15 Inspiring Quotes from Theodore Roosevelt

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday and Happy Earth Day!

 

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Fun Facts:

-Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970.

-20 million Americans took part in the first Earth Day.

-Although Earth Day was started in the U.S., it became an international phenomenon in 1990.ย 

-Today, at least 192 countries and an estimated 1 billion people take part in Earth Day.

*Sources:
Earth Day Fun Facts
Fun Facts About Earth Day
10 of the Coolest Earth Day Facts

 

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As we honor our planet by taking conscious action, we are also getting ready to vote in our primary elections.

It’s always nice to reflect on the wise words of the people who came before us… so with all that in mind..

Today I wanted to share some of the most inspiring quotes from our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.

Let’s reflect.

Get inspired.

And change the world.

Starting with ourselves.

The best way to enact change is to start in your own home.

Small changes add up to big results.

Everyone has a role and everyone can do their part.

Let’s get started.

 

Do what you canwith what you have,where you are.Keep your eyes on the starsandyour feet on the ground.With self-discipline,most anything is possible.The most importantingredient for successCourage is not having the strength to go on;It is going on when you don't have the strength.Courtesy is as mucha mark of a gentlemanas courage.Nothing in the worldis worth having or worth doingunless it meanseffort, pain, difficulty...I have never in my lifeenvied a human beingwho led an easy life.If you could kick the personin the pantsresponsible for most of your trouble,You wouldn't sit for a month.The worst lessonthat can be taught to a manis to rely upon othersand to whine over his sufferings.When you get to the end of your ropetie a knotandhang on.When you are askedif you can do a job,tell 'em, _certainly I can!_Then get busy and find out how to do it.We must dare to be great;and we must realizethat greatness isthe fruit of toiland sacrificeand high courage.Speak softly,and carry a big stick;you will go far.Never throughout historyhas a manwho lived a life of easeleft a name worth remembering.Life is a great adventure.Accept it in such a spirit.

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11 Motivating Quotes to Have Your Best Week Ever

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

What an amazing, productive week! State testing is done for the year, we had some beautiful weather here in Ohio, and I managed to get a little gardening done.

Success!

Now it’s raining and a little chilly… but that’s okay! April showers bring May flowers. In particular, my cherry blossom tree is starting to bloom.. it might just blossom this year. I’m pretty psyched about it.

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Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes to help motivate us to have the best week ever. Let’s get started!

Do not let circumstances control you.You change your circumstances.One important key to successis self-confidence.An important keyto self-confidenceis preparation.Confidenceisbeing aware of everythingthat's being said around you,still knowingyou'll be absolutely fineregardlessof where opinions of others fall.You will never do anything in this worldwithout courage.It is the greatest quality of mindnext to honor.You don't get paidfor the hour.You get paidfor the value you bring to the hour.Disciplineis the abilityto make yourselfdo something you don't want to do,in order to geta result you really want to get.No matterhow talented you are,your talent will fail youif you're not skilled.Skill is achievedthrough practice.Work hard and dedicate yourselfto being betterevery single day.Most people have a voidbecause they are too busy wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that - dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what theySometimesproblems don't require a solutionto solve them;insteadthey require maturityto outgrow them.Take into accountthatgreat loveandgreat achievementsinvolvegreat risk.The time will pass anyway_You can either spend itcreating the life you wantorliving the life you don't want.The choice is yours.

11 Inspiring Quotes to Ignite Your Inner Fire

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

I’ve been getting back into my workout routine this past week and it was a challenge. For about a month and a half I was sticking with light yoga and keeping up with my Instagram challenges, but only doing workouts here and there. Why? I injured my shoulders and then my entire family got sick.. but now, thankfully everyone is feeling better. So, it was time to get back to my routine.

In the past, it has only taken a few days and I’m back at it. My body would normally respond really quickly to whatever I was doing.. no big deal. As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten harder.

My muscles are sore and I’m just exhausted. I’m in a delicate place, trying to find the balance of pushing myself, but not going over the edge. I do not want to get injured and sidelined again, especially now that summer is just around the corner. (And it is, despite the cold weather and snow.)

