Essential Gear to Get you Going

Essential Gear to Get you Going

These are the top 11 items I think you should get for the new year! Some of these things you may all ready have hidden in your kitchen or closet so dust them off or go on a shopping spree and get ready to kill it in 2018!

  1. New workout outfit and a good pair of jeans! You can never go wrong with getting some leggings and a new sports bra to get you in the mood to hit the gym. Also, nothing makes you feel like your life is all together like a nice pair of jeans. They are easy to throw on with anything and look put together.
  2. Shoes. Get a good pair of shoes that you like to workout in.
  3. A Gym Bag. Great to throw all your stuff in and keep organized.
  4. Blender. I have a NutriBullet and I love it. If you are looking to make larger portions of smoothies I would recommend a Ninja.
  5. Fitness Tracker. This can be in the form of a watch or an app. Find your favorite and roll with it. I personally have a Fitbit and MyFitnessPal.
  6. A lunch box and some containers to take your snacks and meals with you. This is help you avoid eating out and save you a lot of money.
  7. Water Bottle. Get something cute and fun. Take it with you everywhere you go!
  8. Bluetooth headphones. These changed my life! I love being able to have headphones in to workout without cords getting in the way and they make running with music a lot easier!
  9. Small weights. I have a pair of 5 and 8 pounds and I can use them for any home workout!
  10. Pilates or Yoga mat. Whichever you prefer is great. These are great to take to a class or turn anywhere in your home into a workout space!
  11. Journal/Daily Planner. Always plan out your day and week. Not just for workouts, but to organize your life in general. Keep track of thoughts you have throughout the week.

 

Motivation Music

Motivation Music

Working out is a lot more fun when you have the best tunes to keep you motivated! Here’s a list of some of my favorite jams to really get me going. I blast these in the house when I’m cleaning or driving to take a test at school. Gives me a great boost in confidence.

  1. Roar: Katy Perry
  2. Wolves: Selena Gomez
  3. Stay: Zedd & Alessia Cara
  4. The Greatest: Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar
  5. …Ready for It?: Taylor Swift
  6. Side to Side: Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
  7. Fight Song: Rachel Platten
  8. Starships: Nicki Minaj
  9. Work B**ch: Britney Spears
  10. Actually anything Britney Spears!
  11. Despacito: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
  12. Rock Your Body: Justin Timberlake
  13. Work From Home: Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  14. That’s My Girl: Fifth Harmony
  15. Stronger: Kanye West
  16. Confident: Demi Lovato
  17. In The Name of Love: Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha
  18. Lose Yourself: Eminem
  19. Instruction: Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato
  20. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You): Kelly Clarkson

ENJOY!

 

Organize your way through 2018

Organize your way through 2018

For 2018, I really want to organize my home and my life. Decluttering space is an awesome therapy for me and a great way to start the year off fresh. I always do a good spring, summer, fall, and winter cleaning to make me feel like I have my life together.

Day 1: 

  • Closet- Donate anything you didn’t wear this year! Organize clothes by season and color to make it really easy to get outfits together as you are rushing out the door in the morning or have to hurry to get ready for a fun night out.
  • Bedroom- Clean out your night stand. Wash the sheets and start a habit of making your bed everyday!
  • Bathroom- Throw out old lotions and body sprays that aren’t being used. Medications and samples you have collected over the years need to go too!

Day 2: 

  • Kitchen- Clean out that fridge! Throw away all containers you have that are missing lids.
  • Pantry- Throw out all the food that might be expired. Also, organize cans and boxes. I like to have all my protein bars and health snacks in one spot so it’s easy to navigate when you are trying to find an on the go snack.

Day 3: 

  • Living room-  A good clean up will do. Nothing crazy here.
  • Car- Treat yourself to a good wipe-down, vacuum, and car wash. This will make you feel like a million bucks (or at least like your driving a car worth a million bucks)!

Day 4: 

  • Home office- Put all important documents in one place and have a quite space to do work, study, and read.
  • Workout area- It’s no secret that I don’t like the gym and I have to try to squeeze in exercise when I can. I love having a place that I can do quick and easy home workouts in when I don’t have time/don’t want to hit the gym. I have my yoga mat, free weights, and other misc. items on standby for a quick sweat sesh.

Day 5: 

  • Storage areas- Do quick organization of that coat closet that you aren’t really sure what is even in there anymore.
  • Phone- All those screenshots you have from your bestie… you don’t need them. All the apps taking up your storage are okay to delete also. Text messages are also good to delete to free up some space.
  • Computer- Delete old emails and organize ones you need to keep. Go through your documents too, you would be surprised all the storage those will free up.
  • Social Media- Don’t be afraid to unfollow people who are taking up your feed or make you feel negatively about yourself.

