Thinking out Loud

i’m joining Running with Spoon’s weekly Thursday Thinking out Loud linkup this week, where we basically just spill our random thoughts and discover little fun (& crazy) facts about each others’ lives. considering how much i love random conversations, i really should be linking up to this more often!

Thinking-Out-Loud1. i’ve taken up a new writing role!  i’m now a contributing writer for MOGUL, “an award-winning technology platform for women worldwide, connecting users to trending content, including stories, jobs, and products that are personalized to their interests. MOGUL is ultimately democratizing information for women worldwide by enabling users to connect, exchange such information, and access knowledge” (taken from their website). basically, i can write articles or pieces on any topic i choose, and use this platform to connect with other female writers while having a global platform for my work. stoked about this! follow me: Shawna Marie. so far, i have two pieces up, but i’m hoping this helps keep me accountable to writing more of my personal/creative stuff (which is where my heart really lies).

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2. spin class. woof. i took one last night at Equinox, which is an incredible gym that i wish i could justify paying for each month — but since i don’t at the moment, i took advantage of a friend’s guest pass and attended his favorite spin class with him — and it took me all of three minutes to remember how much i dislike spin. i mean, i like the idea of it, and i love the music, and the teacher was awwwesommmee and i sort of wanted to be her — but the reality is that i struggle for those entire 45 minutes and pretty much feel like i could die at any time. everything i love about running is reversed in spin: outdoors vs. indoors, individual vs. group, forward motion vs. stationary, so much sweat you can’t see — it’s just nahhhht for me. i get the whole “cross training is good for you” thing, but spin kills me, and my knee aches the entire time from all the repetitive motion. fail.

3. music. i heard a song during spin last night that i loooooved and told myself i had to remember so i could download it later — and i can’t remember how it goes. at all. this drives me crazzzzyyy and has been on my mind nonstop since then. if i’m going to suffer through a spin class, i should at least be able to get new music out of it. i’m honestly considering emailing the spin instructor (b/c she gave me her email in case i wanted to try a class at the SoHo location, but let’s be honest, i’d be happier with new music than a spin class) and asking her for last night’s playlist. okay, so that actually just happened right after i wrote that. let’s hope she gets back to me! i neeeeed this song.

4. yoga. i’m finalllly going to yoga tonight!! i went last year with one of my bestest friends to OM Factory and really enjoyed the class — and never went back, despite continually asserting my need for more yoga, whoops. better late than never, right? oh, and an admission: i think i’m just as stoked to have a real reason to wear my amazing birthday gift from said yogi best friend as i am to actually take a yoga class:

FullSizeRenderobsessed. OmShanti leggings are where it’s at.

5. week of workouts: switching it up. i’m having the most varied workout week, which i’m really happy about (minus the misery that is spin class). i did an hour of strength/kettlebells/abs yesterday morning, then the spin class last night, and then a 5-mile run this morning (which felt way better than i’d anticipated given an angry calf i’ve been nursing all week), and now yoga tonight. sorta feeling pretty amazing about that lineup of two 2-a-days in a row.

6. surprises are amazing. so i just took a break and went to lunch in the middle of writing this post, and came back to an email from the lovely spin teacher with my song in it!! gahhhh this day just keeps getting better and better.

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7. hilarious marketing. my corner wine shop killed it with the signage last night.

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i went in right after spin class and bought two bottles just to support their use of creative marketing. (well and because, WINE.) nice job, guys. sold.

8. every girl needs this. its-a-girl-thing-33-photos-1
in a world where it can be so easy to give into negativity and insecurities and focus on what’s “wrong” with our bodies or our lives, we need to surround ourselves by reminders of how amazing we really are. i want to buy this for every single one of my friends — and put one by my bed, too. imagine starting and ending your day with such a pick-me-up?

or another similar option, from Etsy:

il_570xN.776619731_lehgi’m into this. i think these will make great presents!

9. this is awesome…

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10. & so is this.

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cheers to almost Friday, friends!

