and know bananas and greens are always a great idea 🙂

Look at how f’n cute my dog is!

Farmer’s Garden

Orange Juice 





Bonus Points – add flax seeds 

Melissa Wood Health’s Spirulina Smoothie

Coconut Water 

Frozen Bananas 

Mixed Berries 




2-3 TBS of Spirulina 

Juice of 1 lemon 

Bonberi Green Smoothie

Coconut Water 

Juice of 1 lemon

Frozen Bananas 

Frozen Mango 





Mind. Body. Soul.

The essential things needed to live in peace.

Yep, it all sounds overwhelming – meditating, working out and keeping a sane mind in the midst of a global pandemic that doesn’t seem to be easing up anytime soon.

I’ve been on my wellness journey for over 10 years now. It was Gabby Bernstein’s first book, Add More ~ING to Your Life that rocked my world and I am forever grateful for it. I got sober after being in LA a few years with the help of Gabby and Elisa Hallerman and it just stuck. I did the work, stayed on the course and really found my way. The sober way – a way where I didn’t even think was possible. I didn’t stop being “fun”, I didn’t lose my personality, and the word boring never comes up when talking about me. (Unless you made the judgement already that I’m sober and boring – that’s okay, but take a look at exactly WHY you would judge me. Turn inwards.) okay, no more sober talk, I’ll save that for later.

Even on the path of wellness I have been on for such a long time, I’ve always have been jarred by how the HELL can one human being do ALL of the wellness things. It seems like a lot and honestly, it seemed unachievable. I was envious of the people can get it all done while working a full time job.

Well, folks, I DID IT – Enter Laurie Santos’ class from Yale University via Coursera. LIFE CHANGING. The virtual class is called The Science of Well-Being. The course bought into the why’s of why we do all of these mind-altering things. It’s science backed. I finished the course [roughly] about 50 days ago and have been meditating daily ever since. Also, I’ve been working out and eating super-clean vegan too.

Mind. Body. Soul. Your spirit is waiting for you to dive in! Take the course to make sense of all of this!

My AM Routine

I love a solid morning routine and here’s mine.

Disclaimer: I am a morning person, always have been, I’m pretty sure I always will be. Also, I’m not writing this to frustrate anyone or to invoke comparison; just hoping to inspire and share what works for me. I thrive in a routine.

So, let’s dive into it!

Monday-Friday, the work week for me currently, I wake up at 5am. I sip some water, slap on my Apple watch without even hitting the lights. I get changed right into my workout gear and hit the Peloton hard. A do a series of options that they have: definitely a 30-45 min ride, abs at the end, and a 10 min arms session in between.

Next, I dry brush using Biossance’s dry brush (more on that another time!) I hit the shower, warm water to start to wash my face – then the next 5 minutes in cold, COLD water with NecessairĂ© Sandalwood body wash. This wakes me up and shakes the anxiety right out of me! To finish off…I complete my skin routine – tone, serum, another serum, moisturize, finally SUNSCREEN.Get dressed. I don’t come out of my guest bathroom until this whole thing is DONE. This is so I stay focused and get done quickly.

The lights go on in our house after I’m done with all of that. I feed my favorite, little, furry creature, Jagger – he brings me so much joy – and I make Steve and I smoothies for the next few days. (once again, more on smoothies another time – I have A LOT to say about the topic)

It’s roughly 6:45 at this point, I head into the workspace (the same space where I work out!) – THIS IS THE CRUCIAL STEP – I have a ritual, when it’s time to work, I open the blinds, open the window, turn on the lights + my computer and do an email skim to make sure there’s nothing urgent.

Next – meditate for 10 minutes with incense or copal burning – it’s not negotiable to skip this step.

10-12 minutes later, it’s 7AM and the work day begins! Smoothie at 9am and a mid-morning snack at 10:30.

I’m mesmerized at morning routines – LET ME KNOW YOURS!

A New Chapter

This will be just a start to uncovering my wellness journey. It’s a long, never-ending one because I am a student of life. I love learning, I love people, I love food, I love wellness.

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The “before” of me was a party animal, glass half empty gal. I was just living an unhealthy lifestyle. I was always searching for the next big thing….more money, better job, better clothes and drinking a lot. There will be more on all of this as I unveil my stories. That’s the point of this site.