 

I hope this has inspired you to clean it up and revamp your life for the new year!

 

SMART New Year Resolutions

SMART New Year Resolutions

The new year is here and I know my personal goals for this year are very cliché. They include eating healthy, exercising, saving/making more money, attending church more often, and I hope to excel in my home life, the workplace, and in school. 2018 is a going to be a huge year for my husband and I. We are both on the pursuit of college degrees, building our very own first home, and starting a family (with dogs and babies…whichever comes first). In pondering these goals I thought I would share my tips on how to achieve your goals this year and stick to those crazy new year resolutions you have been thinking about.

DO

First things first always write down your goals and put it somewhere you can look at them often. My personal favorite place to have my goals is in my planner. It is easy to reference every month, week, or everyday if I wanted to. (If you don’t have a planner… invest in one ASAP. I got a really cute one at TJMaxx for only $10. Target also has amazing planners and you can create your own!)

Get a partner. Share your goals with a significant other, a friend, or a family member. Having someone hold you to your goal and support you is key.

Think SMART GOALS!

S- Specific 

Ask yourself who, what, where, when, and why until you can narrow your goal down.

M- Measurable

Use numbers!

A- Achievable

If your goals sound ridiculous to you and others… they are. Bring them down a little until it can be something to reach for, but something that is not out of reach.

R- Realistic

Nobody knows you better than you. Be realistic! Nothing kills a goal like discouragement when you don’t meeting the goal.

T- Timely 

Set due dates to check in. I like to do three-month intervals, but it depends on the goal and think what is best for the goal and yourself.

DON’T

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t reach the goal. Make adjustments as needed and adjustments so you can feel good about where you are at and where you want to go! Believing is achieving and achieving is believing!

Be careful when making goals about weight. Sometimes we may feel great when we are eating healthy and exercising but the numbers on the scale aren’t showing progress. Instead make your goals aimed towards exercise and eating. If the weight falls off quickly that will be a cherry on top of feeling fantastic about yourself.

GOOD LUCK to everyone in the new year! It’s going to be an amazing year full of laughter, memories, and reaching health and wellness goals!

 

Meet Me!

Meet Me!

Since I am starting this blog I thought it would be a good idea for me to let you in a 20 important facts about myself!

  1. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart. He really is my best friend and my biggest support system. We are building our very first home together this year and I couldn’t be more overwhelmed and excited about it!
  2. I am the oldest of 5 siblings. My younger sister is 16. Then I have a 15-year-old brother and 13-year-old brother… then it is my baby brother who is 5. So I am the oldest by a lot and have been a second mom in these kids life, especially after my parents divorce about 5 years ago.
  3. I was a dancer. I danced in college and on various companies and teams. I still teach acro, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop! I love it… it really is the best thing about my week.
  4. I am a student at Utah Valley Univeristy. I’m studying Community Health Education. I changed my college major 4 times. I went from business, to dance, to nursing, to teaching. That finally helped me discover a way to do all of these things in one. With a Community Health degree I can explore my passion for health and education.
  5. My mom is one of my very best friends, I don’t know what I would do without her and I call her about everything and anything. She also had to be my “dummy” for all my health and wellness ideas. She loves it… I think.
  6. I love sleep… Sometimes I plan my day around what I can to do sneak in a 20 minute nap (usually in my car outside of the dance studio in between work or school). I try to have everything done so I can to get to bed as early as possible and sleep in until the last possible minute. I need a solid 7-8 hours or I feel terrible.
  7. I LOVE food.
  8. My guilty pleasure is reality tv. Keeping up with the Kardashians, Vanderpump Rules, and anything Bachelor franchise.
  9. When I get a day off with no homework I will sleep and binge watch anything I can on Netflix… right now it’s Glee.
  10. I love The Lady Gang podcast. I listen to it anytime I’m in the car.
  11. My favorite books (so far) is anything Jodi Picoult or thrillers like The Couple Next Door, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl.
  12. My family is originally from Iowa. Go Hawkeyes.
  13. I am a die-hard Denver Bronco fan.
  14. My favorite place I have traveled to (so far) is New York.
  15. My house burned down when I was 8 just a few days before Christmas.
  16. I was homecoming queen.
  17. I did pageants. I was Miss Kamas Valley and Miss Summit County.
  18. I wanted to be a figure skater when I was younger, but I was and still am horrible at skating.
  19. Laffy Taffy is my jam.
  20. I definitely have an online shopping addiction.