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Yoga Teacher Training – the beginning!

Hi team!

First of all, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and curiosity around starting my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. It’s like you all knew I really wanted to do this or something 😉

Now that I just wrapped up my 3rd weekend out of 8 (Yes — already almost halfway through!) I figured I would summarize some of the most common questions I have gotten, some advice if you’re considering the same path and what this journey has done for me so far.

The Why

What made me want to invest 200 hours of my free time and quite a bit of money towards being a yoga teacher? Am I dropping my full-time career to teach yoga?

To answer that second question first — definitely not any time soon.

I have had a long term interest in health and wellness and it has taken me to many different places especially over the last 4 years. When I started practicing yoga over 10 years ago, it was a “like,” not a “love” and definitely not the passion or belief system that I see in it now.

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Tips for Bikini Series Success!

When I first committed to the Tone It Up Bikini Series in 2013, the brand looked a little different. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew the beachy fun vibes and confidence radiating from Karena and Katrina was something that I at least wanted to try – maybe I would even feel that way afterwards.

While not a huge transformation, that first challenge put me on a track to health and wellness that my life was heading anyway, but needed some guidance and a spark of new inspiration. I used all of their free content to find some fun workouts and try new recipes which after studying abroad, felt like I was taking some control back in my day-to-day life.

Years 2014-2016 were good, but I struggled to fully commit in the way I had that first year. I had joined the Nutrition Plan, loved the recipes, but felt like the Bikini Series was almost too large of a goal to tackle and that I would never see a dramatic transformation.

In 2017, something clicked. It may have been in part due to my life being in a much more stable place overall. I generally enjoyed working out, and I was ready to fully commit to the nutrition guidelines of the plan. This combined with the extremely high quality content of last year as well as having connected with so many Tone It Up Seattle girls in real life made the whole challenge feel like it was really my time to step up to the plate, hold myself accountable, and hit some goals.

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Whole Foods Hacks

I worked in the produce department in one of Seattle’s Whole Food stores for almost a full year right out of college. At the time, it was a great job that fit well into my schedule and lifestyle that year and the company overall was something I could get behind.

As a foodie before I even took the job, I made sure to pick up on some of the best ways to take advantage of shopping at Whole Foods beyond my employee discount. Some of these tricks and tips may change in the coming months with the Amazon acquisition, but I think most of them will continue to hold true. In addition, most of these are also applicable to your local high-end grocery store or co-op, but since Whole Foods is a national chain, it works well as an example.

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My state of law school.


I was first introduced to the idea of going to law school in Mr. Sherman’s 8th grade social study and language arts class. Cait and I were assigned to a project together where we defended a case made by the ACLU. This was in the midst of learning about monumental civil rights decisions made by SCOTUS, and I was fascinated. The fact that sifting through law and finding evidence for and against a situation could translate into every day life was pretty incredible to me. There was power in that for change. 

Starting at Gonzaga, I declared my major as Political Science with the full intent on going to law school right after graduation. Obviously, I’m not wrapping up my legal education next year so that didn’t happen. I fell into campaign/community organizing with the Real Food Challenge and became immersed in a grassroots approach to social change. I also loved the topic of food justice and improving the health care sector, which a teeny tiny space in the legal world. The only law school I could find with anything substantial on the topic is, of course, Harvard and it’s Food Law and Policy Clinic.

So I put off the decision for a couple of years. Continue reading My state of law school.

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