Impacting those Around You

“You can’t give anything that you don’t have”

keep yourself full.

do all the things you can to make yourself happy.

Is your goal to make others happy?

make you happy first!

want to inspire others?

be inspired!

how can you fill someone else’s cup when yours is empty?

“Treat yourself as you would treat someone you really love”

pamper yourself

give yourself time

learn everything there is to know about you

believe in yourself

see the good in you

nourish your body and soul

Do you want to change other people’s lives?

Well, it starts by changing yours.

You are your greatest investment.

Focus on your self-growth.

You are worthy.

 

Thanks for reading. Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing Your Relationship with Food

What’s the perfect diet?

What can and can’t you eat?

How many calories are in that?

Our relationship with food has become exhausting. We constantly beat ourselves up for not being perfect and punish ourselves as a result.

I’m not an expert on the perfect diet, by any means, but I have found a few people who have inspired me to think about food in a new way:

The first is Michael Pollan.

I discovered him on the Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast.

The episode is “Conscious Eating” 

Michael Pollan’s philosophy is that, “three times a day we get to express our values through food.” He believes that we have let convenient foods take over our diets and that this is making us unhealthy. He talks about the power of cooking your own food and knowing exactly what you put into your body.

Read: Michael Cohen’s 7 Rules for Eating.

If you don’t have the podcast app, here’s the audio from it

The second is Mel Wells.

I discovered her on the Earn Your Happy podcast.

The episode is “231: How Healing Your Relationship with FOOD Can Help You LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE” 

Mel’s philosophy is that releasing our need for control around food is the key to having a better life. She emphasizes the importance of listening to your body, letting go of strict rules, and understanding that sometimes our cravings are not actually for the food itself but for some kind of change in our lives.

I summarized her ideas quite a bit, but the podcast I shared with you will do a good job of filling in the gaps and make more sense of the philosophy.

Here website is linked here.

Highly recommend her video as well-

 

Let me know what you think. Thanks 🙂

Your Sunday To-Do List

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Sundays are the most important day of the week- in my opinion. How I spend my Sunday  determines what my attitude will be towards the upcoming week.

I have found that my weeks are the best when my Sunday to-do list looks a little something like this. Try it out:

1. Cleanse

Take this day to focus on you. Take a long shower, wash your face, hair mask. Listen to a feel-good playlist. Cleanse all the stresses from the past week off your body and mind.

2. Organize/ Clean

Wake up tomorrow to a clean house. Take the time to clean today. Don’t make this a rushed activity, but one that you enjoy by lighting candles, opening windows, and dancing.

3. Meal Prep

Now, this one is one I sometimes forget to do (or make excuses as to why I am not going to). Don’t put off grocery shopping for two weeks and resort to quick meals!!! (lol me). Plan meals for the next few days, cook them, and make them easy to grab on your way to work/ class.

4. Draw up a To-Do List for the Week

Make it pretty! Get excited about what you have going on this week. Include easy and small things too, so you will feel good crossing them off. I write things like “coffee” and “class” because having things that are automatically checked-off with little effort gives me more motivation to finish out the rest of my checklist.

5. Catch Up

Today you have time. What do you need to do to be caught up for the upcoming week, or better yet, what can you do to get ahead?

5. Reflect

My favorite. How will you reflect today? Church? Meditation? Going for a walk? Reading a book/ writing? What type of reflection will make you feel the most renewed for the upcoming week?

 

Happy Sunday! Make it a good one

 

 

 

Embracing the Season

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As summer comes to an end and cold weather takes over, it’s easy to feel blue. We begin to think about how much better life was when it was warm- counting down the days until 70 degree weather comes back.

Every year, winter takes a huge affect on my well-being. I dread leaving the house, cancel plans often, and fall into lazy routines. Now that autumn has begun, I already feel myself falling into this trap.

I fear the cold weather and all it brings.

This blog post is as much for me as it is for others. I refuse to feel how I usually do in the painfully cold weather.

That being said, my motto for this fall & winter is-

“there is a season for everything”

I can’t control the weather. I will learn this year to embrace the season for what it is. Each one brings a unique gift. It is unhealthy to spend my life wishing for one season.

To help prevent this fall/ winter sadness, I am creating a bucket list for each season, My hopes are that it will help me get in the true spirit of the season. Feel free to use it as well!

