MY BBG JOURNEY: WEEK 1-4

What made it click?

How did you change?

What made you commit to this new life?

These are some of the questions I have gotten since I began to transform my body into a healthier being back in the Fall of 2015.

During the Summer of 2015 I lived in London while completing my thesis for my Master’s degree. Everything about that time was a dream. As someone known for their love of living in London, I had no real complaints. EXCEPT! I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I desperately just wanted to love myself. I felt like my big bones and genetics doomed me forever. There was no way I could love my body and with that, I didn’t understand how anyone else could love my body.

I remember so vivid being inside the Forever 21at Westfield London. Staring at myself in the mirror thinking this is the best it’s going to get. I felt like a sack of potatoes. Harsh… YES! But it’s true. And yet, I kept living my Best Life in London. I finished my Master’s, I went on an incredible date that included being kissed in the middle of Picaddily Circus at 2am and I got to have a brief stint of living in Chelsea. But that dream had to come to an end because my visa was about to expire. So I board my plane back to Seattle with an unknown future.

It’s funny, you don’t realize how easy it is being a kid or even a teenager or a college student until it’s gone. Because when it ends, the future becomes 100% unpredictable. You don’t if you’ll find a job right away and you have no clue how to actually meet someone in person. It can be a very shocking experience. I will be the first to admit, I hated it. The realization that student was no longer my goto title killed me. So in the Fall of 2015, I moved back into my parents’ basement (truth be told my childhood bedroom is in the basement, but you get what I’m trying to say). I had no plans except maybe move back to LA in the New Year. However, I had 3 months to figure life out.

I didn’t figure life out, but I decided that after following Kayla Itsines & a bunch of BBG Girls I would at least try to jump on the fitness train. And like all BBG Girls, I started an Instagram account as well.

It’s now been over two years since I started BBG. I have had ups and downs and new begins and failures and I have learned a lot. But one thing I know for sure is, sometimes I forget why I started. So I have decided to start a blog post series about my journey, reflecting on 4 weeks at a time because that’s how often Kayla suggests taking progress pictures. This is My BBG Journey and this was my first four weeks of daily rambles.

 

START DATE: October 5, 2015

END DATE: November 1, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The beautiful @sweetstofit tagged me in #FallFacts, so here they are! Fall Time Facts! 1) Favourite Soup: Toss up between Chicken Tortilla Soup and Butternut Squash 2) Favourite Thing About Fall… The crisp air and and leaves changing! 3) I Love Me Right Now Because… I learning to find myself. I learning to find out what sort of exercise I enjoy and I learning what is right for me. I love me right now because I’m learning to love me! 4) Apple Cider of Pumpkin Spice… Apple Cider for sure 😀 5) Fall Goal: What do you want to accomplish before winter? I’m aiming kick my weekly workout into high gear! Moving thru my working out off track, but my goal for the fall is to get myself put back together and feel confident in what I am doing in the moment. Stop worrying about the future when the present is here! Tagged ladies, what's your #fallgoals

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How to Stay Fit During a Trip to Reno

Are you planning a trip to Reno and wondering if you’ll be able to stay fit in the city? Reno might be famous for its casinos and incredible eateries, but you won’t have to hide in the gym to keep up with your exercises.

If you’re visiting Reno during the winter, you can spend the day hitting the slopes for some snow sports. In the other months, you can go kayaking in the Truckee River, go hiking in the many surrounding trails, or even go mountain biking. Discover some of the best activities you can do to stay fit in Reno.

Go Kayaking in Truckee River Whitewater Park

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You don’t have to go far to enjoy outdoor activities in Reno, as the Truckee River runs through the middle of the city. Truckee River Whitewater Park is located east and west of Wingfield Park and runs for 2,600 feet. It has class 2 to 3 rapids with 11 drop pools, and it’s ideal for beginners, as there are many access points throughout the course.

Discover the Hiking Trails

The region surrounding Reno is the perfect place for those who love hiking. You could go for an easy 2-mile hike or take the long Jones/Whites Creek Loop, which spans 9.2 miles. The most popular hike is the Hunter Creek Trail, where you’ll find a hidden waterfall, but for amazing views of the city, go to the Huffaker Hills.

