What’s on your scaredy-cat list?

I've been trying really hard to be more authentic and real, and to really enjoy and live in the here and now as much as possible. It's been brought home to me in a very real way lately that none of us can predict the future, and as much as I wish I had a crystal ball, I know that the next best thing is to try and enjoy all the moments we do have. That being said, no matter how much I am trying … [Read more...]

Natural beauty and loving yourself

Recently, there has been a meme floating around Facebook. I'm sure it's been in other places too, but that is where I became aware if it. People are calling it the true beauty project or something like that, and it involves you taking a natural picture of yourself. No makeup, no styled hair, nothing but you and your natural, beautiful self. I was tagged by a friend a few days ago, and at first, … [Read more...]

Hey you – yes, you…

Hey you. Yes, you. I see you looking over your shoulder. Don't. It's you I want to talk to. Why, you ask? Let me tell you. You are incredible. You are beautiful. You are special. Don't give me that look. I know what I'm talking about. No? Ok then. You, in your sweat pants and t-shirt, with your hair in a messy ponytail. You look in the mirror and you see the bits of hair that just won't stay … [Read more...]

What’s your excuse?

I have been mulling this one over and over in my head. Should I wade in? Should I keep my mouth shut? If I do wade in, will I piss people off or open myself up to all kinds of nastiness? If I keep silent, am I part of the problem? I don't know the answer, to be honest, but I can't be scared to not say anything either. This week, a picture of fitness model and mom Maria Kang has been making the … [Read more...]

Putting myself out there

This video was taken of me doing a pole routine about a year ago. It was part choreography, part freestyle, and all me. I had seen videos of myself on the pole before, and always thought to myself things like "ugh, do I really look like that?" and oh man, no one needs to see that". You know, all f the negative things that we say about ourselves but would never, in a million years, dream of saying … [Read more...]

Redefining sexy – an interview with Sheila Kelley, founder of S Factor

Recently, I was given the amazing opportunity to interview Sheila Kelley.  Sheila is the founder of S Factor, and is on a mission to redefine the meaning of the word "sexy".  She stirred up pre-conceived notions about "stripping" when she debuted her striptease inspired workout, S Factor, on the Oprah show in 2003.  There are now seven S Factor fitness studios across the nation and Kelley is … [Read more...]

10 awesome things about me

I've been slacking on my Monday Listicles participation for the last couple of weeks.  I hate the feeling when life gets in the way, and it doesn't really feel like a good excuse, but right now it's all I've got.  Of course, wouldn't you know it, the week that I am able to jump back into the party, the topic, chosen by Mrs. M from The Bonny Bard was "10 great things about me".   Ahahahahaha, um, I … [Read more...]

Gut check time (aka a lesson in humility)

Two months ago I decided to take a huge leap of faith the next step in my pole journey and signed myself up for our advanced level class.  I decided that it would be best to stay in my Grads class as well, but thought that I really wanted to push myself to the next level as well.  Grads class incorporates all the things I love about pole, through choreography, new moves, and a killer ab, butt, and … [Read more...]