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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 5.23

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It’s been a while since the last “Now Trending” so these are probably things that were trending last month, or potentially even in 2013, knowing me.

Do you ever wonder if people are genetically pre-determined to be long distance runners? Hayley Birch, a British runner, explores this thought while finding running as a form of therapy.

I’ve only ran in two of the 25 most beautiful places to run (but at least one more coming soon!). How many have you ran in?

I’m constantly girl-crushing on amazing girl runners (I need motivation for that sub 1:50-half, right?). Tina Muir wrote a really honest, raw post about what it’s like to not have the race you want, even at an elite level.

Has anyone seen this amazing campaign Nike is doing right now? These photos running in front of the most beautiful places on earth are insanely inspiring to me.


There have been food trends basically as long as people have been alive, or well, as long as food has been readily available (let them eat cake, anyone?). The ManRepeller team investigates the newest in food trends – health food. I clearly eat basically all of them except frozen yogurt on a weekly – if not daily – basis. Side note – last year in America over 250 babies were named Kale.

These added-sugar free granola bars from Oh She Glows look so tasty! She really makes me contemplate eating vegan part time, at least just for the challenge of it (but I love/need animal protein).

I feel like my life is constantly just vaguely craving carrot cake. Davida made a wonderful gluten free carrot cake for her boyfriend’s birthday – but really most of all, what I love about this post is her love for him. (I’m so obsessed with my friends who are in love – also looking at you, Em.)

This on-again-off-again couple ventured to Iceland with no set plans. Their photo diary of their trip across Iceland is really haunting – and of course, giving me a serious case of wanderlust.

It kind of annoys me to see fashion bloggers and models who are my size or smaller Instagramming ice cream cones every day when they clearly can’t be eating ice cream every day and stay a size 0 or 2. Finally someone made an Instagram account, @youdidnoteatthat, to call them out.

I’m kind of obsessed with ghost towns and abandoned structures. (Isn’t that weird? Maybe that’s Italy’s one redeeming quality for me.) This note map on Findery features a bunch of cool ghost towns across the US.

I never really wear flats (especially ballet flats #sorryimnotsorry) unless I’m doing a ton of walking and/or are in Pittsburgh and hating life and not caring how I look, but I can appreciate a good cats and flats look book from Vogue.

If you want a good weekend cry/inspirational store/dose of adorableness, watch Frosty the Snow Goat. Whenever you need a reminder that there are really good, selfless people in the world, watch this.

Frostie the Snow Goat from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary on Vimeo.

Chat with me:
What is the most interesting thing you’ve read lately? What did you think of Frosty the Snow Goat?

Guest Post: “Never Say Never” by Noelani

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It’s no secret I’m constantly girl/friend-crushing on someone. During my trip to Nicaragua, I definitely hit it off with Noelani, the manager of Chicabrava. It didn’t hurt that she was my age, from my favorite state and was doing something I always wanted to do – following her passions and not doing the typical 9-5 drudge. I asked Noelani to write a guest post [my first ever!] about her journey so you can learn how awesome and inspirational she is, too.

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The gorgeous Noelani.

I’m an island girl, living in a big world. My name is Noelani, which means ‘Heavenly Mist’, after the dewy sprinkles that come before and after rainbows. Rainbows are a frequent phenomenon on Big Island of Hawaii, where I was born and raised. I say phenomenon because they truly are fantastic. To me, seeing a rainbow is like to seeing dolphins in the ocean, no matter how many times you’ve been blessed with the sight it always feels new.

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Noelani checking out a rainbow.

I suppose this is an opportune moment to segue into my life’s philosophy – anything feels new if you approach it with new eyes. That’s what I strive to do everyday, wake up with a palpable excitement and gratitude for life that keeps myself, the earth, and those around me happy, healthy and motivated to make the world a better place.

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Noelani kayaking.

I’m aware that that all sounds quite lofty, hence the key word, ‘strive’. My other philosophy is to just do my best. That’s all any of us can do, right? I moved away from home at 17 years old, ready to leave the island and yet so naïve to the intense world that would greet me. I had visited the mainland a few times prior, but the longest I had ever been away from the Big Island was a two month study abroad I did in Tokyo, Japan in the summer of my 16th year.

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Noelani riding a longboard barrel in Nicaragua.

