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What to do when you’re feeling down {Tips to Brighten your Mood)

What to do when you’re feeling down {Tips to Brighten your Mood)

Life Hacks to Improve your Mood when Life gets you Down! -Dreaming Wtih Love <3 I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I get in a bad mood for no good reason. I’m sick of it so I made a list of tips to improve your mood!

We all have bad days. It’s just life.

That doesn’t mean that we just have to deal with the bad days and not do anything to make them better. Life is too short to be sad/mad for any longer than needed.

I’m not saying there aren’t valid reasons to be sad or mad. And I know that sometimes it is necessary to dwell in your sadness for a period of time and just cry it out. However these tips to improve your mood will help you become happy quicker. They will help you enjoy the bad day as much as possible.

It really isn’t that hard to improve your mood, but we too easily fall into the negativity hole and can’t get back out.

I hope these tips help you when life gets you down! Also I would love to hear what suggestions you have to improve your mood!

So now… ON TO THE LIST!


What to do When Life Gets you Down

Tips to Improve your Mood

JOURNAL

Whenever I am feeling upset or defeated, it helps me so much to write about it. Putting all of my thoughts down on paper really helps me think through everything and come to terms with it. After I write everything down, I take some time to reflect on my life and where I want it to go from here.

If you don’t enjoy writing very much then I have a couple other suggestions.

  1. Find a quiet place by yourself. Instead of writing everything down that you are feeling, say it out loud. Video record yourself if you want to reflect on everything. Or sometimes it really does just help to say everything out loud.
  2. Write down a list of everything, big and small, that you are currently thankful for in life. This always makes me really emotional, but I also always feel happier when I finish. Focusing on the positive things rather than the negative can completely change your mood.

GET ORGANIZED/TIDY UP

This will work best especially for my fellow OCD people. Having everything in its place with no clutter is one of the best feelings ever. I find it super relaxing to just sit down and start deep cleaning and organizing everything. Plus afterwards I feel so refreshed and calm looking at all of my accomplished progress.

If organizing doesn’t excite you then find an activity around the house that does. Everyone always seems to have a list of projects to work on. Doing something like this will likely take your mind off of whatever is getting you down and you’ll feel great being so productive!

  • Gardening
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Sewing/Knitting/Crochet/Etc.
  • Yard Work

GET ACTIVE

It has been proven that any kind of physical activity will improve your mood due to the endorphins being released. So get up and get active!

You don’t need to go run a marathon. Simply taking the dog for a walk, taking some time for a small yoga-sesh, or even just some light stretching (I love the app Sworkit for stretching). If you need a little motivation, I have a list of my favorite FITspirational quotes!

Honestly anything that will get your heart pumping a little faster will help you feel better and ready to take on the day!

TREAT YOURSELF

It’s easy to feel guilty when you forget about all of your responsibilities and just do something for yourself. However, sometimes we need to do that and you shouldn’t feel guilty. You need to take care of yourself, mentally and physically, in order to thrive in your life.

Find some time to set aside and just do something that makes you happy! Even if it is only 30 minutes to an hour, it will make a huge difference.

Some of my favorite things to do are:

  • Take a Bath
  • Read a Book
  • Spa Day (Face mask, nails, etc.)
  • Bake your Favorite Dessert
  • Watch your Favorite Movie

There are so many options and you know best what makes you happy. So forget about your responsibilities for a bit and RELAX!

USE YOUR MEDIA RESOURCES

One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a bad mood is allow myself to get zoned out on something else. This keeps my mind off of the bad things and helps my day go a little smoother.

Watch an inspirational YouTube video, turn on some of your favorite music, or binge watch a new Netflix series!

There are so many options and sometimes we just need to distract ourselves from the real world for a little bit.

 

*A lot of these ideas include “forgetting about your problems/responsibilities. I just want to say that this is not a healthy option to do every time. You need to face your problems face on in life in order to progress and grow. However, once in a while it is nice to just forget about everything and focus on your own mental health. Especially if you have a problem with no immediate solution.

There is no point is stressing and worrying about something you have no control over.

 

Let me know if any of these tips helped you. && I’d love to hear what your tips to improve your mood are!

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April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April was a rough month for me, to say the least. So I am hoping that my May 2017 Monthly Goals will be helpful and reachable.

I struggle with anxiety and depression and this month it showed up a lot more than normal. It usually isn’t very severe and is quite manageable, but it still sucks and is no fun. On top of that I have been dealing with a nasty cold that just won’t go away. Needless to say my energy was low this month. However life still goes on and I had such a busy and CRAZY month.

