happy shopping

January 29, 2014


 who says all the best sales occur after thanksgiving?

well not this year.

the sale of all sales, mary jo matsumoto’s flash sale, begins this friday january 31st.

talk about christmas in january!


it’s no secret that my crush on mary jo matsumoto runs san andreas fault line-deep. she’s a friend, a confidante, and a person i aspire to be like daily, especially in the style department.

mary jo’s personal style is a perfect combo bite of parisian elegance and california cool; whenever we meet i have to spend at least half our time wiping my drool off her effortless ensembles.

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let’s give up a loud “amen!” for the fact mary jo followed her calling to be a designer; her handbags are second to none in my opinion.

i feel very lucky to own a few pieces from her exquisite collections.

and lucky for us, on friday she’s making it even easier to nab up some of her goodies.


this is the biggest sale mary jo has ever offered!

her beautiful spring/summer 2014 line is coming in, and she needs to make room for these beauties; but in the meantime we get to load up on this season’s best offerings.

it’s rumored that one of my MOST favorite bags to carry, the snake-skin pink tote, which garnes no-less than two compliments an appearance, will be made available to buy for the very first time.

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and perfect for valentine’s day, her 4FREE valentine’s day trio will be on sale, along with the orchid 4FREE trio…..if you haven’t tried her 4FREE, non-toxic, longest lasting polish on the market, you’re missing out….

so set your alarms for friday morning, and get thyself over to maryjomatsumoto.com  for the online sale of the year.

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shut the frige: melissa mcardle

December 12, 2013


there just isn’t enough room on the this web, of worldwide reach, for me to properly convey my adoration, love, and, ok i’ll admit it, obsession over today’s guest editor.

the most rewarding part of blogging is the friendships i make. too often the relationships created amongst bloggers are confined to the comment section. and there is only so much one can convey with punctuation {!?!?!?,} bold font, and CAPITAL LETTERS; trust me, i’ve tried. 

now and again, like when rainbows double in the sky, i get to actually meet, touch, and breathe in these souls, and sometimes we even polish off a bottle of wine.

such is the case with melissa; mel to all of us who love her.

i found mel through her hypnotic blog, reverie~daydream. it was love at first post. mel has created a world for her family {the FIRST mcdreamy + adorable gaia, aka crumb,} where simple, beautiful living is the law of the land.

we lucky readers get to escape into a softer, gentler, dignified place where homemade reigns supreme, art can be found in the bottom of a teacup, and you’re only as happy as your nearest farmstand.

i can get lost for hours in mel’s dreamy images and lulling words; she truly is living a reverie~daydream.

thank you sweet mel for sharing a little of your life with us. love you.

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When my favorite girl, Katie, asked me to share what’s inside my refrigerator, I giggled to myself because really, who cares what I eat? But then I will do anything for Ms. Osumi, so with a full belly and happy heart, I gladly accepted and enjoyed this little voyeuristic journey into our fridge.

 You are what you eat. I believe this with all my heart. By no means am I a purist when it comes to food, but I do make eating healthy the number one priority in my little family’s world.

 Every time I open our refrigerator, I feel blessed. There is always something inside to fill our bellies and satiate our hunger, and this is something I never take for granted.


We eat a lot of organic eggs, a daily habit I do not intend to break. Believe it or not, I’ve been known to farm sit just for the joy of daily collecting and eating fresh eggs.  Those little spheres of goodness are packed full of incredible nutrition. If you are a guest in our home, you can pretty much guarantee an egg, in some form or another, will be added to the meal. Whether it’s a bowl of quinoa with beans and an over medium-egg atop, a salad with hard-boiled eggs, or just an easy egg-salad tossed with raw kale, eggs might just be the shining star of our fridge.


Homemade chicken stock is always at the ready on the top shelf (or in the freezer). Especially during autumn and winter, I make sure we have what my great-grandmother always referred to as “nature’s penicillin”.  Chicken broth goes into risotto, soups, grains and more. Most days, I find myself stirring in an egg as the ‘brodo’ boils, adding fresh parsley and black pepper, and voila!, a favorite meal. And let’s not allow the chicken to go to waste…toss into salads, add to grains, or have a fun taco night.


