Weekend Leftovers Vol. 4

Before we get into last weekend's Weekend Leftovers, I wanted to share a story about my past. I was bullied in freshman year high school. I started my high school as a brand new student moving into a brand new city not knowing anyone. At the end of my first year of high school a handful of girls decided to start rumors about me sleeping with one of their friend's brothers. I'll leave the full details to this in a future post, but this left me in some way scarred with the idea of creating any type of female friendships. From that moment on, the stigma that girls were mean to one another was one that became my truth. In Sophomore year high school I took photography as an elective and fell madly in love. Lunches spent in the darkroom were not only so that I could lose myself, but it was also to run from any terrible stares, whispers, or feelings of discomfort walking through the high school quad area. Yes that was a terrible experience, especially for a high school girl but without it I would've never created a business with my husband as a photographer or found the creative escape I needed to get through some of that trauma. 

Where I'm going with this is this volume of Weekend Leftovers has me reflecting back on all sorts of growth over the years. I was a young woman who once didn't believe that true friendships with other honest, raw, and real women were possible. I spent my 20s raising my two beautiful daughters, so the time that most women get to form these strong bonds that carry them into their adult life were ones that I missed the train on. Looking back now at what felt like a slightly lonely decade of womanhood was just a time in my life that prepared me to embrace all the women in my life today. 

Thursday 03.16.2017

Alice and I had the most wonderful afternoon getting to know one another's dreams, fears, and life over lunch at Souvla in Hayes Valley to an evening out with Hobo International.

Friday 03.17.2017

Two mall rats at the mall. An unplugged date with my teenager (still can't believe I have one of those). Over burgers we talked about what middle schoolers talk about, fashion trends, and all boys, who are still gross in her eyes. 

Saturday 03.18.2017

Another afternoon spent in SF this time supporting a few local bloggers at their first Femme Faire event, a bloggers closet shopping event benefiting Planned Parenthood. I'm so proud of these ladies for gathering a community of creative self starters doing things for the greater good!

Shopping makes anyone hungry so Nanette and I made our way over to Stable Cafe where our good friend and style blogger Tiffany came to meet us. 

Sunday 03.19.2017

SoulCycle Sundays, often times my favorite days of the week. This past Sunday was an incredible day because Kristen and I celebrated our one year Friendversary. I cannot believe I've known this woman for a year. My husband photographed her wedding last fall and I have had the privilege to watch her grow and overcome so many of the same obstacles we all face when embarking a fitness journey. After SoulCycle a few of our BBG Sisters joined us for brunch at True Food Kitchen. My favorite brunch item was probably the Johnny Cakes made with Quinoa. It was surprisingly really delicious and amazing, something I want to recreate at home. 

After my afternoon with my girlfriends, I rushed back home for dinner with the fam bams. The hubs and I have been in full swing busy mode, especially as two small business owners the work just never seems to end. We've been trying so hard to make sure that we are not only putting our collective efforts and energy into our businesses, but making sure we're creating memories for our Adobo Fam too.

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.