I finished up my 3rd year of college this month (yay!). Work was extra busy because we had our Spring radio auction. I reached a pretty big milestone on Dreaming With Love! Overall my life has been a chaotic mess this month. I am choosing to forget about the disappointments and all of the unmet goals and try again this month.

I am sick of the excuses I continue to create for myself. Sick of putting things off because “the time isn’t right”. This month all of that changes. I’m ready to get my life together. There will be some huge changes on Dreaming With Love and in my life in general. Hopefully when I come back here next month to tell you about May, I’ll have some great news to share! NOW let’s get into my April 2017 recap and my May 2017 monthly goals!

But first… How did your April go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

April Recap 2017

Make sure to read my April 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

I’m not going to lie cause that would defeat the purpose of my monthly recap and goals. I didn’t complete any of my goals this month. Like I said I had a very busy month and still had many accomplishments, but none of which were goals I set for myself.

My depression really took over this month so whenever I had free time from work and school, I didn’t do much. I am going to put all of my April goals onto my May 2017 monthly goals. Sometimes we have bad days, weeks, and months. We just have to remember that it is NOT a bad life and it will pass. Push through, take care of yourself, and try not to worry too much.

Here’s to a GREAT month of May!

 Dreaming With Love Recap

Any progress is progress and I am so proud of the progress I have made on Dreaming With Love! April was the 4th month of my blog and I FINALLY hit a total of 1,000 page views! I know this isn’t a huge accomplishment in 4 months, but I’m still really proud. My numbers grew in most areas this month, including my social media accounts, so that makes me VERY happy! Thank you all SOOOOOO much for supporting me in this crazy journey <3

May is going to be a VERY exciting month for Dreaming With Love! I am doing a HUGE rebranding on my website and all my social media platforms. Finally I feel like I figured out what I want, for now at least. I would love to hear any input you have on my current and new design (coming soon)! But give me a break because I don’t like the current design either, haha. By the time you’re reading this I (hopefully) have done a lot of changing already.

May 2017 Monthly Goals

A lot of these goals will be the same as April’s goals, but there are a few new ones as well. Also if you want help creating achievable goals, I wrote a post with some of my best tips!

1. Start Newsletter

It’s finally going to happen. I did my research and chose the platform I am going to use. I hope to get at least 5 people signed up during May so keep your eye out for a sign up form!

In the beginning I won’t send out very many, maybe 2 a month? But I know I want to include exclusive content, access to free resources, updates, and an overview of what is going on with Dreaming With Love.

2. Finish (at least) 1 Crochet Project

I haven’t decided what I want to crochet yet, but it will be something small because I’m not very good yet. I think I want to make something for mother’s day. Also if possible I would like to do a few more projects this month. Follow me on Instagram to see pictures of the finished projects!

3. Read (at least) 1 book

I want to try to get back in the habit of reading a little bit every day or every other day. This month I want to finish one book and to ease myself back into reading I decided to pick an easier and shorter book than normal. I am going to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve had this book for a long time, but have never read it. I’m very excited to get back into reading.

4. Daily Journal

Daily journaling is SO freeing and helpful for me. I haven’t done it in months and I don’t know why. I used to do it first thing in the morning for about 30 minutes while I drank my coffee. It’s something that helped me cope with the ideas and thoughts going on in my mind and I really miss it. If you struggle with any mental health problems I think it is especially helpful for that!

I plan on getting back into a morning routine this month so hopefully I am able to stick to it!

5. Stop Biting Nails

I haven’t done so in about a week which is a huge accomplishment for me! If you read my April Favorites then you know I have been using Nail Envy Nail Strengthener from OPI and it has been a game changer. This polish strengthens my nails while also being a reminder throughout the day to NOT bite my nails.

This has been testing my will power, but I really want to stick to it! I hate being so embarrassed of my gross nails. I will post a before and after picture eventually, but for now they are still too gross. Haha.

6. Scholarships

Finals consumed my life in April so I wasn’t able to start applying to scholarships yet, which sucks. This month I want to make a list of all the scholarships I want to apply to over the summer (I’ll probably add to it as time goes on). Then I also want to apply to at least 5 scholarships this month. Wish me luck! && I’d love it if you have any tips on finding and applying to scholarships!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I feel like I am getting a late start on this, but I’ve never had any kind of garden before so I’m not really sure. I want to do some research and make a plan for what I want to plant, when to plant it, and how to take care of it. Nothing too fancy, but a few easy vegetables would be awesome for my first garden! Please let me know any tips you have!

8. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

I posted a 30 Day Bikini Body Fitness Challenge that I was supposed to do during April, but I didn’t at all. However, I started it yesterday and really hope I can stick to it!

9. Get my Life Together

This may sound like a very vague goal, but I have a plan! May is going to be a month of decluttering and organizing in my home! Along with that I have started putting together a budget binder, a life binder, and a new and improved blog binder!