Every morning, I add a little SuperFood boost to my sweet girl’s cranberry/orange juice. I’ve never been a huge breakfast eater, but I do need to eat before I start my yoga practice.   A slice of toast with almond, peanut or sunflower butter and sliced banana seems to do the trick until I am finished teaching and can fill my belly with eggs and/or quinoa.



The shelves and drawers of the fridge cannot be filled enough with fruits and vegetables! My little girl is addicted to cucumber and carrots, and her papa and I cannot get enough kale and brussel sprouts.  Avocados never linger too long in our house until they most likely find themselves in this salad, and any loose greens can be found in our staple winter soup.  And even browning, seen their better days, bananas are saved for a delicious comfort food treat, or to add to a morning smoothie.


My family of three subscribes to the old adage of an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. As well as the daily probiotic dose from our yogurt, each of us has a different taste for yogurt, so greek, goat and indulgent European style creamery yogurt are waiting patiently for any fruit or granola accouterments.


 Coconut Oil is possibly my magic go-to item for everything…cooking, baking, skin and hair! I love it. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, olive oil mayo,  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, fresh-brewed black ice tea, sparkling water and seasonal fruit juices and local brewed artisanal beers are standard declicious accessories  which add colorful delight to the interior fridge doors.


Raw dates are a staple food on the shelves. Whether I am filling one with almond butter for a quick snack, warming in a pan of olive oil and adding olives and sea salt, tossing into grains, using as key ingredient for raw desserts, or making these little power balls for myself and yoga students, dates are never out of my daily ingestion loop.


And let’s talk kombucha. My husband and I love it, in fact, I believe he has more of a love affair for it than I do. Most of our favorites are local brews that can be found at the farmers market or health food store. My goal for 2014 is to brew our own, so by putting that out there, I can hold myself to this task. Fingers-crossed.


And last by not least, the grand finale so to speak, every good girl should have an at-the-ready bottle of bubbly chilled for those unexpected celebratory moments as well as mama’s own little juice box of bubbly stocked and at the ready, merci beaucoup Sofia Coppola for this brilliant offering to the sparkling wine world!

Food makes me happy. My entire day revolves around what my family and I eat, and I thank my lucky stars every. single. day. for being able to live in a place which offers seasonal, organic and an amazing abundance of delicious, healthy foods. I am blessed, fully.

When it comes to food, as with most things in life, simple is best. Alice Waters sums up the beauty of how food/cooking should be honored in our daily lives:

1. Cook Together

2. Eat Together

3. Cook Simply, engaging all your senses.

4. Remember, food is precious

Healthy, simple food is a connection to so many things…it brings families and friends together, it can heal, it can energize, it can comfort, and it sustains and gives life.  Eat well, be well.

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friday i’m in love…

November 22, 2013



it’s been a rough week.

nothing in particular going on, but lately i’ve been wearing cranky pants which bunch up and constrict my silly.

being told, TWICE this week, to “smile”actually sends me, not only into frown mode, but also into a middle finger state of mind.

can anyone else relate?

my grouch quota is at official capacity; no more sulk for katie.

i’m ready to get stupid and senseless, and have a rockin’ good time; the tinsel of goodness draping over my heart, soul and spirit is too abundant and sparkly for me to spend one more second in a bad mood.

here are a few snippets of the sunshine in my life:


a thank you note from my favorite 10-year old on the planet.

sure she spells my name correctly in texts and emails, but when it comes to her creative expression, this artisan begets beautiful, intuitive work; proper spelling be damned.

and i have always thought my name should have another “i” in it…..

apparently said artist thinks i also drink wine during my soaks in the tub, maybe not my 5am round, but i think she’s on to something.

this envelope was too precious for me not to frame and display on said bathtub shelf.

 i am keeping it safe, for i know it will be priceless some day; just like my relationship with this girl.

