Being ok with being UNIQUELY YOU….

The world is a very funny place.


Yeah, no explanation necessary as to which one I am, right? :)

I never claim that I get it all. That I know what ‘the big picture’ is. Because if there is anything I’ve learned in the past few years, it is that Life is a Journey (haha…get it?) and NOT a destination.

Life isn’t about hitting certain goals and then being DONE. It isn’t about reaching certain milestones by a certain age. You must always be pushing toward something NEW. Something that CHALLENGES you. As I tell my dance students in class…we are NEVER done learning!

And I think that I still come to grips with these lessons daily. Especially the one about reaching certain milestones by a certain age. It is often hard to be a 30 year old, single woman, resettling back in a city….building my career as a dance instructor, studio director, etc. And NOT having a significant other. NOT owning my own home. NOT having kids. NOT having all that I see most of my other friends my age having.

Sometimes it makes me feel like my priorities are out of line. That there is something WRONG with me for NOT having all those things.  Or even being on the path to those things. That I will NEVER have those things.



But then I stop and think about all I DO have.

I have a wonderful family who I get to see every week because we live in the same city! I have an amazing job/career that allows me to mold young minds and create beautiful dancers/people! I have beautiful friends who support me from far and wide. Virtually and In Person. I have a crazy/doofy dog who brings me such joy (and drives me crazy).

I have my health. After fighting tooth and nail for it after sitting at a desk for 5 years.


I know its not Tuesday. But you catch my drift.

And so many other things that it would take too long to write about.

And while I may not have found the person I’ll spend the rest of my life with just yet. I know he’s out there. And that my journey will lead me to him. That there are lessons I’ve had to learn about myself…and the world…before I’m ready for that. That I’m still learning how to love myself, and ALL my imperfections…before anyone else will love them.

I need to take MY path. Do things my OWN way. On my OWN terms. And then one day I will get where I need to be.



So to all of you that have felt these things too. Keep your head up. March to the beat of your own drum. Hang upside down every now and then. Act like a kid. Have faith in YOURSELF. Because at the end of the day that is what matters most. That YOU believe in YOU.


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ClassPass Seattle…the glory and freedom to workout MY way!

Disclaimer: This post is part of the ClassPass launch in Seattle, WA. ClassPass provided me with a one month membership. All thoughts and experiences are my own! 
Are you ready for the newest way to work out?! The newest ‘gym’ membership? Well I’m super excited about the launch of ClassPass in Seattle! I’d heard so many things from my friends in cities like San Fran, New York, etc. So when I found out they were launching here I was STOKED.
ClassPass Launches in Seattle
So WHAT is ClassPass you ask?? Well here’s a little blurb from the website for ya!
  • An alternative to a gym membership.
  • Allows you UNLIMITED classes at participating studios.  We are not restricting you to 10 classes like we had in the past.  Glamour actually helped announce our exciting news! (Article here)
  • You are limited to 3 classes per studio per month.  However, once the next month starts, you can visit that favorite studio again for 3 times!
  • Allows you to build a workout routine full of variety visiting studios of all types (barre, yoga, pilates, indoor cycling, bootcamps, martial arts, strength training and more!).
  • Provides studios with a marketing platform to get their name and classes out there to a group of fitness enthusiasts actively looking for new classes in their area.
  • Helps studios focus on what they love to do–teach–while ClassPass helps them grow their business!
So in other words, I get to go take classes at my fave studios WITHOUT having to buy multiple class packs?! Save myself some CASH and still get the workouts I love in?! I’ll be interested to see what this looks like in reality!
I’m someone who loves a lot of different workouts. I like to mix it up. To me that is what makes it fun! It also keeps my body guessing, which with fitness is a great thing! So I think this is going to be amazing. The studios involved are some of my faves too! CorePower, FlyWheel, TRX, Barre3?! WHAT?!
ClassPass officially launched last week! So if you’re in the Seattle area make sure you check out the list of studios involved!
Feel free to check out the ClassPassFAQ for more details or to ask me any questions if you have them.


