It’s Christmas and I’m flying on a plane to Brisbane from Cairns. Tony and I are headed to Byron Bay for the final part of our time here in Australia.
I wanted to take time out to write this letter because frankly, I’ve had incredible nostalgia while being here, taking me back to a period in my life that while I’m not proud of, was most definitely a learning experience.
Most of you know that in just a couple of short weeks I’ll be getting married (omg) and there’s still so much to do every day. With such a monumental event coming up I’ve been reflecting a lot on the past year. So many things have happened!
Does anyone else feel like the older we get the more we seem to pack into 365 days?
MY GOODNESS. I’ve been wanting to write to you forever. And so here we are. Back to the ever fabulous, always changing Wellness Wednesday.
Let’s take a flashback to 2012/2013/2014 when I wasn’t the woman I am today. When I was trapped inside a shell of self doubt, control, grief and the constant need for perfectionism. Back to when I regretfully had no idea what a healthy relationship with my body or mind meant when it came to food. I lived and died by my next meal. Always thinking and contemplating what I’d have next. Planning ever so wisely so I could make sure to never surpass my caloric goals for the day. It’s sad, but a truth. My own truth and one that will forever be included in the story of my life.
Hi guys! We’re back with the last episode of the wellness series in partnership with Under Armour Women.
I spent last weekend at a retreat in Santa Barbara working on personal and business goals at the Big Soul Retreat that Under Armour so graciously sponsored me for. I had been wanting to go on a soul searching type of retreat for quite sometime and so when this one popped up on my radar, I knew it was time to do it. And it’s perfect because today we are talking about what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen.
First off, the retreat offered me exactly what I needed: a chance to explore my fears and wants, yoga daily, plant based meals, and a destination away from the chaos that is often my daily life.
Because the truth is, over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been overwhelmed with the level of stress in my life. It’s not something I talk about often, but it frequents my days and weeks like you wouldn’t believe. Where does the stress come, you might ask? Buying a house, getting married and running two businesses and the pressure I put on myself to always being DOING.
However the truth is, I should be less hard on myself. I really do have my dream job. I have a life that I’m really proud of. And more than anything I’m so incredibly grateful to have a community of people who make my recipes on a regular basis. I wish I could give you all a big hug.
Sometimes when you’re always on the go, you forget to say thank you to yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in along the way. You forget to tell yourself how proud you are and acknowledge what it took to get where you are. We’ve all got our own unique journeys and I’m SO incredibly blessed to be on mine.
While I really don’t know what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen, I’d like to think that a cookbook is on the radar and potentially going back to school for nutrition. We’ll see. All I know is that I can’t thank you enough for being here.
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I’m so excited to finally share the Ambitious Kitchen wellness series with you in partnership with Under Armour Women.
Even if you’ve only been following AK for the last few months, you know that I’m an advocate for women finding their own definition of health and wellness. I’ve shared stories on this blog about my struggles with finding balance, perfectionism, stress, losing my father, food addiction, ditching the scale and so much more.
I think of where this journey had led me. Where I’ve been because of blogging and how it’s shaped the person I am today.
I hope you guys had an AMAZING weekend. I spent time enjoying the beautiful weather, brunching, cleaning our place and drinking way too much coffee. Seriously, it’s become my little addiction and I’m not mad about it one bit. My Grandma has been drinking coffee morning, afternoon and night for years and she’s one of the most badass women I know.
In other very exciting news… The Healthy Glow Guide round 2 is finally HERE! The Healthy Glow Guide is back for round 2 with a seasonal meal plan full of fresh flavors, grilling recipes, salads and SO MUCH MORE. That’s right, you asked us for more and we listened: Most of the recipes found in the meal plan are exclusive recipes that Lee and I both developed.
If you didn’t know, now you do: I’m an Under Armour Women Ambassador and so freaking proud to be one. It’s a company with an incredible, powerful and inspiring mission to help women achieve their goals in and out of the gym. And I have to admit, each and every time I pull up my leggings or throw on a UA tank, I feel a little bit more inspired to perform, achieve and reach my goals.
There’s something about this brand that’s truly special.
I figured it was about time for me to show off my favorite UA looks: from hiking and running to casual and chic. I’ve worn this gear running, hiking, biking, interval training at my gym, and pretty much everything in between. I’ll never look back and neither will you.
Hope your weekend was spectacular and full of healthy eats, feel good inspiration and LOTS OF LOVE. I actually binge watched Big Little Lies on Saturday night. I really wasn’t planning on it, but I couldn’t stop watching! Anybody else obsessed?
Now… onto a little exciting project we’ve been working on over at Healthy Glow Co. called the #GlowGoodChallenge in partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds!