This week I'm introducing you to Tina Chow of @FitChicksCook. I first connected with Tina last year through Instagram and was quickly drawn to her beautiful meal preps--they are works of food art! Tina shares her fitness journey and gives her followers an inside peek how she makes her meals within her Instagram stories. She is someone who is equal parts inspiring and forgiving (hey, we’re all human – we’re not striving for perfect here) – well, that’s someone I can get behind.
It was just last Fall while doing the late night Instagram perusing I have come to know far too well, that I stumbled upon Kathryn Gray and her fitness lifestyle feed. Scrolling through the foodie-fitness finds of the picture-driven world of Instagram, I stumbled upon a breakfast dish Kathryn had posted, and upon further scrolling, the adorable gal behind @Blonde.Health.
I first connected with Erica last year over gr8nola and discovered that we were both from the Bay Area and also shared a lot of mutual friends. Her story on how she went from the tech world in Silicon Valley to creating gr8nola is motivating. If you've ever met Erica IRL (in real life) or have had the pleasure to interact with her, you know she's the sweetest and one of the most genuine individuals you'll meet. So, getting a chance to chat more with Erica, was a real treat. She truly is an inspiring #GirlBoss!
I'm really excited for this onToday I'm introducing you to Ellie Goodwin, aka @TopKnotPDX! She is someone that is a true motivator and inspiration, who cares about helping others to be the best versions of themselves. I first connected with Ellie back in 2015, during our 3-month extended stay in Portland. I had been taking Ellie's megaformer classes at a local studio, and was instantly hooked on her style of teaching, the workout, and her energy. And as tough as the workout was, Ellie always had the right things to say to keep the class going and not giving up. She pushed us to limitis that we didn't think we were capable of. Moving to Portland in 2016, I was really excited to jump back into her classes.
Meet Kait Miller of @RealFoodGypsy! She's Salt Lake City-based Health and Wellness blogger, with an IG feed filled with drool-worthy food and travel pics to inspire you to live a balanced life.
Meet Elizabeth "Liz" Dickerson of @FromSkinny2Strong! She's an Atlanta-based Fitness + Wellness Lifestyle blogger, with an IG feed filled with amazingly awesome fitspo and healthy living vibes for a happy, balanced life. This is one strong chick! She not only used to compete in bodybuilding in the bikini division and is inspired by 4 things I love: fitness, travel, food, and fun!
Meet Joanne "Jo" Encarnacion of @GoFitJo! I'm slightly biased to loving all things Jo partially because she's from my home area (heyyy, Bay Area!) and is bold enough to rock blue hair (she makes me miss mine!), but also because she is is a real inspiration and role model. She is the embodiment of all things women should be: smart, strong, loving, bad-ass, an unshakable go-getter.
I first connected with Tara on Instagram last Fall, and was first drawn to this Denver-based fitness babe through of her daily workout videos, motivation, and spunky personality. Even though I've never met Tara in person (yet!), I feel like I know her and can "virtually workout" with her. You'll never be bored with a workout ever again with Tara. You can also search for her fit tips through #TarasFitTips.
How to live a happy, healthy life is something all of us want to know. Who doesn't want to enjoy a healthy, happy life for as long as possible? There are many ways to do this, and they're incredibly easy. You'll be surprised at how simple it is to learn how to live a happy life. Just by being a good person, doing good things, and having a positive attitude, you'll find that your life is much richer and fuller. To see what I mean, keep reading for some great tips from the inspiring women of my #LETSCHAT series on how to live a happy life.
VF: WHAT IS YOUR RECIPE TO A HAPPY, HEALTHY LIFE?
Leah Renee of @AskLeahRenee
...Sunshine and surrounding yourself with those you love and love you back.
Natalie Stanton of @LiveTourFit
Keep Moving! Don’t get bored, don’t get stagnant. Make some goals and stick to them, stop making excuses for why you can’t! Depression and anxiety will creep in when you don’t have anything to work for. So pick some stuff and work hard!
Natalie Stanton of @LiveTourFit
…self-love all the way! You have to love yourself first to find true happiness.
Jessica Kwock of @TheForeverFeminist
Balance! I work hard, play hard, and eat hard. I try to keep a good balance between all three. But, if I go off the deep end with the eat or play hard pieces, I try to be kind to myself and try again!
Ana Alarcón of @AnaGoesFit
Don’t take yourself too seriously, laugh a little bit and choose food wisely.
Each week, I've been shining the spotlight on someone that we all love in the community or someone that we might not know too much about. Someone that continues to inspire not only me but others as well each day is New Zealand-based Melissa Chalmers of @MelissaChalmers. If you don't already follow Mel, let me just tell you... She is a globetrotting fitness and lifestyle YouTube personality that's going to bring you plenty of wanderlust and inspiration.
Ana and I first connected over the Fall through Instagram. We share the same Mexican heritage, a love for keeping fit with Lagree fitness and boxing, and possibly an obsession of avocados and Whole foods! If you've taken a peek at her account, you'll instantly see how Ana is different from other accounts out there. It might be Ana's genuineness, her humbleness, her radiant smile, and her downright cool badass chick personality. (You gotta love a babe that can box!)
Jessica and I first connected IRL (in real life) three years ago through our obsession with SoulCycle 7am rides and SoulSurviver... and possibly our common love for EDM! This was also the year: Ellen’s Oscar Selfie, Kimye get hitched, Pharrell made us “Happy,” and the Ice bucket challenge went viral. (Thanks, SoulCycle for the souliversary reminder...!) And, like those things that happened that year, Jessica has a way of making those around her happy and feeling empowered to be and do good.
This week, I caught up with Personal Trainer, and Fitness & Lifestyle Blogger, Paola Marquez. Flat abs, a sculpted butt, toned legs, and killer workout outfit—Paola is for sure a fitspiration. I came across Paola through a Facebook group and then again through her Instagram. And, I was instantly hooked. Originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, Paola now lives in Huston, TX. Her motivational photos and captions continue to flood my Instagram feed, motivating me on days when I feel I could easily be persuaded to skip the gym. I'm sure she'll be you next favorite fitspo!
Happy Thursday my beautiful friends! Last week we launched our first ever #LETSCHAT with amazing Leah Watson of AskLeakRenee.com. This weekly series is based on incredible individuals that inspire me through health and wellness. They are people that have made a positive impact on my life, big and small. They are people that inspire me to be a better version of me, and I hope they can inspire you as well.
As the voice behind AskLeahRenee.com and a certified Holistic Health Coach, Southern California blogging mom, Leah Watson's schedule is undoubtedly jam-packed. Lucky me to be able to chat with her for a Fireside Chat of sorts. She is someone that inspires me through her sharing of stories and recipes, that you've probably seen some of her recipes here.