Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Best Thing About Today

The best things about my day come unexpected. I love the great mystery of life! The fact that I get the opportunity to live in today and experience things that increase my capacity to love more than I ever thought I could. Today was another day full of unexpected blessings, that made me feel grateful for the place that I hold on this earth today. Today Thursday, November 12th 2009 was just another ordinary day at work. Get up at 530 am after pushing the snooze button one too many times, not really excited to start my day because of the lack of sleep I got the night before. Then pull my hair back in a messy bun, grab my protein bar, and head off to the gym to try and help others understand that fitness, and healthy living is important. My job is demanding of me. It requires me to give so much of myself to others, it requires me to motivate, inspire, and believe in others when they do not believe in themselves. Which in all reality, I don't believe in myself somedays, and I am constantly giving myself the same pep taik that I give to others. I am worth it! Today was good, I had the opportunity to yet again be passionate about what i do. I love to teach! I love it! I love that when I am in my own little world in the studio class, I feel the most safe, I feel the most loved, and I feel the most confident. I love that my friends show up to receive and to be apart of the positive energy. When I teach I feel as though everything is right in the world. I am so grateful that today, I got to experience that yet again, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It is who I am, and those gifts are precious to me. I was grateful for today because I got to go to lunch with a dear and amazing friend in my life. The fact that I had the opportunity to take a break in my day to talk, and know that someone cared enough to listen. That friend made today great. I am truly grateful for friends that love me, because I love them so much. I was grateful for today because I have a wonderful Mom, with by a simple text to tell me how much she loved me, made me feel important. I love that today ended with a simple phone call from a friend I rarely talk to, letting me know that they were thinking of me. She wanted me to know she was there if I needed anything. It is so easy to look at every day as a routine, days are going by faster and faster. Weeks feel like seconds, and years more like minutes. We have a hard time stepping out of our daily routine to breathe and to just be in the moment. We let the simple things that make a day great, go by unnoticed. We live in a world of stress, depression, anxiety, and heart ache. But I think it is easier sometimes to fester in the negative, and we get in the habit of forgetting about the joys, and tender mercies that make us feel happy. Being happy is a daily choice, and somedays it is easier to choose the opposite. Two people can look at something in life and see it in two different ways. A mountain, some may look at a mountain and notice how tall it is, or how beautiful the colors are that make that mountain majestic. While others may look at it and notice the pain of the climb, and the rocky paths. Just like each day that passes by, some look at it and notice the best things about that day. While others may look at it and only wish to be in the next. Look at each day and paint your own beautiful, awesome, and inspiring picture. Paint it positive, and fill it up with love. My favorite quote is from my favorite movie Moulin Rouge, "The best thing in life is to love, and to be loved" Try to stay positive, and try to connect with those that you think need a pat on the back. You are powerful, and you have no idea the effect you have on others. Be the best part of their day. Because you can, and you have the power to be amazing! I loved today because I have my health, friends, family, and a roof over my head. I loved today, and I can't wait for tomorrow. Until then..goodnight!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fusion 10-Karma Release Playlist

Ok here is my newest playlist from my Fusion 10 release. Thanks to all that come to my classes, you inspire me. I know a few of you asked me to post this, so here you go! Enjoy!

Fusion 10-Karma

1-Tai Chi-Bruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia
2-Sun Salutations-Norwegian Mash-Up (sorry guys, this song you cant find on Itunes. Its a special song only I have) :)
3-Standing Strengths-Blue Man Group-Rods and Cones
4-Balance-Paula Cole-Me
5-Hip Openers-Seal-Prayer for the dying
6-Core-Natasha Bedingfield-Unwritten
7-Pilates Back-Jason DeRulo-Watcha Say
8-Twists-Tori Amos-Crucify EP Remix
9-Tai Chi/Folds/Hamstrings-Goo Goo Dolls-Iris
10-Prepare for Relazation-Lisbeth Scott-Where
11-Relaxation-Life Scapes-Eagle Dreams
12-Coming out of Relaxation-Ronan Hardiman-Heaven
13-Nameste-U2-Mysterious Ways (Apollo 440 Magic Hour Remix)

SONG Picks of the weeK-
Jason DeRulo-Watcha Say
Ingrid Michaelson-Maybe and Sort Of
Sarah Mclachlan-I will remember you
Mariah Carey-I want to know what love is

Album of the Week-
Ingrid Michaelson

Wednesday, September 16, 2009










Sunday, September 6, 2009

I love Kids!

