love + light on valentine’s day 2015
happy friday, loves! i hope your week has been amazing and that you’re all ready for the weekend [i know i am]! valentine’s day is tomorrow and i’ve talked about it a lot over the past week. i shared some gift ideas and talked about the importance of not stressing over this holiday regardless of your current “situation”. i’m not hating on valentine’s day at all, i’m just not worrying about it, and you shouldn’t be either!
don’t put any pressure on making tomorrow the best day, like, ever. honestly, my most memorable and fun valentine’s day was spent with two of my friends getting drunk, attempting to go out [and failing miserably], coming home early, changing into sweats, and eating drunk food while watching the office until we fell asleep.
it should only be about making the most of the day, whatever that means for you. relax. go out. cook. watch netflix. ho to yoga. hit the gym. drink some wine. book yourself a massage. plan a trip. do you. and don’t let anyone tell you there’s something wrong with that.
so, that’s my spiel. i’ll leave you with just a little valentine’s day inspiration…
happy valentine’s day!
peace, love, light + xo’s,
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healthy, happy valentine’s day gift guide
with valentine’s day just around the corner a lot of emotions tend to come up around this time of year. excitement, anxiety, confusion, loneliness, anger… considering that this holiday is all about love, it seems weird that this holiday can often make us feel anything but.
regardless of whether you just started seeing someone, are married, single or in one of those “it’s complicated” situations, valentine’s day is no reason to feel sad, stressed or like you’re missing out anything. if you’re celebrating valentine’s day with someone, treat them and spend some quality time together. and if you’re not… treat yourself! open a bottle of wine and cook yourself a solid dinner, start the day at your favorite workout class, go out with your other single friends or spend the entire day sleeping, watching netflix and ordering delivery… whatever makes you feel good.
after all of the positive feedback my holiday gift guides [here and here] received, i decided to make a valentine’s day gift guide, but my list is a little different from most of the other valentine’s day gift guides i’ve seen simply because it covers gift ideas for her, him and most importantly, you.
hello 2015 + my new year’s resolutions
well, it’s here. the last day of 2014. looking back, this year was one of the most eventful, fun, and all around ridiculous years of my life. i traveled to california [a few times], miami, india, istanbul, munich, budapest, vienna and new orleans and in the process checked some things off of my bucket list, i started this blog and launched my health coaching practice, i ran my first half marathon… and for the first time in my life, i actually met almost all of my new year’s resolutions and the ones that i didn’t meet are in the works for 2015.
this year, i have five resolutions that are based on one thing: making myself feel good. on monday i talked about why a lot of the common new year’s resolutions tend to fail and made sure to ask myself the how, why, what and who for each of my resolutions to make sure that they were aligned to me, how i want to feel and what i want to achieve in 2015. my 2015 new year’s resolutions look a little something like this:
1. establish a morning routine. this is something i have been struggling to do consistently for quite awhile. i find that i easily get thrown off by one rushed morning or an early wake up call for the gym or yoga and i want to put an end to that. i’m going to start simple with five minutes of meditation when i first wake up and slowly build on that as the year progresses.
2. be nicer to myself. i’m definitely guilty of being extremely hard on myself… with work, my workout regimen, the food i put into my body, the way i look at myself… as much as i talk about balance sometimes i struggle with finding my own. no one is perfect, we aren’t designed to be perfect and it’s exhausting to have to battle my own inner dialogue so much. i’ve come a long way with this over the years, but there’s always room for improvement.
3. leave the past behind me so it doesn’t affect the present. i’m one of those people who tries to make sense of everything and be prepared for any and every outcome to any given situation. while being proactive can be a great thing, it’s not so great when you let your past experiences have an impact on what’s going on in the present. your thoughts become your reality and just because one time this one bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that will be the case for the rest of your life. part of breaking the pattern is breaking the thought pattern and I’m going to make a serious effort to just let life flow and stop projecting past experiences onto new ones.
4. less texting, more talking. i love technology and social media as much as the next person, but sometimes i seriously worry about the direction it’s taking society. technology is an amazing thing when used the right way, but if we allow it to take over our lives and dictate the way we conduct ourselves, it’s not doing us any good. i want to make more of an effort to connect with the people in my life face to face or over the phone instead of through texts and social media. this means more coffee dates with friends, picking up the phone just to say hey or make plans… anything goes!
5. do. epic. sh*t. i’m honestly not sure how i can possibly top 2014, but that doesn’t mean i’m not going to try. i already have some pretty exciting things in the works and I’m sure in the coming months more opportunities to check some stuff off of my bucket list will be popping up. life has been pretty exciting lately and i want to continue that trend for as long as possible. this will probably be one of my new year’s resolutions well beyond 2015.
one thing i keep reminding myself that i want you to remember when it comes to new year’s resolutions is that everything is a process. success never comes quickly and you have to make a conscious effort to put these things into practice every day. don’t be so hard on yourself and enjoy the ride!
before i sign off for 2014, i just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my readers and subscribers! launching this blog was something i had wanted to do for a pretty long time and i couldn’t be happier with the way it turned it out and how it’s going! i have a handful of things planned for the next few months that i can’t wait to share with you.
i also wanted to remind everyone that now through january 31st I’m offering a free month of health coaching to anyone who signs up for my 6-month program by january 31st. if you need help figuring out how to take your health to the next level or need someone to hold you accountable as you work towards your goals and resolutions, email me at email@example.com to schedule your free initial consultation to see if we might be a good fit. i would love to support you in the new year as you work towards the life you’re dreaming of.
