Habits for the #GirlBoss

Good morning everyone!

I’m not sure if any of you noticed butttttt I rebranded my blog! When I first created this blog, I had a completely different vision on what I wanted it to be about- honestly I was just so stoked with the idea to even start one that I just threw everything together without much thought; I assumed at some point I would just figure it out. I’ve always been so intrigued and passionate about the term girl boss. It’s so freaking cool to me that women are becoming more empowered in their goals and passions. For me specifically it resonates more deeply with my passion for women in business; now that’s powerful. With that being said, instead of just creating a #GirlBoss series, I decided that I’d much rather revolve my blog solely on that term since frankly, I just have too much to say about it. So here it goes, my first post for all of you girl bosses!


As we all know, being successful means having a system of habits in place to manifest the success we want. For some people, that just means having their morning coffee. For others, that may include a 50 step routine. Whatever your daily rituals are, or if you have none at all and need inspiration- I have a list of all of my favorite habits and rituals that have impacted my productivity throughout the day!

Habits for the #GirlBoss :

1.) Podcasts

Nothing is more inspiring and motivating to me than listening to other empowered people. Last year I put it in my habit tracker to listen to a podcast every day, and it quickly became something I looked forward to that I no longer had to try to fit into my schedule; I listened to a podcast anytime I had the chance. I would listen to them while I got ready, while driving to school/work, or while I was making myself dinner. Some of my favorites are Kalyn’s Coffee Talk, The School of Greatness, The Life Coach School Podcast, and Your Kick Ass Life Podcast. I highly highly recommend each of these! Give them a listen!

2.) Reading Everyday

I’m a firm believer in the fact that people can’t hate reading, they can only simply hate what they are reading. Knowledge is power! I’m not talking about reading a fiction book, or your favorite mystery (although those are fun to read too!) I’m talking about reading books that along with podcasts will be inspiring and will give you things you can relate to and apply to your everyday life. Some of my favorite books are: “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero (literally a game changer) and “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

3.) Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude Journaling changed my life last year. Anytime I heard anyone talk about it I would roll my eyes; I thought it was so cheesy. I figured that gratitude journaling meant sitting down and writing “okay I’m thankful for my friends, my family, and my dog” and I didn’t understand the meaning behind it. After so many influencers I looked up to mentioned the power of gratitude journaling, I decided to give it a try. At first I would open my notebook and write “Things I am grateful for” and would write things like my dogs, my friends, you know- the basics. Then I started getting more specific with things like specific people, the opportunities I have to go to school and work, the little things that bring me joy like coffee, a good book, fresh air. The more you write the more you realize things that make life so great. Starting the day like that is just so refreshing and I feel is such a necessity for every #GirlBoss

4.) Meditation

No I’m not talking about crossing your legs, sitting up straight with your eyes closed while simultaneously saying “ahhhhhmmmmm” until you run out of breath. I’m not exactly sure how this image of meditation was implanted in each of our minds, but that’s not what meditation is at all! Meditation means sitting in silence, and creating a balance between your mind and your body. Even just sitting for 5 minutes everyday and focusing on your breathing and shutting down your thoughts can change your entire day. If sitting in complete silence isn’t your thing, or if you are curious about meditation but have no idea where to start, apps like Headspace have guided meditations that talk you through your thoughts and your breathing techniques.

5.) Maintaining a Clean Environment

I can’t stress enough how important this is! There is so much science behind our environments impacting our stress and productivity levels. A messy environment = a messy mind. Spending 5-10 minutes daily just putting things back where they belong will highly impact your day. For me personally, I cannot last more than 5 minutes in a messy environment otherwise I feel like my head is going to explode. Besides it just stressing me out, it reminds me that I now have even more things to do. Keeping a tidy environment is a key habit for success.


These are all of my favorite habits that I find keep me the most productive and successful. What are your daily rituals? Let me know in the comments! I’ll see you all in my next post!

Xoxo,

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2018 in Review

Hello Everyone!

