Friday Favorites

 

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Friday favorites are back!

I so enjoy writing these posts and they always seem well received, so I’m bringing these babies back. Here are some of my favorite things this week. Be sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what things you’re loving this week.

Going to the gym

I am not a gym girl so I am shocked to say this, but I have really been enjoying the gym. Like many people I faced my fears and strange gym anxiety, and joined at the end of December. My little sister Casey (who is a beast in the gym) has been working out with me and kicking my butt. I love the rush of endorphins, the detox I get from sweating, and of course getting sore afterwards, and knowing I worked hard at something. I created a set gym schedule of Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday which makes it easier to stick to. I’m already seeing small changes in my body, and I’m excited to see progress in the future.

The Law of Attraction

I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne back in college but kind of forgot about the concept. “The Secret” is actually the law of attraction. Kind of a woo woo topic so I won’t get too into it, but basically what you focus on, you attract. If you put good out, that’s what you get back. Even if you don’t believe in the actual “law” there are a lot of great concepts you can implement into your life like gratitude, positive thinking, and visualization in order to make your dreams a reality.

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The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

Fun fact: I don’t read fiction anymore. All of the books I read are self-help type books, or books on how to be successful. This is my current read, or should I say “listen” since I listen to the audio book on my way into work. This book also relates to the law of attraction in that it talks a lot about visualization, and the importance of gratitude. A really important concept I took from the book is to not come from a place of competition when realizing your dreams. If you want to start a blog, you’re not taking from another bloggers success. There is enough success and money to go around without taking from others or feeling like you’re being taken from.

Salt Baths

This year I have been focusing a lot on detoxing my body. When I had blood work done, I was told my liver was slightly sluggish and was recommended to start focusing on detoxing. Working out is a great way to do this, as well as drinking more water and taking hot baths with Epsom salts. Epsom salts are very easy to find and help ease muscle aches, pull toxins out of the body, and help you to relax. The hot water and steam also helps to rid the body of toxins. Plus its freezing here so a nice warm bath really helps me to warm up.

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Walnut Chicken Piccata 

This is a recipe I found on Pinterest and UGH it is so delicious. The chicken is pretty easy to make and the recipe came out exactly as it said it would. I served mine over zucchini noodles as shown in the picture. Healthy and delicious! Since I cook for myself I had enough portions to last me the week.

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Jazz Vibes

I always prefer to work while I have music playing and this is my new favorite Spotify playlist for that. It’s jazz with a sort of cool, urban vibe and it provides just the right type of music I need to feel inspired and get things done. It makes me want to take my laptop to a little coffee shop.

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Well, that’s all for me. Keep a look out for new posts as I am going to start posting twice a week every Monday and Thursday/Friday.

Hope you all have an amazing Friday. And remember that you don’t need to wait until the weekend to start enjoying your life. Enjoy today and everyday.

XO

 

Farewell Sweet Summer: 5 Things I Learned in Summer 2017

The end of summer is always so bittersweet. The sun begins to shift its position in the sky and familiar shadows start to change. The temperature at night becomes cool and crisp. Acorns start to fall one by one. And of course for many there is that dreaded, excited feeling we call “back to school”.

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the food, the holidays, and the coziness of it all. I also love the feeling of transition it brings. This transitional pull I feel in Autumn always inspires me to make necessary changes in my life in order to become the happier, healthier, better version of myself.

To become better in the future, I have to reflect on what I’ve learned this past season. So without further ado here are some things I’ve learned this past summer.

Be confident // Summer 2017 started off with a bang when I got a new job. Because of the type of environment I work in, there is a lot of pressure to make zero mistakes. Being a human and not a robot makes this experience very stressful and at times overwhelming. Of course I’m going to make mistakes! The first month was really difficult for me and I experienced a drop in my confidence. At my last job I had run an entire customer service department by myself, and now as an assistant I was being made to feel like I was dumb or not good enough. At some point after talking to close friends and family, I realized that other people’s perceptions of me do not matter. I learned that having confidence in myself actually makes me a better employee. I started going into work everyday determined to do my best even in the face of adversity. After I let go of caring what people thought of me and my abilities, I became more sure of myself and my talents. This allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and actually do a better job in the long-run. Be confident in yourself and your capabilities. Other people’s perceptions of you do not define you.