i hope you all have an amazing new year’s celebration! [remember the milk thistle if you plan on drinking to avoid starting 2015 with a nasty hangover.] enjoy yourself, let loose and get ready for your best year yet!
i would love to hear what your plans are and what resolutions you’ve made. comment below or email [firstname.lastname@example.org]… see you in 2015!
motivation mondays: new year’s resolution edition
happy motivation mondays! i hope everyone had an amazing holiday celebrating and that you have exciting plans for saying goodbye to 2014 and ringing in 2015 in just a few days!
i was able to sneak away and spend a few days at home over christmas, which was really, really nice. while i was home, i made it a priority to relax and enjoy myself, but to not get too carried away and try to stick to my normal routine as much as possible, especially when it came to working out, doing yoga and eating. i put my own healthy holiday suggestions to use and checked out a hot vinyasa yoga class at yogaErie [which i really enjoyed], did a bootcamp class led by my brother at the gym he trains at and was able to get my normal cardio and strength training sessions in, as well. on christmas eve my parents hosted a get together at our house, so i was able to see some of my aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends that i haven’t seen in a while. we ate [a lot] and drank [a lot], but i was definitely more conscious than usual about how much i was eating. i ate cookies and cupcakes and cheese and bread and pie and candy, but i monitored my portion size so that i didn’t feel like total sh*t at the end of the night. seriously guys, simple adjustments and doing your best to stick to a schedule can make a huge difference.
christmas day was a little more relaxing… we woke up without alarms, made breakfast [i have a new recipe to share with you later this week!], opened gifts [i got some seriously awesome stuff] and spent most of the day watching christmas movies and, of course, eating leftovers from the previous night. it was a wonderful and relaxing few days, but as always, i was excited to make my way back to new york… just in time to do a few last minute festive things with my mom, including a trip to radio city music hall to see the rockettes!
with the new year right around the corner [seriously, where did 2014 go though?] i wanted to chat a little bit about new year’s resolutions, why 99% of the time they are total bullsh*t that only leave us feeling terrible about ourselves and how you can set yourself up for success in 2015. so, here is today’s [week 16!!] motivation mondays post – new year’s style!
many new year’s resolutions revolve around diet/exercise/losing weight/looking like a victoria’s secret model and i think it’s safe to say we have all made a resolution like this at least once in our lifetimes. i know i have [i think just about every year i have been on the planet] and i saw little success until i changed my mindset about resolutions, being healthy and reaching my goals.
there are two problems with these types of resolutions: 1] we tend to go to extremes trying to achieve them [crash dieting, cutting calories to a low, unmaintainable level, working out 7 days a week/for hours at a time] and 2] we are often going after them for reasons outside of ourselves in the first place [trying to impress a girl/guy, wanting to have Beyoncé’s body, working to “fit in” according to the unrealistic standards society has set for us].
as we all know, extremes in any aspect of your life are not maintainable and rarely lead to long-lasting success. it has to be about changing your lifestyle, building new, healthy habits and achieving balance. so instead of starting a low carb, 800 calorie-a-day meal plan on january 1st, start with swapping out some of the not-so-healthy things you eat/drink for healthier options [i.e. diet soda for a green juice, pasta for brown rice] and build on that. add an extra cardio session to your workout routine or check out a new class at your gym [or just join the gym in the first place]. where you are right now is perfectly fine and making small, manageable changes over time is the key to success. and, i hate to break it to you, but the only person who is ever going to have beyoncé’s body is beyoncé, so you might as well just remove that goal from your list now and work towards having your best body that only you can have.
in 2015, instead of looking outside of yourself for inspiration [impressing someone, trying to meet society’s standards, etc.], ask yourself a few questions to get really clear about things. why is this your resolution? what are you looking to achieve? how do you want to feel? who are you doing this for?
the only person you should ever be trying to impress is yourself and the only person you should be competing with is the person you were yesterday. working towards your goals should boost your self-confidence and make you physically feel good in your body. so, if any of your answers to these questions aren’t aligned to making you feel this way, it’s time to rethink your resolutions and make them about you [in a totally non-selfish way, of course]. here are a few examples:
- try one new exercise class per month to continue to push your body and find out what makes you feel your best. some ideas include spinning, boxing, pole dancing, hot yoga and aerobic dance.
- instead of ordering delivery or eating out all weekend long, make a commitment to start preparing at least one healthy home-cooked meal each weekend to avoid extra calories, sugar, salt and other food additives.
- read a book for 30 minutes before bed rather than scrolling through facebook/twitter/instagram to feel more relaxed and get your body ready for a good night’s sleep.
make your resolutions about feeling your personal best and living a life that you enjoy. there is no need to make yourself miserable.
as always, i love including a few fun links in my motivation mondays posts and to stick with today’s theme, here are some things i think you guys will benefit from as 2014 comes to a close and a whole new year begins this week:
these inspiring wellness videos are perfect for some resolution inspiration.
this article gives you six ways to stay in shape in the new year… not a single one involves a gym.
google’s year-in-review is a great reminder that even when things seem hopeless, this world and the people in it are pretty amazing.
what are your new year’s resolutions for 2015? would love to hear from you in the comments below!
image courtesy of imgfave
healthy, happy men’s holiday gift guide
last week, after i shared with you some of my favorite gift ideas for the holiday season, i decided it would be fun to make a men’s holiday gift guide for you, as well! i mean, what guy doesn’t want bacon caramel toffee and an “i love tacos” t-shirt?
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