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Sex/Life (2021, Netflix) // REVIEW

At 10:30pm on Wednesday night, I opened Netflix looking for something to fall asleep to and instead ended up bingeing the entire series SEX/LIFE and I have zero regrets. Run...do not walk, if you enjoy watching soft-core porn. If you're looking for romance and a great ship, then turn around because you won't find that… Continue reading Sex/Life (2021, Netflix) // REVIEW

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FRAYED ENDS: A Randi Brooks Mystery (Book 1) by Sally J. Ling // Book Review

This is officially one of my new favorite cozy mystery series/authors! Seriously excited to share this one with all of you! In full disclosure and transparency, I was sent an advanced copy of this book by the publisher, Flamingo Press, for an honest review. The book is available now for pre-orders on Amazon in both… Continue reading FRAYED ENDS: A Randi Brooks Mystery (Book 1) by Sally J. Ling // Book Review

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RAF Challenge – Week 6 – The Final Push

Welcome to the final week of the fat loss challenge. Last week - week 5 - wasn't my best performance. I attended both of my personal training sessions and went to one extra class, but I really should have been at classes two other days also. When I don't go to planned classes, I feel… Continue reading RAF Challenge – Week 6 – The Final Push

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RAF Challenge: Week 4 – Weighing in, nutrition updates, and workouts

Welcome to WEEK 4 of the fat loss challenge! I can't believe there are only two weeks left to this challenge, but it's like they always say "Time flies when you're having fun" and I truly AM having lots of fun -- with the challenge, at my new gym, with my trainer and even with… Continue reading RAF Challenge: Week 4 – Weighing in, nutrition updates, and workouts

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Returning to the Gym: Six Week Summer Fat Loss Challenge with RAF Strength and Fitness

I always told myself that as soon as I had the vaccine I would get myself back to the gym. Well, then I struggled with that classic question "Which gym do I pick?" There's no shortage of gyms in my immediate area or within 5-15 miles of my own. I knew that I didn't want… Continue reading Returning to the Gym: Six Week Summer Fat Loss Challenge with RAF Strength and Fitness

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5 Ways to Build a Better Atmosphere for Sleep

When I was a little kid, I would wake up and would struggle to fall back asleep. Instead of closing my eyes and counting sheep, I would lie awake for hours and often would wander the house because I was bored. My mom would try to keep me in my room by installing the child… Continue reading 5 Ways to Build a Better Atmosphere for Sleep

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Here’s Looking at you, New Haven

For months -- MONTHS -- I dreamt of nothing more than packing a bag and leaving town, but something continuously stood in my path: snow, Covid-19 variants, fear, anxiety, and most especially my lack of being vaccinated. On Saturday March 20, I received part one of my two part vaccination for COVID-19. (Since I know… Continue reading Here’s Looking at you, New Haven

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National Sleep Awareness Week

It's National Sleep Awareness Month and this week -- March 14-20th -- is Sleep Awareness Week. This may, or may not, come as a shock to you, but everyone needs sleep. I know, crazy, right? Sleep is one of the most important sources of recovery for our minds and bodies. I'm neither a scientist nor… Continue reading National Sleep Awareness Week

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28 Lessons Learned: Happy Birthday to me!

It's my birthday! Well, not officially. Sure, today is March 11th - my birthday - but I was born at 7:11 pm so technically, I'm still 27 until then. This particular birthday is not one that I was looking forward to celebrating, but I am trying to embrace the day and the fact that I… Continue reading 28 Lessons Learned: Happy Birthday to me!

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TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen //BOOK REVIEW

This is a bit of an unconventional book review so bear with me. March is Women's History Month, but today is International Women's Day, and the theme for 2021 is #ChoosetoChallenge. We are called to challenge the world itself, world leaders, politics, religion, racism -- question it all! We need to celebrate the women who… Continue reading TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen //BOOK REVIEW

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It’s March…Again!

Happy Thursday, everyone! Can you believe it's back again? I can't. Actually, I feel like we never really left March, rather, it's become the longest month on record. Everyday of this pandemic has been March 12th, the day that my office (and many others in Manhattan) closed down before the state could shut down. But,… Continue reading It’s March…Again!

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#TransformationTuesday

I tend to forget to celebrate myself and the changes that I have created within my physical being. I don't think that I have ever really recognized Transformation Tuesday in my life or on any social media channel because I've never viewed my "progress" as an actual transformation worthy of praise. That version of me… Continue reading #TransformationTuesday

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When Ghosts of the Past Come Calling

There's always going to be that someone whom you never think that you will hear from again. All it takes is one text message, phone call, Instagram follow/like...suddenly, they're back. And, it's never someone that you only lost touch with -- no -- it's the love of your life. It's the man that held your… Continue reading When Ghosts of the Past Come Calling

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Unemployed, with a busy schedule

This past Monday marked my first week of unemployment. When I woke up on Monday, at first I felt relieved, but then I felt this overwhelming feeling of missing my job. For two years, I worked as part of a team for a company that I loved. I did interview for a new role within… Continue reading Unemployed, with a busy schedule

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HIS AND HERS by Alice Feeney // Book Review

His & Hers by Alice Feeney Narrated by Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine Published by Macmillan Audio (July 2020) The version that I listened to was an ARC provided by NetGalley. The opinions are my own! Story Summary, as told by Goodreads: There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs.… Continue reading HIS AND HERS by Alice Feeney // Book Review

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New Year, New Faces: Welcome!

