It is the beginning of the year and most people are focused on getting in shape. here are some tips that has been highly effective throughout my journey.
Make a list
Write down why you have made the decision to get fit. Is it for better sleep? or for a boost in happiness? Whatever it is, put it on paper. Once you’re done, hang it up in your home.
Create a fitness vision board
This works wonders! Surf the web for inspirational quotes and images. If you have a Pinterest account, surf Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration. Print them out and put a board together. Be sure to include things that honestly inspire and motivate you. Once you have put it together, post your board somewhere in your home that you can see it everyday. This way, you will have a visual constant reminder of your fitness goals. When you are feeling down and uninspired, read the quotes out loud.
Drink infused water
It is no secret that a healthy diet consists of loads of water so why not make it fun? Plain water can be boring so what you can do is add your favorite fruits to your water. This makes it really pretty and really tasty all at once.
There are many articles, blogs, info graphics, books, documentaries and even podcasts based on healthy eating and living. When people ask me specific questions about my vegetarian lifestyle, I always start of by explaining the importance of research. It is essential for you to dig up your own information, for your own understanding as opposed to going off of what people say. Do your homework and then draw your own conclusions. For starters, go on YouTube or Netflix and then work your way into books and articles.
Take small steps
Small changes enable big changes. Set realistic goals and start off very very small. Many people skip this step and head straight to the failing route. When you are scheduling your next workout, try to workout for 30 minutes as opposed to working out for 2 hours. If you are typically inactive and this is all new to you, allow your mind and body to warm up to this change and go easy on yourself. Do this and you will go far.
Download an app to help you
Use your smartphone to your advantage by downloading an app to help you reach your fitness goal. I have tried a few and what works best for me is Myfitness Pal. This app allows you to submit your desired weight goal and helps you achieve it by holding you accountable according to what you are eating. One thing that I like about this app is that it gives you an estimated date on when you will reach your goals according to what you eat and how much you weight. However, in order for this app to be effective you have to be consistent with logging your food and weight.
Well, that sums it all up guys. I hope that you found these tips to be applicable to your fitness journey!
Above everything there is one thing that I am truly looking forward to in this new year. And that is growth. Growth in ALL areas of my life. I respect the fact that there is always room for growth and so I welcome it with an open door. Though I am fully aware that growth is filled with endurance, I know that it is all going to work out for my good. It may seem like I am stressed out but in reality I am being stretched out. Besides, God would not give me anything that I can not handle. I may have to cry or yell but one thing that is for sure is that I am going to fight my way through it all. I can handle it and if I can do it, so can you! Stand in agreement with growth. Growth, you are welcome here.
Winter symbolizes a fresh new start. Just like a blank page on a notebook, waiting for ink. This is a time to reflect on the past year. How? By taking a step back to breathe. Put your pen down and close your eyes. Breathe in from your nose and out through your mouth. (Take a minute to do this before proceeding.)
Before writing anything down, lets take a walk down memory lane.
From a scale of one through five (one being the worst and five being the best), how would you rate this past year? What was your favorite part?
Now, what was the worst? Cringe. I know but we have to dig deep and be realistic with ourselves in order to create effective goals.
What are some things that you can improve on?
I now pronounce you, ready for a fresh new start.
You may now pick up your pen and write down your goals for the year of 2018.
What is your main goal for this year? Did you enjoy this exercise? Please share below, I will love to hear from you guys.
I have so many beauty favorites and a love for makeup that I have been wanting to share with you all. I wear makeup occasionally throughout the year and I makes me feel good knowing that I can do it myself. I put this together to highlight my current beauty favorites that are giving me so much life.
I have been on a hunt for a good highlighter and I must say that this is a great choice. Do not let the price fool you, it is worth every penny. Besides, within this kit you get four different highlight shades that you can bounce from. I love it and I highly recommend it for those who are beginners with makeup.
