Realness

Are You Truly Living?

By on February 12, 2018

This is one of my all-time favorite articles so I had to share. I originally received it in on of Natalie Diver’s emails and I re-read it all the time.

It really makes you think and it is SO true. Disclaimer: There are a few curse words.

So here it is:

The thing that gets the most under my skin is walking around the world and seeing people who have stopped living.

I see them on buses and in restaurants and walking on the street and it fucking devastates me.

It’s fucking miserable.

It’s a club 70% of our world has prescribed to.

I went to shake them and light a fire in their eyes.

You must quit the life you hate to start living.

I was talking with somebody last week about somebody changing careers and they said, “If I was them I would just lie down, take it and work for another 10 years even if I hated it, just to retire. They’re so close. Why start again?”

Every molecule in my being detested those words.

It makes my hackles raise and my mouth froth resent.

Doing the movements–the degree/the debt, the office job, the pension, the mortgage, waking up everyday hating a job you have to work to support the house you didn’t really want to buy and the degree you didn’t really use for the pension you’ll never use because you’ll get a disease from your misery and die before you can enjoy it isn’t living.

Whatever asshole told you that, lied.

I’m sorry—but its all absolute bollux and you need to start again.

Our generation is blessed with living in a world where we can do whatever the hell we want–we can pull jobs out of our assholes and throw pasta on walls.

There are kids pranking their moms on their Youtube channels getting paid $60,000 a video off advertising.

We live in a cool time–are you aware of what we can do, what you can do?

How some of my friends left their 9-5’s and started their own business and are absolutely killing it is not extraordinary to me.

I don’t think I or they are special cases.

I think too many people lay down in a life they don’t love and go, “Well, I guess I’m here so… fuck it, I’ll just stay.”

No shit we are a bunch of black out weekly alcoholics.

No shit we are addicted to Netflix so we can check out of real life.

No shit we get depressed because we feel it is hopeless and there’s no point.

Who said we have to stay?

Who said the solution is to lay down, wake up, brush our teeth, pee, get dressed, eat, shit, eat, and sleep?

Maybe your parents or a cool uncle or who knows—anyways, it isn’t true.

A friend of mine is in his seventies and getting a divorce.

When he told me his choice he said, “Janne, now is the most pressing time. And I know, shit, I only have maybe 20 years left. How do I want to live those 20 years?”

“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause.

And you refuse to do it because you are afraid. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

You aren’t doing anybody a favor when you stop living, stop trying.

When we heal our suffering, we heal this world.

When we do what we love, we heal this world.

You don’t need to write some fucking self help book with the intention it’s going to save people, or become Tony Robbins or go build 12 schools in Colombia (or do) to save our planet—you want to save our planet? Live your god damn truth.

Speak your truth, be your truth, live your truth—and go make some money off your truth while you’re at it.

Don’t lie down and drink the Kool aide and think you’re doing anyone any favors.

The greatest cause of disease is emotions that manifest into physical pain in our bodies—you want to swallow your truth and work, live a job you hate—it will kill you and that ain’t doing you or your family any favors either.

So how does it heal this world if I do what I love?

Because when you do what you love, you shine.

You become happy.

You float like a fucking weightless chipmunk through your days because nothing is heavy anymore.

People will walk up to you and when you tell them they will go, “Ahhhhh, that’s why. You’re happy because you do what you love.”

Like its some god damn secret that somebody needs to tell everybody else (even though you already know and he knows, and she knows and we all know).

“But, who will do all the jobs like bag groceries? Pick the garbage up? Not everybody is a beautiful, blonde, white 27-year-old female who can play on a surfboard and write poetry.”

You’re right, there is only one me—and my truth and my joy is writing poetry and somebody else’s truth and joy might be being a tow truck driver. In fact, one of the happiest humans I have ever met is a tow truck driver in Victoria. Shit grinning happy. Maybe happier than me.

He is living.

So quit blaming everybody for not living your life.

