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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Wayfair Home Update

Hi loves!

So today is a great day, I am home having a SNOW DAY!  I feel like a little kid, so excited to not have to get dressed and travel to work haha.  The weather here in NYC/Hudson Valley has been crazy.  Yesterday was 60 degrees and then today there are blizzard and storm warnings in and around the area!  I normally commute a while to work, almost 2 hours each way, so with the weather being so nasty right now I am sure it would take me closer to 3 hours…So I opted to not travel out and stay home.

Anyone else home for a snow day?!

So I know in my last post I mentioned my hubby and I have started the home buying process!  It really has been a very new, exciting and nerve racking experience thus far.  As long as all keeps running smooth we should be moving into our new home in July!  So with that said I have of course been dreaming up each room and how I will decorate.  We also are moving from an apartment so there are a few items that we do not own now that we will need to get.  I have been filling up a cart on Wayfair (I know, a little premature, but I cannot contain my excitement!) and I thought I would make a post on some items we plan on getting or things I just love.

Is anyone else obsessed with Wayfair like me??  You can get anything you can think of and really furnish your entire home all on one site!

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  1. I love white and this table just jumped out to me.  I would love to pair this table with chairs like the one I included in this post.  We love to entertain so having a table that can fit 8+ people is a huge plus and this table is extendable.  I also love the distressed finish!
  2. The chairs are exactly what I would love to have for my dining room.  I love how they are a neutral color and would be comfortable for an everyday kitchen chair as well.
  3. I just love this nightstand for our master bedroom.  I love the lines, the fact it is white and also has a drawer.  It looks large enough to have a light on it as well which i really like to have next to the bed.  I plan on doing one on each side.
  4. THIS BED.  I just love it.  Again, the distressed look is amazing and I love that its natural wood but also has white on it.  I was originally looking for an all white bed but did not seem to like many that I came across.  This is one that I think would go great in our new bedroom and with those nightstands!
  5. I love the look of new rugs that have that distressed worn-in look.  I think this rug would be a nice addition to our bedroom.  Again, its more neutral but I love that it still has pretty blues in it.
  6. I love this sofa for a couple of reasons.  I love the blue velvet and I love that this is a pull out bed.  This would be perfect in my office/glam room I plan on having.  We want each bedroom to be able to sleep people, again since we like to entertain, but I did not want an actual bed in each room.  So this is perfect.
  7. This ottoman is just awesome.  It comes in a ton of different colors and would be perfect in my glam room or even in the living room.

Any new items from Wayfair that you have been eyeing?!

xoLauren

Starting the New Year Out Right!

How was everyone’s Christmas and New Years?!  NYE was a ton of fun for us.  Tom and I got to spend it upstate with a bunch of our friends.  Nothing better then bringing in the New Year with your loves!

I always get super excited about a New Year.  Something about it feeling like a fresh start seems to get me in such a good mood.  I know each year presents its own challenges but I love being able to start out with a clear head and new goals for the year ahead. 2015 was a tough one for us.  My father-in-law, Fred, passed away just a few weeks shy of our 1 year wedding anniversary.  It was a very emotional time, full with lots of changes as well.  My mother-in-law, Birgit, passed away 4 years ago so Fred’s passing was sort of the end of a lot of different things, or the positive flip on that is the beginning of so many new things.  We had to say goodbye to his parents house, in the town that all of his friends family still live.  It was a very eye opening experience.  Although 2015 was a sad year for us, we cannot say that the entire year was awful.  We got to take our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, which was so amazing! We also got to see the Met’s go to the world series and even got to see a game at Citi Field! We also got to spend a lot of time with family and loved ones, something that you can never put a price tag on! I like to think that each year has ups and downs, some worse than others, but its what molds us and makes us who we are.

I know we have some changes ahead, not sure what they are yet since we are still working things out, but I know whatever path we end up going down it will be super exciting!

Did any of you make a New Years resolution??!  I did, aside from the usual, getting my butt back into shape and living a healthier life, Tom and I plan to make the most of this year.  We want to start crossing things off our big bucket list, travel around the area we live more and once the weather gets nice try to do as many fun outdoor activities as we can!

I wish all of you a wonderful 2016, full of positive changes and love!

I would love to hear what you plan on doing this New Year, please do share!

xoLauren

Transitioning to Vegan/Plant Based Diet

So over the past few years I have really been becoming more conscious of what I consume.  Over 3 and a half years ago I decided to cut meat out of my diet completely, I haven’t missed it all.  I know that initial transition can be harder for some, but for me it was rather easy.  I was never a huge carnivore so once I put my mind to it I was able to cut meat out with no problem.  I did still eat seafood on occasion.  I think I kept the seafood in my diet more for the fact of making things easy.  When you go to most restaurants there is usually always some sort of seafood to order or if you go to eat at someones home and they know you do not eat meat but eat seafood then it makes it easier for them to prepare a meal you can eat.  Also, my husband is not on the same path as me food wise and still loves his meat, which is fine, to each their own, so eating seafood made it easier for us to have meals together too.

I finally made the push this past week to stop making excuses and start my journey towards a plant based diet.  Right now I have been cutting out all dairy, eggs, and of course seafood.  I think most people get scared when they hear the word Vegan and think, “Jeez, what do they eat, just fruits and veggies?!”  Well that is partially true but I think that the way society has become and the way everything has been made to be ‘on the go’ and ‘for convenience’ a lot of people have lost the desire for the healthy foods.  I made this wonderful Soba noodle meal last night that even my carnivore eating husband enjoyed.

What pushed me in this direction you may ask? Well, I have watched and read about the food industry.  It is sad how the norm is now soda and chemically ridden foods in almost every american home.  Most people do not think twice when having a soda with their meal, just the way the giant corporations that control our food intake want it to be.  If you take the time to do your research you will be alarmed to see how many chemicals are in the foods that most Americans keep stocked in their homes.  If you are interested in learning more I can recommend a few really eye opening documentaries that really helped me kick start my journey.  Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, Food Matters, Fed Up, and Food, Inc. are just some of the documentaries out there trying to spread the word.  I have talked about this topic with a lot of people and I know that not everyone sees things the same way, and that is totally fine.  I am not trying to push this onto anyone or make them change their views overnight.  I am doing this for those who are curious and want to do their own research before making such a life changing decision.  As I said before, my husband still eats meat and I do not see him making a switch immediately either.

With all that said I want to share the Soba noodle recipe I made last night as well as some of the vegan/plant based foodies I follow who help out soo much when it comes to making this change!

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You can find this Soba noodle recipe here!

Some of my go to sites for finding healthy vegan/plant based foods are: Kris Carr, Food Matters, Rawfully Organic, and of course you can’t go wrong with Pinterest or even just google if you are looking for a specific recipe to try.

So with starting this transition I plan to eventually become completely plant based.  The main difference with Vegan and Plant based diets is that technically with a Vegan diet you can still eat Oreos (ya, not dairy like you may have thought..just all chemicals-yuk!) but when you are eating completely Plant based you cut out processed foods and eat a whole foods diet.  It is something that takes a lot of work and time but I do have high hopes of making this a permanent transition.  I currently do not eat any big name brands and I have lost any desire for most of those foods just from not consuming them for so many years. I hope that sharing this helps and I would love feedback from others who are making the same journey!

Any tips you can share for going vegan/plant based??

XOL