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Alone time

Do you guys ever eat lunch at a cafe or a restaurant, alone? How about dinner?

Not that long ago, this would be frightening. And super unpleasant. And awkward.

( for me )

But a few years ago I had an amazing brunch all by myself in Cleveland.

To be fair, I didn’t plan it.

I missed my flight home & I was hungry. LOL & to be 100% accurate—I slept through my flight.

So I tried to make the best out of a shitty situation.

I went downstairs to Urban Farmer ( I highly recommend it! ), sat down, alone—and had the most amazing brunch. I even learned how to make a Bloody Mary ( they had a DIY Bloody Mary bar )

& I actually enjoyed it.

I didn’t feel awkward. And trust me, this was VERY unusual for me. Normally I’d avoid sitting alone at all cost.

But instead, I ordered my favorite ( Eggs Benedict ), whipped out my notebook ( I went upstairs to get it—I was staying at Westin ) and used the time to “blog” in my notebook.

It felt amazing.

If eating alone at a restaurant scares you, try it.

Overcoming that fear felt so liberating, and while I’m not likely to make a reservation for one anytime soon, knowing I can sit down at my favorite restaurant and enjoy the experience all by myself ( because I’ve already done it ) feels weirdly freeing.

Which brings me to the topic of alone time…

If you asked me two years ago if I enjoy alone time, I’d probably laugh & tell you no… I’m actually 100% sure of it. And I’d tell you I’d much rather spend that time with someone else.

Wake up call ⇢ I love running. Alone.

Because it gives me time to disconnect—& reconnect, with myself.

Because I’m not trying to keep up with someone else’s pace and I’m just focusing on myself and the run.

I finally see how important it is. I benefit from the time I spend alone—& so do my relationships.

If we don’t spend time with ourselves how can we get to know ourselves? How can we stay in-tune with who we are and what matters to us?

I don’t know about you… But these things doesn’t just come to me.

I have to put in the effort & I have to tune out the noise to hear myself think.

For me, alone time is usually spent running outside, reading a book in bed, or jotting down my goals & priorities, & creating a game plan.

Realistically, alone time doesn’t have be eating alone in a public place.

It can be whatever YOU want it to be—whatever allows you to connect with yourself.

There’s nothing selfish or weird in doing that—it’s healthy & productive.

What do you guys think?

Do you carve out time to be alone? Would love to hear!

<3,
Bita

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Audrey Chaney on home design, building a business, and healthy habits

[ Audrey & her cutie pup, Ebi ( PC ) ]

HI GUYS!

I love collaborating and sharing knowledge, so when I came across Audrey Chaney and her company, Botanica Specialty Rentals, I instantly reached out to introduce myself and get to know her.

We jumped on a call shortly after and instantly clicked!

It was such a fun, natural conversation.

I was so impressed and inspired by her design sense, her launch and growth of her own company, and her overall outlook on life I HAD to have her on the blog.

I’m super excited to introduce you to Audrey!

Let’s dive in…

HI AUDREY! Please introduce yourself:

​Hi there!  I’m Audrey with Botanica Specialty Rentals. I’ve been in the design-world for over 15 years and have had Botanica for over 10 years now. I absolutely love running and operating a business within the creative field!

Can you tell us more about your company, Botanica Specialty Rentals?

We specialize in providing unique and one-of-a-kind rentals for weddings and events. From tabletop to lounge furniture and interesting decor items, we have a wide array of fun items to infuse some serious style into your next event.

[ Gorgeous Moroccan poofs! ( PC ) ]

I ABSOLUTELY love your design style! How would you describe it to us?

Thank you!  My style is eclectic; I enjoy pairing items that aesthetically compliment each other. ​​I love that our inventory makes spaces​ interesting ​and​ creates curiosity. Whether your next event is infused from styles of rustic nature, ballroom elegance, city industrial, vineyard romantic or eclectic boho, we have so many fun pieces to use!​

How has your style developed over time?

I was the child who moved her furniture around in her room, changed out her decor and ​painted her walls. I believe in developing your eye-for-design through practice, study and implementation. I’ve found the more I analyze my work and see what can be improved—whether that be a photo I may have stylized or seeing what gaps there are in our inventory, I am always trying to improve and expand what I can offer.

LET’S CHAT ABOUT DESIGNING A HOME…

How can someone communicate their personal style through their home? How should they get started? What are some easy tips & tricks you recommend?

The first step is to identify what you are drawn to.