And go try.

The common complaint among a lot of these people is that they need to ‘find their passion.’

I call bullshit. You already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it. Seriously, you’re awake 16 hours a day, what the fuck do you do with your time? You’re doing something, obviously. 

You’re talking about something. There’s some topic or activity or idea that dominates a significant amount of your free time, your conversations, your web browsing, and it dominates them without you consciously pursuing it or looking for it.

It’s right there in front of you, you’re just avoiding it. For whatever reason, you’re avoiding it. You’re telling yourself, “Oh well, yeah, I love comic books but that doesn’t count. You can’t make money with comic books.”

Fuck you, have you even tried?” 

-Mark Manson

If you woke up tomorrow morning and had 6 million dollars, what would you do?

You have your thing—now go fucking live it.

Read the full article here. 

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Eats

Collagen Protein Smoothie

By on January 25, 2018

So this week has been crazy hectic with moving but I promised I would share what I put into my morning smoothie so here it is!

First of all, I’ve been looking all over for some plant-based protein and Whole Foods had this one on sale and I love it! Even though, I’m lactose-intolerant, whey protein has never bothered me but I just don’t love the idea that it’s sourced from milk.

Collagen, collagen, collagen.

If you haven’t heard of Vital Proteins, you may be living around a rock. But in case you haven’t, here’s why you need to be taking collagen every day:

Collagen is basically the building block of our hair, skin, nails, bones and joints. Our bodies don’t produce enough collagen on their own and our diets don’t contain enough to supplement it the way we need (unless you’re guzzling bone broth at every meal). But taking a collagen supplement daily can provide you these benefits:

Glowing skin
A more youthful appearance
Joint health
Tendon & bone strength
Healthy cartilage
Increased athletic performance
Improved digestion
Gut health
Deeper sleep

I mean who doesn’t want glowing skin, healthy nails and hair? I’m also all about some gut health.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is odorless and tasteless so you can literally mix it into water if you want. You can put it in hot and cold liquids – I just prefer it in a smoothie, but you could also put it in oatmeal. The suggested serving size is 2 scoops but you only need to take one, unless you’re training for something like a marathon.

The collagen is sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine to ensure a natural, high quality, sustainable source. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, hormone-free, non-GMO and preservative free so it passes most dietary restrictions. It’s also Whole 30 and paleo approved.

I never understood the difference between the Collagen Peptides and the Beef Gelatin until a Vital Proteins rep explained to me that the Beef Gelatin has the same benefits but can only be used in hot liquids as it will gelatinize in cold.

Bee Pollen

I also add bee pollen into my smoothie. I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of bee pollen and bee propolis lately. Bee pollen actually contains more protein and amino acids than any other protein source, like an egg or beef. It’s great for natural allergy relief and is naturally antibacterial, reduces inflammation and stimulates the immune system. Some of the other amazing benefits are:

Reduces inflammation
Acts as an antioxidant
Protects against liver toxicity
Boosts the immune system, also a natural allergy fighter
Works as a dietary supplement – lengthened the life span of experimental animals
Relieves menopausal symptoms (if you’re at that stage in your life)
Helps relieve stress (and I’m a fan of anything that does so)
Promotes healing
Aid in weight loss

P.S. Dr. Axe’s website is the best – he is so knowledgeable and his site has every DIY you could think of as from masks to sunscreen to eyebrow dye.

So here’s the recipe:

1/3 cup raspberries (sometimes with strawberries, cherries, blueberries also)
1/4 cup mangos
Handful of Power Greens from Trader Joe’s (frozen) – includes baby chard, baby spinach, baby kale
Scoop of Garden of Life Raw Organic Plant Based Protein in Vanilla
Scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Pinch of bee pollen (I didn’t link because it is supposed to stay refrigerated so you want to buy locally)
Fill Nutribullet cup up 3/4 of the way with water
Blend!

