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March Resolutions

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If you’ve been following along, you know we’re adding a few resolutions in key life areas each month throughout the year. (You can read about how January’s and February’s went, if you’d like.) Here’s what’s coming up for March… Read more…

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February Resolution Recap

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Did you have a good weekend? I spent the last few days in southern California with my girlfriends, and am feeling rested and ready for the week ahead.

Each month, we’re adding incremental resolutions that feel like small changes to our day, but will hopefully add up to a big difference by the end of the year. Below are the resolutions added in February. Here’s how they went… Read more…

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Heart Swells

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I’m finishing off the week in sunny Southern California to see a few of my girlfriends. Sometimes, these posts remind me how much can change in a week. It’s been a whirlwind few days full of exciting changes, lots of workouts, healing food and friendships. I’m exhausted, but in a good way and I wouldn’t change a thing. This weekend, I plan to spend a lot of QT with my girlfriends, visit a few favorite spots from when I lived in LA, and get some sunshine. The moments I’m thankful for from the last week: Read more…

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New Music: A Few Hozier Favorites

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A few weekends ago, my friend Anna and I went to the Hozier concert in Seattle. While his hit on the radio is Take Me to Church, I fell in love with a few of his other songs, which I haven’t been able to get out of my head since. They are sweet, upbeat, but a little bit melancholy. I think I’ll always remember swaying in the crowd to them, happy and content with one of my favorite people. Take a listen… Read more…

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ClassPass Week 1: Barre

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As part of ClassPass, the app I’ve been gushing about that lets its members enjoy unlimited fitness classes around Seattle, I tried barre this week. And ho-ly. For a workout that doesn’t require heavy cardio and sweating the entire time, I’ve never felt my muscles burn so hot or shake so much. Have you tried it? The class essentially uses body weight against a dance bar to isolate teeny-tiny movements that target, tone and strengthen key muscle groups. We planked, we push-up’ed, we used bands and weights and balance balls. The hour-long class flew by insanely fast, and I was so hooked that I woke up at 6 a.m. the following Saturday to pop into another class. If you’re looking for a cardio workout, this probably isn’t it — but it is a total-body toning workout, with a lot of movements that you won’t normally get to do on the treadmill.

I visited Barre3 for my first few barre classes, but the beauty of ClassPass is that there are a dozen other studios where I can still try it out throughout the rest of the month. If you’re a Seattle-ite and want to join me — let me know!

Votes on what we should attempt next week? Read more…

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Oliver Sacks in Reflection on Life

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I read this NY Times op-ed last week by neurologist, writer and professor Oliver Sacks, who recently learned he has terminal cancer. I found this part of his essay incredibly moving:

My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death. Read more…

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Hello Huffington Post!

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I have some exciting news to share with you all… Read more…

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Heart Swells

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I didn’t have any particular valentine this year, but this week contained a whole lot of love. From concerts to conversations, I felt it. I’ve suspected this for some time now, but I think that people put a lot of pressure on *love* to imply only the romantic variety, when it actually exists in all sorts of forms in all kinds of nooks and crannies of our lives, if we can appreciate it that way. This weekend, I’m planning on a few brunches, some good workouts, a fundraiser gala, and blogging with my girlfriends. The moments I’m thankful for over the last week:

- A Ben Howard concert + thoughtful sweets + pizza with Matt
- A Hozier concert + drinks + heart-to-hearts with Anna
- The best girls’ day of leisurely window shopping + lunch with Ashley
- The laziest Sunday spent reading this book cover to cover
- A productive morning at Moore Coffee Shop
- Breakfast at Le Panier with my sister. Me: 0. Chocolate croissant: 1.
- A flower in the elevator from a stranger
- The MOST incredible sunsets
- A girls’ night spend lounging on the couch talking and sipping wine
- My first fitness class with ClassPass. (!) For sure going to be sore tomorrow…
- An email that is probably the highlight of my entire career thus far. Just sayin.
- The passion I feel for this blog and other projects in my life
- Lighthearted conversations with my coworkers
- Daily calls with my folks

P.S. Did you hear? I’m on Instagram! Let’s follow each other. (:

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HeartSwell is on Instagram!

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I recently created an Instagram account for this blog — and wanted you to be the first to know. Follow here for the latest photos and videos from day-to-day life and blog updates. I’d love to follow back to see what you’re up to, too. (:

Let’s be friends: instagram.com/heartswellblog

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On Accepting Change

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I recently read the following words by author Lewis Carroll, and liked the perspective he offered about change:

Now I am going to give you a bit of philosophy about that — my own experience is, that every new form of life we try is, just at first, irksome rather than pleasant. My first day or two at the sea is a little depressing; I miss [my usual] interests, and haven’t taken up the threads of interest here; and, just in the same way, my first day or two, when I get back [home], I miss the seaside pleasures, and feel with unusual clearness the bothers of business-routine.

In all such cases, the true philosophy, I believe, is “wait a bit.” Our mental nerves seem to be so adjusted that we feel first and most keenly, the dis-comforts of any new form of life; but, after a bit, we get used to them, and cease to notice them; and then we have time to realize the enjoyable features, which at first we were too much worried to be conscious of.

So my advice is, don’t think about loneliness, or happiness, or unhappiness, for a week or two. Then “take stock” again, and compare your feelings with what they were two weeks previously. If they have changed, even a little, for the better you are on the right track; if not, we may begin to suspect the life does not suit you.

But what I want specially to urge is that there’s no use in comparing one’s feelings between one day and the next; you must allow a reasonable interval, for the direction of change to show itself.

Isn’t that a nice perspective? I like how he emphasized patience for the difference we might see day to day, noting that the important thing was what difference revealed between one day and many days. You may read the full article here, if you’d like. I hope it offers peace in whatever changes your life presents to you right now…

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