HEALTHY HABITS | mind, body & soul part II

today we are discussing healthy habits for your mind, body and soul. I’m sure you clicked on this to seek inspiration and that’s exactly what I’m bringing you! grab a cup and let’s manifest

as always, thank you for spending time with me XOXO

healthyhabits #goalsetting #newyear #2020

THE GOOD STUFF:
WAKING UP EARLY VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPRwfyKWl2I
MANIFEST YOUR 2020 GOALS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFEKz_LPpg&t=499s
Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Buddhas-Worry-Journal-Creative/dp/0062849875
Calm app https://www.calm.com/?url=https://www.calm.com/&pid=google&af_channel=g&af_c_id=1603556317&af_adset_id=61837906998&af_ad_id=378906119268&af_sub_siteid=&af_keyword=calm%20app&af_sub3=e&af_sub4=Cj0KCQiAgebwBRDnARIsAE3eZjS0eMdLQSWPa1Wq9Pd5sAOAdzlvMaN26nWp9ird5T1sjfm8amK0F1IaAvhzEALw_wcB&af_sub5=1t1&utm_medium=paid&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=1603556317+61837906998+378906119268&utm_content=homepage&utm_term=calm%20app&gclid=Cj0KCQiAgebwBRDnARIsAE3eZjS0eMdLQSWPa1Wq9Pd5sAOAdzlvMaN26nWp9ird5T1sjfm8amK0F1IaAvhzEALw_wcB
Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/videos
Just a Tip with Megan Batoon (podcast) https://headgum.com/just-a-tip-with-megan-batoon
Whitney Simmons fitness inspiration https://whitneyysimmons.com

RECENT CONTENT:
MANIFEST YOUR 2020 GOALS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFEKz_LPpg&t=499s
BIRTHDAY GET READY W ME | TURNING 27 https://youtu.be/qGrqtyJw7S0
Q&A | LET’S GET PERSONAL https://youtu.be/jKQnMe_Hqoo2019

Blog: http://www.ksloves.blog
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksloves_
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ksloves_/

ANIMATION from RIZONE CHANNEL OFFICIAL

MUSIC: Song: Jarico – Landscape (Vlog No Copyright Music)Music promoted by Vlog No Copyright Music.Video Link: https://youtu.be/EwRdKJURDHw

5 healthy habits for your life, body & soul

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

lrm_export_371171290713764_20190318_1254545341436028148697810854.jpeg

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!

lrm_export_371298171856300_20190318_1300220036221108881900688202.jpeg

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

lrm_export_440930369369093_20190320_0901460304637518020058820479.jpeg

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 😉

Make healthier choices as to what I put in my body

lrm_export_371354688946669_20190318_1301185202781670911787142494.jpeg

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

img_20180812_1701334334578299033790719.jpg

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).

lrm_export_371134628953601_20190318_1254178726856672790731515930.jpeg

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.

20190320_163416_00005998784537369002007.png

Xoxo,
KS Loves red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
YouTube: youtube.com/katrinasm
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

WEEKEND VLOG | Haircut, Mukbang, 2019 Motivation

HEY THERE FRIENDS WASSUP. I have so much shit going on in this vlog lol I HOPE YOU LOVE RANDOM. we talk about my new haircut, yoga, mukbang, more of your favorite time-lapse cleaning/cooking, and the 2019 motivation bug that’s bit me.

xoxo, as always thank you for spending your time with me

MY RECENT CONTENT:
JANUARY FAVORITES https://youtu.be/chExvcBfniU
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BSMBxy7k
DATE NIGHT MAKEUP https://youtu.be/UAIvXaQfU6w

Blog: https://ksloves.wordpress.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksloves_
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ksloves_/

ANIMATION from RIZONE CHANNEL OFFICIAL

JANUARY FAVORITES | Makeup, skincare, fitness, & books | 2019

HEY THERE FRIENDS. Thanks for stopping by. Here are some monthly favorites: everything from skincare to beauty to lifestyle. Thanks for tuning in and spending your time with me xo

