Gang’s all here 🙌🏽
I had the most amazing time at my first ball at @oxford_uni 💕
It was such a wonderful experience to see so many in my MBA cohort dressed to the nines, celebrating our first month or so here on campus. The group is becoming more and more like a big family- all on our journeys to achieving major life and career goals this year. 🙏🏽
Here’s to more of what this year will bring!
Love and light💫
That Friday Fitness Feeling 😜 (yassss for alliteration) 💪🏽 I was always neglecting working my arms in workouts- but lately I’ve been integrating TRX as well as light arm weight exercises to ensure I’m targeting all areas of the body. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a distance runner all my life; running is cathartic and is generally my go to workout. However, as I’ve started adding more arm exercises post running, I’ve been seeing amazing results and feel stronger in my runs as well.
A lot of women, including myself, shy away from arm workouts for fear of having the “guns of steel” look. I can say from my background and expertise (I’m also a certified personal trainer) that low weight and high reps is key as well as integrating body weight exercises like pushups and TRX moves.
Strong body, strong mind!🙌🏽
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Mid week grind @DigmeFitness ! Sound body, sound mind. 🤙🏽 Also: Sound On for this one! 🎧
The importance of maintaining consistency in fitness and health plans while amidst a busy schedule is key. You can always fit in a workout (albeit, you may sometimes need to get creative on the timing) ; 30 minutes is better than nothing and lunchtime workouts are amazing.
The endorphins released during workouts help rejuvinate the mind and add to an enhanced mood. ⚡️💫
I’ve been obsessed with the Matrix Class - it’s super efficient (50 minutes long) and right by @oxfordsbs ! It incorporates use of the Skillmill, TRX, and bodyweight conditioning. Here’s a sample of some of the moves we do in class. The main principle of HIIT is that you burn more in a condensed period of time and the effects continue throughout the day.
Got up early this morning to go exploring #oxforduniversity with @eibnphotography - I’m at the business school all the time so I haven’t had the chance to go check out the older parts of the Uni! It’s definitely been a huge change from LA to Oxford- and at times I definitely miss my old city of LA and my family and friends there. But I know that the change I’m making is helping me grow and become a stronger woman. I loved getting out in nature this morning and appreciating the beautiful autumn leaves - something I didn’t see back in LA, and haven’t seen in years! 🍁🍂 It was a positively magical morning, with the centuries old architecture, hazy sky, falling leaves, and deer walking on the misty lawn. Truly poetic.
Kicking ass and taking names 😜💪🏼 (who knows where this reference is from ??😬)
In my new hot pink set by @monreallondon — super obsessed with this color 💕 - a total motivator to get to my HIIT class at @digmefitness on this rainy day in 🇬🇧
Sprinted my heart out to some house tracks, combined with TRX, and body movement intervals left me invigorated yet bloody sore!!! (In the best way)
What are you grateful for this Monday?
I’m starting a Mindfulness course with @oxfordsbs - I’m super excited to learn more about mindfulness in the workplace, as well as to determine how to bring of these principles into my personal life.
It’s been a hectic past few weeks to say the least, but getting into a groove and routine is key. For the Mindfulness course kickoff last week, we discussed ways to drop into the present moment instead of future tripping or dwelling on the past. It’s easier said than done, especially when in a demanding programme. I’ve been working on being more aware of when I start future tripping or contemplating the past - and when I start doing this, I have learned to simply take a step back, slow down, breathe, and list the things I am grateful for. It’s a way to appreciate what I have currently without constantly overplaying the next day, week, or month.
Happy Monday friends; may your day be filled with love and light 🙏💕✨
I’ve been putting in the work both in school and in the gym - and I’m so glad I found my fitness tribe @digmefitness here at #Oxford 🤙🏽
In LA I had my fitness tribes at the studios I loved to go to there, and when I moved to Oxford, I was hoping to find a dope studio with amazing trainers that would push me to my limits.
I’ve been coming here consistently since I got here (albeit getting the common “Freshers” flu for a few days of it and having to sit a few sessions out) and I’m seeing major results! 💫💕
The classes are super diverse and differ from instructor to instructor so I’m never doing the same thing twice. #Digme also has studios in London which is amazing since I’ll be going there a lot, too 😊
I’ve been doing mostly #HIIT classes - which incorporate the skill mill (which I love as I’m a running fanatic). 🏃🏼♀️
Also, I have to mention that the playlists the instructors play are superrrrrr tight- everything from house to drum and bass to hip hop 🙌🏽💁🏼♀️
Stoked to keep up the routine. Videos of some of the workouts to come!!
On bit on moving and new pursuits;
Moving away from friends, family, and my usual comfort zone in LA to start my new journey in the UK has been one of the biggest decisions of my life.
As an American, I had never been abroad longer than 12 days. To pick up my roots and release my perceived grounding has been difficult, but I am learning that grounding is not a ‘place’ but a mindset. Wherever you are, you are home; so meaning, that perceived external matters do not dictate your home, as home is within. I contemplated this while I was in LA and prepping for my move, but am now practicing it as I am now walking the talk.
I am taking an active role in dropping my roots by writing gratitude lists, journaling, acknowledging that through patience, I will discover my flow. Of course, I am not perfect and some days I don’t get to my meditations and journaling - but through patience and acceptance, I am ok that I will eventually come into my new routine. 🙏🏽
It is quite easy to run through busy days detached from the inner self, simply going through all our to do lists and being present in body (but lacking presence of mind)- however, doing something so simple as walking through nature and taking a look my feet connected to the earth and realizing this tangible grounding can make a big impact.
In making great change or moving (or both in my case), one must find balance, acceptance, and detachment - a daily journey. Detachment is something I am also consistently working on. I’ll elaborate more on the concept of detachment in future posts. But in essence, it is about letting go of expectations and living in flow. 🌸
Let me know your thoughts on your process of moving to new locations, or making big changes in your life! 👇🏽
Taken in my home of #Venicebeach by the amazing @theckm