Networking, Fostering Friendships & Building Community

If I’ve learned anything since graduation it’s that networking, friendships, and community are extremely important. Many people say, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” and I couldn’t agree more. That quote piggybacks off of the old saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Basically, you need others in your life to progress. Period.

You could be the smartest person in the world, and could have gone to the best university, but if you didn’t take the time to build relationships and network while in that space, well, chances are you didn’t take full advantage of your time there.

On a different note but of the same vein, while you can stumble through life alone, it’s significantly easier and a lot more fun to do life with other people.

But as young adults fresh out of college, the real world can be quite the wake-up call. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way when I say, it’s hard to make friends as an adult.

It’s not because we’re not friendly or because nobody likes us, but it’s because it’s actually a lot of work. To make friends as an adult out of college, you really have to put yourself out there in spaces where the people you want to befriend are, and sometimes that’s not always the easiest thing to do.

In college, it’s easier because everyone is in the same boat. You’re around people of about the same age, you’re just as lost and confused as everyone else, you’re living in the same area, etc. Despite how organic you think your friendships are, you are most likely living in a bubble and you don’t even know it.

But once you’re out of college and on to bigger and better things, that’s when the bubble bursts. Now, you work with people old enough to be your parents, you might not live in the same area as the “young and trendy” millennials in your city do, and long story short to foster friendships and build your own community you really have to seek that out yourself.’

So with that said, here are a few places that I have been able to network, foster friendships, and build community post-graduation.


1. MeetUp.com

Whether you’re looking for a recreational sports team, young professionals networking event, or some people to do your favorite pastime with, meetup.com has you covered. While I find their website and app a little annoying to navigate, once you find what you’re looking for it truly does help you to build the community you want in your life. You’ll find other people who are interested in the things you’re interested in, and it will allow you to network, foster relationships and build community by simply showing up to the events you sign up for.


2. Creative Mornings

Creative Mornings is held in many cities across the world and consists of a breakfast and lecture delivered by a creative in your local community. It brings together creatives from all over into one place where everyone can share ideas, network, and feed off of each other’s energy. I went to my first Creative Mornings event in July and while I was nervous to go alone, I introduced myself to one girl who then introduced me to her friends, and just like that I was networking and building friendships. I actually walked away from the event with a fair amount of business cards too, so definitely bring yours if you decide to go.

Also, you don’t have to be working in a creative field or even consider yourself to be “a creative” to go. If you have even the slightest interest in creativity or just want to check it out I highly recommend it. I went to the one in Atlanta and loved it, but I’m sure they are just as great anywhere else. Generally, they are held on the last Friday of every month, and registration opens up at 9am on Monday morning of the same week.

Tickets are free and they go fast, so look up when the next Creative Mornings is near you and set a reminder on your phone to register or else you might miss out! The people you meet there could be the people you collaborate with in the future or your next business partner and the same can be said for MeetUp.com.


3. Church

I understand not everyone reading this post is a Christian, but I am and this is one of the ways I have fostered community in my own life. When moving to Lawrence, Kansas for grad school, the first thing I did was find a church. I was new in town and while I had my teammates and a few classmates, I needed something more. I think it is really important to build community as you build your faith because it helps you to learn and grow in Christ, it places you around people who love the Lord as much as you do, and it holds you accountable.

Finding a church in Lawrence taught me the importance that community has in any context, not just church. As I have moved around a lot in the past few years, that is one thing that I try to keep consistent, and so far it’s been working.

So if you’re looking for better ways to network, opportunities to foster friendships, or a chance to build community, I hope this blog post gave you some good ideas. Comment below ways that you connect with others where you live and other apps or “clubs” people can join.

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8 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Season

Let’s be honest, many of us began celebrating fall on September 1st or the day following Labor Day, but I am happy to say that the time we’ve all been waiting for is just one day away!

There are so many reasons to love fall: pretty leaves, cool weather, limited seasonal allergies, great, and I mean GREAT, fashion, the list goes on. With that said, in this post, I’ll explain the many reasons why I find fall to be the best season ever and maybe you’ll agree.


