By Alexandra

Slow down baby

I’ve been apologizing to a lot of people I love the last few weeks. I feel like I’m not giving them enough, but at the same time I don’t think I could give anything more to anyone at this point. A few years ago, all my energy went into one person. Even though I was happy in that moment, it’s a little crazy to think that my life was like that once.   I had forgotten what it felt like to be able to put my heart and soul into ME. Once I found that again, every day has had more of…

Learn what’s best for you

“I didn’t change, I just grew up. I learned what’s best for me. If I have to lose people to get where I need to be, then I’m ok with that.”     I came across that quote this morning on Instagram and I’ve been thinking about it all day.   It reminded me of a funny textversation I had recently with a friend about his upcoming birthday. Another year older means more ‘what the F am I doing’ freak out moments. I told him I have those almost every single day. When I really thought about it though, it’s…

#gymnastlife

  Last week over 3 days, young gymnasts from Ontario to Halifax competed at the Eastern Regional Championships at the Markham Pan Am Center. Each one of them vying for a shot to compete at the 2016 National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. Oh how I remember those days…   I was honoured to be asked to attend the final day of competition to speak to the competitors and hand out medals, but I was also a little nervous. It hasn’t been easy for me to reconnect with the sport that has given me so much, but also been a pretty scary anchor pulling…

Get in formation

When I start to not only feel, but act drained – my friends are usually the first ones to tell me I need to start taking better care of myself.   We live in a world now where we are constantly pushed and pulled by everyone and everything.  We are posting and texting and sharing and liking ALL DAY LONG. Even when there’s a second for ‘rest’ we fill it up with a plans, a project or a workout. It can get intense.   Before you even know it you’re waking up every morning utterly exhausted and no amount of coffee can get…

Dropping Tonight: The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Collection by HBC

  Don’t miss us streaming on FACEBOOK LIVE tonight at 7pm to unveil the official Team Canada kit for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. Yours truly will be a part of the pre-show kicking off at 6:30pm with dozens of our Canadian Olympians.     This is an exclusive chance for fans to see what our athletes will be rocking in Rio. Get excited and tune in to the Team Canada page right here on Facebook to give us your opinion.     Hit me up @freshfromalex on twitter and instagram as I live-tweet and post throughout the runway…

Keeping it Bootylicious

Full disclosure – I am a curvy size 6.   There used to be days when even thinking about saying that out loud would make my stomach turn.   I have been ashamed and embarrassed of my body in the past. I have hidden underneath long sweaters and big scarves. I was never able to be true to myself because I have always struggled with being comfortable in my own skin.   I’m not going to say that I never have moments of self-consciousness now (because I do!), but I believe in the power and beauty of imperfections. I believe in falling in…

My 5 faves of the week

  Thank you H&M for finally opening your doors to me again – virtual doors that is. H&M has finally launched online shopping in Canada and we couldn’t be happier about it. Forget clawing your way through the knapsack clad millenials or standing in line for what feels like an eternity to purchase anything. Take a deep breath and now you’re just one click away. I feel my credit card burning already.     2. As if I didn’t love this girl enough already. Alessia Cara’s – Wild Things – single off her debut album ‘Know-it-all’ has been on repeat on…

Good vibes: 5 ways to stay positive (even when it’s still snowing!)

Alright, real talk.   We all know how easy it can be to hate on happy people when we’re having none of it. Whether it’s the friend on facebook on some gorgeous beach or the carefree practically beaming barista (every single morning) – it’s this awful gut reaction that raises a red flag to me instantly. It’s an automatic indicator of the energy I’m carrying with me that day – a reflection of my own grumpy, stressed out attitude.   Even the smallest things can set us off and honestly, ruin our day for no significant reason at all. The weight…

Introducing #styleseries

  I’ve been so inspired lately by ‘every day ladies’ rocking great style all over instagram that this week I’m posting a series of my favorite styles on my feed.   Check it out and hit me up for details on anything I’m wearing head to toe. Every morning I wake up and I’m in a different mood that completely makes my outfit – whether I’m heading into the boardroom or the weightroom. I usually pull my inspiration from street style more than the runway, but taking a look (super trendy or not!) and making it your own is the fun part.   Enjoy…

No looking back now

When I’m teaching a spin class, there’s always a moment when I can sense that the riders are really hurting. It’s usually 3/4 of the way through and we’ve come so far that I remind the team that there’s no looking back. Only straight ahead.   Today I had one of those moments.   2016 is full steam ahead. All day, every day.   I’ve been unpacking boxes in my new home the last few days and keep coming across all these notebooks with lists of things I wanted to do. Pages and pages of scribbles and unfinished ideas. I’m not…