Things I’m Loving

Hey, guys! Due to my blogging and social media hiatus, I now have quite a few things that I’ve discovered, loved and want to share with you. It would be great if this could turn into an interactive thing. I tell you what has caught my eye in the past few weeks and you do the same in the comments. Hopefully, we can introduce each other to some excellent products, people, workouts, websites, anything and everything. So without further ado, here are a few thing’s I’m loving!

Cath In College

I love YouTube! I love writing! Cath In College is the best of both worlds and ultimately what I aspire to be as a content creator. I’ll let you guys in on a little secret. I would love to create a YouTube channel one day. About what? I’m not exactly sure yet, but I would like it to revolve around the topics that I already discuss on my blog. So I guess I’m saying I want to create a channel about anything and everything. If you have any suggestions or support the idea of me creating a channel, comment below! But anyways, back to Cath. She is a junior at Stanford, and she documents her life and friends in both written and video form. After watching one or two videos, you’ll be hooked, and you can’t help but love her personality. It really shines through in her writing and in her vlogs (video logs).

Pure Barre

Guys, I thought I was athletic until I tried pure barre. Don’t get me wrong. I am athletic; I played basketball in college. But pure barre is different. It’s all about “finding your shake.” That means you work your muscles so hard during an exercise that they begin to shake and fatigue. The movements in pure barre are minute (nothing is full-range of motion) and resemble ballot moves because pure barre is a bar class. Let’s just say that if you don’t already have respect for dancers, you definitely will after your first class. After years of lifting and running, I think pure barre has been a great break from my regular exercise. It pushes me physically as I discussed above, but more so mentally. Working until the point of fatigue is hard, and working through the fatigue is even more difficult. Ultimately, it has continued to train mental muscles that I constantly had to work during my time as a college athlete.

University of Virginia

I currently go to the University of Kansas but did get my undergraduate degree from UVA. It’s weird that this is something I love right now, despite the fact I haven’t been back on grounds (campus) since graduation. But after watching a bunch of undergraduate college YouTubers, Cath In College included, and seeing their college experiences, friends and their lives on campus, I have been nostalgic for my time in Charlottesville. There were times when I would watch college YouTubers and think, “I wish I went there,” “I wish my college experience was like that,” and “look at what could have been.” It is safe to say I have moved past that phase, and have realized that while their journeys in college have been amazing and unique to them, mine was wonderful as well and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I was fortunate enough to have met two of my closest friends in college and many others that are near and dear to me. It was at UVA that I had my best and worst times and truly grew as a person. So with that in mind, UVA is something I’m loving because I miss it and my fellow Wahoos!

Kombucha

There will be an upcoming health post including this later, but I wanted to highlight it right now. Honestly, when I first heard about Kombucha, I was like, “Great, it’s the new La Croix”. For reference, I have never tried La Croix, but ultimately I thought it was the new health fad. Turns out, it’s not new, it’s actually really good for you, and I like it. Kombucha is a tea that is fermented. The fermentation and yeast in the drink are great for you and act as probiotics for your gut. As the health nut and enthusiast that I am, when I heard this I was sold. If you like carbonated drinks, you’ll like Kombucha; it definitely has the bubbles. But even better, it won’t lessen your life span like all the other bubbly products that shall go unnamed. Try it out and let me know what you think. There are tons of flavors to choose from, so there is no excuse. The only downside is that they are kind of pricey, but so is your $5 Starbucks coffee order. Again, no excuses!

Groupon

I’ve known about Groupon for years but didn’t actually discover the magic of it until half way through March. Um… It’s amazing! I try to be frugal and save my money (the key word here is “try”) and Groupon as helped me do so. That’s how I got to test out pure barre for the first time at a low price. Groupon has introduced me to some awesome companies in my area that I would never have found myself, and I’m sure it will do the same for you. So if you like having a good time, being social and saving money, definitely try it out.

TJ Maxx

I went to TJ Maxx too many times to count within the last week of March. I think I went four times out of a seven day week. 😳 I’m definitely addicted! It all started when I found their healthy foods section. Guys, where has this been all my life? Sometimes eating healthy can be a drag because it’s pretty expensive, but not anymore. At TJ Maxx, I found superfoods like goji berries and cacao nibs for half of what supermarkets and higher end grocery stores sell them for. It has made eating healthy on a budget a reality for me. I encourage everyone to take a trip there and see the discounts on products (not just food) that you usually pay full price for. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

So this was definitely a longer “Things I’m Loving,” but I hope you enjoyed it and have a new list of things to try. Again, comment down below some of the things you’ve been loving and recommend that myself and others try.

Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life.

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