25 Things I’ve Learned In My 25 Years

Happy Easter! Happy April Fools day! Today’s my birthday…APRIL FOOLS!🎉 just kidding today really is my birthday 💕

I’m not sure if it’s just me but it seems like the older I get the faster life is happening. Each day I wake up more grateful to be alive than the day before and don’t even try to hide my thoughts of how insanely lucky and blessed we are to live the way we live. It’s amazing the opportunities we have, the freedom, the power, and the resources to be whoever and whatever we want to be. The other day I think I recall my exact words to my boyfriend while we were looking at plants at Ace hardware “Can you believe that this little plant creates fruit and vegetables that help us to live” HAHA. seriously. It’s so amazing. Life is so dang cool.

Without further ado, here are 25 things I have learned in my 25 years of being on this planet.

1. If you want a dog/ puppy, get one!

Getting Kyia, our puppy was the most impulse thing I’ve ever done but still until this day, the best thing I have ever done. She is my absolute best buddy and I cannot imagine my life without her. YES! It’s hard and she’s expensive, but for all the smiles, laughs, and cuddles she’s given me in her short time being in my life so far she is 110% worth it.

2. Love who you love.

Life. Is. So. Short. Love who you love and don’t ever forget to tell them.

3. There is always room for growth.

In your personal life, the gym, yoga world, etc. there is always room to get better. Keep killin’ it

4. Be proud of who you are and what you are becoming. Be proud of every single step you take.

5. Find what you LOVE to do

6. The gym is NOT life

7. Procrastination is not your friend

Yeah, ask Ryan I freakin’ struggle with time management, buttttt cmon I’m not perfect. I KNOW getting shit done is the way to go. New year, new me. 😉

8. If you want something done, do it.

Nothing is going to get done WHEN you want it and HOW you want it done, so better just knock it out yourself.

9. 80/20 diet is life

Sometimes I want a cheese burger, pizza, fried chicken, and ice cream all in one week. And while I will treat myself often, I feel so amazing when I’m eating whole foods that are filling and clean.

10. Taking care of your skin is THE most important thing you can do

Wear sunscreen, wash your face, use moisturizer, invest in good products. IT IS SO IMPORTANT.

11. Wash your bedsheets often. Getting into a clean bed is one of the best feelings everrrr

12. Daily water consumption is key.

13. If you really want something, buy it. ESPECIALLY if it is something that can potentially make you money in the future.

14. Don’t take your family/friends for granted. They’re your rock. Lean on them, love on them, make sure they know how much you care.

15. Make your space feel homey.

Apartment, rent house, studio, whatever it is. Make it a happy space that you love coming home to.

16. Your education can never be taken away from you. Read, learn, research, fill your mind with things that help you be more knowledgeable. Never stop learning.

17. Life’s all about who you know.

18. Keep your circle small.

19. Happiness and motivation come from within.

20. Pick. Your. Battles.

Mannn this is a tough one for me but I get better every year!

21. Botox will treat your signs of stress and aging and NO you should not feel bad or embarrassed about it.

22. Take lots of pictures!I think pictures are so special. They are capturing moments that last forever.

23. Make others feel special without expecting anything in return.

24. A spray tan/ tanning lotion will make it appear that you have lost 10 lbs and you will feel like nothing in the entire world is going to stop ya! 

25. Be your own person. You’re unique and there is not a single person in the entire world like you. ROCK THAT SHIT 💕

XOXO

My Six Tips To Rid Negative Thoughts To Achieve Your Goals And Change Your Mindset

“Your mind is a powerful thing, when you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change”

“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do”

Your mind is so damn powerful and will determine the kind of life you live. Your daily routine, your attitude, your relationships, etc. 

It’s a daily practice! 

Holy Shiiiiiit I’d be lying if I told you everyday was filled with all positive thoughts and positive things that come out of my mouth. I am NOT perfect.

I will tell you it for damn sure didn’t happen over night and STILL till this day I have moments or even days where negative thoughts will creep into my mind. I catch myself and instantly think about things that make me happy.

Ways To Help Rid Negative Thoughts: 

  • Figure out exactly where these thoughts are coming from. Talk about them. Analyze them. Write them down. Get to the bottom of them. Adjust them. 

Your mind thinks- ” She has really nice legs. My legs will never look like hers”

Adjust your mindset to ” I’ve been working out so hard and I can’t wait to see the results I have in a few months from my hard work and consistency!”

  • Read “Change your words, change your thoughts” by Joyce Myers

It. Will. Change. Your. Life. You will realize you are NOT the only person having these thoughts and she will teach you ways to rid negative thoughts and emotions. *Even if you are not religious I still recommend this book*

  • Go for a stroll. Walk. Run. Bike. Take 20-30 and enjoy nature. Listen to your favorite music and spend some time on you.

 

  • Go for a workout. Find a lifting workout I’ve written under my fitness tab and go pump some iron. Guaranteed 10/10 will make you feel like you WILL conquer the world!

 

  • Take a bath. Something about a bath bomb and candles makes me happy.

