All posts tagged: Travel

“Exercise Should be the 4th Meal of the Day” – Dr. Pradeep Chopra

At Wellapalooza 2017, Dr. Chopra said that movement and exercise should be our 4th meal of the day (the link to his presentation slides is below). He also suggested that everyone should get a paddle board (jokingly). Glad my husband took him seriously though! My husband surprised me with a belated Mother’s Day present — a Tamarindo Paddle Board. Tamarindo paddle boards is a company based out of Virginia Beach, which is a good thing because I’ve already signed up for paddle board yoga and paddleboard barre classes. Link to Tamarindo Paddle Board’s website – SUP Barre classes in Va Beach. Classes held at sunrise or sunset – Link to Dr. Pradeep Chopra’s Presentation Slides from Wellapalooza 2017 –

Love my babies – no matching outfits, unshowered, sandy and sunkissed. Best kind of pictures. 

Before I was knee-deep in launching a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, planning wellness retreats for patients and holding physician learning conferences, or before Sisters Media branched out into print and digital publishing for medical and health field, my main love other than working out, was photography. Still is by far one of the things I love the most – especially when I actually use my good camera. 😉 

The Purpose Hotel benefitting the Social Good 

Living life with a purpose so much deeper that you make an impact on someone’s life through everything you do – even when staying in a hotel on business or personal travel.  Instead of earning personal points, you give back to those who are less fortunate. Living with the purpose of giving, versus receiving = life-changing and soul-healing.  The Purpose Hotel features top-of-the-line products and materials that contribute to social good. All good hotels provide a retreat – a respite – for its traveler. The Purpose Hotel goes farther: it connects you to something that’s bigger. Simply put, people are the purpose. Everything in the hotel is carefully considered with how it benefits others. By backing The Purpose Hotel, you become part of a larger movement. 1 for 100 Benefit Model The goods and services that make a guest’s stay comfortable and luxurious help improve the quality of life for people around the world. Our design and operations teams strive to source items that maximize the number of people who benefit from the jobs it …

#Just5Minutes – Hotel Gym Workout 

I was graciously asked to speak at the West Virginia EDS Support group meeting. Because the support group meeting helped in the evening and I knew that we wouldn’t get out until a bit later, and because night driving is hard for many reasons, I decided to stay overnight. Staying overnight meant that I either worked out in the hotel gym or in my hotel room — I opted for the gym, even though I did bring my TRX bands and other equipment with me. I did a combo of cardio on the treadmill & eliptical, as well as strength with weights.     

#Just5Minutes – Workout in Hotel Gym While Away for My Best Friend’s Wedding

RP from my Instagram Account – #Just5Minutes – Practicing what I preach. I’m working to officially “launch” EDS Wellness & the Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS site, the #Just5Minutes initiative, working on program development, wellness counseling, another integrative wellness retreat (Wellapalooza), a physician learning conference and more! But taking the time to focus and enjoy one of my best friend’s weddings. And of course, making sure to get my workout in no matter what – even in another hotel gym.

MindBody Retreat in Costa Rica with The Mindfulness Center

Costa Rica Yoga and Meditation Retreat 2017 with Debbie Norris, Ph.D., and Jessie Norris Taylor  “We will be staying at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, in Allejuella Costa Rica. Pura Vida Spa located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley is a beautiful estate surrounded by coffee plantations and breathtaking views of the valley below. Pura Vida is known for its delightful gourmet meals, outstanding accommodations extraordinarily gifted Healing Arts Spa Therapists and an impressionable team of staff members. Our Hatha yoga practices, led by TMC founders Debbie Norris and Jessie Norris Taylor, will include a blend of vinyasa flow yoga, as well as gentle and restorative yoga and meditation. Yogis of all levels of experience are welcome, and practices will be the lead in a way so as to meet each at their level of comfort. So, whether you are an experienced practitioner or brand new to yoga, you will find both the opportunity to challenge yourself and to deeply relax and rejuvenate safely! For More Information Visit: Or, contact Jessie at“  

Mast Cell Madness and A Yoga Retreat (YTT 15hrs)

Mast Cell Madness and A Yoga Retreat In January, I received the results from an eight-year-old colonoscopy that was stained for mast cells – the same month I started yoga instructor training with The Mindfulness Center. Despite doing what I do and the fact that I was helping Dr. Afrin publish his book, the results were not easy to accept. I felt anger & resentment, not to mention emotional and very scared. For me, mast cell issues have been a part of my life since I was a kid – I just didn’t know what “it” was. And no matter what I was or what “it” is (the EDS/MCAD/Dysautonomia/chronic illness combo), the reality is that about a year and a half ago, things dramatically changed after I got the flu shot for work. When you work in hospitals, especially in the OR, you are required to get the influenza vaccine – something I’ve done a number of times with no issues, or so I think. Three hours after I got the shot, I doubled in …