Mindfulness and Relaxation {1.30.17}

Happy Monday, friends!

I had this weekend pretty much to myself and I planned to stay in my pjs as late as possible and just relax. It got me thinking about the ways I love to unwind and just mellow out. Here are some of my go-to ways to recharge my batteries!

  1. Listen to music. This is my first and foremost activity I go to relax. I love music (who doesn’t?!) that helps to me just let go my day whether it was good or bad. If you follow me on instagram, you would see screenshots of all of the albums I’m currently addicted to in my story. whoops! However, lately I’ve been really into using my record player before bed. I have a sorry excuse for a collection, but it’s still my favorite. Some of my favorite to listen to? Jack’s Mannequin/Andrew McMahon in the WildernessLydia, and BrightenProcessed with VSCO with q1 preset

 

2. Write in a gratitude journal. This was a recent 2017 goal of mine; to stay in a positive state of mind. I found a gratitude journal on amazon and promised myself I would write in it at least 3 times a week. So far, so good! I really enjoy this because everything I see before I go to sleep is positive. I’m thinking, writing, and reading something good that happened in my day. For me, and maybe for others, it lets me let out a sigh of “everything is good” and I can sleep sounder at night.

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3. Read a personal development book. Sticking with my pma theme this year, I found a few self development books. Sidebar: I dislike the word “self help”. You don’t need help, you are choosing to grow. Anyway! I read one over the fall that everyone seems to like (You Are a Badass) and I just started a book by Lisa Sugar, founder of PopSugar. Reading in the evenings always help my mind to turn off and just focus on one thing.

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4. Color. I definitely love this one. I’ll even put on music and just sit in my bed and color. It’s another activity that makes you focus on what you’re doing and not your entire day. It also helps me feel creative even if it is just coloring. This reminds me that I am need of a new coloring book!

5. Drink tea. This is obviously something you can do while doing any of the above. I tend to go for the Yogi bedtime tea. I have a hard time sleeping through the night, so anything that might help, I’ll try it.

For myself I really need to wind down after a full day of work and from anything else that’s been going on. A lot of people tell me to do yoga, but I never got into it. If any of you know any good at home yoga programs, please let me know!

Have a great week! I have a few other posts coming up this week so keep an eye out for the link.

“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”- Budda

xo,

Janine

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New Year, New Perspective

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Oh hey friends! You may be wondering why I’m back on my blog after saying I was done with it. Bear with me and I’ll lay most of it out for you, promise! But first things first… I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays at the end of 2016. I celebrated Christmas and many birthdays, including my own, at the beginning of the new year. I also took time to reflect on the things I enjoy in life and what truly makes me happy and excited. The reason I’m back blogging has to do a lot with my time away from it.

I took a break around the holidays because- the holidays. During that time I didn’t really feel inspired, I felt very depressed, I felt lost and really just hid in my room. What a way to end a year, huh? There were days I would just cry at my desk at work for no reason. I was a mess. THEN I celebrated my 31 birthday. 31.  I think I freaked out more about turning 31 than 30! You may think this is silly and that you have change your mindset any day of the week, but for me it was on my 31st birthday. I did not want to start a new year and a new age feeling unworthy, having zero self confidence, and not having any personal goals. That day I decided that I was going to do everything I could to get healthy. Healthy in my mind, healthy with my body… Just healthy and happy.

Where does blogging fit into this? Well, I realize that everyone nowadays thinks their story should be heard and guess what.. it should. We can learn so much from each other even if it’s through social media. But we have to LISTEN and not JUDGE one another. During my personal development binge, I realized that I enjoy writing, connecting, and creating a space for anyone to enjoy. I don’t want it to confined to just one topic. Most bloggers would shush me because consistent content is key, but you know what…oh well! My time away from writing, blogging, and photography made me realize that those are things I truly enjoy.

So, I hope you’ll still following along as I have some content coming up about fitness, mental health, goals, life adventures and more. I really want to, for lack of better words, keep it real. Life isn’t all what is in the squares of an Instagram page or what people CHOOSE to share on Facebook. However, it is what YOU make of it.

Look for more posts weekly and please feel free to talk with me!

“It all begins and ends with your mind. What you give power to, has power over you.”-unknown

xo, Janine

 

The Holidays, you know?

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Is everyone loving/surviving the holidays?! This time of year just flies by so fast. I haven’t had time to even think about blogging. So bad, I know! I also started a new adventure recently that has been taking time to set up. I’m excited to share that when I’m finally up and running.