1. The Leave 🍂
There is something oddly satisfying about walking over a pile of leaves and hearing them crunch underneath my feet. It makes me so happy! Not to mention how beautiful their changing colors are. I mean, what’s not to love?

2. Cool Weather 🌬
If you’re anything like me, you get hot really quickly and tend to sweat whenever that happens. During the summer I can’t leave my house without wearing a DryFit t-shirt, and ultimately that’s summer’s biggest downfall in my eyes. But when fall rolls around I don’t have to worry about overheating anymore. Instead, I’m all about the sweatpants, sweaters/jumpers, scarfs and boots.

3. (Almost) No Pollen
Spring, I love you, but fall has you beat when it comes to pollen and allergies. Spring is my second favorite season, but allergies make it hard to enjoy. I’m not saying there is no pollen floating around during the fall, because contrary to popular belief, some plants are still in bloom. But the pollen is barely noticeable, and my always stuffy nose and extremely watery eyes are extremely thankful.

4. Fashion 💁🏾
“Do you even fashun? “Well, usually I don’t, but in the fall I feel like I can, or at least I try. It’s a lot easier to look put together in the fall because you can layer without having to throw a big parka over your outfit. Also, unlike the summer where my options are limited due to overheating, fall gives me the opportunity and freedom to dress as I please.

5. Warm & Basic Drinks 
Even the most boujee of us become basic around this time of year when Starbucks delivers with their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. While I try to be frugal and not spend on what I can make at home, I do have my annual Pumpkin Spice Latte on the first day of fall every year like clockwork. It really helps to bring in the season. True fall lovers know what I mean!

6. Pumpkin 🎃
All things pumpkin are on trend and can be found anywhere… need I say more. Pumpkin, cinnamon and all the spices fill the air and shelves, and I love it. But here is a fun fact about me, I’m allergic to pumpkin seeds. I know, it’s so random! But funny enough, I’m only allergic to the seed. That means I can eat the pumpkin itself, so most pumpkin flavored things are still on the table for me. 😁

7. Start of the Holiday Season 🦃🌽🍗 🎁
Halloween is definitely a staple in the fall, and while I haven’t really celebrated the holiday in the past, I’m slowly starting to get into it. I could care less about the candy, but choosing and wearing creative costumes and hanging out with friends is always a good time. Then there is Thanksgiving! I find it hard to choose my favorite holiday, but between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years it’s a toss up. I love Thanksgiving because gratitude is in the air, I’m around great friends and family, and of course the food is amazing!

8. Fall Scents 👃🏾
Candles, essential oils, aromatherapy, etc. If you watch any beauty/lifestyle blogger videos on YouTube, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t feature a fall scented candle, and honestly, I can’t blame them. They smell so good! Making my room smell like cinnamon, pumpkin, and the wonderful fall spices is a beloved past time of mine and definitely one of the reasons I love fall the most.

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9. My Birthday😁🎁🎈🎉🎊
Finally, not that this point matter to many of you, but my birthday is in the fall and outside of the many wonderful reasons I gave you as to why fall is the best, I think this one takes the cake for me (lol you see what I did there? Corny, I know.). But with my birthday being so early in the fall, it gives me the happy, festive, holiday vibes a bit early.

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For all you fall lovers out there, please comment below some of the reasons why you love fall and any other reasons I might have missed.

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Save Your Memories with Project Repat

There are so many memories worth keeping, and they are saved in different ways. Many people choose to keep them through pictures, journal entries, and even by keeping the symbolic items themselves. But when those memories come in the form of t-shirts sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and very cluttered.

As a former Division 1 basketball player who had the privilege of representing and playing for two wonderful universities, the University of Virginia and the University of Kansas, I had more than enough memories (t-shirts) at the end of my four years. But as I began to declutter and organize my spaces, I realized that some of these wonderful memories would have to go. Well, so I thought.


About Project Repat. What You Need To Know.

With a little research, I found Project Repat, a company that has been making quality t-shirt quilts and preserving the memories of those who purchase them since 2012.

After reading about them on their site and seeing what they had to offer, I decided to go with their smaller lap/throw quilt. I also decided to make my quilt double sided. One side would be for UVA, and the other would be for KU.

