wedding wednesday // a letter to the brides affected by COVID-19

 Last Friday, March 19, was when I started to really take the COVID-19 spread seriously. I had been loosely following it since late February because my parents were supposed to travel to Italy, but it wasn’t until the end of last week that the gravity of what was going on…

 Last Friday, March 19, was when I started to really take the COVID-19 spread seriously. I had been loosely following it since late February because my parents were supposed to travel to Italy, but it wasn’t until the end of last week that the gravity of what was going on started to sink in.

Last Friday, my parents were driving to Austin for the wedding of the daughter of some dear friends. Upon learning that a guest had potential symptoms, they had to make a choice. Because my grandmother is currently in a nursing home in Dallas, and my mother visits her daily (that has obviously now changed), my parents made the heart-wrenching decision to come back home.

As I talked to my parents on their drive home, I remember feeling absolutely heartbroken for this bride. And the groom, the families, the vendors, and the other guests, of course! But especially for the bride. I don’t know why, necessarily. Maybe it’s because I just went through the process and so it hits close to home. Whatever the reason, I haven’t been able to shake that pit in my stomach ever since.

Let me pause for one second to make something very clear: There are so many people the COVID-19 spread has already affected, and there are so many people it has yet to affect before this is all over. Both in big, life-altering ways and in small ways. Livelihoods lost. Schools closed. Friends missed. Hospitals overwhelmed. I get dazed when I think about it all, and today I don’t want to go there.

It goes without saying that in the grand scheme of things, a postponed or changed wedding is not the direst thing happening right now. I certainly, certainly understand that. We all do. And as the wife of someone in the medical field, I am not tone-deaf to the sacrifices being made by those on the frontlines of this thing. In fact, I am in total awe of the brave individuals sacrificing their own wellbeing for that of others. And now and in the coming months, I am looking for ways to support my neighbors, my community, small businesses, healthcare workers, and everyone else affected by COVID-19. We all should be.

But today, on a day I usually reserve for wedding-related content, I just want to write a little note to one of the many people affected by this. Not because her loss is any greater or any less than anyone else’s, but because I was just her myself. And for some reason, I can’t stop thinking of her. To the bride who has had to change her wedding day in the wake of COVID-19.


Dear Bride,


Today, I wanted to take a second to write to you. To let you know you’re on my heart, you haven’t been forgotten, and whatever feelings you’re experiencing right now, sadness, fear, defeat or loss, they are valid. Today, I wanted to let you know that with each escalation and update, from low-key murmurs to mandated cancellations, my heart has continually sunk for you, and for what you are being asked to give up.

Today, while you watch your friends make the most of this time on social media… posting lighthearted memes, figuring out how to work from home, ordering takeout instead of dining in… you’re grappling with changing, postponing or canceling a dream you’ve most likely had for years and years. While many of us are trying to decide on a new Netflix series to start, you’re trying to come to terms with the fact that a special day you’ve been working towards for a while may look vastly different than you had hoped.

Today, I wanted to say I am sorry that in the midst of an already emotionally-packed wedding planning process, you’re being asked to handle not only more high emotions, but logistical chaos as well. Maybe moving or changing your wedding to accommodate this new season has been a breeze. But I have a feeling it hasn’t been that way for everyone. Finding a different date, coordinating with out-of-town relatives and guests, contacting each and every vendor, and trying to decide how on earth to celebrate in this new reality. I cannot imagine.

I do imagine you’re caught in a hard place right now. Maybe you feel guilty for being upset when there seem to be more important things happening right now. Maybe you feel sad that important people in your life won’t be able to stand by you on this important day. Maybe you feel overwhelmed at all the decisions you’re going to have to make for a second time. I can’t imagine exactly how you’re feeling, but I know you’re feeling a lot.

So today, in case no one has told you, I just want to say I am so sorry. I want to say that I recognize what you’re having to go through, and I wish more than anything that I could give you a big hug, sit on the couch with you over a bottle of wine and cry it out together.

And today, I want to promise you one final thing. Your day will come. It may look different than you had initially planned, but it will come. And not only will it come, but it will shine all the more brightly be all the sweeter because of what you walking through now.

Because here’s the thing: you are demonstrating what marriage, and what a whole wedding celebration, is really all about. Loving someone else more than yourself, no matter the cost. You are living out love, not just as an ideal, but as an action. Not the hollywood-crafted, romanticized, “happily ever after” kind of love. You are living out sacrificial love. And love that sacrifices for others is the truest, deepest, most perfect love there is.

And perfect love, even in the midst of global epidemics, canceled plans, financial instability and changed dreams, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:6)

So on behalf of every single one of us who are not walking in your shoes, I want to thank you. For making a unique, but no less important, sacrifice that many of us do not have to make in this strange season. For changing one of your dreams so that people you may never meet can continue to dream theirs. And for reminding us what true love is really all about.

I have a feeling all the people you’re loving by the choices you’re making right now can’t wait to return the love when they finally do get to celebrate you!

All my love,


On this “Wedding Wednesday” I’d love to encourage you to think of any friends you know who are having to change, postpone or cancel their day. Reach out with a call or text and ask how they’re doing. Send a little something to brighten their day that also supports small businesses, like fresh cookies from a local bakery, flowers from a local florist or maybe a hand-painted champagne bottle. Let’s let them know just how excited we are to celebrate them both now, and “officially” the second all of this is over.