In the meantime…new posts will be coming soon and I hope everyone enjoys the next few weeks!

xo,

Janine

December Goals

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         It’s the last month of 2016! Where did this year go?! Personally, this year was another tough one for me. I lost a job, got a new one, left that one, got another one. Yeah, I know. I lost sight of what truly makes me happy and found it again. I let myself think I wasn’t worthy of greatness and realized that everyone is worthy of greatness. Like I said, it’s been a rough year, at least the last part of it. This is going to sound cheesy, but it really made me stronger. I was in an environment that was negative everyday, worked awful hours, never saw my family, stopped taking care of myself and I finally put my foot down. It is AMAZING how making a change can just help you breathe. After that, I vowed to do as much as I could the rest of the year and the rest of my life. Like I said, everyone is worthy of greatness and happiness whatever that may be to you.

        With all of that being said, every month I like to make goals for myself. I don’t necessarily write them down, but I know what I want to achieve. Whether it is something creative, physical, or to make a change of how I treat others, a goal is a goal and they are something I believe everyone should have. They help you compete and challenge yourself to do better, achieve the person you want to be or make your life just better in general. Sometimes I feel like if I share them with others, it helps to me to stay accountable in reaching them. So! Here’s what I have my eyes on for the last month of 2016!

  1. Stop apologizing.  My boyfriend is always telling to stop apologizing for something that’s not my fault or for being myself. After he mentioned it, I realized how often I said the words, “I’m sorry”.
  2. Take care of myself. This one has a two parts to it. First, I’m the type of person who will almost always make sure others are happy before I’m happy. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. Sometimes I would sacrifice something important to me to make others happy. Such a people pleaser, I know. I blame working in retail my whole life. Until now! Yes, it is always good to help others, but at some point you have to help yourself first. Second, I’m going to get my butt back to Bodfit Bootcamp twice a week and workout at least four times a week. People say I make excuses because I used to work 10-7 and I’d have the whole morning off to do this. Maybe I was, but I am the furthest thing from a morning person and that was a struggle for me. But in order to feel comfortable in my own skin again, I’m determined to make this lifestyle change.
  3. Be more patient. Ask my mom, I’ve never been a patient person in my entire life. I guess it also comes with the generation I’m from/grew up in. Everyone wants something instantly. But I also need to learn to be more patient with people.
  4. Stop caring what other people think. I’ll be honest. When I first decided I wanted to consistently blog as something I enjoy doing, my first thought was, “what will everyone think?!”. Then I told myself, WHO CARES! This is something I enjoy doing: writing, photos, reaching out to people. People will support it, some won’t. Also, and this goes back to taking better care of myself, I HATE to get dressed nowadays. Ironic since I want to blog about life and style, right?  But, the one word that is constantly running through my head is the word fear. If you’re afraid of something, go after it. Face it. What’s on the other side can’t be much worse than you think.
  5. Live in the moment. I’m so guilty of wishing and wanting “better” things in my life. I say “better” because I tend to think if I have this or that my life will be better. When I know that the people I surround myself and life experiences make life “better”. I lost my thinking of “everything happens for a reason when it happens” mentality towards the end of this year. I went through a really bad depression (still have bad days) and I was so fixated on what would make me happy that I didn’t realize I have everything that makes life good. Family, friends, my love, a job. I should be so grateful for these things because some people have none of that. I finally left my pity party for one last month. I had to. I was sick of laying in my bed every day, crying every day, wasting my energy on being sad.

For the remainder of 2016 and in 2017, these goals are staying with me. Nobody is perfect and nobody should be perfect. I admire people who can admit their flaws and either embrace them or change them for the better. I hope you all set some goals, anything!, that would make you happier or stronger. Especially us girls. We need to stick together!

Have a great week my friends, I’ll be trying to get over this cold before Christmas and of course shopping for my secret Santas!

Things are fragile, but we’re all being carried and I think we’re all on our path in that sense. As fragile as things are, we’re still getting there.- Andrew McMahon

xo,

Janine

Hopeful Soul

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Do you ever fixate on something you want SO badly to change, but you just simply don’t have means to make a change? This has been me for the better part of the past few months and I needed an outlet to just get my thoughts down. I wanted this blog to be space where I/we can celebrate the small things in life that make us truly happy. Well, the reality is that life has its ups and its downs and currently I’m in a down moment. Hopefully me getting my thoughts out of my own head will encourage others to do so as well. So….

The past few months I’ve felt stuck. Like I’ve been in the same position for years. When my brain gets like this, I forget all of the things I have accomplished, people who have come (and out) of my life, the goals I still have for myself, and more importantly… Everything will work out when it is supposed to. For example, I graduated with degree in Public Health. I went into this profession knowing jobs are scarce and thankless and wouldn’t make me a millionaire. But I LOVE teaching others about healthy environments, how to keep their nasty colds away, and when to NEVER eat lettuce. It’s what I enjoy doing the most. I currently do not work in the field it’s pretty much killing me. I don’t work out or have the motivation to, I couldn’t tell you the last time I put makeup on, I have shitty hours at work (sorry, but they do), never have a moment to myself all week which in turns takes a toll on all of my relationships….

