On The Road Again… With a Few Travel Tips

Travel - always fun to head to new places!

Crazy couple of weeks unsuccessfully fighting off a nasty cold, having a blast at BlogHerPro 2014 in San Francisco and now getting ready to head back to Europe for a little pre-Christmas fun!

Getting sick usually doesn’t throw me off my routine this much, but these things happen sometimes so I have to just roll with the punches.  Maybe there was a little full moon madness thrown in as well, but whatever the reason, I’m looking forward to the travel and holidays ahead.

I’ll try to post some travel updates, but remember to follow me on social media to keep up with the latest pictures, musings and random observations.

In the meantime – here are three quick recommendations for frequent travelers: Continue Reading

Finding Positivity

Dinah Gardner practices for her role in The Nutcracker.

Dinah Gardner practices for her role in The Nutcracker – Click to watch video at USAToday.com

The Eric Garner decision by the grand jury really pulled my spirits down yesterday.  I sat down last night trying to figure out what I wanted to say, but I was so torn.  The larger part of me is so outraged, but part of me is also encouraged by what I saw happening in the streets of America last night.  People of all races, ages and backgrounds went out last night and peacefully protested against the injustice of this man’s murder going unpunished.

There is hope in the world.  There is good in the world.  From slavery to women’s suffrage to civil rights to human rights and everything in between, real change doesn’t happen until those unaffected by injustice stand up with those who are. Time for everyone to stop making excuses, turning a blind eye or hoping it goes away. I’m proud to be an American because I still believe we have the capacity to bring about change. I truly hope my faith proves out.

This morning I found this article from USA Today (and video above) and I remembered there is always good in the world.  Even when it is hard to see it, there is good.

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

So I start today with this wonderful story of an amazing little girl and the wonderful people who cared enough to bring her into their family and give her the love and patience to thrive.  She is happy simply because she is loved, supported, encouraged and given the chance to dance.

As little Dinah says in this video, “Never give up.

My faith continues that in the end, justice, love and the betterment of all will always triumph.

Welcome December!

December Winter Road - The Fit Empress

Welcome December!

My favorite month after October is December.  I love this time of year.  Holidays, winter(ish) weather, a feeling of anticipation everywhere you turn.  The world is just a little bit happier this time of year.

This has been an amazing year.  Not all of it was good, but all of it is pushing me toward my future self.  I have grown, learned or benefited from everything that occurred.  I didn’t reach all of my goals, but I’m still better off than I was a year ago, and have more goals to strive toward in the year to come.

I’m not going to slide through December and coast into 2015, I still will do as much as I can to continue on my path.  However, I’m not going to forget to enjoy this wonderful time of the year either.

I am ready for the blessings of 2015, but I still think December 2014 has a few wonderful things in store for me as well.  Here’s to a blessed and joyous holiday season!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Spin Battle: Flywheel vs. SoulCycle

Flywheel vs SoulCycle:  Which Spin Class is right for you?

During a recent trip to New York, one of my goals was to check out a SoulCycle spin class [cuz I’m a spin nerd like that]. SoulCycle hasn’t expanded South yet, so I figured this may be my only chance to experience it at the moment. I love the spin classes at my Lifetime gym, but I also enjoy trying the new “boutique” spin classes when I have a chance. I dabble with Flywheel since there are locations in my area, and I tried Aqua Cycle during my last trip to NYC, so now it was time to add SoulCycle to the list.

Ultimately, it’s all spin class. We get on bikes and spin for 45 minutes to an hour – no big mystery there. But as my fellow spinrats can attest, the experience itself can be very different depending on the instructor, music and philosophy of the gym/studio. As the latest boutique spin studios go, Flywheel and SoulCycle are the two juggernauts at the moment, so here is my breakdown of how the two size up to each other. Continue Reading

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Giveaway

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