Everyone, everyone, is in need of a little extra love these days, so let’s be on the lookout for ways to support one another during this time, shall we?

Sending all my love to the brides, the vendors, the mamas-turned-homeschool-teachers, the overworked medical staff on the frontlines, the small businesses, and every group who are making brave sacrifices during this time. We are all in this together.

Love from the Sunshine State,


4 months with a peloton bike // updated review plus Q+A

Now that I’ve had the chance to really use my Peloton bike and observe how it fits in my normal day-to-day over the course of a few months, I feel like I’m in a more qualified place to share my experience. Let’s start with my initial thoughts, and then answer a few questions y’all have sent in!

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I have been meaning to update y’all on my Peloton experience for a few weeks now! Now that we’re all spending much more time at home, I’ve received many requests for my updated thoughts on the bike after my first review. What better day than today?! Let’s dive in!

As a quick little refresher, my husband bought me a Peloton bike for my Christmas gift in early December. If you haven’t checked out my initial post, 10 Days with a Peloton Bike, it’s a great place to start!

Now that I’ve had the chance to really use my Peloton bike and observe how it fits in my normal day-to-day, I feel like I’m in a more qualified place to share my experience. Let’s start with my initial thoughts, and then answer a few questions y’all have sent in over Instagram Stories.


4 months with a peloton


My thoughts in a nutshell? I love my Peloton bike even more now than when I first got it. And I am so relieved to share that!

There was part of me that worried over time, I’d get bored of it and lose interest. Honestly, I’m sure that’s happened for riders out there! In my experience, though, incorporating a daily morning Peloton into my routine has transformed my day-to-day.

What do I love so much about this bike, now that I’ve owned it for a few moths?




Our new home here in Gainesville is about 20-30 minutes away from the closest cardio studio and full gym that I enjoy. (Huge Orange Theory fan, here!) I tried making that drive for a few months here in Gainesville, but started to find that my day simply didn’t have the bandwidth to compensate for all of that time. At least not with the work and personal life balance I was trying to strike.

Having a way to get a high-intensity cardio workout that I enjoy one room over has been a game-changer for me. As someone who has worked from home for years, it’s easy to sit down at my computer and not move for the entire day. (No coworkers to get up and talk to, no lunch breaks to go try a new spot with a friend, etc.) On my busiest days, I don’t have to sacrifice a workout because of workload… I’ve found that no matter how busy I am, I can always spare 30 minutes if I make it a priority, unlike a full hour and a half to two hours (depending on the drive) to drive to a studio.




A huge reason why I’m loving the Peloton is that it adds structure to my day. This year, I’ve decided to make routine a priority… having a routine helps me be productive, feel content and purposeful, and enjoy working from home while still transitioning to a new city.

There are obvious exceptions (when I’m traveling for example, or if I’m feeling sick) but I’ve started to start each weekday morning with exercise. Three-five times a week, that’s with my Peloton! Since I don’t have to completely disrupt my day to get a workout in, having a Peloton bike and using it consistently helps me stick to my routine and has become a habit instead of a daily decision.

I will say, when I got the bike, I was in the middle of the Christmas season. In January, I went to Rwanda for nearly two weeks, and recently traveled to Dallas. So if you were to look at my rides on paper, you wouldn’t necessarily feel that they were consistent. But for me and what was going on in my life at the time, they were!


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When I was on the phone with my mom the other day, I told her “I seem to always have great days when I start them with a quiet time and a workout! If I can check off those two things, the rest of the day seems to flow really well.”

Here’s the thing. I don’t always wake up thinking “I can’t WAIT to get a hard workout in for forty-five minutes!” But I always, always feel amazing after completing a ride. No matter what the rest of my day holds, no matter how productive or unproductive it ends up being, I still feel accomplished and proud for moving my body and pushing my limits first thing every morning!

One of the keys, in my opinion, to getting the most out of your Peloton is finding classes and instructors that motivate you. I shoot for at least three 45-minute rides and two 30-minute rides a week. To challenge myself, I look for Tabata or HIIT rides. To take it easier, I enjoy pop and country rides. There’s a huge variety of classes and instructors offered… and it’s all about finding classes that give you what you need, like pushing you when you need to be pushed and giving you a way to take it down a notch when you just need to move.

When I push myself on the Peloton, I feel amazing all day afterward. Truly! And to me, that’s all the motivation I need to wake up and do it all over again.




Here’s the thing. I just love spin. Apart from dancing (and you probably don’t want to see that, hahaha) it’s my absolute favorite way to work out!

So having a way to work out in a manner in which I truly love has been the biggest blessing. I never, ever dread getting on my Peloton. No matter the class, it’s always fun to me because I genuinely enjoy spin!

That’s why, if you’re considering a Peloton, I would ask you to think about what type of workouts do you truly enjoy? Do you love to run? Are you a barre junkie? The biggest reason I think Peloton works for me is because I love to spin.

On the contrary, I hate to run. Barre is great and a killer workout, but isn’t “fun” to me like spinning is. BBG SWEAT workouts make me want to die. (Huge props to you girls who do it… I have so much respect!)

