6 New Steps To My Personal Happiness

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a nice week leading up to Thanksgiving (for those of us in the USA)!  I love having a nice short week and looking forward to seeing my family and friends.

So I thought I would write a post about what I plan on doing to change my mind set  because I feel like I have been in bit of a rut and I sure others can relate.  Its strange that when you have nothing but time on your hands you do not seem to accomplish as much as you set up for yourself to do (maybe not everyone but I am speaking from my own personal struggles).  Let me explain what I mean.

My husband and I purchased our first home in July which meant moving to a new city where he already had an established job but I did not.  Our plan was to make the move, get us all settled in, unpacked, etc. and then I would begin the job searching process.  Well, I did just that.  Spent the first couple of months like a crazy person cleaning, prepping and getting us out of boxes and finding a new home for everything.  Since that has ended I have nothing but time on my hands (aside from the days I am non stop job hunting).  So I thought I would be growing my blog, getting into an amazing work out routine, eating healthier then ever and all these other goals.  I just feel like with time on my hands I am not nearly as productive as I am when I am crazy busy.  Can anyone else relate to this?!  I mean here I am not working a job and you would think that I would have 20+ new posts on here!  I am kind of frustrated with myself that I have not taken advantage of this.  I love being able to clear my head on here, write about new trends that I love, outfit ideas and our travels.  So why is it that its like pulling teeth to get me to write on here regularly or get into a good overall routine?! Ugh, well I need this to change.

So here are some things I have brain stormed to try and kick my butt into gear.

  1. Make lists each night on what I would like to accomplish the next day.  I feel that writing out goals for myself to achieve each given day will keep me in a better mindset with having a “work” schedule.
  2. First thing I do when I wake up, stretch.  I know that sounds weird but I have started doing this.  I wake up and I do some stretches in bed, then get up and continue to do some floor stretches.  It wakes me up and gets me feeling less achy.
  3. Plan out a schedule for my blog posts.  If I want to continue this blog I need to put some love and attention towards it.  Its not going to grow on its own without me putting effort forth.  So I plan on writing out each week what my content will be and what I plan on covering in each post.  I am going to aim for 4 posts a week to start, which I feel is attainable with the right mindset.
  4. Plan out other activities that I have been putting on the back burner.  I joined the YMCA near us.  Its nice because it has a gym, you can swim, take classes etc and I need variety when I work out.  So I have been wanting to check out some of the classes they offer and you guessed it, still have not done it.  I can see each week what time the classes start and I plan on adding these into my daily goals.  I also LOVE to craft and I plan on setting aside certain time slots for that as well.
  5. Say out loud what you are grateful for each day.  This probably sounds silly but I feel that sometimes we get in ruts that are just so not worth being upset over.  When we step back and look at what we have its amazing.  Your health, your family, a roof over your head, the means to put food on the table each day.  These are things that people all over the world take for granted.  I am depressed to be in my situation but if I take a step back and look at the big picture I am actually blessed beyond words.  I have a husband who can provide for the both of us until I can get back on my feet with a new job, we have an amazing new house that we will grow into and have so many memories in, we have our health, we have the love for one another, amazing families and friends, I could go on and on.  These are the things we take for granted and do not say enough.  I feel personally if I say what I am grateful for each day it will just be one more positive mood booster to start the day.
  6. Finally, setting long term goals for myself.  I am sometimes terrible at sticking to things but on the flip when I really put something into my head that I want to do I will do it.  I just need to be a bit more organized with my goals.  I would love to be a bit more active and be outside more.  I also want my overall health physically and mentally to improve.  I would love to have a meditation routine as well as a work out one.  All these things are so doable its just sometimes putting your mind to it to make it happen.  I feel that with my situation I have been getting a bit stir crazy and putting myself down a bit.  I used to work in the fashion industry in NYC and when we made the move I decided to not continue on with the crazy commute, which was definitely the right choice.  But that puts me in a spot where I now need to go out and explore new industries and find new passions which I am having trouble seeing.  Its easy to dream but hard to put things into reality at times.  I know if I stay positive and keep busy that the time will come for me to figure out what my new purpose will be and what new path I am meant to take.  I need to think real hard about what some of my long term goals will be but I think it could also be a nice mental exercise for myself.

So these are the new steps I am going to try and incorporate into my life.  Do you do something similar?  How do you stay organized and positive?

There is no better place then social media to really reach out to all corners of the world and get different opinions.

I would love to hear your thoughts and things you do, please comment and share 🙂

xoLauren

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Jus By Julie Review

Hi loves!

So a few days ago I posted that I was going to try the Jus by Julie cleanse, I did and want to talk about it.  image1

I started my 3 day cleanse on Saturday (7/9) and I officially ended it yesterday.  I have to say I am rather impressed.  Going in I really thought I was going to be starving the entire time, getting headaches and all the things you hear people talk about when they try a cleanse.  Well, I experienced none of that actually.  I was completely full and satisfied after each drink.  Some may know this but I am a vegan.  Not sure if its just because I really love veggies or what but I thought the drinks tasted amazing! I would actually crave my next juice each day.  I read some reviews where some people said one of the drinks was “too green” for their taste but I didn’t feel that way at all.  Each drink is numbered 1-6 (you drink 6 a day) and I drank them about every 3 hours or when I started to feel hungry again.  My husband did not do this cleanse so by the end of the day when he was eating dinner in front of me, I did get an urge to “chew” something.  Its funny, in the information they give you they do mention that if you feel the urge to “chew” then you can eat 2 cups of raw or steamed veggies.  So I did eat a corn on the cobb.  This was not because I was hungry (I really wasn’t at all actually) I just really was craving the corn to chew on, I know it sounds odd but I don’t know how else to explain it haha.

