2019 Goals: A Check In

2019 Goals: A Check In

So….we’re almost halfway through 2019 (I know, it’s crazy). I think it’s common for most people to set goals at the beginning the year, with the intent of following through with them. But, then life gets in the way, and suddenly you have a bunch of unfinished goals, motivation is left behind in January and you’re right back where you started. WELL, let this serve as an almost-halfway-point check in! Where are you guys with your goals? Have you made progress on them, or did you find yourself losing motivation soon after you started them?

Usually for me, I have this great ideas of what I want to accomplish or become, and I always fall short. It’s easy to stop when things get hard, or uncomfortable, or just not convenient anymore. The trick is to stay motivated, to find what gets you going and to remind yourself of that every day.

One of my main goals for 2019 was to run more, and specifically, be able to run the 5k my high school hosts every April for Alumni weekend. I knew the date ahead of time and I knew I wanted to be able to finish alongside my two best friends who would also be running it with me. It was great motivation, and I was able to accomplish my goal! I never thought I’d be someone who could run more than a mile, but pushing myself past my comfort point has really allowed me to see my own potential.

I recently completed a run and was able to get in 3.5 miles! I was proud to have been able to run the farthest I ever have, and it’s motivating me to create a new goal of running 5 miles. Challenging myself to work out when I don’t feel like it, and push myself far out of my comfort zone has been one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life.

I challenge all of you to push yourself, find a new motivation, a new inspiration, something that excites you and makes you want to tackle your goals head on! There’s still plenty of time left in 2019, don’t let it go to waste.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Patience

Patience

Happy Wednesday recently I’ve been struggling with being patient and trying not to let the weight of my anxiety get me down. This quote was a helpful reminder to try to take a step back and relax. Although this is easier said than done, I’m definitely trying to be better about not letting even the little things overwhelm me.

Right now in my life I have a lot of decisions I have to make, but not all the information I need to make them fully informed. This has been driving me crazy, and causing an insane amount of stress and anxiety over the past several months. Waiting for answers, waiting for things that are out of your control is really hard to do. It’s hard to relinquish control and tell yourself that you need to let the universe work it out for you- there’s only so much you can do. I’m not used this mindset, I can be a bit of a control freak sometimes.

In the next few months, I really want to work on accepting the things I cannot change and being patient. I don’t want to feel like everything is going to come crashing down at any minute, and I need to really re-evaluate the way to handle stressful situations, while focusing on what makes me happy. Sometimes we lose sight of all the progress we’ve made and forget how far we’ve come- we only want to focus on what’s ahead.

What do you guys do to calm your anxiety?

Talk to you guys soon, keep it klassy, xo.

My Lasik Experience

My Lasik Experience

Have you ever wondered about lasik? Coming from someone who spent 10 years wearing contacts, and 12 years wearing glasses, I always had questions about lasik. It seems like a magic cure for those of us who struggle to see without glasses or contacts, however there are definitely a lot of things to consider before deciding to get the procedure.

I decided to get lasik back in February, after many years of dealing with contacts and glasses. For me, I knew it was something that would be well worth the investment and that would greatly improve my day-to-day life. Let me start from the beginning of my lasik journey, and let you guys know all my tips and recommendations if you are considering getting lasik.

Consultation: At most places you can get a consultation for free, which is great. It’s not a quick process, (mine took about 1.5 hours) but it’s a fantastic way to get all your questions answered, and even see if you qualify for lasik without having to commit to anything. This is also a good time to discuss payment plans or financing, depending on what the practice you go to offers.

Pre-Op: So, you go to the consult and decide that you’re ready to take the plunge and get lasik- so what’s next? The doctor should run through all the requirements you have to do before the procedure. Mine told me not to wear my contacts, only my glasses, for two weeks leading up to the procedure. Some doctors may require you to come in a few days before the procedure to re-measure your eyes and make sure everything looks good before the big day. I met with my doctor two days before my procedure, and it was a great time to ask last minute questions.

The Procedure: I’m not going to lie, the actual experience of lasik was definitely weird and mildly uncomfortable. This should be no surprise considering what is being done to your eyes, but some people may not know what to expect. The good part is that the whole process should be done within 20 minutes or less. I think mine took a total of 15 minutes. It’s very quick, it’s usually automated for the most part with a machine so there’s little room for human error, and besides the discomfort, it’s generally not too bad.

Post Op: Immediately following my procedure, I was extremely sensitive to light and my eyes had a slight burning. My doctor told me this was very normal and to go home and nap and when I woke up I would feel much better. I did just that, and he was right. I woke up with much clearer vision and less pain. The next morning I was able to drive to my appointment and my doctor advised me that everything looked perfect. I had to come back in a week for another post op appointment, and I had to use artificial tears every hour for the first two weeks following the surgery. Nothing too crazy.

Now that it’s been almost 3 months since I got lasik, I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself relying heavily on glasses or contacts. I couldn’t comfortably see without some of kind of lens correction, and it was a hassle at times. Lasik can be pricey, depending on where you do it and the financing options, but I looked at it as a life long investment. I would never have to spend money on glasses, contacts, eye exams, nothing for the rest of my life, and at 22, that sounded pretty good to me. Like any big purchase or investment, definitely think it over because it is a big decision, but to me it was well worth it.

Have any of you guys ever had lasik? What are your thoughts on the whole process?

Hope everyone had a good weekend! xo.

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Current Favorites: Motivational Books

Happy Friday everyone! Are you in need of some motivation-something to jump start you into being more productive, happy and satisfied with your life? WELL, these two books, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are guaranteed to get you out of whatever funk you may find yourself in.

Both books focus on readjusting your perspective so you can look at life differently and truly get the most out of it. They’re both extremely easy to read, light hearted and really get you thinking. I love reading them before bed so I can be even more reflective about my day and my actions.