MENTIONED:
CYO Lifeproof long-lasting foundation in the shade 101
Essence satin touch blush in satin love
PUR highlighter & contour palette
Smashbox x Casey Holmes spotlight palette in pearl
Tonya Crooks the brow gal in light 03
Colourpop x Disney lux lipsticks in Ariel and Belle
Elf tinted lip oil in nude kiss
Hanalei lip treatment
The Ordinary rosehip seed oil
Ahava hydration cream mask
Tatcha rice enzyme powder
Gold hoop earrings from Shane Co. || IG: shanecompany
Brooke Burke body sliders
Old Navy hair and body spray in blush rose peony
Sephora fragrance sample set w/ redemption of full size perfume
A Sucky Love Story by Brittani Louise Taylor
bookoutlet.com
Hoya plant

MY RECENT CONTENT:
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BSMBxy7k
EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FyF…
CLEAN WITH ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KsqM…

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksloves_
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ksloves_/

ANIMATION from RIZONE CHANNEL OFFICIAL

I TRIED MORNING YOGA FOR 7 DAYS | Beginner | Self care series

Whoa. this was a good one. to start, let me tell you why I did this:
– to push outside my comfort zone
– to stop saying “I need to try this” and ACTUALLY DO IT
– to prove to myself that I could (to send you the same message)
– and to commit for 7 days straight and see how I felt

The end of the video has some pretty enlightening footage that I can’t wait to look back on. Encourages me to keep going.

Thank you, as always, for spending your time with me xo

BULLET JOURNAL BLOG POST: https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/bullet-journaling-for-beginners-bujo-101/

MY RECENT CONTENT:
EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FyF-w9eF8&t=53s
CLEAN WITH ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KsqM…
EMPTIES #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP19h…

Blog: https://ksloves.wordpress.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksloves_
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ksloves_/

ANIMATION from RIZONE CHANNEL OFFICIAL

Whhhaaattt – Real Neat Blog Award

real-neat-blog-award-logo

Off Her Mocha wrote a very enticing blog post after her nomination for a Real Neat Blog Award and if you’d fancy a read I’ma link that bad bittie here. Thank you so much for nominating me to do this next! I love sharing more about myself and hope anyone that stops by to read this enjoys my answers to learn a lil’ more about ya girl KS Loves…

THE RULES:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Out of all of your blog posts, which has been your favourite to produce?

You know what, I gotta say all of my Wanderlust Wednesday and Empties products posts. I flippin’ loooove reviewing food and trying out new restaurants on a regular occurrence. I also love writing empties reviews because who doesn’t love a solid review of something someone has completely used up and whether or not they’ll purchase it again?! Those are my holy grail posts.

What is your idea of a successful blog?

Engaging. I want to be able to excite others and entice people to have conversations over anything and everything.

What are your 3 most-played songs at the moment?

Shape of You and What Do I Know? by Ed Sheeran
Of All Things (ft. Too $hort) by G-Eazy

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?

I have this really bizarre dream of wanting to experience Whoville IRL – and yes I know that’s impossible but I want to. So I guess Cindy Lou Hoo.

What were your New Years resolutions and have you stuck to them?

I have to be honest here I never really make New Years resolutions. If I set my mind to something at any point of the year, I do my best to follow through!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Don’t ignore your gut feelings and your instincts. Have an itch to start something new? Do it! Feeling a bit of luck and inspiration? Go for it. Worried somebody or something is dragging you down? Ditch it.

What impact has having a blog had on you and your life?

Meeting sOoOoOo many new people from all over the world! I love it and feed off of the energy. Gives me so much courage and motivation to try new things and not be afraid of failure.

I’m going to nominate 3 people for this:

  1. Lulu over at Voudouri’s Views
  2. Katy from Something Different
  3. Sakshi at The NChanting whispers

YOUR QUESTIONS, LADIES:

  1. What’s your biggest blogging milestone to date and why is it so important to you?
  2. Dinner or dessert // favorite food from that answer?
  3. What is something you’d like all of your followers to know about you?
  4. What is your next goal for your blog?
  5. What is an activity you could spend hours doing?
  6. If I’m traveling for a week I cannot live without these three items: _______________
  7. Since starting a blog, have you stepped outside your comfort zone with a specific post/picture/etc. and how did that feel?