sweateri’ve been wearing this sweater from sheinside like it’s on the endangered species list.

available in black or red {i bought the red,} this is a perfect light-weight cover for socal’s less than wintry november days; although we’ve had a wickedly delicious storm yesterday and today.


no post would be complete without a nod to the nosh. currently making my tummy very happy {albeit my thighs bulging,} are these crème brûlée almonds from squirrel brand. vegetarian and gluten-free these candied nuts are the perfect nip of sugared salt.

i feel loved and tended to by this satisfying, daily dose of sweet.

they’re available online and also at whole foods.

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this new single from bastille has been popping up all over my playlists this week….

cue our weekly dance party!


lastly, i’m loving YOU. your support, your comments, the connection. everyday of the week i am always loving you m’loves.

weekend happy!

see you on the other side of sunday.



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team: trouble

November 21, 2013


watch out orange county, there is a new dynamic duo in town: team trouble.

the hilarious and beautiful, leigh beach, and i will co-teach 8am spin at the ‘nox this saturday {11/23.}

we will be promoting and stirring up the giddy for the annual cycle for survival ride in february.

cycle for survival, a four-hour, team cycle ride, raises money for rare cancer research.

last year’s ride was truly the most fun, inspiring, and emotional day of my life.

i so hope you will join us this year {orange county gets its own ride this year!!! yay.}

equinox members book your bikes tomorrow at 6am….

guests are welcome…let us know if you want to come play, and we’ll give you the details.

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shut the fridge

November 19, 2013

so here she is, i know you’ve been waiting for this one.

ever since my gorgeous and divine friend, raquel perry aka the fitness stalker, appeared in my girl crush series, i’ve had many people refer to that “amazing,” “beautiful,” and “inspiring” woman.

she is all of those things and more.

lucky us we get to see what is in this bionic’s woman’s fridge:


When the lovely Ms. Osumi honored me with her request to write about, and photograph the innards of my fridge, I must admit, I was nervous. Not nervous because I don’t enjoy letting peeps in on my lifestyle, or habits, (in fact I will gladly bore you to tears with the details of my beloved green smoothie,) but because I was sure that everyone expects my refrigerator contents to be nothing but lettuce, kale and alfalfa sprouts.


I do buy a lot of greens. Kale, spinach, chard and broccoli are always in the crisper. Organic is a must when it comes to these gems. But, there is certainly more than the green stuff. Allow me to give you a guided tour:

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Firstly, my green smoothies are a part of my daily routine. So much so, that when we went to the desert for Spring Break with the kiddos, I packed my trusty Vitamix. I usually use a base of the So Delicious unsweetened vanilla coconut milk. Sometimes I opt for unsweetened vanilla hemp milk, or organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I add in frozen banana, Warrior Brand Raw vegan protein, and flax seeds, chia seeds, and tons of greens. There is no special recipe, I like to add in as much of the green stuff as possible, since thanks to the fruit and protein powder, you really cannot even taste it.

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Next on that top shelf, is Veganaise. This mayonaise-like spread has won over everyone in my family, including the picky hubby and kiddos. Same goes for Earth Balance spread that I swear is as yummy as butter. K.T.’s Gingerade Kombucha are a must have, as are Ritual Wellness organic cold pressed juice. Spicy Greens is my current fave. The Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Limeade are also in large supply after Ms. Katie O turned me on to them!

Bread is almost always the sprouted Ezekiel bread, flax-seed version. Delish, extra fiber and again, a hit with the entire fam.

I also have on hand the cinnamon raisin sprouted grain English muffins. This is a handy breakfast for the kiddos with a dollop of Earth Balance spread and honey. In fact the tortillas by Ezekiel are also always in the fridge.

While I do not eat meat of any kind, except the occasional fish, my family does. All meats are organic and grass-fed when possible. I always have black beans that I have made with lots of garlic, and onions, or some chickpeas at the ready for a quick addition to a salad or meal.

