Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude (Even for 2020!)

2020 will not soon be forgotten. I don’t know about you, but this year STRETCHED me in every way imaginable. But through all the ups, downs and curve balls, there was still a lot that was worth celebrating. As I look forward with positivity toward 2021, it feels equally important to shine a light the…

Hip-Hop Fit with Mike Peele: Workout of the Week

When I was a little girl, I was dancing ALL. THE. TIME. My mom enrolled me in ballet, tap and jazz from second through eighth grade. In fifth grade, I started cheerleading – which is also extremely dance intensive – and cheered through senior year in high school. To this day, it’s not uncommon for…

Let’s Make Scones!

We are a scones family. Some families make biscuits, others make cinnamon rolls, but in the Brooks, Catacalos and Whatley households, these warm butteries are preferred. And I’m not talking about those dry, overly sweet behemoths you get from Starbucks. This is my sister Renee‘s recipe. She LOVES tea. So when she’d find a new…

Thoughts on How We Create Change

It’s been just over two months since the police killing of George Floyd, and it’s no understatement to say the world has changed. The public discourse on race in the U.S. is front and center and, I believe, it will be for quite some time. During these last nine weeks, I’ve at times felt completely…

Flowers to Fight the Quarantine Blues

We’re coming to the end of week 6 of quarantine here in Maryland and, like elsewhere, so much about our daily life has changed. One of the biggest changes for me (and many others) is the way we shop. My philosophy has essentially been “stay out of the way.” So I’ve been getting groceries delivered,…

7 Yoga and Dance Workouts for Lock-Down Survival

If you’re reading this post in real time, it’s a good bet that your life has been (or soon will be) changed by the coronavirus outbreak. I’m in Maryland and, like many other people across the country, my orbit has pretty much been reduced to my house, save occasional trips to the grocery store or…

Workout(s) of the Week: Pilates!

I love Pilates. In some ways, I feel that it’s my fitness spirit animal. Part stretch, part ballet and all core-focused, I’ve loved Pilates since I first tried it more than 15 years ago. I even became a certified Pilates instructor along the way (though I haven’t taught since having kids 4 years ago). Over…