This is simply how I chose to design my blanket, but Project Repat offers a number of sizes (lap, twin, full, queen, and king) and different color fleece backings (orchard, light blue, gray, red, black, and green) if you only want your t-shirts to show on one side.

Also, they offer two t-shirt panel sizes. Just like me, many people choose the 12×12 inch panels because they are using shirts that range from youth sizing to adult larges. But if you are planning on making a quilt out of t-shirts that range from extra large and above, you should opt for the 14×14 inch panels to ensure that none of your graphics get cut off.


Prepping Your Quilt

With that said, I chose what I wanted and then prepared my t-shirts. The prep for each order varies. For me, I only had to cut up two shirts because they had graphics on the front and back.

To avoid the confusion of which graphics you want on your quilt, Project Repat asks that you cut the shirt in half and include whichever side you want to be featured on your quilt when you ship your t-shirts. You can always include both.

Before you start cutting, please visit the Project Repat site for instructions on how they want you to cut each shirt. You won’t cut the quilt squares yourself, you’ll only be separate the sides (front and back).

Also, because I wanted my t-shirts in a certain order, I organized them on a table and then took a picture. I did this for both sides and then included those images in the box when I mailed my t-shirts off.

 


My Quilt

Once all the prep was done, and I shipped the shirts off, I just had to wait. It didn’t take long. Project Repat says that aside form holiday season, you can expect your quilt(s) within 2-4 weeks, but I received mine within a week and a half of sending it off! It was super quick, and this is the final result!

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This process was painless, and now I have a quilt full of memories that I can keep forever. Whether I throw it on a couch, my bed, or hang it up on a wall in my room, it’s great to always have a reminder of the good times I had at UVA and KU.


How To Get Your Quilt!

I know I’m not the only person who has t-shirts that they want to preserve, so if you’re interested you can use this link to place your order today!

Also, with the holidays around the corner, these quilts make the perfect gifts. Just be sure to put your order in before October 1st to ensure that you will receive it before December 24th. I know, that’s soon and really far in advance, but Project Repat is just that popular, and they do a great job, so don’t miss out.

To end this blog, I want to give a huge thank you to Project Repat because I couldn’t be happier with my quilt. It’s beautiful!

You can find Project Repat at www.projectrepat.com or @projectrepatusa on Instagram.

 

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5 Tips & Tricks for Getting Out of a Rut

Hey, guys! It’s been a while. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you!

Just a heads up, if you only want to read about the tips and tricks, please, feel free to scroll down a section. But if you’re in the mood for a little a story, then you can continue reading where you are.


Storytime 😄

While every blog post is personal, I would like to get a bit more personal in this one. I guess I say “more personal” because usually I only write about things that have happened and not things that I’m currently going through.

Writing about things that have happened allows me to shed light on situations that I think everyone has or is gone through and offer an uplifting perspective. While that can be done while going through any situation, for me, I find it a lot harder to find the positive or high points… but today is different. I want to talk about why I haven’t posted in the last week and a half.

My last post was about my trip to Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Goose Island, which followed Wellness Week, a full week of blogging. I was doing so well when it came to consistently posting, and that was a big deal for me because that’s what I’m striving for. Right now my goal is at least one blog a week, but by November, I want to create at least two… I digress.

As for why I haven’t been posting… If you can remember at the beginning of April, I wrote about my social media detox which resulted in a LONG hiatus from the blog. (If you’re curious or don’t know what I’m talking about you can read about it here.) Now, I didn’t take another social media detox, but I really felt like I needed one, or something similar.

For the past week and a half, I’ve felt quite uninspired. It’s not that I don’t know what to write, it’s that I literally could not, until now, bring myself to write about anything.

Every once in a while life will throw some crazy stuff at you. For me, that “once in a while” was last week. With that said, everything that transpired drained me. I had no energy to do anything, even the things I love doing like working out and blogging.

On top of the rubbish week I had, I have this bad habit of adding insult to injury. I am very slow to turn bad situations around, especially ones that are out of my control because before I begin to turn the corner, I am notorious for self-sabotaging.

