Wow. A lot happens in 6 months. . I traveled to Maui. Stood 10,000 ft on top of the world, watched whales breach from my kayak, hiked a bamboo forest and laughed until I cried. Flying back was an experience I could have lived without. . I celebrated a year of survival, victory, strength, and growth. Said my goodbyes to the past. Some hard, some easy. Layla was of the tough variety. Left my first big girl car behind after she broke down in Bismarck and traded her for a new Murano. It has bluetooth. . I closed the door to my apartment. It brought the gift of independence and a place to call my own. I said hello to a new house that I've made into a home. My parents met Tim's parents. We managed to move and unpack faster than we ate lunch. Perks of divorce - your whole life is just dogs and plants. . I spent time in Montana which has quickly become my happiest place. The mountains are so grounding. Every visit is like the first. I love the wood burning fireplace. And Wild Table has the absolute best caramel roll you'll ever eat. We saw a moose with a baby on our last hike. . Project queen is now on the resume. I refinished a dresser. Remodeled a bathroom from tile floors, pocket doors, installed a bathtub, shower and more. Landscaped the yard, mastered a mitre saw, and have a dedicated parking space at Home Depot. . I celebrated friends, family, marriage, babies, life and death. Read lots of books, countless trips to Target, had stupid arguments and ate too much Dairy Queen. Road tripped with the dogs, took tons of photographs, and celebrated new jobs. Binge watched Netflix, drank too much wine, and mastered the art of baking bread. I even learned to grill. I have learned a lot. . So that's where I've been. I would apologize for being absent, but I have loved every second of soaking up the present. . Looking forward to sharing more of my personal and travel photos, and maybe not waiting another half a year. Xo. #pentax #maui #carlylavigne
Dreaming of days when the ground wasn’t covered in snow. ☀️ . . Throw back to when I got to hang with @lisamichelle_12 in Chicago before a business trip. It was the most beautiful day! So happy to have her here in Minnesota now so we can go on lots of adventures this summer 👯♀️
Sitting in HNL not wanting to go home.. but reflecting on how amazingly lucky I am. Hawaii was an incredible experience and a much needed getaway. . . Already counting the days until I can get back on a plane and head to the next adventure ✈️✌🏻 . . #wanderlust #adventure #carlylavigne #pentax645 #shootfilm #travel #stevensfamilyvacay
Bags are packed and I am MAUI BOUND with @tps021 @astevensbrown @thetacomaguy and crew! . Can’t wait to leave this gloom and gray for sunnier skies and sandy beaches ✌🏻To say I am excited for this vacation is a complete understatement. . Stay tuned, my Instastory game is about to get crazy 💃🏻☀️🌸🌺🌴 . . . #shootfilm #bayfield #moped #motorbike #adventure #travel #hawaiiherewecome ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today and every day.. the sky is the limit 🙌🏻 . Get out there, push yourself, and do something amazing!
Happy International Women’s Day to all of my fierce ladies out there! 💃🏻🌷 . You are strong, courageous, powerful, beautiful, and capable of anything. 💪🏻 . . #carlylavigne #bw #blackandwhite #portrait #internationalwomensday #shootfilm
It is truly amazing what a machine our bodies are! . I have always had terrible eating habits. Growing up I was a picky eater; I loved candy, and fueled myself on mac & cheese. I ate mounds of ice cream (still my favorite food) before bed, and could eat a package of Oreos in one sitting. When I landed a corporate job, I would eat two donuts every morning and got myself hooked on Red Bull (I still don’t like coffee), skipping real food all together. . Fast forward through traumatizing personal experiences, deep rooted self-confidence issues, and emotional abuse from an unloving partner — the anxiety about my body and health hit an all-time high this summer. . Wake up call. . Being a dancer, I’ve always enjoyed exercise and have been on the “thin side” my whole life.. but underneath it all, I wasn’t healthy. I got a hold of my medical records from 2013.. at the young age 24 my cholesterol hit a high of 213!! My HDL specifically was off the chart. With the addition of major stress in my life, I’ve come into new health concerns that have forced me to change the way I eat and approach food. . Everyone’s health and fitness journey looks different. We all take different paths to get there and find solutions that work best for us. For me, I started intermittent fasting to help with my low energy levels, cut beef from my diet to drop my cholesterol, and have cut back on sugar, carbs and dairy (yes, that means ice cream 😳). I have the most amazing fitness coach @yourfitwithsasha who gives me a plan and advice, and a fit community of like-minded people to keep me accountable. My new partner in life @tps021 has been the most encouraging and supportive person, and is walking this journey alongside me, rather than in front. I meal prep and bring lunch to work, I love cooking dinner at night, I make better choices at restaurants, and have tons of new delicious foods to choose from (how have I been missing out on butternut squash and sweet potatoes my whole life?!) . I still struggle with food anxiety, guilt, and body image. But I’ve come a long way and need to celebrate the wins. 💪🏻 . I would love to hear about your fitness journey! What are you celebrating?! 💃🏻