Third Trimester and All The Feels

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a personal blog post and so I felt like it was time to talk about my pregnancy. Before I was pregnant, I’ve always said once I was carrying, I wasn’t going to make it a big deal. Was I thankful to be carry a baby? Hell yes, but that didn’t take away the fact that I wasn’t going to be talking about it non-stop because I’m not that person.

Throughout this pregnancy, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I got lucky. Have I felt nauseous off and on, heartburn, exhausted? Hell yeah, but those symptoms are common. I tested negative to gestational diabetes, haven’t gained weight in any other spots - besides my belly and still don’t look almost 35 weeks pregnant. Some days I just look bloated, but not really pregnant. Honestly, I look like I was pregnant before and am now trying to lose the weight.

I cannot believe how quickly May has flown by! According to the app Ovia, I have 5 weeks, 2 days left until our baby girl arrives. Like, holy shit! The realism has started to sink in that I’m going to be a mom. It feels like I’ve been pregnant forever though.

Thinking back to the night I took the test and found out I was in fact pregnant is CRAZY. I was so emotional, sad and wasn’t sure if I was ready for all of this, but ready or not, she’s coming soon! I feel different now, but my first initial thought was, can I really do this? Can I really bring a baby into this world? Am I ready for my body to completely change?

I’m sure there are many women who go through similar emotions, but no one ever talks about them. I mean, I’ve always been VERY self-conscious about my body and gaining weight, but I’ve had to set that aside because, well, I’m growing a human being, so I cannot be so concerned. I just watch what I eat and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In terms of her room, it’s all ready for her arrival, I’m preparing my hospital bag within the next few weeks, and then we’ll assemble the car seat.

I also wanted to just give you a breakdown of my symptoms each trimester:

First Trimester:

Nauseous
EXHAUSTED
Hungry all the time

Second Trimester:

More energized
Nauseous
Heartburn
Headaches

Third Trimester (up until now):

Feeling bloated all the time
Constantly having to pee
Nauseous (yeah, I wish I could say that went away)
Hungry most of the time

Again, all the symptoms I’ve named above are common and most women experience them, but for someone who has never had children, it was all new to me. At this point, I cannot sleep through the night because I wake up peeing at least 3-4 times (despite not having water) and often cannot get comfortable. My biggest issue is I’m a bad sleeper and they say NOT to sleep on your back because the weight of my uterus can compress a major blood vessel, called the vena cava. I don’t do it on purpose, but in the morning, I somehow end up waking up on my back. And, I don’t know how to prevent that from happening. If you have any tips, let me know!

So, I’m happy to report I’m almost at full-term (which will be on June 4th) = 36 weeks! HOLY. SHIT.

Are you depriving yourself?

Deprivation: depriving oneself of something or someone

One cookie will not make you gain weight nor will one donut. It would take many cookies + many donuts that would make you pack on the pounds. You need to stop believing everything you hear + read on Google. You need to sift through the truth and “marketing tactics” these companies continue to convince their consumers about.

Is it hard? Yes because all our lives we're taught different things when it comes to nutrition. Forget what you learned! All you need to know is this:

  • eat less processed foods re: TV dinners, pre-packaged salads with “chicken,” or frozen chicken tenders

  • Less sugar

  • More grains (unless you have celiac disease)

  • More veggies

And, bam, that is IT! There’s no special formula, trick or tactic that you need to follow. You wouldn’t be depriving yourself and you can still lose weight.

We need to reminder food is fuel, food is medicine and stop thinking about it as our enemy. It’s hard to change your mindset around food. I know because I’m still trying to view food as fuel. But, it can happen.

That is IF you’re ready to change your mindset and be open to trying new foods. Are you willing to substitute plant-based food for animal products a few times a week in order to lose weight? Are you willing to start listening to your body? I mean REALLY listening. No, you cannot have a conversation with your body, but can determine if you’re hungry or thirsty.

It takes time and effort. You could put this energy into changing your mindset instead of “dieting” because let’s face it…. dieting SUCKS.

Most likely all you plan on consuming are salads, smoothies. But, you’re unable to eat fries, burgers, cookies or even cupcakes? Not even 1? Eating SALAD every single day as “punishment” is not a way to live. It just sounds horrifying! It doesn’t have to be that way - I promise.

If you’re ready to change your mindset + stop the dieting mentality, let’s chat! If you want to learn about balancing nutrition + healthy relationships and so much more, why not schedule a FREE health consultation? I promise it will be worthwhile if you’re ready + willing to change your ways. Let’s get you on the road to feeling healthier + happier.

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Are You Really Hungry? How Do You Know?

You’re out at a restaurant and order an appetizer & entree + you feel full to the max. I mean, bloated full, yet when the waitress asks you for a dessert menu, you say “yes.” You start reading all the desserts: ice cream with a chocolate brownie, molted lava cake, strawberry shortcake and the list goes on.

Are you hungry?

Nope, but you order dessert anyway.

A few reasons why could be:

  • Because it sounded good

  • You had a bad day

  • You’re craving ice cream

  • You’re an emotional eater

Food can serve as many purposes such as a stress reliever, entertainment, a reward, pleasure or even a punishment. Sometimes your relationship with food isn’t always straightforward. But, when it comes to food, it’s so much more than just “tasting” good.. Sometimes, we have emotional ties with food that we didn’t even know about. We use it to soothe ourselves when times are rough and don’t see it as fuel.

When it comes to food, I am not perfect. Sometimes, I eat when I’m not hungry because it looks good. But, it’s rare that that sort of thing occurs because I’ve learned to listen to my body and ask myself if I’m hungry or just thirsty. I mean, if I just ate a big meal and I feel hungry, I know that my body is begging for water. But, many people mistake that cue for more food and instead of stopping while they’re ahead, they keep eating. In turn, this could turn into a habit.

So, how can YOU tell when your hungry? Do you typically listen to your body? Do you follow a strict diet or schedule when it comes to eating?

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy does not need to cost you an arm + a leg! Most people believe that they're unable to buy healthy food because they simply cannot afford it + that's far from the truth.

