Let’s talk depression and anxiety – Free Download

Hey, here’s a fun topic for this lovely Tuesday – depression and anxiety!

Woo!

I have several theories as to why, but I think it’s safe to say that a large majority of Millennials have suffered with depression and anxiety in their lives. With the amount of pressure and expectations social media demands from us, it’s no wonder we’re constantly worrying about how our lives are portrayed.

I’ve always been pretty chill and laid back. I’ve never really cared to an insane level what people think of me. I’ve had a pretty solid life so far.

Things from the outside seemed perfect in my life, and internally, I always felt like it was.

It wasn’t until almost two years ago, I developed these intense panic attacks. I can’t even remember the first time it happened.

I just remember that my panic attacks started by happening periodically and quickly ended up happening every. single. day.

Can you imagine? It got to such a point, where I would expect them to come, probably making it worse for me.

The worst part is that I never knew what caused it. I would be out with friends, having an awesome time, and it would hit me.

My surroundings would get quiet, almost muted.

My vision would start closing in on me, like entering a dark tunnel.

Then, everything would get really, really loud.

And shortly after, I’d burst into tears and panic, having to leave the room as quickly as possible. I’d then enter into a dark, depressive state. The two would intertwine, leaving me in a mist of panic, sadness, depression and shame for having these feelings in the first place.

‘What is wrong with me?’ I’d think to myself.

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A lesson I learned from my dad

Father’s Day is here and what better chance to reflect on all 24 years with him than now? A girl’s relationship with her father is a crucial part of who she is throughout life. Ever heard of daddy issues? Exactly. In my life I’m definitely in a transitional phase, like most twenty-somethings. Graduated, working and trying to just figure it all out, this is the … Continue reading A lesson I learned from my dad

Seven Things to Do on Sunday for a Productive Week Ahead

Yes, it’s that glorious Sunday. Oh the joy to be lazy all day before your jam-packed week starts.

I get it, trust me. Doing nothing is truly awesome. But you know what’s even better? Having a solid foundation for a an even greater week. Setting yourself up for success doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, once you start getting into the habit of doing these seven things every Sunday, you’ll notice how much more at ease you are during the week.

Here are the seven things you NEED to do every Sunday for a productive following week:

1.  Create a to-do list

I actually make a to -do list every morning, sometimes on weekends too. But, if for some reason I don’t make a list each day, I ALWAYS have a list of things I need to do for the following week. Having all your tasks laid out makes your morning so much easier on Monday. Instead of trying to remember all the things you need to do, your appointments for the week and the errands you promised yourself you would get to last Saturday, everything is perfectly written out ahead of time, meaning you probably won’t forget that thing you said you’d do a few days ago.

2. Clean out your emails

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Burn Fat Without Losing Muscle

It’s cutting season, baby! It’s time to shred and get that summer body you’ve always wanted. When it comes to cuts, there are so many different techniques out there – some good, some terrible.

Luckily for you, I’ve tried just about all of them. Before becoming more educated in health and the way our body works, I did crash diets and killed myself at the gym. My calorie intake was usually way too low and I’d quickly bounce back to my starting weight, if not higher.

After learning all about food, nutrition and overall health, I’m happy to say that cutting doesn’t have to be absolutely miserable and difficult. It’s all about consistency and patience.

When I joined my two pals Josh and Matt in a podcast (shameless plug: The Great All-American Bodcast, which can also be found on Instagram as @TGAA_Bodcast), I was super excited when we decided to all do a cut together. This 16-week cut was the longest I’ve ever continuously done. We decided to end the cut on June 1st.

I embarked on my journey by starting with a low carb, high protein and relatively high fat diet. It had worked super well for me previously, and I was motivated to out-shred these guys. Continue reading “Burn Fat Without Losing Muscle”

Top three books you HAVE to read

If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I love books. I’ve recently had really great luck with the books I’ve been reading. Three amazing books back-to-back and I couldn’t wait to recommend them.

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

This is my favorite book of all time. The title is already captivating enough, but the content inside is so impactful. As a quick note, this book isn’t about how to not give a fuck about anything. In fact, Manson makes this argument towards the very beginning. This book is about how to give a fuck about only the things that matter.

His humor and charm oozes out of each chapter and before you know it, you’ve already sped through 20 pages in what feels like a minute.

I recommend this book for anyone who feels like they’re paying attention to minute details in their lives and are feeling overwhelmed.

This is a book I will absolutely reread later on.

 

2.  The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

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Grocery Haul

Hi my loves! I’m finally getting around to doing this highly requested post – grocery haul!

Before jumping right into it, I wanted to update you on my diet, my goals and some new projects. First, I started a health and fitness podcast with two awesome guys called The Pod Bod. Our episodes will be released later this month, but you can get updates by following our Instagram account @thepodbod. Something I’m very, very, very excited about is that the three of us are doing a cut until June 1st. We’re all going about it differently and have different goals we’re trying to achieve with this cut. I personally am doing a cut that focuses on how my body changes visually, meaning I won’t be paying too much attention to weight. I am taking measurements as well to get a better idea of how much I’m changing. My diet is a little more relaxed this time around because I struggled to go straight into Keto for this cut. SO, I am doing a high protein, relatively high fat diet with most of my carbs (low) coming from whole foods. That means mostly veggies and some fruit. I’m still allowing myself to eat other carbs, but I do want to keep my carb intake relatively low.

 

With all this in mind, I wanted to share my first grocery haul for this cut.

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Working in a man’s world

I remember my very first experience with sexism in my workplace. It was a few years ago at a place I loved working at. Without getting into details, an opportunity arose for a group of both men and women to work on a project and present their work to a client. The group worked hard, day and night. After much admiration for the work, it our boss revealed that only a select few would present their work. All the men were selected, while the women were asked to stay back and brainstorm new Twitter content. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?

To be honest, when I heard about this, I didn’t really think too much about it. At least not until a close friend told me that this was a pattern, and it had been occurring even before I started working there. The women always did the work with the men, and were almost never selected to travel to present their work.

I remember thinking to myself ‘Ok, this is actually a thing. Happening to people close to me. Which means this could easily happen to me.’

I decided to get smart. I figured, if I prepare for something like this to happen, I’ll be ready to handle the situation and be vocal about my story.

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