Social anxiety sucks // Yes, that’s right. Positive Patty over here is saying something sucks. Up until recently I was in complete denial that I even had social anxiety, and once I admitted it to myself it almost seemed like it had gotten worse. This summer truly challenged my social anxiety in more ways than one and made me realize what an issue it is. Being an introvert that values alone time is one thing but feeling knots in your stomach, or not being able to follow through with plans because of it, is when it really starts to affect your life. This summer I had some strong moments where I pushed through, and other times where I simply couldn’t do it. I have to say that the times I pushed through turned out great. I had a great time and felt good about myself. The times where I made excuses felt good in the moment but crappy later on. Social anxiety is something I’m more aware of now, and something I’m very determined to work on in a healthy, manageable way.

Get into nature as much as possible // This summer I started taking walks three times a week at a local trail, and I realized getting into nature makes me really happy. I also learned that walking has been proven to be the only physical activity which actually lowers cortisol levels (that pesky stress hormone). Getting outside makes you feel grounded, clears your head and allows you to remember that you and your problems are much smaller than this big world. And no matter how much we feel the world is ending, the sun will still rise every morning and set every evening. Life will go on.

Accept your body for what it is // At some point or another we all have to accept our bodies for what they are. Getting healthy and being fit are great and I think having goals for your body (as long as they’re realistic) is perfectly fine. But don’t let your current unhappiness with your body ruin a good time or an experience. This summer I had many moments (like I do every summer) where I felt uncomfortable in my own skin, and I let it affect how much I enjoyed certain summer activities, like jet-skiing, because I was too worried about what I looked like. Don’t let insecurities that are probably not even noticeable to anyone else get you down. Your body is doing some pretty amazing things to keep you alive and thriving at all times. And it will continue to do so whether you have stretch marks or not. Appreciate your body for all that it is instead of hating it for what’s it’s not.

Accept your family for who they are and cherish them// My family is large and mostly female. These are women with strong opinions and very different personalities. My oldest sister, Nikki came to visit for a week this summer from Denver and even though the house was chaos when we were all together, it brought such a feeling of comfort to have all four sisters together. We also threw a big family party and it made me realize what an eclectic mix of people I have in my life. I was never sheltered as a kid, and I was raised around many different walks of life. I gained such an appreciation for every single person that day because it made me realize why I’m such an open-minded person. Love and cherish your family for all the crazy, wonderful people that they are.

Well that’s it. Summer is coming to its end and to be honest I’m struggling with where my life is right now. But I’m an optimist and life is moving in a new direction. My experiences both good and bad will now be lessons learned. I’m excited for what’s to come (and it’s not just because of fuzzy sock season). I hope you all had an amazing summer and I would love to know what you’ve learned down below.

As always thank you for reading. Farewell sweet Summer!

XO

Friday Favorites

Here we are again. How is it Friday already?

This week was exhausting but I definitely found some things I’m loving that I want to share. Enjoy!

Wilmer Valderrama Interview // One of my favorite podcasts is called The School of Greatness and is hosted by Lewis Howes. This week he interviewed Wilmer Valderrama and the interview was truly one of my favorites. His life experience, advice, and outlook on life is nothing short of inspiring. The major take-away for me was to believe I can do anything I put my mind to, while also realizing I don’t need to rush to accomplish everything at one time. The best part? Lewis replied to my comment on Youtube!

Ben and Jerry’s Caramel Almond Brittle // Yet another dairy-free flavor I’m loving. Crunchy almonds and sweet caramel mixed into creamy goodness. The perfect snack to eat after work in the sun.

Veggetti // Disregard the peculiar name. This spiralizer is only $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and turns zucchini into low carb pasta. I was genuinely amazed when I started using it and there are so many things you can make with zucchini noodles. I ended up trying out this amazing recipe for zucchini noodles with avocado pesto and shrimp, and it was amazing.

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Witch Hazel Toner // I seem to always get lost in the skincare section at Target. This week I picked up this Witch Hazel Toner in the lavender scent and I have been loving it. I use it in the evening after I wash my face and before I moisturize. It picks up anything your face wash may have missed and gives your face such a clean, refreshed feeling. It also helps bring moisture into your face so you can achieve glowing skin.

