There’s just something so nice about a new year and a clean slate. It’s such a great time to review the past year and decide if and how you want to change up your life for the year ahead. Today I spent some time reviewing 2017 in my Passion Planner and then spent some time setting intentions and planning for 2018.
I grew up loving the holidays, as most kids do. My family loved christmas and I always looked forward to decorating our house, baking cookies, and going to see the christmas lights in downtown Austin. I know christmas was always my moms favorite time of year. She loved ugly christmas sweaters, decorating the tree and getting to watch us open presents.
okay so I know i’m a little late to the game on sharing my holiday gift guide, but I mean who really has all of their holiday shopping done already?
I wanted to post this cute little holiday gift guide because I thought it would be a fun way to show you what I’ve been loving and would recommend as gifts. These gifts are perfect for anybody into wellness. I have general health/wellness, cooking/food, and skin care. I could have spent hours linking stuff I want or love, but I kept it short and sweet for the sake of time! So lets get into the gifts:
Welcome back! I feel like it’s been too long since I posted on here. I wanted to do a nice little life update since a ton has been going on.
So first off within the past month or so I moved down to Galveston to start school at UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch). I’ll be down here for sixteen months and once the sixteen months are over I will have my Masters of Science in Nutrition and be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitians exam. I got super lucky that my friend Katy got into the nursing program at UTMB so we could live together. We went down to Galveston after both getting accepted and picked out an apartment we really liked.
So I would have to say that up until just a few weeks ago I led what was far from an intuitive life. I’m a pretty Type A person so I love to have a plan and a schedule. In some areas of my life that’s great- aka school and work. Then in some other areas of my life I thought that was great– aka my nutrition and my workout routine. For the past few years I have been tracking my macros and working out on a consistent basis. If you read my post on hiring a personal trainer you would know I’ve had multiple fitness coaches that gave me a plan for my nutrition and my workout schedule. I loved that because it took the guess-work out of everything. For example I knew what my macronutrients were for the day- so in the morning I could plan out exactly what I was going to eat that day to hit my macros. I also knew which day I was doing what workout, and exactly what my workout would consist of. I think doing that was great for me in the beginning. It taught me how to work out efficiently and how to make sure I’m eating the right amounts of everything. Though in the past few months, I have started shifting towards wanting to learn a more intuitive approach to my nutrition and workouts. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Just a few months ago I saw somebody on Instagram using collagen peptides in a smoothie. I had no clue what they were. I figured they were just another Instagram wellness fad and brushed it off. Then I kept seeing people use them, a ton of people I followed on Instagram were incorporating them into smoothies, baked goods, coffee and more. So that’s when I decided to check out what they were. I googled “collagen peptides” and read a bunch of research and reviews on them. The one I looked at (and ended up purchasing) on Amazon had amazing reviews.
After investing in four different personal trainers since I started my fitness journey (four-ish years ago), I wanted to share my experiences with personal trainers and what I think the benefits are of hiring one.
I’m so excited to finally sit down and write this blog post! I have been meaning to sit down and write since graduation in December, but for some reason it has been tough to actually do it (weird how that happens). I really have enjoyed posting on this platform and plan to post regularly from now on.
In December I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition & Foods with a concentration in Dietetics. I feel like my whole life led up to just graduating from college. Which is honestly crazy to think about now, because there was a time when I didn’t even want to go to college. I’m so grateful to have gone to college and to have found my passion for nutrition. When I first started college at Austin Community College I had no clue what I wanted to do which led to me having no drive to put effort into my classes. Finding nutrition as a degree really gave me that drive I needed to work hard for something. College was where I was lucky enough to find out how smart I can be when I dedicate myself to a goal.
So what have I been doing since graduation?
I’m super excited to be doing the Katy Hearn winter challenge starting next Monday, January 19,2016. Last semester I did my first Katy Hearn challenge and loved it! I have been following Katy since I started lifting weights and have been constantly motivated by her. If your into fitness and need some motivation you should check her out her Instagram is @katyhearnfit. She’s a personal trainer that has transformed her body into the ‘goal body’ for thousands of girls.