5 healthy habits for your life, body & soul

“It’s time to get my mind, body, and soul aligned.”

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HEY FAM, WHAT’S UP? I’ve missed writing. So we’re diving back into it. Also because I’ve taken a small break from YouTube for the time being while it’s been hard to find time to film. It’s easier to film vlogs so I don’t have to set up a scene with a background and lights and all that shit. Know what I’m sayin’? Irrelevant, so let’s move on.

While I have you here, I want to talk to you about 5 big (but easy) changes I’ve made since the start of this year and how I’ve stuck with them. I also want to dive into how I’ve been feeling since making these changes and how it’s positively affected the health of my body and mind.

I turned 26 at the end of 2018, and the past few years of my life have felt simultaneously peaked, but like a clusterfuck all at the same time (lmao – anyone else?).

Since 2017, here’s a list of some pretty crazy life events:
– I had bell’s palsy (shitty)
– I got married (peak of my life)
– I developed cystic acne (shitty)
– I traveled outside the US for the first time (fun & exciting)
– I experienced anxiety (shitty & terrifying)
– Started a YouTube channel (both exciting & scary)

These are just a few examples of how my life has been back and forth recently. I have an amazing fucking life, don’t think I’m saying I don’t. I just want to plant the seed for explaining why I felt the need to make the following 5 life changes and the passion behind implementing them.

I’m in my mid-twenties, it’s time for me to take control of my life and not watch it pass me by. Capisce? Here’s what I’ve been doing to improve my all-around health.

Make the gym a routine

THIS HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE. Truly. When you feel strong, you feel good. It’s as simple as that. Not to mention feeling confident in your body s the most gratifying reward.
It doesn’t have to be hard and you don’t have to run on empty.
Start slow and easy. The best way I’ve found to incorporate a new routine is to take it step-by-step.
– join a gym
– commit to 1-2 fitness classes a week
– give strength training or at-home workout routines a try
– just GO and get yourself there
– don’t let “I’m out of shape and don’t know where to start” stop you!

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I promise you, if you start and commit to one week at a time, your routine will fall into place. I’ve fallen in love with a good sweat session of HIIT cardio, strength training with squats and weights, and even struggling through a yoga class. The point is, I’m making myself go – no excuses. And the beauty of it is it’s turned into a routine for me so I feel compelled (and even enjoy) to exercise weekly.

Pick up a book & set a reading goal

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THIS. Who else has a reading goal set for the year? Let me start by saying, I ADORE GOODREADS.COM – it is my ride or die reading platform. You can log and review any book you have ever read, and keep track of books you want to read. Finishing a book almost becomes addicting as I want to immediately rush to Goodreads and hear what people are saying and how those thoughts align with my own.
Seeing your reading goal and progress of books you are currently reading as a physical motivator helps to maintain this goal and set to achieving it.
Similar to the gym routine, start slow and easy. You don’t need to set a reading goal for the year, but how about you start by picking up a book? Or downloading an audiobook? Reading has given me an extra release of stress in the evenings as I wind down from work and turn my mind to OFF. Not to mention you can escape your own reality ๐Ÿ˜‰

Make healthier choices as to what I put in my body

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Oh baby. Boy, oh boy, is this one tricky. Again, my mantra here today is: SLOW AND EASY. You don’t have to accomplish everything all at once. Maybe your first step is cutting out pre-packaged breakfast bars in the morning and substituting that for fruit or overnight oats.
There is no need to stop eating all sweets and sugars, but maybe you can substitute healthier options one at a time. Here are the substitutes I’ve been making:


breakfast: no more packaged bfast bars w/ loads of carbs and sugar
try instead: fresh fruit & Greek yogurt, overnight oats, eggs and toast
lunch: cut out packaged meals such as easy-mac and rice-a-roni
try instead: leftovers from dinner the night before! cook a little extra so this step is a no-brainer
dinner: cut out frozen meals
try instead: fresh veggies, marinated meats (chicken & beef), whole grain pasta/rice
snacks: again, cut out the packaged food
try instead: walnuts, whole fruit, and girl allow yourself some chocolate once in awhile xo

Implementing this step has led to a stronger fitness journey (and easier since I’m not slowed down by unnecessary sugar in my diet). Plus it’ll allow you to see the results you are looking for much faster. In general, I feel better when I am putting healthier food into my body.