Is there a particular style or feel you are trying to accomplish? Knowing this first is quite important in all of the other factors you will decide upon moving forward.

Secondly, what items are you working with?

Maybe you have a piece of furniture that has been handed down to you. How will you utilize this? Maybe the room is planned out from that one piece and built around it.

I recommend keeping your space functional so that it is easy to use for yourself and whomever you live with. You want the space to be a place you’ll enjoy spending time in.

Quick fixes and ways to liven up a room would include:

  • A fresh coat of paint
  • Repainting a furniture piece within the space
  • A new rug
  • Pillows and blankets are a great and inexpensive way to brighten up a space and add a new feel instantaneously
  • De-cluttering and removing items or hiding items rarely used can help make a space feel more open and airy

What if someone doesn’t know what their style is or they’re all over the place… How can they hone in on it?

​I suggest keeping things simple if you are just getting started.

There are so many great resources such as Pinterest and home design blogs. Study and see what you like and try to re-create a style you see for a coffee table for instance.

So, as you know… My boyfriend & I moved into our first place together semi-recently. What’s your #1 tip for making a new space feel more home-y?

​My recommendation would be to add a few plants into the space.

The green vibes bring the outdoors in and it’s something that is often overlooked, but makes a big impact on a space. I love plants!!

I also love adding personal touches, whether it be fun coffee table books that reflect your personality or cozy blankets and pillows that make your space inviting and a place where your friends and family will want to come hangout and enjoy a glass of wine. I’m all about entertaining… That’s what makes a house a home!

What about for making the most out of your space?

​Functionality and how you will use the space is always a topic that shouldn’t be overlooked.

You can have a picture perfect room, but if it doesn’t work for your needs, it’s useless.

It’s important to keep this in mind when selecting and designing your room layout, furniture, and finishing touches. After all, you’ll be living and using these spaces everyday!​

You mentioned you’re a “plant nerd”… Let’s get nerdy. What plants do you recommend for inside the home & why? ( I absolutely LOVE plants – indoor & outdoor! )

​Great question!

An easy rule of thumb for a “non-green-thumb” would be : Select plants with thicker, dark leaves.

Some of my favorite, easy to care for indoor plants are: Pothos plants, Dracaena, Ponytail palms and succulents are all great choices. If you have indoor pets, be sure you don’t select any poisonous plants. Most plants are noted at your home garden store if they are poisonous.

How do you figure out what to put up on the walls? Is this a weird question? LOL! Any tips here?

​Great question! It depends on your style; generally, for larger walls, I prefer a larger print or piece of artwork as it makes a bold statement. Too many items on your walls can make a space feel cluttered, so make sure you keep things simple when it comes to dressing up your walls.

[ Love the colors in the tablescape! ( PC ) ]

[ Similar peacock chair ( PC ) ]

What are some of your favorite places for getting home décor & furniture?

If you’re looking to shop retail and aren’t feeling like a seasoned designer, I suggest a design retailer like West Elm or World Market. You can rely on pieces that coordinate well together based on their store displays and staffing. If you’re more advanced, you can piece together items from many sources. I love a good bargain, so I love going to flea markets, shopping ​at discount stores, and shopping online.

OKAY, LET’S GET A LITTLE MORE PERSONAL…

It sounds like you’re an early riser ( I LOVE that! ) Do you have any tips for waking up early? We want to hear allllll of them! ; )

​Haha, yes! Getting to bed early is super important for me.

I love a routine and schedule and I personally need 8 hours of sleep to function optimally. I’ve heard limiting your caffeine ( though I don’t drink much ) to no later than the afternoon will also help your quality of sleep. I start my day off with a workout, and I’ve found that it’s much easier for me to get going in the morning if I’ve laid out my workout clothes the night before. It leaves me little time to search for socks and clothes to throw on and get straight to the gym. I’ll admit, it’s not always easy!

What do your mornings usually look like?

I get in a workout first thing, then shower and prep for work, eat breakfast​ and head to the office. I like to look at my schedule the night before and fine tune any timing and time blocks I have set for the following day so that I am ready to work and get things done when I get to work.

Since you love to run, are there any marathons or races you recommend?

I haven’t ran in any marathons, and I wouldn’t rule that out of ever accomplishing, but for now, I run shorter distances. : ) There are a lot of cool “themed” marathons that sound like they would be a blast!

What’s your favorite book? Or a book you read recently & LOVED?

