5 years

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be celebrating 5 years!  Five years feels momentous—we’ve made it!

This blog has been a source of personal inspiration and growth during the first five years of my son’s life, the loss of my father, job transitions, big moves and many of the other changes (good and bad) over this half decade.

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To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, I want to highlight these top 5s—the most read and shared stories of the past 5 years:

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bluegrass lovebirds: sabrina + joe

Hello, dear readers!  We have survived the gloomy month of January and now we are certainly in the mood for all things sweet and uplifting!

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, it’s time for our third annual bluegrass lovebirds series!  This is one of our favorite times of year because reading the sweet stories submitted by our community is just wonderful!

We are so excited to kick off this series with Sabrina and Joe, who were nominated by their sweet friend, Regina.  So, let’s get started!  Introducing…

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Years Together: 5, Years Married: 4.5, Time Engaged: just a few weeks

Tell us a bit about yourself…

We both have a passion for family (our two beautiful daughters especially) and friends and have devoted our life to investing much time and energy into each. Joe is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Kentucky and Sabrina works at the University of Kentucky  College of Design. Sabrina is also a personal trainer and has been for about 15 years. She is a Beachbody Coach as well. She loves to help others get in shape and lead a happy, healthier life.

How did you first meet? Was it “love at first sight” or were your “just friends”?

We first met at the Department of Revenue where both of us were employed. We started as just friends but within a few months we knew that we wanted to spend our lives together. We dated only a few months.

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Where did you go on your first date?

We went to a restaurant in Sabrina’s hometown of Shelbyville, KY called The Bistro.

Where did you share your first kiss?

Oddly enough, in the parking lot of Kohl’s in Frankfort.

When did you know that he/she was “the one”?

Joe: I knew Sabrina was the one when I saw how she treated others-especially her two daughters, Autum and Sheridan. The love and respect she showed everyone-even complete strangers-told me all I needed to know about her and what kind of person she was/is.

Sabrina: I knew Joe was the one when taking walks everyday on our breaks at work and just finding out his heart. He is the most respectful and loving man I have ever met. He is very tender hearted and it showed by everything he said and did. I was also in love with the fact that he was so compassionate and had a heart for God.

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Tell us about your engagement proposal…

Marriage seemed inevitable once we started dating. Joe proposed to me in the living room during a sunset using my mothers old engagement ring.

When and where were you married?

We were married on August 7, 2010 in Sevierville, TN by a man by the name of Jimmy Temple. He had married over 15,000 people at that time. It was a very small but intimate and simple wedding and we would not do it any other way if we had to do over.

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He Said/She Said 

My partner’s best quality is…

Sabrina: Joe’s best quality is his heart for myself and my daughters.

Joe: Sabrina’s best quality is the love, compassion and tenderness she shows to everyone that we are around.

The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…

Sabrina: The thing that drives me crazy about Joe is leaving dirty clothes on the ground instead of putting them straight into laundry basket.

Joe: The thing that drives me crazy about Sabrina is her backseat driving (she is getting better 🙂 )

My number one piece of advice about love is…

Joe: Find someone who is as similar to you as possible. Opposites may attract, but similar traits make it much easier to do life together.

Sabrina: Communication is the key. If you cannot talk to your spouse respectfully when a problem occurs then it is hard to make a relationship work. Joe and I talk about everything good and bad and we work through issues without raising our voices or disrespecting each other. We look forward to our evenings where we can just sit down and talk about our day and our dreams.

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Thanks so much, Sabrina and Joe for sharing your sweet story!  Stay tuned for more lovebirds this month!

To true love.

xoxo

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**all images were provided by participating couple**

To read more bluegrass love stories, check out series one and two.

start the new year off right

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  • This green smoothie recipe is one of our favorites.  We promise that it is simply delicious (Katherine’s son calls it his “monster smoothie”!)
  • Reduce cellulite and reveal glowing skin with a dry-brushing skincare routine.
  • Need help with organization (don’t we all), try these tips and tricks.
  • Diana swears by this HIIT regimen—doesn’t take any time to get your cardio in!
  • Sometimes eating healthy is best accomplished by having food prepped—we love these recipes here, here and here.
  • This stress-busting yoga moves are sure to get you on the right track!