I really thing it boils down to this: If you don’t love spin, you won’t love a Peloton. I love spin, so I love my Peloton and everything it’s brought into my life!


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Now that I’ve given you an update on my experience with my Peloton bike, I want to answer the questions you’ve sent in about it!




It depends on what you mean by “results,” but here are some of the things I’ve experienced with my Peloton:

Greater consistency in workout out daily due to the convenience of having a Peloton bike in my home.

Greater productivity and over “happiness level” due to endorphins on the days I use my Peloton.

Greater confidence in feeling and looking strong and fit when I combine consistent Peloton rides with healthy, mindful eating.


“What’s your favorite workout on the Peloton?”


Currently, I am loving “30-minute pop rides” with Ally Love! I typically select a challenging 45-minute class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so I treat myself to these shorter classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are always so much fun (the music is great!) and upbeat. Ally Love puts you in the best mood. She’s so positive and inspiring, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously!


“On average, what would you say the price per ride is? Or how long until you break even?”


This will 100% vary from person to person, depending on how much you use your Peloton and what class/membership price you’re comparing it to. Let’s look at it through the lens of one year. If you were to add up the total cost of the basic bike package ($2,245 for the bike only) and the monthly subscription fee ($39/month) and divide it over twelve months, you’re looking at about $225 a month. Keep in mind, that’s paying off the bike in twelve months, but Peloton offers 39-month plans.

That $225 a month is roughly equivalent to:

6 SoulCycle classes a month

8 FlyWheel classes

10 CycleBar classes a month

Keep in mind, studio prices vary by location. This is just to give you a general idea!


“How do you stay motivated to use it?”


My strongest motivation for using my Peloton is thinking about how amazing I feel afterward. Those post-workout endorphins are no joke! It sounds dramatic, but my day is so much better when I start it off with a good sweat.

Peloton also does a great job of motivating you by keeping track of your “streaks.” For example, I love seeing that I have a “9 week streak” going because I’ve taken at least one class a week over the past nine weeks.

I also love having insights into the analytics behind my workouts. I take the “12 minute Orange Theory” mentality and try to make sure my heart rate stays in the orange and red zone for at least 12 minutes of each workout.

The bottom line is, though, I genuinely enjoy spin. If I hated spin class (like I hate running) I can promise I would have a far harder time being consistent. I really believe it’s all about finding a workout you enjoy. Spin is that for me!


“Do you add your own choreography? Huge SoulCycle fan and miss choreography.”


Yes, I’ve actually recently started doing this! I’m with you, the “dance party” feel of SoulCycle was my favorite. Even though some Peloton classes do incorporate choreography (look for “Groove” rides) I’ve found they’re nowhere near the level of SoulCycle. (If you ever took a Dallas Soulcycle class by Hayes or Kevin you know what I mean!) So I throw in my own sequence of tapbacks, pushups, etc. into my rides! It’s not the same as doing it in tandem with an entire class, but it is still fun and let’s me pretend I’m an instructor – ha!


“Does Andrew use it too?”


He hasn’t yet, but he’s planning to! I bought him a pair of shoes for Christmas. He’s been studying non-stop for a bit ophthalmology exam this weekend, and is planning on starting to use it after he gets that behind him!


“How do you get variety in your Peloton workouts?”


The great thing about Peloton is that they have so many different types of classes. When I’m really looking for a kick in the rear, I take a Tabata class. When I’m wanting to get a great workout in while also having a lot of fun, I choose a Pop class. When I’m wanting to move but not really push it, I opt for a Country ride.

Having a monthly subscription to Peloton also gives you access to tons of off-the-bike classes, like yoga, arms, abs, etc. I’ve personally been loving getting more into yoga lately, especially with everything going on!


“Who are your favorite instructors?”


So far:

Ally Love has been my absolute favorite! She is always upbeat, and inspirational and consistently pushes me. She’s also a believer, and her “Sunday’s With Love” rides have been some of my favorites. (They usually incorporate worship music!) Her classes leave you feeling exhausted but inspired and grateful. It’s always hard for me to choose a different instructor because I enjoy her classes so much! The hardest Peloton class I’ve ever taken was one of her 45-minute Tabata class. Whew.

Cody Rigsby is great for high-energy fun. His “Groove” classes remind me of SoulCycle, and he constantly makes me laugh.

Alex Toussant is my go-to for rides that incorporate arms. He’s incredibly positive, has a great, likable, motivating personality, and always incorporates great music into his rides.

Emma Lovewell is a new one for me. I took one of her classes for the first time this week, and definitely plan to take more! She has a deep, soulful vibe and incorporated a bunch of new-to-me music into her rides.


“Did you find it challenging at first?”


Do I find the classes challenging? Absolutely! But did I find it challenging to get the hang of the Peloton bike? No. The format is very similar to every other in-studio class I’ve done. If you’ve taken spin classes before, it shouldn’t be that big of a learning curve at all! If you’re totally new to spin, though, I think it would definitely take a little bit of time to get the hang of.


“How big is it?! I really want one but live in an apartment.”


I found this great article on the exact dimensions of the bike. Right now, it’s sitting in Andrew’s uncompleted study. I’m not sure exactly where I’ll put it once we furnish and decorate the room! The Peloton website says this: “The Peloton Bike has a compact, 4′ x 2′ footprint and fits nicely in living-rooms, offices, bedrooms, and home-gyms.


