Healthy Happy Holidays


I loooooove the holidays (so does Molly), but let’s be real – they can be pretty stressful as well. It’s a season where everything around you screams BE HAPPY, but what if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed?? For this holiday season, my teammates and I are putting together a Healthy Happy Holiday Challenge to help you take a little to focus on YOU during the holidays and keeping some balance and sanity in your life.

Does that sound like something you’d be open to? Because I’m so ready for it.

It’s easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else, or pleasing people by going to every holiday party, or eating ALL the food, and then forgetting about yourself. Or, if you’re struggling with any kind of eating issues, the holidays can bring on a whole new set of stressors and problems.

Let’s stick together this season and create a little community of women who are just like you. We get you. We are here for you. This group is your safe space to share, to learn, and to just breathe.

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The Inspire Joy Healthy Happy Holidays Challenge starts November 30th (so you can enjoy Thanksgiving to the max!) and will run for 21 days, up until December 20th.


  • A real food nutrition plan and workout strategy that’s customized to fit YOU.
  • 30 days of Shakeology, a whole food superfood supplement that will boost your energy and immune system and help you manage your sugar cravings!
  • Seasonal recipes and meal plans: think healthy comfort food, crock pot creations, holiday Shakeology treats, skinny cocktails.
  • Membership in our private Facebook community to share your journey with women on a similar path.
  • 21 days of online support and daily check-ins in our private FB group.
  • Weekly one-on-one email coaching


  • Access to our resource vault with recipe e-books, meal planning strategies, and all the information you need to feel successful and prepared.
  • Tips for self-love, balancing the holiday parties and get-togethers, sticking to your goals while traveling, reprioritizing your time to get your sweat sesh and sanity saving “me-time”  in.
  • LIFETIME access to future challenges and my email check-ins. When you make me your coach, I am yours as long as you need me!

Let’s put the focus on the actual reason for the season — instead of freaking out about our workouts, nutrition, and body image. 

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How much does this cost?

Shakeology packages start at $130 – it’s an investment in yourself.

Why is Shakeology required?

Shakeology is my personal no matter what. I believe in this product 110% because it has transformed my own health from the inside out. I require that my clients drink it everyday while participating in a Challenge because I want to reserve my time, energy, and love for women who are willing to match my own level of commitment to results and wellness! It’s made from whole foods, has no artificial anything, and the superfoods are sustainably sourced from small farms all over the globe.

I drink it every single day and haven’t been sick in almost a year. I think it’s extra important to use Shakeo during the holidays, when our bodies and immune systems are stressed, sugar is everywhere, and we don’t always have control over our nutrition! You’ll be sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs, no matter what.

You can learn more about what’s inside Shakeo here, and read my my coach Anna’s amazing review here.

If you want to order sample packets before you commit, email me at and I’ll hook you up!

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes! If you decide that Shakeo is not for you, you have 30 days to return your bag for a full refund — even if you drank it all! The experience of the Healthy Happy Holidays is yours forever.

Worst case scenario: You have fun, make new friends, end up in better shape than you were before, and have more confidence and energy. Ummm why not just go for it?

I already have a Beachbody program, can I still join?

Absolutely! I share your obsession with home workouts and I’d love to be your coach :) And being part of a Challenge will help you stay motivated and makes the process so much more fun! Go ahead and fill out the application and let me know where you’re at!

**To protect the integrity of my business (and honor the hard work of other coaches), I only accept new clients who are not already working with a Beachbody coach.**

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Assume The Best Intentions

Last week I attended a training in which we were asked to be open about our truth right at that moment – that we needed to create a “safe space” where people can speak without feeling like they are going to be judged or attacked. One of our rules for the discussion was to assume that everything someone says is said with the best intentions.

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I got that phrase, “assume the best intentions” stuck in my head for the next couple of days and started to apply it to my everyday life. I know a lot of us tend to put our own personal histories or our current emotions into what other people are saying to us: perhaps my friend suggests I read an article about prayer and then all the sudden I think she’s telling me that I’m not good enough or not doing enough, or trying to prove she’s better than me. But guess what? She probably just liked the article and thought I would too.