My recent post created a lot of buzz within my little blogosphere so I am here to welcome all of the new faces! Welcome, welcome, to my page and to my semi-wild life. Since I wrote a similar passage in the early fall, I'll keep this memoir brief, haha! Some of the details of my… Continue reading New Year, New Faces: Welcome!

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2021 Reading Goals and January Picks: The Read and the To-Be-Read

It's still early enough in the new year that I am figuring out my reading plan for this and coming months. It's impossible to know what to read next when I have so many books surrounding me...literally. My desk is neatly tucked into the front window well of my bedroom, and there is enough room… Continue reading 2021 Reading Goals and January Picks: The Read and the To-Be-Read

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January Reboot: Goal-setting, resolutions, and lifestyle changes

Happy New Year! If you're reading this, then that means you survived 2020 - Level 1 - now, proceed through the checkpoint to Level 2 (2021). Now that week one is behind us, I want to talk a little bit about looking ahead in 2021. I know, looking ahead might seem silly because the world… Continue reading January Reboot: Goal-setting, resolutions, and lifestyle changes

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Christmas Eve in these Trying Times

Christmas Eve certainly looked different this year. Then again, what hasn't? In my family. I am the traditionalist. I prefer when we do things exactly as they have been done for the last ten years at least. Apparently, Christmas Eve used to look different - back before I can remember - and my mom always… Continue reading Christmas Eve in these Trying Times

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Finding the Christmas Spirit

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! No, I haven't turned in for the night quite yet. I'm busy downloading e-books from work and updating Goodreads. How's everyone doing? I feel like December has been a giant roller coaster of emotions for me and I am struggling to be happy -- to be positive. I'm struggling to like… Continue reading Finding the Christmas Spirit

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Goodbye, BookCon & Book Expo

I've never been a fan of massive conventions -- I'd attended NYCC only once before and hated it because there were simply too many people. I thought conventions were purely for tv shows, comic books, superhero movies, etc. As I began contemplating a career as a writer and in publishing, I learned about all the… Continue reading Goodbye, BookCon & Book Expo

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NOEL STREET by Richard Paul Evans // Book Review

The Noel Stranger (The Noel Collection, Book #3) by Richard Paul Evans Here's the story, as told by the jacket: The year is 1975. Elle Sheen, a single mother who is supporting herself and her six year old biracial son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner, isn't sure what to make of… Continue reading NOEL STREET by Richard Paul Evans // Book Review

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Outgoing October

Where has this month gone? Here we are -- two days from Halloween, five days from election day, and sixty-four days until New Year's Eve. October came and is quickly expiring without good news in sight. This virus is persisting around the globe -- especially around the country -- and because of the choices of… Continue reading Outgoing October

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Staying Active with Aaptiv

I know that I've talked about Aaptiv here before, but it's completely changed how I think about fitness so I'll probably mention it a ton more! Since March 2019, I have had a membership with Aaptiv. I can use it anywhere, anytime, and this year I have even used it for sleepless nights. They have… Continue reading Staying Active with Aaptiv

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Taking Back Control

Starting Weight: 280 Current Weight: 274 Goal Weight: 200 When I started this weight loss journey in March of 2019, I weighed in at 280 lbs. I have horrible anxiety which is why I have been hesitant to share my journey on this blog. I've become comfortable making my life a little more public on… Continue reading Taking Back Control

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5K Training: Week 9

Earlier this year, I was training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon with my Nike Project NYC group. We were running together twice a week and attending movement classes at MOTIV NYC to learn how our bodies move. I bought new running sneakers and a Garmin Forerunner 45. Then, the world closed down - races were… Continue reading 5K Training: Week 9

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One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London // Book Review

Let me start this review by saying that I am new to this whole "reviewing books" party, haha! So, if you would be so kind, at the end of this, please leave me comments and feedback. Let me know how I did, if there's anything I should have talked about, things that I could have… Continue reading One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London // Book Review

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Physical fitness in a pandemic

I'm 161 days into my work-from-home / quarantine as the new daily standard and I've finally gotten into a routine. I wake up by 6am and meditate/journal, read a book, and have breakfast. I try to sit down at my computer for work by 9am and then I don't move until lunchtime. After that, I… Continue reading Physical fitness in a pandemic

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Living in a state of quarantine

