Big News & Namastes

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It’s no surprise I love yoga.

Even upon starting this blog, one of my first ‘trend’ pieces revolved around hot yoga and my adventures in partaking in a self-made 30-day challenge. One word: sweaty.

Although many have asked if I would ever become a teacher of this practice, I decline respectfully because — right now in my life — I really, really enjoy just being a student.

Who knows, that could certainly change in the future, but for now the art of unrolling my mat and embracing the 60-90 minutes where I don’t have to speak is both a luxury that I’m not willing to tamper with.

THE NEWS. I know, you’re on the edge of your seat, so I’ll get to it.

Two things I love: Social media and yoga. So you know what’s a perfect combo? Working as a social media strategist for a non-profit yoga company that focuses on raising funds to provide resources, research and education for the health of children.

Boom.

Yoga Reaches Out has chapters in many cities including the Bay Area, New England, South Carolina, Connecticut and Albany, NY. Each event is structured as a yoga-thon and is held at incredible locations such as Gillette Stadium for New England. From live music to inspirational instructors, the entire day is one you’ll never forget.

I am SO insanely excited to work with this company and help spread the word about this event.

Register as an individual, sign up with a team of friends or co-workers … the possibilities are endless. And FYI my Bay Area friends … Since you’re event is on Sunday, YRO is now offering half-day passes at $60 and full-day passes for $108. Walk-ins are welcome to purchase tickets at the door.

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or email me at trendytrainer AT gmail DOT com.

Namaste, 

TTT

The Importance of Saying ‘No’

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Aside from flossing daily and minimizing my sugar intake, one of my most signifiant New Year resolutions  for 2016 was to say ‘no‘ more often.

In a world of Google Calendars, Evites and good ole fashioned At-A-Glances, it can be really hard to say those two little letters. Too often I found myself overcommitting to teaching classes, training clients or taking meetings … and I was miserable.

Strung out and feeling less than my best, I vowed to say ‘yes’, less.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s very difficult.

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In fact, I catch myself many-a-times ready to agree to something I know I shouldn’t. At the end of the day this minor yes will take away from something else that provides me happiness or pull my attention from someone I have already committed my time to.

Recently when I’m faced with this type of decision — mostly for business but sometimes for pleasure — I ramble down this list of questions to help with my outcome. Some may sound harsh, but trust me, if you’re like me and have a hard time saying no it’s best to start thinking this way.

  • How will this benefit my business? And if it won’t, what will it bring me? [i.e. happiness, laughter, distraction, etc.]
  • Is this taking away from my goals?
  • Will I feel fulfilled if I say yes?
  • Will other aspects of my day ‘suffer’ if I say yes?
  • Deep down, do I really want to say yes or am I feeling obligated?

I envy those that are capable of not making excuses when faced with this dilemma. However the outcome, I must say, sometimes that obligatory yes may lead to something unexpected and positive.

So, next time you’re faced with a choice skim through my list of questions … It may help you decide what to do.

Oh, and don’t forget to floss … that’s just as important.

-TTT

Dining Out, Newton-Style

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With owner, Bill, (from left to right), Becki, Jenna, Steph, Cara, Monique, Athena and Lauren

One thing you may not know about me, I don’t dine out very often.

My idea of a fancy-esque evening includes ordering sushi, picking it up and watching a mind-numbing reality show on TV. Or, much more likely, stopping at Whole Paycheck on my way home from work to grab something from the Hot Bar.

Buh-bye money I just made …

So when I got asked to a fun blogging dinner in Newton, Mass., I definitely didn’t turn it down! Not to mention the evening was to be spent with some incredible Boston bloggers — double win!!

Social Restaurant and Bar, located on Washington Street, has hands-down some of the best food I’ve eaten in a while. Aside from the incredible eats, the service was outstanding.

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Yellow fin tuna, sticky rice, spicy green beans, pickled daikon, avocado, sweet soy ginger sauce

My girl Monique, who blogs at Burpees to Bubbly, organized this amazing event with 8 area health and fitness bloggers. Some ladies I am friends with from Boston fitness events (Hi Athena, Steph and Becki!!), others it was my first time meeting — Cara, Jenna and Lauren!!

When we weren’t laughing and sharing stories, Social kept brining us platter after platter of delicious salads, entrees and desserts to try! Here are a few I would highly recommend:

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Rosemary-lemon roast chicken

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Maple roasted squash farro

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Heirloom beet salad

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Chocolate lava cake

Did I mention they validate free parking at the hotel next door AND street parking is free after 6 p.m.?

Go, seriously.

With amazing food and an awesome atmosphere, you really can’t go wrong.

See you in Newton 🙂
-TTT