January 31, 2017

Starting a Fitness Routine with Sudio

Sudio is part of my fitness gear

Resolutions, schmemolutions. I’m all about self-improvement but I don’t think it should be dictated by a calendar. That’s totally cool if you use the new year as a push to make a change, but I’m of the school of “start where you are.” (This includes start where you are on the calendar too.)

A few months ago, I got more serious about my health, namely in the realm of fitness. It wasn’t about losing weight. I just wasn’t feeling good in my own skin and wanted to change that.

Here are a few things that have made getting into a fitness routine a lot of fun.

Make it convenient

It’s a lot harder to avoid the gym if it’s on your regular route. My gym is literally between my office and my parking garage. It’s great for the three days I work in the office, but not so much for the other four days of the week. I recently joined a second gym that is two minutes from my house. I justify it as being the same expense as one specialty fitness class per month. Not into paying for a membership? You can get a great workout from home!

Have a buddy

An accountability partner is a great fitness friend to have! Not wanting to let my friend down is enough to have me throwing my sneakers into a bag and heading out the door. The motivation continues once you’re together; you can use each other for an extra push and for a compliment when you’re doing great.

Make a killer playlist

Something that pumps you up, keeps you pushing ahead, and makes you want to move around. I have a ton of playlists, and I choose them based on the activity I’m doing. If it has a good beat, I want it on my list. I love using my Sudio wireless earbuds in the gym. I can go from running to stretching to the bike without being tethered to my phone. It’s especially helpful if I’m doing stretches or yoga. I don’t want to worry about getting tangled in wires or having my phone tucked somewhere into my clothing. Having bluetooth connectivity between my phone and Sudio earbuds, I can leave my phone to the side of the room and workout with no tangles!

Try something new

Go beyond the cardio machines (even though I do love my treadmill time). There are so many classes available, from cycling to a bajillion styles of yoga to aerial silks. There’s rock climbing and intramural sports teams. There are even full classes online that you can do from your living room! Not sure of where to start? Join a friend on their favorite activity. You can also try a few sessions with a personal trainer.

Get competitive

Write down your workouts. There are a bunch of different apps that you can use for this, or do it the old school way with a notebook. Log all of your workouts, no matter how short they are. They’ll add up, and you can use this as a way to push yourself a little bit further than your last workout. Many of these apps have “find a friend” option that allows you to connect to your friends to see what they’re doing and to compete with them on a specific workout.

Pat yourself on the back

Starting a new fitness routine is hard and sweaty work.

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I partnered with Sudio to create this post. I received free product, and all opinions are my own.

December 14, 2016

Gift Guide: Girl Boss

For all the girl boss, feminist, patriarchy-smashers in your life…this one is for them. Strong women: may we know them, may we raise them, may we shop for them.

Gift Guide: Animal Lover

I have two fur babies of my own, and I can’t imagine my life without them. This guide is for people like me, who cannot live without the love of our four-legged family members.

Gift Guide: The Guys

I had a inner battle over how to do gift guides that didn’t genderize. However, it’s hard to make a gift guide without making a few generalizations. This gift guide is based on what I would buy the guys in my life, and maybe it helps to trigger some ideas on what to get someone in your life. So, no matter who you’re shopping for, I hope that this little collection helps!

November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

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I know that today is still Black Friday, but I’m hitting publish on this a little early so you can plan your strategy for Small Business Saturday. I’m passionate about supporting small business, and – I might be biased – Boston is chock-full of really amazing ones.

I could wax poetic about each of these businesses. Instead, I gave as short of a description as I could but implore you to check them out for yourselves. You’ll immediately see why they’re each so special and worthy of your support.

Brick & Mortar

A Ruby // go-to essentials for every woman’s closet // Copley Place at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston and 680 Legacy Place, Dedham

Ball & Buck // menswear boutique focused on american made products // 144-B Newbury Street, Boston

Crompton Collective // think Brimfield plus artisans all under one roof // 138 Green Street, Worcester

December Thieves // well curated boutique of emerging brands // 88 Charles Street, Boston

deWolfe // artisan leather goods // 177 Newbury Street, Boston

Flock // clothing and gifts with a boho flair // 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

Follain // clean beauty // Boston locations are 53 Dartmouth Street and 65 Charles Street

Hudson // furniture & home accents in an eclectic mix of styles // 12 Union Park Street, Boston

Niche // urban garden supply shop – plants + everything you need to care for them // 619 Tremont Street, Boston and 286 Broadway, Cambridge

Olives & Grace // small-batch food products & bespoke gift items // 623 Tremont St, Boston

Seed to Stem // botanicals, natural objects, and curiosities // 138 Green Street #1, Worcester

Shake the Tree // stylish clothing and eclectic gift boutique // 67 Salem St, Boston

TownPool // the best of Nantucket in a Boston pop-up // 899 Boylston Street, Boston

Online

Apotheker’s Kitchen // honey-sweetened chocolate and treats

Brass Clothing // capsule clothing at its best

Nectar & Green // organic pressed almond milk

Organic Bath Co // clean organic skin products

Paridaez // minimalistic women’s apparel line for work to work-out

Sh*t That I Knit // high-quality knitwear

If you live outside of the metro Boston area, it may not be feasible for you to check out these business in person, but many have online retail that you can shop. I also encourage you to go out into your own community and support businesses there. Artisan holiday fairs and bazaars are great places to discover new-to-you businesses to support.

Huzzah to community and a double huzzah for supporting each other this Small Business Saturday (…and always).