sights and sounds {part six}

Congrats to Danielle B. — you won the race entry to the 2014 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies on July 5th!  You say you’re not Danielle? Good news – there’s still plenty of time to register online at the event website.


THIS WEEK! Holy guacamole.

MONDAY: Work. Fuzz puppin’. Yoga. Hummus. Pretty much your usual weekday.

TUESDAY: I won’t lie – it started off rough. But for mornings like that, I have this on my family room mantle. A quick read – and Insta-share – I was out of my funk in no time…

Plus, knowing I get to teach yoga later in the day always makes it worth while. Speaking of, I cannot get enough of this song while teaching Sun Salutation B’s:

It takes everything I have to not start dancing while in chair pose.

WEDNESDAY: Ice cream for dinner — does it get any better? A HUGE THANK YOU must go out to Edible ClevelandMitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and The Agrarian Collective. They treated us bloggers to quite the night!

I’ll let these bloggers tell the full story – click on over to Eat*Drink*Cleveland and WhyCLE to see more from this week’s SweetUp. And save-the-date to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House on Monday, July 21st! Thanks to Jacquie from Cleveland Kiddos for helping to coordinate our upcoming meetup.

THURSDAY: Decided to SLOWDOWN and made time for family – and crazy-dog-ladying:

Here’s to my mom for throwing together a lovely dinner of salmon, Brussels sprouts, corn on the cob and plenty of vino — rounded out by a hilarious moment of Chase, her rescue pup, taking his very unplanned first swim in her hot tub! Goodness, how I love them both!

FRIDAY:  That smile from Thursday continues because it’s TGIF — and I get to think about which of these 12 Patios You Must Enjoy this Summer (Plus 10 Dog-Friendly Options) I can sweet talk Kimberly from Smitten in Cleveland into after my 5:45PM yoga class at Evolution Yoga.

SATURDAY: Oh, you know — just some yoga event that you may have heard me mention recently…

yrp AH and CF

Ready to put a huge check mark next to another bucket list item. Join us tomorrow night in Lincoln Park! More info at the event website.

SUNDAY: What am I doing – other than sleeping in?! I’m headed right over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to check out the Yoga: The Art of Transformation exhibition. Never stop learning, right?

What’s been the highlight of your week? Who will I see tomorrow at Yoga Rocks the Park?

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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 8.30.2013

A Monday holiday + last minute Friday PTO request = a L-O-N-G holiday weekend. I’ll take it every time!


Congrats to Becca (entry 145) for winning the two tickets to the Cleveland Garlic Festival next weekend! Remember you can still purchase tickets at the event website.


Who’s going to be at tonight’s yoga event at the Rock Hall hosted by lululemon athletica Eton Chagrin and Inner Bliss? *raises hand*


We’ve been having fun over at the event page sharing what makes us believe in CLE. And after getting to play around on to share this image of one of my favorite yogi foodies, I started craving that Momocho guac again. Friday night after-party anyone??

Anyways, I found out mid-week that I was invited to help assist the 90 minute yoga class tonight (*SO HONORED*), so if you see me, grab me for a hug and/or hello. It’s going to be a great night at the Rock Hall!

psssssst: I’m teaching the 75 minute all levels vinyasa class at Nishkama Yoga on Monday morning. Class starts at 9:30 – would love to see some smiling faces!


Alana’s giving away tickets to an upcoming Browns game over at her blog – there’s no better Browns fan to run this blog giveaway!

Dina hits the nail on the head with Fulfilled in Akron. Why Are You So Surprised? I feel the same way about my suburb…

I’m pretty proud of Julie sharing her Why I Support Robin Thicke post yesterday. It’s raw and frank and well thought out – definitely worth the read.

After Beth’s recent trip to Aspen and Boulder, Colorado is now at the top of my “must go to” list. What photos!


From Cleveland MagazineBird Brains – Parma’s pink punch line gets turned into public art. Lord knows I love a flamingo.

From Cleveland Scene Magazine: Hometown guy Frank Oriti Captures the Faces of Northeast Ohio for the World. Very cool work!

…and in “other Parma news” – my mom’s cat is still missing:

scout missing

If you are in the area and see Scout – let me know!


You know what to do in the comments – share your posts/thoughts/ramblings… and enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

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coming clean: my FitBloggin’ confessions

Over a week later, you’ve seen all the FitBloggin’ recaps by now, so the need for me to rehash every.single.moment isn’t quite needed. You get the idea by looking at these:

fitbloggin 2013

Thanks to Carrie D Photography for capturing the group photo – check out all her FitBloggin’ coverage here

In my third go-around at this conference, I wore a few different hats: attendee, speaker, Fashion Show participant (I’m OBSESSED with those red pants – thanks Reebok). There are always some takeaways, some confessions and plenty of SWAG – but these are the thoughts especially sticking with me post-Portland.

People love the opportunity to try out a new workout opportunity.

There were workouts of all sorts: bootcamp, cardio dance, Zumba, yoga, trampolining, CrossFit and a fun run. Personally, the cardio dance with Patricia Moreno ‏(@intenSati) from SatiLife was intensely moving for me: both spiritually and physically. I’m already stalking her site for more info on her blend of “fitness, dance, martial arts, yoga, nutrition, meditation and spiritual practices”. (source)  I want more of that uplifting style of hers!

And as a proud Clevelander, I handed out all of my GIJAYNEFITNESS kickboxing DVDs. A few ladies already even tried out the DVD back at home – thanks Sharla, Heather and Tara for the shout outs!

I have a future career as an Olympic power walker.

I proudly wear my run/walker hat, but it turns out that all of Hans’ observations about my insanely fast walking pace were well-founded. I might have power walked past a handful of people during the 5K. Maybe I’m not as much of a “slow” runner as I thought I was!

I still don’t understand Google Analytics – and don’t care to.

That’s what folks like Tim at are for right?!? That man knows his stuff. I just wish his presentation was earlier in the weekend so that more people could have learned from his wealth of knowledge.

Physical therapy isn’t the only thing I need to repair my shoulder.

I’m going to need a swift kick in the pants. During Erin’s goal setting session, I shared that my current goal is rehab-ing my shoulder injury, but that the thing standing in the way from achieving it is my ego. I deep down knew this, but hadn’t admitted it so openly before that moment on Saturday morning. I so desperately want to be on my yoga mat, doing my vinyasa practice. But it aches to do so, so doing a slower at-home restorative style practice is going to be the only asana practice in my future. That and more strength training. BAH.

Turning the big 3-0 came right at the right time.

Many have shared how FitBloggin’ did something to shift their thinking. For me, having my 30th birthday the day following the end of the conference only enhanced the need of recognition of a change occurring in my spirit. Maybe its old age wisdom settling in, but I left the conference with a sense of confidence that I haven’t felt in a while. I’m brewing on it a bit more, but as I shared on my birthday, this idea of creating opportunities instead of settling for circumstances is really sticking with me. Here’s hoping that FitBloggin’ induced confidence sticks with me that way that mantra is…

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Disclosure: I served as a sponsored brand ambassador of GIJAYNEFITNESS at this conference. My FitBloggin’ conference admission was comped as I served as a speaker.  (A huge thanks to Roni and her entire team for their efforts to make it such a success.) All thoughts and ramblings are 100% my own.

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