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Pumpkin Fudge

I love anything with pumpkin regardless if it's the fall or summer. I came across this healthy version of Pumpkin Fudge and thought it sounded delish!

Pumpkin Fudge

Ingredients: (makes 12 squares)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts (optional)

Directions:
Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Combine the pumpkin, coconut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts evenly over the top if you prefer a crunch. Place the pan in the fridge for 1 hour, or until firm. Slice into squares and serve.

The Pudge lasts up to 10 days-- that is if you can keep it around that long.

Meet me in the Middle

If this blog post could play music, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey would be playing, and I would be jamming out. The lyrics encompass a relationship; however, the premise of the song goes hand in hand with this excerpt. 

SJP

Within the past few years I have become very present to the ever changing stages of womanhood. I am fortunate to be surrounded by all types of women (single, married, with kids, without kids, divorced) given my personal training business, and each are on a different journey. Going from brand new in a career and trying to find one's way, to getting in a serious relationship, to diving head first in owning a business, to getting married and possibly having kids. With each milestone comes amazing stories and a new purpose, but also an unspoken judgement between each other. 

I am baffled at how being single (aka: no husband nor kids) seems to mean that you must accommodate to the ones who have these things. Why is it that my plans of hanging with friends, staying up late working, or simply wanting to lay by a pool or sit on a patio and enjoy a cocktail are considered second rate? It is my mission for women to be empowered and confident in whatever path they take, and I take it to heart when we feel the opposite. I would love to get a phone call and have a friend or family member want to meet me somewhere with their kiddo that is not 100% on their time frame and only ideal for them. Time is precious. I believe it is just as important to sacrifice single gal plans as it is to sacrifice kiddo nap time. To think opposite is not fair. Meet me in the middle. 

As women, I long for us to meet in the middle, to respect each other and our choices. Our lives are different and we are on our own journey. Ideas of fun may have shifted, and I believe it's important for both parties to understand we’re finding happiness in our own way. I am excited and ready to meet my partner-in-crime and connect with friends and family who are in that stage of life, but until then, I am going to walk in my single woman shoes and continue to embrace life with every bit of vigor, love, and gusto.

Unplug

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you.

That quote hit me like a ton of bricks. I easily get caught up in crossing things off my check list, creating something new within my business, reading/learning/studying my craft; yet it is the times where I unplug, check out, and simply Be are where things fall into place. I am becoming more present to this every week. I have made it a priority to take a long walk on Saturdays as often as I can over the past few months. The walks are either with a dear friend or by myself. It's chill, fun, encouraging, and therapeutic. 

unplug

I am so thankful to have close girl friends and guys I've recently dated that create a space for me to veg out and Netflix and chill =). For some reason, it is so difficult to lay on my couch and do absolutely nothing. I feel better about myself if I am watching something educational on YouTube, reading a self-development book, or simply working. I am hard wired like that. 

However, my Type A, go-go personality needs these quiet times to unplug and center. Typing that statement and saying it out loud resonates. In my late 20s and early 30s, I would literally work myself into the ground trying to create a business and a brand. Now I have shifted to work smarter, take solid breaks to unplug, and truly appreciate quality of life over finding the next new client or project. The more I unplug, the more clear headed I get, and more opportunities come my way.

I challenge you to unplug, even if it's only for 5 minutes each day, and see how your mind, body, and soul feels. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.