Meriden and I heard that we needed to connect with Emily Crosby-Morgan of Live in the Movement (formerly the “City Skinny”) no less than 5 times when we first launched CSOB. And as soon as we met her, it became so clear why.
We met Emily at Deeper Roots in Oakley (our go-to spot). I instantly clicked with her after learning that she started the City Skinny because she was traveling with her husband’s band around the world and needed something steady since holding a regular job was difficult (sounds familiar.) She would travel to different cities and blog about the local fitness spots and healthy restaurants she’d find.
SInce those days, Emily and her husband settled into life in Cincinnati and had a few (adorable) kids. Over time, Emily’s business started to evolve into how we would describe it as a wellness retreat planning service. And just a few months ago, Emily transitioned from the “City Skinny” to “Live In The Movement”, to reflect her shift of perspective- less focus on “skinny”, more focus on overall health and well-being.
“Buy experiences; not things.
If you’re looking for more than just another day at the gym,
you’ve come to the right place.
Let us help you find balance and live courageously
through our special events + gatherings
that you’ll be talking about for years to come!”
Emily hosts community Fit Days, or health centric retreats, here in town, and across the globe, as well as custom-built private events and wellness retreats. You can hire her and her team to plan out thoughtful, well orchestrated outings, that cater to your specific needs and audience.
Last weekend, Emily held a Fit Day in downtown Cincinnati, which she so graciously invited us to tag along to. To run you through what a Fit Day looks like, the day started with Deeper Roots Coffee down at Sawyer Point (and a quick segment by WCPO), followed by a warmup and stair workout by Stephanie of Covington’s CoreStrong. We finished with a guided meditation by Mer (always so so great).
Next up, we walked over to The Barre Code on Main Street, where owner Michelle Ziegler taught a 45 minute barre class. Emily had Thirty Drink and sticky socks waiting for us at the barre. Amazing. If y’all haven’t checked out Barre Code yet, read up on our review here.
We then popped over to Rooted Juicery (our fave) for build your own smoothie bowls, energy bites, pressed juice and trail mix.
After getting our fill, we ended with a Flot (Aerial Silk) class at Inner Fire Fitness, then last but certainly not least, a 30 minute bootcamp class lead by Ashley Jones. After all that working out, we were treated with a happy hour party in the beautiful lobby of Inner Fire that we have been dying to hang out in. Inner Fire Fitness served up smoothies from their smoothie bar, and Emily provided snacks and wine.
The happy hour was an event in of itself. Lori Sams with DoTerra was there, educating us on the benefits of essential oils, and providing us with a take home roller that we could mix ourselves (Mer and I both went with a calming blend. Needed). Kelsey, CEO and founder of Gild Collective was with us all day, and had us reflect on one word to describe why we chose to attend this retreat and take a day for ourselves. We then crafted gold and silver necklaces using morse code lettering to carry that word with us on a chain into our day to day lives. We all walked out the door with a goody bag full of awesome products (Whirlybird Granola!) and discount codes for retailers like Carbon38.
A few key takeaways from our day:
1. Emily sure knows how to throw a party. Everything was so well orchestrated and thought out.
2. She attracts amazing women. We made connections to last a lifetime.
3. Dedicating an entire day to yourself and to movement and health is one of the most refreshing things we’ve done in a while. Sure, you could do all those things on your own, but when will you ever? We are all so busy, and you can always find a chore that takes priority. Having a day to reset and focus on your personal wellness is so essential to your own sustainability, physical, and mental health. Not to mention, it’s fun as hell.
Photography by Alison Fopeano Photography.