How to Workout During the Winter

Are you struggling to workout over the winter? I feel you! I haven’t worked out this consistently (during the winter) since my junior year of high school, 9 years ago!

These are some of my tips for you ladies who hate the cold as much as I do:

– Start your warmup while you’re still wearing some extra layers, and remove them as you warm up.

– If the weather is keeping you from going to the gym, consider working out at home instead.

– Find an accountability buddy (or several) that will check-in with you and help keep you accountable!

– Change your mindset! If you don’t really want to workout, it probably won’t happen on difficult days. It helps me to remind myself why I started on my fitness journey.

– If you aren’t enjoying your workouts, switch to something you do enjoy! There are so many options, and you should enjoy what you’re doing to stay in shape (for the most part).

What’s holding you back from working out more consistently over the winter, or how do you get your workouts in when it’s extra cold out? 

Why I Never Reached My Fitness Goals

Despite being athletic, basically having my own personal trainer at my disposal (hello, professional athlete husband), and knowing my way around the gym, I wasn’t reaching my fitness goals. 

What I lacked? Consistency.

As soon as I not only made that realization but accepted it, I dove in. I took a hard look at myself to evaluate why I wasn’t sticking to my fitness goals.

The reason? Priority.

Other things always seemed to creep up and take the focus off of my fitness journey. AND I LET THEM.

So I decided not to let them anymore. I’d make the commitment I never had before: make fitness my job.

& luckily, soon after I made this decision, I discovered the opportunity to be a wellness coach, where I make money by following a workout plan, working remotely, and helping other ladies reach their fitness goals.

It was literally a God-send. I get paid to workout and help other ladies who are in the shoes I was just in a year ago!

If this resonates with you, I can help you. I’m hosting a free Facebook group starting Sunday where we’ll cover what we do, how you can do it too, and answer common questions.

Send me a message if you want to join the free group!

How I Improved Our Relationship This Year

I think our relationship is the best it’s ever been. I admit, in the past, especially during long distance in college, I was jealous (even just of the people who got to see him everyday).

Being long distance in college is tough. You’re both so busy, there’s the party culture, and visits are often short and spaced months apart.

So naturally you’d say of course our relationship is better than it was then, but I’d say our relationship is even better than it was last year after we first got married and lived together for most of the year. (Don’t get me wrong, we were perfectly happy, it’s just even better now!)

But why? 

I now have something that I’m working on for myself. I have a flexible routine, regular workouts, and something to keep me busy.

When he goes to practice, I don’t feel bored anymore- I get my workout in.

When he wants to play video games, I don’t groan- I go sit at the kitchen table and get work done.

When he’s gone for several days, I‘m not lonely; I dive into my work, time flies, and he’s back before I know it.

My mood and confidence has improved so much (thank you regular workouts!), and naturally those affect our relationship as well.

How I Started Working Out More

I used to be great at working out over the summer, getting all the gains, but as soon as cooler weather hit, for whatever reason, I’d always get off track and lose the progress I’d made.

This forced me to start over ever summer when working towards that summer body, and man did I get tired of it after awhile.

Luckily that didn’t happen this past fall because instead I jumped on board with a fellow basketball wife as a virtual wellness coach.

Maybe simply investing into my journey financially would have helped me stick with it, but I really wanted my fitness to be one of my top priorities, so I jumped in completely and I haven’t looked back.

Being a coach is “next level” accountability.

On the days I want to workout, it’s easy to show up for myself. On days I don’t want to workout, I’m showing up for my clients and my future (business).

If that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is!

How to Improve your Life

Start with yourself. If you always look for the negative in a situation, that’s what you’ll find. If you’re constantly putting yourself down, you won’t make it very far. If you don’t think you can do it, you won’t.
Believe in yourself. Start focusing on what you have accomplished, not what you haven’t. 
Set aside time daily to grow. Read a self development book. Listen to personal affirmations. I’ve started writing down my favorites and reading them daily. 
Surround yourself with uplifting people who encourage and support you. Their traits will rub off onto you. 
Find something you love that gets you moving, whether it’s running or lifting weights, home or gym workouts; do something and your happiness and confidence will skyrocket! 
Find and do something that gives you purpose. It’ll be so much easier waking up in the morning when you know you’re not only doing something meaningful, but that you’re chasing your dreams. 
I now do all of these things as a coach. I never even considered doing affirmations, I wasn’t consistent with my workouts and I didn’t remind myself what I’d accomplished in the past.
I’m seeing how big of an impact these simple things are having on not only my life, but our life, and I want the same for you and your relationship!

