Why I didn’t take pictures of my first (legit) juice cleanse.

As I embarked on my first detox/cleanse I was not sure what lie ahead. The only intentions for doing this:  #1 it was a new calendar year, #2 I’ve always wanted to try, and #3 I’ve been doing a lot of research in toxins found within our bodies from all sorts of foods/personal care products, so I thought it would be a good idea to release as many as I could.

I shared with A-man that I intended to begin on a week day. He reminded me that if we wanted to stock up on organic veggies it may be a good idea to wait until Saturday to hit up the farmers market for the best selection and prices. Good thinking so we (yes he embarked on the journey with me) decided on Saturday – Monday. 3 days. A popular question that comes up when talking about juicing/cleansing/detoxying is “How long?” For me, I think 3 days is a nice chunk of time to rid the body of toxins. However I can now see the value in taking part in a longer program. And I realize a ‘program’ doesn’t have to be the same for everyone. I know of people that participate in a 30 day detox that involves a slow start by consuming broth soups & cooked veggies with a transition into only juice & tea with a finish that looks similar to the start before introducing grains and high glycemic fruits that one may consume during a non-cleansing time. I also know of people that think 5-7 days is best.

TIP #1: choose your time wisely. look for a chunk of time in which you are able to give in to whatever comes up & out. Example: my 1st day, i needed a nap. 2nd day, i needed a nap AND alone time. by day 3 i felt great. you want to be able to honor your needs.

I tried Dr. Junger’s CLEAN program a few years ago. And it is a good one. Yet I ¾ my way through it because the emotional issues were not yet dealt with properly so there wasn’t room to give it my fullest potential. I even wrangled up my mom to do it with me because I knew then I would take it more seriously. You see, there is so much more to a cleanse than ridding the cells of toxins we only think are in the foods, drinks, medications, toiletries, etc we choose. What about the thoughts we create? They are just as toxic to our cells. And the thoughts surrounding our actions have to be addressed in order for REAL, LASTING change to occur.

TIP #2: TRY THIS for at least a one full day: throughout your entire day, pay attention to your thoughts. write them down word for word (no editing to make them seem less harsh or more intelligent, etc). you know when you catch yourself day-dreaming at the office, in the car, on the yoga mat. those thoughts that just happen to creep in day in and day out. get real with yourself and be honest. a bit before bed look over what has been written down. how do your thoughts make you feel as you read them? do you cringe at the negativity felt? we have to start using our own capacity to contact positive energy. REMEMBER: Your inner mindset decides whether or not you invite happiness & abundance into your life.

So this time around shit had been dealt with and momma was ready to do this! I thought about taking pictures and honestly it just didn’t feel right. You know those moments when you think the “I shoulds” but “I’m REALLY not feeling it!”. I wondered why it didn’t feel right and sat with the wonderment for a good bit. I found by honoring the resistance to not take pictures, I was guided into a more internal process. Part of that was saying “talk to the hand” to being plugged in to the external. Isn’t the point of cleansing & detoxifying an internal thing?

TIP #3: It’s important to understand that cleansing/detoxifying is unique to the individual. So before you dive in, honor your unique experience and be ready because it may not turn out how you thought it would.

To share openly, there is NO WAY I could have prepared for what happened as my cleanse was coming to an end. AND there was NO WAY I could have prepared for what happened the couple of days following. Ready for this, I WAS SURGED WITH ENERGY. No joke. I functioned on less sleep and my functioning was shockingly productive. And not only productive, I’m talking insanely creative & intuitive work! Below is a bit of what I accomplished the last day of the cleanse & the couple of days after:

  1. The stuff that came up and out (emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually) was awesome to say good bye to. A-man and I were able to talk through a couple hot-button issues and my fiery nature was more calm, cool, and collected! I came to the decision it is time to sell my dad’s car. I’ve had it since he passed and felt attached to it because it was a part of him. All-the-while we are outgrowing it. I participated in Our Naked Life challenges with gusto (www.ournakedlife.com)!
  2. I functioned more productively on less sleep and literally had more energy that carried into 2 days after the cleanse. Ready for this… the first day off the cleanse I had so much energy and mental/creative stimulation I woke at 2:30am and worked on misc. things (yoga playlists, dance classes, future articles, etc) until about 4am. At which I tried to fall back asleep and couldn’t because of the natural energy pulsing through my veins. So I hopped up again and faced the fact that I was truly awake so why not be productive. For those that do not know, I am a sleeper. Always have been. The 1st the fall asleep at a slumber party. The 1st or close 2nd to call it a night at a party or out on the town. So this was hugely strange yet exciting and so productive.
  3. My taste buds changed drastically. Because of this I was able to identify with my body’s messages on what it did (sautéed & steamed greens) & did not want/need (chocolate covered almonds). The 2nd day off cleanse I took a bit of oatmeal and had to spit it out. The moment my teeth chomped on the first bite, I knew my body didn’t want grains in that moment. Below is what I cooked up instead.
My first meal after cleansing. Sauted greens with coconut oil, lightly steamed with raisins, topped with pumpkin seeds. SO GOOD!

My first meal after cleansing. Sauted greens with coconut oil, lightly steamed with raisins, topped with pumpkin seeds. SO GOOD!

Some great resources for juicing/cleansing/detoxifying:

  • http://www.nourishandbalance.com Malissa Schwartz is one of a kind. She is a health coach as well as a cleansing specialist and a super cool lovely! Full of knowledge, passion, and spunk she is a great source of support when considering a detox/cleanse or whatevs you’d like to call it.
  • http://www.cleanprogram.com I think this program is well done however it does cost a pretty penny. Website is very informational so check it out if you like.
  • Use local resources. Juice bars are opening up all over the place so research your area. Making juice at home is 1st best but juice bars are always a great way to help out during busy days! In Sarasota, Whole Foods juice bar is always a great option. Earth Origins (both locations) also serves up delicious fresh juices. SRQ is also lucky to have a couple newbie juice: Sarafresh Juice seen at the downtown Farmers Market as well as on Facebook. Two Girls Food is also a newer addition, check out on Facebook.

CHEERS to moving on up!

Time for a New Year! How to Effectively Transform from a Critical State to an Empowering State

What a perfect time for this post! It is 12/30/13 and many of us will be talking about resolutions. Much of the process surrounding coming up with resolutions is reflecting on what did & did not happen last year. Rather than staying in a critical state, use the misses & oops that come up in reflection as opportunities to empower you to move forward in your life.

During a recent opportunity to write for an incredible online community (be not he lookout, the article is coming soon! http://www.ournakedlife.com), I found myself digging in to much of the experiences that form what I call Operation Transformation. If you are new to AWA’s site & blog, Operation Transformation is lingo of my journey towards true transformation into a living out my ideal life. Which I know incorporate into personalized health coaching plans. My journey has been propelled by a handful of major life transitions and the time frame that captured these transitions serves as a sort of pool of thoughts to pull from.

Sometimes our greatest weakness leads us to our truest answer. After all, our weakness(es) are most certainly a part of our story. Some choose to try to cover these up while others mindlessly flaunt the oops. I think, “Why not use all of it to your advantage”? This sort of process of thought is a huge part of the Keely before, during, and after Operation Transformation. I am driven by the law of cause & effect. I believe that in order to effectively transition from a critical state to an empowering state one must be ready to face a few core issues:

Negative self-talk → SELF – LOVE

The easy part is defining self-love. The tough part is defining, accepting, and tearing down the wall(s) that gets in one’s way of truly loving all they are – inside & out. Usually the walls built are, negative, deprecating and harsh. Read on for tips on achieving self-love. WARNING – tears, laughter, and edginess may be a part of your process.

  1. QUIET THE MIND (yoga, swimming, running, lifting weights, meditate, dance, etc): putting consistent effort into training the mind to quiet down, especially in times of stress or heavy experiences. This is when the full-of-fear thoughts would kick in most. This is also when i needed them the least. GO FIGURE!
  2. FEED THE BODY WHAT IT NEEDS ALL THE TIME, AND WHAT IT WANTS SOME OF THE TIME. Get in touch with what your body likes to eat & digest. Know & enjoy the process of eating/feeding/preparing/digesting. Slow down and play with a ritual for eating meals. Maybe silent prayer or affirmation when sitting down. Or out loud prayer while holding hands. Find what works for you and cherish the ability to consume and nourish.
  3. EMBRACE YOUR QUIRKS/ISMS. This is tough tip for some, yet once accomplished the most fun! I always felt like I had to be this proper, kind person that knew what/when/how to say something. Or politely not say anything at all. Well this act only got me so far. Once I learned to let go and open up to the isms that so badly wanted/needed to come out, my life blossomed. AND, I learned I am pretty damn funny!
  4. SAY I LOVE YOU TO YOU FIRST. Sing a love song to yourself. Maybe even a lullaby to put your anxiety ridden mind to sleep at night. Sounds silly at first but what do you have to loose to just try it?!

