Positivity: Things To Be Mindful Of 

We all have bad days, there’s no denying that. I’m sure we’ve all started our morning off on the wrong side of the bed. I’m sure sometimes we don’t even want to get out of bed (me every time I need to wake up remotely early).

Even on my worst days, I try to keep these things in mind.

You’re Not Perfect:  

I catch myself starting the day off on the wrong foot due to blaming myself for things I can’t control. I like to remind myself, “I am human” and we all make mistakes no matter how hard we try not to. Take time to reflect and congratulate yourself regularly on what you’ve achieved, not what you haven’t.

It’s Okay To Think About Yourself: 

A majority of my bad days pay tribute to thinking about others more than I do myself. I catch myself doing this habit more times than not and it is beyond frustrating. I’m a firm believer in making sure I’m okay before anyone else.

Recently, I’ve tried making more of an effort towards “me time”. This could be anything from grabbing my favorite coffee or making sure I get into the gym daily. These little activities bring my mood back to where it needs to be.

Confidence Is Key: 

Don’t let other people’s bad vibes kill yours. Set an example at home, school, or your workplace by showing extreme confidence and courage when taking on your day. Smiling, greeting your peers or coworkers, giving compliments, all of these things scream positivity. It doesn’t hurt to spread some of it around.

Tomorrow Is A New Day:

At the end of a hard day, it’s always motivating to remember tomorrow is a new one. I find comfort each evening knowing my attitude is a reflection of what I’m feeling and that I’m in control of my own happiness.

If you’re feeling stuck or in a rut, find out why and re-evaluate or regroup yourself. If you aren’t, spread some of that positivity around. It’s contagious.

Out With The Old 

Welcome to the New Year! 2017, we were ready for you. This year has been full of ups, downs, accomplishments, realizations, leaps, bounds, and a whole lot in between. As amazing as this past year has been, I couldn’t wait to press the reset button.

It’s time for a fresh start. I’m kicking off the blog by re-branding and focusing solely on the things I am passionate about. A new slate. Clean, organized, and emphasized on the things I love. One of those things are…smoothie bowls.

My small obsession has recently been taken to a new level. Seriously, I’m researching boosts, powders, fruits, veggies, anything I can blend together and scoop into a bowl. These wonderful little treats are full of nutritional value. They’ve virtually opened new doors for my diet. Because of this, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes with you all.

Things We Need-

Frozen Strawberries

Frozen Blueberries

Unfrozen Blueberries

Blackberries

Bananas

Kiwi

Almond Milk

Granola

Agave

White bowl (optional for those of you who want the perfect Insta pic) 

Blender, Nutri Bullet, or Ninja (I find the ninja works the best out of these options)

To make this process easy, fill your blender of choice with solid ingredients first.

Begin, with 1/2 frozen strawberries and 1/2 frozen blueberries. Slice 1/2 the banana and add to blender. Set aside the other sliced half.

Cut and scoop kiwi out of skin. Set aside.

Pour Almond milk over fruit until covered. Secure lid, blend until thick and smooth texture starts to form. Add additional almond milk or frozen fruit as needed.

Shake mixture into bowl. Top bowl with prepared sliced kiwi, banana, blackberries, and unfrozen blueberries.

Garnish the bowl with your favorite granola and a small amount (or large amount) of agave for sweetness.

Take your beautiful breakfast outside for the perfect photo. Enjoy!

Get Fit With Me

Good morning friends! These last few days have been hectic. In the midst of packing for vacation and sorting out work issues, I’ve neglected my body. Not going to lie, I’ve eaten like absolute crap all week long. Bouncing back and forth between Chicago style hot dogs, left over Christmas chocolates, and lean cuisines. My mind and body are lacking.

Getting back on track with your health goals after a holiday can be difficult. No doubt, it’s become a struggle to get back into the swing of things. So, in an effort to give myself the motivation I need, I thought I’d share some of my go-to fitness and health tips with all of you.

I’m not in any way, shape, or form stating I’m a nutritionist or personal trainer. I just thought some of these things could help one of you on your journey to a happy and healthier lifestyle. At the very least, I hope this post gives you the little push you need to get off the couch, set dow
n the chips, and get active.

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Tip #1: 15 Minutes of Physical Activity

A great way to make small strides towards an active lifestyle is making time for a quick 15 minute workout. This could be as simple as jumping jacks, walking the dog, or speed cleaning. The bottom line, you’re making an effort and that in itself is important to recognize.

Tip #2: Snacking on fruits and veggies

It’s so easy to grab a fruit or vegetable in the morning to take on your way out the door. Most, are effortless to prep and filling for your apatite. Some of my favorites are carrots and ranch dressing, sliced apples, mandarin oranges, and small berries (add a few peanuts and raisins for a simple snack that keeps you going).

Tip #3: Make Playlists

A good song set up can change my bad attitude to a good one instantly. Try creating your own workout or relax playlist on Spotify. Lean towards songs and albums that make you feel motivated, empowered, and positive. It helps, trust me.

Tip #4: Walk or Run

Surprisingly, running has been my favorite exercise lately. It’s become so easy to hop on the treadmill and lose track of time. I throw on some of my favorite music and get into it. Before I know it, I’m running miles. If you’re looking for a way to burn calories and fat without the uncomfortable feeling running might give you, try walking. Set a timer and walk until it’s up. The time will fly by.


Tip #5: Drink Water

The easiest way to look good and feel good is making sure your body is hydrated. I’ve always struggled with this, until recently. Try swapping out your cups of coffee everyday with water bottles. Always having one with you makes it super convenient to reach for instead of something else. I’ve even found that the larger bottles inspire me to drink more rather than less. Swell bottles are great for this (keeps your drink nice and cold all day long). If you’re looking for a less expensive option, Smart Water bottles are large and reusable.