What are your plans to start the new year off right?  Remember one small change can make a HUGE difference!

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new year’s resolutions

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These are a few of our favorite tips and tricks for starting the New Year organized and healthy!

  • A great HIIT cardio workout that doesn’t take up too much time.
  • An organized desk is a great way to get work done and keep a clear head
  • Clear your winter sinuses with this neti routine
  • These stress-busting yoga moves will help you shake off the post-holiday slump
  • Start your day off with an easy, healthy breakfast parfait
  • Combat winter skin with this amazing routine
  • Plan your weekly meals and grocery shop ahead to avoid the take-out temptation.  We love simple slow cooker meals (even slow cooker desserts!)

What are your New Year’s goals?

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beat holiday stress with yoga {guest post by Laura Whitaker}

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It’s November and the holiday season is basically here…can you believe it? While this is typically a beloved time of year, it also tends to be the time when we invite lot of stresses (shopping, eating, spending, traveling, hosting, etc.) into our lives. I’m just as guilty of this as the next person, but I’m here to offer some ideas for slowing down and managing the stress that we all experience in one form or another. And we’ll focus on a topic I know and love: yoga.

 

My favorite definition of yoga is “the settling of the mind into stillness” (Patanjali). It may seem kind of new-agey, but don’t let this intimidate you. This is actually good news, since it means yoga is not about becoming a human pretzel or standing on your head (although that’s fun stuff to try out, too). Instead, yoga is about learning to notice your thoughts as they move all over the place – from holiday shopping lists to travel plans – then using your body and breath awareness to stay present and relaxed.

 

Before we launch into a few of my favorite stress-management yoga poses, pause a moment, close your eyes, and send your attention to each individual part of your body from the crown of the head down to the toes. Is there a place (or several places) that feels tighter than the others? If so, this is probably where you hold your stress. Maybe it’s your shoulders, your neck, your low back. Wherever it is, make a commitment to give some extra love to that part of your body throughout the following poses and the coming months. Exchange shoulder massages with your significant other while cooking Thanksgiving dinner, or take some slow neck circles while you’re in line with your kids to see Santa.

 

Now, on to the yoga poses. Read on:

 

– Supported & reclined bound angle (supta baddha konasana)
This is a great restorative pose, meaning it helps the body slow down and rest. For obvious reasons, restorative poses are super important in counter-balancing the hectic stress of holiday errands. Visit Yoga Journal for the “how-to”. I also recommend placing a rolled-up blanket tightly over the insides of your feet and under your ankles/shins. This provides some extra grounding support. Take this pose mid-day to open your hips and settle your mind.

 

Legs-up-the-wall (viparita karani)
This is another yummy restorative pose. It’s great for nighttime, helping you settle your mind for sleep. It’s also fabulous for headaches, which are often triggered by physical, mental, and emotional stress. Again, Yoga Journal has a great “how-to”.

 

Sun salutations (surya namaskar)
While restorative poses are some of the best stress relievers, it’s important to keep a healthy balance of slowing down and staying active. If you find yourself skipping workouts to make time for wrapping presents, sneak in a sun salutation. It will increase your heart rate for un-stressful reasons, and it has a good mix of forward folds (which are very relaxing, by the way), backbends, strength, and flexibility. Here’s a Yoga Journal video of a beginner-friendly sun salutation.

 

I hope this helps you slow down so you can better enjoy the coming holidays with your loved ones. Remember that you don’t have to commit to an hour-long yoga class in order to reap the benefits. Just a few minutes for a couple of poses a day will help beat the stress as you move through your holiday season!

 
 

*Laura Whitaker is a registered yoga teacher in Lexington, KY. She currently teaches at Barefoot Works Yoga on Richmond Road. If you have any yoga questions, feel free to email her at laurabwhitaker (at) gmail (dot) com. 

morning hike: Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

An early morning hike on these hot days is a great way to enjoy nature and get a great cardiovascular workout.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary has a number of well marked trails in a range of distances for hikers of all abilities.  Head out for some scenic vistas and a range of flora and fauna–the meadow portion has some great birding!

Click HERE to visit the Raven Run page on LexingtonKy.gov