A Week without Washing My Hair—Grease Training

Ever since Lee from America talked about how she was grease-training her hair, I decided that was something I wanted to try.  I would like to improve the health of my scalp and I am also concerned about my short hair drying out.  The elements and frequent washing can wreak a havoc on both so grease-training seemed like a great way to combat that.

Day 1 of grease training
Day 1 with fresh, clean hair. I showered the previous night and this is the first day in the second week of grease-training.
Day 1 grease training
Side view of Day 1 hair. I just straightened the front pieces to tame the baby hairs. The rest of my wavy hair was left to do its natural thing.

I’m still new to grease-training but basically, it involves taking time to let your hair and scalp develop its natural oils.

Before we delve into this any further, there are some things I want to mention about my hair texture: I recently cut my hair to as short angled bob but, when it was longer, it was easily frizzy and often wavy.  Now, it is somewhere in between wavy and straight, but with a decent fullness.  I usually style it with a straightener to smooth out the hair that frames my face or the rogue pieces at the back of my head.  Otherwise, au natural is easiest for me.  I’ve also got some Latina blood in me so that lends itself to hair with the potential to get majorly oily.

Day 2 grease training
Side view of my hair on Day 2. It’s a little bit flatter but my hair feels smooth without being weighed down.
Day 3 grease training
Day 3 hair doesn’t feel as bad as it looks. I brushed my roots so that the natural oils on my scalp would spread onto my hair and that flattened it out a lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hair was needlessly oily from over-washing.

For years my hair washing routine has been to shampoo every other day.  My second day hair will typically have a little more texture to it but the crown of my head is ready to be washed by the evening.  So, the first step in grease-training for me was to extend washing to every three days.  That felt uncomfortable to say the least.  After about two weeks of going through three day hair-washing cycles, I stepped it up.  I did four days with a hair rinse on day 2.  I’ll talk about rinsing a bit more but first, let me mention some tips I acquired tips from friends on Instagram who also don’t wash their hair frequently ( I won’t out you guys x D ) which I utilized during grease-training:

  • Dry shampoo was recommended and I know it can be a savior for many.  I used it a bit during the first two weeks but opted not to use it as I continued extending the days between washes.
  • Another tip I got was to wash my hair with only water and scrub it really well with my fingernails—I call this a rinse.
  • A final tip was to condition the ends of my hair during the rinsing time in the shower.

I tried all of these at some point but here’s the deal with the mid-point rinse: it helps get rid of the gunk that was building up on my scalp but that gunk just got shoved further down onto my hair.

Day 4 grease training
Day 4 hair feels thick. My mistake was rinsing it last night (evening of Day 3) because that seemed to only exacerbate the oiliness. If I didn’t know better, I’d think someone slathered texturing balm all over my hair.
Day 5 grease training
Day 5 and I’m feeling like I’ve done something wrong. It is REALLY oily and specks of sebum are present close to my hairline. Highly inclined to just wash my hair….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite how gross I felt, I pushed through!

The days following the rinse, I just accepted the “thick” look my hair had.  I mean, hey, at least it couldn’t get any worse.

I did two weeks of four day cycles with a rinse on day 2 and shampooed on day 4.  Finally, day 4 came around and I was like, why not try for 5?  Then on day 5 I said, let’s try to get to day 6 and then 7!  I jumped from washing my hair every four days to a whole week without washing.

Let me tell ya.  That first complete week of no washing was pretty damn greasy.  Especially because I squeezed some workouts in daily.  This week was also when I also rinsed my hair for the last time—it wasn’t working out for me.  My hair was an uncomfortable mess but I was optimistic it would get better.  The second time I tackled a week without washing, my hair lasted well for the first few days (see pictures) but needed some attention by day four.

Day 6 grease training
Day 6 hair has surprisingly less grease going on. My roots still feel oily but the texture of my hair itself is soft and full. It’s also getting back my natural waves.
Day 7 grease training
Day 7 and I want to hide in a cave. My hair has taken a turn for the worst and it feels like a greaseball.  Note: I didn’t take a picture of Day 8 hair but it looked something like this so I hid it in a ponytail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, it was screaming for attention.

