Girl Boss Guide ft. Kelly Boring of Kale Me Kelly

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Full bellies of kale & salmon and a half a bottle of rose’ later (#BALANCE), it was pretty apparent that Kelly (the beauty & brains behind Kale Me Kelly) and I are pretty much the same person. From hearing her perspective on maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle to how to combat insecurities, Kelly is like a big sister you’ve never had – she’s relatable, compassionate and REAL. I’m so excited to bring you this interview with who I consider to be a great blogging mentor and friend (We first met up over a rooftop spin class and some insane BBQ if you were wondering…)

Yes Girl: Tell me about your blog and the inspiration behind it. 

Kelly Boring: Kale me Kelly came about because of my love and passion for food. I originally thought it would just be a food blog, but I realized how much I loved working out and going to different classes and since I’m such a foodie, that has really helped me keep a healthy balance in my life. Now, I’ve transitioned into more of a lifestyle blog and I’m really happy with it – I think your blog should be a representation of who you are.

YG: What does a day in the life of a blogger look like?

KB: I try to plan and curate blog posts whenever I have the time or the inspiration. In the evenings, sometimes I’m going to an event, working on planning an event of my own or getting together with other bloggers.

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YG: You always seem to eat super healthy meals. What does a typical day of eating look like for you?

KB: I try to stick to a “normal” eating plan Monday – Friday. Usually if I’ve done an intense workout in the morning, I’ll have two pieces of Ezekiel toast, a little avocado and an egg or Greek yogurt, fruit & Purely Elizabeth granola – I’m addicted. Then I’ll have an apple with peanut butter, hummus and veggies, nuts or half of a protein bar for a snack and try to get a lunch workout in. I love my Buddha Bowls for lunch! I’m experimenting with more vegetarian meals. Dinner is usually some sort of protein paired with a veggie.

YG: What does your workout routine look like?

KB: Right now, I love going to Pink Barre classes in the morning – the lower weights and high-reps are doing wonders for me! It totally lengthens you out. If I can, I’ll try to fit in another type of workout during the middle of the day to give myself a mental break.  I also like to incorporate spin or some other sort of cardio class. I like to mix it up and do what I’m in the mood for.

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YG: Let’s talk about balance. How do you manage a healthy lifestyle while still giving in to your cravings?

KB: Well, we’re conducting this interview over a bottle of rose’ sooo… obviously I appreciate balance! I used to be really hardcore with my eating, and I realized that just wasn’t the way to live. For me, it’s all about balancing out healthier meals with my indulgences. If you know you’re going to Happy Hour later that night, eat healthier during the day to balance it out. If you want a glass of wine on a Tuesday, go for it. If you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right & working out, one day or one meal is not going to make or break you.

YG: What advice do you have for people trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle?

KB: I’m learning that when you eat is very important. I also think it’s crucial to mix up your workouts – your body needs confusion.

YG: When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite healthy spots in ATL?

KB: I love True Food’s Quinoa Burger, or any of their fish or bowls. Juicy Jenny is my jam, too. It’s all healthy, vegan and you really get your bang for your buck. I also love getting a bunless burger at Zinburger with zucchini or sweet potato fries!

YG: Favorite indulgence?

KB: Mexican – hands down!

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YG: How do you deal with any insecurities and keep a positive body image?

KB: Anyone that says they don’t have body image concerns – I think that they’re lying. There is a lot of pressure to have the perfect body and there’s not a single girl who doesn’t feel that pressure at times. Ultimately, we’re all just normal girls trying to have careers and work out and maintain a social life – the last thing we need is this pressure to be perfect! For years, I was totally consumed with the idea of perfection and it’s something I continue to struggle with today. A lot of us are constantly thinking about attaining something else… we want this car, we want that handbag, we want to get down to this weight. There’s always something else we want to attain, and we can’t keep that up – it’s important to just try to be content with where you are in your journey.

YG: You’ve recently launched Girl Talk Series which is super exciting! What’s the story behind GTS? 

KB: Girl Talk Series actually started on my living room floor with two other bloggers who, at that point, we had maybe known each other a couple of months – but I knew we were like-minded women with similar interests who wanted to do something to benefit similar women in the community. The idea behind it was getting women together to network and build authentic friendships with one another. It’s really difficult to make girlfriends when you become an adult and maybe move to a new city, so we want to help women do that with these events. This year, we’re hosting mixers, brunches and other events that incorporate guest speakers who are all different in their experience levels and backgrounds. Toward the end of the year, we’re hosting our first retreat which I am so excited about! Our goal is to create a community of like-minded women that like to do things together.