My favorite book is The Alchemist. Though I normally read a lot of non-fiction, this book is a parable and I love the teachings within the story. I think I’ve listened to this on tape about 7 or so times, lol.

Favorite healthy recipe?

​I love brussel sprouts!  ​

Drink of choice?

​Water with lemon essential oil. This is always so refreshing!​

LET’S CHAT BUSINESS…

What inspired you to start your own business?

​I was inspired to start my own business from my passion for design and flowers.

What’s been your biggest challenge with your business thus far and how’d you overcome it?

​Growing the business and taking into consideration a framework and a system to have the business run with processes without my own involvement has been very challenging. Having a team you trust and can get the job done is so essential. Transitioning from working alone to teaching a team and providing the resources has been a great challenge, but an immeasurable necessity to get to where the business is now.

If you could give someone one tip before starting their own business, what would it be?

Be sure you are prepared to work harder than you ever have, face challenges like you’ve never faced and create something you can call your own.

[ This little cutie pie!! ( PC ) ]

+ Want more? Follow Audrey & Botanica on Instagram & check out her rental inventory here. I love her purple goblets, this coffee table, this pink bohemian rug & this teal bohemian rug ( love! )  

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Lovey-dovey hearts

HI GUYS!!!

Happy ( almost ) Valentine’s Day!

Do you guys notice all the pinks, reds, and hearts in every store? LOL, it’s hard to miss.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day I figured it’s the perfect time to share some lovey-dovey heart items with you.

Side note… Once, when I was living at home ( I think it was about 2 or 3 years ago ) my mom looked around at all the stuff I had around ( my laptop, my laptop case, all of Minty‘s things ) and said with such disgust ( & in Farsi ), “I think I’m going to puke if you bring one more pink thing into the house.”

LOL. Whoops! ; )

So, when it comes to furniture and home design I lean towards neutrals ( usually white )… But when it comes to things, I love pink & I love hearts. LOL. Am I 5? ; )

Alright, enough about me… Let’s get into these cuties!

Okay, so obviously I had to find us some PJs with hearts on them—so perfect for Valentine’s Day! 😍 If I’m splurging on PJs, it’s definitely for these.

These are basically the grown up, “I’m into fashion but I make own rules” version of those bright red, heart-shaped sunglasses we all wore when we were little. Remember those? Definitely another splurge, but I’m always down to window shop ; )

These mugs are adorable ( !!! ) & even better, I love their message—the inside says, “love is love is love” all around. So perfect for Valentine’s Day & really every day. Makes for a great gift idea too!

I’m OBSESSED with my bkr bottles—& you most likely already know this. This one is especially great for Valentine’s Day. I also love this black / copper one & this baby pink / silver one. Super cute!

Okay, so I’m a big fan of writing things down on paper so I’m always kind of on the hunt for cute notebooks. This one is fun & personal because they print your name & initials on it, which I love. Also, Minted has great products. I love their quality.

ban.do is SO MUCH fun—this is the perfect dish to have on your nightstand. Doesn’t it just make you smile? : )

These pens are great! They’re cute but practical & also look great on Instagram ( let’s be real, that’s part of their appeal ; ) LOL ) But really, they’re great pens—I love writing with them.

Okay, how are you guys getting ready for Valentine’s Day?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy VDAY recipe ( something sweet ), definitely try these chocolate covered strawberries. They’re delicious & VERY easy to make.

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: a Sunday in ( kind of )

HI GUYS!

Who’s ready for Monday?

For once ( LOL ), I’m actually ready. We didn’t have any plans today, other than hiking in the morning, so I flowed through my day pretty relaxed and got to most the things I needed to get to, to get ready for the week.

For me, some of those things include having clean clothes ( LOL reasonable right? ), stocking the fridge / getting groceries, working out & let’s get sappy for a moment… Spending time with Arrash ; ) Sappy, but true.

[ My favorite creamer—I stalked up on this yumminess at Whole Foods today. Stainless steel straw is from Bed Bath & Beyond. I love them! ]

[ bkr bottle ( similar ) + Kayla Itsines foam roller ]

It’s super basic, but I feel like if I relaxed, exercised, stocked the fridge & washed my clothes… I’m ready to start the workweek.

What about you? How do you usually spend your Sundays?

<3,
Bita

[ If you’re following on Snapchat or Instagram you know I’m obsessed with this smoothie bowl recipe! Just blend 1 banana, frozen pineapple + mango & ZICO coconut water. ]

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Podcasts I’m loving right now

HI GUYS!

