5 Simple Habits That Will Totally Change Your Life

So it’s the beginning of a brand new year! As you know, I absolutely try to avoid making New Year’s resolutions. I feel like I set myself up for failure when I set goals that are too specific to withstand the changing demands of life. I do try to form a basis for my year by setting flexible goals that I hope become part of my daily life. The idea is to cultivate healthy habits so that they just become routine. My mantra is this: Start small if you have to, but make sure, at the very least, that you start! Here are 5 simple habits that I’ve found totally changed my outlook on life. Fa realz. Little things can have a huge impact on your day to day. Cheers to new beginnings!

1. Make Your Bed Every Morning

When you start your day by making your bed, you’re essentially setting a productive tone for the rest of your day. Since it’s probably the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, making your bed every morning also gives the overall appearance of your space a tidy, put together look.

2. Stay Hydrated

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle… and Zoolander. This should totally go without saying: Wetness is the essence of beauty. You should make it a habit to drink at least 8oz of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Seriously, keep your water bottle on the nightstand and then carry it with you throughout your day. Water is key to a healthy lifestyle.

3. Get Moving

2 Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram

Even the busiest person in the world can spare 5-15 minutes a day. Out of the 1,440 minutes in a day, there’s ample time for you to get into a fitness routine. Just find an exercise that you love (biking, swimming, walking, yoga, whatever) and no matter what, do it!

4. Pamper Yourself

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It’s no secret that I love spa days at home. As important as diet and exercise are to a healthy lifestyle, so is taking the time to relax. Make sure to take a relaxing¬† Ginger Detox Bath, or give yourself a soothing Honey Lavender Facial, or try any of these DIY beauty recipes.

5. Plan Your Meals

It’s always tough to break unhealthy eating habits. We all prefer the quick fix and more often than not, the quick fix is loaded with empty calories and over-processed yuck. Planning and prepping meals ahead of time allows us to really think about nutrition and what our bodies need. Meal planning can also drastically reduce the amount of money we spend on grocery impulse buys. Take a look at some of these infographics to plan your course of attack. Remember, you can always start small. Just plan one healthy meal at first, and then build from there!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are some of your lifestyle goals for this year?

2017 In Focus---4 Health & Wellness Trends to Look For!

2017 In Focus—4 Health & Wellness Trends to Look For in the New Year!

The new year is just days away! This is the perfect time to reevaluate our lifestyles and to make healthier choices and habits that will carry us through the rest of the year. Last year, I told you how I always hesitate to make resolutions because I feel like I’m setting myself up for failure. The truth is I did make some resolutions last year that I actually followed through on. I really focused on the holistic experience of goal setting. I asked myself some tough questions and I was able to focus on why I wanted to make certain resolutions in the first place. When I focused my energy on the desired outcome, the occasional hiccup didn’t matter. It was empowering to be able to change my thinking and hold true to my goals.

The most effective way to accomplish your goals is to use the tools that facilitate success. Fitness, healthy living, mindfulness, and nutrition have never been so hot as they are right now. There are so many new innovations that are making it easier for us to gain control of our lifestyles. Here is a list of some pretty awesome trends that are set to make a big splash in 2017. Here’s to new beginnings!

2017 In Focus---11 Health & Wellness Trends to Look For!

personalized Nutrition

Subscription box meals have been all the rage, offering the home cook the opportunity to be a master chef. The subscriptions deliver the ingredients for a healthy home meal right to your door, cutting down on food waste and expanding your culinary horizons. Only problem is, what’s healthy for the next person might not be your best option. Well this year, get ready to see a rise in a more personalized approach to this popular trend. Companies like Habit and DNAfit, analyze your specific genetic markers to find out what works best for you. In the end, you get personalized meals based on your body’s unique needs. How cool is that?!
2017 In Focus---11 Health & Wellness Trends to Look For!

Fashion Minimalism

Don’t be alarmed! I’m not talking about wearing a school uniform here. Fashion minimalism is all about greener and more sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Companies like Khaite and Saul are spearheading a fashion movement committed to sustainable sourcing and ethical manufacturing while still delivering on aesthetics.

The Sobriety Movement

I’ve never been much of a drinker. I enjoy the occasional cocktail, but I’ve never been one to hang out at bars and get wasted. Ironically, I do meet up with friends at local bars for social gatherings, but more often than not, I’m sipping on tonic water. Apparently, I’m not alone. There’s already a growing movement toward sobriety. Health and wellness has been becoming more and more mainstream and the next logical step is a total revamp of your favorite watering hole. New businesses like the Watershed in Ithaca, New York are offering up more than your typical bar fare, by adding a variety of non-alcoholic options. Imagine meeting up at the local bar for herbal teas and tasty sober cocktails. Finally! You can even host your own sober cocktail (don’t call ’em mocktails) party with these simple, yet sophisticated non-alcoholic recipes.

