Best Nashville Hikes

I moved from Florida to Nashville about 6 years ago. The first thing I was looking forward to was actually hiking something taller than a landfill. I have come to love the hikes in and around the Nashville areas, but it has taken some time to really discover some of my favorites without having to go out east to the Cumberland plateau or Smoky Mountains (lots of great day trips and waterfall hikes out there). So here is my curated list of my favorite hikes in Nashville and the surrounding areas. All of these should be less than a one hour drive from wherever you are and are not paved unless otherwise stated. Enjoy the list and hopefully you will get some new ideas to get outside!

Best Nashville Long Weekend Getaways

This list will includes road trips from Nashville that range from a four to six hours drive away or nonstop flights around two to three hours away. This list would be more of your long weekend stay list, as in a three to four day weekend to get the most out of your efforts. Enjoy some of my favorite weekend getaways.

Favorite Date Nights

Since it is Valentines Day, it’s time to share some great date night ideas! These are some of my husband and I’s favorite date nights. If you are single, you can always get a group of friends together to do these activities together, these don’t necessarily have to be with a romantic partner. Enjoy!

Cause and Relief of Joint Pain while Exercising

I love a good workout, but I’ve had my share of aches and pains. If you have experienced joint pain during or after exercise, you may be curious as to what it is and how serious it is. You need to recognize that joint pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is off. In the best cases, it’s just as simple as adding foam rolling, stretching, exercise modifications and icing into the routine. Other times we may need to evaluate tissue or cartilage damage, arthritis or injury. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common joint pains associated with exercise: Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist.

Combat the Winter Blues

I have always loved winter. I love bundling up in warm layers, cozying by the fireplace, cooking up a pot of chili, and going ice skating or enjoying other winter activities. However, the days are short and often overcast, there are not many holidays to look forward to, and for some the cold weather can bring joint pain. It’s easy and common to slip into the winter blues. So let’s dive in and talk about a few ways to combat those winter blues.

How to Work with Defensive People at Work

In my job, I work with people a lot. I recently moved into a project management type role which has led to me dealing with all kinds of different people. If you work in an office setting (or heck even a grocery store), then I am sure you have been confronted with a defensive person before. It can be frustrating and confusing to understand a defensive person, especially if you are coming from a good place. I have asked a lot of really smart people for advice on this topic, as well as read some articles and books, and here are some takeaways I have for you.

Daily Desk Stretches

Sitting at a computer desk eight plus hours a day can be a lot on the body. Even if you have perfect sitting form and never slump over, lean to the side, or strain your neck forward, you will need to take a break and stretch out those stiff muscles. Follow along the image for a daily stretching routine that you can do right at your desk in less than 10 minutes!

Dealing with Disappointments

The past couple years have been filled with disappointments, for everyone. The constantly evolving regulations around the pandemic has led to lots of last minute changes and cancellations to events and there’s a good chance that will continue into 2022. I have already seen a lot of posts about 2022 being a repeat of the last two years and the disappointment has already consumed us (and we are only 10 days in!). Looking forward to things is an important part of mental wellbeing, but how can you look forward to things anymore? Let’s explore a little about what disappointment is and how to best deal with what feels like a constant parade of disappointments.

How To Stick to Your Resolutions this Year

It’s a new year! I love January! I use to be a personal trainer and January was always the time of year that got really busy and exciting. I love the energy of a new year, the idea of a fresh start is what we all need sometimes. I always start January strong with my goals, and of course its natural to start to wane that excitement after a couple months. So let’s chat about how to make this year different. Let’s get you achieving all your goals you have set for yourself this year.

Reflections on One Year of Blogging

I did it! I did one full year of blogging! Phew, that was a crazy ride. It was exciting, sometimes exhausting and stressful, and other times rewarding and comforting. First off, thank you to everyone who has supported, read, commented, and liked my content this year, it has truly inspired me and kept me going even when I was nervous to do so. Read more to learn about my blogging journey, some pros and cons of blogging, and overall advice for you to start your own blog!