Motivation Monday: My happy place

Happy Monday! I took an extend break from the blog (not really on purpose) over spring break/last week. Spring break was SO nice, but for some reason when I got back I felt super tired/lazy. WHAT?! Aren’t trips supposed to leave you feeling refreshed and awesome?! Anyway…I blame school, allergies, and….laziness I suppose.ย Now for a little spring break re-cap….

I went to so-cal to meet up with some old friends and see my family. It was delightful….and this was my view flying in. Heaven.

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more heaven… ๐Ÿ˜‰

froyooh and the most delightful acai bowl by the beach. heaven…and a little more heaven…

Since I sadly can’t be on vacay//in california 24/7, I started thinking about the little things that make a big difference for me…aka things that bring me to my happy place.

  • fresh flowers
  • pink pedicure
  • clean sheets
  • snuggles with my hubby and pup
  • candles burning
  • good workout tunes
  • fresh air//sunshine
  • clean&organized home/desk/purse
  • an intense workout
  • fresh gel mani
  • retail therapy
  • walking my dog on a sunny day

I realized that often we focus on the big trips/events/vacations to bring us to our happy place, but in reality, our quality of life could be better if we focused on a few small things more often. Here’s to finding your happy this week!

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Friday Faves: Spring workout wear

Happy Friday! Longer days//more sun light has made me SO happy this weekย .ย I have spring on my mind, so I thought I’d share a few cute fitness picks…but first- a couple articles I LOVED this week.

A-Ha Moments: 12 Fit Pros Share Their Nutrition Strategies For Long Term Successย via girls gone strong
14 reasons women should never lift weights (lol)– a funny buzzfeed article
What’s your best body fat– an honest look at the hazards of being too lean or too heavy

And now for some cute and springy clothing…. [I would like one of each pleeease]

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p.s. Gap is having Friends and Family right now…aka insane deals on basic sports bras, crops, and tanks.

Have a great weekend!

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It’s the little things….

Mental health is an important part of overall health…I think we all know that health encompasses SO many aspects of your life, but a lot of time the focus can be on physical health (BMI, blood pressure, what we see in the mirror….) and I am totally guilty of focusing more on the physical part too. But we need to remember to focus on whole health! That includes your mental, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Research has shown that gratitude can do wonders on mental health, and has even shown it may affect physical health. Taking note of a few things you a re grateful for daily is an easyย way to help you re-focus and give you a mental little boost at the same time.

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A few things I’m grateful for lately…..

  • my sweet/supporting/hilarious hubby
  • a new haircut (it’s the little things, right?)
  • my pup
  • SPRING BREAK is NEXT WEEK
  • this warmer weather//longer days
  • school…I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn more about what I LOVE
  • the increase strength I have seen in myself the last couple of months (#gainz)

[new hair//messy home//lulu]

[my baby]

So tell me…what are YOU grateful for? Is writing down your thankful list something you do often? I would love to know…

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Motivation Monday: Consistency

Happy Monday! We had a nice laid back weekend with the pup….worked out, ate Chipotle, and froyo… aka all my favorite things ๐Ÿ˜‰

I saw this quote on good old Pinterest and wanted to share….Consistency is KEY with health/fitness/diet/exercise. Give yourself a chance to be successful. It’s rough at first (I KNOW…trust me), but set short term goals…1 or 2 weeks at a time even. Yo-yo-ing for the rest of your life will NOT bring results. I didn’t start seeing consistent progress, until I regularly worked out, and was making sure I was eating enough [slash not too much;)]….and of course this applies to all areas of life.

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Trust yourself. Give yourself a chance to succeed. Have a great week!

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Workout Playlist

My blogging schedule (and life in general) has been cray recently, but hopefully that will be a little more back to normal now!! I wanted to share my workout playlist because there is nothing that pumps me up more than some good music when I’m working out. I used Pandora foreverrr (David guetta radio mixed with Justin Timberlake is amaze), but recently switched to Spotify, which has been a game-changer.

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Everyone has different workout music taste (my husband likes rock, I like hip hop/pop), but here are some songs that get me pumped when I’m lifting! I’ve also found it’s best to have a longer playlist, so if a song I’m not feeling comes on, I can skip it (vs having a playlist that’s exactly an hour).

