/ mindfulness [ noun ]: … the mental state in which one becomes aware of the present moment, calmly acknowledging and accepting the ways in which one is thinking and feeling, and the sensations occurring in one’s body. … the conscious state of being aware. Being a crazy over-thinker, being an anxious, nervous and constantly on edge person, I live every day not knowing how I am going to feel. The weirdest scenarios or circumstances can set me off and I can completely zone out and become a different person because of my anxiety and inability to navigate certain situations that I find myself in. Sometimes it can be a situation as common as standing in line at the grocery store or driving in rush-hour traffic, while other times it could be a situation that doesn’t occur…

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OK I swear I will get over the cliché new year posts soon… but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to this topic. There is something so incredibly sweet about the start of a new year. I am all about the start of a new week, or a new month – but a new YEAR is even better. I crave goal setting, envisioning my life and making new intentions. There’s no better time of year to do that then the new year when the slate is wiped clean and you can start from scratch. I know some people get mouthy about the new year and clean slates, starting from scratch and setting goals, but I think it is important to do and extremely healthy for the mind, body and soul. I like to think of the…

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There are so many things that I am planning on doing for 2017, but the main one that I want to focus on for the upcoming year is slowing down. Sounds pretty hypocritical when I actually put it out there in that sense ( SO many things I want to do, but I need to slow down! ), but really, it makes sense to me. I feel as though this is an easy thing for all of us to want to do, but it’s a hard thing for us to actually do. We are constantly overcommitting, overbooking, desiring to overachieve; being told to work harder, push through it, get over it and move on. I stand by my opinion that millennials are forced to do a ton of things that we don’t always want to do, are forced…

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This year has been one of those years that just kind of went by too quick, but couldn’t end fast enough… all at the same time. There were so many times where I wished time would just stop so that I could live the moment forever, but there were also so many times that I just wanted the day to end in that very moment. There’s really been nothing spectacular about this year, yet the not-so great things haven’t really been that bad… they’ve just been continuous and it’s getting old. Real fast. It has been a blah 362 days and I’m ready for 365 fresh new ones. There are so many memes and things all over the internet alluding to the fact that 2016 just needs to end and 2017 needs to be here, like yesterday. Can…

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With Christmas being only three ( !!! ) days away, there are going to be lots of tempting treats and holiday foods that are hard to say ‘no’ to. I used to be that person who struggled with overindulging on holiday treats and I always found myself eating WAY too many goodies on a regular basis. I would have big breakfasts, snack on cookies ( shortbreads! ) and treats during the day, eat lunch and dinner, appetizers and occasionally dessert – I’m not really much of a dessert person to be honest, but gimme alllll of the apps. I always ended the day feeling bloated, overly full and completely exhausted. I wasn’t feeding my body what it needed, rather I was stuffing it full of things that I thought I had to have because they were…

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