With tough transformation comes → FORGIVENESS

Every divorce is different. From the very beginning of mine, no matter how painful, I saw the future clearly. I knew my ex would be a part of my daily life for at least 16 years (until our son was 18). With this, I knew we would need to discuss all sorts of things (to name a few-adolescent behavior, life choices, etc.) The only option was to forgive him AND myself. I played a part in the marriage and I played a part in the divorce. Many times during the first 2 years of our separation and then divorce, flashbacks would pop into my mind and that gave me the opportunity to reflect…on what I could have done differently; on what I felt and never voiced; on what neither of us may have had the courage to say, etc.

  1. CREATE A FORGIVENESS RITUAL. The act of forgiving is one of the most liberating experiences you can create for yourself. Forgiveness is transformative; it moves you from a state of judgement, guilt, confinement, and fear to one of acceptance and peace. When you can move to that gentle place, you reconnect with your true self and trade limitation and pain for contentment, freedom, and joy. The mind constantly evaluates and judges everything. Naturally, this narrows the range of experience. Many people are more critical of themselves than they are of others. You are more likely to resent or disapprove of something someone else does if you consider the behavior to be unacceptable in yourself. If you can learn to stop judging others, you will begin to stop judging yourself. As you expand your ability to accept and forgive yourself, you become gentler and more compassionate with those around you. You become more loving and understanding and less critical. To experience true forgiveness, you need to forgive yourself as well as others. It is a practice and must be given time. With this practice, ANY RELATIONSHIP CAN BE HEALED. It is a choice you make in each moment to be compassionate and understanding rather than holding on to resentment and pain. Everyone’s forgiveness ritual looks differently so create your own that suites your needs.

Man or Woman (women’s gut feelings are usually much stronger), one must tune in to their gut feelings → INTUITION

With reflection came conscientious recognition that my gut was & is always right. So its worth it to fine tune. Like an instrument.

  1. GUT FEELING or INTUITION or BELLY FIRE whatever you like to call it, GET IT BACK! Intuition is one of those things that is difficult to explain but universally understood. When you tell someone a story about listening to this gut feeling, they get it. Get back in touch with your intuition and vow to never quiet it again. This is personal. So embrace your way of listening AND ignoring and then vow to let the intuition serve as a guide ALWAYS. I can attest to the powers of this. Sticking with my gut has forever changed my life for the greater providing authenticity and self empowerment.

With grief comes → JOY

For the most of us, we know at the deepest level of our being how important it is to take time each day to relax and recharge. Even if only 20 mins. But let’s face it, we’re lucky if we can carve out 5 mins. Leading up to the days of my dad’s passing, some days I did this and some days I did not. It is tough. To find the time, the space, the resources, etc. Yet I did my best with what I had but with the lack of urge to ask for support and without that support, I turned to unhealthy habits to deal with emotions. It is crucial to find the best ways to truly take care of you. This has been the most difficult tip to clarify because we are all so unique. What feels like taking care of me, may be your worst nightmare and vice versa. Ask for support when we need it or find a health coach in your area and hire him or her! When we truly honor authenticity from within, we stop worrying about what others think and begin to think for ourselves. A couple ideas that stand out as universal ways to find joy in any situation:

  1. EMBRACE THE WORLD OF OPPOSITES. One of my favorite things to ponder. This world is most definitely, absolutely full of opposition. And we are trained to intensely feel the suffering and sorrow of these opposites. Birth/Death, Up/Down, Good/Bad, Fat/Skinny, Dark/Light, Left/Right, Black/White. Think about each one of these pairings and feel what happens as you sit with each one. Scary right!?!? Now the question is, “How do we embrace each one and come to peace with it all? This peace of mind is when some real JOY plays out in our lives.
  • What are you like in the car (traffic, road rage, etc)?
  • How does it feel to loose something or someone?
  • If you don’t get your way at work, does it change your mood for the rest of that day?
  • If you lost your job tomorrow, how would you react?
  • If family or a really good friend asks you to do something and you really don’t have the time, do you say that or say sure and regret it later?
  • What does your inner dialogue say when you look at yourself in the mirror? What does it say when you look at others?
  • It’s storm season here in FL, what happens if my house is demolished in a hurricane?

