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  • The Wellness Planner Isn’t What You Think It Is Undated Wellness Planner

    Okay so remember when I talked about three undated wellness planners you need to check out. In that post, I said I was most interested in the undated Wellness Planner. So I ordered it and I was so excited to receive it, but then I realized it wasn’t the planner I thought it was.

    Now let me be clear now, this is post isn’t meant to drag anyone or be mean. At least that isn’t my intention. I’m just keeping it real with you about what I do and don’t like about this particular planner.

    I’m gonna jump right into it.

    Pros of the Undated Wellness Planner Undated Wellness Planner

    How it’s broken down

    This planner is broken up into five sections: Eat + Drink, Relax, Activities, Feelings, and Goals. You can tell the creators really wanted to explore ways that would help the user of this planner can get on the road to living a more stress-free life.

    It’s informative

    At the start of each section, there are 2-3 pages that give you all the information you’ll need about the section. I like how this is laid out cause it gives me tips and ideas from more than a dozen women who are experts in their fields. It gave me an introduction to crystals, told me ways I can workout outside of the gym, ways to process my feelings and so much more. There are also 18 motivational reminder cards that you can take out of the book and put in your wallet or add them to your bulletin board. The idea is that these little place cards help keep you on track.

    This is a small planner

    It measures 8 inches x 6.5 inches. Which means it can fit it nicely in a medium-sized bag without taking up a whole lot of space. This is perfect for those who like to take their planners with them on the go. Sometimes if a planner is too big, heavy or both you tend to not want to take it with you. But this one you can pretty much travel with it wherever you go. Undated Wellness Planner

    It’s got a hardcover

    I like hardcover planners and journals. I’m not rough with my stuff however there are times when I put books and things in my backpack and they get bent, crushed, or even torn from stuffing things in. With a hardcover that’s less likely to happen. Also, the cover is easy to clean. Just a simple quick lightly dampened paper towel will keep your planner looking brand new.

    It has a 3 ring binder

    I was so excited to see this because this means I can rearrange the sections or I can add my own personal touches. The idea that I can design this beyond its intended use really excites me.

    It has stickers

    There are two sheets of stickers and considering the length of the planner (which I’ll get to in a minute), there will be enough to go around. The stickers (and illustrations) in this planner remind me of FLOW so I can use my own stickers or use these in my FLOW projects.

    Cons of the Undated Wellness Planner Undated Wellness Planner

    It’s only a 6-week planner

    I’ma keep it all the way real with you, for the amount of money this planner costs it should have been a 12-month planner. Even if that meant the planner was a little bit bigger. I think there was so much potential that was lost with it being so short. If it’s something that’s supposed to motivate me into living better then I’m going to need more than 6-weeks to get into the groove, at least I think.

    There are no refills

    This is my BIGGEST con. Once you’ve filled up your planner you’re shit out of luck. At this point, you have two options: you can purchase a new planner or you can photocopy the sheets. But I’m telling you now if photocopy it won’t look or feel the same unless you’re using thick colorful/patterned paper. My biggest question is, what’s the point of having a 3-ring binder planner with no refills? Yeah, I can decorate and add to it as I mentioned but if someone is lazy, as I can sometimes be – no refills makes this planner useless. Cause whose gonna buy another one? Not I.

    The lines to write are too small

    After you read through the beginning of the section you’ll come to some prompt sheets. These sheets help bring the whole section together but space to write in is too small. Because the book is small (yay!) that takes away from the spacing needed to write your notes (boo!). I tend to write really big and need space to really get my words out. So if you write like me you’re really gonna have to keep it short and sweet, and small. Undated Wellness Planner

    Do I feel bad that I purchased this planner? No, cause honestly speaking it really is nice. It’s prompted me to want to learn and do more. It also gave a chance to follow some new people on IG. So the potential IS there, I just wish the missing things were included to make it perfect. Maybe there will be more with those additions in the future but until then I’ll just creatively make my own.

    What are your thoughts on the undated wellness planner? Do you have one? Do you feel the same? Share them with me in the comments.