I’m proud to say, that I’ve managed to make the time to workout every day this past week. I had to dig deep and realign my focus a few times, but I did it. It is an amazing feeling and an accomplishment. Like I mentioned last week, it all starts with your mindset. I cannot stress enough about the importance of having a why. For me, right now I’m not happy with how my body looks. None of my clothes fit me right. It’s not a complaint, nor is it a desperate call for compliments. It’s reality. But at the same time, I’m not beating myself up about it or allowing it to define who I am. I know that I can change it, and each time I work out, I’m getting that much closer to my goals. That in itself is not my only why, but it’s the one that I have been reminding myself of when that little voice in the back of my mind tries to sabotage my efforts.

And that’s the key. When you aren’t happy about something, instead of complaining, try to find a solution. There is always a way to change.. and most likely it’s by taking action.. whether it’s an outward action or an inward action. No one is responsible for your happiness but you. Once you realize that, your perspective starts to shift. –Another amazing feeling.

Chalene Johnson is a pro at this stuff. She is incredible and is an inspiration to me. So this week, I am sharing some of my favorite Chalene Johnson quotes. Spring is all about renewal and now is the perfect time to change anything in your life that you are unhappy with. These quotes will inspire and motivate you to do just that.

Let’s get started!

Every day you wake up with the opportunity to renew, refresh, and reset.Today looks like a perfect day for a do-over!Get comfortable being uncomfortable.That's how you break the plateauandreach that next level.Only youcan get yourselfunstuck.Confidence is a muscle,it is energy.Just like we can develop strengthWe can develop confidence.Don't imitate others.Be yourself,but allow the people you admireto inspire you.Detach yourselffrom self-esteem suckers.Toxic relationships deter your successand stunt your happiness.Surround yourselfwith people who respect and love you.Your successisyour responsibility.You're always a work in progress.Flexibility.Personality.Motivation.There's always room to improve.Everything that has ever happened to youevery good dayevery difficult yearevery painful lessonevery happy turneach person and every experiencehas been to prepare you for this moment.You'EverThere is only one personresponsible for where you are todayandwhere you'll be tomorrow.

Get Your Mind Right: 8 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Fitness Success

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Happy Easter!

Happy April!

That’s a lot of happy wishes. haha!

It’s a brand new month, full of opportunities and possibilities. It’s also almost tank top weather… which means we need to get moving on our fitness goals.. or keep working to maintain our results. I’m in the former group. March was a month riddled with illness and recovery for us. We had a wonderful spring break this past week, which was much needed.

Now that we are rested and feeling refreshed, I am certainly ready to get back into my fitness routine. We have some fun activities planned this summer and I want to be sure that I am feeling confident in my skin and my wardrobe.

Feeling confident in your own skin is a huge part of being happy. And one way to build your confidence is through fitness.

Having a fitness routine that you stick with will ensure that you are progressively working toward your goals, your body will look and feel good, your attitude and outlook on life is better and more positive, and you will feel confident in whatever you are wearing.

It’s not about being a certain jean or dress size. It’s not even about having a tight, toned body for a swimsuit. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, fitness is a complete lifestyle and it’s all aboutย setting reasonable, realistic goals, finding something that you enjoy, that keeps your muscles and brain working, and something that you will ultimately stick with.

With that in mind, today I am sharing a few powerful quotes that will help get our minds in the right place, and will motivate and inspire us to continue working on our fitness this week.

Let’s get started!

 

The secret of changeisto focus all your energynot on fighting the old,but on building the new.

 

As you think,So shall you become.

 

If you're seriousabout changing your lifeyou'll find a way.If you're not,you'll find an excuse.

 

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Energy is a state of mind.Tell yourself you're tiredand you will be.Tell yourself you feel greatand you will.

 

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Have a wonderful week friends!

 

 

March Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello Friends!

March is finally coming to an end and the weather is slowly starting to warm up. Thank goodness! This month was a little rough, with everyone getting sick, but also had some awesome moments — celebrating my son’s birthday and enjoying a staycation! Spring Break is coming to an end and it’s time to get back into our everyday routine. Starting with…

Another round of monthly favorites!

Let’s jump in!

 

Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oils 3-Pack

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I use my diffuser every day, mulitple times a day. I like to set it up in the morning while I do Yoga, while my son does his schoolwork, during my workout, in the evening while relaxing, and of course, at night. We bought a second one for my son’s room because we love ours so much! Not only does the diffuser mist out a pleasant scent, but it also helps keep moisture in the air. This pack of three essential oils was an amazing deal. All three scents are wonderful! The eucalyptus is my favorite and is perfect for stress-relief, congestion, and allergies. I love the lemongrass in the morning to help wake me up while I practice yoga. The sweet orange is awesome, too, and is the one we use at night. Be sure to check the bottles closely before buying. After getting this home, we realized that the eucalyptus was only half full. And if you don’t have a diffuser, I highly recommend getting one.

