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Typical Workout Routine

For me, physical health is not about getting those 6-pack abs. It’s about feeling strong and healthy. Working out is honoring your body and it shows what you are capable of. I try to exercise on a regular basis. Running and Yoga are my favorites.

I typically run or do some cardio for at least 40 minutes (5 days a week). I prefer running outside, but when the weather isn’t ideal I will go to the gym.

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I also do some strength training (3 days a week). For this, I lift lighter weights with more reps. This builds lean muscle.

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I try to do core workouts a couple times a week. Yoga is great for your core, my goal is to do Yoga once a week. Other core workouts include: planks, crunches, Russian twists, Pilates, etc.

Since I run a lot, I sometimes ignore my leg muscles. I do squats and lunges frequently, but maybe not as much as I should.

If you have a hard time finding motivation to go to the gym, I suggest finding an exercise/activity you love and focusing more on that. Some people need more excitement, if you are one of those people I recommend activities like rock climbing, crossfit, skateboarding, skiing, etc.

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It’s more important to feel good and healthy. When considering your fitness routine, this should be kept in mind. It’s not something you should obsess over, but it’s also not something you should ignore.

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HYPOCRITE

We are all hypocrites, aren’t we? We are so quick to tell others how to “fix” their life, but we often don’t take our own advice. It’s so easy to give our opinion, but when looking at our own lives we seldom change. Even I am guilty of this.

I often tell people that they need to love themselves and I tell people that they need to be more empowered. The no. 1 thing I always tell people – “you shouldn’t care what people think”. Hypocrisy. I always care what people think. I try so hard not to, but I can be a huge people pleaser. It aggravates me so much if someone doesn’t like me or I can tell they’re judging me. I haven’t gotten much better about it either, I’m just better at hiding it.

I would give you advice on this, but I am a hypocrite and you’re probably one too!

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A Walk in the Morning

For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is. ~ Unknown

 

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A Weekend in Nashville

I’ve been to Nashville many times, but I go home wanting more each time. Not because it is a bad city, but because I always want to explore it further and it seems I always run out of time. To sum it up, Nashville has great food, great music, and a great atmosphere. You don’t have to have a plan when you go there, you can simply walk down the street and find something to do.

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The Pharmacy. A restaurant with a fabulous outdoor area and a great veggie burger.

 

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Shelby Street Bridge

 

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Country Music Hall of Fame

 

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The Gulch. Between Nashville’s music row and downtown.

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HEARTBROKEN

I meant to post this a while ago, but alas it was hidden away in the depths of my journal. Last year I went through an unexpected “heartbreak” (most of them are unexpected). If I’m being honest, I was miserable for a bit. But being the optimist I am, I wrote about why getting hurt is a good thing.

I am going to directly quote my journal. I made good points, but the hurt is still there. I am glad that I have given up those feelings of rejection and bitterness. If you are hurting, I can promise you that those feelings will subside and you can get to a better place in your life.

When it happened–I was torn up inside, angry, and empty all at the same time. I know it is silly, but at that time I thought I would never get over it. I thought that my heart would never fix itself and that I would always be broken on the inside. While I haven’t started dating again, I know that I am not broken and that I am deserving of love and a healthy relationship.

Falling in love and then face-planting on what felt like cement has made me emotionally intelligent. I am more empathetic and aware of my actions as well as other people’s actions. I used to not understand the complex idea of love and why/how other people were in love. I am starting to understand more. I no longer make fun of those in love or those having “boy” problems. Being hurt has given me a clear idea of what I actually want from a partner and from myself.

I feel like this experience was a “rite of passage”. Unfortunately, nearly everyone feels heartbroken at some point. Now I am just another member of the club.

This was a very vulnerable post and not one that was easy for me to write. I hope this is relatable and helpful.

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Savannah Travel Guide

If you have been following my blog, then you know that I was on a 10 day trip. I traveled to the “South” and did service work and also experienced the rich culture of Savannah, Georgia.

