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home town lovin’

happy saturday!!!!!

wow this long weekend at home has been filled with gratitude. i am so happy to be relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous spring weather with my friends and family.

on thursday afternoon i got settled at home and had a home-cooked meal in the dining room. hooray for space, kitchen, and momma’s meals!

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the sun setting through the window in a room full of candles with food and laughter is my idea of a perfect welcome.

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my mom made an awesome Vietnamese dish with greens and veggies, noodles, and amazing shrimp. she is a rockstar in the kitchen and continues to inspire me. Vietnamese seems super intimidating to me, but my mom just went for it and it was delish.

friday morning i woke up slowly. big breakfast on the couch, doing a little writing and reading. i had to go for a run, even though i was suuuuper comfortable. the weather and sun were just too nice to pass up.

yesterday i had one of those runs where i felt like i could keep going and going. i recently got back into running from a 4 month stint of no runs, and i can’t believe how comfortable i have been feeling with my runs (knock on wood) ;). while getting back into running i have been practicing yoga about 4 times a week as well, and i truly think it has made a difference for me. i feel so light and free on my runs. my connection to my breath is steady and running is enjoyable and doesn’t feel like a chore. i felt very powerful yesterday, which felt reaaalll good.

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check out my first selfie on this blog…looking sweaty and happy because i was!

the afternoon rounded out with a nature walk with my mom.

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to be submersed in rows of trees, piles of leaves, and wandering on a rocky trail without a skyscraper at its end felt good. i had to pause and take notice that i was completely immersed in this nature path. there were no taxis driving by, no empty plastic water bottles on the trail, and no buildings obstructing my view of the trees and sunny sky. it was an itty bitty miracle, and a sweet, packed ounce of bliss.

this morning i hit the road with my dad and ran to a coffee shop sans music. i don’t remember the last time i ran without tunes, but i figured since i felt so great yesterday i would be fine. and i was. again i felt like i could keep going and going, running forever. so motivating. it was also nice to chat with my dad as we ran on, rounding out the morning with a vanilla almond milk latte. so so good.

i am curious to give running without music another try especially without someone to chat with as i run. i am curious to see how i would handle it. just me, my thoughts, my legs, and i. hmmm.

i hope you all are taking it easy this weekend. relax, find nature, and bliss out.

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midwest…water towers, wires, and open skies

xo juls

r&r in the midwest

hey all,

this afternoon i am headed home for a long relaxing weekend to my hometown, st. louis, mo! shout out to the midwest!

i can’t wait for long walks with my mom, catching up with old friends, and lots of home-cooked meals, dancing, and wine with my family!

workouts as of late:

saturday : 5 mile run across the williamsburg bridge

sunday : 90 minute hot yoga class

monday : 30 min elliptical + 60 minute power vinyasa class

tuesday: 2 mile walk through central park

wednesday (yesterday) : 5K on treadmill + 60 min power vinyasa flow

my workouts have been my therapy lately. running and yoga transport me to these sweet places of peace. there is nothing better than shutting out your life for an hour of pacing and breathing through a trail or on your mat.

yesterday, i reallllyyy didn’t want to go to yoga. i was tired, fell asleep on my commute home, and my eyes were crying for more rest. when i got home, construction men were renovating an apartment above mine. i had two choices–make it to my mat, or attempt to nap with drilling and banging above my head. the choice was obvious at that point…yoga. i told myself, if i had to take child’s pose for 60 minutes i would.

i got to class and laid in savasana until class began, but once i made it to that first down dog, my face was smiling the rest of class. the past two months of getting back into my practice and taking it seriously have brought my body and soul to this place where it craves the asanas and the breathing and it’s a beautiful place to be. it makes me feel powerful in peace, flexibility, movement, and meditation.

getting to class yesterday was a miracle for me…and miracle that carried me through a wonderful night spent with dear friends. yoga yesterday allowed me to laugh, lose track of time, and be more myself than i have felt in a long while. a true miracle and blessing. a wonderful perspective shift.

hope you all have a fantastic day and live now and presently. i’ll leave you with some pictures and a quote that’s been resonating lately.

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first iced coffee of the season! hooray! 🙂

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coffee coffee coffee #intelligentsia

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sunrises on my walk to working yesterday morning. yum.

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night spring shower view from taxi cab window

” ‘All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing’…A miracle is a shift in thinking from what we might have done in the past or should be doing in the future, to what we feel free to do right here, right now. A miracle is a release from our internal bondage” – Marianne Williamson

bliss xo,

juls

weekend recap

hey all!

i hope you had a wonderful weekend. nyc was finally sunny for two days straight, and saturday was somewhat warm!

i started my saturday off with a 5 miles run jammin’ to some awesome tunes.

i was thrilled to see the farmer’s market opened by the park!