 

  • Listen to a motivational podcast. This is something I do not do enough of but when I do I LOVE it! It makes me feel so energized and excited for life. LOL

 

  • Meditate. The single most underrated activity in my opinion. I used to feel kinda silly mediating and still sometimes if Ryan is around I won’t do it because I feel silly but it seriously makes me feel so good! Find an app. I used Headspace until my trial was over and now I use youtube and debating on using a different email to get more free sessions on Headspace. 😉

 Conquer your mind and YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.  

If you take anything from this post it’s that I achieved these results by discipline and hard ass work. Adjusting my mindset has taught me disciple, determination, consistency, and so many other things.

Stop limiting yourself. Adjust your mindset and go achieve your goals! 

GO GET ‘EMMMMM!

* Blog post to come on my daily gym routine and nutrition *

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I bought a sewing machine!

A freakin’ sewing machine! Growing up we didn’t sew with our grandparents like some. I am not even sure if my grandma was really into sewing as I do not ever recall her sewing or even talking about it. Really, I had never even touched a sewing machine until today when I unpackaged it and set it all up!

For the last couple of years I’ve been obsessed with swimsuits that of course cost a fortune. Brands like Vitamin A, LA hearts, Revolve, ASOS, etc. etc. the list could go on and on. Obviously as a grad. student, I cannot afford them so I thought I’d invest some time, practice, and a lot of patience and make them!

Let me start by telling you I am an absolute beginner. Such a beginner I didn’t even buy fabric at the craft store today. I’ve decided to spend some time playing around on old t-shirts and fabric from clothes at the thrift store before I invest money into fabric.

You guys. The entire process of clothes is unbelievable to me. The way they’re designed, cut out and sewn, I just cannot believe it. It is such a beautiful process. Every piece of clothing I have put on since the day I began sewing with my machine I have analyzed, debated weather or not to take it apart to use it as a pattern, and even told myself ” I can make this!!” more than an handful of times.

I. Am. Obsessed.  

So, Before I get back to my sewing, I thought I’d share some of the tools I picked up at the craft store so if some of you decide to make your own clothes/swimsuits as a complete beginner, you’ll know where to start!

The sewing machine I purchased was a Brothers 1850. I did a ton of research far and wide and decided on this little gem. So far so good! I love it! I did a little shopping around and found it brand new on eBay for much cheaper than the price listed on Amazon.

In addition, I purchased

measuring tape.

Fiskars fabric shears . Despite the reviews, These scissors are great. I actually bought them at Joann and they were recommended to me buy a lady that works there.

Some pins. The cheapest ones I could find at the craft store.

This thread was also recommend to me by a lady working at the craft store. I basically told her I was a complete beginner and I needed something that wasn’t going to give me a tough time or break.

And that is it! Like I mentioned above I have just been practicing on some old t-shirts. I think I will head to the local thrift store today and find some different fabrics to play around with.

The hardest part for me has been cutting out the fabric. The fact that I am left handed and also trying to cut out my fabric perfectly is a combo that is going to take some practice but it has been so fun!

Here is a piece I made last night using two old t-shirts. I took a pair of old swim bottoms to give me an idea of the shape of the pattern and tweaked it a bit.

High waisted bikini bottoms

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Your Hunk

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share a couple of gift ideas for your sexy man. Although Valentine’s day is not my favorite holiday, it’s still an excuse to gift my hunky, hardworking man with a little surprise. With no further blabber, lets get started!Image result for valentines day

I have never been so excited about a gift in my entire life. Why? Because every time Ryan, my boyfriend, shaves his face, it’s all over the bathroom counter, where our toothbrushes sit, and nothing has ever irritated me more. Hopefully this Hair Clippings Catcher is a life saver for me because theres nothin’ better than a cleanly shaved man with minimal clean up.

BEARD KING - The Official Beard Bib - Hair Clippings Catcher & Grooming Cape Apron - “As Seen on Shark Tank” - WhiteAmazon Hair Clippings Catcher

 Although I am an introvert 85% of the year,  there are times that I love going to a Thunder game, especially since I know how much Ryan enjoys it. One of my favorite gift ideas, that I think is so meaningful and so fun, is tickets to a sporting event. There’s nothing better than cheap, last minute tickets at the top of the arena with a $12 marg’ in hand. In our experience SeatGeek has never let us down.

Image result for thunder tickets picturesOKC Thunder Tickets 

One of the sneakiest things about me is that I am a sucker for snooping through Amazon carts. I know, I know, that’s exactly how you ruin surprises, BUT it’s also a great way to find out exactly what those hard to shop for people want. These Wireless Jaybird Headphones that allow him to not have to hold his phone during a run/workout would be such a great gift for your man.

Wireless Jaybird Headphones

Every guy out there that I’ve ever met loves a clean truck/car, am I right or am I right? How about a truck/car detailing? I once took my car to get detailed and WOW it was so amazing and for a few months it made me feel like I actually had my life together! It is so easy to find a good detailer in every town/city so what better than to surprise him with a clean truck and a sweet card?!

Image result for new truck 2018Squeaky clean detailed truck