WORKING OUT FOR FUN?

I think that everyone always has the new years resolution of getting in shape (myself included.) The only downside of that is, well, we actually have to go to the gym. Well fear me not, I have discovered ways that you can workout without it “feeling” like you’re actually working out! Some of these are a no-brainer, but I have gotten to the point that working out at a gym isn’t motivating to me. I know there are some lucky people out there that can just wake up and force themselves to go to the gym, but there are other people like me that would rather just sleep in and “start tomorrow ” (let’s be honest, we never actually start the next day.) But below I have comprised a short list of a few fun activities that can take place of a traditional workout! You can thank me later.

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1. YOGA 

I cannot even express how much I love yoga. First, I was in competitive cheerleading basically half my life, so yoga is kind of second nature for me when it comes to flexibility and balance. Second, the atmosphere is so relaxing and makes you so excited to start class! (and it smells like lavender, like what could be any better than that?!) If school or work is stressing you out, after one yoga class you will feel so much better, i guarantee it! In these pictures i’m doing yoga at home, but I would recommend going to an actual studio. It’s a lot easier to not be as focused when you’re at home than in public.

2. PILATES 

This is a workout that I haven’t done in quite some time, but after one class you will literally feel like a new human. The way that they stretch you and move your muscles is unexplainable, seriously! It’s so hard to actually explain unless you physically take a class yourself. So, after you’re done reading this, go and sign up for a class at your nearest pilates studio!

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3. SOUL CYCLE

Of course I had to include this. I mean, soul cycle is the basic white girl of workouts, but it definitely tires you out. I unfortunately haven’t been able to actually go to a soul cycle class, seeing that they’re only available in major cities, but if you go to your local gym or YMCA, they sometimes have spin classes, which are pretty much the same as soul cycle! I have been telling myself to go do it for months but, of course, my laziness and procrastination has caught up with me and I sit at home and eat cookies instead (literally what i’m doing right now. Cookie Cottage is so hard to resist!)

4. BARRE WORKOUT

This is kind of a mixture between pilates and yoga in the sense that you basically are mirroring ballet movements and poses. If you’re more of the creative and artistic person, this may be the workout for you. It’s dance-related, so it makes it not seem so much like an actual workout, though you’ll definitely feel sore afterwards! I watched a video on some of my favorite youtubers going and attempting to do it, and as you can see they almost couldn’t finish! Long story short, you should try to find somewhere near you that offers it.

5. ORANGE THEORY

I have seen so many of the other bloggers that I follow post about how much they love this workout! So I decided to search and see if it was worth putting into this blog post, and then the best thing happened…. I FOUND OUT IT WAS OPENING IN MY HOMETOWN! As you can see I couldn’t contain my excitement. So I decided I REALLY need to research on this thing. It turns out it’s an hour long workout that gives you more energy, tones your body, and burns calories over the span of 36 hours (can I get a heck yes?) Once the one near me opens I’ll post about it and tell you guys all about my experience! Here’s a link to the website where you can learn more about it!

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(I haven’t cheered in like four years so my balance isn’t the best anymore…. if you want proof look down below!!)

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME WHILE IN SCHOOL

So i’ve had an epiphany lately. It all started when I was in the midst of completing a homework assignment. It was Sunday and the deadline for the homework was, you guessed it, that same day. I know I have no room to speak seeing that i’m only a part-time college student, but I do have my fair share of mental breakdowns when I realize I can’t do everything at once. Being a student while also having a part-time job and doing occasional wedding videography, I eventually need to learn how to manage my time, which brings us to this post!

So backtracking to my little epiphany last Sunday, I hated that I was spending all of this time on homework last minute when in reality I could’ve gotten it done in the span of the week before and would have had a plethora of time to do other things! That’s when I started to jot down a few tips and tricks that could help me manage my time while also completing all my tasks on time.

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 1.Keep a Planner (UPDATE AND CHECK IT REGULARLY!!!!)