Tell me something random from your week?
Best workout you’ve had this week?
Fave pair of yoga pants?

Thinking Out Loud

so, after reading so many other fun bloggers’ “Thinking Out Loud” Thursday posts, courtesy of Amanda at Running with Spoons, i decided i’d take the plunge and jump on that train this week, too. because we all need a healthy lil dose of randomness in our lives now and then, don’t we? i like a good ramble.

Thinking-Out-LoudONE: once upon a time, when i was a snowboard bum (briefly) in Colorado, we used to delight in snow days as it meant lots of fluffy, powdery goodness for us to play in on the mountain. now, living in NYC and slushing through street-corners-turned-lakes and sweating through layers as soon as i hit the subway station, my opinion on snow has changed. falling from the sky and making things look pretty, sure — the first 5 times a season. but if i’m not snowboarding in it or curled up by the fire at the lakehouse, i’m about done. sorry, March, but i really had higher hopes for you, and today’s blizzard is quite the let-down. c’monnnn, Spring!

IMG_6502welp that’s one bright side of living in NYC — might be wet & miserable, but at least our earth isn’t quaking. thanks, Eeyore. #perspective

TWO: where the heart is. i’m going home upstate tomorrow for the first time in almost 2 months, which is a long stretch for me! they’ve been two very busy, very fun, very activity-laden months, so i’m stoked for a relaxing weekend upstate with people who make my heart so very happy. and speaking of some of these people: last night, i got a text from an acquaintance upstate with this picture, captioned, “They don’t have this in New York City.”

FullSizeRenderthat would be my adorable parents, sitting at a diner, waiting for my brother to join them for their Wednesday night family dinner. so much cuteness. totally made my night.

THREE: i got my first pair of OmShanti leggings last week. i say “first,” because i’m hopeful there will be more in my collection in the (nearish) future, once i can justify another pair.

first pair: Hearts in the Sand.

74-127f-heartssandSummer, i’m so ready for you.

i knew i had to have these as soon as i saw them — my little beach-bum, Summer-dreaming heart felt like they were meant to be mine, and i thought of little besides these leggings for a solid week. i’m happy to say they’re really cute in person and fit super well (i’m 5’5” with an athletic build and the small fit me perfectly), even if this skinny lil model rocks them better than i do. 🙂 this pair is next up on my “want all the leggings” list:

74-128f-peacocki have no idea why i need these but i do. because one day i will do yoga and i’ll want to wear peacock pants. and because one time in high school one of my friends randomly announced that if i was an animal, i’d be a peacock. cool. good enough. i need these.

FOUR: anyone watching The Voice? i’m not much of a TV person but i am addicted to this show, as i’ve mentioned before. my opinions range from “this person is the best singer in the world” to “if they picked her, i would have definitely made it,” to “i’m pretty sure Adam Levine and i would have hit it off, if i’d gone on this show before he got married and we fell in love.” i sort of think i’m getting discovered every time i sing anywhere, so maybe i should get a voice teacher and try out. and i can wear those peacock pants, because blind auditions, whhhhattttttcha know about that!

FIVE: i did not go out one single night this week — no restaurants, no bars, no late nights, not a sip of alcohol (heyyyy March goals), just me and lots of hours at the gym and dates with The Voice judges — and i have my first head cold in a year and am exhausted no matter how much i sleep. God must be trying to tell me something. there has to be a lesson in there somewhere…

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or my personal hypothesis: wine has been keeping me healthy all these months. not only is it good for my heart, but it keeps me swimming in antioxidants and probably kills all the bacteria so i don’t get sick. go off it for a week or two, and look what happens. i’ll be lucky if i make it through wine-free March in one piece at this rate! 🙂

SIX: i really need this. because i’m six and that’s Ariel and ’nuff said.

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Any random thoughts for the day?
Fave pair of patterned leggings you own, or a style you want?
links, please!
Fave Disney princess?
i think it’s clear who mine is… #mermaidlife