These questions seem tough and somewhat cruel right? Well we do not know what life will send our way, so why not approach from an unattached stance? This sort of inner digging is bound to reveal profound, transformative answers that will ultimately lead to true & lasting JOY. Try it. I dare you.

Smoothies…in December…GIVING a BLENDER as holiday present this year, read this post and make up an ‘idea card’ to go along with gift??


Not so hard to believe but…FLORIDA was hot last week! I’m talking 80’s hot. So the thought of smoothies sounded just right. What is the deal with smoothies?? Are they really as good as we think they are? Is juicing better? All these questions and so many views. Here is what A Wholesome Approach has discovered about smoothies (use the below ideas to decorate an ‘idea card’ to go along with the gift of a blender):

  • Smoothies are filling! Period.
  • Not always easily digested. You have experiment here. If you notice smoothie after smoothie that you just don’t feel good after you may have to lesson the amount of fruit (because of its natural sugar) OR omit/add a high quality protein power. **IMPORTANT: when choosing a protein powder PLEASE read & dissect the ingredient list! Do your research before purchasing
  • Think outside the box! Think fruits, veggies, liquids as in water/nut milks/coconut water, soaked nuts & seeds…even oats, spices like cinnamon & ginger. You can even add coconut oil, fish or flax oil if that is part of your daily regimen! Biggest AHA moment years ago for me was adding avocado to a smoothie! DON’T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU TRY IT! A traditional ingredient use to be yogurt. If you tend to do ok with yogurt, still add it in to smoothies. I am staying clear from dairy for a while to check somethings out so you won’t see any in recent smoothies.
  • Smoothies are cooling
  • Smoothies blend everything together, keeping the fiber & pulp included in the drink. Again, this may be good for some digestive processes and not so good for others.
  • Smoothies are a great way to satisfy sweet cravings without over indulging or stepping in to unwanted/overly processed territory.

And you see from the picture that we do not have a fancy blender. It is about 4 years old. Oster is the brand and it probably did not cost more than $50. A high speed blender should be able to get any smoothie job done. Yes, we have the Vitamix on our wish list but are completely satisfied with the Oster until that happens.


  • about a cup of water (coconut water would be good here too)
  • 2 tbsp soaked chia seeds
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • handful of strawberries
  • a couple handfuls of fresh kale

What are your thoughts on the hot topic of smoothies for health?

Sitting in Fierce Pose (aka Utkatasana)

Who doesn’t like the word FIERCE? Ok, ok so it may have a wild or aggressive undertone but I can’t help but relish in the power of embracing our ‘wild’ sides.

In physical yoga, this pose is seen as just that: POWERFUL, FIERCE. The buck doesn’t have to stop there. Lately, I have found this pose to offer permission to let loose. FREE YOURSELF TO BE YOURSELF. When teaching or breathing in this pose I like to tune in and see what feels right. Some moments it is necessary to sit still in the seated-ness. GROUND the feet to the earth while the arms reach above the head (palms may also be placed together in front of the heart for tight shoulders). DIG in to the ass by bending the legs and sitting the seat as if about to sit in one’s most favorite chair, all while allowing the upper body to be free and open. A beautiful time to flow within the presence of fierceness.

As I have mentioned in past posts, fierceness was not always my cup of tea. I found it loud when I was use to quiet. I found it threatening to those with a past or present not yet understood. Today I realize that is a bunch of BS. Our power is in our presence and the more we shy away from be-ing in the moment, the more we will shy away from the power that lies within each an every one of us. Personally, the more I shied away from honing in to my fierce presence, the more I stood in my own way. A demon that still baffles me. “How can fear of being powerful halt so many life experiences?” It is hard to explain but so easy to see. I was afraid to have opinions because of my own, possibly fierce, voice being heard!?!? Insane right!? This demon has required a lot of inflection, reflection and awareness. THANK GOODNESS FOR A PHYSICAL YOGA PRACTICE to help through this process of quieting the mind, tuning in, and building an awareness practice.

