Saw This, Loved This

Just a quick little post on this Sunny & Hot day (in Arizona anyway) Saturday evening! I saw this today and loved it! I don’t need a cure right now for anything as I’m happy & healthy as can be, but you never know when you might need a quick pick me up! If you are feeling down today, I hope this helps!

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xoxo,
Rachel

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The other day we were nominated by Kelsey & Molly over at thecoffeeandcurls.com for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! We are so apprecaitve of this award as we just started our blog. We love hearing from our readers and everyone likes an award right?!!! : ) Make sure you stop by and visit Kelsey and Molly here!

Rules:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 facts about Us:

  1. Mark proposed to me on May 11, 2013 and we were married on May 10, 2014.
  2. We bought a 2004 Damon Daybreak to travel the USA in style for our RV honeymoon.
  3. I LOVE the sun, Mark would rather sit in the shade.
  4. I am most excited to see Mt. Rushmore on the RV Honeymoon.
  5. Mark is most excited to eat as much New England lobster as possible during the RV Honeymoon.
  6. I will not be doing any driving on the RV. at. all.
  7. I love blogging on here so much that I’ve also started to blog on cocktailsandconfetti.com

Here are some other blogs that we love:

Adventurous Andrea

Tory of My Life

RV Escape

Mapping Megan

The Ohio Transplant

Design The Life You Want

 

xoxo,
Rachel

How Pure Barre Saved My Wedding

How Pure Barre Saved My Wedding

Okay, okay…that is a little dramatic. BUT if you have read and/or decide to keep up on my (our) blog, you will soon learn that I do have a little flair for the dramatics.

 

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In all honestly, Pure Barre really has been the thing that has kept my sane throughout the last few months. I had heard about this Pure Barre thing here and there for a littlewhile and even have good friends who had urged me to try a class out. Of course I hadn’t listened and was content running on a treadmill in my basement and hating life (it was winter in Ohio, there were few options). I was intrigued with the idea of Pure Barre and its low impact class style with ballet, pilates & whatever other influences that I had been told went into the class, but the cost at $20 a class roughly and the 35 minute drive to the closest studio weren’t really up my alley. I can also note that running has been the only consistent exercise that I have ever stuck with, so I didn’t have high hopes for adding Pure Barre into my life.

I was laying in bed one morning, debating on whether it was time to finally get up and start my day (it wasn’t), but I had gone through my normal procrastination routine of Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TimeHop, CNN, Pinterest and back to Facebook to see if anything new had happened in the last 20 minutes (nope) and resorted to opening my Groupon App. Basically this would be one of the best decisions I ever made. See, procrastination IS key. The first thing Groupon recommend for me was a package at Pure Barre. It offerend 10 classes for $69 dollars. SCORE. I could absolutely handle committing to driving to 10 classes if they were only $7 a class! I signed up for my first class about 2 weeks later as it took me 2 solid week to muster up the courage to actually try this unknown.

I was addicted about 3 classes in.

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The first few classes I felt like a fish out of water. I felt like I was flailing around and not doing any of it right. How can lifting my leg only 1 inch, or standing on my tip toes and squatting my legs only 1 inch or doing a crunch where I only move 1 inch or using a 1 lb weight really do anything? But lo and behold my seat (Pure Barre’s word for butt) was shaaaking after about 8 leg lifts, my thighs were shaaaking after a few squats and my abs were shaaaking after one set of crunches and my arms? My arms felt like jello after using 1 lb weights. The next day I felt it even more.

It took me about 20 days to use my 10 free classes and I immediately took advantage of their “Bride to Be” package which gave me 3 months unlimited classes! I have been consistently going to classes ever since then. The first class I took was 12/20/2013 and as of 4/22/2014 I have completed 72 classes. My original goal was to hit 100 classes because YOU GET TO WEAR A TUTU AND TIARA DURING CLASS and I really want to do that, before the wedding, but that ain’t gonna happen. This was an unrealistic goal anyway because on the day I made it my “goal,” I would have had to go to a class every single day from then until the wedding. Now my goal is to hit 100 classes before we leave for our RV Honeymoon Adventure and I’m 100% confident I will be wearing that tutu and tiara in no time!

