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5 Ways to Wear NikeWomen Zonal Strength Training Tights

5 Ways to Wear NikeWomen Zonal Strength Training Tights

Do you believe in more? Long before I started my wellness journey, I believed in more and wanted more for myself as it related to my health and exercise. In my mind I had always envisioned this version of woman who was in love with fitness and was ultimately doing it for her family. But like any big dreams or goals, doubt and fear became a challenge to overcome. It definitely wasn’t easy, but I knew that in order to raise incredibly strong women, I had to hold on to the vision I had for myself. After all, believing in your ability to manifest your dreams is the greatest source of power we have.

I was compensated by Nike to write this post, however the styled looks and thoughts are my own. 

Nike x Lead Like Her Event Recap

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak on a panel with Nike x Lead Like Her. And of course I wasn't about to decline, especially since my biggest goal for myself this year was to get over my fear of public speaking. Lead Like Her is this incredible digital platform where independent women tell their stories, inspire to drive change, and build strong lasting connections. Founder of Lead Like Her, Martha Kirby, interviewed me back in May on her blog and its so mind blowing to see how rapidly life has changed for me. It's incredibly wild to read things like "Director of Community/Curation at VSCO" to now speaking about my job title as a future "Internationally Certified Health and Nutrition Coach" 

This past Thursday was the panel event which had a really decent turn out despite the rain in SF. It was small and intimate, no more than 40 people which has been the size of most of my speaking engagements this year. A perfect size to get comfortable with and still feel connected to the audience. Yummy salads were hosted by Sweetgreens and mocktails by Clearly Kombucha and of course fun little giveaway swag bag and shopping provided by the Nike Women's store on Union in SF. 

The night was so awesome. And every single time I share my story I get so nervous to talk about it despite how open and honest I am about sharing my struggles of depression and how I used health and fitness as a tool to not overcome those dark months. And how powerful of a coping tool it has been for me these past few years. 

Honored to be amongst the team at  Nike  and fellow speakers:  Alyssa Chang, Movement Coach  and Mickey Roxas ( plantsandplanks ).

Honored to be amongst the team at Nike and fellow speakers: Alyssa Chang, Movement Coach and Mickey Roxas (plantsandplanks).

Many many many thanks to Lead Like Her and Nike for extending this opportunity. Every single moment where I'm sharing my story of overcoming depression and how I manage to juggle a busy schedule while still being intentional about my health and wellness, is a chance for me to feel connect to one person who might be struggling with similar feelings of loneliness and depression. You never know who you'll inspire by sharing your story. Our stories of struggles and accomplishments are both equally important. You can't live a full life when you're only sharing your one sided highlight reel.

If there's one thing I've learned about living authentically in your truth it's that you connect with others and most importantly with yourself on whole new level. 

Huge shoutout and love to DJ Umami for spinning the jams and my favorite song at the end of the panel.

Photos courtesy of Andrea Posadas

Nike Sportswear Tech Pack

Today Nike Sportswear released their new fall Tech Pack and I couldn't be more excited.

image from Nike.com

image from Nike.com

This is the line from Nike Sportswear that I nearly wait every year for since discovering Tech Fleece back in 2013.  My ultimate favorite, the Nike Tech Fleece Poncho. I couldn't even explain what it was to my husband at the time, but all I knew was I had to have it. 

Here's how I styled the Nike Tech Fleece Crew with my Nike Tech Fleece joggers

It wasn't till about a year and a half ago I truly accepted seeing myself in photos. My first photoshoot with my husband was to photograph me for my blog which started to have more photos of me in April 2015. When you're overcoming body image issues it's easy to fall into a trap of picking yourself apart piece by piece. Especially when you start to notice things you don't like or progress you're not quite satisfied with when you've been working so hard to change your mindset and your physical appearance, either by losing weight or gaining muscle mass. We've all been there to certain degrees, we fat talk ourselves, point out our double chins, excess mid section rolls, or even the small things we can't change like birthmarks or scars. Sometimes these thoughts creep out of our mouths and other times we say them to ourselves in our minds. 

I was trying to describe how toxic this mindset can be and I compared it to secondhand smoke.   For those who smoke cigarettes they only think about the negative affects it causes themselves rather than the affect it makes to those around you. This is the same with negative thinking. Though we keep those thoughts or comments to ourselves what we don't realize is the ripple affect it makes to those around us. 

Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.
— David Deida

These photo shoots with my husband have been such a self development process. Not only do we both get to collaborate in my creative outlet together and learn how to work with one another in this process, but we're also creating a space of healing. With each photo shoot I'm learning to peel back layers of self hate and truly finding and honoring the things that I love about myself. This hasn't been an easy process, on the surface it may seem like its just an opportunity for beautiful content. But for me its an opportunity to change the opinion I've had on myself for years and to learn to see what the rest of the world sees. 

Here's a little TBT from our first photoshoot:

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