fitness gift guide

fitness gift guide

this is always a fun gift guide to do because I love getting all the fun workout stuff. I feel like I could go for days with gifts between outfits, shoes, accessories, useful things to have on hand, but I try to not overload you all (and my graphic designer)   t o o   much!

but if you have a fitness guru in your life or know someone who’s ready to hit the ground running with their new years goals for 2019, here’s the gift guide to get them started, plus some honorable mentions!
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my current exercise routine

my current exercise routine

looking back on this year, my gym routine has been all over the place. I started off strong; I was going to the gym 3-4 days out of the week and could tell a huge difference in my strength + endurance and my overall health. it was probably the best I had ever felt, health-wise and confidence-wise.

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idolizing the impossible

idolizing the impossible

“God is bigger than the boogieman,” veggietales once told me. growing up in church you hear that concept a lot, and you always seem to know it in the back of your mind but when “the boogieman” creeps up on you, fear + anxiety can swallow you whole. whatever it is that’s haunting you tends to fill your mind and gnaw at you throughout the day, even when you try to push it out of your thoughts. and it’s natural. even Jesus himself said “in this world you will have trouble” (john 16:33) and it’s normal to feel worried about those troubles when they arise.

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healthier eating on a budget

healthier eating on a budget

I’m the first to admit I know the benefits of healthy eating – but man, oh man, do I know how hard it is to do when you’re on a budget! some weeks I can allot more money towards groceries and it doesn’t feel so bad, but there are other weeks I feel like I’m going to turn into a Ramen noodle if I don’t chill.

I’m not always the best with my money, but the one thing I always have people asking me is how I manage to spend so little on groceries. on average, I spend about $100 a month on my groceries. granted, my big meal of the day is lunch and I tend to snack around it – breakfast and dinner are generally small. but, for those of you that are looking how to make healthier choices and save a little extra money, here’s how I meal plan + prep around a tight budget.

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world mental health day: guest submissions

world mental health day: guest submissions

for so long my heart has been to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. I am vocal about my own struggles because I believe talking about it not only frees me from what feels like my own personal prison, but allows others to see they’re not alone and hopefully find their own strength to come clean about theirs. but the thing about my own mental health is that I only have my own experience – everyone’s triggers are different and not every person overcomes it in the same way.

I have always wanted to have guest posts about mental health, so I took it to social media to collect stories regarding other people’s experiences. the submissions were made anonymously to make it easier for people to share their hearts. please note that those who shared have made themselves vulnerable and have donated their raw, honest stories for the sake of helping others. please respect their courage to speak out.

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october goals + free habit tracker

october goals + free habit tracker

I think I say this every month but I can’t believe it’s already OCTOBER! september was bittersweet – life felt like it was trying to beat me up left + right, but so many great things happened too. ps, sorry this is being given to you 10 days into October lol better late than never I guess.

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choosing confidence

choosing confidence

hello wonderful readers! I’m sorry that I have been so silent lately. as I have mentioned in some blog posts before, my creativity has been lacking – so, in attempts to get ideas and opinions of what it is exactly that readers want to see, I asked my Instagram followers send me their ideas.

one of the responses I got was about gaining confidence. this is a popular but hard topic to write about because I feel like finding confidence in yourself is not a cut-and-dry template for everyone. it takes identifying your insecurities, why they are what they are, and doing whatever necessary to cut them down.

the submission specifically said “how to believe you’re beautiful to have a happy life + gain confidence.” my first comment on this is that it’s backwards, and I’ll explain why.

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