motivation mondays: week 4
hi, everyone! i got back from europe last night and while the end of vacation is never a fun thing to come to terms with, i’m excited to get back into my routine, pick up my half marathon training [less than two weeks!], drink some green juice, eat a salad [i’ve probably had enough beer and pretzels to last me for the rest of my life] and catch up with my friends and coworkers! i plan on posting in detail [with better quality photos] about the 10 days we spent in germany, hungary, and austria, but here are a few highlights to give you a sneak peak!
[selfies with our new norwegian friends at oktoberfest!]
[neuschwanstein castle in germany]
[view of the hungarian parliament building from across the danube in budapest]
[belvedere castle in vienna]
gorgeous, right?! there is seriously something so magical about european cities that we just don’t have here [not even in new york] and the feeling that i get just strolling through the streets, taking in the architecture, stopping for a glass of wine at a street café and people watching is just not possible to recreate anywhere else. sigh.
so, it’s back to reality and that means a new week, a fresh start and a positive quote to get the week off on the right foot! happy week four of motivation mondays!
potential is something i have really been thinking about a lot lately, especially since starting this blog and my health coaching practice. i follow so many bloggers who have turned blogging into a career and it’s so inspiring to know that it’s possible. i definitely dream about being able to do this full time, but sometimes it’s just like… how the eff is that even possible? when i read this quote, it’s a good reminder… i’m definitely working hard and putting a lot into my blog… but there is always something more that i could be doing… more that will push me in the direction i want to go in.
is it easy to tap into your full potential? not typically. is it worth it? if it’s going to get you to a place where you are 100% happy and doing what you love, of course! sometimes we need to remind ourselves how much potential really lies within us, figure out how to access it and just effing go for it.
the fall season that is now upon us has me feeling all warm and fuzzy and with that i’m feelin’ this amazing energy that’s making me want to dive in and figure out how to do exactly what i want to be doing. i’m going to set some goals for myself, make some decisions about how to get there and run with it.
what about you? what goals have you set for yourself and what are you doing to reach them? do you have any tips for people who might be struggling to reach their own full potential? would love to hear from you in the comments below!
a few other things i’m loving right now: this fall bucket list from eating bird food… i’m definitely going to be making one of my own, these magic carpet yoga mats that my friend steph brought to my attention this morning… seriously… how cool are they?! and finally, these boyfriend jeans… i’m doubting my ability to pull this trend off, but i might just have to give it a try anyways… they just look so chic and comfy!
have an amazing week and be sure to check back later this week for my first ever “what i ate wednesday” to hear about all of the amazing things i ate [and drank] in europe!
image courtesy of ancora imparo
healthy lifestyle staples: reusable water bottles
as a human living in the 21st century, it seriously amazes me how good, clean, pure water is nearly impossible to come by… unless, of course, you live in the mountains next to a spring you can drink from… but i’m assuming for most of us, this is not even close to being the case.
bottled water isn’t even safe these days… they are actually adding things like magnesium sulfate [bath salts], potassium chloride [used in lethal injections to stop the heart] and straight up salt to bottled water. dasani has recently taken a lot of heat for this, but unfortunately, they’re not the only company adding things to their water. it’s pretty pathetic that i now find myself reading the ingredients lists on bottled water… that literally makes no sense. and, as if this wasn’t already bad enough, the plastic bottles that water comes in contain even more chemicals [that I cannot spell or pronounce] and the most talked about of them all, bisphenol a [bpa] is known to cause breast cancer and birth defects. effing awesome.
if you’re anything like me, you’re most likely asking yourself, “soooo, what the eff am i supposed to be drinking?” some of you may be surprised by this answer, but i seriously believe that the best, healthiest and safest water for us to be drinking is tap water. now, i know that there is really no way to know 100% for sure what’s in the water that comes out of our faucets, but i’ve reached a point where i feel like as long as it’s been filtered, tap is the way to go. it’s time to kick the bottled water habit to the curb.
Image courtesy of paper hounds
the best thing you can do to kick the bottled water habit fast is to find a fun reusable water bottle that you can easily throw into your bag and take everywhere with you. there are tons of companies that now make glass, aluminum and plastic water bottles in a variety of colors and prints that are not only safe, but look great and will also help you to reduce the amount of waste you are contributing to the planet.
some of these companies even use recycled materials for their products and donate a portion of their profits to charity. i’m pretty much obsessed with bkr bottles, which are pictured above, but klean kanteen, sigg, and hydros also have some really great options, too. the prices may seem high for a water bottle, but think about how many times you’ve picked up a $3 bottle of water at the bodega. see what i’m getting at here?
when it comes to filtering your tap water, there are a lot options out there, as well. personally, i use a traditional brita pitcher right now, but I’m dying for one of these pitchers from soma. the filters are made from malaysian coconut shells, fine silk and other plant-based materials… health and luxury rolled into one package? perfect.
image courtesy of selectism
so, go shell out for a new, fun water bottle and a water filtering system of some kind. you’ll be much healthier and end up saving money over time, which means more disposable income for things like an uncontrollable green juice habit, mani/pedis, yoga classes, and happy hours with your friends. sounds like a win-win to me.
diy all-natural facial toner
one of my favorite things to experiment with these days is all-natural beauty products. conventional beauty products, even high-end ones, are full of harmful chemicals that can cause a variety of health problems, so over the past six months, i have slowly been transitioning my self-care and beauty products to all-natural options and along the way i’ve started dabbling in making my own.
