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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 [...]

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 [...]

ClassPass Review: 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 [...]

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 [...]

Hello Huffington Post!

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I have some exciting news to share with you all... Last week, I was welcomed as an independent contractor into The Huffington Post’s blogging community! As The Huffington Post is a publication that I read all the time – and Arianna Huffington is someone whom I have watched speak before and find immensely brilliant, witty [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Healthy Dessert: Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

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Of all fruits (and frozen foods in general) I have an inordinate love for blueberries. I could eat frozen blueberries until my lips turn purple… and let's be honest, I do. Often. This recipe is one that I use for breakfast, a snack or dessert. It packs protein from Greek yogurt plus a hearty serving [...]

Unlimited Fitness Classes with ClassPass

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Have you heard of ClassPass? It's an incredible website + app that gives its members access to unlimited classes in the best fitness studios across multiple cities throughout the U.S. Classes include everything from yoga to boot camp, barre, Pilates, Zumba, spinning, circuit-training, kickboxing and more. Over the next month, I'm going to profile a [...]