Zest for Life Wellness

The musings of a health coach, personal trainer, foodie, and lover of all things travel

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Friday things 10.21.16


Good morning to you and happy Friday! What’s new? How was your week? It feels wonderful to be back here on a Friday, writing this post, and drinking a cup of hot cider. October is nearly over already and I definitely feel the change in seasons. I’m getting tired earlier and have been getting into bed before 10 pm as a result. I want to cook and bake all the time. And I feel like I could fill my days drinking almond milk lattes, taking morning walks, watching Gilmore Girls reruns, cooking fall recipes and feeling completely content for the duration of this season. Clearly work is getting in the way of this happening, but I have managed to enjoy walks around the neighborhood, loved eating this sausage, lentil, and kale soup (you must make this! soo good!), and using gift cards to grab coffee in the mornings with Tom. How have you been enjoying this season so far? I work on Saturday morning but I hope to enjoy this fall weather by getting outside-maybe taking a walk through the arboretum or downtown and soaking in the last of the fall colors! I hope you are able to get outside sometime this weekend as well. As far as today goes, here are a few things I wanted to share…

Clients always ask me what we’ll be cooking up for the week. Here is what’s on the menu:

Golden chicken soup

Creamy kale pasta-we’ll add some ground pork🙂

Butternut squash, apple, and pear soup-might serve this alongside some elk meat that Tom got for his birthday🙂

Spaghetti squash alfredo with chicken and caramelized onions

And for dessert…I want to bake these up this weekend: one-bowl fudgy pumpkin paleo brownies!

Good reads:

25 things every book-loving 90’s kid will remember-This brought back so many lovely memories! My sisters will for sure love this🙂

Healthy isn’t static-doing the best that we can with our current environment is OK. It doesn’t need to be perfect. I hear a lot of clients stress about traveling a lot for work, not sleeping enough, trying to fit workouts in, and navigate themselves to a Whole Foods every night to get their greens in. It’s helpful to read a post like this one to reassure us that what we deem “healthy” for ourselves will constantly change throughout our lives.

I hope you have a fun fall weekend ahead! Enjoy🙂

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A new decade


“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

Happy Friday to you! I hope your week is wrapping up nicely and that you are looking forward to a beautiful fall weekend. I am so thankful that it is finally Friday. It’s been a very hectic week with lots to do and I feel like I’ve been scrambling around every day wishing there were more hours in the day. But today I get to take a breath. I get to enjoy this day off from work, have some much-needed sister time, and relax because today I turn 30 years old.

I love birthdays because it’s a nice reminder to take a look back on the past year, and in the case of a milestone birthday, a look back on the past decade. The twenties were full of high highs and low lows. It started with making my way through college, then graduation, moving to South Korea for a year and teaching English, working and exploring Australia for a few months, working at my first training job and realizing what it’s like to hate going to work every day, working at several other training jobs, taking memorable sister trips to Rome and London, running my first marathon, finding CrossFit, falling in love, becoming a holistic health coach, starting this blog, having a whole lot of laughs and shedding lots of tears along the way. I am a completely different person now than I was when I was 20. I don’t dread getting older in any way. I am so thankful to move into this new decade with a better understanding of who I am and what I stand for. With that being said, here are a few things I wish for my 30’s…

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Lately 9.30.16


Good morning and happy Friday to you! September has been a complete blur and I am sorry that I’ve been quiet the past two weeks. It’s been one of the most expensive months I’ve had in years due in most part to repairing my car (which cost a month’s paycheck), preparing for a trip to Chicago this weekend (which I’m looking forward to of course but not cheap), and making more purchases than usual for upcoming birthdays. Work has picked up this month as well which is great but has left me with less time to do the things that I really love to do, like write and read. Despite being broke and feeling busy, life has been good. I got to cheer my little sister on while she crossed the finish line of her first half marathon, have been eating some delicious meals, sleeping well, and enjoying spending time with my family and Tom. How has your September been? Here are a few things that I’ve been up to lately… Continue reading

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Friday thoughts 9.16.16


It’s Friday morning and it’s such a beautiful thing! How was your week? I hope that you were able to get outside a bit and enjoy some of this beautiful weather we have had lately. The humidity is down and I’ve been sleeping with the windows open and enjoying a fresh breeze during the days. It’s been a really hectic week and today is the first time I have felt like I could take a breath and reflect a bit. I’ve noticed that I check my email 50 times a day (including right when I wake up in the morning), and that little things seem to be bothering me more than they really should. This fact right there tells me I need to take a break and start establishing some boundaries for myself. I’ve never been a fan of feeling constantly “busy.” I need breaks in the day to recharge and maintain a sound mind. As I move into a new decade soon, this will also be a focus of mine. How do you create an environment for yourself that sets you up for success each day? I’d love to know! Continue reading

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Friday thoughts 9.9.16


Good morning! I hope you had a great week and that it didn’t crawl as much as mine seemed to. Despite the holiday on Monday, this week was jammed pack with coaching calls and training sessions and each day seemed to go a little slower than the next. However, I wanted to share with you something that I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. Have you ever wondered what kind of a friend/partner/sister/daughter you are to others? Are you understanding? A good listener? Lending a hand when needed? Or maybe you feel like you’ve not been the best to the ones you love the most. That’s the feeling I have had lately. I haven’t been the person I’ve wanted to be to others and I want to change that. Tom is one of those people in my life who makes me realize this the most.

Over the past two years, he has always wanted to make my days easier. He grocery shops for me because he knows I hate it. He helps me clean the apartment because he knows how much I want to get it done. He cooks dinner for me when I work later than he does. He buys me ginger kombucha when he sees it at the store because he knows it’s my favorite. He asks me how he can help when I’m stressed out. He tries to make me smile when I’m in a terrible mood. He always makes my eggs first in the mornings.

But also, he’s a good friend to others. He plans their bachelor parties, texts them to see how they are doing if he hasn’t connected with them in awhile, and is always lending a hand at CrossFit when someone is struggling with a skill. He has picked up several shifts at work to help out co-workers when they are out sick or on vacation. He even texts my sister “good luck on your run”  before she heads out for one of her training runs for her first half marathon.

This post isn’t about me gushing over how wonderful Tom is (although he really is an amazing human), it’s about taking time to realize just how great, thoughtful, and loving the people are in our lives and using it to inspire us to love each other better. Tom makes me want to be a better person not only for him, but for everyone else I love.

As I approach turning 30 years old in just a short month, I have realized that above all the things I wish for in this new decade, I pray that God shows me how to love the ones in my life better. Because at the end of the day, that’s all that really counts.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a very happy September weekend!