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just keep swimmin’

good morning!

thanks again for taking the time to read, y’all. you continue to keep me inspired.

yesterday was definitely a tough day, but i have been trying to keep myself busy. after a somewhat calm day at work, i read my way home on the train, listening to some ducktails. they were really hitting it yesterday.

i was soo sleepy all day yesterday from the lack of sleep the night before, but i knew i had to hit it hard at the gym at a chance of getting some shut eye last night. i ran a hard 5K on the treadmill + 20 bicep curls + 20 tricet lifts + 2 min plank (that was a killer).

lots of stretching and some smiley sun salutations rounded out the workout.

home to shower and then out with a girlfriend for some much needed venting plus:


very blurred…my apologies. but why, yes, that is a molten brownie with TWO scoops of ice cream. and a side of pinot grigio. just was the doctor ordered.

during this tough time i cannot believe how amazing my friends have been. they are truly the best in the world, and i am so grateful to have them.

in other eats:



overnight oats (one of my favorite healthy living blogs) in an almost empty peanut butter jar! with dried fruit, agave, greek yogurt, and almond milk.


yes it’s march and i ordered a skinny peppermint mocha mid day yesterday for a pick me up!



iced coffee with non-fat greek yogurt + banana + pomegranate seeds + blackberries + agave + a HEAPING spoonful of Earth Balance crunchy coconut peanut butter (first time trying this stuff and since i love coconut i was lovin’ it!)

today is a busy day, and i am not sure i’ll be able to squeeze in a work out. however, i want to keep an open mind and open heart. my heart is reaching to settle and find inner peace. i know a lot of deep breathing, meditating, and closing my eyes will be had. i am taking it very, very slow. live in the moment, always.

just a little story to appreciate the small things before i go. yesterday on my way to meet up with my girlfriend, i was searching violently for my metro card. it was an unlimited ($112) card i had just purchased that morning, and i had lost it. the last place i thought i had it was my gym, so i quickly hurried over to check if i could find it before heading to the train. i thought for sure it was gone (this wouldn’t be the first time unfortunately). i thought, great, of course this would happen, just keep piling up the mishaps life, why don’tcha.

and then i saw a small white square on the sidewalk. my metro card, right where i had left it. still there.

it was as though the universe was saying, you have lost some things. don’t worry. they are still there, right where you have left them. just gotta go find them.

gratitude, bliss, and smiles


going home to st. louis in a week and a half (selfie from home!)…you know i was trying to look cool!Image

sherbert sunset last night.


dragon art by a talented 5th grade artist at the school i work in 🙂

xo juls


resetting for the week

good mornin’hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating sunday! the nyc mind-winter break is over, and i head back to work today! back to the grind.

i took full advantage of the glorious sunshine yesterday by going for a quick run through a nearby park. the benches were filled with old brooklyn couples and young hipsters. everyone was back!

i also ran in shorts, and my pale legs may have blinded a few passerby’s, but i had to soak up those rays 😉

i even saw a convertible with it’s top down…that’s how you know it was warm. spring is inching it’s way here…although we’re back in the 30s over here.

after running i went grocery shopping in a dress sans tights with my room mate and we had a coffee date


this cute coffee bar by our place pours the good stuff, and there is nothing better then sipping on a coffee after a good workout with a good friend.

i also decided to go all out yesterday and hit up a hot yoga class.

my face was on fiya 45 mins in, but i made it through. the instructor kept saying “yes. it’s hot. that’s not going to change. now practice letting it go.” i spent some time in savasana really rendering this mantra. it’s hard to let go and be present when something to easily distracting is affecting you. it took a lot to remain present in class, but i was grateful i did. there is nothing like that total blissed-out feeling after hot yoga. i can never stop smiling/laughing.

i was ravenous by the time i got home. hot shower+dinner+GIRLS= perfect winding down to a powerful sunday.


quinoa, black beans, spinach, avocado, tomato

one of my room mates inspired this dish. she spoke to me about how sometimes it’s wonderful to keep dishes clean and simple so that you taste all of the ingredients/freshness.

hope to eat clean, sweat, spread love, and share bliss this week.

xo juls

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…


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

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



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


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.


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


kicking ass and sleeping in

nothing like running for the first time in months. my relationship with running is sooo sporadic. i go through these incredible love affairs with it and then seasons change, life gets in the way, and bam. i dump running like it’s my job. i fell back in love with it last summer but dumped it around october. however it’s been luring me back, and boy did it do me right yesterday. nothing like that heart pounding, head rush, leg burn after a few months away.

maybe this relationship will last longer than a few months…could be a marriage?…but for now i am head over heels again.

after a first run is a long long time, i headed to a 60 minute hot yoga class to sweat and restore. i was dripping by the end, and felt super accomplished that i had double worked out. haven’t done that in forever! i also have a lot of beautiful time on my side this week because the nyc schools are off, so cramming in lots of movement and sweat has been BLISS.

of course, you gotta fuel up!


some post workout fuel : grilled sandwich with avocado+tomato+gouda+spinach+oat and flax bread






dinner with the roomie at an old-timey vegan diner, champs. the macro-licious bowl is bomb.

last night wearing glasses, slippers, leggings, and a HUGE sweatshirt, i spent some quality girl time with my room mate. there is nothing better that hanging out and getting comfortable with someone you haven’t really hung out with in a while. it was long overdue and quite special.


this morning i slept in. glorious sleep, you did my tired, sore body good. i rolled out of bed with a mess of bed head and sleep in my eyes. i made a mean bowl of oatmeal (with 3 squares of dark chocolate and a spoonful of almond butter) with a side of coffee.

tonight i am cooking up something good for some girl friends. wine, candles, and laughter to be shared. hoping to craft some bliss into this evening!

xo juls