And my cardio playlist is much more pop-y.

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Time Management

[FYI this is coming from a place of “note to self” ratherย than “do as I say”…] A few years ago (aka college) I never would have imagined myself writing a post like this. I stayed up late and procrastinated like my life depended on it. Now I prefer to get to bed early, wake up early, and I try to get shit done. The last couple days though I’ve found myself getting up super early to take my dog out, then I end up snuggling him on the couch for way too long…and then I am unnecessarily rushing in the a.m. Not fun.

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Suffice it to say…budgeting my time has been a big lesson this past year or 2. It’s funny to me that when I have the most time available (and think, wow I have 3 hours to get x and y done) and then 2 hours pass I’m freaking out…But there are some days I surprise myself so I’d thought I’d share a few time management tips I’ve learned that help me have more good days ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Plan Ahead. Duh. Prioritize anything time sensitive and fill in the rest. (aka bills, deadlines, due dates, post office, Rx, etc. take top priority). By looking at the week ahead, you won’t be caught off guard (aka rushed) when one of these pops up in your calendar. I also like to look at my school assignments for the month ahead as well…
  • It’s all about the list. Having a specific list of things I need to get done during the week helps me fill time gaps. (aka an extra 30 minutes to scrub the bathroom, but doesn’t necessarily need to be done on a certain day). That way you aren’t twiddling your thumbs or checking facebook or instagram when that extra little chunk of time does arrive.
  • Timing. Don’t just think about the to-do item. Lists are great, but estimate how long each task will take. There’s a big difference between a 45 minute workout and a 45 minute workout + 20 minutes of travel time + 1 hour of showering/getting ready.
  • The day before…Get your clothes ready or lunch ready if you need to leave early. Take a few minutes to actually think/visualize how the day will go. This is beneficial for 2 reasons. 1) science says we are more likely to get things done (aka workout) if we imagine ourselves doing it before hand. 2. it will help you remember if you are forgetting anything important.
  • Those extra minutes add up. You might be saying “What extra minutes?”, but think about the amount of time in the last week you spent on social media, waiting for your kids in the car, riding the train, watching TV/netflix, reading blogs (guilty)….it adds up!! I have a pretty lengthy commute on the train to school, and sometimes after class I do need to let my brain veg [and listen to serial. again.], but a lot of the time, I could/should be doing reading for class (or even pleasure), writing, homework, planning, whatever.

The point is, we only have so many hours in a day. I don’t think we should be going crazy keeping every minute busy, but by prioritizing and using the time we have efficiently, we can make time for work and play without feeling like a hot mess 24/7.

Do you have any time management tips?? DO TELL!

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New Years Resolution Tips: the #1 question to ask yourself when setting goals

Happy New Year! I’ve written about goal setting a few times before…my first post was actually about setting SMART goals…
here are some tips for kicking the soda habit
more about resolutions here
and plenty of motivation for sticking with those goals here, here, here….)

NYresolutionsBut today I wanted to focus on one important question… WHY? It’s great to decide you want to lose weight, or to spend less, or read more, or focus on your business, but unless you figure out WHY you want to do those things, it won’t stick. I’m guilty of setting a vague resolution in the past but without asking the important question what is my motivation for sticking to it? I’ve also gone the SMART goal route and defined small steps and a timeline,etc., but again….if I don’t figure out WHY I want to do it, why would I really make it a permanent change.

Example: say you decide you want to save money…are you saving for a house? Paying off debt? Saving money to travel this year? Spending less money eating out, and cooking at home more?

What about if you want to “lose weight”…are you trying to improve your health? Run a race this year? Have a more active life with your spouse or kids or grand kids?

You want to read more? Why? For pleasure? Are you trying to learn something specific? Improve your business? Spend more time away from technology?

Do you see the benefit? There are so many worthwhile goals to set, but if you don’t figure out specifically why it applies to your life and why it’s important to you…there really isn’t any point in sticking with it all year…let alone until January 31. Here’s to a healthy and productive year!

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