Switching gears from the other day—I want to share some of my favorite podcasts with you.

These are podcasts I’ve been listening to for months now & am still obsessed with!

Full disclosure… I discovered Tony Robbins’ podcast about a month ago. But before that I was constantly listening to his YouTube videos—so there’s that ; ) I’m really glad he has a podcast—he’s so good!

Here’s a quick blurb about each podcast & why I enjoy it so much:

  • WHAT IT IS: Shopify Masters provides the knowledge and inspiration you need to build, launch and grow a profitable online store. Join host Felix Thea each week as he interviews successful ecommerce entrepreneurs and unpacks how they’re building businesses that allow them to live the life they want.”
  • WHY I LOVE IT: I love learning about ecommerce and how these brands built their online businesses. Also, the host of the podcast, Felix, asks really great questions so I get a lot info & great insight from each episode. He’s an awesome interviewer!

  • WHAT IT IS: “‘Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?’ Tony Robbins, the #1 Life and Business Strategist, has helped over 50 million people from 100 countries create real and lasting change in their lives. In this podcast, he shares proven strategies and tactics so you, too, can achieve massive results in your business, relationships, health and finances. In addition to excerpts from his signature events and other exclusive, never-before-released audio content, Tony and his team also conduct deeply insightful interviews with the most prominent masterminds and experts on the global stage”
  • WHY I LOVE IT: I love the way I feel after listening to Tony Robbins—I feel motivated, determined and so much more energized, and I LOVE learning about his strategies! He does a really great job communicating them in a constructive, positive way.

  • WHAT IT IS: “On each episode, Nasty Gal founder and author of #Girlboss Sophia Amoruso interviews world-class girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they’ve learned along the way.”
  • WHY I LOVE IT: I love hearing about the guests’ first job. This is a question Sophia asks every guest in the beginning of the episode & it’s always super interesting to hear. I also enjoy hearing their story about how they got to where they are professionally, and their Girlboss Moment. I love the overall vibe that Sophia brings to the podcast and the conversations she has with the guests. The guests are awesome! ( Heads up, Girlboss Radio is “on hiatus” until March since they’re working on the Girlboss Rally )

  • WHAT IT IS: “The Art of Charm Podcast is where self-motivated guys and gals, just like you, come to learn from a diverse mix of experienced mentors, including the world’s best professional and academic minds, scientists, relationship experts, entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, and other badasses.”
  • WHY I LOVE IT: I like the variety of topics on the podcast. I also love that it’s focused on growth, and that a lot of the content is backed by science and psychology.

I usually listen to podcasts when I’m driving or while I’m doing something routine… For example: doing dishes, cleaning the house, folding laundry, showering, doing my makeup, straightening or curling my hair, doing my nails, walking Minty, stretching, cooking, etc… You get it : )

Since doing dishes, cooking & showering are all pretty loud, I connect my phone’s bluetooth to our Amazon Tap so I can play the podcast louder & hear it more clearly—I love Amazon Tap for music too! It’s really good!

Okay, spill… What are your favorite podcasts?

<3,
Bita

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It’s okay to get political.

[ This little boy’s ball says “BE KIND TO ALL” ]

I don’t even know where to start…

But I’ll start with what I saw today.

I went to SFO to protest against Trump’s unlawful, ill-advised ban against refugees and citizens of 7 primarily Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran ( where my family & I are from ), Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

[ The lawyers were working behind this post ]

This is what I saw:

+ I saw a mother protesting with her kids—her toddler by her side and her baby in a stroller—and each of them had a poster. The baby’s poster was the size of a flashcard.

+  I saw HUGE crowds on both the 2nd and 3rd floor of International Arrival with people of all ages, and religious and cultural backgrounds—not just Middle Easterns—protesting against the ban. It was beautiful.

+ I saw so many signs that said “Jews for Muslims”.

+ I saw protestors wave the American flag and the Iranian lion flag.

+ I saw tons of lawyers helping… They had name tag stickers on their shirts that said “Lawyer”. There was an area on the 2nd floor next to the protestors where they were working to get the people released—many of them had their laptops out ( they looked very busy ).

[ One of the many areas where people donated food and drinks for protestors ]

+ I saw multiple areas with donated food and water for protestors. People would go around the crowd passing out water bottles to anyone who was thirsty.

+ I saw LOVE and UNITY.

