Anyone else feel like this year has been flying by? It’s been awhile since we caught up so it’s definitely time for a kombucha date: a look back at May 2017!
When I quit my job last year, I guess I envisioned myself working from home – maybe in workout clothes, on my couch with Sadie curled up next to me. The freelancer dream. But as 2017 has quickly been passing me by, I realize that I am working harder than I ever have before, but I’ve also never been happier. And most recently, the past couple of months have been the most exhilarating, with the most struggle, the most hustle, and the most happiness.
May is always my favorite month. There’s something about May, especially in NYC, that makes everyone happier. I guess it’s the warmer weather, summer within sight, end of semester, start of Summer Friday’s, you name it, May is the start of it. For me, it’s my birthday month, so I’m pretty bias when it comes to favorite months. And this year I turned 30. It’s a big number and everyone kept asking how I felt about turning 30. To be honest, I was ready!
I was so excited to leave my 20’s behind and start a new year and a new decade. My 20’s were hard. I was finding out what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be and that was hard work. In my 20’s I graduated undergraduate, graduate and health coaching school. In my 20’s I worked in film and television, non-profit and advertising organizations. I was a girlfriend, a fiancee and a wife. A lot of stuff happened and all of it shaped who I am at this very moment – a person in her 30’s.
So even though I have only been 30 for a couple of weeks, which also means May has only been here for a couple of weeks, I feel like it’s already time to look back.
Kombucha Date: A Look Back at May 2017
Along with turning 30 I started a new adventure. I am now a regular cast member on Daily Burn! Now this may sound crazy to some of you that know me and know that fitness is new to me (within the last 6 years) and that I have really only loved barre workouts. Now I obviously have created a business around yoga, but anything other than that and I am a nervous wreck. So not only am I stepping way out of my comfort zone with my workouts which include circuit training, burpees, push-ups, planks, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. But it is also LIVE! Yup, 9am every morning, Daily Burn 365 is streaming live. That means all mistakes, funny faces, and death stares at the instructors need to be held back, or they’re captured on camera forever.
But to be honest, it’s been a lot of fun. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m an all in kind of person. So if I’m going to try new workouts, I would be the person to do it live! So if you want to try a fun, challenging and new workout every morning, subscribe to Daily Burn and workout alongside me!
Holistic Happening had the honor of being asked to participate in the 2017 NYC FITWeek. It’s an annual event that brings the fitness community together to raise money for non-profit organizations. This year FITWeek is proud to support education initiatives – She’s the First and DonorsChoose.org.
As a new business owner, I am so excited to be part of this community. Holistic Happening’s mission is to create a community where everyone can workout, eat and support one another. So to be part of a NYC FITWeek is really exciting!
Some Personal Time…
Every hustler needs a break and this lady boss went to California the first week of May to celebrate my friend from college getting married. I was the Best Woman on the groom’s side and even though being in a wedding sounds stressful, I had so much fun! I got to spend the morning of the wedding getting my hair and make-up done with the Bride and then let loose with the Groom – yup, there’s a picture of the groomsmen straddling a tree! Ryan joined me and spent time with the groomsmen while they got ready so we actually spent a lot of time together. It was the perfect wedding!
And we even took a red eye back to NYC, so we had a full day to meet up with another friend from college and drive the coast of Monterey. We spent time at the beach, eating lunch at the harbor and shopping in Whole Foods for all the best airplane food for the trip home.
Business of Wellness
Kayla and I had the opportunity to organize and sit on a panel to discuss our ventures as entrepreneurs. We were joined by other strong, beautiful and hard-working women and discussed what motivates the hustle, how and when we knew it was the right time to take the leap from corporate jobs to freelance (spoiler, there’s never a perfect time), and how we keep the hustle going. Lauren Wingent, founder of 80/20 Wellness discussed how she has used a passive income model to support herself. Anita Shepherd told the story of how a failed business venture and her pregnancy fueled the creation of Anita’s Yogurt. Shauny Lamba chatted about female empowerment and creating a fitness studio, Shaktibarre, that not only has people working out, but also builds community. Kayla Kleinman discussed how she went from theater major to fitness enthusiast. And Katie Corcoran moderated the panel with fire and grace.
The evening was so magical and filled with energy and uplifting spirits from everyone in the room. It’s moments like this that make me so proud of the choices I have made, the people I have met, the mistakes I have made and the hustle that I have never stopped since enrolling at IIN in March 2016!
And what’s a month without meal prep! I have been busy with my usual clients and picking up a few more as well. It’s a busy and exciting time and I’m just letting the hustle take me where it wants to go. There is no better feeling than providing a delicious meal for someone to enjoy when they get home from a long day of work. The days that I meal prep are always my longest and hardest, but some of the most rewarding. I leave feeling extremely energized knowing that I was able to help a person/family through food and nourishment.
So What’s Next?
Well, more meal prep, more events scheduled for Holistic Happening, more hustle and a bit more self-care. I realized the past few weeks that I’ve been working so damn hard and if I don’t take an hour or even a day to myself, I will burnout. As an entrepreneur I know that if I don’t work, no one else will complete my work for me. But if I’m too tired, then my work will not meet my own standards and I will be even more disappointed in myself. So it’s time to schedule some self-care breaks, like eating lunch outside now that it’s warming up, a manicure, acupuncture, or even watching TV with my phone and computer turned off. Whatever it takes to disconnect and rejuvenate.
What are you look forward to next month?