1.) Motivational YouTube Videos
WATCH THEM EVERY MORNING; while you do your makeup, when you're showering, on a run or at the gym, making breakfast/coffee, on your drive to school/work. Motivational videos changed my life. Sounds dramatic huh? Well it did. Going through a tough time in 2015, I came across "Secret To Success..." (linked below) and fell in love with how it made me feel. I watched it every morning while I did my hair and makeup before work for about 6 months. It inspired me, motivated me, made me feel able and excited to be a female BOSS, and gave me that little bit of encouragement I needed to tackle the day. Below I've linked 3 of my favorite motivational videos!
LISTEN TO THEM, often! These can have such a positive impact on your day to day life. I came across podcasts only a couple months ago, and now i'm hooked! Not only do I feel like I'm bettering myself, but I'm also just gaining so much knowledge about different topics. Yes, you could be listening to music or watching a silly show on TV, BUT instead you're choosing to better your life. These can be podcasts on motivation, "how to", religion, fitness, health, anything! Here is one of my favorite podcasts right now from a girl boss!
3.) Uplifting Music
This can mean something different to everyone! For me, uplifting music means whatever I need in the moment! Sometimes thats worship music, or country music, or hip-hop. Simply having it on around the house or in the car changes my mood and keeps me motivated. When in doubt I go to Spotify and type in...
4.) Use Social Media to your advantage
Social Media can be used for good or bad! I try to use it for good as best I can. Follow people/accounts that inspire, motivate, and uplift you. This is DIFFERENT for everyone! You might follow a bikini fitness girl and be inspired to workout more and eat healthy, or it may throw you into comparison and make you sad and angry at yourself. FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! I try to go through Instagram once a month and unfollow accounts that no longer feed my mind and soul. Below are some accounts I follow for happiness, motivation, encouragement, etc.
5.) Set Alarms To Remind You
We as imperfect humans, often forgot ALL about the goal we set 20 minutes ago when faced with what is EASY. It's easy to remain the same. It's easy to fall short. It's easy to do what everyone else is doing. It's HARD to make a change. It's hard to form new habits. It's hard to be better every single day. SO REMIND YOURSELF. Set numerous alarms throughout the day to remember why you set that goal in the first place. Each alarm on an iPhone has a "title" you can't write a novel but you can write a few words to trigger your memory as to why you set that goal. It can be anything; weight loss, healthy eating, fitness, be a female boss, work harder, wake up earlier, stop scrolling on social media, etc.
6.) Write on your mirror
This may sound silly, but a little simple thing can really be a big play maker. Ever since I was in high school I've drawn things on my mirror in dry erase marker. Below I've listed examples.
7.) Read Inspiring Books
No you don't have to read for hours every single day. It could be something you do at night, or in the morning for 20 minutes or even every Sunday afternoon. I recently starting reading more self- help books. Here's a couple I've enjoyed.
8.) Set Goals
Last but certainly not least. I love setting goals. This can be done daily, weekly, monthly, yearly... or be EXTRA like me and do all of the above. One thing I've learned over the years, is it's GREAT to have big goals, but to achieve them we MUST break them down. Examples below:
Newport Beach, California.... this is one of my favorite places on earth! Why? For me there are many reasons, but the main one is the memories. Having lived in Arizona growing up, we drove to Cali pretty often and always stopped in Newport. There is so much to do here! I would describe it as a quaint beach getaway with lots of fun outdoor activities. I could probably write 20 blog posts on Newport, so I'm going to start with '5 Things to do in Newport Beach'.
1.) Balboa Fun Zone
2.) Balboa Island
3.) Fitness Activities
4.) Take A Stroll: Pier
5.) Fashion Island
“Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find yourself.”
Do you ever feel like your world is spinning so fast around you that you can’t breathe? Your heart is racing, your mind is going a million miles an hour and no matter what you can’t slow it down or make everything just stand still? That’s called ANXIETY. I have it. But I manage it.
• Adrenaline. Escape. This allows me to step away from reality for a short time to reconnect with myself. It’s a way to release stress, boost our endorphins, and overall feel better.
• Worship - This helps me remember God has my back, he has a plan, and he’s in control.
• Pop/ hip-hop- Reminds me I'm a boss and no matter what is giving me anxiety I can handle it and puts me in an upbeat mood.
• Country- Gives me hope, centers me, & calms me.
3.) Find a quiet place.
• Be still and calm and try to understand what is actually causing your anxiety. Be still & breathe, slow down your breath almost like meditating.