 

Blistex LipBalm 3-Pack

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I might have an affinity for 3-packs this month. Hmm… haha! Blistex has upped their lipcare game with these three balms. I used the Soft & Lush and the Deep Renewal. I loved both of them! The Deep Renewal smelled like coconut and vanilla, and kept my lips soft and smooth. The Soft & Lush also had a slight vanilla scent. It glided on smoothly and kept my lips feeling softand hydrated. I had my son use the Ultra-Rich Hydration because his lips are always so chapped. It worked pretty well when he remembered to put it on (or when I reminded him to. haha!) The three pack was around $3.50, which isn’t bad for three luxurious lip balms.

 

Bare Minerals Fresh Faced Made-2-Fit Liquid Foundation

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*I received a complimentary bottle from Influenster as part of a contest. All opinions are my own.*

Yes, this was featured last month and it made the list for this month as well. I love this foundation! We took several trips up north this month to visit family. Whenever we go somewhere for the day, I take my little makeup kit with me for touch-ups. I have combination skin, but it never fails, by mid-afternoon, my face starts to look very shiny. That is.. until this foundation. I didn’t need my make-up kit while we were out because I didn’t need to touch-up my face. I applied my make-up at 7am. At 4pm, it still looked flawless! 7pm, 9pm, 10pm, 1am… my make-up still looked good! No touch-ups required. I was impressed!

 

Alien Deep With Bob Ballard

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I love a good documentary. If you are looking for something new to watch on Netflix, look no further than Bob Ballard’s Alien Deep. You might recognize his name — Bob Ballard is credited with finding the location of the Titanic Shipwreck. But what you may not know, is that Bob Ballard has been exploring the deep ocean waters for decades; he witnessed the birth of a new island in the Arctic, has done numerous deep dives, invented new equipment for exploration ease, and so much more! This docu-series was so interesting and I was disappointed that there were only 5 episodes.

 

So of course, I needed something else to watch… Netflix doesn’t disappoint…

 

Big Dreams Small Spaces

 

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Monty Don seems to be a British National Treasure, revered for his gardening and horticulture skills. I was drawn to this program because, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken more of an interest in gardening. We have quite a bit of space and I was hoping to learn a little something to help me out this spring and summer. There are six episodes available on Netflix and I binged… haha! In each episode, Monty helps two people or families fix their outdoor space. In one episode, two neighbors, co-workers, and friends decided they wanted to tear down the brick wall in between their apartments and create one garden together. In another episode, a lady wanted to transform her front yard into a community vegetable and fruit garden. My favorite was the couple who wanted to create a sensory garden for their young son. This was a great show and I hope Netflix brings me more seasons.

 

Well, that’s it for me this month. What were your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a March Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

Life is a Journey: Check-in and Re-Evaluate — March Edition

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday.

Here we are, entering the final week of March. I don’t know about you, but this was a rough month for me. There were some highlights — My son turned 10 and we had a wonderful celebration..

But as I was bouncing back from an injury, we all got sick. I think 80% of this month was spent coughing, sneezing, disinfecting, repeat..

However, we are all finally feeling better…

Just an occasional sneeze and seasonal congestion.

I’m ready for this cold weather to go.

And I’m ready to get back into my workout routine.

I’ve been inconsistently working out, but I’ve managed to stay on track with yoga. I’m even progressing when it comes to my splits practice!

So pluses and minuses.

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The end of the month is an ideal time to reflect on your resolutions and goals. Think about your performance. Have you been sticking to your plan? Has life intervened? Do you need to adjust?

There’s nothing wrong with abandoning a goal if it no longer serves you. This is the time to set a new goal. Maybe something more realistic. Maybe something completely different.

Fitness is a lifestyle. It’s all about the journey.

Much like life.

And there’s no time like the present.