I’ll report back with my thoughts on how the site works, how the studios interact with you,  and how I planned my workouts for the month!

Do you prefer to switch up your workouts? Or keep them fairly consistent?

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Why I Love Lorna Jane

As a full time dance teacher I basically live in my workout clothes. Between my regular classes, my workouts, my running….I am basically in spandex every second of every day. (gosh I love my job!)


I mean….my friends and family now look at me weird if I’m wearing jeans, or a regular tshirt. Or if my hair is down. My dancers won’t even recognize me when they see me out of normal dance class attire.

So for me, my workout clothes need to be top notch. They need to fit comfortably, they need to be flattering (As I see myself in a mirror for like 95% of my day…), breathability is huge, and they need to withstand the wear and tear of my workouts and my daily dance routine.

I’ve worn a lot of different workout brands in the past. Lululemon, Nike, Reebok, Under Armour, etc. And don’t get me wrong, I have my obsession with EACH of these brands (e.g. multiple pairs of shoes, tanks, crops, etc.), but Lorna Jane is officially my newest obsession.

Why? Well let’s just start with what the brand has to say about themselves

Lorna Jane is a company by women FOR women!

The Brand (from the Lorna Jane website)



We are on a mission to empower every woman to lead her best life
through Active Living.


What started as a passion to deliver unique and inspiring designs to fellow gym lovers, Lorna Jane has now given a whole new meaning to staying fit and healthy – it’s a lifestyle that transcends the walls of the gym.


Aside from industry leading technology, expert craftsmanship and hi-tech performance fabrics, Lorna Jane represents a global movement of women living their best, most beautiful lives through Active Living.


All for the love of health and wellness, the Lorna Jane sisterhood aspires to be their own personal best by embracing the daily practice of Move Nourish Believe, and just like Lorna, Active Living runs through the veins of any girl who chooses to wear her 3 icons with pride.

Ok….so that in itself intrigues me to their brand….and A few months back in San Diego I went to the launch of the store in the North County Fair mall. I bought a couple new running capris and tshirts….I didn’t really know what to expect. I was a new customer at the time….flash to now….I LIVE in those clothes…seriously….

I live in workout clothes anyway, but if I have a choice I choose my LJ gear any day. I’ll even make sure to wash it multiple times in a week to make sure I get to wear it over and over. AND through all that wearing and washing….it still looks like it did the day I bought it!

So yes…I love them!


ESPECIALLY the mantra shirts!

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I was lucky enough to get to go to the Launch of the Downtown Seattle store for Lorna Jane as part of my ambassadorship program with Fit Approach. And let me tell you they did NOT disappoint!


The reps were SUPER helpful. They walked me around the store, helped me pick out fun clothing ideas…..AND while I was partaking in the fitness class they even threw in some ideas of things they thought I’d love based on what I’d already chosen to try on! LOVE!


The other awesome part of the event was the FREE workouts! Lab5 Fitness was there and taught a HIIT Cardio class that I got to take part in! It was amazing….I seriously sweated it out in that room!


I even talked to the store reps about getting my burlesque and PiYo classes in the store! They’ll be offering classes weekly IN STORE! How freaking awesome is that?!? You can check out the store Facebook page to get the class details!

I walked away with a number of cute mantra shirts from the event. They even got me out of my comfort zone and into some UBER cute blue capri pants. I’m very self conscious of wearing colored leggings, but THESE I loved and they were perfect for the Seahawks 5k I ran for the 2014 NFL Kickoff Run!


So why do I love Lorna Jane? Let me count the ways….

1) Super comfy clothing that is INSPIRING, COMFORTABLE & DURABLE!

2) Amazing in house reps that BELIEVE in the clothing line and the company! They even do store team events for the employees and charity work!

3) They are a company that promotes women to be healthy and STRONG! They push YOU to push YOURSELF

The list goes on and on….I’m sold!



AAAND I may officially live in this Lorna Jane visor (a gift for shopping at the Launch event!) for the entirety of rainy season in Seattle…perfect for my long runs and rainy day hiking!

Have YOU tried Lorna Jane?!

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