There are plenty of ways to eat healthy on a budget + I'm going to provide you with those ways:

1) Buy canned or frozen veggies. Frozen fruit + canned veggies last longer than fresh produce. I suggest doing half and half. If you have certain foods that you know you’ll make the week of, I’d opt for fresh fruit. For foods you’ll make later on, just buy them in a can.

2) Buy 1-2 animal-based protein. Animal products are a bit expensive. So, I'd suggest buying only one or two animal-based protein whenever you go shopping. If you do buy chicken or beef, try to opt for organic grass-fed beef or pasture-raised chicken. I know they can be decently expensive, but it’s better than buying conventional meat because the animal is coped up and doesn’t have room to roam around and in turn they most likely contracted a disease, which in turn could be passed onto YOU.

3) Always read food labels. Before buying any food, be sure to check the ingredients. I cannot stress this enough. The rule of thumb is if you’re unable to understand ALL of the ingredients, you probably should not be putting said food in your body. Need help with understanding ingredients? I’m doing a Facebook live next Wednesday, May 8.. Click here to join my tribe!

4) Buy less junk food. It’s okay to splurge on chips once in a while, but try not to make it a habit. Chips are nothing but empty calories and they do nothing for you nutritionally. Instead, buy a bag of potatoes and make them yourself! Not only are they healthier, they might be cheaper.

5) Replace animal protein with plant-based protein. Chickpeas, black beans, legumes, lentils are a few options you can buy instead of chicken or beef. They’re way cheaper and you feel full aftward. You might be either skeptical or thinking you’ll still be hungry, but I can assure you if you eat the right amount of plant-based protein, you won’t! If you need suggestions, let’s chat!

6) Make a grocery list before you shop. Hunger + no grocery list makes for a bad combo. This might be something you do anyway, but for me, growing up, my mom wouldn’t make a grocery list and would end up going over budget. If you’re trying to stick to a certain amount of money, I’d suggest choosing recipes and only buying the ingredients for each one.

7) Buy in bulk. I didn’t think it was cheaper to buy in bulk, but really it is! Overtime, it will save you money. I buy healthy foods from Costco, which I personally like better than BJ’s & Sam’s Club. I think they have more organic & healthy foods.

8) Cook large portions. It’s awesome when you make a meal big enough to eat for lunch to next day! So, make foods that you know will be sure to yield leftovers. How about pasta with veggies? Homemade pizza? Rice with veggies?

9) Buy generic brands. Usually name brands are more expensive than generic brands. If you find that they have the same exact ingredients and the generic brand is cheaper, opt for generic. It will save you so much money in the long run!

10) Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry. Be sure to eat lunch, dinner or a snack before food shopping because you’re more likely to pick up whatever looks good, which is usually junk food.

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10 Ways to Stay Happy + Healthy

I used to think just by eating clean and healthy foods, it would equal to a guaranteed happy + healthy life and boy was I wrong!

Here’s the truth: eating all the salad & kale will not automatically make you happy + healthy because there are so many other components.

Sure - these foods WILL make you feel good, but they will not be the all end all because as humans, we crave companionship and if you’re not getting that in your life, in turn you might end up with an eating disorder, binge eating, etc. And, I’m NOT saying that just because you don’t have a boyfriend, you’re destined to be unhappy! All I’m saying is relationships of any kind are extremely important for your overall well-being along with a few other components.

Here are ways to stay healthy:

1) Eating healthy. Okay, again, this one is obvious. Eating bags of cheetos every night will not make you feel good. In fact, your stomach will probably HATE you. Eating those types of foods once in a while is fine, but not all the time. I always stick to the 80/20 rule. Most of the time, I’m eating salad, sweet potatoes, kale, etc and foods that will benefit my body instead of hurt it and then the other 20%, I eat chips or something considered “unhealthy.” Remember: we only get 1 body, so why punish it day in and day out?

2) Building relationships. Whether it’s a significant other, family or friends, surround yourself with loved ones. We all crave human interaction and making memories with people is SO good for your health. So, plan a girls night, a date night, or go out to dinner with your family ASAP!

3) Enjoying your job. Do you like your job? There are so many people who have stayed in their jobs because of the pay or they cannot find another job and it’s sad. If you’re finding you’re miserable with your job, it might be time to re-evaluate your job situation. Being miserable at a job will only bring on negative emotions, which could lead to depression. Try to make sure you’re happy at your job and if you’re not, sometimes happiness overpowers money!

4) Being financially stable. Do you feel as if you’re financially stable? This is a hard question for most because we always want more! The amount of money we earn isn’t always enough, but there’s a difference between living to work or working to live. When you’re financially stable, you’re less likely to feel stressed. I get that sometimes you feel like you don’t earn enough, and you’re looking for a way to earn more, consider taking on something you enjoy on the side! If you’ve always wanted to be a dog walker, baby sitter, blogger, vlogger, health coach, etc, why not go for it? But, if you’re happy with your situation, more power to you!

5) Going to trips. I find that traveling is good for the mind, body + spirit. Getting away from life for a few days clears your mind and makes you feel less stressed. And, besides, who doesn’t like to try new restaurants, explore different cities and decompress? It doesn’t have to be a long trip or that far, rather, you could go somewhere local and still feel the same way.

6) Get off social media. I say comparison might just be the death of Americans. Our whole lives are spent looking at other people’s lives, bodies, etc and feeling depressed. So…. stop scrolling for a few days and you might find yourself feeling happier + healthier.

7) Have sex. Okay, okay, no one wants to talk about sex + I get it, but it is healthy to have sex. It puts you in a good mood and the sensation is like nothing else, so as long as you’re safe, have all the sex you want!

8) Listen to music. Maybe this is a personal preference, but I find that listening to music definitely makes me happier!

9) Enjoy food. Try not to let food rule your entire life. If you’re craving a donut, have the damn donut. Don’t restrict yourself because you’ll end up binge eating. Please try not to punish yourself for listening to your body. Just enjoy every single bite of that donut and eat healthy the rest of the day. It DOES not have to be a recipe for disaster. Rather, think of it as a treat!

10) Spend time with your animals. I find that taking my dogs for a walk or simply cuddling with them puts me in a better mood. Whether you have a dog. cat, rabbit, etc, make sure they know how much you love them!