YG: What advice do you have for other female entrepreneurs? 

KB: The three tips I would give someone who wants to get out there and be a #GirlBoss are to keep every door open – you never know who you’re going to meet. Going to networking/young professional events is also great – it helps you cast a larger net and again, you never know who you might meet. Last, use every opportunity to discover or pursue your passion.

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Thanks to Kelly for being an awesome interviewee & for her friendship and mentorship – check her out at http://www.kalemekelly.com. 

 

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The 8 Commandments of Finding Your Hustle

Having been in the blogging world for a little under a year now, I’ve met some pretty badass women. It’s so inspiring to me to see women I meet succeed at business ventures, on their blogs or in their careers. Corny? Maybe. But I think more of us need to start appreciating each other and all of the amazing things we’re capable of. Instead of tearing each other down or letting the green monster of jealousy get to us, why not utilize those strong women in your life for advice, help, inspiration… right?

Anyways. Tangents aside, three of my favorite Atlanta bloggers, Kale Me Kelly, Eating with Erica and Peachfully Chic have taken off on a really, really exciting new business venture called Girl Talk Series, and it’s giving me life. *hands up emoji*

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In their first event of 2016, the “Find Your Hustle” brunch at Orsmby’s, we heard from women at Pink Barre, Bene Scarves, Spa Sydell and Atlanta Eats on HOW to find your passion and run with it. I feel like this has become such a thing, especially with us as millennials – this idea of “finding your passion” and incorporating it into your career/life. I think the first one or two years out of college, a lot of us just want to take the first secure job that comes our way, and then when we start to get complacent, we begin to search for that missing thing, that thing that lights us up and gets our heart racing. Believe it or not, it’s not always easy to find, so these women spoke on how it happened for them. 

Based on their amazing advice, here are the 8 Commandments of Finding Your Hustle:

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Want to attend the next Girl Talk Series event with me? Head to www.girltalkseries.com for more info!

 

Girl Boss Guide ft. Katherine Mason of SculptHouse

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Fitness guru Katherine Mason is part ‘Southern Belle’, part ‘Tough New Yorker’ – and she’s a serious girl boss. Her new concept SculptHouse features one of the most unique workouts in the world along with an expansive athleisure boutique endowed with top-of-the-line fitness wear. I sat down with the founder & CEO of this Buckhead fitness haven to learn more about the fitness model turned studio owner.

Yes Girl: Tell me about your background and how you got started with SculptHouse.

Katherine Mason: When I moved to New York to pursue a career in fitness, I didn’t know exactly what that was, but I knew New York was the place to go to figure it out. Growing up as an athlete, I knew I wanted to do something in the sports industry, so I started working in sports marketing. But, after spending some time in the PR and marketing world, I knew that I wanted to do something more active, so the fitness industry was the perfect way to do that. I worked in a few different top fitness studio and did fitness modeling. Through my experiences, I realized that I had an idea that was going to change fitness in the South. I saw what New York had to offer and I wondered to myself “why does the South not have anything as cutting-edge as New York does?” That’s how the idea of SculptHouse came together. I wanted to do something that combined my passion for fitness and workout wear that had come about from my time in New York. At a Shape Magazine photoshoot, I realized that the fitness wear space was changing to be a more boutique feel and moving away from the big box names, so I wanted to bring that to Atlanta. In terms of the workout, I absolutely fell in love with the Megaformer because it was so different than anything I’d done before. Back when I was playing sports, it was so fast-paced, but the Megaformer was so challenging in such a great, unusual way and it changed my body to be longer, leaner and stronger. People from lots of different backgrounds can do this workout and feel good. I knew I wanted to combine the Megaformer with some type of cardio because I kept hearing people in New York saying they felt like they needed a cardio aspect. I discovered the Woodway Curve and, through pairing it with the Megaformer, I created a workout that provides extremely low impact and high efficiency. So, in 50 minutes, you get as much work as some people do in an hour and a half to two hours.

YG: Strong is the new skinny, and we all want to build long, lean muscles. How does your workout achieve that?

KM: I definitely think women need to be involved in some kind of resistance training. You get strength and resistance on the Megaformer, because it has the capability to go from about 8 pounds to 180 pounds. It’s all about how many springs you have on or off. One of our members has osteoporosis, and seeing the strength she’s acquired over time just from doing this workout is so inspiring. We need to lift weights to strengthen our bones and muscles surrounding them. The cables and pulleys on the Megaformer make it so that you have tension throughout your whole exercise, verses it releasing, for example, if you’re doing bicep curls with free weights where the tension releases at the bottom of the curl.

