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Motivation Monday: No Doubt

Summer is FULL of good vibes. There’s sunshine, outdoor activities, longer days, and for some, a bit of travel. While you could be nose deep in a beach worthy novel, toes in the sand, chilled glass of rose in hand (aaahh) there still could be a part of you that is just feeling…well for lack of a better word…blah. Sometimes I find myself (even in the best of circumstances) feeling a lack of motivation. If you’ve got it all together and have never felt this way, this post may not be for you. But for the rest of us, I feel like it’s important to note that we don’t need to be pulled together and have it all figured out 100% of the time. I do think there is a time and a place for knowing when to give yourself some self-care, but most of the time I think we all just need a little push and dose of motivation to get us to where we want to be. Although they may be cheesy, I …

Motivation Monday:Always Have a Carrot

It’s easy to get wrapped up in what everyone else is doing especially in the age of scrolling through social media and the immediate reporting of what celebrities and public figures are off doing and jet setting to. You see the extravagant vacations and remote places people are traveling to but not the daily check-ins at the office, hours spent in traffic, meetings, early morning wake-up calls, and penny pinching that is going on behind the scenes. We’ve all been told it’s important to worry about ourselves and focus on what we are doing as opposed to others. While this is true, it can be difficult when it’s put in front of your face 24/7. What I find helpful when I’m having “vacation or lifestyle envy” is planning my own next adventure. Figuring out what I would like to do next and work towards that goal. This is what I call the carrot theory. Always dangling that “prize” (vacation, latest tech gadget, beauty treatment, pet, etc.) in front of you so you are working towards …

Wellness Wednesday: Travel Well

Hello and happy hump day! As I mentioned before, my summer travel is in full swing and the last thing I need is to be slowed down by any illness or inefficiency. Packing correctly is an art and when done correctly can change the vibe of your trip. I thought it would be useful to include some of my go-to tips I use when traveling that help me stay well and healthy on the road as well as efficient in my packing. MSF Tips To Travel Well Build a defense-keeping your body fueled with the right nutrients and vitamins before your travel is just as important as when you’re on your trip. Putting the right fuel in before you leave will give your immune system a better chance to fight off anything you come across, especially when your defenses are down during travel. Hydrate-travel (flying especially) dehydrates our bodies. It is extremely important to keep hydrated with water and be mindful that coffee or alcoholic beverages will only contribute to the issue when in the …

Motivation Monday: Fathers, Modern Day Heroes

This Motivation Monday is dedicated to some pretty important people that motivate us to be our best selves. It’s Monday, the start to a fresh week and one where we get to pay homage to the modern day heroes in our lives, dads. Fathers, mentors, husbands, brothers, uncles, there are many forms of what a father can mean to someone and it is something that is unique to each person. We would be in a very different place if we didn’t have these special men in our lives. It’s crucial to have a solid figure you can turn to when faced with hard decisions or a tough circumstance for guidance and perspective. Teachers, mentors, public figures, neighbors, friends, and family there are numerous variations of who can take this role on in your life. I count my blessings when I think of who this figure is in my life because luckily enough all these descriptions mentor, teacher, family, someone I look up to is all wrapped up into one person, my Dad. He has done …

Motivation Monday: The Power of Music

Happy Monday everyone! The start of the week is a great opportunity to set some goals and add an intention to set the tone for your week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed on Saturday morning thinking of all the errands, homework, research, laundry, etc. I was trying to accomplish before I was due to my Pilates studio lesson. I knew I would be in class for 5 hours so I was trying to make the morning as productive as possible. I noticed my anxiousness and in result tried to slow down and see what I could do to prioritize what needed to be done first. I sat down, made a list beginning with the tasks that were time sensitive. Once everything was on paper, I began to feel a little better. Next I made myself a nutritional breakfast knowing the day I had ahead and all the energy I needed to power me through the day. Lastly, I turned on our speaker in the kitchen and BLASTED my favorite playlist. Before long my list …

Wellness Wednesday: Everyone Does It, So Lets Talk About It

Today’s post can be viewed as a little TMI for some, but I’ve had enough friends ask my opinion on the subject to feel it’s a topic many can relate to. What’s the healthiest, most effective form of hair removal? Am I an expert? Not really. But I do have years of experience trying different methods and feel this familiarity has me well-read on the topic enough to give an educated opinion. I will try to keep it simple, even though this can be a complex topic with many points of view. I’ve listed the top ways of hair removal below and my pros and cons for each so you can decide what’s best for you. Hair removal cream: Pros-inexpensive, can be done at home, straightforward concept, minimum pain Cons-inconsistent, can cause rashes or skin irritations (if directions are not followed carefully), a lot of keep-up, precision is difficult to achieve Tweezing: Pros-gets the entire hair follicle (if done properly) so hair grows back slower, can be precise, inexpensive, can be done at home Cons-time, …

Motivation Monday: Set Yourself Up To Fail

We need to get comfortable with the idea of failing in order to achieve something that is extraordinary or worthwhile. Most of the great pioneers of our time were not told they were doing something practical or were sure to succeed. In reality, they were met with apprehension and criticism (think the Wright brothers, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, etc). In order to succeed at something of that magnitude, something others haven’t accomplished yet, you need to get into the mindset of setting yourself up to potentially fail. I have taken a few risks, some have paid off, some not so much. It has taken me almost a decade to even realize this was happening and even longer to learn to appreciate the journey. Risk #1-Moving to the west coast for a job transfer (life changing, win!) Risk #2-Starting a cupcake business in an overinflated market with no experience whatsoever (let’s call this an important lose) Even the risks we take that don’t pan out can be viewed as a win and it is up to us to …