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How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy

Honestly, my pregnancy has been pretty flawless. I mean, sure I’m exhausted, nauseous, have heartburn, can’t sleep, cannot stand to sit at a desk like I used to and feel like a blimp, but I’m lucky that I’ve had a good pregnancy. And, I’ve always been health-conscious and knew that would still remain true during pregnancy. I promised myself that I’d give in to my cravings, but wouldn’t go too overboard.

I’ve gained about 25 pounds and I’m 30 weeks & a few days, but the weight has been in my breasts and my growing bump, but nowhere else, so again, I say I’m lucky. Every woman is different and I get that, but there are ways to can have a healthy pregnancy.

1) Exercise. You’re probably thinking two things: duh or I’m way too tired! Okay, okay, I get it. BUT, even if you go for a 10-15 minute walk, that still counts as exercise. You won’t want to do it every day because gosh, that fatigue is intense, but try to do it when you can! Or, hop on the elliptical, treadmill, walk around your office. ANY form of exercise is GREAT during pregnancy.

2) Listen to your body. I CANNOT stress this enough. Are you really hungry or are you thirsty? Do you really want to eat 3 cheeseburgers? Why not have 1 and then some fruit or veggies with it? I get it, we all have cravings. I know I do, but you should NOT go overboard. In my opinion, it doesn’t give you permission to overeat because then you’ll end up feeling like shit afterward. Eat the damn burger and fries, but try not continue on the greasy foods pattern the rest of the day.

3) Drink water. WATER, WATER, WATER! Is water boring? Put citrus in it to spice it up. Lemons, oranges, limes, cucumbers, whatever floats your boat. I promise, it won’t taste as bad. Plus, it will help cleanse and flush out the toxins.

4) Meal prep. This makes things soooo much easier on the days you’re exhausted. Lately, when I bake, I usually make more so I can freeze it eat later on. Most nights I come home and simply do not feel like cooking!

5) Spend time with family & friends. We all crave connecting with other human beings and there’s nothing healthier than spending an evening or afternoon surrounded by your loved ones. Go out to dinner, go shopping, do something that makes you happy.

6) Don’t obsess over your weight. Gosh, you have to practice what you preach, right? This is more like a reminder for myself more than anything! It might be hard to watch the scale go up and up, but just remember that you’re growing a human being! Your body is doing AMAZING things!

7) Don’t stress! Stressing about things you cannot control or work-related situations isn’t always preventable, but also isn’t good for the baby, so when you feel like you’re stressing, either walk away from the situation, meditate or do something that relaxes you!

8) Sit outside. I’ve found sitting outside not only gives me Vitamin D, but also makes me happy. Getting the fresh air does wonders for me. Just feeling the breeze will make you feel more content.

9) Sit down! So, you’ve been running around all day. You need to give your body rest and please reminder that it’s okay to sit down. When I sit for a long period of time, I feel guilty and lazy, but really I need to remember that growing a human being is HARD. It’s exhausting and not easy, so taking that time is extremely important.

10) Take a nap. Feeling tired? Well, I pretty much feel tired every single day and when I get a chance, I try to take a nap. I remind myself that it’s okay, just like sitting down and watching TV once in a while. So, if you’re tired, do it! You deserve it because you’re amazing!

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Why I Made The Switch to Stainless Steel Products

Last week, I watched a documentary on Netflix called The Devil We Know.

This documentary seriously pissed me off. And, I don’t get angry that often. I’ll tell you why. Because I’m finding that big corporations can get away with murder when it comes to their products, ingredients and how they advertise. Just because they have money, it automatically means they can get away with messing with consumers’ health.

The Devil We Know is the story of how one synthetic chemical, used to make Teflon products, contaminated a West Virginia community. But new research hints at a much broader problem: nearly all Americans are affected by exposure to non-stick chemicals in food, drinking water, and consumer products. With very little oversight on the chemical industry in this country, we invite you to learn more about the problem and how you can protect yourself and your family, according to their website.

This is why we decided to make the switch to stainless steel products. After watching that documentary, I seriously started thinking about how C-8 is now in my blood along with my daughter and so many other Americans and I just don’t want to keep using these products only to increase my risk of detrimental diseases. I mean, I know already that this chemical is linked to thyroid disorders, chronic kidney disease, liver disease and testicular cancer.

So, a few days later, our pots and pans arrived. We bought them on Amazon, which was the cheaper option. Then, we went through our pantry to find a brownie pan, 3 baking pans, bread pan as well as utensils, so one by one, we’re getting rid of them. So, we went ahead and also bought stainless steel utensils and 3 baking sheets. We’re just going to cover the other pans with aluminum foil or parchment paper. I know people won’t be able to just go out and spend money on new pans, but this is something that I felt was extremely important because of the future dangers of being continuously exposed to this chemical.

For the most part, we try to eat healthy, stay away from processed food, eat wholesome meals, plant-based foods, exercise, but sometimes, even when you put forth all that effort, it could still bite you in the ass. And, this isn’t me telling you it’s not worth it, I’m just saying life is not guaranteed.

But, if you at least TRY then, I’m proud of you for caring enough to do so! If you have any questions about the pans I purchased or feel like you need an accountability coach, please feel free to reach out!

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I'm Overcoming an Undiagnosed Eating Disorder....

**PLEASE NOTE THAT I’M DEALING WITH MY UNDIAGNOSED EATING DISORDER & NOT LETTING IT GET TO A POINT OF NO RETURN. Honestly, some days are worse than others. I wrote this in the hopes that it helps someone else in a similar situation. I’ve always told you I’ve be open & transparent with you, so here goes!

Growing up, I was always self-conscious about the way I looked.

In high school, I got a little heavier and by senior year, I knew I had to make a change. So, I lost weight, but there were days when I just didn’t think I was skinny enough.

I’ve carried that mentality ever since and I didn’t know why I felt this way - until I started attending Institute for Integrative Nutrition and found out I had an undiagnosed eating disorder.

That means I never binged or purged or did any self-conflicting damage, I would just tell myself that I wasn’t good enough and I could only eat a certain amount of calories. If I ate too much, I would NEED to work it off. If I didn’t, I would feel like absolute crap. I tried to change my mindset, but nothing worked.

Then, I got pregnant and KNEW if I did not change, I would be hurting my child.

I was nervous though because I knew my mind would creep in and potentially take over.