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i truly felt the heartbeat of springtime.

after my run i headed into the city for brunch with a girlfriend:

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i have an insane obsession with avocado and to top off a veggie omelet…amazing.

after brunch i met up with a friend for coffee and sitting in the glorious sun.

i saw this sign in the coffee shop and had to snap a pick…lol.

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ha. my girlfriend and i really connected saturday. i don’t know if it was the spring breeze or the sun or what but i felt really close to her. it was really awesome. she’s such a cool person and it felt wonderful to spend the afternoon with her, sharing stories, thoughts, and reminiscing. later in the evening i skyped with my brother who is studying abroad in morocco right now. i am super fortunate to be able to visit him in april with my family, and from what he’s told me it sounds like a beautiful and magnificent country.

saturday night i danced through the streets of brooklyn blasting janelle monae with my good friend. we went out and danced the night away. i haven’t danced in so long and i felt so free on saturday night. without a care in the world, i danced until midnight.

andddd the clocks sprung forward. my room mate and i were up early enough to get a peaceful brunch and walk around the neighborhood as it awoke.

mornings are so magical and serene. there is something about the morning that gives me such a sense of possibility, ambition, and optimism. the day is starting and so many things can happen.

a double load of laundry later and i found myself drenched in sweat in what felt like a 15 minute yoga class, but was actually 90. i was so blissed out after yoga, i couldn’t stop noticing the smallest little things that were making me so happy. like all of the dogs in the park, the music in my ipod, the deli man’s kind smile.

spring is in the air, time is healing me, and i am becoming more and more ready for new beginnings.

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let’s grab this week by the horns! bliss, love, and rock n’ roll!

xo juls

recapping!

hey guys! i hope you’ve have a good weekend! mine has been jam packed!

so friday, i treated ma self to a soy misto at starbucks…

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notice the wrong spelling. the barista called out “julio!” and when i approached the counter to pick up my coffee she looked at me very confused and we both shared a laugh before 8 AM! great start to the day.

my coworker is polish and i guess they celebrate mardi gras on thursday before, so she brought me a “pazcki”…a polish doughnut!

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it’s like a beignet, but glazed and filled with raspberry jam! so delicious and not heavy like a doughnut.

after work on friday i forgo-ed my workout for a nap. i laid my head on my pillow at 4:30 and woke up at 8! i couldn’t believe i slept that long. i realized i was feeling kind of sick after i met up with some friends in manhattan and roamed around in the cold for pizza at midnight. i slept in laaaaaate on saturday and was feeling much better, so i hit the new gym for the first time. it was awesome!!!

workout:

easy 5K on the treadmill

15 minutes easy on the elliptical

2×10 bicep curls

2×10 tricep lifts

1 minute plank

lottsss of stretching

coffee with girlfriends and sushi rounded out the evening…so perfect.

my body is craving yoga, so that’s what’s in the works for me today. also resetting for the week : groceries, laundry, green juice all sound wonderful.

it’s suppose to snow here too…apparently if nyc gets 8 more inches of snow it will be the 2nd snowiest winter ever! craaazy.

hope you all had a great weekend! tell me about it! any sweating? good eats? fun times with friends?

xo juls

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sweating, sunset, and tacos!

yesterday a thick mist blanketed new york city as a brief storm moved in followed by warm temperatures. the city was eery and stunning all at once as i wove around and hopped over puddles and melting ice sheets during my run. it was so great to live through a run again. those first harsh minutes turn into infinite time where you feel like you could run forever.

after my run i headed to a power vinyasa flow yoga class. lizard and half pigeon opened up so much more than my stiff hips. for that, i am grateful.

a shower and snack later…

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and i was off to meet a good friend for lunch and coffee.

MUD is heavenly, and you must go if you visit nyc.

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the storm slowly crept in but girlfriend at i were safe inside sipping our warm drinks and heart-to-hearting (my favorite thing)!

she is such an inspiration. i was talking to her about netflix and spotify premium, both monthly expense essentials for me, and i was taken aback when she said she had neither! i kept trying to persuade her to get one because they are so awesome, but she wasn’t interested. then she told me that she spends $30.00/month to sponsor a child in Chile through Children’s International. additionally, not only is she an amazing teacher, last night she was going to go volunteer at a center for people with HIV/AIDS. she is such an incredible and giving person. she truly inspired me yesterday to spread more love and hold more gratitude.

heading back to the train i saw this

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perfect end to a foggy/stormy day. doesn’t even look like i’m in manhattan!

i made it back to brooklyn and was craving tacos. mexican food is a thing in brooklyn. it’s everywhere, and for the east cost it’s pretty damn good. ordering in tacos after cooking all day thursday for my dinner party was a good choice.

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a little blurry, but alongside a modelo…mmmm mmmm!

after that, wine with a girlfriend, and a margarita with someone special were the best ways to cap off my friday night. now off to enjoy some sunshine and get outside before winter comes back!

xo juls