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Google Partners // As someone who is very interested in digital marketing this was an amazing discovery for me. Google Partners offers free certification in Google Adwords and Google Analytics. If this is something you’re interested in or if you want to pursue a career in digital marketing I suggest checking it out. Just another certification to add to your resume. Just search Google Partners and click “Join Now”.

I hope you all enjoyed my favorites this week. Let me know your favorites down below!

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

I woke up this morning with a mean stomach bug after a long week. Although I’m feeling so sick, I knew I wanted to get up a post because blogging makes me happy, and because I feel we should choose to focus on the positives in life. I hope your Friday is going better than mine is and I hope you enjoy this post!

Tennis // I’m trying to incorporate different types of exercise into my routine on my cardio days. I’m having my boyfriend teach me how to play and it’s a great way to work up a sweat without even thinking about it. I’ve only played once so far (and I’m not very good) but I want to continue and hopefully get better over time.

Kettlebell Kitchen // We order these meals at work and they’re super convenient and healthy. Perfectly portioned meals for a person on the go. Kettlebell is only available in certain areas of the country but any kind of healthy meal service will work. And you can always recreate your own version at home like I did with this recipe for paleo chicken nuggets.

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Kettlebell Paleo Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Potato Fries

NASA hat // This hat is just too funny and cute. I love the sarcasm of it and it fits my personality so well. Perfect for anyone who values their personal space. I like baseball hats for the beach and I like how this one is slightly distressed. I bought it in blue but looking back I would have purchased a different color. I didn’t realize how similar the color of the writing would be to the hat. Still cute regardless and adjustable.

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Game of Thrones // It’s back! And WOW, what an opening. I won’t spoil it for you but if you haven’t started watching I highly recommend it. Trust me. It’s GOOD.

Skipping foundation // In the summer I like wearing more minimal makeup. Because of this, I switch from a liquid foundation to a BB cream in the summer. I’ve been using the Garnier one for years but for some reason this year, it was causing me to break out really badly. I still like wearing it for even, light coverage and I like the added benefit of SPF especially for the beach but I think wearing it all day at work was too much for my oil-prone skin. I’ve since switched to using concealer and then setting it with a translucent powder. Add bronzer and blush and you have the perfect, summer, fresh-faced look.

I hope you all enjoyed this post even though it’s short.

I want you all to have the happiest, most amazing weekend.

Until next time.

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

This week flewwww by. My boss was out of town on vacation so I had a very laid back week at work and am ready to get this weekend started! Here are some of the things I’m loving on this particular Friday. Enjoy!

Working Out // I stopped for awhile and am finally getting back into it. I feel so good afterward both mentally and physically and it is so worth it. I am currently doing the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and I’ve seen some of my friends have amazing results with it. She kicks my butt but I know that’s the best way to see results!

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Flow Chart // At work I have a flow chart that tells me what specific tasks need to be done on that day of the week. I decided to take this concept and incorporate it into my own life because I am terrible at time management. It helps me to stay organized and I’m able to figure out what I should focus on for the day instead of running around like a chicken with it’s head off.

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Friends // I was able to see all of my college friends last Sunday and was able to cross something off my Summer Bucket List when we all met up for a beachy brunch. We’re all so different but we somehow all get along and we always have each other’s backs. I also got to Facetime with the missing member of our group who is currently living in Spain. Moments like these make me feel complete and give me such a sense of peace. Friends are so important.

Travel Vlogs // Right now I don’t have vacation time and it’s killing me slowwwwwly. I am DYING to travel again but since I can’t I’ve been enjoying summer at home and living vicariously through other people. I’ve mentioned this before but Mimi Ikonn has the best travel vlogs on YouTube in my opinion so I’ve been watching and re-watching all of them.

Pac Sun // Pac Sun is having a HUGE sale right now and a lot of items are 70% off. I’ve been looking for a one piece for awhile and decided on this one. 27 bucks!? I’ll take it! Keeping my fingers crossed that it fits well once it comes! If you’re looking for summer clothes or bathing suits definitely take advantage of the sale.

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Ben and Jerry’s Dairy Free Cherry Garcia // My mom picked this up for me and I didn’t think I would be a fan but YUMMM. It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry and is deliciously creamy. After work I love coming home, sitting outside in the shade and eating it straight from the container.