Xoxo,
KS Loves

red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

Three Quotes in Three Days || Day 3

Alright one final shout-out to Ellie Lily Louise for this phenomenal nomination to complete the three quotes in three days blog posts! Thank you again, Ellie – this has actually opened up some more inspiration in me to do and be better.

Instructions:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

QUOTE NUMBER THREE:

quote3
Photo from here

1st sentence – keep doing you and working towards your end goal without getting discouraged along the way. Setbacks are inevitable, but you will come out on top (see first quote post here).

2nd sentence – you are doing right by doing what it is you want to be working on. Don’t give that up for anyone and have faith in the efforts you are putting towards it.

3rd sentence – stay focused so that you can live out your dream. Do not back down for anyone or anything.

Lastly, never (ever) give up. Remember why you started.

For my last nominations, I challenge the following gals to keep the ball rolling:
1. Katie Lauren
2. Amanda on Fiction
3. Lindsey over at Cozy Stylist

Xoxo,
KS Loves red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

Three Quotes in Three Days || Day 2

Gonna make sure I throw a shout-out everyday for the nomination from EllieLilyLouise over on her blog! Welcome back fam, to day TWO of the three day quote challenge.

Instructions:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

QUOTE NUMBER TWO:

quote2.png
Photo from here

Sticking with the theme of “get outside your comfort zone,” this quote also has quality meaning to me and it should to you, too! You truly have to step outside your realm of coziness to get to any new milestone. What’s difficult is the actual push to get there. The act of subjecting yourself to scrutiny. It’s difficult, but can be so rewarding.

Have you been wanting to show your face on Instagram stories, or post a time-lapse video of a lil’ makeup tutorial on Instagram? ME TOO – and I have started doing it recently! Because I can’t help my blog grow if people don’t know the girl behind the blog posts.

My challenge to you is to create some attainable goals for the next few weeks. They don’t have to be stressful, but small things to get outside your comfort zone. Maybe you’ve been wanting to be more active on Twitter and are nervous what people will think of your thoughts.

Do it.

Or maybe you’ve been holding back a brand new idea at work.

Don’t.

If I can believe in myself then you can extend the same faithfulness to yourself!

The three bloggers I nominate to complete this challenge are:

  1. Sammy over at Seeking Sammy
  2. Aubree on her blog The Gold Ambition
  3. Rikki on her blog

See you tomorrow for quote #3!

Xoxo,
KS Loves red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

Three Quotes in Three Days || Day 1

Thank you so VERY much for the nomination from EllieLilyLouise over on her blog! She gave some great motivation in the form of three separate quotes. The meaning behind a single sentence can be so powerful to everyone in their own way. Depending on the happenings in your life, there are different takeaways from the same words with which we can all find inspiration.

Instructions:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

QUOTE NUMBER ONE:

quote1
photo borrowed from here

This 👏🏻 is 👏🏻 so 👏🏻 f*#king 👏🏻 important. And you know why?
Because YOU WILL PREVAIL.

Think about it, seriously. There are 1 of 2 reasons you could have a setback:

  1. You tried something new that is out of your comfort zone
    Here’s why your comeback is stronger – regardless of a setback you’ve already done something better for yourself than you never did before. You stepped outside of your zone of comfort. You have already accomplished more than before. Pushing yourself to take a step further than you typically would already means you’re that much closer to the end goal. And you can’t get to that end goal without leaving your circle in the first place.
  2. You have a setback because you didn’t leave your comfort zone
    Here’s where I tell you this is a sign to go for it. Do something for yourself that makes you scared but you know it could result in an end goal of yours. That is enough reasoning to try in the first place.

Do not give up on that end goal.

Today I nominate the following bloggers to take on this post:

  1. Monica over at Tidal Thoughts
  2. Jade from Beauty Basics Blog
  3. Paulina over at Paulina Loya

See you tomorrow for quote #2!

Xoxo,
KS Loves

red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_