Waking Up Earlier // Life Goals



I am not a morning person. My struggle is getting up early, I tend to hit the snooze button for a whole hour, and then rapidly get up once I’m late. It’s such a bad habit that I want to get rid of. I keep thinking of all the stuff I can do if I wake up just an hour earlier than I usually do. I have a late start compared to most of the working class. I work 15 minutes away and I start at around 9am, plus they’re flexible.

Things I’ve tried: changing alarms to songs instead of default sounds, opening blinds at night so sunlight wakes me up, drinking a glass of water right when I hear that first alarm. These did not work for me. I might try chugging a half glass of water again.

Things I want to try, but dread: Putting my phone across the room. I have a feeling I’ll just ignore it and fall asleep. Also I want to stop using my phone before bed, the screen light is messing with my eyes, and in the morning they feel irritated.

Maybe writing out all the things I can do in the morning before I have to leave for work might motivate me? I can make some time to go to the gym, or make some breakfast, answer some emails and messages, or take some blog photos while I have some morning light. How nice would it be to have an extra hour to get stuff done during our busy day.

Of course I need to sleep earlier so I get enough hours of sleep. Any tips on how to break this habit?

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How to eat healthy throughout the day!

Today at work we had a Lunch N’ Learn taught by one of our awesome yoga instructors. The topic was how to eat healthy throughout the day, and starting healthy habits. This has been one of my life goals, but I’m always so lazy and never end up following through with my intentions. Here’s a quick glance of the things we can eat and drink to live a healthier life.

Breakfast
  • Do not start the day with coffee! Since it’s acidic it’s not really good for your tummy after you’ve fasted for about 8 hours! Try drinking a glass of water instead right when you wake up jumpstart your body. Keep a glass overnight next to your bed so it’s easy to access in the morning.
  • Eat breakfast! I really need to start meal prepping the night before. She talked about overnight oats which I really want to try out for work days! It looks quick easy and super delicious with all the different fruits you can add.


Lunch
  • It’s ok to eat some cards during lunch because you need it for energy for the rest of the day. You should have a balanced meal, quarter portions of each food group. No creamy soups!


Dinner
  • This is the best time to eat low card since you’ll be resting and getting ready to sleep after. Make half your plate veggies, a quarter of protein, and a quarter of a healthy side dish. Portion control is important at dinner, once you sleep all your extra intake may turn into fat.
  • Crock pots are a good investment for those on the go.


Other
  • Drink lots of water, Rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. Having a cool bottle with you helps in achieving your water intake goal.
  • Watch your calorie intake by using My Fitness Pal, track your meals so you don’t over eat.
  • Sign up for fitness classes to do something fun while working out at the same time!


Life Updates


Hi guys, it’s been a while. Life has been crazy busy so finding time to actually sit down and write has been hard. This past month has been a whirlwind, from finding out about mass shootings, dancing all night at EDC, getting really sick (felt like I was about to die) for a few days, cranking out orders in what feels like my busiest wedding design month yet, to buying a new car. I’ve made it a priority to organize my life in order to keep myself on track.

The shooting in Orlando made me realized how afraid I was to die, but more actually how afraid I was to die without living the life I wanted to live. It’s super cliché, like YOLO, but Drake is 100% right. Thoughts and prayers to the victims of the shooting, can’t even imagine how their friends and family are affected by it. After hearing the news, I felt scared because anything can happen, anything, anywhere anytime it all can end. Also the recent shootings of innocent people and officer on duty, I just want the shooting to stop. I hate to sound morbid, but with all this negativity came light. I realized that I shouldn’t be wasting my efforts worrying about what might happen if I go here, there, or anywhere.

I danced all night at my first EDC Las Vegas! Three days went by so fast, I can’t wait to go back. This rave has been my favorite, the production was on another level, our hotel room was filled with amazing people, so many talented artists played their best, and over it was a great escape from the real world. I think I’ll expand on EDC in a new blog post talking about my whole experience and what I learned. I got really sick after, not sure if it was from EDC or if I got food poisoning.

Style Palette, my Etsy shop has been slowly growing! I’ve been getting orders left and right, multiple in a week. It’s like having a second job! I’m glad I don’t work long hours at my full time, gives me plenty of space to work on my side hustle. I can’t complain, I really do love the wedding market. I don’t even need to advertise! Guests at a wedding see the products and they love it! It’s all word of mouth.

Last, but not least, I bought a brand new car! It was an arduous, spending a lot of time researching and at dealerships. I’m proud to say I’m an owner of a 2016 Honda HR-V! I learned a lot about finance and customer service and all the maintenance I’ll need to keep track off. Ahh the joys of becoming a car-owner. I need to get my windows tinted soon, it’ll look soooo sleek.

That’s all for now. I definitely need to start updating more. See you soon!

New Year's Resolutions | Life Goals


Time goes by so fast when you're having a busy, crazy year. Can't believe it's almost 2016! When the end of a year comes by, most us take a look back on what we've done and what we wan't to change. With a fresh new start, it's the perfect time to say "New Year, new me!" but often our goals begin get lost when all the excitement goes away and we fall back into routine. However, the only person that will keep you on track, is you! Find ways to motivate yourself, log everything you do in a journal, blog about it or even tell a friend. You don't even have to start out giving it all you got, advance and progress towards your goal throughout the year.

Here are my main New Year's Resolutions for the upcoming year that I want to make habit. I believe these will make me a happier person, in tune with my mind and body, and boost productivity.

I'll touch base with each goal and report on my progress!
What are some New Year's resolutions you hope to keep?

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Life Goals: Habit 2
Try to eat a balanced breakfast every day.

Starting in college and then continuing on after graduation, it was really hard finding time to eat breakfast every morning. I never woke up early enough to whip something up before class. I was always rushing or busy, which is fine, but then you forget to actually take care of yourself. After years of skipping breakfast, I finally realize the negative cost.

1.       At my full time job, we are provided free lunch in our cafeteria. The food we get isn’t crappy at all, it’s actually very well balanced and close to gourmet. (I work at a luxury resort). Problem is, we serve our selves and it’s BUFFET style. It’s hard to control your servings, especially during orange chicken day, or Star Wars Themed Thursday. With unlimited food, I felt so full after every lunch, even if I didn’t eat that much. Apparently by skipping breakfast, you train your stomach to be small, your stomach’s capacity shrinks since you aren’t feeding it in the morning.
2.       When you fall into this cycle of not preparing something in the morning, you get so lazy! It is habit forming and sometimes it affects how you go on with your day. It’s rare that I wake up feeling hungry, so my mentality was that I could wait until lunch to eat.
3.       Your metabolism slows down. I’ve noticed a slight gain in lower tummy fat which is the hardest area to get rid of!

Solutions

A week ago I started eating breakfast every morning, and it’s like stepping into a new world! I wake up a little bit earlier to make or pick something up. I realized breakfast food is one of the most delicious meals of the day (waffles, bacon, eggs, cheese, vanilla yogurt??). I actually went grocery shopping for myself too. I get to kick start my metabolism and I’m not feeling full after lunch anymore. Breakfast is such an important and easy part of our days, it’s a bummer that most of us don’t have time for it.


Wake up earlier, and prepare to start your day right. It’s the little things that can make our day a little bit better!