I can’t be the only one. You know, when something goes wrong, so all of a sudden everything that goes wrong is a big problem too? For example, someone could look at me with a blank stare and all of a sudden, I’m convinced they can’t stand me. But in reality, they give me the same blank stare every day.

Or, I’ll continue to play the victim when other things do not go as planned. An example of this would be, I’m in the bathroom and realize that there is no toilet paper and all of a sudden that’s the next big issue. I’m like, “See, the world hates me. Why would it leave me in this compromised position?”

Just thinking about it, it’s quite funny and dramatic, but I guess that’s how things go on weeks when I feel like the whole world is beating me down.

Long story short, and without going into detail about what transpired last week, it really had me feeling down. But now I’m back and hopefully here to stay with more consistency.

As I continue to sort out the mess of the previous week, I thought I could at least share the tips and tricks I’m using to get out of this uninspired, energy sucking and exhausting rut that I’ve been in.


Tips & Tricks

1. Write It Down

As much as I would like to pretend this blog post is just for you guys, it’s for me as well. Writing out how I feel really helps me, and it can help you too. For me, I am most honest when I’m writing and am able to make sense of difficult situations. Writing can help you identify the major issues that are bothering you, and can give you the space to brainstorm for solutions.

2. Wallow

Now this already as I alluded to with my self-sabotaging tendencies, but the trick is to not let this last forever. For me, I told myself I had to post a blog today no matter what. Giving myself this deadline allowed me to wallow for some time, but then forced me to move on.

3. Clean

This might not work for everyone, but when I’m trying to declutter a messy part of your life, it always helps me to declutter my physical space. I feel like both go hand-in-hand and by having a clear space, you have the opportunity to think and problem solve more clearly as well.

4. Get Out

For those who know me, this may (or maybe not) come as a surprise, but I’m an introvert, and when things go wrong, it is so easy for me to cut myself off from people. I can go days without having any significant interactions, but that is the exact opposite of what I need. This time around, I took “getting out” to a whole new level, because I actually traveled to a new city (it was pre-planned and couldn’t come at a better time). The crazy part is, I almost canceled that trip, but I’m glad I didn’t because it got my mind off of my problems, allowed me to try new things, and left me feeling happier than before.

5. Address The Issue

If you didn’t already do this in step one, do it now. You’ve had time to think, write, wallow, recharge, and now it’s time to move on. Take the situation for what it is, figure out what you can control and then make the necessary changes. It sounds all too easy, and I know it’s easier said than done, but you owe it to yourself to move forward. Figure out what you can do to fix the problem and then stand firmly by whatever solution you choose. After all that, just let it go.

Now I know these tips were not Earth shattering, but this is what I’ve done so far, and it is working for me. If you’re going through a tough time, having a rubbish week, or anything in between, keep your head up. It happens to the best of us, but we always get through it. You got this!

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Through My Eyes: Goose Island

Hello, everyone! I hope this post finds you in good spirits! If you follow me on Snapchat (@kidsyd_44) you may have seen a few, well maybe more than a few, snaps of me at a Goose Island event a few weeks back. If it looked like I was having fun, I was! But before I tell you all about the event, you might be interested to know how I got there. Well no worries, I’m covering all that and more with pictures, snapchats, and a video in this blog post.


How I Got There

One day I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers, Erik Conover, and he mentioned that he was partnered up with Goose Island for their Road to the Harvest event. He said that there was a contest going on, and all we, as his subscribers, had to do was Instagram a picture of our latest adventure and include a few hashtags for a chance to win a trip to the event as well. The incentives were the free trip of course, and the opportunity to meet him.

Having recently come back from Ireland (if you’re curious about that trip you can read about it here) I had plenty of adventure pics, some of which had already made their way onto Instagram. So with a few clips and an edited caption, I submitted my photo.

 

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The winning photo!

 

Weeks went by, and I thought nothing of it. I mean, I never win these things… I never even enter them. But sure enough, I got an email saying that I had won! 😲 Yup, you read it right. I won! Confused and excited I read through the contract and quickly accepted my offer. The best part was that I could bring a friend. Well, to make a long story short, everyone I asked who I thought might be interested in luxury camping and beer had other plans. So once again, I was faced with the dilemma, to go by myself or not to go at all.

