30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 14/15

I was a little busy yesterday and I didn’t have time to blog, so I’m going to combine today’s and yesterday’s videos.

Day 14 of theĀ  DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge was called “Juicy Yoga Twists.” Matt and I did this one together and I didn’t particularly care for it. The poses we did weren’t as “juicy” as they were uncomfortable, and not in “push through it” kind of way. I tried to follow the instructor and modify as best I could, but I mostly just felt strained.

Aside from that, I had a really wonderful day off. Matt and I took a drive up to the Monmouth County Mall and walked around for a while. I treated myself to an iced raspberry white chocolate mocha (with whipped cream). It was so yummy. After the mall, we headed to the Greek Spot in Ocean for a late lunch. Matt had never been there before, but my mom and I have been there quite a few times. We both had pork souvlaki pita and it was everything we had hoped it would be.

When we got back to my house, we watched Rush Hour 2 before Matt went home.

Today, I did day 15 of the challenge. It was called “Yoga for Hamstrings and Inner Thighs.” This video was great, especially since I’ve been using the elliptical a lot. It really helped to loosen up and stretch all my muscles. There is something so rewarding about a good stretch. After yoga, I had some oatmeal for breakfast and went to the gym. It was surprisingly busy today. The elliptical was in use, as well as the stationery bicycles, so I hopped on the treadmill instead. I walked for 25 minutes and walked on an incline of 7.0 for part of that time.

I feel really good and I don’t have to work until 2:30.

How are you going to make today a productive one?

Happy New Year!

It’s been a while since I’ve written last; I’ve been quite busy with work over the holidays. However, I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year, reflect on 2016, and share some of my goals for 2017.

This time last year, I was living and working in Korea which is, at this point, surreal to me. I was living a completely different life. There are still many things I miss about living abroad, but things are going much better for me where I am right now. I enjoy my job and my coworkers, and I have a wonderful relationship with my boyfriend Matt.

For 2017, I am making it a goal to live a more healthy lifestyle. I have wanted to loseĀ  weight in the past for vanity’s sake, but I know I will be happier in the future if I make long term changes to my diet and exercise routines. For example, I am planning on starting a yoga challenge and seeing where that goes. I did yoga for a while in college, but stopped when I couldn’t afford to go to a studio anymore.

Additionally, Matt and I are going to make a conscious effort to cut back on things like fatty foods and alcohol. Since we are doing it together, I think we will be able to keep each other on track and hold ourselves accountable.

Finally, I’m hoping to move up at Starbucks this year. I’d really like to become a shift manager. It’s more responsibility, but a better paycheck – which I could definitely use.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to share!

30 Day Challenge: Day 7

List Ten Songs That You’re Loving Right Now

  1. Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. If It Ain’t Love – Jason Derulo
  3. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  4. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  5. SOMEONE LIKE U – Dalshabet
  6. Hot Pink – Exid
  7. On My Mind – Ellie Goulding
  8. Unicorn Wizard – Ninja Sex Party
  9. Cypress Grove – Clutch
  10. A Warrior’s Call – Volbeat

What have you been listening to lately?

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challenge: Day 4

Write About Someone Who Inspires You

I was supposed to write this post yesterday, but I honestly had a difficult time with the topic. I don’t recall a time in my life that I’ve ever had a “role model” or someone I necessarily looked up to. Of course there have been people who have helped me to become the person I am today (my mother, my teachers, my friends). However, I wouldn’t necessarily put any one individual on a pedestal.

So, instead of writing about someone who inspires me, I’m going to write about something that inspires me.

Music

Anyone who knows me knows that my life pretty much revolves around music. I listen to music every chance I get: alone in my room, driving in my car. Wherever. Whenever. It has the ability to completely alter my mood and it is something that I crave.

I spent four years in college as a radio DJ and, during that time, I was introduced to so many new artists and genres. I had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite musicians and attend numerous concerts that I will remember for the rest of my life.

I also have friends who have referred to me as a human jukebox because I will burst out into song if I hear something at a bar or in a store. My tastes are not limited to any one particular style and I truly believe that this is something that has helped me to become a more well-rounded individual.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that almost everyone likes some form of music. Therefore, I feel like I can relate to a range of different people because of it. My mom raised me on classic rock. I played cello in an orchestra from elementary school through college. The radio station I worked for played all heavy metal all the time. Pop music. Hip hop. Electronica. I like it all. Well, except maybe country.

But there you have it. Music is my inspiration.

What’s yours?

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

30 Day Challange: Day 1

List 10 Things That Make You Really Happy

  1. Having long phone conversations with friends (not texting)
  2. Dancing in my room
  3. Getting dressed up for the Renaissance Faire, theme parties, etc.
  4. Going to museums by myself
  5. The smell after a summer thunderstorm
  6. Eating ice cream (any ice cream, any time)
  7. Crisp, autumn weather
  8. Sitting on the floor at a book store and thumbing through new age books
  9. Getting a card or package in the mail
  10. Experiencing good concerts with good friends

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge with me, it can be found here.

Some Notes

First of all, I feel badly that I haven’t been blogging very much since coming home. My blog was created in order to follow my adventures in Korea and I don’t feel like my life is as exciting in New Jersey. I’m also not sure how many people (if any) would be interested in reading about my waitressing woes and general ennui.

So, I’ve decided to start a 30 Day Writing Challenge. This will primarily be a challenge for myself, as writing is something that makes me genuinely happy and I haven’t been feeling a whole lot of that lately. Additionally, I just feel like I’ve been desperately needing a creative outlet to channel my energy into. I pretty much go to a job I hate every day, come home, and don’t do much of anything else.

Let’s see what happens. Also, here’s my face.

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Has anybody else felt the desire to be creative lately? What are you putting your energy into?