New Planner // I just picked up a new planner and a notebook from Target. I feel like having a cute planner gives me more motivation to actually use it and these two remind me of mermaids or something. I couldn’t find mine on Target’s website but they have so many to choose from.

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As always thank you for reading and be sure to leave me your favorites down below.

Have an amazing weekend!

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!

I just love that Friday feeling. Don’t you? I want to try my best to start doing a weekly Friday favorites series here on the blog and I hope you all enjoy it! Here are some of my favorite things this week:

Seth Godin // If you’re interested in marketing or business and/or you just need some inspiration, I recommend listening to him. He’s insightful, intelligent and easy to listen to. I just got done listening to him on this podcast and I’ve just started listening to his book Linchpin.

The Weeknd- Secrets // The ultimate feel good jam! It’s a great driving song for the summertime.

Blogging // I didn’t blog much when I was out of work because I was constantly looking for jobs but now I’m getting back into it and really enjoying myself. It’s such a great way to get things off your chest and connect with people.

These gluten-free blueberry muffins // They are so delicious and contain no refined sugar. The honey and blueberries gave them all the sweetness they needed.


This American Eagle top // I got this top on sale at an outlet store in the plum color. It’s simple but it fits well and looks really pretty with gold accessories and a tan! It’s a crop top which I’m not at all into, but I wore mid-rise white shorts with it and my tummy was covered so it’s not super cropped. It was the perfect summer outfit and super comfortable.

Popsicles and wine // I can’t remember where I saw this idea but I knew I needed to recreate it for the 4th of July with some bomb pops and sparkling moscato. The popsicle melts into the wine and it turns into a sweet and delicious concoction. Yummm!


I hope your weekend is as sweet as moscato and that you all enjoyed this post. Let me know what some of your favorites are this week down below.

Cheers to the weekend!

XO

Summer Bucket List

Hey friends!

Summer is here and it is blissful. I recently switched jobs and although I’m still unsure about how much I like it, I do have more time which is definitely a positive. My boss gave me Fridays off and I work shorter hours which means more time to be productive, more time to do activities and more time to blog!

Each season I like making a bucket list of things I really want to do. It helps me to get out and make plans for those few months and it also helps me feel fulfilled. Sometimes on social media it can feel like holidays or seasons are just a big competition of who can do the most fun stuff and who can post the most pictures. But once I make a bucket list I don’t feel the need to prove myself to anyone and I can just enjoy the season and the holidays that come with it without any comparison.

I hope you enjoy my summer bucket list and I would love to hear some of your summer bucket list activities down below.

Healthy-ish smores // I’ve been eating a lot of paleo recipes lately and I really like the way it makes my body feel. I’m thinking of trying to make some kind of healthy-ish smores with gluten free graham crackers, marshmallows and dairy free chocolate. I feel like Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups would be so delicious with this too!

 

Outdoor concerts // I don’t go to many concerts but when I do I always get lawn seats and have the best time. I saw Mumford and Sons recently but they got rained out and we had to leave early. I really want to go back sometime this summer and actually get to enjoy the experience.

Sushi date // Sushi and hot weather don’t mix but there’s a local bar that has delicious half-price sushi and outdoor seating. My boyfriend and I haven’t gotten the chance to go yet and I definitely want to get there soon! I could eat sushi every day.

Beachy brunch // The Jersey shore is so beautiful and filled with some great places to eat. The Turning Point in Long Branch is a great place to get brunch and sit outside. After brunch you can plop yourself right onto the beach and soak it all in.

NYC // I’m really trying to make my way to the city this summer. I tend to go in the cooler months because I can’t stand walking around in the heat but I would love to hit up a bar with an amazing roof top and walk around the High Line.

Beachy hairstyles // I am not the best at doing hairstyles that involve braids or any kind of complicated parts but I really want to try these cute hairstyles for the beach or by the pool. I’ve been trying to switch up my look but I end up giving up. I might have to enlist the help of my sister (who is a hairdresser) for these ones.

I hope you’re all having an amazing summer already and that you’re 4th of July was terrific. And always remember that social media DOES NOT determine what kind of life you’re living. You can still have an amazing life even if you don’t post it on social media for the world to see 😉

XO