Enjoy World-Class Rock Climbing

Did you know that Reno has the tallest climbing wall in the world? Head to BaseCamp in Whitney Peak to find this 164-foot monster. A short drive will take you to Lake Tahoe, where you can find Big Chief and Donner Summit, two high-quality climbing spots.

Explore Reno by Foot

Pick up a Reno city guide, and you’ll quickly see that there’s plenty to do in the city, especially if you want to explore on foot. You could walk along the Truckee River, visit the National Automobile Museum, and explore the art galleries and shops in the Reno Riverwalk District.

Practice Snow Sports During the Winter

Reno is famous for being an excellent location for snow sports. If you happen to visit during the winter, you can spend the whole day snowboarding, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, burning as many calories as possible.

Feel the Thrill of Mountain Biking

Another great way to stay fit in Reno is to get dirty and go mountain biking along the trails around the city. You can go to Peavine Trail for some great views of the city or drive to Flume Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail if you’re looking for challenging descents.

It’s not always easy to stay fit when you’re traveling, as not every city offers many outdoor activities. If you’re heading to Reno, however, you’ll find that the possibilities are endless. Take the time to plan out your activities each day, and you can exercise in your choice of fun and entertaining ways during your Reno visit.

#UpForAnything Challenge with Athleta

*  thank you ATHLETA for sponsoring this post. All opinions and experiences are my own *

working out with girlfriends is way better than being by yourself

When Athleta challenged me to join their #UpForAnything campaign with a friend, I jumped at the opportunity! Not only is their mission to ‘ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and…empower them to realize their limitless potential,’ their clothing is line is chic and comfortable and the challenge was to try something you’ve never done before! Who doesn’t love exploring new things?!

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But, at first, I was stumped by my quest. There are hundreds of fitness studios in LA, however finding something exciting and different proved to be a tad difficult. However I soon remembered an episode of Made In Chelsea: LA where they worked out on surfboards and realized WE HAD TO DO JUST THAT!

39939895402_bc3b3594e3_oHERE ARE THE DETAILS:

Studio: SANDBOX FITNESS

Location: 13557 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Price: $10 (for your first class, $22 per class)

Instructor: Katie Seigel

Class: As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, Surfset ® mimics the physical demands of surfing including balance, strength and cardio. Surfset ® is a total body workout that challenges your balance and stabilizer muscles to create a lean and strong physique.

 

Processed with VSCO with s1 presetAs for my friend joining the challenge, I brought along the amazing Paige! Paige and I met over 2 years ago at my first BBG event in LA. We are totally those girls who met on Instagram 😉

 

Now per our usual promptness, we arrived exactly when class started instead of 15 minutes early like normal person should. I’ve been told that optimistic people are ALWAYS late… However our instructor, Katie, was phenomenal and helped us get register and ready within minutes of arriving and we were off to the races, or ready to hit the waves.

OVERALL: Music was awesome. A bit of everything from old school to present day to even Sir Mix-a-Lot Baby Got Back. The class was CRAZY HARD. But very much worth it! A huge part of the course was balancing. Honestly I sometimes had to simply forgo the actual workout move just to focus on not falling off the board!

RECOMMEND: Most definitely! It’s so different from anything else I have ever done and they have lots of different classes at the studio too! From TRX-style to Sandbox Barre.

I’m so happy Athleta challenge Paige & I to try something new! It definitely made us push our limit and once again remind us that we are stronger than we think.

While January is coming to an end, I cannot wait to keep the mentality of #UpForAnything for the next 11 months as well! It’s just the beginning and I have so many more exciting dreams in mind of 2018, however the only way I’m going to be able to achieve them is with a mentality that my dreams are limitless!

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3 Healthy On The Go Snacks!

 

STOP. TAKE A MOMENT. BREATHE. and LIVE VIBRANTLY.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling like that’s an impossible task.

The past few months have been a complete whirlwind with the production & post of Tacompton. Life’s been just go, go, go. And because of that, there have been consequences. Like me countlessly dropping things, multiple times locking myself out of my house, spills, mishaps, constantly late, text message errors, spelling errors…Yes, I’ve been hustling and getting things done, but on the tail end of that has been me… a total HOT MESS.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering what Shine Organics, has to do with me being a HOT MESS. And to be honest I wasn’t sure at first either. But then I realized they have literally been my saving grace over the last week! Not only does the Calm Shine Organics literally calm me, it provides me with all the nutrients I need in between my crazy moments.

