a happy soul

how taking care of your body will allow your soul to achieve a higher level of happiness

a happy soul

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Have you ever had that feeling where all the burden and stress in your life just melts away and all the remains is this blissful, happy feeling?

Maybe it’s when you’re leaving work, the sun is shining, and your favorite song comes on the radio. Maybe you are having a great laugh with a friend. Maybe you just finished your last college exam or just got the job offer. Maybe you’re OCD like me and when everything in the apartment is organized you just feel SO much better, and the glass of wine after or during the cleaning process doesn’t hurt.

How we get that weightless, “I’m-invincible”, “can’t-stop-smiling” feeling is different for everyone. Because we are human and we are surrounded by a variety of stimuli, our moods can change with a snap of finger. Trying to be the happiest you can be at any given moment may not be achievable but it is what people strive for, right?

I believe that being happy can be achieved at any fitness level, but I believe that by taking care of your body you allow your soul to achieve a higher level of happiness. The purpose of this blog is to track my adventure of taking care of my physical self by eating right and exercising and hopefully to inspire others to do the same.

I plan on posting at least one recipe a week. I’m a busy woman and sometimes I don’t have a lot of time to use a 20 ingredient recipe that requires half of my kitchen appliances, so I’ll post recipes that are healthy, quick, delicious, and Ben-approved (more on Ben later).

I plan on posting workouts and sometimes spotlighting certain exercises or stretches and their benefits. I’ve always worked out and did some lifting, but marrying a personal trainer/health nut has helped to open my eyes to the many ways that one person can exercise. I’ve learned to power lift, which I love, but I keep running, yoga, and smaller weights as a part of my training.  While learning new ways of exercising I learned how your flexibility and mobility can affect how you are able to perform certain movements and how flexibility and mobility are just as important as the workout itself.

I know eating healthier and exercising more can seem daunting and you’re not sure where to start. When changing a part of your lifestyle whether it be what you eat or how you exercise, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take one small part of your current lifestyle and change it slightly, adjust to that change until it becomes the norm, and then make another change. Repeat.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey of  taking care of our bodies in order to achieve a higher level of happiness.


Love Life Everyday!














Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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