It’s one thing to own a planner, but it’s another thing to regularly update it and write down everything you have to do that specific day/week. I am so guilty for writing tons of things I need to complete in my planner when i’m in class bored on Monday, but don’t even check it again until the next Monday! That would explain my procrastination and lack of knowledge on due dates. So, make it routine to check your planner everyday and write down every. singe. thing. you need to complete. It’s super easy to write something down but just not do it, so my challenge to you is to live by your planner for a week. Then, you’ll notice that you have so much free time! I feel as if we spend so much time stressing over completing our to-do list when we can just finish it and ditch the stress.

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 2. Don’t do everything at once! 

This may not include everyone, but for me, when wedding season kicks into high gear I have a hard time deciding which one to do first: homework or editing. They both need to eventually be done, so this is where time management comes into play. Plan certain days to complete certain tasks. Make, let’s say, Tuesday your homework day and Sunday your editing day. If you don’t complete everything by the end of the day, just wait until the next week to finish it, unless a due date is sooner. You’ll see a significant amount of stress come out of your body by doing this. Instead of thinking about editing and homework every waking second of the day, I can actually enjoy the rest of my week by doing other things that I like to do; like blogging, reading, and exploring my town for example.

 

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3. Multi-Task (Bear with me)

Some of you probably read the heading and thought I was stupid. But, fear me not, I have found a way, after a couple years, to make it feel like you aren’t doing work when you really are. So basically, you can mix in your leisure time with your study time. What usually works best for me is to go to coffee shops. Whenever I’m in a coffee shop environment, I instantly get the motivation to complete everything. I invite some of my friends to join, grab my favorite drink of the moment, and study away. By the end of the session, i’m able to do most of my homework without the stress and headache that I would usually have had I decided to stay home. See? multi-tasking isn’t TOOO bad.

I hope this helps you combat the college student stress. Trust me when I say this; everyone is in the same boat you are. If you’re on the verge of a mental breakdown, I am 100% positive there is someone that wouldn’t mind listening to you vent and rant. Sometimes, that’s all you need to do before feeling at least a little bit better. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me!

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SWEATER (SIMILAR)

JEANS

EARRINGS

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GALENTINE DATE IDEAS

It’s that time of the year again ladies, and shockingly, i’m single! (hopefully you could feel the sarcasm in that statement) But, I am not alone. Alas, I have comprised a short list of things you could do with your gal pals on the infamous day of love. I plan on doing at least one of these when the 14th comes (i’ll make sure to document it), but I would love to see if any of you guys do anything! Feel free to tag me on any of your pics with your ride or dies and i’ll show them on my insta story! Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all!!!

1. Go See A Movie!

My girlfriends and I for the past two years have always gone to see 50 Shades of Grey on (or near) Valentine’s Day. Make a new tradition with your gals! There are so many good romantic films being released that you could definitely go see!  …And it gives you a good excuse to indulge in all the popcorn you can fit in your mouth.

2. Dress Up and Go To A Fancy Dinner

I don’t know about you, but I love when all my friends come over to my house and get ready together. I think it’s such a nice bonding moment! Take this holiday to show off your “date(s).” Who says you need a boyfriend to go on dates? Though you may be surrounded by other couples in the restaurant, enjoy your night with your babes! Maybe make an ice cream run afterwards and have a sleepover!

3. Have a “Spa Night”

It doesn’t even have to be Valentine’s Day to do this, but just treat yourself. Make a nice bath, throw in a bath bomb, and light some candles while relaxing in a cooling face mask. Read a book or watch a Netflix rom-com while just celebrating YOU. Go beforehand and grab some chocolate and devour yourself in a few bites of deliciousness, too! Valentine’s Day is just about love, so why not love yourself? We are independent women who don’t need no man to complete us! *insert sassy emoji*

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For some reason I couldn’t find the t-shirt, but it’s from Target !

Earrings          Choker       Heels (Similar)

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SPRING BREAK TRAVEL DIARY

If you look on my youtube channel, I posted a video about 2 years ago, which was my friend and I on spring break. Majority of the video was me just recording my friend doing funny things, otherwise known as embarrassing her to the public haha. After a couple years of actually receiving a professional camera and learning actual camera angles, I decided to try out another spring break video, and I can successfully say that I have upgraded my editing and video resolution so much since that last video! Check it out below if you haven’t already!!!