My mom was disgusted when I told her what I was doing and told me I should brush my hair.  She reminded me that in the old days, when people wouldn’t shower often, ladies would brush their hair daily.  A daily brushing helpse to distribute the oils and keep their hair fresh.  I honestly never brush my hair but I decided to give it a go.  My hair felt really oily but it was no longer all concentrated at the crown of my head.  It felt like the oils were distributed through my hair but not in the thick way that my hair felt after rinsing.  I kept brushing the days following that until I finally washed my hair on Day 8.  For the record, I wasn’t aiming for eight days, I just didn’t get the chance on the evening of Day 7.  My hair felt relieved, instantly clean, and featherweight.

As I write this, I am on my third cycle of a full week without washing (and second week without any rinsing whatsoever).  This week has definitely gone by much smoother and less oiler than last.  My hair actually felt great and looked fresh most of the week!  I attribute that to brushing it well on Day 3 and continuing to do so daily there on after.

My takeaway is:

Grease-training doesn’t happen overnight.  It took me a good month to build up to four days without shampooing my hair.  Now I can last a full 7 days and my scalp and hair feel decent.  More importantly, they don’t look like a greaseball.

Oily roots are the result of natural build up.  So, sure, you can spray dry shampoo on them but that doesn’t help the hair itself.  I opted to use the scalp’s oils as a conditioner for my hair when I gave it the daily brushing.

And the brushing—that makes the biggest difference.  I use a nylon bristle brush though a boar bristle brush would probably be most effective.  If that’s something you want to invest in.

It’s a bit too soon to tell if my scalp and hair are “healthier” but it feels good.  My hair is definitely not dry and I haven’t had to use styling products at all.  I like the way it naturally falls and it holds well in pontytails, buns, or braids.  As far as grease-training goes, it would be cool to be like Shailene Woodley and only shampoo once a month but I’m going to stick with my cycles of 7 days for now.

Understanding Hope: A Change in Perspective

I was just re-watching a Tea Talk video from Nikki Phillippi where she spoke with Instagram sensation, Tifforelie,  about how to find hope even in the midst of frequent pain or hardships.  You can watch the video here, if you’re interested.

Tiffany described her own hardships with careers, marriage, and finding her passion.  I have not been through the experiences that Tiffany has but I have been feeling frustrated with my own circumstances lately.  I understand how important outlook can be in inspiring personal change, betterment, or good fortune.  Thus, the discussion in the Tea Talk is a welcome source of inspiration.  I felt I could relate to a couple of points discussed in the video.  In fact, by the end of it, I was so grateful to hear that they, and others in the comments, share my same thoughts.  What particularly struck my interest was how Tiffany mentioned that she used to look at someone under hard times with judgmental eyes.  She would offer pity rather than optimism or hope to lift the person up.

I think instances of pain—especially pain that is unfamiliar to us—often receive that sort of reaction.  It feels almost instinctive to extend sympathy but that is not the kind of reaction I would want to receive.  Nor is it how I want to look at others.

The Tea Talk video gave me a lot of nice ideas to consider.  It all goes back to that saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated”.  Except…TIffany’s way of thinking advocates for extending hope and positive vibes by thinking positively of someone else.  Not just so that someone else will think kindly of you, but, to extend hope and positive vibes into the universe.  There is a deeper understanding of others, and ourselves for that matter, that we can tap into if we try.  I feel encouraged to reframe my perspective and think less critically about how others may be living their lives.  There is no reason to fill myself with negative thoughts of others or to waste time creating them.

A quote by Roald Dahl sums it up pretty well:

hope and positive vibes

 

 

No-Bake Almond Coconut Bars

I’ve got such a case of wanderlust right now; I can’t even handle it.  I want to be anywhere else but my hometown.  Has anyone else experienced this?

almond coconut bars

Every couple of months I get an overwhelming desire to move somewhere new.  A few years back in college, I was itching to head to Ireland for a semester abroad.  The experience surely would have been worthwhile but I played it (financially) safe and did not act on my dream.  Recently, though, all I want to do is move out of my hometown.  If you follow my Instagram, you might have heard me mention how I want to move out of California.  I currently live in the same hometown, or county, that I grew up in and I feel stuck.

Just yesterday I came across this article on Medium about how to live the life you want.  It might sound kitschy but inspirational articles and videos are all that get me by.  Anyway, the article’s author, Isaac Morehouse, stated something that really resonated with me:

“There’s something weird about staying in your hometown. It severely limits the definitions you accept for what makes you successful. Oddly, most of the hometown definitions of success have nothing to do with happiness. They have to do with becoming what everyone in your past expects or desires given who you used to be. It’s a sort of tether to a past self that no longer exists.”

