An Ode to 27

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Seriously, I’m not sure anything more could have happened to me in my 27th year. I got a new job, started teaching at a fabulous new cycling/TRX studio, my best friend had a baby, my other best friend got engaged, I went to California, spoke at a conference, got asked to host a few New Balance (Girls Night Out) events, became an Athleta Brand Ambassador.

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Honestly though, 27 was a HUGE growing year for me. So here I go, a letter to my 27th year, complete with sap and of course some sass.

Dear 27,

Let me begin by thanking you. Your unwavering patience throughout this year did not go unnoticed. From the stressful career decisions to frustrating dating situations, you had my back. You let me sleep peacefully (admittedly sometimes with ZzzQuill) even if I had not reached a conclusion on my choices.

There were moments of fear and hesitation. There were instances involving epiphanies and overflowing joy. In all, this year felt like a fast moving train. Adult decisions were made even though it seems like just yesterday I was still in college.

Most importantly, 27 taught me to value myself, my worth and to never settle.

So for that, I am thankful.

28 looks exciting  full of possibility and joyous celebrations. So, here’s to another year. And of course, continued appreciation and understanding that what I have to offer is truly and utterly unmatched.

With love,

Caroline  

Healthy Reese’s PB Cup Smoothie with Almond Breeze

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Want to know my weakness beyond anything else this time of year?

Reeses-Eggs

Yup. Right there. Chocolate-y, peanut goodness. In a wrapper. Radiating sugar.

So, since I can nosh on these daily as I’d prefer, I’ve decided to come up with something just as delicious. Let me introduce you to Healthy Reese’s PB Cup Smoothie, made with Almond Breeze.

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Ingredients: IMG_2225

– 1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze

– 2 TBSP PB2

– 1 Packet MNS Chocolate Protein Powder

– 1/2 Cup of ice

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients together in a blender.

If your shake is too thick, add water or more Almond Breeze.

Now enjoy the frothy goodness and pretend you just ripped open a Reese’s.

You’re welcome.

– TTT

Body Breakthroughs & Hangin’ at New Balance

IMG_2290Last Wednesday night I was asked to host my 3rd New Balance Girls Night Out (NBGNO) event … and it was incredible.

The topic was ‘Body Breakthroughs’ and the special evening was held at the NB headquarters and was entirely for the famous fitness brands’ staff. Even though I was surrounded by some insanely supportive and talented women, I was still really nervous to share my body breakthrough moment.

Since I was emceeing the event, it was up to me to make the group of ladies feel comfortable, kick back and enjoy the GNO. Fierce Boston instructors Aly Raymer (B/SPOKE) and Kristina Grinovich (CorePower Yoga) led the group in their choice of a yoga flow or indoor cycling class.

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The night was inspiring to say the least … and then came the moment when I had to present my body breakthrough.

It all started last January when I left my full-time job as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and high school fitness coach to work for the online media publication, BostInno. While I was still working within the same realm of topics, the two lives couldn’t have been more different.

From standing, walking and running with clients/classes/students to siting … sitting … and more sitting, I was going stir crazy. It took me 8 months to realize that this desk job (at least full-time) wasn’t right for me. I needed more balance in my life, literally, and it wasn’t happening behind a computer screen.

I pitched a parttime position to my editors and was pleasantly surprised when it was accepted. Soon enough I was able to teach, train and write in a more sustainable fashion. Today I teach 10 fitness classes, train 2 clients and post articles a few days a week.

So, what the heck was my body breakthrough?? Valuing my body, recognizing my worth and not being afraid to take a chance.

My schedule is perfect for me and my body. I am way less stressed than I was before, resulting in better self-care. I am able to take the time necessary to plan and program for my clients and classes while giving myself the TLC it needs through yoga and strength training.

IMG_2335Bottom line: If you’re dealing with something in your life that is less than stellar, change it. It may not be easy, but it certainly will be worth it. The beautiful thing is that you have the power to create a more pleasant environment for yourself.

Take that step forward. Body (as well as professional and personal) breakthroughs occur when you uncover this worthiness. And if you’re wearing bright, shiny NB 811, well than that’s just the cherry on top of a deliciously sweet sundae.

Be on the lookout for the 2015 lineup of NBGNO events in Boston and other cities!!!

-TTT