“Do you use it every day?”


No, not every day! That was never my goal. I aim for 3-5 times a week and give myself the weekend “off” but usually end up doing a ride or two just because I enjoy them so much!


“Is it worth the money or are there dupes that are just as good?”


For me, personally, it’s definitely worth the money, but I think that’s something everyone needs to decide for themself! If you don’t want to buy the Peloton bike, you could buy a normal stationary bike and subscribe to the Peloton app ($39/month) and the classes on your phone or tablet! If anyone has a recommendation for a similar, less expensive bike, I’d love to know and share with y’all!

(And just so y’all know, SoulCycle recently revealed they will be releasing an at-home bike as well! Here are the details.)


“Do you use the other classes like arms, core, yoga, etc?”


While I definitely use the spin classes the most, I have taken a few stretching classes and arm classes. They’re great! I’ve also been using the app to take a few yoga classes and have really enjoyed those. I wouldn’t necessarily get the bike to have accesses to those (I really love the Obe streaming service, you can use the code LONESTAR for $10 off your first month, and it’s a bit cheaper) but they’re a nice add-on!


“Shipping time?”


Good question! Here is the page that addresses that.


“After you pay the price of the bike, how much is your monthly membership?”


A monthly Peloton membership is $39/month.


“Do you like to ride with or without the leaderboard? I don’t really like the social comparison!”


I’ve done, and enjoyed, both! It just depends on my mood. I love seeing my personal record and trying to beat it, and it’s always fun to have a little healthy competition with other riders taking the class the same time you are! I’m also super cheesy and love the ability to give virtual high-fives. But, if you don’t want the pressure, you can easily swipe the leaderboard away so you don’t see it! I do that from time to time when I just want to zone in and not worry about anyone else.


“Is it more difficult to motivate yourself to workout at home vs. having to show up for a class?”


For me, it’s actually much easier to motivate myself to workout at home than to commit the time I need to drive to a studio and back. But, as I’ve said before, I think that’s because I genuinely enjoy the classes. Knowing that I can get a killer workout in no matter how much time I have available (there are rides from 5-90 minutes long) leaves me with zero excuses. I also really like the fact that I’m not losing money if, for whatever reason, I don’t take a class. I’m much more motivated by how great I feel when I workout than I am from losing money, but that’s just me! Everyone is different.


“Would you recommend a Peloton over a traditional gym membership?”


This is a tough one, because it truly depends on the person. I actually kept my gym membership in case I realized I wanted to switch things up, but in four months I’ve only been back twice. And they were both for this one dance class I love! Needless to say, I’m actually going to cancel my gym membership now that I have a Peloton. Again, it definitely depends on the person and what type of workouts you enjoy.


“Do you get bored with just doing cycle rides?”


No, I really don’t! That’s because spinning is my favorite form of cardio. I’ve actually started taking Pilates as well, but that was because a studio opened nearby and I wanted a social outlet. That’s not to say I never will get bored with cycling. I think everyone goes through phases. For me, personally, I keep coming back to it.


“How does it compare to the in-person class experience?”


Again, this depends on what in-person spin studio you’re comparing it to. For SoulCycle, Peloton is similar in the sense that you’re getting a great, high-energy spin workout in with a charismatic instructor. Classes, however, are sometimes formatted differently. For example, SoulCycle has a pretty standard format for every class… full on cardio for the first 3/4ths of the ride, then five or so minutes of arms, then two more songs and a cooldown. Peloton offers lots of different class formats, though, from HIIT to Tabata and much more. That being said, you really can’t reproduce the special energy and comradery of an in-person class online. I’ve found that isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, but I do miss it!


“Is it beginner-friendly? No spin studios near me but it seems right up my alley!”


I would say yes in the sense that a beginner could definitely figure a Peloton bike out, but I would not recommend buying a Peloton bike until you’ve taken enough spin classes to learn whether or not it’s a form of exercise you love! In fact, I would only suggest getting a Peloton if you love spinning! If you’re curious, I’d recommend signing up for a free trial of the app and using a stationary bike (once we are past COVID-19) to get a feel for the classes before committing.


“Do you still love it and think it’s worth it?”


100%! I actually have started to love it more and more as I’ve seen the impact using it consistently it makes on the rest of my day.


“How do you motivate yourself when working out alone?”


  1. I set aside a time each day for it. For example, I know that after my quiet time, I will take a Peloton class before doing anything else. Making it a non-negotiable, scheduled part of my day keeps me consistent!
  2. If I’m wavering, I remind myself how amazing I feel after each class.
  3. I keep track of my heart rate, calories burned, and position on the leaderboard to inspire me to push harder.
  4. I check-in and see what classes my friends are taking and how often they’re taking them for a bit of healthy competition.
  5. If I’m feeling totally uninspired, I try a class format or instructor I’ve never tried before to switch things up!
  6. I make a weekly goal. “This week, given my schedule, I want to work out X amount of times.” Giving it forethought and being realistic about what’s on your plate really helps!


“How do you pick different teachers?”


Peloton recommends different rides based on your preferences, so every once in a while I switch things up and try someone new! I also rely on recommendations from friends and from y’all. Let me know your favorites!