Is your head spinning yet? Yeah, this has been me for the past few months just add daily crying fits because of my frustrations.

While I’m eternally grateful for all the wonderful people in my life, this part has always fallen short. But, for myself, I need to just keep working and trust that there is a reason why I am currently “stuck” where I am. If I don’t, I’m literally letting life pass my by. I’m wallowing in my self pity basically instead of making the most of what free time I currently do have. 

So, why am I telling you all of this? I want it to help other people realize that when life has it ups and downs, there’s a reason for it. You didn’t get that job you were praying every night for? There must be something better coming along. You get your dream house… savor every single moment about the process, decorating, and the memories to come. For myself personally, whenever I leave my current job for one that “sets my soul on fire” it will all be worth it. I’ll take anything I’ve learned or encountered there with me. When I finally get to move in with my love…let’s just say I have a Homegoods and Target fund ready to make it our own. 

One last thing… I used to have this ridiculous timeline in my head about life. You know, be married by 28, buy a house at 30… (no kids for this girl, so I’m good!) I realized as I’ve grown up, timelines are so irrelevant to life. You have to live in the NOW. Focus on TODAY while keeping those milestones in mind. If we could all snap our fingers and get what we wanted, when do we learn and grow? 

Everything will work out in life. Trust that it will and let all of the worries and anxiety go and enjoy your life as it is right now in this moment.

“In all this chaos we found safety.”- Brighten

xo,

Janine

Hello, March!

Hello, March!

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March already?!

I know I’m happy it’s almost Springtime! But, for me, I take in new months as a fresh start. A clean slate to re-prioritize goals, add new ones, or make a new game plan to achieve them. (The OCD in me looooooves making lists, FYI.)

This month is no different. I’ve had some struggles the past few months with how to go about where I want to be and who I want to be. That’s when anxiety kicks in and I head bootcamp to let it out! But after being flustered and thinking I’ll never get to where I want to be, I remember to continue to work hard to get there, but also to still enjoy life while getting there. We often focus on the future (which is great, don’t get me wrong. I daydream about the future in between making new program ideas at work.) and forget to be appreciative of what we have NOW and live in the NOW. So, I’m making it one of my goals this month- live in the now, but still keep working hard to achieve my goals.

I know that my goal of becoming more fit and healthy is on my top 3. Not to be skinny or look cute in a bathing suit, but to FEEL good. Even at 30 I still learn everyday how to have confidence and that it comes from inside, not out. Sorry for the cheesy line, but its TRUE!

I want to encourage you, my readers, to do the same. Think about what is truly important to you, what makes you feel good, flaunt it if you feel good, and prioritize. Remember, YOU are a priority too!

I think it’s important to support one another also. There is so much hate in this world, BE DIFFERENT. Be kind. Compliment a stranger. Help a stranger, friend, lover. A simple ‘thank you’ to the clerk at the grocery store. Kindness goes a long way.

SO! My March goals:

  1. Take more time for myself-i.e. read more, attempt to cook more, wear lipstick more (silly, I know.)
  2. Workout 3 times a week
  3. Look for a second job
  4. Laugh more
  5. Spend more time with family

What are some of yours?!

Here’s to a fresh month, hopefully more sunshine, and that feeling after achieving any of your goals. YOU. GOT. THIS.

 

xo, Janine

“Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”- Michelle Obama 

Hello, 2016

Hello, 2016

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Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that it is already 2016! One of my goals for this year was to let my creative side out more. Not many people know it this, but I wanted to be a graphic designer right after high school. So in looking to achieve my goal, I thought there is no better way than a blog! I’m going to leave the fashion blogging to my lovely sister ( You can find her at Black in Bloom) and write about the power of positivity as well as everything good for the soul. I find myself in a whirlwind this year as I’ve turned 30 and just started my career in Public Health as well as looking to buy a home and start that next chapter of my life. Exciting and also terrifying, right?

Anyway, I just wanted to share some of my 2016 goals as my first post. Here are the top 5 goals I want to achieve in 2016 and my first year in my 30s (YIKES!)

1.Get back on track with fitness

2.Become a Registered Sanitarian

3.Start my Master’s of Public Health degree

4.Learn to let go of things I cannot control

5.Appreciate the little things

What are some of your New Year’s Goals?!

I’m ready to tackle mine and make 2016 the best year yet!

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

xo, Janine