The first trimester was hard. Every time I would eat more than I usually do, my mind would say, “no, no, no you’re not allowed to eat that much.” I tried to fight what my mind was saying, but somehow, I couldn’t fight the urge to want to listen. Gosh, I was PETRIFIED of gaining weight. Every time I thought about gaining a pound or so, I would cringe.

“You are growing a freaking person inside of you, Hope, you need to stop,” my husband would remind me. Then, there was my mother who told me the same followed by one of my friends. And, I KNEW I had to listen.

I knew I was blessed because so many women cannot get pregnant and I was privileged enough to get pregnant, so I had to stop wasting my time on such a stupid matter. At the same time, I knew it was psychological and if I needed to seek help, now was the time to do so.

When my 2nd trimester began, my mindset started to change and I felt differently. Instead of constantly worrying about the amount of food I was consuming, I focused on my growing baby. I’m not saying I’m completely “over” it, but I’d definitely feel better about myself and am happy about being pregnant.

** Please note that there was NEVER a time I put my growing baby in danger due to my mind. I ate when I was hungry, but never overdid it.

If you’re struggling with an undiagnosed eating disorder that you had no idea you had, please talk to someone! Do not be afraid to ask for help or pretend that everything is okay.

I knew that if it got to a point where it was affecting my everyday routine and my life in general, I would seek help but at this time, I can handle it on my own and know how to talk myself out of feeling like I need to eat less. I’m NOT going to endanger my growing child just because my mind is telling me not to eat “too much.”

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Pay attention to your triggers. Does eating certain foods make you feel bad about yourself? Does a certain friend or family member make you feel about about yourself? Stay away from them because you DO NOT NEED that negative energy!

  2. You’re binge eating and then throwing up. RED Flag! It’s not normal, so you should probably find someone to talk to about why you’re doing this in the first place.

  3. If the thought of gaining weight concerns you, then you may want to seek help!

There are always people around to talk to. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a therapist YET, feel free to reach out to friends, family or a holistic health coach!

How To Gain Control Of Your Anxiety

I’ve never battled with anxiety as much as I have the past few months. It’s like I’m suffocating and I’m trying to stay afloat. And, then, someone walks by and pushes me back under water.

People think holistic health coaches are supposed to be perfect and “put together” when it reality, we’re just like you. We battle with our own issues and by understanding what’s wrong and trying to fix it, we can be better equip to assist people who are going through the same problem.

There are ways to cope with anxiety and you need to know them and learn your triggers. Do you know what makes your anxiety start? Are there certain people or objects that make it worse?

The first step is learning what makes you tick. From there, you can prevent the downward spiral from happening.

Mine usually starts in the morning.

It’s not like I don’t feel absolutely thankful and overjoyed that I have a little girl on the way, it’s the anxiety of money, job, etc that comes along with the territory. My husband’s business hasn’t been doing as well as last year, so we’re struggling a bit financially.

It’s like when it rains, it pours. First the HVAC system, then the windows and then from there, it’s like there’s almost no money left. So much to pay for. It’s no wonder so many Americans are struggling financially and can’t afford anything!

I mean, it could be so much worse, which is what I remind myself, but that doesn’t always make my anxiety go away. So, after crying when I get home after a long day, I’ve started trying to focus on other things.

Here are a few ways I deal with anxiety:

1) Baking. Recently, I’ve gotten more into baking and I’m finding it relaxes me. I’ve found some great recipes that taste delicious and consist of healthy ingredients. Besides, why buy dessert when you can make it?!

2) Bike riding. I came home today and said to my husband, “I’d like to go on a bike ride.” I figured it was exactly what I needed after a long day and it did the trick!

3) Yoga. Why pay for a class when you can just search on youtube for yoga classes? It’s free and more relaxing because you’re by yourself.

4) Go for a walk. Clear your mind with a walk. Added bonus: listen to your favorite tunes!

5) Journal. Writing down my thoughts and feelings always makes me feel less anxiety and stressed. It’s like I’m vomiting on the page, which in turn makes me feel relieved.

Stop letting anxiety take over! You do have control and you need to find ways to gain it back. Of course, if you need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out!

The question I leave you with this: What makes YOU happy?

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Sharing My LOVE STORY In Hopes That It Will Inspire You

October 6, 2013: Hey, that sounds like a really cool career path in writing but way to go in considering a pursuit of your health admiration!!!

I had no idea that the conversation I had with this guy on October 6, 2013 would turn into something even bigger than I EVER knew.

But, you have to start somewhere.

I’m not going to sugar-coat it or lie to you when I say that it has been easy because it hasn’t. When I first met my husband, he was closed off. He had never had a girlfriend and he was an angry person who bottled up his feelings. And, I’m not going to say I was perfect either because I was very immature and didn’t know how to handle situations in a mature manner.

We grew close very quickly and soon, he began to open up and his anger slowly began to diminish.

As for me, I was scared of my feelings. He was the first guy who I truly cared about. Sure, I had other boyfriends, but this was different.

Our love story is different because after 15 months of dating, we moved to another state that was 12+ hours away in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. and we were tested in more ways than 1.

It was then that we needed to see if we’d last.

There were days I’d doubt our relationship and felt breaking up was our best option. I pondered it one day as I lay in our apartment. And, he knew I had doubts.

Conversation after conversation drew me closer to the breaking point.

And, I didn’t feel like I could talk to anyone about my doubts for fear of the person telling me what I already knew - we needed a break.

Gosh, I was terrified.

But, there was always something there. There was something telling me that he was the one for me and reminding me that I was never going to find a flawless man. I would always find something to complain about. I would always find something about the person that drove me nuts.

And, then, just like that, the doubts were gone.

Then, in November 2015, he popped the question. But then, a few months later, we were presented with another test - he lost his job and we had to move back home.

Devastated and still immature, I handled it terribly instead of appreciating the fact that we had the option to move back home.

As time progressed, the doubts resurfaced.

In fact, the doubts resurfaced a few months before we got married. This is the part that no one knows about because I never disclosed this information. I held it in, but finally talked to him about it.

Did I believe it was a red flag. Duh. But, I also know myself and thinking that THE PERFECT MAN is out there for me WITHOUT FLAWS was ridiculous.