Right now, during this crazy quarantined life we’re in, I was guided to take my health head-on, since I have a bit more time on my hands.

The steps I’ve taken now:

  • Re-committed to a plantstrong lifestyle. For all of you curious warriors, that’s vegan, no added salat, sugar or oil diet. It sounds REALLY overwhelming – but TRUST ME, it’s doable and I am willing to share all of my hacks.
  • MEDITATE – ever since I’ve made the turn down wellness lane, I’ve dabbled in meditation, never to the extent I’m in now. I do 10 minutes (minimum) daily right before I start my work day
  • MOVEMENT – move yo’ body daily. That’s it. Nothing fancy. Get moving.

Mind. Body. Soul.

Right now, I’m down 20 pounds from late 2017. Yes, I’ve always been thin, but I was not always healthy.

I have A LOT to share and I am so happy to take a look back on my past and take you along my wellness adventure. It is an honor to inspire others.

Meet Jagger

63B5DBDE-9E1A-49CE-87BB-93272D9C97C5Well, I never thought I would say this – but I (Steve too!) adopted a new doggie! His name is Jagger Fergus! He is a 2 year old 5lb Yorkie/Pomeranian mutt that made my heart burst open with so much love that I never knew I had in me!

He is always into some kind of trouble. Clearly, he takes after his mom. He’s chewing on everything, loves eating crumbs off the ground, and running around the house like a maniac. He’s already been to the vet twice and the animal hospital once and last Friday, we got a call from our puppy day care saying that he cut himself by sticking his head through the gate. Yes, this is my child.

Why I’m Going to Tulum

I’m sitting here on the floor of my apartment (yes, we have an office and a gorgeously fluffy couch and I’m choosing the floor!), hair braided, suitcase packed and zipped….I’m ready to officially start my journey to Tulum. Why not publicly set my intention to why I’m going?

My friend, spiritual mentor and guide, Heather Lindemenn, announced that she was doing a retreat to Tulum. The uniqueness of Tulum always called to me, but I’d never thought I’d go, just because of the sheer fact that it’s Mexico – and it’s “not that far” from me. Going on an adventure with Heather peaked my interest a bit – but again, nah, it’s cool. I’m going to Europe this summer. I’m good.

Well, I’ve been meditating in the morning religiously for months and the Yucatan came up! I had a calling to go. A day later, Heather and I hopped on a phone call, she basically waved her connected wand of the universe and I was IN. So IN. My heart felt alive and the doors opened.

So – why am I going?

I’ve always been a spirit junkie. I’ve always wanted to do sacred travel. (John of God is next, maybe India too, who knows). This was a great opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. It felt right. The pieces fell into place with no struggle. My gut told me YES YES YES.

Clearing Anxiety. I’ve suffered from anxiety since I was in my early 20’s when I was drinking A LOT. It started up in full-force last year when rapid changes were made at the company I was working at. It was bad but I moved on from that job, thankfully, but slid into another one – and again, anxiety is it a high. I dealt with it today. I’m hoping this trip will hit the “reset” button for me and anxiety is no more. (no one should have to put up with the symptoms I get – dizziness, shortness of breath, can’t swallow, headache – AWFUL!)

Enhancing My Work. I’ve always loved work. I’m obsessed with it. Both of my parents worked their asses off my entire life. I want to work with purpose and love. I do love what I do but sometimes I take things too personally or I take things so seriously. I want to let that shit go, but still be fiery, amazing and one of those people you always want to come to work to see and work with. I want to be a courageous leader. I want to be looked up to. I want to be that honest team member that lights up the room. It’s me and it’s happening.

Financial Freedom. It’s coming and I’m so close but this is always on my mind. Someone once said to me, “it’s not about a certain amount of money, it’s about being financially free!”. She was filthy rich and had literally everything I wanted: a quaint little house in the 90210, 2 cars, a closet filled with designer clothes, a delightful and successful group of friends and a really famous career. A successful career that she comfortably left to follow her heart. She inspired me and I think of her often, even through we lost touch. I know I too can have those things and more. And I’m asking God to lead the way for me…

Deepening My Relationships. We all can use some help in this department, but I want to be connected to everyone around me. Especially my family, my boyfriend, my friends and co-workers. I’m thinking less jealous, less judgmental, and more supportive, more loving.

