Two Meatballs: Gratefulness leads to Happiness and Happiness leads to Love!!!

Hello world!!!  Sara here.  Lately I have been feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Simultaneously, I’ve never felt so happy or more in love with everything and everyone!


All week long people have been telling me that I am radiating happiness and I am here for it!!!  #thankskelsey #thanksmichelle


About a week ago, I ordered and started writing in my Five Minute Journal…


What is The Five Minute Journal you ask…oh my gosh thank you for asking!!!  It is  a practice in gratitude.  It is a guided journal that you write in during the morning and evening.  You name things that you are grateful for, things that would make the day great and your mantra in the morning.  In the evening you reflect on what made the day amazing and what could have made it even better and you phrase everything in the positive…for example, if getting up earlier would have made my day better, I write, “I wake up before my alarm goes off.”

Now I am already a positive person, but putting things in such bright and powerful terms changes the way that you think and more importantly to me, the way I feel.  And writing down the same mantra everyday really helps you “fake it until you become it” as Amy Cuddy says!  Which by the way if you haven’t watched her TedTalk, it’s life changing!!!

The mantra that I write for myself is:

I am healthy mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.  I maintain healthy boundaries with myself and others.

There is something about this repetition and me writing it down that makes it feel so real.  I feel so healthy in so many ways.  I feel like I used to really struggle identifying, putting it to place and maintaining boundaries, but now saying that I do all of these things over and over again puts it in the forefront of my mind daily.

It has also changed the dialogue with my boyfriend, family, friends, co-workers and clients.  Since I am constantly thinking about what is going right in my life and what I am grateful for, I am putting good, geniune energy in to the world which is contagious.


Before when my boyfriend asked me how my day was, I might be tempted to start with the thing that was the least pleasant…which is also contagious.  Then we either: start a bitch fest which only leads to more toxicity in the air, or his positivity (he makes me look like a realist) would try and make it better by telling me “At least (fill in the blank) didn’t happen” which would only piss me off since it made me feel like he didn’t hear me or was devaluing my experience…which would lead to a fight or uncomfortable silence on my part, which would only make a bad day worse.


Now I tell him the best parts about my day and I feel like he rises to the challenge and tells me what made his day so great.  We have had an amazing week.  We are really spending quality time together and we both feel so grateful to have each other in our lives…guys, I’ve never been this in love before!!!


We’ve been going on all the dates, hanging out with my parents, going grocery shopping , cooking together and this week, making pinterest boards full of healthy desserts to try together.


This last one is for banana crunch cookies…to die for!!! 

(It wouldn’t let me paste the link separately haha I don’t know why…just click on the sentence above for this recipe!)

In fact, things have been going so well that we took a huge step this week and I met some of his kids!!! I couldn’t have been more nervous, but Ben is always great at reminding me that it doesn’t have to be perfect and you know what; everything went great! I built the pressure of this moment up so much in my mind that it felt really overwhelming, but it couldn’t have been more normal and adorable!  I am grateful and honored that he wanted me to meet them!!! #theyarethecutest #ilovehimsomuch#hopefullyIwillbelessshynexttime

I love continuing to go down this road and getting to know each other better and deeper and letting the love wash over us.

I’ve been super grateful at work!!!! I just love my work family so much!!!  I got to be a part of all the funnest classes this week, I got to see and learn from my old pal Nikki, dig deeper with my team, help stylists find their stride, celebrate the victories, I got to do amazing hair and bond with my clients even more, see my meatball…who could ask for anything more?!


I’ve felt so excited about my career and my weight loss that I’ve even been fine-tuning my own brand!

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I’m just going to go full on crazy cat lady in this pinafore and I’m obsessed!!!


Another thing I’ve been super grateful for lately is my farm share from Split Acre Farm!


I feel so connected to nature, North Carolina, eating hyper local and supporting Joe and Lisbeth’s sustainable farm journey as they support my journey to health with their farm fresh produce.  I love opening a box each week and getting creative.  Using ingredients I’ve never tried before…this weeks box had green garlic in it and a recipe for green garlic dressing…tried it and loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is keeping me on my toes and keeping cooking interesting! Can’t wait to see what is coming this week! Here is the recipe from Joe and Lisbeth:


I also have never felt closer to or more in love with my family…which makes me burst with gratitude.  I have been called a “Pollyanna” or “Brown Noser” my whole life because of statements like this, but I couldn’t be being any more authentic to who I am.  This week we celebrated Chase the Great Turning Eight at Kanki…the Beard traditions continue!!!


The night was amazing…I ate as healthy as I could which basically means no rice My only regret…sitting so far away from my sister!!!! #hikelly


And we spent the night laughing and celebrating this sweet angel!


Chase is the sweetest, funnest, funniest, most loving snuggle bug of all times.  He is a taurus and he does what he wants and gives zero fox about it.


Just look at the face!!!! Happy birthday twinnie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Family time means so much to me…so when I woke up too early Saturday morning, I reached out to my mom to see what she was up to.  We decided to have breakfast together on her porch with dad and I brought the coffee!!!

20180505_100343.jpgIMG_20180505_104122_702.jpgWhat a great way to start the day with the people I cherish.  Later we had a cookout and I brought my Split Acre Farm salad with Green Garlic Dressing!!!