For starters I want to apologize for my absence; I took some time off due to medical issues. Don’t worry, I’m back for good! Now that we’re into the new year, I’ve been focusing on my intentions for 2019. This year I really want to focus on personal growth. 2018 was full of many success, for which I am ever so proud and grateful. Financially it was my most successful year. I accomplished almost every goal I set for myself- I worked so so hard. Now that I’m planning out all of my goals for the new year, I want to look back on what I accomplished last year, as well as some things that didn’t quite work out. There’s a lot of really great habits I incorporated into my everyday routine, so let’s start with those!

Daily habits that worked:

  • Listening to a podcast
  • Check in on the Flipboard app
  • Work out
  • Do Yoga
  • Meditate
  • Wake up at 4am
  • Read blog posts
  • Eat 1 fruit and 1 veggie
  • Sort through emails
  • Write in my gratitude journal

Annnnnnd of course there’s quite a few habits that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get myself to do them, which is totally okay!

Daily habits that didn’t work for me:

  • Cooking challenge
  • Take pictures
  • Write a blog post
  • Bullet journal
  • Be in bed by 10pm
  • Eat 3 full meals
  • Log Budget
  • Discover new music
  • Study notes
  • Keep car clean

Now I want to focus on goals I accomplished throughout 2018:

  • I graduated!
  • Got accepted into every school I applied to
  • Picked a college!
  • Got a new job
  • Made money on my blog
  • Got out of a bad relationship
  • Established a support system (so so important!)
  • Bought my Apple Watch
  • Paid off my car!
  • Took a trip to Pittsburgh
  • Did a guest post on my blog
  • Had my grad party
  • Started up my Instagram!

A lot of really great things happened in 2018, and I can definitely say it is the year I am most proud of.  Not only did I choose a college, but I also got into each of the schools I applied to.

Financially I was at the best place I’ve ever been in- I had a good amount in savings, I was able to pay for bills and commitments while also having money leftover, and also had money to spend on spoiling friends and family.

One of the biggest accomplishments of 2018 was the progress I made in my relationships. In terms of friends, I established such a great group of friends and let go of anyone who I felt wasn’t a positive influence. I also ended a relationship with someone I was dating almost all four years of high school. Making this decision was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

As for my blog, I also had a lot of mini successes. For starters, I actually started posting regularly; that was huge. I became extremely active on social media, and was posting regularly on there too. I was taking pictures almost everyday and gained over 400 followers in only 2-3 months. That might not seem like a lot, but to me- that was a huge success!

Overall 2018 was a highly successful year to me, and one that I will often look to for inspiration and motivation. There’s a lot that I learned over those twelve months and I hope to bring over the same habits with me over to 2019.


See you all in my next post! Happy Wednesday!

Xoxo,

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My Intentions for 2019.

Hello everyone!

It’s nearing 4:30pm on a Monday and I will say it’s been a highly productive day. I started my February habit tracker early, so I’ve spent the day trying to catch up and make time for each of those habits. I also spent a few hours studying in between classes today and honestly- it’s extremely depressing how the more work I do, the more left I feel I have to do. Hopefully this week I stay as productive and motivated as I am today!


I want to talk about my intentions for the new year. 2018 was full of productivity, inspiration, and achieving goals. It seems as though all of the even numbered years tend to go the best for me, does anyone else feel that way too? 2019 being an odd numbered year scares me a little bit, so I’m hoping that by changing my mindset and goals for the year, that this will still be another highly successful year for me and all of you as well! That being said, my main focus for this year is based on personal growth and discovery. I want to work on stepping out of my comfort zone, trying new things, expanding my mind, and learning as much as I can about myself and the world. There’s so many things I want to research and learn about. I also want to spend a lot of time here- right on my blog. I want to reach this community the best I can, which means focusing a lot of my time and energy here.


Something I also want to do this year is focus on mantras. A mantra is a small saying that you mediate on- something that motivates you while also bringing you peace. My mantras for 2019 are Manifest and to copy Kalyn Nicholson’s mantra, “Flow over Force“.  I am a firm believer in the law of attraction; that you can manifest anything you put into the universe. Meditating on the mantra Manifest means reminding myself of my personal goals and that I can manifest anything into my life and make it real. It’s a reminder that brings me peace by reminding me that the future I want for myself and the personal growth I want to see in myself is only as far as I imagine it to be. As for my second mantra Flow over Force, this resonates with me deeply because it is a peaceful reminder in any stressful situation. When making any decision on how to act or approach a situation, reminding myself this will make me step back and choose peace over aggression, calmness over anxiety, and will relax my nerves a bit so that I can think clearly.