We often jump to the worst assumptions when it comes to a lot of people, especially close friends and family because of the history we have with them. But usually, our assumptions are wrong and making negative assumptions only harms your relationship, causes you stress and creates more tension.

So next time someone says something to you that might cause you to feel defensive or offended, take a second to think it over: “what would that mean if he/she was saying it with the best intentions?” Remember what happens when you assume…


What do you think about this rule? 

Do you tend to be defensive or take things the wrong way? Do other people do it to you? 

3 Steps to Finding Your Motivation

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for the week! I was inspired to write today’s post after doing a podcast with Lifestyle Accountability a couple months ago. Good thing I finally got around to it now…


Three Steps to Finding Your Motivation

Whether you’re going after a fitness goal, working your way towards a degree, starting a business, or simply changing small habits in your life, these Three Steps to Finding Your Motivation can easily apply.

1. Find Your “Why?”

It’s hard to work for a goal unless you have a good reason behind it. WHY do you want to cut dairy out of your diet? WHY do you want to finish graduate school? WHY do you want to run a half marathon?

Imagine yourself completing your goal. How do you feel? What about your life has changed? When you find that feeling that you’re striving for, you’ll find your “Why?”

For example: Whenever I have a race coming up and I’m in training. It’s not always rainbows and kittens. When I’m slugging my way through a tough long run I try to imagine that I’m in that race. How does it feel to be running the last mile? How does it feel to cross that finish line? Accomplished, proud of myself, confident and (usually…) having fun. That’s my why.

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2. Start Small

A lot of people start really strong and dive in head first, only to feel overwhelmed and quit soon after. We’ve all heard the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” You may feel frustrated and want to change something RIGHT NOW rather than having it take 3 months, 6 months or a year. But what’s worse? Achieving your goal in a year or quitting a month in and not achieving it at all?

By using small steps to slowly make your way to where you want to be, you’re engraining good habits and not overloading yourself with new responsibilities or changes.

For example: you want to start a blog! Awesome. But don’t expect to have tons of followers and comments right away, or even within a couple months. First, get a free account and start writing. See if you like writing just for you. Then get a twitter, start interacting on social media. If you still like it, try to join some blogging groups. By taking it step by step you won’t feel like your new goal has taken over your life.

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3. Find Support

We are social creatures – even those of us who call ourselves introverts need support from the people around us. Trying to get into shape? Find a buddy to workout with a couple times a week, or join a group fitness class and get to know the instructor or someone else in the class.

Trying to start a blog or a new business? Seek out a mentor, someone you respect who is already doing what you want to be doing. Making a dietary change? Discuss it with the people you live with, ask for their support and maybe organize a “gluten free” or “dairy free” meal together once or twice a week.

For example: when I was training for the Chicago Marathon, I certainly didn’t do it alone. I joined a running group here in Chicago, I had friends who I talked to about running all the time, I basically turned my cousin into my personal running coach (thanks Allie!), and even my family who didn’t quite “get” the whole running thing came out to support me during the race, which meant the world to me. Yes, I ran the race by myself, but I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.

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Do you have a goal that you are or want to work towards?

What are you tips to finding motivation and achieving goals?

Goals for 2014

Well, it’s about that time! 2013 was a BIG year for me, and I’m hoping that 2014 brings just as much change. I think this is the first time I’ve ever reached a New Year and I am really, really looking forward to the year ahead. Law school is behind me, the Bar exam is behind me, and only new things are to come!

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Before we get into 2014 though, let’s take a look back at my goals for 2013:

1. Be more thoughtful with my time. This is something I think I did much better with for a majority of the year, but once September game it just went out the window. I’m awful with my time nowadays since I have way too much of it. This is definitely a goal that will be added on for the upcoming year.

2. Build Strength. Womp womp. Haha, I did work on building some strength this year, but I don’t think I was consistent enough with it to see any real results. Another thing to add to 2014!

3. Continue working on my relationship with God. YES! Haha I got one right! After the Bar exam I finally found a church that I enjoy (mostly because of the young community) and I’ve joined a small group, which I love. I decided to ask to be placed in a group for their bible study so I would be more accountable and have more concrete ways to study God’s word, as well as surround myself with women who are a wonderful, positive influence.