I think we all know which one I chose. 😉

So with that said, on August 18th I packed my bags, got on a plane (2 planes) and found myself on a bus from Spokane, Washington to Bonners Ferry, Idaho for Goose Island’s Road to the Harvest!


What is Road to the Harvest?

I’m sure you’re wondering what this event was all about. Road to the Harvest is an event focused on the harvesting of Goose Island’s hops for the following year’s brews. This event celebrates the harvest by bringing contest winners, influences, and distributors together to learn more about Goose Island beer, how the hops are harvested and to celebrate.

But this can only take place in one location, Bonners Farry, Idaho, where the Goose Island hops are grown. Now I don’t expect you to know exactly where that is, but it is extremely far north. We were 10 miles away from the Canadian border, and lucky for me, the bus I was on to get to Elk Mountain Farms overshot the destination by exactly 10 miles allowing me to see the Canadian border. 🙌🏾

 

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I saw the Canadian border!!
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I missed the other “Welcome to Idaho” sign from Washington so I got the one close to the Canadian border.


Camping? No, Glamping!!

I like nature, but I wouldn’t say I’m a camping kind of girl. I’m the girl who wants to go on a hike, but also wants to sleep in her own bed that night. But glamping definitely changed my perspective! Now, I know glamping is exactly what is says… glamerous camping, and this would be unrealistic in many other normal, non-contest winner circumstances, but I made the most of my glamp. Honestly, I think I slept better there than I do at home, and despite it getting cold at night, the blankets and comforter were superb.

It was what I would imagine VIP camping at Coachella to be like!

Not pictured (or snapchatted) were the luxury showers and bathrooms. They were in trailers so at first I didn’t expect much, but again, I was pleasently surpised.


The Ultimate Dining Experience!

One of the major draws to Road to the Harvest is the opportunity to have a meal prepared by an iron chef served in the middle of a hops field. It was as amazing as it sounds people! For those of you Bravo Iron Chef fanatics, I was fortunate enough to have a meal prepared by Stephanie Izard. 😱 For those who don’t know, she is best known for being the first female chef to win Top Chef.

Residing in Chicago, she has three restaurants, The Girl and The Goat, Little Goat, and Duck Duck Goat, which are all to die for, especially for you foodies out there. But considering I haven’t had a proper visit to Chicago yet, I’m glad I was given this amazing opportunity to dine with food prepared by her outside of the Windy City.

 

Now, she prepared the meal the first night I arrived and it truly was amzing. But every other meal we were given at the farm was prapred and served by renowned chefs as well. To say the least, I did not go hungry. I walked away from every meal stuffed!


Learning About Hops

If you can recall from my Ireland blog post, I don’t really drink beer. That little taste of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse was my introduction to beer, and it didn’t go over too well. Since then, I hadn’t tried any other beers. But while in Rome (or Elk Mountain Farms) you do as the Romans do. I’m happy to say, this time around I liked it so much more. I enjoyed it more because…

  1. It tastes WAY better than Guinness.
  2. I got a first-hand look into how the beer was made.

  

I, along with everyone in the group, examined the hops in the fields, watched them get picked, witnessed the drying process, and finally saw them get packed away to be turned into beer as we know it. To say the least, I had, and still have, more respect for what actually goes into making Goose Island beer. Gaining that perspective made the beer taste that much better in my opinion.


🙌🏾 The Entertainment🙌🏾

With everything I had experienced already, I truly felt spoiled, but the surprises didn’t stop there. During our down time, Goose Island had a hot air balloon come on the property to take event goers for a ride. Again, I couldn’t believe it. 😱 Taking a ride in a hot air balloon had been on my bucket list for quite some time, and while the ride was short, I’m still proud to check it off my bucket list.

Fun Fact: I’m afraid of heights, so that was really a stretch for me. 😬

Also, Wilco, the band, hosted a private concert for us in the hops field. While I had never listened to their music before, I really liked them! They honestly performed like they were in front of a crowd of thousands when in reality there were probably under 300 people there.