I want to take this next year for me- to teach myself to live for today, as cheesy as that sounds. I’m the type that is always looking at the next big thing to do- and although being so future minded is a good thing, it easily causes me to lose sight of the most important part of any big plan- the present. I already have a ton of big projects planned for 2020, which means I need to spend this year preparing myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Taking a step back isn’t always a bad thing! Sometimes you need to do so in order to prepare yourself for something bigger.


Do you have any mantras? What are your goals for 2019? Drop a comment!

Xoxo,

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Summer in the City

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a little different- I teamed up with Charter Bus Company New York to create a list on fun summer events to take part in! If you are not from or around NYC these can still apply to you as most cities host similar events at different dates! If you like these types of posts please leave a comment and let me know!

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5 Summer Events in NYC

Summer in New York City is a magical time! At times, it seemed like this past winter would never end. There is an incredible line up of events and celebrations to consider taking part in the summer time. Here are five parties you aren’t going to want to miss out on! If you’re looking for a transportation solution for your trip, head over to Charter Bus Company New York.

June 15 – Diana Vs Donna: A Summer Dance Party at C’mon Everybody

Are you a fan of disco and soul music from back in the day? Head over to C’mon Everybody in Brooklyn to celebrate the music of Diana Ross and Donna Summer. The DJ Manchildblack will be spinning oldies all night long with other special guests. Tickets are only $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

June 23 – Green City at Industry City

This beer festival is organized by Other Half Brewing, and it’s sure to be a lot of fun. There will be nearly 50 breweries pouring beers here including rare cellar pours. Food vendors will be plating up delicious dishes and the merch store will be fully stocked with glassware, clothing, and other goodies. There will be live entertainment in the form of the New York Wrestling Connection, so prepare to have fun sitting ring side with a beer!

June 24 – PrideFest at University Place

This annual street festival celebrates equality. NYC PrideFest is 25 years old this year, and it draws tourists from all over the country! This year will be hosted by Ross Matthews with special performances by Alex Newell from the hit show Glee. The VIP tickets include special views of the main stage, dedicated bathrooms, and first dibs on food and beverage vendors.

July 27 – 29 : Panorama Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park

The line up for this years Panorama Music Festival includes huge names like The Weeknd, Migos, Janet Jackson, SZA, and the Killers. There will be state of the art interactive exhibits celebrating NYC based artists, a variety of cuisines in the food area, and a club in the middle of it all called “The Point”.

August 4 – August 18 : Summer Streets

On each Saturday from the 4th to the 18th, corridors that connect Central Park to Brooklyn Bridge and parts of Lafayette Street and Park Avenue will be closed to vehicles. The event route is about seven miles long! Whether you want to bike in the streets, take a stroll, or dance and socialize…this is an event you want to check out. There will be live music, a water slide, climbing wall, and even a zip line.

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If you attend or are interested in any of these events, leave a comment! I’d love to hear about all of your interests. Also, leave a comment on your favorite summer activities so that you can also give ideas to others. Make sure to head on over to the Charter Bus Company New York website for more information on other events and pricing, or give them a call at 516-847-5620 to give you and your friends the best experience in NYC!

Xoxo,

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Making Your Dreams a Reality

When I explain to people how I goal plan, they are instantly either impressed or freaked out. Some people don’t even know what “goal planning” is. People can be skeptical about goal planning because they may believe it’s easiest to live in the present and not worry about the future at all. Of course it’s important to learn gratitude and grounding of the present- but you can still prepare and push for the future without dwelling on it. If you’re the kind of person that has avoided goal planning because you think you won’t achieve anything and leave yourself more disappointed, this post is for you!