That’s also what I heard and felt.

The crowds were loud and passionate and peaceful and loving all at the same time.

There were drums and music, and even a Chinese dragon dance.

We chanted:

+ “We are people, we are not illegal.”
+ “The people united will never be divided.”
+ “Let the families out. Let the lawyers in.”
+ “All the walls have got to go from Palestine to Mexico.”
+ “No ban, no wall.”
+ “You come for one, you come for all.”
+ “Tell me what America looks like. This is what America looks like!”

& “Move Trump. Get out the way. Get out the way, Trump. Get out the way.”

[ Artist, Naomi Alessandra, created these incredible signs to bring awareness to who this ban is actually keeping out. Read about Samira’s story here & follow her on Twitter for updates ]

[ Award-winning Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, who delivered this beautiful acceptance speech at the 2012 Oscars wrote this statement about the ban ]

If you don’t know who these people are who are being detained at airports or on the way to the U.S. I encourage you to learn about them with me.

Learn about Samira Asgari, a research scientist who was moving from Switzerland to Boston to start her post-doctoral fellowship at a Harvard Medical School laboratory. She was stopped from boarding her connecting flight into Boston.

Learn about Marzieh Moosavizadeh, a 75-year-old grandmother who’s held a green card since 1997 ( 21 years! ) and visits her family in the U.S. almost every year. She was detained at LAX.

Learn about the 5-year-old boy—an AMERICAN CITIZEN and Maryland resident—who was detained for 4 hours at Dulles airport.

Learn about these people and their stories so when someone says this is a ban against terrorists you can say, confidently:

No, this is NOT a ban against terrorists. This is a ban against Muslims. This is a ban against humanity. 

If you’ve read articles about other people who are being wrongfully detained or are unable to travel to the U.S. with their green cards or visas, please link to those articles below. Or if you’d like to share your personal story with the community, please share your experience with us below. We want to hear from you. 

Last week, on Saturday, January 21, I participated in the Women’s March in San Francisco and that too was incredible.

It was my first march and it meant so much to me for so many different reasons.

It’s amazing to see all these important issues… Women’s rights ( which are human rights! ), LGBTQ rights, immigration, education, the prison system, the Black Lives Matter movement, the environment and so much more… All come together into one, united, powerful movement.

If you’re feeling down… If you’re angry… If you feel helpless… Go to a peaceful protest. Your presence makes a difference.

You CAN make a difference.

Whether you choose to write, protest ( I highly recommend it! ), create art, sing, donate your time and / or skills—you’re making a difference.

Thank you to everyone who stood with me and continues to stand for what’s right.

<3,
Bita

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My ONE Goal for 2017

[ Mug | Pretty embroidery on this maxi dress ]

[ Monogram mug | metal strawsweater ]

Can you believe it’s almost 2017? GAH!

I can’t believe it!

I stumbled across this video by Tony Robbins the other day and I feel like it’s spot on with how to create happiness and reach your New Year’s Resolutions / goals ( so obviously I have to share it with you. It’s too good not to! )

Basically, Tony says it comes down to creating PROGRESS by creating new HABITS.

And for me, specifically, it also comes down to FOCUS.

I’m really ( REALLY! ) terrible at following the principle of “The ONE Thing“. But I believe in it… & it’s something I’m working on.

So this year, I’m focusing on ONE goal and ONE habit ⇢ fitness, working out every morning.

If you want to have an awesome year ( & why wouldn’t you? ), DEFINITELY check out this video—think about one area in your life you’d like to make better & what habit will help you get there… Help you make progress. I think you’ll love the video!

Tony shares his 4 steps for making progress towards the end of the video so I made a little cheat-sheet for us ( below ) to refer back to / pin.

If you guys go through Tony’s process ( or even if you don’t ) I’d LOVE to hear what your 2017 goals are. LOL I’m totally serious… I’ve asked / talked about 2017 goals with my boyfriend & his sister so many times now, it’s kind of become a joke.

But, I REALLY want to know. I love this stuff! So shoot me an email ( bita@joyfetti.com ), comment below or on Instagram, or tweet me… However you’d like. I’d love to hear from you! : )

[ monogram mug | metal straw | white bralette | navy sweater ]

Switching gears for a moment, I want to give a shout out to tobi.com for sending me this super comfy, huge ( just the way I wanted, LOL ) navy sweater & this maxi dress ( both pictured above ).