Plus I am incorporating a morning, night, and cleaning routines! Routines really help me keep my life on track so I am SO excited to be bringing them back!

 

What are some of your May 2017 Monthly Goals??

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March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March flew by, but I am so glad it did! Not because it was a bad month, it was actually a fantastic month, but it was cold. Obviously it has been cold for the past 6 months, but in March we saw a glimpse of warmth which made the cold that much worse. Other than that I had a very busy and productive month! I am ready for April and so excited for the things I have planned! So now on to my March 2017 Monthly Recap and my April 2017 Monthly Goals!

How did your March go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March Recap 2017

Make sure to read my March 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

1. Get everything completely unpacked

For those of you who don’t know, I moved in the beginning of March. One of my goals this month was to get everything completely unpacked. I am almost finished and plan on finishing up this weekend! It feels so good to have almost everything unpacked and organized.

2. Start a Budget

I kind of completed this goal. I started using an app called spending tracker and I love it. It has been helping so much and I think it put me on the right path I needed. I plan to sit down and work out a budget very soon. Let me know if you have any tips!

3. Complete 30-Day Challenge and Start a new one

I finished this goal and couldn’t be more proud! I started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in the beginning of March and recently finished successfully! Also I began the 30-Day Water Gallon Challenge and am still struggling to complete it. There will be a post with a review of the gallon challenge after the 30 days are up. Also I will be starting a new 30-Day Fitness Challenge on Tuesday, April 4th!

Overall Thoughts on March

March turned out to be a better month than I thought it would be. I was finally able to start getting back into a routine and I know it will be even better when I completely finish unpacking and organizing. I was also able to start cooking and baking more after two months without my own kitchen. Oh how I have missed it!

 Dreaming With Love March Recap

March was the 3rd month of Dreaming With Love and I am so proud of how far I have come already. There has been a lot of hard work, setbacks, and daily struggles. However, I have persisted and came out on top every time! My page views and social media numbers grew the most this month than the past two which made me beyond excited. I have been having a hard time not comparing myself to other bloggers. Reminding myself daily to only compete with myself and that any progress is still progress.

April 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Start Crocheting Again

I learned how to crochet last year and love doing it. I’m not very good at it yet (practice makes perfect), but I have created a few items. I haven’t crocheted at all yet this year and I have multiple projects in mind. Normally I will crochet while I watch TV, but lately I have been so busy between work, school, blogging, and unpacking. This month I want to make time for it again!

2. Read (at least 1 book)

I used to read every day and reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Since I started college I rarely read anything for enjoyment anymore. This month I really hope to be able to set aside time each day or every other day.

3. Daily Journal

Having a daily journal helped me so much when I was struggling mentally last year. I really want to get back into the habit of daily journaling so I made it a goal this month!

4. Stop Biting Nails

I am so sick of being embarrassed of my short and weak nails. Since I can remember I have had an absolutely terrible habit of biting my nails. I feel too self conscious to wear nail polish because it draws attention to my ugly nails. Enough is enough. I am quitting and April will be the first month!

5. Scholarships

The fall semester will be here before we know it (I know it’s still spring semester but trust me). I want to get a head start and start applying for scholarships now. For April I am hoping to apply to at least 5 scholarships. I also want to find a bunch with deadlines later in the summer and have a list made. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

6. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

If you don’t already know, I did a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in March! I want to try to do a new challenge every month. My April one will be starting on Tuesday, April 4th!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I have decided that I want to do a little gardening this year. I am finally in a house of my own with a back yard rather than an apartment! Now I don’t want a huge garden, but I would like to try to grow a few low maintenance vegetables. I have zero experience except when my parents used to force me to pick weeds. So I want to do some research and make a plan for this summer. I would love to hear any tips and suggestions you have!

 

What are some of your April 2017 Monthly Goals??

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Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

Motivational Disney Quotes to Help you stay Determined

There are some super motivational Disney quotes that I absolutely love! So I decided to make a list of my favorite ones to read when I need a little help staying determined and focused on the bigger goals.

My Top Ten Favorite Motivational Disney Quotes

  1. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” –Cinderella

  2. “The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” -Tiana

  3. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

  4. “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through.” –Cinderella

  5. “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” -Eeyore

  6. “Ah yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it.” –Rafiki (The Lion King)

  7. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Christopher Robins

  8. “The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting. If you never quit, you’ll never truly lose.” –Walt Disney

  9. “There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us… you only have to be brave enough to see it.” –Merida (Brave)

  10. “They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.” –Sleeping Beauty

Bonus Quote: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.” –Mary Poppins

 

Let me know what some of your favorite motivational Disney quotes are!