I can definitely say I’m obsessed with goal planning. Being a young person in today’s society, I have to learn to rely on myself to make my dreams happen. Since I’m so young, planning for the future inspires and motivates me to keep pushing forward since I am not where I want to be yet. When we’re in seasons of our lives where we’re stuck in an unideal situation- maybe you have a car that runs but it’s not your dream car, maybe you’re living with your parents and are desperate to get out on your own, or maybe you are in college and are also working 2 jobs just trying to make it to your dream job- we get caught dreaming and wishing. All of these scenarios have something in common- they all belong to people who want more for themselves. Having just the thought and inspiration to better yourself or your life is the biggest step. Simply just wanting.

The next step is knowing why you want this. Will this really better you? Do you have the right intentions for yourself? Can you make this happen? Ask yourself these questions. Now ask yourself what you can do next. Maybe your car is a piece of garbage. What are your options? Sell now and buy a slightly better car? Save for a year or two and invest in something you love? Can you afford a new car? Would you take out a lease? Is it an emergency? How much would you need to save? Actively thinking about your next step and just the idea in itself will help manifest that dream.

So you’ve put some thought into your dream. Now what? Talk to someone! Even if it’s a distant dream, or a seemingly “embarrassing” dream- you will fuel that passion so much quicker by pouring it out to someone. Getting support from other people will boost your confidence and show you that you can make it happen. Having a support system also includes accountability. Having another person to talk to about your dreams and goals will create a creative bond with that person. The more you talk about your dreams, the more real they become.

Now that you’ve chosen to think and talk about your dream, the next step is to act. Map it out. When do you want this dream to manifest into your life? Make a time frame. If your goal is to save $3000 for your dream vacation, pick a date you want to have the money by. It can even be a random date. Having this date will make you hold yourself accountable and create a realistic time line.

Now split it into 2-3 blocks of time. Maybe your date is exactly one year from today. So for your first block which could be 3 months from today you’d want to have saved $1000. And then the second block which would be 6 months from now you’d have $2000 saved and so on. This makes it split up more so it seems more achievable. Now within those blocks, think of what tasks and mini goals you need to tackle and plan for. Maybe that means getting a second job and changing your budgeting system so that a larger percentage of your money goes to savings instead of spending money. Maybe that means simply creating a budget if you don’t have one yet. Completing these mini goals will keep you on your path to reaching your goals and building confidence to tackle the next block.

There will be times when you get a little off your path; when you lose a bit of confidence or time. You might lose that initial inspiration, or maybe this dream entails more than you thought. A key solution that always helps is to create a dream board. I’ve written posts about this before which I will link at the bottom- but it’s basically a visual representation of your dreams and goals. It can be pictures glued into a notebook, an arrangement of framed pictures on a wall, maybe even just a pinterest board to look at. The point is that seeing a visual representation of your dream will light that spark again by reminding you why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.

Going after your dreams is exciting! It can get stressful sometimes but once you start moving, it will be hard to stop that momentum.

What are some of your goals? What are you having a hard time tackling? Leave a comment!

Xoxo,

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A Year Ago Today

I saw a post done by Angela from Life of Angela where she looked at her goals from last year and compared them to where she is today- if she accomplished them or if she went on a different path. If you’re interested in reading her post which I highly recommend, click here ! Give her a follow and like her post, it would mean a lot to me! I found her post so interesting that I decided to do something like that myself! I loved the idea of this post so much because I love hearing the stories that people have and sharing growth is such a magical thing for me.

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So let me start by sharing where I was last year; what my day to day life was like, if I was content, and what I was currently involved in during that time. The Spring of 2017 was rough but led me to the best period of life I believe I’ve been in, which is my life right now. My living situation during this time last year was completely different. I was super unhappy and felt unfairly pulled by my divorced parents. I love them both to death of course, but switching between houses every other day was a little ridiculous and took a pretty big toll on me. I had started my blog at the end of 2016 which was really difficult to balance my time doing that while also switching between houses, studying for school, and spending time with my friends, family, and boyfriend. I was very overwhelmed all of the time, and taking on so much made me prioritize my own time and take myself more seriously. My blog became a huge confidence builder for me since I had to teach myself everything about technology, editing photos, and organization. I was very proud of my hard work, and I loved how much of a creative outlet my blog was. May was also the month I told my parents I was only picking one house to live at, and that I couldn’t keep switching around like I had done for so long. That choice that I had put off for so many years due to a lack of courage gave me the courage and empowerment I needed to fully be myself and to create true balance within my social and work life.