4. Show more appreciation for family and friends. I hope I did this one! I’ve tried to send out more cards, notes and make more phone calls this year than I have in the past. I’ve recently gotten to talking to one of my friends from college much more (miss you merebear!) and I was so blessed to have a whole week in Charleston with my friend, Amy Lee for her wedding. I’m so glad I took that week off from the Bar to spend with her.



Alright, time for 2014!

1. FIND A JOB. Self-explanatory.


2. Be more productive with my time. Sound familiar? Haha we’re trying this one again! I really need to be better about getting up early, working out, and getting out my door and to a coffee shop by 8:30-9:00am. You’d think this would be easy but somehow I manage to dawdle the morning away. NO MORE!

3. Live Intuitively. As I learned through Jamie’s Intuitive Eating program, it’s important to not only eat intuitively, but live intuitively. Listen to your body, as well as to your gut instincts. Be true to yourself, be honest with others, and don’t try so hard to live up to the expectations of others. This can be a hard one for me because I like people to like me, I’m definitely a people pleaser.


4. Work on strength training! Haha another repeat. I’ve decided this year I’m probably going to run fewer miles (less runs per week, but hopefully at least one long run and one speed work) and work on strength more. I have some running plans lined up for Spring, but once we’re past that I think I’m going to sign up for races at the last minute rather than ahead of time.

5. Push myself out of my social comfort zone. I do tend to be fine with meeting new people and attending events alone (hello skeeball!) but I spend far too many nights at home alone because I’m comfortable with that. This year I’ll not only have my small group, but I’m also joining the Junior League of Chicago, which I’m really looking forward to. Beyond that – just more social events and meeting up with friends!



What are goals you have for 2014?

What’s one thing you accomplished in 2013?

June Goals

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had an amazing time at home with my family celebrating my cousin’s wedding – more to come on my weekend tomorrow or Wednesday! You know what else happened this weekend? The first of June! Those of you who have been reading for a while now know that I have new “goals” at the beginning of each month. Although I don’t always follow them perfectly, I like to stop every once in a while, step back, and reassess certain areas of my life. Sometimes life is speeding by and it’s important to stop and reflect for a moment, which is something I like about doing these goal posts!

First up, I like to recap how I did with the previous month’s goals:


1. Graduate law school. BOOM! Done! Granted we still haven’t gotten grades back… But hey, I’ve got the photos to prove it!


2. Stay in a good mindset. Doing pretty good! I have to say the IE Challenge was a big turning point for me and how I feel about myself and my life. There is just SO MUCH more to life than being perfect, what other people think of you, and especially your weight. Worrying so much about those things was keeping me from enjoying my life, and now that I’m slowly letting all of that go I’m much more relaxed.

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3. Make 1 recipe a week. I think I did this? Haha I had to go back over posts to check! I didn’t even go grocery shopping the week after graduation, so no recipes there, but the first week of May I made a lentil dal that lasted me a while, the second week I made a bunch of new salad mixes, and last week I tried several new overnight oats recipes to help with time management in the mornings! And do vodka gummy bears count?


So now it’s time for my goals for June!


1. Keep up with strength training. As I mentioned last week, I decided to start doing Jamie Eason’s Livefit trainer. I’m NOT following the meal plan or the exact workout plan for that matter, I’m just using the strength workouts and doing a little less cardio in hopes of getting stronger. I’ve only been doing it for a week but it’s a nice change for now!


2. Bring lunch at least 3 days a week. Same with my goal last month, I want to try and prep ahead of time as much as I can so I’m not spending a ton of money eating out. I also want to be realistic and realize that right now being focused on studying during the week is #1 so I want to be flexible about it as well, hence the three day goal! I’m also hoping to keep up with overnight oats since it cuts about 15 minutes of making breakfast out of my mornings (very helpful when you’re up at 4:50am!).


3. Have fun. Studying for the Bar is most important for the next two months, but I also know I’ll focus better on school if I also take some time to relax and enjoy time with my friends. I definitely need some recharge time to really throw myself into work. Like impromptu Cubs v. White Sox games…



Do you try and pack lunch or do you eat out often?

What’s your favorite kind of exercise right now?

What’s the best recipe you’ve tried recently?