 

almond coconut bars

As I read the article, and the above quote in particular, I felt understood like never before.  I really need a change from my same-old, same-old hometown.  It’s easier to say you want something to happen than to see it happen.  I’ve narrowed down where I want to go and have been applying to jobs left and right.  Unfortunately, I rarely hear back from any of the places I’ve put in applications. My guess is either:

A. No one wants to hire someone from out of state.

or

B. I’m oblivious of how under-qualified I am for the jobs that I’ve been applying for.

Ideally, I want to have some hope of acquiring a job before I move to the area I have in mind.  I’ve got some money saved up but not enough to keep me from wanting to play it safe.  (Thus, the reason I squashed my Ireland dreams in college).  Sigh.  It’s not an easy task to move out but I’m slowly working on it.

almond coconut bar ingredients

On a different note, something that is easy and does not require anyone to move (nice transition, right?) are these Almond Coconut Bars!  They are my ultimate favorite homemade snack bar.  They are inspired by the Balanced Goodness Coconut + Granola Go Macro bars but the ingredients are simplified.  You could totally make them into balls if you prefer small energy bites but I prefer larger bars, similar to the Go Macro ones.

almond coconut bars

They are ridiculously simple to throw together so if you make them, let me know! 🙂

No-Bake Almond Coconut Bars
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Serves: 4 bars
Inspired by Go Macro Balanced Goodness Coconut + Granola bars. These bars are only four ingredients, naturally sweetened, and don't require any baking.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (about 15 Neglet) sticky, pitted dates*
  • 2 heaping tbsp of almond butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, puree the dates to a thick paste. Add the almond butter and pulse.
  2. Take the ¼ cup of rolled oats and add them to a nonstick pan. On a stovetop, lightly warm the oats until they smell/look toasted. Three minutes on medium heat should be enough.
  3. Add the warm oats to the food processor, along with the coconut, and process until combined.
  4. Mixture will look dry and crumbly but, as you pick it up with your hands, it should mash together. Add 2 teaspoons of warm water if the mixture does not mash together and process again (I didn’t need to add any).
  5. Separate the mixture into 4 balls and form into square-shaped bars.
  6. They will keep at room temperature for a day, or store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Notes
*If your dates have been stored in the fridge or freezer, or simply aren't sticky, soak them in hot water to soften. I like to heat up some water in a pot on the stove and let the dates rest in the hot water for 10 minutes.

What Happens When You Stop Exercising (Intensely)

the day I participated in my first ever race

I have been a longtime member of the Tone it Up fitness community.  The Tone it Up girls, Karena and Katrina, put together workouts, a weekly schedule, and structure it to help women achieve fit and strong, bikini-ready bodies.  I actually found their workouts during their 2015 Bikini Series.  I really enjoy them but a persistent health concern required me to take a step back.  So, I had been following their daily workouts for a while but, in January 2017, I decided to take a break from exercise altogether.

At the time, Tone it Up had an exciting 6 week workout challenge happening.  I was also doing a Yoga Revolution challenge from Yoga with Adriene.  Tone it Up involves heart-pumping workouts, weights, cardio, and more.  While I did decide to take a clean break from Tone it Up, I did keep up with the yoga challenge.  My intention was to finish the month-long yoga challenge and then stop that, too.  Along the way I fell in love with yoga and I felt that the light movements helped put my mind and body at ease.  I touch on that a bit more later.

Basically, there were a couple of things that I did notice throughout the time I was not doing intense workouts:

The change in routine sucks

The first week of not exercising intensely was tough.  I was used to waking up each morning, strapping on my sneakers, and turning on a workout video.  My workout would usually last about an hour, then I’d top it off with around half an hour of yoga.  My muscles would be warm and yoga would help cool me down and stretch out my muscles.

As someone who enjoyed lifting weights and feeling that cardio high, it was something I did not want to give up.  Admittedly, I used to go about my day with a total body soreness that would not leave.  I would feel proud of each of my workout accomplishments but the persistent pain in my upper back was something I started to learn to live with. That pain completely went away two weeks after I stopped my intense exercise routine.  I still kept up with yoga which, at this time, became my sole workout.  My body began to crave yoga as a time to move and other simple activities like walking were pleasant.