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Health + Wellness Routines

By on January 17, 2018

So here’s a peak into what I’ve planned for my day and night health/wellness routines for 2018:

AM:

Train around 5:30 am

As soon as I get home, I have my bulletproof coffee.

Then I have my ashwaganda with Trader Joe’s apple juice – it has the cleanest ingredients I’ve been able to find in a juice. I’m going to a do a whole post about ashwaganda but I take it to combat stress, which can kill you like a disease (dramatic I know but it’s terrible for you). I was pretty convinced after I read here that people were over 30% less stressed after taking it for 60 days.

Before I leave for work, I have a smoothie with Raw Organic Protein + Collagen Peptides + Bee Pollen – recipe to come next week!

And I take a Probiotic + Krill Oil + L-Lysine + Vitamin D3. I will do a separate post on the benefits of all of these!

PM:

ACV after dinner/ before bed – it really helps everything digest at the end of the day and keeps me from feeling too full when I go to bed. Other benefits here. I also mix this with a little bit of Trader Joe’s apple juice to mask the harshness of it.

Eat + Train

I’m trying to utilize the theme of “eat + train” this year, which I got from Tools of Titans. This is how I’m looking at food and working out this year – no more diets and “having to go to the gym.” I’m treating food as nourishment and medicine and working out as training. Food is the reason your body feels the way it feels, bad or good. But especially bad. On days that my energy levels are low and just feel off, it is 90% of the time due to the fact that I ate some sort of crap that day.

I also really want to run a quarter marathon in April – this is where training comes into play. I personally work so much harder when I have a concrete goal or something I’m working towards. There’s no better feeling than when something you worked so hard for pays off!

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Weekly Workout

By on January 14, 2018

One of my goals for the new year is to share more of the workouts I enjoy. This is a relatively easy full body workout I do at the gym!

I almost always do Whitney Simmon’s stretch routine before the gym. Seriously y’all – stretch. Before and after workouts. It truly helps with soreness.

Warm up – walk for 10 min on 8.0 incline at 3.5 mph

3×15
Leg extension machine
Sumo squats on Smith machine – 20 lbs added (10 lbs on each side)

3×15
Single-leg Romanian dead lift – 15 lb dumbbell
Side step lunges – 20 lb dumbbell
Goblet squats – 15 lb dumbell

Single-Leg Romanian Deadlift

3×15
5 lb dumbbells: lateral raise, front raise, rear delt fly
10 lb dumbbell: bent over rows, bicep curl

3×15
Tricep pull down (on cable machine) – 30 lbs
Vertical traction machine (similar to a lat pull down) – 60 lbs
Chest press machine – 50 lbs

And if you’re feeling it, do 15-20 min on the stair stepper for some cardio. Enjoy!

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Pulled Chicken Chili

By on January 9, 2018

One of my Christmas presents was a crock pot and I was so excited about it. I know – how very adult. It just makes lunches and dinners so much easier. Even breakfast if you want.

So the first thing we cooked in it was a pulled chicken chili. We went to a chili cookout a few weeks ago and have been inspired to perfect chili since. I’ve been trying to eat a little less red meat (I love red meat, more than chicken) so we decided to do a pulled/shredded chili instead of ground chicken or turkey. It just seems to stay moist longer.

Here’s what we ended up putting together:

3 organic chicken breasts
1 small onion, chopped
2 – 14 oz cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 – 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 – 4 oz can chopped chilies
1 – 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 – 15.5 oz can black beans, drained
1 – 15.5 oz can small red beans, drained
5 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp ground red cayenne pepper
3 tbsp Frank’s Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce (my fav hot sauce)
1 tsp cumin

I’m obsessed with Skinny Tastes recipes and basically what I did was combine these two recipes: 3 Bean Turkey Chili and Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili 

The original recipe only called for 2 tbsp of chili powder but I ended up adding in almost 3 more tbsp after it was done. It also didn’t call for any cayenne pepper or Frank’s Red Hot but I like my food kinda spicy.