Take time to reflect: journaling & yoga

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JOURNALING: Don’t even think about this one – just do it. This is as easy as writing your thoughts/feelings onto lined paper. You don’t have to buy a fancy $30 planner. You can even keep a journal in Google docs. However it is, start writing. It may not be your thing, but how can you know until you begin? I found out very quickly that bullet journaling is the most natural way for me to keep track of how I am feeling as well as checking in with myself (which we often forget to do).

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YOGA: one suggestion – Yoga with Adriene. She is calming and has a yoga for every stress in your life. Back pain? She has a routine. Hungover? Yeah, there’s one for that too. Feeling anxious? This meditation melts the tightness in my chest and I feel brand new before bed. Don’t think – just try it.
Wondering what it’s like to try yoga for 7 days straight? I did, and here is my experience.

Spend less time on my phone & turn off social media notifications

This one is new for me, but damn is it having a huge impact on my mind. There are ways to disable notifications, limit your time on apps, etc. Just check your phone settings. I have the Google Pixel and on it there is a Digital Wellbeing section in ‘settings’. I know iPhones have a similar feature, and if there’s one thing you take from this, please go to this feature and check your screen time for today.

Is it higher than you expected? Lower? Regardless, maybe it can be better.

I started to feel like my phone was taking over my mind. I could come home after work and spend 45 mins scrolling on social media instead of having a conversation with my husband. Or how about watching IG stories at lunch instead of reading a book (I kicked this habit and now read non-fiction during lunch).

This is a personal goal of mine, and it may not be for everybody, but I wasn’t happy with how addicted I felt to my phone. It’s quite cringey, tbh. I turned off all notifications for IG, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Below is a screenshot of my time spent on my phone from one Wednesday to the next. Look at the difference in screen time on Instagram. Not to mention I was on my phone about 2/3 LESS than a week before. Just seeing the decrease in time lowers my stress. Lol. Anyone else?


WOW. This was wordy. I hope it wasn’t too much. If you made it this far, thank you for investing time in reading. Did you pick up some good habits? Do you already do some of these? I’m curious to know – what else should I be doing?

It starts as a small change, but makes a huge impact on your health. LOVE YOU ALL – take care of yourself.

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Xoxo,
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30 thoughts on “5 healthy habits for your life, body & soul

  1. Loved all of these suggestions. Definitely trying to work on healthier eating and some sort of meditation! I subscribe to The yoga channel you suggested, and I hope to give that a try! Also, I know that life would be much less stressful without so much social media for me, but part of my job is managing our social accounts! But I want to limit my time on them outside of work, for sure!

    Gabrielle | TheOpinionatedOne.com

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    1. Hi Gabrielle! thanks so much for reading babe ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally agree on the social media (outside of work), it doesn’t really benefit my life! and I think it could be viewed more as a reward to check and less of a need to see. XO
      you will not regret subbing to Yoga with Adriene she has GOLD for content ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This was such an inspirational post ๐Ÿ’œ I love how many options you give so that there is something for everyone! Yoga is one thing that I recently fell IN LOVE with! I have a hard time sleeping at night and doing yoga before bed makes it so much easier to fall asleep ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve also been eating better and working out a little and I feel so much better – physically and mentally! Such a great read ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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    1. AHHH you sound like you’re on such a good path!!! keep up the GOOD work! proud of you. yoga is so freaking incredible for the body and mind. that one Yoga with Adriene video I linked for anxiety melted the stress in my chest. incredible the power it has. love ya gal! xo

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  3. Wow this was such an inspirational read, I was reflecting on the same topic a few weeks ago. I really want to start experimenting outside of the box and so things that rally challenge me. Thanks so much for this hun xx

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  4. What a couple of years youโ€™ve had! So glad youโ€™ve taken control. Your tips are great and I have already started making changes but this post has helped motivate me further. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. YAY – I’m so happy to hear that!!! thanks so much for reading love! xoxo it feels so good to be in control of my body & mind – and it’s showing in my levels of stress (thankfully they’ve decreased!)

