Playing Catchup! Part One – Nashville & North Carolina

I have been quite behind, I wrote this shortly after leaving Nashville, ahem…over a month ago. Please forgive my tardiness.

I spent a wonderful extended weekend in Nashville with my friend Matt followed by a few days in neighboring Franklin, TN with my cousin Peter his wife Margaret and their kids Olivia, Amelia and Henry.

I was set to meet another friend the following week in Memphis so I headed back East to see friends in North Carolina and Georgia. My first stop was to see David Chatt, an artist and friend who is calling Penland School of Crafts home. It is a small school that hosts students and resident artists on a beautiful campus in North Carolina. David co-owned the “Big House” in Ballard where I lived and threw plenty of amazing parties that are still fondly remembered to this day. David’s influence on the living space at the Big House was one of the reasons I decided to trade in my one bedroom condo downtown for a communal living experience in Ballard. A fine artist creating miracles in small beads, the home was dripping with his artistic personality.

It had been several years since I had seen David and I was excited to catch up with him, there were bits and pieces of the Big House scattered through out his new home, it was like visiting a house full of old friends. There is something special about being surrounded by art and artists, it is inspirational and creates hope, wonder and excitement about my own artistic possibilities. We met David’s friend Anne Lemanski at a local Mexican restaurant where I continued to be inspired, her art was equally inspirational to me.

I couldn’t stay long in Penland so I said my goodbyes the next morning and headed to my friends, Steve & Karen Mason and their daughter Sophie in Charlotte North Carolina where I stayed several nights before heading South to Atlanta. It was another chance to reconnect with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and to relax in a supportive environment.

Matt and Me Selfie!

Matt and Me Selfie!

Matt & Me Selfie!!

Matt & Me Selfie!!

Lights of Nashville

Lights of Nashville

2014-03-11 18.07.19

My cousin, Millie!

2014-03-11 18.07.57 2014-03-11 18.08.07

2014-03-12 13.52.21

2014-03-15 09.33.23

David and me seflie!!

2014-03-14 16.37.34

Pieces of the Big House



100% Fitness & Chiropractic

If my slow blogging hasn’t been an indicator I will tell you now that I have been struggling in my focus on “Losing Weight Off the Interstate”. I lost my drive a bit while home for the holidays and I have slowly been trying to recapture the steam I had for the first half of my trip. I have reached out to a handful of people with little response but that changed when I posted pictures to Instagram while in Nashville. A woman with the handle @abbyrex liked several of my images and when I looked at her profile I saw she was a personal trainer in the Nashville area, I reached out to her and we agreed to meet in nearby Franklin, Tennessee.

We met at a small coffee shop within a mile from where I was staying with my cousin and his family. I was nervous as I had seen some pretty impressive pictures of Abby Rorex and her incredibly in shape figure. This would not be the first or last time I found myself nervous to meet someone, Abby was quick to put me at ease with her friendly smile.  Abby was joined by her boyfriend Dr. Travis Owens and together they are combining their practices to bring a holistic approach to fitness and health, it was like I got a two for one with my meeting. :)

Abby is training clients through 100% Fitness while Travis is working with clients through 100% Chiropractic. They are currently in the process of creating a combined space in downtown Franklin, right across the street from one of the areas largest Farmer’s Markets.  The two were chosen by the Owners of 100% Chiropractic to create the first “whole body healthy centers” in the Nation. There are other 100% Chiropractic centers in the nation but Abby was chosen as the first 100% Fitness instructors, once the model has been proven they will start to add fitness to their services.

It was great spending the morning chatting with Abby and Travis and after a quick interview Abby and I went to a local park to do a light strength training workout. I was pretty proud of myself because she asked if I had time and I considered bagging out after the interview but I was happy to have met her for the workout. We did a handful of strength moves using hand weights and our body weight, it was definitely enough to ensure my body was sufficiently sore the next few days. :)

As I continue on my journey, if I ever need inspiration I just need to look to Abby’s pictures to keep striving towards my goal! A huge thanks to Abby and Travis for taking the time to meet me! What great people!