I ended up wishing I hadn’t drained so much of the canned ingredients because the chili could have had a little more liquid in it. However, it was really, really good!

This recipe also keeps me on track with eating less gluten and no dairy (but yes, I did eat one piece of rosemary olive oil bread).

This was so easy to make while we slept or you could let it cook while you’re at work on Monday and then have it for the rest of the week! Enjoy.

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How Some Seriously Badass Boss Ladies Eat, Sleep, Workout and Chill

By on January 4, 2018

In July of this year, I bought the Marie Claire first ever Wellness Issue and it was so good that the magazine still sits on my coffee table.

I read through this section on how these seriously badass ladies do wellness time and time again so I figured I would share what I got out of it (this is directly from their site, my comments are the asterisks):

Laura Alber, CEO of Williams-Sonoma
Her diet: I feel my best when I eat multiple small meals through the day. I love fresh juice and smoothies—my favorite is fresh strawberries with mango and mint. I also try to drink Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar a few times a week with lemon and honey for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Her workout: I am religious about exercising six days a week. The first thing I do in the morning is check my phone, drink a cup of coffee, and get on my stationary bike for at least 30 minutes. I also love the 7 Minute Workout from Johnson & Johnson. It’s easy and effective at core-strength building. Plus: There’s never an excuse not to add seven more minutes.
Her chill: I just started meditating with the Headspace app, which has made me feel more centered, more reflective.

Tory Burch, Fashion designer
Her drink order: Tequila on the rocks.
Her workout: I work out most mornings. My brothers got me a Peloton exercise bike for Christmas, so now I don’t have an excuse not to.
Her mantra: Negativity is noise.

 
 
 
 

Savannah Guthrie, Coanchor of NBC’s Today Show
Her diet: I’m not anti-carbs; I just try to do my carbs early in the day, so by the end of the day, I try to be carb-free. And then on Friday and Saturday nights, I eat and drink anything I want. I don’t think you can do this job or parenthood without caffeine, a little wine, and dessert.
Her workout: I do a class in New York called Bari. It’s a hybrid of old-school Jane Fonda–type aerobics—because, in the ’90s, I was an aerobics instructor—cardio bouncing on a trampoline, and strength training, and I do that about three times a week.
Her sleep: Reading helps me fall asleep. It has to be kind of boring, but also sufficiently captivating that you get into it. I read a lot of The New Yorker.
Her chill: I get my nails done at the little no-frills place on the corner, and while they’re drying, I get a 20-minute back massage. It’s easy, and it doesn’t take long, so I don’t feel too guilty for being gone for a half hour from the kids.

Hannah Bronfman, DJ and founder of HBFIT and the Beautified app
Her health: I take probiotics in the morning and at night, but that’s not for everyone. I also add medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil to my smoothies. I’m loving Sun Potion powders right now: chaga, ashwagandha, cordyceps, and reishi. They’re good for my overall spirit and chi and energy.
Her workout: I work out about six hours a week. I like the workout studio Switch Playground in New York City. It’s kind of crazy. There are 20 stations, and you do them each for two minutes.

Bobbi Brown, Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and author of Beauty from the Inside Out
Her diet: I always start my day with two glasses of water, with either fresh-squeezed lemon or a little bit of sea salt if I’m dehydrated. And a double black espresso.
Her health: I take acidophilus, vitamin D, and fish oil every day. Everything else I figure you can get from food.
Her sleep: I rarely need help to fall asleep, but if I have to shut off my brain, I take either an Epsom salts bath, which puts magnesium in your body, or I’ll have a magnesium supplement. Magnesium just relaxes every single muscle in your body.
Her guilty pleasure: I love a good Martini (up, with three olives) on a Saturday night.
*Vitamin D is so good to take every day unless you’re at the beach and getting a ton of sun exposure. Also fish oil is key.