When people ask my why I’m obsessed with Pure Barre, I always hesitate before I answer. Not because I don’t love it, but because the answer is so much more complex than “because I got skinny” or “because I got abs” or “because I love the people there.” All of which is true, but it is so much more than that. On the (sad) days that I don’t get to go to a class, I feel very off  that day. The physical changes are second (although greatly appreciated) to the happiness, inner strength & confidence I feel when I leave class. It is the only 55 minutes that I dedicate to myself ever. I refuse to let my mind wander away from the instructors cues and I only focus or perfecting my form or getting a little lower. I don’t think about reception seating plans, or wedding flowers or anything wedding; I don’t think about work; I don’t think about anything other than what position my body is supposed to be in or what muscle I’m supposed to be working. It is the perfect escape from the craziness that is wedding planning (or life in general).

Here are the things I love most about Pure Barre:

1. It doesn’t get easier, it just gets better. Once you learn exactly what muscles you are supposed to be using – did you know you can move your legs by contracting your abs?!? neither did I! – the movements get better because you’re using your muscles better and deeper.

2. The classes are never the same. Although there will always be a warm up, thigh work, seat work, floor work, 7 minutes of abs and then a final stretch, you never know what specific series you’re going to do that class. It is great! Some series you will learn you like more than others, but you always have to give it 110%.

3. I got to vamp up my legging collection (& grippy sock collection).  It is the perfect excuse to buy all the leggings and tank tops and jackets your little heart can desire (okay, maybe not all that you can desire) but you do need to have the appropriate clothes for class. As I had mentioned, I used to run. I do not run in leggings so I went on a little shopping spree to update my wardrobe for all the classes I was going to be taking. Also, the perfect time to buy grippy socks. I have a whole drawer dedicated to grippy socks.

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I will keep my “tuck on” and “lift.tone.burn” my way through these last 3 weeks of wedding planning, knowing that I have 55 minutes to myself at Pure Barre to center and ground me for whatever life throws at me that day! Thank You Pure Barre for rocking!

xoxo,
Rachel

I Bought Myself A Present…

… and it took me on a trip down memory lane.

 

A little back story for all you readers out there –>

Mark and I had quite the start to our relationship. There is no saying this more eloquently: Mark Was My Boss/CEO/Owner of the Company. I had been employed at my first (subsequently only) big girl job for just about 3 months before I thought it was a perfectly acceptable and normal decision to start talking to Mark outside of work. It started out innocent enough (think dinners and nights out in downtown Cleveland) but fast forward 2 more months when I was sitting in my parents’ living room telling them that I had just quit my part-time job at The GAP and was going to quit my big girl job and temporarily move to Austin, TX with Mark and some of his friends to spend winter in a warmer climate.

Wait, what?

Surprisingly, it didn’t go over as horrible as I thought it was going to go with my parents. They had their doubts [as any parent would] and frankly, so did I. But I was determined follow my heart on this one. I found comfort in Charice’s “Louder.” How I even heard this song for the first time is beyond me, but her lyrics “Let my hear speak louder than my head” really resonated with me at this point in my life. It was one of the craziest and best decisions I have ever made in my life. I hardly knew this person and yet here I was, quitting my job and moving across the country – away from my family and friends and the only support system I had ever known.

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Of course Mark and I have had our ups and downs since that “move” to Austin almost 2.5 years ago, but each and every high and low have made us who we are.  Austin didn’t really play out like it was supposed to (another story for another day) but we had jumped right into a relationship not really knowing what we wanted out of it at first, but we slowly figured it out along the way.  See my Facebook post from 2012 below. See a theme emerging about following my heart here? I’ll get back to the present I bought myself here shortly, promise!

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I recently went to Jewel Kade party and as I’m flipping through the catalog, a necklace jumps out at me. “Follow Your Heart.” It was one of those customizable necklaces where you can add a gem here or there and add whatever words you want to the pendants. Perfect. See the final product below! As soon as I saw it in the catalog I immediately thought of that FB post from Austin and I truly believe that if I hadn’t followed my heart  back in 2012, Mark and I would not be where we are today!

 

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xoxo,
Rachel

Saturday Inspiration

I am a huge fan of quotes. I could post hundres of thousands of quotes, especially those creatively displayed (thanks Pinterest). This one speaks to both my wedding brain & my travel brain! I’m saying yes to new adventures as husband & wife and new adventures traveling the USA in a RV!

Say Yes To New Adventures

Other things I’ve said yes to (in no particular order): the groom, the venue, the cake, the photographer, the dress, the second dress, the shoes, the theme, the colors, the DJ, the videographer, the menu, the signature cocktails, the favors, the invitation style, the linens, the timeline, the rehearsal dinner, the decorations…

But perhaps the most important thing I’ve said yes to… the new adventures.

Happy Saturday!