Now let me share some of my goals I had set for myself to accomplish this year-

One of the goals I had was to simply start blogging consistently- and have more than one follower. I also had just started my instagram, and I was only getting about 10 likes on each of my photos. Since I had just started blogging, I wasn’t really sure what my niche was or what a niche itself even was. I had no knowledge whatsoever on blogging or using technology or anything,

Another goal I had was to start working out and doing yoga regularly. I used to go to yoga classes 2-3x a day which sounds excessive but I loved it so much! It started getting expensive and after I moved the drive was just too far so I just stopped going. I wanted to start doing yoga at home and getting an actual gym membership to workout at but because I was scared to stand out, I kept putting it off.

One thing I wanted to work on was my health. I had never had a bad diet; I eat fairly healthy. I was inspired to eat even healthier- whether that meant just eating more veggies or going on a raw/plant based diet. I knew I needed to drink more water as well, and I really needed to focus on skincare. I felt like I had no knowledge of anything in the food/fitness/skincare world, and I was dying to change that!

Where I Am Now

I think a some important things to practice everyday to help better yourself and your future is gratitude and reflection. Whether you want to tie that into meditation or not is up to you, but taking a few minutes to think of where you are now and where you want to be are critical to personal growth. This year alone, I’ve tackled so much and have put myself on a path to exactly where I need to be- and the best part is that I now know how to get there. Last Spring I was blogging all of the time, and spending hours a day planning and working on projects. When summer came I thought I would be working on even more since I’d have more free time- but that never happened. Once school started up again I got back into blogging, and I decided to change things up a bit. I revamped everything and created a new schedule for myself. When January hit this year, I went a little crazy with planning. I went and bought myself the Recollections Goal Plannerfrom Michael’s (Which is currently on sale for $17!) and spent hours filling in the endless goal planning pages. I mapped out everything! Everyday I check in my goal planner to get my head in the right place. Using this planner and holding myself accountable for my goals has led me to accomplish so many things!

Things I’ve Accomplished So Far:

So far this year alone I’ve: Picked out a college to attend, bought a new laptop, redid my room, doubled my income, started up my instagram, revamped my blog, read 10 books, and now have so many partnership opportunities just because I took the jump to try new things!

As far as mental/personal growth, I’ve become more confident. I used to question everything I did and wonder what the people around me would think, but now I couldn’t care less! If you want to be any sort of creator or participate in any freelance work, your path to success is cutting off that judgement. At school I’ll take out my planner, all of my highlighters, and my 6 notebooks I work in, and get right to it. People give me weird looks as they peer from their phones, and that’s fine!

Another thing I’ve learned is how to work with a routine. I’ve always loved working off of a routine, but I get sick of routine very quickly. What I’ve learned is to create a routine of things centered around needs. If you don’t need to do it- don’t.

I’ve completed a few challenges this year such as:

• The March 4:30am Wakeup Challenge

• The March 4am Wakeup Challenge

• The May Cooking Challenge

If I told myself last year I’d be waking up before 5am everyday, I would probably pass out! There’s no way I would’ve had the motivation to start even any challenge last year.

In terms of daily habits, here’s what I’ve incorporated into my everyday routine:

  • Taking my makeup off before bed
  • Eating at least (1) fruit and (1) veggies
  • Exercising/Doing yoga
  • Making my bed
  • Reading a book
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Writing blog posts
  • Checking my email
  • Reading blog posts
  • Drinking 50oz. of water

Now let’s talk financials:

Last year I started my new job, and bought my first car. My car was purchased in full, so I had no monthly payments to deal with besides insurance. I worked enough to pay for my car and have a bit of money left for savings and leisure, but that was about it. This year so far I’ve already doubled my income, and I’m currently saving up for a new car and 2 trips with my boyfriend.