All I knew was I HAD to talk to him about my feelings.

We both had tears in our eyes as I explained to him that I wasn’t sure if we should get married due to his flaws.

Here were the 2 questions: would I ever be able to accept them OR would I dwell on them for the rest of my life?

I cried because I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I was madly in love with him and that I had to decide what I wanted.

He stressed the fact that he accepted my flaws and would love me no matter what. We barely spoke the rest of the evening and the next day, we revisited the conversation.

This was when I realized that I couldn’t keep doing this to him. It wasn’t fair that I kept questioning him as a person when he was the guy who would do anything for me and I saw through his actions that he was dependable and would always do his best to protect me and handle situations in a mature manner. You never had to ask him twice to do something because after you explained that you needed him, he would be there in a heartbeat and I never found that in another guy. So, I just knew.

We got married in November 2016.

But, there were still plenty more tests to endure.

In March 2017, we moved again without a plan. No concrete job. Then, he started his own business and I found a job.

A year later, we found a house, but money was always something that was concerning. All at the same time our heater broke, the windows in our house suddenly stopped working, our dog chewed my prescription glasses, we owed thousands of dollars for our income tax, and the list went on.

BUT.

One thing has remained the same. Our love for one another. Though, I’ve strayed from him a few times due to my insecurities, his flaws and my immaturity, at the end of the day, I still loved him.

Every couple has had ups and downs and has had to put out money they weren’t prepared for, but it’s all about finding a way to make it work.

Maybe your love story is a bit more complicated, simpler or easy to tell, but ours is nothing shy of a world-wind.

Just remembering at the end of the day that you’ll get through it together is the most important thing.

My hope is that this will inspire you. If your guy has flaws, just remember that NO ONE IS PERFECT and you will never find a man with every single characteristic that you’re looking for!

Every story has a different ending. If you can handle the bad along with the good, then more than likely it’s meant to be. But, if there’s something telling you that you’re making a mistake, you may want to ask yourself if it’s worth moving forward and starting your life with this person.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

Does he make you feel warm & fuzzy?

Does he give you butterflies?

Does he make you feel good about yourself?

Does he tell you truth and not sugar-coat it?

Does he listen when you need him?

Does he lift you up when you’re feeling down?

Does he encourage you or support you no matter what?

Is he there when you need him the most?

Is my relationship with my husband perfect? Absolutely not! Do we argue? Yes. Do we bicker about stupid stuff? Yup! Don’t believe EVERYTHING you read and hear on social media because it’s not true! It’s a facade that people put on. No one ever tells you about the bad. They always want to talk about the good, but I want to remind you that there WILL BE bad. Not everything is picture-perfect.

Remember that having a happy and healthy relationship is extremely crucial for your well-being. If you feel like your relationship isn’t what you thought, let’s chat!

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Healthy Living Tips

Being healthy is about more than just eating nutritious food. These tips will help you find balance, health, and happiness.

  • Be generous.

  • Be grateful for everything and everyone.

  • Focus on what’s good in your life.

  • Hum or sing a happy song every day.

  • Laugh often.

  • Treat yourself to things that you enjoy daily.

  • Keep your bedroom clean and organized.

  • Spend time outside.

  • Spend less time watching TV.

  • Chew your food well.

  • Say thank you.

  • Be positive.

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Simple Ways To Optimize Your Life

If you’re searching for simple ways to optimize your life, look no further! Check out the ways to do just that.

EATING HABITS

Chew your food – when eating, make sure you taste your food. Can you name a time you remember really tasting what you ate or do you find yourself just stuffing your face at your desk without acknowledging the texture and flavor? Start taking the time to focus on every aspect and component of the foods that enter your mouth.

Make every meal pleasurable – at the start of every meal, make sure you get a whiff of it and take a good long hard look at it.

Listen to your body and notice how it reacts to certain foods – almost every magazine is talking about the benefits of smoothies, oatmeal and overnight oats, but the question is can your body handle those foods? Just because the media bombards us with the foods “we should be eating” doesn’t mean that your body agrees.

RELATIONSHIPS

Communicate with your significant other, family and friends – when it comes to relationships, it takes work to maintain them. So, make sure you’re communicating your feelings, emotions and talk out your issues with your loved ones. The worst thing is bottling up your emotions only to explode later on.

Get a promotion? Celebrate with family and friends! It’s always nice to celebrate the small triumphs that life brings us. And, why not do it with the people you love?

Write out what you’re grateful for – feel like you haven’t spelled out what your grateful for when it comes to your friendships? Take the time to write a list of things and send it to your friend. You never know when he or she may need this sort of thing!

ATTITUDE

Honor negative thoughts – though your initial reaction is to avoid anything negative, dealing with those thoughts will help you learn what to do when you start feeling the negativity.

Develop a sense of humor – if you take life too seriously, you may end up barreling into a downward spiral. So, laugh at yourself every once in a while!

Take time to spend outside – Vitamin D + the sunshine will instantly make you feel better. Make sure you get fresh air every chance you get!

Enjoy your life – dance, take a yoga class, blast the radio – whatever makes you feel better after a long-hard day! It will put you in a better mood.

HOME PRACTICES

Make sure your house is clean – when we have a clean house, we just feel our mood perk up! Remember a clean home is a happy home.

Minimize technology time – if you find yourself on your phone or watching TV more than the average person, you may want to step back and read, exercise or meditate instead.

Buy plants for your home – including plants in your home may just be the ticket to happiness!

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Being Mindful

Most of us spend our entire lives living in the past or future.

We start thinking, “how could I have changed the scenario” instead of focusing on the present. We get lost thinking so many thoughts that we don’t concentrate on what’s happening NOW. And, I’m guilty of doing this because on my drive to work, all I can think about is how I think my day will pan out instead of focusing on the trees, plants, landmarks and the other cars surrounding me. I also get so lost into thinking what I need to do after work, what tasks I need to get done at work and what I’m having for dinner.

Here’s the thing: you can train your mind to start thinking in the moment. It won’t be easy because our mind often wanders., but it’s definitely feasible.

So, next time you’re eating, pay attention to the taste, how the texture feels, how it feels in your mouth and how much chewing it takes.

Next time you’re driving, pay attention to the cars, scenery and your overall surroundings.

