Game Day





I wasn't sure I was ready for fall, but after the start of football season, I can't wait! I love tailgating and going to games with all of my friends. I have to be comfy when I'm at the stadium throughout the afternoon and the games at night! I borrow this Loft dress from my mom all the time and, paired with my Hunter boots, it was perfect for the chilly, rainy weather.

How To Make The Most of Your Sunday


Lately I have been feeling very productive and organized (most of the time!) and part of that is due to my "recharge" on Sunday. I try to take each Sunday to get everything together for the week, so I can go into my Monday with a little less stress.

Do your laundry.
Nothing stresses me out more than waking up Monday and not being able to find clean socks or a clean shirt. I make it an effort to do all of my laundry on Sunday, so I have clean clothes ready to go the next morning.

Wash your sheets.
I don't do this every week, but I love sleeping in clean sheets on Sunday nights. I like to put them in the dryer about an hour before I go to bed so they're warm when I go to bed :)

Plan your week.
I make sure to take out my agenda every Sunday and plan out my practices, work schedule, school work, etc. so that I have some kind of heads up as to how my week is going to go. If I know in advance how busy I'll be on certain days, then I will plan out my homework schedule accordingly. I've kind of changed up how I plan and make my lists, so I'm going to be talking about that soon.

Finish any lingering assignments.
This is kind of hard for me because on the weekends, I like to relax and take that time off. However, I really make a conscious effort to do my assigned homework, catch up on reading, and get a head start on assignments for the week. It really lifts a weight off your shoulders when you go into school Monday morning with a clean slate.

Tackle an organizational project.
Maybe this is just cleaning your room or it could be reorganizing your whole closet. It makes me feel good on Monday morning when I feel like I have accomplished something to help me get more organized. Every week, I try to organize my bathroom and dresser drawers.

Exercise.
I don't worry about eating healthy as much on Saturdays just because I stay pretty strict Monday thru Thursday. Sunday is my day to get in the gym again and eat healthier to get back on track for my week.

xoxo


What I Eat in a Day


I get a lot of inspiration for my posts from my sister and her friends. They always read my blog and give me feedback which I love!! One of my sister's friends suggested I post what I typically eat on a regular day and I thought that was such a cool idea. This kind of goes along with my health and fitness post that I did a few months back. Staying on track with my routine is a huge priority for me, so I hope you enjoy this!


Breakfast -
Typically, my breakfast is the same every day. I either have an English muffin with peanut butter or a little baby sized bagel with butter. I have to have coffee with my breakfast. Most days, I have coffee from home, but if I'm having a rough morning or I want a treat, I head to Starbucks on my way to school... I'm addicted.


Lunch - 
A huge tip I have is to pack your own lunch! At least at my school, lunches are good, but very heavy, unhealthy, and high in calories. For me, packing my own lunch (in my favorite lunch box) helps me stay healthy. My lunch is also generally the same every day. I try to eat healthy in the morning/afternoon at school because I always end up wanting some kind of treat when I get home at night. This helps me stay balanced and healthy without restricting myself from having things that I love (like chocolate and Chipotle). I have a turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, some kind of fruit, some kind of veggie, and pretzels or a rice cake. Today I had grapes, carrots, and pretzels.

Dinner - 
This is where I mix it up a little bit. I'm always running around at night and after school and sometimes I don't get home until 9:00 so I have to go out and get something. This night, I went to my favorite place in the whole world: CHIPOTLE. I honestly could write a whole post about how much I love Chipotle. Mexican food is my favorite and I like that at Chipotle, I can eat non-greasy, fresh, semi-healthy food on the go. I go here at least once every week. I get a burrito bowl with: white rice, black beans, chicken, mild salsa, cheese, and guacamole.


Snacks/Drinks -
I definitely suffer from being hangry if I don't have a few snacks throughout the day. Some of my favorite mid-day snacks are Skinny Pop, Luna bars, and pretzels. I drink a ton of water during the day, I really couldn't tell you exactly how many ounces. I love tea and coffee, so I have that at some point in the day. I try never to drink soda, but I do love a good Diet Coke so I let myself have one if I'm really craving it. However, I try to strictly stick to water and tea.
At night, I swear I always get some kind of chocolate/sweet craving. This night, I got done with my homework and work early, so I got in bed with my Cookies and Cream ice cream and YouTube! I certainly don't restrict myself if I want ice cream or chocolate at night as long as I have kept a healthy balance throughout the day.

This post was fun to write and pull together and I love talking about food/healthy eating/fitness, so I think I'm going to incorporate that into my blog a little bit more. One of the reasons why I like this post so much is because I think sometimes people try to act like being healthy or fit has to include cutting out things like ice cream and fast food. I consider myself to be pretty healthy and I by no means eat only celery sticks and apple slices. Anyways, I hope you found this kind of interesting and you enjoyed it! My goal is to post twice a week because that works best for my schedule and I really think I can do it. 1 more day til Friday!!!

xoxo

Thankful


Hey everyone! I'm back after about 6 weeks. I have been kicking it into full gear this semester with school work, cheerleading, college applications, etc etc. The list really goes on and on. I had no idea how much work it really was to be a senior! With that being said, I am having one of the best years ever so far and I'm super optimistic about the future right now.

For my first post back in a (hopefully) routine, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on some things that I am grateful for. After a crazy junior year, I was feeling scared and anxious about what was lying ahead of me. I was in a rough spot trying to find who I thought I was and who I knew I could/can be. One of the scariest feelings in life is feeling like you don't measure up to the standard of what your family, peers, or even you set for yourself. For a long time I felt like I didn't measure up to what I knew I could be, but I didn't know how to get back on track. I waited and waited for something  to change until, one day, I realized that you have to be the change you want to see in your life. You can't sit around and wish that, somehow, everything will turn around in an instant, you have to do something to help yourself. This year, I set out to change that for myself and, so far, I'm on a great path. I am so thankful for my family and friends who have stuck by me through the hardest times in my life and encouraged me to keep pushing and trying. Sometimes the hard work, time, tears, and energy that you put into all of the many aspects in your life seem like it is never going to evolve into anything and you're spinning your wheels for nothing. That is so far from the truth. Hard work and perseverance can help you to achieve almost anything.

I just want to take a minute on my blog to thank each and every one of my friends for all that they do for me. It has taken me a while to find my true friends and where I feel like I really belong and while I don't quite have that all figured out yet, I feel like I am 10 steps ahead of where I once was. I'm so happy about all the people I have in my life and that they are all helping me to grow in a positive direction. I hope that, if you feel stuck or confused about the path that you're on, you have the courage to make a change.

Part of the reason why I stopped posting for a while around January was because I didn't feel confident enough about myself or my life to share about it. It's taken me time and a lot of trial and error to get my confidence back and find who I am. Now, at this point in my life, I'm excited to share what's going on in my life and all of the amazing things that are going to be happening this year. I'm so grateful for all of my best friends and family for helping me to change my life and get back on the path to all of the things I know I can be and do. Have a great week!!

xoxo