• Write down your thoughts and feelings, almost as if I’m releasing them. This is also where I write prayers & ask God for help through situations.
5.) Do something you love that calms you.
• For me this is being active, outside, and with nature. OR spending quality time with my girlfriends.
5.) Recharge & reset.
• Snuggle up with a good self help book, watch a movie, binge watch Netflix, do a face mask, take a hot shower or bath. Just reset your body & mind.
NYC!!! The city of dreams and bright lights. The city that never sleeps and never goes out of style. It's unlike any other place I've ever been. Skyscrapers, landmarks, shopping, museums, broadway shows, etc. I've visited the Big Apple 8+ times and it never gets old. It's starting to feel like this is my second home. It's one of the top cities in the US I actually know pretty well. I've been lucky; visiting for work & play since 2007. I still remember my first trip like it was yesterday. I was in 9th grade, only about 15 years old, and got to see the city as a true tourist. Now, I have 3 very close friends that live in the city and I go and visit a couple times a year. I want to share some of the places and things that I think are a must see and must do in this marvelous and magical city. Every outfit shown below is shopable, click here!
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Brunch: Tavern on the Green
Pizza: Joe's Pizza
Dinner: Lexington Brass
Drinks: Rooftop bars with a view
Disclaimer: These are all of my own thoughts and opinions.
Where do I even being?... Maxi dresses are the easiest outfit to throw together. WHY? Because there isn't much to it. There is basically no planning involved. You pick the dress and your shoes and go. I love that they come in so many different forms; body con, flowy, backless, high neck, floral, casual, fancy, etc. Here are some of my favorite under $100 maxi dresses online right now (in no specific order)!
Wherever It Takes Me Rainbow Stripe Maxi Dress Ever After (click to shop)
DETAILS: Comes in 2 colors, adjustable straps. I got mine hemmed at a tailor, padded chest area so no bra needed (I'm seen wearing this above)
OCCASION: Brunch, wedding, summer party, etc.
A One Time Fling Blue Print Maxi Dress
DETAILS: Low v-neck, comes in 2 colors and 3 sizes
OCCASION: Brunch, party, day date
Surplice Maxi Dress
DETAILS: 5 different colors
OCCASION: Shopping, lunch with friends, errands, bbq, day by the beach, vacation dress, etc.
Think Again Maxi Dress
DETAILS: Cotton, tie dress
OCCASION: Errands, movie/game night, grocery shopping, trip to the zoo, day date, movie theater, mall, etc.
Blooming Jelly Women's Floral Print Long Summer Maxi
DETAILS: XS-Large, 4/5 star rating on Amazon
OCCASION: Casual running errands, versatile dress, casual date night, etc.
Knit Maxi Dress
DETAILS: 7 different colors (I wear an XS)
OCCASION: I love this dress. I've owned it for 2+ years. It's cotton and easy and comfortable. I throw it on to travel, run errands, grocery store, mall shopping, etc. This I personally wouldn't wear on a night date,but I would wear it on a day date.
DETAILS: One color, high neck, long slit, low back
OCASSION: I would always pair this with heels because it has a fancier vibe to me. This is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, evening date, etc.
Lucky Star Rainbow Stripe
DETAILS: Slip underneath, super flattering because the stripes are vertical
OCCASION: Date (day or night), wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, baby shower, etc.
Wayf Posie Maxi Dress
DETAILS: 3 different color, this dress is similar to the lace tie top from Nordstrom I'm sure you've seen all over insta (shop here)!
OCCASION: Another super versatile dress; date (night or day), throw it on for errands, or even dress is up with heels for a party!
Hey friends! I'm back and excited to start blogging more. I've been traveling tons lately for work and for fun and fallen in love with the spontaneity of it all . Ya'll have been requesting me to share my experiences... so here goes nothing. Sedona, Arizona was so good to me; relaxing yet filled with adventure, and yummy food. Let's recap my experiences in the red rock mountains.
Nectar Glow Firming Facial (60 minutes)
Green Tea Milk Wash purifies and pampers the skin while a steaming compress of steeped peach nectar milk softens, calms and moisturizes. A shea sugar polish is next on the menu to prep the skin for a decadent facial mask that soaks up impurities with it’s nutrient rich yogurt, oat and honey components.
Peach Nectar Massage (50 minutes)
Breathe in and out slowly as you inhale the sweet notes of steeped peach nectar milk. A richly hydrating shea butter massage will leave you refreshingly relaxed and softened from head to toe as delicious notes of ginger and peach linger sweetly on your skin.