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On the SculptHouse workout: “We have a combination that’s different than anywhere else in the world.”

YG: As a studio owner, what would you say a typical day looks like for you?

KM: I usually get into the studio no later than 8:30 and stay until about 9pm. A lot of my day-to-day is working in the boutique, since I have a lot of experience in that realm from being in New York. Megan Armstrong [SculptHouse’s Creative Director & Lead Trainer] helps me make sure the studio is in check, because we have a lot going on under one roof! My day can involve anything from re-stocking the shelves to talking with our vendors to helping style our customers. I like to help them find workout clothes that compliment their skin tone or fit their body in a flattering way. Whether they’re actually working out or going to brunch with friends, I want our customers to feel comfortable and prepared. I like to take them out of their comfort zone and challenge them a little bit, too!

YG: Talk to me about the athleisure trend and your personal style.

KM: I like to dress up my workout clothes with fun accessories like cute sneaker wedges or a big, chunky necklace. A lot of times I’ll go to dinner with friends in my workout leggings and throw on a cool sweater for a put-together look. New York is a few years ahead with the athleisure trend so I’m really excited to see it coming here to Atlanta.

YG: What does a normal day of eating look like for you?

KM: I usually start my days with a smoothie. Then, for lunch, it’s almost embarrassing how much I go to Souper Jenny or Juicy Jenny! It’s easy, quick and convenient and I can still keep my day going. New York has a ton of healthy places to eat and everyone there is usually eating out at places like that, so I’m excited to see places like Kale Me Crazy opening up here! I usually cook for dinner if I have time, so I’ll run to Whole Foods and pick up ingredients to cook but it’s always something quick and easy! In New York, I was cooking a ton but I also had a very different schedule. Now, I’ve just kind of accepted that it’s not as easy for me to grocery shop and meal prep, so I make the healthiest choices I can while eating out.

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On starting your own business: “It’s going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but if you want it bad enough, you won’t care.”

YG: Since a lot of meals need to be out for you, what are some of your favorite healthy spots in Atlanta?

KM: I love True Food Kitchen, Café Sunflower and The Optimist! Umi and O-Ku are always great for sushi. It’s really just all about making smart choices wherever you go. You can always find something healthy on the menu.

YG: Let’s talk about the balance between staying healthy and letting your self indulge occasionally.

KM: I think I’m pretty balanced because you just have to be in life, otherwise you drive yourself crazy. At Souper Jenny the other day, I was craving a Roast Beef Sandwich for some reason, and I usually never even eat roast beef! For whatever reason, that’s what my body was craving at the time. I definitely let myself indulge and I think the key is not to feel guilty. If you’re gonna do it, then do it and move on! It’s not the end of the world – that’s why you exercise! Your body’s cravings are not accidental, so I think it’s important to pay attention to them.

YG: What’s your favorite indulgent meal?

KM: I would definitely say pizza and Mexican, or a great cheese board. Queso and a skinny margarita are a must at any Mexican joint or I also like making my own pizza at Mellow Mushroom!

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“Just like we go shopping to find a dress for a special occasion, that’s becoming the everyday with workout clothes.”

YG: Being so much in the public eye, how do you keep a positive body image?

KM: First off, you just have to be confident in what your body type is. In the modeling world, I was constantly surrounded by beautiful models who were tall and thin, and I just had to accept my athletic body type and do what was best for me specifically. I’ve definitely had moments of insecurity, but the key is to find your inner confidence – because people can read it all over your face if you’re not. You really just have to own who you are and work hard to achieve your best body. Whatever you are good at, play to your strengths and be proud. Find friends that support what you’re good at, and who will laugh with you about what you’re not so good at.

YG: What advice do you have for female entreprenuers?

KM: Don’t be scared – I’ve had people ask me if I’m nervous or scared, but I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘yes’. I believe so much in my product, my services and my team that I just don’t care what other people think. I think you just have to find that confidence in whatever it is you’re doing and own it. Make sure you create a business plan because it will help you strategize. After building a business, you just learn to let everything roll off your back. I’ve definitely developed some toughness from this process! If you believe in what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what other people are saying. You’re going to have people that doubt you, but you have to let that slide. It’s going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but if you want it bad enough, you won’t care.

Want to learn more about SculptHouse? Check them out at www.sculpthouse.com. Your first class is only $15!