Little did I know when I picked up these guys at Target this past Saturday that they would keep me from being HANGRY, calm me when I locked myself out of my apartment & the perfect replacement at work when my frozen grapes had gone bad.

I’m sure there’s a proper way to blog about life… I, of course, have no idea how that works…. so I’m just gonna start off with the incidents of this past weekend and relay how Shine Organics saved me time and time again.

You see I love the entertainment industry, but the hours can be grueling and it can leave very little personal time. So I truly savor my weekends. ME time has never rung so true. And when I say ME time, I truly just means working out & grocery shopping at like the 10 places I need to go because I’m a weirdo with a whole bunch of dietary needs.

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But this weekend I knew I was gonna do something CRAZY!! I was adding Target to my to-do list. Why?

Well because I missed it. I hadn’t been there in ages & I knew I wanted to wander about. Relax a moment. Probably find something I  didn’t need, but would convince myself otherwise (side note: I did… definitely bought a new dress hehe). Target’s the best place and has all the greatest things.

Well, I don’t know if you’re aware, but it’s officially OCTOBER. AKA Halloween time & one thing that is very tempting at Target is the Candy Aisle. Cue Exhibit A to the LEFT!!!

Now I have self-control, I do. I swear. And I’m not just trying to prove it to you. But Halloween & just the holidays, in general, can leave me extra snacky. Is snacky a word? It is now.

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Anyways, luckily, as I began to wander through the aisle of beautiful candy I saw Shine Organics from across the way. Cue SAVING GRACE #1.

There they were just waiting for me. Much more exciting than the rest of the things in the applesauce aisle (not that I don’t love applesauce), however seeing as I’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle and I was getting on the hangry side from running errands all day I decided it was probably best to indulge in  Shine Organics over candy 😛

So there I was standing between the candy aisle and fruit with three flavors in my hands. One didn’t seem like enough, three for a first try seemed like too much though. So I went with their flavors, Purity & Calm! They both sounded so appealing and the packaging just got to me, especially Calm.

Shine Organics is all about Superfoods & to LIVE VIBRANTLY. #LOVETHAT

With a mission:

We needed bolder flavor and better nutrition from our snacks. Shine Organics was created to make superfoods more accessible. At home or on the go, feed yourself nature’s best — real fruits and vegetables, chia seeds, and nutritious superfoods. Each pouch features a delicious harmony of ingredients, blended to support your entire wellbeing and nourish a healthy lifestyle. Shine from the inside out.

The wonderful thing about these guys is the fact that they don’t need to be refrigerated nor do you need any utensils. It’s like a smoothie pack to go that’s pure, organic, gluten free, dairy free, kosher & vegan. Between 90 to 130 calories & no added sugars, I can honestly say I’ve added these to my daily diet especially when in a crunch. I’ve actually started leaving a few in my car for those days when life doesn’t go according to plan.

Don’t let life get you down when things don’t go as planned! LIVE VIBRANTLY!!!

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You can get $1 off a 4 pack of Shine Organics by clicking here. You can find these lifesavers next to the applesauce at Target!

Happy Fall From My Cuddl Duds

It’s officially cuffing season AKA time to put on your Cuddl Duds

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Hi Lovelies! It’s been a while… said me always. SO, I wanted to check in and say hello. I’m pretty sure the last time I checked in SUMMER hadn’t even started. Whoops!

However I’m hopefully to the idea that’s all going to change real soon! Mostly because I’m no longer flying home to Washington every other weekend to work on TACOMPTON.

So I’m back at base camp, aka LA, for the time being and getting back in the groove of things down here. I’m also less than a month away from my 1 Year at work in the corporate world which is mental!

While I sometimes hate on LA (#often #wanderlust #takemeabroad), I’m sort of obsessed with my current apartment & space down here and I finally feel like it’s a home. For those of you that don’t know the last year of living spaces has been a rocky one to say the least… And one of the main reasons I’m in love with my current living situation is because of our private rooftop deck where I’ve been working on my Writing, Tanning and Life Planning with a splash of Yoga, Daydreaming and Canoodling.