RP’s makes a gluten-free fresh pasta made from brown rice flour. I especially adore the no-bake lasagne sheets, which make for any easy veggie lasagne that I pack as many vegetables into as I can. I also make the fusilli with hemp seed pesto.

I am currently loving “White Girl Salsa,” in Mild Tomatillo flavor.  If the name weren’t chuckle-worthy enough, then the flavor will win you over. Even though I am part hispanic, I am a wimpy white girl when it comes to spices. This salsa is perfect for my mild hotness.  ;)

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This time of year you will always find organic Honeycrisp apples in the fridge. Either eaten alone, or made into a baked apple, dusted with cinnamon and stevia, and finished off with a bit of plain coconut milk yogurt, they never fail to satisfy.

Cheese is not off-limits for me. In fact, I LOVE it. It was far easier eliminating meat from my diet than it would be to cut out mozzarella, feta or goat cheese. I just make sure they are organic varieties.

Finally, let’s check out the freezer. Frozen grapes, (to nosh,) frozen berries, bananas, spinach, and pineapple and frozen wheatgrass cubes are always stocked and ready to be made into a smoothie. I buy organic ice cream for the kiddos and Matt, and So Delicious brand coconut ice cream for me. Chocolate is the flavor I have been grabbing lately, and I top it off with a spoonful of peanut butter or Nuttzo.

Bottom line is, that while I may have the reputation for never eating anything “fun” I enjoy everything I eat. Food enjoyment is a funny thing. Once your body learns to taste real food, limited processed foods, and not tons of added sugars, it not only adjusts, but learns to love the taste of things in their more pure state. Same goes for water consumption. Start lugging and chugging that water bottle everywhere you go, and it becomes second nature.


I have been through so many “diet phases,” and have found that the best diet, is not a diet at all. It’s one’s daily way of life that is sustainable, and not overly complicated. Eat real food, limit processed foods, and added sugars, and you can’t go wrong. Our bodies are such amazing machines that we ask so much of on a daily basis, doesn’t it make sense to fill it with the best fuel possible? And if eating organic, drinking alkaline water and limiting foods that are processed helps with my longevity and that of my family, then I am all for stacking that deck in our favor.

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tuesday typical

November 12, 2013



 tuesday kisses to you m’loves.

it’s only tuesday, but i swear i’ve lived, at least, four days in the course of the last 24 hours.

nothing new, special, or typically harrowing, but usually where my tendency is to break out into spontaneous, mostly inappropriate, in-public dance; i’ve found a random, yet very necessary unplanned child’s pose is my latest impulse.


due to time constraints and self-imposed over-commitment my soaks are shorter.

but the precious time i do have underwater have been spent immersed in kneipp herbal 0ils.

each of their 10 herbal baths offer a different, but each experience precious.

 i’m actually typing this post steeped in the “enjoy life bath;” a concoction of smile inducing lemon balm, may chang {a citrus essential oil known to promote mental calm–i’m ordering it by the van-load,} and geranium.


post-bath i’m off to love on my second family; my students, my friends, my tribe.

once that clock rings 6am, our spinparty commences.

we ride hard, we ride true, and have an illegally amount of fun

next is on to the mat and barre for a lil’ up an inch, down an inch.


this time of year, as my favorite honey crisp apples move out of season, my cravings and dependence on seasonal grapefruit peaks.

i think the grapefruit is one of the best opportunities to fully experience the yin and yang of sweet and tart.

did you know that grapefruits are great for fat-loss?

my alexei recently gifted me a bag from her most recent farmers’ market visit.

the better taste of farmers’ market produce is undeniable,and the difference in freshness is amazing.


with the time change comes earlier, sofa cuddle time.

hunkiest and i LOVE our time on the couch crushing T.V.

besides the obvious homeland, we are digging showtime’s “masters of sex” and of course, to keep it classy, “the shahs of sunset.”

anything we’re missing that needs to be dvr’d?

 tuesday happy to you m’loves….

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shut the fridge: tracy bauer edition!