You want to find that “high” somewhere else

I made sure not to let myself get obsessive and stack on several yoga videos just to make a “good workout”.  I would follow one video a day and have that be it.  The Yoga with Adriene videos that I followed (and still follow) are varied lengths but each one is fulfilling on its own.  It came to a point where I wasn’t looking to stay limber or fit from yoga but actually tuned in for some self-loving spirituality.  Though, that isn’t what this post is about.  So, let’s just say that it had a beneficial impact on my mind, body, and spirit—particularly at a time when I felt sad about giving up my previous workout regimen.

Muscles don’t just disappear

Over the course of a year with Tone it Up, I built up some pretty cute biceps that I am happy to show off in a sleeveless top.  I was genuinely scared that I would start feeling like a noodle (and looking like one, too) but my muscles have not abandoned me.  Perhaps, they are not growing like they would when I was challenging them with dumbbells but they get used in everyday activities.  I use them in downward dogs and planks in yoga, carrying grocery bags, and opening those really tight lids on jars.  In all seriousness, you can maintain a certain level of strength off of body-weight exercises and household chores.  It isn’t going to help you win a body building contest but it is good enough for me.

nutritious food doesn't need to be boring
kale salad with miso tahini dressing, lentils, roasted brussels sprouts + red onions, and chopped almonds.

Nutrition is crucial to wellness

At one time, I had the mentality that I was only working out so that I could afford to eat the sweets and desserts that I loved.  I would do some extra cardio just so I knew I burned enough calories to make that slice of cake after dinner well-deserved.  I was in a messed up place as far as my education on proper nutrition.

Thankfully, since switching to a mostly plant-based diet in fall of last year, I value everything that goes into my body.  I make healthy meals and snacks for myself, not because I’m trying to diet but, because I feel good when I fuel myself with nutritious food.  Meals filled with wholesome ingredients have kept me thriving.

I do not feel like a part of my routine is missing when I’m not participating in the kinds of workouts that I used to because my natural energy is usually pretty darn great thanks to my lifestyle choices.  I do appreciate the addition of higher intensity workouts and weight-lifting but it isn’t crucial to my well-being.  It has taken a long time for me to come to that conclusion.  I felt uncomfortable without exercise but it can be done.  I’ve survived!

So, if ever you feel like beating yourself up over missing a workout or even desire a break—you will be fine!  If you value your health, you will make decisions that align with your goals for overall wellness.  There’s different ways to approach that but I’m here to say exercise isn’t the only way.

 

Glyphosate in the Food Industry and Switching to Organic Produce

Delicious Seasonal produce

Lately, I hear more and more reasons why we should make the switch to organic food.  The organic label is thrown around a lot so I used to place little to no importance on it.  I figured it was good enough to be buying produce and eating as many colorful foods as I can.  Though, recent articles and news about glyphosate and its manufacturer have caught my concern.

Glyphosate is a chemical, known to most Americans by its commercial term, “Round Up”.  Agricultural industries used the chemical to combat weeds and also dry out certain crops.  Check out this article at Nature’s Path Organic for the full story on glyphosate and where it is used.

Sidenote:

Nature’s Path Organic makes delicious cereals and granola and they also have a wonderful blog.  It is filled with weekly articles on a number of plant-based nutrition, health, natural living, and other topics consumers should be aware of.  Even if you don’t buy Nature’s Path Organic brand products, you can still enjoy their educational blog posts and resources.

Anyway, there is a major problem in agriculture and the food industry when many crops are reliant on glyphosate.  Another recent article elaborated on the attempts Monsanto, a large manufacturer of glyphosate, has made to persuade the Environmental Protection Agency to label its product as safe.  Vani from foodbabe.com, goes on to showcase some leaked email communications between Monsanto and the EPA.  It is scary to think how many scientists have categorized certain products as safe for human use but are actually dangerous for us.  According to the same foodbabe article, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen that has become so ubiquitous in our environment that it does not stay on just GMO crops.  Glyphosate is sprayed; it goes into the air, possibly travels to organic crops, and suddenly there it is in a ridiculous number of products that we wouldn’t expect to find it!

The uncomfortable part is that, like I mentioned at the beginning, simply buying fruits and vegetables may not be enough.  Health is my highest concern and I make it a priority to nourish myself with only wholesome ingredients.  It is hard to hear that the bulk lentils that I buy or the whole grains in my favorite bread may have glyphosate traces.

It is likely that certified organic produce should be mostly-free of the chemical but is it even possible to go full-on organic for everything?

Personally, I have opted for organic in products (like tofu) that I know stem from major GMO crops (soy).  Still, it is difficult to make a change to buy all organic produce.  It can cost almost double to buy organic apples vs. regular apples but, in addition, there is a limited availability of organic produce.  Many grocery stores have an organic section that is a small fraction of the rest of the produce.  A limited budget and limited options make this consumer very concerned about how to proceed.

