Thank you Gabi for nominating me! Here are my responses to your 10 questions!
1.) What is the story behind your blog?
I started a blog in 2011! Crazy. Originally, it was a lot of posts about the arts, particularly dance and theatre. As I have morphed professionally, so has it. Now, my post is mainly about fitness and health, but with an emphasis on the connection of the mind and the body. It’s really a place for me to go a bit more in depth than I can with a class I’m teaching. I also explore topics like relationships, arts, and do product reviews, because those are all part of a holistic existence!
2.) What is your favorite meal to make at home?
Whole wheat pasta with sauteed chicken, tomatoes, and spinach, tossed with lemon juice and parmesan.
3.) What is the best $100 you have ever spent?
My weekly Pilates lesson. It’s not quite $100, but close. My body, and my teaching need it!
4.) If you could be featured in Health magazine for your blog, what kind of article would you contribute?
Definitely a post about mindful fitness. About focusing on the work of the muscles, moving with control, knowing the big picture. We get so caught up in just following our instructors, or going through our routine, that our mind checks out. Not only does this make our workout less effective, because our energy is divided, it also leaves us open to injury and strain!
5.) What is one skill you would like to obtain over the next two years?
Photoshop. It evades me. Thank God PicMonkey is easy!
6.) What is one piece of advice that you wish you could pass on to everyone else?
We are stressed because we feel guilty about the past and worried about the future. Yet, the only moment we can control is the present. Be here, now.
7.) If we were to pull out all of the items in your gym bag right now, what would we find?
Oh, my. A lot! 2 different cords to attach my phone to the various sound systems in various studios. 3 pairs of shoes. A cosmetic bag with a comb, hand sanitizer, lip gloss and a pony tail holder. A folder with my class lists and diagrams for my dance classes with young children. A notebook with class and dance ideas. An Isagenix Want More Energy stick and a packet of Isagenix protein shake. An apple. My wallet and iPhone. In the front pocket is pens, highlighters and post-its, and my university ID (teaching, not student).
8.) Whenever you are having a bad day, what is the best thing you can do to help cheer yourself up?
Get a vegan chocolate chip cookie and an iced coffee with almond milk at Whole Foods.
9.) If, like the newspaper, you could have anything of your choice delivered to your doorstep every morning, what particular item would you want it to be?
Clean laundry. ;)
10.) What is one way you hope to influence readers with your blog?
I hope I encourage readers to integrate their mind and their bodies. Whether than means being thoughtful about what they are eating or their fitness regimens, or if it means being gentle to themselves as they work on their goal, or even look in the mirror. There is a 2012 study that found that American women think 13 negative thoughts about their body a day. I think that’s actually a low number. But that is NOT the kind of mind/body integration we want. I want to encourage positivity and potentiality. Your body hears everything your mind says, and takes it as true, and makes that your reality. So, let’s craft a beautiful one.