What I found most entertaining during their concert was one of their guitarists, Nels Cline. He was so into the performance! See snapchats below.👇🏾😂

   
There you have it, folks! My time at Elk Mountain Farms with Goose Island in a nut shell. If the snapchats and pictures weren’t enough, I made a mini video of what it was like to be at the event through my eyes. Check it out!

Oh, and as a side note, I did get a chance to meet the YouTuber who made this all possible for me, Erik Conover. He is an awesome guy and just like he seems in his video, down to earth. If you don’t know who he is, check out his YouTube channel. He makes awesome travel content, so if you have an affinity for wanderlust, you’ll love his stuff.

Erik, if you’re reading this, thank you!

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My Favorite Health & Wellness Podcasts

Hello, everyone and welcome to the fifth and final day of Wellness Week on my blog. If you’re just now joining us for Wellness Week and don’t even know what it is, this past week I have been posting blogs focusing on nutrition, health, and overall wellness every day, Monday through Friday at 8am EST. If you missed a day along the way, here is a list and links to the blogs from Monday through Thursday.

Monday  – My Thoughts On “What The Health”

Tuesday – Get Fit With DeanFit

Wednesday – Maddie’s Market: One Stop Shop for Natural Skin and Body Care

Thursday – App Appreciation: Headspace

For this final day, I want to leave you guys with a few resources to continue exploring health and wellness on your own. These are resources that I frequently use, usually every day, as constant reminders that I should be striving towards healthy living.


Podcasts

My love for podcasts have grown within the last year, but more importantly within the last month. During this time I have found three podcasts that I listen to that truly inspire healthy living. Here they are…

The Party In my Plants Podcast

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Talia Pollock, the host of this podcast, is incredible! She brings so much energy to her podcasts and makes you want to listen to what she and her guests have to say. Her motto is, “[She] makes healthy living as fun as a party so that you’ll, ya know, actually want to do it, and then actually feel, look and live your best.”

While many of her shows are about nutrition, her podcasts truly do encompass all things healthy living. She has interviewed the creator and founder of Genexa, an organic medicine company (yes, you read that right, organic medicine), as well as the creator of Franklin & Whitman, a company that creates all natural, paraben free skin care. These are just two among many other people, author, nutritionists, etc. that have made appearances on her show.

By listening to her podcast, you open yourself up to a wealth of knowledge delivered in a fun and interesting way. I promise you won’t get bored; I know I don’t!

The Model Health Show

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The Model Health Show is an excellent podcast run by Sean Stevenson, a fitness and nutrition expert, who dedicates he’s podcast to all things health and exercise related. He truly comes to this podcast from a genuine place of wanting to help people. I will not give his whole story away because I think it’s worth listening to him tell it, but Sean was able to fully rebuild his body from an extremely fragile state through changes in his health, nutrition, and lifestyle.

If anything, he is an inspiration, showing that you can start from the bottom and work your way towards optimum health through daily habits and progress. With over 235 shows on his podcast, you will find at least one podcast that resonates with you and will have ample opportunity to learn new things related to health and wellness.

The Essential Oil Revolution

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This podcast covers a topic I am passionate about but also, one which I do not have the most knowledge. Hosted by Samantha Lee Wright, you will have access to information about the miracles of essential oils. As you know, I did not dedicate a whole post to essential oils during this Wellness Week because I feel that I have so much more to learn about them before I can share my thoughts with you. But one thing I will say is that essential oils are extremely powerful and can make a big difference in your health and wellness.

Often, people brush essential oils off as another health craze on the market, and I don’t blame them. I was the same way. But after doing my research, they truly are remarkable, and I highly recommend you take time to listen to this podcast, as well as seek out your knowledge of how these oils can help you.

In short, essential oils are like nature’s medicine at your finger tips. While at times, Western medicine is necessary, I think we rely too much on it day-to-day. Many of our illnesses can be prevented just by using what the earth has given to us, not hard pharmaceutical medicine. Essential oils are from oils of the plants they are derived. So if you genuinely care about what you eat, how you exercise, and ultimately, what you put on your body, then I think learning more about essential oils can be the next step to amping up your health and wellness game. There will be a full post dedicated to these oils in the future, but for now, I highly recommend the Essential Oil Revolution podcast.