Georgia isn’t often on people’s list of places to vacation, but I truly think it is worth the visit! What’s not to like? Savannah has: an amazing downtown, rich (also dark) history, friendly people, tasty food, awesome bars, and peaches are literally everywhere.

If you are planning a trip to Savannah, here is what you need to check out. If you aren’t planning a trip to Savannah, then I hope this persuades you to go.

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Haunted Tours

This was probably my favorite thing I did in Savannah. The city has a fascinating history and because of this, there are allegedly quite a few spirits. The haunted tour I did was a walking tour, but there are some that are in a bus. There are various haunted tours so it’s easy to pick one to suit your needs. The one I did was the “adult” version and we walked around downtown Savannah at night and went to key spots. Our tour guide also showed us photographic evidence of paranormal activity. Whether you are a skeptic or not, the haunted tours are informational and fun.

For more information go to ~ www.HauntedSavannahTours.com

Wormsloe Historic Site

When you think of the deep south, picturesque Spanish Moss trees and plantations often come to mind. The Wormsloe Historic Site is exactly that. This historic site used to be a plantation and was established by one of Georgia’s colonial founding fathers. Not only is this historic site gorgeous, there are tabby ruins and recreations of colonial structures. Films have even used this location for scenery. The descendents still live on part of the property, but the rest is open to the public. However, a tour of the plantation will cost a few dollars. In my opinion, it is worth it though.

Bonaventure Cemetery

This cemetery is open to the public and free to tour. The cemetery is beautiful and has impressive burial plots.  It is located by the Wilmington River and was even featured in, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. This is a great place for learning more about the history of Savannah.

River Street

This isn’t one place, but a section of downtown Savannah. You might have guessed from the name, but this part of town runs adjacent to the Savannah river. It nearly consists of bars and restaurants. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stop at every single restaurant. But, the bars and restaurants I went to were great. The drinks were always flowing and I even had some vegan options. I went on a haunted pub crawl and most of the bars we stopped at were along the river. It blew my mind that I was having a beer in a three hundred year old cotton factory.

Museums and Squares

So many museums and not enough time. The first museum I went to was the “Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. This museum is small, but well-organized and extremely informational. This museum documents the struggles of the civil rights movement specifically in Georgia. If you are a history lover, then I recommend this museum. The staff was also friendly and knowledgable. I also visited the Sorrel-Weed House. This isn’t a traditional museum, it is a historically accurate representation of the original Francis Sorrel House. It is considered a historic landmark and it is commonly referred to as haunted. The house is beautiful and the story behind it is intriguing. The only drawback is it $20 per person to tour.

Downtown Savannah also has many squares. Each of them are scenic and make you feel like you are in a different time period. One is called, “Lafayette Square” and there is also “Forsyth Park”. Basically, there is a pretty park/square every few blocks. If you are a little worn out from all of the haunted tours and drinking, I suggest sitting on a quiet park bench in Lafeyette Square.

Tybee Island 

This is technically outside of Savannah, but everyone in Savannah goes to Tybee Island. This small island (barrier island) town is known for its calm and sandy beaches. The beach has a large pier and pavilion. The beach was clean and the water was nice. It was very scenic and had a lot of wildlife. I would say that it is perfect for everyone. There is also a still functioning light house from the 18th century. People were very friendly and there were a lot of little shops. If you are visiting the Savannah area, then I strongly urge you to visit Tybee Island.

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SERVICE

The importance of service has always been present in my life. My parents stressed the idea of giving back and community involvement. In school, I consistently volunteered. When I was religious, I was very dedicated to service.

This isn’t some satirical article about volunteering. I truly believe that volunteering and community service are valuable activities individually and for society as a whole.

You might be wondering why I am posting about this. Well, I will be absent from blogging for about 10 days because I will be on a service trip (Savannah, Georgia). I want to stay in the moment, so I will not be posting during this time and I will rarely use social media. I will try to give updates of my trip in two weeks.