 

If you love these motivational Disney quotes then also check out my list of daily inspirational quotes perfect to start your day or my list of inspirational quotes for all my queens out there!

Motivational Disney Quotes

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15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

15 Inspirational Quotes for Queens

International Women’s Day was last week and it got me thinking. We as women need to start empowering each other more rather than nitpicking and tearing each other down because incredible things happen when women support each other. We all face struggles everyday and being a woman is so hard in today’s society. No matter how hard you try to “not care what others think,” you still will care at least a little (if you don’t, congrats and please share your secrets). Everywhere in society people are judging and comparing women. It causes us to be more self-conscious when in reality we all need to let our confidence shine through. We are QUEENS and we deserve to be treated as such!

When you’re having a hard day, these inspirational quotes for queens will help you remember how amazing you are! Share these with the special women in your life to let them know just how amazing they are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my own quotes. The authors are unknown unless otherwise noted.

Quotes for Queens

1. “No girl should ever forget that she doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.”

2. “I won’t cry for you, my mascara is too expensive.” – Adriana Lima

3. “I know what I bring to the table so trust me when I say that I’m not afraid to eat alone.”

4. “The only thing more beautiful than a woman who knows what she wants is a woman who isn’t waiting on anybody else to get it for her.”

5. “A queen knows how to build her empire with the same stones that were thrown at her.”

6. “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

7. “Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fall. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

8. “The MOST important thing a girl can wear is her confidence.”

9. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

10. “If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail, and try again.”

11. “One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world.”

12. “A girl should be two things: WHO and WHAT she wants.” – Coco Chanel

13. “To feel like a queen is as simple as believing you are one.”

14. “The woman looking back at you in the mirror is worthy of love and respect and deserves every good thing that life has for her.”

15. “Let me adjust my crown and get my day started.”

 

Share these Quotes for Queens with the Queens in your life! Also let me know what quotes you love for keeping you inspired!

 

If you liked this post, you may also like my Daily Motivational Quotes or Fitspirational Quotes!

Quotes for Queens

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8 Fitspirational Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated to Workout & Stay Healthy!

8 Fitspirational Quotes to Help you Stay Motivated to Workout & Stay Healthy!

There are so many challenges that pop up while trying to transition to a healthier lifestyle. First you need the determination to BEGIN. Once you’ve started, you need to find reasons to CONTINUE! Continue to workout, eat healthy, and take better care of yourself. These 8 FITspirational Quotes are some of my favorite reminders as to why I started and why I should keep going!

What helps you stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?

*Disclaimer: These are not my quotes. This post is not sponsored in any way.

FITspirational Quotes

  1. “You can never expect to succeed if you only put in work on days you feel like it.”

  2. “Be a BADASS with a GOOD ASS.”

  3. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”

  4. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.”

  5. “Slow progress is better than no progress.”

  6. “Making excuses burns ZERO calories per hour.”

  7. “Wake up. Work out. Kick ass. Repeat.”

  8. “The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.”

I recently started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge and these quotes have helped a ton! Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, stop and think to yourself about the reasons you started. Results won’t appear immediately, but once they do you will understand why it is worth it. Living a healthy lifestyle makes you feel so much better on a daily basis and is such a good habit to get in to! Even if you have to start out with small changes, anything is better than nothing. Start TODAY, it will never be the “right time” so just get up and do it! You are the only one standing in the way of a better life for you. Trust me, your future self will thank you!

I’d love to hear your quotes or tips on staying motivated to live a healthier life!

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February Recap && March Goals {2017}

February Recap && March Goals {2017}

Thank goodness February is such a short month because I don’t know if I could handle much more of it. The weather has been bipolar, big and unexpected changes are happening quickly, and I’m struggling to get caught up. I’m taking everything one day at a time and I’m proud of how I’ve been handling everything. I am so excited for the month of March and all the things I have planned for Spring! I have some pretty great March 2017 Monthly Goals and I’m super excited to start working towards them!

How did your February go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

February Recap 2017

Make sure to read my February Goals before reading my recap!

1. Drink 4 or Less Sodas

This was so easy this month. I rarely even craved a soda! I have been drinking so much more water, juice, and tea. A soda once in a while isn’t a big deal and its so much easier than quitting cold turkey!

2. Become More Aware

I’m not gonna lie, this goal has continued to be a fail for me. I always put it on the back burner and it never gets accomplished. However, I now have a list of movies, TV shows, books, blogs, and podcasts that I want to watch/read/listen to! Let me know any suggestions you have for entertainment material that will help teach me something new or challenge my current way of thinking!