I also want to add once I committed to this journey, all of the above notes started little by little unfolding. These are the things I want and I am working towards.

Tulum, here I come. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait to meet the 4 other girls. I can’t wait to go to the ancient Mayan healer in the jungle!

10 Random Things About Me


  1. I have the most gnarly sweet tooth
  2. I wash my hair maybe every week and a half and blow outs are my best friend
  3. I would seriously love to be 100% vegan
  4. My morning and night routines are very intense and I am so out of whack if I go off schedule
  5. One of the best songs to just completely rock out in the car to is Aerosmith’s Livin’ on the Edge
  6. One day….I will compile a list of my all time favorite songs
  7. My friend Maria D and I send SnapChat videos back and forth using the animal filter pretty much every night.
  8. I’m a bonafide bad TV watcher – Kardashians, Housewives, you name it, I watch it via Netflix and Hulu
  9. As stated in #7, I am a SnapChat junkie. It’s the only social media that I can control
  10. I gratitude journal every single night and I love it!

Meyers Briggs Personality Test- ENFJ-T

Okay, my best friend came to visit yesterday and demanded that I take the Meyers-Briggs personality test. She assured me it was a quick version and it wouldn’t take too long – so I was totally IN!

It took maybe a total of 10-15 minutes, of course I read all of the “tough” questions out loud to drive the BFF nuts – but I got my results and I squealed with delight – I’m a ENFJ-T. The Protagonist.

If you know me, you know I love all things wellness, psychic, therapeutic treatments – anything to give me insight to bettering myself and those around me. I read and read and read. I couldn’t stop and I needed more. For me, the results were accurate and if you want to know me better – and how I deal with things – and how I want to make the world a better place – then read up about the ENFJ’s in the world. (Hello, Oprah is a fellow ENFJ!)


A little bit more details about “my kind”:

  • 74% Intuitive
  • 71% Feelings
  • 60% Extraverted
  • Charismatic – Charm and popularity are qualities ENFJs have in spades. They instinctively know how to capture an audience, and pick up on mood and motivation in ways that allow them to communicate with reason, emotion, passion, restraint – whatever the situation calls for.
  • Altruistic – Uniting these qualities is ENFJs’ unyielding desire to do good in and for their communities, be it in their own home or the global stage. Warm and selfless, ENFJs genuinely believe that if they can just bring people together, they can do a world of good.
  • Natural Leaders – More than seeking authority themselves, ENFJs often end up in leadership roles at the request of others, cheered on by the many admirers of their strong personality and positive vision.
  • Weaknesses – Too idealistic, too selfless, too sensitive, fluctuating self esteem and struggle to make tough decisions

Take the quiz here for yourself – it’s SO fun! 

5 Things

I’m losing my blog momentum – lots going on with work, working out and wellness but here’s a little run down about what’s going on in my life and 5 things I’ve been digging. What have you been diggin’ lately?

Amma’s Rose Oil – My Signature Scent  – I love love love this smell. It’s basically a sandalwood and rose oil and I get so many compliments on it. It’s a whopping $35 on Amma’s site (and EO makes it too but they are out of stock A LOT). Trust me, this stuff is gold.


Afternoons at the Pool – Steve and I moved into our place in Long Beach and we are enjoying every moment of it and taking advantage of the amenities – including this beautiful pool. Sometimes I did to just unplug, reboot and just sit back and relax!


TSC Bombshell Body Guide – Okay, I’ve never, ever done this before but I bought meal/fitness plan online but I am loving every minute of it. I’ve been in deep for almost 2 weeks now and I’m down 3 L-B’s and I feel great. Like, super great and I can see the difference in my bod. It’s so good, it’s easy and manageable! Try it!


Tony Robbins – Yep, I’ll admit, I’m a Tony Robbins newbie. I am a self-proclaimed self help book junkie and I’ve never got into Tony Robbins, until now. It took my the documentary I Am Not  Your Guru. At this point, I’m all in! He’s incredible! Check it.



Zucchini Noodles – Another thing I’m late to the party on is these bad boys. These are gluten free and AH-MAZING. It takes like 7 minutes in a pan with a TBSP of olive oil and BAM!, throw on some red sauce, add some fresh mozzerella and basil and VOILA, perfectly healthy! (I got mine at Whole Foods Market Long Beach)


Hope you enjoyed reading this one!