Well, hello there!

It’s been a while, but I’m back! I’m back and I really can’t tell you how excited I am about writing again.  As most of you know, I recently moved to Denver for my career and it’s required 110% of my time and attention as of late.  Pouring every ounce of energy and excitement I had into my day job is what I needed to do…..for a little while.  NOW it’s time to balance out a bit.  At some point, you just gotta do you.  I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting a workshop in Denver, CO with my dear friend, Sarah Dunn very soon!  We’re talking all things elixirs, potions, adaptogens, and why the heck you should care about them.  PLUS we’re making some delicious drinks to boot.

Join us for a step-by-step tutorial on matcha, turmeric, and cocoa lattes + learn to make them deliciously frothy at home.  While we sip, we’ll dish all the details around why these drinks got so popular and why they are oh so good for you.


I really hope to see some of you there.  Take Kar!

Launch Party


It was truly humbling to feel the love and support around me last night at my launch party for Take Kara Yourself.  We debated the entire day whether to cancel, reschedule, change the time due, to angry weather predicted for the evening.  I was a nervous WRECK.  My mom is my favorite person in this world, do not get me wrong – but she changed her mind on the topic more than I changed outfits for this event (approx 14 times).  I had so much built up anticipation and expectation around this party and I felt like I needed it to be My Super Sweet Sixteen status.

After humming and hawing, by 2pm we decided to just go with the flow and let mother nature have her way with us.  Either way, it would be epic, right…..?

Obviously – we had an avocado toast bar with a billion toppings, dip, tapas, Glen’s salad, GF/V desserts for days (I’ll post the recipes soon!) and a featured Mountain Culture Kombucha Cocktail by Bartender Brad.

About 20 minutes into our rooftop rendezvous the dark skies started rollin’ in.  It was surreal, actually.   We were right on the edge of a huge storm front.  We could see the lightning and fury happening in Arlington, which is less than a mile away.  There was a short 5 minute period where we had ourselves convinced it was going to cruise right by us leaving the party unscathed.  We wrapped those thoughts up real quick when our hair started standing on end because of the electric current in the air! – who’s got a pic of this?!

A cold front hit and it was go time.  Every one of the precious souls at the party grabbed a dish, table cloth, swag bag, speaker, something(!) and we scooted inside REAL QUICK.  Not a single person tried to bail.  The only question everyone asked was “OK, so where do we keep this party goin’?”  The lobby, of course?  So, with the storm, the basement of my building started to flood.  The management team didn’t even have time to notice us and our boomerangs, booch, and avo toast raging in the lobby – bless!

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Thank you to my friends, family, lover, haters, and everyone alike who played a part in this experience and event.  It wasn’t what I pictured or expected at all; it was so much better.

Take Kar <3

Finding your SOUL

Finding your SOUL

One of my favorite forms of movement is indoor cycling.  I usually cycle with a group of friends several times a week at Equinox.  It’s like a friend hang, dance party, and workout all in one – perfection.  I recently became a fitness instructor, myself.  Part of my journey to find my own coaching style has been bouncing around to different gyms, cycle studios, and boutique fitness centers in DC.  Paying specific attention to each instructor’s unique style has been particularly interesting.  Last week, I had the pleasure of riding at SoulCycle with guest instructor, Angela Davis (former USA track and field athlete).  It was INCREDIBLE – Thanks Clare!!!

Something she said stuck with me – “I’ve not always been the women I was called, created, and intended to be.”  I just love that.  For most of us, it’s a journey to find our calling in life.  However, there is not a single reason why you can’t try on everything and feel amazing doing it.

Here’s what I was thinking immediately after riding with Angela:

Inspired and energized AF from the 45 minutes I gave to myself, today.  I’m lucky enough to have an A team to sweat with every week – they make it EASY to buy-in every damn time.

Thank you @shapeangela for reminding us that opportunity is just waiting for someone to step the F up and take it.  We’re all challenged and tested.  We all have shit thrown our way that is HARD.  But there aren’t any mistakes in this life.  Nothing about the way we were made or the life we’re in is on accident.  Today, put every single turn on that you deserve, and lean in to your own damn hill