“Does it bulk up the thighs?”


Not in my experience!


“Is there a good place to buy a used Peloton bike from?”


That’s a great question. I’d imagine eBay and Craigs List are good places to check. Keep in mind, though, a used bike won’t come with setup!


“Do you get the same hype as in a gym class?”


Unfortunately, no. There’s nothing like the energy in a spin studio! (Especially PRST SoulCycle!) I still have tones of fun in the classes, but I do miss the feeling of community SoulCycle, and I’m sure many other spin studios, provide!


“Can you adjust it based on height?”


Yes! The setup instructions are helpful in making sure you properly set up your bike. I’m sure there are lots of great YouTube videos, too!


“What package did you get?”


Andrew gifted me with “The Works” package. It comes with not only the bike, but shoes, weights, headphones, a mat, and a heartrate monitor as well.


“Did you pay in full to get the bike or did you use the payment plan? Debating on which to do.”


That’s a great question – I just asked Andrew and he said he bought it outright. I’m always inclined to pay-in-full when possible so as to not incur debt.


“Do you play music during the workout or just listen to the instructor?”


All of the classes are set to music, so you don’t need to use your own!


“Tips for beginners, please.”


Be patient with yourself! When I took my first spin class, I walked out feeling so defeated. Everything felt way too fast-paced, and I couldn’t figure out many of the forms or moves. I even had trouble clipping and unclipping onto the bike! After a few consistent classes, though, I started to get the hang of it. Before I knew it, I was addicted! So give yourself time, and use your analytics to see how you improve each ride!

Also, don’t sell yourself short! I try to set my resistance at the heaviest recommended. Sometimes I have too let off a bit of resistance because it’s just too much, but tjat strategy always ensures that I’m giving my max!


“What are the payment options?”


Here is the Peloton page with payment information. It looks like you can either purchase the bike up-front or qualify for as low as $62/mo for 39 months with 0% APR.


“Is it tricker to motivate yourself since you don’t lose money on a missed class?”


Not for me! It actually really annoyed me when I’d lose money for missing a class, even though I 100% understand why studios do this! I’m more motivated by how great it makes me feel and the sense of accomplishment I know I’ll feel afterwards.


“What’s your working schedule? Number of days working out, mix of floor vs. spin, etc.”


It varies based on what I have going on, but this is what a best-case scenario week looks like for me:

Monday // 45 minute Peloton Ride

Tuesday // 30 minute Peloton Ride + Pilates class

Wednesday // 45 minute Peloton Ride

Thursday // 30 minute Peloton Ride + Pilates class

Friday or Sunday // 45 minute Peloton Ride

I like to throw in a yoga class when I’m feeling overwhelmed, or like I just need to stretch and breathe. I’d say I do yoga once a week.


“Do you pick classes based on instructor and music like me?”


Sometimes! I tend to pick classes based on A) the amount of time I’m wanting to workout and B) the difficulty level I’m looking for.


“I love SoulCycle and loved Peloton at first but got bored of it. Tips?”


I think getting bored with any workout is 100% normal. I even burnt out of SoulCycle for a little bit! My advice? Try finding some other form of exercise you enjoy in the meantime, and make a goal to use your Peloton at least once a week. Switch up the type of class and instructor you take so you can find something new and fun! Also, if you have friends on the Peloton app, use them to keep you accountable. You could all decide to take a class virtually on a certain day of the week, for example!


“What’s your username?”


I’m currently debating whether or not I want to share it. I’ll let y’all know if I decide to!


“How does it compare to SoulCycle?”


I would say that if you let them, Peloton classes can be just as fun and challenging as SoulCycle. I will say, though, Peloton hasn’t been able to recreate the amazing community feel that I loved so much at SoulCycle. There’s also something about the instructor knowing you personally that gives you an extra boost of motivation that’s hard to manufacture virtually.


“Can someone non-athletic use it?”


Totally! The great thing is you can set resistance levels at a place that work for you, and gradually build as you get stronger! It’s also nice that since you’re by yourself, you can take things slower if you need to without feeling super conspicuous.

“After having it for a couple of months do you still love it as much as you did at the beginning?”

I love it even more than I did at the beginning!


“What to know before purchasing and any surprises (good or bad) after having it for a few months?”


I think my Peloton bike has been pretty much what I expected it would be. The one thing that has surprised me, though, is how heavy it is! I was under the impression you could easily move it around. Not so! A good surprise? How in-depth the analytics are! I love geeking out and delving into my metrics after each workout.


“Do you feel like you need to do strength training for upper body as well as doing the bike?”


I think it’s always great to make sure you’re getting a well-rounded workout! I supplement spinning with Pilates and have loved the combination. Even before I had my Peloton, I liked to combine cardio classes (like Orange Theory) with more strength-based classes (like barre.)


“I’m worried I’ll get bored and stop using it after a while! Was this a concern for you?”


It definitely was a concern for me! It all comes down to your level of commitment, and that’s an important thing to think through. I’ve found that I use it even more than I thought I would! Even on days when I’m not “feeling it,” I push myself to do even a short ride. Anything to get moving!


“How is the sound/video quality?”