IMG_20180505_164404_578.jpgDad manned the grill, mom made the best potatoes and guacamole of life and we had a feast!

IMG_20180505_173559_612.jpgIMG_20180505_182741_367.jpgIt helps tremendously when everyone is on the same healthy page.  We were stuffed. But we spent the rest of the night snuggling and talking about better communication and flowers!  My mom’s garden is giving me allllllllllllll the inspiration for my newly found green thumb!


After a full day spent together, they sent me home with some beautiful peonies…


Which I put outside on my front porch or as I am now referring to it as my secret garden.  I had breakfast out here this morning just to enjoy the view!


I’ve also had all the phone dates with Kelly, Katie and Jenny!!!  My world feels so happy and content!!!

I am grateful for so many things and my amazing life.  I couldn’t be happier and more at peace and I am more in love than I ever have been before.  I love you all and I’m so grateful you are taking this journey with us.  WE love you the most.



Two Meatballs: Splurge!!!! You Deserve It ;)

As you heard from me last week, I will not be defined by a number.  I love the momentum that Jenny and I have created for ourselves lately.  I am feeling so proud of this progress that I want to celebrate.  My refinance went through this week and I shaved off a project from my renovation list so that I could splurge on some smaller sized fall wardrobe pieces…



A new workout outfit…


My dream rain boots and a bag that I’ve been eyeing FOREVER courtesy of our newMarket at  Colonnade neighbor, Dress! (I didn’t totally splurge, this is a consignment piece!)


It feels so nice to buy myself things that I need and to be able to let loose a little.  So no 3rd bedroom turned into a closet, but yes to a revamp for my master bedroom closet…a great swap!  Another way I’m choosing to celebrate is by treating myself to a class at Durham Yoga Company


with my yoga heroes Jessamyn Stanley and Dana Falsetti!!!


I could not wait to be in the same room as these women!!! I mean, somebody like at them!!!


I love powerful, brave women and I can’t wait to soak in every lesson they have to share.  Their message is that yoga is for everyBODY!!!!  I love the idea that one day, with lots of practice, I can work on getting into (and out of haha #pigeonfail #fuckbirds) any one of these poses.  Plus I love their distinct styles!!!!  I am so excited to be going on this adventure with my client and friend, Gabi!!!! You guys, this class was everything!!!  We got there super early bc we both have that unsettling fear of new things; where will we park, what if we get lost, what if we are late!?  This only gave us lots of time to talk and meet new friends!


When I saw Dana and Jessamyn walking towards us, I felt very fan girl!  They greeted us warmly and we went inside to wait for the previous class to end!


And then it was time.  There were only 6 people in class so it was super intimate and just so fucking amazing.  It was everything that I dreamed of and more.  You know me, I asked for a picture right away and Jessamyn kindly obliged!


Look at those yoga pants…jelly as helly!  Then we jumped right in.  They both talked a lot about how sometimes the hardest part about yoga is just getting yourself to the mat.  Then we did wrist exercises like crazy bc little did we know we were going to hit down dog, high plank, chatarunga, up dog over and over and over and over again.  It was great to watch someone in yoga pants and a sports bra do these poses bc you could really see what they meant.  My alignment and body position changed immediately and ultimately made everything, especially my plank 100 times easier.  This was so challenging, it was just as much mental as it was physical.  I for sure got to a point where I thought, there is no fucking way I can do down dog again!!!  But we finally moved on to half moons and warriors and attempted crow on my part haha.  I was pouring sweat.  But it was so fun and just so damn inspiring.  These women are incredible…like every woman I have met on this yoga journey!  All of the sudden, two hours were up, my arms were shaking but I didn’t want to end.  I felt so much closer to Gabi, we have decided to do something fun and challenging once a month since we made such a great team!  #nosharktanksipromise By this time I had made my blogging wants and needs known and everyone totally obliged for the funnest picture sesh!


It is so bonding to sweat and learn with people in this intimate of a setting.  Plus I just love when people are onboard…look at this fun bunch of nuts! #mypeople  And the fun didn’t stop there.


Look how sweaty and in love!  I wanted to be a part of the skins team! #noshirtsneeded


And then we got crazy!


Look at them!!!


Look at us! Hahahahahah!  Sooooo fun!


Gabi!!! Thank you so much for coming with me!!!  I love you so much!  Jessamyn and Dana, I feel so lucky that I got the chance to practice with y’all.  You guys are amazing and I loved every single second of this time together.  I literally can’t wait to do it again. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Ps, lets be friends forever!

The next morning my mom and I started Nancy’s Beginners Series at Bliss Body!!!


I thought it would be a breeze considering it was my second go round, silly bird!  It was so fun seeing familiar faces, two of my fellow graduates decided to retake the series!!!  And then my client/bestie Carol and her mom decided to come as well!  This class was packed and I found a whole new family to love.  Mom, this time together means so much to me!!!  Can’t wait for Saturday! Love you.

What wonderful ways to celebrate a healthier me.  Now, time to stop spending money since my renovation starts the first week of November…more things to be excited about and grateful for.  I love all of you and always remember to treat yo’ self!!!!