These are just a few things I’ve had going on this year, there’s so much more! Although my life is a lot busier this year, I’ve been accomplishing more than I could have imagined last year! Life can be so great and crazy and exciting if you make it that way! Everything I did this year was nothing anyone told me to do, or handed me money to do. I’ve learned the hard way that no one is interested in self pity, and no one is going to hand you success. I’ve learned being proactive in my own life is the only way to create real happiness and success in my life!

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Sorry that this was such a long post, I hope you all enjoyed it! How have you excelled this year? What things did you accomplish that surprised you? What are you still hoping to accomplish? Leave a comment!

Have a great week everyone! Xoxo,

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May Goals

Happy spring everyone!! May is here! I am super excited for the weather to get warmer so I can take my yoga and meditation outside as well as take the pups for walks and adventures. Since last month was a small set back for me, I have a ton planned for this month to get me back on track and add in that momentum. I have so many great posts and projects that I’m excited to share with you all!

May Goals

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If you have read some of my past goal planning posts, you probably know that I split my goals into three groups of five. Normally they fall into Education, Blog, and Health/Personal. Since most of my college to do’s are done- I’ve shifted it to Mindfullness, Blog, and Health.

Priority 1- Mindfullness

Goals:

1.) Practice Gratitude

My favorite part of my morning routine is writing in my gratitude journal! It’s so nice to start the day off in a happy way by thinking about all of the great things happening in our lives and in the world around us.

2.) Find My Zen

I really want to meditate and do yoga more, and I’m really interested in researching the moon phases!

3.) Learn Something New

I like to make sure that everyday I’m learning something new- knowledge is power!

4.) Relax!

So much of my planner consists of things I love doing, but it’s all work related. I definitely prioritize self care, but I’m not good at scheduling myself time for leisure. I love watching the show Friends and I want to make it a goal to have time for an episode every day!

5.) Do Enjoyable Things

As I was saying before, I want to do more simple enjoyable things! Another thing I want to make time for is music. I listen to so many podcasts and youtube videos that I never enjoy just jamming out!

Resolutions

1.) Write in gratitude journal

2.) Meditate

3.) Read

4.) Watch an episode on Netflix

5.) Discover new music

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Priority 2- Blog

Goals

1.) Keep Email Clean

I check my email once a day but I hate organizing emails!

2.) Post 2x a Week

This is a month long/weekly goal- I want to stay consistent so that I can hopefully post 3-4x a week next month!

3.) Record Blog Stats

I love recording my growth as a blogger so this is very important to me!!

4.) Keep Myself on Track

I’m good at holding myself accountable for things, but sometimes I have minor setbacks and lose my groove!

Resolutions

1.) Check business email

2.) Take notes

3.) Work on a blog post

4.) Record blog stats

5.) Goal plan

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Priority 3- Health

Goals

1.) Wake Up Earlier

For the month of March I did a 4:30am challenge and I want to bring that back! I love the feeling of being up early and getting extra work done before my day starts! I’m hoping to wake up 4am this time for the entire month!

2.) Prioritize Sleep

One of the biggest reasons why I stopped the 4:30am challenge was because I couldn’t commit my schedule to an earlier bedtime. Now that the busy month of April is over, I can get back to a full 7-8 hours of sleep!

3.) Spend More Time in the Kitchen

I love cooking, I really do! Buuuuttt…I don’t have time. Since this month is very open for me, I’m taking advantage of it by starting a 20 day cooking challenge! There will be a blog post about this so stay tuned!

4.) Get Fit!

I’ve always been very healthy and active, but I really want to push myself this month in terms of my diet and exercising!

Resolutions

1.) Wake up at 4am

2.) In bed by 10pm

3.) Cooking challenge

4.) Exercise/Yoga

5.) Take Restore drink

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These are all of my goals/resolutions for the month of May! I have so many awesome posts coming up so make sure to check in every Tuesday and Saturday so you don’t miss any!

Comment below some of your goals for this month, what are you currently working towards? Have a wonderful week everyone!

Xoxo,