Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saying Yes

How often do you say "yes" to new things? 
Often? Or...not so much?
I felt like I said "yes" a lot, but then there was a period where I really caught myself starting to say "yes", then "no" when I put too much thought into it and FREAKED. 
I'm stopping that, right now. 
Well, actually, the other day I stopped, when I said "YES" to Jiu Jitsu at Form Jiu Jitsu Academy (located in Canton)!

Where the magic happens.

What is a blog if not honest, that I tell you when I showed up I had a "pit" (see The Morning Toast for reference) and immediately thought "WHAT HAVE I DONE?! I am NOT overly athletic, I never have been, which is fine, some people just aren't." Yes, this was all going on in my head as a silent argument of "Sarah, you always jump into activities without much thought". Like the time I decided to study abroad in a foreign country where I knew zero people and when I arrived completely lost it in a "WHAT HAVE I DONE" moment, again. That was the best decision I have ever made, and Jiu Jitsu was also a SOLID decision.

You guys, I had a BLAST!
I wouldn't lie about this, like I said, I'm not overly athletic.

But that's ok, because while eventually Jiu Jitsu would build up some athleticism, there was no over exertion. That is even for someone who walks her dog an hour a day for exercise, occasionally does yoga, and claims "exercising of the mind" with meditation (hey, that's real). 

I was invited to a trial class to see what it was all about, and when I arrived, I freaked because the advanced class was still going on, and there was so much tumbling I thought
The beginners class was not like this though, except for the end, but that was for people who had practiced for a few months. Also, there's NO PRESSURE to do anything you don't want to do.

When I arrived, I was fitted into a Gi (pictured below), and taught how to tie the belt. 
I forgot water, (remember, I don't exercise often), so yeah, don't forget water.

I'm cute, I know.

The class started with mild warm ups before progressing on to about 4 moves that we learned. So I wanted to try this class for two reasons, one, to prove that I could, and two, to learn a few self defense moves. I think with more classes and practice I could actually be pretty good! I was not half bad (or else they were just saying I wasn't to be nice-ha). It was both a nice workout, informative, and so interesting to use another part of my brain when it comes to a workout.

The instructors, known as "Professors" were awesome, especially ours, Professor Lee. He was informative, helpful, encouraging, and fun. He critiqued your technique but not overly, he wanted you to learn too. He also didn't ever embarrass you, which I have had happen in other exercise classes, and I was grateful for that!

photo taken from Form Jiu Jitsu Academy

I recommend taking a friend for your first time! I was lucky enough to meet another awesome lady there, and we partnered up. I always like meeting new people but I'm not sure how I would've done working with a huge guy as I'm pretty small, so if you're a female, take a friend! Or don't...but I would:). 

I'm so glad that I went and tried/learned something new, I hope you guys will expand your mind by trying new things too!
If you do, let me know. And if you want to try Jiu Jitsu, it's very clear these guys are experts. So yes, highly recommend.

Let me know if you go!
Ps. Happy Weekend.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Summer Staple You Never Knew You Needed

It all started at the pool. 
My bestie Jen came with me to the Merritt Clubs pool and as I said, "I'm going to go ahead and jump in" she replied "WAIT! You HAVE to put this in your hair- mom's orders." 
Jen's mom owns hair salon Hair Envy in Timonium.
I hadn't heard of putting something in my hair before I went into the pool, so I was super confused. 
"What is it?"
"It's this conditioner, it protects your hair from the chemicals."

And so it does.

My hair has never felt so healthy after the pool. As a curly haired gal, my hair is naturally dry. I've never had to use dry shampoo before, because my hair rarely gets oily. I could easily go 1 week without washing my hair and you would probably never know the difference (however I do know, and I just can't do that without feeling gross). I wash my hair probably 2x a week, and that's plenty. 
Whenever I get out of the pool my hair is VERY VERY dry. So this was a total game changer. 