5 Things to Do Before (Temporarily) Moving Abroad

Moving overseas, even temporarily, while exciting, can be daunting! Follow this list to ensure you take care of the logistics before leaving the States!

This list assumes you already have flights, a job overseas (if necessary) and housing.

  1. Call your bank and debit/credit card companies: Before leaving the country, make sure you inform your bank and debit/credit card companies that you’ll be in another country, otherwise they might put a hold on your account for suspicious activity. When you call, just tell them you’d like to add a “travel notice” to your account. Make sure you ask what their international transaction fees are. If you need a debit card without international fees, Visa is accepted most places; I recommend Charles Schwab!
  2. Get international health insurance: If you or your loved one won’t be employed with health insurance overseas, make sure you purchase your own plan so that you’re prepared if the worst happens. I’ve used IMG in the past, but World Nomads and Travel Guard are other options. Some travel insurance includes health insurance, so you can look into that before making another purchase.
  3. Call your cell phone provider: Unless you have an international cell phone plan, you’ll want to call your provider to learn what your international options are, or to put a hold on your account if you’ll be gone for a long period of time. You can purchase a plan in the country you’re traveling to, but unless your current phone is unlocked, you’ll also need to purchase a phone. My husband and I switched to T-Mobile and have been very happy with their international plan (not to mention we don’t even need to contact them before we leave the country)!
  4. Get a flu shot: If you’re leaving in the fall like I usually do, I recommend you get a flu shot. (Flu shots are usually available as early as mid-August at CVS.) Traveling puts a toll on your body and exposes you to a lot of germs. Jet lag is horrible enough; you won’t want to wake up with the flu as well!
  5. Go shopping: I always pack certain things from home that are either difficult to find overseas or simply make our temporary housing feel more like home. You can visit this article to find what I pack for the kitchen.

Aside from this logistical list, I also recommend you load up on quality time with your family and friends while you’re still with them!

I hope this article helps your move overseas go smoothly, and I wish you safe travels!

Did I forget something? Comment below!

I’ve Always Been an Entrepreneur at Heart

I never wanted to work a regular 9-5 job (I mean, who does though?!).

Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur; I’d run countless lemonade stands, carnivals for the kids in the neighborhood, brainstorm and plan out ideas for the future, I even ran a baking business for a year straight out of high school. 

I’ve been a baker, blogger, graphic designer, digital marketer, virtual assistant, and more, honestly.

No matter what I do, I always end up coming back to this calling, to be an entrepreneur, despite being introverted and inexperienced.

But I honestly LOVE it. It creates a fire that can’t be put out, a drive that makes me want to stay up all night (hello, fellow night owls), and a passion that makes me want to do nothing but work.

This time, I want to take you with me on my journey! Whether you want to improve your nutrition, workout more frequently, take your fitness to the next level, or earn an income helping others on their health and fitness journey, I want you to join me!

I’d love to hear about your fitness goals; send me a quick message (or comment below) and I’ll get back to you right away! It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we need buddies along the way to reach our goals! 

I want to thank my friends, family, and followers for being so supportive of me and all the endeavors I pursue. You’re the real MVP! 

5 Best Travel Apps for Europe

The following five apps are bound to make traveling easier, even if you don’t have cell phone service when you get there!