I’ve been snuggled up in this sweater all day & probably will be for a good chunk of winter. I’m definitely packing it for our next Tahoe trip!

I feel like baggy sweaters are a staple during winter. Don’t you think? Especially solids. I love solids!

Okay… I’m going to bed so I can wake up early-ish ( LOL ) and go to the gym in the morning & run. Wish me luck ; )

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

I hope you have a safe & amazing NYE!

<3,
Bita

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How to Find the Right Pair of Running Shoes for YOUR Feet ( + an Interview With ARM! )

 

Hi Guys!

This post has been a long time coming. For the past 2-3 years I’ve been running and doing all my workouts in Nike Frees, which was all fine and dandy until it was extremely painful to run in them.

Side note… I should’ve seen it coming when my friend, Katrina told me Frees are NOT running shoes. Point taken. I learned the hard way.

She also told me about A Runner’s Mind ( ARM ) and their super personalized process for fitting you into the right pair of running shoes for YOUR feet.

So about 3 months ago I FINALLY walked in and the experience was AMAZING & SUPER personalized!

Dawson, who’s the co-owner at ARM, helped me find the perfect pair of running shoes for my feet ( so basically I have no excuse not to run! ) and I’ve been running in them comfortably for the past 3 months

And, this is just a bonus, but I think they’re super cute!

Luckily for us, he agreed to do a fun lil’ Q&A just for JOYFETTI. Thanks, Dawson!

Let’s get into it…

Please introduce yourself: 

I’m Dawson, co-owner and footwear buyer at A Runner’s Mind. I’ve been with the company for about five years now, and I have been involved with the running retail industry for over 8 years. I have been a marathon runner since I was in high school.

Can you tell us about A Runner’s Mind? 

A Runner’s Mind was founded on a simple premise: helping people. We focus a lot on developing relationships with people who walk through our doors as much as we focus on getting people into the right shoes and gear.

Our original founder and owner, Monte Keleher, first opened the store in Burlingame when the local running shop next to the high school closed. It left such a huge void in the community that he decided to open A Runner’s Mind a few years later in August 2010. Ever since then, our involvement with the community and our focus on customer experience has created such a huge following that we’ve been able to open a store in San Francisco ( 2013 ), and more recently in Lafayette ( spring 2016 ). It’s been great! We’ll continue to focus on development in the next upcoming years.

What truly separates ourselves from our competitors is not only our expertise and knowledge, but it’s how fully we integrate ourselves in every community we’re in.

I love your fitting process! Can you tell us all about it?

Thank you! It’s called a gait analysis!

It’s so incredibly important for people to understand how they move to find the right type of shoe.

The gait analysis breaks down an individual’s biomechanics and alignment to find the best possible fit. Running requires so much coordination and energy so we find the best ways to reduce the stress and fatigue on the body to keep you running faster, stronger and farther.

What kind of things do you look for during your fitting process?

There are several things we look for during the gait analysis.

It all starts with understanding the individual; your goals, history of injuries, running volume, any cross training activities you do, and the surfaces that you’re typically running on.

From there, we like to test the individual’s mobility to understand if there are any asymmetries or discrepancies in the body’s alignment, and we conclude by watching the individual run. We conduct a video gait analysis—which means we film you running so we can slow the footage down and frame-by-frame we can see how you carry your weight from one foot to the next.

Our goal is simple: if we can understand any underlying muscular imbalances, we can prevent injuries from happening. It’s about pre-hab, not rehab for us.

If we can make your body stronger, you can run/walk stronger, longer and with less issues!

Why is it so important to be running in the right pair of running shoes?

Finding the proper pair of running shoes for your body and activity is so critical to keeping you healthy and out there with fewer problems. It’s hard enough to find the time to stay active, fit and healthy. Injuries only make it worse. We can prevent injuries from happening by making sure you have the right equipment so that means replacing your old, worn out running shoes frequently and investing in the right pair!

What are some indicators that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes? What should readers look for?

There are lots of different types of indicators or red flags that may suggest that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes. If your feet are going numb during the middle of a run—you may have the incorrect size or width. Other things like blisters, callousing, arch pain or general discomfort are easy indicators that you may need to replace your shoes fast!

Are those indicators different from what you’d feel if your shoes were just worn out? How can readers tell the difference?