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Day 1: felt great all day, loved the taste of all the juices, the #4 I drank was the PB and J and it was divine! (strawberry, bananna, all natural PB and rice milk) One of my faves.  I also really enjoyed the spicy pomegranate. And I did eat an ear of corn.

Day 2: still feeling great, going to the rest room a lot since my bladder is so full but feel way less bloated already after just 1 day.  They say to drink LOTS of water to stary hydrated so I have been drinking around 75oz or so a day.  I didn’t really notice a difference in my energy level, enjoyed each flavor drink this day as well.  Also ate another ear of corn for dinner

Day 3: last day.  At this point I was actually looking forward to getting up and having my first drink of the day.  I didn’t think I had it in me to really go that long without “eating” solid foods but I was feeling great the entire time and never once felt like I was depriving myself of anything.  I did have some cauliflower and raw Kale to get my “chew” fix LOL.

Overall: I would totally do this cleanse again.  I loved that it was so easy, everything is numbered for you, pre-made etc.  All I had to do was drink them across the entire day which was never an issue.  It was nice that they had a few different flavors that they mixed into each day.  The #1 juice and #6 were always the same and the others rotated.   My bloating has gone down so much.  I feel like I hold a lot of my stress in my stomach and I feel bloated often, I felt like that had gone down considerably.  I did take some before and after pics for my own record and you can definitely see a difference from day 1 until this morning when I took the final picture.

Price:  They seem to have promos running all the time.  When I purchased my cleanse it was $30 off, free shipping and 12 free booster shots.  This all came to $120.  That is a decent amount of money to spend on juice but I think its much more reasonable then others I have seen.  They have coupon codes all the time, I just looked on their site and they have the same promo running that I got with promo code JUICENOW.

Ordering: It was a breeze.  You pick a date you want the cleanse to be delivered.  I chose Friday (since I knew I wanted to start it over the weekend) and it arrived when they said it would.  Since the juices are fresh they are perishable.  So they send them frozen and packaged up in such a great way to assure they will not go bad on their way to you.  I was really impressed.

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A close up so you can see what the ingredients are.  This one was so tasty !

**All of these are my own opinions and Jus by Julie has not sponsored this post.

I will be highly recommending this cleanse to anyone looking to try one.  Comment below if you have tried this and what your thoughts were or if you do end up trying it let me know!

xoLauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jus by Julie

Hi all!

Soo happy its finally Friday! Even though we had off on Monday this week just couldn’t go by fast enough. I am prepping all weekend long to get ready for our trip next weekend!! Its finally here, I cannot believe how quick that came up on us.  So in preparation for this trip, aside from the usual gel mani/pedi, lash extensions etc., I am doing a juice cleanse this weekend!

I came across Jus by Julie while doing some research and they were having a sale on their 3 day cleanse so I decided “what better time then right before my trip to try this!”  I am very excited to start the cleanse tomorrow.  I just thought I would talk a little bit about what I am expecting from this as well as what they say they are offering and then I will do a follow up post next week on if I liked it/didn’t like it and if I lost any weight etc.

So this is a 3 day juice cleanse.  That’s right, no solid food for 3 full days, bring it on!  They had a promotion where you can get the 3 day cleanse plus 12 booster shots for free AND $30 off AND free shipping.  It came to $120 which I thought was rather reasonable for 3 full days of “food” also with the hopes of shedding some weight.  They give you 18 juices total and you are supposed to drink 6 a day.  They say to drink them about every 3 hours or when you are starting to feel hungry.  They come labeled so you know which one to drink 1st, 2nd etc. on each day.  They also said the juices will last in the freezer up to 2 weeks if you decide to not start the cleanse immediately.  I thought doing it over the weekend would be so much easier then trying to bring 4/5 juices with me to work.  So I just have to bring them with me on Monday since I will start tomorrow.

I read a lot of reviews (most were very positive) which intrigued me even more to try this out.  A lot reviews said they were surprisingly not hungry during it, they had a lot of energy and dropped a few pounds.  My hope is that I will be able to lose a couple of pounds, de-bloat a little and just overall detox myself.  After last weekend (4th of July) I feel like a detox is a good thing lol.

Jus by Julie has promos a lot on their site, the 3 day cleanse + 12 free booster shots and $30 off + free shipping (that I just purchased) is still going on with promo code JUICENOW.  If you get their emails they send you promotions as well which is nice if you choose to do it again and do not want to pay full price.

I am excited for the follow up next week, so to be continued…

Any one out there try this cleanse?? Thoughts on it, love it? hate it? results? Would love to hear!

xoLauren