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2017 Goals: 6-Month Update

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on June 21, 2017

We’re halfway through the year, and I don’t even know what to say. Is this what being old feels like? Feeling continuously shocked by how quickly the year is going?

For 2017, I decided that I was going to take my goals a little more seriously. To keep myself more accountable of these goals I set for myself, I decided to do check-in periods every quarter where I would review my progress with my goals for the year. I knew that when I set these goals, I wanted to take them seriously, so writing these posts are helpful because I am reminded of what I want to achieve this year. You can read my 3-month update on my 2017 goals.

Personal Goals:

1| Read 8-10 books throughout 2017

I’m up to seven books this year and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve been focusing on this goal for 2017. In my 3-month update, I said I was thinking about hitting this goal by summer, which is today, so I don’t think that is going to happen.

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

So far, we went to Boston. Instead of focusing only on “big” travel plans, I want this to be more about traveling and experiencing new places I’ve never been before even if they’re weekend trips. I’m also considering a trip to visit my friend in San Francisco this winter. I’ll be sure to keep you guys up-to-date on my travel plans!

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

I can officially cross this one off my list because I have been working so hard for the last six months at work to achieve all my goals for the year and I’m happy to say this is one I don’t have to keep stressing about for the second half of the year. Now it’s time to focus on my other goals.

4| Focus on my vision board

I said in my 3-month update that I want to write a series of posts on how to make a vision board, what I’ve learned from using this method to achieve my goals, etc. If you’re interested in seeing a post on this, leave a comment below! I am planning this for my July/August content calendar but it went on hold for spring because a lot of my time and energy was focused on work.

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

This can officially be crossed off my list because after six months of content being put out, I feel that my blog direction and theme has truly changed for the better. I feel better writing the content I’ve been putting on the blog since I decided to write more about self care, lifestyle, minimalism and overall wellness and living a life of bliss.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

Although I can say that my engagement has definitely increased a ton of Twitter and Instagram, I can’t say the same for Facebook. But it’s all a work in progress, right?

3| Take more risks

Well, I took one amazing risk thanks to my lovely friend Erin! We did a collab on a monthly challenge where we gave challenges to help you relax and refresh your mind for February. The challenges focused on mental clarity and self-care, which are two topics I’m passionate about. I’m hoping to collab with bloggers more throughout the year and take more blogging risks overall. Stay tuned to read more on this!

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

I’m still on track to achieve this goal a several months earlier than anticipated, which makes me incredibly happy. I know saving in your 20s is so important, and it’s something I want to keep focusing on for the remainder of 2017. If you want to read posts on how I save money, let me know in the comments!

2| Track my spending regularly

It’s a lot of work to continuously update your spendings. I’m not someone who wants to track everything I spend because I realize it causes more stress than happiness. I’m more than comfortable with what I’m spending and saving since I don’t spend much to begin with. You feel? I’m realizing this isn’t the “goal” I originally set out to do in 2017, so I’m updating it to reflect my lifestyle. Instead, I want to make sure I’m spending the majority of my money on necessities: food, bills; and a small portion of my money each month is spending money for a pedicure, haircut or treating myself to happy hour.

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

I’ve realized this is something we’re still not focusing on because we have been focusing more of our workouts to high intensity interval training where we will run hard for one minute and then walk for two minutes. We repeat this cycle 8-10 times before finishing off with a cool down of walking for 15 minutes and stretching. Once we get more into running for distance, I’ll be sure to update you on this goal.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

I truly stopped caring about numbers I have found that it has done wonders for my self-esteem and happiness altogether. I said it once, and I’ll say it again: NUMBERS. DO. NOT. MATTER. Once you stop focusing on the numbers and more on how you feel, you will see a huge difference in how you feel about working out and your body image altogether.

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

I’e been loving my Tuesday and Thursday workouts, which have been a combination of different abdominal, leg and arm strength-training exercises that I do in sets of 2 or 3. It usually takes about 45 minutes of working out and I’ll finish with stretching for 15 minutes. It’s wonderful to spend time working out when you love the workouts you’re doing.

How have you been doing on your goals for 2017? Check your list you made a few months ago and start working on how you can work on them for the next few months! Make sure to leave a comment below saying what goals you have been working on/already have achieved this year!

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10 Tips for a Stress-Free Morning

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 22, 2016

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Mornings can be stressful. It’s easy to let that stress get to you—but your actions might be affecting how stressed you are each morning, and you might not even realize it. Instead of waking up in a bad mood, try these 10 tips to create a stress-free morning routine for yourself! You’ll add some bliss in your morning routine with little effort.

Don’t pick up your phone:

I am incredibly guilty of this, but I’ve been working to make this a priority in my morning. How many times have you woken up and scrolled through social media before you get out of bed? Then you realize you’ve wasted 30 minutes catching up on what you missed out on; and now you’re running late. Try to get up and begin your routine before turning to your phone.

Plan for the day the night before:

Choose your outfit, make your lunch and breakfast for the following day, have your bag packed and ready waiting by the door. Life is so much easier when you can wake up, and begin the day without thinking, “I hope I don’t forget anything!?” This removes so much stress from your morning.