After research I found it also protects your hair from the sun (UV protection) and heat products. So girls with highlights/color treated hair, this one's for you too. Lastly, it's a detangler, and what curly haired person does NOT need that in their life?

And I'm happy to continue my healthy hair throughout the summer!

Have a summer go-to? Let me know!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Interview: Rebecca Smith {Illustrator and Designer}

Good evening everyone!

Back on the blog today with another amazing small business interview.
This time with local illustrator Rebecca Smith.

So I found out about Rebecca through a local hashtag follow (shoutout to my latest IG TV tip of the week on the Boho Marketing Co IGTV...). I saw that she was the illustrator for the Old Westminster Winery canned wines that I had just sampled! So basically, I knew we'd be instant friends.

We met at a Starbucks because we actually both live in the same area! How funny is that?!

Besides wine love, another thing we had in common is we both went to Towson U for undergrad!
Of course I cringed a little when I heard her grad date because I graduated you know...slightly before she did....but still- go Tigers!

Wine Cans- Old Westminster Winery

About Rebecca

Some of the work Rebecca does is:
Coloring pages (love this!)

Fun Facts
Something else that she does that really intrigued me as a fellow traveler, is she illustrates her travel journey through photos. One in particular, was in Chiang Mai where she says that her order at Starbucks cost her more than her taxi ride to get there.
I love this concept.
Here is another travel example:

She has also been to 17 countries-  I respect it.

Another fun fact about her? She worked at Disney! Both in Florida and California.
I had to know if it's as magical behind the scenes, the answer was YES!

The Story 

As a child, Rebecca felt a calling to art, however as many of us think, she thought being artistic meant painting. She didn't particularly feel called to painting so she held off on the art side. But then as time passed, she started sketching and illustrations in her sketch books and really took to it. She went to Towson for Illustration, and felt it offered her the most freedom in creating art.
She never meant to own a business, but after 6 months (past graduation) she started to attract more and more clients. And here she is!

The Future
Rebecca told me quite honestly that she learned the business side through alot of trial and error (don't we all though), and has mentors that help her often.

She especially loves the food and drink industry and she understands it (this was her job at Disney!) and finds it ideal as far as a way to offer the most creativity.

She's constantly keeping a list of ideas for drawings so that her inspiration is always there!

Rebecca also told me she would love to get more into editorial work- so if you check her out on her insta and like what you see as a editor- let her know!

To contact Rebecca:
here is her EMAIL.

Rebecca thank you so much for meeting with me! It was so great to learn about your business and I can't wait to see the other amazing work that you do in the future.

Have a great week all-

*all photos by Rebecca

Monday, July 9, 2018

"Ultimate" Summer Workout!

Good morning!

So, if you know me you know, I enjoy a good workout where I don't realize that I'm working out. True story.

I will most likely never use the gym at Merritt. I bought the membership for the pool over a year ago.
Judge me all you want. 
You can't hear haters from the waterslide at WM Merritt, or over the DJ on the weekends. 

Well, the pool at Merritt doesn't really count as a workout, because half of the time I'm drinking grapefruit crushes.
So what does count then?

aka SUP.

Have you tried it?

You may remember that I took Ella last year and taught her to SUP. I also took several friends who had a blast.

My preferred place? Ultimate Watersports.

Why? Their customer service is top notch, their prices are more than reasonable and they always have the best locations. 

So for the fourth of July this year I did their sunset paddle out to see the fireworks. 
The bad news? Fireworks aren't always included in sunset paddles.
The best news? THERE'S MORE COMING UP!

That's right? Watch for me on the weekends while I SUP my life away with Ultimate Watersports for the ultimate "just another day at the office". 

I thought I'd show you a few photos to entice you. Just so you know I risked my phone's wellbeing to get some of these photos. Even though I had a water proof bag right next to me. 

my friend Stacey from Gogos

Pic by Owner Hal 

Let me know when you want to go with me and check out their website for more deets.


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