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Beyond The Food #4

May 29, 2015

Soooooo remember when I used to post about my life?

Yeah…Neither do I. 

Somewhere between running THM and 17 other blogs (exaggeration but not that far off) I managed to fall off the radar. Sure, the food’s been there but as most of you know, food is only a small (okay large) part of my life. When I started this blog, I was sharing every detail of my life. Eventually, I felt like I needed a bit more privacy and pulled back but now all I want is to let you guys in on the great and the not-so-great moments behind THM.

I’m playing hard to get with my own blog!

Life has been crazy. Overwhelmingly crazy. I realize that the pictures on this blog can make my life seem like a dream; like every moment is perfectly captured and full of roses and unicorns. I can assure you it is not.

I recognize that I am seriously fortunate for this life I live, but it doesn’t mean I am immune to the stress and anxiety many of you face in your day to days. I have my meltdowns and moments of pure panic just like you. I am here to inspire and motivate you, but never for a second think that my highlight reel should be compared to your behind-the-scenes.

Sometimes the best way to combat your own stressors is to sit back and appreciate how great life truly is. So yeah, this is my highlight reel. It’s those precious moments that I value or shots that I’m proud of. It doesn’t capture the messy buns, sweatpants, tears and few-too-many glasses of wine. But trust me, they’re there and I wouldn’t change any of it.

It feels like just yesterday I was visiting Lee in Minnesota and suddenly I’m here planning another trip for next month. At this point I live part-time in Minnesota. I’m okay with it. Lee and I were working on a big project together (scroll down for deets!) in addition to hosting our first webinar for The Blogger Project as well as shooting some new photos for SHEuncovered and TBP. Our dear friend Brooke captured us in our element. So grateful for my Minnesota family, including Brooke, Linley and C’s parents!

Davida from The Healthy Maven with Lee from Fit Foodie FindsTruth-be-told, I kind of hate being in front of the camera. I’m much more comfortable behind it. The other day I was at my fave coffee shop, Portland Variety getting my usual iced latte when I saw the team outside trying to photograph their new iced teas. I couldn’t help myself and just had to run home and grab my camera and suddenly found myself doing an impromptu photoshoot for them. Doing my happy dance at my happy place 🙂

Iced-Tea-3Speaking of happy places, my other favourite place, Barre3 Toronto is kicking off their 2nd Barre3 challenge of the year! That means they’ll be seeing a whole lot of me for the month of June. The challenge includes 4 in-studio classes + a 10 minute online video and they also encourage you to follow their meal-plan. For obvious reasons I won’t be doing the meal plan but I’m determined to get in my 5 classes and I’d love for you guys to join me!

Head on over to Instagram to see how you can join along and win some free classes and swag! TORONTO FOLK –> DO IT.

Speaking of Canadians (man I’m just killin’ it on the segues today…), if you are Canadian AND a blogger, make sure you get your tickets for the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. This little lady will be speaking at the conference and I’d like to see all of your shining faces there! Plus it’s in Montreal, which means you may get lucky and witness me revert to my wild McGill dayz.

11218966_897628310284027_7597281031113468267_nIf you follow me on Snapchat (search “thehealthymaven” under users) you experienced the craziness that was last weekend. We were up at Benny Mo’s cottage for C and B’s bday bonanza. For those of you who witnessed some late night lip-syncing and piñata smashing a la snapchat…sorry about that. But I’ll be back up there this weekend for Eight and Change so it’s fair game to happen again. Still not sorry.

BennyMosIf you just skipped over everything to read about that big project I mentioned at the beginning, you have arrived! Lee and I are so grateful to be working with Aura Cacia, an awesome natural body and skincare company for some stuff with SHEuncovered. Not only do they make the best products ever, but they’re also inspiring change in their customers by encouraging them to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

For the first two weeks of June they’ll be hosting a challenge on Instagram to motivate you guys to make small, positive changes in your life. Not only will Lee and I be participating in the challenge on SHE’s Instagram, but we’re also showing our SHE readers how they can make positive changes in their lives through some awesome DIY projects we have coming your way. Make sure you check out SHE today for our DIY Natural Dish Soap Recipe along with details on the #MyPositiveChange challenge and how you can participate to win some seriously awesome prizes (like fo’ realz they’re amazing). that’s what’s happening beyond the food in my life! Fill me in on yours!


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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    June 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Wish I could attend the FBC Conference! I was really excited when I saw that you were speaking at it!

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    May 31, 2015 at 12:15 am

    And I can’t believe I didn’t know you went to McGill! I just finished my first year of McGill dietetics 🙂 I am pretty brand new to blogging so that conference might be a bit premature for me but I would have loved to hear you speak. That’s so exciting… congrats! And gorgeous picture of the iced teas.

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      May 31, 2015 at 12:24 am

      whoops didn’t mean to start that with ‘and’ haha

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    May 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Ahh I still keep up with your recipe posts, but I can’t help but feel like I “miss” you! Thanks so much for this update, girl 🙂 I so wish I could go to Montreal to hear you speak at the conference because a) it’s you; b) it’s Montreal. Two things I love.
    My mini update: I finished my freshman year of college, I’m doing a physical therapy internship this summer, and I went to Blend retreat in Colorado which was amazing!

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    May 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Love you and Lee!

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    Mary Frances
    May 29, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    But … you’re so cute. Either way, you rock it in front of and behind the lenses. Ha, 17 really isn’t that much of an exaggeration. You crazy lady! 🙂 Everything you’ve got going is so exciting, keep up the (hard) and fantastic work!

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    May 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    You’re speaking at a conference!!! That’s huge!! What’s the topic?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Transitioning your blog from a hobby to a business! Come to Canada for it 🙂 Have a fab weekend lady! xoxo

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    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    May 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Davida! I like this post! It’s fun to hear a little chatter from you. I started working at a new Orangetheory Fitness as a coach last month, which has been good, and I just got back from a trip home to Florida. How nice of you to help with the photoshoot, and all of your pictures are lovely! Hope you have a fun weekend. 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      So fun!! You’ll have to coach me when I move West…one year 😉

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    May 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

    love Kimmy!!!!! i dont have much going on besides the crazy weather we have been getting here 🙁

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    May 29, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Davida – even though you don’t like being infront of the camera – you are a natural! Also – loved the webinar – thanks for ALL the info you guys shared! Glad to see all that you’ve been upto and wish you oodles and oodles of success to come!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Aw thanks babes! So happy you found it interesting and thank you for your amazing support as always!

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    May 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Free coffee for live. I can’t wait for Fit Foodie Maven 2016.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    May 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I miss hearing about what’s going on in your life! Glad to hear things are as awesome as they sound, even if it’s a bit crazy. Hope you find some time this summer to relax a little!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Aw I know I miss these posts too. I miss reading blogs too 🙁 Wish there were more hours in the day!

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