Try this. The next time you encounter a life experience that throws you through a loop and you feel afraid, powerless and insecure, sit your fine ass in a chair/fierce/utkatasana pose and see what sits at the seat of your being. Do you revel in having the time to be with yourself and practice stillness? Then stay still. Do you always have something to say but don’t? Then sway your hips and move the arms around, all while keeping the lower half of the body grounded. And do we dare mention the possibility of dropping the pose all together and having a dance party on the mat?? Play with the idea of opening up to a little move & groove. Or remain presently still in your powerful presence. However this pose comes, remember to stop posing and start living!



Hi all. So yesterday was a busy one and I totally spaced on including these pictures & inspirations 



This meal consisted of leftover Irish Barley Stew and a free-styled salad with baked tofu & gf toast. The FL weather was not really fall consistent. Leaving us wanting soup one day and salad the next. The stew started out free-styled and ended up in the form of this recipe from Whole Foods Market http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/irish-barley-stew. I have only worked with barley a handful of times and am still not quite ready to run with in on my own. The soup was so yummy, so easy, and so fulfilling! We had tofu in the fridge that needed to be used up so I decided to marinate (in toasted sesame oil, tamari, honey & ginger) and bake to top the simple salad of romaine, golden tomatoes, carrots & celery, and asparagus. We squeezed lemon and drizzled a little olive oil over the salad. And viola! Lunch was made.



The photo above shows a totally free-styled lunch made up of left over brown rice pasta, steamed kale & green beans, and cannellini beans topped with a little parm-reggiano cheese. How simple right!? And soooo delicious. Of course the cheese could be left off if watching calories or animal food intake.

ENJOY your free-styling experience and don’t forget to leave comments here on how it is going! 

Free-styling it! How having few restrictions can be a valuable lesson in transformation. PLUS a couple yummy recipes

FREE-STYLE. In other words, few restrictions. I like the sound of that. During Operation Transformation there have been many restrictions. And so it is nice to take a break and open up the boundaries. Speaking of boundaries, let me begin with my personal experience of how having few restrictions scared the shit out of me.

I grew up with the idea of free-style although was never really comfortable with it. Free-style rap was emerging. Improvisational dance was being shared with the dance community and spreading like wildfire. 80’s fashion. HA! Despite all this freely roaming creativity, I liked having someone (besides myself) tell me what to do next. In ballet class, in school, chores at home. I was shy and timid and often had little to voice. One of the most prominent memories comes from my experience at an incredible performing arts high school (Booker High School in Sarasota, FL). I was a ‘bunhead’ ballerina. I loved ballet and all its technique and discipline. Even my beginning years of modern dance was based in Graham & Horton techniques. The teacher or choreographer called out vocabulary or demonstrated what they wanted to see and the dancer followed. Since the age of 5 this is what I was use to. Welcome junior & senior year at Booker and man was I in store for change. IMPROVISATION. That’s right. I had to learn to improvise. It did not go so well. Let me just say this, week after week I chose to sit out…not participate…and get a ZERO for the day! I was so scared. Lacking confidence. I couldn’t let go. Until I graduated high school and attended the American Dance Festival at Duke University. A world renowned 6 week dance festival. There was no choice but to dive in head first to improv. I cannot explain how it transformed my dance world. I didn’t want to stop. Literally. By the time I got to college I shouted out to anyone that would listen about the greatness of improvising art. Some listened and some sat scared like I once was.

Yet when the opportunity presents itself (like in cooking) I tend to still freak a little and not feel capable of winging it. Cooking without a recipe has not always been my cup of tea. This means there is more digging to do. More transforming. Slowly but surely…free-styling is proving a super valuable lesson. Learning to free-style a few areas in my life has only deepened the experience of turning negative self-talk into true body-love and living an authentic/happy/healthy life.

Here are a few examples of how I am challenging myself to get comfortable & confident about free-styling in the kitchen:


  • Make your own oatmeal. Buy rolled or cut oats and put your own additions in. The packages all say to cook the oats in water. I have replaced 1/2 the water with non-dairy milk (usually almond) and the flavor instantly changes. Then I look to see what is around in the form of nuts, seeds, and dried or fresh fruit (the other day we were out of fresh so I added frozen blueberries which defrosted quickly). But do not stop there! Look at your spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, etc. Vanilla beans or extract. Many options. An alternative to oats is leftover brown rice. Also I’d like to share something I just came across from a well trusted source, FoodMatters.tv. “Grains such as oats should be cut or rolled and then soaked overnight in a warm, acidic medium to neutralize the many anti-nutrients naturally occurring in grains, such as irritating tannins, digestion-blocking enzyme inhibitors and mineral-blocking phytic acid. This treatment can also gently break down complex proteins in grains.” To read more visit the link http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/dirty-secrets-of-the-food-processing-industry. But let me warn you, there is frightening information to ponder.
  • If you eat eggs, experiment with omelet ingredients. The most recent surprisingly delicious ingredient we have added to omelets is frozen green peas. If you like green peas, you must try! I can’t really give all the credit to trying to free-style. After all, when we were in NYC last spring we ordered an omelet with green peas and were pleasantly surprised. So get creative with veggies, and herbs. An alternative to eggs would be tofu or tempeh scramble.
  • Pancakes. Look into from a sweet OR savory perspective. I’ve mentioned before a favorite in our house, Jessica Seinfeld’s Pink Pancakes. She uses beet puree to give the pink color and a step up in nutrition value. Why can’t shredded zucchini or squash be added to pancake batter with some fresh herbs?


  • Get comfortable with left-overs. And then re-invent them. Use the left over grilled veggies from Sunday’s football party for a wrap (whole grain of course OR gluten free) with hummus or pesto.
  • Use left-over rice for a quick and fried rice https://awholesomeapproach.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/a-recipe-using-up-left-overs-vegetable-fried-rice/.
  • Salads have endless opportunities. Work with simplifying the dressing part. Switch between creamy & vinegar based dressings. Remember that adding avocado to homemade creamy style dressings is a great alternative to using actual cream. Once in a while try just good quality olive oil and lemon or lime. Chop up fresh herbs and add the salad.

DINNER (inspired by Vegetarian Times Sept. 2013 issue)

  • Soups. Start with a good quality oil or butter (ghee can be used as well). Sauté what you have – onions, leeks or shallots; carrots, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc. Then add garlic, herbs & spices. Doing this second will prevent these little bits from burning. Toss in the vegetables that make cook slower like potatoes, large squash, parsnips, etc. Now the delicate veggies and if using beans – zucchini, broccoli, corn, peas, green beans, and beans. Towards the end of cooking time add more fresh herbs. For a really cool trick, stir in juice from a citrus source (lemon or lime).
  • Stir-frys. CHOP – garlic, ginger, onion, broccoli/raab, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, celery, bok choy, mushrooms, bell peppers, snow peas etc. Also prep your protein – tempeh, tofu, edamame, or meat. Also think about nuts to add – cashews, almonds, peanuts, etc. SAUCE – soy (soy sauce or tamari), sweet (honey, jam, brown sugar, maple syrup), acid (vinegar or citrus juice), spice if you like (chile sauce, chile flakes, fresh chiles). SAUTE – over high heat. Start with onion to caramelize, then add the hard “vegetables”, add “soft” veggies & protein. Toss in the ginger & garlic, add the sauce.


  • Granola. One of my most favorite things to make at home. Leaves the house smelling divine for hours, is easy to pack for on-the-go, and ok on its own or mixed in. So many options out there so experiment and find what works for you.
  • Snack mixes. Get creative with pulling from nuts, dried fruits, puffed rice cereal, brown rice syrup for a sweeter snack or nuts, roasted chickpeas, wasabi peas, and spices for a savory/salty snack. Make at home!

Here at A Wholesome Approach, we are all about getting back to the roots of living. Today its all about cooking. It’s important to use your senses and taste what you are creating as you go.
Please comment below and share your favorite ways to let go in the kitchen. Or your free-style recipes.

celebrating 30th post with a guest blog…CHECK IT OUT!

DISCLAIMER: So…I totally thought I posted this last week! YIKES. What a funny energy that surrounded last week. Anyway, here it is…

Hi all! A huge thanks to all the followers and readers of AWA’s blog. And what a way to celebrate the 30th post. An old friend of mine from college has a wonderful site called the ajennda (www.theajennda.com). Every Friday she has something call “5 things” based off of all sorts of interesting topics. She asked if I’d like to guest blog and pick my top 5 things based on whatever I desired. FUN RIGHT!? So here it is… A HUGE THANK YOU TO JENN AT  the ajennda! And AWA fans, be on the look out for a guest blog done by Jenn!

Check out the link for my 5 favorite things about being in my 30’s!