November 5, 2013


talk about a girl crush…on looks alone tracy bauer is a vision of perfection in my book….but when this blue-eyed, ripped and lean new yorker opens her saucy, wicked-smart mouth? it’s like i’ve found my long-lost sister.

hilarious, hard-core, with a heart as big as the harvest moon, tracy bauer has charmed us southern californians with her quick wit, body-changing classes, and inspiring, true grit living.

she is a fitness phenom and her classes at equinox, yoga works and electricbodyz are packed to the gills.

welcome to “shut the fridge,” the tracy bauer addition.

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Look, lets get it right out in the open.  Im 90% German and just enough French to piss people off.  I’m 100% East Coast.  This means three things:  I’m a ball buster, I come from multiple lands of bad ass food and I eat meat, all kinds of meat.  This does not make me the Devil, nor does it make me sick, fat, or nearly dead.  Quite frankly I feel the most alive when I eat meat.  My blood work says I’m 20 and Im 43.  My parents and then my brother and I were raised on the finest meat.  I ate REAL grass fed, farm raised before it was trendy or hipster.  Most people have never been on, or for that matter, anywhere near a farm.  I was raised on one.

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In the late 70’s we moved away from the farm.  The 80s hit and it was harder to find grass fed farm raised.  My Father started his own mini farm.  We changed to wild caught anything.  Deer, rabbit, chicken. Wild caught fish.  Pump an animal full of junk and cage it up??  Absolutely no way we would eat that.  We had our own garden.  That garden and I had a love hate relationship.  My brother and I (cousins if they were visiting) would slave for hours picking those damn green beans!  But let me tell you they were the freshest, most delicious tastes I’ve ever experienced.  I hardly eat a tomato these days as it just doesn’t compare.

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Thanks to my little Fresh God in the sky that things are changing back to the old school ways.  Primal Pastures in Temecula is a great source for grass fed, farm raised meats.  The Farmers Market in Laguna Beach where I live cant be beat and I love www.eatwild.com which provides info for fresh, wild and local grown foods in your area.


I am a simple eater.  I can steam, grill and bake.  I can make an occasional fresh pizza. I’ve tried cooking.  After countless meals dumped in the trash and a husband that can chef it up with the likes of Gordon Ramsey I’ll stick to the old Weber!  Here’s how my days go down:

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Breakfast is often GF Steel Cut Oats with nuts and berries and a Tera’s Whey Protein drink.  Snacks are my homemade organic almond/hazelnut flour blueberry or pumpkin muffins or Fage yogurt with Barleans Oil and almonds.  I will eat whole yellow peppers and cucumbers all day long.  Lunch and dinner always consist of a delicious juicy steak, pork chop, lean ground turkey or ribs with brown rice/quinoa pasta or simply brown rice with olive oil and asparagus or broccoli.  All organic, all the time.  When I’m on the go teaching countless ass-kicking Yoga, Pilates, Sculpt or HIIT classes I take my Tera’s Whey with me.  I won’t apologize for my addiction to coffee with almond milk or Kombucha.  A special treat will be dinner made by the doll who is just an amazing talent in the kitchen!  I am a lucky gal!!


As you can see I do not run around on chicken and lettuce all day long.  I am, on the other hand, lean an ripped as hell.  I love food and all people should.  Its one of life’s glorious experiences and you should enjoy it while maintaining a balance.  As with all things life, there is an ebb and flow.  My mind, body and being truly ride that awesome ebb and flow and I appreciate and honor that it is mine to ride.

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running on faith….