Had you heard of the glyphosate ordeal prior to reading this post?  What are your thoughts on organic produce?  Please share any thoughts in the comments.  I’d love to hear what you have to say.

What’s in My Bag

Hello everyone!

Today is a bit of a different post.  I’m always intrigued to see what people carry around in their hand bag and I’ve got just the right occasion to show what is in mine.

Last week I went to an event on behalf of the State Assembly, which I intern at.  I get to go to all sorts of events happening locally that I wouldn’t otherwise attend (i.e. admission tickets are often upwards of $50).  My coworker invited me to a dinnertime Gala event for a nonprofit that raises funds and sponsors to care for homeless people in our community.  It is quite a worthwhile cause so I was happy to meet the founders behind the organization.  The fun thing about these events is getting to dress up.

Unfortunately, I did not dress up all too much because it was a really chilly night.  Though, the most important accessory to an outfit is the purse.  Am I right?  So, if you’re interested, keep on scrolling to see what I like to keep in my bag.

Liz Claiborne Purse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a Liz Clairborne purse that I reserve just for taking to evening events.  It’s a bit dressy but simple in structure so it is easy to tote around.  It fits the mess that I like to store in my bag and then some xD

For the above picture on the right, I’ll start at the top left corner: A travel toothbrush and toothpaste, house keys on a Mortal Instruments key chain, tangled earbuds, sunscreen, a KIND granola bar, nail file, coin purse, a cosmetics bag, pen, a compact brush/mirror, a mock Swiss army knife, Soap & Glory hand cream, and my wallet.  Yupp, that’s Rapunzel on my wallet.

I keep most of these items in my purse at any given time but there are some extra miscellaneous items that clutter my purse.  I’m hiding nothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside my cosmetics bag, I do not keep cosmetics.  I keep a Blistex lip balm, hair ties, Riccolas (I had a cold!), band aids, Tummy Drops, toothpicks, tissues, a towelette to clean my glasses, a Pacifica tinted lip balm, a Clinique lip gloss, TUMS, a Mary Kay purse spray, a Taylor Swift Wonderstruck purse spray, napkins + a pad (I always gotta be prepared!), a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer, and a pill case.

On the right hand-side photo, you’ll see a bit of the trash that floats around in my purse.  I have flyers that people hand to me at events, a quick shopping list, a first aid alcohol towelette, a go macro wrapper (these are so good!), business cards, a dirty penny, and a baggie with mixed nuts.  Okay, the last one isn’t junk.  The baggie is a little ratty but I like to refill it to keep nuts with me at all times.  They are the best hanger-buster!

Also, I can’t be anywhere without my cell phone but right now I’m using it for photos so it does not appear in my bag.

I feel like I have a reasonable amount of things in my purse but it can easily get pretty heavy.  Though, I always say, I like to carry my life with me 😀

What do you keep in your bag? Do you only keep essentials or do you carry first aid alcohol towelettes, too??  Let me know!

 

Friday Faves: Five Healthy Habits That I Practice

Happy Friday!

I would like to try out an idea I’ve seen a number of other bloggers and youtubers do: Friday Favorites.  This will be the first installment of a series here on my blog where I take note of different things that I love.  The items I write about will span from activities that I partake in every day, to foods that I love, to TV shows or books that I’m hooked on. Yes!  My interests run the spectrum so I’m sharing it all here with you all 🙂

My daily activities may vary but there are some parts of my routine that I consider essential to my well-being.  I have practiced the following healthy habits almost daily for several weeks now and I can confidently state that I have seen positive changes since implementing them.  I notice great differences in my energy, mood, and overall health.  Read along to find out what my favorite healthy habits are. 😀

1. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

I find a lot of inspiration for healthy recipes from the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan.  One thing that the plan vouches for is the benefit of drinking apple cider vinegar in the mornings to jumpstart your system.

You can take between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of ACV and add it to some lemon water, a bit of fresh squeezed juice, or drink it as is.  You’re hardcore if you go the latter route.

The most important part is to take it in the morning.  You can read up on the nutritional benefits of apple cider vinegar elsewhere but I will name some changes I’ve seen in myself:

  • My metabolism seems to run more efficiently and steadily than pre-ACV.
  • My digestion process is smoother and faster.
  • I find myself cravings sugary sweets less.
  • My overall system feels better!

