Sometimes I’m in total awe...of this life, of strangers and friends alike, of where I have gone and where I will go. And what grounds me in these moments is gratitude. Anchored and yet kept afloat as the storm of my mind, of the world, moves around me. And with each cathartic breath, the warmth of the sun on my skin, sounds and smells transporting me to more innocent days...I feel alive, present and grateful to be here. For all of it has made me who I am, has brought me to this moment, this place, somewhere I couldn’t be happier to be.
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Stop yourself from stopping yourself.
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Amazing Recipe Alert!! This morning’s recipe brought to you by the creative genius of @stay.lively You know the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but how about the Pumpkin Pie Shake?
1 c. pure pumpkin puree
½ c. almond milk or light coconut milk
1 banana, chopped & frozen
1-2 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp vanilla extract
Optional for crunch: chopped pecans
Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth! For an extra thick version, add 1 cup of ice cubes.
I’m adding @vitalproteins collagen peptides to mine. Haven’t tried collagen yet? DM me and I’m happy to share all the benefits that I’ve found from consuming it on the regular. Follow the link in my bio to check out the VP site and all of their health and beauty enhancing products.
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Pretty AND infectious. If you see something beautiful in someone speak it...then watch as beauty surrounds you.
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New Class Offering:
I am excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a brand new class, “Total Recovery” at @sweatfitnessstudios
Here’s the class description:
Get the most out of your SWEAT experience by learning proper body alignment, stretching, and multi-recovery techniques. By creating a calming yet stimulating environment, Sarah C. will facilitate a yoga-based sequence that will soothe both the body and mind. This 60-min weekly experience enhances performance as you learn to slow down and reset. Leave renewed, reconnected, even stronger than before.
Starting THIS SUNDAY, join me every Sunday at 1pm. Mats will be provided.
Sweat Members: Free
Non-members: $25 (class packages are eligible)
DM with any questions about the new format and this awesome location. I am so happy to talk all things Sweat Total Recovery.
Because of all of the love that surrounds me, I feel as if I’m positively glowing. Words are hard to find that will express the unbelievable gratitude that I have for all of the amazing people in my life, near and far. Thank you. From the depths of my heart, thank you to everyone who showed up to our open house, to those that couldn’t make it and sent love and support, thank you. Because of you, I know I am loved.
Everyone who follows @mywholelifewellness will be entered to win. You have until 4 pm tomorrow, 11/8 to enter as the winner will be announced live on my Instagram stories during the Open House happening from 4-8 pm. If you’re in the Chicago area tomorrow we hope you’ll drop by for a drink, a bite, and to just say hi. We’re super proud of the new space and what we’re up to so come see us as we show it all off.
Looking forward to seeing so many lovely people tomorrow and announcing the winner of the free holistic counseling session. Good luck!
You can be so hard on yourself.
Take a moment.
Sit back, breathe.
Allow yourself to see, to absolutely marvel at your life, the experiences that have shaped you.
And despite it all, you still grow.
Be proud of this.
Be proud of you.
Now’s your chance...let them know it with a tag below 💪🏼🔥✨🙏🏼.
A Halloween inspired ghost story about fear:
Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly.
But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other.
The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student learned how to defeat fear.
Halloween is a great reminder to face our fears, to move toward the scary monsters that we hide in closets, to take them out and make them our friends. Because when we move toward the furry creatures lurking in the dark we often find they’re not as bad as they had once seemed.
So today, step outside of comfort, into the unknown, throw caution to the wind, hell, get upside down if that scares you, but do it, do what makes your heart pound and see that fear, rather than having hold over you, is in fact one of the greatest teachers you’ll ever know.
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Ever have that moment when you’re craving something super decadent, don’t want to derail your healthy lifestyle but also don’t want to deprive your desires? This morning was one of those times when I was craving biscuits and gravy HARD. So, instead of heading to the diner just down from the gym I picked up these @kitchfix cauliflower mashed potatoes and gravy and headed home to whip up some eggs for a healthy alternative. AND...holy moly was this heavenly! Thanks to Kitchfix for helping me to find a creative and healthy solution to my craving. A good reminder that cravings don’t always have to come with a cost.
Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
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And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?
Reality, the perception we have of the world, of others, of ourselves can be altered dramatically in a word, a conversation, a definition, a singular belief. What we forget so often though is that we have the option to chose. Will you see this day, this moment, this thing as a challenge or an opportunity? An ending or a beginning? A weed or a wish?
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Combine dark chocolate, raspberry, and beet...this is what you get. A smoothie bowl so incredibly rich and flavorful, you’ll forget it’s not dessert. And “dessert” for breakfast? Well, it doesn’t get too much better than that. Especially when it’s full of nutrient dense ingredients like beet, blueberries, goji berries, AND @vitalproteins dark chocolate and blackberry collagen peptides, making this the perfect workout recovery meal.
Haven’t tried the flavored peptides yet? They’re a must with the addition of hyaluronic acid and probiotics and with no added sweeteners or funky ingredients, they’re the best replacement for supplemental protein powders that I have seen. ✨To find out more and to purchase the dark chocolate and blackberry peptides follow the link in my bio.✨ Recipe:
1 raw beet, sliced
1 raw carrot, sliced
1 handful each preferred frozen berries
1 tablespoon goji berry powder
1 scoop dark chocolate & blackberry peptides
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut water
Mix all ingredients in a blender till smooth and top with @kitchfix grain free granola, fruit, cacao nibs, the works. Enjoy!
I’m flawsome 🙋🏼. Who’s flawsome 🤷🏼♀️? You’re flawsome🕺🏼! We’re all flawsome. Here’s to having a fantastically flawsome day.
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So often we hurry, from one thing to the next. Today I vow to pause. And when the sensations, the desires, beckon me to move, I will remain still...not because I am supposed to, but because I am.
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Edgar, you ain’t lying.
“Sometimes our lives need to be completely shaken up, changed, and rearranged to relocate us to the place we’re meant to be” -unknown
🕓 CPY Schedule Change
I am now teaching at CPY Roscoe Village:
✔️Fridays 7:15 am C2 Power Vinyasa Flow
✔️Fridays 9:30 am Yoga Sculpt
Looking forward to seeing you in class sometime soon!
If you were given one whole extra hour this morning, where you could do anything that you want, what would it be?