Quarantine has been hard. I haven't seen any friends -- in person or via Zoom/Houseparty/Skype/Facetime or whatever else the cool kids are using to communicate today. My job became completely remote, in March, when NYC shut down so I have been working, and until two months ago, I was in graduate school. Busy, busy, busy.… Continue reading Living in a state of quarantine

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Four Ways to Work with a Private Trainer During Quarantine

It is day 35 of quarantine, and I’m sick and tired of being trapped inside my house. I’ve baked several different types of dessert, re-organized my entire closet, and purchased various pieces of workout equipment. Before quarantine, I was working out six times a week so it’s natural for me to want to stay active,… Continue reading Four Ways to Work with a Private Trainer During Quarantine

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“And now, the chapter is closed and done”

Welcome to a new year, a new decade, a new chapter in my life. I'm a slightly happier, healthier, almost 27-year-old woman, working in a job she loves (that might actually blossom into a life-long career), spending time with friends and family that I admire and care about.Last year, when I was trying to picture… Continue reading “And now, the chapter is closed and done”

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Considering the stay

I'm sitting at work and I have music playing and "You Matter to Me" from the musical Waitress comes up next in my shuffled playlist. When I saw the play, I sobbed during this song. Mostly because I was meant to see the play with my boyfriend and instead was seeing it with my little… Continue reading Considering the stay

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Weekend in the Country: Part 2

Saturday - Rest: I slept like a queen in my king-sized bed on Friday night. Saturday morning, I woke up early, dressed for the gym, and ran to breakfast to beat the other guests to the buffet line. I'm not a huge people person (and I suffer from horrible social anxieties) so if I can… Continue reading Weekend in the Country: Part 2

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Weekend in the Country

It's finally here - my best friend's wedding! No, I'm not Julia Robert's and I am not planning on stealing the groom. While he might be my oldest friend, I don't harbor any unresolved romantic feelings for him and, anyhow, this is not a 90's rom-com. Today, I boarded the Adirondack Trailway bus and embarked… Continue reading Weekend in the Country

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‘Ocean City, Maryland – Open for it’

On Wednesday, my family and I returned from a 5-day beach vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. This is our third trip to Ocean City and hope there are many more trips like these in our future! My vacation this last time was the first time that I ever wore bikinis on the beach, or in… Continue reading ‘Ocean City, Maryland – Open for it’

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Week “4”: Running with Bachelors

July was one of the best months of the entire year. Some of you might not know this, but I am a major Bachelor/Bachelorette fan. I have watched almost every single season since Juan Pablo first uttered the phrase "It's okay". I skipped Arie's season and most of Colton's, until we got down to the… Continue reading Week “4”: Running with Bachelors

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It’s bigger than us

I am a die-hard fan of The Hills and now of The Hills: New Beginnings. Both shows are famous for using some beautifully poignant music for each scene or big moment in each episode. Last Monday night, we saw Justin Bobby and Audrina finally sit down to talk about all of the drama that's happened… Continue reading It’s bigger than us

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Down the Rabbit-Hole Once More

It seems that I never learn my lesson. After six months of complete radio silence, the bastard had the nerve to text me back and act as if he hadn't contacted me in six days. His sudden reappearance and confusion was very much a kindred spirit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Becoming Part 2", minus… Continue reading Down the Rabbit-Hole Once More

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Week 3: Intermittent Fasting & Tracking Food

My current weight is 280 lbs - it might even be slightly less than that, since I have not formally weighed myself in a few weeks. My goal weight, in the short term, is 200 lbs by December of 2019. Dropping 80 lbs in less than a year is no easy feat. I have been… Continue reading Week 3: Intermittent Fasting & Tracking Food

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#FAMSTERDAM2019 Continues

Welcome back for the final installment of #FAMSTERDAM2019 ! It warms my heart to know that part one didn't bore you and scare you away --- truly. The first half of our site-seeing adventures in Amsterdam were exciting (though I was pretty grumpy because of all the trams, bikes, cars, and Vespa-ish motorized bikes). I… Continue reading #FAMSTERDAM2019 Continues

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The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans

Title: The Noel Stranger Author: Richard Paul Evans Genre: Fiction, Holiday Fiction (352 pages) Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 6, 2018) Pre-Order: Amazon Barnes&Noble A few thoughts: Agnetha (Maggie) has been through the mill. Her husband is a bigamist, and has a second family, she is feeling shunned by the public after her divorce, and she can't… Continue reading The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans

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Week 2: Working Out

Last week, I talked about using the Teami Detox Teas. This week, I incorporated new workout routines and activities. I have two gym memberships: Planet Fitness and Title Boxing Club . Planet Fitness is for my cardio and strength exercises. I have a Black Member Card there, which is $21.99 a month, so that I… Continue reading Week 2: Working Out

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Week 1: Teami 30-Day Detox Challenge

A new month means a new health regimen. In the past, I have tried to implement alterations at the same time, but I have never seen the results I am hoping for. This is probably because I try to do too much and change too many things at one time, and I have never been… Continue reading Week 1: Teami 30-Day Detox Challenge