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. . . It’s mostly a mental game. I’m a little softer in some places, more round in others. Fortunately, some lines never disappear when I’m forced to put my #fitnesslifestyle on hold. . . Getting back into it is a challenge.. your mind plays tricks, trying to coax you toward comfort, testing your dedication. This is the reason you need to identify your ‘why’ Outer motivation doesn’t last and will ultimately waver. Dig deep. Know your why. Hold onto it for dear life. And keep going. Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done. . . Change requires action. . . #fitness #resilience #determination #dedication #perserverance #fitspo #life #inspiration #fitnessfriday #fitfriday #exercise #sweatyselfie #redhair #messyhair #findyourwhy #justdoit #TCamp #workout #thisis30 #goals #mindfulness #perspective #mindset #attitude #inspire #consistency #bouncingback #whateverittakes #patience ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ–ค

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I encourage you to take some time to reflect this week. Set up an action plan for April to help you achieve your goals. It can be for anything and everything.. not just fitness related.

I’ll be doing the same.

I have some goals for my fitness regimine, of course. Some new actions to take for my splits goal. I also have some goals for my writing.

Let’s do this!

April is going to be an awesome month!

Have a great week friends!

For a little extra fitness motivation check out:

Get Fired Up: How to Stick to Your Fitness Program and Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

 

Adorable Cardboard Egg-Carton Bunnies and Chicks — Easter Craft for Kids

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Hello friends!

How cute are those cardboard chicks and bunnies? This craft is so fun to make with the kids!

All you need is:

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Assorted paint colors
  • Construction paper in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black permanent marker
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls

Click here for the instructions!

Happy Crafting!!

 

A Smorgasbord of Inspiration: Something for Everyone!

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

For the past week, we’ve all been battling a variation of the cold. It started with my son… then it moved to me.. and my husband got just a hint of it. It’s bad when you’re child is sick.. but it’s even worse when you’re entire family is ill! I even took my own advice and disinfected my entire house.

Didn’t matter.

But hey.. the windows and the walls look amazing! haha! (See? There’s always something to be grateful for!)

Doesn’t it always come at the worst time, too? My shoulders just started feeling better from a minor setback last month.. and I was beginning to re-align my focus on my workout goals.

Nope.

My body said, “I don’t think so.”

I’m happy to say, we are all f i n a l l y starting to feel better! Which is great because we have a lot of fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks!

But it isn’t just my family. I’ve noticed quite a few of my friends and acquaintances are also feeling under the weather.

It’s just that time of year.

So.. for today.. I’ve gathered a little list of resources on everything from being sick to having a laugh.

A little something for everyone this week!

Next week is the final week of March, so we’ll have a nice recap and chat about goals.. and then it’s April! The plan is to hop back into weekly fitness and lifestyle inspiration.

If you are feeling under the weather, rest up and I hope you feel better soon!

Check out:

How to Stay Sane When You’re Sick

How to Stay Sane When You’re Sick Part 2

 

If you are starting to feel like maybe you’re getting sick, but you’re not quite there and you want to do anything and everything in your power to prevent getting sick…

Check out:

7 Things You Should Do When You Start Feeling Sick

 

If you’ve recently suffered a minor injury or setback from your fitness routine..

Check out this video from the lovely Tracy Campoli:

 

and this article from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bouncing Back from an Injuryย 

 

If you would like a little Gratitude inspo..

Check out:

Practical Gratitude For Everyday Life

The Power of Gratitude

 

If you feel stuck and/or need some life inspo…

Check out:

12 Simple Rules to Live Your Best Life

29 Life Lessons learned in 29 Years

30 Life Lessons learned in 30 Years

Get Motivated: 3 Simple Tips to Get Back on Your A Game

 

If you’re interested in Yoga..

Check out:

3 Best Yoga YouTube Channels for Beginners

What 30 Days of Yoga Taught Me

 

If you’ve been going hard and want some Fitness inspo…

Check out:

Get Up and Move: 5 Reasons to Workout Today

5 Fitness Quotes that will Inspire You To Move

15 Motivational Quotes to Rev Up Your Workout

7 Powerful Fitness Quotes to Inspire Greatnessย 

 

And last but not least.. some random fun…

 

Company is Coming – Chris Fleming

This video always makes me laugh.. and is perfect if you are getting ready for a family gathering.

 

And a little flashback fun…

Crazy Frog!ย 

 

Well my friends, that’s all for now. Check back later this week for a fun Easter craft to try with the kids!

Have a wonderful week!

-A

5 Ways to Move Today: Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time – Stay Motivated and on Track

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Are you feeling the lag from the hour we lost?

Daylight Savings Time can be frustrating and can have serious health consequences, but on the bright side… more hours of daylight!