Jenni Konner, Writer, director, producer, and Girls show runner
Her diet: The truth is, I don’t eat breakfast. Lord knows I’ve tried. But I’m old and I don’t get hungry, so I skip. Sorry, nutritionists everywhere and the American Cereal Federation.
Her energy fix: Eden Tamari Almonds. They’re super-tasty and perfectly portion-controlled, because left to my own devices, I will eat 1,000 almonds.
Her chill: Transcendental Meditation. I do it 20 minutes, twice a day, when I’m on my game. It is nonjudgmental. If you make a grocery list, you are still meditating. If you fall asleep, you are still meditating. It is for everyone.
Her guilty pleasure: If you put cheese in front of me, keep your hands away from the plate.

Norah O’Donnell, Cohost of CBS This Morning
Her diet: I generally adhere to the Mediterranean diet: fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. I try to avoid processed foods and limit red meat.
Her energy fix: A small scoop of peanut butter with an apple or banana.
Her drink order: Tequila with a splash of tonic and lime, because there’s little sugar (or a headache in the morning).
Her workout: I work out with my trainer, Kira Stokes, twice a week, but I try to work out every day, even if that’s just a quick jog.
Her guilty pleasure: B-A-C-O-N.

Hilary Rhoda, Model
Her workout: I work out every single day for two hours. I do Tracy Anderson Method and SoulCycle. At Tracy Anderson, I do an hour dance-cardio class and then an hour of the definition and toning class. I started doing it eight years ago. I need things that are high-intensity, keep me engaged, and make me feel like I’m going to die after. I don’t feel like my day has started until I work out, so that’s important to me that I get it in every single day. It makes me feel strong, happy, calm, more confident.
Her guilty pleasure: Chocolate. I eat Peanut Butter M&M’s in the morning with my tea.
*She works out for 2 hours every single day but she eats M&M’s in the morning – talk about balance.

 

Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress and creative consultant at Neutrogena
Her sleep: I have a fantasy about not sleeping with electronics by the bed, but I have baby monitors and alarm clocks and all sorts of things. Wearing pajamas is important. It’s something I picked up from my kids, the ritual of getting them ready for bed. I was like, Oh, I should do the same thing.
Her beauty routine: I drink tons of water and coconut water, and use products from Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line, which have hyaluronic acid to encourage your skin to hold on to hydration. And I’m religious about not sleeping in makeup. I believe in double cleansing. And I protect my skin with SPF. There’s a myth in communities of color that we don’t have to, but we do.
*This is where I got double-cleansing from

Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23and Me
Her health: When I feel like I am getting sick, I take an All One Green Phyto Base vitamin and mineral powder. It makes me feel better when I’m run-down.
Her workout: I do spin for an hour and yoga for an hour three days a week, weights a few days a week. And I bike to work every day.

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Here’s to 2018

By on January 3, 2018

I’ve been in such a good mood this week. I know the New Year thing is really overhyped but there is something so cleansing about a new start. It was also really cool that the there was a super moon the first night of 2018, which is also considered a sign of renewal.

However, I do believe that each day and each week and even each month is a fresh start that you can enjoy through the year, not just at new Years.

But I am 100% certain that this is going to be best year yet (especially since I turn 25 this year).

Anywaysss, I want to share everything I’m finding to be my happiest, healthiest self from recipes to workouts to all the wellness stuff I buy.

I’m going to post much more consistently and share everything that inspires me.

I’ve decided I want to mainly focus on 3 things this year:

Loving my workouts – finding ways to workout that I love and don’t feel like a chore
Nourishing my body with food – food is medicine, you feel the way you feel every day because of what you ear
Clarity of the mind – whether it’s meditation or journaling, because you can’t do sh*t without a level head

So here’s to a happy, healthy 2018!

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Beauty | Fashion

Gift Guide 2017

By on December 19, 2017

What more could a girl want for Christmas than leggings, shoes or products? So here’s my gift guides for the fitness junkie and beauty guru.