 

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MY SPRING BREAK PLAYLIST

Hi! It’s been awhile! Homework, work, and school sports have gotten the best of me and I haven’t been able to go out and take blog post pictures in awhile, so I decided to just give you guys my go-to spring break playlist since I’ll be leaving for Alabama in a few weeks (2 to be exact!) Enjoy!

Those are just a few of my favorites, but if you want to take a look at the full playlist check it out down below!

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CASUAL TO CLASSY

Time management is not a subject that I succeed in. I always end up scheduling things two seconds apart from each other and eventually turn into a wreck, both physically and mentally. Some days, when I’m booked from when I wake up to when I fall asleep, I have to pack a quick outfit change with me that won’t take up much room. I thought it’d be beneficial for all my fellow time management slackers out there to list a couple key pieces that you can bring along with you to make a day look easily into a night look!

  • statement jewelry: For me, my everyday casual look consists of a couple Alex and Any bracelets and my favorite Kendra Scott necklace. But, when I want to dress up a look, I usually add either a statement necklace or a pearl necklace like I did below! I’m also super lazy when it comes to putting on earrings, so when I’m not wearing my pearl studs, I  like to dress it up by switching it out for some dangly rhinestone-studded ones or little crosses, pictured below!
  • switch up the shoes!: I will admit, I very much lack in the shoe game. But, I was still able to easily dress up my outfit by adding a piece that nearly every girl has in her closet, flats! The best part about flats is that they’re versatile and comfortable, meaning that you can virtually wear them with anything!

 

 

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Old Navy Flats ($20.00)

Wristology Watch (customized)

Vineyard Vines Hat ($20.00-40.00)

Sperry Duck Boots

JUST THE BASICS

On gloomy days, instead of wrapping myself up in a blanket and watching YouTube videos (which is so tempting), I try my best to just walk around if anything. This specific day was actually warmer than usual, so walking around downtown seemed perfect! I found so many little shops and picture-perfect backgrounds that I never even knew existed!

I tried to make my outfit a combination of all the basics in my closet, aka things that everyone needs.

A plain-colored sweater: You can probably make a thousand different outfits just from one sweater. Layering is super easy, you can dress it up or dress it town; the options are endless!

Button down/ Chambray top: This is another item of clothing that can virtually be used for anything! A simple button-down top is great to have for multiple reasons: first, you can wear it any season! Pair it with a pair of fun shorts or with a pair of jeans and a sweater over it (like what I did below!) Second, It can even be dressed up tucked into a tutu or a sparkly skirt.

A Pair of Distressed Jeans: If you don’t own a pair of distressed jeans, you need to hop on the bandwagon now! These Gap jeans specifically that I found at a secondhand thrift store are so comfortable and form-fitting! I’m a relatively curvy girl with very short legs, so having jeans that fit me perfectly are a rare find! Even though I still had to fold the ones I was wearing (please tell me some of you guys relate), I still give these distressed jeans a solid A+!

Check out my outfit below!!!

 

 

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Alex and Ani Bracelets ($28.00-$50.00)

Warby Parker Glasses ($145.00)

Chambray Shirt ($78.00)

Kendra Scott Necklace ($65.00)

Kate Spade Purse ($298.00)

(Sweater is from H&M & I customized my watch at Wristology Watches!)

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EXPLORING SMALL TOWN, USA

About a month ago, my family and a couple friends went exploring in our mini van and ended up at this hole in the wall located just near Taylor University! Not only was the aesthetic absolutely perfect; the espresso tasted amazing as well! Ever since I got my Kendra Scott necklace for Christmas, it has been a go-to accessory for all of my outfits! And, as you can see, I’m also pretty obsessed with Alex and Ani bracelets. They add such a nice and simple touch to any outfit!

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Pandora Ring ($45.00)

Alex and Ani Bracelets ($28.00-$50.00)

Kate Spade Purse ($298.00)

Old Navy Shoes ($23.00)

(My collared peplum sweater is from Kohls, but I couldn’t find it online 😦 )

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