This contour kit is also really good! It is easy to use and not so heavy on your face. I was a little nervous about the cream kit vs. the powder kit but its not so bad. Also, you can use this contour kit as a highlighter for your eyebrows or color corrector for some or maybe even as a concealer. There are different ways to have fun with makeup, so do not be afraid to be creative!
While I was in London shopping for makeup in Boots, I discovered Sleek MakeUp. Which is a brand that has pigmented eye shadow pallets. But there’s good news! Sleek MakeUp has partnered up with Walgreens, which is good news for those of you that live in the U.S because you can visit one locally for this eye shadow palette. In my opinion, its better and cheaper than most of the upscale brands.
Have you tried any of these products? What is your beauty favorite? 💋
It’s the most happiest time of the year but it also can be the most expensive time of the year for many. Without an effective plan or a budget, things can start off on a bad note for you. By using different tips, there are some ways that you can save money on gifts. Here are some ways that you can save while you are checking off items off your list.
Give yourself a budget
This is very important, which is why it is #1. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Look over your finances and make an economical decision based on what you can afford. Give yourself a budget and stick to it.
Shop on the Clearance Section
You can find half priced items in clothing, shoes, accessories and the home section! I recommend looking online, this way you get an instant visual look on what is currently available on and clearance.
Do you still have a gift that you receive last year and did not like it, then you can re gift it to someone else that may like it better. Problem solved! If this does not pertain to you, than you can look over your books and pick which ones you’re ready to pass on and give those as gifts instead.
Allow your creativity to run wild during this holiday season. There are many things that you can make at home and give to your friends and family as a gift. Some examples can be delicious fresh out of the oven cookies, a painting that you painted or even some homemade bar soaps. Be creative and have fun while you’re at it!
Buy Family Gifts
Instead of buying five different gifts for a family of five, just buy a gift that the family can all enjoy. Whole Foods Gift Card for some grocery shopping, movie ticket package or a gift basket. Why buy five gifts when you can buy one that everyone will enjoy? Save yourself a headache.
I do not believe on spending a lot of money on gifts for Christmas. There is no reason to spend so much and loose your mind, especially if you have a big family. If you can, save yourself a few bucks by following some of these tips. Not only do you save yourself money but you can relax and truly enjoy this wonderful season.
Besides Spring, Fall is my favorite season of the year. What I enjoy the most, is the ability to layer my outfit. I love to pair a simple outfit with a beautiful, rich colored coat. As we move closer to Winter, I will continue to layer my outfit before slipping into my heavy duty winter coat (which is not so cute). I must add that I had so much fun, shooting for this look; which I shared with you guys on my Instagram page. Anyways, I hope that you enjoy it!
It is that time of the year! We must be glad and rejoice in it. Personally, it is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it; Christmas carols, shopping, baking, gifting and enjoying this time with my family. The big apple looks its best, dressed in Christmas. Here are some places that you should visit with your loved ones:
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
It is finally up! The lighting ceremony took place Wednesday night and the tree will be up until January 7th. This tradition began in the year of 1933 and
it is still remains as a special tradition for New Yorkers.
Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
For 16 years, the New York Transit Museum has marked a holiday train show for families to enjoy during the Holiday season. The show will be up and running until January.
Empire State Building
In celebration of Christmas season, the top of the Empire State Building will be lit up in red, green and white candy cane on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Try to catch it at night time for a better view.
This is a great place to take the kids, snap some photos with Santa and save them to your Christmas album. Although I do not believe in Santa, this is a kid friendly way celebrate this season with your family. However, be advice that you must make reservations for this (new rule this year).
Whether you are window shopping or actually shopping, 5th avenue awaits for in its holiday gear. Enjoy the holiday window displays while walking down the avenue. To avoid traffic, I suggest visiting early in the morning on Saturday or Sunday. I promise it is worth the early rise.
When I first visited, I was in awe of the architecture! Luckily, I was able to visit during the holidays so I enjoyed the pretty Christmas decorations all around. Its a transportation hub and a shopping mall, which is really cool. Besides, this is a great place to take selfies because the lighting in there is everything.