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Health and Fitness Gift Guide

December 17, 2014

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who’s a health and fitness fanatic? Or, maybe someone who is always talking about stepping up their game but doesn’t actually do it? This health and fitness gift guide will both inspire self-care and encourage self-love for the recipient! Check out our top picks: Run Away: These new shoes from Asics features a Flexible Fit system with flexible support bands from heel to forefoot. Asics has a store in Wicker Park and is opening a new one in Skokie–check out their fitness gear too! A Health Nut: Check out this Kind Bar snack pack that’s perfect for your friend or family member who’s always on-the-go …  Read more

Chicago Fit Pro Susanna Kalnes Has Got the Energy!

How Susanna's Life Has Changed all Thanks to Fitness!

December 3, 2014
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Lisa Payne

As I sit at the back of a Starbucks waiting to interview a local fitness sensation, the thought crosses my mind that when you do something you love, you can hardly call it work. And on this Saturday night, I am doing what I love and waiting to interview fitness professional Susanna Kalnes. Coming straight from training a large group of eager participants in Piyo, it’s clear that as she runs in–clad from head to toe in fitness clothing, Susanna too is living her passion as one of the nation’s budding fitness pros. Straight off a two-page feature in November’s SHAPE magazine, Susanna’s fitness career is on fire! After leaving the corporate …  Read more

Art Therapist Sarah Raskey Changes the Way We Look at Art

How Telling Your Truths Through Art Can Unlock Your Subconscious Mind

November 19, 2014
Lisa Payne

As children, each moment was the only moment we were in. Our innate sense of being mindfully present allowed us to hone into our minds like it was a McDonalds playground. Things like painting and drawing flourished our imaginations and brought our inner selves excitedly to the surface. As adults, we sometimes become clouded with life’s ever-growing stresses, and that openness and ability to eagerly delve into our subconscious tends to fade. But what hides in that subconscious mind and what a little creativity could do, could be the key to ever-lasting happiness in life. Whether you see a therapist, or maybe have known someone who has, you may not have heard …  Read more