    Goddess on the Go is a day long women’s spiritual workshop founded and hosted by Leora Edut. Her retreats are meant to bring together women so that they can not only connect with each other but to also connect with themselves. I had the pleasure of attending her Goddess on the Go event this summer and it was amazing.  Taking place at Ramscale Studio in the West Village this event was filled with sisterhood, exploration, sexuality and bonding.

    Goddess on the Go

    Leora created Goddess on the Go in 2012, after more than 10 years of self exploration in spirituality, energy work, transformational workshops, sisterhood, and relationships, Leora learned that the thing that truly made her happy was making a difference in the community of women. And that is something that you can tell the moment you walk in the door. I had heard about this workshop from a friend who had been previously and knew that I would love it, as I too am a lover of sisterhood and bonding. She was right. There is nothing I love more than to be in a room surrounded by women who are about not only lifting up themselves but others as well.

    I didn’t know what to expect from the event when arriving, but the women were immediately welcoming and made me feel at home. It didn’t matter that I had just met them. I felt comfortable and that is so important when you’re attending events that alone. It made me wish my friends were there, not because I needed them to make the event better but because I knew they were about to miss out on something that was going to be beneficial to them.

    Before the event got underway, there was mixing and mingling among guests and meeting the vendors that were on hand with products and services that were geared towards the theme of the event. When it was time for the workshop to begin Leora gave a moving speech about her humble beginnings and what happened in her life that lead her down the path that would ultimately lead her to create Goddess on the Go. The first exercise we took part in was tantric dance/yoga. I cannot tell a lie, it did feel awkward moving in such a way in front of a room full of strangers. But when you stopped thinking about it, it was easy to get into. The movements were not only designed to loosen us up but to allow us to tap into our inner sexual goddess. It’s okay to be sexy, have sex and to travel down other avenues to not only please your partner but yourself as well.

    Next, we also learned about the importance of interrupting our dreams and how we can use them to pursue what it is we want in our lives. There was also a group dance, in which attendees formed a circle and danced, and the rest of us had to follow. I was praying that I would not get selected, as I cannot dance. I didn’t pray hard enough as I picked to dance. But when you’re in the circle its not about looking like an extra in ‘You Got Served’ but doing whatever comes to you at the moment and enjoying it. Afterward, was a lesson in nutrition and how we should start to not only savoring our food but being more cautious as to what we’re putting in our bodies. Which was the perfect segue to lunch. Delicious vegan meals were served. Following lunch we learned about our spirit guides and how we should follow the signs they give us so that we can become the person that we were meant to be and not just going through the motions. Sadly the time came for me to depart.

    This was by far the most relaxing spiritually awakening event that I had ever been to. When I stepped outside I felt rejuvenated. I had renewed energy and focus in my life, both personally and professionally. 

    Below are photos from the event:

    @thelovegypsy grounding us in a #sensual #awakening #tantra #Goddessonthego

    A photo posted by Leora Edut (@goddessonthego1) on

    @jackie_janiec guiding us to our dreams #NOW #Goddessonthego A photo posted by Leora Edut (@goddessonthego1) on

    Sharon Holland Gelfand leading us how to slow down and tap into our bodies #Goddessonthego ??

    A photo posted by Leora Edut (@goddessonthego1) on

    So many beautiful women and this isn’t even all of em’ #Goddessonthego #NYC

    A photo posted by Leora Edut (@goddessonthego1) on

    If you’re interested in attending a Goddess on the Go event (which I hope you are, because everyone needs to attend at least once) one will be taking place on October 18 in NYC. Click here to get your ticket. For more information about Leora and Goddess on the Go please visit her website.

    *Please note that for the purpose of this review I was given a complementary ticket to this workshop. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Photo Credit: Leora Edut


    sevenbell fitness

    Before I start this review I need your mind to cue up the Rocky theme song, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. If you don’t know the song it starts…”Rising up, back on the street did my time, took my chances” …you know the song now? Okay, now hum it as you read this….