Go to bed early:

And make it a priority to have a set time to go to sleep and to wake up! For me, I stick to 11-11:30 for going to bed, and waking up around 7:30 each morning. That way, you know you’re well-rested and that you able to take on the day with a calm mind because you got your sleep. When you have a good night of sleep, you’re less stressed.

Have a morning mantra:

This might sound lame, but I promise you that it makes a difference going into the day. Even if you wake up frazzled, have a quote or a saying that you begin each day with. For me, I say, “Today is going to be a good day.” It puts the positive energy out there before you’re out of bed. You’ll be surprised how much a positive statement can change your stress levels.

Don’t hit snooze:

It can be very tempting to hit snooze, especially if you had a long day. But, the more you hit snooze, the harder it will be to wake up and begin the day. And, you don’t want to wake up feeling flustered—that’s the number one way to add stress to your morning. When you set an alarm, wake up and get out of bed immediately to avoid temptation.

Make your bed immediately:

I know there are many people who hate making their beds. But you should because then you’re not tempted to get back in bed and have an unproductive morning. I’m the type of person who has to make their bed first thing in the morning. There’s nothing better than leaving your room knowing it’s clean for when you get home at night.

Don’t skip water or food:

A lot of people say they don’t eat breakfast in the morning. The worst way to begin the day is on an empty stomach. You’ll feel irritated, and you’re more likely to crash during the day. If you hate breakfast, bring a piece of fruit or some yogurt to at least get your metabolism going. And don’t forget water! You need to hydrate after eight hours of sleep. Your body will thank you for this in the long run!

Have enough time:

I don’t understand how people wake up at 7:30 and leave their house at 8. Those 3o minutes are spent running all over the house trying to make it out the door, and into the office on time definitely affects your day. Beginning the day stressed out isn’t fun, and you won’t have a good day. Plan enough time to wake up, get ready, eat and get to work. Don’t rush your morning routine.

Breathe:

If you’re not a morning person and all else fails, just breathe. Remember that it’s going to be okay and that things will get done. It’s very easy to let stress get to you in the morning. So, when it doubt, breathe it out. I promise you’ll make it through!

Did I leave any tips out? What tips do you have for a stress-free morning? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Rejuvenating June: Series Post 4

Posted in Health
on June 26, 2015

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In my previous Rejuvenating June post, I talked about juice and tea cleanses and the benefits of cleansing your body. Detoxing isn’t only about what you nourish your body with. It’s all about balance with your mind, body and soul. Here are 10 ways you can detox aside from cleanses.

Revamp your fitness routine:

You don’t need to jog for 30 minutes everyday. If you hate your fitness routine, try different options like kickboxing, Pilates, step class, weight-resistance training or cycling. The more variety, the better. This will help you lose weight quickly and keep your mind on top of its game.

Drink detox water:

Why have plain water when you can mix in up with different fruits and vegetables? Try adding lemons, berries and cucumbers to your water for a clarifying mix that will taste better than a sugary drink. This will help you reach the intake of water for the day without even thinking about it.

Meditate:

Are you always thinking about something? You have so many thoughts, ideas and can’t stop your mind? Meditation helps calm your mind and helps you to focus on breathing and being present in the moment. First meditate for 2 minutes, then 5, 10, etc. You’ll see how much you’ve progressed.

Get outside:

Did you know spending time in nature makes you more happy? Instead of walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical, take your workout outdoors. Hike in the woods, kayak with friends on the lake or bike on a trail. You’ll help your mind and body equally.

Keep a journal:

Detoxing the mind is also important. We have a lot of thoughts in one day, and sometimes we might have problems, stresses and other challenges we are battling. Keep a journal and record down the good, bad, ugly—basically whatever you want. It’ll help clear your mind frequently.

Write five things you’re thankful for everyday:

Expressing gratitude is something we all need to work on. Regardless of out life situations, we all have something to be thankful for. Every morning, write down five different things you’re thankful for, repeat everyday, and watch your happiness grow with ease.

Stretch when you wake up and before bed:

If you haven’t picked up yoga, try some simple poses for 15 minutes every morning and evening. This will get your body ready to take on the day, or prepare you for a night of rest. Either way, you’ll stretch you body and release toxins.

Practice breathing:

This isn’t something we do often. We need to appreciate breathing by taking full, deep breaths. You can practice this at night before bed (it will help you fall asleep faster) and during the day. With proper oxygen, you’ll body can release the bad from your system.

Create a vision board:

What inspires you to be healthy? Find your favorite fitness quotes, photos of healthy recipes and workout ideas and make a collage on a cork board. Keep it in a place where you’ll see it every day like your office space. You’ll be reminded why detoxing is necessary for healthy living.

Surround yourself with positive people:

You’re a product of your environment. When you surround yourself with positive people, you will naturally become more positive. If you have negative people, they will bring you down. You need to actively seek happiness through positive energy and optimism.

How do you detox your mind, body and soul? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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