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What’s 2014 Going to Bring?

ImageI came across this article on MindBodyGreen today and I thought it would be cool to share some of my answers. I’m going to take the top 10 – because some of them were really personal and I don’t want to put that stuff in the blogosphere. I am so ready to let go of 2013 and its challenges – and I am ready to really embrace change and a world of love and wellness in the upcoming year. 

Cheers to 2014 and see ya later, 2013! 

1. What am I most proud of this year?

I am proud of myself for taking a leap of faith by moving to San Diego, where I literally knew no one and cultivated a cute little life by the sea while keeping my relationship with my boyfriend stronger than ever. It’s really cool to be back and forth between two locations.

2. How can I become a better (_____leader_____)?

In 2014, I want to become a better leader in all aspects. I want my coworkers looking up to me as well as respecting me. I want to be a leader who leads by example, is constantly inspiring, and create an environment where my coworkers and colleagues want to work their best magic. 

3. Where am I feeling stuck?

I feel not as challenged at work – but that’s going to change at my new gig I start in the beginning of January! 

4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?

I need to allow grace in my actual physical body.  Through a clean 80/20 diet, I want to feel and look great and my best. 

8. How did I spend my free time?

I spent a lot of time walking, shopping, WORKING (of course), and surfing the internet. Shopping and the internet can take a back seat for 2014.

11. When did I feel most creatively inspired?

I thrive in a super busy atmosphere, when my body is rested and relaxed, after a fabulous yoga class, and in the early mornings when everything is so still and quiet.

14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?

Always, always make time for exercising and cooking a healthy and organic meal!

16. Where has self-doubt taken over?

Self-doubt takes over in work; I’m always paranoid over silly things and curious if people like me or not – which is extremely silly and needs to stop ASAP.

17. When have I felt the most alive?

I feel most alive after a great work out, eating a clean diet, and brewing my homemade kombucha. 

22. Where is it time to let go?

Let go of fear and choose love. So simple, but yet so hard! 

One. Amazing. Dinner.

I was so lucky to be invited to dinner with 2 of my new friends – Sarah and Peter of Cooking Imagewith CSA. I met them through work – and we all instantly clicked.  After teaching 2 killer classes at my store, it was time to take things out of WFM! They invited.  I accepted. And then to meditation and dinner we went.

So, I went into the experience knowing Sarah and Peter could cook and I was eager to see what they would serve up at their house (they are super organic vegan and work directly with the local farmers which is SO COOL).  Sarah made a killer salad with all fresh ingredients that I would never think of putting together paired with a homemade fresh dressing….followed by a rad veggie lasgana!

What was best about our hang out was that I left feeling happy and inspired. We talked, we laughed, we shared stories. It was the simplest and most amazing fun to be had. I really appreciate my new friends and I’m hoping we could do it again soon.  Maybe I’ll even cook (with Sarah’s help, of course).

Maybe they’ll share the recipes if we ask nicely. Image

And…if you have time, check out their website, Cooking with CSA, for monthly recipes using seasonal and organic ingredients.

Ellie.com for Fitness Lovers

This is pretty awesome! Ellie.com has extended a 20% off discount code to the readers of Grace Is The New Glam! What I love about Ellie is that their fitness wear is so comfortable with great materials. Sweat? Not a problem with these duds.  I personally love their capris for spin class and yoga!

I love looking and feeling chic and cute at the gym or in the yoga studio. It makes working out definitely more pleasant and I certainly smile more.

Sign up for a fitness-wear subscription – the price is certainly right.  You get to pick what you want and you get first dibs on new styles.  Pretty rad, huh? I’m sold. Click the pic below to get the ball rolling. See you at the gym!


20 percent of Ellie

Wellness Wednesday

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So, I have to ask you the simple question – what did you do to make yourself feel good today? I’ll start – after work, I rallied to my gym (LA Fitness) and went for my most favorite spin class with Jay [spin instructor extraordinaire]. 28 miles later and over 400 calories burned, I feel amazing. 

It’s about pushing yourself to your limits, trying new things, and putting the pedal to the metal [quite literally]! 

I chose fitness as my ‘feel good’ thing today – now it’s your turn – Leave your comments below! 

 

PS – Make sure you listen to Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke while getting your fitness on!