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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Surprising my mom for Mother's Day + her birthday

A few months ago, I saw a photo of my mother and I standing  in front of her van and I began to tear up. Now, again, I'm not an emotional person, but of course I miss my family. So.... I decided to fly home for my mom's birthday and mother's day.

The only ones who knew were my brothers and their significant others. My dad nor anyone else knew I was coming.

My younger brother + his girlfriend picked me up at the Trenton airport this past Friday and the plan was to get dinner at their place and then head over to my parents house. When the time came, I was quite nervous because I hate surprises. I asked my brother's gf to get it on film and you can watch it for yourself below. 

My mother, on the other hand, is an emotional person, so naturally when she saw me, she cried. My dad told me he had a feeling I was coming home, but they both just shrugged it off.

I was really looking forward to meeting their dog, Fido, who ran up to me as soon as he saw me. 

We spent the weekend catching up, eating dinner together, playing video games, shopping + getting our nails done.  

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It was nice to spend time with my family. But, the north is just too darn expensive and there's not much to do. Also, we wanted to take a risk and move somewhere new. That sort of experience tests your relationship. It makes your relationship stronger and you tend to lean on your partner a bit more.

I got cozy with my parents dog because I missed my two doggies. We cuddled + spent plenty of time together.

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Yesterday, was Mother's Day and my family came over to celebrate. We made eggplant parm + played a game. Honestly, we could have done more activities, but it's not always about doing ACTIVITIES, sometimes just being together is much more enjoyable. 

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The worst part about visiting is leaving. I always end up feeling empty and sad because not knowing the next time I'll see my family upsets me, but I chose this, so I need to be able to handle it.  It hurts though because I don't get to see them every day, but at the same time, I love Greenville and I love all the possibilities it has to offer.. So, even though I get rather sad when I leave my family, I'm happy to come back.

Until next time, PA.