    I was invited for an assessment, now in my mind assessment meant someone was going to take my height, weight and body fat count etc and tell me all of the ways I can help slim down this twice over baby gut. Well, yet again I was in for a real treat. It seems that every time I visit a fitness studio I’m met with some sort of shock and ouch moment. This ouch moment would later incapacitate me for 2 days.

    sevenbell fitnessSevenBell is located on the second floor so going up before your workout is fine, but after it all you wanna do is fling yourself down the steps and out the door like Leo DiCaprio did in Wolf of Wall Street. When I arrived I was greeted by Jesse Barocas who co-founded the facility and after showing me around their studio which is big enough to not make you feel as if you’re one of a hundred in a room and not too small to feel all eyes on you. Its the perfect setup to come with friends or for a personal training session.

    After the grand tour the fun began. As I thought, he took all of my weight and height information and asked me about what my weight loss goals were. I explained, I want to ditch the gut but keep my 160lbs weight. It took me forever to gain this weight and I have zero intentions of going back to my former size 4. But then something awkward happened he said, “lets get started!” Started? On what? Oh wait, I’m gonna work out? It seems lately I have a very good knack for signing up for stuff that leads me in a totally different direction than I originally thought.

    sevenbell fitnessBut I wasn’t going to punk out just yet. We started off with some squats. Which of course I’ve discovered that I’ve been doing them incorrectly. My knees are now forever grateful for being shown the correct way. Jesse coached and showed me proper form all while letting me know that, “you got this”. And I thought did until he had me do 2 sets of 20 push ups. Listen, let me explain something to you, up until that point I have only done 4 push ups in my entire life. I think I’m giving myself too much credit. It’s more like 2. But that day Jesse made me make up for lost time. My arms were burning with muscle use and hate.

    While I was sweating bullets and panting for water there was the other half of SevenBell, co-founder Seven Bell over in the corner just lifting a whole bunch of weights like one would lift cotton balls on the ends of a toothpick. He made it seem so easy…and he wasn’t even sweating. I kept asking, “why are you still dry?”

    Back to me, after I got over the arm pain I thought things were going kinda sorta okay, until Jeses wanted me to lift a kettlebell. I had heard about these things but I have never used one…and I see why. There is nothing fun or exciting about squatting and lifting one of these little bombs of pain. I was so focused on not flinging it into the wall of mirrors I couldn’t even get into proper form. I asked Jesse if I could use a lighter one but in true personal trainer fashion he told me, “sure, but you’re gonna use this one. Okay. Good. Lets go!” He just knew I was trying to cheat my way out of it but he wouldn’t let me.  Like Britney Spears says, “…you wanna look hot in a bikini? You betta work bitch!”. And work I did! He had me feeling the burn on the lateral pull down and rowing machine.

    sevenbell fitnessThat hour workout seemed like I was in there for 2! I don’t know how I made it down the stairs and to my car, which was 3 blocks away. When I got home the only thing I could muster up was a hot shower, falling face down in the bed and snoring. I don’t know if that was a good or bad idea cause when I woke up I could hardly move an inch. My entire body was sore. I had pain from my shoulders all the way down my sides to my hips. I couldn’t raise either one of my arms all the up. Elbow to wrist was good but elbow to shoulder was hell. And sitting and standing were out of the question. The only thing that didn’t hurt, for a change, were my knees.

    While I may complain about how much pain I was in, it was good pain. Pain means that I worked parts of my body that normally don’t get used, unless I’m running for an ice cream truck or trying to catch the liquor store before it closes. This isn’t just a gym, its a lifestyle. It’s for those who want to get into shape and stay in shape. This is not a bells and whistles gym. You will not receive a membership card complete with a pat on the back and left to your own devices. By joining this gym you will gain a motivator who wants to see you succeed just as much as you want to see yourself succeed. You will have access to a nutritionist who will work with you on selecting the best work out for YOU! Which is great for moms because they have special post-natal workouts and diets that will get you back to your pre-baby body. They also have early morning spin classes and private boxing classes.

    While my muscles may have complaints about this gym, I cannot say one bad word about it. Oh well, there’s the parking issue. Its pretty much nonexistent. I had to park a few blocks over toward Atlantic and walk back. It’s not that big of a deal just be sure to leave your house a wee bit early because you will circle.

    sevenbell fitness

    SevenBell Fitness
    640 Dean Street
    718-857-BELL (2355)
    [email protected]

    And just because the song is now on loop in both of our brains, for your listening and viewing pleasure…..

