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Sweet Rewards: WUSA 9, ABC 7, NBC 4 and Fox 5 broadcasters taste cupcakes to support a great cause

Sweet Rewards: WUSA 9, ABC 7, NBC 4 and Fox 5 broadcasters taste cupcakes to support a great cause

On Tuesday, September 20th, ABC 7's Natasha Barrett hosted the 2nd Annual Cupcakes & Cocktails benefitting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) held at One Lounge, 1606 20th Street, NW. Barrett was joined by fellow ABC 7 broadcasters Alison StarlingLeon Harris and Arch Campbell as well as Fox 5's Steve Chenevey, WUSA 9's Anita Brikman and NBC 4's John Schriffen to judge the cupcake competition.

Quieting the Chatter

If you’re familiar with Self Talk, you probably read or heard me or others refer to it as our thoughts, inner dialogue, or Board of Directors.  

Our Self Talk can get quite loud at times, especially during times of transition and stress. Our Self Talk is then moving at turbo speed.  So how can we calm down our thoughts when we lead such active, full lives? How can we decrease the overload and stress? How do we quiet down the chatter?

Since having thoughts or inner conversations is part of being human, and because our lives are so busy, here are some ways to help you quiet the mind:

Favorite Friday's: Favorite Workout Spot

Favorite Friday's: Favorite Workout Spot

Start with ballet, add a dash of yoga, a pinch of Pilates core work and more body sculpting and you've got the ingredients to my favorite workout so far: The Bar Method.

Last weekend I decided to venture out of my comfort zone of boot camp and chisel classes and check out the much talked about hot spot for a good workout which recently opened in Chinatown.


It's $10 dollars for the first class and then $125 for the 30 day unlimited new client special which is cost effective if you go
six times in the 30 days, (pricey but worth it).


I had the best experience at this class. The women were so friendly and the instructors, Kate and Maria were awesome.  It was the first workout I've had that I actually felt an extreme burn and my legs were shaking uncontrollably (in a good way). The studio is immaculate, the music was perfect for the workout and I left feeling energized, and happy with a better posture!

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

Do You Know How Much You Love Cheese?

We all love cheese, right?  I haven't met many who don't enjoy a melt in your mouth parm or a creamy mouthful of brie with a warm and crusty baguette.  This is for all of you.

Potsherds (broken pieces of pottery) found in archaeological digs in Northern Europe have revealed evidence of cheese making in that part of the world as early as 6000BC.  As a naturally preserved source of protein and fat, various cheeses have nourished much of Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world for many thousands of years.  This is something that cannot be ignored when questioning whether or not cheese is "good for you" or if it fits into your dietary regimine.  Keep an open mind.

Stand Up Straight!

Poor posture leads to a drop in energy, affects your mood, and contributes to chronic back and neck pains.  Slouching can make you look and feel older than you are.  Additionally, slouching decreases your oxygen intake: when you compress the diaphragm and ribs, full respiration cannot take place and the blood flow to your brain and extremities is slowed.  A remedy for poor posture is to pull your chin inward and pretend there is a string pulling straight upward from the top of your head.  I like to alternate my office chair with a swiss ball which will force you to hold yourself upright and in turn will assist in straightening your spine reflexively.  So straighten up.  Own it. 

Bend, Don't Break

Bamboo is prized in Asia not only for the usefulness of its sprouts as food, its inner stem as medicine, and its stalk as constructive material, but also for its cultural significance as a symbol for flexibility. The supple plant is able to survive even the most devastating storms. Our lives, too, are filled with unexpected happenings, and those who are successful at adapting to change have better health and more fulfilling lives. Possessing flexibility as a personality trait can assist greatly in the recovery from illness; emotional and physical. Try not to become overly attached to a specific outcome: stay on the course you have charted for your life, but understand that when barriers present themselves you'll sometimes have to take a detour in order to get back on track. Practice stretching, yoga, tai chi: being physically flexible can encourage the same trait in your personality.