The 10-Minute Workout (even YOU have time for this)


Happy New Year, everyone! As always, I kick-started mine by declaring that January will be a dry month, even though I rarely make it two weeks without turning to a “healthy” glass of red wine. I have a good feeling about this time, though…

Also, I completed a 2-day juice cleanse that I outlined a few posts ago (I think I posted it on the 27th). If you haven’t already, check it out! It’s not too late to take part. 🙂

The other thing I’ve decided to do to get back into pre-December shape (December kills me), is to swap my usual yoga routine for these totally awesome 10-minute workouts I discovered on Pinterest. They’re done by PopSugar, and are high-intensity and AMAZING. I do two of them, back-to-back, and it’s a full workout. I sweat. A lot.

And I love it.

So, without further adieu, here are the links to my three faves. Hope you like them! Enjoy the burn!


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Happy Sunday!

Is the Universe Listening?

I’ve always been a go-getter. Sometimes forcibly so. I’ve definitey pissed off more than my fair share of employers, friends, and family members with my sometimes-annoying tenacity and pursuitiveness. If things don’t go my way, I try and force them to. I always have.

Hi, my name’s Jen, and I’m a project-stalker.

This summer, I attended a friend’s party, where there happened to be a palm-reader. You know, clairvoyance and all that. I paid my $20, and sat down with her for a half an hour discussion. She said many things that I was initially skeptical about (and to some extent, still am), but she said one thing that completely resonated and has stuck with me for the past few months. It went something like this: “Don’t force your future. Sometimes, you need to just sit back and let the universe work her magic. There is a path for all of us, and if you force yourself too far off your path, life gets more difficult, not easier. Sometimes you think you want or need something, but it’s not in the cards.” (Literally.)

So, I decided to sit back and take a more chill perspective. (Well, chill for me.)

I have been a stay-at-home mom for about 6 years. I’ve always wanted to professionally write, and last summer, I was almost done my first book. In fact, I was going through the editing process. It is VERY difficult to sit back (somewhat) and wait for responses from the publishing industry. As I have inferred, my type-A self was not a patient one, and waiting for responses was slowly making me almost comically angry. :/

After meeting with The Clairvoyant One, and deciding to let the universe take over, magical things began to happen. Fall into my lap, really. I stumbled upon a writer’s conference (SiWC), which I attended. There, I took several workshops that helped me greatly improve my social media visibility, as well as secure a writing contract for a magazine I had been eyeing up. I even stumbled upon the publishing house, that after signing the contract today, is going to publish my book (Love Your Gut– fall 2013- stay tuned!)

Anyway, my message is this: sometimes, you need to sit back and just allow the universe to respond. You may react to the what the universe is putting out, but don’t try to force it. There’s a big difference between being motivated, inspired, and productive, and being obsessive, controlling, and crazy micro-managy. (Yup- that last one’s made up.)

It’s like what Oprah was saying about The Secret– open yourself up to the universe, and you will find your path and do what you’re supposed to do. Everybody has a path- find it, but don’t lose yourself at the same time.