Gift Guide - Fitness Junkie

 

Nike Sportswear Beanie with Removable Pom

Hydro Flask

Vixen Bra 

Onzie Sporty High Waist Leggings
I’m a sucker for a 7/8 leggings since I’m short

Nike Sportswear Women’s Half-Zip Pullover

Swell Bottle Modernist Bottle 

Lilybod Mikie Cool Eclipse Midi Leggings

FP Fletcher Run Hoodie

Adidas NMD_XR1 

L. Erickson Hair Ties
I love these. They don’t slip out of your hair at all while you’re working out and they don’t rip your hair out like the rubber ones

Brooks Crop Bra – Sand Snake 

Ultracor Ultra Matte Flash Knockout Leggings

Star Pant
I love that these come in in black, gray with black stars, and gray with white stars

Adidas + Karlie Kloss Crop Top

Bose Powerbeats 3
Amazon and Costco have them for the cheapest and I love that they come in almost every color you could want now

Cosmic Legging 

Gift Guide - Fitness Junkie (2)

Varley Runyon Sports Bra 

Olympus High Waisted Midi Legging 

Mesh to Impress Bralet 

Varley Terri Crop – White Snake

Beyond Yoga Make a Slash Sports Bra

Nike Pro Indy Cooling Sports Bra
Nike has the best inexpensive but quality sports bras (besides Target)

Brooks Revel Sneaker
The reviews on these for running are amazing so I’m about to snag a pair myself

APL: Athletic Propoulsion Labs TechLoom Pro Sneakers
People have been raving about how great these training shoes are, they also come in the cutest tones of pink and blue and green, plus Lulu Lemon is starting to sell them now

State Bags Kensington Slim Lorimer Backpack
Backpack’s are just easier for the gym and I love this abstract camo – plus its on sale right now!

Soma Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve

Climawear Escape Racerback Crop Bra
There is nothing better than a bra that can double as a top

Zella Live In High Waist Legging
Zella has the best priced liquid/leather looking leggings

Climawear Adventure Awaits Sports Bra & Leggings
These pieces are so cute as a set or separates

Zella Autumn High Wait Moto Ankle Legging
White and moto?! What more could you want (ps. the black ones are on sale)

Zella Live-In Midi Leggings in Fiery
I am obsessed with this color right now

Zella Wear It Out Bomber Jacket
The perfect to and from workout jacket

Another great idea is an Apple Watch now that they’ve come out with the 3 with Cellular so the Series 1 and 2 are cheaper

*Also I pin a ton of stuff to my Workout Wear board on my Pinterest if you need any more ideas

Gift Guide - Beauty Guru

 

Glam Glow Super Mud Set 

La Mer Introductory Set
Who hasn’t heard how amazing La Mer is? I have yet to splurge on anything La Mer yet but this gift set is a great way to gift La Mer

Origins Gift Set
This set has everything: cleanser, moisturizers and makes, plus I love this brand, especially their charcoal mask, which this includes

Morphe Brushes 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette
This was the first Morphe palette I bought and I’m obsessed, it has all the right colors. Plus you can’t beat the price at $18

BH Cosmetics Rose Gold 11 Piece Makeup Brush Set
I spotted this at UO a few weeks ago and the quality of the brushes and the pouch that it comes with is such a steal for the price

Origins Ginger Body Scrub
There is nothing better than an all natural scrub – you can buy in this tube here or in a glass container that I love here 

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit
This is the holy grail, the masks of the masks, plus this includes the 24k gold eye patches…

Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit
Every highlight color you could want

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Set 

Holiday Heroes Silver Edition by Space NK Apothecary
This set also has everything: EVE LOM cleanser, Sunday Riley Good Genes, travel-size Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick (lipstick was considered a sin back in medieval times so women used the natural acidity of lemons to bring forth a natural blood-red stain on their lips), plus a nail polish, award winning mascara, and a lip scrub

 

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Goal Setting in 2018

By on December 11, 2017

I saw a goal setting seminar for next year pop up on my Instagram ads today and I decided that for 2018, ironically, I’m going to cut out buying into that crap because I’m a sucker for an Instagram ad/productivity hack.