a quick, easy to make all-natural facial toner has become a staple in my morning and evening skincare routine. toner is used to soothe the skin, remove oils and tighten pores and since i’ve stopped using my store-bought toner and making my own, i have noticed a major difference in how my skin looks and feels. there are only three ingredients, all of which are 100% natural and safe, and a small amount goes a long way, making your skin feel clean, refreshed and just all-around amazing [you know, it gives you that healthy, effortless glow]. you will need:
- 1/4 c. organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 c. filtered water
- 10-20 drops therapeutic grade tea tree essential oil
all you have to do is mix these three ingredients together and store the toner in some kind of an airtight container. that’s it. i put just a little bit of this on a cotton pad and gently swipe it over my face and neck after i wash my face and before i apply moisturizer each morning and before bed. the apple cider vinegar helps to even out your complexion and unclog pores, while the tea tree oil acts as an anti-bacterial and and anti-inflammatory, zapping away acne that might be hangin’ around. oh, and don’t worry about the smell! i promise that within a few minutes you won’t be able to tell that you just wiped vinegar all over your face.
i want to share more of these beauty recipes with you guys in addition to all of the other recipes i post, so you can expect to start seeing more posts like this one going forward! what are your all-natural beauty go-tos? what products would you like to see me experiment with and post recipes for? as always, i would love to hear from you!
motivation mondays: week 3
greetings from deutschland! i hope that everyone had an amazing weekend… i definitely did. today is our final day in munich and late this evening we’ll be boarding the night train to budapest! this week’s edition of the motivation mondays series is gonna be short and sweet [i am on vacation, after all], but i think the message is really important.
it might sound too easy or maybe just not possible, but trust me, it is. if you wake up every morning and decide that it’s going to be a good day from the moment your feet hit the floor, your day will be 100x times better than if you approach it with dread and negativity. if you make this a habit, the days where being happy or in a good mood is nearly impossible will be that much easier to get through.
in reality, mindset is 99% of it and your circumstances are trivial. anyone can be happy and there are plenty of people who are happy with less than what you have, in much worse situations than the one you currently find yourself in. slap a smile on that mug of yours and be happy. it’s really not that hard and no one likes a grouch.
i can’t wait to share with you all of things we’ve been doing, the places we’ve visited and the food we have eaten in munich and i’m beyond excited to get to budapest! what are you plans for the week?
image courtesy of double-blonde study
healthy travel: what’s in my carry-on?
ahhh!! the day has arrived! in just a few hours, i will be in the sky, somewhere over the ocean, bound for europe, baby! the first stop on the trip is munich for OKTOBERFEST. this is a major bucket list item for me and i could not be any more excited to spend the next four days drinking beer by the stein and eating every pretzel i get within a ten foot radius of. from munich, we’re headed to budapest for a few days before spending the final leg of the trip in vienna. did i mention that i’m excited? because i am.
as much as i love traveling [i have a pretty serious case of wanderlust], figuring out how to stay healthy while on vacation can give me a lot of anxiety. obviously, vacation is about relaxing, letting loose and immersing yourself in a new place, but i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again… it’s still gotta be about balance. an easy way to start your trip off on a healthy note is all in what you pack in your carry-on. airports and airplanes are full of absolute garbage for food options, getting comfortable and, god forbid, sleeping, are nearly impossible and planes are crawling with germs.
i like to make sure that my carry-on is packed full of healthy snacks, a few things to help me relax and plenty of distractions. here’s a peak into what i’m throwing in my carry-on as i’m headed to the airport today.
1. a book, magazines, headphones + a phone loaded with music. between waiting to board, the flight itself and layovers, there is typically a lot of downtime that needs to be filled. headphones and music are a no-brainer a few magazines and a book can go a long way.
2. hand sanitizer + echinacea. planes = petri dishes. seriously, they are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. hand sanitizer is absolutely necessary and i like to pop a few echinacea tablets before, during and after my flight to give my immune system a boost.
3. chamomile tea, magnesium + lavender essential oil. chamomile tea is known for is relaxing properties and i love having a cup after take off… bring your own and just ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water. i’ll also take a magnesium supplement or two to help balance my melatonin and serotonin levels and a dab of lavender oil on the inside of each wrist helps me to really relax and [hopefully] drift off to sleep.
4. snacks. healthy ones. lot’s of ’em. plane. food. is. gross. even calling it food is a stretch and there is absolutely no way any of it is good for you, so i always make a run to whole foods before any trip. there are so many healthy snack options out there now which are easy to toss into your bag and i always grab a bar of dark chocolate because… why not? this is vacation.
also, i cannot recommend staying hydrated while flying enough. the stale air in the cabin can really dry you out and arriving at your destination dehydrated is never fun. if you have room, throw a small water bottle in your bag and have the flight attendants refill it for you… oh, and asking for an aisle seat is probably a good idea, if you catch my drift. i also carry kiehl’s lip balm #1 and some hand lotion with me to keep my skin and lips from drying out as well.
i have some posts scheduled to go up next week while i’m away, so keep checking back and head over to instagram to follow along with my european adventures. how do you guys survive a long flight? do you have any exciting trips planned for the fall? would love to hear all about them!
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