3. Finish Blog Binder and 4. Start a Budget I can Stick to

Both of these have been postponed because February was a mess of a month for me. I’ve had a ton of things going on and a lot of changes happening. I am moving within the next week which threw off my budget completely. I also will have my own office at my new place so I am waiting to finish my blog binder once I also have my space organized! Exciting and Stressful!

5. Start a 30-Day Fitness Challenge

I didn’t technically accomplish this in February, but kind of. I planned out my 30 Day-Fitness Challenge and it began 2 days ago on March 1st! I’d love for you all to follow along and do the challenge with me! I will be posting a 30-Day Challenge Checkup half way through and a review at the end. I also hope to do a new fitness challenge for April!

Dreaming With Love Recap

This month went A LOT SMOOTHER than January! I continue to learn new things on a daily basis and there is still SO MUCH to know about blogging. I’ve decided that I need to focus on small things that will eventually help me achieve the larger goal. I just can’t do it all at once especially while working and going to school. I continue to plan ahead and then re-plan everything one or two more times. However, I’m very confident that I am headed in the right direction and I am very excited about the progress I have made so far!

March 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Follow through on my plan for Lent

Lent started on Wednesday, March 1st! I came up with some great ideas on what to give up for Lent, plus you can see what I decided to do this year!

2. Get EVERYTHING completely unpacked and put away

This will be the fourth time I’ve moved into a new place. I ALWAYS take forever to unpack everything. Unpacking the essentials happens right away, but I continue to set aside my decor (even though that’s my favorite part) for way too long! This time I want to get everything taken care of immediately so that I can get settled in and back in a good routine.

3. Start a Budget

I NEED to set aside some time to sit down and figure out a good budget that I can actually stick to. I’ve been doing a ton of research and still feel rather uneducated on the subject. Let me know your tips for creating and sticking to a budget!

4. Complete my 30-Day Challenge and Start a New one

As I mentioned before, I started my 30-Day Fitness Challenge on March 1st! I also want to start doing at least one every month. The challenges won’t always be fitness related. Let me know some of your favorite 30-Day Challenges or if you have tried any before and your thoughts!

I hope that you all had a wonderful February and that 2017 is treating you well so far. Do you have any March 2017 Monthly Goals??

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What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about what I am going to give up for Lent 2017. I always want it to be something selfless and that will help me glorify God. You don’t have to only do these things during Lent 2017 season, but its a great start!

  • Social Media: I gave up social media last year for lent and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. No snapchat, facebook, twitter, instagram, or pinterest. It was difficult in the beginning, but by the end I felt more free and learned so much.
  • Candy and Sweets: This is a very common one to give up. With anything like this I just say, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Don’t do it to “be healthier” or to “diet,” do it so you have more time to spend with God.
  • Sugary Drinks: Same goes for this as for candy and sweets. Make sure your intentions are good.
  • Meat: I’ve personally never given up meat, but it is very common. It’s a way to fast during the lent season.
  • Time spent getting ready: Make yourself spend less time getting ready everyday and spend the extra time with God. Praying, reading the bible, praising him, or quiet time.
  • Elevators: This one may sound silly, but I love it. If you use elevators on a daily business for work or apartment access, give them up for the lent season. While you walk the stairs, be intentional and spend that time praying or listening to music or sermons.
  • Throw away/Donate 40 Things: Explains itself and is a wonderful thing for so many reasons!
  • No eating after dinner: Same as candy, sweets, and sugary drinks. If you give this one up, make sure it isn’t just because you want to lose weight.
  • Turn off electronics @ 8pm: Spend the time you normally would on electronics, with God instead. Highly recommend the TV show, The Bible!
  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes: I do this one for every lent and I try to continue it even outside of lent season.
  • Fast food and/or frozen meals: One more time, don’t do this just to lose weight.
  • Anything getting in the way with your relationship with God!!

OR ADD SOMETHING

  • Daily Journaling
  • Reading Scripture/Bible Study
  • Prayer

Lent 2017: What I am Giving Up

  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes
  • Fast Food, Candy, Sweets, and Soda: Every time I have a craving for one of them, I will pray instead.

 

What things are you giving up for Lent 2017?

Lent 2017

 

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10 Morning Time Tips to Have a Fantastic Day

10 Morning Time Tips to Have a Fantastic Day

Having a fantastic day begins with having a fantastic morning so I use these simple morning time tips to achieve that! I’ve never been a morning person, but I’ve slowly become better at having great mornings! After spending hours of time researching tips and months of trying to perfect my morning routine, I have finally come close to loving mornings. One day I hope to be a “morning person” and I think these simple morning time tips will help me get there!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

10 Simple Morning Time Tips to Have a Fantastic Day!

1. Get Ready the Night Before

The first of my simple morning time tips is such a huge time saver because you have so much less to do in the morning! At night you should pick out your clothes, get your coffee ready to brew, and plan out your breakfast (or have fast and easy options available). Do anything else you can that will save you a little extra time in the morning then you will have more time for yourself.