It’s also where I’ve come to realize that for the first time LA isn’t confused by the term Fall because the mornings are full of crisp air and there is actually dew on the grass. And while I am sad to see summer go, I’m admittedly a bit excited to regain my fall wardrobe & to also add some new pieces into the mix.

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Which is why I’m very excited to have partnered with Cuddl Duds & JCPenney to explore more of the world of #LivinginLayers and I must say I’m loving it.

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To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of layers, however Cuddl Duds may have persuaded me otherwise. Between there thin-yet-ever-so-comfy-black-scoop-crew-neck-long-sleeve shirt and their fleece wrap, I’m basically in pure bliss. I kid you not, I’m pretty sure I’ve thrown on this wrap every day after work and lived in it all weekend long. There’s something about a wrap with thumb-holes & pockets that just makes it super awesome (#superawesome is one of my dad’s catch phrases, even if he denies it).

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Cuddl Duds are essential to the living in layers mentality. They are smooth and have a clean fit. Part of the reason I’m usually weary of layering is because I hate the feeling of being bulky, but not in these guys. They are the perfect thickness to keep you warm and looking good. Not to mention they are really really soft.

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Between chilly mornings sitting on our patio drinking coffee and scrolling through Instagram to late night strolls around the neighborhood or even the occasional Netflix & Chill, Cuddl Duds are a great staple I’m happy to have added to my closet.

Now I also mentioned at the very beginning that it is also the start of cuffing season… so stay tuned for my next post on that because I’m starting a dating series and cuffing goes hand and hand with cuddling 😉

 

Cuddl Duds Fleecewear Long Sleeve Hoodie Wrap  Cuddl Duds Climatesmart® Long-Sleeve Crewneck Shirt  | Cuddl Duds Flex Fit 

 

What is Aerial Yoga?

Two Important Notes:

  1. This post was inspired by a first date Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.3
  2. The leggings you see all over this post were provided by Marika & I’m obsessed with them! I basically live in Marika activewear. If you’d to purchase a pair of your own you can buy them HERE or HERE Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes on Apple iOS 10.3

I felt like it was rather important to prefaces this post with a the above notes because when you’re inspired to write something because of a date… welll… that’s either amazing or ABSOLUTELY insane… But hey, maybe this will be the beginning of a whole new ME posting weekly all because I was inspired by a boy… because that doesn’t sound ridiculous at all… Oh well #MyLife.

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Anyways – so over this past weekend I attended an event with Sweat Local LA at AIR Los Angeles. AIR Los Angeles is a boutique Aerial Fitness Studio in West Hollywood and the class was an absolutely blast! Besides the fact that TOM was also in town and I was rushing to the bathroom every five minutes..

(Aerial Yoga + Flo = NOT FRIENDS)

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The class was organized by two lovely ladies I met on Instagram, Heidi & Michelle.

Fun Fact: These LA-transplants met each other on Bumble BFF & I think that is AWESOME!

AND what made the event even more incredible was the fact that Marika was a sponsor and provided us with #freeleggings for the WIN!

The owner, Lindsay Duncan, lead the class and dang did she challenge us to be our best! It’s been five days and I’m still a bit sore…

 

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Now before I start talking solely about AIR Los Angeles. I’d like to chat a bit about Aerial in general. I’ve been fascinated with aerial fitness for about three years, ever since I saw Janel Parrish & Troian Bellasario from Pretty Little Liars posting about it on Instagram.

It’s such a beautiful form of exercise, but also unbelievably challenging. I mean, who doesn’t want to pretend to be an acrobat?

I’ll admit aerial takes some serious arm strength and the first time I attempted it I really struggled. It was during my pre-BBG life, when I was living in London, but it was the start of true love affair with aerial.

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There are a few places in LA that offer aerial fitness classes, but if you are a newbie I highly recommend AIR. It’s solely aerial yoga via hammocks and because of that, I believe it’s a great place to develop your craft. If I lived closer to the studio I would probably take classes there every day!

AIR offers for different types of classes:

AIR® FOUNDATION

50-minute beginner class that introduces new clients to aerial exercises on hammocks; the class emphasizes basic alignment, foundation, and specific muscle action so that the body can learn how to balance on aerial hammocks.  AIR® is an intense aerial fitness training program fusing elements of conditioning, Pilates, ballet and HIIT (high intensity interval training) on aerial hammocks.  Regardless of its beginner pace, AIR® Foundation will deliver a challenging workout. No experience required.

