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Month: August 2015


Personal Bests. Personal Records. Wins. First Place. Runner Up. Age Group Winner. Overall Female or Male Finisher.

Wow! These all sound wonderful and thrilling to accomplish. I, for one, have reveled in the wake of a top finish. However, as I progress in my running “career” I’ve found new meaning in logging miles and collecting race bibs. When I was in high school, most of the girls in my school did not run and did not think it was fun. In college, I surrounded myself with a few more like-minded peers, but still the majority of people that I knew did not run. Every year that I kept on racing and putting more miles in my legs, I met more runners like me. Some were super competitive and others just ran for fun. From the very beginning of my running days, I’ve considered myself to be a slightly above average runner, so competitive racing naturally became a part of me. I had finally gotten my full of hard track racing while running on the incredible GBTC team. To this day, it is one of the best experiences I have ever had when it comes to running. As the years passed I got faster, but not fast enough to be considered an elite athlete and so I slowly found myself developing a different mindset towards running.

In my late 20’s-early 30’s I started hopping into fun races like the Hot Chocolate Run, 80’s run, Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon, Hood To Coast Relay, Halloween 5k, Holiday Dash, plus more, and I realized that it’s fun to compete but even more fun to just have fun! I also started noticing the number of runners that weren’t really there to compete, far out numbered the competitive ones. When I started taking stock of who was running and the stories behind their running, an emotional connection to the races and fellow runners budded inside. A shift from wanting to be in the front at every race to running for health, strength, and enjoyment took over. Leaving my competitive running team in SF (short-lived team member for Impala Racing Team), running on my own for a few years, and finally joining up with Oiselle Volée was the last bit I needed to fill my nutty running legs up with joy.

When I go on my FB feed I see friends from way back, who were never runners before, posting their running photos from various races and runs. I’d say that more than half of my FB friends are a part of a world that once didn’t exist in their lives. Being a part of Oiselle also gives me the opportunity to learn and meet people of all abilities who enjoy running as much as I do. To me, this is so beautiful to watch the power of running unfold. Some run for health, for fun, for a family member, for sanity… the list goes on.  20 years ago I felt like I was a part of a very small group – runners – and people thought I was a nut because I loved it so much. Now, I have runner friends to be inspired and encouraged by wherever I turn. So, to all of my runner friends who are worried or feel bummed by places, times, and wins remember that your efforts mean so much more than any of those things. You are contributing to a lifestyle or world that is deeply woven in some of us and it thrills us to have… company! Go out and have fun on your runs! Work hard, give it all you’ve got and remember that you always have a runner friend cheering for you!


Share your running stories below!

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Making Goals That Inspire

“Setting goals gives your life meaning. The feeling of setting a goal, working hard, and then achieving it is the best.” – Sarah Jameson, Olympian”

The trick to goal setting is to pick goals that make you feel good and that you are excited about tackling. If you are trying to achieve something that does the opposite, then your efforts probably won’t feel as fulfilling. I’ve had clients who’ve come to personal training with a specific goal in mind and with excitement to reach those goals. I’ve also had clients who’ve come to personal training with ideas of alternative versions of themselves, but with no real plan and no real desire to make a plan. As a personal trainer and wellness coach, it’s my job to make goals into  a success story without an ending – the story just gets better and better. So, what’s the formula for devouring goals?

  • No matter what goal you are striving for, make sure it’s attainable (from health to going back to school, being sure that it can be done is essential)
  • Understand and recognize any and all potential obstacles and come up with a plan to work through them
  • Plotting smaller goals which lead the way to the big goal will serve as an encouraging guide to get you where you want to go
  • Accountability – Being accountable to someone or something will fuel your desire to reach your goal
  • Believe/Self-Efficacy –  Believing in yourself that you can accomplish what you set out to do is the key to your success story.
  • Support – having come cheerleaders in your corner will aid in the happiness and excitement in your quest
  • Meaning & Emotion – Attaching meaning or an emotional reason to your goal will make the experience more real and personal. People want to do things when it means something to them.

So, what’s your goal? Share below and you’ll have a bunch of cheerleaders in your corner!

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Is your makeup making you moody?

When you apply your makeup in the morning, does your skin feel irritated? Do your eyes feel bogged down from the under-the-eye concealer? Are your eye lids heavy from the eye shadow?Does your head feel foggy or do you get headaches often?

I have never been a girl that wears makeup often, but definitely am an occasional wearer. About a year ago, I ran out of my Afterglow (mineral-based and gluten-free) concealer, mascara, and eye shadow. I didn’t totally love it, so I ended up just buying some mainstream cosmetics. It took me awhile to figure out what was causing my sporadic feelings of head heaviness and eye sluggishness. One day I took a “time out” to retrace my steps. What did I do to feel this way? Luckily, after too long, I finally pieced it together and sought out answers.

The makeup that I had purchased wasn’t the worst out there, but it still was making me feel weird. According to the Environmental Working Group, my makeup posted an average of 3 on the danger scale and any health hazard was a bit lower than moderate. Not ideal but it doesn’t read as a threat to my health, per say.

I thought, can I really blame these feelings on my cosmetics? Because I couldn’t find any concrete data on the ingredients in my products and the symptoms I felt, I decided to be the test “guinea pig.” I bought new (organic and gluten-free) under-eye concealer, mascara, eye liner, and lip gloss from Gabriel Cosmetics. I applied it the same as other product, wore it for the same amount of time, and removed it the same way. My eyes, skin, and head felt the same as no make-up and I had no “heaviness” or “fogginess.”


I used my new product several times and have had no residual effects from them. Why? There are no hard facts about the ingredients in the product that I was using; however, unlike mainstream cosmetics, many organic, vegan, and gluten-free cosmetic lines are free from:

  • Coal Tar Derivatives or FD&C agents
  • Parabens
  • Soy
  • Mineral Oil
  • Peanuts & Tree Nuts
  • Lanolin
  • Talc
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Hydrogenated Oils
  • Gluten
  • Phthalates
  • DBP
  • Toluene
  • Lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • Nano/Micro sized particles
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Dimethicone
  • Petroleum
  • Bismuth Oxychloride
  • Nanoparticles

Instead, these natural and/or organic lines use ingredients from plants. For instance, Gabriel Cosmetics uses almond oil, jojoba seed oil, wax, shea butter, and chamomile extract in their lipstick. Alima Pure is all about nature and only uses natural, pure minerals. Now those ingredients I can feel safe and excited about!

To feel our beautiful selves, wearing cosmetics that are free of toxins, irritants, and preservatives is a big step (for some of us) that’s definitely in the right direction.

Give us the scoop on your favorite cosmetic line!


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