2. Don’t Use Snooze

I am so guilty of this one! Hitting your snooze button actually makes you more tired because it allows your body to go back to sleep for only minutes before being woken up again. It is such a bad habit to break. My best advice is to set your phone on the other side of the room. Once you are out of bed, it is easier to stay up.

3. Lemon Water

First thing you should do when you wake up (after putting on your robe and slippers) is to go drink a glass of lemon water! It is so good for your first thing in the morning and allows your metabolism to get kick started. Warm lemon water has more benefits than cold, but I love a glass of cold water in the morning (then straight to my coffee). You can make it really easy by having lemon slices ready in the fridge and it has now become a habit.

4. Change your Phone Background

What do you do when you first wake up? If you’re anything like me, you check your phone. I love having an inspiring quote as my phone background because it is such a positive thing to start your day with. I change out my quote/picture pretty often.

Another thing you could do instead of this is find an app that sends you an inspiring daily quote or daily bible verse. Set it so that they send it to you in the middle of the night, that way when you wake up in the morning it will be waiting on your phone screen.

5. Wake up Earlier

This may not seem like a tip that will make your morning better, but it does! (At least it does for me)… I LOVE taking my sweet, sweet time while I get ready in the morning. The more amount of time I have to spend at home, getting things done and preparing for the day, the better I feel. I HATE feeling rushed, it stresses me out so much. Waking up earlier is the perfect solution. Like I said before, I am NOT a morning person at all, but my body is slowly adjusting. Start with waking up 15 minutes earlier then add more and more time until you’re at your desired time.

6. Eat Breakfast

Just do it. Every single day. Eat your breakfast! And do it within an hour of waking up, but AFTER your lemon water! Something light and healthy is perfect for early mornings especially if you have a hard time eating right after you wake up. You don’t need to eat a huge breakfast first thing in the morning, but make sure you get some food in your belly. Then you can have a more filling breakfast a little later on. If you don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning check out these 3 super quick options you can have ready ahead of time!

7. Stretch

I underestimated how much stretching or having a small workout in the morning can really help you feel energized all day! If you don’t have a lot of time, at least take some time to do some stretches. It’ll get your blood pumping and get you ready to take on the day. If you have extra time do any kind of workout and I promise you’ll feel so much better.

8. Fresh Air is your Best Friend

I LOVE to take my coffee and breakfast out onto the porch! Its relaxing and the crisp morning air makes me so happy while simultaneously waking me up (maybe that’s the coffee). It’s currently winter and very cold where I live so I am looking forward to the day where I can do this again!

9. Listen to Something While you Get Ready

Most people already do this and it’s for a good reason! I love either listening to upbeat music or a funny podcast while I get ready. It brightens up my mood and fills me with more energy (again that might just be the coffee). If you have a long car ride, that is also a great time to jam out!

10. Have Something to Look Forward to Every Day

The last of my 10 simple morning time tips is a great one and helps not only your morning, but your entire day. While you are enjoying your quick breakfast, cup of coffee, upbeat music, and fresh air; think to yourself about something happening today that you are looking forward to. No matter how small, think of something. Write it down and remind yourself of it throughout the day. It could be what you are having for supper tonight, a TV show coming on, or plans you have after work/school. Find something, anything that you can look forward to in order to help you get through the day.

 

What are your simple morning time tips that help you? I’d LOVE to try them out  (I really need the help)!

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January Recap && February Goals {2017}

January Recap && February Goals {2017}

I cannot believe that January is already over and we are heading into February 2017! So far 2017 has been treating me pretty well. I have so many plans for the rest of the year and am very excited for things to start happening! My February 2017 monthly goals will help me move closer to my overall goals!

How did your January 2017 go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January 2017 Recap

Before reading my recap, make sure to check out what my January goals were!

1. Drink 5 or less sodas

Even though I kind of failed on this goal, it was much easier than I thought. I ended up having a total of 6 sodas so I am only allowing myself 4 for the month of February. I found myself drinking a lot more water and tea and rarely having cravings for sodas!

2. Become More Aware

I wanted to introduce myself to something new each week, but that didn’t happen. However I discovered two podcasts that I have been obsessed with and I highly recommend!

The first is Code Switch by NPR. It is a podcast about race and identity. It is extremely informative and I have already learned so much from it!

The second is Stuff Mom Never Told You. This podcast is by and for women! It is also super informative and I find myself relating to things I have never really thought about before.

These are both very entertaining as well which makes them more enjoyable to listen to!

