In my Loving Yourself post, I mentioned keeping a positivity journal, and how therapeutic it has been for me. Throughout my year of blogging I have mentioned journaling several times in different posts, and I’ve talked about how I keep separate journals for different things. I have a poetry journal I started for a creative writing class, a journal where I write stream of conscious summaries of my day, and if I am angry or upset, I write about that in a folder on Google Docs, because hearing the clanking of the keys as I angrily type is actually quite soothing. Those are all fine, and I love writing in each of them, but I realized I didn’t have a journal just for positivity. A place where I can store all of the good things that happen to me, all of my big dreams for the future, and all of the quotes that leave me feeling content and inspired. I had a journal the lovely folks at Minted gifted me laying around for several months, and the idea of a positivity journal spoke to me so I was finally able to put it to good use. Key Pages: I am… View Post

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soffe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve been focusing a lot on my health lately, in all domains: mental, physical, and emotional. In doing so, I’ve found that you can’t really improve one without seeing the others improve, too. The biggest health booster for me has been going to the gym and working out. It makes me feel strong physically, and I’m also proud of what my body can accomplish. When I go I usually like to go with a girlfriend so we can cheer each other on and serve as motivation. My favorite way to workout with friends are going to the belly dance class offered at my gym, yoga, and weight lifting, I try to do each at least once a week. Needless to say, I am spending a lot of time at the gym and I’ll just say it: I like to look cute when I’m there. Expressing myself is super important to me, and sometimes my outfit is the best way to do so. If you see me at the gym, chances are that it’ll be in bright prints and fun colors. This has changed a lot since… View Post

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pom and Millennial Blogs. As always, all opinions are my own. Something a lot of people reading my blog might not know about me is that I used to be a runner in high school, and a good one at that. I ran varsity Cross Country and Track and ended up going to state my junior year. A few health problems knocked my on my behind senior year and my running career sort of ended there, despite getting better. Recently I started regularly working out with my boyfriend, focusing on cardio and weights, and it’s made me remember how much I love running. With my rekindled love for running as strong as ever, I’ve decided that this summer I want to run a half marathon with my friend, Jared. The only problem is  that I haven’t ran competitively for over two years now, and I am definitely not in shape to be racing. Time is on my side, though, and I have at least five months to get back in shape, so I’m going for it! Of course, the two big components of getting in shape are nutrition & exercise, so I developed a routine that will… View Post

Thanksgiving is officially over so now we can start looking forward to the winter holidays! For me that means Christmas parties, family get togethers, and taking lots of pictures. With that said, I always pay special attention to my makeup, and this year I want to rock the classic red lip. I had always been hesitant before. I didn’t think I could pull it off for two reasons: my baby face and my slightly discolored teeth. Luckily, I’m starting to (finally!) grow out of my baby face, and I was given a box of Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips to test out – and they are an absolute game changer! After only a few uses I noticed big difference and I can finally pull off the red lips I’ve always dreamed of. If you want to rock a glamorous holiday look with me pick up some Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips at Target and show off your dazzling smile with confidence! I had never used whitening strips before, and I was shocked how comfortable and effective they were! These strips give you professional results from home for a fraction of the price – meaning you can get a sparkling holiday smile without the inconvenience  (and… View Post

With the winter coming, it is so much harder to get motivated to get up and get moving. Despite knowing how important staying active is, I would much rather stay in and hang out in the comfort of my own room. Luckily I recently got the opportunity to test out the ultimate compromise: Just Dance 2015. It’s a videogame that gets you up off the couch and dancing along to popular songs, new and old. I was super excited to try it out and even more excited to hear the tracklist! The songs were super fun and upbeat and relevant today, my favorites were: Bad Romance – Lady Gaga Bang Bang – Jessie J Let it Go – Frozen Happy – Pharrell Williams But that’s just me! There are over 40 songs so there are plenty  to choose from. There are popular songs from today, but also throwbacks like ‘Walk this Way.’  I am really impressed with the playlist! All of the songs I tried were great, and my friends seemed to enjoy them, too! I’ve played a few versions of Just Dance in the past, but I am really loving the updated choreography on Just Dance 2015 – it’s fun… View Post