    For the purposes of this post I received a complementary assessment. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


    byklynThis week I had the pleasure of being invited to BYKLYN, a new indoor cycling studio in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn located at 258 Flatbush Avenue (bt. Prospect Place and St. Marks). BYKLYN is an indoor biking studio that offers its clients a workout that’s geared toward their specific needs. How does it do that? By cleverly including more than just a cycling ride. At any point during the month you can sign up for classes such as BYK Flow class that includes yoga, BYK to the Core which is a mat based core workout, BYKBody that offers an intense arm workout and finally, BYK&Boot a boot camp style of workout. This is the class I unknowingly signed up for. I didn’t bother to read what type of class it was so I was walking in blind and unprepared for the fun that was waiting for me.

    Checking in is quite easy and pleasant. The gentleman behind the desk was friendly and helped me process my paperwork quickly. He asked me my shoe size and just handed them over. I asked him how much the rental cost was and he said the cost is included in the price of the class. This was fantastic news as there’s nothing worse than signing up for a class only to learn about additional fees. I had made it just in time for the 6:15pm BYK&Boot class with Declan. As soon as I walked in he welcomed me to the class and front and center was the owner, Amy. She immediately hopped off her bike to introduce herself and offered me a ton of assistance by adjusting my seat, getting me some water and got me snapped in. As I got settled in I realized just how intimate the BYKbox was. It’s the perfect size to make it feel as if you could be in a private class with the attention that the instructor gives you, yet big enough to not feel as though you are the only one in the room. It’s the best of both worlds.

    With that, the music started and I started to peddle…I also secretly prayed these arthritic knees wouldn’t fail me. I peddled slowly at first and then before I knew it I was actually keeping up. Not only keeping up but I was keeping to the beat. The music he choose made you get into the spirit of moving your body. Cue the sweat. It started as a bead but then it was running off of me. I had to stop every now and again to let the burn ease up and Declan was right there checking to make sure I wasn’t over doing it and being that friendly push in your back to say, “you can do it!”. That was the motivation I needed. He makes you feel like you could do it. And guess what ? I did! I was so proud that I was able to complete the class with only sitting to take a few short breaks, it was quite the accomplishment. I hadn’t been able to do that before and I quickly gave myself a pat on the back.

    But, just when I thought that I was gonna get out of the class unscathed Declan announces that we were to all “line up in the front of the studio.” Now I’m perplexed. Why is everyone getting yoga mats? Oh, I know to stretch?! Wait. Did he say I want you to pretend like you’re ice skating? So this is what the “Boot” in BYK & Boot meant. Bootcamp. Oh joy! I should have known better than to sign up blindly to such a class especially when I have the strength of a newborn pup. But I said to myself, I’m here and if I can push through the spin class then dammit I can make it through this. I mean what’s the worst that can happen? Why is it that when we ask ourselves that question, the answer has to present itself almost immediately? Well I had my answer and it was in the form of running around the block. Oh, you read that right, I said…running around the block followed by frog hopping back inside the studio.

    byklynDespite my huffing and puffing this was the best full body workout I’ve had in a long time. Its definitely a studio that’s in close proximity for anyone to visit as it’s a stone’s throw away from Atlantic Center where you can find the 123456BDNQR trains and one more block over from there is the G. Parking is also ample since this area is very beautiful and very residential. Pricing is also reasonable. Newbies get 1 free ride, drop-ins are $26 or you can buy in bulk, there’s currently aa summer special where you get 6 classes for $120.00.

    This is a studio that I can stand behind as you’ll get your full hour, workout and monies worth. That said, I am teaming up with BYKLYN for a 2 class event. This is for studio first timers only.

    Classes will take place on:
    Sunday, July 27 at 12:15pm BYK Flow (bike & yoga)
    This class is an hour long and combines cycling and yoga.

    Saturday, August 2 at 10:30am BYK&Boot (bike & boot camp)
    This class is an hour long and combines cycling and boot camp style workout that includes running, push ups, sit ups etc.

    These events are free and you can only choose 1. To RSVP a class click the date you want to sign up for.

    For more information about BYKLYN please visit them online at

    Look forward to seeing you soon!