3. At least 20 days of no biting my nails

EPIC FAIL! I didn’t have much hope for me on this one because I have tried countless times to stop biting my nails. So I thought gradually stopping would be best. However, I constantly forgot to keep track and ended up giving up. Next month I’m going to try to completely stop. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

4. Finish blog binder

It’s almost done! I just have a few finishing touches I need to make. I will finish it in February and plan on making a post on it as well!

5. Schedule February posts

Complete! The hard part now is to follow my schedule.

Dreaming With Love Recap

Starting a blog is so much more work than I ever imagined! There is constantly something else to learn. It takes up so much more time than I thought as well. I decided to break down certain areas of focus and to have a main one every week. I am constantly reminding myself that there is no way I can know it all right away. It is going to be a long long process of learning and improving everyday.

February 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Drink 4 or less sodas

I don’t think this is going to be a very hard goal for me. I’ll probably have about 1 soda a week. For anyone wanting to stop drinking soda, I recommend limiting yourself to less and less each month.

2. Become More Aware

Rather than introducing myself to something new every week, I am only going to do 2 a month. Every week was just too much and doesn’t allow me to really learn all I can from each new thing.

3. Finish Blog Binder (and make post)

I am almost done so this should be easily accomplished during this month! I am so happy with the results so far and I can’t wait to show you all.

4. Start a budget I can stick to

This will be hard for me. I am constantly creating new budgets that I stick to for a little while and then quit. I need a budget that I can actually stick with so that it can work for me. Let me know any recommendations you all have.

5. Start a 30-day Fitness Challenge

I really want to start doing 30 day challenges in fitness, mental health, and anything else they have them for. Towards the end of February I plan on starting a 30-day fitness challenge of some kind. Also I will make a post about it so you can follow along if you’d like. Again, let me know your recommendations!

 

I hope that you all had a wonderful January and that 2017 is treating you well so far. Do you have any February 2017 Monthly Goals??

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17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day

17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day

Mornings can be difficult and sometimes they seem nearly impossible. These daily inspirational quotes have helped me find enough motivation in the morning to get up and face another day. I love writing them on sticky notes and placing them around my house because then they are always a reminder to me. On the fridge, on the mirrors, on the coffee maker, or anywhere you will see them often. Let me know what some of your favorite quotes for the morning time are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my quotes. The authors are either anonymous or unknown.

17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day!

  1. Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

  2. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a blessing.

    I like to remind myself of this one daily. I have a hard time letting go of the past and worrying about the future. It is okay to do a little bit, but our main focus needs to be on the present.

  3. Every morning starts a new page in your story, make today a great one!

  4. Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.

  5. No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful you still have one.

    This is so important!

  6. Dreaming or Doing is a choice that will mean the difference between Failure or Success.

    I have been a dreamer for years now and I won’t allow it anymore. The only thing standing between you and your dreams, is yourself.

  7. You will never have this day again so make it count

  8. A great attitude is just like a cup of coffee, don’t start your day without it.

  9. Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat.

    YES!

  10. All things are possible with coffee and mascara.

    My two must haves.

  11. If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.

    There will always be something that you can use as an excuse. Don’t wait for the “right time” to get started on your dreams. Do it now!

  12. Failures are part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you’ll never change.

  13. Tough times never last, but tough people do.

  14. When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

    It will all be worth it! You didn’t come this far to only come this far!

  15. Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it all.

  16. Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

  17. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

 

I hope you all have a great day! Get out there and make progress towards your goals! Check out my 6 tips and tricks to sticking to your New Year Resolutions or any goals you have!

Let me know what daily inspirational quotes help keep you motivated!

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Monthly Goals {January 2017}

My January Monthly Goals 2017! Writing down monthly goals and referring to them often helps keep you focused and motivated. I also highly recommend setting weekly and even daily goals that all help you move closer to your bigger goals!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January Monthly Goals 2017

  1. Drink 5 or less sodas

    For my New Year Resolutions I put that I wanted to drink 2 or less sodas a month. I decided to slowly work down to 2 sodas a month. For the month of January I want to drink 5 or less sodas.

  2. Become More Aware

    This month I want to expose myself to 5 new types (1 per week) of entertainment (movie, podcast, blog, etc.) that will teach me something new that I normally wouldn’t to seek out to learn on my own. I will post next month about each thing I found each week!

  3. At least 20 days of no biting my nails

    One of my 2017 New Year Resolutions is to stop biting my nails. I’m hoping I can just stop and not do it ever again, but this month I want to not bite my nails for at least 20 days.

  4. Finish putting together blogging binder

    I began building myself a blogging binder to keep everything organized. It is still a huge mess and I want to really focus on getting it perfect this month. Let me know if you guys would like to see how it turns out and how I chose to organize everything!

