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City Girl in the Country

Posted Jan 18 2013 5:14pm

Hi There! I’m back from an awesome trip down to Lousiana to visit my friend and to also attend the Girls on the Run National Summit. Both parts of the trip were relaxing and fun. Even though the weather was unseasonably cold and rainy, a trip out of town was just what I needed.

My girl Karen lives on a legit farm, Tin Roof Stables , outside of Baton Rouge. Complete with horses, chickens, honey bees, a garden, and a huge pecan tree. Being the city girl that I am, I was a little out of my element but absolutely loved it.

When I arrived on Saturday, we really just relaxed around the farm. She taught me all about taking care of the horses, gave me a tour of her little garden, and explained the process of collecting honey.

For dinner, we picked some romaine lettuce, swiss chard, carrots, and broccoli from the garden and made a huge salad, topped with pecans from their pecan tree. Seriously, how cool is that?


We grabbed also some fresh eggs from the chicken coup and scrambled them for breakfast the next morning. Breakfast was complete with tea and honey from the honey bees. 

I love the idea of being self-sustainable. Joe and I have dreams of one day building a country home that is completely off the grid, complete with geo-thermal wells, a produce garden, and a vineyard to support my chardonnay habit. When asked the question, “if you could do it all over again, what would you be when you grow up?” I often say I would be a farmer. Seriously!

After a way too short visit with my buddy, I headed down to NOLA for the Girls on the Run National Summit! It was amazing. 300+ like-minded women from all around the country that have brought this amazing program to their local city. Finally! I was with my people!

Plus, a majority of these women were fellow marathoners, so when we weren't discussing GOTR, we were gabbing about distance running. Awesome.

After 3 days of hearing incredibly inspirational speakers, learning all about the technicalities of running a non-profit, and valuable lessons learned on how to operate a local GOTR chapte r, I am more inspired than ever to help bring this amazing organization to Philly .  

So what are you doing this weekend? I am taking a pre-natal yoga teacher training course tomorrow - looking forward to a day filled with yoga. Other than that? Relaxing!

Q: If you could do it all over again, what would you be when you grow up?


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