by Sarah Lisi
December 10, 2010
Sarah Lisi, this month’s guest editor, clues us in to her “fab” approach to the everyday. Hailing from Arizona, Sarah is a pilates instructor, aspiring foodie, interior design and fashion lover, wife and mother of two (“Big” and “Little”). On her blog, Sarah’s Fab Day, she combs through her favorite sources of inspiration — from the fashion glossies to design blogs to the Target weekly ad circular — and shares her favorite finds with her readers.
For New Balance, she devoted a few of her “daily musings” as well as her perceptions and thoughts about wellness as seen through her “fab” filter — like how she’s pondering spicing up her fitness routine, dishing on her favorite ways to reward herself for making it to that morning spinning class, and reminding us that sometimes the most fabulous thing you can do in a day is to spend a little extra time with your family.
What’s a truly fab day like to you?
It’s actually quite simple. Starting the day off with a cup of coffee, getting to work out, hanging out with my family and having nothing scheduled. Ahh, that day sounds like heaven.
What do you love most about your job as a pilates instructor?
I love seeing the “aha” moment that clients have when they really get an exercise. I dig their excitement, it’s contagious.
How have you come to integrate exercise into your busy life?
I just really decided to make it a priority. As a fitness professional I have to practice what I preach and I love the satisfaction of checking it off my daily list.
What’s your workout routine?
I try to do cardio five days a week, Pilates three times per week and I’ve just added some strength training.
If Big and Little could give you a piece of sage advice, what would it be?
Always, always do their best.
How do you handle the unexpected?
Depending on what it is, I try to be flexible. Sometimes I get a little wound up but it’s nothing that really sticks.
When your life is in balance, how can you tell?
I feel happy, I sleep well and little stresses don’t get me down.
When you’re just too busy and something has to give, what’s the first thing to go/get short shrift?
The first thing to give is my guilty pleasures, TV and books.
Do you make daily to-do lists, keep one big persistent list or stay organized some other way?
Recently I’ve started the daily to-do list. I love crossing things off, it’s so therapeutic.
As someone constantly on the prowl for all things fabulous, what’s your most low-brow indulgence?
I’m newly smitten with Vanilla Lip Smacker!
A delicious meal.
What’s in your everyday purse or handbag?
Oh my, a lot! Wallet, makeup, mints, sunnies, planner and an assortment of my kids’ toys and wrappers. My purse is a scary place!
What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you?
Don’t be too scared to try.
Who inspires you most? Why?
This one is easy — my Mom. She’s one of the hardest working people I know, not to mention a great shopping partner and a wonderful cook.