Hi, friends! We’re nearly in the last week of the first month of the year, and we have a lot to catch up on. Because I haven’t been popping in with my weekly favorites, I wanted to show you all the good stuff from the month, and I have a GREAT giveaway for magical collagen peptides in this post too.
This past weekend, Dave and I laid low much of the time and went into the City for drinks with one set of friends, then a surprise party for another set. Good times in between the rain were had! Let’s do the favorites …
Hanging out with Shawn Stevenson in L.A.
I think I first mentioned Shawn Stevenson, the creator The Model Health Show podcast, around Thanksgiving time in 2015, which is when I first started listening to his show. Since that time, I’ve not only devoured a majority of the “masterclass” podcasts he’s done, but I’ve also read his book “Sleep Smarter” (and wrote a post on what I learned about sleep from it).
Earlier this year, I was able to meet Shawn for an interview shoot for my job with 24 Hour Fitness, and we did a follow-up in L.A. just last week. Shawn is such a cool guy, and boy he is intelligent. I literally feel smarter just be being in the same room with him, as well as extra motivated to be in charge of my health.
During our shoot, I got to ask Shawn questions and make sure we captured everything we needed for some future articles and TV pieces. If you haven’t yet, listen to his podcast. He will empower you! Thanks, Shawn! (And thanks Box 24 Studio for the cool behind-the-scenes photos.)
Getting my stretch on at CorePower Yoga
For the past three months, I’ve been popping in once a week to my local CorePower Yoga in downtown Walnut Creek. Originally, I was devoted to the CP2 power yoga flow class, which is heated. However, lately, I’ve been going to the CP1 yoga flow class, which is not heated and much slower — designed for a beginner to intermediate yogi. And you know what, I LOVE it. Going to a CP2 or Yoga Sculpt class at CorePower is a major work out, and I’ve been craving the more relaxed pace of CP1. It’s just what I need on an off-day from the gym and teaching classes. Namaste! (You can see my review of CorePower here.)
I had to give CorePower a big shout-out and thank the team there for hosting me for the past three months. And I wanted to let all my Bay Area friends know that CorePower is expanding. A studio opened in November in San Mateo, and the newest location is opening in February in Mission Bay in San Francisco. So go get your first week free to try it out! (And if you want to get an unlimited membership, you get a 25 percent off discount when you sign up before the official opening.)
Being inspired by the Food Entrepreneur Summit
I didn’t set any goals for 2017, but I do have some things in mind for this little corner of the Internet, and you guys are a big part of it. That being said, I was very excited to be able to invest in and virtually attend the Food Entrepreneur Summit 2017 in January. This event is done totally on your own time as a self-study, in which you watch video conversations of blogging, social media and marketing experts doing masterclasses with topics like Elements of an Effective Website, Email Marketing Best Practices, How to Find Your Voice, How to Sell an E-Book, Instagram, Pinterest, you name it — and not just for food bloggers, but healthy lifestyle bloggers like me! (Oh and please take a look at my new planner and amazing new DSLR camera, which Dave gave me for my birthday, and I’m slowly learning to use.)
The live part of the summit is complete, and I watched all 18 of the videos and learned SO much valuable information that I will be putting to use here on A Lady Goes West. For any of my friends out there who are aspiring social media influencers or bloggers, I would HIGHLY recommend that you buy this program and watch the videos.
While the summit is over, you can buy the videos at ANY time and benefit from them. It’s only $129 and you can register here (affiliate link!). I’m hoping what I learned will help me to give you guys more of what you want.
Feeling blinged out by Kendra Scott
A women-owned jewelry business that gives back to the local community is something I can get behind. Our local Kendra Scott store in Broadway Plaza of Walnut Creek had its soft opening in November, and the store is having its grand opening this week. For Bay Area people, you can head to the party on Wednesday, January 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. to get bubbly, snacks and all sorts of fun. And 20 percent of the proceeds from the night will be donated to Tumor Haters.
In combination with the grand opening, Kendra Scott is also debuting a new Mediterranean-inspired line, which I got to sneak a peek at, and it’s beautiful! Love my Kendra Scott ladies and jewels. Shown above are some of the Danielle pieces I’ve been wearing lately.
Vital Proteins collagen GIVEAWAY!
I’ve been putting collagen-peptides in my morning green tea for months, and my hair is thick and long and my nails are in great condition. I attribute some of that to the beneficial nutrients of the collagen peptides. Vital Proteins is my brand of choice, and this grass-fed, pasture-raised, Paleo-friendly, gluten free, hormone free, sugar free stuff has no taste and dissolves directly into whatever you put it in. There are also 20 grams of protein in a couple of scoops too — another benefit!
After sharing my love for how I stay vital last month with Vital Proteins, I wanted a chance to let one of you win one 20-ounce tub of collagen-peptides to try out for yourself. Giveaway instructions are at the bottom of the post!
Great links from around the web
- I was quoted in this one: “Four experts reveal the secrets to losing the last 10 pounds“
- I’m totally intrigued and want to do it: “How to craft the ultimate hygge home“
- A lot of talk about group fitness lately here: “Six tips for taking your first group fitness class” and “How to become a group fitness instructor when you have a full-time job“
- Nerd stuff: “Top words of the year from 2016“
- Loved writing this one for 24 Hour Fitness: “Seven workout trends you’ll see in 2017“
- Shopping! I started putting all of my favorite products in one place: Check out my store.
- Dave and I saw the movie “La La Land,” and I absolutely loved the music and dancing. It made me wonder why there aren’t more movies like it. The NY Times wonders too: “‘La La Land’ makes musicals matter again“
- Listening to my own advice in this one: “Nine ways to ditch the all-or-nothing approach“
Win some collagen!!
This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada only. I will randomly select a winner from the comments on Sunday, January 29. To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post. To do so, click on the headline of the post, so that the comments portion appears. Put in your name and email and answer a question or let me know that you did any of the following things. Leave a comment for each thing. Multiple entries per person is allowed. Good luck! (This giveaway is not sponsored, but Vital Proteins is providing the product.)
- Follow A Lady Goes West on Facebook.
- Follow A Lady Goes West on Instagram.
- Follow Vital Proteins on Instagram.
Have a great week, friends! Share the giveaway with anyone who wants to try collagen!
Questions of the day
What’s the best thing from your month so far?
Do you want to win collagen?