AIR® CORE

30-minute ab blast using aerial hammocks. This class focuses on upper and lower abs, obliques, and lower back muscles. Using the hammock to support Pilates-inspired ab work allows for better form as well as functional movement to stretch and strengthen the core more efficiently. We advise AIR® Core for clients who are familiar with AIR® class formats and looking to take their workout to the next level. We recommend new clients taking at least 1 AIR® Foundation class before graduating to AIR® Core.

AIR® FLOW

50-minute mixed-level flow class linking movements and power postures with the breath and hammock.  AIR® Flow fuses basic to advanced yoga poses with aerial hammocks to allow for a full body stretch that increases flexibility beyond what traditional yoga provides. Creative sequencing and transitions create opportunities to build strength, coordination and mental poise. Great for all levels – modifications and advanced cues will be given, so that students can practice to their personal edge.

AIR®

50-minute intense aerial fitness training class fusing elements of conditioning, Pilates, ballet and HIIT (high intensity interval training) on aerial hammocks. This highly effective fitness program is designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone your physique in record-breaking time. We recommend new clients take 3-5 AIR® Foundation classes before graduating to AIR®

It’s such a fun thing to add to your usual workout routines of the gym and cardio. I would highly recommend giving this form of exercise a chance if you have the opportunity to take a class in your neighborhood. And if you’re ever in LA – definitely visit AIR!

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6 Whey-Free Protein Bars to Try

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No way to WHEY!

Earlier this year I realized that I had serious bloating issues whenever I ate Whey (TMI) However it made absolutely no sense because it was supposed to safe for people who are lactose free…

Cue Detective Sam – I soon discovered an article on milk protein intolerance and it all made sense. Whey is made from the milk protein isolate which is what my body can’t handle.

So if you are suffering from severe bloating after eating Whey as well as any other source of dairy, you too may actually have a milk protein intolerance instead of the commonly heard of lactose intolerance or milk allergy.

What’s even crazier is if you have a milk protein intolerance you may also suffer from anemia, which I do! REMINDER: I’m not a real Dr. Sam so while my father wishes otherwise, please consult with a professional before making any serious changes to your diet.

Anyways… back to the protein bars! So the other day when @fit_pham posted about different types of protein bars, I thought I would do some of my own investigating and find Whey-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER Protein Bar because they are often far and few in-between.

Some were good, some were great and some were HORRIBLE!
These are my Top 6 FAVORITES!
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*Please note this research was done with only trying Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars! If you are looking for other favors, I’d also recommend RXBAR Protein Bars because they are seriously delicious and are made with few ingredients and are all natural!

And if you’d like to learn more about Milk Protein Intolerance please read below and explore all that Google has to offer 🙂

Milk protein intolerance

Milk protein intolerance is thought to affect well over 40% of the population. Milk (protein) intolerance causes a delayed response, taking up to 3 days to cause symptoms, and can result in a wide range of chronic symptoms such as irritable bowel (IBS), bloating, constipation, migraines, headaches, runny nose, sinusitis, lethargy, skin rashes, eczema and low mood. These delayed reactions to milk proteins are easily tested for by measuring milk-specific IgG antibodies in blood. This food-specific IgG test does not test for milk allergy or lactose intolerance though and it is not available on the NHS.

If you have milk allergy or milk protein intolerance then you should avoid all animal milks as the milks from cows, sheep and goats are all very similar. However, if you have lactose intolerance then you can try lactose free cow’s milk; remember though that a lot of people suffer from both lactose intolerance and milk protein intolerance together. Luckily now there are many different alternatives to milk, as well as lactose free milk, appearing on our shelves which make managing milk intolerance and milk allergy a lot easier. There are also stringent regulations for labeling of processed foods which means that if milk or milk proteins have been used in the process then it should say on the label; checking labels is very important when it comes to allergies and intolerance.

