30 Day Challenge: Day 20 No Makeup

At this point in my journey, I feel like I’ve positioned myself between a rock and a hard place. I’m 20 days in and once I hit day 30, I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here. This whole entire experience has not been at all been what I expected and here’s why…

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Getting the Jump on 2018: Finishing Well

My mom and I were all snuggled up on my couch, full from downing some of my homemade chili, and taking a break from beginning the transformation from my everyday apartment to Christmas Wonderland. After browsing through what felt like hundred of curtains for her living room, the phrase “finishing well” came up in our conversation. The connection didn’t hit me until later that night when a Three Bullet Sunday email from David Bach came to mind. He took the time to share with his readers the importance of finishing 2017 well to jump-start the success of 2018.

Why is ending 2017 on a good note so important for the success of 2018? Continue reading

30 Day Challenge: Day 10 No Makeup

I am a third of the way through my makeup-free challenge! So, how’s it going? Well, I’ll start by saying that I came into this with a lot of skepticism. After wearing makeup almost every single day for the past five years, it was hard for me to initially go from what I thought was “fab” to “drab”.

How have I been coping? Let’s just say that Continue reading

Girls Who Lift: No, You’re Not Going to Look Like Mr. Olympia

This weekend I had a fun time sitting in a coffee shop listening to yet another person bash girls who lift weights. He dissed how awful it was to see women who were strong and muscular. Women lifting heavy weights and owning the weight room. It is important for me to share with you why I started lifting, the different lifting programs that you can follow, and the benefits of lifting that I have learned along my journey to Swolehalla. Why I became a Swole SisterContinue reading

30 Day Challenge: No Makeup

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30 Day No Makeup Challenge

(disclaimer: except mascara, because love lashes)

Many of you may be thinking that this sounds like an easy challenge to crush. That waking up in the morning and just walking out the door might be exactly what you do and starting your day without makeup is another one of those things that comes naturally. But, for a lot of others out there, like myself, this isn’t easy.

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My 180: Sometimes Quitting is the Answer

A few years ago I was in a completely different place. I was working towards finishing my degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and heading towards a future with more school with a side of school and a dash of, you guessed it, school. I was on track to pursuing my PhD in Counseling Psychology and looking towards a life of research, students, and academic writing. It wasn’t until I finished my undergraduate degree, started my first semester of graduate school, and decided to quit that I truly felt like I was making a decision for me.

Making the choice to quit graduate school was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. I was essentially derailing any life plan that I had devised for myself up until that point and I put myself in a place where I had no idea where I was going. Continue reading

Making Your Own Adventure: NYC’s High Line

IMG_20170907_140028788_HDRVisiting New York City is one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far as a baby explorer within the US. From the architecture, to the incredible cultural diversity, and the uniqueness pouring out of every crevice. Every time I looked in a new direction I saw something different and interesting that caught my eye and made me thankful for the incredible adventure I was embarking upon. One of my favorite highlights from my trip was NYC’s famous High Line.

The juxtaposition between urban and natural makes for such a refreshing take on the city. In an area with such limited green space, the creativity put into this attraction is surely not to disappoint.

So, what is the High Line? Continue reading

Who Am I: Me & All the Faces of Me

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Artsy photo of a mirror to illustrate self-reflection.

Over the years I have struggled with the same question: Who am I? Now, I know that is another one out of the big book of clichés, but I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that same question, even just once.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to reinvent who I think I am. Like everyone growing up, I have gone through the numerous stages of style and self-discovery that consistently lead to another reinvention of the one new and improved version of who I think I actually I am. One of the greatest parts of this journey has led me to believe something very important about myself Continue reading

Eat Your Garbage

For those who know me, I love my Garbage Pans. That’s right: I eat my garbage… well, sort of. Almost every week I end up throwing together a pan of whatever looks like it’s about to get funky (not-so) fresh in my fridge and whip it into excellence. Here, is how I eat my garbage…-ish.

First, let’s talk about exactly what I’m talkin’ about. I’m talkin’ about eating the stuff that is about to get weird in your fridge. Continue reading

Don’t Cater Your Life to Your Diet, Cater Your Diet to Your Life

IMG_20170617_143439386_HDR.jpgEating what you want, when you want, while still doing the things you love. Yes, I believe in exactly just that. I believe that I can not only achieve my goals to stay healthy and fit, but I can do it all without sacrificing my love of food and adventure!

Back in 2013, I made the decision to lose weight and take control of my life again. After gaining 25 pounds after high school, I was feeling lumpy, unmotivated, and not nearly as photogenic as I used to. It was a picture of me and my little, petite friend Ally that woke me up to the “new me” that I had truly become. It was in that moment that I decided: I choose a healthier me.

Almost five years later and 30 pounds down (YES. I am in better shape than I was in high school!), I live my life to the fullest while staying lean and eating delicious food! Here’s how I do it. Continue reading