Organic apple cider vinegar is best but if you have plain apple cider vinegar on hand then give that a try.  Both will be effective and if you like the way ACV starts to make you feel then give the organic version a try.

I refill this 20oz water bottle 4-5x per day

2. Chug That Water

Okay, I promise not all of the items on this list are beverages but I could not write about my essential healthy habits without mentioning water.

I once heard that we should all be drinking at least half of our body weight in water DAILY.  If you have ever measured the amount of water you drink in a day then you might be surprised by how far you may be from that number.

When I first decided to try to reach half of my weight in water intake in a day, I literally felt like I was forcing myself to drink water.  I felt like I was not thirsty but after a couple of days I started to willingly reach for my water bottle—and frequently!

To begin drinking more water, you’ll want to have a reusable water bottle handy.  There are some reusable water bottles that you can buy with oz measurements listed on the exterior of the container.  Alternatively, you can measure out a couple of cups of water into your favorite clear bottle, or container of choice, and add tick marks with a permanent marker at every 8 – 10oz point.  If you can remember how many oz your bottle holds, you could also skip over the marking part but just make sure to refill it immediately after finishing it.

3. Break out the Foam Roller

The foam roller is not just a piece of equipment for runners or athletes.  Anyone and everyone can benefit from rolling out their muscles at the end of the day.  It helps to alleviate muscle tension built up in various parts of the body.  There are tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate how to properly use it though it isn’t difficult at all.

Foam rolling is the one thing on this list that I may not do every single day but I do use it at least 4-5 days out of the week.  My favorite part to roll out is my upper back and the backs of my thighs.  I especially like to spend anywhere from 5-20 minutes rolling before bed.  It relaxes my muscles and also encourages a more restful sleep.

4. Practice Gratitude

I can remember what it feels like to have a bad day and think that the world is against me.  I do still have bad days sometimes but what is different now is my perspective.

Oftentimes, I start my day with yoga.  That personally helps me feel centered and open to appreciate what the day will bring.  It is an activity that I find uplifting but there are other ways to go about creating gratitude.

If you wake up in the morning and dread the day ahead, I challenge you to think of one thing you are grateful for.  Just one.  It can be the love you have for a family member, your pets, the sunshine outside your window, heck—it can be the overnight oats you’ve got waiting for you in the fridge.  What? Is it just me who gets excited for oatmeal?  Well, basically, I’m saying you just need to recognize one thing you are grateful for.  It is a great way to start the day: with appreciation.  At the end of a particularly trying day I will also dig through my mind for a subject of gratitude.  All may not have been well in the day but there is still ________ .  Fill in the blank with whatever you are glad to have around or glad to have experienced.  It can be anything at all!

5. Find a Moment to Relax

I realize that time to relax sound like a luxury to some.  Moments of relaxation do not necessarily need to be time-consuming.  I like to find small moments throughout the day to do things I enjoy.  Some relaxing activities for me are: reading a magazine article or a chapter in a book, watching a video on YouTube, freestyle stretching or yoga, and my favorite—sitting down in a chair and simply taking 10 deep breaths.

These are just a few of the activities that I practice several times a week.  The only thing on this list that is 100% necessary to do daily is drink water.  I cannot stress the importance of drinking water enough.

The other items also make my days much more pleasant when I keep them habitual.  I feel like a happier person now because everything I do is for the betterment of my health.
Tell me: do you practice any of these habits?  If you have some other healthy habits that you’ve found to be helpful, please share them in the comments.

Xoxo,

Melanie

 

The New Year in A Nutshell

At the start of a new year, aren’t you just ecstatic thinking of the possibilities of what you hope to do in the next year?  I certainly was.  Instead, I spent the end of December and all of the first two weeks of 2017 purchasing cold medicine and making my way through more cough drops than probably recommended for safe use.

Though, none of that matters now because my main goal for this year was to start a blog.  I have been dancing around the idea of starting a blog for over a year.  Finally, now, did I open up my wallet and purchase my domain name.  So, to me, that feels like an accomplishment in and of itself.

Let me now take this moment to say: Hello Everyone! It’s nice to meet you! 🙂

I am still trying to figure out how WordPress functions and establish what content I’d like to post to this blog.  For the moment, I’m just going to post anything that I am interested in—I hope that’s okay with you 😉

Stay tuned for a bit about me and other (hopefully) fascinating things!

Xoxo,

Melanie