November 4, 2013


so yesterday i got back on the treadmonster, where i ran a short, measly mile.

after being heckled by tracy bauer for using my spin classes {that i teach} as mileage toward the holiday hustle, the 15-year-old pleaser within me, who is constantly afraid of breaking the rules, god forbid even accused of cheating, plopped herself right, smack in the middle of the dreaded running belt, and got my hustle on.


we have been at this carnival before.

two years ago, in mexico i discovered an intense but fleeting passion for moving my legs in this ungodly fashion.

running  became a type of meditational therapy for me.

and my legs never looked better.


but boom! two months into my affair with a 7.0 stride, my left knee had a full-blown meltdown that has been remedied by a two-year time out.




yet there i was yesterday, hiding on the corner treadmill, a rare time with just me and myself, feeling the small, irrelevant muck, seep out of my obsessive and compulsive brain; like the detoxifying essence of green juices, running purges my mind of its toxic and damaging cancers.


i pumped out the distance, albeit a small, but victorious accomplishment for me, and this morning i have that satisfying soreness from muscles of summer’s past.


now it’s not like i’m suddenly committing myself to the next local marathon {unless it involves lapping the montage breakfast buffet,} but just like with the cheese plates in my life, it’s hard for me to deny my brain and body the happiness and satisfaction that comes from getting lost {and found} on the treadmonster.


are you a runner? what is your favorite thing about it? how do you avoid aches and pains in your knees?

i’d love to hear from you….

and if we aren’t already, let’s be friends

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it’s friday, i’m in love….

November 1, 2013


it’s here.

can i get an “amen” please?

will the real katie osumi please stand up?

this week i’ve been a bathrobe shuffling, katherine hepburn bobble head, babbling out weighty thoughts {at least i think they are} and musings with the gravity of gossamer to anyone who’ll listen…mainly my beasts.


i’m in a state of flux.

i don the tuxedo of flux.

neither here, nor there but i can make out my footprints in both places.

i’m using this weekend to knob down the noise of the motley crue playing, live, in my brain.


speaking of song…this isn’t a new ditty, but after seeing the trailer for the remake of carrie {the ONLY part of the movie i will be watching,} i became obsessed with lykke li’s haunting version of “will you still love me tomorrow.”


again, with obsessions: blackberry farm, nestled in the foothills of the great smoky mountains of tennessee has been a fantasy of mine for some time. a luxurious, organic working farm that also hosts couples and families in an inn far more beautiful than any fancy-nancy, five-star european hotel or balinese four seasons.  it is number one on the list of places i want to visit.

until then though i’m happy to announce we all can bring a little bit of the farm home to us and those we love. blackberry farm has just opened their online shop, and it’s crammed with artisanal, gourmet goodies such as their peanut butter and jam collection or the blackberry farm cheese club; both which will be on my auto-ship program.




 although it doesn’t happen until sunday, i’m still in love with the idea of the extra hour we get this weekend as the clocks change back! what will you be doing with your extra hour?

mine will involve nightgowns, coffee and this book.

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finally, if you need me at any other time this weekend i’ll be at my computer watching this for the next 72 hours. it’s a live feed of the new litter from gucci, an assistance dog for a young girl with autism. my friend ryan sent this link to me on tuesday, and i have been rendered stupid, mushy, and incapable of finishing any tasks since.

love to you all.

see you on the other side of sunday.

if you’re participating in the #holidayhustle make sure you post on instagram and like me on facebook so i can see your progress and hustle with you too!



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everyday i’m hustlin’

October 30, 2013


did you know the average american gains five pounds between thanksgiving and new year’s day?

 days shift shorter, nights wax longer, the celebrations are more frequent, and the meals grow heavier.

 my friend and colleague, wes pedersen, is launching a pre-emptive strike on those pesky pounds.

tomorrow is the official launch of the holiday hustle, a friendly, non-competitive, motivational challenge where we all stay moving until 2014.


 your only goal is to log in either one mile of running/jogging/walking, or three miles of biking everyday for the next 63 straight days.

yes. everyday.


you do not have to be a member at equinox or even a member at a gym anywhere…but you’re still welcome to join in the fun….yes, i said “fun.”

like eqrrc on facebook to stay motivated and connect with others committed to the challenge. email: eqrrcnewportbeach@gmail.com to rsvp…

but really you’re accountability is with yourself.

my undertaking will be available to see on my instagram feed….#holidayhustle

who else is in?

let’s get hustlin’ my loves!

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