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PEACE

Peace is talked about quite often. Sometimes it seems like this unattainable idea. I think most people would agree though, that it is increasingly important to find inner peace at this moment in time. Our world is in chaos and peace feels far off in the distance (this thought could have it’s own post). But I digress, a basic definition of peace is, “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility”.

While we can’t always control the peacefulness in our environment, I believe I can offer some insight into this idea of peace.

First, peace is for everyone. Everyone is deserving of peace and no one should be able to take it away from you. Second, it is more about your mindset than your environment. It is easier to find peace if you live in a tranquil location, but peace is an inner feeling and belief. Lastly, everyone should want to achieve peace. This isn’t a religious thing and it should matter what belief system you adhere to. Peace needs to be a goal.

If you are having trouble achieving peace, then I urge you to immerse yourself in a passion or find a quiet place to sit and think. You don’t need to be a master of meditation to find peace, you just need to find activities that are relaxing and fulfilling. Inner peace takes a while to develop, so patience is extremely important. You are not going to become “zen” overnight.

Peace “takes work”. Throughout your day, you need to take deep breaths and you need to be more aware of yourself and how you interact in your environment. Something that helped me, was when I realized that getting personally offended is pointless. Everyone lives in their own world, so to that person what they said or did wasn’t intended to be offensive because in “their world” it’s not. Of course, this doesn’t apply to situations in which people intentionally hurt you (you shouldn’t be around those people anyway). But when I realized this idea-that everyone lives in their own world, it was instantly easier to achieve peace within myself.

Activities that help me find peace:

~ Hiking, walking, and running. Basically anything in gives me a peaceful sensation.

~ Listening to music while laying down.

~ Writing lists.

~ Thinking about something bigger than myself. Take yourself out of your body if that makes any sense.

~ The sound of rain on my window. You can look up rain sounds online or download an app called “Calm”.

~ Being around animals. Spend some time with your pet or volunteer at an animal shelter.

~ Think of a “happy place”.

I hope this rambling was helpful!

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Benefits of Veganism

I do not judge anyone that eats meat. I just wanted to get that out-of-the-way first. I believe that going vegan is a personal choice. While it has been a very positive change for me, I understand that it is not feasible for every single person in the world.

There were two main reasons I decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle. The first reason was for my health. The other reason was I felt ethically pulled to veganism. Listed below are positive aspects of “going vegan” (in my opinion).

  1. Health. Research indicates that a healthy diet should be centered around fruits, veggies, and legumes (plant-based). Many doctors recommend reducing red meat intake and recommend cutting out processed food. Before I became vegan, I was sluggish and I had a lot of digestive issues. Now that my diet is plant-based, I have more energy, my skin has improved, and I have little to no digestive problems. Small amounts of lean meats can be healthy for you, but this leads to my next point.
  2. Ethics. To put it simply, I am against the mistreatment of animals. I do not agree with animals being treated as a product. While I know that some farm animals are free-range, industries do not have enough regulations. A company/brand can say that their animals are ethically treated, but there are no safeguards or standards to ensure ethical treatment. I have peace of mind knowing that what I put in my body has no ties to the mistreatment of creatures.
  3. Sustainability. Meat and dairy production uses so much water and energy. I’m not going to list statistics, but it is shocking that one hamburger uses 660 gallons of water. If you are on the path to a more sustainable living or you want to help out the environment, then I strongly recommend reducing your meat and dairy intake.
  4. Positivity. This aspect is hard to prove because it is personal to everyone. I feel more positive and untethered since I have been vegan. I don’t have much of explanation for this, this is just how I feel. I think when you align your values to your actions, then your quality of life improves.

Thanks for reading! I just want to reemphasize that I am not pressuring anyone into veganism, I just simply wanted to share some benefits I have noticed.

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