Next time you’re washing your hands, pay attention to how your hands feel, the temperature of the water and how the soap feels in your hands.

Just learn how to be more mindful and stop trying to figure out what your next move is. We need to focus on our breathe and learn how to concentrate on what’s happening NOW.

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What to Do when you’re missing family!

“Take my breathe away” came on the radio as we made our way to Wilmington, NC and all I remembered was watching a home video of a family party with this song playing in the background.

Ugh.

I won’t lie, the past few weeks have been hard ever since we went back to PA for my baby shower. I guess I’m finally realizing that the distance is becoming too much. I was annoyed that we had to drive so long two weeks ago when we left. I guess it’s probably pregnancy hormones because I’ve never felt like that before. Add that to the fact that I need to pee even more now, so we stopped more often, which delays our arrival time even more.

I guess I’m just sort of sad that my mom can’t come to any doctor appointments, see my pregnant body grow bigger and bigger. I mean, she’s just a phone call away, but it’s not the same thing as in-person. BUT, at the same time like I’ve said over and over again, the north is way too expensive and we could not have purchased a house like we have in the north. We would NEVER be able to afford it. Not to mention, I wasn’t getting any job opportunities in the north, so besides family, there was nothing left for me.

I try not to focus on the fact that family lives so far, but lately, it’s bothered me more than I thought it ever would. And, I know it has to do with pregnancy. I didn’t think I’d have my first child in another state and didn’t think I would be this far while being pregnant, but here we are!

If you’re in the same boat, just keep these aspects in mind:

  1. Technology makes it easier than ever to communicate. Skype, facetime, duo, phone, text, etc. Whichever one you use, it’s become WAY easier to talk to family and friends than before!

  2. Focus on why you moved in the first place. If you had to move due to work, just think of the job you landed! Would you have been able to land that same job in your hometown? If not, focus on that aspect!

  3. Make friends. By making friends, you won’t dwell so much on the fact that family is so far. So, don’t be afraid to reach out to people you’d like to hang with.

  4. Travel. If you’re in a state that has better travel opportunities, take advantage of it!

  5. Go to networking or meet-up groups. Find groups with people you have common interests with. This is an easy way to get to know people + networking may help you in the business world.

5 Ways To Feel Less Suffocated At Work

If you work at a desk job, most of your day is spent sitting there getting projects done, eating your breakfast, lunch and possibly dinner, chugging down coffee, possibly soda to keep you going. And, if you have a very important deadline, you never really get up from your desk to move your body.

By the time you get home, you’re so exhausted that you skip your yoga class and the downward spiral begins.

Either way, you might feel suffocated at work.

Most of your day is spent indoors and if you don’t have a window, you’re not getting ANY sunlight.

So, if your office feels a tad stuffy most days, this is what I suggest:

1) Take 15 minutes out of your day to walk. Go to a local park. Walk around your work’s parking lot. Do something to get the heck out of the office.

2) Meet a friend for lunch. Do you find yourself needing some time to re-group? Use your lunch break to meet a friend and either do lunch or just take a walk.

3) Drive around for 15 minutes. Don’t have anywhere to go? Why not drive around with the windows down and get some fresh air? t will do you some good to get the heck out of the office.

4) Come home for lunch. Live close to your house and need a breather? If you feel yourself needing alone time or needing time away from the office, why not spend your lunch break at home?

5) Grab a coffee or a smoothie. Do you feel like you’re in a slump and need some caffeine or a refreshing drink? Grab a cup of joe or a smoothie!

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Have You Ever Been To A One Tree Hill Convention?

In high school, I heard of this show called One Tree Hill. After watching the first few episodes, I was hooked. I felt like every show told the same story, but this show was different. It had a different plot and there were twists and turns that you’d never expect on a teenage TV show. Well, at least, that’s what I thought about it.

I’d watch OTH to escape from life. Not to say my teenage years were bad, but as I watched Haley & Nathan fall in love, it gave me hope that I’d too someday find the same love. I hoped for a guy like Nathan (James Lafferty), who I thought was hot as hell. I hoped for a tall, dark & handsome man that would sweep me off my feet. I hoped for a guy as protective and strong as Nathan. I hoped that he’d take care of me and be my rock - like Nathan was for Haley.

Back in high school, whenever the show came on, my brother and I would gather in his room with a bowl full of popcorn to watch the latest episode. I always looked forward to those nights where I could get lost for a hour and dive into someone else’s life. Though, I hated when it ended because that meant I needed to go back to reality. That’s the thing about watching movies and TV shows. You’re so into the production that you forget about your surroundings and what’s happening in your life, but once it’s over, you’re left feeling sad.

I just remember those days where I’d binge watch an entire season because I had nothing better to do. Until a few years ago, I didn’t know where OTH was filmed. Once I heard it was filmed in Wilmington, NC, I knew one day I wanted to visit that town and scope out all the spots.

When we moved to Greenville, I knew Wilmington was definitely doable, so back in November, we went to Wilmington for the first time and really liked it! I checked out all the spots and heard about a OTH Convention, which took place 2 weeks before we visited!! I was super disappointed, but hoped that maybe I could go to their next one, which was in March.

And, so, this past weekend, we headed to Wilmington, NC to go to the OTH Convention!

I only bought general admission tickets, so I at least was in the same room with my biggest celebrity crush, James Lafferty. I watched as him, Stephen Coletti and Grubbs answered questions from audience members and was jealous that he was presented with this wonderful opportunity to be on a TV show for years, make life-long friendships and be a celebrity that most women drooled over.

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And, here’s the thing about celebrities: they’re just like you & me. They eat, sleep, poop & live their lives the same way in which we do. They just get paid more money and get a chance to be someone else in either a movie or TV show. They are not gods.

Am I a huge James Lafferty fan? Hell yeah, but I didn’t want to pay $65 just to talk to him for a nano-second. He won’t ever remember me. He saw so many fans this weekend that unfortunately he probably won’t remember. I’m not putting him or ANY other celebrity down, I’m just saying that they’re also human beings and that’s pretty much it.

All in all, it was a great weekend because I was able to see these actors that I grew up with via screen in real life. I got to see him talk, answer questions, laugh and be humble.

