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Life’s Little Luxuries

It definitely has taken some aging to truly appreciate the small things in life. The small things do add up and can have a huge impact on your life. Here are some of my favorite little things I love take pleasure in…

  1. Soaking in a bubble bath. I hadn’t done this in years until my boyfriend surprised me with an adorable set up with candles, bubbles for the bath, and bubbly in my glass. This is how I fell in love with bubble baths again. If I’m not feeling the bath I add some salts to make my skin feel soft and smooth. A little rewind and relaxation.
  2. Getting lost in a new book. There is nothing like waking up on a weekend morning and starting your day by getting absorbed in a new book. I look forward to knocking out a few chapters that I am unable to do during the week. If you have been keeping up with my blogs, you will see that I am currently undergoing a phase of personal development. And we definitely have plenty of those lying around the house.
  3. Snuggling in bed with nowhere to go. This also goes for the couch. I love being a couch bum and I love taking naps.
  4. Treating myself on FYF. Fridays are blissful. It is the day that begins your weekend and why not start it off with a treat? We make it a point to grab Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and sometimes a donut (shhh). Definitely a splurge and “cheat” meal. But it’s totally worth it, and sets my morning off to a great start.
  5. Buying fresh cut flowers. I never really appreciated flowers until I turned 25. I buy flowers that are in season and that complement my taste. This will definitely bring a smile to your face and a fresh smell to the house. They might seem like an unnecessary buy, but if it makes you happy, it’s totally worth it.
  6. Trying a new recipe. I have become an addict to Pinterest. Therefore, my boards have gotten out of control. I however do not have a problem with this, and neither does my boyfriend. I try to make it a point to try something new, whether it is an appetizer, full meal, or a dessert. It’s always a good time in the kitchen, with a glass of wine, good music, and great company.
  7. Singing in my car, by myself. Well, actually I love singing in my car with anyone in the car. Sometimes you can’t help belt out those tunes or do a little shimmy to one of your fav songs.
  8. Finding adventures in life. This can be almost anything – from discovering a new park, volunteering, taking a dance class, etc. My biggest adventure this last year was trying yoga. Not only was it a challenge, pushing me to my limits, but it was also very relaxing.

 

What are some of your life luxuries?

2014 Book List

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

One of my many New Year’s Resolutions is to read more. Continually learn. And finally in January of 2014, I actually STARTED this resolution. Plus, I told my smart, amazing, and talented boyfriend and he immediately retrieved five books from his collection. There are no excuses at that point. All are how to personally grow and develop, whether you know what to do or not. These should give me some direction, right?

I’m currently in my mid-twenties, and as I continuously read Facebook posts and Yahoo! Articles on how people in their twenties still can’t figure it out – Well, it’s true. I had no direction going into college, and have yet lost all hope in trying to find that direction now.

I gradually trekked through these books (full list below pictures), and although I have not found my “direction” they have all opened my mind and helped me to START with something, anything. Eventually my direction will “find me”.

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2014 Book List:

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne*
Think and Grown Rich by Napoleon Hill*
The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews*
Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn*
I Could do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was by Barbara Sher*
 The Good Fight by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie*
The Richest Man in Babylon by George E. Clason*
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris*
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy*
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey*
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau*
Everything that Remains by The Minimalists*
The Dragon Slayer with a Heavy Heart by Marcia Powers
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau*
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins*
Start With Why by Simon Sinek*
The Quit Alternative by Ben Fanning*
The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton*
The freaks shall inherit the earth by Chris brogan*

 

I suggest that you read them, especially those marked with a star. And take from them what you will. But I would almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. How could you be disappointed in something that will only encourage you to think about yourself and the world you live in? What difference can we all make? Life is an amazing thing made out of energy and matter. It’s up to you what you do with it. Enjoy.

The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.”

– Christopher Morley

2015 book list is already under way… What books would you recommend for self development?

Supplements: Part 1

My fitness journey began with the Master Cleanse. After the seven day cleanse, I resumed back to my healthy lifestyle of mainly eating chicken and vegetables and working out.

My workout routine has now been amped up to SIX days a week! I was maintaining at least 4-5 days a week, which is considerably good. But holy cow! This is the second week for six days in a row, and I am exhausted!

Nevertheless, this is why the many that have done this and continue to train recommend taking supplements. This helps with growth and recovery. So, I wanted to give a breakdown of what I am currently taking at the beginning of my training and I will do another post towards the end to review how things have changed.

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Here is a list of what I am currently taking:

Multivitamin:

A blend of major micronutrients is actually very complex and fills in the nutritional gaps in your diet. This will protect from possible deficiencies and vitamin loss from exercise and diet.

This multi has been part of my daily routine for over a year, and is taken once daily in the morning.

Vitamin C:

This essential vitamin helps support immune system functions. It is a powerful antioxidant which is involved in the synthesis of hormones, amino acids, and collagen. Basically it helps with increased support for lean muscle growth and strength.

I began taking this the second week of training, once daily with breakfast. This will also be increased to twice daily.

Omega III:

This is essential omega III fatty acids, better known as fish oil. This supports overall health.

Right now, I currently take one fish pill with my breakfast, but I will increase this amount to two-three times daily.

BCAA:

Branch Chain Amino Acids share a unique structure, which create properties such as: protein synthesis – growing muscle, help curb exercise-induced muscle fatigue, and may also help boost growth-hormone levels.

I currently take one teaspoon with 20 oz. of water during my workout.

Whey Protein:

The primary characteristic is its effect to digest quicker than the recommended foods, such as eggs, chicken breast, fish, etc. The body breaks down the protein and peptides to quickly send aminos to muscle tissue.

Currently I take one scoop mixed with recommended water, twice a day. Once as a mid-morning snack and again in mid-afternoon.

Glutamine:

This amino acid is used in the synthesis of protein and supports the production of muscle and it also supports and regulates the immune system. Note that glutamine is found in your diet already, however, if you are an endurance athlete or you lead a very active lifestyle, then this is a helpful substance. Otherwise there is excess in your body and it cannot be stored.

I currently have one teaspoon with each of my whey shakes.

 

Hope this helps and thank you for reading along on my journey!

Please ask if you have any questions. The next post regarding supplements will hopefully be in a table format for easier reading!