About

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Smile out loud–that’s an order, not an option! Smile as though your happiest moment is right now. Smile like you are glowing from the inside to the outside. Most importantly, smile because you mean it.

Smile Out Loud (SOL) is a space to share my endeavor to live a vibrant life that is, not coincidentally, also healthy and active. You are an important part of making that happen, so please feel free to share your ideas, reflections, and inspirations with us all on SOL. I love to read your comments!

If our lives could have more peace, more enjoyment, and more energy, why settle for what we already have? We deserve to give ourselves so much more. So try it, right now–smile out loud. Show your joy to the people around you and it will spread. That’s what it’s all about, right? πŸ˜€

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Life

My titles: yogini. runner. gourmet microwave chef. blissologist. body image warrior. lululemon diehard. Jack Bauer wannabe. transcendence in training. flipflop lover. food/yoga blog devotee. violinist. beach girl (Massachusetts). city girl (Manhattan). ex-ballerina. feminist/equalist/Amazon? (why not). Whole Foods addict. green tea freak. Unitarian Universalist. pink peony enthusiast. stock market extraordinaire (I’m working on it). scrabble buff (I wish).

Or, to elaborate, my name is Rachel, I am a 20 year old college student in New York, NY, and SOL is a snapshot of what’s running through my mind. Basically, I am willing to try anything when it comes to attaining a sound mind and a sound body. Ya, I’m pretty much Indiana Jones πŸ˜€
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Food

To be honest,Β  I love ice cream as much as the next guy, if not more πŸ˜€ Generally, though, I stick to a low-fat, high-protein, non-processed diet. Vegetarian and vegan are too strict for me (Give up shrimp? You’ve got to be kidding me!), but the vast majority of foods on SOL are vegan-friendly. It’s not that I am anti-animal… just more pro-plant. I may eventually go vegan, but I consider that to be a long process. For now, my personal guidelines are:

1. Eat mostly whole foods, especially green stuff, everyday.
2. Eat as much as your body needs, and no more.
3. Drink a lot, lot, lot of water, even if it means people start comparing you to a mermaid πŸ˜€

Finally, I do not like to waste time, so all SOL recipes will be *quick* (total prep and cook time = less than 10 minutes).

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Yoga

I practice vinyasa and bikram. I started yoga two years ago to relieve my muscles from running, but now I’d rather do yoga than run! I love taking advantage of classes that are outdoor, candlelit, or at lululemon πŸ˜€ When I cannot attend class, I follow yoga to the people podcasts (awesome music!).

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Quotes

Everyday, I read things, I hear things, and I see things that I want to remember and share. As for now:

  • Begin here
  • Begin now.
  • Begin as you are.
  • Begin by doing what you can.
  • Begin with those who are closest to you.
  • Begin by looking for new questions.
  • Begin with little regard for where your path may lead.

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Contact

You can reach me anytime at smileoutloud.wordpress@gmail.com with questions, comments, or inquiries. I hope you like SOL. Thank you so much for reading πŸ˜€

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    love your page girl! and the picture on the beach is hillarious!

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    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the name “Smile Out Loud” – I’m looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚

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    heyy! just found your blog and i love it!
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    Cute blog! I’m looking forward to looking through some of your posts! πŸ™‚

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    Hi Rachel! I came across your blog because I had thought of using exactly the same name for my own, was told that it was already taken and so decided to check it out! I have really enjoyed reading your page so far. As you see, mine touches on some of the same topics πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading more. All the best

  6. l0ve0utl0ud January 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Hi again! Thank you very much for your comment, it made me smile πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy reading yours!

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    just stumbled across your blog…love to find other happy, healthy females loving life in NYC! kudos. πŸ™‚

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