It’s amazing! In the four months that I’ve had the bike, I’ve had issues twice. Once was streaming quality during a live ride (it paused randomly and took a few moments to synch bjack up)


“Would you still love it if SoulCycle was close by? Do you miss the class atmosphere?”


To be honest, I don’t think I would have gotten a Peloton bike if there was, in fact, a SoulCycle was close by. I think I would have still “wanted it” in theory, but wouldn’t have actually pulled the trigger. I miss SoulCycle so much, but that’s because the studio became so much more for me than just a workout! The Dallas team and community of riders was so amazing, and there’s a special synergy there that I hate missing out on. If you have the ability to join a local studio you love, I’d highly recommend it!


“Are the shoes comfortable?”


Yes! I haven’t had any issues with them whatsoever. I ordered these non-Peloton cycling shoes for Andrew and will update y’all on how he likes them!


“What is your preferred class length?”


I think the 45-minute classes give me the best, most effective workout!


“Favorite non-bike classes?”


I haven’t taken a ton, but I have loved the handful of yoga classes I’ve done thus far.


“Do you feel like you get as good of a workout as you were in an actual studio?”


This is a hard question because I never measured my metrics at SoulCycle. I’m tempted to think that yes, I do, but only because I really give it my all each class! If you wanted to, you could slack off, but that just feels like a waste of time to me. It all boils down to you and your personal drive/motivation, but know that the Peloton classes are incredibly challenging and really give you an amazing workout if you buy in and go all-out!

All in all, I am loving my Peloton bike even more now than when I first got it. I’m seeing how consistent, daily exercise directly impacts mood and self-esteem, and I can’t get enough of it!

I hope this Peloton bike review was helpful for you, friends! If you have any more questions, or a class or instructor you recommend, leave them in the comments below!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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7 ways to foster joy working from home

While many of us find ourselves in uncharted “work from home” territory, I want to share a few simple things I do that, when implemented, almost always result in me not having just a productive day, but a happy, joy-filled day working from home! I want you to enjoy this new season you find yourself in, and I’m hopeful that these tips help you do just that.




DRESS belted blue midi dress (wearing size XS) // WEDGES white espadrille wedges (higher heel linked here) // EARRINGS white bridesmaid earrings // BAG straw crossbody bag (old Forever21, similar linked)




CREDENZA white and gold credenza // GINGER JAR PRINTS ginger jar prints (sold out from Wisteria, similar linked here and here) // GINGER JAR hand-painted ginger jar (sold out from Wisteria, similar linked)

Hello, hello friends! What a difference a week makes. Right now, whether you’re working from home, becoming an impromptu home-school teacher, or simply adjusting to this new normal, I want to send you a big (virtual) hug.

The reality is that much of our normal day-to-day life has shifted and changed, over what feels like the course of a few days, as the COVID-19 situation develops. I know it’s been a trying time for all, if only emotionally, and today I hope I can combat whatever anxiety you’re feeling and spread a little joy.

How? Today, I want to address those of you who find yourselves with the privilege of working from home! As someone who’s been self-employed, and, therefore, has worked from home for the past five years, I could give you a whole list of things to do and not do to have a productive day working from home.

But instead of doing that (there are so many great articles covering that if you’re interested!) I want to take a bit of a different approach. I want to share a few simple things I do that, when implemented, almost always result in me not having just a productive day, but a happy, joy-filled day working from home. I want you to enjoy this new season you find yourself in, and I’m hopeful that these tips help you do just that!

Here’s the reality of the situation. Once you all of the sudden find yourself alone, free of structure, and with a whole day in front of you, the type of day you have is often a result of the choices you make regarding how you spend your time. Not only how you spend your time, but when you spend it. And on what. Yes, the sequence of things matters!

There’s no “one size fits all” to the perfect working from home routine, but over the past five years I’ve learned a few things that consistently, and without fail, bring joy to my day. So, with that being said, here are seven ways to foster joy working from home!



have a quiet time first thing


It’s so tempting to think that once you work from home, you’ll finally be able to implement the routine you’ve always wanted. But be careful! I’ve seen time and time again in my own life how answering “just one email” before starting my quiet time can turn into four hours at the computer before even changing out of my pajamas.

I’ve found that starting my morning spending time studying the bible and writing my prayers out in a prayer journal has had the biggest impact on my day than any other decision. Carving out the first thirty to sixty minutes of the day to set my eyes on the Lord fills my spirit with peace, broadens my perspective, and gives me a biblical lens through which to view every decision and challenge the day holds.

When I take the first few moments of my day to be still and be with the Lord, the rest of my day is blessed, no matter what ends up unfolding.

Looking for a practical way to start? She Reads Truth has an amazing arsenal of online bible studies you can start right now! Here is a wonderful study of Philippians that is so well-timed. I, myself, am working through Hebrews with this study with my small group and I’m learning so much.

It may feel like there are a million other more important things to jump start your day with, but take it from me. My day is always more joy-filled with I take this first step!



get a sweat in


Here’s the deal. Sometimes you just want to stay in your pajamas and work from bed all day. But again, I’ve learned from experience that getting in a sweat before jumping into the demands of the day results in a more peaceful, productive, joy-filled day! (Those endorphins are no joke!)

I almost always have to talk myself into working out right away (I have a knack for “pushing it off” and then, surprise, it doesn’t happen) but I never, not once regret taking thirty minutes to an hour to move!