I know the idea of a “self help” or “motivational” speaker type book can be a bit of a turn off, but I swear these are really worth the read. Both authors offer different perspectives and ways to change little things in your life that can really have a significant impact.

What are your favorite motivational books?

Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo.

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Gratitude

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Gratitude

Welcome back to the second Mental Health Monday, with this month’s post focusing on gratitude, something I’m sure all of us could focus a little more on.

Gratitude can be a tricky thing. If someone asked you if you were grateful for the people and blessings in your life, of course you’d say yes. It’s easy to be grateful when it’s obvious: you are grateful for your friends, family, pets, etc. But is that really as far as gratitude goes?

For me, I started to switch my perspective on gratitude. I knew the things I was grateful for, and I knew that I had many things in my life to be thankful for, but was I really appreciating them? It’s good to be aware of your gratitude towards the big things, the things that stand out in your life, but what about not just being aware, but applying that gratitude to every part of your life. Appreciating the little things just a little bit more….not letting the small things get you down, and reminding yourself more often than not that things are never as bad as they seem.

One way I’ve started to adjust my perspective on gratitude is through the five minute journal. I started this back in the beginning of the year and it’s really challenged me to be more reflective on a daily basis. It’s a very simple journal, with you writing down a few things in the morning and a few a night (it’s super quick I promise) and it allows you a few extra minutes to yourself to really think about what would make the day great, and what made the day great.

Some days it’s harder than others to come up with a list of good things that happened that day, but the journal really challenges me to reflect on every part of my day, and see the good in even the worst of times. The past couple of months have been unusually stressful and anxiety ridden for me, so having this time to reflect has really been beneficial.

I challenge you to take an extra minute at the beginning and end of your day to really think about what could make the day great, and even the smallest of things that happened that made it a good day. Your brain is a muscle, and once you train it long enough, it’ll adjust to a more positive outlook on things instead of the stationary negative one a lot of us have.

Always easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere.

What are your favorite tips for gratitude?

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Friday Fitness Motivation

Friday Fitness Motivation

Happy Friday everyone! I thought I’d share a little fitness motivation with you guys to start the weekend off strong.

The picture above is from after my run the other day. To be able to complete a 5k in a (barely) under 12 minute mile pace is amazing to me. If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would ever be confident, or able enough to run a 5k, let alone at a decent pace, I would have laughed. Running has always been that one thing I wish I was good at but was convinced I never would be. I hating running in school and in sports, and it just always became a workout I could never tackle. I finally decided one day that I was going to build up my stamina and my running ability, so I started off small and would run for 10 minutes. At first, that 10 minutes was painful, hard, and made me want to quit. It’s been no easy task but to be where I’m at now shows me that I’m capable of achieving my goals if I set my mind to them.

My pace still isn’t super fast compared to all you running fanatics out there, but to me this was such a conquered victory. I can’t wait to see what milestone (pun intended) I can hit next!

If any of you guys are struggling to find fitness motivation or the drive to start, I encourage you to think about where you would love to see yourself in 6 months. Is it running a 5k? Is it running a half marathon? Or maybe it’s just building up your muscle capacity or toning up your arms. Whatever it may be, whatever goal that seems impossible to you right now, I challenge you to take one small step towards it. Running a 5k is only one of my short term goals on a much longer journey I’d like to accomplish in my fitness prowess. It doesn’t have to be a big step, and the progress won’t happen over night, but it will happen, and you will be proud of yourself when you accomplish your goals.

I hope this can help any of you out there if you’re in need of some fitness motivation!

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Product Review: Natural Deodorant

Product Review: Natural Deodorant

So, some of you may have seen articles detailing how bad regular deodorant can be for you. The harsh chemicals, aluminum and who knows what else in the formula of the regular run of the mill deodorants can apparently be extremely harmful. I honestly don’t doubt that applying these types of ingredients to a sensitive area like under arms could be harmful, but do they really work?

I’ve tried a few different kinds of natural deodorants, and I’ve compiled my final opinions below!

☆ Price

Women’s deodorant is already significantly more expensive than men’s deodorant (annoying, I know), but natural deodorant takes it up another notch. You could easily shell out $13 for a stick of regular sized natural deodorant, which to me is can be a little painful. You pay for what you get, so it makes sense that you would pay more for better ingredients, but it still is a downside having to pay that much when you just want a natural alternative.

☆ Variety

There’s a surprising amount of variety when it comes to different brands you can choose from. I’ve tried three different kinds: Schmidt’s, Native and Kopari. There’s also a good variety of scents too, so no matter what your preference is there’s definitely an option for everyone.

☆ Deodorizing/Anti perspirant qualities

So here is where I run into the problem with natural deodorants- they definitely do not work as well as regular deodorants when it comes to sweat control and smell control. I know there’s an adjustment/detox period your body has to go through to get used to the natural ingredients, but that period can extend pretty long. It took me over a month for my body to “adjust” and even then, about a half through the day I would smell like I hadn’t put deodorant on in days (and this is me just going to work…basically sitting at a desk all day long, imagine if I wore it when I worked out). I also started to (warning TMI) develop a rash as part of my “detox” period, which was just as fun as it sounds.

So…is worth it?

In my opinion….I think it’s definitely a trial and error process. Everyone’s body is going to adjust different and everyone has different needs/wants out of a their products. I personally could not find one that worked well for me, and it can get expensive trying different ones when they’re well over $10 each. I have started to find that some men’s deodorant doesn’t have aluminum in it, and work supremely better than women’s deodorant. I know it may seem weird, but I’m all about finding what works best for you, your budget, and your preferences.

I hope any of this can help you guys if you’re curious about natural deodorant!

xo.