Sometimes those indicators are different, but frankly, a lot of the times they can be the same. Worn out shoes may present itself in different ways too—like suddenly, your hip is feeling sore after your normal four or 6 mile run. An old shoe loses its support and cushioning, and that kind of wear and tear on the body can take its toll. We typically tell athletes that you should be looking to replace your running shoes every 5 to 6 months depending on an athlete’s efficiency and running volume.

I know you love marathons! What are some of your favorites? 

I do! You remembered! I absolutely love, love, love marathons! My absolute favorite marathon has to be the San Francisco Marathon. It’s my hometown! Plus it was my first marathon when I was eighteen.

Which marathon(s) do you recommend for first-timers?

A lot of people tend to recommend flatter courses for a first-time marathoners. For instance, the California International Marathon is a net downhill course in Sacramento! However, what’s the fun in that? A more scenic race is worth the challenge. I suggest checking out Big Sur in April or the Napa Valley Marathon!

What’s your favorite snack to fuel you before your run? 

My favorite fuel for a long run tends to be one of two things: 1. Generation UCAN which utilizes a modified corn starch for a longer sustaining fuel source or 2. Picky Bar (Ah! Fudge Nuts—it tastes like a brownie!!) + Banana + water!

Both of those combinations have led for some of my best races!

How about after?

Post long runs I always look forward to my Generation UCAN Chocolate Recovery Drink mixed with Almond Milk. It tastes a lot like chocolate milk with so much more protein!!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

Yes! Definitely! It feels like a lot of people are intimidated to start running for one reason or another. Whether it’s because they think they’re not good enough to run or don’t seem themselves as runners or they’re not fast enough—none of that is true nor does it matter. Running for me is not about competition. It’s personal. It’s something I do for myself to relieve stress and take a break from the chaos of life.

Granted, it has some great benefits in keeping people healthy, but a lot of what running becomes is personal. So make it yours. Go for a run or walk. Take on the day!

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Snuggle up in These Cute, Cozy Socks!

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[ All from Target & $6 or less! LOVE IT! ]

Hi guys!

If you know me, you know I’m always cold.

My idea of perfect weather is when everyone else is dripping with sweat. 

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been pretty cold the past few weeks. Which is why I started looking for some cute, comfy socks to wear around the house.

Picture yourself snuggled up on the couch in some cute loungewear and a pair of these socks sipping on a hot toddy ( full disclosure… I’ve never tried a hot toddy but I really want to try one! Maybe I’ll make one this week. )

So I went straight to Target ( .com, LOL! ) because I feel like they always have cute, seasonal socks that don’t cost a fortune.

These are all $2-$6 ( !!!! ) LOVE IT!

#HANGRY 3-PACK SOCKS

Okay, I love these because they couldn’t be more perfect for me. Yes, I get hangry. Don’t you? ; )

SANTA WITH GIFT SOCKS

These are just so cute. I love Santa’s little nose.

RED STRIPE SOCKS

Don’t these remind you of candy cane? I love ’em! This shorter version is cute too!

SANTA PULL-ON SOCKS

This is perfect when you want to keep your feet warm, but you don’t want to cover your legs. If you like pull-on socks, check these out too!

Okay, if you’ve seen other cute, comfy socks leave a link to them below so we can all check ’em out!

HAPPY ( almost ) THANKSGIVING! : )

<3,
Bita

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How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

 

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I’ve always been into quotes and sayings—and understanding what they mean. So a few years ago ( for about a year or two—pretty crazy! ) I was fixated on a really common saying that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” And I just kept thinking… “What does that mean? Why can’t you have your cake and eat it too?”

If you’re wondering, a quick Google search will tell you it means “if you eat your cake you won’t have it any more. The point is that if you eat your cake right now you won’t have it to eat later.”

I don’t believe that… LOL.

So I kept thinking about it. And I realized, you CAN—you CAN have your cake and eat it too. You just have to always be baking.

Meaning, you have to always be producing. And when you think about it it makes a lot of sense.

For example:

How can you have money and spend it too? Well, you have to constantly be making money. ( Or at least, making more money than you spend. ) 

“Know how you can have your cake and eat it too? Always be baking” – Bita Ehsanipour

I wanted to share it with you guys because it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

Right now, I think about it as I need to always be producing content. That’s something I’ve been focusing on right now: producing more content for JOYFETTI & JOY Consulting Co.

So, what do you think about the expression “You can’t have your cake & eat it too”? Do you believe it? Or do you agree with my thought that you CAN have your cake & eat it too. You just have to always be baking! ; ) Would love to hear!

xx,
Bita

Speaking of cake…

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