If you’re looking for a great at-home working, I love Obe! There’s a huge variety of class options, from yoga to dance cardio, and you can do them “live” or choose from the pre-recorded workouts! For $10 off your first month, feel free to use the code LONESTAR.

For me personally, this morning workout consists of a 45-minute Peloton ride. I am loving my bike more now than when I first got it, and will be posting an updated review soon! Let me know if you have any specific questions about it!



take a shower & get ready


I know, I know. This sounds so “duh!” But you might start to realize just how easy it is to stay in sweaty workout clothes (or pjs) all day if you jump straight into work!

Force yourself to take a shower, put on makeup and select an outfit for the day. Even if it’s just leggings and a t-shirt, I always feel happier when I feel put together! (You’ve heard me gush about it before, but this allows me to get a beautiful blowout so quickly!)



put on a playlist


You did it! You started your day off well and now it’s time to get to work.

Now’s the time to put on a playlist fitting your mood (sometimes I’m feeling chill, sometimes I’m wanting upbeat country, go with whatever you’re in the mood for!) and get to it!

Here’s my tip: while playing through a laptop is great, it’s even better to use a different speaker in your home. (I use the soundbar on our TV!) For some reason, it allows the music to really create an ambiance and settle into the background of my mind rather than being distracting because of it being so close to my face. So random, but try it!



make that checklist


If you were to ask me what the hardest thing is about working from home, I would tell you it’s that no one is there to tell you “good job” or “let’s shift gears to working on this.”

It so simple, but it’s wild the feeling of accomplishment I get when I write down achievable tasks for the day (in order of urgency) and check them off. I even write down “quiet time” and “work out.” Checking those off before even doing a lick of work puts me in a productive mindset!

It also allows you to structure your next day effectively and accordingly. Feeling productive when working from home plays a huge factor in happiness-level and overall joy, in my experience. This is an easy way to make sure that happens!



schedule your breaks


Every day, I look forward to my 12:00pm lunchtime, my 3:30 snack and cup of coffee, and my 5:00pm “closing time.” When you work from home, you have all the flexibility in the world to do these things whenever you want to. BUT, my happiest and most joy-filled days happen when I’m able to set up small little incentives for myself and work toward them!

So until that scheduled break arrives, keep the snacks in the pantry and tell yourself you have to earn your afternoon coffee. On the flip side, when your “closing time” arrives, resist the urge to just “squeeze a few more minutes in.” (If you can of course.) These mental “rewards” make my day feel more structured, allow me to focus, and overall result in much higher productivity.



shut your screen off


Once evening arrives, turn off your screens! Put your laptop in a different room (key!), and if you can, turn your phone on silent. Give yourself this challenge: watch a tv show without looking at your phone once. Take your phone to another room when eating dinner.

This may sound extreme, but I’ve found that my evenings “off” are so much more fulfilling and restful when I don’t waist them scrolling on my phone. I promise you will enjoy that tv show, dinner conversation or nightly walk 100x more without the distraction of a screen, especially during this season. Don’t believe me? Just try it!

And there you have it, friends! I hope these seven tips allow you to not only make the most out of your work-from-home situation, but to truly enjoy them and foster joy through the process.

If you have any other tips you implement to foster joy while working from home, I’d love to hear them! In the meantime, sending lots of love from my home office here in Florida.

Love from the Sunshine State,


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latest & greatest vol. 90

Welcome to Friday, friends. I know this week has been a weird one, and I’m praying you are feeling at peace right now in the midst of lots of unknowns. Big (virtual) hugs from over here!

Welcome to Friday, friends. I know this week has been a weird one, and I’m praying you are feeling at peace right now in the midst of lots of unknowns. Big (virtual) hugs from over here!

I’ve been doing a fair share of reading on the current state of things, and between that and the constant (and, let me emphasize, justifiable) coverage of things going on, have found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed. You?

That’s why I’ve decided to keep things rolling on as usual here on Lonestar Southern. When you reach for your phone, I want you to know you can find a bit of positivity, color and, well, normalcy here. It’s not to downplay the severity of what’s going on, but rather, to hopefully provide a teeny bit of distance from it all when you’re needing a mental break.

So, that being said, here are a few cute new arrivals on the web this week!

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One item I’m especially excited to point out is this beautiful, customized Papier journal! Earlier this week, I shared a bit about my habit of prayer journaling and my search for an affordable, beautiful, personalized option. (I’ve had the hardest time finding a brand that provides all three!)

Y’all came through in a big way with the brand Papier! I haven’t had the chance to order one for myself yet, but between the $20ish price tag, the extensive (and adorable!) color/pattern options and the ability to customize them, I think I may have found my new favorite journal! Thank y’all so much for the amazing recommendation.