Am I maybe jumping the gun as far as goal setting for the new year? At first I thought so. But then I asked myself, “Do you want to be the kind of person joining the gym on Jan 1st and stop going within the month?” Nope.

I’m a true believer that having goals for the new year is great but we all know that 99% of people drop them all by the end of the first month.

When is the last time you actually completed those things or kept them up?

But if you’re proactive and start changing your mindset now and really reflect on what you did well this year and what kind of fell off, your goals are so much more attainable next year.

Take some time (aka sit down and get off your phone) and truly think about what you wanted to do this year. As far as your health, fitness, in your job, with your routine, your finances, your social life.

Did you do what you wanted to do this? What did you achieve? What went well? Don’t feel bad about what you didn’t achieve. Just commit to setting better goals so you can make it happen this coming year.

Think about what kept you from achieving those goals. How can you prevent that from getting in the way this year? What exactly do you need to do to get where you want to be?

Don’t throw out the same damn goal ideas you’ve had every year – work out more, eat better, lose weight, save money, etc. If you throw crap out like that and don’t really quantify it or elaborate, how are you ever going to attain them because you don’t even really mean it?

First of all, don’t set too many goals. If you have over 10 goals for the new year, you’re going to forget about the majority in a week.

Be realistic. If you’re not in the habit of working out, don’t make your goal going to the gym 7 days a week for 2 hours a day. Set a goal of going 2-3 times a week and work your way up from there.

And then find a way to track these goals. It’s hard to stick with goals that you can’t consistently track. I’m much more accountable if I have a way to see it on a daily basis. You could get a white board calendar, you can use an app – even just Google calendar.

It’s easy to write a giant list. But take the list and categorize them. Then choose the best one in each category and stick with it. What I’m going to focus on in the coming year is working out, food/meal prep, social media (less of it), and time management/scheduling.

So as far as working out (as a category), I want to be in the gym 5-6 times a week with 2-3 days of cardio, even if that means working out both Saturday and Sunday. I have a ton more goals when it comes to working out but that’s the one I’m emphasizing for 2018.

I also want to follow a scheduled calendar – right now I write a schedule almost every week and forget about them an hour later. This includes actually time blocking and not getting distracted.

Other categories could be things like food. Say you want to start meal prepping – start with a goal of meal prepping at least your lunch and then you can start doing all of your meals.

My point is that you can’t do it all when it comes to goals – you have to pick and choose.

Goals are also much more attainable if you quantify them without being overzealous.

For instance, if you want to lose 10 lbs, don’t set your goal to just be “lose 10 lbs” – set it in increments per week or month.

Another goal I’m adding to my list is to stop getting caught up in social media for minutes or hours – basically to stay in my own lane and stop comparing myself to others.

Here are some other goal ideas:

Read more books – let’s say one a month
Do a Whole30 – I promise it will change the way you relate food to how you feel on a daily basis
Track your spending for a month – you’ll be surprised how much $ you spend on crap
Try meditating – 1 minute a day
Try something new – a hobby, a sport, writing, painting
Learn to find comfort in being alone – even live alone if you can (one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – you’ll learn so much about yourself)
Stop following people that don’t add anything to your life or bring enjoyment to you
If you’re in a relationship, do something for your partner once a month that is totally selfless

So while tomorrow marks 2 weeks until Christmas, take some time and think about what you want to do next year to make it to the best year yet.

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The Top 18 Wellness Trends of 2018

By on December 5, 2017

Well and Good just released the top 18 wellness trends they foresee for 2018. They’re so on point with these every year so I could not be more excited! Here’s what they predicted:

No. 1. “If you like turmeric, you’re going to love moringa.” It’s supposedly an even more powerful inflammation fighter and actually has a likable, slightly sweet taste.