9 of My Favorite Things of 2016

2017 is officially here! Can you believe? I can’t! However I will say I’m extremely excited about the year ahead. I feel like 2016 was the warm up for how awesome 2017 is going to be. I mean 2016 had it’s highs, but also had some serious lows, however I learned a heck ton more from my lows and now I’m ready to stride forward. But before doing so, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things of 2016! I think it’s safe to say I like pink. Like really like pink. Purple is definitely my favorite color, but look around my room and you might think otherwise. So before we move on to 2017 Resolutions,

I think it’s safe to say I like pink. Like really like pink. Purple is definitely my favorite color, but look around my room and you might think otherwise. While some of these things aren’t technically pink, I like to think they are in the pink palette…. Okay I might be stretching on a couple, but oh well! Any who if you are looking for some awesome things to rock in 2017, I highly recommend checking out the below cause while I discovered them in 2016, they are officially my staple pieces of 2017!

1. Jord Watch

Screen Shot 2017-01-09 at 10.18.36 PM.pngFirst off, I need to talk about this beautiful watch. OBSESSED does not even begin to describe my love for this watch. The design is absolutely gorgeous! The color? Perfect! The crystals #AMAZING! I’m usually not much of a watch girl, but the moment I placed this watch on my wrist I knew it was the one. My dad actually tried to buy me a watch a few years ago, and I was like nah. But then this beauty arrived in the mail and I was like ‘what was I thinking?!’ Watches are awesome! Especially this one!

Check out their other women watches here!
Check out their other men watches here!

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For some reason I have been very skeptical about wireless headphones. My brother has raved about them for well over a year, however I’ve just felt so unsure about them. Until I received these pretty pink Sudio Sweden headphones. They first arrived to me in a beautiful box and a cute little pink case to keep them safe. They have an awesome battery life, it’s about 8 hrs. I took them on my flight to DC and they lasted the entire time! It’s so freeing being able to move without having to worry about the cord attached to your phone and absolutely amazing when you are working out and trying to do burpees. Trust me, it’s a struggle! I’ve got the earbuds, but I will definitely be looking to invest in the actual headphones!

Check them out here! And save 15% off with wanderlustsam.

3. Be Joyful Starbucks Tumblr

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Tumblrs make me happy. And happy people drink water like they are supposed to! Many report that we are supposed to drink at least 2 liters a day and I also recently read another article that stated 3 liters! Well my usual is like 4 cups… Oops! I literally am the worst water drinker in the WORLD! How horrible, right? However I’m happy to report that when I have my cute Be Joyful Tumblr by my side!

4. Just Say Yes Make Up Bag & 5. Pink Laptop Cover

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I adore Zoella! I think Zoe is unbelievably inspiring and her make up bag is pure darling! I love storing my make up in my “Just Say Yes” bag because every morning when I wake up I’m reminded to SAY YES! And who doesn’t love to spice up their laptop! It has a keyboard cover too! Plus it’s always a great conversation starter at the airport. For realz, I get compliments on it every time I fly 🙂

6. A360 POLAR

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This watch seriously does it all! I know what your thinking… You already talked about one watch… now you’re sharing another… Well they are both awesome and both worth it! I basically alternate between the two right now. If I’m working I’m usually in my Jord watch, but if I know I have a really active day ahead, I love wearing my Polar because it’s awesome to recognize when you are being super active, plus it tells you your heartrate and it has lots of different settings for when you workout so that it calculates your calories accurately.

7. BEST NORTH FACE EVER! 

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this jacket! LOVE LOVE LOVE being bright and pink! That’s about it. Can’t you tell from this smile that I’m super happy, even if it’s gloomy outside! It’s like you get to be the ray of sunshine on a cloudy day8.

8. Record Player & 9. Kettle Bell Weights 

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And lastly I need to mention my record player! Which also connects to your phone so it’s also just a super awesom speaker and plays old school music and records too… or you know a Taylor Swift album 😉 and then weights for daze guys! Ever since the fall of 2015 I’ve become quite the fitness fiend and I love my pink weights! There is nothing wrong with being strong and girly and liking pink! Just love who you are! Cause you are the best you!