Fall Bucket List

– Apple-picking

– Carve a pumpkin

– Eat a carmel apple

– Hay Ride

– Cook a fall meal

– Read a book by a campfire

– Have a friendsgiving

– Send out letters of gratitude

– Go leaf stomping

– Go to an outdoor movie and bring blankets

– Drink a hot chocolate

– Road trip

Winter Bucket List

– Go sledding

– Try snowboarding for the first time

– Build a snowman with friends

–  Bake and decorate cookies

– Volunteer

– Take up a craft and make gift baskets

– Go to a light show

– Roll around in the snow

– Listen to christmas music

– Travel somewhere

– Bake treats for family and friends

I choose to be excited for cold weather this year! I have a bucket list to cross-off now.

 

Let me know if I should add anything to it. 

Thanks for reading & happy cold weather!

Things to Think About This Morning

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I love mornings mostly because they’re a chance to start again. I wake up with a mindset that yesterday does not exist anymore. And so today, I am a new person.

How you spend your morning quite often determines the quality of the rest of your day. If I wake up late and in a hurry, I become irritated and stressed out and it carries with me for hours.

It is so important in the morning to find time for yourself. This is a great time to find  purpose and motivation for the day.

So this morning here’s what I want you to think about:

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives

simple right? but it’s something we often forget to remember. What you do every day adds up to what your life is.

Goals are what you’re doing everyday

You can’t expect to reach your goals in one day (depending on what your goal is). It requires time and patience. It’s in what you do everyday. What will you do today to work toward your goals?

What you are doing is either adding to your life or subtracting from your life

Think about what you can do today that will add to your life. It can be working toward accomplishing something or it can be spending time with your favorite people. Whatever, in your mind, that is adding to your life do more of it and whatever is subtracting, do less of it or get rid of it.

And finally ask yourself: How do I want to feel today?

You know the things that make you feel good and the things that leave you feeling unfulfilled or regretful. Plan your day according to how you want to feel. Picture a perfect day in your world and act accordingly. Does being kind to others make you feel good? Limiting social media use? Regularly getting up and walking? Think about all of these things before getting your day started!

Thank you for reading. Happy Saturday 🙂

 

The Feeling We All Fear: Loneliness

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We’ve all felt it & I think the strangest part of loneliness is that no matter where you are in the world, you can experience it.

I’ve been in rooms full of people and felt more alone than I had felt when I was by myself. Ironic isn’t it?

Or another good example is posting something on social media that gets a lot of attention. In the moment you feel excited and happy, but later on you somehow feel even lonelier and isolated. Why?

I wanted to share my recent experience with loneliness and I hope it gives you a feeling of peace if you are experiencing it right now.

So the other day, this feeling of loneliness took over me- a feeling that, luckily, I hadn’t felt in a while. I began to overthink every aspect of my life. I started to question my decisions and blaming myself for situations that were out of my control.

Why did this relationship end? Why did I treat so and so that way? Why did I do this instead of that? This is why I am lonely. “

To drown out the thoughts, I put on a feel good movie and finally was able to go to bed.

The next day, I kept replaying the thoughts that I had been feeding myself the night before. 

Later on in that day, I was chatting with a friend. With this experience consuming my mind during conversation, I finally built up the courage to ask-

“do you ever feel lonely?” 

“Yes. A lot.”

Obviously, the conversation went on further, but strangely after she said this, I felt relieved.

I am not happy my friend feels this pain- not one bit, but there is some comfort in knowing loneliness is part of the human experience and it is normal. It makes me realize- I am not alone in this.

And if you are reading this right now this is a reminder to you,

you are not alone either.

You will get through it.

 

 

Heather Stillufsen for the Young Professional

I’ve been on Pinterest for years, and I don’t know if others are like this, but I usually create several boards and then decide I want to get rid of them all to start fresh.

So this time instead of making new boards, I made a new account:

It is – YoungCoco check it out! 🙂

I created this account last week, and have noticed similar posts circulating around the site. However, this morning I got on for a dose of motivation- highly recommended- and saw something I have never seen before.

 

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Heather Stillufsen’s Art– Here’s a link to her twitter.

I’m sure her art posts are not new- because there are so many of them! People have boards dedicated to her artwork. I just love the idea behind her pieces.

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How cute? I adore how her work appeals to young professionals and young woman in general. This is exactly what I needed to see this morning.

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I’m actually obsessed- so here’s more hehe

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Find more on Pinterest! I hope you enjoyed as much as I do 🙂