September Goals…

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” -Helen Hunt Jackson

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  • do yoga much more often
  • start decorating for fall
  • gather more Halloween decorations
  • only order take out once in a while
  • paint on a canvas
  • keep my gpa up
  • stay on top of my bullet journal
  • stop putting so much pressure on myself
  • make time for myself during the week
  • try new recipes (baking and cooking)
  • try to walk 10k steps a day
  • hang out with friends more often
  • blog a lot more
  • find a way to make moola
  • EAT! ALL! OF! MY! MEALS!
  • plan an amazing homecoming
  • read pride and prejudice!
  • try outfits that are outside of my comfort zone
  • listen to new music
  • be happy

when you’re in need of a pick me up…

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” -Lou Rawls

  • come on eileen- dexys midnight runners
  • this must be my dream- the 1975
  • no matter what- badfinger
  • come and get your love- redbone
  • parking lots- plums
  • love my way- the psychedelic furs
  • my girl- the temptations
  • 1999- prince
  • out of my league- fitz and the tantrums
  • dog days are over- florence and the machines
  • sleepyhead- passion pit
  • sunflower- rex orange county

 

Let’s Talk About Creative Outlets…

“I think as long as I have a creative outlet, I’m happy.” -Nat Wolff

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There are times in life when we realize that everything is simply too much. It seems as if everything awful that could possibly happen is hitting us like a tidal wave all at once and there is nothing we can do about it. In those moments, when everything is just too much to handle, what are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to take a deep breath and calm down? I’ve learned over the years that when life is far too overwhelming, the best way for me to take a breather is to turn to one of my many outlets and creative outlets. Some people have a very hard time finding what can calm them down, what can make them feel free, so I’m going to share some of my favorite outlets in hopes of giving some of you some ideas!

  • Painting- Even if you’re no good, pick up a brush and paint a picture. Get those creative juices flowing.
  • Sketch/doodle- If painting isn’t your thing, doodle or sketch a little picture that’ll make you happy.
  • Bake something- I absolutely love baking. Seeing the end result, going through the whole process of creating something, it’s amazing.
  • Re-Decorate your room- If you’re ever stuck in a rut or feel overwhelmed, changing your space is an amazing way to change things up and start with a clean slate.
  • Journal/write- If you’re overwhelmed, you most likely have lots of thoughts circulating throughout your head. Pick up a pen or pencil and write down what you’re thinking, it’s very therapeutic.
  • Take some pictures- Grab a camera, whether it be a DSLR or just your phone camera, go outside, and take pictures of things that interest you.
  • Listen to music- This is probably the most calming outlet in my opinion. Sitting back and listening to your favorite music, tuning out the world for a bit, nothing beats it.
  • Go on a hike/take a walk- Getting out and going into nature is so blissful. Take a second and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Dance- This goes along with painting, whether you’re good at it or not, get some endorphins out, have fun, dance.
  • Talk to a loved one- This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I know for me, talking to someone I’m close to helps to relieve some of the stress of life.

Having a creative outlet is needed, because without it, life is much too hard. We are supposed to enjoy life, we are supposed to live, not just be alive, and if our lives are just full of stress, we aren’t doing it right.

Let’s Talk About My Current Favorite Songs…

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley.

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Music is the best way for me to unwind from a stressful day, to pump up and get hyped for my workout, to channel my happiness, or let out all of my emotions when I’m feeling down. While my music taste constantly changes, and I always have to be on the hunt for new songs, these are the ones that I have been absolutely loving lately:

  • Blood Bank by Bon Iver
  • Roslyn by Bon Iver and St. Vincent
  • Holocene by Bon Iver
  • Like To Be You by Shawn Mendes ft Julia Michaels
  • Why by Shawn Mendes
  • Fallin’ All In You by Shawn Mendes
  • Why by Sabrina Carpenter
  • Dive by Ed Sheeran
  • Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
  • Drive by Oh Wonder
  • Without You by Oh Wonder
  • Body Gold by Oh Wonder
  • Cherry Wine- Live by Hozier
  • From Eden by Hozier
  • Like Real People Do by Hozier
  • Everytime by Boy Pablo
  • Ready/Problems by Boy Pablo
  • You’ve Got a Woman by Whitney
  • You Were My Girl by Palmas
  • I Want To Know (Your Love) by Palmas
  • Gooey by Glass Animals
  • Already Gone by Sleeping At Last
  • Saturn by Sleeping At Last
  • Anchor by Novo Amor
  • Promise by Ben Howard
  • Love It If We Made It by The 1975

These are my current song obsessions, but I’m open to all different types of music and would love to branch out a bit, so I would highly appreciate song suggestions!

Let’s Talk About Yoga…

     “Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” -Amit Ray

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At the age of six, a woman my mom worked with asked me if I wanted to join her cheerleading team, promising it would be full of good times and high energy performances. Me being the young, optimistic adolescent I was of course jumped at the opportunity and joined right away. The beginning of my cheerleading career was of course fun and games, but as the years went on, it got more and more competitive. The girls became more unkind with age, the topic of social class and money was top priority, and the only way to be relevant is if you were apart of that group. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I had my revelation. This isn’t the life I want for myself.

I didn’t have my spiritual awakening until the summer before my junior year. This is when I realized that I was almost letting myself go; I wasn’t eating the healthiest, I wasn’t exercising anymore, and I didn’t have my usual hunger for life. Realizing this, I knew that it was time for a lifestyle change. I had heard through the grapevine that yoga was a beneficial way to relieve stress and become one with themselves, which of course led to me giving it a try. Turns out, this was the best decision I could have made for myself, my body, and my life.

I’ve always been an artistic person, as well as athletic, and the fact that I am able to practice an art form that allows me to get a lil sweat in makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world.  The practice of yoga is one of the few things in my life that is one hundred percent just for me. I do not do yoga for anyone else, I do not practice to please anyone, I practice in order to gain self-confidence, self-love, and self-respect. The amount of freedom I feel when I light my candles at 8 P.M. when the sun is going down and I can just be myself while I do my practice is an indescribable feeling.  It’s a never-ending learning experience, seeing that I know that I will never be a master of yoga. I will forever be learning more about the art form, I will forever be learning new poses, new breathing techniques, and new ways to love myself.

I’m going to leave things off with this; if you are searching for new ways to start off a healthy lifestyle or if you are having a hard time with your self-confidence, give yoga a try. It is not for everyone and I cannot guarantee that you’ll fall in love with it like I did, but at least you can say you tried.