I’ll never forget the experience. I’ll always be able to say that I went to a One Tree Hill convention.

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Best Advice for Moms-to-be

In a few months, I’m going to be a first-time mother. Am I nervous? Yes, because I’ve heard so many mixed reviews from veteran moms and moms on what to expect.

Breastfeeding? It’s hard and your boobs leak, so if you want to re-think that, maybe you should stick to formula.

You’re never going to sleep again.

And, the list goes on and on. So, I made a post on my facebook page asking the best advice to provide news moms-to-be.

So, if you’re looking for advice, read the following:

  • You need all the baby blankets you can get! you will never have enough!

  • Tell everyone with advice that doesn’t include free food, coffee and them actually helping so you can shower/nap/etc to kindly shush.

  • Trust your mind and body instincts! And don’t EVER be afraid to ask for help or get help if needed! Your health is just as important as your baby’s health! 

  • Enjoy every moment the time will go fast. You will make mistakes its ok we are human. Take time for yourself.

  • Make noise! You don’t want a light sleeper! Also babies are like flowers. They need lots of sun, water, and fresh air to grow!

  • Don’t be afraid, the mommy instinct kicks in immediately 💗

  • Sleep now as much as you can.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to accept anyone you trust to help you.

  • Not everyone can or wants to breastfeed, which is totally fine (fed is best), but if you do... Breastfeeding is not intuitive and can be really challenging, even painful, at first. Feeding a baby is extremely time consuming in the early weeks (newborns eat every 2 hours and feedings can take 40 minutes leaving little time between feeds). It gets much easier and faster as the baby gets older. My 4 month old can eat in 7 minutes now vs 45 when he was 2 weeks old. Having a comfortable spot to feed the baby or pump with good back support really helps as does a supportive partner who can bring you snacks and drinks. :) I also highly recommend the Breastfeeding Center for any issues that may come up. My other advice is to take it easy and let people help you! Also, know that whatever issue comes your way, you can handle it. You were born to do this!!!

  • Sleep when baby sleeps — And KEGELS!

  • It’s easier to travel with an infant than it is a toddler so if you plan to do any do it when he or she is younger.  You will miss the days when your child was a baby. You may be sleep deprived but you’ll never get back the days when they are attached to you 24/7 so cherish those days and don’t wish them away.  Take more videos of your child then photos. You can show them what they were like when they were little and it’s the only way you can relive their childhood. And back up all your photos and videos on multiple platforms.  Trust your instincts. It’s often when we take advice from others when we fail as parents. You know your child better than anyone else, even the doctors(but don’t dismiss them altogether).  Have their handprints and footprints casted or printed with ink. They will never be that little again. 
    Don’t be too hard on yourself. You will make mistakes but you learn and you grow together! Lastly enjoy it because it it’s way too fast, and it’s not just a saying. It’s legitimately true but you have to live through it to see. Trust us!

  • Don't let anyone's naysaying and horror stories make you fearful of becoming a mother! Everyone told me I wouldn't be able to shower again, warned me about colic and told me I would never sleep again. I've showered everyday since my daughters birth and she was sleeping through the night at 7 weeks and she's exclusively breastfed and I'm a single mother with no spousal help! I wasted a lot of time being anxious and scared for nothing!

  • Have a schedule!!!! Will save your life.

  • Get a doula 😉 Go to breastfeeding support groups early on - they are game-changers. Bonding doesn't always happen immediately. Stay in God's Word...even I'd you have to change up the time you read/how you read.

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Listening to Your Body & Deconstructing Your Cravings

When I was in college, I started restricting myself from eating certain foods such as donuts, bagels, pastries and anything else I considered “bad food.” At work when someone brought in donuts, I would take a cold, hard look at them and want one so badly, but deny myself the pleasure.

I would say I’m pretty good at controlling myself when it comes to food.

But, some people are not. For instance, if you restrict yourself from eating specific foods, more than likely, you’ll end up binge eating, which is worse than just eating the darn donut in the first place.

It wasn’t until I started attending IIN that I found denying myself was actually hurting more than helping, so I started LISTENING to my body. Was I in the mood for a sweet treat? If so, I would have something small. I never felt like I needed to eat a whole carton of say ice cream because I began tuning into my cravings.

Is it easy to listen to your body?

Hell no.

But, once you train yourself to tune into what your body WANTS, you’ll more than likely not feel the desire to eat an entire chocolate cake.

Do you know why you crave certain foods? This is why:

  1. Lack of Primary Food. Being dissatisfied with a relationship, having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little, or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, or uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice can all cause emotional eating. Many people try to cope with uncomfortable emotions or difficult situations by seeking balance through food. Food can provide a form of relief, or even an escape, when you’re under stress. In this way, food is being used as a strategy to fulfill areas of primary food that aren’t being satisfied.

  2. Water. Staying hydrated is a great way to help reduce extreme cravings and may ultimately help regulate the amount eaten to match needs more closely. A glass of water before eating has actually been shown to reduce the amount of food consumed during a meal. Another factor to consider is that your hydration status affects your body’s electrolyte balance. When you sweat and lose water, you also lose electrolytes, like sodium. This may lead you to seek out sodium-rich foods following an intense workout.

  3. Lack of Nutrients. If the body has inadequate nutrients, it might produce odd cravings. An extreme example of this is a disorder called pica, which leads to extreme cravings of nonfood items, like clay. This condition may arise due to a chronic iron deficiency.

  4. Seasonal. The body often craves foods in accordance with the season. In the spring, people crave lighter foods, like leafy greens or citrus fruits. In the summer, people crave cooling foods, like raw foods and ice cream. In the fall, people tend to crave grounding foods, like squash, onions, and nuts, and many crave heat-producing foods, like meat, oil, and fat, in the winter. Cravings can also be associated with seasonal holidays. For example, turkey, eggnog, or Christmas cookies.

  5. Inside Coming Out. Cravings often come from foods you’ve recently eaten or foods from your childhood. Recently eaten foods tend to be fresh in your mind, so you’re more likely to crave that food in an attempt to re-create a positive eating experience. Similarly, when you crave foods from your childhood, you may really be seeking the feeling of comfort those foods may have provided when you were younger.

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It's Been Two Years Since We Moved To Greenville And My Experience Has Been...