I suppose it was that trip that got me excited about what I’d find out there. I was awarded a scholarship to live with a host family in the suburbs of Tokyo, attending an all girls high school and sharpening my Japanese (I had studied the language since I was 8 years old). The experience was mind blowing, but also sheltered. Being a white, 16 year old under the eye of a conservative Japanese family, exploratory liberty was out of the question.

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Since that first trip out of the country my life has been nothing but defined by investing in the freedom of exploratory liberty. Ten years and a full, expired passport later, I’d say it’s been a good run. I’ve lived in California, Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua, Japan (again…went back to get the behind the scenes), Oahu, Chile, and Nicaragua again (yeah, I’m back). I’ve visited all of Central America and various parts of Europe, Scotland being amongst my favorite, met countless wonderful people, (and a few bad apples too), eaten amazing food, daydreamed many a long bus ride by, and left a piece of my heart every place my feet have walked.

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Noelani shredding the waves.

I have lived in Nicaragua for nearly two years now. That’s a long time for a girl who doesn’t usually spend more than 4 months in one place. I studied abroad in Managua in 2007, so I already had a connection to Nicaragua. But two years ago when I got an email inviting me to move to the country to start a medical project I never would have predicted I’d still be here, let alone be here doing what I am now. But never say never, right? Anyhow, a wise and resilient friend once said to me, wherever you go, there you are. And here I still am, in Nicaragua, managing an all-women’s surf camp in San Juan del Sur and teaching yoga at a charming little studio just blocks away from my apartment. What a journey. Two years ago I left for an innocent little surf trip to Chile, and here I am, calling Nicaragua home. Kind of makes me wonder where I’ll be two years from now…

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Noelani in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.

Chat with me:
What would you do if you could follow your heart?

Should We Stop Photographing Our Food?

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I’m currently reading Ariana Huffington’s new book, Thrive, and in it she talks about a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of a Fortune 500 company who hoped that some day we all leave our phones off the table when we’re eating a meal (disclaimer: I say that I do that 85% of the time) and better yet, we all stop photographing our food.

Food is so compelling to take photos of: it varies from geographic and cultural regions and types of lifestyle. People travel to Italy to eat pasta, to Paris to eat macaroons and to Hong Kong for dim sum. We connect with people over a meal or shared dish. I don’t know about you, but over a meal, I’m probably talking about another meal (especially if I’m with my dad).

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Food you should take photos of: drinking snake blood in Taiwan, circa 2009.

It’s such a pet peeve to see people from my home state who cook pasta and throw jarred alfredo sauce over it and call it homemade and healthy all over their Facebook and Instagram accounts. I know we all don’t enjoy cooking and eating healthy, but at what point did we begin to need validation for our food choices? (And believe me, I know I need to be less judgy when it comes to food. Blame it on me constantly acting like a know-it-all. At least I do it privately, right?)

Do I hope people stop taking photographs of their food? The answer is, I hope people leave their phones off the table and if they want to take a photo, snap a pic and Instagram it later. Who really wants to eat cold food?

This post was inspired by Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. As a member of From Left to Write I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Chat with me:
CAN YOU BELIEVE I DRANK SNAKE BLOOD? (Short answer is no one should be surprised, I’m insane). What do you think about people taking pictures of their food? I want to hear your thoughts!

Now Trending: Best Links – April 25th

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This special pre-race edition of now trending has me reading lots of running articles. (Not that I don’t do that in general.) Also, did you win my Purely Elizabeth Giveaway? Go check now and e-mail me if you did!

In other news, I’m going to be taking over the I’m Fit Possible Instagram this Saturday and Sunday documenting the Nike Womens DC Half-Marathon. You should also follow me on Instagram too – @cpisone.

Below are my favorite links from the past week. Leave some of your favorite links in the comments!

It’s not a secret that I’m totally girl crushing on Samantha Gash, the first woman and youngest person to complete the Four Deserts Ultra-Marathon Series. When I’m having crappy runs (especially in the snow in the winter) I remember she ran 250KM in ANTARCTICA. If you need inspiration, check out her interview with GoRecess.

I’ve found that the last 3-5 miles of a long run are mostly mental. Also that whole “getting out the door” part. Francesca from Energy We Bring has a great list of 11 Tips to Stay Motivated on Your Long Run.

I don’t know why I’m craving chocolate and salt (uh, maybe because it’s DELICIOUS), but these Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies from Peace, Love and Food look to die for.