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  5. I’m so happy to hear that you’re making self-care a priority – it’s something I think everyone could stand to do a bit more of <3. I agree about the gym, I always feel better after getting those endorphins flowing!

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  6. I love these big but easy ideas! I agree with the Yoga by Adriene. She is great, her voice is very calming as well.
    I do need to implement the phone tracking idea. I’m scared! I know it’s way too much.
    We did just put in to place for every Sunday…no social media or web surfing. We can only use phone to stay in touch via text or phone call.
    It was kinda hard but worth it.

    I recently wrote a post about my daily self care routine if you’d like to check it out.
    http://findingthefearlesslife.com/2019/03/12/my-daily-self-care-plan-what-does-yours-look-like/

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    1. LOVE the Sunday routine!! it’s so important!! there really is no need for the phone outside communication and “rewarding” yourself with some social media. I don’t think it needs to be cut out entirely, but definitely limited. it can be toxic and hard on the mind (in my opinion) – thanks for reading love!!!

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  7. You’re doing amazing and I’ve been doing similar things! I started reading more to meet my yearly book goal. I’ve been changing my diet slowly and I use my lunch at work to go for walks and clear my mind, but also get a little me time. I’ve slacked with my journal, but I am getting back to blogging! You’re so motivating, keep it up gal!

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    1. thank you so much for the encouragement! you’re the best. YAY for the reading goal in 2019! proud of you gal. soooo nice to do something that clears your mind during lunchtime. THANKS again for being the best

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  8. It’s so interesting to see how “small” things like these can change your life completely! I’ve been working out for the past 3 weeks (lol definitely not as long as you) but already feel so much better! Also, when I looked up my screen time the other day I was genuinely shocked at how much time I waste on my phone each day; so I definitely have to work on that too. Well done for basically changing your lifestyle! I very much look up to you as I can imagine how difficult it must have been from time to time!

    Malena xx

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    1. Malena, thanks so much for reading and the encouraging feedback! You rock ๐Ÿ™‚ good for you for starting the gym routine! it takes a couple weeks to become a habit – so proud of you! ALSO, the screen time is wild, isn’t it?! so eye opening. thanks for being so supportive xo

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  9. I read this as soon as I saw you posted it this morning and have been thinking about it ALL day long. I’m so dang proud of you! Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚ You motivate me to push myself to be a better version of me!

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    1. oh my gosh gal, thank you SO MUCH. that means so much to me and I’m so glad this was beneficial to you!!! love that it stuck with you throughout the day ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be sure to post more related content XO

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  10. Love love love this! I do think goodreads makes you want to read more and itโ€™s so nice being able to read reviews and see what other people thought of the same books. And yes about the gym! Paying for one definitely helped motivate me to always go!

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  11. this is a great list of items! I’ve been going to the gym 2-3 times a week and have been doing at-home strength training exercises while I’m home! It’s been great. I’ve been working super hard this 2019 to be the best me possible. I’ve been reading a lot as well! Good reads has been a blessing, and I can’t believe I didn’t start using it until last year!
    The harder part for me has been to consistently eat healthier! While i’m not one for sweets, which saves me in some way, I definitely love my salty snacks and chips. It’s been super hard to stray away from them, but I’ve been trying! I’ve also been cooking more meals at home so I can bring leftovers for lunch at work! Great post Kat xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Girl you are slaying the game!!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ Way to be with the gym routine – don’t you feel great?! I have looooved reading (finally getting around to the Harry Potter books ๐Ÿ˜). Eating healthier can start as small substitutes! Doesn’t have to be all at once. Thanks for the support girl XOXO

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