I have a few special kids in my life, literally if I could spend most of my days hanging out with them I would. I Love you Madelyn, Sarah, Ethan, Savannah, Vincent, Dillion, Mason, Aly, Sammy, Spence, DMAN, Jaida, Jessica, Maddie, Brie, Ci Ci, and Christopher. Am I missing anyone. These are the best kids in the world! I would do anything for you!

Me and my two beautiful nieces Madelyn and Sarah.....Zac Efron or Edward...You decide!!!

Super Super Sour Spray! This little guy Daniel AKA DMAN, is probably one of my favorite kids in the world. I love the Thomas Family, and my Christopher.

PS...Don't look at my facial expression yuck!!!! :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Song Picks of the Week! I'm Alive Fusion Release

Water Skiing at Utah Lake with the Thomas Family. This is Sammy and I together. I Love this family with all my heart!

Sorry its been awhile since I last blogged. I am busy enjoying my summer the best I can. I have also recently been very busy at Life Time Fitness. I love my job, and I feel so lucky and blessed to have the job and passions that I do. They keep me happy, and inspired! Here are some favorite song picks for this week!

Marie Digby-What I've Done

One Republic feat Sarah Barellius-Come Home

Kodo-Strobes Nanafushi (Satari Mix)

Black Eyed Peas-I've got a feeling

I'm Alive Fusion Release:

1. Tai Chi-Celine Dion-I'm Alive
2. Sun Salutations-Ronan Hardiman-Anthem
3. Standing Strengths-Snow Patrol-Crack the Shutters
4. Balance-John Hiatt-Have a Little Faith
5. Hip Openers-Heart-Alone
6. Pilates Core-Coldplay-Lovers in Japan
7. Pilates Back-P!nk-Sober
8. Twists-Bed of Roses Soundtrack-Independant Love Song
9. Tai Chi/Folds-David Foster-Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
10.Final Relaxation-
Clannad-Theme From Harry's Game
B-Tribe-Sunset in St.Carlos
Enya-Storms in Africa
Sarah Mclachlan-Answer

Sunday, June 28, 2009


My girls. Debbie and Kaycee, I would not have been able be the captain of this team this year without their love and support! Thanks for all you did for me this weekend.

LTF Pre Team Dinner. MS150 2009! Abbey Team Captain

Ryan, Andrea, and Stacey

My Team and Support Every day in life!

Abbey and my two fav Debbs!

Abbey and Debb

The Gang! These are incredible friends in my life!
Debbie, Kaycee, and I. My 2 Favorite Women in the world. They teach me so much on a daily basis. They do tease the crap out of me, but I know its because they love me. PS. I designed the jersey's this year. Tell me what you think! :)

Thanks for all of you who have been patiently waiting for my playlist. I decided that from now on, I will be posting my song pick for the week, a current cycle playlist, and my Fusion release for the month playlist. I want to help other fellow instructor friends find good music for their classes, along with those dedicated LTF members and guests that come to my class on a weekly basis and want my music. I wish I could burn all of you a cd, but unfortunatly there is too many of you, and I want to accomodate all! Music and teaching are my passion, thanks for taking this journey with me every week in class! Here are also some pictures of the month of June! Enjoy!

Tai Chi-ENIGMA: Following the Sun
Sun Salutations- The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony
Standing Strengths-Transformers Soundtrack: Hope Runs Deep
Balance-Marie Digby-What I've Done
Hips-Jody Messina: Burn
Core-OneRepublic: Apoloigize (LIVE)
Back-Michelle Branch: Happy Now
Twists-Sia: Breathe
Hamstrings/Folds/End Tai Chi-Rob Thomas: Now comes the night
Prepare to relax-Sarah Mclachlan: Good Enough (Felicty Soundtrack)
Relaxation: David Tolk-Fields of Gold B-Tribe-She moves through the fair Paula Cole-Me


Friday, May 22, 2009


I know I posted a blog earlier today. But I had to share my exciting news. So, I have always been the one in the family that is a little bit crazy. If there is a challenge, I go for it. If there is a mountain, I climb it. If there is a marathon, I run it. Well you get the there is this Ironman, and I do it! So I have had this dream since I was a little girl. I dreamed that I would do an Ironman Triathalon some day. An Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 Mile Bike Ride and a 26.2 Marathon all in one day. Well the first Ford Ironman to come to Utah has arrived. It will be in St. George Utah in May 2010. I have been thinking about it and I have been wondering and I have been thinking about it and I have been wondering. The idea of it makes me want to throw up, but when I picture the finish, I get excited like a little kid in a candy store. So I have this dream, and I am going to accomplish it. My mom told me today that I graduated from marathon running, so it is time to go for it! If I am really crazy to attempt this, it does not matter now..I am signed up! As of 4:45 pm today. I am an offical entrant. It cost almost 600 dollars but I am so stoked! I want to inspire anyone who has a goal to do something, just go for it! Don't fear it, live for it!