And it means that summer is just around the corner!

This week might be a little rough for some of us as we adjust to the lost hour (or hours) of sleep, but this makes it even more important to get up, get moving, and focus on taking care of yourself… starting today.

Even if it’s the last thing you want to do.

Instead of dreading your workout or expressing utter disgust at the thought of exercise, challenge yourself to shift that energy. Think about how amazing it will feel to move your body, finding gratitude in being alive today, and view this as a time to take care of yourself.

Maybe get your kids, your spouse, and/or your pet involved. Make it a family affair.

Just taking a little time today can help set you up for a successful week!

So, today I am sharing 5 suggestions, and a little motivation, to get you moving.

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started!

 

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But first coffee.

1. Yoga

There it is. Number 1. haha! You all know how much I love my yoga. Yoga is just amazing and has many health benefits. Here’s the best part… you don’t have to leave your house. You can stay in your pajamas.. and heck, you don’t necessarily even have to get out of bed! I am not advocating for you to jump into an hour of hot yoga today. I certainly won’t be engaging in that today.

Try 10 minutes of mindful movement with this. Put on some music, lay a towel or blanket on the floor, and just move your body in a way that feels good. Maybe some sun salutations; stay in low lunge for a few minutes on each side; try a yummy frog pose.. haha! Frog pose can be intense. But seriously, just some nice, simple stretches to wake up your body and connect with the breath.

If you would rather have a guided practice, hop on YouTube and check out Yoga With Adriene or Bad Yogi. I love them both and they have a variety of videos to choose from.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Adriene

Morning Yoga for Beginners – Gentle Morning Yoga

 

5-Minute Morning Yoga

Gentle Yoga – 25 Minute Gentle Yoga Sequence

Bad Yogi

I AM Yoga Challenge Day 7: I am Capable

Original Yoga Challenge: Day 24 – No Sweat Morning Yoga (Beginner)

Better Than Nothing Yoga Flow (Beginner)

 

2. Go for a walk

This one is pretty simple and if you have a dog, chances are you need to get out anyway. Weather permitting, get out and go for a nice walk around your neighborhood. Some fresh air and some sunshine will do wonders for your body and your mood. Aim for an easy 10-15 minute walk and you will be ready to tackle your Monday.

 

3. Dance your heart out or HIIT

Music is an instant mood booster. Put on your favorite fast-paced song and dance your heart out, right in your living room! Dance, Dance, Dance… This is especially fun if you have kids. Be silly and have a good time!

If that’s not your thing, but you have a decent amount of energy, or you just want to get your heart pumping, try a HIIT workout. HIIT workouts are great because you burn a lot of calories and work multiple muscles in a short amount of time. HIIT can actually be more effective for weight-loss than steady-state cardio. But that’s a debate for another time.

Here are a few suggestions:

“HIIT” Your Abs Workout – Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training

HOW TO BURN FAT AND GET A FLAT STOMACH! 10 minute HIIT/ABS workout – Tracy Campoli

SLAY with K&K! BONUS Workout featured from Beach Babe 4! – Tone It Up

 

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4. Video Game Fitness

Do you have an Xbox One Kinect? A Wii? A Nintendo Switch? Etc… If you own a video game console with active games, why not gather the family or some friends and have a fun afternoon? Move your furniture, set out some healthy refreshments (popcorn can be healthy) and get playing! Pajamas or sweatpants encouraged!

 

5. Sunday at the Park

Last, but certainly not least, go visit one of your state parks or maybe a local park in your area. Hike a trail, walk along a beach, bird-watch, the possibilities are endless! Be sure to charge your phone so you can take lots of pictures and videos! Bring along a bottle of water, a snack, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Getting outside, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, and reconnecting with nature will surely set you up for a successful week!

If you’re in Ohio, check out these gems for some awesome State Park suggestions:

5 Ohio State Parks You Need to Explore

A Visitor’s Guide to East Harbor State Park in Northwest Ohio

A Visitor’s Guide to Salt Fork State Park in Southeast Ohio

 

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Things That Are Ruining My Life

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

This week I wanted to do something a little different.

I’m a pretty big fan of Jenna Marbles. A few years ago, she made a video about several things that were ruining her life at the time. It was both hilarious and relatable.

I recently hurt my shoulder. I think I actually just exacerbated an old injury. Like normal when this happens, I took it easy. No arm movements, definitely no weights. Well, I woke up one morning last week to a sharp pain in my other shoulder.