2017 In Focus---11 Health & Wellness Trends to Look For!

Multi-Sensory Wellness Centers

We all know that health and fitness should be a total mind and body experience, right? The best workouts I’ve ever done were on a beach… with the gentle smell of saltwater… and the soft sounds of nature… in complete vacay mode. Talk about a multi-sensory experience! Well you can look forward to a similar total body experience in fitness centers cropping up all over. Take WOOM Center, located here in NYC that offers healing sounds, visuals, aromatherapy, and a complimentary elixir shot as part of their total body fitness experience. Welcome to the future of fitness!

 

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Lifestyle Trends to Look for in 2017

Lifestyle Trends to Look for in 2017

Wondering what’s in store for 2017? Check out this short video from Trend Hunter that showcases some future trends we may see a lot of in the new year. It should come as no surprise that fitness, wellness, and food culture are taking the forefront in some of these new innovations and there are certainly some pretty cool trends emerging. From shop-able media to Instagram-able fitness to Snapchat-able travel, this list will keep you in the know. Give it a look!

2 Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram

2 Yogis You NEED to Follow on Instagram

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of this year that I would do yoga, no matter what, every single day. I’m proud to report that 11 months later, I’ve actually stayed true to that promise. I can’t say that it hasn’t been difficult. I had to overcome some stumbling blocks along the way. I had a pretty bad cold earlier in the year, I traveled quite a bit, and other times I was just plain exhausted. Even still, I managed to squeeze in at least 15 minutes to an hour of yoga everyday and I’m so glad that I did!

From time to time I need a little motivation. It just takes a little bit of inspiration to spark a fire in you that burns bright and makes you not ever want to quit. I turn to Instagram in my moments of weakness (don’t judge me) and I swoon over the incredible yogis that decorate my feed. Yeah. Sometimes it’s like that for sure. I don’t know which one I love more, but Christine Hewitt and Soren Buchanan are probably my top 2/number 1 favorites.

These ladies definitely find the right balance (no pun intended) between physical fitness and showcasing the human body as an organic piece of art. I’m way into the colors and movement captured by these photos and their feeds never cease to motivate me. So if you need a little bit of inspo, just check out some of these incredible photos and join the movement. #yogaeverydamnday

Follow Christine Hewitt on Instagram:

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Follow Soren Buchanan on Instagram:

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20 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Purse and How to Keep Them Organized

Purse Essentials

I love being prepared when I’m on the go. The contents of my purse are proof of that. The solution to all of life’s mini emergencies are hanging right on my shoulder. I can reach in and find the answer at a moment’s notice. No more rummaging, just quick and easy on-the-go solutions.

The Purse

Organized Purse

I swear by Baggallini bags! They are absolutely perfect. They’re affordable, they’re durable, and they’re totally adorable! You see what I did there?

If you’re looking for something on the larger side, check out this tote.

If you’re trying to scale down, checkout this cross-body.

Cosmetic bags for Organization

Cosmetic Bag

I like to separate the contents of my purse into categories. I use cosmetic bags because you can find them in different colors making it super easy to organize your stuff and find it quickly. The categories are up to you, but since I’ve been doing this awhile, I separate the items based on frequency of use.

What’s in My Purse

No joke, this is actually what I carry in my purse everyday. I have used ALL of these things at one time or another and can honestly say I was so happy that I had them at the ready. I’ve also bailed my friends out with a few of these items from time to time! Don’t worry. All of the items come in convenient travel packs, or are small enough on their own, so you don’t have to carry around a suitcase everyday!

  • facial tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • wet ones
  • mini first aid kit- find it here
  • lip gloss
  • perfume- find my favorite here
  • breath mints/gum
  • floss
  • phone charger/extra battery
  • headphones
  • tampons/ pads
  • nail clipper/ emery board
  • lotion
  • small deodorant (great to have for those extra long days)
  • safety pins
  • medication (Aleve, Dramamine, Claritin, and cough drops)
  • herbal tea bag (don’t judge me! I love hot tea, and if I have access to hot water I want organic, herbal tea)
  • hair ties/ bobby pins
  • snack (granola bar or green superfood powdered supplement)
  • extra cash (a lady should always have cash on hand for an emergency cab ride, or if her debit card is suddenly demagnetized!)

So what’s in your purse? I just know I’m missing something!