As I sign off for the week, I wanted to take another second to wish you well from over here in Gainesville, Florida. And leaving you with a verse that has encouraged me this week! I’m reciting it to myself over and over again, and am so so thankful that there is One who is ultimately in control.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-8

Love from the Sunshine State,


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easy spring neutrals

It’s so fun to finally break into spring pieces again without feeling like a total fraud (there’s something about gym shorts in the middle of January that just doesn’t sit right, no matter how hot it gets here in Florida) and I’ve found a few neutral (and affordable!) staples I’ll be wearing all season long.

neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans
neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans
neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans
neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans
neutral spring outfit, straw bag
neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans
neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans
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neutral spring outfit, straw bag, cropped white jeans

TOP relaxed button tunic (wearing size small) | JEANS white cropped kick-flare jeans (true to size, wearing 0) | BAG mini straw tote with pom poms | SHOES nude espadrilles (run small, I recommend at least a half size up) | EARRINGS rattan earrings (sold out, similar here) | SUNGLASSES aviator sunglasses (sold out in grey, other colors available)

It has been an absolutely gorgeous week in Gainesville, friends. With the sunny skies and the longer evenings (yay for extra sunshine!) it feels like spring is officially here! I have a feeling that will quickly progress to full-on summer with the arrival of humidity here pretty soon, so I’m doing my best to soak up this seemingly perfect weather.

It’s so fun to finally break into spring pieces again without feeling like a total fraud (there’s something about gym shorts in the middle of January that just doesn’t sit right, no matter how hot it gets here in Florida) and I’ve found a few neutral (and affordable!) staples I’ll be wearing all season long from Walmart. Excited to this neutral spring outfit with you today!

Let’s start off with this perfect easy blouse. It’s what I call a “throw and go”… add it on top of your favorite pair of jeans/shorts and a pair of sandals, and you’re set! The material is beautiful, and I love the classic, relaxed fit. Did I mention it comes in seven colors (I also have the white) and is just $15?! I told my mom and sister about it earlier this week and now they both own a few!

Next up: a pair of jeans you don’t want, you need. I love all of the fresh jean silhouettes this season but have had trouble finding styles that are flattering on my frame. (I have shorttt legs, FYI.) This white kick-flare pair has been my first find, and I’m obsessed. They’re not only incredibly flattering on, they’re also so comfortable! And a fun tip… since I’m 5’2″ I used a pair of scissors to trim them to the correct length on me. Over time, they’ll fray at the ends and look even cuter.

And who doesn’t love a straw bag? This petite style is under $50, and fits all the essentials. Sunnies, iPhone, lipgloss, etc. Love the crossbody strap!

I have a feeling I’ll be mixing and matching these pieces throughout the coming months. Gotta love easy spring neutrals… they go with everything!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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target try on // spring dresses

On a recent trip to Target, I stopped in my tracks while strolling past the women’s apparel section. So many spring hues. So many on-trend silhouettes. Before I knew it, I had blacked out and returned home with six new spring dresses, all under $50!

On a recent trip to Target, I stopped in my tracks while strolling past the women’s apparel section. So many spring hues. So many on-trend silhouettes. Before I knew it, I had blacked out and returned home with six new spring dresses, all under $50!

I wanted to share these finds with you today because they are just too good. From minis to maxis, neutral colors to bold hues, and standard to plus sizes, there’s a huge array that I think you’re going to love!

So keep on scrolling to see all of the good stuff, then head to my Instagram Stories this afternoon to see them “live!”

smocked gauze dress



fits true to size // wearing xs

This sweet little gauze dress is what spring and summer dreams are made of. Super soft, lightweight and carefree, wear this with sandals or wedges for an effortless, feminine look! It’s available in an array of color and size options, too!



tiered tie waist dress


target spring dresses


runs slightly large // wearing xs

This dress is not currently online in white or standard sizing, but you will find it in a beautiful mint in plus sizing! This may be my favorite dress out of the bunch, as this easy, feminine silhouette is so in right now. I’ll keep you updated on when it goes online!



ruffle midi dress


target spring dresses


fits true to size // wearing XS

Another lightweight, gauze option, this time in a maxi silhouette! The ruffled sleeves are giving me all the feels. Do keep in mind, the pockets puff out a bit! This dress is available in multiple shades but unfortunately isn’t available in plus sizes. (At least not yet!)



puff sleeve button down dress


target spring dresses



fits true to size // wearing XS

Ok y’all… run, do not walk! This dress is 100x more adorable on than I had anticipated. The denim fabric gives it a pretty, yet soft structure, and I’m obsessed with the neckline! This dress is available in a beautiful crisp white as well as denim blue, and in standard and plus sizes!



puff sleeve shirtdress


target spring dresses



fits true to size // wearing S (returning for an XS)

I had to snag this dress in one size up (wearing a Small instead of an XS) which is why it looks a bit baggy on me… but don’t let it deter you. This dress is a 10/10! Between the beautiful, neutral color and simple, classic details, it’s a stunner you’ll reach for again and again. Ordering in white and in my normal sizes ASAP. It comes in plus sizes as well!



short puff sleeve dress


target spring dresses


fits true to size // wearing XS

A LBD you shouldn’t live without this spring… meet the under $40 beauty I’m drooling over! With an easy, effortless silhouette, it’s perfect for dressing up or down. Since I’m 5’2″, I’m planning on getting this one hemmed a bit! Available in standard and plus sizes, as well as a few other color options.

And just like that… Target has done it again, y’all! Believe it or not, this is just a teeny tiny taste at all the fun styles they have right now. If you’re browsing the web, be sure to check out these brands. They’re killing it recently!


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Happy shopping!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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