What?

So, I’ve been taking it p r e t t y easy this past week, even modifying my yoga and poses for my yoga challenges.

As a result, I’ve had a lot of extra time on my hands.

With this time I could be working on my spring cleaning (which I am doing, albeit slowly) or getting ahead with my writing projects, product campaigns, etc..

Instead, I’ve found myself increasingly interested in the following things. All I want to do is engage in mindless fun and entertainment.

So, as I was cleaning yesterday and mulling over ideas for this week’s post, I thought about what I’ve been doing the past week. Why not share my latest obsessions and all the things that I want vs. tackling my actual responsibilities.. because the reality is, we all get like this from time to time.

It’s a struggle.

The first thing that is ruining my life is….

Best Fiends.

Do you play this game? If you don’t, don’t start.. it’s super fun and super addictive. If you do play it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

It’s similar to candy crush, but so much better. You get these cute little fiends and you try to take down the slugs by completing your missions. Each level is different and there are side missions you can do to gain prizes. One such prize is 2hrs of infinite energy. I love those. But, when I get them, I’m committed to my fiends and taking down the slugs – 2 hours of staring at my phone, playing this game. Also, I like to level up faster than my Facebook friends. (I’m very competitive.)

Now I’ve been playing this game for a few months, but it’s only recently that I’m completely obsessed with it.

And where did I learn about this fun game?

YouTube.

Which is subsequently also ruining my life.

Back in the day, I used to get on YouTube for music. I had a bunch of playlists and would jam out to my favorite songs and get to watch the music videos. (You know, back when music videos were awesome!) Occasionally, I would have a friend recommend a funny video or a cover and I would watch that, but I wasn’t into all the creators and such.

Fast forward a few years…

I have my favorite YouTubers and I will watch their videos while I’m doing random tasks around the house.

But now that I can’t do my typical workout, most mornings I’ve been traveling down a YouTube rabbit hole. Watching video after video.. some from my favorites, others that I find along the side of the screen. Yesterday, I watched Vanity Fair’s Celebrity Tinder Take-Over playlist. It was hilarious! But it also took up all of my morning. Also, Vanity Fair, please make more of these videos because they are awesome!

And last, but certainly not least…

Instagram.

Social media has its pros and its cons. I personally think it all comes down to mindset, attitude, and choice. It’s very easy to buy into the toxic energy, but you know what? You have a choice.. you can follow people who inspire you, people who are encouraging, people who are just awesome human beings.

So, with that attitude, why is Instagram ruining my life, you ask? Because it’s just so much fun!

You all know I’m passionate about health and fitness.. Since I created a new profile this past June, I’ve been all about the yoga challenges. There are so many and they all look like something I’d like to do… and that’s why 99% of my posts are me in random yoga poses. But it’s not just about what you post.. you also want to take time to scroll through the hashtag and see other’s posts. Give them some likes. Leave encouraging comments. There is so much inspiration, and when I let it, it takes up a good chunk of time.

Instagram is simultaneously ruining and bettering my life. haha! And don’t get me started on Insta stories. Seriously? I LOVE them! It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the platform. I don’t want to make full YouTube videos.. it’s very intimadating. But a few minutes of an Insta story? Okay, sure! It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.. and Phil DeFranco actually made a comment on one of his recent videos about people who make super long Insta stories. Basically saying don’t do that, just make a YouTube video.

Me.

Haha! But I really love just watching my friends’ stories and seeing what they’re up to. One of my friends always posts movements from her workouts, another friend posts snippets of wildlife from her new backyard.

And then all the beauty inspiration! I follow a lot of beauty gurus and make up artists. I won’t ever be able to do my make up as well as they do, but I love seeing the different looks they create!

I could probably write an entire post on why I love Instagram.. but I think you get the idea. haha!

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So those are the things that have been ruining my life.. or rather, the things I’ve decided to do rather than other things that I should be or could be doing.

But now that I’ve written this post, of course I’m back to my typical routine of chasing that mythical utopia of finding a good balance between getting what I have to do done and making time for the things I love to do.

How about you? What things are ruining your life right now? Share them in the comments. I’m always looking for suggestions on fun new things to try! haha!

In all seriousness, I hope you enjoyed this more light-hearted post this week. Next week we’ll be back with more fitness and lifestyle inspiration.

Have a great week friends!

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-A