Training will begin in October, I can do this! Wish me luck! Its my year! I will be an Iron Woman!

An Update! It's time to blog again!


Tara, Jessi, and I. Life Time Fitness Instructors

The Gang at Village Inn after a long night at the charity event

Prized donated! Thanks to everyone that donated. Install Pro, Utah Jazz, Impact Fitness Wear. Ect!!

Kaycee trying to deal black jack. She just entertained her table!

Kaycee and Jayden! How Cute!

Janessa my best cuz, indulging in the chocolate fountain! Donated by Cami Bingham

Heidi Ormsby dealing

Heid and Brian

The gang playing

Debbie dealing Texas Holdem

Man I love these two people! JT and Debbie Thomas

Tammy our Life Studio Department Head

Travis my favorite! I love this hat he won! He comes religiously to my cycle classes and is a mad spinner! LOVE YA!

It has been so long since I blogged. My life has been filled with new things to keep me busy. I have been working like a crazy woman, which is nothing new. I also planned a successful fundraising event at Life Time Fitness that I was very proud of myself for accomplishing. I decided that event planning is something that I will not go into in the near future. I did have a blast while doing it but now that it is done, I do have alot of stress off of my shoulders. I am glad that I could do this for the MS Foundation. Now the fun part, I get to go ride the MS ride at the end of June. What else is new, I am now incorporating a new healthy way of life with eating. I have been doing so well, and I love the changes I am seeing and feeling physically. Summer is arrived, the pools are opening up, and the mountains are calling my name to take my bike out for some many rides ahead. I have already completed Big Cottonwood Canyon and the St. George century this season, and hope to get out this weekend. I have a busy summer of training for upcoming events. I am doing most of these events with friends and I cannot wait! The Wasatch Back Relay is at the end of June as well as the MS Ride. Training now for the St. George Marathon and Lotoja. I am currently debating whether or not I should sign up for the St. George Ironman that will be happening next May 2010. Decisions, Decisions! Most of you would say that one should not be a hard one to make, but I am crazy! I guess I want to inflict more pain upon myself.

Dating life...well to be continued. Life is good! I love where I am right now, and I feel so happy about the direction I am taking. I feel like right now I have some very imporant decisions to make that will be very important for my future. So much to learn from right now. I must stay the course, and keep on climbing those tough mountains. I know that in the end I will be the apple on top! Happy Summer Everyone!

Monday, April 27, 2009

MS 150 Bike Ride/ Life Time Fitness Charity Event

I am the captain of team Life Time Fitness this year for the MS Bike Ride being held on June 27-28th down in Logan Utah. I want as many riders to ride on our team as possible. If you or somebody you know wants to join our team, we would be so excited to have you join our team. I have a goal set for 180 riders this year. I want to break the record from last year. If you join team Life Time Fitness you will recieve a Black Bottoms custom designed Life Time Fitness jesrsey. Not only that you will have the time of your life! It is a great oppertunity to meet new people. There are 3 routes. 40 mile route, 75 mile route, and of course the century. You choose! If you are beginner rider and you are nervous, dont be! I will help you. This is a perfect course for a beginner. Email me for more info at if you would like to join our team log onto join the ride, then join team Life Time. My name is Abbey Daw and it will have me as the team captain. Please do not hesitate to ask me questions or help with this process! See you out on the road!

FYI- LIFE TIME FITNESS is having a charity event all day on Friday, May 1st. We will be holding speciality group fitness classes all morning long. NON MEMBERS ARE WELCOME! I am teaching a 90 minute spin class with Kaycee Dunfield our GF Department Head and it will be a blast! If you are interested in coming let me know, and I can get you a guest pass. It starts at 9am sharp! A 5-10 dollar MS donation is recommended at the door! See you there!

CHARITY EVENT Friday May 1st @ 7pm

Where: Life Time Fitness
TIME: 7pm until whenever you leave :)
Cost: 20 dollars for the raffle or to play black jack
(All funds raised will be going to the MS Foundation)
Food: An amazing chocolate fountain and yummy sides to dip in the chocolate!
RAFFLES: I have some amazing raffles, Utah Jazz autographed ball, Impact Fitness Wear, Black Bottoms, Marriott, DVR, ect ect. Do not miss out!

