Monthly Archives: December 2016


Why You Shouldn’t Be Making New Year’s Resolutions and What to Do Instead

Let’s get real. According to a recent study by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolution(s). Realistically speaking, I’m not surprised given that we live in a short-attention span, instant gratification, quick-fix society. Becoming our best and achieving our goals is a committed journey and steady climb to the [...]

Friday, December 23, 2016|Lifestyle, Motivation, Strong Mind|

Strong Girl Guide to Barre

If you’re looking for a workout that will target muscles you never knew you had, you should consider barre classes, which feature a combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet components. This workout was developed in 1959 by Lotte Berk, a German ballerina who injured her back and wanted to combine her dance conditioning routine with [...]

Thursday, December 15, 2016|Fitness|

The Big Rub Down: Massage and Its Health Benefits

One of my favorite indulgences, especially after logging a lot of hours at my desk, at the gym and on the road in my car, is to get a nice deep tissue sports massage. I believe that getting a massage isn’t just about being pampered and relaxing at the spa—it comes with a long list [...]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016|Fitness Tips, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle|

Strong Girl Guide to Spin

If you’re going home for the holidays or are planning on spending some quality bonding time with a friend or family member, I recommend planning an active activity together. Spin is one of my favorite workouts to do with a friend! It’s a great way to bond while sweating and one of the best ways [...]

Tuesday, December 13, 2016|Fitness|


MICHELLE (SHELLEY) LARUE Age: 28 Los Angeles, CA Education: B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California Actress + Pure Barre Teacher Michelle and I both went to USC, but actually didn't get to meet until after we both graduated. She is so sweet and I'm excited to share her story in our [...]

Monday, December 12, 2016|Strong Girl Spotlight|

Strong Girl Workshop + Workout: USC

In November, I got to return "home" to USC, my alma mater, for a Strong Girl Workshop and 2 Strong Girl Workouts with the Panhellenic women! It had been a few months since I had been on campus and, I'll admit, I got a little emotional as I drove in. During the Strong Girl Workshop, Steps to [...]

Monday, December 12, 2016|Sorority, Strong Girl Events, Strong Girls on Campus, USC|

Strong Girl Workshop + Workout: UCI

I went directly from my visit with Drake University to visit UCI for a Strong Girl Workshop at their Student Leadership Conference at the beginning of November! This was my second visit to UCI this semester and I had so much fun seeing familiar faces and getting to know the Panhellenic and Sorority women that [...]

Monday, December 12, 2016|Sorority, Strong Girl Events, Strong Girls on Campus|

TSM December Workout Playlist

Hey Strong Girls! It's my favorite time of year! I love the Holiday Season and the spirit of the Holidays! This year came and went so fast! It's crazy to think we are entering 2017! I know December can be super hectic with finals, travel, holiday parties, Christmas shopping (it counts as cardio!) and family [...]

Monday, December 12, 2016|Fitness, Fitness Tips|

Strong Girl Workshop + Workout: Drake University

After my visit with Sonoma State Panhellenic, I flew to Des Moines, Iowa to visit the beautiful and sweet sorority women of Drake University! I adore the women that attended the workshop! You know when you can just feel a connection?! Such great vibes! We had an amazing discussion during our Strong Girl Workshop and [...]

Thursday, December 8, 2016|Sorority, Strong Girl Events, Strong Girls on Campus|

Strong Girl Workshop + Workout: Sonoma State University

At the end of October, I flew up to San Francisco and road tripped over to Sonoma State for a Strong Girl Workshop and Workout with the lovely Panhellenic ladies for their Circle of Sisterhood Week! Can we talk about how beautiful the Sonoma State Campus is?! It's so green, lush and peaceful. I loved [...]

Thursday, December 8, 2016|Sorority, Strong Girl Events, Strong Girls on Campus|