  5. Schedule February Posts

    I try to schedule out an entire month of posts at a time. I hate doing things last-minute, but often can procrastinate a lot. Having my posts planned out will help keep myself on track.

 

From now on I will be doing monthly updates along with my monthly goals. To see how I did with my January Monthly Goals 2017, keep an eye out for my “January Recap & February Goals 2017“!

 

Let me know what your monthly goals are for January!

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16 Things I Learned in 2016

Motivation Monday: 2016 Lessons

2016 Lessons

2016 was a rough year, to say the least. Personally I was faced with a lot of challenges and the year did not go according to plan at all. Not everything that happened was bad, but it was definitely difficult. My year was full of many memories and a lot of growth. Looking back on the year I wanted to pay attention to the positive things. Here are some of my 2016 lessons!

 

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

1. If you don’t learn to be content with what you have, you will never be completely happy.

For some reason we always want more. This year I have learned that I need to content with what I have while I am working towards more. If we aren’t content then we will never be happy with the things we have. This has been a great reminder to me this year!

2. True friends will be there for you NO MATTER WHAT.

I had a really tough year and went through a lot of things. My true friends stayed by my side, supporting me the entire time. This is so incredibly important!

3. The only thing standing between you and your dreams — is yourself.

This was a huge one for me this year! I have made a lot of decisions that will affect my future in a huge way, especially with school and my major. Reminding myself this as I made my choices was really helpful.

4. Stop trying to plan out your life.

Every single time I finally think I have my next 5 years or so planned out, something happens to completely turn that plan in a 180. It happened too many times this year and it made me realize that I can’t keep making those plans.

5. Stop trying to make everyone else happy, proud, etc.

Everyone is going to have their own opinions about what your choices are, let them. You need to remember that your happiness is what matters in the end and if they truly care and love you, they will support you. Not everyone has the same definition of success so they may not understand your decisions at first. Just keep doing what is going to help you reach your goals.

6. Never stop working hard.

No matter how many times you fail or how many times things don’t go the way you wanted, never give up! Life can be hard and sometimes it isn’t enjoyable. Push pass the difficult times, it will be worth it!

7. Take time for yourself, often.

This one is SO IMPORTANT! Taking time for yourself helps you regenerate and get the right attitude again. This can look different for each person, but I personally love to have quiet time with a good book (often times in a bubble bath). It helps my mind escape and I always feel better after!

8. Eating well and 3 times a day makes a HUGE difference.

This one may be obvious to most. I learned this particularly towards the end of 2016. I had a really rough last four months and my health was slipping as a priority. Then came finals week, moving, the holidays and things continued to get worse. I then decided that I was sick of feeling like crap all the time. I started to focus more on what I was putting in my body and I cannot believe the difference it made!

9. Everything will be okay — one way or another.

Even if it doesn’t work the way you had hoped or within the time frame you had hoped for, it will all be okay. I had to remind myself this one a lot, but it is so true.

10. Pets are the best.

I already knew this one, but 2016 reinforced my thinking big time. I got 2 new cats this year and they are my babies. Just being around them makes me feel so much more calm and happy. Animals are so amazing!

11. Take time to spend on your hobbies, no matter how busy you are.

You deserve rewards for your hard work! Once I went to college I never took anytime for the things I love to do. This year I started to take time weekly to set aside for my hobbies and I love it!

12. Stop explaining yourself to everyone.

This one is still difficult for me, but I try. It is your life to live and you may not want the same things that others want. You are not on a timeline and you don’t need to follow the same path that everyone else takes. If you change your mind, you do NOT need to explain to anyone why you did so. Live your life how you want to live it!

13. You are good enough.

I still have to remind myself this daily. Whatever your dream is, no matter how big or small, go for it! If you have the passion and determination, you really can do anything. Get ready to work hard and do it because you are good enough!

14. Family is everything.

I don’t know what I would have done without my family this year. They helped me out and supported me in so many different situations. I can’t be thankful enough for my amazing family <3

15. Positive thinking can completely change how your day goes.

This seriously works. You need to pay more attention to the things that go good rather than the things that go bad. When something bad happens, step back and figure out how you can fix it and continue on. If you can’t fix it then let it go because it is out of your control anyways. Stay Positive!

16. Don’t let anyone tell you that your feelings are wrong or that they don’t matter.

No one can really understand the way you are feeling or why you are feeling a certain way. You don’t ever need to explain to anyone why you feel the way you do. Also no one can ever tell you that you can’t feel a certain way. I came to understand this a lot this year. Don’t ever feel like your feelings aren’t valid because they are.

 

I would love to hear about what 2016 lessons you learned! 2017 bring it on!

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