Dress nice, please come hang with us! We will also be having some dancing! Bring a date or come alone, I don't care! :) See you on Friday!

Here are some pics!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Putting the LIFE back into LIVING

Do you ever wonder when you lay down at night before you fall asleep, how you got back to the pillow that night? Was your day just packed full of responsiblities to tend to and you barely had enough time to think of yourself? Where did all that precious time vanish too? I was driving home around 7pm last night literally exhausted from work. I was having a hard time keeping up with my thoughts. It had become one of those drives that when I got home,I was not sure how I got there. I was driving down Boulter Street about to approach my house when I experienced an "AHA" moment. I was minding my own business when I came to some rail road tracks and had to slam on my brakes and wait for some young boys ride their bikes across the road. At first I was annoyed, because they did not watch where they were going. I wanted to roll down my window and yell at them, and I almost did, but I stopped myself when I saw the last kid chasing his friends down the road to barely catch up with them. I took a deep breath and something changed. I gladly stopped my car and smiled at myself. I immediatly thought why are you annoyed? These boys are just playing. Let them play! Chill out and wait for them to ride by! Why are you always in a hurry?! They are enjoying the awesome spring night riding their bikes with their friends without any cares in the world. They are playing! Those sweet, innocent boys get it! They are putting the life into living. Something that I have rarely done lately in my own life. That scene made me go down memory lane. I had a few tears in my eyes, and thought about when I used to ride my pink banana seat bike down Somerdowns Ct, where I grew up! I remember the feelings of being carefree and in love with my day. Living a simple life. Eventually yes, we all grow up. But why do we all have to stop chasing our dreams. Or why do we take for granted our days and take out the simplicity? Instead the day passes us by so fast that it literally feels like the day is chasing us down. I NEVER slam on my brakes! I am always trying to keep up with my busy schedule. It changed my perspective on many levels. I decided that I am going to take a little more time to be aware of what is around me. Something as simple as stopping for a minute just to look up at the sky, or mountains. Maybe it is taking the time to smile at a stranger, or to just stop myself in my tracks to breathe for a second. Maybe its to just turn down the radio when I am driving home from work. Maybe it is taking a walk outside and getting fresh air. I thank those little boys last night for showing me something so simple by riding their bikes so carefree down the road. I was glad that they stopped me in my tracks, and forced me to slam on my brakes for a moment. It made me feel grateful that I am still alive, and that I need to put the LIFE back into my LIVING.

We make a LIVING by what we get, but we make a LIFE by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Monday, March 30, 2009


I have to say that I am grateful for my family this week. No matter how hard I think I have it sometimes, I know that I have been born to the greatest family. I could not ask for a better support system. I am so grateful for how close I am with every single one of my siblings in differen't ways. Mom and Dad, man I love you! Thanks for always putting up with know since I was the last to leave the Daw nest. :) Garrett, he is my hero. I have always looked up to my big brother. He and I shared things together that nobody has ever shared with me in my life, and I hope he knows that I am forever grateful. Amanda, she is my comfort. I know I could call on her in the middle of the night and she would be there for me. She was always my security blanket. I miss you so much, and I am so grateful you are my big sister. Allison, she is always the one that makes me feel good about myself. Whenever I am having a rough day, Allison and her husband Cameron are always there for advice. I know Allison loves me unconditionally and there is not a better sister in the world. Thank you for supporting me all these years and coming to all my classes, it means the world. Amelia...well this sister is special to me. We always fought like cats and dogs but we were inseperable growing up. I think we slept in the same room until I was a jr or sr in highschool. Amelia and I went through the most with eachother, and I think she knows me better then I know myself. We could never live with eachother but we are always there for each other and she can always make me laugh! I love you Mills. I love my family. All my nieces and nephews too. Here are some pics!

Mason my darling nephew

Dillon the cutest nephew in the world!

My beautiful Mom and sister Amelia

Mason my nephew what a cheeseball

Sarah and Madelyn

The best Grandpa in the world. I miss you Grandpa. and of course Kenz my cousin, I love you!

Geeks! Sarah and Madelyn my beautiful neices

Garrett and Vincent

Garrett and I after our first marathon finish together. That was a looonnng time ago!

Garrett my brother and his family

My Family

My Dad is seriously the cutest man in the world

Brittany my sister n law and my nephew Vincent

Amelia my sister and my cousin Kenzie

Amanda my sister and her beautiful family

Amanda my sister and my nephew Ethan

Allison my sister and my nephew Mason
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