Hey! Holla Giveaway

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IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

I couldn’t think of a better way to relaunch my blog than by doing a giveaway! And not only that, but I have four more giveaways happening this month! I was planning on doing #12DaysofWanderlustXMas… But I got a bit distracted with life. So here we are! RELAUNCHING!!! I’ve got so many plans for this blog and Instagram and life! 2016 was a HOT MESS! Literally! I’ve officially coined this year HOT MESS. I even told my dad that they other day. A lot of things happened this year and for better or worse I can’t wait to rid myself of 2016. But 2017! OH MY GOD! You better believe it’s going to be one crazy year! I’ve got high hopes, totally reaching for the moon, but hey hopefully I will land on some stars 🙂 My brain has been on full throttle lately and I often get so excited about life that I get overwhelmed and find myself on the couch, eating Halo Top, drinking Two Buck Chuck and binge-watching every single CW show under the sun. #SorryNotSorry

Any who! The point of this blog isn’t to recap 2016 (That comes later this month hehe) This post is all about my FIRST GIVEAWAY of the holiday season (actually it’s my first giveaway ever!) And I’m super excited to announce that it’s a collaboration with Hey! Holla! They are an incredible UK-based company started by two lovely ladies, Alex and Laura! Check these babes out here! They’ve got awesome active wear, bags, hair ties and more!

This giveaway includes your choice of tote, towel and tie! How lovely is that?!

RULES TO ENTERS

✨Open Worldwide✨

♥ Winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on 12/5

♥ You MUST follow me on Bloglovin to enter

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What Do You Wish For?

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Hi Lovelies!

WordPress tells me it’s been like 7 months since I last posted on here… WOW! That’s bad… Sorry! But guess what I’ve reworking my blog right now and I’m so happy to be back on here, in the beautiful blogosphere 🙂

This may seem like a super random first post, but I went to a SoulCycle class yesterday and realized I just need to post. To stop ‘revamping’ and just do it! Type, write, post, share, love! So here we are! Back at it with my first post about “WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR?!”

Potentially really random, however I swear by the end of this post it will make sense.

Now I realize it has been a long time since I’ve been on here and a lot has changed, so I think I will have to reintroduce myself slowly on here cause the Sam that used to write about her life on here as gone through quite a lot in the last 7 months. Like she now works for SoulCycle and LOVES IT! And is addicted to SOUL and is currently in the middle of the #TURNITUP20 challenge and OBSESSED!

Like so obsessed I woke up at 7:30am on a Sunday and all I could think about was how I wanted to go to a Soul class. So I got dressed and went haha There are a lot of studios in LA, but I’m sort of loving the Malibu studio at the moment. Partially because afterwards I grab a coffee and drive along PCH and well, who doesn’t love driving along the coast and admiring the beauty of the beach?

Well I got to class like 4 minutes before… Oops! But it’s okay because I can’t check in until the last minute and I got a bike on the side of the instructor. I was feeling adventurous! I had Tiff D.  as my instructor and she was absolutely adorable! Like seriously so cute! But she will kick your A$$! But for realz! I was sweating up a storm (#IALWAYSDO), but it was such a good class. It was my first time in her class and she did something that I haven’t seen any instructor do.

Now if you’ve never been to a SoulCycle class – 1) WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? 2) You should know it’s basically a raging club scene on bikes! But also very motivating and soulful. Anywho, there are usually four candles that surround the instructors bikes during the class and after weights they usually move them around and blow them out for the cool down. Well Tiff did something magical. One by one she blew them out, but with one of them she let out a rider blow out the candle. AND THAT RIDER WAS ME!!!

I was sooooo focused on riding I didn’t even realize Tiff was next to me until she started whispering to me “Make a wish and blow the candle out.”

Guys I literally felt like I saw my life flash before my eyes in those few seconds after she said that. I wasn’t prepared to make a wish. It sounds silly. I mean I’m all about making wishes. I think blowing candles out on your birthday is really important. One of my favourite quotes is “A dream is a wish your heart makes and dreams really do come true.”

So in those few seconds I feel like I saw everything. My dreams about jobs, fitness, boys and relationships, EVERYTHING. And then I just went blank and thought Happiness and I blew the candle out. If I could have anything in the world, I just want to be HAPPY! That’s it. Everything else will fall into place. Life never turns out how you expect it to, but as long as I’m happy, I don’t really care what happens!

Yep. That’s what happened. And Yep, this is my first post back.

What would you wish for? If you could make a wish, what would it be? What do you desire?

I’m so excited to see what the future has for us loves! Until then

xxxx Sam