In 2015, we visited Greenville for an engagement shoot.

At the time, we were living in Tennessee and my now-husband had just lost his job, so we made the decision to move back to Pennsylvania.

It was a difficult time for both of us because we had been living on our own for about a year and I loved the freedom of having my own place. Did I miss my family? Hell yeah, but it was a choice we made.

So, two weeks after doing the shoot, we moved back to PA.

A few months later, we decided to move to Greenville permanently. Was I afraid the same thing would happen as Tennessee? Yes, but it was a risk I knew I had to take.

Around the time we moved here, my grandma passed away, so that made it 10 times harder because I knew it was a horrible time to leave my family. But, I had to go.

Gosh, these two years had been emotionally draining.

My husband started his own business, which took a while to gain traction. It only took me about a month to obtain a job, but still, we were not used to our surroundings and we only had 2 friends here. It was hard starting over again and not to mention, the people in the south are so much different than the north, so we had to get used to the personalities.

But, we made it.

Together, we worked as a team and adopted a dog, moved to a nicer apartment, then bought a house, found out I was pregnant and I started attended IIN to become a holistic health coach. No, these events didn’t happen all in the same year.

So, it’s safe to say that these past few years have had its ups and downs.

In terms of the emotional aspect, there are days I miss my family so much it hurts, but then I remind myself that we would NOT be living comfortably in the north. It’s too damn expensive to live here and I wasn’t getting ANY job opportunities.

In order to learn, you must go through rough patches! It will only make you a stronger person. And, people ask me all the time how I cope with not seeing my family. What do I say? I don’t think about it. If I do, I’ll become a blabbering mess and you won’t want to pick up the pieces, trust me.

I’ve learned so much about myself, my husband and our abilities to take situations in stride. I mean, this year has started off really rough with having to fork out SO MUCH money for our taxes, then having the washer break, the heater, and my dog eating my prescription glasses. So, it’s safe to say we’ve put out way more money than we anticipated, BUT…. I remind myself to focus on the positive aspects of my life. It could be so much worse.

I mean, compared to other women (knock on wood), my pregnancy has been a breeze. I often feel nauseous, exhausted, heartburn, but nothing too extreme, so I’m lucky.

What have I learned living here?

I’ve learned that there’s a little creative community that is willing to help. All you have to do is reach out!

My husband and I can get through anything.

Stay positive even when negative things are heading my way.

It gets better.

Believe in myself and my abilities.

Believe that I WILL obtain clients for my business.

Thanks GVL for the memories so far! I can’t wait to create more. ✌️


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The Woman's Guide to Self-Care

When it comes to self-care, as women, we rarely set aside time for ourselves. Instead, we’re left running around either picking up the kids, running home to make dinner, trying to get a good night’s sleep and not letting ourselves relax. I mean, what’s relaxation?

But, it’s time we start caring for ourselves more because at the end of the day, we are the glue who holds our household together.

If you’re thinking to yourself, okay, I simply don’t take time to care for myself because I’m way too busy! Or, I’m on a tight budget and don’t have money to spend treating myself. Well, that is where I call bullshit because some of my self-care suggestions won’t cost you anything.

In terms of having no time, if you’re a single mom, why not ask a friend to watch your kids for a few hours while you de-stress? Or, ask your partner to watch the kids? There are ways you can start putting yourself first, but you might not think it’s important enough, so you keep putting it on the back-burner saying, “I’ll get to it.”

Well, I’m sending you a reminder to care for yourself now before you make yourself ill.

And, here are a few ways to do just that!

1) Take a bath. Take 30 minutes out, lock the door and sit in a hot bath with a glass of wine and a candle. Feel free to read your favorite book and just relax. This will do you some good after a long day or long week!

2) Meditate. Some people might be opposed to this, but I’d encourage you to try it for just 10 minutes a few times a week. Trust me, you’ll feel relaxed afterward and want to continue the practice. You can find soothing 10-minute meditation videos on youtube.

3) Schedule a massage or facial. Okay, this costs money, but if you only splurge on treating yourself once in a while, it won’t break the bank. Or, you could save money and do an at-home massage with your significant other and then an at-home facial.

4) Plan a relaxing date night or girls night. at HOME Make pizza or your favorite dish and watch a movie with a glass of wine. Whether you’re spending time with your significant other or your best girlfriends, this will be a night that’s severely needed.

5) Go out to dinner. Have a couple extra bucks leftover after your budgeting session? Why not go out for an inexpensive dinner with your girls or significant other. After a long day at the office or taking care of your kids, you need a night like this to re-charge. Remember: during dinner, NO CELL PHONES. You need to un-plug from life and this is the perfect time to do so!

6) Plan an inexpensive weekend getaway. Again, this doesn’t have to cost a ton if you budget it correctly. If you’re going with friends, you can split the cost of the room and dinner. It can be somewhere local that you haven’t visited yet. I’d suggest googling surrounding areas and then look up restaurants, activities and inexpensive hotels or airbnb’s.

7) Cook or bake. If you’re relaxation session includes baking or cooking, I say spend a few hours in your kitchen on a Sunday afternoon. Have you been wanting to learn how to bake something out of your comfort zone in order to challenge yourself? If so, now is the time!

8) Read. Want to catch up on reading? Set aside time to read for a few hours. Not only will it take you to another world, you’ll feel more relaxed afterward because you’ll feel like you got ME time.

9) Go for a walk or hike. Gosh, the fresh air always makes me feel better after being coped up in the office all week. Take a few sammies and head to the park. It’s free and you can some Vitamin D!

10) Do nothing. Yes, you heard that right. Lay on the couch and binge watch your favorite show. We deserve to be lazy once in a while! Since most of our lives are spent go, go, go, it’s hard for us to just stop and do nothing, but trust me, after a few hours of that, you’ll feel good!

I know some of these suggestions are obvious, but we could all just a reminder once a while because our society is constantly moving. We start thinking if we’re not being productive 24/7, we’re just plain lazy. Okay, that is NOT the case because we’re allowed to lounge around.

Most of us have high-stress jobs that make us sick, tired all the time and with NO TIME to do the things we used to do. We need to stop and ask ourselves if we’re run down and if we feel like we are, we need to make it a priority to just SLOW DOWN!


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