While I could give you many more resources to check out, I think these are a great place to start, and they are easy to access. Whether on iTunes or Stitcher, they are completely free and at your fingertips. Also, they are podcasts, so you can listen to them wherever, whenever, and while multitasking. No need to solely dedicate a part of your day to learn this information. You can fit it into your life however it works best for you.


Wellness Week Wrap-Up

I have to say, I have had so much fun creating these blog posts focused on health and wellness because that truly is a passion of mine. I hope they’ve been informative and have pushed you to evaluate what small changes you can make to your life to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled one.

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

App Appreciation: Headspace

It’s day four of Wellness Week on my blog! Wow, this week is flying by. For those who are just joining us, Wellness Week is where I post health, nutrition, and overall wellness related content on my blog every day, Monday through Friday at 8am EST. So far we’ve talked about nutrition, fitness, and skin care. The links to those posts can be found here.

Monday – My Thoughts On “What The Health”

Tuesday – Get Fit with DeanFit

Wednesday – Maddie’s Market: One Stop Shop for Natural Skin and Body Care

But without further ado, let’s get to today’s post!


My journey to trying meditation.

For the longest time, I turned down the idea of meditation because it seemed a little too out there, a little too “woo woo,” for me. But isn’t it interesting how things we don’t fully understand we often chalk up to being “woo woo”? Well, I finally began to come around to meditation when I started taking yoga and loving it. Yoga is a meditative practice that incorporates movement. To earn the pleasure of savasana (the “dead,” most relaxed, and meditative pose often done at the end of class) you have to work through the full class, training your mind just to let it rest.

While I love yoga, I can’t make it into a class or studio every day, let alone every week, so I needed another alternative. I heard so many people talk about meditation as the practice or habit that had, “changed their life.” So, though still hesitant to start my own practice, I  started anyway. The tipping point for me was when one of my favorite YouTubers mentioned the HeadSpace app in one of her monthly favorites videos.

I downloaded the app, Headspace, right away and began to explore meditation that night. Since then I haven’t stopped.


What is Headspace?

Headspace is wonderful because it not only leads you through a guided meditation, but it teaches you about what meditation actually is. Also, Headspace explains how it can help you daily and debunks the myths behind meditation.

I began with Headspace’s Basic 1 meditation package (the picture below is Basics 2, the program I’m currently on), which consists of 10 days of beginner guided meditation. Each session lasts roughly between 3-4 minutes, with videos to accompany your understanding of meditation and guide you through the process.

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Now I’ll be honest, I didn’t meditate straight through for 10 days, but as I became more consistent days 5-10, I truly saw the value of the app, as well as meditation.


What meditation has done for me…

Many people claim meditation can do a number of things, but I can only speak to what it has done for me, and continues to do, in the short time I’ve practiced.

  1. It allows me to find equilibrium and calmness despite my hectic days and busy schedule.
  2. It also allows me to compartmentalize tasks. But when things do get overwhelming, it givings me the mental space and clarity to step back and make solid decisions in pressing situations.
  3. It also allows me to accept my mind and thoughts for what they are. When I’m focused, that’s awesome, but when I’m not, that’s fine too. This understanding has allowed me to work with my mind to get the results I want, not get frustrated when I don’t.

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All Headspace has to offer.

I’ve loved using the app so much that I have decided to continue using it past the Basic 1 package. While I haven’t purchased it yet, I will most likely buy the app to gain access to even more and longer form packages of guided meditation. Once the app is purchased, the meditation packages you gain access to are roughly 20 minutes long, and there are far more to choose from.

So while meditation might be new to you and putting money towards it might not be something you’re interested in right now, I still highly recommend Headspace. It’s a great way to start your meditation practice, and it’s free of charge if you don’t want to upgrade.

Worried you won’t have time? The Basic packages have meditation lessons/segments that last roughly 3-4 minutes. You can do it after brushing your teeth in the morning, before dinner, right before bed, or even at your desk at work. The possibilities are endless, and the benefits are greater than you could imagine.

Just give it a try. You won’t regret it!

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