  1. Google Translate (free): Unless you’re fluent in the language of the country you’re visiting, you’ll want to download Google Translate. This app allows you to translate between two different languages using text, pictures, handwriting, voice, or even a conversation! I love that not only can you take a picture to be translated, but you can also translate a picture from the camera roll on your phone! However, my absolute favorite thing about this app is that you can download an “offline translation” if you either don’t have an international cell phone plan, or if you simply want faster results! Google Translate is my go-to app everytime I go grocery shopping!
  2. Google Maps (free): I’m noticing that Google Maps is more “internationally friendly” than Apple Maps. For example, when I search for the name of an island in the Mediterranean using Apple Maps, it shows me results for places near me in the United States. On the other hand, Google Maps pulls up the Mediterranean island I’m trying to find. Even if we ignore this fact, Google Maps is still a must when traveling because you can download offline maps! Offline maps are ideal if you don’t have cell phone service or want to be able to pull up GPS quickly.
  3. Netflix (membership required): Even though many long-flight airplanes have personal televisions, I’ve found that some do not, and most smaller airplanes do not. Since I personally can’t sleep much on airplanes and get motion sickness, my flights would be miserable without Netflix! Make sure you download enough shows and movies for your flight before you get on the airplane (I like to do it while I’m still home with fast wifi).
  4. Spotify (membership required): I always download music playlists on my phone using Spotify when I travel. I listen to music to drown out the (loud) airplane, and while I (try to) sleep.
  5. Mobile Passport (free): When it’s time to return to the States, the Mobile Passport app will let you skip the lines at customs (at most major airports), which you know can be a huge time saver if you’ve ever traveled out of the country before! When you land, simply upload your passport and answer the customs questions on your phone, then proceed to the appropriate counter. (You can fill it out before your flight, but it’s only valid for a few hours after completion.) The first time I used this app, there was only one person ahead of me, who was being helped when I arrived. Needless to say that was the quickest I had ever gone through customs!

I hope these international travel apps make your time abroad more enjoyable, and I wish you a wonderful and safe trip! 

What apps do you use when you travel? Which are your favorite? Comment below!

My Easy, Go-to Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m obsessed with fruit smoothies! I love fruit & you can throw practically anything into them (including hidden nutrients), so they’re a win-win!

This is my favorite fruit smoothie recipe because it’s so versatile!

Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie

Serves 1-2 people

1 banana (I like it best when they’re just starting to get brown speckles but really any ripeness works)

Couple handfuls fresh or frozen strawberries (if you use frozen and a hand blender like I need to while overseas, I recommend running them under warm water for a minute before adding them to the bowl- it’ll be a lot easier to blend!)

Superfood powder: one scoop (strawberry or vanilla flavor) (contact me to place your order!)

Liquid: I add just enough to blend it easily and achieve the consistency I want.

For a creamier texture, use plain/unsweetened almond milk or nonfat milk. 

For a refreshing/citrus smoothie, use orange or pineapple juice.

To use up what’s in the fridge, use the juice that’s been in there too long (that’s what I did this morning)!

Optional: (but trust me, you won’t taste them!)

~1.5 handfuls of fresh spinach (you can use frozen but I’d use less since it’s more dense and- in my opinion- more potent when it isn’t fresh)



Hemp hearts

Fruit smoothie recipe

Mix everything in your blender until smooth, and enjoy. I recommend eating it right away, but if you want to prepare it in advance, store it in a shaker bottle in the fridge (I wouldn’t for longer than 1 day) so you can shake it up again before drinking.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and throw in any other fruit that needs to be eaten (oranges, apples, etc.)!

ALSO you can throw the majority of these ingredients in a ziploc bag and freeze it to have smoothie packets ready anytime!

The End of a Decade

What have you accomplished since 2010? What did you put on the back burner for “later” over the past 9, almost 10 years? How many times did you set a New Year’s Resolution and not stick to it?

They say it takes two months to form a habit that becomes automatic. You have exactly two months remaining in the decade- just enough time to form a new habit. What will it be?

I’m co-hosting a bootcamp NOW focused on forming habits for the new year. (We aren’t using our future New Year’s Resolution as an excuse not to workout NOW!) We’re going to show up everyday for the last 60 days and see just how big of an impact 60 days can have on our health, fitness and lives. Are you in? Send me a message!

This is the end of a decade.

Make it count.

If not now, when?

What you’ll get:

– Access to thousands of workout routines for the whole year (accessed anywhere online or in the app!)

– 1-on-1 coaching with yours truly

– A workout program for your specific needs

– A month’s supply of pre and post workout or superfood powder

– An accountability team of strong women

– Meal plans

– Workout materials

Comment below if you want to take advantage of the rest of this decade!