Back to Blogging: Pep Talk Mom

Okay Okay. I am sorry. Really really sorry. I vanished from the blogging world with no forewarning, and I have no excuses. But I promise promise promise I am back. I spent the last two weeks soaking up every last second of college. I reminisced, relaxed, embraced Cornell, and lived the college life for one last time.  I graduated on Sunday and have officially entered what is referred to as the “real world”. My graduation speaker kindly pointed out that the real world I am about to embark on is (un)fortunately not the same real world I used to watch on MTV. So…I guess I’m ready for what’s coming…

In an effort to catch my readers up on everything that I have failed to report on, I am going to refrain from writing my “daily dirt” for a few days. Today, instead of Tasty Tuesday, I am sharing something that I have been waiting to write about for several weeks: Pep Talk Mom.

As most of you know, just about two years ago I took my first SoulCycle class. Over the last two years I have taken numerous classes with the many incredible instructors, but week after week I always always return to Melanie’s class (and most often with my mom!). Yes, I go to SoulCycle for a workout, but more importantly, I go to experience and feel that encouragement, motivation, and inspiration that I receive day after day from the SoulCycle community. Whether it be in NYC or Scarsdale, Melanie’s class gives meaning to every day. Not only has Melanie motivated me in the studio, but she has also inspired me, and many others, to live a life full of strength without fear. Melanie is living proof that we don’t know how strong we are until we push (or find) ourselves out of our comfort zone and need to challenge ourselves to be stronger.

Most recently Melanie created a Youtube Channel, Pep Talk Mom. My love and interest in the Pep Talk Mom videos was instant!

Today’s blog conveys wisdom and life lessons in regards to strength, health, resilience, and confidence (and all in regards to motherhood!) and illustrates Melanie’s strength of character. I spoke with Melanie regarding her inspiration for Pep Talk Mom and the driving force behind the creation of her YouTube Channel. I am going leave you to watch, read, and discover why I can’t get enough of Melanie. I guarantee that you will agree that she is pure inspiration!


“its funny how life is sometimes.  what people connect to. how words can lift up a community. or touch someone who is miles away. last year when i found out i had to go through a summer of chemotherapy, i decided to start writing a blog. a way to keep people updated on my treatment and prognosis. quickly it became something more for me. a release through words. a connection. therapy. and sitting here about to go see my oncologist for a check up, its wild to see what has changed over the last year. how clear i am that life is lived NOW. that if we put it out there, it will come back to us. that if we are what we need, then we know that everything we need, we already have.pep talk mom is a new adventure for me. a way to connect with other mom’s, other people who are trying to be the best version of themselves. words of wisdom. life lessons. life is lived one step at a time, one choice at a time. and i believe in the beauty of living each day, each moment. i believe that i shine if you shine. i believe that faith trumps fear.”

Pep Talk Mom Channel

Pep Talk Mom on Facebook

Melanie’s Blog

Melanie in More Magazine

Melanie’s Rate Your Burn Class Review


I Never Left High School

Over the next month my “daily scoop” will take many detours from the typical topics in order to capture the moments from my last month of school. Sorry….no Workout Wednesday today.

As I get ready to graduate from college I am continuously reminded of moments and experiences from my last four years. Whether those memories are social or academic affiliated, one thing I can say is that I never actually left high school. Four years ago I graduated from Rye Country Day and simply enrolled in a new high school…Statler High…also referred to as Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. But really the high school allusions never cease to amaze me. Last night was HOTELIE PROM.

Six years ago, during the dreadful college touring process, I visited Cornell. During my Hotel School tour, my tour guide told me all about Hotelie Prom…last night I finally attended this coveted event. I have to say, and I am pretty sure everyone in attendance would concur, that it was one of the most outrageously entertaining nights at Cornell. The alcohol flowed, the music played, and our professors were in attendance. As the superlatives were announced, pictures taken, and dance floor craziness ensued, we all reminisced.

Many of my best friends at Cornell are my Hotelie classmates. The Hotelie Crew (aka the distracting back row fillers) reunited last night. Many of these friends I met orientation week four years ago, but many I befriended during a 3 week Hotel School summer program in high school (I should have realized then what 4 years of group projects would be like).

Last night was a reminder that I have not only created life-long friendships in Statler Hall, but I have also found my Hotel family. To the Class of 2012 Hotelies…WE DID IT…no more prelims, no more course evaluations, no more group projects! CONGRATS!