No. 2. “Skin care that protects you from the tech world and pollution. UV rays, pollution, blue light from laptops, and harsh ingredients do a number on our skin—which is why the next wave of skin-care products is working to support it in the modern world.”

No. 3. “Self-Care is essential, not an indulgence. Busy women (so, all of us) are realizing that me-time isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.” Amen to this. Say ‘no’ more often.

No. 4. “Women are using technology to disrupt birth control access. Female founded start-ups are side stepping politicians with birth control delivery services and at-home STI testing to get women care they need.” This should be available to everyone seriously so YGG on this one.

No. 5. “Bringing the fitness studio home. Marquee-name fitness gurus and mega brands that capture the magic of an IRL sweat sesh want to get into your living room.” I’ve been seriously considering investing in a Peloton though…

No. 6. “Pet food that’s as healthy as yours. You and you’re four legged friend will have more similar eating habits than ever before.” Stop buying your dog food that’s mostly fake crap.

No. 7. “Brain-Boosting supplements are the new medicine cabinet MVP. Nootropics are about to give a little dose of “Limitless” to the nation.” Focusing on l-theanine and the stimulant and “happiness-hormone booster” phenylethylamine, nootropics such as Nootrobox and Trubrain are next on my list to try now that I’ve mastered BulletProof Coffee.

No. 8. “Home decor goes woo woo. If 2017 was the year of staying in, 2018 is when you’re home style will get a whole lot healthier (and palo santo-scented).” Home Depot now carries an array of Himalayan salt lamps. And Lulu Lemon tested a collaboration with Pottery Barn this year…

No. 9. “Longevity is the new ‘anti-aging.’ Don’t know your telomeres from your mitochondria? You will soon enough.” Explained in depth in the article but basically in 2018, we’re going to see a growing obsession with the most microscopic elements of the process of aging

No. 10. “Activewear shows its softer side. The hottest looks next year will be the ones that make you look great and feel cool…calm, and collected.” I’m going to a post on cozy activewear because who doesn’t lounge in their activewear already?!

No. 11. “Biohacking is the next wave of women’s wellness. Women are taking the Silicon Valley boys’ club craze and adapting it for their own biology.” Think Bulletproof coffee, Moon Juice’s adaptogens, ketogenic and Paleo diets, the science behind menstrual cycles and the skin’s microbiome

No. 12. “Welcome to the era of lunar everything…awareness of Mercury in retrograde and zodiac seasons are about to be as mainstream as horoscopes.” This is so exciting because I’ve been trying to explain about mercury in retrograde actually affects us and no one gets it…yet.

No. 13. “High-tech sleep science arrives in the bedroom. This is the year technology is welcomes into the bedroom to actually improve the quality of your zzz’s.” Download the Sleep Cycle app.

No. 14. “Nut-milk yogurt, now colonizing a dairy case near you. Change is coming to yogurt culture.” If you haven’t cut out dairy yet…

No. 15. “Clean makeup finally nails bold color and full coverage. Every seriously pigmented shade you could ask for, minus the questionable ingredients.” This is everything – who doesn’t want a full coverage foundation that doesn’t make you question what the hell could possibly make it so thick? This used to be a rarity but now Target even carries Honest Beauty’s makeup.

No. 16. “Kombucha goes big —and craftier. Here’s a fizzy paradox for you: 2018 may be the year the gut-health-friendly beverage becomes more mass and more niche than ever.” Let’s also hope cheaper because I love kombucha and the benefits and probiotics but $$$

No. 17. “Women’s coworking clubs: chic covens for connection. Smart, driven women are plotting world domination over matcha…in feminist-first (and Instagram-worth) spots.” This is so exciting and I hope something like this comes to Charlotte. (We already have Industrious and Hygge and I’m sure a few more I don’t know about).

No. 18. “Analog destinations to unplug are the new *it* spots. Where disconnecting is the entire point…not the sign of a bad WIFI connection.” I recently went to the mountains with the intention of being out of cell service and disconnecting but ended up going 3 gig’s over my data.

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