Why am I obsessed with lunch? Probably because sadly I eat it at my desk 5 out of 7 days a week. Sad Desk Lunch makes me feel better about my lunch but sadder about where I eat it.

Yeah… I’mma Eat That has the most amazing looking Dirt Cake with Chia Seed Pudding.

This Strawberry Banana Smoothie Cake from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds is not only super-creative but also delicious.

As I’m constantly on the go, I’m basically living out of a suitcase, even at home. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere has a great list of Travel Tip Pointers. I need to remember the one about shoes.

I totally understand what people say when they claim Orange is the New Black is too intense for them. It’s not for everyone. But I think the storyline is completely captivating and I love a good cliff-hanger so in case you missed it, here’s the season two trailer.

Chat with me:
Do you watch Orange is the New Black? What is the coolest thing you’ve read/seen/heard all week?

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So, if you’re a loyal reader of AGiT (all three of you) you may have noticed things have been a little quiet over here… it’s because my little babe was getting a make-over. I have been working on taking better photos, creating more recipes and coming up with more content since I’ve had to go dark for the past week. I hope you’re as excited as I am for the re-design. And for the fact I can do cool stuff now like have plug-ins.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a quality “Now Trending” post. It seemed like between all my traveling and recovering from traveling, I haven’t had a chance to catch up on blogs or reading in general. Here are a few things that have either inspired me or got my mind working this week. Warning: most of them are about lunch.

Fashion blogger ManRepeller wrote an amazing post about why she doesn’t wear make-up. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t wear make-up, except for super special occasions like a date or I’m going out somewhere super cool. She doesn’t wear make-up for the same reason that I don’t – I’m lazy. I had a great chat with my friend Jamie, who happens to be a beauty blogger, about why she doesn’t wear make-up either. The above photo shows me without make-up, not caring how I look.

Wall Street Journal had an article based on research by Harvard that challenged the way we think about dress codes… basically, me wearing my yoga/running clothes everywhere on the weekend will make store associates think I’m so confident and/or famous that I’m powerful.

Found my next surf trip – Bali. Who’s going with me?

BonAppetit had an amazing feature on how to upgrade lunch at your desk. Plus the “what’s your lunch bowl” quiz is fun.

Lindsay at Cotter Crunch rounded up a bunch of great training food for endurance athletes that are gluten free, just in time for marathon season. Did you know eating grain-free helps you absorb more nutrients and causes less inflammation?

This is kind of old, but I love Alexis at Hummusapien’s round-up of lunch ideas and how to pack the perfect lunch.

I may be a little late on this… but Paris by Magic Man is my new jam. Definitely a great song to blast on an early spring morning.

Chat with me:
What do you think of the new blog redesign? Did you miss me? Girls – do you wear make-up?

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I had some cool ideas in my mind for a blog post on my birthday but alas, between traveling and work and life, things got ahead of me. Time spent on inevitable flight delays (will I ever be on a flight that is on time again?) has given me some time to catch up a little on my reading list and the ability to share some cool stuff with you.

Aziz Ansari, one of my favorite comedians and star of one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, is working on a book about love! He did what Aziz does best and took to Reddit to get some real-life stories on love.

Pittsburgh is 5th on the list of unhappiest places to work. Womp womp.

Ever wonder how you can live the life you love? Lorna Jane’s blog, Move Nourish Believe, has a cool spreadsheet to make you see what your priorities are versus what makes you happiest.

Climate change is about to impact us all in a big way – the price of avacados might rise so steeply that Chipotle may stop selling guacamole. Say it ain’t so.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season and if I was able to eat gluten, you know I would be all over a box of Thin Mints. Just kidding, I have exceptional self-control, I would have one then forget I ever bought them. But all kidding aside, I miss Thin Mints, so I’m going try this refined sugar, flour-free Thin Mints from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

Fun fact: when I was in high school, one summer after cross-country practice every day I would make chocolate chip pancakes. Thus began my love obsession with pancakes, breakfast and eventual weight gain (likely). I loved undercooked, battery pancakes and these Cookie Dough Chocolate Pancakes from Purely Twins look just like what the doctor ordered.

Iggy Azalea has been at the top of my running-list playlist for the past couple of months. I love when musicians make over classic movies for their music videos (Has anyone seen This Must be the Place by Miles Fisher?) and Iggy nails it with her rendition of Clueless.

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